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."
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews