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Saturday, June 18, 2011

amfAR Gala at MoMA

Just another Tuesday night in New York, all dressed up and hanging out with a bunch of Hugo Boss underwear models...
Kurt's company was catering the amfAR gala at the Museum of Modern Art. He was able to invite a couple of friends in to check out the scene. The theme was "Hot Metal," so he thought my blue cocktail dress and silver shoes would be perfect. James Franco was one of the honorees, so Kurt and I were both pretty psyched to see him up close. 
We weren't sure if we'd be able to take photos inconspiculously, so I snapped a pic of my dress in the mirror before I left the apartment to meet Kurt's friend Tony and share a taxi to Midtown. I left my camera at home but pulled these photos from the web. Pretty sure it was the first time I went to to see if they'd posted any pics from an event I'd attended!

Hearing Jennifer Hudson perform "Hallelujah" and "Changing" from Dreamgirls was probably the highlight of the evening. She was so good, I got goosebumps!
Courtney Love's performance was quick and forgettable. Jennifer was a hard act to follow. Liza Minelli was the grand finale, but Kurt and I agreed Jennifer stole the show. We got a good look at Courtney's white lace dress during the cocktail hour.
Between the cocktail hour and dinner, there was a fashion show, which was rather outlandish and amusing at points.
Two of my favorite celebrity sightings were Andy Cohen from Bravo and Cheyenne Jackson from 30 Rock. I recognized Cheyenne's face, but Kurt had to tell me why he looked familiar.
We didn't get very close to James Franco, but we did get a good look at Heidi Klum, and that was pretty neat. We were really right by her when she walked into the room for the fashion show. She had on a super-sexy dress, made even sexier by the fact it was impossible to imagine how she could be wearing anything underneath it.  
I think this is one of the photos taken from around the time we were watching her. She was with Chanel Iman, who was probably the skinniest person I've ever seen. Her red dress was approximately six inches wide.
The food at the cocktail hour was delicious. Kurt sent me some photos from the company archive.

classic bite size French grilled ham and Gruyere sandwiches

Fresh Tuna Tartar in Sesame Miso Tuile
diced tuna, pickled ginger, scallions, wasabi soy, sesame oil and radish sprout

Miniature Filets of Beef with Horseradish Cream
bite sized medallions of filet on potato Gaufrette

There was also (not pictured)...

Buratta Crostini
oven dried tomato, crisp basil and sea salt

Pastis Smoked Salmon Tartare (my favorite!)
in mini wonton cone with crème frâiche and fresh chive spear

Macaroni and Cheese Square
with truffle oil

Not bad for a Tuesday night, eh?


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynsley - Densyl's sister Suzie here ! She told me about your blog so I've bookmarked it ~ and Oh, SO jealous. We really enjoyed our trip to the Big Apple but didn't see a fraction of it. (am guessing seeing it all would be impossible?!) But will live vicariously through you now - all your celebrity sightings - wow ! Have fun !! S

Anonymous said...

Lynsley has left out so much of the evening!

She didn't mention Courtney trashing Liza's green room, James Franco offering to pose nude, me chatting up Lance Bass (from N'Sync fame) OR Lynsley spending about 15 minutes chatting up one of the Hugo Boss models.

Fun for all!



Dee Stephens said...

You're killing me with all your weeknight shenanigans! It didn't take you long to become a New Yorker!