Friday March 27, 2015 – Walter de Maria space, 421 East 6th Street
In the unassuming 5 story former 1920 ConEd substation, the legendary Walter de Maria space, Dom Pérignon feted the launch of its 2004 Vintage Rosé Champagne against a backdrop of cabaret performers directed and produced by no other than Susanne Bartsch.
Peering around the large, dark, magenta-lit room, guests were treated to a feast for the senses. A delicious intoxicating aroma of bubbly champagne filled the air while the hum of vivid conversation between celebutantes percolated as the night wore on.
Beyond the horizon of 8-ft tall stilted performers, dancing tumbleweeds and life-sized puppets, a young Peter Brant was chitty chatty with Daniela Della D’oro, Laura de Gunzburg, and Noor Gupta while a few meters away, brother Harry was making a bold entrance with Gaia Matisse.
The bubbly atmosphere extended beyond the bottle as Michael Avedon and Cory Kennedy were keeping each other company while Tobias Sorensen, Jasmine Tookes, and Shanina Shaik were entranced by the performance of a three headed, pasty-covered acrobat.
An unabashedly handsome Johann Huebl’s broad smile as he signaled an inside joke to his wingman, Daniel Benedict, looked nothing short of a perfect campaign ad (if not a bromance movie opener).
Later that evening, as folks began to depart from the Lenny Kravitz designed hall, despite male models steadfastly continuing to serve morsels of delectable amuse-bouches, a wind-chime of glasses toasting the evening’s event could be heard spilling into the cold LES streets.
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