Monaco Grand Prix 2018 | Amber Lounge celebrates 15th anniversary

On Friday, May 25, in the esteemed company of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Amber Lounge celebrated 15 years of spectacular non-stop entertainment at the Formula 1™ Monaco Grand Prix.

The official opening of Amber Lounge Monaco 2018 kicked off with U*NITE, a glamorous night of fashion, music and motorsport, elevated by the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Justin Jesso, who’s latest hit ‘Stargazing’ with music producer Kygo has already had over 550 million streams on radio and gone multi-platinum around the world; and Bakermat, a Dutch DJ and music producer. Guests were also treated to a bespoke mixology experience, gifting and special treats, by CDMX Mexico City, chosen Luxury Destination Partner for the second consecutive year.

Veuve Clicquot joined in the Crystal Anniversary at Amber Lounge Monaco 2018

Amber Lounge: The ultimate F1 experience

Founded in 2003 by Sonia Irvine, sister of former F1 driver Eddie Irvine, Amber Lounge is synonymous for bringing together icons from the worlds of sport, film, music, entertainment, and fashion to provide unrivaled star wattage each year in the Principality.  Sonia is regarded as a pioneer of F1 nightlife experiences and continues to create the most sought-after events on the F1 calendar.

At the U*NITE evening, Alessandra Vicedomini presented a special collection on the runway, preceding Formula 1™ drivers dressed in Crisoni who hit the catwalk including Esteban Ocon (Force India), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber), Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), Sergey Sirotkin (Williams), Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) and local Monégasque racing driver Charles Leclerc (Sauber).

Then followed the Auction, during which generous bidders raised vital funds benefitting ‘Race Against Dementia’, a global charity with the mission to fund breakthrough and innovative dementia research launched by famed Formula 1™ driver Sir Jackie Stewart.

Sir Jackie Stewart and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco at Amber Lounge Monaco 2018 | Photo by David M. Benett | Dave Benett | Getty Images

Auction lots included an original Mercedes-AMG  Petronas Motorsport  F1 race suit as used by  Valtteri  Bottas in the 2017  F1 season driving alongside  Lewis  Hamilton, an Elite Nectar Jeroboam engraved with 24K gold and filled with the exquisite royal nectar created two centuries ago for  French  King  Louis  XVI  and  Marie-Antoinette.  an annual membership for JetSmarter and a unique PopArt painting of David Bowie by Dutch artist HAYO SOL.

Grand appearances were made by Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Sir Jackie Stewart with sons Paul and Mark and grandsons Dylan and Zac, Gareth and Roisin Wittstock, Liam Cunningham, Kit Harington, Eddie Irvine, Victoria Silvstedt, Zara Phillips and her husband, former English rugby star Mike Tindall.
Photo cover courtesy Amber Lounge