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Bergdorf Goodman Celebrates a Special Anniversary With a Raucous Plaza Bash

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Two uptown institutions came together last night at Bergdorf Goodman's 111th anniversary bash at the Plaza—and Bergdorf's won. The crush of fancied-up revelers gave the storied hotel's second-floor party space as much as it could handle. "I have never seen so many people in my life," Carolina Herrera declared as she made her way toward the main ballroom.

She turned around before she got there, but some, including Roberto Cavalli and Pucci's Peter Dundas, weren't so easily dissuaded. They made their way to the main ballroom, where a standing polar bear, hot air balloon chandelier, and other archival Bergdorf's props made it seem as though they'd walked into one of the store's famous windows. Cotton clouds hovered just below the ceiling, and event designer Bronson van Wyck explained that he'd kitted out the place with "every kind of purple flower that grows on the planet right now in the northern and southern hemispheres."

Bergdorf's, which last opted to celebrate a birthday in 1951, clearly wanted to make this one count. "I've been to some insane weddings, bar mitzvahs, and sweet sixteens over the years at the Plaza, but never this glamorous," Michael Kors reported. That said, it wouldn't have been much fun without a few tears in the fabric. Rita Ora's train was one of several getting trampled, and Lisa Marie Fernandez and Marco Brambilla got busted at one point for smoking. "I just broke someone's glass, then walked away like I didn't do it," Coco Rocha confessed. She'd stepped out of traffic to hit the photo station with Zac Posen and was awaiting the results on e-mail. This being Bergdorf's, there were also Polaroids—a flash of old-school.

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