The Best Celebrity Parties and Galas of Spring 2024

The hibernating days of winter are behind us. The temperature is rising, and it’s time to hit the town—convenient timing, as gala season is officially upon us. The calendar is filling up with parties and events. And whether honoring art, fashion, or philanthropy, they’re all a good excuse to don your best party dress and raise money for some important causes. Per usual, New York City is at the center of it all, with events honoring the New York Academy of Art, the American Ballet Theatre, and more. But Los Angeles is holding its own as well, starting off the season with the MOCA Gala and after party. In addition, there’s the Martha Graham Dance Company Gala, promising a performance by FKA Twigs, and the Gordon Parks Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner & Auction, which is set to honor civil rights activist and former first female chairperson of the NAACP Myrlie Evers-Williams.

As anyone can see, it’s gearing up to be another exciting party season, and you won’t want to miss one dress, honoree, or private performance from any of these events. Make sure to keep track of all the celeb-filled goings-on throughout spring, here.

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On June 13th, Pomellato hosted a gala at the historic Museo della Permanente in Milan to celebrate their latest high jewelry collection, “The Dualism of Milan.” The immersive dinner experience featured an interpretive dance performance by the Katakló dance theater company, a Milanese dinner with a twist by Michelin chefs Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani, and a table scape with three iconic Milanese design pieces: the Eclisse Lamp by Artemide, the Kartell Masters Chair, and Ginori 1735 Gio Ponti Labirin dinnerware. The dinner was followed by a runway show, where models walked beside the dining tables to give guests a close-up view of the spectacular jewels. The star-studded guest list, perhaps just as dazzling as the jewels, included Carla Bruni, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Lucy Hale, and Jodie Turner-Smith, all of whom arrived adorned in special pieces from the collection.

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Bruni and Pomellato CEO Sabina Belli stopped for a photo together.

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Boris Barboni and Lucy Hale posed on the black carpet together.

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On June 4, Michael Kors toasted a brand-new store on Rodeo Drive by celebrating in an entirely different Los Angeles neighborhood. The designer threw a party at the legendary Fairfax Avenue deli, Canter’s, turning it into a star-studded dinner to fete his latest Beverly Hills shop. Olivia Wilde, Marisa Tomei, Kerry Washington (shown here with Kors), Gabrielle Union-Wade, Mindy Kaling, and many more celebs donned their MK finest to celebrate.

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Quinta Brunson stopped for a photo with Wade-Union, who brought her husband, Dwyane Wade, along for dinner.

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Alexandra Shipp, Kaitlyn Dever, and Zoey Deutch (pictured here, from left), were also in attendance.

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During the dinner—for which Spago, one of Wolfgang Puck’s bistros, curated the menu—Kors lifted his glass to the partygoers.

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On May 2, the stars converged on Tiffany & Co.’s Fifth Avenue flagship to celebrate the launch of Pharrell Williams’s new Titan jewelry collection. While Ayo Edebiri, Rosalía and Anitta channeled Holly Golightly in classic black, Blackpink’s Rosé and Blake Lively stepped out in evening pastels. Meanwhile, Williams donned a fringed leather jacket from his fall 2024 men’s collection.

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Blake Lively accessorized her mermaidcore gown with not one but two iconic Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany bird on a rock brooches while Rosé was among the first stars to wear pieces from Williams’s debut Titan collection—a matching 18K gold link necklace with drop earrings.

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A$AP Rocky arrived in a classic pinstripe suit with major hardware and statement shades.

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To celebrate his new capsule collection and corresponding pop-up at Nordstrom, Erdem Moralioglu, along with Nordstrom’s Rickie De Sole hosted an intimate dinner at West Village Italian hotspot Don Angie on May 2. Before guests tucked into the eatery’s Instagram-famous lasagna, Moralioglu thanked his close friends and collaborators—among them Glenn Close, Tommy Dorfman, Lynn Yaeger, and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson—for their years of support.

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Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and Tommy Dorfman caught up at the ERDEM x Nordstrom dinner where the vibes were warm and relaxed, a welcome mood just days before the chaos of Met Gala Monday.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art held its annual gala on April 13th, inviting names from the worlds of art, fashion, and entertainment to celebrate the museum’s current installations and exhibitions—and raise money for the year to come. Ava DuVernay, Kim Gordon, and Keanu Reeves were in attendance, as was the latter’s girlfriend, artist Alexandra Grant.

