“I got really into the Edwardian theme of the first ball we threw here,” recalled honorary chair Lauren duPont, who chose a white embellished J. Mendel fur as her nod to the evening’s dress code. “But then I remember the Tartan Ball was harder to pull off.”
Her date for the evening, Renée Rockefeller, went for a more modern take in a beaded Andrew Gn dress and loads of costume gold bangles her daughter picked out for her. Behnaz Sarafpour turned up with the muse for her fall collection, Deena Abdulaziz. “Isn’t it obvious why she inspired me?” asked the designer of her stunning companion, who was actually dressed in vintage Lanvin.
The crowd mingling throughout the Frick’s grotto included Ivanka Trump, Marina Rust Connor, Zani Gugelmann, Helen and Tim Schifter, Ines Rivero and Jamie Tisch.
As the night wore on, Lauren Bush took to the dance floor with David Lauren, while Tinsley Mortimer served as Lauren Davis’ twirling partner.
Designer Gilles Mendel, who co-sponsored the ball along with David Yurman, beamed as he eyed the bevy of PYTs dressed as either ethereal goddesses or slinky sirens. “This is like a fantasy,” he enthused. “To see my dresses on all these real women with real bodies is a dream.”