Heidi Klum and Michael Chow
There are parties, and then there are…parties. And Friday night, a dazzling parade of boldface names gathered for what was unquestionably the latter: the 50th anniversary of the legendary Mr. Chow restaurant – which has been serving upscale Chinese cuisine and spectacular people watching to the glitterati since the day the original location opened in Knightsbridge…all the way back in 1968.
Think about it: This was before Studio 54, and way, way before Spago – so it’s arguable that Mr. Chow veritably invented the modern star-power-magnet nightspot. And though the brand now boasts outposts in London, NYC, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Miami and Vegas, Friday night’s bash was actually held at founder Michael Chow’s artist studio in Downtown Los Angeles. Falling on the Chinese New Year, naturally it included a traditional dragon dance.
But proof of the unceasing and far reaching influence of both the restaurant and its boss Michael Chow – who hosted along with his daughters Asia and China – the guest list last night stretched across the worlds of film (Al Pacino, Adrian Brody, Olivia Wilde, Chris Rock), music (Mark Ronson, Stevie Wonder, Carrie Brownstein, Ricky Martin), style (Heidi Klum, Garance Dore, Arianne Phillips) and art (Jeffrey Deitch, Paul McCarthy, Sterling Ruby, Kenny Scharf).
Frankly, we’re already angling for an invitation to the 75th.