High-society events, like last night's New Yorkers for Children's Ninth Annual Fall Gala, are a nice change from celeb ones. On the one hand, you're less likely to see flat-out Uglies. But there's always a lot of subtle "bad" that's technically tasteful but really weird. Not that there weren't celebs there - think Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, Joy Bryant - but the evening belonged to Tory Burch, Celerie Kemble and their similarly-named cronies. And as a New Yorker who's, you know, for children, I feel unusually qualified to judge them. After the jump!



The Good:

Do I even need to say it? Joy shut. It. Down.

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Am I slightly obsessed with Celerie Kemble's name to the point of seriously considering naming a doll after her?? Maybe. But my admiration for her diaphanous gown is sincere.

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I mean, if you're gonna do a red benefit gown, do a red benefit gown. Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos.

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Kind of digging how, from the neck up, Nanette Lepore just rolled out of bed, yet is wearing this rad boho frock. It's stupidly rebellious in a way my inner 14-year-old appreciates.
The Bad:

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There's a lot to be said for the "Go Big Or Go Home" school of "Bad." Deborah Bancroft showcases this spirit with what may or may not be a satin shower curtain.

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This, ladies and germs, is what we like to call a "scroll-down fug." Julianne Moore's shoes are covered in moss.

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I can see how in theory - like, lying on the bed - this is pretty. Guess Tory Burch thought so too.

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Normally Blake Lively's pretty infallible because she does fresh and young so well. But this Buckingham-Nicks look is not only neither, it's kinda benefit-inappropriate, no? You'd think Serena would know that!

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I get how a little peep of skin is supposed to be sexier than revealing too much, but it can't just be a random patch, like on Stephanie LaCava 's.

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I'm aware I've brought up the My Fair Lady "Ascot" scene like three times this week and it's Wednesday, but if the shoe fits...or, in the case of Jamee Gregory, the double bow tie...

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