A crowd frequently spotted on yachts filled the Pool restaurant in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night for the second annual Caring for Women Dinner hosted by the Kering Foundation.
“I said yes because Salma asked,” Oprah Winfrey, a co-chair for the dinner, said as she addressed the room, referring to Salma Hayek Pinault, who is also a co-chair and board member of the Kering Foundation.
The space was filled to the brim with tropical plants and marquee names.
“I don’t get out much,” Ms. Winfrey said, adding, “I only come out with the intention of using my voice in a way that can be meaningful and helpful.”
Inside the dining room, where guests were served a dinner of scallop aguachile and lamb belly, Leonardo DiCaprio sat with Olivia Wilde, Prabal Gurung and Malala Yousafzai, and across from Zoë Kravitz and her partner, Channing Tatum.
Also at the table was François-Henri Pinault, Ms. Hayek Pinault’s husband and the chairman and chief executive of Kering, the luxury group that owns brands including Gucci, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent. (Mr. Pinault’s family office, Artémis, recently bought a majority stake in one of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies, Creative Artists Agency.)
Seated nearby was Kim Kardashian, Lindsey Vonn, the skier, and Lauren Sánchez, who is engaged to Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder.
The gala dinner, which also featured an auction and performance from Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine, raised more than $3 million to benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Malala Fund and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Violence.
“Well, look, it’s always fun to feel beautiful and glamorous,” said the journalist Lisa Ling, who served as a host. “But really the reason I’m here, and the reason I am honored to be here, is because of the work that this foundation is doing.”
What were you thinking about when you got dressed tonight?
“I have a very beautiful partner. I was just trying not to mess her up.”
What was the highlight of your fashion week?
“Me staying home and not going.”
What is the trick to getting dressed for a gala?
“I always believe in getting dressed for how you feel your best. And never worry about being overdressed or underdressed.”
Haider Ackermann and Augustinus Bader Dinner
On a quiet block on the Upper East Side, about 40 guests, including the filmmaker Sofia Coppola, the actor Oscar Isaac, the singer and model Karen Elson, the actor and musician Jared Leto and the architect Peter Marino, trickled into a small dinner on Friday night at the Salon 94 gallery, in part, to celebrate a very expensive face cream.
It was the first collaboration between Augustinus Bader, known for its high-priced creams and serums, and Haider Ackermann, who was a guest designer for Jean Paul Gaultier earlier this year.
Mr. Ackerman designed a silver, limited edition bottle (which costs $565), and said he wanted to create a mirror-like vessel to signify the ritual of looking at oneself in the morning.
“You can carry it everywhere with you and just have a look at yourself,” he said.
Guests waited patiently for dinner to begin, snacking on miniature crab and apple bites, chatting politely until Timothée Chalamet, Mr. Ackermann’s “beloved TIMO BRO,” and Kylie Jenner, whom he dressed for this year’s Met Gala, arrived to the flash of photographers. Mr. Chalamet hugged Mr. Ackerman and the actor’s “Dune” co-star, Mr. Isaac.
Mr. Chalamet and Ms. Jenner’s recent appearances together at Beyoncé’s Renaissance show in Los Angeles and the U.S. Open have been popular online fodder, further stirring dating rumors. At the dinner, the pair held hands and posed for photographs as a security guard waited several feet away.
Shortly after they arrived, guests moved to a long dinner table for squash blossoms and roasted striped bass. A bottle of the brand’s rich cream was placed at each seat.
Is there anything you do to feel better if you’re not feeling beautiful?
“I never do not feel beautiful, and you can quote me on that.”
What were you thinking about when you got dressed tonight?
“I was feeling kind of tired. I just got back from a trip. So, I just wanted to throw on a men’s shirt.”
LaQuan Smith Spring/Summer 2024 After-party
In a cavernous venue on West 57th Street, a large replica of Michelangelo’s “David” greeted guests like the model Coco Rocha, the actress Vivica A. Fox and the rapper Saweetie as they arrived at the after-party for LaQuan Smith’s Spring/Summer 2024 show.
Held at the Stranger nightclub, advertised as a “panoply of pleasures,” the space felt like a surreal Cirque du Soleil fun house with oversized animals.
Mr. Smith was piled with hellos and praises as he wove through the crowd. Guests dressed in sheer tops and metallic colorways mimicked the boldness of outfits worn by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Vice President Kamala Harris, which were designed by him.
Topless dancers and a panda mascot rotated through a central platform across the D.J. booth on the main stage; bubbles and confetti floated above the dance floor; and a trapeze artist in a red corset was on top of a rainbow playground parachute.
Yvonne Orji, the actor, arrived just before 2 a.m. with Elaine Welteroth, the journalist and author, who said it was a rare night out for her.
“I think that only LaQuan can get me out of the house in a metallic silver miniskirt,” Ms. Welteroth said.
Ms. Orji spent fashion week celebrating Black designers, like Mr. Smith and Sergio Hudson. “And on the heels of Coco Gauff winning the U.S. Open,” she said, “it’s just a beautiful Black weekend.”
On the days when you don’t feel your highest self, what do you do to get there?
I think tapping out is OK. It’s absolutely acceptable.
When do you really feel your best?
“I look the best when I feel the best, so I don’t know. I think it’s a mind-set.”
What is the recipe for what you think is cool?
“I’m very much about ease in this season of my life. If it doesn’t look like ease, if it doesn’t feel like ease, I don’t want it.”