Sir Ivan Wilzig And Mina Otsuka

At the recent Oscars & Vanity Fair party, “Sir Ivan” aka Mr. Peaceman, an observant Jew attended Shabbas services at the Los Angeles California celeb packed Kabbalah Center only to find himself sitting next to Madonna at dinner after the service. The billionaire banker turned rocker/peace activist was thrilled to find an attentive Madonna asking him questions about his new album and “being totally supportive” of his Peaceman Foundation to battle hate crimes. Her Madgesty “ seemed to really warm up to Sir Ivan’s choice of songs for his new album like Kumbaya and his new video For What it’s Worth. After the celebrity packed dinner Sir Ivan and his lady Mina Otsuka ran into Actress Andie McDowell who admired Ivan’s cape emblazoned with a Swarovski crystal peace sign and left with a copy of his new album. On Oscar night Sir Ivan and Mina joined Madonna (again), Sharon Stone, Victoria Beckham, Carrie Underwood, Chris Noth, Eva Longoria Parker, Kiefer Sutherland, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, for Elton John's glittering event to raise money and awareness for his AIDS foundation, the aperitif of choice was a Godiva chocolate martini. And if that wasn't enough, a phalanx of nattily clad servers passed trays of chocolate bonbons. (Judging by the size of the dresses, it didn't appear to be a crowd that regularly indulges. But, hey, it was Oscar night. Even model Elle Macpherson was nibbling on a sweet while holding a conversation with the hyper-critical Simon Cowell.) But it was the billionaire banker turned rocker / peace activist that caught the full attention of photogs and fellow celebs in his latest brilliant custom made Mediterranean blue satin Mr. Peaceman outfit with his signature Swarovski crystal embellished cape with a peace sign. His gorgeous lady followed suit in a matching satin mini with sides cut out. The seen it all, done it all crowd were effusive in their praise of Sir Ivan’s fancy threads. Elton and husband David Furnish had some pretty spectacular shades on -Elton sported a special pair of shades made for the occasion, with EJ etched on them in diamonds. The setting designed by New York designer Antony Todd was equally spectacular for the guests who dined on risotto, black sea bass, pear compote and puffed chocolate tartlets. No recession worries here. When asked if it was a little over the top in these tough times, Elton replied “We give them the best that they can possibly afford,” before the lavish party kicked off at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. “It’s beautiful inside the tent, the food’s great, everyone will be served the best wines, but they need to be because they’ve paid an awful lot of money for a seat. Elton John, in a show of gratitude for his guest generosity, sang a couple of songs with the featured singer of the evening Raphael Saadiq.Tickets to the event started at $3,500 but then this crowd is happy to pony up the money for the work of Elton’s AIDS Foundation which does so much. The fantastic fete raised over $4 Million. Way to go Sir Elton !
Photo By: David Crotty/Patrick