Story & Photos by Lieba Nesis |
Romona Keveza held a cocktail party at her penthouse flagship at One Rockefeller Plaza on March 29 at 6PM in honor of the 34th Fred and Adele Astaire awards which will be held in June. Regrettably, my poor sense of direction had me twirling around the ice skating rink inquiring as to where this address was located. Arriving at my destination, I headed to the 33rd floor to meet Keveza, the designer, who started her company in 1999 and has been creating gowns for Angelina Jolie, Kendall Jenner and Kate Beckinsale. Beckinsale recently wore one of her gowns to the Academy Awards and Keveza brought this dress as well as others in emerald green, ruby red and floral print to the showroom. Keveza said that a lot of her designs are inspired by James Galanos, a favorite of her mothers, and her pieces were reminiscent of Galanos, with long dramatic trains and crisp tailoring. Additionally, Keveza uses the most expensive five ply silk crepe material, justifying her prices which start at $3,000 for cocktail attire and $6,000 for gowns. The crowd was comprised of socialites: Jean Shafiroff, Pamela Morgan, Paola Bacchini, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Montgomery Frazier and Nicole Noonan. It was also great to see some rarely spotted luminaries such as actress Sean Young and book publisher Maureen Regan. What could be more enjoyable then sipping on champagne with the accompaniment of beautiful dresses and great company. However, the event was beginning to wind down and I was headed to Beautique to watch some “Real Housewives” tend to their duties-none of which were household related.