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THR, Alexander McQueen Toast the Hammer Post-Heat Wave

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Bill Damaschke and John McIlwee

The worlds of fashion, television and the movies came together to show support for the contemporary art museum

Following an intense heat wave in Los Angeles, Alexander McQueen brought some much needed British cool on Thursday with a private cocktail party at its Melrose Avenue flagship.

The Hollywood Reporter and showbiz couple Bill Damaschke and John McIlwee co-hosted the evening, inviting fashion and industry types to mingle in support of the Hammer Museum. 

“Two years ago, the tuxedo I wore to the Academy Awards was a McQueen … that’s when we started talking,” said DreamWorks Animation creative chief Damaschke of himself and partner McIlwee, one of 2013’s THR Power Business Managers. 

“I think they’ve been making their way into L.A. and entertainment, and they asked us to co-host tonight,” he said of the brand.

Actresses like Annabeth Gish, The Following star Valorie Curry and Mad Men's Nora Zehetner enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, bubbly and Macallan scotch. Hired hands greeted guests in McQueen’s loud-but-chic men’s suits from this year’s fall/winter collection, and talk turned to label creative director Sarah Burton.

“I think McQueen has turned into really beautifully tailored clothing with a nice twist. Not basic,” said Cameron Silver, owner of vintage haven Decades and noted dandy. He also applauded Burton’s foray into bridal, as she delivered the globally recognizable wedding gown for the Duchess of Cambridge. Not to mention rumors she’ll do the same for Amal Alamuddin’s trip down the aisle with George Clooney in a few weeks.

“I think it’s necessary,” Silver said of Burton’s touch. “A bride doesn’t have to be boring anymore. Well, maybe they exist, I just don’t get invited to those weddings.”

The evening was held in benefit of the Hammer Museum. 

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