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Friday Fête: CFDA Hosts 2018 Fashion Awards, Hästens Celebrates Sleep, and More

For this Friday Fête, Whitewall takes you through some of this week’s hottest events, including those hosted by Hästens, Roberto Cavalli, the CFDA, and more.

Monday night was the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski. Hosted by Issa Rae, the event awarded: Raf Simons, Womenswear Designer of the Year for Calvin Klein; Supreme, Menswear Designer of the Year; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Accessory Designer of the Year; Donatella Versace, International Award; Kim Kardashian West, Influencer Award; and Naomi Campbell, Fashion Icon. That night, Oprah Winfrey also presented Edward Enninful with the Media Award and the CFDA members and designers (Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Thom Browne, Jeffrey Banks, John Varvatos, Donna Karan, Marcus Wainwright, Jason Wu, and Diane von Furstenberg. Tory Burch, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Norma Kamali, Calvin Klein, and Reed Krakoff) presented Ralph Lauren with the CFDA Members Salute via a soundscape.

Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli.

On Tuesday, Roberto Cavalli hosted a cocktail reception to debut a new tableware collection, including an exclusive foliage print vase that was created just for the event. In a limited edition of 30, the house’s creative director Paul Surridge designed the vases with a print from the house’s archives that Mr. Cavalli took during his travels.

From there, we traveled to Brooklyn for BRIC’s unveiling of Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós’ light sculpture HEDERA in Prospect Park. As a part of BRIC Arts 40th Anniversary, attendees joined in on the festivities with the festival’s executive producer, Jack Walsh, artistic director, Rachel Chanoff, and Leslie Schultz, the outgoing President of BRIC, and other guests with an opening night concert by Common and a music set by DJ Spinna.

Marcel Wanders.

Courtesy of Roche Bobois and Marcel Wanders.

Also that night was a discussion between Roche Bobois and designer Marcel Wanders in honor of his new “Globe Trotter” collection which was unveiled during Milan Design Week. Moderated by Cindy Allen, the editor in chief of Interior Design, the talk targeted storytelling in design and the cultural and literary references that inspired the collection.

And in Chelsea, we stopped by an event by Hästens and Million Dollar Listing New York star Fredrik Eklund. Guests like America’s Next Top Model coach, J. Alexander, joined Jan Ryde, fifth generation owner of Hästens, to talk about the nine hours of sleep a night he enjoys.


John Varvatos, Vera Wang, Thom Browne, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Marcus Wainwright.
Courtesy of the CFDA.

On Thursday at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), guests celebrated the annual Conservatory Ball. NYBG’s chief executive officer and The William C. Steere Sr. president, Gregory Long, was honored for his 29 years of service, with the event beginning with cocktails in the Perennial Garden followed by dinner and dancing in the Conservatory Tent.



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