The jet-set alighted last night for the opening of “Richard Hambleton New York”, exhibiting this pioneering street-artist's striking and dark images curated by Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld (son of Carine, editor at French Vogue) and Andy Valmorbida in collaboration with Giorgio Armani. Accents and languages from all over the globe were welcome but micro-mini black dresses and impossible stilettos were de rigeur. At the gallery, a warehouse-like space, at 560 Washington Street, the likes of Lily Donaldson, Ciara, Carine Roitfeld and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and Stavros Niarchos were mingling as aspiring model cater-waiters weaved through the crowd with limitless flutes of Roederer champagne.
Eventually, the Black-Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” came on over the loudspeakers, signaling the transition to Indochine for the after party. There, more beautiful waiters served bite-sized portions of Indochine’s signature appetizers while bartenders served up (more!) champagne and Grey-Goose cocktails. Various fashion heavyweights (figuratively speaking) and it girl cuties held court at tables on the sides of the room—Mme Roitfeld had the table of honor complete with bottles of Cristal—while the crowd packed central portion of the restaurant. DJ Nick Cohen manned the decks, starting with one hour of 80s—Jackson 5 figured prominently—before segueing into Cut Copy, MGMT and Top 40. By 1:30, when we retired for the night everyone was dancing on the banquettes -- including Carine! The biggest star of the night, however, may have been relative unknown Amalie Wichmann for her black dress, the back of which was made entirely with see-through black lace! Well, as the kids say, “go big or go home”.