In New York City, there are dozens of black tie galas a month. They’re all for a good cause, but some are more glamorous and lively than others. For the under 35 crowd (errr mostly under 30), the Frick Young Fellows Ball, held every spring, has the best mix of people watching (gentleman, please note: Princess Beatrice came solo this year!), unmatched elegance (guests really turn on the glamour), and fun (the dance floor and libations do not disappoint).
Last Thursday, some 600 guests embraced this year’s moody-meets-magical theme—Turner by Moonlight—inspired by 19th century British land- and seascape-artist Joseph Turner. (His work is on view at the museum through May 14th.) Carolina Herrera, a great patron of the museum, who sponsored of the evening, was the gown designer of choice for most of the crowd.
Nicky Hilton Rothschild wore a shimmering silver halter gown that evoked the artist’s vast scenes of endless skies over far-as-the-eye can see oceans.
While, T&C Modern Swan Alessandra Balazs chose a Herrera black dress scattered with daisies, reminiscent of a wildflower landscape. Princess Beatrice also chose a theme-appropriate dark floral gown, though her’s featured a Victorian silhouette. I personally took Turner by Moonlight quite literally in a midnight blue taffeta gown.
Proceeds from the evening go back to museum programs, like the education department which serves New York City public schools in all five boroughs and the Frick Art Reference Library.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s neighbors in their new, upscale Washington, D.C. community of Kalorama say the power couple has “completely taken over the whole street.”
Marti Robinson, an attorney who lives across from the couple on Washington Post that the security presence around their property is so severe that “sometimes there are 10 cars out here.”, told the
Last Monday, “No Parking” signs were installed outside the home of Rhoni Friedman, another attorney who lives next door to Trump and Kushner’s 6,870-square-foot house.
Their exasperation peaked Monday when city workers installed two additional “No Parking” signs—not in front of Trump’s house, but outside Friedman’s residence next door.
“I started screaming,” Friedman told the Post. On Friday, after Friedman sent several e-mails and the Secret Service reached an agreement with mayoral aides, workers removed the “No Parking” signs outside her house. The ones next door remain, though, along with metal barricades that prevent pedestrians from walking on that side of the street. They reportedly form a wider barrier than “a few relatively unobtrusive orange cones” placed outside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s home around the corner.
Then there’s the garbage. In addition to taking up many of the neighborhood’s parking spaces, the family has left “trash bags at the curb for days,” the Associated Press reports. The couple and their staff haven’t bothered to learn the garbage pickup schedule, neighbors said.
“It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they’ve moved in,” Robinson told the Associated Press.
A Secret Service spokesperson said representatives from the agency met with neighbors and city officials on Friday morning, and in an email to the Post, wrote that the agency “makes every effort to collaborate with businesses and residents to minimize disruptions, while simultaneously maintaining the highest level of security for the individuals we are mandated to protect.”
For her part, Ivanka Trump seems happy in her new home: “We love the neighborhood and our family has received an incredibly gracious welcome from our neighbors,” she said in a statement an aide gave to the Associated Press.
She may be the brains behind a major fashion label, but Ivanka Trump is seeking a second sartorial opinion for her own White House wardrobe: the first daughter has reportedly hired a celebrity stylist.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trump is working with Cat Williams, a New Yorker by way of Sydney who got her start as a fashion assistant at Harper’s Bazaar Australia in 2011.
Williams, though relatively unknown, is no stranger to high-profile clients—before going off on her own, she spent 2.5 years assisting stylist Micaela Erlanger, whose A-list roster includes Meryl Streep and Lupita Nyong’o.
The exact capacity of Williams’ role is not yet clear, but now that the first daughter has dedicated office digs in the White House, she might want to start planning her new boss’s West Wing attire.
An apartment in the palace is currently being renovated for the couple, with a source telling The Daily Mail: “He [Prince Harry] keeps popping round and asking when it will be ready. He seems in a real hurry to move in with Meghan.”
The 35-year-old Suits star has been a regular visiter to 32-year-old Harry’s Nottingham Cottage, a two-bedroom flat in the stately home.
The source added: “It’s sweet that Harry and Meghan will be living next to William and Kate.”
The Duke and Duchess are said to have 22 rooms and two kitchens in their recently refurbished living quarters, and it was recently reported that they recruited a team of gardeners to plant a row of native conifer-trees so that their home will be shielded from onlookers and paparazzi. The conifers can grow to an impressive 40 feet and will create a wall on the western side of the palace, according to Hello, which is where William and Kate’s residence is located.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace has declined to comment on Prince Harry’s new flat, insisting it’s a “private matter.” Harry confirmed his relationship with American actress Markle in November last year.
“Clothes were his religion,” French couturier Christian Dior said of his Spanish confrere Cristóbal Balenciaga. That is evident in the poetic exhibition “Balenciaga: Working in Black” at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris through July 16—one of two major museum shows this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the fabled Parisian fashion brand. The second, “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion,” opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in late May.
The choice of black as the exhibition’s curatorial device makes sense. Black is deeply Spanish. It shows off Balenciaga’s clean lines and sculptural proportions in the silhouettes he invented: the barrel line in 1947, the balloon in 1950, the semi-fitted suit in 1951, the tunic dress in 1955, and the sack dress in 1957. And, most important, Balenciaga preferred to work in black, seeing it not as a neutral but a complex palette in varied textures such chiffon, lace, taffeta, organza, and gazar—a fabric developed for Balenciaga by Swiss textile designer Gustav Zumsteg in 1958. Even the toiles, made of ecru muslin at every other couture house, were black chez Balenciaga. At times, Balenciaga’s black could be “so black that it hits you like a blow,” Harper’s Bazaar wrote in 1938, one year after his first show in Paris. “Thick Spanish black, almost velvety, a night without stars, which makes the ordinary black seem almost grey.”
Current Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia understands this. For his Fall-Winter 2017 women’s wear show in Paris earlier this month, he dove deep into the house archives and produced nine modern takes on iconic Balenciaga looks, including two in black: a voluminous tulle gown pulled in as poufs at bust, waist, hip and knee by black ribbon, and a black velvet column tied off at the waist with an enormous taffeta bow. The homage was a smart and timely business move. But Gvasalia’s deference does seem sincere. Above his desk hangs a portrait of Balenciaga. “He watches over me but in a good way,” the Tbilisi-born designer told Women’s Wear Daily. “It’s about respect.”