The art of parties and beyond

Dom Perignon, Karl Lagerfeld
Jun. 2, 2005: The champion of champers and the champagne of champions, Dom Pérignon debuted its premium label, Vintage 1998, with a little hosting help from Karl Lagerfeld, who knows a thing or two about premium labels. Having shot its fall ad campaign starring Helena Christensen, whose new book of photos will be published this summer under his 7L imprint, the couturier held court upon on a pink satin bed joined by famous friends Julianne Moore, Donna Karan, new boss Tommy Hilfiger, Stephen Gan, Cecilia Dean, Ingrid Sischy and Candace Bushnell. Guests marveled at the ascension of the dark new bottles from the center of the bar, after which they weren't slow to indulge in the rare bubbly served by waiter-models in black eye masks before swimming toward to the fish bar for sea bass wrapped in fish-shaped salt dough. In unusually frothy form, a grinning Lagerfeld would occasionally raise a Chrome Hearts-laden hand to summon a new arrival, a weighted wave that had Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons (whose rock on an equally heavy hand could pay Hint's server fees for life) and the other stars of the campaign, Brad Kroenig and Caroline Ribeiro, scooting right over. But the man of the hour, all but a teetotaller, was likely just drunk on the festive spirit. "You know, I don't drink much alcohol," he explained. "And I'm not being diplomatic when I say that the only champagne I really know is Dom Pérignon. It's a champagne that was born in the 18th century, a period and atmosphere I know well. I even have a fashion series on the theme that I created for Vogue France." Dom Pérignon—that is, the namesake Benedictine Monk—would have been proud. Meanwhile, dress-poured guests such as Yvonne Force Villareal, Helen Schifter and beauty cream mogul Olivia Chantecaille boozed and schmoozed the night away to the intoxicating disco-wave-rock rumblings of French music man Michel Gaubert (thanks for the Neneh Cherry!). We couldn't help but bend our knees, too, before heading off to the opening party for Bette, Amy Sacco's new boite. In all, it's estimated that over 600 bottles were opened, but don't expect the new mimosa-enabler to become available to the public until September. That's just the way the cork pops.

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