May 12, 2011
The Hat Luncheon in Central Park
On Wednesday, May 4th, I attended the 29th annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon held in the Conservatory Garden of Central Park in New York City. You may recall my previous blogs about this important event. Frederick Law Olmsted is, of course, the famous American landscape designer and the father of American landscape architecture. He designed many renowned urban parks, including the very magnificent Central Park. This luncheon, fondly called The Hat Luncheon, is hosted by The Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and is always so much fun. Although hats are optional, very few bare heads are seen in the crowd. You see many glamorous hats and many humorous ones, as well.
Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and it was rainy and cold and there were many wool suits and umbrellas. However, more than 1,200 supporters were in attendance and more than 3.2 million dollars was raised to support the Conservancy’s work in maintaining and preserving Central Park. The benefit committee has completely underwritten the event so that 100 percent of the ticket purchases went toward the operation of the Park. I hope you enjoy seeing some of those hats.
1 When I arrived, Bill Cunningham - fashion photographer - was there shooting away.
2 Unfortunately, the weather was very chilly and rainy.
3 Whenever I see Mr. Cunningham, I always take his picture. However, he has only published one photo of me!
4 Elegantly draped wearing a hat adorned with pheasant feathers
5 Mr. Cunningham loves hats and was once a milliner, himself.
6 A great black and white bonnet
7 And another
8 A lovely shade of pink
9 And such a nice pale green
10 A Chinese-style hat decorated with flowers
11 I really liked this one.
12 Particularly the braid
13 A sea of hats
14 Yaz Hernandez wearing leaves, twigs, and catkins
15 Leaves and nuts
16 Marjorie Reed Gordon with a very wide brim
17 A nicely shaped brim
19 Just before leaving for the luncheon, I found this great gold ribbon to decorate my hat.
20 Dorothy Bandier wore a summery white hat.
21 Sharon Burdick looked great.
22 Another look at her hat
23 Bryn Rose works closely with Jane in the private bank of Bank of America always looks great in her hats.
24 Gerri Kyhill looked wonderful in her black and white polka dots.
26 Susan Magrino, my publicist, wore her large black straw hat again - I love it!
27 So beautiful
28 R. Couri Hay and Thorunn Wathne
29 Blaine Trump with fun butterflies
30 Karen LeFrank in a pretty pink
31 Jamie Gregory wearing poppies
32 Love this bow
33 And this flower
34 Veiled and chic
35 Illiana Gill wore a hat with great feathers.
36 Julia Koch, me, and Peggy Siegal
37 A closer look at Julia's hat
38 A moderist design of twists and curls
39 Here I am with Glenda Bailey.
40 Navy blue and white - very nice!
41 Lizzie Tisch - co-chair of the luncheon wore a cupcake hat.
42 Amy fine Collins wearing a monarch butterfly
43 Such an elegant design with peacock feathers
44 Dori Cooperman with bright pink
45 Lydia Carlston wearing a gorgeous creation!
46 A fun copy of the hat that Princess Beatrice wore to the Royal Wedding designed by Phillip Treacy
47 Another pretty pink