The High Line park may have opened over three years ago in New York, but the hype surrounding the project has not died down, as evidenced by the turn out—Kate Mara, Jessica Stam, Anna Kendrick, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and more—at last night’s annual summer benefit, sponsored by Coach for the second year in a row. Modeled after a carnival, the event took over the park’s Chelsea alleyway, transforming the elevated rails with games, spiked sno-cones, jugglers, and a dunk tank—complete with a fleet of buff male models taking turns in the tank.
Since the High Line has quickly become a New York iconoclast, there were plenty of stars in attendance to help celebrate one of their city’s most-beloved attractions. ”I love the High Line—I’m obsessed with this project because of what it’s doing for conservation and the environment,” Mamie Gummer said. “It’s wonderful.” Dianna Agron, dressed in a cheery Tracy Reese dress, agreed: “It’s so nice that the city has really embraced the High Line. I remember when it first opened; it’s beautiful and ultimately lets us enjoy the summertime even more.”
Fashion was also on the brain; Coach was giving out prizes for the carnival games, after all. Penn Badgley, who showed up sporting a new configuration of facial hair, recalled: “One of the first gifts I got for a girlfriend was a Coach bag. It was the most money I’d spent on a gift at that point.” And Gummer has been on a bit of a young designer crusade as of late—after wearing Wes Gordon on Monday evening, she showed up to last night’s shindig in Honor. ”I feel like I’m supporting emerging artists,” she said. You know, I feel like Oscar de la Renta, bless him, but he’s doing alright. I just love to support people from the ground up.”