Party Faces: The Best Looks From a Week of Parties

Spring is all about rebirth and growth and yadda yadda: for Manhattan scenesters it’s mainly about ending winter hibernation and hitting the social circuit in order to show off the latest looks. This week was chock full of winsome odes to spring in Manhattan: parties to remind New Yorkers that the High Line will soon be in bloom, events that celebrated spring fashion openings and new spring catalogs and parties that got people excited to shed leggings, overcoats and layers of stuffy winter makeup. Here were some of the freshest beauty takes from this week’s party scene.

image Fresh Face: Unknown Party Person Event: Just a normal Thursday night out. Venue: Avenue Notable Attendees: Wass Stevens, Genevieve Jones. Look: Bold brows get the Factory Girl pairing with a bleach-blond coif, both elements are tres spring, as they say and have been runway mainstays waiting for their springtime devotees. Otherwise, this chick was just trying to pull an Edie Sedgewick. Recommendation: Get heavy brows with a highly pigmented brow shaper like Jean Paul Gaultier Monsier Brow Defining Pencil.

image Fresh Face: Alison Brod and Jennifer Ruff Event: First Bloom Art and Photography Auction to Benefit the Friends of the High Line. Venue: Equinox on 10th Avenue Notable Attendees: David Patrick Columbia, Christian Simonds, Gillian Hearst Simonds. Look: Baring your legs for the first time after a long winter can be scary, but these ladies look as if they’ve been wintering in some tropical local with smooth and tan limbs. Recommendation: Exfoliate your winterized stems with a good body polish like Brown Sugar Body Polish by Fresh. Get glowing with an easy self tanner like Victoria’s Secret Flawless Instant Bronze Body Spray.

image Fresh Face: Ian Cuttler Event: First Bloom Art and Photography Auction to Benefit the Friends of the High Line. Venue: Equinox on 10th Avenue Notable Attendees: David Patrick Columbia, Christian Simonds, Gillian Hearst Simonds. Look: A bold pair of glasses are having a hay-day after dark. Recommendation: Tom Ford’s assortment of interesting frames. If you are bold, opt for the cat-eye cut and really walk with the trend.

image Fresh Face: Noot Seear Event: Fotorelief and a Milk Gallery Project organizes a Picture Saves a Thousand Lives Venue: Milk Studios Notable Attendees: Richard Chai, Lucy McIntyre, Bonnie Morrison, Nicole Trunfio. Look: Noot works the no-makeup makeup look that was big on the spring runways of Tommy Hilfiger, Proenza Schouler, and Tory Burch. Recommendation: M.A.C. Sculpting Powder in Sculpt and bronzer in Matt Bronze.

image Fresh Face: Stacey Bendet Eisner Event: alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Shop Opening Venue:Saks Fifth Avenue New York Notable Attendees: Byrdie Bell, Melissa Joan Heart, Tinsley Mortimer, Kat De Luna, Richie Rich. Look: The eternally adorable Bendet adds a youthful edge to a classic alice + olivia frock with a bright hair accessory. The yellow barrette is simple but says a lot about how playful Bendet is when it comes to dressing up. That same irreverence was seen on the Dolce & Gabbana and the Marc by Marc Jacobs runways. Recommendation: Try a whimsical floral clip by Anthropologie or a simple barrette from Ulta in a bright color.

image Fresh Face: Models Michelle Buswell and Tiu Kuik. Event: Akris Hosts New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance Kick-Off Venue: Akris Notable Attendees: Tinsley Mortimer, Tracy Stern, Lisa Anastos. Look: The two nail proportion. Michelle rocks a voluminous ‘do to balance a lean jumpsuit for a very ’90’s aesthetic while Tiu goes cocktail chic with a slick updo to show off her elegant neck and shoulders. Recommendation: Get big, all-American 90’s volume with Umi volumizing spray. Spritz on damp hair before blow-drying hair upside-down, then from side to side. Accentuate bare shoulders with a highlighting powder. Nars Highlighting Blush usually does the trick (and works for face and body).

image Fresh Face: Harley Viera Newton (with Nicola Vassel, Todd Selby, Harley and Moses Berksom). Event: Todd Selby and Cole Haan Celebrate Their Spring Catalog Venue: 10 Downing Notable Attendees: Lynn Yaeger, Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost, Mickey Boardman, Bonnie Morrison. Look: Harley gets all spring-y on the retro look by opting for a red stain rather than a pout full of gloopy lip paint. Recommendation: Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Paramour has a crazy pop-art red look but takes on the texture of lip conditioner.

Cougars, Pumas, & Ex-Mrs. Hedgefunds

A hundred women with perfect highlights, but not a pot of bleach in sight. The Frederic Fekkai salon was filled with ladies in waiting, but not for a trademark Fekkai bob. Instead they gathered for Jill Kargman’s John Hancock last night, in celebration for the release of her newest novel, The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund. Steak tartare and white wine sated the elegant mob, such as Meredith Melling-Burke and Sylvana Soto-Ward as well as the hosting committee, which included Allison Aston, actress Byrdie Bell, alice + olivia’s Stacey Bendet Eisner, and Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss. Gentlemen in attendance took notice of the well-heeled crowd. “This place is filled with cougars and pumas,” one dapper fellow noted.

Cougars in Frederic Fekkai Fifth isn’t such a long shot, I countered, but what exactly is a puma? “It’s a younger cougar, one that hasn’t learned her lesson yet and is still looking to be a future ex-Mrs. Hedgefund,” he informed me matter-of-factly. But to me the crowd looked far more interested in speaking with the delightful, insightful author, who was busy entertaining her daughter Sadie along with her husband Harry, dad Arie Kopelman (who promised me he was Jill’s ghostwriter, but is really the president of Chanel), and mother Coco. Jill didn’t think of her female followers as Pumas on the prowl either. “I think everyone has gotten a wake-up call; people are finding a more meaningful existence than simply being a part of this machine.”

Kargman, a soothsayer of sorts, predicted an economic downturn in 2006, back when she wrote The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund. “It was just the law of gravity,” she laments in the familiar excited-girlish tone that mirrors much of her writing. “I mean, when some of her friend’s birthday parties (she points to her daughter Sadie, currently signing books in her place) were being held in hotel ballrooms, you know this lifestyle ideal has gotten far too extreme.” Not that the economic crisis was deserved; instead, her seventh novel is “recent historical fiction of happier times.”

“A lot of people are maybe happier now knowing that some things don’t last, and there are certain things you can’t make a trade for, like your relationship,” she says, drifting back to the puma talk. “I married my best friend, so I was lucky. I’m glad he is more entrepreneurial and not part of this ‘machine,’ because that’s just not who he is.”