We’re now less than a week away from the TWA Hotel opening at JFK Airport, but some very lucky (and, well, famous) guests got an early look at the space—specifically, the renovation of Eero Saarinen’s iconic Jet Age headhouse, which opened in 1962 and has largely been closed to the public since 2001.
That architectural gem was the setting for Louis Vuitton’s latest fashion show for the brand’s women’s Cruise 2020 collection. Models stalked throughout the Saarinen building, and some of its most notable spaces—including a walkway that connects the wings of the terminal—became runways (of the fashion, not flight, variety) for the duration of the show. Attendees, meanwhile, were seated throughout the venue, including in the red-upholstered “sunken lounge,” now restored to its full midcentury glory. (When the hotel opens, that area will be a cocktail bar.)
Other anticipated elements of the renovation were on display, including the Solari di Udine departure board and the passenger tunnel that connects the building to JFK Airport.
Tyler Morse, the CEO of MCR and Morse Development—which is behind the development of the hotel—said that “exhilaration filled the historic space” during the show.
“Eero Saarinen’s cathedral to aviation has always looked toward the future,” Morse continued. “Last night was no exception.”
When the hotel opens next Wednesday, those elements will all be ready for the public to explore—along with a bevy of new restaurants, bars (including a cocktail bar located inside a decommissioned Lockheed Constellation airplane that was once used by TWA), and a rooftop infinity pool.