Seth Meyers Alexi Ashe

Cubism was the dress code theme of last night’s Apollo Circle Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, taking cues from the Picassos and Braques on display nearby for “Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection.” It served as inspiration, rather than a strict edict: “Maiyet is really good at using shapes in that way and I’m wearing Maiyet jewelry,” said Alexi Ashe, referring to the evening’s sponsors. Her husband, Seth Meyers, admired her earlobes. “Good work, babe, there’s some nice cubism in there,” he said, adding, “We haven’t been [to the exhibit] yet, but we got the Cubism book, and we’re very excited about it. As a coffee table book, it will really intimidate our guests.”

Yesterday’s guests, including Leandra Medine, Audrey Gelman, Lily Kwong, and Katherine Keating, didn’t seem of the intimidatable variety, though Maiyet cofounders Paul van Zyl and Kristy Caylor—now in their second year of partnering with the Met—may have been slightly overwhelmed. “I remember standing here a year ago and thinking, gosh there are so many people and they all look so beautiful,” said Caylor, giving a toast from the Vélez Blanco Patio prior to the party. “And this year, I’m standing here thinking, gosh, there are so many people here and they all look so beautiful!”

Attendees migrated from cocktails to the Temple of Dendur, which was swathed in purple light projections of graphic shapes—a continuation of the evening’s theme. “Cubism is about deconstructing things and reconstructing them in unexpected ways,” said van Zyl. “And we really think of ourselves as a brand that does that. We put silks from India with batik from Indonesia with hand knits from Peru, but try to do it in a refined way. Just like the Cubists did.”

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