Inside Chanel’s Fine Jewelry Dinner With Carey Mulligan, Sadie Sink, & More

“What are you all drinking?” Vodka?'” Gracie Abrams asked a packed crowd on the evening of February 7: “Whisky!” shouted a delighted fan, positioned right in front of the stage. “Jealous,” Abrams replied, before launching into her song “ I Know It Won’t Work.”

It's the kind of banter you'd expect from a traveling artist, but this was no ordinary concert. Instead of a sold-out stadium, Abrams was in the basement of the former Abercrombie & Fitch store on Fifth Avenue, performing an intimate solo set. The delighted fan was Sadie Sink, decked out in Chanel and a diamond necklace. “Everyone looks so hot,” Abrams remarked at one point.

This spectacle was just the icing on the cake of a starry night celebrating the opening of the Chanel Watches and Jewelry flagship boutique. The evening had in fact started almost five hours earlier, with a cocktail at the new store. “It’s a truly impressive crowd,” a fellow editor said to no one in particular — high praise, especially on the eve of New York Fashion Week. But yes, it was. Among the guests seen milling around the two-story store: Seth Meyers, who rushed to greet the former Late at night guest Cazzie David; Carey Mulligan reunites with fellow Oscar nominee America Ferrera; Phoebe Tonkin launches new micro bangs; It Girls alums Chase Sui Wonders and Molly Gordon wearing matching hair bows; even more NYLON It Girls in Abrams, Victoria Pedretti and Francesca Scorsese; Kerry Washington, Rose Byrne, Natasha Lyonne, Elizabeth Olsen, Michelle Williams, etc.

Around 7:30 p.m., everyone started heading towards the dinner location, just two doors down from the store. Inside, guests were greeted by an array of drinks trays offering champagne and old-fashioned goods (Katie Holmes snuck up to the bar to ask for a glass of white wine; many martinis were also ordered). The dinner itself also lived up to the glamor of the guest list: fresh oysters, a baked potato topped with caviar, and poached lobster. Between serving oysters and caviar, waiters came to offer shots of vodka. “Don’t worry, they’re cold,” reassured my hesitant seatmate (she eventually gave in). By the time Beverly Nguyen started making ice cream sundaes, it was almost 10:30 p.m., but there was no need to start planning afterward: Chanel took care of that. So it was down to the basement, for Abrams' last drink and his piano – and some more vodka.

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