The Upper East Side was bustling last night as top models, musicians, and Hollywood starlets gathered to fete the second annual Pencils of Promise Gala at New York City’s Guastavino’s. Joining Scooter Braun and Adam Braun, who founded the organization in 2008, were honorees Usher, the former First Lady of the U.K., Sarah Brown, along with PoP supporters Lonneke Engel, Jessica Stam, Victoria’s Secret model Arlenis Sosa, and Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr! In addition to the night’s top honors, the benefit also included a special performance by Tori Kelly, and a live auction that sparked an all out bidding war between Usher and Jessica over one of the most adorable Goldendoodle puppies that we’ve ever seen! It was Usher who walked away with the win at the end of the night, placing a $12,000 bid on the pooch, tweeting, “It took me 2 years, but I outbid everyone this year to bring Poppy home.” Poppy the puppy, how cute!
Aside from surpassing their original goal of raising one million dollars by the end of the night, the PoP event also played host to top notch red carpet looks that we’re using as style inspiration this weekend! For those looking to have a little fun with their getup, take notes on Lonneke’s fun animal print Rachel Roy dress or Arlenis’ sporty Thankoon jumpsuit and Givenchy jacket. If you’re looking to add a little color to brighten up the gloomy weather, Jessica’s look was the perfect mix of bright florals and sheer elegance!
Check out the full red carpet looks from last night’s gala below!