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For the New York City Ballet’s annual luncheon, guests such as Nina Griscom, Coco Kopelman, Jill Kargman, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Gigi Mortimer, Jennifer Creel and co-chairman Lesley Stahl were treated to a performance from Balanchine’s “Jewels” — a masterpiece with three glittering acts: Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds. “It’s such a luxury to see ballet during the day,” said Candace Bushnell, who was sporting an early Valentine’s Day present — a Cynthia Rowley fur coat — from dancer husband Charles Askegard. “There’s something deliciously decadent about it.” In a tribute to the ballet, each champagne glass at the luncheon was filled with a “diamond” — one of which was real.

“Mine looks very real,” said co-chairman Anne Grauso, inspecting her gem. “It’s so hard to tell.” Grauso also spent time grilling ballerina Maria Kowroski about her costumes, her makeup and her feet. “They’re disgusting,” Kowroski assured.

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Inevitably, the talk soon turned to fashion week, with everyone excited about their schedules. “I’m supporting all my American designers,” said Grauso, who will no doubt be in Carolina Herrera’s front row.

“My first show is going to be Oscar and I want to go to Peter Som,” added Helen Schifter, who spent the month of January trolling vintage stores and eBay. Gigi Mortimer also spent last month at home. “I like having people over to my house,” she said. “I do a lot of firesides.”

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