The age-old battle of statement eyeglasses versus statement jewelry will be waged this evening at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental as Pratt Institute entices art and design-loving donors to open their checkbooks and their autograph books for the school’s annual Legends scholarship benefit. The 2014 honorees, “distinguished individuals whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt,” are PAPER magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter (fresh from breaking the Internet avec longtime PAPER collaborator Jean-Paul Goude), style icon and designer Iris Apfel, and designer and jewelry honcho David Yurman. Doling out the honors will be presenters Padma Lakshmi, fashion designer Duro Olowu, and Paul Greenhalgh, director of the Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, respectively. Among guests expected to party the night away against a sweeping backdrop of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline are Pratt alums such as photographer Sylvia Plachy and Publicolor Ruth Lande Shuman, designer and Tolix chair skeptic Karim Rashid, artist Kehinde Wiley (a 2012 Pratt Legends honoree), and writer/host Kurt Andersen, a Pratt trustee.
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