New York City’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum typically asks guests to abide by a no-photos policy once they’ve passed the swirling ramp above the ground floor, but inside of the architectural gem on Wednesday night, a coterie of fashion notables couldn’t help but pose for selfies and flash their phones. Stars like Kiernan Shipka (above), Lake Bell (below, center), and Zachary Quinto (below, left) were among the mix, heading into the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structure to celebrate the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala pre-party hosted by Christian Dior and the museum’s Young Collectors Council.
Behind the museum’s gilded revolving door was an oversize, floor-to-ceiling stage lit with highlighter pink, blue, and lavender tones where Canadian vocalist Grimes would later take the stage. And though the editors, models, celebrities, and art connoisseurs couldn’t wait for her performance, it was the fashion, of course, that instantly sent electric waves across the venue.
So what inspired Shipka to choose her stunning two-toned orange Dior? “Trying the dress on and really just kind of falling in love with it. It was kind of bright and I loved that,” the Mad Men star told InStyle. “I haven’t worn orange in a while so it was fun and sparkly. The Guggenheim just feels like a very fun venue to dress up—it really does.”
Shipka, who later professed a deep appreciation of all things Grimes (“I want to see her and talk with her!” she told us), wasn’t the only star dressed in one of the Parisian house’s creations. Women elegantly nailed some of the long-sleeved, high turtleneck tops and dresses from Dior’s 2015 pre-fall collection, in addition to “CD”-covered accessories in an array of original styling.
Bell arrived with her too-cool waves in a black dress with a fringed hemline, while Quinto sported a sharply tailored suit with smart frames. Rapper A$AP Rocky (above, right), who proved to be a gentlemen and simply said “pardon me” to a crowd of onlookers, killed it in a camel-toned bomber jacket with black skinny jeans and polished boots. Raf Simons, who recently announced his departure from Christian Dior as its creative director, was also on hand, greeting his dapper muses in a black, fall-appropriate coat with graphic punches.
“At the end of the day, for me, it comes down to just having fun. That’s it. Fashion is great and just have fun with it,” Shipka added. And then the fun kept going. The curtain-covered, rounded stage lit up around 10:30 p.m. and the crowd, with Champagne flutes in hand, attentively waited for Grimes and her three neon light-covered dancers to kick off the show, which also celebrated the work of artists Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Doris Salcedo, and On Kawara.
The electro-pop artist appeared with a set of pink and purple locks that not only matched the set’s groove, but also paired well with her embellished Dior sneakers. She gyrated about the stage to fan-favorites like “Oblivion” and “Genesis” and let out her spot-on soulful hymns. “Everytime I hear ‘Genesis,’ it’s like in my head for days,” Shipka said after the show. Well done, Grimes.