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RH and Caviar, the Bettencourt Affair Streams, Gabriela Hearst Events – WWD

CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR: As with the enduring reputation of martini and French fry tradition in New York Metropolis, caviar is turning into more and more ubiquitous on menus throughout the town at nightlife scorching spots. Prospects can lick it off their hand at Temple Bar, which added “caviar bumps” to their menu when it opened in 2021, or eat it atop a potato and faux they’re in Paris at Caviar Kaspia at The Mark Lodge. 

Now, they’ll sit all the way down to a complete devoted night of the stuff at RH Champagne & Caviar Bar, newly opened beneath RH Guesthouse within the Meatpacking District. 

Greater than a 12 months after the luxurious eating spot opened in New York, RH — previously Restoration {Hardware} — is diving deeper into meals and beverage with the brand new bar, which presents a menu of assorted caviar-focused dishes, desserts and Champagnes and vodkas, in addition to cocktails in a 32-seat subterranean lounge. Dishes embody caviar cones with both toro or salmon (or simply caviar); caviar rolls with lobster or crab; numerous caviar-topped tartars; a number of completely different preparations of potatoes with dollops of caviar on high, chips and dips in addition to a conventional caviar service, which comes with chips, blinis, crème fraîche, chives, hard-boiled egg, chopped purple onion and extra. 

Caviar on potato latkes.

Gary Friedman, the chairman of RH, mentioned the corporate was impressed by its love of caviar, as properly a “perception that there was alternative to create a easy, but refined menu in an alluring and immersive house that transports you to each the glamour of secretive and sensual speakeasies of the previous, and essentially the most luxurious non-public lounges and golf equipment of the current.” The New York Champagne & Caviar Bar is the primary for RH, however Friedman plans to open them in Paris, London and Aspen over the following three years.

In a aggressive market like New York — the place, as talked about above, there are many locations serving caviar experiences — Friedman pointed to RH’s dedication to privateness and luxurious as distinctive promoting factors.

“Our technique could be very easy,” he mentioned over e-mail. “We do what we love, with those that we love, for those that love what we do,” a mantra he repeated in particular person throughout opening night time of the bar. The clientele was stuffed with bold-faced names already, starting from Michelle Williams and Neil Patrick Harris to Martha Stewart, Tamron Corridor, Laura Kim, Prabal Gurung, Peter Som and extra. The night time earlier than opening their doorways, Friedman had been up till 3 a.m., style testing latkes within the kitchen. He fears they often prove too oily, however after they’re good, they’re his go-to advice on the menu. — LEIGH NORDSTROM

BILLIONAIRE, BUTLER AND BOYFRIEND: Netflix’s newly launched documentary on “the Bettencourt affair” has been met with massive viewership.

The three-part collection titled “Affaire Bettencourt: scandale chez la femme la plus riche du monde,” or “The Billionaire, The Butler, and The Boyfriend,” traces the tenticular, multiyear saga involving the late L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and the photographer-writer François-Marie Banier. It additionally featured members of the French authorities — as much as a former president.

The docuseries, directed by Baptiste Etchegaray and Maxime Bonnet, reportedly turned the top-viewed documentary on Netflix in France a day after it went stay final week. It seems now on the “Fashionable on Netflix” itemizing.

The Bettencourt affair started in December 2007, when Bettencourt’s daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers introduced a lawsuit in opposition to Banier, alleging he had exploited the weak point of her mom, who had given him property valued at round 1 billion euros. Banier denied any wrongdoing, whereas Bettencourt, then the world’s wealthiest lady, maintained she was sound and performing of her personal free will.

By summer time 2010, the Bettencourt affair had reached full boil. It spilled into the governmental enviornment, when an allegation surfaced that then-labor minister Eric Woerth, whereas serving as France’s funds minister and UMP get together treasurer in 2007, had acquired from the Bettencourts a marketing campaign donation properly above the authorized restrict for presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy.

