Last Night's Parties: Anna Wintour Heads To ABT Spring Gala, The High Line Opens Section 2

by Mara Siegler · May 17, 2011

    Anna Wintour, society types, and an ultra-fashionable crowd head to Lincoln Center for ABT's Annual Spring Gala; DVF took in a preview of the High Line Section 2; Katie Couric and Whoopi Goldberg read at the Literacy Partners annual Gala; Waris Alhuwalia viewed florescent art; Topher Grace saw a movie; Paula Abdul managed to not get wasted and be embarrassing at a party and more! Last night's parties were on their best behavior.

    AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE To Celebrate The 2011 Annual Spring Gala

    Where: Lincoln Center

    Who Was There: Anna Wintour, Carolina Herrera, Keith Simon, Blaine Trump, Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Peter Bacanovic, Carol Mack, Ranjana Khan, Naeem Khan, Muffie Potter Aston, Angela Martini, Eli Mizrahi, Tory Burch, Zang Toi, Elettra Wiedemann, Carly Chushnie, Michelle Ochs, Al Roker, Michelle Harper

    Other Details: You know it's a good event when Anna Wintour deigns to appear. First Lady Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Carolina Herrera and Blaine Trump acted as the honorary chairs for the evening which included  a one-time only performance of excerpts from the upcoming season by ABT’s world-renowned dancers. There was also a special tribute to Principal Dancer Jose Manuel Carreno on his farewell season. After the performance, guests were treated a fancy shmancy black-tie dinner. Anna was seen smiling, making this event a winner. [Via]

    High Line Section 2 Opening Spring Benefit

    Where: The High Line

    Who Was There: Diane von Furstenberg, Zaldy, Linda Fargo, Lisa Maria Falcone, Dmitry Komas, Sally Singer, Jacob Brown, Cecilia Dean, Robert Hammond

    Other Details: Despite the rainy weather guests were given a preview of the Highline Section 2, followed by dinner and an after-party hosted by Calvin Klein. [Via]

    LITERACY PARTNERS 27th Annual "A Gala Evening of Readings"

    Where: David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center

    Who Was There: Michael Connelly, Stacy Schiff, Mark Jackson, Jackie Weld Drake, Susan McLean, Luke Parker Bowles, Liz Smith, Naima Khanboubi, Tom Hooper, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeffrey Sharp, Josh Berkonti, David Seidler, Katie Couric

    Other Details: Gala Chairs Liz Smith, Arnold Scaasi, Parker Ladd and Jacqueline Weld welcomed more than 500 guests to watch authors and notables like Katie Couric and Whoopi Goldberg read.  Yoko Ono auctioned off the chance to accompany her on a walk through Strawberry Fields. [Via]

    Museum of Arts and Design Presents The Rare EarthsFLUORESCENTBALL

    Where: Museum of Arts & Design

    Who Was There: Tyson Beckford, Alison Brie, Waris Ahluwalia, Mazdack Rassi, Christian Cota, Elizabeth Cordery, Dani Stahl, Peter Davis, Jamie Rosenthal, Eddie Borgo

    Other Details: The Museum of Arts and Design celebrated the third annual young patrons gala The FLUORESCENTBALL. Co-chairs this year were designer/actor/man about town  Waris Alhuwalia, model Tyson Beckford, designer Karim Rashid and Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi. Fun neon art was on display in the vein of the theme. [Via]

    New York Premiere of HBO's TOO BIG TO FAIL

    Where: MoMA

    Who Was There: James Woods, Ashley Madison, Warren Buffett, Ed Asner, Billy Crudup, Laila Robins, Topher GraceMatthew Modine, Ruby Modine, Paul Giamatti, Mariska Hargitay

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    Other Details: The flick is based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's bestselling book of the same name and centers on the 2008 metldown of Wall Street and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's role. Sounds boring and depressing, but with an all star cast is probably pretty good. [Via]

    FOX 2011 Programming Presentation Post Party

    Where: Wollman Rink, Central Park

    Who Was There: Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield, Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A Reid, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Matthew Morrison, Martha Plimpton,

