It was a sparkling crowd admiring the Queen, many of whom knew her well, and the ball gowns and jewels were all out in full force. Carolina Herrera, a former gold medalist recipient, wore an elegant black velvet dress to the floor — guess who designed it? — and elegant aquamarines and diamonds. Annette de la Renta, always the fashion plate, wore a silk dress the color of Spanish red wine and jewels to match. Emilia Fanjul was in a beautiful Oscar de la Renta black evening frock with a tiny waist, a full skirt and an elaborate diamond — well, OK, rhinestone — necklace embroidered on the bodice. It came with the dress. That Oscar!
Beatrice Santo Domingo, Carmen de Pinies, Veronica Hearst, Jane Marino, Cecile Zilkha, Doda Voridis, Evelyn Lauder, the super-chic Brazilian Mrs. Walther Moreira-Sales and Judy Taubman all wore black. “I guess I’m the only one not in black,” remarked one Nan Kempner, just off the plane from London and all-done-up in Donna Karan’s beige wool and rubber (would I exaggerate?) dress draped around her hips. Not quite. Inmaculada de Hapsburgo, the president of the Spanish Institute, shone in a one-shouldered iridescent brown taffeta with still another full skirt. Yes, the very plethora of full skirts out that night can only mean they’re in. How do you look in yours?