AVENUE MAGAZINE

A Shower of Rosé Means it’s April in Paris

The April in Paris Ball has returned to New York City.

After a decades-long absence, the soiree has been revived. April in Paris, which started at The Waldorf Hotel in 1951, was originally designed to raise money for various charities while catering to “very, very high class people” including the likes of Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, and Josephine Baker. Marilyn Monroe famously attended the same year as JFK and Jackie. This year, the ball restarted small as a cocktail and the flowing glasses of Whispering Angel rose weren’t the only angels in attendance at The Consulate General of France on April 26th. Hosts Katherine Boudria, looking heavenly in a white Giambattista Valli number adorned with little strawberries, and Philip Selkirk joined over 150 angels at the sold out event benefiting The World Wildlife Fund and the We Are Still In environmental cause, which specifically addresses climate change. Ballerina Cristina Jackson pirouetted amongst belles of the ball including Alexandra Lind Rose, Jennifer Creel, Debbie Bancroft, Roy Kean, Cristina Rizzo, Bruce and Theresa Colley, Harrison and Katherine Embiricos Lefrak and Mary Snow, while opera star marie-claire serenaded the crowd in the stateroom where Gershwin once played. DJ Etienne and electro saxophonist Nadir Simon also entertained while the guests bid on auction items including a Louis Vuitton jewelry trunk, a Natural Habitat Adventure to Greenland, and the piece de resistance, a painting by abstract artist/hip-hop DJ Terry Urban, who also attended. Hosts Boudria and Selkirk are excited to resuscitate the once annual black-tie gala, which The New York Times in 1974 named “the most prestigious, with its national and international guest list,” and according to Selkirk, are “already considering the beneficiaries” for next April’s soiree.

By Missy Hargraves