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Friday Fête: APF’s Up Beat Benefit, Jardim’s Penthouse, and more

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Even in the lull of Armory Week’s end, New York has something fun to keep us busy. Here’s what occupied our at-leisure time over the past week.

Last Friday, we started the weekend with a dinner party hosted by Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers, co-owners of Exhibition A. At the couple’s design-savvy home, we celebrated the opening of a solo exhibition by L.A.-based artist Geoff McFetridge. Guests like Chloe WiseCheyenne JulienDaniel HeidkampSean LandersPrabal GurungRuby Aldridge, and Charlotte Lawrence were seen mingling with the lively crowd, while enjoying music by a live band from LaGuardia High School. The band was joined later in the evening by John Mellencamp’s nephew, Ian Mellencamp, and Bill and Cynthia’s youngest daughter, Gigi, on the guitar and keyboard to cap off the night.

Art Production Fund's

Courtesy of the Art Production Fund


On Monday evening, guests made their way to the Seagram Building for Art Production Fund’s lively Up Beat Benefit. Inspired by Beat Generation and Jeff Koon’s aesthetic, the playful evening featured trays of vintage Dom Péringon from 2009, guest portraits by Laurie Simmons, Little Cloud centerpieces by FriendsWithYou, and music by Mia Moretti. The night was complete with a live auction of Jeff Koon’s Monkey Train (Birds), selling for $50,000. In total, the night raised nearly $700,000 for the organization.

Bremont Townhouse Cocktail Event

Courtesy of Bremont

On Wednesday, we attended a soirée to celebrate Jardim’s “Crown” penthouse. Holly Parker, Susan DeFranca, Howard Lorber, and other invited guests were welcomed into the new 26th Street property designed by Isay Weinfeld for an evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Next, we got a look at Bremont’s new 2018 collection at the NYC Bremont Townhouse. Guests like Gotham’s James Purefoy and Drew Powell were seen dancing to music by Paul Siminon of The Clash, and a dining menu by food writer Tom Parker Bowles and Chef Danny Meyer wowed the crowd.

Cynthia Rowley

Courtesy of Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers.

Yesterday, we got a firsthand look at the only U.S.-based Diptyque pop-up at 112 Mercer Street. Open through May, to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary of creating fragrances, the temporary space welcomes visitors to experience every scent ever made through Diptyque’s unique lens. The pop-up’s varying spaces include an array of history lessons from over the years, digging into specific fragrances and what they were inspired by, such as the brand’s iconic fig fragrance (inspired by one of the founders’ trips to Greece). We wandered through the multiple rooms, experienced scents through audio and visual installations, and grabbed a few Diptyque beautiful postcards on the way out.

And last night, fashion icon Iris Apfel revealed her specially curated shop of handpicked clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and accessories at Bergdorf Goodman. Guests in attendance (like Linda Fargo, Christie Brinkley, Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Hilfiger, Stacey Bendet, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Gilles Mendel, Ralph Rucci, Amy Fine Collins, Adrienne Landau, Ranjana Khan, Edward Bess, Jeffrey Banks, and Mindy Grossman) snacked on hotdogs, sipped on martinis, and were able to purchase signed copies of her newly released book, Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon. The specially curated shop is open through March 26 on the store’s third floor.


Courtesy of Diptyque.



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