The world premiere of choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s newest ballet, “Moving Parts,” at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday evening ensured that the Emmy Awards weren’t downtown Los Angeles’ only star-studded event of the weekend, with a guest list that included Robert Pattinson, Mindy Kaling, Rashida Jones, Dita Von Teese, and Millepied’s wife Natalie Portman, radiantly attired in a haute couture white bustier flower embroidered gown by Dior and platinum and diamond snowflake earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Van Cleef & Arpels baubles were sparking elsewhere in the Saturday night crowd as well; Von Teese complemented her Burberry Prorsum gown (“straight off the runway,” we think she said) with Birds of Paradise earrings and ring in diamonds and white gold and the Arabesque bracelet of yellow and white diamonds, while Jaime King accessorized her Jason Wu gown with a Jackie cuff in 18-kt gold and carnelian and onyx vintage earrings.
The robust representation of the brand was hardly surprising though, since the Richemont-owned jewelry brand both presented the performance and hosted the pre-performance dinner. But there's a deeper connection too.
“Van Cleef & Arpels has a relationship with dance that goes back to the 1940s,” Van Cleef’s President and CEO Nicolas Bos told dinner guests, “And even played a role [in the creation of George] Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ in the 1960s, and we’ve been happy to be associated with dance ever since.”