See Princess Beatrice and Nicky Hilton at the Frick Young Fellows Ball

Chairman Joann Pailey, Rickie De Sole, and Armory McAndrew with designer Carolina Herrera at The Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball 2017: Turner by Moonlight. Photo: Christine A. Butler

Last week on Thursday, March 16, the Frick held its annual Young Fellows Ball, now in its eighteenth year and one of the most widely covered events of the New York social season. This year’s posh fete,  in partnership with Carolina Herrera, was called Turner by Moonlight. The theme was drawn from the special exhibition Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time, on view through May 14, 2017. The dress code: luminescent black tie.

Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera Photo: Carl Timpone/
Princess Beatrice and Alessandra Balazs Photo: Carl Timpone/
Princess Beatrice, Alessandra Balazs Photo: Carl Timpone/
Nicky Hilton Rothschild, James Rothschild
Nicky Hilton Rothschild, James Rothschild Photo: Carl Timpone/

Over 600 guests, including Princess Beatrice of York and Nicky Hilton, many taking their cue from the evening’s theme, wore shades of blues and white. They filled the Garden Court for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and dancing in the Music Room to tracks spun by DJ Allison Kinney. Proceeds from the event provide support museum education programs, which serve New York City public schools in all five boroughs, and the Frick Art Reference Library.

Kristina Briglio Photo: Christine A. Butler

The chairs for the event  were Rickie De Sole, Micaela Erlanger, Amory McAndrew, Joann Pailey, Emmy Rossum, and Nicky and James Rothschild. Honorary chairs included Fernanda Abdalla, Nasiba Adilova, Alessandra Balazs, Patricia Lansing, Alexi Ashe Meyers and Seth Meyers, Olivia Palermo, Bettina Prentice, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Ana Villafañe.

Steering Committee Member Elizabeth Kurpis Photo: Christine A. Butler

So who else attended?  A top list of New York socials, influencers, and fashionables including Fernanda Abdalla, Genevieve and John Allen, Taylor Angino, Julia Arnhold, Paul Arnhold, Rebecca L. Bagdonas, M.D., Alessandra Balazs, W. Parke Ballantine Jr., Kevin M. Barba, Christina Bott, Nikki L. Brown, Christina Cain, Tai-Heng Cheng & Cole Harrell, Liza Cleveland, Eleanor and Joseph Cobb, Samantha Cohen, Clare Matheson Cosman, Meg Crockett, Daria Daniel, Martin Dawson, Rickie De Sole, Dr. Lara Devgan and Patrick Verdonck, Elizabeth Donaldson, Britton Lane Dowdy, Landon Astor Dowdy, Nedenia Craig Edmiston, Micaela Erlanger, Michael M. Espiritu, M.D., Sarah Flint, Caitlyn Frank, Ann Fryer, Jocelyn Gailliot, Sarah Small Gailliot, Grace Givens, Wes Gordon, Anne Huntington, Amy Hutchings, Eaddy Kiernan, Casey Kohlberg, Elizabeth Kurpis, Justin R. Kush, Paige Corbin Kyle, Lucy Jane Lang and Scott Asher, Marc A. Lewinstein, Michael S. Lorber, Sinclaire Marber & Michael Roberts, Jessica and Harry M. Mateer III, Amory McAndrew, Alexandra Michler, Laurence Milstein, Stephanie Lauren Nass, Sumit R. Nihalani, Katie and Jay Olsen, Michael Parker, Joann Pailey, Alexandra Porter, Saara Pritchard and Tom Melton, Megan Petrie Ramm and Bryan Ramm, Kate Reibel, Thayer and Jay Reynolds, Carolina M. Richards, Eric and Eugenia Richman, Sophia Robert, Mary Madeline Roberts, Nicky and James Rothschild, David Rothschild, Patti Ruiz-Healy, Lacary Edward Sharpe, Carson Sieving, Julianna Simmons, Sarah Stengel, Charlotte Textor, Katherine Baggett Thornburgh, Buggy Valhouli-Farb, Kylie Van Hoek, Anne-Hunter Van Kirk, Rebecca Vanyo, Ana Villafañe, Lisa  and Jeff Volling, Brahm Wachter, Laura Day Webb, Jenny West, Christy Williams, Brent Winston, and Jennifer Wright.

Amory McAndrew
Chairman Armory McAndrew Photo: Carl Timpone/

Inspired by Turner’s moonlit port scene in the Frick’s current exhibition, L&M Light and Sound created
a dramatic lighting design evoking the night sky for the museum’s Garden Court and Music Room. These gorgeous spaces were bathed in midnight blue and silver, with ethereal clouds projected across the expanse of the ceilings. Hessney & Co. complemented the evening’s mood with seasonal floral arrangement in shades of white and blue, featuring delphiniums, tweedia, and sweet peas inside clear bars and tables that were placed throughout the event. A bounty of white tulips, helleborus, and yellow begonias planted in the garden beds surrounded guests mingling in the Garden Court.

The Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball 2017: Turner by Moonlight
Guests dancing in the Music Room; Photo: Carl Timpone/