KLEINFELD generously sponsored an Afternoon of Elegance, a glamorous Fashion Show with a dash of bold modern style, at their magnificent 35,000 square foot showroom to benefit the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. One hundred seventy five guests attended a private Champagne Reception and Fashion Show at Kleinfeld’s extraordinary fashion emporium, which runs the length of an entire city block on West 20th Street in the heart of Chelsea.
The event began at 4pm with champagne & hors d’oeuvres reception in the dramatic grand foyer of Kleinfeld’s Manhattan salon, which is a throw back to a long gone era of elegance, but the best was yet to come on the runway in the adjoining showroom.
Although Kleinfeld, founded in 1941, is a New York institution renowned for the largest selection of designer wedding gowns anywhere, they also carry evening suits, cocktail dresses, and formal gowns with designer labels from all over the world. The breath taking models were beautiful, tall and thin reminiscent of icons like Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Lena Horn and Michelle Pfeiffer, as they came onto a proscenium stage and made their way down the raised runway in the shimmering creations. These haute couture fashions made for exciting theater and the guests applauded their approval. The models sashayed down the runway in a total of 37 elegant ensembles to pulsating music.
Near the end of the show a beautiful model in yet another stunning evening gown tripped and fell to the floor apparently writhing in pain, as the next model stepped right over her. Then suddenly she was up on her feet, pulling a microphone from her studded evening purse as she launched into a jolting rendition of “All That Jazz.” Yes, it was a divinely staged moment that had the guests howling in delight, but wait this was just the beginning of the musical entertainment as two handsome tenors clad in black appeared on stage singing an Italian aria. Within moments one of the men began seducing the patrons with a sexy version of “You’re Just Too Good to Be True,” that had the gals giggling with joy and just as he finished he turned to me, looking me directly in the eye and said “I know what you’re thinking. I should be ashamed of myself.” A moment and then he was off to the next willing patron. All three performed “The Drinking Song,” from La Traviata with much bravado, followed by “New York, New York,” and the models final parade down the runway in evening gowns.
The event supporting the Westhampton Performing Arts Center keep coincided with the premiere of the new series “Kleinfeld Unveils” on TLC (The Learning Channel) this Friday, October 12. The 13 part reality based show follows shopping, selecting and fitting bridal gowns and will feature incredible stores from incredible brides.
Portions of this feature originally appeared in Dan's Papers as "Afternoon of Elegance"… by gordin & christiano