The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Must Be Moët Party celebrates exceptional Kiwis

Moët & Chandon celebrated five exceptional New Zealanders at an exclusive black-carpet party in Auckland. Moët & Chandon, the champagne of success, glamour, grandeur and generosity, recognised five Moët Vanguards for their outstanding achievements.

The Must Be Moët Party was an occasion to celebrate all of life’s memorable moments; a first meeting, a new discovery, and in the case of the Moët Vanguards, a grand life success. This year’s Moët Vanguards included global business founder, Jake Millar of Unfiltered, serial tech entrepreneur Ezel Kokcu, female empowerment leader, Amy Fraser of OKREAL, rising eyewear and jewellery designer, Holly Marbeck and world-renowned ballet dancer, Hannah O’Neill.

“Moët & Chandon was thrilled to celebrate five Moët Vanguards and their moments of success, glamour, grandeur and generosity. These five individuals are vanguards in their respected industries, both in New Zealand and globally, and last night we celebrated the ground-breaking moments that merited their Vanguard status,” says Moët & Chandon Senior Brand Manager, Ali Campbell.

The five Moët Vanguards have each achieved unforgettable and trailblazing life moments. Vanguards, Ezel Kokcu and Jake Millar were celebrated for their success across the entrepreneurial and tech industries. As a rising figure in the global educational business space, Jake Millar is transforming the way business success is educated and perceived, and in under a year has interviewed over 100 of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, creators and business leaders including the likes of Sir Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group) and Chris Liddell (Deputy Chief of Staff, The White House). Making waves in the tech industry, Ezel Kokcu is a serial entrepreneur. This year Ezel is preparing to take on her third startup to date, an event and analyticsplatform called Passphere global.

“I am extremely honoured to be recognized as one of Moët & Chandon’s Vanguards this year alongside four other incredible New Zealanders. Raising capital this year to fund our investment plans to take the Passphere

App global was a pivotal moment in my career and I am enormously excited to see what the future has to hold,” said serial tech entrepreneur Ezel Kokcu.

Celebrating Moët Moments of grandeur and generosity, Amy Fraser and Holly Marbeck were recognised for their inspiring and grand business success. From having her business profiled on Forbes, to partnering with TED Talks, Amy Fraser and her business OKREAL is one of the world’s leading female empowerment groups.

Making her mark on the world stage, Holly Marbecks’ jewellery and sunglass designs by her brand MARS have been worn by American singer, Solange Knowles and international bloggers alike. Showcased by Vogue as the earrings to wear this summer, Holly is a young talent rising on the fashion radar.

As an inspiration for style and success, ballerina Hannah O’Neil was celebrated for her Moët Moment of Glamour. Hannah is a first soloist with the Paris Opera Ballet, who in 2016 received the Best Female Dancer award at the Benois de la Danse competition. Currently starring in a leading role in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hannah is a remarkable world-class dancer making waves overseas.

For each of life’s memorable moments, Moët & Chandon has a style of champagne that marks the moment and makes it truly unique. To mark the Must Be Moët Party occasion, Moët & Chandon released its new special edition festive box which pays tribute to the French way of life, expressed through illustration of emblematic monument and moments.

Dubbed as the event of the year, the Must Be Moët Party took place at the iconic Q Theatre Loft in Auckland’s central Queen Street. Guests included several of New Zealand’s top entrepreneurs, sportspeople, and socialites. To experience unprecedented Moët Moments together, guests shared spectacular and unexpected elements throughout the evening, including a modern string quartet, a live performance by Kiwi favourites Jupiter Project, ballerinas in black tutus, and an iconic champagne tower.