The Cannes amfAR Party in Pictures: Zoe Kravitz, Jake Gyllenhall, Karlie Kloss + More

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As we well know by now, the Cannes Film Festival is about so much more than the films. Despite its celebration of artistic nuance, the surrounding festivities eschew all subtlety and restraint, and excess surely has no limit. Undoubtedly the most glamorous celluloid gathering in the universe, the star wattage culminates towards the end of the festival, when luminaries from the entertainment, fashion and philanthropy worlds collide at the Cannes amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event, now in its 22nd year.

Supermodels like Karlie Kloss, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima and Joan Smalls arrived in high-style to walk a 47-piece designer black and white fashion show, curated by France’s most powerful editrix, Carine Roitfeld. Star studded fantasy packages were auctioned off, such as an intimate dinner for 12 hosted by Andrea Bocelli at either his Miami or Tuscan estate (1 million Euro), dinner on a yacht in St. Tropez with Leonardo di Caprio (250K Euro), or a package of tickets to the Golden Globes, Weinstein after party, CAA post Globes party, Spectre premiere and photo shoot with Bradley Cooper (220K Euro). But the hottest lot of the night was Jeff Koons massive Coloring Book from his Celebration Series, which commanded a whopping winning bid of over $13 Million (12M Euros) – sold to Russian oligarch and Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik, who also dropped $15 million on a Damien Hirst at the previous amfAR gala.

While celebs like Zoe Kravitz, Jake Gyllenhall and Adrien Brody mingled during the dinner, the party was energized with electrifying performances by BocelliCharli XCX, Mary J Blige, and Imagine Dragons. To cap off the glamfest, Marc Ronson got the real party started downstairs, as supermodels kicked off their heels and shimmied with stars while sipping the free flowing Moet champagne and Belvedere libations into the wee hours of the night.

Oh, and about those films – Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan won this year’s Palme D’or.

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Monarch

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Addison Group brings a touch of glam to fuddy duddy Herald Square. Swish rooftop bar on 18th floor of Courtyard Marriott continues trend of unassuming hotels proffering “destination” nightlife. Stylish interiors are all Scandinavian cool with fantastical Tom Dixon lighting and occasional touches of cheek. All leads onto sprawling terrace, where your Monarch cocktails can be taken with Empire State views. The royal way, of course.

The Fight of the Century, Boozing, and Boxing at Overthrow NY Boxing Club

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Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Every so often, a sporting event captures the collective consciousness and the world jumps at the opportunity to pick sides, pick a venue and enjoy together. This past weekend was one such event, a boxing match billed as the “Fight of the Century.” The most appropriate venue, outside of Vegas, to watch two superstars duke it out happened to be the opening night celebration of the highly anticipated OVERTHROW NY Boxing Club. Housed behind an unmarked door at 9 Bleecker Street, the former residence of off-beat music, arts and activist venue The Yippie Museum, OVERTHROW officially opened its doors for the first time. This multi-floor venue houses everything from a ring and practice facility to plenty of programming for those involved. There will be classes and matches and more. And of course, there’s an underground boxing league on the basement level. OVERTHROW’s founding partner Joey Goodwin, known as “the Soho Kid” and a former Golden Gloves contender, enlisted eight trainers, including professional boxers, former Olympians, and male models. Casses starting at $34 — now might be the time to pick up some gloves.

Overthrow was named after a publication The Yippie Museum had produced over the course of its 41 year residency of the building. It aims to provide a place at the cross of boxing and punk rock. And as the evening unfolded, it became quite clear how they’ll achieve it. As tequila cocktails liquored up attendees across all three floors, raucous boxing matches mingled with DJ sets (by likes of May Kwok) and a musical performance by David Peel. Pastings, posters and installation art lined the walls. An array of high profile New Yorkers filled the venue. And when the regular programming ceased, the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight commenced.

Though the fight would be a let down for most (except boxing aficionados who could bask in the slow-burning strategy), and see the highly controversial Mayweather extend his undefeated streak, the venue itself delivered an experience worth talking about. People have been waiting over five years for a MayPac battle. New Yorkers have been hearing about OVERTHROW since June 2014. The wait is over. But for those who were disappointed with the nearly $400 million dollar fight, there’s still an opportunity to step into the ring.

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Charlie Himmelstein. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
May Kwok. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Heron Preston.
 Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Milou Van Groesen, Alexandra Richards. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Jeremy Kost, Hunter Hill. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Ashley Smith. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Joey Goodwin, Peter Davis. Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Opening of OVERTHROW NY BOXING CLUB
Photo: David X Prutting/BFA.com

Ace Bar

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EV three-part bar’s main draw is the Skee-Ball—something about beating a high score, getting a free drink. Two drawbacks: (1) it’s a buck per game, (2) the crowds this place packs in can be, uh, intrusive (to be kind). A recently renovated front-end can’t derail rep of extreme young’uns, but there’re good times to be had nonetheless. Cheap-ish beers, decent happy hour, the otherwise bare-bones décor sprinkled with bits of pop trinket nostalgia from your childhood.

Hilo Bar

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Antebellum bunker deep below Bill’s Burger, sib joint to 675 Bar. Plenty of nooks and crannies nestled around black support columns. Badass vaulted ceilings, distressed surfaces galore. Above the sunken living room, vintage black ‘n’ white tiles and disco ball carry over from Bunker Club iteration. No food, but smart cocktails like a tequila concoction with Espolón Silver, grapefruit soda, habanero reduction, and spiced salt.

Hill & Dale

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Restaurant and lounge inspired by early 20th-century music recording. Glass encasements by the bar house old phonographs, kitschy signage. Private lounge kitted out with leather sofas and an artfully fake fireplace. Small plates like poached Jonah crab, smoked pork belly, lobster cakes make for good drinking bites. Elliot Carlson’s cocktail menu matches up Prohibition-era nostalgia with contemporary bespoke styling.

Delancey

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Derelict Williamsburg Bridge may fall in the water any minute. Keep watch here from the nicotine-scene roof garden, a totally unexpected oasis. Great deck for cold beers; downstairs find bands on the come-up. Convenient for Billyburgers willing to brave the bridge, especially Critical Mass crazies with a penchant for cruising brakeless and wasted. Also goes by “The Delinquency,” when we’re starting to see double.