- Anastasia Chinery
The Recent High Profile Event Rundown
Luxury events are a staple of the high-end and lavish Celebrity lifestyle, providing a great excuse to get out on the red carpet and an opportunity for people to enjoy the opulent experience and make lasting memories.
From award shows to movie premieres, to high-end charity galas, these events often offer some of the best suppliers in the event industry and require a lot of attention to detail to create the desired atmosphere and style of luxury and exclusivity.
In this luxury event roundup, we'll take a look at some of the highlights from the recent luxurious event, designed to get heads taking and take a closer look at some of the key elements that make a successful luxury event.
The Met Gala
As one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, it’s known for its unpredictable and extravagant themes as well as the star-studded guest list.
Last year's theme, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion," did not disappoint. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the event attracted a who's who of Hollywood A-listers, models, and designers. Some of the standout looks included Billie Eilish's Oscar de la Renta ball gown, inspired by Marilyn Monroe's iconic pink dress, and Lil Nas X's three-part Versace ensemble, complete with a golden suit of armor.
The theme for 2023 is Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty. We can’t wait to see how this theme is delivered, said to pay tribute to his life’s work in a unique manner. The planning for this luxurious event begins months in advance, with a high array of event planners, designers and stylists, and organisers working behind the scenes to create a cohesive and memorable event experience.
From floral arrangements to lighting and security, every detail is carefully curated to ensure that the event exceeds the high standards of its high-end attendees year after year.
The Cannes Film Festival
Another major luxury event on the celebrity calendar is the Cannes Film Festival which attracts Directors, Actors, and Producers, among other industry insiders from around the globe. The Festival features its well-known glamorous red carpet, which is meticulously planned to ensure every guest is welcomed and accommodated to the high-end and luxury standard that this event oozes.
The luxury film festival also features a range of film screenings, press events, and industry expert panels. Dealing with high-profile individuals takes a large amount of careful scheduling and coordination to ensure it runs smoothly.
Of course, an event of this high profile doesn’t go a miss in the press, From Jodie Foster's emotional acceptance speech to the Palme d'Or for her film "The Mauritanian", to the red carpet welcoming famous faces, there was no shortage of glamour and excitement.
The Academy Awards
This luxury event could be considered the most prestigious event in the film industry, with the nominees from the year’s best films traveling from around the globe joined by high-name presenters.
As with all prestigious event planning, the event requires an extensive amount of planning and coordinating, from transportation to accommodation to designing the set and the careful seating arrangements.
Last year, the event was held at the Union Station in Los Angeles and saw a mix of in-person and virtual performances and entertainment to adapt the event to the ongoing pandemic restrictions at the time.
Some of the standout moments included Chloe Zhao winning Best Director for her film "Nomadland," and Daniel Kaluuya's memorable acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor. The fashion highlights that stole the show were Regina King's stunning Louis Vuitton gown and of course, the graceful Zendaya in a custom Valentino Haute Couture dress.
The Metaverse Gala
Organised by Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metaverse Gala was a groundbreaking virtual event that really pushed the boundaries of what is possible in luxury event planning. Bringing together some of the biggest names in fashion, entertainment, and technology, the event featured a range of interactive exhibits, virtual performances, and augmented reality experiences such as fashion shows, all designed to create a sense of immersion and engagement for its guests.
Of course, a luxury virtual event like this required significant technical expertise, with designs, developers the top event professionals working together to create a seamless and compelling virtual experience. Some of the standout moments included Grimes' cyberpunk-inspired performance and Billie Eilish's holographic red-carpet appearance. The event raised over $3 million for the Costume Institute and has been praised for its innovative approach to luxury event planning, demonstrating that virtual events can be just as engaging and impactful as in-person events.
Although these luxury events are a chance for individuals to raise their profile, they can also be an opportunity to give back. Charity galas offer a chance for Celebrities and high-profile individuals to use their platform to raise awareness and funds for important causes and charitable organisations.
There is a careful balance between these luxury events between entertainment and philanthropy, with the goal being to create an event that is both a great experience and meaningful for attendees.
One example is the Global Citizen Live event, a 24-hour live steam concert that brought together music industry professionals, activists, and public figures to raise the profile and call for action on climate change, COVID-19 vaccines, and other important global issues. Some of the stand-out performances from this luxury event include Jennifer Lopez's rendition of "Sweet Caroline" and Ed Sheeran's new song "Visiting Hours."
Luxury events are complex and challenging to get perfect. They require a range of skills and expertise to get each detail perfect.
Everything from planning the logistics to designing the set must have each detail carefully curated to ensure the luxury does what it aims to do and leaves each event feeling fulfilled and inspired. While not many of the public are able to attend these events in person, they can still appreciate the creativity, artistry, and spectacle that they bring to the world of luxury events and create a truly unforgettable experience.