The Mad Metal Ball brought out the eccentric bits in certain fashion and downtown stars. To celebrate the second anniversary of the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle, co-chairs Julie Ragolia, Waris Ahluwalia and others threw a big dancing cocktail. Deejays Leo Fitzpatrick, Paul Sevigny, and Chelsea Leyland — who loved our Hudson jeans in a road test — spun tunes from the Eighties on out and the booze was free flowing.
The exhibits on the fourth and fifth floors — large scale skeletons, scarab wings and mice bones — fill the more permanent collections right now and are well worth an independent visit. The pieces made by some of the host committee were up for sale. All proceeds benefited arts programs and the museum. (See our slideshow) Waris created a copper cuff. Marc Swanson fashioned a pewter antler. Rocker Michael Stipe made the very cool metallic camera. And fashion designer Jen Kao made a metal chandelier. The wardrobes for the event were just as glittery. Ragolia, who works as a stylist and soon will be en route to China, wore a slinky Jen Kao black and metal dress. Socialite Michelle Harper donned a long Zac Posen gown and headdress. Waris wore an Yves St. Laurent jacket. And jewelry designer Nina Basharova wore a classic black dress festooned with her feather pin and gold bangles.
Check out the existing exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, NYC.