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Frick Summer Garden Party Draws Fascinating Fashions

By Patrick Michael Hughes | July 12, 2012 8:51am

MANHATTAN — Fascinating headwear and colorful summer frocks were all the rage at the Fourth Annual Frick Collection Summer Garden Party at the Henry Clay Frick House Wednesday night on the Upper East Side.

The annual garden party event has swiftly become one of the summer’s most coveted invitations and attracts attendees from Harlem to Brooklyn Heights.

Guests at the sold-out event skewed much younger than would be expected at a museum devoted to major works of European art, according to the museum's Heidi Rosenau.

"The summer soiree invites guests to stroll through the sumptuous mansion  galleries and garden to enjoy and engage with significant works of art and the neo-Greek architecture of the from the Gilded Age," she said.

Many of the summer’s fashion trends were spotted — from cool colors to brilliant whites. The most significant statements were in color, pattern, silhouettes and accessories. Hats, fascinators and hair accoutrements were spotted throughout the crowd in nude hues as seen on Miss Annika Connor, and striking rose tones seen on Miss Lydia Harrison, each borrowing  from the the fashion playbook of none other than Kate Middleton (a.k.a The Duchess of Cambridge).

The dresses featured mostly floral and artistic prints, ranging from aqua hues to vivid fuchsia and coral. Summer-suited looks were also represented in well-tailored ivory knits with floral appliqué, as seen on the sophisticated Emily Frick.

Street Chic spotted sartorial statements in seersucker, subtle summer shades and bespoke elegance, on such gentlemen as Cator Sparks and Forbes R. Marsh. Buoyant Palm Beach style was evident in the look of Eamon Wood, wearing a Lilly Pulitzer print.

Street Chic also took notice of the vast number men in classic Gucci horse-bit loafers worn with socks and suits.