Bettina's Take: A POSH Affair Dinner Gala

Somers Farkas, Lizzie Tisch

The Lighthouse is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss. Every year for 40 years, leaders of the fashion community have gotten together for the organization's annual POSH sale. The evening is a clotheshorse's dream, with gently used clothing and accessories from Chanel, Chloe, Derek Lam, Dolce & Gabbana, Judith Lieber, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, and many more on offer. 

The annual "A Posh Affair" Dinner Gala follows the sale. Somers Farkas, Lighthouse's Director of Special events, works tirelessly every year to make sure it is a memorable evening.

"Fashion has long played an important role in the history of Lighthouse (Edith and Winifred Holt founded the organization with their dress allowances over a century ago), and this evening is an important recognition of those visionaries in the fashion community," said Farkas, wearing Oscar de la Renta.

This year's honorees had quite a following. Friends and colleagues came out to celebrate entrepreneur Lizzie Tisch, architect and decorator Robert Couturier, and President of Henri Bendel Chris Fiore.

"I was really thrilled when Amy [Fine Collins] and Somers asked me to be an honoree," said Tisch, looking chic in Viktor & Rolf. "I finally got to take a tour of the Lighthouse, it's truly remarkable, especially the music programs and the nursery school that they have for the vision impaired children. It's quite incredible."

"It's a wonderful charity, something that is incredibly useful and worthy. I'm honored to be honored," added Couturier.

After cocktails, guests were ushered into one of the Pierre's lovely dining rooms for dinner and speeches. Jonathan Tisch introduced his wife and played the role of auctioneer. Architectural Digest's Margaret Russell, beautiful as ever, introduced Couturier, as Nina Griscom, Carolyne Roehm, Dennis Basso, Alex Hitz, Dori Cooperman and Tiffany Dubin looked on. The evening ended early.

How civilized.

Photo: Somers Farkas and Lizzie Tisch