Before digging into their Thanksgiving repasts, well-heeled ballet afficionados got a healthy incentive to keep their black-tie-ready bodies in shape at the New York City Ballet’s Opening Night Gala last Tuesday. Guests such as Coco Kopelman, Eliza Reed Bolen, Jamee Gregory, Josie Natori and Rita Schrager broke out their finery to take in a special performance, including a world premiere of a new Albert Evans-choreographed ballet.
Not everyone felt inspired to dance, though.
“I didn’t dance when I was little. I was a gangly thing. I’m very uncoordinated,” confessed honorary chair Christy Turlington, there with husband Ed Burns and resplendent at seven and a half months pregnant in a sparkle-trimmed Marc Jacobs gown.
Others weren’t so hesitant and, once the performance was over, guests joined event chairmen Allison Sarofim and Charlotte Moss on the bamboo-bedecked promenade for dinner and dancing. “It’s like Christmastime — you don’t know what you’re going to get,” said Debbie Bancroft of her seating assignment at dinner.
Nina Griscom and Leonel Piraino broke into an impromptu slow dance, but Fé Fendi seemed more inclined to get down.
“Let’s dance before you get too tired,” she called out to her tablemates, grabbing Peter Bacanovic‘s hand.
That same evening across the pond, Mario Testino was all smiles at the opening of his exhibit, “Diana, Princess of Wales,” at Kensington Palace in London. “I’m a sucker for smiles, and I’m all about up,” said Testino. “I think when you see the exhibition, you feel happy.”
Lady Helen Taylor, Christopher Bailey, Manolo Blahnik and Jacquetta Wheeler turned up to view the 15 black-and-white photographs that show the late princess in her ballgowns and evening dresses.
In Paris, meanwhile, the elite gathered at the Petit Palais. “This is the first time I’ve won an award,” swore Eric de Rothschild as he scooped up the Scorpus Award Nov. 21. A dinner in support of the Jerusalem Hebrew University raised more than $525,000 and brought 400 guests to the recently renovated palais, including Lily Safra, Pierre Bergé, David de Rothschild, Thaddaeus Ropac, Anouk Aimée and Marisa Berenson. Carla Bruni, who made her entrance in an Yves Saint Laurent strapless gown, drove the paparazzi wild. “Stop now,” she scolded photographers as their flashbulbs blared. “I’m here for another four hours.”