Art of the Party

Where are Truman and his swans (see below) when we need them? There are, despite events to the contrary, intelligent signs of revitalized life on the cultural party front. Four global fêtes in particular seem worth the time and price of admission.

American Museum of Natural History, New York
BLOCKBUSTER BASH The Winter Dance
IN BRIEF This tired ruffles–and–ball gown soirée of the ancien régime got a glamour face-lift (and a few noteworthy silent auction items) this year care of Donatella Versace, who dressed fresh-blood beauties like Amanda Hearst, Tinsley Mortimer, and Ivanka Trump. No doubt they reminisced about their last visit to the museum (class trip circa 1982—remember the squid and the whale?) while dining in tiger-print Versace numbers in the Hall of African Mammals.
DATE February 2007

San Francisco MoMA
BLOCKBUSTER BASH The Modern Ball
IN BRIEF The newest cultural moment on the West Coast is such an undertaking, it only happens every other year. The most recent called for "Attire: Fabulous." DJ A. M. was imported from L.A., but swans—including Vanessa Getty (wife of Billy) and various Trainas (Danielle Steele's not-so-little ones)—were pure Golden Gate.
DATE May 2007

Frick Collection
BLOCKBUSTER BASH Young Fellows Winter Ball
IN BRIEF Society girls–about–town (working mums is more like it) Marina Rust-Connor, Lauren du Pont, and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer have turned those old stuffy Gainsboroughs into something more akin to Madame X takes the dance floor.
DATE February 2007

Serpentine Gallery
BLOCKBUSTER BASH The Summer Party
IN BRIEF Wherefore art thou, Jade Jagger? If it's June, the dance floor is mirrored, and Jude Law, Damien Hirst, and Prince William are in line for drinks, she's at the Summer Party, you twit.
DATE June 2006 (a week after Ascot, and just as tough to get into)