NATURE IS HEALING

Parties Are Back: The Most Exciting Events of the Week

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Parties, galas, fêtes, get-togethers—whatever you want to call them, they’re integral parts of Hollywood, the fashion world, the arts, and society in general. Events are venues for fund-raising, opportunities to drum up buzz around new initiatives and projects, and, above all, a fun reason for fancy people to get dressed up and have their picture taken. Of course, when the pandemic hit, parties were the first thing to go—and their absence was particularly poignant during digital-only fashion weeks, awards shows and art fairs. But with Covid-19 numbers finally slowing in the United States and vaccinations on the rise, IRL events are starting to populate the cultural calendar once again. In an effort to make up for lost time, we’re enthusiastically keeping track of the most exciting parties happening right now, starting with a benefit at the art foundation Pioneer Works in Brooklyn and spring gala at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Check back often to stay updated on what your favorite celebrities, artists, socialites, fashion plates and public figures are up to as they emerge from many months of hermit behavior.

New mom Karlie Kloss booked a babysitter (or let Joshua deal with it) to attend the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame cocktail hour ahead of the New York Botanical Garden’s spring gala.

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It’s been far too long since we’ve seen Alek Wek make a runway out of plain old pavement—in this case, inside a greenhouse featuring the latest work from Yayoi Kusama. (The 92-year-old Japanese artist’s takeover is open to the public through October 31.)

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Kit Keenan hit the scene for the first time as a Bachelor star alongside her costar Pieper James and mom Cynthia Rowley.

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Nicky Hilton was one of many to take up the evening’s sponsor on having a glass of La Grande Dame, out of a polka-dot bottle designed by Kusama herself.

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Benjamin Bronfman dined with Brother Vellies designer Aurora James, who paid tribute to Elsa Peretti by accessorizing with one of the late jewelry designer’s signature Bone Cuffs.

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Tina Leung did her best to blend in with the scenery, while Prabal Gurung repped his own label.

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Jodie Turner-Smith made a trendy baby-doll dress into a moment with giant bangles and Pride Month-appropriate heels.

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On June 2, Peter Sarsgaard, Dustin Yellin, and Maggie Gyllenhaal attended Pioneer Works’ Brand New Heavies Benefit in Red Hook, Brooklyn—a dinner to celebrate the latest exhibition Brand New Heavies, on view through June 20.

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Racquel Chevremont and Mickalene Thomas co-curated the exhibition at Pioneer Works.

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Deputy Director of the New Museum Karen Wong and David Byrne were in attendance, along with Darren Aronofsky and Marco Bizzarri, the CEO of Gucci—which sponsored the event.

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Musician Mishell performed in the industrial space before dinner; the TYGAPAW and the artist Sneaks closed out the night with sets of their own.

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