Gala Go To's
Honoring America's ballet company and New York City's leading Latino cultural institution, partygoers dressed up to watch dancing and award presentations.
ROMANCE EN POINTE
There was love on stage and in the audience at American Ballet Theater's annual spring gala. Sets of dancers flirted through pas de deux stagings from "Don Quixote," "Manon" and "Onegin." "Swan Lake" ballerina Irina Dvorovenko floated like a feather in the arms of her actual husband Maxim Beloserkovsky, and Romeo and Juliet shared such a passionate kiss that some theatergoers asked whether they are an actual couple too. In curtain calls the dancers kissed not only their partners but also the roses they bestowed on each other. The audience loved it all, roaring appreciation at each new scene.
Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Roger Barnett, Blaine Trump dressed up for the ABT Gala
All dressed up for the occasion in Valentino were Blaine Trump in creamy orange charmeuse, in red lace, Caroline Kennedy (who introduced her handsome son Jack). Seated two chairs away from designer Prabal (rhymes with "trouble") Gurang, figure skating champion Johnny Wier had assembled a knee length white shirt and bustle-back jacket into an outfit he described as "ostrich."
Early departers, collecting goody bag cupcakes, watched the young company members cutting up the two dance floors -- indicating their affection for all kinds of dance.
pictured above left: Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky in Swan Lake
EL BARIO OLE
Gathered to honor designer Narcsco Rodriguez, trustee Yaz Hernanez and Bicardi rum, senorita fashionistas in flouncy gowns maneuvered through the crowd at Cipriani 42nd Street for the annual gala held for El Museo del Bario in Harlem. Among those sipping signature "Quintessential" rum cocktails and trodding the black "red" carpet were Cindy Sherman, Nina Garcia, Agnes Gund and Jackie Weld with a matching ruffled scarf of her navy de la Renta gown wrapped around her neck.
Julianna Margulies wore a grey Rodriguez bias-cut gown lauded the designer's artistic achievement explaining that the dresses he sends her always turn out to fit perfectly. Hernandez accepted her award from Carolina Herrera. Hernandez, radiant in a Herrera column slashed with a black and red belt; Carolina's own long dress trimmed in fluttery black organdy. Also wearing Herrera, Eleanor Kennedy had pulled out a vintage gown of draped raspberry satin, which she confessed she'd had to "let out a bit."
Making the Bicardi presentation, Isabel Toledo wore a gold and black cut-out calf-length gown of her own selection, "I never choose for her," husband Reuben explained, "she’s a better chooser."
pictured above left: Designer Carolina Herrera and artist Tony Bechara with El Bario honoree Yaz Hernandez