The Art of Elysium honors Michael Muller as 2019 Visionary

The Art of Elysium welcomed 2019 by hosting their 12th Annual Black Tie celebration, HEAVEN, the night before the Golden Globes on Saturday, January 5th at a new private venue in Koreatown. The event was co-chaired by Evangelo Bousis, Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. 

During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on specialty cocktails sponsored by Ketel One Botanical and snacked on appetizers crafted by celeb Chef Shirley Chung. Michael Muller’s vision of HEAVEN includes oceanic views, so the cocktail space was packed with panoramic underwater seascapes including wall art featuring sharks and other under-the-sea flora and fauna.

Once guests were seated, The Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell kicked off the main program by introducing the Compton Kidz Club, who performed “I’ll Fight,” an original song from the critically acclaimed documentary “RBG.” After their performance, Howell introduced Michael Muller as the 2019 Visionary. Michael shared his vision of Heaven, which is Connection, and emphasized the importance of volunteering and the way it connects people. Peter Dundas for DUNDAS then unveiled his latest collection in an elaborate fashion show, featuring make-up design by Charlotte Tilbury.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 05: Kimberly Muller (C) and Michael Muller attend Michael Muller’s HEAVEN, presented by The Art of Elysium, on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Art of Elysium)

As guests dined on a dinner menu curated by Chef Shirley Chung, mentalist Oz Pearlman, who also served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, charmed and mystified the crowd with a performance. Jennifer Howell then presented Beau Dunn with the 2019 SPIRIT OF ELYSIUM award for generously supporting and nurturing the charity over the years. Beau thanked Jennifer for the award and encouraged the audience to get involved in AOE programs and help cultivate the next generation of artists. The evening was capped off with musical performances by Phantogram, Chuck D, and Linda Perry.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 05: George Waud (L) and Charlotte Tilbury attend Michael Muller’s HEAVEN, presented by The Art of Elysium, on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Art of Elysium)

Notable attendees included: Malin Akerman, Christa B. Allen, Moran Atias, Baby Face, Justin Bartha, Katrina Begin, Josh Brolin & Kathryn Boyd, Sofia Carson, Kristin Cavallari, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Chuck D, Jamie Chung, Shirley Chung, Lily Collins, Lana Condor, D.J. Cotrona, Josh Duhamel, Peter Dundas & Evangelo Bousis, Beau Dunn, Sheila E, Amanda & Shepard Fairey, Jennifer Garner, Mel Gibson & Rosalind Ross, Ashley & Topher Grace, Kat Graham, Shanola Hampton, Winnie Harlow, Dree Hemingway, Finola Hughes & Russell Young, Jack Huston, Kris Jenner, Arielle Kebbel, Emma Rose Kenney, Natalie Lander, Ali Larter & Hayes MacArthur, Angela Lindvall, Courtney Love, Rooney Mara, James Marsden, Michael Masini, Sebastian Bear McClard, Mason McCulley, Anita & Mark Mothersbaugh, Kimberly & Michael Muller, Christina Ochoa, Robert Patrick, Oz Pearlman, Erica Pelosini, Linda Perry, Joaquin Phoenix, Emily Ratajkowski, Lili Reinhart, Cara Santana & Jesse Metcalfe, Nicole Scherzinger, Amy Smart & Carter Oosterhouse, Bonnie Somerville, Soo Joo, Stanaj, Geoff Stults, Charlotte Tilbury, Jennifer Tilly, Michelle Trachtenberg, Usher, Wilmer Valderrama, Dita Von Teese, Diane Warren, Kaily Smith Westbrook, Alicia Witt, Johnny Wujek, and Lincoln Younes.

Models who walked in the runway show included: Shannan Click, Haily Clauson, Enikő Mihalik, Georgia Fowler, Winnie Harlow, Jessica Hart, Chanel Iman, Valery Kaufman, Maryna Linchuk, Maye Musk, Hilary Rhoda, and Tami Williams.

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