FashionIndie Straps on Its Glass Slippers to Go to the Ball
Dec 15, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
Last Friday, Nicole, Mac and Amanda helped me pick out a suitable black tie outfit to attend the New York Botanical Garden's 12th Annual Winter Wonderland Ball. Considering the majority of my wardrobe consists of harem pants and the occasional billowy blouse, my closet was ill-equipped to meet the challenge. Thus we made an Indie field trip over to our local H&M and in a matter of minutes we had whipped up a say-something formal look -- all for under $200, thank you. I was glad we had made the detour as, upon walking in, I was immediately confronted by a room full of gorgeous gowns and immaculate tuxedos. The Bronx, even in the alleged claws of Jennifer Lopez, had never seemed so glamorous.
Nina Garcia, Tinsley Mortimer, Derek Warburton, Charlotte Ronson, Chris Benz and CNN"s Alina Cho were among the well-appointed attendees, while liquor sponsor Domaine de Canton kept the ballers well lubricated with a host of refreshing cocktails. Bill Cunningham donned his best -- and in all likeliness, only -- tuxedo to capture the scene, including the 20th Annual Holiday Train Show. Calling it a"Train Show" is a bit of an understatement since the Garden's Enid A. Haupt Conservatory was turned into a miniature train town, featuring the most stunning scaled-to-size architecture I've seen since Barbie's Dream Italian Villa.
Besides an excuse to dress up and be fabulous, the Wonderland Ball also supports the Gardens world-renowned Childrens Education programs, 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. While it may sound like a very serious and somber affair, the night was a blast, particularly after the DJ took to the turntables. There's nothing quite like seeing a stately woman in a feathered gown shaking her tail-feather to LMFAO.
Click through the gallery for images from the Winter Wonderland Ball -- courtesy of Patrick McMullan and Will Raggozino -- and try your hand at Domaine de Canton's signature cocktails with these handy recipes:
1 ounce of Domaine de Canton topped with Champagne. (served in a champagne flute and Garnished with a Wild Hibiscus flower)
"The Winter Gold Rush"
1.5 Ounces of Domaine de Canton
1 ounce of Makers 46
Half ounce of fresh lemon juice
(Shaken and strained into a martini glass and garnished with a luxardo cherry)
"The White Orchid"
Equal parts (1 ounce ) of Domaine de Canton, Belvedere Citrus Vodka, White Cranberry juice. ( Shaken and strained into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnished with a white orchid flower )