"I believe you have to think about all of these things when you are picking out a fabulous look," said Julia Harmelin as she twirled in her long-sleeve green Frank Agostino.
Harmelin does couture like a pro, having donned high-end designers Akris, Dennis Basso, and David Emanuel - the British designer responsible for Princess Diana's wedding dress - for previous balls. She held a jeweled Alexander McQueen clutch with skull clasp.
"This," Harmelin said of her bag, "is very in right now."
With her track record, who are we not to believe?
Pleats helped give many of the night's billowing confections a princess/bohemian look - especially with all of the side-swept hair. But the breakout color of the evening was blood-orange.
"I never thought I'd look great in orange," said Eileen Glanton of her dazzling, nipped-at-the-waist A-line dress by Angel Sanchez, the New York-based designer known for his dreamy bridal gowns.
"But I asked my 2-year-old daughter what color I should wear and she said orange. Then I went to Neiman Marcus and saw this one and I thought, 'My daughter is right.' "
Indeed she was.
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