"The Scene" is PAPER's definitive roundup of the most stylish parties and events of the season. From fancy galas to intimate dinners, scroll through, below, to see what was on every person's social calendar in New York, LA and beyond.
Richard Christiansen's stunning Flamingo Estate home, a lush 7-acre garden in the hills of Los Angeles, was the setting for luxury retailer Mytheresa's Season of Earthly Decadence holiday cocktail on November 17. Guests including Tiffany Hadish, Aurora James, Humberto Leon, Erin Walsh and Aimee Song enjoyed enjoyed a decadent spread, Flamingo Estate Pink Moon Rosé, caviar from Caviar Kaspia, synchronized swimmers, and music from The Charleston Orchestra, led by Corey Gemme.
Designer and noted art buff Jonathan Anderson made a rare appearance in New York over the weekend. His first stop was at trendy piano bar The Nines to celebrate Charles Gaines’ new public artwork, The American Manifest: Moving Chains in Governors Island. The evening was hosted by the non-profit arts organization Creative Time and The Loewe Foundation, who will partner again for Creative Time's annual gala in December.
Vince, purveyor of sleek wardrobe essentials, hosted an intimate fashion show and dinner Wednesday night at Nordstrom's NYC flagship for the launch of its 20th anniversary collection, alongside stylist to the stars Kate Young and Vince's chic Creative Director Caroline Belhumeur. The presentation featured an installation of large fabric pebbles where models chilled against and cycled around as guests like Martha Stewart and Leyna Bloom took photos around the elegant space.
Aman's newly opened Jazz Club was the setting for Wednesday evening's swanky party with Bulgari, who was celebrating 50 years in America (the jeweler opened its first U.S. boutique in 1972). Katie Holmes, Peter Marino, Ivy Getty and Duckie Thot were there, as was Nicola Bulgari, Vice Chairman of Bulgari (and grandson of the brand's founder). Pieces from new Monete collection (the capsule created in celebration of the half-centennial) were on display as guests were treated to performances by Dev Hynes, Brian Newman and Angel & Dren.
Legendary Designer Betsey Johnson celebrated her milestone 80th Birthday this week in Los Angeles by hosting a launch party for her 80th Birthday Collection. The party was held at The Lombardi House. Her birthday guests included Chloe Cherry, Benny Drama, Gottmik, and Larsen Thompson. The 80th Birthday Collection is currently available online at betseyjohnson.com and is launching in-stores at Macy's this September.
Silk Laundry, the Australian-Canadian fashion label known for their signature satin slip dresses, kicked off the opening of their first NYC pop-up in Soho with an in-store cocktail party complete with floral arrangements and a performance from Kelly Zutrau (from Brooklyn indie pop brand Wet). Guests included founder Katie Kolodinski, Ama Elsesser, Sasha Frolova, Brianna Lance, Eloisa Santos, Fernando Casablancas, Gabrielle Richardson and Pam Nasr.
If there was ever a time to whip out your Miu Miu mini skirt set it was definitely this week, where the scorching heat has everyone going through the dog days of summer. They were also a fitting choice for the tennis court on Tuesday, where the brand took over the historic The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York for a little outdoor court-side soirée. (The posh members-only club was formerly the site of the US Open, which is now held a few miles away in Flushing Meadows.)
The pristine grass lawns were the perfect backdrop for guests like Richie Shazam, Ella Emhoff and Hailey Gates, all of whom wore matching sets from the brand's tennis-inspired Fall 2022 collection. Instructors were on hand to give newbies some lessons, while everyone vibed in the shade and enjoyed the oyster bar and cold refreshments.
