Alan Faena’s cocktail party in his home Sunday evening drew a usual mix of New York faces — Mia Moretti, Jordan Barrett, Chloe Wise, etc. But new to the crowd was His Highness Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, who just moved to New York a few days before to study liberal arts at New York University.
“I’ve been looking for a place to live, which I found finally…it’s in the East Village,” Singh said, from Faena’s kitchen. “This is my first night out. I think it’s a good start.”
The 19-year-old royal was previously in the spotlight back in November, when he escorted Ava Phillippe for her debut at the Le Bal des Débutante in Paris. No surprise, his initial days in Manhattan have already been surrounded by the well-connected; over the weekend he dined at the Polo Bar with the likes of Kitty Spencer and the Manners sisters (themselves fresh from the Bottega Veneta show on Friday).
“I’ve always been at boarding school or I’ve lived back home — I’ve never lived in a big city like New York, or any other city, on my own, in my own apartment, independently, so it’s something I wanted to go and do,” he said.