It was a warm and intimate Champagne birthday bash for Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, hosted by his longtime friend Geoffroy van Raemdonck, chief executive of the Neiman Marcus Group, at the BG Restaurant Wednesday evening.
“I missed his actual date, so when you miss someone’s birthday, you have to compensate,” van Raemdonck confessed at the party, attended by a mix of royalty, socialites and NMG executives, 27 in all. “I’ve been fortunate to cherish you as a friend for so many years,” said van Raemdonck as he toasted the Prince. “You spend birthdays with people you love.”
Van Raemdonck, who first met Prince Dimitri 18 years ago at a party in Kuwait, was wearing a small gun metal crucifix created by the Prince, a jewelry designer with a company bearing his name. It was particularly fitting to have the party at Bergdorf’s considering the Prince, who turned 60, began designing jewelry in 1999, with a collection of gemstone cufflinks that sold at Bergdorf’s, as well as Saks Fifth Avenue. He’s also designed for Asprey’s in London and for other companies. “I have four collections on my web site, mostly one-of-a-kind pieces, and I do trunk shows all the time,” the Prince said during cocktails. At dinner, after van Raemdonck’s toast, the Prince rose to speak and kept it short and sweet. “As Anthony told Cleopatra upon entering her tent, ‘I’m not here to talk.”
Among others at the party were Bergdorf’s incoming president Darcy Penick, attending her first event at the store in her new role, as well as Linda Fargo, Carolina Herrera and her husband Reinaldo; Princess Cecile Hohenlohe, Anne Hearst, Stellene Volandes, Stefano Tonchi, Vanessa Noel, Nina Griscom and Jay McInerney.