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Road Warriors

On Friday night, a slew of Manhattanites proved just how far they would go for a black-tie gala: 45 minutes by car to the Bronx, for the New York Botanical Garden's Winter Wonderland Ball hosted by Escada.

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WWD Year In Fashion issue 2007/12/11
Saturday afternoon brought a brief respite, with Simon de Pury hosting a luncheon aboard Tom Perkins' $9.8 million yacht. (Like many things at the fair, it is for sale.)

That night, the challenge wasn't the number of parties — it was simply finding the party, which in this case was at Paul Wilmot's Miami Shores home.

"The cab pulled up to a house covered in Christmas lights," said Fabiola Beracasa, "and I said, 'I'm pretty sure this is not it!'" Others at the poolside party included Calvin Klein, Blaine Trump and Emilia Fanjul. But perhaps the most welcome face was that of Waverly Inn chef John DeLucie, who had flown in to cook the buffet dinner of chicken potpie and filet mignon — well, him and the male models jumping in the pool (a Wilmot party trademark).
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