"I felt like a New York Juliet hailing a cab in this dress," giggled Michelle Trachtenberg of her Monique Lhuillier confection.
Nearby, Mía Maestro admitted she is no stranger to courtship. "I've received some poems," she smiled. "And he's not here tonight, but I do have a Romeo and I'm very happy."
"Pirates of the Caribbean" star Naomie Harris was less sentimental. "I'm so not romantic," laughed the British actress, who is in town shooting a film with Josh Hartnett. "Maybe tonight will change things."
Surely the performance had some effect (as did guest Bill Clinton, who was mobbed by camera-heavy fans), as it received a standing ovation.
Afterward, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Paquin, Lauren Bush, Kerry Washington and Camilla Belle, along with Fé Fendi, Muffie Potter Aston, Anne Bass, Coco Kopelman, Steve Martin, Jamee Gregory and Rob Marshall were ushered into a "Capulet Ball" complete with flowing purple decor and a Verona-inspired menu.