For this edition of Friday Fête, Whitewall is looking back on some fun recent events with Fendi, Prada, and Christian Louboutin, and more.
Last Sunday, January 12, Fendi held a cocktail at its men’s pop-up in Milan to celebrate the its new Spring/Summer 2020 “Solar Dream” collection. Hosted by Serge Brunschwig and Silvia Venturini Fendi, the event featured a bespoke tent by Pequin, tunes by Agoria, and cocktails like the Solar Dream and the Sunrise Tonic by Belvedere Vodka. Guests in attendance included Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Nico Vascellari, Dylan Sprouse, Barbara Palvin, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Iris Law.
Last Thursday, January 16, The Whitney in New York hosted an evening in celebration of Lingua Franca and Christine Sun Kim’s new limited-edition collection for The Whitney Shop and the opening of the exhibition “Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019.” Guests like Alysia Reiner, Lauri Freeman, Brendon Babenzien, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, and Julia Chiang gathered at the museum for a private tour of the show led by curators Jennie Goldstein and Elisabeth Sherman, followed by dinner in the Jane Hotel’s restaurant Old Rose.
Last Friday, January 17, Christian Louboutin celebrated the launch of its new sneaker, the HAPPYRUI, in Paris at Le Palace. Co-hosted by Antidote magazine and Mr. Louboutin, other guests in attendance were Amy and Aya Suzuki, Kristina Bazan, Brice Abby, Regis Abby, Violet Chachki, Lucas Bravo, and Ben Herbez, who danced to performances by DJ BOSTON BUN and LOUISAHHH.
Last Sunday, Prada opened the fourth iteration of its traveling social club, Prada Mode Paris. Hosted at the 1983 Belle Époque restaurant Maxim’s de Paris, the brand—along with the help of AI researcher and professor Kate Crawford and artist and researcher Trevor Paglen—transformed the restaurant into an installation surrounding data gathering, surveillance, and facial recognition, entitled “Making Faces.” Coinciding with the opening of Haute Couture week, guests like Virginie Efira, Jake Chapman, Alexa Chung, Kaia Gerber, Sarah Lavoine, and Brigitte Lacombe visited the club over its two-day run.
On Saturday, photographer Ellen von Unwerth hosted a lively evening at Fotografiska New York honoring her new exhibition in the space, “Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women,” which surrounds themes of love, play, power, gender, lust, passion, and drama. To inaugurate the space, guests in attendance, including Cipriana Quann, Camilla Staerk, Danielle Herrington, Emily Shephard, Harry Brant, Timo Weiland, and The Blonds gathered to celebrate the photographer with a late night full of music and dancing.
Yesterday evening in New York, the International Center of Photography (ICP) launched its new Essex Street space, inaugurated by four exhibitions—Tyler Mitchell’s “I can make you feel good,” “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop,” “The Lower East Side: Selections from the ICP Collection,” and a video installation on facial recognition entitled “James Coupe: Warriors.” Partygoers—like Questlove A$AP TyY, Jasmine Lobe, Marisa Tomei, Katie Holander, Peggy Anderson, and Vikki Tobak—sipped Regal Apple cocktails by Crown Royal and Ciroc while enjoying musical entertainment by DJ April Hunt. The night was complete with a surprise dance performance by Les Indes Galantes: Paris Opera’s Cal Hunt.
Also last night, Ruinart Champagne invited guests like Jonah King, Ash Owens, JiaJia Fei, Hannah Levy, Eric Shiner, and Heidi Lee to the New Museum for a preview of its new exhibit, “Forever First”—a mixed reality pop-up. Those in attendance were able to catch a first look at the never-before-seen augmented reality experience Dawn Chorus and virtual reality installation Tree, which were created by emerging artists from the NEW INC cultural incubator.