The Met heads west for a stylish supper at the SLS hotel
“At the Met ball this year it was all the L.A. people who were getting photographed!” said Andrew Bolton, the curator of this year’s exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” He was in town Wednesday for a dinner in his honor hosted by Susan Casden and Cameron Silver along with a group of L.A. socialites/fashion supporters in attendance.
The dinner is the second Casden has thrown for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual exhibit. And plans are to continue the tradition of giving some L.A. love to the N.Y. institution.
Guests were dressed to the nines (natch) in everything from Chanel (Casden), an ethereal geranium-hued vintage Halston (Esme Howard) and a crisp cranberry-colored suit from Bottega Venetta (Silver). The cuisine proved just as chic; tiny and mysterious little bites such as spherical olives, deconstructed Caesar salad and a light-as-air foamy chocolate mousse with hazelnuts all at chef Jose Andres' restaurant The Bazaar inside the SLS Hotel.
There may not have been a ton of international fashion stars ascending red carpeted steps through a smattering of flashbulbs, but the West Coast managed to celebrate the Met in style.
-- Melissa Magsaysay
Photos: From left: Laura Mulleavy and Kate Mulleavy; Alyssa Fung, Susan Casden and Lily Collins; Andrew Bolton and Cameron Silver; Credit: Andreas Branch, Patrick McMullan