Take one part Hollywood nostalgia, one part Frank Sinatra retro cool, put it in a martini shaker and you get Modernism Week’s glamorous opening night soirée Thursday night (Feb. 11) in downtown Palm Springs.
The glam affair attracted more than 400 guests to Modernism Week’s new CAMP headquarters (Community and Meeting Place) in the 1958 Class 1 Historic original Robinson’s Department Store (most recently The Alley). The scene was a page out of Hollywood’s yesteryear – lights, cameras, and lots of action.
The lady in red, Los Angeles model Musetta Rubin, greeted guests as part of the red carpet entrance.
Guests arrived on a red carpet that was actually a very long train of a dress worn by Los Angeles model Musetta Rubin. Once inside guests were offered glasses of French 75 champagne cocktails, which were arranged around a metal skirt worn by Katelyn Ford, another LA model. These clever and show stopping elements were the brainchild of local event producer Frank Goldstin of Momentous Events.
The visual effect was completed by floor to ceiling chandeliers, colorful mood lighting, while the entire space was draped in white to play off the lights and bling.
This is what they mean by self-serve. Los Angeles model Katelyn Ford offers guests special champagne cocktails.
“Our theme was Hollywood in Palm Springs and we wanted to recreate the midcentury modern magic that Palm Springs has always been known for,” says Goldstin.
And the music matched the mood. A large stage featured DJ Baz and Nutty, whose band played music of the era while couples swung and sashayed on the dance floor.
If this is a taste of what’s to come during Modernism Week 2016, get ready for 10 days of conviviality and fun – midcentury modern style.
Dapper Mod Men: Modernism Week board members Mark Davis, William Kopelk, and Chris Mobley with Mayor Robert Moon (second from right).
Golden Girls Kristin Staszek and Samantha Greenlund offer candy to guests.
The masterminds behind the Modernism Show & Sale, which opens Feb. 12, from left, Gordon Merkle, Rosemary Krieger, and Charley Walter.
Rosemary Krieger, producer of the Modernism Show & Sale, with Denver residents Kirk Brown and Jill Wiltse.
White drapings, mood lighting, and long strands of pearl-like beads decorate Modernism Week's opening party.
Intimate cabanas add to the glam factor during Modernism Week CAMP's debut.