Interior designer Kari Whitman scours antiques stores, flea markets, and clients' existing inventory before even thinking about buying new furniture. "The craftsmanship is often better in older pieces," Whitman says. "For Jessica Alba's house we bought almost every piece used."
At left: Whitman shows Alba vintage crystal chandeliers.
At the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s benefit gala, Gabrielle Union showed up in a strapless styled Prada gown in a rich shade of emerald green. A diamond wreath at her neck and black T-strap heels completed her look.