Raising the Roof at the Whitney's "Do Over" Gala
Not even a natural disaster could prevent the annual Whitney Gala and Studio Party from taking place—Sandy might have delayed the festivities, but last night's "Do Over" was every bit the philanthropic fête the original was expected to be. After announcing that the event had raised over $2.7 million for the museum, with a third of that going to relief for artists affected by the storm, chairman Leonard Lauder thanked co-chairs Allison Kanders, Amy Phelan, and Lizzie Tisch for essentially having to organize the event twice. Designer Pamella DeVos of Pamella Roland, Whitney board member and a sponsor of the evening, admitted the reschedule had left her a bit harried. "I live in Michigan with my family still. I'm only here part-time, so today I had a fashion show uptown and then a board meeting and now this, all on one day."
After dinner, the uptown charity set was replaced by the late-nighters. Nate Lowman deejayed—"I actually did this in the nineties. Tonight I'm back on the turntables; nothing but vinyl tonight," he said—while designers Thakoon Panichgul and Timo Weiland, with their pre-fall lines all wrapped up, let their hair down on the dance floor. "I've been coming here since I was 18," said Weiland. "So many great memories." And with pre-fall behind him, what can we expect for Fall 2013? "Peplum, but it's a bit more gathered—I love how architectural it feels."