The lights may be back on in New York, but Manhattanites have not forgotten those still coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Some three weeks later, areas like the Rockaway are still struggling to rebuild in the wake of the devastating storm. On Saturday, Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator at large for the Museum of Modern Art, hosted a fundraising event at the Top of the Standard Hotel.
With the help of Opening Ceremony founder Humberto Leon and creative VP Olivia Kim, Biesenbach gathered a veritable who’s who for the fundraiser, including designers Phillip Lim and Dennis Basso, scene fixture Peter Brant Jr, model Thomas Hayo and photographer Tim Barber, as well as stylists Kate Schelter and Jackie Astier.
Guests arriving at the bash donated to A Sandy Relief Effort, with proceeds from the evening going directly to Rockaway Relief, a group dedicated to assembling a community-run volunteers effort to help clean out buildings, repair homes, and deliver food, supplies and clothing to people in need. As guests sipped cocktails by Belvedere Vodka, many traded stories about how they were affected by Sandy. Indeed, the uber-chic Standard Hotel, owned by hotelier André Balazs, was hit by the loss of power in the Meatpacking district.