Kenzo threw a downtown bash Saturday night in honor of creative director Nigo, who was in town to celebrate his first collection for the brand arriving in the US. Jaden Smith, Pusha T, Evan Mock, Nico Hiraga and Quil Lemons all parties with friends of the brand at the New Museum's Sky Room, a contemporary art space chosen for its ties to the second drop of the Fall collection's art concept. Guests were treated to a surprise performance from Pusha T and DJ sets by DJ Drama and Michael Gray Simpson
New online art venture Platform just turned one year in business, and to celebrate, they hosted a party at the The Bowery Hotel on Thursday night. Friends from the music, fashion and art worlds gathered to toast the anniversary, including Richie Shazam, Miranda July, Charlie Knepper and Lazaro Hernandez. Renowned gallerist David Zwirner, who partners with Platform in curating the contemporary artworks on offer each month, was also present.
One of fashion's favorite and go-to jewelry designers Jennifer Fisher drew a stylish crowd of tastemakers to celebrate the opening of her Soho store on 400 West Broadway, an extension of her flagship in Beverly Hills. Designers like Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Gigi Burris and Wes Gordon toasted Fisher and the new space, which carries a breadth of her fine and brass collection and will host a private VIP suite for private clientele shopping. It's a return to home for Fisher, who started her brand just a few steps away from this location.
Acne Studios may be based in Stockholm, but Paris has long played a big role in the brand's history (it continues to hold its ready-to-wear shows there during Fashion Week). And on Wednesday, two days before presenting its men's collection, Acne celebrated the opening of its newly renovated 219 rue Saint-Honoré corner boutique with a cocktail party that drew names like Omar Apollo, Rauw Alejandro, Russell Westbrook, Kaytranada and Snoh Allegra. Rosalía, who's been wearing the brand multiple times this year, also showed up in a look from its latest collection.
Peter Do and Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon threw a Vietnamese-themed bash at Nam Son restaurant in New York's Lower East Side to celebrate their sold-out collaboration on Farfetch Beat. Guests enjoyed traditional dishes like banh mi, shrimp balls and pho broth while enjoying performances by West Dakota, Panthera and Dynasty as well as DJ sets by queer Asian collective Bubble_T. Attendees included Japanese Breakfast, Bowen Yang, Matt Rogers, Jaboukie Young-White, Eric Sedeño and Hunter Abrams.
Free Arts NYC held its 23rd Annual Art Auction on Wednesday night at the Altman Building in Chelsea to honor New York artist Futura, with the evening presented Marc Jacobs and further supported by Supreme. The $1.2 million raised will go to the organization's youth arts and mentorship programs. Guests included Julia Fox, Richie Shazam, James Jebbia, Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, Marcelo Gaia, Rosie Perez and more.
Mulberry Celebrates New York Flagship and Softie Zine at Hotel Chelsea
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Mulberry recently opened a new flagship on 100 Wooster Street in Soho, which they kicked off with a new Zine featuring campaign star Ella Emhoff and their Softie handbags. To celebrate the launch, the British label hosted a cocktail and dinner at the Hotel Chelsea with a poetry reading by Seashell Coker and musical performance by Rainey Qualley. Guests included Margaret Qualley, Katerina Tannenbaum, Nicky Hilton, Tina Leung and Ezra William.
An eager group of guests lined up inside Fendi's 57th Street boutique on June 7 for a book signing with Kim Jones and Nikolai von Bismarck, who were in New York to celebrate the release of Rizzoli's The Fendi Set, a tome that chronicles Jones' first year as artistic director at the Roman house. (He oversees women's ready-to-wear and haute couture.)
A sampling of Von Bismarck's photographs featured in the book lined the walls around the Fendi boutique as guests mingled and perused through the stunning pages, which explore the creative inspiration of the Bloomsbury Set on Jones. Models Precious Lee and Bella Hadid came out for the intimate reception, as well as singer Lily Allen, Tommy Dorfman and more.
A new contemporary unisex label founded by Caroline McCaul just made its debut. Sans Gêne (a French saying meaning without constraint or embarrassment; free and easy), which launched today with its Pre-Fall 2022 collection, kicked off its arrival with an intimate dinner in Los Angeles at swanky hotspot Delilah. Guests included Luka Sabbat, Offset, Zack Bia, Shane Gonzales, G-Eazy, Reign Judge and Bloody Dior. A portion of proceeds from this collection are going to Nami.org.
