The Good Fight

Battling cancer with dollars and dancing


Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe   
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Talk about uptown institutions: Carolina Herrera partnered with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for the hospital's annual fall party last night. The very swish proceedings went down at the Four Seasons Restaurant, where the designer added some extra decorative touches (striped seat cushions, bouquets of red roses) to the place's storied Pool Room. Herrera outfitted more than a few guests, too, including the swan-necked likes of Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and Indre Rockefeller.

The evening's swirl of "young beauties," as Herrera called them, also included her daughter, Patricia Lansing, who glided up the stairs in a backless, sable-collared dress. "Business in the front, party in the back," Lansing joked.

The evening's fund-raising focused on the center's pediatrics department—specifically, the battle it is waging against sarcoma. When the floor opened up for $25,000 donations, five hands shot up in a matter of about thirty seconds.

Designer Misha Nonoo was mixing it up for the third evening in a row—she'd been up for a CFDA award on Monday, then out with her visiting mother on Tuesday. "We had lots of wine," she said. And yet Nonoo has been taking 8 a.m. meetings with Theory's head of manufacturing, who's been lending her label a helping hand. Her trick? "I wake up and have a cup of tea immediately—English breakfast," she explained.

Holiday plans were a conversation topic. Herrera will be vacationing in the Dominican Republic, where she's neighbors with Oscar de la Renta. He's been known to play a mean game of dominoes, but Herrera described herself as more of a sunning-and-swimming type. "I don't like dominoes," she said.

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