One hot spot that celebrities, models, socials and fashionistas just can’t get enough of during all the glitz and glamour of New York Fashion Week is the exclusive Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge at Lincoln Center. It is the place to see and be seen, kick back with some champagne, and enjoy watching the shows in plush surroundings. Thanks to Wesley Cadle, renowned interior and event designer, this year’s ultra-luxe Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge was transformed into a relaxing and glamorous Zen-like oasis inspired by the om and aesthetic of the Far East. The Star Lounge was just the perfect spot to watch Monique Lhuillier's spectacular Fall 2013 Runway Show on Saturday night.
It is no wonder the fashion glitterati make the Star Lounge a must stop during what can be a grueling week of back to back shows and cocktail soirees. Guests of the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge are whisked away from New York’s hustle and bustle into a tranquil room bathed in a palette of earthy terra cottas, warm cinnabar and blacks paired with natural textiles, like flax and mohair. Cadle’s design is a modern interpretation of Asian traditions including terra cotta glazed linen walls tacked with antique bronze studs, alcove seating groups with dramatic pillows, and traditional Asian consoles. Accent tables made from repurposed moped tires and lacquered stone calligraphy brushes create surprising twists on eastern conventions.
Cadle also teamed up with textile designer Nicolette Mayer to create natural flax colored linen with over-sized patterns of Mayer’s Chinese porcelain images. The outcome is an inspired interpretation of an old motif that takes a conventional object to a sublimely new level. Cadle also collaborated with Maxwell Fabrics and Libeco Lagae to fill the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge with texture, warmth and depth.
This is the sixth season Mercedes-Benz tapped distinguished interior designer Cadle to design the Star Lounge at Lincoln Center. The Augusta-based event and interior designer is known for his ability to create a timeless aesthetic by focusing on guest experience, comfort and enjoyment while visually adding a twist, surprise or hint of the unexpected. Perhaps a reflection of his genteel southern way, he starts with a single note of inspiration and builds on it, often employing an exciting mix of textures and patterns. Something is for sure, the fashion set just can’t get enough of Wesley Cadle and the luxurious Mercedes–Benz Star Lounge season after season.