Ah, Paris in the springtime! Ah, les artes ! They came together for "Rite of Spring," the first annual Beaux Arts Ball to be presented by the Applause Chapter of the Irvine Guilds of the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
With Design Center South in Laguna Niguel playing host Saturday night, the French carnivale featured--among other entertainment--jugglers, mimes and magicians. Their performances unfolded before 300 guests, who paid $75 each to attend. Mary Kunz, chapter chairwoman, estimated net proceeds at about $7,500.
While some of the guests clustered around gaming tables in a "Monte Carlo" casino, others danced to the Stewart Undem Orchestra in a tented ballroom. And many, enjoying their first trip to Design Center South--a resource center for the design trade--window-shopped as they strolled about the landscaped mall.
Invited to come in "black-tie, fabulous disguise, or as you are," ball-goers did a little of each. Standouts in disguise were sheik Don Loewe, whose wife, Patti--in a bangled and beaded gown--served as ways and means co-chairwoman with Marilyn Winter. Winter chose a delicate pastel ensemble, embellished with translucent butterflies.