HATS OFF: Designers and creative types alike took part in the fourth annual “Tulips and Pansies — The Headdress Affair” on Monday night at Bridgewaters, a venue in New York’s South Street Seaport. Famed performance artist and Joan Crawford imitator in the off-Broadway play “The Passion of the Crawford” Lypsinka emceed the event. Simon Doonan, Alice Roi, Carmen Marc Valvo, Alice + Olivia, Preston Bailey and Austin Scarlett of Project Runway collaborated with florists throughout Manhattan in creating over-the-top floral chapeaux for the charity event, which benefited Village Care of New York, an organization serving the elderly community living with AIDS. But what was perhaps more over-the-top, even though they were lacking in much clothing, were the male models who wore the hats, and little else, down the runway.
Nevertheless, judges including Tracy Reese, Mickey Boardman of Paper magazine and Sylvia Miles awarded Nico De Swert and Simon Doonan The Most Beautiful Hat Award for their enormous wide-brimmed bonnet replete with lavender sweet peas and santini chrysanthemums on a frame of bleached willow.
ANIMAL HOUSE: It’s truly a unique evening when one can fetch a cocktail over by the sea lion pool, but such was the scene at last week’s Wildlife Conservation Society Safari gala at the Central Park Zoo. Over $1.3 million was raised for the organization by attendees including Rose Marie Bravo, Karenna Gore Schiff, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Georgette Mosbacher, Peter and Jamee Gregory and Muffie Potter Aston. Tiffany & Co. chairman and chief executive officer Michael Kowalski was honored for the brand’s commitment to conservation efforts.
SCAASI TO SET SAIL: Arnold Scaasi will be styling on the high seas. Crystal Cruises has invited the designer to give a one-hour lecture on its eight-city cruise that shoves off from Venice on June 4 and winds past Croatia, Capri, Monte Carlo and other idyllic locales. The company caught wind of the designer through his autobiography, “Women I Have Dressed (and Undressed).” Scaasi will be the sole designer speaking during the 12-day journey at sea. “I’m the star of this fashion cruise,” he said. The designer swatted the suggestion that he could pick up some new clients. “I’m not thinking about that. All I want to do is have a wonderful cruise.” Should be easy enough, since Crystal Cruises is comping his trip for two in exchange for one 60-minute presentation.