Tuesday, June 17th

Art begs for mercy from fashion as the Whitney Museum Art Party is now indistinguishable from backstage at a Proenza Schouler show! Co-chairs include OC actress Rachel Bilson, Vogue’s Meredith Melling Burke, Bergdorf buyer Roopal Patel and designer Max Azria, while pulchritudinous attendees showing their support for free designer dresses, oops, the advancement of art, include Elizabeth Banks, Camilla Belle, Ginnifer Goodwin, Diane Kruger, Amanda Peet (still gamey!), Uma Thurman and Claire Danes, along with a crop-dusting of socialites such as Fabiola Beracasa, Byrdie Bell, Olivia Chantecaille, Tinsley Mortimerand—to put the cream in this puff—most of the cast of Gossip Girl. (Bring all your crazy pills to this one, folks.) The evening will feature a silent auction (shhh!) of work by art stars such as Matthew Brannon, Cecily Brown and Hunt Slonem, including a piece inspired by “the iconic Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress.”

[Whitney Art Party, Skylight, 275 Hudson Street, 9 p.m., www.whitney.org/artparty]

mbryan@observer.com

  Tuesday, June 17th