|Last Wednesday night, there was the annual Frick Spring Garden Party for Fellows. Like everything else the Frick does, this is an elegantly simple party, or as elegant and simple as it can be in and around one of the great remaining mansions from early 20th century New York.
This year's party was named Sprezzatura. The name was taken from the famous and enigmatic portrait by Parmigianino, Schiava Turca, which is on loan to the collection through July 20th. The painting of the sumptuously costumed noblewoman epitomizes the "nonchalant grace" (sprezzatura) of Renaissance courtly behavior and fashionable style.
It wasn't the warm night that it had been only a couple of days before, so the 500 guests moved into the mansion once the Sun began to set over Central Park across the avenue.
In the 1935 Music Room The Bob Hardwick Sound had begun warming up the guests for the night of dancing and cocktails, champagne and hors d'oeuvres. A beautiful party in such an elegantly timeless environment.
|This past Thursday night, Joyful Heart celebrated its 10th anniversary at its annual Joyful Revolution Gala at Cirpriani 42nd Street.
Inspired by Mariska Hargitay's deep connection and love for Hawai'i, where she first experienced her own heart awakening, Mariska founded Joyful Heart in Kona in 2004 with the mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. To learn more, visit www.joyfulheartfoundation.org.
|Out East at Lexington Clothing Co. on Main Street, Hilaria Baldwin and Lexington launched the Hamptonite capsule collection for Summer 2014.
A percentage of all sales from the Hamptonite collection will go to Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing and Arts, which is dedicated to providing a cultural space and arts education for the local community. Lexington founders Tommy and Kristina Lindhe sit on the Guild Hall board. Likewise, Baldwin and her husband, Alec, are longtime supporters.
|Catching up: Last month at the New York Athletic Club, the National Meningitis Association held its third annual "Give Kids A Shot! Gala," a benefit to save lives in the fight against Meningitis, a vaccine-preventable disease.
They honored Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Health & Medical Editor, ABC News, with the Health Achievement Award, presented by his WABC-TV colleague Dr. Sapna Parikh, who also served as M.C. for the evening; and Carol Tufano, who received the MOMS on MENINGITIS Outstanding Service Award, for her tireless volunteer support of NMA.
Errol Rappaport, longtime supporter of NMA was honored with the Nancy Ford Springer Humanitarian Award, presented by son Nick Springer, and husband Gary. Nancy, along with Lynn Bozoff were founders of the NMA.
|Photographs by Christina Butler (Frick); Patrick McMullan (Guild Hall, Joyful Heart); Rob Rich (NMA)|