Christian Cota Reminds You to Read Your Invitations Carefully
All indications to the contrary, El Museo del Barrio’s Friday night Día de los Muertos gala—the first at the museum’s newly renovated galleries—wasn’t a costume party. Looks like Christian Cota missed that memo. The designer turned up in full Day of the Dead makeup and skull necklaces that could have passed runway muster for Alexander McQueen. Well, no harm done. Halloween is Cota’s favorite holiday, and he assured us he was still going to dress up. (His costume? “I plan on wearing less clothing than usual.”) Other attendees took the cocktail dress code more literally. The ultra-coiffed trio of Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez, Miss USA Kristen Dalton, and Miss Teen USA Stormi Bree Henley wore pageant-worthy gowns with jeweled accoutrements (including a set of crystal-encrusted horns for Henley). Those no doubt caught the eye of the cameramen present; three different crews were on site, including one filming attendee Tinsley Mortimer’s reality show. “It’s about life in New York,” Mortimer said. Or afterlife in New York, perhaps? No word on whether any muertos rose for their chance at cameo stardom, but a troupe of samba dancers did kick up their heels for a mid-party performance.
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