The Elements of Style

above: Photograph by Melani Lust

A look back at festive fashion, celebrating all the memorable moments from a year in parties


SHEER GENIUS

There was no shortage of flowers at this year’s Enchanted Garden-themed Bruce Museum Gala, and many of the guests worked floral motifs into their evening attire, including Taylor and Erin Glasebrook. What’s so refreshing about Erin’s choice for the night—aside from it being a stunning work of periwinkle perfection—is the way the ruffled organza mimics flower petals blooming along the neckline and down the center of the dress.



prints CHARMING

PATTERNS BOTH PLAYFUL AND POLISHED


PARTY LINES
When it comes to patterns, classic stripes can be a woman’s best friend. But by adding a shoulder-baring neckline, voluminous sleeves and belted waist, Cindy Sites, here with husband John, pushes her look to another level.


DYNAMIC DUO
Take this trend lesson in print mixing from Alexandra DeBourcy and Antoinette Deluca. When done right, bold graphic stripes and oversized florals are a match made in maximalist heaven.


PINK LADIES
We love the way the attendees of the annual Breast Cancer Alliance Luncheon find new ways to work pink into their looks, year after year. Opting for abstract confetti prints in a multicolor mix, Yashmin Lloyds and Karen Colella get in the spirit while staying in style.

Photos by Bob Capazzo



red ZONE

HOT LOOKS HAVE US STOPPING IN OUR TRACKS


SCARLET FEVER
Black straps break up Celi Moen’s head-to-toe ruby look, making the case for the killer combo. And we see you, Mike Moen, getting in on the coordinated front, with that pop of red peeking out of your breast pocket.


BRIGHT IDEA
No shame here. We’re totally stealing Laura Yaeger’s move at the YMCA’s Night in Positano benefit and adding a bold red blazer to our regular rotation. Seeing it paired with her pink floral print and Mike Yaeger’s shirt makes us want one that much more.


PERFECT PAIR
Dr. Stacy Zarakiotis and Dr. Elsa Raskin may be top-notch docs, but their skills in the fashion department are also expert level, turning up the heat in their floor-length gowns in show-stopping shades.

Photos by Bob Capazzo; Scarlet Fever by Kyle Norton



BEST buds

FLOWERS WERE BLOOMING ALL YEAR LONG


GARDEN VARIETY
Florals: three ways, courtesy of Lisa Cunningham, Lisa Errico and Amanda Segura at Family Centers’ Under the Tuscan Sun event. Kaleidoscopic pattern, graphic prints and classic chintz on a modern silhouette amount to an A+ arrangement.


HAPPY HUES
This spring, designers had fun with both prints and color. Need proof? Look no further than the scene at Sole Sisters, where Kalie Zagger in Veronica Beard and Courtney Montgomery in Ulla Johnson were having their own fun, and looking chic too.


FESTIVAL FAVORITE
Wendy Stapleton, here with Richard Leone, takes her bold bouquet for a night out, with this evening spin on the classic print. The rich blue tones high-low hem and gorgeous embroidery make this one worth celebrating.


SHORELINE CHIC
Greenwich Point Conservancy’s Beach Ball is a great night to show off your summer best, especially knowing you’ll have Tod’s Point as the photo-ready backdrop. With her Liberty floral print and his peony colored pants, Gia and Mark Burton are picture-perfect.


FRESHLY PICKED
Jess Berne, here with Matt Strombellini, proves that you can make most anything look cool by adding this editor-approved trifecta of statement sunglasses, leather moto jacket and chunky boots.


STYLE SECTION
Everyone was probably more focused on Candace Bushnell’s shoe choice for evening (which were fantastic), but she lived up to her fashionable reputation with the dress, too, opting for a shimmering blue garden print and oversized sleeves. Here with an equally stylish Whitley Verdiner, she brought a welcome city splash to the suburbs.

Photos by Bob Capazzo (Garden Variety, Shoreline Chic, Style Section); Melani Lust (Happy Hues); Getty Images/Eugene Gologursky (Festival Favorite); Kyle Norton (Freshly Picked)



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ALL WHITE, ALL RIGHT


WRAP STAR
A white gown on the red carpet is guaranteed to stand out, but it was the elegant draping on Vicky Bonic, here with husband llya, that made us take notice.


TOP THIS
These ladies are doing Derby Day right; Marisol Gravelle with her little white dress and Chrissy Bogal in her extra wide leg trousers. But we’re here for the fascinators, and these two do not disappoint.


