Dressed to kill, and smelling spectacular after a tour of the Sephora Sensorium, Joonbug headed over to Kiss & Fly for the Junior Society of Ballet Hispanico's fundraising event Dance Into Fashion. Stepping into the world of fantasy yet again as the doors to Kiss & Fly opened to reveal the decadent red soaked entrance. The thick red curtains spread open to welcome all the donors, dancers, and partygoers as we ventured into the dark meadow-like lounge.
As we were escorted to our table, we took in the magical atmosphere dripping from each section of the club- the dragonfly-topped gazebo looked as if beamed straight out of True Blood's Faerie, the bar, buzzing with conversation over the delicious complimentary Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches (imagine pumpkin ice cream enveloped by two snicker doodles). Surrounding the pop-pounding dance floor were fully stocked tables with chocolaty treats like Peanut M&M's, Snickers, and Crunch; To add a personal touch, there were romantic clear wine bottles with vodka mixers like cranberry juice, orange juice, and soda. And with the table came the vodka. Hunger driven, we noshed on candy while awaiting the servers to bring sumptuous hors d'oeuvres like bite-sized pizza, cucumber sandwiches, and macaroni and cheese with ham.
Circulating through the crowd, and on the dance floor, were the gorgeous Ballet Hispanico dancers, mingling and making sure to thank everyone for the support. Then Junior Socitet co-chairs Paul Arnhold and Janna Levine came up to introduce the dancers and express their gratitude for the incredible $30,000 raised by the Junior Society Outreach Program.
Then, the fashion show began as each dancer took her mini-catwalk along the side stage (right in front of us) boasting Rebecca Taylor duds with looks like Sexy, Bold, and Chic. After seeing the gorgeous dress collection, like a long sleeved beaded fuchsia dress (paired with dangling Pamela Love earrings) and a flowy blush strapless dress with rhinestone accents (matched with a triangle statement necklace), each model-dancer came unto the dance floor, confident and smiling, as they performed sexy renditions of salsa, meringue, and tango. Their male counterparts wore ruffled denim shirts and animal print pants, creating a basic palette to heighten the look of each dress as a dancer would twirl, or press seductively against her partner.
After the performance, ladies flocked to the gazebo where a silent bid of all the pieces seen, took place. The DJ brought the party back with hits like "Just Cant Get Enough" and Britney's "I Wanna Go," and with that we partied until the after-party moved a few doors over to Bunker, where, as you probably know, we danced into the night.