Last night’s Costume Institute Gala offered plenty to marvel at, but it wasn’t the red-carpet fashion or the Schiaparelli and Prada dresses encased in glass that had Karolina Kurkova buzzing at the Crown after-party: “I loved the cookies!” the model told Style.com as she made her entrance with Rachel Zoe. “There were a lot of amazing things—Bruno Mars!—but those cookies were really good.”
The crooner’s performance back at the Met’s Temple of Dendur had everyone on their feet. “People were grooving out pretty hard,” said Jonathan Tisch, who added that his personal highlight was “saying hi to Tom Brady, and that’s a lot coming from me.” (Tisch, for the fashion types reading this, is a co-owner of the New York Giants.) There was no sign of Brady at Crown, but there were other sports stars in the mix, including Alex Rodriguez and basketball player Tyson Chandler—both of whom gave the model set a run for its money in the height department. “Wow, I bet she could make a few slam dunks,” said a cocktail waiter when Chanel Iman strolled in.
By 1 a.m., the party was winding down, with some in the crowd moving on to the Prada-sponsored bashes at the Fletcher-Sinclair mansion and at the Top of the Standard. “I am going to the Prada after-party at Boom Boom after I change,” said Kurkova, whose sparkling Rachel Zoe column gown and matching headpiece was one of the more opulent looks of the night. “I’m wearing all black. The turban is coming off, hair is coming down, everything is coming off.”
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