Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

The 6th Annual New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance at New York's Mandarin Oriental had the theme 'New Year's in April: A Fool's Fete' which apparently meant some awesomely odd clothing!



The Good:

Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Hyperventilating from Hilary Rhoda's pretty!


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Selita Ebanks balances brilliant fuschia with a simple, elegant silhouette.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

There was a lot of playing with volume at this event - the April Fool thing? - and here's why I think Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos' works: the hobble skirt balances the bodice's billow!


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

In contrast, Eugenia Silva does totally sleek, classically sexy.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Diane Kruger's whimsical lavender doesn't sacrifice the pretty.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Dig it: Tara Subkoff balances the glitz of her frock with a low-key sweater to seriously cool effect.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Serena Williams is regal in amethyst.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Helen Lee Schifter's one of these perennial 'best-dressed list' fixtures... fair enough!


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Tinsley Mortimer's Easter-ish number walks the cutesy line and stays just grown-up enough.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Rachel Zoe's bish face, gown are bananas.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Emmy Rossum's gown is kind of a weird mix of southern belle, 30s formal, and plain odd...but it works!


The Bad:

Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

As Melissa Deamicis knows, the best way to help the children is by denuding an ostrich, then channeling its spirit.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Maggie Rizer, meanwhile, helps the children by draping herself in an enormous wad of bubble gum, scrawny carcass.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

I love how the stunning Rachel Roy plays with tricky proportions, but this was just a bridge - or rather, a hemline/neckline/bootie - too far.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Do we think Rachel Zoe dressed Joy Bryant? Cause she totally killed it - a robot princess, that is. Then she took her duds as plunder.


Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Leigh "Princess Coldstare" Lezark has been insinuating herself back onto the scene. Word was, she was launching a clothing line. For angry, blindfolded schoolgirls?


What Say You?

Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Coca Rocha's gown is probably Zac Posen, maybe too much!


The Ugly?

Spring Forward: Stars Dress Stylishly (For The Children)

Hey, you know how I loved that pairing of cardi and cocktail dress? Well, as Olivia Palermo shows, when you sub in "power smoking jacket" and "upholstery" the effect is not the same.

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