Last Friday night, while the rest of the city was traipsing around town figuring out last minute Halloween costumes, New York’s French speaking elite (and those who admire them) headed to the Plaza for a much more sophisticated evening out at the 2016 Trophée des Arts gala, which raised money for the French Institute Alliance Française.
After a cocktail reception, guests enjoyed dinner, speeches by the honorees and an auction overseen by Christie’s Adrian Meyer. Art dealer Larry Gagosian got the auction started, buying a magnum of Cheval Blanc for $8,000. The event honored Gagosian’s longtime friend, Jeff Koons, who received the Trophée des Arts, as well as L’Oréal Chairman and CEO Jean-Paul Agon, who received the Pilier d’Or.
Other notable guests in attendance included the grandson of Picasso’s lithographer, Eric Mourlot; New York City real estate developer Harry Macklowe; Richard and Elodie Taittinger; President of the American friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet Olivia Flatto; publishers Martine and Prosper Assouline; designer Anne Fontaine; Lazard Chairman and CEO Kenneth Jacobs; choreographer Jérôme Bel; Bernardaud Executive director Frédéric Bernardaud; author Nathalie Regnault Sann; beauty leader Clémence von Mueffling; L’Oréal North America President Frédéric Rozé; Virginie Morgon and Marc Abelin; and French Ambassador to the United Nations François Delattre.