The Winter Wonderland Ball’s Greenhouse Effect
Perhaps it was the late-arriving chill or the lush setting, but some at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Winter Wonderland Ball were already plotting their escape from the city. Yigal Azrouël was looking forward to his Costa Rica surfing trip in a week and a half, while Brian Reyes was longing for London, which he visited recently for his line’s debuts at Harvey Nichols and Matches. Reyes will settle for that other famously rainy city, Seattle, come Christmas. For the moment there was plenty of New York to look at. The black-tie event, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue, brought out old-school glamour—as in plissé bodices, estate jewelry, metallic lamé, tuxedos, and plenty of décolleté. “We have to make sure we sit up straight,” Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock laughed. “We don’t want any wardrobe malfunctions!” Formalwear didn’t impede this set for long. Post-dessert, a raucous crowd led by Christian Cota and Moises de la Renta took to the dance floor. What with the verdant hothouse surrounds, it was just the kind of warming everyone could support.
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