The Art of Elysium – Heaven Gala
The Art of Elysium brought out some of Hollywood’s elite the night before the Golden Globes to host their ninth annual Heaven Gala in Los Angeles. The event was overseen by British fashion designer and activist Dame Vivienne Westwood and design partner, creative director and husband Andreas Kronthaler as creative visionaries. Finola Hughes and Russell Young were honored with the organization’s highest honor, the Spirit of Elysium award. Some of the sponsors for the evening included Tweezerman, Moët & Chandon, The LINE Hotel, GlamApp, Perrier and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
During the Art of Elysium reception, Christina Hendricks and Kelly Osborne, both clad in Vivienne Westwood, stood with the designer and creative visionary enjoying the Wild Daughter performance before dinner. Arriving as dinner service was about to begin, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard made a grand entrance, making their rounds, saying hello and catching up with guests before taking their seats at the table next to Dame Vivienne Westwood. It wasn’t only date night for those two, as newlyweds Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg along with Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder and Bella Thorne and Greg Sulkin were all seen arm in arm. Kat Graham had a touching moment as she spotted Nikki Reed, and then reunited with Reed’s hubby and her Vampire Diaries co-star Ian Somerhalder. Christina Milian was seen having a fan moment as she spotted Johnny Depp and asked for a selfie. Dame Vivienne Westwood also brought out Young Hollywood fans Zendaya, Bella Thorne and Greg Sulkin. After dinner was served, “The Hangover” star Justin Bartha had Kelly Osborne, who was seen using a cane for support from a leg injury, join him on stage to help bring in donations from the generous crowd. Towards the end of the night, a moving video was shown featuring James Franco, who proceeded to hop on stage once the video finished to talk about his long time involvement with The Art of Elysium.
The Art of Elysium Heaven Gala experience was divided into two parts, with the first being an industrialized modern world art installation by New York-based art director Andrew Ondrejcak which included a live performance by the racy London-based punk band, Wild Daughter. The second portion of the evening transformed into a post-apocalyptic rainforest with Detroit-based soprano Shara Worden providing musical entertainment alongside ballet dancers dressed in Vivienne Westwood couture.
THE ART OF ELYSIUM PRESENTS ‘HEAVEN’
It was a heavenly night at The Art of Elysium’s 9th Annual ‘Heaven’ Gala in Culver City, California, where the 2016 visionary recipients Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler presented their version of ‘HEAVEN.’
‘HEAVEN’ is The Art of Elysium’s largest annual fundraiser. The proceeds from this event went directly to the support of the organizations’ programs and services. The charity’s mission is to make art a catalyst for social change for artists, hospitalized children, elders and homeless communities.
Jackie Watson, the French reporter, was in attendance and she was absolutely angelic on the red carpet. Jackie had the great pleasure of speaking with some of the charity’s much beloved celebs concerning their reasons for supporting the organization. Such celebs included honorees Finola Hughes and Russell Young, Malin Akerman, Juliet Lewis, Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana, Shanola Hampton, Lauralee Bell, Zelda Williams, Jamie King, Arielle Kebble, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Beau Dunn, Camilla Belle, Summer Altice, and Angela Lindvall.
The astonished Jackie also had the pleasure of speaking with ‘Hang-Over’ star Justin Bartha. Jackie was absolutely thrilled to have finally met Justin. One cannot count the number of nights Jackie has spent hung-over in disappointment at having missed the hunky star’s ‘last call.’ But tonight was her night and sobriety came calling.
All in all, the night was absolutely superb. And one could not have closed the evening without the one single word which spewed from the lips of Johnny Depp—LIFE!
Other notable attendees of the gala included Amber Heard, James Franco, Kat Graham, Christina Hendricks, Ashley Tisdale, Amber Valletta, Kaley Cuoco, Topher Grace, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder, Zendaya, Kelly Osbourne and Minka Kelly.
For more information about The Art of Elysium, please check out their website at www.theartofelysium.org
You can follow Jackie on twitter @twitter.com/French_Reporter
Written by: Valerie Roop (@ twitter.com/vroop33)
Juliette Lewis and Jackie Watson at The Art of Elysium Heaven Gala