Celebrating the upcoming exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams,” which makes its U.S. debut this Friday at the Brooklyn Museum after showing in London, Chengdu and Shanghai, the French house played host to guests like Lorde, celebrating her new album and October “Vogue” cover, released earlier in the day; Kacey Musgraves, also basking in the glow of newly released music; Yara Shahidi, who made a short stop through the event; Kristin Davis and new “Sex and the City” reboot cast member Nicole Ari Parker; “Gossip Girl” stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown and Thomas Doherty; “The White Lotus” breakout Brittany O’Grady and “Outer Banks” actress Madison Bailey. Other notable faces included Jo Ellen Pellman, Nicholas Braun, Selah Marley, Victor Cruz and more.
Maria Grazia Chiuri has plenty on her plate with fashion month stretching ahead, but she was insistent upon making a short journey to New York to celebrate the opening. Chiuri, it turns out, is a big fan of the Brooklyn Museum, and was the deciding factor in having the exhibition shown at the Brooklyn Museum, of all U.S.-based museums.
“I really like the exhibitions that they do in this museum. They did a really special exhibition about women artists, about feminism. It’s magnificent,” she said from the halls of the installation, between greetings from well-wishers.
It was her first trip to New York since the pandemic began, and she said it was a mix of “work and pleasure.” “I’m very excited — also because there are some friends that I finally see again,” she said.
Chiuri, Dior’s first female designer, said the women of New York City are especially influential to her.
“New York is a very important city and it’s super exciting — it’s impossible that it doesn’t influence [my work]. The women in New York have a specific style of life, so that’s influenced Mr. Dior and influenced me, too,” she said.
Lorde milled about the exhibition thoughtfully with a rep close by, taking in the works. Braun, a bit of a fixture on the New York social scene this summer, arrived promptly close to 7 p.m. and quickly found his way upstairs to get the party started. Compared to some of the rowdier parties happening that night, the crowd felt respectful of Covid protocol: guests could pose maskless at the step and repeat but were required to re-mask when continuing on (a nightmare for photographers trying to spot VIP faces, but safety first).
Davis and Parker were the only two from the “And Just Like That” cast able to escape for the night.
“I was just working at Steiner [Studios] which is really close — Nicole came and picked me up to be my date tonight, Sarah [Jessica Parker] and Cynthia [Nixon] are still working,” Davis said from the lobby. “They would love to be here, too — we all love Dior, of course.”
She and Parker seemed to be having the time of their lives, twirling about for photographers and grinning from ear to ear. Davis, who said it’s a “miracle” to be back working with the “SATC” crew, was happy to have an event to get dressed up for, although she’s thoroughly enjoying stepping back into Charlotte’s wardrobe after all the pandemic time.
“No style happened during COVID-19 for me — mommy style happened. That’s one of the nice things about going back to work is that you get to remember everything and I do feel like your closet is new and fresh because you didn’t put anything on,” Davis continued. “I certainly gained a few COVID-19 pounds, had to lose those before going back to work. Work was a good incentive to shed some of those and fit back into my things. It’s nice, it’s like rediscovering your own things.”