Last week, the weather was hot, and the party circuit was even hotter. First up on the dance card was a dinner at NeueHouse for Arianna Huffington’s new book The Sleep Revolution. More than a few guests were wondering if sleep is so important, perhaps the festivities should have been a lunch instead? No matter—a truly exciting and compelling group of women came together to toast Huffington’s book, with the likes of Meg Ryan, Wendi Murdoch, Art Production Fund’s Casey Fremont, socialite Nell Diamond and a slew of other young entrepreneurs in attendance. “Getting more sleep is definitely a goal,” said deejay Leigh Lezark with a laugh, though fashion’s most in-demand deejay getting ample sleep sounds almost an oxymoron. Mia Moretti told me that on a recent business trip, she managed to stay on New York time for an entire week in Paris. Smart move. “We need to realize that when we miss out on sleep, it is killing us,” said Huffington.
On Wednesday night, the annual MoMA Party in the Garden brought in an immense range of the museum’s supporters, from longstanding patrons of the museum (like David Rockefeller, who turns 101 next week) to younger patrons, like the cohort of twenty-somethings who showed up after dinner for a lively performance from Robyn. “I love, love, love Robyn,” The Webster owner Laure Hériard-Dubreuil said. “I discovered her song ‘Dancing on my Own’ through the HBO show Girls and fell in love!”
On Thursday, I saw Laure and Leigh again at a dinner at the New York Public Library celebrating a new exhibition of Chanel’s fine jewelry. Chanel is a powerhouse of a brand, and its shindigs attract an impressive cadre of well-dressed, successful, creative women. Thursday night’s guests included Allison Williams, Jessica Seinfeld, Dakota Fanning, Jemima Kirke, Caroline Sieber, Rose Byrne, Amanda Peet, Leelee Sobieski, and Laura Love, just to name a few. Fanning, who wore a sleek patent leather Chanel frock, joked that the dress was just a tad snug. “I hope I’m able to sit at dinner!” she said. “But I was able to sit in the car, that was a good test run.”
Later that evening, at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, the annual Conservatory Ball drew New York's well-dressed philanthropists, including event co-chairs Gillian Miniter and Alexandra Lebenthal. There were also a few fresh faces in the crowd, like Ariana Rockefeller and Kick Kennedy. But perhaps the most compelling aspect of this year's Conservatory Ball was the sea of Oscar de la Renta dresses, both old and new. Vintage lover Kate Krone wore a pink confection from the ’80s, and Rockefeller donned one of the newer ODLR gowns, designed by Peter Copping. "I've hadn’t worn one of Peter's dresses yet," she said. "But it's a beautiful dress for a beautiful night."