Dying to know what they’ll be wearing to the Tony Awards Sunday night? That’s what I thought. Anyway, co-host Amy Irving will wear a Calvin and a Kamali. (Oh, of course she’ll change. She’d look pretty dumb with one on top of the other). Her jewels will be from Fred Leighton. Carol Burnett will be in a rust-colored Bob Mackie dress and jacket. Faye Dunaway will be all in black by Armani. Bernadette Peters will wear a black Donna Karan. Rosie O’Donnell will be there in diamonds, emeralds and rubies by Winston. Jane Alexander will turn up in a Bill Blass cream-colored crepe, and Melanie Griffith, flying in from Aspen, hasn’t made up her mind, so she’ll be bringing along a few suitcases, just in case.
Michael Learned has decided on black pants under a black and gold jacket by Adolfo, Linda Lavin will also wear gold and black and Swoosie Kurtz will shine in fire engine red. As for Isabelle Stevenson of the American Theatre Wing, she’ll be front and center in a black, slit-up-the-side number encrusted with rhinestones by Michael Katz.
Co-hosting with Amy Irving will be Sir Anthony Hopkins, who’ll fly in from London and wear Cerruti. He is said to be all fired up just hearing about Amy’s bias-cut black hammered satin by Calvin, and her cream beaded chiffon chemise by Kamali. He is also said not to have a clue what the hell she’s wearing.
The first biography of Janet Reno will hit bookstores later this month, according to the publisher, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Paul Anderson, the author of “Janet Reno: Doing the Right Thing,” says that when he approached “the stalwart Attorney General last August about writing a book about her, she reacted in typical Reno fashion by laughing one of her big deep laughs and saying, ‘Oh, c’mon. I haven’t even been here six months yet. This still seems so ephemeral to me.”‘ So the publishers and the author want to know if this is why she called the author “directly and asked that a copy of the book be sent to her by messenger?” I’d say that was why she called him. Wouldn’t you say that was why she called him?
Along those lines, it is said that HRC, endeavoring to reduce WJC’s calories, has forbidden him his favorite munchies — you know, like hamburgers, ribs and fries. Upon hearing that HRC was anxious to reduce WJC’s spare tire, Rozanne Gold, who recently won the James Beard award for excellence in cookbook writing — and never one to miss a trick — has sent HRC her prize-winning book, “Little Meals: A Great New Way To Eat and Cook,” with this note: “The best way to reduce calorie over-run at the White House, take “Little Meals.” Now seems the proper time to congratulate her on her chutzpah and to suggest that perhaps she writes better books than notes, no?
New York in June is a summer festival — and not for the faint of heart. But faint heart ne’er climbed the steep steps of The New York Public Library, even when the stairs are bordered with thousands of irises. And faint heart ne’er faced the multitudes gathered in Astor Hall quaffing this and that. And faint heart certainly never walked the long hallways on the way to the Celeste Bartos Forum and the Library’s big Spring Gala. However, if the indomitable Brooke Astor, who insists she is 92 — even though no one really believes her — can do it, floating about in gold lace and golden high heels, it certainly behooves the rest of us.
The rest included a lot of big names and big donors such as a beaming Bill Blass who — certainly you’ve heard — has been kind enough to hand over $10 million to the revered institution. (The rave reviews Bill received for his latest collection are another cause for beaming, but that’s another story.)
The chairmen of the evening were Mica Ertegun in black and silver and Casey Ribicoff in a long, pale yellow sliver by Mr. Blass that should have won him — and Casey — a medal. Barry Diller, the third chairman, couldn’t make it. Someone said he was off taking over a conglomerate or a country or something, but you know how people exaggerate.
Everybody else was there in black tie and longlong or shortshort. Carolyne Roehm wore lacy black lingerie (well, sort of) and white pearls, and Liz Mezzacappa looked like a flower in a garden in Michael Katz’s handprinted summer confection. The great-looking young girl at Brooke’s table was Annette de la Renta’s daughter, Eliza Reed, all in black, with stepdaddy Oscar looking on fondly. Then there were Hannah and Alan Pakula; Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo; Shirley and Richard Clurman; Emelia and Pepe Fanjul; Pauline and Dixon Boardman; Ahmet Ertegun; Duane and Mark Hampton; Ellie and John Elliot; Princess Firyal of Jordan, blazing with jewels; Schuyler Chapin; Jan Cowles; Charles Cowles; Francesca and Peter Tufo; Linda Wachner in black organza; Abe Ribicoff; Kathy and Bill Rayner; Linda and Jim Robinson; Pat and Jerry Schoenfeld; Ann and Herb Siegel; Joan and Paul Marks; David Metcalfe; Shelley and David Mortimer; Dr. Paul LeClerc, and at least a hundred other names that are fit to print, but there isn’t room.
The Colbert Foundation dinner in the gardens of the Cooper Hewitt Museum was a thing of French beauty held under an enormous dark blue tent with decor inspired from 18th century French castles and chateaux. The co-chairmen of the evening were Coco Kopelman whose husband, Arie, is the president of Chanel Inc., and Lucile Peyrelongue, whose husband is the Cosmair cosmetics head. That should be French enough to satisfy everybody twice.
The gardens were transformed by the talented Paris-based interior designer Francois Schmidt into an elegant reminder of elegant dining in centuries past in “such renowned French castles as Bagatelle, Villandry, Breteuil, Chantilly, Fontainebleau, etc.” And the Comite Colbert wants us to know that the green, blue and pink porcelain service was by Bernardau, the toile de Jouy fabric called La Musardiere was from Manuel Canovas, and that the magnificent flowers were done by Christian Tortu. It was truly one of the most breathtaking of settings with giant chandeliers with rose petal lampshades hanging from the tent and an 18th-century feast purveyed by Tentation catering. Vive la France!
Oscar de la Renta is organizing Channel 13/WNET’s black-tie gala at the Plaza next Tuesday, and — being the cutie that he is — has convinced the hotel to open the mirrored doors of the Palm Court so guests may pass through, thereby making as grand as entrance as they are capable of into the Terrace Room for cocktails. It’s all pretty exciting.
The gala will honor five “Great Performers” who have helped make Thirteen what it is today, namely Brooke Astor, Joan Ganz Cooney, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Beverly Sills and Gay Vance. Philip Baloun will bring summer/spring into the Plaza’s Ballroom with peonies and roses, and expected to attended are Lee Radziwill and Herb Ross, Liz and Felix Rohatyn, Casey and Abe Ribicoff, the Philip Millers, Ann and Vernon Jordan and others too prominent and distinguished to list.
(Next week read all about the Museum of Modern Art’s wonderful Party in the Garden honoring Peggy and David Rockefeller and their private collection of magnificent paintings, one of MoMA’s best parties ever).