Elegance and informality: Both are in. Restraint and frivolity: Either one works today. Contradictory? No—as long as whatever theme you choose, your event has the feel of authenticity, says Jaclyn Bernstein, president and partner, Empire Force Events in New York City. Gimmicks are out, she adds. Today’s events are inspired by specific goals, by the venue, and by fashion trends. What’s Hot/New York: Stimulating colors (try tangerine) Classic elegance New ...

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