As they say, there's no rest for the weary. Just ask the social set after this week's roundelay.
Monday night, Chuck Close, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, David Bowie, and Aby and Samantha Rosen donned their black tie best for The National Arts Awards at Cipriani, which this year honored Jeff Koons, Aretha Franklin and Jake Gyllenhaal, who came with his parents and buddy Lance Armstrong. Robert Downey Jr. presented the award to Gyllenhaal, joking the honoree's extended family had dressed up for the occasion: "None of us at table 23 are wearing any underwear. Yup, we're free-balling it." Charming.
Things were less risqué at The Frick Collection's annual Autumn Dinner, where philanthropist Eugene Thaw was toasted by more than 300 guests, including Mica and Ahmet Ertegun, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Ulla Parker and Debbie Bancroft. "She's the one who put me up to it," Thaw said, motioning to Frick director Anne Poulet, at his side in the receiving line. "I'm kind of in a fog."
The next night, Giambattista Valli hosted a dinner at Bette for the likes of Iman, Amy Sacco, Allison Sarofim, Anh Duong, Stefani Greenfield and Zani Gugelmann, who had such a good time at the bar sipping Svedka martinis that it took them a while to realize it was a sit-down dinner. Earlier in the evening, Candy Pratts Price hosted a party for Valli at Bergdorf Goodman, where Margherita Missoni, Helen Schifter, Olivia Chantecaille and Lauren Davis sifted through the designer's clothing racks. "It's always about the energy," Valli said, scanning the New York scene.
Over at the Mandarin Oriental, Aileen Mehle, aka Suzy, was honored at the Casita Maria's Annual "Fiesta." "Aileen is a border Texan, loves Latinos and speaks a wonderful Texan Spanish. She's as Latin as any Latino," declared Jacqueline Weld Drake, the organization's chairwoman. Among the crowd were Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Blaine Trump and Carolina Herrera.The following evening, many of the same set headed to City Center for the American Ballet Theatre's fall gala. The troupe brought the crowd to its feet with a performance of everything from "Swan Lake" to a "Diana and Acteon" pas de deux.
Meanwhile, downtown, the Puck Building played host to the Henry Street Settlement's annual benefit, this year called the Glitter Ball, where the honorees were MAC's John Demsey and Credit Suisse's Brady W. Dougan. Guests like Nina Griscom, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Oluchi, Roopal Patel and Olivia Palermo (who earlier that evening co-hosted the Tibi boutique opening nearby) perused the silent auction items before heading in to dinner. Barbara Wilhelm, just back from an art trip to London, was a savvy bidder. "I just put down $800 for the $1,200 Bergdorf Goodman gift certificate," she smiled. "You can't go wrong with that."
L.A. wasn't left out of the swirl: The night before opening her new Orange County store on Wednesday, Tory Burch hosted a cocktail party in the penthouse suite of Chateau Marmont, drawing the de rigueur Hollywood mix of celebs and socials, including Jamie Tisch, Emmy Rossum, Angie Harmon, Shiva Rose and Crystal Lourd. "Her clothes are so classic," said Rossum. "They're very New York, but they work in L.A."
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)