Jazz Age Lawn Party: Summer 2014

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party, held two weekends a year on NYC’s Governor’s Island, is my hands down favorite “Summer in New York” event to attend. This year, for the first time, I went in both June and August.

I still had a blast, but my first visit in June was very hot, and the event seemed weirdly overcrowded (a first in the many years I’ve been attending). Yesterday’s event was much more laid back, and the weather was pleasant– making it even easier to run around and capture so many amazingly dressed guests in all of their finery. With a few breaks to sip champagne and picnic with friends of course.

Needless to say, if you ever have the chance to attend— GO. This is one of those words cannot do it justice type of gatherings. So I’ll just let the images do all the talking from here.

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Jazz Age Lawn Party 2012

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One of my favorite bi-annual NYC events happened last weekend— The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island!

I harass my friends about going every year. They always debate whether or not it’s really as awesome as I make it sound…and then they see my photos, and regret not going! Never fear though: if you missed it, it happens again in August.

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For this year’s June weekend of festivities, I attended the party on Saturday. A first, and honestly, not something I’m sure I’d do again. The past two years, I’ve gone on Sunday, which always seems to be more lively, and full of more dressed up, dedicated party-goers.

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Either way, it was still fun, drinking in the sun, taking photos, and making some new friends. I don’t, however, recommend attending after you’ve had a late night out with friends. I was a bit late heading out, and only caught the last 2 hours of the event. (I won’t make that mistake again!)

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Photographed by Zak Knudsen.

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Me, looking a little kooky.

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Menswear! So cute.

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I saw this adorable little girl everywhere that day.

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A familiar face from last year.

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Too much fun in the sun?

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More menswear!

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Zak and the tower o’ beer!

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These two win best dressed couple of the day!

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New friends I made on the ferry ride over!

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Creeeeepy.

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Watermelon love.

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party official website.

See the full photo set here.

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The 2011 Jazz Age Lawn Party

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party, held bi-annually on Governor’s Island, is my hands down favorite NYC event of the summer. I first fell in love with the party last August.

There’s nothing like spending the day on Governor’s Island, enjoying old time-y dancing, picnic lunches, tasty drinks, and amazing jazz age inspired fashion. The street style at the Jazz Age party cannot be beat! Sadly, I’ll be missing the August event this year. But I did manage to make it over to the party this past Sunday. With the help of the new East River Ferry, my journey was cut in half! I’d definitely recommend using that as your mode of transport if you’re based in Brooklyn, like I am.

This summer, the event was bigger than ever! I made so many wonderful new friends. If I took your picture, say hi! The photos really speak for themselves, so I’ll cut this short, and get on to the good stuff. 😉

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As soon as we encountered the line to get in, we already ran into some amazing fashion.

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Beautiful homemade headdress.

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I frequently see both of these ladies at events around NYC. They always look amazing! Definitely my favorite photo of the day.

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Parasol pretty.

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The Jazz Age Lawn Party

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Yesterday I met up with some friends at Governor’s Island’s 5th Bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Hands down one of the coolest events I’ve been to in the nearly four years I’ve lived in NYC! Everyone there was dressed to the nines, in gorgeous period appropriate clothing. The band, Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, was great, and there were refreshments and activities like tug of war and dancing to keep guests of all ages entertained.

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The event was so amazing, it made me regret not going sooner! I first heard about the party a year or so ago. It’s always a big hit with The Sartorialist, so I can’t believe it took me so long to see it for myself. Everyone looked so good, I had a tiny bout of stage fright asking people to take their photo. But not surprisingly, I averaged about a hundred photos an hour once I started talking to people.

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One of my favorite looks of the day.

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Some photographers broke out the big guns.

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My friend Kim.

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Relaxing in the shade after a delicious drink.

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Bill Cunningham was there too!

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I spotted Bill quite a few times throughout the afternoon. Here he is interacting with a woman setting up a croquet game.

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The band.

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Bathing Beauties.

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The crowd! Or really about 1/3 of it.

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I really want a parasol now!

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Some menswear looks were represented as well!

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Also: men in menswear! Hahah.

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Dancing!

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I had to hunt her down to get this photo!

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So cute!

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My advice: If you go next year, bring a picnic basket and a blanket. I ran out the door so fast Sunday morning, I didn’t have anything with me but a bottle of water. That ended up costing me quite a bit of money once I was on the island.

See the full photo set here.


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