Okay so the PBR is over and done (no, not the beer), but cowboys and gals were back in NYC in full force Monday night — and we're not referring to the bull-riding kind. We're talking about the chic creatives who mosied on over to West Street for a hoedown that could only happen in the Big Apple. Specifically an "Urban Hoedown," the theme of the Art Production Fund's annual benefit, honoring Tobias Meyer, Mark Fletcher, and Kiki Smith — proceeds of which help artists produce large-scale work and public installations.
The dress code: Gown & Dirty, of course, which meant a mix of white-lace dresses, prairie prints, and high-end denim, though — gasp — we did spy a couple of ten gallon-hats and even some cowboy boots. (We opted for a GCB look, but a little less Neiman Marcus, and a little more Kate Bosworth at Coachella.) All appropriate, given that instead of the de rigueur Philippe Starck ottomans, strategically placed hay bales let the Artforum and French Vogue set — think APF's Casey Fremont Crowe, Doreen Remen, and Yvonne Force Villareal, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia, Lauren Santo Domingo, Meredith Melling Burke, Bettina Prentice, and Erin Wasson — rest their weary
Add a set by Ryan Bingham that wouldn't feel at all out of place in Country Strong, shots of Glenmorangie, a mechanical bull, and a fiddler on a pickup truck, and we weren't sure if this was Texas on fashion steroids or a rodeo gone totally right.
As for the grub, well, filet mignon was most definitely not on the menu. Holy carbs — Silkstone whipped up a caloric fest that included brisket, baked beans, and cornbread, and, shocker, the glossy-posse (perhaps inspired by the buxom barmaid/shot girls) was actually eating it. Leaving a couple of pounds heavier is not unusual for your average hoedown, but somehow we don't think buckaroos usually exit their watering hole with Marc Jacobs gift bags. Either way, Yeehaw!