The Wildlife Conservation Society Gala 2010: Flights of Fancy and Bird Inspired Home Decor

In addition to writing about the fabulous home products and gifts that we sell on my retail site, The Well Appointed House, we often like to take a look at current fashion trends and how they impact home decor design.   With that said, I especially like having a first hand look at the trends when I head to the city for various events.  This past Thursday night I attended the 2010 Wildlife Conservation Society’s “Flights of Fancy” Gala.  This year’s event was the best one yet and the fashion didn’t disappoint.  Uptown’s elite turned out in droves and from the moment I stepped out of my car at the steps of the Central Park Zoo on Fifth Avenue and looked over my shoulder to see Emmy Rossum walking in directly behind me in an ethereal white gown from Marchesa’s Spring 2010 bridal collection, I knew it would be a night to remember.   Marchesa’s designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig arrived at the gala not too long after and we were soon joined by actresses Bernadette Peters, Devon Aoki and Mira Sorvino, among others.  (Check out our previous post on Getting Dressed with Georgina Chapman for some fabulous dressing room decor)  The black tie event gathered more than 650 social leaders from New York to celebrate WCS and pay tribute to our feathered friends including Gillian Hearst Simonds (who also wore Marchesa), fashion legend Liz Claiborne’s widower Art Ortenberg, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, Allison and Leonard Stern, Carl Bernstein, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Jill Roosevelt and other lumineries.    Here is a picture taken by Patrick McMullan (I’ll have a non watermarked photo to replace this in a few days) of my husband and I as we passed through the press line. I am carrying the Judith Leiber bag that I purchased at the pre-gala cocktail party at Judith Leiber to kick off  and support the event.  Judith Leiber was a sponsor last year as well as this year:

Melissa Hawks, Carney Hawks – Photo PatrickMcMullan.com
Emmy Rossum in Marchesa (Harper’s Bazaar and LIFE)

Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman wearing their own designs (Photo)

Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino in a nude cocktail dress (Photo)

Devon Aoki stuns in a tangerine Marchesa gown (photo), which we heard was quite heavy to wear.

Broadway Star Bernadette Peters (Photo)
Guests were treated to fabulous cocktails, dinner and dancing along with an incredibly vibrant visual display of elegant birds that served as centerpieces designed by premiere event designer and floral architect Preston Bailey.  At various tables Bailey had created a flamingo made of peonies, roses and hydrangeas, a huge four and a half foot parrot made of flowers and a swan made of roses.  Guests were seated in tented pavillions with table cards assigned by type of bird.    DJ Cassidy had music pumping as the late-night younger crowd joined the after-party.

Floral Swan decoration along with a brilliant eagle (photo)

Dinner in the Parrot Pavaillion (photo)

The late-night junior after-party crowd (photo)

Proceeds from the event support Wildlife Conservation Society parks, education and global conservation programs.  The event drew attention to over 350 species of birdlife that WCS works hard to protect and over $1 million was raised that evening.

If you would like to bring some bird inspired decor into your home, check out our huge collection of bird items at The Well Appointed House including paintings, watercolors, porcelain decorations and more!  Perfect for any bird lover who would like to take a flight of fancy at home!  Happy shopping!

The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Scripted Peacock Pillow, $164
WellAppointedHouse. Perched Bird Round Table and Chair, $177
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Handmade Isabel Bird Floor…, $550
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Handmade Dancing Flamenco…, $920
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Bird Medallion Planter, $113
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Textured Bird Mirror, $1,200
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Set of Four Porcelain…, $163
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Lovebirds Garden Ornament, $90
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Cherry Blossom Love Birds…, $94
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Brighton Birds Hand Made…, $2,130
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Peacock Facing Right Pillow, $164
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Bird Cage Napkin Rings, $160
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Paradise Small Round Tureen…, $289
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Newport Winter Budgies…, $118
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Decoupage Plate with Birds, $48
The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. AGED SAGE FINISHED…, $216
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