Arts, fashion put on a MOCA charity show

MOCA Award
Actress Olga Kurylenko, left, and designer Lorena Sarbu Crabel attend the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Nov. 6.
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The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for “Casino,” Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace’s mother in the film “Lovelace.”

The fashion show: More than an awards ceremony, the Wednesday affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel culminated in a fashion show by Just One Eye, a Los Angeles boutique co-founded by Paola Russo with an eclectic selection from well-known luxury designers and rising stars. No mere walk down the runway, the presentation was as much “show” as “fashion,” as the collection came to life in a choreographed spectacle combining modern dance, acrobatics and hip-hop-style head spins.

The crowd: Actresses Kate Walsh of “Private Practice,” Rose McGowan of “Charmed,” Perrey Reeves of “Entourage,” Olga Kurylenko of “Quantum of Solace” and model-actress Liberty Ross mixed with event chair Ricki Ring, Louise Epstein, president of the Museum of Contemporary Arts Projects Council; honorary co-chairs Maria Hummer-Tuttle, Carolyn Powers, Dallas Price-Van Breda, Catharine Soros and Andrea Van De Kamp; and other arts supporters, including Rosette Delug, Carla Sands, Maria Bell, Lauren King, Sydney Holland, Marti Oppenheimer, Liz Goldwyn, Sutton Stracke, NJ Goldston, Mandy Einstein and Linda May.

Quotes of note: The audience gave Stone a round of applause when she talked of her recent trip to Washington to campaign for more funding to the arts. “That’s more of a response than I got in Washington,” Stone said.


The numbers: This year’s luncheon set a record, according to Ring, attracting more than 600 guests and grossing more than $275,000 from sales of $275 to $1,000 tickets. Proceeds will go toward the museum’s arts education programs.