Whitewall’s Friday Fête highlights events from the week surrounding fashion, art, design, lifestyle, and more.
On Tuesday afternoon at The SoHo Grand Hotel in New York, the CFDA and Lexus announced the winners of its 2018 CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative—a nine-month business development program for designers to elevate environmental and social sustainability within their business. Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah were awarded the grand prize of 80,000 for their brand Studio One Eighty Nine. With headquarters in Ghana and New York, the brand’s mission is to use fashion as means for social change, focusing on the impact of empowerment, education, and opportunity by working with artisanal communities, traditional craftsmanship techniques, and supporting education and skills training. Also awarded that night was Chelsea Healy and Nicole Heim of CIENNE, receiving the runner-up award of $10,000.
Also that night in Beverly Hills, Andy Brandon-Gordon (from LACMA‘s Board of Trustees) and husband Carlo Brandon-Gordon hosted a private event at their restaurant Nerano. The restaurant, regularly showcasing evolving artworks that they find, highlighted an artwork entitled Empathy for Everyone by artist Sam Durant, which the couple is gifting to LACMA. The dinner welcomed guests like Durant, Tacita Dean, Mathew Hale, Lauren Halsey, Stephen Prina, Ana Prvacki, Joe Sola, architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, and others to join in on the festivity and see the artwork on view until it makes its way to LACMA.
On Wednesday in Madrid at Palacio de Linares, LOEWE hosted an installation of its “LOEWE Conversations” series between writer, humorist, and cultural commentator Fran Lebowitz and art consultant and patron Gracie Mansion. The event coincided with an exhibition on view at the LOEWE Gran Via gallery that’s devoted to artists Peter Hujar and David Wojnarowicz, showing the landscape and creative energy of downtown Manhattan during the 1970s and ‘80s. Lebowitz, a friend of Hujar’s and a mere first-hand expert on the topic, conversed with Mansion about New York’s historic moments that led to social, political, and artistic developments.
And this weekend we’ll be stopping by the new Louis Vuitton fragrance pop-up shop in Rockefeller Center. Celebrating master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belledtrud’s first five-piece collection for men, the shop is made of nearly 3,000 white stacked paper-tube fragrance packaging with an illuminated center display with over 100 fragrance bottles designed by Marc Newson. Open through August, it invites guests in to explore the house’s new world of men’s fragrance.