One of New York City’s notorious summer night finally blanketed this town of 8 million with its unbearable heat and suffocating humidity. Though you wouldn’t even notice the annoyance by watching the jet-set crowd in their Black Tie best that gathered at West Side's Pier 45 last Wednesday evening. As each gingerly boarded the docked New York Water Taxi and accounted for, a pop of the champagne cork officially marked the start of Dom Pérignon's inaugural event celebrating the launch of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 by Iris van Herpen Limited Edition Champagne.
Flanked by nightscapes from Jersey City and Downtown Manhattan, revelers enjoyed the rare, cool summer breeze as the ferry propelled through the Hudson River. A swift turn of the rudder due south to Brooklyn’s Atlantic Basin with the final destination of Pioneer Works not far beyond.
Promptly drenched in greenish glow, Dom Pérignon took full advantage of Pioneer Works’ 24,000 square feet of space by transforming it into a nighttime escapade, though never too far from central themes of Metamorphosis, one set by Iris van Herpen herself. Known worldwide as a fashion designer with a willingness to push the limitations set not just by design but by material science, the Dutch-based Iris van Herpen saw the Dom Pérignon champagne as a Chrysalis that first took shape back in 2004 (its vintage year). In its Metamorphosis from grapes to the end form of sparkling rarity, the maturation period took on different shapes, much like the “Cocoonase” sculptures van Herpen created via her apt talent with 3D printing. Synergized with video artwork by Daniel Sannwald, a grand installation by Kenan Juska, contortionists, great music, and of course, the endless flow of Dom Pérignon, this season’s New York Fashion Week is getting off to an exciting start.