The French media was whipped right into a lather by successive revelations — not least that Bettencourt’s former butler had secretly taped her conversations with advisers. These had been leaked to the press.

On Dec. 6, 2010, Bettencourt Meyers deserted all of the authorized proceedings she had initiated. Bettencourt Meyers and her mom issued a joint assertion saying they’d reconciled to finish the conflicts that disrupted their household life and had reached a typical accord. Nonetheless, it didn’t cease French judges from persevering with to research felony allegations springing from the saga.

Bettencourt handed away in September 2017 on the age of 94.

In 2019, an inspecting Justice of the Peace in Paris dismissed prices introduced in opposition to Bettencourt Meyers in 2016 by Banier. Allegations of false testimony associated to 5 of Bettencourt’s former workers and a pal had been additionally dropped on the time. That formally closed the Bettencourt affair. — JENNIFER WEIL

HEARST IN THE HILLS: Gabriela Hearst held a celebration at her newly opened Beverly Hills flagship on Thursday night time.

The designer hosted a cocktail hour on the new retailer, at 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, alongside husband Austin Hearst. Positioned on the Beverly Wilshire Lodge, with a street-facing view, the two,500-square-foot house was designed in collaboration with Foster & Companions, led by Norman Foster, in addition to Benji Gavron and Antoine Dumas.

Gabriela Hearst, St. Vincent, Roda Ahmed and Laura Dern

Gabriela Hearst, St. Vincent, Roda Ahmed and Laura Dern.

Gavron and Dumas had been among the many attendees, as was Laura Dern, who’s been seen in Hearst’s designs just lately. It was a mixture of Hollywood faces, music names, sports activities stars and activists mingling with the style set: Hermès creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas; actors and filmmakers Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked, Alisha Boe, Tallulah Willis, Lilly Hartley and Clara Cullen; tennis professional Maria Sharapova; rapper Mike D and singer-songwriters St. Vincent and Chris Robinson; creator Roda Ahmed; environmentalist Nalleli Cobo, and mannequin Dree Hemingway. A dance get together adopted steps away at The Blvd, the lodge’s restaurant on the nook of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.

“For a U.S. model we now have fairly a world clientele, so for retail, the concept was we have to be subsequent to a lodge, like the very best lodge within the metropolis,” Hearst instructed WWD. “So it was The Carlyle in New York and Claridge’s in London. For L.A., we wished the identical, one thing that was historic that has a presence for itself and one thing that we might remodel into what feels for us like the luxurious expertise in 2023.”

It was in 2018 that she opened store in New York, adopted by London a 12 months later. The brand new retailer marks her first West Coast location. — RYMA CHIKHOUNE

ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY: Though Prada caters to fashionable girls, the Italian designer firm confirmed its gentle spot for youngsters because the lead sponsor for The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Most cancers Heart’s annual gala Thursday night time.

Hosted by The Society of MSK’s affiliate committee, the gathering raised greater than $600,000 together with $122,600 for the the medical facility’s Pediatric Transplant and Mobile Remedy Service. These funds are used to determine a program that helps prepare the following era of transplant and mobile remedy leaders. Funding for this initiative additionally offers stipends to help hands-on expertise within the analysis and scientific developments at MSK.

Rebecca Hessel Cohen, Marcella Hymowitz and Priya Shukla.

From left, Rebecca Hessel Cohen, Marcella Hymowitz and Priya Shukla.

Thursday’s occasion at The Plaza lodge featured a cocktail get together, dinner and dancing with music led by DJ Twilo. The fast-witted auctioneer Lydia Fenet was available to encourage visitors to pony up some bids.

