NEW YORK — The buzz among the crowd at the Martha Graham gala Wednesday night was that chairwoman Melania Trump might be expecting a child with new husband Donald. One guest pointed out that her bosoms seemed to be bigger than usual. There was ice in her wine glass, so perhaps it was Diet Coke? And then there was her Empire-waisted Dior Haute Couture gown. Still, Trump shrugged off any of the rumors. “Maybe it’s the dress,” she said, “but I’m not pregnant. Believe me, you’ll be the first to know.”
Trump said she’s always been a fan of dance, though she doesn’t go much outside of the occasional gala. “I was dancing when I was a little girl,” she recalled. “Ballet when I was five or six. It was kind of a hobby.”
The charity has become something of a pet project for Andre Leon Talley, who last year courted Kimora Lee Simmons to host the evening and went so far as to perform onstage in “The Owl and the Pussycat.” If you can believe it, Talley said that he was even more nervous at this year’s event, even though he got to stay in his seat: “Because I’ve been to rehearsals and I know the dancers, so I can tell when they’re making a mistake. I was nervous for them.”
After a schlep from City Center and a silent auction, dinner at Tavern on the Green didn’t start until after 10:30 p.m., by which point folks such as Lauren duPont, Jennifer Creel, Yvonne Force Villareal, Lela Rose, Delphine and Reed Krakoff (Coach sponsored the evening and made a special suede gift bag), Zac Posen and Vera Wang were ready to eat each other’s limbs.
“First course at 11 p.m., dessert at 3 a.m.,” Creel joked.
But the crowd was in and out, and before midnight they were already lining up for their Coach bags — and The Donald didn’t miss a marketing opportunity. The bag contained a copy of Trump World magazine and a bottle of Trump water packed safely inside.