Muse executive editor Manuela Hoelterhoff hosted a party for Richard Vines, chief food critic for Muse, and Yvette Fernandez, editor in chief for Town and Country Philippines, on May 29, 2013.
Looking back on past photographs I’ve shot of Parties in the Garden at MoMA:
First up is Mimi Haas, David and Susan Rockefeller, and Daniel Lurie of the Tipping Point Foundation.
Alec Baldwin let his wife do the interviews on the red carpet. He simply noted that his daughter, Ireland, was in town but not atteding the Met Ball. “She’s doing modelling now, but I want her to get into acting, she’s very talented and very funny,” Baldwin said. And on his role at the “party of the year?” “I’m just the security guard tonight, I’m guarding her jewels. We’re not staying long as I have to get her home.” His Broadway show “Orphans” closes May 19, as Bloomberg Muse’s @PhilipBoroff reported here.
Zooey Deschanel wore Tommy Hilfiger and an Edie Parker clutch with a safety pin, the preppiest punk look I’ve ever seen.
Favorite punk band? I asked as she turned to enter the Met Ball.
“I mean, the Ramones?” she said.
Her band will be at SummerStage July 6 and 7.
Oh, and for the record, I think she looks great without bangs.
Photographed Jason Wu and Jessica Pare at #MetBall. January Jones was about 10 feet higher on the stairs. Wu said Pare has been his muse for a while.
Red carpet conversations can be pretty light. At the Met Ball, Greta Gerwig, star of the film “Frances Ha,” directed by Noah Baumbach, with Mickey Sumner and Adam Driver, was more like a ray of light.
I asked about her sources of creativity.
“Where do I get my new ideas? From old books people don’t read anymore: 16th century philosophers, that’s the new sh**,” Gerwig said.
Ok, like who? I asked.
“People like St. Anselm of Cantebury, St. Augustine, the stuff nobody’s looking at.”
And what did they have to say?
“They’re talking to me about whether or not angels have bodies and stuff, just weird philosphical things that people used to worry about.”
And how does that inspire you?
“It’s inspirational, in modern life, because it’s amazing to me that someone spent that much intellectual energy worrying about whether or not angels have bodies but at the same time I appreciate the logic that went into it. So it makes me feel if you pick any corner of the universe even if it’s nonexistent you can find something interesting about it.”
Which left me thinking, do red carpets really exist?
Photo by Getty Images. Isn’t it perfect for the quote?
Read my Met Ball story here.
As she walked the red carpet for her big night at Film Society of Lincoln Center, I asked Barbra Streisand about the influence of NY on her life and art: “I’m very happy to have been raised in the streets of Brooklyn,” she said. “New York — it kind of toughens you up but yet allows you to remain vulnerable.” Couldn’t have said it any better myself: these are essential traits of any successful woman, I hope. Above, a photo I took at the tribute. More in my Scene Last Night column here .