Flanked by a bevy of supermodels, Sophia Loren and leotard-clad dancers on stage, host Kevin Spacey ramped up the drama at Pirelli's 50th anniversary calendar gala in Milan last night.
"Is everyone happy – how could you not be after seeing all those boobs?" Spacey asked the 800 guests after they watched a film on the making of the iconic Italian calendar, first published in 1964. Looking sharp in a blue velvet-trimmed Burberry tuxedo, an upbeat Spacey later joined contemporary Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo on stage after the singer's energetic pop-tinged operatic performance for a few notes of "O Sole Mio."
"I jumped at the chance to come here, because the Pirelli calendar is a cultural icon, an amazing representation of artistic collaboration," Spacey told The Hollywood Reporter. "The calendar works with brilliant photographers and some of these are photographers I've worked with too and respect immensely -- and frankly, any excuse to come to Italy."
Thursday night's event unfolded in Pirelli's vast Hangar Bicocca, a contemporary art gallery located in a former factory. Tables were arranged among the striking permanent exhibition – German artist Anselm Kiefer's Seven Heavenly Palaces – seven 14-meter-high wonky concrete towers that resemble a Dr. Suess illustration. Italy's fashion industry greats and high society turned out for the event, including designer Miuccia Prada, her husband Patrizio Bertelli, Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani, Roberta Armani, Italia Independent founder, and Gianni Agnelli's grandson Lapo Elkann – clad in an oversized black-and-white plaid tuxedo, part of his collaborative collection with Gucci. They were joined by an exclusive coterie of the world's most beautiful women who posed for "The Cal" over its five-decade history, including: Karolina Kurkova, Carmen Kass, Bianca Balti, Eva Herzigova, Margareth Made, Chandra North and Sophia Loren.