Italian lingerie label Intimissimi gathered an intimate group of it-girls and starlets for dinner at Casa Cipriani to celebrate its new silk collection on May 11. Guests included Zion Moreno, Savannah Smith, Kate Bock and Emily Didonato.
Balmain opened its striking Madison Avenue store way back in September 2020, but creative director Olivier Rousteing hasn't been back in New York City since before that. So when the designer finally returned to the Big Apple this week, it was time for a proper celebration in the brand's boutique, which marked the first time Rousteing saw it in-person. Designers, models, influencers, clients and editors all came out Wednesday evening for the soiree, where the surrounding pavement was painted a bright shade of neon green for the festivities. It also marked the launch of a partnership with MintNFT to create a series of Balmain NFT offerings—the Balmain Non-Fungible Thread.
To celebrate the opening of Mango's new flagship on New York's Fifth Avenue, the Spanish fashion chain invited celebrities, influencers, models and editors to a two-part event: a cocktail inside the new Mediterranean-style store followed by an intimate dinner at iconic restaurant Balthazar in SoHo. Guests included Katie Holmes, Tommy Dorfman, Annabelle Wallis, Camille Charrière, Sofía Sánchez de Betak, Veronika Heilbrunner, Marc Forné and more. Mango also created a collection of NFTs with the artworks of three acclaimed Spanish artists: Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies and Miquel Barceló.
For his first-ever standalone pop-up store, New York-based designer and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Jonathan Cohen threw a celebratory cocktail among friends, fellow designers, artists and editors (his mom also flew in for the occasion). The two-story space, located in the Upper East Side, featured décor and furniture reflecting the brand's signature colorful florals and prints. Guests nibbled on delicious treats inspired by Cohen's Mexican heritage such as plantain chips and tamarind-infused ice cream while mingling with names like Angelica Hicks, Deborah Lippman, Gigi Burris, Ken Downing, Nancy Chilton, Sally Singer and Victor Glemaud.
The pop-up is open now until June 14 at 833 Madison Ave.
BCBG's new creative director Albino Riganello, an Italian designer who started last September and cut his teeth at St. John Knits, Dolce & Gabbana and Givenchy, hosted last night's intimate dinner celebrating the debut of his first collection for the brand — a comprehensive range of party frocks, sharp suiting, feathers, sequins and bold accessories, a few of which were on display at a rack in the front while a collection film played against the walls during dinner. Guests included Tayshia Adams, Emira D'Spain and Jessica Wang.
Grace Wales Bonner had plenty of reasons to celebrate last night at Lucien, the East Village hotspot where Saks Fifth Avenue hosted an intimate dinner in honor of the arrival of her label's Spring 2022 collection. Earlier that day, Wales Bonner was announced as the new Guest Designer to show in Florence at the prestigious Pitti Uomo in June.
Close friends of the brand joined Saks Fashion Director Roopal Patel to toast the designer, including Telfar Clemens, Kenneth Ize, Antoine Gregory, Ian Bradley and Andre Walker. Throughout the night, rumors were swirling that Wales Bonner could have some more big news in store — perhaps a creative directorship role at a luxury brand?
Later on, Julia Fox quietly made an appearance at the restaurant (the same place Kanye West gifted her a Birkin bag) and sat in a table in the back with friend Richie Shazam. A fitting end to a day full of surprises!
Dolce & Gabbana brought Mediterranean glamour to Miami on April 14 at an intimate cocktail event hosted with the luxury retailer MyTheresa in honor of their latest Exclusive Collection (launching May 4). Fashion VIPs and tastemakers like Athena Calderone, PJ Tucker, Dree Hemingway and Caroline Vreeland posed for photos against the stunning Biscayne Bay residence. The collection's signature lemon print was rendered all over the interiors of the Bath Club Miami Beach and Standard Hotel in celebration of the upcoming launch.
