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Friday Fête: An Evening with The Macallan, Sandro Opens a New Flagship, and More

Pearl Fontaine

8 November 2019

For this edition of Friday Fête, we’re looking back on the happenings of the last week, including events with The Macallan, Sandro, The Webster, and more.

Last Friday in New York, the creators of 111 West 57th Street welcomed guests for a preview of the building’s first completed residence on the 43rd floor. Officially the second tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, the 1,428-foot-tall structure was designed by SHoP Arhitects and features interior architecture and décor by Studio Sofield.

New Museum’s 2019 NextGen Dinner with Alexander McQueen
Photo by Yvonne Tnt/
Courtesy of New Museum and Alexander McQueen.

On Monday, for the beginning of Gratitude Week, The Macallan hosted over 200 guests for An Evening of Rarities—a black-tie celebration at Hudson Yards in recognition of some of the best bartenders in the spirits industry. Those in attendance were able to sample rare Macallan varieties like No.6, M, Reflexion, Rare Cask Black, Edition No. 5, and Estate, while enjoying details like an edible herb garden of garnishes, hand carved ice cubes, and an opportunity to have professional headshots taken. The event was also a chance to give back to the community, as they presented a generous donation to USBG’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.

Tuesday evening was a busy one, starting with the opening of Sandro’s new Prince Street flagship. Celebrating the opening of the location, the brand invited guests like Martha Hunt, Georgia Fowler, Tyler Cameron, Susie Lau, and Dyllon Burnside to a cocktail hosted by founders Evelyne and Ilan Chetrite and actress, Natalia Dyer. The night featured Parisian-inspired cocktails and snacks, along with a set by DJ Isaac Likes.

Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Montblanc
Courtesy of Montblanc.

Also Tuesday, SculptureCenter hosted its annual gala at Carol Bove’s studio. Guests from the art world like Marian Goodman, Nate Lowman, Sanford Biggers, Paula Cooper, Beth Rudin Dewoody, Fred Wilson, and Diana Al-Hadid came together for an evening of dinner and festivities honoring Nairy Baghramian and Mary Ceruti, and the museum’s new director, Christian Rattemeyer.

Wrapping up the night, luxury retailer The Webster celebrated the release of a new limited-edition collection with Montblanc at its Soho location. The capsule—which includes a Solitaire fountain pen and other writing implements like an ink bottle and stationery—was launched with an event that saw guests like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Spike Lee, and Peter Sarsgaard who enjoyed a night of music by DJ Mona Matsuoka. Special attendees left the party with personalized sketches of themselves, created by a fashion illustrator who used a Montblanc pen and ink.

Photo by TIffany Sage/
Courtesy of Sandro.

On Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, Vacheron Constantin‘s Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar timepiece was awarded the Innovation prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Designed to align with a modern active lifestyle, the honorary watch features a display with hours, minutes, date, month, leap-year cycle, and a power reserve that has the capability to be extended to at least 65 days, with the help of the watch’s dual frequencies.

Next, New York’s New Museum and Alexander McQueen hosted the annual NextGen Dinner, honoring Kaari Upson as this year’s celebrated artist who’s shaping the current discourse of contemporary art. Guests like Soo Joo Park, Louise Lawler, Bettina Prentice, Frank Benson, Jamillah James, Dara Allen, Roopal Patel, Josh Kline, Alexander McQueen’s CEO Emmanual Gintzburger, and Massimiliano Gioni, the museum’s Edlis Neeson Artistic Director, came together at 99 Scott in Brooklyn for an evening meal featuring a custom menu by Bite. The night was complete with music by Mia Moretti and a viewing of Frank Benson’s Human Statue Series (Sky Room), printed exclusively for the evening.

Courtesy of SculptureCenter.

And finally, Thursday night came to an end with cocktails and light bites for the grand opening of the Conrad New York Midtown. Formerly the site of The London NYC, the Conrad is a 54-story 562-suite hotel with sublime views of Central Park. During the opening, guests were able to preview the Stonehill Taylor-designed luxury accommodations, including a two-story penthouse, a signature restaurant, Dabble, and an extensive collection of contemporary art.


Courtesy of The Macallan.



Photo by Peter Murdock
Courtesy of 111 West 57th Street.



Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin.



Courtesy of the Conrad New York Midtown.









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