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William Klein, Karl Lagerfeld and Tracey Moffatt were endlessly snapped as they made their way into the awards dinner at Pier 60, which also attracted Julianne Moore, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Irina Lazareanu, Sean Lennon and Kelly and Calvin Klein.
An ever resilient Lagerfeld had barely gotten off a plane as he jetted back to Paris after the Met gala last week only to return to New York for the awards and then going on to Los Angeles for his Chanel cruise show on Friday.
Though he and Klein were happy to be feted— Klein was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award and Lagerfeld with the ICP Trustees award—both gentlemen were angling for a different one altogether.
"I'm still a young photographer," joked Lagerfeld, though that distinction went to Ryan McGinley. Klein also lamented his inability to co-opt that prize. "I asked them if I could have that one instead."
Uptown, it was all about the art of the dance. "One day I'm going to grow up and be a ballerina," sighed honorary co-chair Blaine Trump at the American Ballet Theatre's Spring Gala, which featured a potpourri of performances from the company's biggest stars, including the soon-to-retired Alessandra Ferri.
The dinner afterward attracted a group of balletomanes including honorary co-chair Caroline Kennedy, Isabella Rosselini, Fe Fendi, Ivana Trump, Sandy Hill, Marjorie Raein, Jamee Gregory, Muffie Potter Aston and co-chair Carolina Herrera.
Yet another co-chair, Susan Fales-Hill, joked in her speech that, when fundraising, she espoused the "New York Striver's Motto: Nouveau is better than Nada."
She also thanked Trump for transforming the annual event into "one that even husbands want to attend."
Indeed, there were unlikely suspects Robert De Niro (along with wife Grace Hightower) and Lance Armstrong, who loyally accompanied co-chair Tory Burch.
It even drew Peter Bacanovic out of the woodwork. "This is my favorite night of the year," he enthused.
"It was amazing," agreed Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who is a recent New York transplant. "But I don't live in the apartment everyone says I do," she winked.