In honor of the relaunch of its Juste Un Clou collection, and coinciding New York City in the '70s exhibit, Cartier decided to throw a little celebration. And by little, we mean really, really big. In fact, the only thing little about the entire evening was the endless array of passed hors d'oeuvres which, lucky for us, were never quite out of arm's reach. There were tiny wild boar thingies, little poached quail eggs, baby banana Nutella crepes, microscopic filet mignon, shrunken lobster pastries... must stop/mouth watering. Moving on...
Juste Un Clou (which literally translates to 'Just a Nail') is a collection of rings and bracelets that are exactly that- the finest of fine jewelry (many loaded with diamonds, of course) molded into the shape of gracefully bent hardware that range in price from $2,175 to a whopping $34,650. Cartier originally released the collection in the 1970s, when the rugged design came to symbolize the "rebellious spirit and raw energy in New York City" at the time. This rerelease definitely reflects Cartier's move to reconnect with a younger clientele, a theme which was present through both the event and its attendees.
We caught up with Chanel Iman who said she's "not very picky when it comes to Cartier" (funny, neither are we!) and revealed to us that she's sadly yet to receive one of the jeweler's sentimental Love bracelets herself: "I'm still waiting to get mine... Hopefully I'll get one!" We wouldn't worry too much, Chanel...Something tells us there'll be lots of fine jewelry in your future.
After schmoozing for a while amongst the likes of Lily Collins, Jason Wu, and a strangely coiffed Arizona Muse, and all those glass cases filled with fancy nails, it was time to get hammered (kidding!). Well, sort of. Let's just say, Cartier knows how to throw a party-ay.
Around midnight, the DJ booth disappeared and the stage curtains opened up curio cabinet-style, revealing a secret set for the "surprise performance" by Brit newcomer and Jay-Z protege Rita Ora. Of course the performance came as no surprise to us--Derek Blasberg had accidentally let the secret slip back at the Cartier Mansion ("Have they announced that yet? I don't know if I'm supposed to be telling... Ahh don't tweet it yet!!")
In sticking with the '70s theme, the vibe of the party was decidedly very Kool and the Gang: Everyone brought their good times and their laughter, too. Olivier Theyskens shook his glorious hair cape as he mouthed the words to Ora's rendition of "Say My Name," while Chanel and her model BFF4L, the impossibly long and lean Karlie Kloss, got down with Mr. Blasberg. Apparently Jay and Beyonce snuck into the VIP section just in time for Ora's Destiny's Child tribute, but they forgot to text us when they got in. Weird.
(Cartier's New York in the '70s exhibit is now open to the public at the Cartier Mansion on 5th Ave)