Step Right Up: 18 Circus-Chic Snaps From Coach's High Line Carnival

It's just the time of year to hit a summer carnival — but not all of us have the time (or the inclination) to head out to the sticks and nosh on cotton candy while testing our skills at ring toss. This week, though, Coach brought the circus to us with a vintage, seasonal summer soirée atop our beloved High Line that was just a tad more sophisticated and stylish than what you might find on your typical fairground. Celebs on hand — including Dianna Agron, Anna Kendrick, Mamie Gummer, and Jessica Stam — mixed with fashion folk between attempting feats of acrobatic (or clownish) skill and sipping weather-appropriate cocktails. While we loved taking in the how-to-deal-with-this-heat fashions on display (and the copious Coach Legacy accessories in particular), we have to admit, we dug dancing amid the strings of lights atop our favorite West Side landmark that much more. So, how cool was it that the proceeds from the eve all went to maintaining and operating the above-ground park? Step right up, indeed.
Click ahead for a slideshow of our favorite people and fashions that don't include bright red noses. Photo: Courtesy Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com
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Model Jessica Stam had one of the most dramatic looks of the night. What do you think of her new 'do?

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Actors and newlyweds Mamie Gummer and Benjamin Walker looking blissful.

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Between serving drinks, the mustachioed "3 Stooges"-type bartenders ham it up.

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Robert Hammond and Josh David, co-founders of Friends of the High Line, playing natty hosts to the festivities.

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SNLers Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Monoyihan, and Abbey Elliot having a little hiatus fun.

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Glee's Dianna Agron was summer-style perfection.

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Kate Mara looking seasonal and sophisticated — note those pants.

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Vênsette's Lauren Remington Platt's hair was perfect, of course.

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Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapetra of, well, Costello Tagliapetra rockin' their trademark flannel-and-suspenders combo.

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Oh, hey, Stammy. It's you again.

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We love it when the kids show up to fashion events, particularly when they're as adorbs as this.

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Natalie Joos was a little ray of sunshine in this cute number.

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Score! You win a prize!

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Check the shades on Agron.

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Editor Anne Slowey's little munchkin might have had the best dress of the event.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal trying to go incognito... failing.

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Anna Kendrick was very crisp, very cool.

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Jen Brill was a bit of a carnival herself.

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