It’s perhaps appropriate that the universe delivered an unseasonably summery day for the world premiere of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s new work, “The Seasons,” at the American Ballet Theater’s annual Spring Gala. On an evening when temps still hovered in the 80s (pity the woman who showed up in what looked to be a Moncler puffer coat dress!), most guests donned florals and flowing chiffon. ABT Principal Misty Copeland hit the red carpet in a sparkling checkerboard-patterned gown, while Olivia Palermo and Lauren Santo Domingo both opted for caped frocks, ruby red and dove gray, respectively.
Once seated in the Metropolitan Opera House, guests were treated to a performance of Ratmansky’s “Serenade After Plato’s Symposium” before viewing “The Seasons,” an energetic whirlwind of color. Maggie Gyllenhaal was spotted sitting with her two daughters not far from Katie Holmes, and Alec and Hilaria Baldwin were seen whispering to each other. Jean Shafiroff, who’d donned a ballet-pink confection by Oscar de la Renta, videoed snippets of the performance from her seat in the front row. “It’s for social media,” she explained. “They like the publicity.”
A multicourse dinner in the Koch Theater followed, with guests kicking up their heels on the dance floor not long after. After all, a group that’s come together to celebrate its shared love of dance isn’t likely to be shy about showing off their moves.
A guest recounted the time when, a couple of years earlier, Ansel Elgort had torn it up on the dance floor with an ABT member. No such spectacle this time around, but the floor certainly teemed with boldface names strutting their stuff.
Hamish Bowles grooved with Ahn Duong and Joanna Fisher to “Uptown Funk” while clad in—how to describe it?—what appeared to be a seafoam green satin pajama set with a long train. “Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda,” he told us. It was a getup that wouldn’t have looked out of place at the Met Gala earlier in the month; perhaps it was a backup option? When complimented on his attire at that earlier event, at which he looked entirely in his element, Bowles responded, “It was a lot of fun. It was definitely my theme.”
One attendee wore a much-talked-about a beaded peach frock by Alice & Olivia—and when complimented on it, she spun about in the hopes of spotting and pointing out the brand’s designer, Stacey Bendet, who was somewhere in the crowd.
Katie Holmes (who had brought her mother, Kathleen, as her date) also took a twirl on the dance floor in a lovely floral maxi dress, joined by Jordan Roth, who was wearing a statement look by Dries van Noten. Holmes’ thoughts on Ratmansky’s new work? “It was really beautiful,” she murmured, gently clutching my arm. “Really beautiful.”