March 30 (Bloomberg) -- At Christie’s last night, bidders including actor Sam Waterston put up their paddles to protect the coral reefs of Belize, the wolves of the Rockies and the glaciers of the Himalayas.
It was the second annual Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth, benefiting Central Park Conservancy, Conservation International, Oceana and the Natural Resources Defense Council. (An online auction at http://www.bidtosavetheearth.com runs through April 7.)
“There are some superficial events in New York City,” said Seth Meyers, head writer for “Saturday Night Live” and the auction’s emcee. “I probably have friends who are at a vodka launch. And I’ll have to tell them, ‘Sorry I wasn’t there, I was saving the Earth. Hope you had fun with your vodka.”
This party did have vodka, as well as chardonnay and Champagne. The food, by the restaurant Rouge Tomate, included grass-fed beef tartar and arctic char crudo.
“I love the diversity of nature,” said actress Diane Kruger.
The second part of the evening was devoted to Runway to Green, for which designers created outfits that reflect a planet-friendly interest in sustainable manufacturing.
Model Coco Rocha and others showed 32 looks, including a yellow-and-brown batik gown by Thakoon and a wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta made from 100 percent organic natural ivory cotton-tulle.
Model Kate Dillon said of nature, “I love how it puts me in my place.”
Along the runway, Vogue editor Anna Wintour had a front-row seat with her daughter, Bee Shaffer. Also observing was Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder and creative director of Moda Operandi, which gives consumers the chance to buy clothes off the runway before they hit stores.
After the fashions, rapper Nicki Minaj performed in a green beehive wig.
Young Concert Artists
At Jazz at Lincoln Center, the nonprofit Young Concert Artists celebrated its mission of helping musicians to begin solo careers. Artists are chosen by audition and given promotional support with two prestigious concerts.
“When I won this, I was 15, and I was extremely shy and frightened,” said violinist Karen Gomyo, one of the alumni of the program who performed earlier.
“One of my mentors in science, James Watson, who discovered DNA, is here tonight,” said the organization’s chairman, William Haseltine, shortly before lamb chops were served. “I like having the chance to give others a leg up too.”
Gomyo and three others performed Maurer’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Violins in A minor.
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