Every night in New York there are parties and there are more parties. But there’s always the party, the one everyone waits for and dresses for and talks about for days afterward. The party, if glamour and beautifully dressed women and a sterling guest list appeal to you, was the one given by Ahmet Ertegun, a force of nature and an icon in the music world, and his stunning wife, Mica. It was the “It” party of them all.
Ahmet is, of course, the Turk of Turks and Mica is a renowned hostess, so the party, 300 strong, was a gala evening with cocktails in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum and dinner in the Temple of Dendur. The famous Samy Goz Orchestra was imported from Europe and genuine whirling dervishes, if you please, in fezzes and white robes, were imported from Turkey. They twirled in hypnotic circles in traditional Sufi manner and the perfume pack did their own whirling later, if not like dervishes, on the dance floor.
Everyone was there: Sid and Mercedes Bass of the Fort Worth Basses (she was dressed by Oscar de la Renta in a fabulous satin ballgown); Oscar and Annette de la Renta (he continues to be heavily praised for the way he made Laura Bush look at the inauguration); Mort Zuckerman with Patricia Duff (at it again); Stephen and Christine Schwarzman; Lauren and John Veronis; Tom Wolfe of the “I Am Charlotte Simmons” bestseller and his wife, Sheila; John Richardson; Nan Kempner in that jewel of a golden Valentino jacket, again (this is the fourth time she’s worn it; “I’m amortizing it,” said the ultimate fashion plate); Louise Grunwald; Lynn Wyatt; Alan Alda and his wife, Arlene; the marvelous British actress Helen Mirren; Gale Haymen; Elizabeth de Cuevas; Lionel Pincus with Princess Firyal of Jordan, wearing a top-to-toe black Chanel evening suit trimmed in white mink and carrying a white mink bag; Tony Bennett and his friend Susan Crow; Drue Heinz with the British playwright Tom Stoppard; Joan Cooney and Pete Peterson; Catie and Don Marron; Patricia Patterson; Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild; Tom Freston; Joan Didion; Camilla McGrath; Marshall Rose with his pretty stepdaughter, Chloe Malle (she is Candice Bergen’s daughter); Liz and Damon Mezzacappa; Judy Miller and Jacob Epstein; Dominick Dunne; Alexis Gregory; Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera; Jamie Niven; Mary McFadden; Carol McFadden; Judy and Ed Ney; Elaine Kaufman; Marilyn and Don Hewitt; Jane Holzer; Kenneth Jay Lane; Alfred and Judy Taubman; Annette Tappert; Nina Griscom and her mommy, Liz Rohatyn; Shirley and Abe Rosenthal; Cornelia and Marty Bregman; Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo; Barbara Walters; Pamela Gross and James Finkelstein; David and Julia Koch; Ahmet’s niece, Leyla Ertegun, and on and on into the night.
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The dinner was given by the Erteguns on behalf of the American Turkish Society, which aims to build bridges between the U.S. and Turkey, and Alem Magazine, Turkey’s top lifestyle publication, which covers the international as well as the Turkish social scene. And among the Turkish contingent there were the Turkish Ambassador to the U.N., Baki Ilkin; Dr. Mehmet Oz of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and his wife, Lisa; Murat Koprulu, the president of the American Turkish Society and his wife, Nina, who co-hosted the dinner along with Berna Erten, the editor of Alem Magazine. You try spelling those names sometime.
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