Just outside the New York Botanical Garden’s transporting exhibition of flowers from Monet’s Giverny, a tuxedoed hedge-fund manager last night recalled his own favorite flower.
“I give my wife yellow roses,” said Richard L. Chilton Jr., chief executive and chief investment officer of Chilton Investment Co. “It’s my signature. Yellow is the symbol of love.”
Isn’t red more typical?
“It’s my husband’s symbol of love,” Maureen Chilton, the chairwoman of the garden, said.
Whatever the concerns of the day had been, guests were feeling romantic at the Conservatory Ball. That’s what happens when trumpeters and valet parkers herald your arrival, a rainbow appears in the sky as you are handed a cocktail, and the beauty of these 250 acres, miraculously tucked away in the Bronx, surround you.
All the gussying up resulted in $1.7 million raised for a nature oasis that is open to the public almost every day of the year.
The event gathered 670 guests including Sallie Krawcheck, who had given a speech to a group called WomenUp! in Boston earlier in the day, and Charles Royce, the president, CEO and founder of Royce & Associates LLC, who said in his own garden he likes to sit by the firepit at night.
In the dinner tent, Chanel fit the bill for such luxury accoutrements as linen napkins with black edging and a first course of caviar (a more humble entree of roasted chicken followed). The decorations by Van Wyck & Van Wyck featured a mirrored entrance, bouquets of hot-pink peonies on dinner tables and more than a dozen chandeliers.
The song that filled the dance floor: last summer’s hit “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.
Chanel had hosted a party the night before, too, to open an exhibition of photographs by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and fashion editor Carine Roitfeld featuring celebrities and models in the “little black jacket.” The exact jacket was from the 2010 Cruise-St. Tropez collection, and is no longer for sale, so guests made their own fashion statements. Chanel’s global chief executive, Maureen Chiquet, recently elected a trustee of Yale Corporation, wore a sleeveless gold top and skinny leather pants.
Even she got only the briefest of moments to say hello to Lagerfeld when he arrived.
Howard Lutnick, chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald LP, mingled with friends at the UJA-Federation of New York Downtown Event at Capitale on June 6.
“It’s important to come together as a community,” Lutnick said. “This community comes together all the time.”
This week, the UJA held several events, including a June 4 dinner honoring Pershing Square Capital Management LP CEO Bill Ackman.
Lutnick said he was ready for a break.
“On Sunday I get to travel with my kids. I’m taking my family to Italy. Last year we went to London, this year Rome. I’m a pasta and pizza kind of guy.”
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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