The Tribeca Film Festival opened last night without its traditional Vanity Fair power party.
Instead, the New York event started with a free outdoor screening of “The Union,” a documentary about the musical collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell, attended by actors turned designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, director Martin Scorsese and actor Anna Kendrick, among others.
Meanwhile, Conde Nast Publications Inc.’s Vanity Fair threw a party for Paul Allen, the Microsoft Corp. co-founder and author of the recently published memoir “Idea Man.” Guests at the Allen fete, held at the Monkey Bar, included New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and art dealer Larry Gagosian, who, in reference to the title of Allen’s book, told a reporter he is not an idea man.
“I have no idea why not,” he quipped.
In the Monkey Bar dining room, Graydon Carter, the editor of the magazine, said he decided to host the event “because a lot of New Yorkers haven’t met Paul Allen -- and I really liked the book.” (He hasn’t given up the Tribeca Film Festival; the Vanity Fair party has moved to next week.)
On the opposite side of the room from Carter, Allen sipped Diet Coke and passed on plates filled with hamburger sliders and pigs in a blanket. He was focusing on conversation with guests such as Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive of Sony Corp.; Vernon Reid, guitarist for the band Living Colour; and Jean Pigozzi, creative director of the clothing line LimoLand.
“I love meeting new people and getting new perspectives on life and new ideas,” Allen said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
At around 8 p.m., waiters set down hot skillets filled with rolls. It was time for dinner (a choice of scallops, chicken or steak).
Leaping Cats model and actress Megan Fox of “Transformers” fame appeared briefly at the Jaguar Cars Ltd. party last night at the IAC Building.
You might say she was as quick as a fox: Even Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, didn’t get to meet her.
“Missing Megan Fox is the worst,” said Callum.
To console himself, he stuck to his favorite activity: Talking about his designs. Crouching down in front of a headlight, he pointed out a detail he said most people don’t notice: a leaping cat etched in the corner of a lamp cover.
“It’s the equivalent of a cufflink,” Callum said. “It’s meant to look like Lalique -- except it’s made of plastic, not crystal.”
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)