When Orlando Introduced Kiki to Ziggy

A few nights ago, MoMA Film and Chanel hosted an intimate tribute to Tilda Swinton. It was her birthday, too, so loads of VIPs came out for the very special evening. Everyone from Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour to Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Biel showed up, plus scads of brand ambassadors. And there was Justin Vivian Bond, who many remember as the drunk, wobbly, and delightfully off-color character Kiki from the Tony-nominated act Kiki and Herb.


On this night Justin wasn’t drunk or wobbly (off-color, perhaps). Good thing, because out of nowhere Justin was asked to give a toast to Tilda and sing a ditty. Ever the pro, Justin rose to the occasion with aplomb and good humor, as described here (pictures from Facebook)…

“The whole evening was mind-boggling. I was tapped at the last minute to toast Tilda because it was her birthday. It was literally like someone from MoMA tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘We’d like you to toast Tilda’s birthday. The mayor is about to go on and he’ll introduce you.’ Jesus, I had to think quick. I was eating, so I made them wait for me to go to the ladies room to freshen up my lipstick. Anyway, Tilda’s favorite line of Kiki’s has always been, ‘It’s time to make Mama pretty!’ So I ended with that and raised my glass of champagne. She was seated next to David Bowie so when I went to give her a kiss and a hug, she introduced us. I wish someone had gotten a picture of Orlando introducing Kiki to Ziggy! Nonetheless it was a crazy moment. Afterwards we went back to her hotel room and had a good cackle about it all.” 

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