As the weather warms, New York's upper crust takes its socializing outdoors, and this week saw back to back garden parties. The Museum of Modern Art threw its annual Party in the Garden on Wednesday, followed up by the New York Botanical Garden's Conservatory Ball on Thursday. As you might imagine, floral prints, er, flourished. ("Groundbreaking.") Robyn may have performed at MoMA, but the Rich Kids of Instagram schlepped all the way to the Bronx for the Garden, and it couldn't have been just for the selfies. Here, a breakdown of the outdoor soirées.
Location, Location, Location
NYBG: A 20 minute Metro-North trip to the Bronx, or an hour-plus travel by town car. Guess which was the preferred mode of transport?
MoMA: The E train to 53rd and 5th. Or a quick cab ride to midtown. Guess which was the preferred mode of transport?
NYBG: Society grande dames and their husbands.
MoMA: Artists and the people who collect them.
The Uptown Heavy Hitters:
NYBG: Cornelia Guest, Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian Miniter, former mayor Rudy Giuliani.
MoMA: Marie-Josee Kravis, Helen Mirren, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, former super-agent Michael Ovitz.
The Downtown Movers & Shakers:
NYBG: Gaia Matisse, Kick Kennedy, Andrew Warren.
MoMA: Aaron Young, Arden Wohl, Yvonne Force Villareal, Leigh Lezark.
Rockefeller in Residence
MoMA: Ariana, Susan, Indre and paterfamilias David Sr.
Attention-Grabbing Iconoclast or Iconic Attention-Grabber?
MoMA: Michèle Lamy
NYBG: Soulsystem Orchestras.
NYBG: Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas. MoMA: Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty.
And for dessert:
NYBG: Strawberry Bavarian and milk chocolate mousse.
MoMA: Green tea cake with white peach mousse.