While our anxiety is up, our bellies are empty and our class battered we can thank Salma Hayek and her multi-billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault (recently boss-napped by irate French workers) for showing us all how the upper crust deal with recession, war and disease– by throwing a 20 million dollar masquerade ball! (Salma wore Balanciaga.)
The all-weekend Venetian affair was the second party they held to celebrate their wedded bliss (the first one, apparently, was not ostentatious enough). Jaques Chirac, Bono and Lucy Liu were among the throngs of A-List assholes on hand to ensure that, in these hard times, the couple know they still have friends. Ahh, the beautiful people.
For this enraged and impoverished worker there was only one image that kept racing through my mind (over and over and over again)…a classic wedding scene from the classic show about rich assholes- Dynasty. The daydreams of the alienated and angry.