It’s unusual to attend an event in New York that has no photographer present, and for a certain circle it’s even unusual to attend an event where you don’t know the photographer by name. But when one sees living legend Bill Cunningham snapping away—you know you’re at a good party. Last night at the Mandarin Oriental, New Yorkers For Children threw a good party (not to mention raised over half a mil for kids in foster care).
As the room filled to capacity it became clear why Bill Cunningham was here: this night was about the dresses—almost to the point of sensory overload.
Selita Ebanks in her floor-length disco ball? “Oh God it’s mesmerizing, she looks so beautiful!” Not to mention Zac Posen in his chocolate brown double-breasted. And we spied the fashionable party trio that is Harry, Peter Brant Jr. and Michelle Harper.
“Look at those shoes!” we exclaimed.
“Damnit, purple suede. You can’t beat that,” replied a colleague, as we both peered back down at our comparatively average footwear.
Speaking of dandies, everyone’s favorite ex-pat Euan Rellie rolled in with a crew who appeared to be the remnants of an immaculately tailored stag party, a fact further emphasized when they seized an entire dinner table and dug into massive hunks of filet. “You know how these things go, bud,” Mr. Rellie said between mouthfuls. “Sometimes the boys need a night out!”
Each elevator arriving at the 36th floor ballroom brought with it a new wave of flashbulbs and floor-lengths, until one particular attendee broke the pattern: Doutzen Kroes. Purple pantsuit, ponytail, power stance. At some point during her mini photo-shoot with fellow Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton we could have sworn we heard her humming “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.” Sadly, this fact was unverifiable.