Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Night Fit for a Queen

Fabiola Beracasa, Tinsley Mortimer

Fabiola Beracasa, Tinsley Mortimer

If clinking glasses in a setting of leopard print Louis XV furniture, pastel-colored macaroons and a set of landed gentry with ringlet wigs to match the macaroons sounds a bit too hedonistically “Marie Antoinette” for you, then perhaps you wouldn’t have enjoyed the decadence of last week’s grand soiree held at the Museum of the City of New York.
However a small selection of New York society types gleefully indulged themselves at the flamboyant, 18th century-esque dinner prepared by Daniel Boulud.

Amidst the champagne crowd were many ASW members including Susan Shin, Fabiola Beracasa, Olivia Palermo, Arden Wohl, Kipton Cronkite, Euan Rellie, Zani Gugelmann, Patty Raynes, Lily Rafii, Byrdie Bell, Tracy Stern, Brook Hazelton, Lisa Anastos and Alexandra Lind Rose.

Kipton Cronkite, Olivia Palermo Arden Wohl Byrdie Bell

Kipton Cronkite, Olivia Palermo

Arden Wohl

Byrdie Bell

Carlos Mota, Zani Gugelmann

Carlos Mota, Zani Gugelmann

While the dress code for the evening was characterized as “hot couture,” many guest took it upon themselves to go “white hot,” celebrating the beginning of spring by cladding themselves in nearly white gowns and cocktail dresses. Amongst the ladies in white were Tinsley Mortimer, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Mrs. Rose, Ms. Bell, Ms. Palermo and Ms. Gugelmann, who opted for a floor-grazing J. Mendel gown.

Other guests chose to classify the dress code in other ways, Ms. Wohl, for example, became a vibrant flapper in vintage Lacroix, her trademark headpiece comprised of a band of velvet. Ms. Beracasa, who chose a trailing, stained-glass print gown with ostrich feathers at the neck, also looked part flapper thanks to the black-feathered hairpiece she had adorning her hair.

However bespoke the look, guests enjoyed the grandeur of the atmosphere.

- Erin Skrypek

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