The Lauder family's Hot Pink Party raised millions for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and host Elizabeth Hurley honored a long-held promise to the organization's late founder, Evelyn Lauder.
Donna Karan, Leonard Lauder, and Elizabeth Hurley at the 2014 Hot Pink Party. (photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
Tuesday's can-can-themed Hot Pink Party benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) at The Waldorf Astoria was a kick. Bryan Rafanelli, who designed Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, added touches of blush and big bunches of rouge flowers arranged by Winston Flowers.
The dress code was simply black-tie and pink. Sir Elton John sported a hot pink shirt. Piano man Paul Shaffer wore a pink bow-tie. And host Elizabeth Hurley appeared ethereal in form-hugging pink Versace. She said that the BCRF tries to make the fete “frivolous and fun to counteract . . . a serious and deadly disease.” Hurley also noted that she had promised the late Evelyn Lauder—creator of the pink ribbon campaign and founder of the BCRF—that she would get a mammogram every year.
“Today is the day,” said Hurley. “I scampered there at 9:30 a.m. this morning," she said of her appointment at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center. “I was scared, and I could see that every other woman in the room was also scared.”
Josh Groban and Hailee Steinfeld sitting down to the evening's dinner. (photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Also spotted at the fête: Josh Groban, Aerin Lauder, Tory Burch, Victor Cruz, and Hailee Steinfeld. And Jamie Niven, the charming chairman of Sotheby’s, auctioned off a vacation at Leonard Lauder’s house in Aspen, with two parking spaces on the slopes. The lot snapped up $75,000.
It was tough not to get choked up when several women at my table, some diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, spontaneously danced up to the stage. “My dancers!” Sara Bareilles, the evening's musical performer, offered while clasping their hands.
Sara Bareilles and Sir Elton John entertained the crowd. (photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Bareilles wowed even Sir Elton with her dissonant version of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." At the end of the night he told her, “Most people try to copy you when they sing one of your songs, but you made it your own!” The two did a powerful duet of one Bareilles songs, “Gravity.”
At the end of the elegant evening, $5.4 million raised was raised for the cause. Fête accompli.