"We thought it'd be a good idea to do an all-guys table since New Yorkers for Children is a mostly female event. The plan was just to lure sexy women over, but I'm not quite sure how it's going, to be honest," Euan Rellie told Style.com at the foundation's ninth annual spring benefit last night. "This was a terrible idea—look at us, we're all still sitting here," joked one of his tablemates. "We're going to need a few more glasses of wine before we go talk to any of the gorgeous women."
There were beauties aplenty in the ballroom on the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, from the models Coco Rocha, Doutzen Kroes, and an almost unrecognizable platinum blonde Crystal Renn to the event chairs, many of whom were wearing gowns by the gala's presenting sponsor, designer CD Greene. Alina Cho, whose Greene number was hands down the biggest princess dress of them all, admitted, "Getting dressed was a challenge.” But, she added, “not as tough as walking and getting in the car, let me tell you," and leaned down to adjust her layers of tulle for Bill Cunningham.
Beyond the gawking and the posing, the real purpose of the evening was to raise money for New York children in foster care. So as dinner got under way, Christie's auctioneer Lydia Fenet took to the mike to boost donations. "I promise this is not an auction, guys," she said. "If you're not feeling drunk enough yet, just tell them to come back to your table when you are." By night's end, a lot of wine was consumed. The event raised over $580,000 for the charity.