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Friday Fête: A Krug Champagne Symphony, Zegna’s Oasi Cashmere Launch, Nubeluz’s Opening, and More

Erica Silverman

5 October 2022

As the bustle of fashion month comes to a close, this week’s fresh fall edition of Friday Fête brings you behind the scenes of recent happenings like a night with Krug Champagne and Ryuichi Sakamoto, a Zegna OasiCashmere Launch, and More. 

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Krug champagne house

Photo by BFA/Jason Crowley, courtesy of Krug Champagne.

On the evening of September 20 at the Brooklyn Museum, legendary composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and Krug  presented “Suite for Krug in 2008.” The momentous three-part symphony was inspired by the special harvest champagne creations of that year—Krug Clos du Mesnil 2008, Krug 2008, and Krug Grande Cuvée 164ème Édition. The Suite was presented alongside a fantasy for the senses. Krug aficionados and fellow creatives—including Paul Rudd, Chloe Flower, Questlove, Jeremy O. Harris, Joshua Bell, Kilo Kish, Karen Elson, Dev Hynes, and PJ Mattan—enjoyed a remarkable live performance, champagne tasting, and seated dinner. Sakamoto visited the Krug maison in 2019 and was deeply inspired to translate the wonders of taste into his music. The composer and his team worked closely with Krug’s Cellar Master Julie Cavil, visiting Reims to record sounds from the vineyard and the cellars. In celebration of this magical fusion of champagne and music, the company has created “Krug Music Pairings.” Each year, the house will invite select musicians to discover a new champagne and thus create a unique playlist based on their experience with taste, memory, and emotion. 

Zegna Launches Oasi Cashmere Collection

Sterling Shepard, Tyrod Taylor, Dex Robinson, courtesy of BFA and Zegna.

Zegna launched the “Oasi Cashmere” collection at its New York flagship boutique on September 22. The origins of the ultimate soft and traceable cashmere lie in the brand’s own nature reserve, Oasi Zegna, which is thirty times the size of Central Park. The special reserve spans from Mongolia to Piedmont, Italy. The star-studded evening welcomed guests like Tyrod Taylor, Sterling Shepard, Trinidad James, Kailand Morris, Yves Mathieu, Violetta Komyshan, Teddy Quinlivan, and other notable tastemakers who were given the unique gift of a tree, planted in their honor at Oasi Zegna. The immersive pop-up included the soundscapes of the Zegna forest, one-of-a-kind cocktails, and a lively performance by DJ Tay James. 

Nubeluz Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad Opening

Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton.

On September 23, the striking Nubeluz bar and lounge atop The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad opened its gilded doors. Developed by Flag Luxury Group and designed by London-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studio the breathtaking space invited guests to enjoy small plates by Chef José Andres and cocktails by Miguel Lancha. Attendees such as Nicholas and Peter Kanavos, Brendan Fallis, Frederick Eklund, Leana Sindi, Elizabeth Tisch, Renee Rockefeller, Colin and  Elizabeth Callender, and Jackie Aster took in panoramic views of the shimmering city skyline atop the 50th-floor space.

Lancôme La Vie est Belle PFW

Courtesy of Lancôme.


Kicking off the first day of Paris Fashion Week on September 25, Lancôme brought friends and family together to rejoice in the brand’s scintillating new fragrance, La Vie est Belle. @Couturfu hacked the party within the iconic Le Petit Palais and Justice performed music to the romantic and courageous beat of Paris. Notable guests included Sara Sampaio, Josephine Skriver, Jasmine Tookes, Ashley Park, Paul Forman, Camille Charrière, Faretta, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Nicolas Maury, Camelia Jordana, Maeva Marshall, Jessica Aidi, Isabeli Fontana, among others.

Carita, Maison de Beauté PFW Opening

Courtesy of Carita.

Last Friday, September 30, the Parisian celebrations continued with the opening of Carita, Maison de Beauté at 11 Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Over the course of two years, John Nollet, Artistic Director of the Carita Beauty House, revitalized the vision of Rosy and Maria Carita with a modern beauty house designed by Sophie Thuillier and Cristiano Benzoni of REV studio. Esteemed guests of the inaugural night included Monica Belluci, Isabelle Adjani, Clothilde Coureau, Blanca Li, Catherine Baba, Coco Rocha, Isabeli Fontana, Vittoria di Savoia, Olivia Palermo, Rebecca Marder, Mlle Agnès, and Estelle Lefebure. Hosted by dancers of Crazy Horse, the sensational evening rang in a new age of beauty and wellness experiences, as well as a gourmet restaurant by Chef Amandine Chaignot. 

FLANNELS x LaQuan Smith PFW Dinner

Christine Quinn, Christina Milian, LaQuan Smith, and Jourdan Dunn, photo by Dave Benett, courtesy of FLANNELS and LaQuan Smith.

That night, the fashion designer LaQuan Smith and FLANNELS also hosted an elegant Paris Fashion Week dinner and after party at the mythical Lapérouse restaurant. #WelcomeToNewLuxury was the hashtagged theme of the extraordinary evening as LaQuan’s muses—including Christine Quinn, Christina Milian, Jourdan Dunn, Alva Claire, Paloma Elsesser, Chiara Sampaio, Nadine Leopold, Ikram Abdi, and Olivia Neill—enjoyed dinner and late-night festivities to the rhythm of DJ Hasani

KENZO FW22 Party

Pharrell Williams and Nigo, courtesy of KENZO.

Continuing on Friday in Paris, Japanese designer Nigo and iconic Parisian brand KENZO welcomed guests into Cirque d’Hiver for the Fall/Winter 2022 collection presentation and performance. Doja Cat brought a youthful spirit and optimism to​​ the “KENZO University” them alongside other guests like Pharrell Williams, Tyler, The Creator, Cruz Beckham, Maisie Williams & Reuben Selby, Charli XCX, Halsey, Evan Mock, Alton Mason, Justine Skye, Ella Emhoff and Mia Regan—all who danced the night away to DJ sets by Tiffany Calver, Lil Silva, and Low Jack. In true creative spirit, party invitations transformed into NFTs. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Party

Courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Friday went out with a bang as Jean Paul Gaultier hosted a party at the Fondation Dosne-Thiers in Paris, celebrating the new, riveting fragrance Scandal Les Parfums. It was a beautiful evening with adoring friends such as Ashley park, Aquaria, Gottmik, Violet Chachki, Tyga, Kat Graham, Bilal Hassani, Coco Rocha and many more. 

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