Under blue skies and gentle waves, the LACMA gala was a scene all its own.
“It was just gorgeous,” said Lacey Chabert, with daughter Rachel, as they shopped for mini Martha Stewart bake-tins while minding their phones and the upcoming spring break. “I love it. We’re excited to be over there on Sunday to go on a bus tour.”
“I really love this town,” said presenter Billie Eilish, who was celebrating her performance at the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s so different from what I imagined because it’s really fun, and I love people in Los Angeles.”
Even with celebrities everywhere, however, celebrity sightings were hard to come by. “I don’t think that’s that fun,” Ms. Chabert said. “You just go out and about and you can’t really stand out. I don’t think that happens in other areas of the world, maybe not New York.”
Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti was holding court at a private table: with his wife, wife’s friends, and LACMA president Michael Govan. The group was laughing and posing for pictures with retired pro surfer Kelly Slater.
One of the guests declined to share his personal sense of security in SoCal, though.
“I like it a lot,” he said. “My only challenge is finding a place to stay.”