Ballet Fête and Fête*ish kick off Austin’s Fall Social Season in Style With A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream Theme
By Rob Giardinelli Photography By Jen Perez and Tony Spielberg
THE SCENE: A beautiful “summer” evening kicked off Austin’s autumn social season recently as over 200 of Austin’s most notable Sociable’s mixed it up for a lively cause, Ballet Austin. The cocktail hour began the night in the Driskill Hotel’s mezzanine, followed by a magical dinner in the Driskill ballroom where Victoria and Sofia Avila (aka The Mandarin Girls) transformed the Driskill ballroom into an uber-chic forest oasis complete, with acrylic Starck chairs, crisp white table cloths and gold accenting linens, with a 50-person continental style table, centered in the middle of the room, beneath a stunning floating flower canopy of hydrangeas, orchids, wisterias, amaranths, roses, ranunculus and peonies
THE VIBE: The black-tie affair brought out Austin’s culture-loving afficianados, featuring dazzling women in Shakespearean forest-themed ball gowns, with feathers and ruffles galore, and their dashing, tuxedoed escorts channeling their inner James Bond. Dinner guests feasted on a delicious three course meal and commenced with a lively silent auction that featured items ranging including a week’s house rental in Provincetown, a Formula One track and party package by My Yacht Club, and “Five Minutes of (Ballet Austin) Fame” as a Mother Ginger during one of the performances for this year’s Nutcracker. Guests then poured back into the mezzanine for the after party, where they were joined by 150 additional Austin sociable’s to dance the night away at Ballet Fete-ish.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Heather and Alex Ladage, raised over $_____ for Ballet Austin’s community education programs which service over 57,000 Central Texans each year. The evening also benefited the new sets and costumes that premiere for the performance company’s upcoming The Nutcracker.