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Friday Fête: MAD Throws a Ball, Max Mara Presents Ballroom Marfa, The Salon Art + Design Opens, and More

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.

Last Friday, we kicked off the weekend with an ode to Dia de los Muertos at Per Se in New York. Hosted by Patrón Tequila and Chef Thomas Keller, the night welcomed guests like Guillermo del Toro, Chef Ming Tsai, Lee Applbaum, and Harrison Bader to a paired menu with classic cocktails reimagined with tequila. To further celebrate the Mexican holiday, the brand payed homage to its homeland with a special live performance by Mariachi Moya from Jalisco, Mexico.

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Photo by Bram VanderMark.
Courtesy of Patrón Tequila.

On Monday, we joined art insiders for a preview cocktail before Salon Art + Design opened at The XI Visionaries Gallery—the sales gallery and exhibition space from of HFZ Capital Group‘s newest development, The XI, designed by Bjarke Ingels. There, guests were welcomed to explore the permanent work of Es Devlin while mingling with guests like Ziel and Helene Feldman, Jill Bokor, Jennifer Roberts, Kimberly Sheppard, and Cordelia Lembo.

Tuesday at The Garage in New York brought the Spaghetti Western Gala by Ballroom Marfa, presented by Max Mara. Merging influences of the Southwest of American with those of Italy, the night celebrated films from the 1960s, Western fashion and food, and honored Sofia Coppola. After entering through swinging saloon doors, guests made their way through an immersive desert landscape while sipping cocktails by Casa Dragones. A silent auction was on view, too, including works by artists like Rashid Johnson and Ed Ruscha. Those dressed in their best Western getups made their way to a seated dinner at long tables covered in checkered tablecloths, topped with plates of spaghetti and meatballs and wine bottles holding candlesticks.

Museum of Arts and Design.

Russell Burke, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Marian Burke.
Photo by Joe Schildhorn for BFA.
Courtesy Museum of Arts and Design.

At Cipriani on 42nd Street, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held its annual MAD Ball. That night, the museum welcomed guests to celebrate this year’s honorees: Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta, automotive leader Cadillac, artist Nancy Rubins, architect Annabelle Selldorf, and the Sugar Hill Capital Partners Studio Program founded by Jay Solomon. A glamorous cocktail reception and silent auction began the night, followed by a seated dinner and a presentation of the museum’s Visionaries! awards. The night culminated in the announcement of artist Cannupa Hanska Luger as this year’s Burke Prize winner, presented by Russell and Marian Burke.

On Madison Avenue at Barneys New York, interior designer Ryan Korban hosted a chic cocktail party in The Curated Space—a curated home installation pop-up at the store in Barneys Home. There, guests like Amy Astley, Fernando Garcia, Jessica Joffe, and Behati Prinsloo explored Korban’s new furniture collection, thumbed through his second book entitled Ryan Korban: Interiors, and shopped a variety of accessories by both him and Barneys.

The XI.

Courtesy of The XI.

On Wednesday in The Crown Penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue, we joined Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation for an evening of philanthropy and photography. Joining photographer Gavin Bond for the reveal of his The Bond x BJWT Premiere Collection—a series of over 30 exclusive images and a film shot in Mexico over four years—were guests like Russell Glotfelty, Robert Gladstone, Fern Mallis, Amy Sacco, Pippa Cohen, Donna D’Cruz, Marci Freedman, Grace Hightower DeNiro, Collette Caesar, Elena Kurnosova, Bonnie Young, and Kelly Bensimon. During an intimate cocktail reception presented by Russell Glotfelty, founder of AXIOM Fine Art, supporters gathered to kick off the first of several fundraising initiatives for the animal sanctuary.

Last night, UK-based fashion label Whistles opened its first New York location downtown on Spring Street. The 1,000-square-foot space welcomed its first visitors to a collection of womenswear, limited edition pieces, footwear, and accessories. Its interior was designed in collaboration with Matter—a London-based art, design, and fabrication studio. With a gallery-inspired aesthetic, the new store exemplifies sculptural references with artisanal approaches, showing handcrafted fixtures, and rich materials, and large-scale paintings by artist Rosie Tonkin.

Barneys

Photo by Neil Ramus for BFA.
Courtesy of Barneys New York.

Downtown on 49 Chambers Street, a special reception was held to showcase the five new model residences. With interiors by designer Amy Kalikow, the homes—ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms—are housed in one of the most significant beaux-arts landmark buildings in TriBeCa. With cocktails and bites from Nobu in hand, over 200 guests mingled while discussing the esteemed approach to a new type of residential living.

On 31st Street at the Arlo NoMad hotel, Shackleton Whisky presented a first look at its immersive #ArloArctica escape. Modeled after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the British Antarctica in 1907, the cozy terrace atmosphere greeted guests to cocktails by the brand, South Pole pizza, and an ice hut experiences 31 floors above the city at The Heights.

Courtesy of Black Jaguar-White Tiger.

Brad Ingalls, Nikki Field, Steve Field, Russell Glotfelty, Gavin Bond.
Courtesy of Black Jaguar-White Tiger.

And uptown at the Park Avenue Armory, the seventh edition of the Salon Art + Design fair kicked off with a well-attended preview of over 55 leading art and design galleries. The evening started with a benefit hour in support of Dia Art Foundation, later amounting to over 3,700 guests stopping by to see vintage, modern, and contemporary works. On view through November 12, the fair also shines with its Collector’s Lounge—this year deigned by London-based Charles Burnand and sponsored by Ruinart, Phillips, Incollect, Karma Automotive, B&B Italia, and Hennessy Paradis Impérial.

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