Friday Fleurs: All About the Pink Peonies

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Courtesy of Max Mara

A Pinterest-worthy recap of the chicest blooms and fashion fetes of the week, including a plethora of pink peonies at Max Mara's bag event and Brandon Maxwell's cozy supper.

Max Mara's Night at the Museum

On April 26, Italian luxury label Max Mara hosted an elegant dinner at New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art to celebrate a new limited-edition bag, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s sketch of society dame — and the museum’s founder — Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

VIPs including Amy Adams (a face of Max Mara), Susan Sarandon, Scandal’s Bellamy Young and Sally Field — all wearing Max Mara — dined on branzino, cavatelli and amaretto biscotti — with menus including a rendering of Sargent’s charcoal and graphite illustration.

Most impressive were 14 spectacular flower arrangements and golden candelabras, courtesy of Raul Avila Inc. The floral designer, also the creative genius behind the over-the-top displays at the Met Ball since 2007 (he can be seen in The First Monday in May), used burgundy peonies, ranunculus, anemones, black calla lilies and purple parrot tulips for something dark and impactful.

Avila’s team sourced vintage gold filigree china (each plate was one-of-a-kind, but in complementary styles), custom “oatmeal” linens (true to the Max Mara’s chic neutral aesthetic) and gold Chiavari chairs for a regal touch. And the evening wouldn't be complete without Max Mara’s new handbag artfully on display, surrounded by darkened roses. #Flowerstagram overload. 

(Photos: BFA, courtesy of Max Mara)

Brandon Maxwell’s Private Dinner at The Apartment by The Line — Los Angeles

Rising fashion star Brandon Maxwell, also Lady Gaga’s stylist, co-hosted an intimate dinner with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on April 26 at L.A.’s The Apartment by The Line to toast his spring 2016 collection. The serene and inviting space on Melrose Place was designed to look like a home and makes for the chicest, coziest of suppers.

In-demand floral designer Maurice Harris of Bloom & Plume, a favorite of Drew Barrymore, filled one long wrap-around table with an abundance of “vibrant, springy” peonies in a range of pinks — barely blush to fuchsia — all in low-profile clear crystal vases. Huntington-Whiteley (in an alligator top and pencil skirt from Maxwell’s debut collection), The Line's executive creative director Vanessa Traina and stylist Karla Welch (whose clients include Justin Bieber and Olivia Wilde) noshed on sea bass with celery root puree, prime skirt steak and “Chocolate Decadence” with Chantilly creme and a berry compote.   

(Photos: BFA, courtesy of Brandon Maxwell)

Roger Vivier’s Dinner for Bruno Frisoni

Roger Vivier co-hosted cocktails and dinner with Lisa Eisner, THR power stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Anne Crawford, in honor if its creative director Bruno Frisoni (in town from Paris). The stylish soiree took place at West Hollywood’s French eatery Lucques on April 26.

A private garden space, surrounded by Ivy covered walls, had banquettes with bespoke Roger Vivier cushions created in the designer’s own XXL Houndstooth and Chine patterns from the fall 2016 collection. Tables included small red RV gift boxes (filled with custom-printed RV chocolates) and all-peony arrangements in pinks and reds by celebrity florist Eric Buterbaugh (Rachel Zoe and Jennifer Meyer Maguire are both fans).

Demi Moore and January Jones both stepped out in Roger Vivier shoes teamed with RV bags. Other notable guests included China Chow, Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer, Wolfgang Puck and Buterbaugh (in a Gucci floral print tie and flower lapel pin). Frisoni sat down with Pret-a-Reporter pre-dinner to talk French style, Cannes’ #Flatgate and modern style icons. 

(Photos: Getty Images, courtesy of Maison Roger Vivier )