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For this edition of Friday Fête, we’re looking back on a few of last week’s top events, openings, and launches in New York City.
On Tuesday, the Montblanc Cultural Foundation honored Laura Donnelley, co-founder of Art Matters, with the 27th edition of the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award. Hosted at the studio of artist Izhar Patkin in the East Village, the event welcomed patrons close to the brand to celebrate Donnelley’s dedication and leadership at Art Matters, which has distributed over 2,500 grants to U.S. artists all over the world. There, guests also enjoyed music by Matt D. and a live performance by John Kelly, and checked out the new 2018 Patron of Art 4810 limited-edition writing instrument.
And in the Meatpacking district, Dior celebrated its pop-up boutique with a cocktail reception. With music by DJ Vashtie, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres, guests mingled while exploring the immersive Toile de Jouy theme—a thread from the women’s Cruise 2019 collection. In the space were large 3-D animal sculptures, Christmas trees, walls seemingly wrapped in holiday paper, and elegant product displays showing some of the brand’s newest pieces. Special for the store, as well, is a unique Dior Maison capsule collection with festive items like pillows, ceramic ornaments, and stuffed animals—all embellished with the Toile de Jouy print. There is also a personalization service, ABCDior, for customers who would like to embroider their name on their coveted Dior Book Tote. There to join designer Maria Grazie Chiuri in celebrating were guests (all dressed in Dior) like Olivia Palermo, Leandra Medine Cohen, Cara Santana, Charlotte Groeneveld, Karen Wazen, and Rachele Regini.
On Wednesday, Grey Goose held an intimate soirée to celebrate the release of its newest product, La Fontaine, at a private event space on 36th Street. After guests made their way in, they enjoyed cocktails and conversation before a lively seated dinner by Chef Ludo Lefebvre. Each seat welcomed guests to the beginning of a Réveillon—a French fête that honors celebration itself, and one that encourages drinking, eating, and conversation for hours. With that notion, we welcomed the new La Fontaine—an elegant four-spicket martini fountain sphere—that was inspired by the traditional absinthe fountains, and a series of them lined the dinner table. Joining Martin De Dreuille, the new North American VP of Grey Goose, and Vanessa Traina, the creative director of The Line, were guests like Joseph Altuzarra, Martha Hunt, and Lola Rykiel.
Last night, Hennessy welcomed guests to an event to explore its newest partnership with Opening Ceremony, hosted at the fashion retailer’s Manhattan flagship. Bringing together two cultures and the details of savoir-faire, the collaboration was centered around the debut of a first-ever limited-edition X.O travel bag—East Meets West. With cocktails in hand, special attendees got a first glimpse at the stunning gold bag, and toasted to a fun night of culture and craftsmanship.
Also last night at 180 the Store in TriBeCa was the U.S. debut of handcrafted Japanese brand Gaijin Made. Throughout the space were pieces made by the brand, such as vintage African Burkina Faso fabrics, indigo and Thai Batik dyed pieces, Indian Kantha embroidery, and Peruvian hand-knit pieces. The ready-to-wear label accompanied accessories and jewelry, which all will remain at the store through the end of December.
And down at 196 Orchard, guests joined together for the grand opening of the two stunning model residences by Tim Godbold and Alex White. The residences, which pay homage to the art and culture of the 1980s, were celebrates in festive fashion as a DJ spun Madonna-era tunes. In addition to original works by Keith Haring, we also caught sight of suede-lined walls by Phillip Jeffries, sculptural works by Mary Little, and rare furniture design pieces by Frank Gehry.