For some, fashion week ended not with a bang, but a pop. Over at Tasting Table, the private dining room and kitchen in West Soho, André Saraiva and Andre Balazs launched a champagne–a collaborative effort with sparkling wine authority Fabien Gay–named Artéis & Co.
And Donaghy Estates it is not! This aged champagne (the youngest bottles were corked in 2002), with packaging design from Saraiva, and soon to be available in some of Balazs’s hotels, has the goal of bringing the artisanal qualities often lost in mass market bubbly brands, back into vogue. “We have carefully selected first-rate artisans, who produce the best grapes, which resulted in the most unique and best-tasting vintages I’ve had the pleasure of working on,” said Gay, the CEO of Artéis.
GQ’s style guy, Glenn O’brien, who’s tried a few champagnes in his 30-plus years of New York parties—from Basquiat to Balazs—was in attendance, and seemed to be impressed. Champagne is something we tend to associate with age and class—the idea of a “new” champagne can be scary and even counter-intuitive. But this is fashion week, and we look to the new, whether our eyes are trained on VFiles, or a recently emptied champagne flute.