If you don't know the name Kelly Wearstler, you don't know much about design in Los Angeles. The famed decorator and designer has her very creative hands in pretty much everything pretty in L.A.: She designed the incredible interiors of the Avalon Hotel, the Viceroy Santa Monica, Maison 140, plus the Viceroys in Anguilla and Palm Springs. She designed the BG cafe in Bergdorf Goodman in New York. She makes objects, furniture, and now clothes, and has her own clothing store on Melrose. She's published many books. And her Trousdale home is absolutely whimsically spectacular.
Saturday night, she opened the doors of her home (apparently on the market for a cool $39 million) with MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch for a chic dinner to celebrate the opening of the MOCA Grand Avenue major exhibition, The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol, to an art-centric crowd that included art collector Peter Morton and his restauranteur son Harry, China Chow, Maria Bell, collector Cliff Einstein, Alexandra von Furstenberg, decorator Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Bret Witke -- and a surprise visit by Owen Wilson at the end of the evening.
The painting exhibition will run at MOCA till Aug. 20 and in fact, Mark Bradford, one of the major artists with work in the show, was a popular guest at the dinner. Other artists included in the exhibition include Urs Fischer, Glenn Ligon, Wade Guyton and Andy Warhol.
There was so much to look at in Wearstler's home -- from the neo-deco furniture she designed, to the hand chairs, the modern chandeliers, the rugs (yes, hers, too), the wall designs -- that it was tough for the chic crowd to pay attention to the great food and sounds of Smoke and Mirrors DJ Myles Hendrik.
When asked how she juggles her own sprawling home, children, a design business -- and now a full fashion line -- Wearstler replied, "I make quick decisions." Her kelly green short shirred dress was also one of her own design, which she mismatched with fuschia shoes. But on her, it looked good. Everything she does looks good.