Is there any better way to kick off the beginning of summer than with the sound of a champagne cork popping? Actually, yes. The sound of nearly 2000 champagne corks popping and a surprise visit from one of the world’s biggest DJ’s courtesy of Moët & Chandon.
For its second year in a row, Moët & Chandon “Effervescence” delivered an unforgettable evening that flowed with champagne, canapés and for its opening night, an incredible performance from Calvin Harris. The Scottish DJ lifted the roof with a roll call of bangers, including ‘This Is What You Came For’, ‘One Kiss’, ‘Bounce’ and ‘Summer’.
Taking place in a gilded, multi-tiered custom-built marquee situated at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, VIP guests were greeted with stunning view across Sydney’s harbour that includes both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as they walked the red carpet into the venue. A rainfall of twinkling lights reminiscent of the effervescent bubbles that bring to life every glass of Moët & Chandon turned the entryway into the perfect Instagram-worthy scene for attendees.
A one-of-a-kind vending machined dispensed bottles of Moët & Chandon while a miniature fireworks room off to the side was both terrific and a little terrifying. So many sparkles all in one room…
But even that struggled to out-do the star-wattage of the night’s guest list. Few other brands in the world could boast the sight of former foreign minister Julie Bishop and close friend Luke Hepworth tapping their feet to the beats of Calvin Harris as were supermodel Georgia Fowler, looking stunning in black Versace, and beau Nathan Dalah. Also attending were Nathan’s fashion designer brother Jordan Dalah, Sydney-based influencer Violet Grace who practically floated through the marquee in wearing a voluminous yellow dress by Australian designer Yousef Akbar. Hospitality mogul Justin Hemmes and girlfriend Madeline Holtznagel were also spotted kicking their heels up.
The pièce de résistance – a choreographed performance that ended with the dancer pouring champagne down a tower of coupe glasses.
But the evening was more than just a toast to the fun times, but also Toast To A Cause, led by Moët & Chandon Friend of the Brand Victoria Lee and Sapphire Project ambassador Ian Thorpe AM.
A tradition of the Maison, Toast For A Cause raises a glass of Moët & Chandon in honour of the brand’s charitable works. This year’s was dedicated to the protection and preservation of biodiversity around the world with Moët & Chandon proudly partnering with The Sapphire Project for the second year in a row, supporting the critically underfunded area of marine conservation.