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For this week’s Friday Fête, Whitewall takes you through some of this week’s events, including celebrations with Baxter St, Nigora Tabayer, The New York Design Center, and Kering.
Last week on Wednesday in New York at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, Baxter St held its second annual STAND WITH US gala to honor philanthropist Sarah Arison, artists Jesse Chun and José Parlá, and former Baxter St President, Allen Frame—all who received personalized Nike Air Max 90s as their unique award. Over 300 guests—like Stretch Armstrong, Helen Toomer, Zoe Buckman, Brian Donnelly (KAWS), Casey Fremont, Rashid Johnson, Anne Pasternak, Marlies Verhoeven, Jasmine Wahi, and Tiana Webb Evans—gathered with the organization’s President, Michi Jigarjian, and Director, Libby Pratt, to celebrate. Walking in, guests were treated to a 90s-themed venue, decorated with New York-inspired décor and an array of city treats (like hot dogs and pretzels) while enjoying live art by a caricaturist. Special attendees also shopped at the Baxter St Bodega, purchasing scratch-off tickets to win limited-edition prints by artists like Matthew Leifheit, Hannah Whitaker, Matthew Porter, and others. The night was festive with music by DJs Stretch and Bobbito, a special performance with Black Thought from The Roots alongside the Menahan Street Band, and a dance performance by Shari Loeffler.
On Monday in Paris at Hôtel de Crillon, Nigora Tabayer celebrated the launch of its new fine jewelry collection, The Eye, with a gathering with fashion friends like Coco Rocha, Caro Daur, Erica Pelosini, Nina Suess, Amina Muaddai, Jordan Grant, Charlotte Groeneveld, Larsen Thompson, and Bettina Looney. Special guests enjoyed an intimate dinner followed by a four-song musical performance by Caroline Vreeland, then exploring the new collection. Composed of new accessories in either green emerald or blue sapphire, the collection shines with customizable pave diamonds as either letters or eye details.
On Wednesday night, The Gallery at 200 Lex powered by Incollect celebrated with an intimate Evening of Design party, joined by art conversation and bites from Red Farm. The night centered around a soirée to welcome a new 33,000-square-foot shopping destination on the tenth floor of The New York Design Center. The hosts—James Druckman (President and CEO of The New York Design Center), Whitney Robinson (ELLE Décor Editor in Chief), Joanna Saltz (House Beautiful Editorial Director), and Steele Marcoux (Veranda Editor in Chief)—welcomed over 100 top interior designers like Jamie Drake, Victoria Hagan, Kathryn Ireland, Richard Mishaan, Alex Papachristidis, and Thomas O’Brien to celebrate the recent opening. The space, now dedicated to the finest antiques from over 50 premier dealers from around the globe, is made more accessible by the use of QR codes on all items in store—everything is scannable through an iPhone, and able to save in different personal design boards.
And last night, we joined Kering in celebrating International Women’s Day at Public Hotel on Christie Street. The theme, “Women In Motion,” was to honor women who break barriers and expand upon Kering’s efforts to supporting women—in the U.S. and globally. The brand’s President of the Americas, Laurent Claquin, and co-host Colby Mugrabi, welcomed an intimate gathering of 40 inspiring guests, including Gucci Westman, Chloe Wise, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, Zanna Robert Rassi, Mazdack Rassi, Vanessa Traina, Casey Freemont Crowe, Athena Calderone, David Neville, Lisa Vreeland, Chrissie Erpf, Grace Fuller, Sarah Hoover, Constance White, Brandice Daniel, Grace Fuller, Sarah Hoover, Yasmeen Hassan of Equality Now, and Brett Heyman. Over sips of Perrier-Jouët champagne and a delectable dinner menu, the special attendees celebrated each other, and women all over the globe.