This week, all around the globe, there were celebrations to ring in new fashion collections, immersive environments, and the start of summer. Below is Whitewall’s list of highlighted soirées.
On Sunday in Milan, Missoni kicked off men’s fashion week with a dinner party at Mari & Co. Special attendees—like Angela Missoni, Rosita Missoni, Giacomo Missoni, Ottavio Missoni Jr., Francesco Maccapani Missoni, Caroline Issa, Ada Kokosar, Marcelo Burlon, Josh Peskowitz, and Will Welch—celebrated the house’s SS19 collection while mingling amongst festive décor and racing bikes once owned by Angela’s late brother, Vittorio.
Also that night in Milan at Cracco in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, ISAIA hosted a dinner for 40 industry friends to celebrate the new collection and the launch of its “MiniMe” collections. Guests like Nick Wooster, Nick Sullivan, Scott Schuman, Jenny Walton, Jacob Gallagher, John Tietz, Johannes Huebl, Josh Peskowitz, Cesare Cunaccia, Simon Spurr, Gianluca Isaia, and Giampalo Alliata joined in on the festivity.
On Monday, YOOX and onefinestay hosted a dinner at a private residence on Jane Street in New York, celebrating the kick-off to summer. With cocktails, canapes from Chef Flynn McGarry, and Kim Crawford wine, guests from all over the globe—like Jesse Allouf, Pari Ehsan, Tom Florio, Lisa Smith, Maika Valentine, Carl Cho, Margarita Podolej, Gabrielle de Papp, Ian Monroe, Erik Maza, and Peju Famojure—mingled well into the night.
That night, we also ventured to Ladurée in SoHo to celebrate the debut of fashion model-turned-chef Caroline Byron’s new book Gluten Free, Naturally. The private event was hosted in the café’s garden by Byron, who is an advocate for French cuisine and pastry that is harm-free.
From there, we headed to Café Gitane (which officially opens in mid-July) in Brooklyn for the release of artist André Saraiva’s playful new belt collection with Beltology. The new unisex belts feature the artist’s signature quirky smiley face drawing and come in a variety of five vibrant colors. Coming with custom pins in a cotton canvas pouch, the belt is also meant to be accessorized, featuring André’s works of art as the wearer’s own.
On Wednesday, we traveled up to Central Park to join in on the Central Park Conservancy’s annual Evening in the Garden celebration. Hosted by Greensward Circle, the event brought together a network of over 500 young professionals and philanthropists, raising over $120,000 in support of the organization’s mission to maintain and enhance the park. Guests enjoyed bites by Ocean Prime New York, the MasalaWala, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Spoonable Spirits, Angel of Harlem, Georgetown Cupcakes SoHo, and Insomnia Cookies, and drinks by Coppersea Distilling and Tres Papalotes Mezcal. Throughout strolls in the six-acre garden, guests enjoyed music by The Sugar Tones brass band and by DJ SMA.
Last night in Boston, The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Max Mara hosted The 2018 ICA Gala at the museum’s new space, the ICA Watershed. The 500 special guests arrived by a ferry across the Boston Harbor, greeted by a presentation of the house’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection, and got a firsthand look at the inaugural exhibition by artist Diana Thater. After a cocktail reception, guests sat for an elegant dinner prepared by The Catered Affair, live music by DiverCity Band, and danced the night away to DJ Big Bear. The night culminated in raising over $1.3 million for the museum.
But in New York we traveled downtown to Battery Park for St-Germain’s second annual Maison St-Germain immersive experience. This year, the environment was designed by celebrity stylist Kate Young, while wrangling in the talents of floral designer Brittany Asch of BRRCH and production designer Marla Weinhoff. Inspired by the lavish parties of the 1920s—like those of Salvador Dali, and read about in books by F. Scott Fitzgerald like The Beautiful and Damned—the whimsical celebration featured DJed tunes by MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, cocktails using St-Germain by global ambassador Camille Ralph Vidal, and a chance to experience the importance of the brand’s elderflower harvesting.
Also last night at Ilegal Mezcal, Rose Bar joined in hosting the joint duo’s latest exhibition “TRES: A Visual Exploration of Muxes in Juchitán.” Coinciding with NYC Pride month, the exhibition, co-curated by Rose Bar’s creative director, Matthew Green, and Illegal Mexcal’s Kaylan Rexer, included works by photographer Lindsey Byrnes mixed-media artist Lolita Matsui that highlighted Juchitán culture—the only place In Mexico that acknowledges a third gender.
And finally, GRUPO GITANO celebrated the GITANO NYC at 76 Varick Street with its founder and owner, actor and producer James Gardner, and co-owner, Melissa Perlman. Special guests like Alexander Gilkes, Brandon Maxwell, Carlos Quairte, Chloe Sevigny, Geordon Nicol, Ian Mellencamp, and Alex Lundqvist experienced Tulum’s tropical vibes with contemporary Mexican cuisine and cocktails.
We finished the night at The Standard, High Line to welcome a new art piece, The Amazon, by French artist Prune Nourry. Inspired by Greek mythology and rooted in the artist’s experience with breast cancer, the piece is located in The Plaza, and was celebrated by guests like JR, Jennifer Lawrence, Grace De Niro, David O’Russell, Darren Aronofsky, Kyle MacLachlan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jane Rosenthal, Jon Batiste, Jose Parla, Art Spiegelman, and Julie Peugeot. Attendees enjoyed dinner at The Standard Grill’s Pergola with treats by The Standard’s new creative director of food and culture, Angela Dimayuga.