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“This is my new husband,” Nina Griscom announced, firmly attached to Calvin Klein’s hipbone as the two made their way into the Watermill Center benefit on Saturday. As the phalanx of paparazzi descended, one photographer piped up, “I’ll be your husband, Nina.”
“Take Calvin,” Griscom instructed, “he’s got more money and you’ll never have to shop again.”
Although Griscom’s entrance caused strained necks and a ripple of whispers throughout the crowd, guests like Patricia Duff, Bianca Jagger, Anh Duong and Katharina Otto Bernstein found plenty of other things to watch at the Louis Vuitton-hosted evening — like their bids at the silent auction, including works by Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman and Roy Lichtenstein, to benefit the 2003 scheduled completion of the arts center founded by Robert Wilson.
At a live auction during dinner, Klein bid on a Tracey Emin painted T-shirt, while Donna Karan and Beth Rudin DeWoody duked it out over a week’s vacation for six on Asher Edelman’s yacht. A mere $40,000 later, Karan triumphed.
But Karan’s big win came a few hours earlier. Super Saturday, her annual designer garage sale, raised over $1 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Karan welcomed frenzied shoppers into her makeshift “boutique,” but she wasn’t the only member of the Karan clan working the crowd.
“My granddaughter’s performing at 4 o’clock!” Karan enthused, showing off a T-shirt with the logo of her granddaughter’s girl group, Blush, splashed across its front. “Does anyone know if ‘Entertainment Tonight’ is still here?”
The following afternoon wild fillies of another breed were on display at Jill Rappaport’s perfectly rustic Western ranch in Watermill where the NBC reporter and Ralph Lauren hosted a luncheon for renowned horse whisperer Buck Brannaman.
“Where I come from,” explained the Montana native as he broke in Rappaport’s new filly, “we ride from both sides of the horse.”