“I’m doing well tonight with my garb,” joked Dorothy Kosinski, director of the Phillips Collection, at the museum’s annual gala Friday night. Fashion and handbag designer Reed Krakoff, one of the gala’s honorees, outfitted not only Kosinski, but also gala chair Mariella Trager and Phillips trustee Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan. Of the trip to Manhattan for her personal fitting, Kosinki noted, “It’s not my ordinary day.” It wasn’t your ordinary night either.
Washington luminaries such as Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and philanthropists Mark and Sally Ein dined at elegantly arranged tables that were as expressionist as the American masterworks hanging around them. A rarity in a rarefied world. “We own all the art,” said museum chairman George Vradenburg by way of explanation. Guests were next headed across Massachusetts Avenue to the Anderson House — a throwback to the gilded age — for a 70s-themed after-party complete with butterfly collars, sequined dresses and one Afro wig.
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