Tracy Young, Me, Gail Karr
It was an absolutely beautiful day in New York, just perfect weather for the luncheon and for my outfit of a light long jacket over a cotton dress. I think my style is generally classic and I like to liven things up with fun accessories, but for this luncheon I wanted something a little bolder. I had asked Tracy to make me a red hat and when I saw a zebra print coat at Talbots everything clicked. I already had a black dress with a white hem, also from Talbots, and the jacket hit it just at the right spot.
The entire ensemble
(photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hirsch of the New York Social Diary)
But, of course, the piece de resistance was the hat. I know I'm biased, but I truly think my hat was the most fabulous hat at the luncheon! Tracy did an amazing job on it and I was so lucky to be wearing it.
Happy in my hat during the pre-lunch reception
A close up of the masterpiece! Stunning detail!
Tracy made her own hat, too, of course. It was a hat luncheon themed hat, complete with table and chairs!
Tracy's awesome hat
Tracy and me having fun in the luncheon tent
Enjoying the luncheon
Gail was sporting a new suit and matched it with a delicate, ladylike hat.
Gail's hat decorated with dainty bows
Another woman at our table had a beautiful blue hat decorated with butterflies.
Trish and her butterfly hat
I wanted to take photos of a lot of the fabulous hats, especially ones that my other friends were wearing, but with twelve hundred (1200) women in attendance it was a bit overwhelming just to say hello to everyone we knew. So, once we got to our table I made a short video to show some of the hats in our vicinity. As you can hear from the noise level it was very high energy under the tent.
One of my favorite photos of the day (of me) was taken by David Patrick Columbia of the New York Social Diary and appeared in his column on the NYSD. http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/1911812
Me at the table
(photo courtesy of David Patrick Columbia for the New York Social Diary)
Gail and I were featured in a photo in Jeffrey Hirsch's column on the NYSD. http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/1911811
Gail and me
(photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hirsch for the New York Social Diary)
The luncheon was a splendid affair, as always. This year former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was honored with an award and there were many notable New Yorkers in attendance. It's sad to think the luncheon only comes once a year, because everyone looks so elegant in their gorgeous outfits and pretty hats. But, we did get some nice parting gifts to remind us of the fun: a bright orange umbrella from Wathne and an eye shadow set from Bobbi Brown.
Wathne umbrella & Bobbi Brown eye shadow
Hats off to the Central Park Conservancy for another wonderful annual hat luncheon!