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."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty