Parties for Ballroom Marfa, Ryan Korban’s new book and the Museum of Arts and Design fall ball provided plenty of diversion for New Yorkers anxiously awaiting the midterm election results.
BY LEIGH NORDSTROM, KATHRYN HOPKINS AND MAXINE WALLY
“Is there any news yet?”
Sofia Coppola was asking the million dollar question Tuesday evening from The Garage in Manhattan, where nonprofit contemporary cultural arts space Ballroom Marfa was celebrating 15 years. Rather than sit home glued to CNN for hours waiting for election results, Ballroom Marfa gathered a crowd of New York art folk to come together in celebration of art, over tequila — and spaghetti and meatballs.
Max Mara partnered with the organization for the “Spaghetti Western” themed night, which drew many a wide-brimmed hat and fringe-adorned garment. An “I Voted” sticker, though, proved the evening's must-have accessory.
Though the election results weighed heavily on the minds of guests and organizers — the event was pushed back an hour to allow for end-of-day voters to get to the polling stations — the evening aimed to provide a diversion by celebrating the positivity that art can bring in challenging times, political or otherwise.
“I feel like it’s a nice camaraderie of people who are here together; I think it's a positive thing to put art into the world, so I think in these times we all need that,” said Coppola, the night’s big honoree.
She and her 11-year-old daughter, Romy Mars, had been to the voting booths earlier in the day.
“I don’t know if it's fun for her, but I felt like it was [important]. She enjoyed it. She was mostly excited because she saw Amy Poehler,” Coppola said.
Model Behati Prinsloo took a break from her exhausting Victoria’s Secret training schedule Tuesday night to toast interior designer to the fashion set and longtime friend Ryan Korban’s new book at Barneys New York.
“I think we met in 2007 in Miami at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which is so funny….It’s been such a long time,” she said, sipping Champagne. “He came to my bachelorette party. He came to my wedding. He is an amazing, special individual.”
But despite their close friendship, Korban still hasn’t designed any of her homes, with Prinsloo joking that she couldn’t afford him when they first met. Now that she’s one of the topearning models in the world — Wednesday's Victoria’s Secret show will be her 10th time strutting down the catwalk for the brand — and married to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, “never say never.”
Elsewhere at the party, which was chockablock with Korban’s model pals, Architectural Digest editor in chief Amy Astley, who was cohosting alongside Prinsloo, told WWD that despite working with the best interior decorators, she does her home herself.
“The designers who work with AD — I can’t afford them. I have a really modest apartment. I do it myself. I actually enjoy doing it myself, but I will say that I have a lot of designer friends and they come in and give me some advice,” she said.
As for Korban, whose new book "Ryan Korban: Interiors" is his second tome, he’s focusing on big condominium projects for now, as well as launching his own furniture line in August.
The artist Cannupa Hanska Luger wasn’t dressed like other attendees of the 2018 Museum of Arts and Design Ball at Cipriani’s 42nd Street. While guests — including Anna Sui, Tali Lennox and Anh Duong — wore floor-length gowns and bow ties, Luger came in traditional Native American finery: beaded necklaces, a headband and round, beaded earrings.
“I like to represent myself rather than submit to the will of this environment,” said Luger, who is of Lakota and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Native heritage. “This is black tie. This is about as black tie as I could get.”
But what Luger wore didn’t matter as much as his being named the winner of the Burke Prize — an honor that also awarded him $50,000. Luger, along with the 15 other Burke finalists, all have work on view at MAD as part of “The Burke Prize: The Future of Craft Part 2” exhibition. Luger wasn’t the sole champion of the night; the museum also honored Bottega Veneta, Cadillac, sculptor Nancy Rubins, architect Annabelle Selldorf and Sugar Hill Capital Partners.
“It is a level of appreciation to the effort that I’ve made thus far in my practice, without this sort of support,” Luger said prior to the announcement of his win. “It’s really nice to feel supported by a society at large [for which] you’re attempting to help perpetuate issues and conversations. You feel like you’re a bridge-builder in society as an artist. It’s nice to be amplified through one of those pillars that need bridging to.”
Cannupa Hanska Luger at the MAD Ball. Sofia Coppola at the BallroomMarfa party. Cynthia Alberto at the MAD M Ball.