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Thanksgiving may be the traditional kickoff of holiday shopping for some, but for balletomanes, it marks the beginning of the New York City Ballet season. Christy Turlington Burns, with mother Maria Elena in tow; Jane Lauder; Fé Fendi, and Valentino — back for a second year — packed into Lincoln Center Tuesday night to celebrate the opening selection of performances. After a finale that featured 144 dancers (from both the company and the School of American Ballet) singing “Happy Birthday” to company co-founder, the late Lincoln Kirstein, guests supped at tables set up just outside the theater.

While most had their minds on the upcoming ballet season, Jamee Gregory was concerned with a season of an entirely different sort. “I love it when Christmas comes early,” she smiled, showing off an impressive diamond bracelet.