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WELL SUITED
Formal jumpsuits are here to stay, and Caroline Greisen, here with husband Nick, shows us why they work so well. This one pairs a flattering one shoulder neckline with a column cut skirt that hides the peekaboo pants.


HEAVEN SENT
Guests were encouraged to wear white to this year’s gala benefitting The Fearless Angel Project. As the face for the cause, Izabela O’Brien, here with husband Dan, looked every bit the goddess in her modern ballgown.


SNEAK PEEK
Connie Nielsen was a vision in white at the Greenwich International Film Festival opening party. And she kept it casual (and no doubt comfortable) by opting for sleek white sneakers to complete her monochrome look.


COOL COMBO
Erica Riccardi has us itching to ditch our dresses in favor of these pants for an elegant nighttime look. Coordinating with Brad Walker in classic black and white, the wide leg cut plays well when paired with the fitted bodice and a notched neckline.


AWARD WORTHY
Jennifer Ringelstein’s dress is the best of both worlds: a sleek form-fitting gown with detachable tulle skirt made for a princess. Add in shimmering fabric and sparkling belt for a full fairy-tale moment.

Photos by Bob Capazzo (Wrap Star, Well Suited, Heaven Sent, Cool Combo, Award-Worthy); Danielle Robinson Calloway (Top This); Getty Images/Eugene Gologursky (Sneak Peek)



black MAGIC

THE COLOR THAT NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE


TV READY
All black is a no-brainer, and these red carpet regulars show us how it’s done. We’re starstruck by the sharp-shouldered shape in Eva Longoria’s suit and the cut of Kathie Lee Gifford’s ultra flattering LBD.


FANCY FEET
Twinning in their coveted Manolo Blahnik Hangisi heels, Irina Protsenko and Dr. Inna Lazar prove that fabulous footwear make every outfit better.


HIDE & CHIC
It was leather weather for Liz Cho and Amy Robach, who turned heads with their unexpected choices; Liz with her short romper style and Amy with her paper bag waist and relaxed fit.

Photos by Getty Images/Eugene Gologursky(TV Ready, Hide & Chic); Bob Capazzo (Fancy Feet)



animal STYLE

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE


SEEING SPOTS
A leopard print always commands attention but adding color takes it over the top. Sara Mendell, here with husband Brian, sports one in gorgeous green, a dress that would make the perfect holiday statement piece


CAT CALL
There is plenty of style being served up between these two. Victoria Triplett gives a lesson in balance, topping her cheetah pencil skirt with a demure sweater, while Ali Wolfe works a tropical skirt, pearl-bedecked headband and Hermès bag like a pro.


MEOW MIX
The La Ligne team brought their signature stripes to town, but it was their newer ‘Feligne’ print pieces that seemed to be a hit with this crowd. Courtney Evans, Meredith Melling, Catherine Tompkins, Susannah Heyworth, Abby Ritman and Ashley Bruynes give cat ladies a whole new meaning.

Photos by Bob Capazzo(Seeing Spots, Cat Call); Marilyn Roos (Meow Mix)



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MEDAL-WORTHY METALLIC LOOKS


SHINE ON
It’s all about the shade that Dr. Kim Nichols, here with Chris Cabanillas, chose for the Red Cross Ball. Yes, the gathered waist and flawless fit on this one-shoulder wonder are perfection, but it’s the warm coppery color that makes for a memorable moment.


CRYSTAL VISION
Cheers to this gown on Gabriela Dias, with its glittering embroidery making it the fashion equivalent of a glass of sparkling Champagne.


FROCK STAR
This jewel-toned gem of a gown caught our eye, and no doubt the attention of everyone else in attendance. Deborah O’Shea, here with husband Christopher, dials up the glamour even more with the addition of her drop earrings.


DOUBLE DUTY
Evening separates are such a fun way to mix up your party wardrobe. Jennifer Ryan, here with husband Andrew, knows this all too well, opting for a lace camisole and metallic windowpane maxi; two pieces that could work their way into many other night-out looks.


TOP PRIZE
Who says silver is for second place?  Anyone who saw Leslie Osborn, here with husband John, in her liquid metal sheath would agree that this dress was a clear winner.


PROFESSIONAL HELP
As the owners of interior design showrooms, Alexis Varbero and George Snead know about the importance of details, and it’s clear they share that attention when it comes to dressing for Moffly Media’s A-List awards. With looks like these, we’d hire them ton overhaul our closets, too.

Photos by Bob Capazzo (Shine On, Frock Star, Double Duty, Top Prize); Getty Images/Eugene Gologursky (Crystal Vision); Jacek Dolata (Professional Help)

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