Making for a memorable Monday, De Beers raised a glass to its ‘Where It Begins’ advertising campaign, with its luminous star Lupita Nyong’o in attendance. To celebrate the milestone moment—the Oscar winner is the diamond company’s first-ever global ambassador—guests were also treated to a divine performance by Chlöe Bailey.
The evening, hosted at Lavan541 in Chelsea, began over cocktails with remarks by Marc Jacheet, CEO of De Beers Brands, against the backdrop of the campaign video. “With her rare magnetism and elegance, Lupita is a testament to the power of boundless possibilities,” he said of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actress. “Embodying modern and responsible luxury, Lupita is an inspiration for all of us and we are honored to have her as De Beers first global ambassador.”
Jacheet then handed over the stage to vocalist Chlöe, whose set list included a stirring rendition of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good, which showcased her incredible range and exactly why she’s already received five Grammy Award nominations. In the audience enjoying the performance were her sister Halle Bailey, soon to grace screens as Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Fiona Nyong’o, Nicole Ari Parker, Leyna Bloom, Ajani Russell and Christian Cody, Cindy Bruna, Leyna Bloom, Micaela Erlanger, Calvin Royal III, Kennedy Yanko, Victor Glemaud, Elaine Welteroth, Ivy Getty, Sophie Elgort, Jessica Wang, Sai De Silva, Tina Leung, and Pritika Swarup.
Post-performance, attendees sat to a three-course dinner created by the Le Cordon Bleu-trained, Eleven Madison Park-seasoned Chef Rōze Traore, whose menu for the evening was inspired by the formation of a precious diamond.
Catch a glimpse inside the stunning evening, below: