Team Vera

The Wang gang dresses up for a good cause. Plus: Texas two-stepping at the Whitney's Art Party


Katy Perry and Vera Wang   
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It's a big moment for Vera Wang. She'll pick up the CFDA's lifetime achievement award at the beginning of next month, and last night she was honored at the annual fund-raiser for Delete Blood Cancer. All the attention has been a mixed bag for her. "When I was young and beautiful, nobody wanted to take my picture," she told "But now that I'm old and haggy, everyone takes it. That's all right, though! My whole life is like Benjamin Button, I guess." Say what you want, Vera, but there aren't many 63-year-olds who can still pull off a midriff-baring bandeau gown.

A flock of fashion folk—Olivia Chantecaille, Anja Rubik, and Coco Rocha among them—came out to support the designer. What's more, during dinner Wang was introduced by surprise guest Katy Perry. Before she took the stage, the pop star said that she loves coming to a fund-raiser at Cipriani, for a good steak. "But not too much…or I wouldn't be able to fit into this lovely Vera dress!"

The likes of Olivia Wilde and Lake Bell, meanwhile, graced Moynihan Station for the Whitney's annual Art Party. "Tonight our goal is: dance party," cochair Jessica Gersh explained, as Naughty by Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" boomed in the background.

In that regard, Gersh and her colleagues on the museum's Contemporaries committee succeeded. From the early going, there were fewer stiff legs than you usually find at fancy benefits. Erin Wasson, stationed on a comfy bench, was talking about the Texas two-step. Those dynamics worked for Max Mara heiress and executive Maria Giulia Maramotti, who'd outfitted some thirty invitees for the evening. "The only thing that's not dance-friendly tonight is the shoes," she said. "But you know what? We are women, we're used to heels."

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