The New York social set made its annual trek to the Bronx on Friday night for the Botanical Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Ball, one of the last big bashes on the 2013 social calendar, this year underwritten by Bergdorf Goodman, Glamour magazine and Perrin Paris 1893. Chaired by Alina Cho, Cristina Cuomo, Alexandra Lebenthal, Annie Lansing, Alexandra Lind Rose and Genevieve Bahrenburg as well as a noticeably absent Byrdie Bell, Hannah Bronfman and Linda Fargo — the evening benefited the Garden’s children’s educational programs.
“I come every year and it’s one of the events where I really think about what I’m going to wear in advance,” Gillian Miniter said during cocktail hour, where floor-sweeping gowns dominated, making for some tricky sartorial terrain — traversing to the bar without slipping on a train or getting an elbow full of tulle was virtually impossible.
“Where else are you gonna find a train show in the middle of a black-tie gala?” remarked Cho, referring to another kind of train — the large-scale model railway train cars and trolleys making up the garden’s exhibition. Guests such as Ariana Rockefeller, Ally Hilfiger, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Alvin Valley, Keegan Singh, Kate Lanphear and Karen Duffy roamed the narrow Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and snapped Instagram shots of the model locomotive as it whizzed by. “This is one of the most magical events of the year,” Cho said. “On a Friday night, around the holidays, it’s a bit of commitment to come here — but it’s well worth it.”
After a dinner of salad and steak au poivre, guests took over the dance floor, shimmying to a mix of Rihanna, Lykke Li and Daft Punk. Sally Perrin, in a white tuxedo and flowers peeking out of her hair, danced with husband Michel and daughter Chloe, who represents the fifth generation of her family’s leather goods brand. “I save everything in my closet and hand it down to her,” said Perrin.
“Ninety percent of my wardrobe is my mom’s, so I inherit a lot of awesome stuff, like this Rick Owens dress,” Chloe added. “We’re the same size, thank God.”