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Horse Play

Guests entering the “Enchanted Evening” gala were greeted by waiters wearing horses' heads

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NEW YORK — Upon entering the  “Enchanted Evening” gala at the Time Warner Center, a fund-raiser for the School of American Ballet, guests including Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, junior co-chairs Jill Kargman and Chelsea Clinton and staunch ballet supporters Joanne de Guardiola, Anne Bass and Carolyne Roehm were greeted by waiters wearing horse heads. Though the masks seemed straight out of an extremely classy production of “Equus,” they were actually designed specifically for Monday’s event by a Paris-based artisan for Hermès, which sponsored the party.

“At least they aren’t wearing tutus,” laughed Coco Kopelman, who wished that her one-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Sadie, had been there to see the stallions. “She’d be saying ‘Horsey! Horsey!’”

A dinner in the hall where Jazz at Lincoln Center takes place offered a ballroom dance performance by the students of the School of American Ballet, dressed, naturally, by Hermès, as well as a trio of American standards sung by former Roxy Music lead singer Bryan Ferry, who may have skewed a little too old for some in the crowd. Clinton, for instance, wasn’t sure who Ferry was until Kargman reminded her of the karaoke scene in “Lost in Translation,” when Bill Murray’s character sings the Roxy Music hit “More Than This.”

Lest we forget, the evening was for generations to come, something that was not lost on BJ Topol Blum, whose three-year-old daughter just started ballet lessons. “Every day we have a dance recital in our apartment,” she said, beaming.
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