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Met Gala Rush Week

met gala press conference Andrew Bolton, Anna Wintour and Jonathan Anderson
Everyone at Vogue's Met Gala party—mostly designers and staffers—was super loose: After all, it was one final opportunity to blow off steam before they entered the war room on Monday. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Image
Lauren Sherman
May 6, 2024

The days leading up to the annual Costume Institute fundraiser, better known as the Met Gala, have become as busy as any city’s fashion week, with dozens of parties, dinners, and activations surrounding the main event. This year, the timing coincided with Frieze New York, one of the lesser art fairs but still an important moment for fashion brands eager to court high-spending collectors. On Thursday, alone, there were dinners celebrating Alaïa, the latest issue of 10 Magazine, and Sofia Coppola’s collaboration with skincare brand Augustinus Bader. On Friday, private equity off-hours brand Stone Island fittingly invited friends to Carbone. 

As always, the best parties were off the proverbial calendar—starting with Vogue’s annual get-together on Friday night, hosted by Mark Guiducci, Chloe Malle, Chioma Nnadi, and Sam Sussman at the Dutch Flower Line, on 28th Street, with everyone dressed in unironic spring florals. (They were gently teasing the absurdity of this year’s um, simplified, Met Gala theme, “The Garden of Time.”) Everyone at the Vogue party—mostly designers and staffers—was super loose. After all, it was one final opportunity to blow off steam before they entered the war room on Monday. Malle, the Vogue.com editor, was imploring departing guests to take home bouquets of tulips as if they were Tupperware containers full of leftovers.