Over the next eight days, the Eye will be attending at least 20 parties, from 71st Street to the South Street Seaport and even Red Hook, Brooklyn. For those who have a similarly packed schedule ahead and aren’t sure where to turn, here’s a quick guide to discerning next week’s lineup from years past.
40th Anniversary Blowout
Was: Ralph Lauren’s “My Fair Lady”-inspired evening at the Central Park Conservatory Garden.
Is: Calvin Klein’s bash at a specially designed John Pawson pavilion at the work-in-progress Highline.
Cocktail Party Topic of Debate
Was: Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady
Is: McCain/Palin vs. Obama/Biden
Hotel Hot spot
Was: The second-floor patio of The Bowery Hotel.
Is: The recently renovated Morgans Hotel and newly constructed Cooper Square Hotel.
Was: Donatella Versace’s ladies’ luncheon at the Versace boutique to introduce the Hit bag.
Is: Colette Paris and Gap’s dinner at The Plaza celebrating their collaboration.
Hipster Hoard at the Door
Was: Marc Jacobs after party.
Is: Alexander Wang after party.
Jeweler Pulling Out All the Stops
Was: Van Cleef & Arpels’ “Une Journée à Paris” bash at Hammerstein Ballroom featuring a cabaret act, a concert and scores of celebs.
Is: Boucheron’s blowout at the Seaport with a performance of Spiegelworld’s “theatrical circus” show “Desir.”