Last night, I happily made the trek up to 91st Street for the black tie opening dinner gala for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s “Set In Style: the Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” exhibition.
The event was held in the Arthur Ross Terrace & Garden of the famed Carnegie mansion. We were served a delicious five-course dinner by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
So many people were there including the president & CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels for the Americas Nicolas Bos, the Associate Director of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Carolyn Baumann, Cate Blanchett (who was wearing a Passe-partout necklace in yellow gold serpent chain with rubies and sapphires), Marisa Berenson, Kelly Rutherford (in Clelia earrings, necklace and ring), Piper Perabo (wearing Birds of Paradise earrings and the Volutes ring), Carolyn Murphy, Caroline Baumann, Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Lizzie and Jon Tisch, Waris Ahluwalia, Neville Wakefield, Olympia Scarry, Blake Lively, and Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mavinsky. Such an amazing crowd!
The Van Cleef & Arpels exhibit was designed by the French architect and designer Patrick Jouin (who was at the event last night donning their Midnight in Paris timepiece), and displays hundreds of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, watches, accessories, along with design sketches, books, and more reflecting the history of the storied brand.
What a fabulous event! Great job, Paul Lerner! The event was so monumental that Mayor Bloomberg proclaimed Wedesday, February 16th, 2011”Van Cleef & Arpels Day.”
You have to check out this exhibit, which runs through June 5.