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Rooney Mara, Katie Holmes Celebrate Reopening of Cartier's Fifth Avenue Mansion

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Rooney Mara at the Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion reopening party on Sept. 7.

Sofia Coppola, Uma Thurman and Chloe Grace Moretz were also on the scene.

Kacy Hill performed on a golden swing suspended over jewelry cases, while upstairs, members of the New York City Ballet christened the Princess Grace of Monaco Salon with a performance. All of which is to say, Cartier spared no expense in celebrating the reopening of its Fifth Avenue mansion on Wednesday night, an A-to-Z star-studded affair, from everyone’s favorite fashionista, Iris Apfel, to a quick appearance by Zachary Quinto early in the evening.

And why not? The refurbishment of the iconic 1904 mansion, purchased by Pierre Cartier in 1917, took roughly 30 months, a gut renovation that not only thoroughly updated the space but also allowed the Paris-based house to create individual salons honoring a handful of its most famous clients, from the aforementioned Princess Grace salon on the second floor to rooms named for Gary Cooper, Andy Warhol and others.
ON THE RED CARPET: Sienna Miller, Katie Holmes and Chloe Grace Moretz at the Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion reopening party. (Photos: Getty Images)

A new sixth-floor roof deck — an open-air space with views of the Midtown skyline — has been added for special events, and that’s where Rooney Mara, Katie Holmes, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sofia Coppola and other A-listers congregated. Nearby, Jourdan Dunn posed for photos on the dance floor with fellow model Hailey Clauson, who graced one of the three covers created for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. “It’s a great way to kick off a really busy week," said Dunn, wearing a black lace gown by Jonathan Simkhai. "Everything about Cartier is timeless. My agent gave me a Love bracelet for my birthday, and I was so excited when I saw that red box — who doesn’t love that red box? Cartier is something you own forever."

After taking a moment to greet Uma Thurman — the actress dashed into the party after attending Tom Ford’s show, looking gorgeous in a black dress with velvet sleeves by the designer — Eric Ripert agreed. "I still remember my first Cartier watch, because I still own it," the French chef said. "My mother bought it for me one year when I got very good grades in school. It was a Santos, with rounded corners and the small dial. Such a special piece, I will always treasure it."


IT'S LIT: The exterior of the afterparty venue at the Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion reopening party. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Ripert then headed to the dance floor at the afterparty: Cartier transformed a space directly across the street from the mansion to resemble a French villa with high ceilings and a grand staircase. (As a special touch, when guests crossed Fifth Avenue with the traffic light, two rows of uniformed Cartier doormen flanked the pathway.) Upstairs, a surprise concert featuring Beyonce proteges Chloe x Halle and Ellie Goulding took place in an expansive living room with center stage, with Questlove taking over DJ duties to cap the evening.

Ultimately, no one needed to wonder whether the festivities were suited to the moment. “In this historic landmark building, legends have been created, dreams have come true and history has come alive,” said Mercedes Abramo, president and CEO of Cartier North America. “We look forward to continuing this legacy in our New York City home for years to come.” 

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