When Dom Perignon hosts a party, it’s not a low-key soirée. To launch the upcoming Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2004, the second floor of Walter de Maria’s historic, grand East Village building was transformed into “Rose Cabaret”, a wild, loud, decadent show directed and produced by nightlife queen Susanne Bartsch (who sported two glitter top hats for the evening, fittingly). There were drag queens, a dancer in a giant balloon, a live band snaking through the audience, and a nightclub opening vibe. It all felt very old-school NYC in the best possible way as guests sipped (and sometimes spilled) flutes of champagne while weaving through the mob of art stars, socials, fashion peeps, and that specific New York character that appears, always outrageously overdressed, when night has fallen. So who was there? I saw Dennis Basso, Karen Duffy, The Cools’ Olivier van Themsche, Timo Weiland, DJ duo AndrewAndrew, photographer Michael Avedon, model Julie Henderson, Sabine Heller (who just got engaged!), Hanuk (on day #3 of the Master Cleanse, so no bubbly for the party Zelig), Nemo Librizzi (just back from Sicily), Richard Phillips, Aurel Schmidt, Zaldy, Cleo Wade, Let’s Panic’s Jade Berreau, the omnipresent Brant Brothers, , Vikram Chatwal, Cory Kennedy, Johannes Huebl (who is trying to convince me to go to Coachella…must buy moccasins and feather headdress), Katie Lee, Trent Fraser, hotelier Sean Macpherson and Rachelle Hruska, Cory Bond, painter Tali Lennox (who really is NYC’s It Girl du jour), Ondine de Rothschild, Amirah Kassem, Harif Guzman, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict, and handsome Baja East designer John Targon, to name a bunch.
Around midnight guests flooded onto 6th Street. Dapper Omar Hernandez led a group to his clubby spot Omar’s. “The party continues,” Omar yelled to me as he jumped into an Uber.