Fashion wasn’t the only thing New Yorkers came out for this week.
The PEN American Center’s annual literary gala in the waiting room at Grand Central Terminal on Monday proved host Tina Brown can bring ’em out on both coasts: literary lions like Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Kushner and Erica Jong, newsmen Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw, tycoons Barry Diller and Bob Pittman, all the way through Hollywood types like Ann Magnuson and Barbet Schroeder. And this crowd can read, too. “I’ve just gone through 900 pages of Kissinger’s ‘Diplomacy,”‘ Brokaw remarked. “And it would have been longer, but he says he left out all the personal stuff.”
Pittman was there sans wife, Sandy, who’s gone for several months on a climbing expedition of Mount Everest. “Left to my own devices,” he said glumly, “I’ve been lonely and eating Cheerios.”
On Tuesday night, antiques lovers headed to Christie’s to sift through furnishings spanning nearly 400 years from the estate of Mary, Viscountess Rothermere.
“Was all this in her Newport house?” Irene Aitken asked Christie’s Ralph Carpenter. “It doesn’t look the same here as it did there.”
After viewing the collection, Duane Hampton and Louise Grunwald passed through the silver sale.
“Do you think it moves when we’re not here?” Hampton asked, referring to an automated version of a Swedish silversmith shop with miniature silversmiths working away.
Later that evening, Nino Cerruti hosted a dinner at the St. Regis for his new book “Nino Cerruti and the Stars,” a book of photographs about movies he wardrobed, including “Pretty Woman” and “Reversal of Fortune.” Julie Delpy and Sam Waterston were among those who stepped out to join the master tailor, who was in from Paris for just two days.
“I have discovered the secret of getting into New York in a hurry — take Newark instead of Kennedy,” said Cerruti. “If you say you have nothing in your bag, at Newark they believe you.”