Vanity Fair Party Designers Tease What to Expect

This year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party will mark the hot-ticket soiree’s 30thth anniversary.

While the magazine is keeping tight-lipped on what exactly is planned to commemorate the milestone (because editor-in-chief Radhika Jones wants the VIP guests surprised), it’s no secret that the dinner and after-party will, for the ninth consecutive year , take place in a custom-built venue on the grounds of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Construction takes about three weeks with an additional week dedicated to taking it all down.

Variety caught up with the party’s longtime architect Basil Walter and his first-time collaborator, creative director and designer Will Cooper, to talk about the four-month process of designing, planning and building this year’s bash.

What did Radhika Jones say to you about what she envisioned for this year’s party, especially since it’s the 30thth anniversary?

Walter: It was just a notion of, ‘How do we make it different. How do we change it?’ And I think bringing in Will as someone who hasn’t participated in it, there’s always an opportunity for freshness when you get a new set of eyes on something.

Will, what was it like getting the offer

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Police stop illegal Sydney rave: pull the plug on party

Frustrated Aussies have lashed out at police for shutting down a secretive rave at a headland overlooking Bondi Beach.

Police were called to Ben Buckler Point, North Bondi, at about 4.20pm after receiving reports from council about the “unauthorized event”.

Hundreds of people – most who found out about the event through Instagram reels, TikTok videos and word of mouth – were at the sunset rave.

It’s understood the location of the raves is not publicly available and can only be found in a secret WhatsApp group.

Footage shared on social media showed the carefree ravers dancing to music played by an open-air DJ as rain fell at the lookout spot.

But things quickly soured when police arrived and broke up the “illegal” event.

“A large number of people were in attendance and with the assistance of additional police from nearby commands, officers enforced the alcohol prohibited area,” a NSW Police spokesperson told

“The crowd complied and had dispersed by 9pm with no arrests made.”

Popular Sydney event account Bondi Lines questioned why police felt the need to break up the rave.

“Surely we should be able to put some DJs on in a public space on a Sunday

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