LATIN CLASS: These days a black tie dress-code doesn’t necessarily mean much, but at the Fiesta for the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Tuesday night, guests — including Latino New Yorkers like Zani Gugelmann, Christian Cota, Brian Reyes and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos — meant business. According to revelers, the trains, bold baubles and elaborate updos were to be expected given the crowd. “Latins take it to another level,” said Gugelmann, who is half Peruvian. Jamee Gregory noticed. “Latins do everything up — the hair, the makeup, the clothes,” she said. “It’s not like me, who slaps myself together in seven minutes.” But the elaborate formal attire didn’t hinder guests’ mobility, as many spent the evening cutting a rug to Latin standards like “La Bomba” and “Oye Como Va.”
October 15, 2009
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