The soirée: George Clooney and Omega president, Stephen Urquhart, hosted a truly stellar evening in Houston on Tuesday night to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.
Omega’s Stephen Urquhart with brand ambassador, George Clooney
The raison d’être: The moon-themed gala, attended by legendary astronauts, stars of the upcoming ABC series, “The Astronaut Wives Club,” and the crème de la crème of Houston society, paid tribute to the luxury watchmaker as a trusted partner in space exploration, specifically noting the role of the Omega Speedmaster during the Apollo 13 mission.
The setting: Designed by Alexandre de Betak, the famed event producer known for his over-the-top fashion shows, the black-tie fête took place inside an expansive airplane hangar that was transformed into a magical starry universe. Guests were served cocktails aboard an all-white spaceship and then “transported” to an opulent moon-like dinner venue complete with moon rocks, twinkling stars, and a sleek, galactic-themed table set for 300 guests.
Din-din: Omega pulled out all the stops for the celestial-themed dinner party, including flying in acclaimed French chef, Valentin Neraudeau, from Paris to create the menu and mixologist Justin Darnes from London to design the bespoke cocktails. The decadent “On The Moon” dinner menu featured King Crab and Granny Smith Fraicheur with Thyme Crisp and Carrot & Cumin Espuma; Veal Lion with Eggplant Caviar and Caramelized Basil-infused Jus; and, for dessert, Glorious Moon White Chocolate Sphere with Light Sabayon and Mixed Berries.
Astronaut, Jim Lovell, and his wife, Marilyn
Becca Cason Thrash
Lily Koppel, Yvonne Strahovski, Joanna Garcia, and Stephanie Savage
Sighted: Hosts George Clooney and Omega President, Stephen Urquhart, schmoozed with special guests, astronauts Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan, throughout the evening. In addition to the master of ceremonies, Lily Koppel, author of “The Astronaut Wives Club,” the glamorous gala was attended by Yvonne Strahovski, Joanna Garcia Swisher and Stephanie Savage, stars and the producer of the upcoming ABC series, “The Astronaut Wives Club,” and Houston’s social elite, including Becca Cason Thrash, Lynn Wyatt, Carolyn Farb, Lucinda and Javier Loya, Joyce Echols and Steve Wyatt, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Melissa and Michael Mithoff and Diane Lokey Farb.