NYC Ballet Fall Fashion Gala’s what to wear moment

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Get ready for the New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala, one of the most glamorous of the season. The 10th Anniversary celebration takes place tomorrow, September 28, 2022, which pairs notable choreographers with couturiers for an evening of unimaginable visual and sensory delights.

It all starts with an elegant Ruinart Champagne Reception followed by a stunning performance of three World Premieres. The first is choreographed  by Gianna Reisen with costumes designed by Alejandro Gomen Palomo for PalomoSpain and a commissioned score by Solange Knowles.  Then Kyle Abraham presents his work with costumes by Giles Deacon and it is followed by the premiere of Solo by NYCB Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck, with a costume designed by Raf Simons. The performance also includes an excerpt from the dazzling Symphony in C by the Company’s co-founder, George Balanchine.

This year’s event honors New York City Ballet Vice Chair Sarah Jessica Parker for her vision and leadership of the Fall Fashion Gala.  Since its inception, 30 new works have been created, enhancing the company’s excitement as well as its devoted audience.

For our What to Wear moment, I went in search of gowns of elegant playfulness that this imaginative event inspires.  Following the performance there is a sumptuous dinner before the guests hit the dance floor with the classical dancers showcasing their moves. These two black and white gowns hit just the right note — imagine the tassels on the Lela Rose strapless pirouetting to the music.

Grand Jeté

Alexia Maria Trumpet Silk, $1750  /  Lela Rose Crepe Tassel Column, $2490  /  Kendra Scott Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings, $158  /  Oscar De La Renta Goldtone Embellished Clip On Earrings, $425   /  Rosantica Holli Embellished Bag, $915  /  Loeffler Randall Bow Frame Clutch, $195  /  Loeffler randall Bow Platform Sandals, $236   /  Stuart Weitzman Nudistdisco Glitter Sandals, $412

We often get requests from friends who choose not to bear arms for formal occasions and so this collection of fabulous gowns with sheer sleeves provides an elegant illusion. I have my sights set on a new gown for the upcoming Hunt Ball, where black is de rigueur. Here, LBD stands for long, beautiful dresses.

Elegant Illusions

Talbot Runhof Twisted Asymmetric, $2150  /  Prabal Gurung Chain Embellished Cut Out, $895  /  Veronica Beard Kaira Floral, $898   /  Rene Ruiz Collection Ilusion, $971  /  Ralph Lauren Collection Sheer Long Sleeve, $2490

Or if you are in a more playful mood, here is a lineup of lively frocks to fit your fancy.

Sweet & Sassy

Alexia Maria Silk Faille Bow, $1725  /  Rick Owens Bustier Strapless, $1240  /  Rene Ruiz Collection Strapless Colorblocked, $1421  /  Marchesa Notte Floral Fitted, $895  /  Alexia Maria Silk Faille Bow, $1725

Hilary has her own rosy view on a balletomane’s dream. “When I think of the Ballet, I think feminine colors, pastels and volume. And with pink having its moment, I love these pastel pink dresses; and a white column shape never goes out of style. To add to the glamour of the evening, a pretty bejeweled sandal or a platform with pizzazz is a perfect compliment. And definitely go bold with your jewelry for this ultra-glam evening.”

Reem Acra Satin-Piqué Gown, $1795  /  Halston Cape-Effect Gown, $425  /  Semsen Swarovski Crystal Embellished Satin, $1295  /  Gucci Crystal And Faux Pearl Clip Earrings, $980  /  Leda Madera Crystal Clip Earrings, $745  /  Maison Margiela Silver Leather Shoulder Bag, $815  /  Cult Gaia White Nia Embellished Clutch, $428  /  Mach & Mach Pvc And Metallic Mules, $1180  /  Mach & Mach Pink Double Bow Satin Platform Pumps, $1235

Joseph Gordon’s notes on performing Symphony in C.

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Photographs by Patrick McMullan

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