THEY DO: After 20 years together, Dennis Basso and Michael Cominotto will be married next month at what will be The Pierre hotel’s first same-sex wedding in its 81-year history. The designer and his soon-to-be husband will welcome 300 guests to a pre-Thanksgiving celebration in the grand ballroom. (The couple, who met through mutual friends in The Pines 25 years ago, are planning to exchange their vows before a reverend in a private suite.)
Elizabeth Taylor is among the notables who have called The Pierre home over the years, and both Barbara Walters and Mary Tyler Moore chose the Fifth Avenue address for their respective weddings. Basso and Cominotto plan to put their own signature on next month’s shindig. Basso will sport a navy suit from his favorite tailor Vahram Mateosian of Mr. Ned, and Cominotto will go with one from Ralph Lauren Black Label. Their event planner pal Susan Holland will reimagine the ballroom as a luxurious supper club, and another familiar face, Connie Plaissay of Plaza Flowers, will handle the greenery. But there will be at least one surprise. Cominotto is keeping Basso in the dark about what Sylvia Weinstock is cooking up for a wedding cake.
This story first appeared in the October 4, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.