Nary a square foot inside The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom went to waste at the Giorgio Armani-sponsored Winter Ball for the Museum of the City of New York last night, with the waitstaff dexterously stepping over gown trains and lifting dinner plates between the tightly packed tables.
“I feel like I’m flying coach,” whispered one guest rubbing elbows with his seatmate.
“Look at this room,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, museum director. “It’s absolutely filled to capacity.”
Liam Neeson, Tamara Mellon, Jamie Tisch, Allison Rockefeller, Mark Badgley, James Mischka, Nicole Miller, Olivia Chantecaille, Lauren Remington Platt, Gilles Mendel, Douglas Hannant, Debbie Bancroft, Jennifer Creel, Jill Roosevelt, Rachel Hovnanian and Amanda Hearst packed the well-heeled house for the annual event, and it paid off, literally — the ball was a record-breaker, raising a total of $540,000.
Neeson talked about his hit movie “The Grey,” and the rigors of filming in the wilds of Canada, where he spent six frigid weeks shooting and staying in a motel in Smithers. “It was pretty brutal,” Neeson said.
“This event always brings out a great, diverse group — a young, to medium, to a little older medium group,” said Dennis Basso. “And all the girls are dressed beautifully.”
“I feel honored to be surrounded by so many babes up here,” said ball chairman Mark Gilbertson. “And... my old friend Andrew Roosevelt.”
“Eat your dinner and then there’s dancing, and please don’t leave early,” he pleaded. “It’s been too much effort.”
Zani Gugelmann, clad in a slinky silver Giorgio Armani gown, expressed her long love for the design house. “I’ve grown up with them. I love these people.” And as for her jewelry line? “I’m working on projects where I want to bring together artisans with luxury designers.”
Though most trickled off after dinner, the more tenacious guests danced well past midnight before dashing into the unseasonably warm night.