Gala-goers trot out the evening finery at NYFC's Spring Dinner Dance
Spring was in the air at last night's New Yorkers for Children gala at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, and it wasn't just because of the 80 degree weather. Sponsored by Valentino, the annual event was filled with blooming cherry blossoms and mirrored candles, which, courtesy of David Stark, were inspired by the fashion house's Spring collection. And, we have to say, watching the likes of Hilary Rhoda, Lindsey Wixson, Emmy Rossum, Chelsea Leyland, and Harley Viera-Newton—many of whom were clad in Valentino's beaded, blush-pink gowns—weave in and out of the flowering forest made for quite a scene.
This year marks the gala's tenth anniversary, and since its inauguration, the evening's theme has been "A Fool's Fete." "The most foolish thing that I do over and over again is buy myself more and more clothes," laughed Laure Heriard Dubreuil. "Mine's probably that I thought I'd be a great manager and that I could own my own company," joked Eddie Borgo, who noted that he's "more of a downtown kid" and not "a super gala guy." Meanwhile, Crystal Renn, who divulged that she's trying her hand at acting, said her silliest misstep was rolling her eyes during a photo shoot. "I was doing all this serious modeling, and the photographer said something, so I just gave him this look and, of course, that ended up being the ad."
What's most certainly not foolish is the event's purpose—supporting youth in foster care. And Christie's auctioneer Lydia Fenet did a stand-up job of coaxing people to donate. As guests settled into dinner, she took the podium and promised showers of compliments in return for a pledge. One woman raised her hand to help right off the bat. "Is that Fabiola Beracasa?" asked Fenet. "It is! Looking sexy as always."