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by R. Couri Hay
Monday, December 5, 2016

American Palace

Michael Bloomberg and director Rob Ashford were honored at the glamorous Park Avenue Armory Gala, whose chairs included Marina Abramović, Angela Thompson and Elihu Rose. Bloomberg joked, “My daughter Emma is on the board, so she ‘told’ me I was being honored.” The former mayor, who helped the Armory secure its 99-year lease from the city, said, “I plan to live here for the rest of my life because of the art and cultural institutions like the Armory.” I assume that rules out a bid for the White House. The electric evening opened with a set by Patti Lupone and closed with a hundred performers, in elaborate costumes and headdresses by Darrell Thorne, who strutted their stuff while the cheeky indie pop band Sky-Pony rocked the house. Not enough? For the finale, a waterfall of balloons dropped from the ceiling as the cognoscenti hit the dance floor. In the mix: Lynn Wyatt, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Jamie Drake, Dayssi Olarte de and Paul Kanavos, Janna Bullock, Diana Taylor, Jackie Weld, the organization’s popular president, Rebecca Robertson, and an attractive contingent of their Junior Committee. The Armory is dedicated to supporting unconventional works that need non-traditional spaces for their full realization. “Manifesto,” a show by photographer Julian Rosefeldt, featuring Cate Blanchett as 13 distinct characters from a homeless man to a CEO, opens on December 7. armoryonpark.org

Take Home a Nude

Jane Holzer, art collector and muse to the New York Academy of Art’s cofounder Andy Warhol, was honored at the academy’s 25th Take Home a Nude benefit at Sotheby’s. The auction, which featured 180 works from Ross Bleckner to Patrick Demarchelier, as well as portrait commissions from Nan Goldin and Will
Cotton
, raised $1.1 million. The stylish dinner was decked out with Warhol’s inflated silver clouds. Jane said she met Andy on the street near Bloomingdale’s in the 1960s. “He took one look at me and said, ‘Want to be in the movies?’ I didn’t hesitate, saying, “It beats shopping every day.’” Presto, the superstar nicknamed “Baby Jane” Holzer was born. She  went on to costar in Camp, Couch and Andy Warhol’s Soap Opera. The night’s supporters included Princess Alexandra of Greece, Misha Nonoo, Vito Schnabel, Loree Rodkin, Eileen Guggenheim, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Brooke Shields, Damian Loeb, Yvonne Force Villareal, Jamie Tisch, Cynthia Rowley, Alexander Gilkes, Naomi Watts, Francisco Costa, Zani Gugelmann, Stefano Tonchi, John Varvatos, Kelly Klein, Spencer Sweeney and president David Kratz. nyaa.edu

Golden Heart Awards

“She isn’t afraid of breaking the rules,” said Michael Kors (MK) of his friend Karlie Kloss. “In fact she’s in Japan working right now. “The
designer presented the God’s Love We Deliver MK Outstanding Community Service Award to her in absentia: the show must go on, however. There was no shortage of stars and luminaries at this perennially glittering event cochaired by Kate Hudson, Blaine Trump, Neil Patrick Harris, John Idol, Anna Wintour and Aerin Lauder. Other honorees were chef Danny Meyer, who deadpanned, “I’m not a model, but I give really good hugs,” and Wing Tat Leung, who has been a kitchen volunteer since 1996 and has logged more than 27,000 hours of service. Leading the applause were Ariana Rockefeller, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Richard and Karen LeFrak, David and Lauren Bush Lauren, Sutton Foster, Hilary and Wilbur Ross and a battalion of supermodels lead by Iman, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge, Sara Sampaio, Vanessa Moody, Nina Agdal and Taylor Hill. The fun auction, by Sotheby’s ever charming Jamie Niven, helped raise $2 million to ensure that no person in NYC need suffer the dual crises of hunger and a life-altering illness like HIV/AIDS. glwd.org

Animal Ashram

Cornelia Guest provided the vegan catering and a cruelty-free clutch of her own design to Leesa Rowland’s Animal Ashram toy drive at Flirt Beauty Boutique. Cornelia said, “People are watching what they eat and what they wear. It is becoming more and more important that fashion is cruelty-free.” corneliaguest.com. Arden Wohl was also on the host committee and gave raffle prizes from her animal-free shoe line with Cri de Coeur. Wohl, whose shoes are worn by Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway and Erin Wasson, said, “As a little girl, I always wanted to design shoes. For me, it was always about the shoe, never about the dress.” WABC radio host Joey Reynolds, Dr. Christopher Calapai and Larry Wohl brought holiday-themed toys to be distributed for the city’s animal shelters. animalashram.com

Viennese Opera Ball

The Viennese Opera Ball will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Johann Strauss II’s Blue Danube waltz at the Waldorf Astoria on February 10. This annual event is the oldest white-tie charity gala in New York. Seven hundred guests from around the world will open their vaults and pull out their best baubles, tiaras and decorations to meet the 16 young ladies who will make their debuts into society at the 62nd edition of this dazzling ball. Past guests have included Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations; Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Sharon Bush; Eunice Kennedy Shriver; Chuck Scarborough; Ann Curry, Carmen Dell’Orefice; and others of that ilk and stripe. This year’s Austrian cochairs, Silvia Frieser and Michael Pecnik, alongside NYC’s Laine Siklos, hosted a reception at the Penn Club to kick off the festivities. A highlight of the ball will be the arrival of a horse-drawn carriage onto the dance floor. Have you ever? vienneseoperaball.us

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