After their glittering party at the Regent Wall Street to celebrate the June wedding in Caracas of their daughter Carolina to Alberto Rodriguez-Diez, Patty and Gustavos Cisneros, the glamorous Venezuelan power couple, flew off to Canada to stay with Jackie and Paul Desmarais, the glamorous Canadian power couple, at their farflung hunting lodge. Also part of the shooting party were Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, the glamorous Cuban power couple who are very much together at the moment. But you knew that.
The Cisneros party was a kind of lovely private extravaganza seldom seen in New York anymore. Now, tickets in hand, those who are and those who consider themselves social are left to drown in a sea of charity galas of incredible sameness. The 500 guests — old, medium and many young, all beautifully dressed and bejeweled — danced away the night to the Sammy Goz Orchestra, imported from Paris. But the big hit of the evening were the mariachis who played from the Regent’s two soaring balconies as the crowd cheered.
The local ladies who are forever best dressed didn’t disappoint, going all out in killer couture, but it was the cast of young people, many from South America, that drew raves. The family emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds sparkled from North American and South American throats, ears, wrists, fingers. No bellybutton jewelry, please. It wasn’t that kind of a party.
Next to the stunning bride, Princess Firyal of Jordan was considered best of show. La Firyal, always Paris-clad, outshone herself at the party, and her nonstop necklace didn’t hurt either. Other standouts were Nada Kirdar, the wife of the international financier, and Carolina Herrera.
Some of the exuberant “kids” didn’t leave until four in the morning disproving the old saying that youth is too good to waste on them.
Pamela Gross, the wife of publisher Jimmy Finkelstein, is jumping for joy — well, not really because that would be sort of awkward — about expecting her first baby next week. She is thrilled to be having a boy and she is still selecting names from baby books. Perri Peltz, Deborah Norville and Carol Mack will give her a baby shower today at Doubles and among those expected bearing gifts are Kimberly Rockefeller and Arriana von Hohenlohe Boardman. Actually, there will be three showers for Pamela in three days given by such as Vera Wang and Katharina Otto for her friends including Pilar Crespi, Joanne de Guardiola, Bettina Zilkha, Serena and Samantha Boardman, Debbie Bancroft, Karen LeFrak, Allison Stern and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, who is one of the baby’s godfathers. Dear Pamela should be careful not to get ribbon burns opening all of her presents.
This story first appeared in the October 9, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera are giving a cocktail reception to honor John Stefanidis, who’s publishing his new book, “Stefanidis Designs.” This will all happen on Oct. 23 at Carolina’s chic and stunning design studio on Seventh Avenue. Alexis Gregory is another one celebrating Stefanidis’ book at a lunch on Oct. 24 at his smashing, totally European apartment. And that’s not the end of book parties.
Hilary and Joe Califano, Louise and Henry Grunwald, Nicole and Derek Limbocher, Elise Lufkin and the Russell Munsons are requesting the pleasure of friends’ company to celebrate Diana H. Walker and her book “Public and Private: 20 Years of Photographing the Presidency.” That happens Oct. 29 at Orsay on Lexington Avenue.
Sotheby’s auction house is so very busy with all sorts of things on the block. They are inviting those who they think they should invite to a reception and private viewing of magnificent English furniture and related decorative arts from the estates of Ogden Phipps and Esmond Bradley Martin, held on Oct. 27. Maybe Esmond Bradley Martin doesn’t ring a bell with many people today but in his day, he was a towering figure of high society. On Oct. 21, Sotheby’s is requesting the pleasure of this one and that one’s company for a reception and private viewing of the decorative arts of England and Europe that they are calling “Renaissance to Revolution.” This will include property from the estate of Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post who became a legend in her lifetime. On Thursday, Ward Landrigan, the president of Verdura, and Jamie Niven, a vice chairman of Sotheby’s, are inviting a select group to the private viewing of the Verdura museum collection and “Verdura: A Designer Perspective” at Sotheby’s. Designers who will participate with creative works inspired by the master jeweler’s most noted pieces are Albert Hadley, Alexa Hampton, Bunny Williams, Eugenie Niven, Even Robinson, Joanne de Guardiola, Mario Buatta, Miles Redd, Susan Zissess Green and Timothy MacDonald.
Albert Hadley has done a sketch of the cigarette case the jeweler made for Babe Paley. Bunny Williams has built a miniature forest to showcase a diamond pinecone brooch, Mario Buatta assembled a sandbox to hold a bejeweled compact made of clamshells and Joanne de Guardiola will pay tribute to the tiara he made for Betsey Whitney for her presentation at court when her husband, Jock Whitney, was made ambassador to England. She’ll use six photographs from the Whitneys’ lives including two by Cecil Beaton taken from the archives of the legendary interior designer Sister Parish, for whom she worked for many years.
After the Sotheby’s opening, Joanne is giving a small dinner at her town house, complete with paintings by Picasso, Francis Bacon, Robert Motherwell and Ken Noland. Expected are Carroll Petrie, Jamie Niven, Carol and George McFadden, Pete Hathaway, Paige Rense and other Verdura devotees who know the real deal when they see it.