We all know the Costume Institute gala at the Met is a mega fashion moment in New York, but could the Frick’s annual Young Fellow’s Ball become hot competition for museum red carpet style power? Judging from this year’s event, it could well be.
The Frick’s Young Collector’s Ball has long been a favorite among the city’s young social set but this year’s event, called Palladium Nights in honor of the 1980s Downtown hot spot (for decor think swirling disco balls and vibrant lighting a stone’s throw from the Fragonards) was different for a very big reason—the partnership with Carolina Herrera, long a go-to designer for the hautest names in New York society and Hollywood (Caroline Kennedy, Michele Obama, Nicole Kidman).
Mrs. Herrera, who launched her fashion career in 1981 (encouraged by no less than Diana Vreeland) dressed a number of the attendees, among them such fabulous gals about town as Emmy Rossum, Mia Moretti, Kick Kennedy (actress and daughter of RFK Jr.), style maven Rickie De Sole, Nicky Hilton, Chelsea Layland, and her own uber-stylish daughters Carolina Herrera de Baez, and Patricia Lansing.
Before rocking out in the Music Room, guests had a chance to swoon over the priceless Frick art (and you do, no matter how many times you’ve seen it) and take in the special exhibition Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture. Also on view was From Sèvres to Fifth Avenue: French Porcelain at The Frick Collection, an exhibit that looks at the role this exquisite porcelain played in eighteenth-century France, as well as during America’s Gilded Age.
Proceeds from the event benefited for the museum’s education program, which serves New York City public schools in all five boroughs, and the Frick Art Reference Library.
For further information about the Young Fellows program, call 212.547.0707.