As Monaco gears up for a highly-anticipated Grand Prix on May 23, Amber Lounge also returns with its annual fashion show fundraiser to kick off the Formula One weekend.
Amber Lounge CEO and founder Sonia Irvine, sister of former F1 driver (1993 to 2002) Eddie, is renowned for her pop-up nightclubs at Grand Prix hot spots in Monaco, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. The weekend parties cater to big corporate types who must defend their client hospitality-cum-nightlife spending come Monday morning and whose guests would rather avoid a large bill.
Irvine launched the first Amber Lounge (Amber was a randomly picked word from the dictionary) in Monaco in 2002 and five years later the Monaco resident added the Amber Lounge U*NITE charity fashion show with F1 drivers as catwalk models.
The Friday evening défilé features a live auction that has since raised more than $6 million for Sir Jackie Stewart’s Race Against Dementia, the Elton John Aids Foundation, Special Olympics, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the (unrelated) Amber Foundation and Make a Wish Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
For U*NITE 2021, guests can pre-bid on all items which will be auctioned on Friday, May 21, at Amber Lounge at the Grimaldi Forum and in support of Caudwell Children. Monaco resident John Caudwell (No #986 on the 2021 Forbes Billionaires List) established the foundation with “a vision to have a world where all disabled children and their families have a choice, opportunity, dignity and understanding.”
This 13th edition fundraiser joins forces with Monte-Carlo Fashion Week to showcase “Made in Monaco” collections, including two eco-sustainable designers Inessa Creations Monaco by Inès Bensalah and Ymaginaria by Sofia Alemani.
Tickets for Amber Lounge U*NITE start at €525 (for only the fashion show) and run up to €26,250 for a Methusalem Table, which includes a gourmet dinner menu, unlimited wine and entertainment.