Fancy People Theme It Out for the Toga Party

Finance maven Alexandra Lebenthal is on the left. If she wanted to sneak her cats their litter box in, we would've preferred an oversize handbag or two to a bright-red tent. To her right, we have a strong desire to pull Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann's hood over head and make her throw pixie dust like Mickey Mouse in . Tatum O'Neal stands on the far right. She could use a little dusting by Elettra to make her look more fantasmic, less washed out. Photo: Patrick McMullan

On Monday night the New York City Ballet held a Roman-themed party. Surprisingly, a lot of people really dressed according to theme, perhaps at an even higher ratio than at the Met's superhero-themed gala. Lest the hostess of that party, Anna Wintour, get to scowling, let's bear in mind that gladiator sandals are officially all the rage, so opting for a bit of toga-inspired wear isn't that out there. Let's critique a few ensembles, shall we?

On the left Elle editor Robbie Myers schools everyone who thought they knew a thing or two about ruffles. Next to her is Bill Powers with Cynthia Rowley. We could totally rock Powers's jacket with a pair of super-dark jeans. Rowley's fuzzy ensemble epitomizes caveman chic. To her right, Allison Sarofim's dress is toga perfection. But we'd like her shoes better if they didn't look like they were made of foam. Nicole Miller's dress looks like a piece of Easter European china, but we love.Photo: Patrick McMullan

Costumer Carole Divet wears Lanvin in all its glory. In the middle Stylista star and Elle fashion news editor Anne Slowey tries to accentuate her waist with a skinny black belt, but we don't think it quite looks the way she had envisioned. And last, to her right, props to Debbie Bancroft for keeping the toga theme in mind, but why is she wearing a sheet of cellulose insulation? We're pretty sure the Romans didn't have that back in the day…Photo: Patrick McMullan