The 2019 Met Gala
This year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, familiarly referred to as the Met Gala, was camp-themed, and attendees were urged to dress with “studied triviality” in mind. Anna Wintour, who defined the theme simply as “fun,” donned a pink, crystal-embellished Chanel gown designed by Karl Lagerfeld shortly before his passing, with a matching pink feathered cape. And the celebrity guests clearly had varying interpretations of the word “fun.” As partygoers strutted across the red carpet, we also saw Kendall and Kylie Jenner bedecked in feathers; Lady Gaga, who surrounded herself with a squad of escorts, in not one but four outfits designed by Brandon Maxwell as she continued to strip down; Katy Perry as a chandelier; Jared Leto holding his own head; Gigi Hadid in a galactic crystal jumpsuit designed by her date, Michael Kors; Billy Porter hoisted in by six men while kicking back on a lounge chair and wearing a gold-adorned bodysuit reminiscent of ancient Egypt; and also lovebirds Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, who color-coordinated in shades of rose.
Cinema Society’s Premiere of Maiden
On May 1, the Cinema Society hosted a screening for the Tribeca Film Festival’s premiere of Maiden, a timely depiction of women breaking barriers in 1989, at the Village East Cinema. The film centers around Tracy Edwards, a woman who led an all-female sailboat crew to the Whitbread Round the World Race in Southampton, England, impressing spectators all over the world. In 1990, Edwards was awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Award, and was subsequently named a Member of the Order of the British Empire. After the screening, Edwards herself and more were welcomed to an afterparty at the Water Club.
A Weekend at Dorado Beach
To toast their new resort collection featuring swimwear, peplum skirts, and accessories, Helena Christensen and Camilla Staerk hosted a weekend at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico—where the line will be sold exclusively. The getaway was filled with beachside dinners and lunches, and a runway show displaying the new line’s “dark romance” theme. The fashionable guest list included Daniel Benedict, who co-hosted the event with the designers, along with Brooke Shields, Malin Akerman, Jack Donnelly, Carolyn Murphy, Andrew Saffir, and Adrien Brody.
Annual Save Venice Ball
Considered the “new Met Gala” by many, the annual Save Venice masquerade ball took place in the grand ballroom of The Plaza, with more than 450 guests raising a record-breaking $1.2 million for the preservation of historical art in Venice. The evening was sponsored by Moda Operandi, Oscar de la Renta, and BVLGARI, with Italian Renaissance designs by Bronson van Wyck; a regal winged Lion of Venice was suspended over the entrance; and velvet drapes, candles, notable sculptures, and a cascade of red flowers set the ambiance. The event featured prizes, including a $5,000 gift card toward a purchase at BVLGARI’s New York boutique, for best-masked guests generously donated by the fashionable sponsors and executed by Hamish Bowles; music by DJ Ruckus, dinner, and dancing. Attendees included Lizzie da Trindade-Asher, who recently relaunched the Young Friends of Save Venice initiative, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Peter Brant, Timo Weiland, Emma Hepburn Ferrer, Marie-Chantal of Greece, Karolina Kurkova, and more.