Flowers in December – New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Ball
Hailed as “one of the best parties of the year,” the New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Ball lived up to this lofty description last night. Society’s philanthropic luminaries, awash in winter white and black, chatted over cocktails in the crystal palace that is the conservatory. Socialites floated throughout the garden ethereally in white feathered dresses, with Dr. Susan Krysiewicz leading the flock.
The NYBG’s annual holiday train show awaited just around the corner, where trains drove over replicas of bridges that are constructed of plant parts. Adding to the beauty of the setting was our friend from Edelman PR in a custom gown of gold-tinged white by Australian designer Ruth Tarvydas. Of course, there was also an abundant supply of sequined dresses sparkling in the moonlight. At every turn, there were fur-clad shoulders offset by glinting Christmas lights upon warmly colored foliage.
Soon, we were presented with an unintended fashion show of guests as they emerged for dinner from a snow white hall, blue lights gently illuminating the scene. A simple black sleeveless turtleneck on top paired with a cream-colored floor-length skirt (with pockets) was the best of the simply chic ensembles of the evening. Another more elaborate favorite was a strapless white gown reminiscent of India, with the bodice intricately beaded in silver and persimmon. As the specialty cocktails continued to be poured at dinner, the relaxing floral environs took on an even more magical effect. Among our fondest and last memories of the event is Chris Benz making his way in his stylish tux to the dance floor, neon pink hair glowing like a beacon in the crowd.
With another successful event completed, we hope NYBG continues this tradition to benefit its Children’s Educational Program. After all, what better way to warm up than to be surrounded by flowers in December?
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