Jeremy Zimmer, UTA Fine Arts and Barneys New York Team Up for A Paris Photo Dinner
It was a veritable convergence of agents, artists, fashion and retail near New York street on the Paramount lot.
In Los Angeles, one doesn't expect to confront a dinner that mixes agents and producers with artists — add fashion and retail to the mix, and it gets really eclectic, even New York-like. That's what happened at the large outdoor dinner that UTA's Jeremy Zimmer hosted with and for Paris Photo, with some help from Barneys New York. Top Barneys execs Tomm Miller, Dennis Freedman, Charlotte Blechman and Ashley Calandra flew in and took care of the best gift bag we've seen in ages: a $200 Barneys gift card. It doesn't get much better than that.
The art world was represented by Josh Roth, who heads up UTA's fine arts division (UTA's Jim Berkus was also on hand), and major artist Sterling Ruby. Producers at one of two very long tables included Steven Levitan, Mark Johnson, David Hoberman and Darren Star. Manager Geyer Kosinski was also there as were execs like David Nevins and directors like Mark Romanek. And what would any Hollywood party be without celebs? Keegan-Michael Key had seatmates in stitches and reveling in his performance with President Obama at the White House Correspondents Dinner; Devendra Banhart also held court. The fashion contingent included chic stylist Maryam Malakpour and a number of fashion editors. The dinner progressed under multi-colored lights as outside guests roamed the photo galleries housed all along the New York streets at Paramount.
"It really feels like we're roaming in and dining in Tribeca or Little Italy," said one guest. And when the tiramisu courtesy of Animal catering arrived, it completed the New Yorkiness of the heterogeneous and cultured evening.