Women’s Wear Daily
04.19.2014
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The American Ballet Theater kicked off its spring season with its annual gala; plus: the latest from the blond files.

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Other dancers drawing gasps from the crowd were Angel Corella, Paloma Herrera, Gillian Murphy, Jose Manuel Carreno and Julio Bocca who danced the pas de deux à quatre from “Don Quixote” with Nina Ananiashvili, Ashley Tuttle and Xiomara Reyes. Everyone was positively thrilled with ABT’s new hit “Within You Without You” choreographed by David Parsons and Anne Reinking, Natalie Weir and Stanton Welch with music and lyrics by the late great Beatle George Harrison, whose wife, Olivia, was in the audience leading the deafening applause.

The tent was beautifully decorated by Bill Tansey, who centered electric yellow tablecloths with 3-foot spheres of baby’s breath made to look like fabulous faux dandelions towering over half the tables in green glass vases. The other half were done in low hedges of verbena and bright white roses. Lighting expert Bentley Meeker created a sunset effect with oversized lanterns glowing amber and gold above rows of birch branches lining the interior of the tent. They cast a rosy glow on everything and everyone —or almost everyone.

And this is what they wore: Muffie Potter Aston in a pink sheath with little pink feathers fluttering all over her; Arriana Boardman in a strapless white column with black polkadots by Raymond Ray; Tory Burch in a floral printed Valentino with a trailing scarf; Jamee Gregory in a black and red plaid from Bill Blass; Deborah Norville in a hot white strapless number; Lily Safra in a black Valentino and important jewels; Hilary Geary in a sequined beige and silver Pamela Dennis; Lynda Carter in Bellville Sassoon’s black satin and lace; Nan Kempner in a red Jean Paul Gaultier and Chris Reilly in Giorgio Armani. Everywhere you looked you saw Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Isabella Rossellini, Mariann and Steve Florio, Michael Kors, Cari and Matthew Modine, Joan Rivers, Scott Bessent, Anne Bass, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Judy and Sam Peabody etc., etc., etc. And Kelly Ripkin in Badgley Mischka’s beige and black beaded organza. Also in the big top was Kelly’s husband, baseball legend Cal Ripken, who said, between signing autographs, he admired the dancers for the superb athletes they were.

You have through June 28 to see these magical dancers in liquid action at the Met. You’ll be tickled to the tips of your toes if you do.
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