Scene Last Night: Steve Schwarzman, Byrdie Bell, Roitfeld Trio

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Christine Schwarzman and Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and CEO, Blackstone Group.

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Christine Schwarzman and Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and CEO, Blackstone Group.

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Karolina Kurkova, model. Close

Karolina Kurkova, model.

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Byrdie Bell, model and actress, said she liked the sense of motion in Hambleton's work. She recently finished filming "Tragic Fairy Tale," about a hooker who dies. "I don't think I'm being typecast, but I've died several times," Bell said of her screen roles. Close

Byrdie Bell, model and actress, said she liked the sense of motion in Hambleton's work. She recently finished filming... Read More

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Theodora Richards, daughter of Keith Richards and model, in the outfit of the night. Close

Theodora Richards, daughter of Keith Richards and model, in the outfit of the night.

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Gherardo Guarducci, a partner in the restaurant Sant Ambroeus. Close

Gherardo Guarducci, a partner in the restaurant Sant Ambroeus.

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Carine Roitfeld, former editor of Vogue Paris. Who made her dress? "Yves Saint Laurent himself," she said. Close

Carine Roitfeld, former editor of Vogue Paris. Who made her dress? "Yves Saint Laurent himself," she said.

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Artist Richard Hambleton and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld at the opening of "Richard Hambleton: A Retrospective." Close

Artist Richard Hambleton and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld at the opening of "Richard Hambleton: A Retrospective."

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Julia Restoin Roitfeld, an art director and fashion consultant, and Christine Messineo, sales associate and artist liaison, Bartolami Gallery. Close

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Lauren Remington Platt, founder of Vensette, which provides make-up and hair services. Close

Lauren Remington Platt, founder of Vensette, which provides make-up and hair services.

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Andy Valmorbida, founder of Valmorbida & Co., an art consultanacy; Serge Azaria, CEO and creative director, Joie; and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, head of Feedback Ltd., which promotes and produces shows for artists. Valmorbida and Roitfeld are collaborators on the Hambleton show and other pop-up galleries. Close

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Blackstone Group Chairman and Chief Executive Steve Schwarzman stood out in the crowd of models and artists at Phillips de Pury & Co. Friday night to celebrate the opening of a Richard Hambleton retrospective.

Wearing a pink-and-white striped button-down shirt and beige pants, Schwarzman walked past three models: silver- suited Karolina Kurkova, Byrdie Bell (also an actress) in fedora and skinny jeans, and top head-turner Theodora Richards, who had been poured into a black catsuit with head-to-toe slits.

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“We’re looking for our friend,” Schwarzman said in the second-floor galleries, filled with Hambleton’s energetic canvases. He scanned the crowd, which totaled about 2,000, while his wife, in a cream-colored dress and jacket, checked her BlackBerry.

The friend was Gherardo Guarducci, a partner in the restaurant Sant Ambroeus, whose Madison Avenue location isn’t far from the Schwarzmans’ Park Avenue residence.

The couple, recently returned from several months in France, picked a hectic night to dip back into New York’s social scene. Pre-9/11 security measures had snarled traffic.

“It’s a zoo,” Schwartzman said.

Former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld also noted the charged atmosphere. “It’s very strange with all the police around and these checkpoints. It makes me sad.”

‘A Great Spirit’

The exhibition, up through Tuesday, shines a long- overdue spotlight on Hambleton, a downtown artist who has continued to work well after the deaths of peers Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“He’s a great spirit in the art world who struggled, and now he’s victorious,” said Peter Boris of Pace Gallery. “He kept on painting.”

No one knew if Hambleton would show. Then he ended the suspense as he arrived wearing an expression of delight and a green suit.

The party brought out a triumvirate of Roitfelds: Carine and her two children, Julia and Vladimir.

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld organized the exhibition with Andy Valmorbida (whose mother, Maria Valmorbida, was also in attendance. Roitfeld and Valmorbida have mounted exhibitions of Hambleton’s work in London, Moscow, Milan and Cannes. New York’s is the final installment.

Mother Knows Best

Carine Roitfeld’s advice has proved useful.

“She said, ‘Nothing is going to come to you easy’” explained her son. “When you fight, that is how things happen.”

He then offered an example.

“For the past few months, we’ve been going to Richard Hambleton’s studio, asking for new work, and he has had nothing to give us,” he said. “Then last night we went to the studio and he gave us five or six works. Now it’s truly a retrospective.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net

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