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The look was wintry at the Rolex-sponsored New York Botanical Garden ball, with a dress code that called for icy white, blue and silver. But the mood was warm and fuzzy. “There’s nothing I love better than decked halls,” sighed Anne Grauso, making her way through the conservatory, which was decked to the limits of decorum for the night.

“I’m ready to move in,” gushed Cornelia Guest.

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Still, the action on the dance floor was particularly hot — and occasionally a little unwholesome — as guests including Tory Burch, Lillian von Stauffenberg and Nina Griscom joined co-chairs Sloan Barnett, Kate Betts, Whitney Fairchild, Julie Frist, Nathalie Kaplan and Rena Sindi for a pre-holiday romp.

Meanwhile, James Mischka, who, along with Mark Badgley, dressed many of the event’s sparkling guests, paused to admire the Botanical Garden’s famous miniature train wending its way among the exotic trees and shrubs. “Now I know what I’ll do when I retire,” mused Mischka. “I’ll build miniature train sets.”

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