“So much better than last year” was the chorus heard time and time again at the Whitney Art Party and auction last night at Skylight at Moynihan Station. Presented by MaxMara, with co-chairs Maria Giulia Maramotti (MaxMara's director of retail, and granddaughter of the brand's founder), entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman, and actress/model Nichole Galicia, the event managed to raise over $450,000 for the Whitney’s Independent Study Program. A fashion brand getting behind an art institution; we support that.
Last night the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted a fête for its Independent Study Program. Taking place downtown, the Art Party promises big names and crazy times. The rainstorm outside delayed our arrival, but upon getting there we were immersed in a world of fashion's finest, immediately spotting Natalie Joos looking divine as always. And while everyone looked great, this wasn't the wildest of nights. No table dancing or drunk stumbling here. It was as classy as Derek Blasberg's mandals. Kate Lanphear perused the art and Prabal Gurung chatted with friends. Someone did come as Tony the Tiger, however, and while not classy--it certainly was great. As the night progressed, we scouted the crowd for our favorite photog/man-about-town, Mr. Terry Richardson, but he was nowhere to be found. Today, however, he posted a photo of Arden Wohl at the party on his blog, leading us to believe we'd missed him by a second. We did see everyone from Alek Wek to Rachel Zoe, so click through to see the photos!