Michael Bilsborough

  • Left: Actress Rinko Kikuchi (right) at the GAGAKOH! show in Tokyo. Right: Lady Gaga and Terence Koh. (All photos: Michael Bilsborough)
    diary April 25, 2010

    Fame Monsters

    Tokyo

    “NEO-TOKYO IS is About to Explode!” ran the immortal tagline for Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal Akira. But it also could have described the hyperbolic anticipation for what was easily the most exclusive ticket in Tokyo last Tuesday: GAGAKOH! (A portmanteau—you know, like Brangelina.) For the event, M·A·C Viva Glam and KCD Worldwide (the special-event experts also behind this week’s Jeanne-Claude memorial at the Met) convinced a new club, Tabloid, to launch their new space with a special performance for nine-hundred guests, each as preciously selected as a six-thousand-yen mango at the Takashimaya

  • Left: Fab 5 Freddy and Art Production Fund's Doreen Remen. Right: Art Production Fund's Casey Fremont, Kembra Pfahler, and Art Production Fund's Yvonne Force Villareal. (Except where noted, all photos: Jonathan Ziegler/Patrick McMullan)
    diary April 16, 2010

    Fund and Fancy Free

    New York

    “FOR YEARS, we’ve wanted to celebrate with our friends and embrace our deepest supporters, but we also wanted to take the time to really do it right,” explained Art Production Fund cofounders Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen. Why else wait ten years to throw a blowout like Monday night’s lavish APF Birthday Party/Benefit at The Standard? “Do you think it was worth the wait?”

    With such ageless hostesses, who’s counting, anyway? Force and Remen beamed as they warmly greeted each (!) attendee at the door. Gleeful old friends and new plus-ones coasted in and exchanged blessings, then trotted