From left to right, Claiborne Swanson Frank, Joann Pailey, Olivia Chatecaille, Sloan Overstrom, Lydia Fenet & Clare McKeon. Photo: Getty Images
The belle époque—often referred to as the most romantic era in European history—was represented by more than just the 19th century Renoir masterpieces at last night’s Young Fellows Ball hosted by The Frick Collection in N.Y.C.
ELLE’s Market Director Joann Pailey served as the evening’s co-chairwoman alongside a host of Donna Karan-clad belles including Olivia Chantecaille, Clare McKeon, Lydia Fenet, Sloan Overstrom, and Claiborne Swanson Frank. In between the mini croque-monsieurs and overflowing bubbly, our own Jade Frampton danced with Joe Zee (who, by the way, had popped in post-dinner with Fergie).
Lest you think Pailey ran home and threw on a dress, think again. The editor left our office at 3PM for the Mark Hotel for a moment of deep reflection: “My look was much more romantic than usual,” she explains, “but it can be fun to venture outside the box.” She topped off her fluid champagne frock with an overlapping crystal twist headband by Jennifer Behr and relied upon hair and make-up guru, Alexa Rodulfo, to emulate the adorned updo often sported by Diane Kruger.
Other revelers taking in the “Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting” exhibit included DKNY PR Girl Aliza Licht and Ralph Lauren’s Kimball Hastings. And by 11PM—an ungodly hour for hard-working fashion types—tuxedo-clad photog Bill Cunningham was still snapping pics of the crowd. “I left as they were kicking us out,” laughs Pailey.
Swanson Frank agrees: “The night was magical,” she tells ELLE. “Beautiful girls in gowns walking through rooms of portraits…feathers and sequins and a sea of red lips.”