In this week’s edition of Friday Fête, we’re looking back at events with brands like Fendi, Bvlgari, Issey Miyake, and more.
On Monday evening in New York City, Indonesian dining destination Wayan celebrated its first anniversary with a themed cocktail. Hosted by co-owner Ezra William, the event saw guests—like Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Fernando Garcia, Alex Assouline, Jean-Georges, Phillippe Vongerichten, and Gigi Burris—sipping Casa Dragones tequila (including a specialty cocktail called Yas Queen) and enjoying performances by Beaujangless and DJ Matthew Mazur. Partygoers were also treated to signature dishes like satay skewers, mushroom spring rolls, and mini corn fritters from the restaurant’s chef Cedric Vongerichten.
On Tuesday, Issey Miyake debuted “Ikko Tanaka No. 5,” the newest installation in its tribute to the late graphic designer. Launched in 2016, the collection observes a new series from the Ikko Tanaka’s oeuvre each year, transforming his bold colors and motifs into wearable works of art. In its fifth edition, the collection turned to the designer’s 1990 “Botanical Garden” series for inspiration, creating a selection of free moving silhouettes that make the wearer appear as if they’re a flower blowing in the wind.
On Wednesday on Madison Avenue, Fendi celebrated its Spring/Summer 2020 collection “Solar Dream” with a festive party. Closely following the “Solar Dream” pop-up during Milan Men’s Fashion Week, friends of the brand—like Zendaya, Dylan Sprouse, Barbara Palvin, Katie Holmes, and Winnie Harlow—gathered at the uptown boutique, where they admired the new men’s and women’s collections, including a collaboration with Luca Guadagnino and campaign shot by Nick Knight. Concurrently, they enjoyed DJ sets by Coco and Breezy and Soo Joo Park, and admired an installation of the campaign’s floral imagery and swing set.
Yesterday, the new Riggs Washington DC hotel opened, inviting special guests in for a first look. The hotel—Lore Group’s stunning transformation of former Riggs National Bank—now highlights the structure’s original historic features with details like ornate ceilings and oversized chandeliers. With 181 guest rooms and suites, the Jacu Strauss-designed restaurant Café Riggs, a rooftop event space, cocktail bar Silver Lyan, state-of-the-art fitness center, and more, the hotel is sure to be a hot-spot hangout for travelers and locals alike in the near future.
Last night in New York, fashion brand Equipment launched its new gender fluid line, the FLUID Collection, created in collaboration with The Phluid Project’s Rob Smith. To celebrate the all-inclusive collection, the brand hosted guests at its Wooster Street storefront for a panel conversation featuring the campaign’s brand ambassadors, including talents like Josyln DeFreece, Nicole Sgarlato, and Sir Knight. Also in attendance was acclaimed tattoo artist Michelle Tarantelli, who spent the evening decorating guests with archival Equipment designs and symbols from the LGBTQ+ community.
Later in Brooklyn , Bvlgari celebrated its new “B.zero1 Rock” collection with a late-night bash at Duggal Greenhouse. The party kicked off with a set by DJ Mona Matsuoka and lightshow by White Void, followed with words from Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, who introduced the brand’s latest muses—Naomi Scott, Zendaya, and Lily Aldridge. Arriving under the instructions of a “more is more” dress code, guests like Aurora James, Candice Swanapoel, Nadia Lee Cohen, Joan Jett, and Alex Olson were treated to a dynamic performance from Becky G. To top off the evening, Bvlgari surprised partygoers with a performance by Ciara, followed by Diplo, who kept the crowd dancing into the morning.