Last Night's Parties: Beautiful Gowns Come Out For The MET Gala, Daniel Boulud Opens New Restaurants

by Mara Siegler · May 3, 2011

    New York's biggest fashion event took place at the Met; Liza Minelli was honored; Sidney Poitier received an award; the New York Pops celebrated a birthday;  Epicerie Boulud & Boulud Sud opened; USA pulled out all the stops for its upfront, and more. Last night had on its best ball gown!

    "ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala

    Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Who Was There: Karolina Kurkova, Lazaro Hernandez, Kristen Stewart, Jack McCollough, Alexa Chung, Christina Ricci, Zac Posen, Claire Danes, David Lauren, Lauren Bush, Emma Stone, Freida Pinto, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Lara Stone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary J Blige, Milla Jovovich, Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, Michael Kors, Natalia Vodianova, Valentino Garavani, Patrick Dempsey, Jillian Dempsey, Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs, Salma Hayek, Vera Wang, Jennifer Hudson, Naomi Watts, Lucy Liu, Anna Dello Russo, Brooklyn Decker, Diane Agron, Donald Trump, Coco Rocha, Kenneth Cole, Frederic Fekka and Salma Hayek

    Other Details: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," celebrated the late designer's fashion career.  Guests came out in their best for an evening of getting their photo taken. It's all about the dresses! There was also a Scottish dinner in the Temple of Dendur, in honor of McQueen's Scottish roots. Take a look at more photos HERE. [Via]

    "Stella by Starlight" 2011 Gala Benefit for the STELLA ADLER STUDIO OF ACTING

    Where: Private Residence of Denise Rich

    Who Was There: Liza Minelli, Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Elaine Strich, Debra Wasser, Kate Mulgrew, Denise Rich, Ellen Adler, Tom Oppenheim, Jill Zarin, and Kate Mulgrew.

    Other Details: Honorees for the evening included the one-and-only Liza Minnelli, Annette Bening, Muriel “Mickey” Siebert and Donald Katz. [Via]





    The New York Pops 28th Birthday Gala Celebrating The Legacy of Bob Hope

    Where: The Plaza Hotel

    Who Was There: Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole, Michele Lee, Linda Hope, Michael Feinstein, and Tyne Daly

    Other Details: Christine Ebersole, Maurice Hines, Cheyenne Jackson, Kelli O’Hara, Brooke Shields, Cartier Williams and special guest Angela Lansbury all performed under the baton of Music Director Steven Reineke. The New York Pops were joined on stage by the singers of The Camp Broadway Kids and the West Point Glee Club. Following the concert, guests sat down to dinner. [Via]

    Epicerie Boulud & Boulud Sud Opening benefitting Citymeals-on-Wheels

    Where: Epicerie Boulud & Boulud Sud

    Who Was There: Martha Stewart, Aaron Chambers, Daniel Boulud, Steven Deluca, Richard Story, amd Margaret Russell

    Other Details: Daniel Boulud is expanding his Lincoln Square offerings with Boulud Sud and Epicerie Boulud. He held a special open celebration of Epicerie Boulud & Boulud Sud, a Cocktail Dinatoire benefitting Citymeals-on-Wheels. 100% of the proceeds will support Citymeals-on-Wheels, efforts to prepare and deliver meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers.

    The Film Society's Annual Gala Presentation of the 38th Annual Chaplin Award Honoring SIDNEY POITIER

    Where: Alice Tully Hall

    Who Was There: Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Quentin Tarantino, Ben Kingsley, Chris Tucker, Jim Belushi, Harry Belafonte, Pamela Belafonte, Joan Collins, James Earl Jones, Regis Philbin, Joy Philbin, and Ben Kingsley

    Other Details: In honor of legend Sidney Poitier and his groundbreaking career, The Film Society of Lincoln Center presented a feature film and television clips commemorating his prolific career as both an actor and as a director. [Via]



    NO KID HUNGRY Share Our Strength Benefit Dinner

    Where: The Four Seasons Restaurant

    Who Was There: Debbie Bancroft, Dan Berger, Melissa Berger, Bill Shore, Dennis Walcott, Bob Lanier, Jay Snyder

    Other Details: Proceeds from the evenings dinner went to benefit kids. Scott Pelley, correspondent for 60 Minutes, shared his experience filming Homeless Children: The Hard Times Generation.

    strong>USA NETWORKS 2011 Upfront Event

    Where: Lincoln Center

    Who Was There: Anne Dudek, Coby Bell, Bonnie Hammer, Gabrielle Anwar, Sharon Gless, Chris McCumber, Jeff Watchel, Jeffrey Donovan

    Other Details: USA celebrated their fifth year at #1 with character-infused cocktail and social media check-ins while guests were able to take in all of the exciting new programming USA has to offer. During the presentation guests also enjoyed an exclusive performance by USA Character Approved Honoree and three-time Grammy Award nominee, Janelle Monae while snacking on gourmet cuisine from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events. [Via]




    "Rooftop Gardens" Launch Party at Christie's

    Where: Christie's

    Who Was There: Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Roberta Model Amon, Evelyn Lauder , Stephen Lash , Karen LeFrak, Caroline Scheinfeld, Tierney Model, Cornelia Bregman, Roy Furman, Jill Roosevelt, Evelyn Lauder, Henry Buhl, Andrew Torrey, Judith Ripka, Trish McEvoy, Kim Saperstein, and Lydia Fenet.

    Other Details: Guests came out to celebrate the new book "Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York," which explores 27 vastly different rooftop gardens. Jealous?



    SPRING FLING artwork by ANNA CORONEO [More photos HERE]

    Where: Empire Hotel

    Other Details: Last night We Heart Art featured the magnificent paintings of Aussie artist Anna Coroneo for their Spring Fling. The event took place at the Empire Hotel Rooftop Lounge. Her artwork exudes a vibrant liveliness, which have a dramatic presence and are translated into print designs for fashion and interior textiles. Take a look at more photos HERE.

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