Inside Manolo Blahnik’s Cocktails and Lawn Games Summer Party

Although the invitation called for lawn games and cocktails, Manolo Blahnik’s summer soiree held a few surprises. Being a Blahnik event, the “lawn” in Lawn Games was a scenic garden on a Rockefeller Center rooftop at 620 Loft & Garden, which overlooks St. Patrick’s Cathedral and offers sweeping views of 5th Avenue. And those “games” were as photogenic as they come: croquet rackets bearing Manolo Blahnik’s logos, an oversized chess set, and playing cards with Blahnik’s whimsical shoe sketches.

Everyone – Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Emily DiDonato, Violetta Komyshan, Amy Fine Collins, Angelica Hicks and many more – had come together for no particular reason, but there were several things worth toasting. The beginning of summer and perhaps the first of Elvis (for which the cobbler outfitted Austin Butler’s Elvis with smooth shoes). Plus, guests were still abuzz over the big year the brand had with a new Madison Avenue flagship and a permanent store in East Hampton.

As for those surprises, midway through the event, model icon Pat Cleveland weaved her way through the crowd in a satin dress and a pair of crystal-embellished Manolo pumps. She stopped in front of the garden pool to sing a few songs and serenade the crowd. On his set list was “It’s Possible” by Perry Cosmo.

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