When Persol announced they’d be celebrating a second run of their “Persol Magnificent Obsessions” exhibition series–which honors classic film-making–at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, we knew it’d be worth the schlep. (Especially since we figured a party mixing film buffs, fashion industry insiders, prosecco, and Terry Richardson as DJ was bound to be a hell of a good time.) So we got on the chartered bus and headed over the Triboro Bridge.
Lanky boys in plaid shirts mingled with Hollywood glam girls like Glee’s Dianna Agron and Zoe Saldana. Turns out Agron is a bit of a fashion know-it-all, wearing a very un-Glee-like Opening Ceremony ensemble. “If you look at what it takes to go into these glasses, there are 32 steps involved—that is so much time and effort!” she said of the Persol sunnies. “My mom sews, so from an infant on, I knew what it took to produce something and what that meant in terms of time and effort. I very much love clothes and tried to learn how to sew too, but it was awful.”
After an hour or so, a fire engine-red plaid shirt appeared, with two thumbs-up sprouting from its arms. Terry Richardson was in the house, ready to take over spinning duties. Sadly for all those Kate Upton wannabes who were ready to catdaddy, it soon became apparent that Uncle Terry is better behind the lens than behind the turntable. No matter, though. There was still prosecco.
You can catch the exhibit featuring the work of Arianne Phillips, Hilary Swank, Alfred Hitchcock and more, at the Museum of Moving Image through August 14.