    Other Details: FOX celebrated its new slate of shows including Simon Cowell's X Factor, a cartoon voiced by Jonah Hill and something lovingly called I Hate My Teenage Daughter. They are also bringing back The Flintstone's helmed by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. Sorta can't wait. Of note: Paula Abdul did not get drunk and make a fool of herself at the party. [Via]

    92nd Street Y Spring Gala

    Where: 92nd Street Y

    Who Was There: Robert Hochberg, Nancy Schulman, Ellen Birnbaum, Jackie Harris Hochberg, Mara Sandler, Ricky Sandler, David Klein, Paul Raps, Lisa Klein

    Other Details: Earth, Wind and Fire performed for guests at the annual gala.  Tweeted: "I see 25 concerts a year-good ones, private ones,but WindFire benefit was one of the craziest.And, they are old.Old, and good."


    Where: Empire Hotel

    Who Was There: Elie Tahari, Marina Levitis, Michael Levitis, Tobi Rubinstein Schneier, Adrian Martin, Heiko Stoiber, Tziporah Salamon

    Other Details: Over 100 performers, a 30-piece orchestra and special guests took the stage last night for this benefit celebrating Israel's future. [Via]




    NY Mag and Audi's Design Hunting Gallery [More photos HERE]

    Where: Drive-in Studios

    Other Details: New York Magazine's design editor Wendy Goodman and Audi paired up for the Design Hunting Gallery. The event, held at Drive-in Studios,  was a chance for auto-philes to check out the new Audi A8 along with five cutting-edge designers showcasing their unique, contemporary work. Take a look at more photos HERE.


    Bevy's Belvedere Bloody Mary Brunch [More photos HERE]

    Where: Red Rooster

    Other Details: BELVEDERE hosted a brunch with Bevy Smith. Was it as crazy as Day & Night. Take a look at more photos HERE.

    Tory Burch Anna Wintour MoMA Peter Davis Empire Hotel American Ballet Theatre Tyson Beckford Central Park Calvin Klein Carolina Herrera matthew modine blaine trump warren buffett Elie Tahari Dani Stahl Diane von Furstenberg lincoln center Waris Ahluwalia Al Roker Liz Smith Zooey Deschanel Day & Night Whoopi Goldberg Martha Plimpton LA Reid Yoko Ono Linda Fargo Cheryl Cole Susan McLean The High Line Lisa Maria Falcone Robert Hammond Paula Abdul Matthew Morrison Muffie Potter Aston Naeem Khan Michelle Harper Mariska Hargitay Billy Crudup Eli Mizrahi Katie Couric Tobi Rubinstein-Schneier Simon Cowell Nicole Scherzinger zang toi Alison Brie Topher Grace 92nd Street Y Luke Parker Bowles Eddie Borgo Elettra Wiedemann Christian Cota James Woods Cecilia Dean Tom Hooper Lisa Klein David Klein Steve Jones Paul Giamatti Michelle Ochs David H. Koch Theater Red Rooster Sally Singer Mazdack Rassi Drive-in Studios Wollman Rink Ranjana Khan Jamie Rosenthal Keith Simon Sloan Lindemann Barnett Peter Bacanovic Carol Mack Angela Martini Carly Chushnie AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE To Celebrate The 2011 Annual Spring Gala Lady Michelle Obama Jose Manuel Carreno Zaldy Dmitry Komas Jacob Brown High Line Section 2 Opening Spring Benefit LITERACY PARTNERS 27th Annual "A Gala Evening of Readings" Michael Connelly Stacy Schiff Mark Jackson Jackie Weld Drake Naima Khanboubi Jeffrey Sharp Josh Berkonti David Seidler Museum of Arts and Design Presents The Rare EarthsFLUORESCENTBALL Museum of Arts & Design Elizabeth Cordery Ashley Madison Ed Asner Laila Robins Ruby Modine TOO BIG TO FAIL Andrew Ross Sorkin