On Wednesday night, ODLR seemed to be the acronym of choice. The NYC-based designer was one of the generous sponsors of the inaugural "Donor of the Day
" event (named after the The Wall Street Journal's
column, which profiles high-level philanthropists), a sit-down dinner at The Whitney for 150 guests, many of whom — surprise, surprise — were major donors. Appropriately, the evening was hosted by artist Jeff Koons whose 2014 retrospective will be the last exhibition held at the Madison Avenue space before the museum heads downtown. The cause on tap was The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
, an amazing charity whose aim is to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. With moving speeches by Koons (whose own child was abducted), de la Renta's CEO Alex Bolen, and, most notably, ICMEC's president Ernie Allen there — if you can excuse us for being trite — really wasn't a dry eye in the house, especially after a musical performance by the insanely talented Brandi Carlile. The folk rock singer had the crowd actually on their feet, whooping for more (not a usual sight past 14th Street), and Carlile obliged, belting out a soul-splitting rendition of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah."
On a lighter note...the frocks! Oscar de la Renta
, obviously, decked-out a bevy of our favorite PYTs, with floor-sweeping gowns that wouldn't be out of place on a Cannes red carpet. Click through to spy our fave five, including
Erika Bearman's crop-top that's motivating us to do a sit-up (or twenty).