|Last Friday night was the 10th Anniversary of the Winter Wonderland Ball held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden.
CHANEL Fine Jewelry was this year’s sponsor in honor of the House’s signature flower, the Camellia.
|There were 360 guests at the holiday party of the season. The Chairmen were Cristina Cuomo, Nina Garcia, Emma J.P. Goergen, Marjorie Gubelmann, Alex Kramer, Alexandra Lebenthal, Christian Leone, Rebekah McCabe, and Molly Sims. The Junior Chairs were Byrdie Bell, Martin Dawson, Poppy Delevingne, Minnie Mortimer Gaghan, Blake Lively, Dalia Oberlander, Gillian Hearst Simonds, and Claiborne Swanson. The Founding Chairs were Sloan Barnett, Whitney Fairchild, Pauline Joerger, and Nathalie Kaplan.
The Conservatory -- the Garden’s landmark crystal palace -- was filled with a fabulous display of magnificent model trains winding through a sprawling landscape of historic New York City.
|The evening began with cocktails in the Palm Dome and the turn-of-the-century glasshouse while the actual dinner dance was held under the stars in an adjacent tent with décor designed by Ron Wendt, courtesy of CHANEL Fine Jewelry.
This event, which raised $250,000, supports children’s education programs at the Botanical Garden, allowing children of all ages, particularly underserved children in the Bronx, an opportunity to learn about nature in engaging ways through workshops and hands-on activities.
|Coco Chanel's favorite flower was the Camelia. She originally chose it to offset her little black dress. Eighty years later, Mademoiselle's trademark flower is an icon for the House of CHANEL. It is re-interpreted each season in CHANEL Ready-to-Wear, Haute Couture, Accessories, and Fine Jewelry and Watch Collections.
For 2008, CHANEL Fine Jewelry offers an interpretation in 18k white gold and diamonds in a selection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and watches. The camellia epitomizes the spirit of CHANEL worldwide: a masterpiece of simple beauty, as timeless as CHANEL itself.
|Winter Wonderland Ball Chairmen|
|Last week in New York, Lily Donaldson, Fabiola Beracasa, Margherita Missoni, Amy Sacco, Sonia Braga, Patricia Cisneros, Yaz Hernandez, and Angel Sanchez joined AID FOR AIDS International founder Jesus Aguais, benefit chairs Narciso Rodriguez, Maria Eugenia, Maury Arria, Alejandro Santo-Domingo and Claudia Cisneros at the 2008 AID FOR AIDS International My Hero Gala honoring famed photographer Mario Testino, SABMiller, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLC and 19-year-old activist Alejandro Pompei for their contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
|The 300 guests enjoyed cocktails as they browsed the silent art auction and took to dancing after the awards presentation. The evening raised $500,000 for the organization.
AID FOR AIDS International is the non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS in developing countries and who are immigrants to the United States by providing access to medications, health education, HIV prevention strategies and advocacy.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan.com (Winter Wonderland); Wire image (Aid for Aids)|