When the artistic director of the world’s oldest luxury leather goods brand comes to town, it draws the chicest of crowds. And when that director is as stylish and elegant as Delvaux’s Christina Zeller, the throngs of devotees grow even more zealous. That’s why, when we were celebrating Delvaux this month, we spread the love by hosting both a private dinner in New York and an intimate luncheon in Beverly Hills.
Founded in 1829, the Belgian house of Delvaux has garnered new attention since Zeller came on board in 2011. Since then, the collection of hand-crafted bags has earned a new crop of enthusiasts among its followers, in addition to the women who’ve been devoted to the signature styles for years.
To kick things off, the New York dinner epitomized this old-world/new-school mash up with its hosts: the legendary model Carmen Dell’Orefice and jewelry designer Zani Gugelmann. The ladies were joined at an intimate dinner in Freds Downtown by a well-heeled crowd including designer Victor Alfaro, Jessica Joffe, and Glenn O’Brien, in addition to Barneys’ own senior management team.
The party continued as Zeller winged her way westward for a luncheon at Freds Beverly Hills, hosted by the mother/daughter duo Ann and Annabella Dexter-Jones. While both ladies are true New Yorkers, they opted to host in L.A. to make it a family affair, as they were joined by Ann’s other children, Alexander Dexter-Jones and Mark and Samantha Ronson. Guests including Tracey Ross, Alana Stewart, and Nathalie Love rounded out the swank soirée.