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Baby it’s cold outside.

Not to mention, snowy, slushy and downright wipeout-worthy. But the shows and parties must go on, and so intrepid members of the style set have thrown capes over cold shoulders, wrapped scarves around plunging necklines and laced boots over bare calves — only to shed their layers at the door.

This story first appeared in the February 13, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

At the New York City Ballet’s annual luncheon, as a blizzard raged outside, attendees such as Jennifer Creel and Tabitha Simmons shrugged off cozy fur coats and hats to reveal Ladies Who Lunch-ready ensembles.

Fellow guest Maggie Rizer pulled a full-on Superman act, changing out of her flimsy Valentino frock into jeans and boots after lunch before heading out to the snowy streets.

That night, at the black-tie amfAR gala, Paulina Porizkova and Carol Alt wore velvety capes, and in Alt’s case, a massive fur trapper hat, to cover their strapless evening gowns.

But it was Margherita Missoni who earned top honors for her switcheroo skills. Not only did she slough off her fur chubby before dinner, but she later snuck into the ladies’ room and stripped out of her column dress into a tiny, black slip for her after party antics. Now that’s what’s called braving the storm.

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