The 2009 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street was a gala classic: lots of gowns, Moscow-levels of fur, royalty and, of course, stars. As to the clothes? Well, judge for yourselves:
Martha Plimpton has always embraced her eccentricity, and that's one stranglehold she's not breaking.
Wonder what Tommy Hilfiger, lover of American Sportswear, makes of Dee Ocleppo's MOB special?
Speaking of matronly, gala-appropriate-wear, we give you Maggie Rodriguez.
Marie and Ed Royce have the whole charity-prom thing down. Exhibit A: the belt.
Marjorie Andrade has exactly replicated the posture of a fashion illustration; this is creepy.
I guess when, like Charlene Wittstock, you're on the arm of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, an Ivanhoe-style girdle-belt feels somehow topical.
Frederic Fekkai, ironically a haircare magnate, and Shirin von Wuffen, who will shortly have some curious tan lines.
Lynn Wyatt: obviously a pro.
And Maguy Maccario-Doyle, with Yves Piaget, is a woman of a dying breed: that who can sport a fur-trimmed, silk shantung, cigarette-pant suit and act like it's no big deal.
Alex McCord's brand of fug really just isn't the same.
And we've saved the best for last: Mariska Hargitay, at her most retro-elegant.