The 7th Annual New Yorkers for Children Spring Dinner Dance at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is one of the big charity galas of the year: and models, actors, socialites, awesome clothes and, um, Lance Bass were ready:

It's gray and dreary here in NYC, and just looking at Estonian model Tiiu Kuik's exuberant gown makes me smile.


Also bringing the color: Zani Guglemann.


Georgina Chapman , per usual, rocks disco fairy princess - and, as usual, pulls it off.


Model Hilary Rhoda looks like a snake in the process of shedding its skin, and this is distressing me.


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Whitney Port, identified as an "actress," channels the Chrysler Building with both fabric and hair.


Also doing sleek gray - clearly having a moment - is the ever-confident Mamie Gummer.

Since her show went on the air, Tinsley Mortimer has tarnished her reputation from that of this showy but pretty dress, to this showy but tacky bag.


Selita Ebanks models what one can only hope, fervently, is a one-off: the wicker dress.


Here's another person kind of rocking a questionable-looking frock: Emmy Rossum, in lingerie.


Why does Katie Lee always look so uncomfortable on the red carpet? Her look changes, but that stays constant. Theories?


Olivia Palermo, meanwhile, always looks totally in her element, even when dressed in something cockamamie or overdone.


Byrdie Bell, managing the rare feat of innovation and dowdiness!


Doing the classic, basic black thing, we have Karolina Kurkova.


Ditto Malin Akerman whose earring - if it is an earring - looks really heavy.


Representing the obligatory Park Avenue red, we have Sky Nellor's sleek shaping...




...and as always, striking a blow for Society Wackiness, Fabiola Beracasa - whose outfit, at least, looks really uncomfortable.


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