The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

I'd always associated the word "ball" with, y'know, gowns. But what do I know? At the 2010 Tribeca Ball, held at the NY Academy of Art, Parker Posey and Jennifer Connolly and everybody else looked, instead, ready for rooftop cocktails.

The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

I mean, don't get me wrong - Helena Christensen looks totally elegant. But I just would have heard "ball" and reached for a floor-length. How did they know? Is it some kind of celeb spidey-sense?


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

Ditto for Jennifer Connolly. She looks severely lovely in her simple black, but if this is what the fairy godmother transformed your rags into, wouldn't you be just a leetle let down?


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

In Alek Wek's case, the fairy godmother apparently thought she said she was going to 2000 and wanted to set off a seizure in any enemies she happened to meet.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

When she turned her attention to Glenda Bailey, she misheard and thought she said "doll," specifically a collector's porcelain toddler named "Angelica" from QVC.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

I know, whenever possible, I like to have built-into my dresses the effect that it's too small and is pulling across the hips. Glad to see Hilary Rhoda agrees.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

Nicole Miller says: why stop there?!


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

When I can't do that, I throw on a sack, belt it, and call it a day. Mary-Alice Stephenson, too! And she's a stylist, so there ya go.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

See, the Richards sisters totally heard "ball" and thought "gown!" (And, um, really fugly chubbies.)


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

Sesely Tyson clearly thought, "I'll just wear what I always wear and look so cool that no one can say anything," which is kind of what happened.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

Parker Posey: downtown party on the bottom, Mahjong party on top.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

Olivia Palermo channels a Mrs. Roper vibe, a 5-year-old's purse.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

The leather cheerleader skirt: a look I've never appreciated, for all its
obvious ironies. As modeled by designer Rebecca Minkoff.


The Dress Code Was Confusing At The Tribeca BallS

That fairy godmother we were talking about? I like to think she looks a little something like writer and artist Beatrix Ost! At least, she'd be mine if I could choose: who doesn't love someone who says her style is inspired by "the warmth of people?"


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