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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Last night New Yorkers For Children held their annual Spring Dinner Dance- A Fool’s Fete. The indian-themed event was held atop The Mandarin Oriental and the April showers did not stop the crowd from showing up and gettin’ down.

The presenting sponsor was Soigne K (who recently opened Madison Avenue boutique known for offering ready-to-wear and accessories by Indian designers). AVENUEinsider had a chance to meet Soigne Kothari and she explained that her collabo with New Yorkers for Children (a charity that benefits youth in foster care) was a “natural fit”, since the brand is involved in another charitable foundation that provides various school related items to children in India.

Along with Soigne, honorary chairs Rory Hermelee, Allison Aston, Susan Shin, Alina Cho, Lydia Fenet, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Marisa Brown and Clare McKeon all wore designs from Soigne K.

Prior to the event, my excitement grew as I thought about the fashions from the PYT’s — and  of course, they didn’t disappoint.

The silent auction took place in the lobby providing a perfect space for people watching. At the cocktail reception, we spotted Stephanie LaCava posing for pics with the equally glamorous Lauren Remington Platt and Olivia Sandelman before chatting with Zac Posen (the force behind LaCava’s amazing bright orange gown). Another’s look we always love-Harley Viera Newton– rocking the tallest red platforms we’ve ever seen on someone…atleast off the catwalk.

The trend of the night? Bold brights. Let us recall the rainbow:

Red: Birdie Bell, Selita Ebanks, Olivia Sandelman
Orange: Stephanie LaCava, Karolina Kurkova, Gillian Miniter
Yellow: Rose McGowan, Ellie Hawke
Green: Katharina Harf
Blue: Cena Hackler Jackson, Pia Ledy
Purple: Harley Viera Newton
Pink (not part of the rainbow, but how could we leave it out?): Sylvana Ward Durrett
Floral (same deal): Meredith Melling Burke, Tinsley Mortimer

Also, dancing the night away was Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie, Mary Alice Stephenson, Luigi Tadini, Amy Sacco and Zani Gugelmann.

Other guests included style spotter Bill Cunningham, Campion Platt, Alexandra Lebenthal, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict. Designers like Rachel Roy, Yigal Azrouel, Christian Cota, Eddie Borgo, Dennis Basso, Christian Siriano and a slew of guests from the editorial world like Taylor Tomasi-Hill, Amy Fine Collins and Derek Blasberg (alongside Arden Wohl).
The list goes on: Veronica Webb, Carson Kressley, Wyclef Jean, Stacy London, Tiki Barber, Kerry Washington,Julie Macklowe, Annabel Tollman, Coralie Charriol Paul, Meredith Ostrom, Jamie Johnson, Maggie Betts, Michelle Harper, Fern Mallis and Olivia Chantecaille.

With DJ Kiss providing the music, the party went on late into the night…well after the rain. Or atleast until we were able to forget about it.
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