Gwyneth Paltrow and Karlie Kloss were just some of the celebs who attended this week’s 2018 Guggenheim International Gala in New York City.
A most glamorous and star-studded affair, think the “Met Gala” but with no costumes and further uptown at the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building.
But, on November 14th, the Guggenheim hosted their annual pre-party ahead of Thursday’s gala.
The Dior sponsored bash is known for being equally as glam but designed to attract a New York cool-kid crowd.
The night started and ended with no shortage of champagne, Veuve Clicquot of course, as attendees sipped and mingled threw the museum’s rotunda.
No drinks up, through and around the museum though. If you wanted to catch a viewing of the current exhibit from Swedish artist Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, forfeiting the champagne was inevitable.
We’re thankful for the good-looking waitstaff positioned at every turn, but still mourning all that wasted bubbly.
Wednesday’s pre-party brought big names like Jamie King, Jhené Aiko, Olivia Palmero, model Winne Harlow, Kat Graham, rising star Geraldine Viswanathan, and Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who all joined the crowd in catching a performance by British singer Jorja Smith. Smith stunned in a sequence black mini dress as she performed an acoustic set including a cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs.”
Dancing followed in the rotunda to the sounds of DJ Amrit.
Art, Music, Dior, and Champagne? We didn’t want the night to end. And luckily, the 600 VIP guests didn’t want it to either.
Between the pre-party and the gala itself, nearly $2 million dollars was raised for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Founded in 1937, the foundation is dedicated to keeping art alive through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications.
We’re not saying mini desserts like the raspberry chocolate mousse cake kept the party going, but it didn’t hurt. After midnight, guests slipped back onto the corner of 89th and 5th Ave. to post Instagram stories in their Lyfts with the hashtag #GIG2018.