The event: George Clooney in polka dots. Kim Kardashian naked, beneath the words “It’s about me. I mean you. I mean me.” Pages and pages of Gwyneth Paltrow, Tilda Swinton, Marion Cotillard and others, continually turning in overhead video projections. On Friday, a crush of guests got a sneak peek at these unique, often ingenious, photographs at W Magazine’s preview of “Shooting Stars,” now on view at the old May Company building in Los Angeles.
Cyrus "knows who she is and she’s very comfortable in her skin. She’s her own best image-maker and you can’t do anything better than she does for herself,” said W’s editor-at-large Lynn Hirschberg in an earlier conversation. “That’s a very rare thing because most people need a stylist. They need someone to help create them. She’s created herself and she’s done a brilliant job.”
The crowd: Hailee Steinfeld (“Ender’s Game”), Jordana Brewster (“Fast & Furious”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”), Rose McGowan (“Charmed”), Bai Ling (“The Crow”), Taylor Spreitler (“Melissa & Joey”), Hugo Boss artistic director Jason Wu, Emilio Pucci creative director Peter Dundas and a mass of other fashion, art and social figures mingled while perusing the portraits, which Steinfeld called “amazing.”
The exhibition: A tribute to art and fashion, the exhibition consists of W’s portraits and photographic portfolios, taken by artists and noted photographers. Presented by Hugo Boss and sponsored by the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, the show also features shots of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Madonna, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Scarlett Johansson, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lawrence and more. The exhibit, which is free to the public, continues until Feb. 22.
Quote of note: “Celebrity portraiture has become a commodity,” said Tonchi. “We see pictures of celebrities everywhere, every day, in every stage of dressing and undressing. Just go on Instagram and it’s all there. This exhibition shows what we do. It’s about the best celebrity photos. It’s about transformation. It’s about art. We always ask celebrities to do something unique, something that is not the usual.”
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