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A Fashionable Night at the Ballet

A Fashionable Night at the Ballet

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The New York City Ballet held its fashion gala on Sept. 30 at Lincoln Center with new collaborations between choreographers and designers. Carnegie Hall reopened its doors on Oct. 6 with a concert, which featured Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, followed by dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. And PEN America honored three imprisoned Iranian writers at its literary gala on Oct. 5 at the American Museum of Natural History.

The Metropolitan Opera Ushers in a More Diverse Era

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The Metropolitan Opera reopened on Sept. 27 with a performance of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” — the first opera at the Met by a Black composer. Because of the pandemic, there was no red carpet or cocktail reception for the opening night gala, a traditional high point of the fall social season. Instead, a tented dinner was held by the reflecting pool. And on Sept. 23, the Wildlife Conservation Society honored David Bonderman at its gala at the Central Park Zoo.
Black-Tie Season Returns

Black-Tie Season Returns

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The Public Theater held its annual gala in Central Park on Sept. 20. The gala celebrated the final performance of “Merry Wives” at the Delacorte Theater, and what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder, Joe Papp. The Museum at F.I.T. raised $700,000 at its couture council luncheon honoring Wes Gordon at Cipriani South Street on Sept. 22. And later that night, the Central Park Conservancy celebrated its 40th year with dinner and dancing at the park’s conservatory garden, raising $2.8 million.
Lorde, Tom Ford and Kacey Musgraves Party During Fashion Week

Lorde, Tom Ford and Kacey Musgraves Party During Fashion Week

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“Masks on in the gallery, please,” said a security guard at the Brooklyn Museum.It was last Wednesday night and the museum was celebrating the return of New York Fashion Week with the opening party for “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams,” a retrospective of the French luxury house.Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s artistic director, stood inside wearing a black mask, which she occasionally removed to be photographed with V.I.P.s like the singer Lorde (dressed in head-to-toe Dior).When big parties returned to New York City three months ago, it seemed to be enough when organizers required proof of vaccination at the door. The Delta variant and breakthrough infections threw all that for a loop.Would guests last week feel comfortable socializing indoors without a mask? Would vaccination cards be sc...
Memorable Fashion Statements From Met Gala 2021

Memorable Fashion Statements From Met Gala 2021

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On the second Monday in September, upper Fifth Avenue lit up with a blitz of flashbulbs not seen in over two years.The Met Gala — like Broadway, like New York Fashion Week, like the U.S. Open — had returned, and with it the extreme pageantry that it inspires as guests and the designers who dress them vie to see who can create the most viral look according to theme.The dress code this year was “American Independence.” (It was linked to the Costume Institute exhibition it celebrated, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”) What exactly that means is a question George and Martha Washington probably never had to contemplate (even Dolley Madison, the resident founding fashionista, likely didn’t ask), but the gala provided a variety of answers: some obvious, some more pointed, all plumbing the myth...
Alec Baldwin, Anna Wintour and Billie Jean King Serve Aces

Alec Baldwin, Anna Wintour and Billie Jean King Serve Aces

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On the first night of the U.S. Open, about 150 philanthropists, tennis royalty and boldfaced fans crowded into the President’s Box at Arthur Ashe Stadium, not only to watch Naomi Osaka play, but also to support the USTA Foundation and its mission to bring tennis to underprivileged youths.“We’re tennis parents,” said Mike Tyson, the former boxer, whose daughter plays on the tennis circuit. He was joined at the cocktail hour by Anna Wintour, Vera Wang, Gayle King and others. “We love the tennis community.”As Andy Murray’s daytime match against Stefanos Tsitsipas stretched into a fifth set, attendees gathered for dinner upstairs, where the so-called Original Nine — a clutch of female players who rebelled against the disparity in tennis prize money in 1970 — were honored. “That was the birth o...
A Shop for All Your Dinner Party Needs

A Shop for All Your Dinner Party Needs

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After a year of the pandemic, Katherine Lewin, the former editorial director for the restaurant platform the Infatuation, missed dinner parties. Figuring she was not alone, Ms. Lewin opened a bright shop stocked with essentials for entertaining. “People are intimidated, but it can be easy,” she said. (Ms. Lewin readily dispenses advice.) Shelves are filled with food products like tinned seafood, crackers and condiments, and there is a refrigerator stocked with cured meats and cheeses. She also sells She Wolf breads. The central counter and the wall behind it hold flatware, dishes, cake stands, linen napkins, barware and glassware, including some vintage pieces. Behind the store there is a secluded outdoor area with benches and a big picnic table; she plans to hold events with local restaur...
How the Delta Variant Upended New York’s Hot Restaurant Summer

How the Delta Variant Upended New York’s Hot Restaurant Summer

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As the Covid-19 vaccines rolled out in the spring, many New Yorkers anticipated a summer filled with rampant pleasure and maskless debauchery. The overwhelming energy was: We’re off the hook, and it’s time to party.Restaurant staffs and owners braced themselves for a rush of guest turnout, mile-long drink bills and raucous behavior. And, for a brief, shining moment, they got it. Through June and July, the kind of New Yorkers who treat restaurants as nightlife had the hot vax summer they were promised. The pent-up desire to go out, eat and drink with abandon, and stay out until all hours was sated. In that fleeting moment of apparent safety — before the Delta variant became such a threat, and masks returned — dining out was a joyful and unburdened experience.“We overstaffed in the beginning...
Smarty Party

Smarty Party

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On a Thursday night in August, in an empty storefront in SoHo, a group of guests in well-considered outfits gathered.It wasn’t strictly a party, although there were flowing cocktails.It wasn’t a seminar or conference either, although the hosts — James B. Whiteside, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, and Laura Kim, a creative director of Oscar de la Renta — led discussions about how their industries should change in the wake of the pandemic and about wildfires and the Black Lives Matter movement.The event also wasn’t a performance, although at one point Mr. Whiteside, 37, performed a solo show in a white tutu where he leapt and twirled from the floor to the top of the bar. “I wanted it to be fun and sassy,” he said. “Men don’t usually wear pointe shoes in classical ballet,...
Flo Rida, LL Cool J and Star Jones at the Angel Ball in the Hamptons

Flo Rida, LL Cool J and Star Jones at the Angel Ball in the Hamptons

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“I’m assuming you’re vaccinated,” said Star Jones, the television personality.It was Friday night and Ms. Jones, who came prepared with a plastic face shield, was at the Angel Ball, a music-themed gala that usually takes place in Manhattan during the fall, but moved to Southhampton this summer because of the pandemic.The event benefits Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, a charity started in 1996 by Denise Rich, the singer-songwriter and philanthropist, after her daughter Gabrielle died from acute myelogenous leukemia.Ms. Jones was not alone in feeling concerned about being out on the party circuit while the Delta variant surges. The jeweler Lorraine Schwartz said she came only because Ms. Rich is a close friend and the charity donates 92 cents of every dollar raised to cance...