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.
"I think that all anyone really wants in life is to have people understand us for who we actually are, despite everything," says Ruth Negga. The actress talks "Preachers" season 2 and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Dan Doperalski)
"That's something that resonates with me too because I'm so locked into a number. If I go over that number it completely ruins my day so it's nice to get detached from the number on the scale." - Chelsea Handler on Kelly LeVeque's book "Body Love." #wwdeye (📷: John Salangsang)