"It took a couple of people to zip me into this dress," Christina Ricci, an early arrival at an off site Whitney Museum soiree, told Luxist, her dark hair artfully ironed flat. The slenderized young actress claimed that friends had squeezed her into the stretchy neo-Herve Leger bandage dress designed by Max Azria, the present owner of the label, and his wife, Lubov. The signature Leger gown created the effect that the wearer had been wrapped up in bandages in the sexiest possible fashion, no spanks needed.
Ricci, best known as Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family" film series was graciously attending the BCBGMaxAzriaGroup-sponsored Whitney Contemporaries art party and auction on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at a loftlike space on Mercer Street in SoHo. With a tweak by Bronson Van Wyck, the interior resembled a windblown forest of privet with peony blossoms the size of dinner plates floating in Plexiglass towers. "The Whitney lets us go wild with this party," said the party designer to the stars. "So this year we decided to actually go wild; we brought in wild vegetation, vines, huckleberry, eugenia, and tree peonies, the rarest variety."
Even the privet had sizable white blossoms. "And it only blooms for about three weeks per year," offered Van Wyck.
The space was further decorated by "Lost" beauty Emile de Ravin, who also starred in "Remember Me" with "Twilight" megastar Robert Pattinson but who was dancing with designer Adam Lippes, a host of the party. De Ravin had on an emerald-green dress by BCBG with a flair skirt. Supermodel Alek Wek, who hails from Sudan, kept moving to avoid being swarmed by bold young art collectors with pocket cameras.