“They just do things on a different scale here,” said artist Richard Phillips, this year’s honoree at Two x Two for AIDS and Art. He was referring to the spectacular Cowboys Stadium (and its epic art collection), but he just as easily could have been referring to the celebratory spirit of the First Look preview party at the Rachofsky House.
First Look was presented by Karl Lagerfeld for Fossil, and the décor and dress code were definitely inspired by the Kaiser. Attendees were encouraged to dress in black and white, and a “Karlify Yourself” photo booth allowed them to step into Lagerfeld’s style with the help of wigs, gloves and wraparound sunglasses.
One guest — antiques dealer Brant Laird — took the dress code a little more literally. “I was supposed to dress in Karl Lagerfeld, and I don’t have any, so I decided to come as Karl Lagerfeld. I feel incognito!”
New York DJs The Misshapes (Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol) spun a soundtrack of new classics and new wave hits as guests mingled and placed bids on modernist works. First Look has proved to be a crucial kick-off for the annual Two X Two auction and gala, happening Saturday, October 20, at the Rachofsky House.
To date, the auction has raised more than $34 million for AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. The event continues to evolve as it pushes the artistic envelope.
“The art world is a jaded world, and you’ve got do something new every year,” said Cindy Rachofsky, who co-hosts Two x Two with her husband, Howard. “We’ve been doing this for 14 years, and to get the kind of money we need out of one community, we tried to do something different.”
This year, the “something different” was a collection of luxe crocodile handbags designed by artists such as Phillips, Will Cotton, Jenny Holzer and Kaws in collaboration with Nancy Gonzalez. Judging by the attention (and the bids) the collection received, the bags were a successful addition for 2012.
Chic collectors in the crowd included First Chair Jacqueline Anderson and her husband, Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson; Genevieve Bass; Jennifer and John Eagle; Todd Fiscus; Joanne and Mark Giambrone; Trey Laird; Alberto Lombardi; Nancy Rogers; Lysa and Greg Rohan; Shelby Wagner; and Lucy and Steve Wrubel.