Last night was a good night for parties, not in terms of quantity but in terms of quality. Cinema Society events always provide a good guest list (and often good movies), but last night, the Literary Lion Gala stole the spotlight, combining New York Media celebrities with literary giants. (Anna Wintour's daughter, Bee Shaffer, attended with College Humor boyfriend Jake Hurwitz (left)) Elsewhere, New York Taste brought together the top chefs of the city, and the downtown fashion scene celebrated the launch of Aggy Deyn's new website.
Cinema Society After Party For Due Date
Who: Courtney Love, John Mayer, Debbie Harry, Rob Thomas, Maria Sharpova, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Russell Simmons
Other details: While Cinema Society always pulls serious star power, for some reason the leads of last night's flick Due Date, Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis, were noticeably absent. How could they miss meeting Courtney Love? It's a Between Two Ferns just waiting to happen.
The 2010 Library Lions Gala
Who Was There: Amanda Hearst, Anthony Mackie, ARianna Huffington, Bee Shaffer, Bryant Gumbel, Christina Ricci, Dalia Oberlander, Dr.Henry Kissinger, Emma Bloomberg, Ethan Hawke, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, John McEnroe, Luigi Tadini, Malcom Gladwell, Martha Stewart, Matt Lauer, Regis Philbin, Steve Martin, Tory Burch, Zadie Smith (!)
Other Details: Wow, this has got to be one of the most impressive turnouts of this year's benefit season yet. This year's honorees included Ethan Hawke, Paul Le Clerc, Zadie Smith, Steve Martin, and Malcolm Gladwell. College Humor couple Bee Shaffer and Jake Hurwitz also attended (left.)
New York Taste
Who Was There: Marcus Samuelsson, Anita Lo, Morimoto, Andrew Carmellini, Josh DeChellis, Bill Telepan, Dom Ansel, Dan Barber, Dan Holzman, George Mendes, Michael Lomanaco, Michael Psilakis, Michael Laiskonis, Pichet Ong
Other Details: Our GofG reporter claimed that Marcus Samuelsson was handing out "soggy waffles and lox", though other accounts we've read have been more positive. He was there for Red Rooster Harlem, his highly anticipated restaurant, which we hope will open soon. GofG favorites Fatty Cue (they catered our Internet Week Party!) had cuts of pork with maple cider and green curry. [Via]
Naag.com Launch Party
Who Was There: Agyness Deyn, Zachary Quinto, Seth Meyers, Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, Christian Siriano, Rebecca Minkoff, Jenny Shimizu, Becka Diamond, Kate Schelter, Marion Cotilliard
Other Details: Marion Cotillard was there, but no one recognized her in her Williamsburg Hipster garb. Also, New York's favorite astrologer, Susan Miller from Astrologyzone was there! [via]
Saturday, May 25
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.