The fashionable crowd included Lauren Bush Lauren and her husband David, Alexandra Lind Rose, Vera Wang’s Priya Shukla, LoveShackFancy’s Rebecca Hessel Cohen, Lela Rose’s Betsy Pepe and Bonpoint’s Meghan Klopp, amongst others. There have been additionally excessive rollers like Spotify’s Dustee Jenkins, GeoWealth’s Yasmin Bilger and Little John’s Raphael Totoonchie. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was additionally there, along with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

The Society of MSK’s president Muffie Potter Aston was additionally available, as was the group’s chair Austen Cruz. Dr. Andrew Harris, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at MSK, who serves as director of MSK youngsters pediatric transplant and mobile therapies fellowship program, additionally attended.

Prada is acquainted with the MSK crowd, having sponsored its annual fall luncheon and opening night time of The European Fantastic Artwork Basis New York Artwork Honest up to now. Representatives from the luxurious firm attended the gala, in response to a spokesperson. Nonetheless, any visitors who thought they may rating a Prada memento by shopping for a ticket had been mistaken — attendees must go to Prada’s shops or web site for that. — ROSEMARY FEITELBERG

CHANNEL CROSSING: Burberry is making extra strikes in Paris, following the opening of its flagship final 12 months on Rue Saint-Honoré, WWD has discovered.

Early subsequent 12 months Burberry will open a retailer at 17 to 19 Avenue Montaigne, Valentino’s former house, and the hoardings are already up.

The Italian model has since moved up the celebrated thoroughfare to quantity 35, the previous location of the Canadian embassy in Paris.

A look inside the reopened Burberry flagship store on New Bond Street.

A glance contained in the reopened Burberry flagship retailer on New Bond Avenue.

Burberry, which publishes its interim outcomes on Thursday, declined to disclose additional particulars. 

Final 12 months Burberry opened a three-story Paris flagship catty-corner to the huge Dior and Chanel places. It was an expression of the model’s upscaling drive — and the primary retailer on the continent to function its new design idea.

The 8,500-square-foot flagship changed a earlier Burberry unit on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, an extension of the identical thoroughfare which has misplaced some momentum in recent times.

Burberry has been working its approach world wide, opening or refurbishing shops with a brand new and extra ethereal inside idea launched in 2021 and just lately up to date by chief inventive officer Daniel Lee.

In June the model reopened its flagship on New Bond Avenue in London with a give attention to the high-end buyer and luxurious interiors and providers that might rival these of a five-star lodge.

The shop, situated on one of many world’s prime retail strips, had been below refurbishment for 2 years and displays a extra fashionable and minimal design idea, which Burberry unveiled in its Knightsbridge retailer in 2021.

The shop idea has been evolving with the intention to accommodate an even bigger give attention to equipment and a contemporary method to paint and branding by Lee, who made his debut for the model in February. — SAMANTHA CONTI

A NEW BAG: Nonetheless driving excessive from his September style present, Phillip Lim launched an advert marketing campaign Friday that includes pre-spring 2024 and the brand new “ID” bag, which is an enormous push for the model.

Andrés Jana shot the marketing campaign in 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s new retailer on Nice Jones Avenue in New York, centered across the theme of identification. Having been quiet for a number of seasons, the marketing campaign focuses on the ID bag, whose {hardware} is modeled about Lim’s classic, heavy gold ID bracelets that he at all times wears in addition to Anish Kapoor sculpture.

An ad image for 3.1 Phillip LIm's new ID handbag.

An advert picture for 3.1 Phillip LIm’s new ID purse.

The marketing campaign highlights three girls: Teddy Quinlivan, whom Lim has labored with up to now; Giannie Couji, the editor in chief of Ubikwist Journal, and mannequin Eleanor Simon, who walked within the present this season.

Launching Monday is a tongue-in-cheek video with the three fashions, with a voiceover asking, “Hey, can I see your ID?”

The marketing campaign will run on Lim’s channels, natural and digital advertising and marketing all through the resort season from November by June.

The bag is available in three sizes: a shoulder bag (field bag form) for $695, a gentle shoulder bag for $895, and a clutch for $695. The baggage are offered on 31philliplim.com and three.1 Phillip Lim shops worldwide. — LISA LOCKWOOD

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