NEW YORK — Pity any bright young thing who actually styled her tresses Thursday night in anticipation of Moët & Chandon’s party on Liberty Island, for the gusty winds both on the ferry and the island destroyed any hope of a good hair night. But since this was a soiree hosted by a Champagne company, any fashion insecurities were quickly forgotten with a little bubbly. Make that a lot of bubbly.
A crowd including Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Jacquetta Wheeler, Michael and Eva Chow and Sean Lennon scooted over the Hudson River to see Lady Liberty done up in a trippy laser light show. Co-host Elizabeth Hurley headed back to Manhattan immediately afterward, but everyone else stuck around to drink from one of dozens of bejeweled magnums being bandied about. Lazaro Hernandez took matters into his own hands, pouring for friends including Eleanor Ylvisaker just before the fireworks display.
Earlier in the day, the Ladies Who Lunch did a little jeté over to Café Gray for the School of American Ballet’s Winter Ball Committee luncheon. With sweeping views of Central Park behind them, Joanne de Guardiola, Jamee Gregory, Coco Kopelman and daughter Jill Kargman dined on delicacies and listened to dancer Jock Soto talk about how important the school was to his own career. “I started dancing when I was five, so that makes me 150 now,” he joked, before explaining how he was plucked from his class at a strip mall near his home to study in the big city. Now a member of the faculty, Soto has kept busy since his retirement last year with his new catering company, Lucky Basset. “I miss performing,” he admitted. “But now I perform in other ways — I teach, I’m catering. Am I sad? No. I’m actually very happy.”
As was the crowd Wednesday evening that descended upon Charlotte Moss’ Upper East Side town house for a Costume Institute-cosponsored conversation on famed tastemaker Pauline de Rothschild by Mitchell Owens, a design editor of Traditional Home Magazine. Deeda Blair, Ralph Rucci, Anna Sui, Patrick Robinson, Anne Grauso and Amy Fine Collins, among others, made themselves at home on Moss’ elaborately brocaded chaises and then repaired to the candlelit backyard for a dinner of lobster pièce montée and chicken chaud-froid. “I love having guests over,” Moss smiled. “I’m such a homebody.” She hopes to host more evenings at her new store next spring.
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As for her three-year-old home, which she spent a year redoing, Moss is most fond of her outdoor fireplace. “That’s what pushed us over the budget,” she laughed. “It was my concession to leaving California.”