Vintage style reigned supreme at Saturday's SPAC Winter Ball, put on by the SPAC Junior Committee. This party in the winter raises funds to help underwrite the classical programming and educational activities of SPAC's summer season, and with summer on the brain the guests braved the snow and slush to make their way to the Hall of Springs. The Hall itself was filled with party goers donning throwback black and white, a nod to the "Vintage Hollywood" theme, and guests paused in front of the monochromatic step and repeat to have their photos snapped before heading into the sold out affair.
Inside the venue the decorations popped with vintage Tinseltown style posters framed by bright lights, a miniaturized Hollywood sign, and the always glamorous photo booth set up by Heather Bohm Tallman added to the ambiance. Guests wasted no time hitting the dance floor with The New York Players filling the historic space with music and sampled some of the throwback cuisine by Mazzone Hospitality which had a classic 50s Americana nod with mini burger sliders.
Everyone was dressed to the nines, some guests opting for black and white like Alyssa McClenning who dazzled in a floor length striped skirt and some deciding to stand out from the crowd in bold color like Yvonne McEachron who was stunning in a close fitting red dress. Kate Jarosh, attending with husband Drew, took the theme up a notch with an absolutely perfect Holly Golightly vibe and Trina Lucas, there with husband Dave, looked perfect in her black a-line and pearls.
Amongst the crowd we bumped into Meredith and Paul von Schenk, Ryan Bouchey, Bo Goliber, Leah Ferrone, Laura Herr, Klare Ingram, Arielle Bernard, Laura Simiele. Patrice Mastrianni and we met the "New Shane" at SPAC, the lovely Tracy Strann.
Standing by the well stocked raffle items we chatted with designer Daniel Mozzes, flanked by two beauties wearing two of his creations. Daniel was still on a high from seeing one of his designs walk down the red carpet at this year's Oscars (alongside an Oscar winner!) and his glow was only matched by the gorgeous dresses that would go to the lucky winners that evening.
The flow of the event was on point, guests bounced around to the band from the dance floor to the jazz bar, from the HBT photo booth to the raffle items, picking up a bite to eat in between dances. This party always has a great energy and this year was no exception and the sold out crowd soaked up every minute.
Themes are a biggie with this party; Dallas in the past, Vintage Hollywood this year, and every year guests really get into the spirit. For this year's theme women were wearing pearls and full skirts, or slinky Hollywood siren white gowns, with the men in tuxes or sporting hats that looked like they were stolen from a Rat Pack wardrobe. We can't wait to see what they have in store for next year's theme, this great group of Junior Committee members certainly has their work cut out for them topping each year's party, but we think they are up to the task.