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Ralph Lauren Hosts Gala in Madrid

While the designer and his family didn’t attend, the Pink Pony fund-raiser included heavy financial hitters and a bevy of pedigreed socialites.

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RIDING INTO TOWN: Ralph Lauren held a Pink Pony fund-raiser in the ornate rococo halls of Madrid’s downtown casino Thursday. While the designer and his family didn’t attend, the gala dinner included heavy financial hitters and a bevy of pedigreed socialites in Ralph Lauren finery. “Spanish society is very generous; it will open its doors and give, but it doesn’t necessarily understand the importance of an event like this,” said Ishtar Espejo, director of Aladina, a foundation that benefits children with cancer. Architect Alberto Marcos agreed: “I believe people in Spain are very rooted to the idea of helping their neighbor; it’s a cultural thing. We have a network here of families helping other families.”

Spanish fur designer and retailer Elena Benarroch talked up the success of her online fur sales, especially in China, Russia and the U.S.

Also on the guest list were María Zurita, niece of King Juan Carlos; “It” girl Alejandra de Rojas; Olivia de Borbón, daughter of Beatriz de Hardenberg von Furstenberg and the Duke of Seville; accessories designer Laura Pons, and Eighties muse to Giorgio Armani, Antonia Dell’Atte.

The Pink Pony collection launched exclusively at El Corte Inglés in September.