There were no dinosaurs or prehistoric men come to life, but there was still plenty of hubbub at the American Museum of Natural History for the institution’s annual Winter Dance on Tuesday — from naughty smokers in the Hall of Ocean Life to overly amorous couples on the dance floor. For most of the crowd, though, it was simply about trying to look their best. The appearance of Ivanka Trump prompted a burst of flashbulbs, while others, like Margherita Missoni, Eleanor Ylvisaker and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, tried to fi nd their seats, and co-chairs Claire Bernard, Amanda Hearst and Tinsley Mortimer showed off their party frocks.
Over a steak dinner, Alex Kramer and Carlos Miele talked kiddies and fashion with new parents Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Villency, while Terry Richardson, Cynthia Rowley, Benjamin Cho and artist Tom Sachs looked bewildered at being so far uptown.
Rachel Roy, the sponsor along with BusinessWeek, had her hands full all night acting as unofficial wardrobe lady for the women wearing her designs. Not only had she personally fitted most of the host committee with their ensembles, she luckily was on hand to adjust Mortimer’s white minidress after the bubbly blonde twisted it up on the dance floor. Roy even did impromptu makeup in the museum bathroom for several, including Zani Gugelmann. “I didn’t have time to get my purse after work, so I had to use my Bobbi Brown makeup case as a bag,” the designer confided.
Others were happy to be off duty, like model Jacquetta Wheeler, who didn’t walk the catwalks this season. “I loved doing the shows,” she said, “But I’m happy I’m not next to some 16-year-old.”