By Bennett Marcus
Roger Federer doesn't think getting sprayed with champage is all that funMoët & Chandon celebrated its 270th anniversary with a party on Tuesday, where the brand's new global ambassador, Roger Federer, was guest of honor.
So what are the duties of his new gig? "Photo shoots and press events," Federer told VF Daily. "I mean, celebration comes with it naturally. I'm happy to celebrate at any given moment with Moët. But that's about it, really."
In his athletic career, the tennis champ has been sprayed by champagne after many a match. "And not being able to open my eyes after it," he laughed. "In team competition, very often they like to do that, especially on court. Next thing you know, you don't see anything. It's an awful feeling, but a good one at the same time," he told us. "So you need a shower right away after that."
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Anthony Mackie has had similarly uncomfortable experiences. "The most painful thing, aside from sticking yourself with a needle, is getting champagne in your eyes," the Fifth Estate actor told VF Daily. "When I was a kid, we won our baseball championship. We had a bunch of champagne at my house, and we sprayed people in the driveway. It was a painful experience. Probably because it was cheap champagne, but I'm pretty sure Moët hurts too."
Federer offered us a preview of what he'll be wearing for next week's U.S. Open. He's worked with Nike to design a uniform that includes blue and black, with darker shoes for evening matches and lighter-red shoes (he thinks) for day sessions.
It's hard for him to recall because he planned that outfit a year and a half ago, he explained. "But I like doing the work and putting in the time, so when the time comes around when you wear it, you're excited about it again."
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For the party, at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, Federer wore Dior and Louis Vuitton. He greeted the crowd with a short speech, thanking everyone for coming and encouraging us to drink up. "Maybe if you all drink a glass of Moët every day, we will all get to 270 years," he hypothesized. "Who knows?"
Then he and Moët & Chandon C.E.O. Stephane Baschiera each popped some corks in front of a gold-hued cake, from which gold confetti erupted.
Guests included Federer's pal Anna Wintour, actors Jeffrey Wright, Josh Lucas and Samantha Mathis, designers Keren Craig and Christian Siriano, and models Carol Alt, Michelle Hicks, and Andrej Pejic. Singer Emeli Sandé performed, and then a D.J. took over and dancing continued until midnight, accompanied, naturally, by plenty of bubbly.
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