On April 13, fashion-favorite jewelry brand FoundRae hosted a cocktail at its TriBeCa flagship store to celebrate its 10th tenet: Reverie, the Path to Joy, which is available now on the brand's website. The brand launched in 2015 and is known for its jewelry combination of symbols that people use as tools for self-expression and communicate broader concepts — the latest tenet consists of a butterfly, spade, and the Roman Numeral 10. Guests included FoundRae creative director Beth Bugdaycay and campaign star Jemima Kirke; Lynn Yaeger, TK Wonder & Cipriana Quann, Stacy London and Lynn Yaeger.
WeHo’s Delilah was the place to see and be seen on Tuesday, when Brazilian superstar Anitta celebrated the launch of her capsule collection with SHEIN. Guests including Nikita Dragun, Gabi DeMartino, and Kane Lim arrived in luxury rides via Alto, and sipped tropical drinks to toast the 99-style collection. The collection is available today at Shein.com.
Fashion’s finest flocked to The Glasshouse on Monday to celebrate the Fashion Scholarship Fund’s 85th Annual Awards ceremony, hosted by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Renée Elise Goldsberry. Fashion Finalists presented their work to the audience, which included Anna Wintour, Shannon Abloh, Jonathan Anderson, Vanessa Friedman, Deborah Roberts, and more. The FSF also paid tribute to the legacy of Virgil Abloh, friend and partner of the FSF, with a special celebration.
Saks Fifth Avenue teamed up with designer LaQuan Smith to host a fashion game night in New York City's Temple Bar, where drag queens and performers like Xunami Muse, Beaujangles and Janelle No 5 lip-synced to Naomi Campbell reads before getting the crowd involved with LaQuan-inspired trivia games.
Valentino's Rendez-Vous collection for Spring 2022 has landed on the main floor of Bergdorf Goodman, and the retailer threw an intimate dinner co-hosted by Linda Fargo and Emma Roberts to celebrate the arrival. Guests included Charles Melton, Thomas Doherty and Xenia Adonts. Other Rendez-Vous experiences will a flower cart on the first floor, a pastry stand in the brand’s second floor shoe department and a vintage pink taxi stationed on 58th Street and Fifth Avenue.
76 Wooster St in SoHo was the place to be Thursday night as the fashion and nightlife crowds gathered to celebrate Christian Cowan's first-ever retail location, which he opened in partnership with Smashbox Cosmetics and Square. The two-level space, complete with power pink floors and racks filled with the designer's signature party frocks, was packed with guests like SNL's Heidi Gardner, drag stars Aquaria and CT Hedden, model Teddy Quinlivan, downtown It-girl Linux, rapper Dave East and Housewives star Leah McSweeney.
It's easy to see why shoe lovers are obsessed with Mach & Mach of late. The Georgian label's sparkly crystal-encrusted bow heels make the ultimate fashion statement, as the many women who wore them to the brand's cocktail party at Nordstrom's NYC flagship can attest.
Hosts Joan Smalls and Rickie De Sole (Nordstrom's new Women's Designer Fashion & Editorial Director) were on hand to celebrate Mach & Mach's Y2K fantasy-themed pop-up on the ground floor — the first time a US department store carries their full assortment of ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories and jewelry.
Guests including the brand's sister co-founders Nina and Gvantsa Macharashvili, Nicky Hilton, Rocky Barnes, Jessica Joffe and Tina Leung all mingled in the store's 2nd floor WOLF restaurant while sipping on pink cosmos and nibbling on cotton candy.
On Wednesday evening, Saks Fifth Avenue hosted an intimate cocktail reception at L'Avenue at Saks to celebrate the graduating class of New Wave, an emerging designer accelerator program kicked off in April 2021. The inaugural group of brands included Alejandra Alonso Rojas, Ashya, A.W.A.K.E. Mode, BruceGlen, Busayo, Kimberly Goldson, LaQuan Smith and Reese Cooper.
The year-long program gives participating designers access to mentorship and entrepreneurial workshops, and each brand had the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to support their business operations and growth. Saks will launch the second year of its program next month with another group of designers.