The first Monday in May does not belong only to the Met Gala, if Carine Roitfeld’s glittering crowd is any indication. Saturday night, the former magazine editor and CFDA Founder’s Award Honoree celebrated the launch of her debut fragrance collection with a star-studded cocktail party in New York.
Tom Ford, Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lewis Hamilton, Stephen Dorff, Gigi Hadid, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and fashion designers Peter Dundas, Brian Atwood, Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, and Joseph Altuzarra were among those who showed up to the intimate gathering and unveiling of the seven genderless fragrances, inspired by seven lovers in seven of the legendary fashion editor’s favorite cities.
“My favorite is obviously Hong Kong since I’m from there!” said DJ May Kwok, who wore a hot pink jumpsuit to the event, mused, “I forgot how much Carine’s crowd loves black!” That the Met Gala was just 48 hours away escaped no one’s attention. “Well, I’m definitely going to the afterparty,” laughed Kwok, who says she is still trying to figure out what to wear but will choose from looks by Cushnie, Jonathan Simkhai, Fendi and Valentino.
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Tom Ford was among the first guests to arrive; when asked to pose for a photo with fellow guests, he gave a polite smirk before stating he “never poses with models, only Carine Roitfeld” before ducking out rapidly, perhaps to prepare for Monday night.
Footwear designer Brian Atwood, who arrived with his mother and partner, cheerily said, “We have custom dyed so many shoes for Monday! We are dressing Emma Roberts, Sarah Paulson, at least 10 people.” Glitzy Australian designer Peter Dundas, who will attend the Gala and has a table said, “I’m dressing Emily Ratajkowski, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, and Poppy Delevingne, amongst others.”
But while some folks did have Monday on their minds, it was clear that it wasn’t the dominating element of the evening. Most guests (including Ellis Ross) headed straight for the parfum stations.
Roitfeld’s son and business partner, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, worked closely with his mother on the collection. “The last one we completed was the one called Vladimir. It evokes the smell of the Orthodox church, the candles blowing. It gives you that incense feeling,” said Restoin-Roifeld.
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Some attendees mentioned Carine Roitfeld’s unique draw. Jewelry designer Nicole Parker King of Jet Set Candy said she got out of her maternity gear for Carine. “I just had a baby! This is my first time in heels. But it’s Carine! Anything she does, people go mad for.”
One person not drawn into the Met Ball madness was race car driver Lewis Hamilton, looking relaxed, who said, “I was already in town. I’m showing my mum New York and I bought a place here.”
As of Monday, Carine Roitfeld Parfum will be available exclusively at Net-a-Porter and carineroitfeld.com and the scents can be experienced in person until May 12 at an immersive pop-up store in SoHo.