“It’s really a dream. … I wouldn’t do it any other place,” Banks said in the middle of her set at the Guggenheim International Gala pre-party, presented by Dior, on Wednesday night. Banks’ avant-garde electro-R&B performance served as the primary exhibition, casting purple and red hues against the museum’s minimalist-style walls.
The party, which drew elites from the worlds of fashion and film, serves as a precursor to the Guggenheim’s benefit gala that raises funds for the museum’s international exhibitions and educational programs.
Banks — clad in head-to-toe Dior — told Variety in the upstairs VIP lounge that performing in the space felt “amazing.” She was later joined by rapper Future, who swept her into a huge hug upon arrival.
Downstairs, guests enjoyed eclectic tunes spun by DJ Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem. Victoria’s Secret model Lindsay Ellingson beelined for the bar while Public School designer Dao-Yi Chow danced with friends near the stage. Actress Liana Liberato, who flew to New York City solely for the party, posed for a 3D picture in the multi-camera photo booth. Chelsea Leyland was spied on Snapchat, admiring the Guggenheim’s breathtaking ceiling. “This building is such an incredible space,” she stated, while “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi snapped photos with “The Get Down” actor Shameik Moore and sisters Cipriana and TK Quann.
“That’s what’s cool about these parties. You get to meet all these people you admire,” Shahidi said. Additional partygoers included Alexa Chung, Rachel Roy, and Marion Cotillard.
The Guggenheim’s International Gala will be held on Nov. 17.