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Our weekly Friday Fête column highlights the best celebrations of the week. Below, we take through some of our favorites.
On Tuesday at Spring Studios, we kicked off the week with Planned Parenthood’s Spring Into Action gala. The night began with a cocktail reception and music by Mia Moretti, followed by a seated dinner with speeches from those highlighted throughout the night: Board Chair of Planned Parenthood, Katie Danziger; Champion of Change Award recipient, actor, and activist Laverne Cox; the new President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Laura McQuade; and Woman of Valor Award recipient and the former Planned Parenthood Federation of America President, Cecile Richards. Throughout the night, special guests posed for photos in front of a Kehinde Wiley backdrop and enjoyed a live auction by Joe Dunning from Sotheby’s. Photographs by Collier Shorr, an engraved marble bench by Jenny Holzer, and a Marilyn Minter-painted Audi car donated from the personal collection of Dave Gahan were all auctioned off to raise funds for the organization. After the auction, guests made their way to the after party downstairs with music from Questlove.
Ballroom Marfa also held its spring fundraiser at Hôtel Americano in celebration of The Ballroom Marfa International Surf Club. Featuring Salón Alemán (a bar by artist Eduardo Sarabia), a performance by Master Plus, and a DJ set from Lizzi Bougatsos, the night welcomed guests to dinner, cocktails, and live music. Also special for the event was the launch of an eBay auction for Sarabia’s works, which are now on sale to benefit new artist commissions at Ballroom Marfa.
Also on Tuesday night was a special preview dinner of the Swiss Institute’s new location in the East Village. Held at the non-profit’s new 7,500-square-foot Selldorf Architects-designed location at 38 St. Marks Place, the evening was hosted by the Swiss Institute’s Chair, Maja Hoffmann, and Director, Simon Castets. In partnership with Brioni and Christie’s, the night consisted of dinner by renowned Chef Daniel Humm, and welcomed artists and leading donors to explore the new space that is set to hold exhibition space, a library, a bookstore, a useable rooftop, and more.
On Wednesday evening, Dior, Artsy, and Bergdorf Goodman hosted a cocktail party at the retailer to celebrate the works of nine artists from The Artsy Vanguard, showcased at Bergdorf Goodman. The Artsy Vanguard (an initiative supporting contemporary artists) selected artists Hayden Dunham, Lena Henke, and Hannah Levy to create a site specific installation in the iconic Fifth Avenue windows of the store, on view through May 20. Guests like Hannah Bronfman, Charlotte Sarkozy, Hayden Dunham, and Tyler Mitchell explored the Dior Fall/Winter2018 collection, while enjoying champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and art from the other six celebrated artists from The Artsy Vanguard.
Also on Wednesday, LOEWE celebrated the announcement of Jennifer Lee as the winner of its second edition of The Loewe Craft Prize. “Jennifer Lee for me is a landmark in form,” said Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE. On display through May 17, a part of the London Craft Week program, is the LOEWE Craft Prize exhibition featuring all 30 finalists’ entries.
And in Los Angeles that night, Simon Spurr, the Creative Director of EIDOS, held a cocktail event at Soho House West Hollywood to celebrate his first collection, Fall/Winter 2018, and the latest offerings from his footwear brand MarchNYC. Notable guests (like Ilaria Urbinati, Brad Goreski, Ashley Weston, Jonathan Tucker, Kendrick Sampson, Robbie Rogers, George Kotsiopoulos, Ryan Kwanten, Jason Spire, Ross Cassidy, Josh Peskowitz, Andrew Wietz, Nazia Khan, Warren Baker, Sarrah Candee, and James Shay) danced to DJed tunes, sipped hand-crafted cocktails, posed with the Otium art instillation, and browsed the new clothing.
Last night, Tiffany & Co. welcomed the debut of its latest jewelry collection, Tiffany Paper Flowers, and its campaign film starring actor Elle Fanning entitled Believe in Dreams. At the Fifth Avenue flagship, Chief Executive Officer, Alessandro Bogliolo, and Chief Artistic Office, Reed Krakoff, welcomed special guests like Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Yara Shahidi, Kendall Jenner, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Paulson, Greta Gerwig, Ava Phillippe, Hailey Baldwin, Maddie Ziegler, Doutzen Kroes, and more. A$AP Ferg ended the festive night with modern remake of the classic song Moon River, which is seen in the campaign film.
Also last night on Fifth Avenue, we celebrated the opening of Longchamp’s newest location. Outside for the event, and open through the weekend, was Café de Longchamp—a pop-up Parisian café to welcome the new store. Walking inside, we caught sight of Les Twins DJing and chatting with Paris Jackson, while guests partook in a spin-the-wheel prize giveaway downstairs, posed for sketch artists, visited the rosé and champagne bar, and mingled with VIP attendees like campaign star Kendall Jenner, Aline Weber, Calu Rivero, Cara Delevingne, Crystal Reed, Dylana Suarez, Eniko Mihalik, Jeanne Damas, Jenny Walton, Jeremy Scott, Juliette Longuet,Krystal Bick, Lola Rykiel, Marina Nery, Paris Jackson, Patricia Manfield, Pauline Hoarau, Ryan McGinness, Sarah Andelman, Scott Eastwood, Scott Schuman, Sophie Elgort,Sofia Reising, and Victoria Brito. The brand is also celebrating its newest collaboration with Shayne Oliver, which launched today.