Elec­tion Night

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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.


“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.

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