Bettina’s Take: 2012 NYFC Fool’s Fete

The New Yorkers For Children Spring Dance, A Fool's Fete, is one of the most stylish and fun benefits of the season. It's a must attend event for many in the fashion industry and fashionable New Yorkers alike, including Erin Heatherton, Nicole Miller, Doutzen Kroes, Graziano de Boni, Peter Davis and Derek Blasberg. It is called a Fool's Fete because the event originally took place on April 1st.

"I had a whole committee set aside to think of jokes," said Honorary Chair Dayssi Kanavos, who chaired the first fete. "We had name tags for Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Jon Bon Jovi, George Clooney. We wanted people to get excited about who they were sitting next to." Kanavos, resplendent in a dress designed by the evening's sponsor, CD Greene, has been deeply committed to the cause from the beginning. "For me it's 15 years of helping kids in foster care who don't have anyone to speak for them, advocate for them, give them a leg up," she said.

The beautifully decorated ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental was filled with incredibly well-dressed notables, such as co-chairs Alina Cho, Lydia Fenet, Allison Aston, and Nicole Esposito, all wearing CD Greene, and Tinsley Mortimer, Veronica Webb and Zani Gugelmann, looking spectacular. Zac Posen was accompanied by beauties Coco Rocha and Crystal Renn, both wearing his designs.

"I think it's amazing for New Yorkers to come together to raise money for children in foster care in New York," said Posen.

"Most of my charities involve children. Children are the most vulnerable. They need us to do something to help," said Rocha.

"Look at this evening, it's such a glamorous, beautiful event. It's something all of us New Yorkers look forward to. It's a fashion moment the entire time. I'm incredibly excited to be here," added Renn.

The gorgeous and talented Katie Lee is working on a new novel, and her book, Groundswell, comes out in paperback in May. "I always look forward to this event. It's a really fun night for a great cause," said Lee, wearing vintage Valentino.

New Yorkers For Children Guardian Scholar Peterson Rodriguez gave a beautiful, moving speech. The room was buzzing and animated, and by the end of the night, most everyone ended up on the dance floor.

Photo: Katie Lee and Andrew Saffir