The Blonde and The Brunette are a bit behind on our coverage of The Art Of Elysium “Heaven” Ball. It’s always the night before the Golden Globes and just as packed with young Hollywood. James Franco, Kirsten Dunst and Eva Mendes were each honored with The Spirit Award this year. This event is not just about the Red Carpet — it’s all about encouraging working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions through artistic workshops. And that’s exactly what they do all year long, year after year. They are changing lives and bringing a sense of purpose and a renewed spirit to all these kids. And that’s no act. Everyone from Topher Grace, Kat Von D, Nicole Ritchie, And Rashida Jones were on stage to support the kids they mentor.
This year Mark Mothersbaugh, the lead singer of Devo, was the creative visionary for the night. Heaven included a massive series of elongated tables each with over 80 guests per group seating ( and just maybe that’s what happens when you arrive in heaven. You share a beautiful meal with all the new arrivals), pop imagery on huge projection screens, a Vogue Fashion Show (curated by Vogue West Coast Editor Lisa Love) featuring everything from Haider Ackermann to Alexander McQueen Spring 2011, an auction of a limited-edition of 46 neon “Heaven” sculptures by Anthony James (curated by Yasim Zodeh) and a performance by Devo. Held at The Annenberg Center for Science at USC, we became involved through BnB’s very own style influencer and Elysium Board Member, Cameron Silver. It was a glamorous evening and I wore (that’s The Brunette in the top photo) a vintage Badgley Mischka runway gown that seemed just as ethereal as the theme. Volunteer or support the Elysium Project. For more information or to make a contribution theartofelysium.org. The kids and Founder and visionary Jennifer K. Howell will thank you.
– NJ, The Brunette.