Image via Diner en Blanc- New York Facebook page
Before I leap full force into fall, I want to share how I ended the summer.
On Sept. 18, I joined approximately 4,000 others clad head to toe in white and carting white chairs, tables, fine china, candles, and flowers for an organized yet impromptu picnic in a secret location. The partygoers met in different locations and then made their way to the once secret spot, Bryant Park, located directly behind the New York Public Library (NYPL). I loved the choice of location. It is classic New York.
My photos are somewhat blurry, but in a way I feel that only adds to the magical feeling that the evening bestowed.
This spectacular event, Diner en Blanc (DEB), started 25 years ago in Paris. It has no fundraising aspect or political or social agenda. The only goal is that participants experience an elegant evening complete with live music, dinner, and dancing. The challenging part of DEB is the preparation… finding a table in Manhattan that meets the required specifications is a particular challenge. To make the dressing aspect stress-free, I wore the white Lilly Pulitzer dress that I posted about here. Next year, I look forward to planning my outfit and table decorations well in advance.
One of the best parts of DEB is the people watching. I loved that the event was filled with a crowd diverse in age, race, demeanor, and style. Below are a few of my favorite styles I spotted at DEB.
While dancing and smiling with strangers, I realized that I wish for Baby Boy to grow into an adult with the ability to have similar experiences; to put aside everyday routines and stressors, surrender to the magic and the joy of being alive, and recognize the beauty and uniqueness of a particular moment.
I can now say that I’ve danced on the steps of the NYPL.
I hope to carry a little DEB style into the fall. White has always been elegant, and recently, it has proven to be seasonless.
How did you end the summer? What are your styleaspirations for the fall?