An Evening at the NYC Ballet's Fall Gala
Last night, life was but a dream.
By Maura Brannigan
It's rather grand, isn't it?
It was but a dream for us to not only cover but to also attend the New York City Ballet's legendary fall gala last night. It is, after all, an annually celebrated evening of dance, fashion, and society celebrated by the who's who of NYC culture. As politicians hobnobbed with artists and actresses cheered champagne flutes with top-models, it was quite lovely being a fly on the Lincoln Center walls.
The festivities began with a red carpet high decorated with A-list celebrities. Ballet connoisseur and NYC Ballet chairwoman Sarah Jessica Parker arrived alongside designers Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens, whose beautiful costumes debuted that evening (the third designer, Iris Van Herpen was absent). SJP was thrilled to discuss her custom ballet-inspired gown designed by both Gurung and Theyskens a clear homage to the dance's more traditional roots.
Each of the three ballets began with a short video describing each designer and choreographer's journey through their artistic collaboration. The dances followed all world premieres and were perfectly characteristic of each artist's style. Justin Peck's upbeat, swinging ballet included bright, feathered costumes by Gurung for the females and flexible harnesses on the males. Benjamin Millepied's classic, punctuated ballet followed with Van Herpen's shimmering black costumes enhanced with pliable plastic. Angelin Prelijocaj's ballet came last, as he interpreted modern movements to electronic-influenced soundtracks, complete with Theyskens' red-streaked airy white dresses.
It's nights like these that make us proud and honored to not only be patrons of the arts, but to be citizens of a city in which this collaborative, artistic art form is such a highly regarded institution, as well.
Friends and designers Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens strike a pose between goofing off on the red carpet.
The scene (which included hot air balloons) at the post-performance gala.
SJP stunned in a custom Prabal Gurung-Olivier Theyskens gown.
The glammed up jumpsuit and wet hair look suited Victoria's Secret sweetheart Doutzen Kroes perfectly.
The tablescape, which we promptly Instagrammed a million times over.
A very blurry (yet always gorgeous) Natalie Portman who accompanied her choreographer hubby Benjamin Millepied.