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Friday Fête: A Retrospective by Lexus x NYC Ballet, departo’s Debut, a Revamp for Van Cleef & Arpels, and More

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For this week’s Friday FêteWhitewall takes you through some of this week’s events, including celebrations with Lexus and the New York City Ballet, departo, Van Cleef & Arpels, and more.

On Monday at INTERSECT BY LEXUS in New York, the New York City Ballet (NYCB) and Lexus welcomed guests to a special cocktail reception. Hosted by NYCB’s Board Vice Chair, Sarah Jessica Parker, the night celebrated the opening of a retrospective exhibition in the space entitled “Design in Motion: a New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala.” Attendees like Marc Happel (NYCB’s Director of Costumes), Lizzie Tisch (NYCB’s Fall Gala Chairs), Prabal Gurung (Designer), and Rachel Espersen, (Director of Creative Programming and Partnerships at Lexus), and Zanna and Mazdack Rassi mingled over glasses of champagne, while checking out the NYCB’s presentation. On display on the first and third floors of the space are works from 26 fashion designers—like Virgil Abloh of Off-White, Rosie Assoulin, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Prabal Gurung, Iris van Herpen, Carolina Herrera, Dries Van Noten, Valentino, and Jason Wu—who collaborated with the NYCB for show costumes. In addition, videos showing behind-the-scenes work accompany the costumes.


Courtesy of Lexus and the New York City Ballet.

Tuesday brought a dinner with Yabu Pushelberg on White Street in New York. Catered by Mission Chinese and hosted by the brand’s founders, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, the evening celebrated the launch of their latest brand—departo. Interior design pieces and home accessories like chairs and tableware were spread throughout, hung on cardboard departo boxes breaking up the space into rooms. After guests enjoyed a mezcal negroni, they sat on long, candle-lit tables that were outfitted in the new departo goods before enjoying cuisine designed by Chef Danny Bowien.

On Thursday night, we celebrated Perry Ellis‘ new fragrance, AMERICA, with a private dinner at the Leroy House. In the front of the restaurant, a display had been created using elements of the fragrance—which is the brand’s first unisex scent to date—including pineapple, spicy white pepper, patchouli, lavender, rose, and myrrh. Hosted by the house’s Creative Director, Michael Maccari, the evening began with a cocktail hour and a drink made especially for the event, before guests made their way to the restaurant’s intimate dining area, which had been outfitted with lush floral arrangements. The night was complete with a few words from Maccari and a delicious serving of chocolate cake.


Rachel Espersen, Marc Happel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mazdack Rassi.
Courtesy of Lexus and the New York City Ballet.

Yesterday in Beverly Hills, Van Cleef & Arpels opened its revamped flagship at 300 North Rodeo Drive. For the boutique’s 50th anniversary, the 6,000-square-foot space got a glamorous makeover. Evoking a Parisian apartment, modern design elements were added to the 1969 building while keeping the original façade intact. Other significant renovations were made, including an expansion of the boutique to the second floor to hold a new dining room and viewing salons. In addition to a selection of new pieces, the boutique will also feature the brand’s first-ever bridal salon, a juice bar, and installations from their recent collaboration with French designer Arthur Hoffner.

And this weekend, we’re celebrating the 14th annual edition of the Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa, Texas. Put on by hotelier and founder of Bunkhouse Hotels, Liz Lambert, the weekend is a gathering of creatives from all over. Set in the West Texas desert, the weekend’s ongoing festivities include activities like: yoga with Outdoor Voices; music by bands like Broken Social Scene, Luna, and Chicano Batman; massage treatments; a community dinner by Austin-based Chef Lou Lambert; a wine tasting with Scribe Winery; art displays, and clothing and food trucks by an array of vendors; and unique craft workshops like tie-dying, water marbling, and more.

Van Cleef & Arpels.

Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.



Van Cleef & Arpels.

Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels.



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