Moncler doesn’t do fashion shows, they do fashion installations, and their impressive army of foot soldiers at the Aspen Art Museum’s Freestyle benefit on Friday was a stunning success. Party-goers gathered for a champagne and caviar cocktail hour, mingling among silent auction items which included Bottega Veneta and Lanvin handbags, a Loro Piano cashmere printed blanket and a three-stone Piranesi ring.
After swooning over the hundreds of silent auction items, attendees moved to the live auction portion of the night inside the St. Regis Aspen ballroom. Phillips de Pury & Co. auctioneer C.K. Swett roused the room for nine live auction items, including a private dinner for 12 at the Garza family estate; his and her Moncler coats and an opportunity to attend one of the premier runway shows during New York Fashion Week; a six-night stay for four couples at a private getaway near Cabo San Lucas (with chef, maid and butler on-hand); and an instant world-class wine cellar curated by Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher, with bottles like Chateau Latour 1982, Petrus 1975 and double Harlans from the the 1990s.
The Freestyle is a perennial favorite in Aspen, bringing some of the world’s most notorious art collectors together for an apres-ski event like no other, to benefit the Aspen Art Museum.