The opening night gala was a flurry of supermodels, society princesses, and Lanvin.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss had a sweet date for the American Ballet Theatre spring gala. “My mom is absolutely stunning,” said Kloss. But as the gongs sounded, announcing that the curtain would soon go up, Kloss' mom was nowhere in sight.
Lydia Hearstlater gushed to me about Kloss' mom, “She’s beautiful, around the same height as Karlie, a little shorter. Absolutely stunning.” Coco Rocha, also a hair shorter than Kloss in heels, was sporting a new Louise Brooks-style bob.
“This dress is a bit tricky, mentioned Estelle. “I was trying to step around the lace, trying to not put a heel through it.”
A number of dancers at the dinner in a tent around the corner from the Opera House remained in full costume. “I don’t know how the guys got into their pants,” said Hearst. “Their asses,” mentioned supermodel Anne V, “I’m sorry . . . There was nothing left to the imagination."
Hearst was seated at the same table as Selena Gomez, whohad large white bows up the side of her Lanvin dress. “It was a great table,” Hearst later told Gotham. “Everybody was dancing.”
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos hit the dance floor with not one, but two Lanvin fans, which were part of the tablescape. Dramatic decorations also included blue-and-white-striped table clothes and soaring topiary trees. Also spotted: more than one conga line.
Ballet excerpts from Don Quixote, Cinderella, Giselle, Manon, and Gaite Parisienne were performed, and guests such as Valentino Garavani, Sigourney Weaver (who spoke), and Amar'e Stoudemire dined on vegetable tartlets and Hudson Valley poussin with creamy chanterelle sauce and polenta. Dessert? French macarons, chocolate truffles, and petite nectarine cheesecake.