Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and More Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Style

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Asian cultures all over the world will be celebrating Lunar New Year on Sunday, marking the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit. To usher in 2023, fashion designer Phillip Lim and Hennessy hosted a lavish dinner party in New York on Thursday evening with some of the top Asian artists in attendance. Among the guests were designer Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta co-creative director Laura Kim, designer Prabal Gurung, and pianist Chloe Flower.

“The purpose of these family dinners is to celebrate and uplift our community and show our humanity,” Lim said during cocktail hour at the swanky new 53 NYC restaurant in midtown Manhattan. “I hope that people here leave the night with seeded conversations that lead to action. Lunar New Year brings together all different ethnicities, and I have the privilege of being in the intersection. I know that one person will love another person and another person will love that person, and I know that they can do something amazing together, and that’s the goal of these family dinners—bringing people together. It’s really about creating allyship and pushing forward together as a community for a more conscious and kind future.”

(T-B): Mona Matsuoka and Phillip Lim.By Matteo Prandoni/BFA.

In 2023, Lim will see lots of hard work come to fruition. He has collaborated with Gurung to create costumes for American Born Chinese, the upcoming Disney+ series starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Daniel Wu. The two joined forces with costume designer Joy Cretton to create culturally significant clothes from Chinese mythology and literature.

“We created costumes for Michelle and Daniel, the two main characters, and the show is about a Chinese high school teenager learning how to fit in America, but goes to these fantasy worlds with characters from Chinese mythology,” Lim said. “Michelle appears as a goddess, and we created a special gown that I’m really proud of. I can’t give any details, but it was a labor of love.”

As the 70 well-dressed invitees settled in their seats for an elegant dinner, performers dressed in Chinese lion costumes marched into the dinning room, mimicking a lion’s movements while accompanied by drummers. The lion dancers even bit the attendees on the head to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits. Then, guests were gifted bright red envelopes with a crisp one-dollar bill inside to symbolize good fortune for the new year ahead. As the evening continued, a 13-dish menu curated by chef Mark Yu was served. The feast included oysters and uni topped with ponzu jelly, steamed buns filled chicken and burgundy truffle, and turnip pie tee made with dried shrimp and peanuts paired with crafted Hennessy cocktails.

Throughout the evening, the glamorous guests laughed, mingled, and shared animated stories, conjuring up a boisterous party. Lim was busy making the rounds and posed for multiple selfies with friends against a stunning painting called La Grande Course created by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming that features the entire family of Zodiac animals. Elements of the artwork will appear on limited Lunar New Year editions of Hennessy bottles.

(L-R): Amber Ruffin, Tina Leung, Chloe Flower, and Jeannie Mai Jenkins. 

By Matteo Prandoni/BFA.

Across the room, Gurung spoke to Kim at the bar. The two chatted and shared a few giggles. “My hope for the new year is to the powers that be, that they recognize that the creatives from the Asian community have stories to tell. Our voices matter. Our existence matters,” Gurung said after catching up with Kim. “And I hope the Asian artists are creating their own table, so that they can tell their own stories.”

Gurung, who is presenting his latest runway collection on the first day of New York Fashion Week on February 10, is happy that breakout Abbott Elementary star Quinta Brunson has been wearing his designs for multiple press engagements and at red-carpet events. The Emmy winner, in particular, received lots of praise for wearing his multi-colored feather dress to the ESPYS last summer. “She has a lot of choices, and so for her to choose my stuff, I feel grateful,” Gurung said. “She is a true celebration on how one can fully realize who they are. When I look at her and what she has done, she has built her own table, telling her own stories, and that audacity to be herself is so inspiring.”

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