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New York’s fashion-filled evening: Stella McCartney at the ballet, to Oscar de la Renta singing


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Filed by Lola Cristall/September 25, 2011/5.19


Ocean’s Kingdom
Copyright ©Paul Kolnik, courtesy New York City Ballet

On September 22, New York City was filled with celebration.
   Ocean’s Kingdom, a new ballet composed by Sir Paul McCartney, who worked alongside choreographer Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet, débuted at Lincoln Center. Another one of the show’s “wow” factors included the costumes that were designed by McCartney’s daughter, fashion designer, Stella McCartney.
   Echoing screams of fans, standing in the vast courtyard, continued as the former Beatle walked down the red carpet to make his way into the venue.

Vanidades
Above Vanidades magazine sponsored the Icons of Style Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

   As the world première of Ocean’s Kingdom was ready to take place, a few blocks away the Vanidades Icons of Style Awards Gala, a stylish and fashionably chic event, was also beginning.
   Attendees were invited up to the 36th floor at the lush Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Once the elevator stopped and as the doors opened, the upbeat sound of Cuban music resonated.
   Vanidades, translated into ‘vanities’, is a women’s magazine in Spanish that launched its first issue in 1931. The Vanidades Icons of Style Awards Gala honours ‘top fashion industry influencers.’ The famous and fabulous Oscar de la Renta and Narciso Rodriguez were the guests of honour and they also presented awards to a few of the winning ‘Icons.’
   The star-studded event was glamorous and elegant. Celebrities included model Iman, and stylist–designer June Ambrose, amongst others. While the music continued to play, guests lingered and enjoyed the evening as they overlooked the glimmering New York City skyline. It was an intimate evening shared between guests, designers and other talented artists. The host of the ceremony, Lourdes Stephen, stood on stage with a handful of awards shinning on a table beside her.
   As each honoree went on stage to accept their award, applauses and cheers shook the room.
   Before the ceremony came to an end, Stephen reminded guests of Oscar de la Renta’s duet in México City with Dominican singer and honoree Juan Luis Guerra. As both approached the microphone, they beautifully sang a verse of the song.
   De la Renta and Guerra’s brief performance was a great way to end the ceremony.—Lola Saab, Paris Editor

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