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Guests at the gala (including Ava DuVernay, pictured here) enjoyed the immersive elements and installations of Max Hooper Schneider, a Los Angeles-based artist who transformed the event space for the evening with a work titled World Without End. Also on display were the museum’s two special exhibitions by Paul Pfeiffer and Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, currently on view at at The Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo, where the party took place.

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In addition to the artwork, St. Vincent provided a special performance for the attendees, followed by DJ sets from Kitty Ca$h and Kilo Kish at the after party. In total, the evening raised $3 million for all MOCA operations.

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The French took over Chateau Marmont on April 10 in celebration of Isabel Marant’s 30th anniversary—and her return to Los Angeles after a decade. Kate Bosworth and her husband, Justin Long, joined in on the festivities, along with Laura Harrier, Aminé, Ashley Graham, Gabbriette, and more stars. Guests enjoyed an intimate dinner at a candlelit table along with a special performance by the indie group The Marías.

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A newly blonde Gabbriette took on the evening in a completely sheer, knit dress.

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Rapper Aminé, meanwhile, went for a more casual look in a dual-pattern flannel and jeans.

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Los Angeles officially entered the spring event circuit when, on April 4, Thom Browne joined forces with Saks fashion director Roopal Patel to host a dinner at Beverly Hills restaurant Mr. Chow. The evening was held in celebration of Thom Browne’s new capsule collection available exclusively at Saks, which mixes Browne’s usual East Coast ethos with California flair in an array of women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, and handbags.

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Janelle Monáe, Diane Keaton, and more guests enjoyed some signature Mr. Chow dishes, including lobster shumai, Beijing chicken, and Ma Mignon in their head-to-toe Thom Browne looks. Keaton embraced her usual androgynous aesthetic in a full plaid suit, with an oversize belt cinching her waist. Friend of the house Monáe, meanwhile, was as cool as ever with a long black coat draped over the shoulders of her blazer.

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Also in attendance were Danai Gurira, Aurora James, and Andrea Riseborough, who seemed to pluck some influence from the country trend taking over fashion at the moment. The actress paired her white tweed skirt suit with a Hector bag and a bolo tie, looking like she was ready to bust out dancing to Cowboy Carter at any moment.

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Meanwhile, in New York, MoMA held its Black Arts Council Benefit at the museum. This year, the event honored scholar and civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill as well as artist Glenn Ligon. Proceeds for the event benefited the Council and their efforts in acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational programming focused on engaging a more diverse audience for the museum. Here, Gayle King poses for a photo on the step and repeat.

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Attendees at the event included Ming Smith, Agnes Gund, and Deanna Lawson, who enjoyed cocktails in the museum’s garden lobby and atrium followed by a catered dinner. The evening was completed with a performance by Cautious Clay, backed by the Community band.

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Artists abounded at the TriBeCa Ball on April 1 in New York City—but the painter and sculptor Neil Jenney was the one in the spotlight. The New York Academy of Art honored the contemporary artist for his work and impact on a new generation of artists, bringing in a guest list that included Helena Christensen (shown here), Brooke Shields and her daughter, Grier Henchy. (The young artists inspired by Jenney’s career had an opportunity to mount their works, which were on display throughout the event space.) The Academy transformed into part-studio, part-party for the festive evening, with stilt walkers, contortionists, and musical performances taking place throughout the event’s five floors.

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Later in the night—following the VIP preview where Liev Schreiber, artist Will Cotton, and more enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres—the event opened up and more guests were welcomed in for the Studio Party. Over 800 art enthusiasts and supporters gathered to celebrate the Academy. Together, they raised over $570,000 that evening.

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The Guggenheim Museum threw a party the following night that was all about young arts patrons. On April 2, the 2024 Young Collectors Council held a shindig inside the museum to raise money for both the Guggenheim and the Young Collectors Council Art Fund. Guests like RHONY star Erin Lichy, pictured here with influencer Serena Kerrigan, marveled at the iconic interior, which had been transformed by artist and programmer Rachel Rossin. Brooklyn-based Rossin—whose mediums include painting, installation, performance art, and virtual reality—turned the rotunda into a disco dance floor bathed in green light, with many of her pieces mounted throughout the space.

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The evening kicked off with a dinner in the museum’s Wright Restaurant, where attendees celebrated the recipient of the 2024 LG Guggenheim Award, Shu Lea Cheang. Later, artist Chloe Wise, model Emira D’Spain, and more guests enjoyed a DJ set by The Muses as they danced in Rossin’s reimagined rotunda. Attendees also had the opportunity to check out the Guggenheim’s two current exhibitions, “Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility” and “By Way Of: Material and Motion in the Guggenheim Collection.”

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