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El Museo del Barrio’s 2012 Gala in New York City

M. de Phocas designers Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano with Patricia Harteneck, Yaz Hernandez and Leticia Presutti.

El Museo del Barrio’s 19th Spring gala was held on May 17th at Cipriani on 42nd Street in the heart of New York City. Various celebrities and fashion world luminaries attended the lively event which is among the most important Latino fundraisers in New York. The highlight of the evening was honoring the Cuban-American fashion designer, Narciso Rodriguez.

Actress Julianna Margulies, Fashion Designer Narciso Rodriguez and Yaz Hernandez.

A sea of fashion designers such as Bibhu Mohapatra, Cristian Cota, Carlos Campos  and editors from Vogue and W Magazines among others intermingled, as actress Julianna Margulies presented the award for Excellence in the Arts to Rodriguez for his longtime patronage to El Museo del Barrio. Margulies described the designer as “the only designer to win two consecutive CFDA awards for women’s wear and her dear friend for the past 18 years”.

Carolina Herrera

Fashion designer Carolina Herrera also served as presenter, bestowing Yaz Hernández with a trustee leadership award for her generosity, exemplary years of service and influential work on the museum’s Executive Committee. Ruben and Isabel Toledo presented Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. with the 2012 Corporate Excellence in Arts Award as the company celebrates the 150th anniversary of their founding in Santiago de Cuba.

Ruben and Isabel Toledo.

The glamorous fundraising event benefits New York’s leading Latino cultural institution and was chaired by Nina Garcia, Alex González and Sarah G. Wolfe. All honorees received a one of a kind piece designed by jeweler John Hardy.

Leslie Sardiñas, Rafa Marquez y Jaydy Michel and GRB Communications’ Gabriel Rivera-Barraza.

Fashion Designer Bibhu Mohapatra and Model, Mackenzie Hamilton. American Vogue’s Valerie Boster.

American Vogue’s Valerie Boster, Fashion Designer Christian Cota and Eugenia Gonzalez.

Marjorie Gubelmann, Carlos Mota and Nina Garcia. Monica Zaldivar.

Fashion Stylist Claudia Talamas, Karla Martinez and Menswear Designer Carlos Campos.

Jose Solis Betancourt, Yaz Hernandez, Valentin Hernandez Jr. and Makeup Artist Karlo Karlo.

Models in Narciso Rodriguez Dresses and Carlos Campos Menswear. From left, Anita Hodosi, Julia,Wayne Stephens, Jordan Hathaway, Daniel Broitman, and Dontus Borg.

Julianna Margulies and American Vogue’s Fashion Director, Tonne Goodman.

Drew Altizer