Wednesday night, guests of Aerin Lauder dined where no dinner party guests have dined before — under Gustav Klimt’s “The Woman in Gold” hanging at the Neue Galerie in New York.
Along with Condé Nast Traveler editor in chief Pilar Guzmán, Lauder was celebrating a feature in the December issue of the magazine, which documents a recent pilgrimage the brand founder took to Vienna, highlighting her favorite local haunts along the way — Demel and traditional Viennese clothier Loden-Plankl, made the cut. Lauder, wearing an emerald lace top, thought it was only a natural extension to hold the celebratory dinner in her favorite room in the museum. “All the beautiful Klimts, the flowers, the colors — you can see the amazing details and the use of color and gold.”
Attendees ran the gamut from Linda Fargo and Derek Lam to Thakoon Panichgul and Kelly Klein, to Jane and Jo Carole Lauder and members of the Condé Nast Traveler editorial team. These were Aerin’s “people,” according to Jenny Landey, a Lauder family friend who runs a location scouting business. “After all, why not? This is practically her house.”
Between servings of pretzels and wienerschnitzel from Café Sabarsky, talk shifted to upcoming Thanksgiving travel plans — many of which erred on the local side.
Derek Lam ceo Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann said he and partner Lam are planning a low-key holiday at their home on Fire Island — the couple’s dog Roscoe is the only other invitee.
Lauder herself is heading out to her home in Wainscott, Long Island, N.Y. “Hopefully I can do nothing,” the hostess enthused. “Maybe reading, but mostly relaxing.”