See Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, and More Gather for Brunello Cucinelli’s Big Night
On Thursday night, Brunello Cucinelli brought his trademark elegance to Los Angeles. Before the guests arrived, you could hear murmurs of Italian voices in the corner of the grand living room of the Chateau Marmont. Huddled in the corner were three generations of the Cucinelli family, with Brunello himself at the helm, enjoying un aperitivo and patiently waiting to present their event, “Una Serata Italiana,” or “An Italian Evening.” Chris Pine was the first to arrive as the family sprung up to begin welcoming friends, clients, and the biggest names in Hollywood with open arms and cheerful Italian quips, almost as if they were at home at their famed Castello di Solomeo. For a few hours, LA’s glitterati were transported to the Umbrian countryside.
Negronis and Prosecco were passed as flashbulbs erupted from different corners of the dark living room. (Insecure star Jay Ellis seemed nervous about potentially spilling Aperol on his crisp white jacket.) With each flash of light, more recognizable faces appeared: Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, then J-Lo and Ben Affleck. Gentlemen like Jon Hamm, Casey Affleck, James Marsden, and Henry Golding filled the room. Demi Moore’s plus one stole the show: She brought her dog, who notably skipped out on wearing Cucinelli. Poorna Jagannathan held court by the bar as Abbott Elementary’s Quinta Brunson and Rustin star Colman Domingo greeted Winfrey.
As everyone took their seats for dinner, Cucinelli opted for Italian (so he could speak from the heart, he said), which was beautifully translated by a colleague. Looking back on his 70 years, he encouraged his guests to be dreamers, to look up at the stars and believe in great ideas. “Let us try and treat that malaise in our souls. When you’re feeling blue or that soul is struggling, let’s get out and look at the stars and everything will fall back into place.” While acknowledging the painful events currently unfolding across the globe, Cucinelli urged those gathered to peer upward. Because when we do, as he said, “Il cielo e il stesso per tutti”: the sky is the same for everyone.