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A Town for Heady Looks

A week already crowded with gowns from the Met Gala was made a little more wild on Wednesday, when the Central Park Conservancy raised $4 million at its 40th annual Frederick Law Olmsted luncheon, fondly known as the “hat lunch.” Despite gray skies, it looked as if the Easter Parade had crashed the Kentucky Derby and landed at the Conservatory Garden near 105th Street.

In Queens, the Noguchi Museum celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on Tuesday with a night of understated but subtly stylish looks including a cropped suit worn by Danny Castañeda, a peanut butter entrepreneur. Japanese Breakfast performed a solo set, and small dishes including a dragon fruit tofu were provided by chef Danny Bowien.

And in Lower Manhattan, the Prince’s Trust, a charity started by Prince Charles to help young people find careers, held its first fund-raiser in the United States on April 28, hosted by Lionel Richie and Edward Enninful at Cipriani South Street. There the outfits were more traditionally black-tie glamorous, including Gigi Hadid in a Valentino gown from their pink collection.

Additional reporting by John Ortved and Alex Hawgood.

Gigi Hadid, in pink Valentino, and Bella Hadid, in black Dior, at the Prince’s Trust gala.Credit…Krista Schlueter for The New York Times
Maggie Gold Seelig wore a sunflower hat by Suzanne Couture Millinery to the Central Park luncheon, in solidarity with Ukraine.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times
Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast wore a dress by Sandy Liang to the Noguchi Museum.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
At the Noguchi Museum, from left: Bliss Lau, in a Robert Wun jacket and a necklace of her own design, and Sugar Vendil, in a Simone Rocha dress. Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

“This is a handful of people who put in a lot of money every year to keep Central Park going.” — Michael Bloomberg.


Mary Bryant McCourt at the Central Park hat lucheon. Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times

“I think I just got run over by Naomi Campbell, and I’m definitely OK with that.” — a guest at the Prince’s Trust gala.


Naomi Campbell, in a sweeping purple Valentino gown, at the Prince’s Trust gala.Credit…Krista Schlueter for The New York Times
Jean Lin wore a custom bow by East Village Hats (and a Rachel Comey jacket) to the Noguchi Museum.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
Nicole Solis-Sison wore a black corset by T Label to the Noguchi Museum.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
An Vo, left, and Alyona Kuzmina wore trench coats to the Noguchi Museum.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
Di Mondo in a hat by Eric Javits, right, at the Central Park hat luncheon. He also brought a white rabbit.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times

“The park saved us all during the pandemic.” — Gillian Miniter, a social figure, at the Central Park hat luncheon.


George Cortina in a crushed velvet tuxedo at the Prince’s Trust gala.Credit…Krista Schlueter for The New York Times
Phoebe Dynevor in a Louis Vuitton gown at the Prince’s Trust gala.Credit…Krista Schlueter for The New York Times
Maggie Gottlieb at the Central Park luncheon. Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times
Paloma Elsesser in a Gabriela Hearst dress at the Prince’s Trust gala.Credit…Krista Schlueter for The New York Times
Andrew Yu at the Central Park hat luncheon.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times
Danny Castaneda at the Noguchi Museum, in a vintage zootsuit he had custom tailored.Credit…Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times
Jennifer Suh Whitfield in a hat by Esenshel at the Central Park luncheon.Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times
Natasha Poonawalla in a couture Balenciaga gown at the Prince’s Trust gala.Credit…Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

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