This week, we attended an array of exciting events, including award ceremonies, charity benefits, and collection debuts.
On Monday in New York at the IAC Building, model and designer Alexa Chung was awarded “Launch of the Year” at the 31st Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards (FNAA). (The news follows a previous award two years ago, in 2015, with the FNAA honor of Style Influence of the Year.) Chung was recognized for ALEXACHUNG—her fashion label that launched in May 2017, which carries an assortment of daywear, eveningwear, shoes, and jewelry. Friend and writer Derek Blasberg presented her with the award, while other honorees like Virgil Abloh, Hailey Baldwin, Attico, Stan Smith, and more, were acknowledged.
Tuesday brought a private dinner at Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street in New York for artist and photographer Petra Collins and a group of special guests, like Adwoa Aboah, Syv De Blare, Paloma Elsesser, Barbara Ferriera, Tavi Gevinson, Dev Hynes, Marilyn Minter, Bettina Prentice, Madeline Poole, Safdie, Laurie Simmons, Diana Veras, and more. Gucci hosted the dinner, celebrating the release of Collins’ Rizzoli-published book of photography entitled Coming of Age, which features the creators’ friends and peers.
From there, we stopped by PUBLIC hotel for PUBLIC Arts’ showcase of Bang & Olufsen’s three-part residency. The night showcased jazz quartet BADBADNOTGOOD, with people like creator and designer Virgil Abloh, model Jacquelyn Jablonski, art influencer Molly Gottschalk in attendance.
Wednesday afternoon took us to Spring Studios, where the 23rd annual ARTWALK NY event was held. Benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless, the event welcomed over 750 guests to raise $860,000 in support of humane and cost-effective solutions to mass homelessness. This year’s event, presented by Max Mara, spotlighted the work of artist honoree Louise Fishman and philanthropic honorees Vincent and Shelly Fremont, with a special appearance by Debbie Harry. “The remarkable turnout and high energy crowd made this a hugely successful event,” said David Giffen, Executive Director of Coalition for the Homeless. “It was really moving to see so many compassionate New Yorkers come out to support our homeless neighbors.”
Last night at the Angel Orensanz Center in New York, Zenith celebrated its newest watch, produced in collaboration with music producer and art mogul Swizz Beatz. “Zenith is the brand of confidence. It’s also the brand that has mastered the art of time and quality,” said Beatz. “Zenith is the brand of the future and I’m happy to be a part of it with Mr Biver and Julien. Sky’s not the limit, it’s just the view.” The “Defy” collection, made up of only five Defy El Primero 21 Swizz Beatz Edition Unique pieces, was raffled off for charity Gathering for Justice. The charity organization, founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte, aims to end child incarceration and eliminate the racial inequities in the criminal justice system. Julien Tornare, Zenith CEO, added, “I am thrilled and really glad to share this event with our great friend Swizz to benefit the Gathering for Justice. Zenith is experiencing a fantastic year of success and sharing it is part of our values.”
Last night also brought a celebration at Dior for “Dior Lady Art #2”—a new collection which the brand invited ten artists to be apart of. For the collection, Dior invited a diverse group of artists—including Lee Bul, John Giorno, Hong Hao, Friedrich Kunath, Namsa Leuba, Betty Mariani, Jamilla Okubo, Jack Pierson, Spencer Sweeney and David Wiseman—to put their distinct spin on the iconic Lady Dior bag. Guests like Cleo Wade, Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Leigh Lezark, Alexandra Richards were in attendance and dressed in Dior, mingling with other attendees like David Wiseman, Friederich Kunath, Jack Pierson, Jamilla Okubo, Spencer Sweeney, de Pourtales, Charlotte Sarkozy, Geordon Nicol, Shirin von Wulffen, and Richard Armstrong. The limited-edition collaboration handbags are available worldwide at select Dior boutiques starting today.
For a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, we’re headed to City Point to check out #SWEETBKLYN—a charitable social initiative for RxArt that opened on November 21. The mural created by Will Cotton prompts visitors to take a selfie in front of it, or your favorite sweet spot in Brooklyn, and post it to Instagram. For every #SWEETBKLYN hashtag, City Point makes a $1 donation to RxArt. Additionally, Lyft is joining in the efforts with code SWEETBKLYN, giving new users a $10 credit, and existing users 10% off their next ride—both of which donate $5 to RxArt.