Lorde Performs at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Lorde performed a pre-concert acoustic set on Saturday at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Pre-Gala Gala for the retrospective of her work going on at the Guggenheim Museum through Sept. 4.

The 24-year-old singer arrived wearing a white blouse, black skirt and a warmly glammed up floral headpiece. Her performance was set to break up a silent auction of limited edition stationery, accessories and furniture that began an hour beforehand. As part of the auction, attendees were given a chance to hear a string quartet play a song written for Lorde before she was set to go on.

Latecomers were greeted with another, slightly less reverential, stop as they arrived to the museum. The musical performance was part of a backstage party honoring Matthew Bellamy from Muse. In the past, he was involved in Occupy Wall Street and on late-night talk shows like The Tonight Show.

Also at the gala were athletes like Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones and pal Condoleezza Rice, actress Jemima Kirke and her stylist Alli Webb, Vogue artistic director Grace Coddington, David Yurman jewelry designer Sandra Choi and singer Vanessa Carlton.

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