Cuomo’s Quagmire * An English Slumber Party * Celebrating Scavullo

Andrew Cuomo, still in the settlement stage of his messy, very messy divorce from Kerry Kennedy Cuomo — she wants more money, he says he doesn’t have it — is telling friends he is ready to start dating. He wants to meet someone he can be serious about and who will be a good stepmother to his children. He didn’t mention he wants someone faithful, but ça va sans dire, don’t you always say?

This story first appeared in the October 15, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Andrew wants to have two or three more children and is hoping for a son one day. He says his marriage to Kerry is over and there is no talk of a reconciliation at this time. Cuomo, now working in commercial real estate, already has been out with several ladies. May the bluebird of happiness land on all their heads.

It was a glorious week in London. Superb weather. No rain. Perfect for celebrating Liz Ward’s birthday with lunches, dinners, weekends in the country and what have you. You all remember Liz Ward, or should: blonde, with a great figure and married to the Earl of Dudley’s younger brother, the Hon. Peter Ward, who is called Wardy by his intimates. He’s a jolly good fellow with friends in high and low places. The birthday hoo-ha started with a smart weekend at Cromwell Manor in Oxfordshire, the Wards’ country place. Pauline Pitt and Lesly Smith flew in from Palm Beach for the fun. They and Jane Churchill of London and a ton of others too well born to mention slept over at Cromwell.

They all lunched in casual elegance, dined in black tie and spent an afternoon at magnificent Daylesford, the country house of Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford. On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Sunny and Rosita for short, gave a big lunch in the private apartments of Blenheim Palace, the Marlboroughs’ stately home. Then it was off to London, where Kathy (Mrs. Henry II) Ford gave a lunch at her house on the Thames, Princess Ezra Jah gave another at L’Incontro on the Pimlico Road and Prince and Princess Chahran Pahlavi gave yet another. This all led up to Wardy’s birthday blast at 6 Hamilton Place, the former Rothschild mansion near Hyde Park, which later morphed into the famous late-lamented nightclub, Les Ambassadeurs. Everyone was there, 120 of them dressed to the eyeballs — Lord and Lady Astor, the Bamfords, John Bowes Lyon, Christopher Balfour, Lord Charles Spencer Churchill, Grace (the Countess of Dudley), Kathy Ford, Pauline Pitt in black lace, Lesly Smith in red silk, Hillary Geary with steel tycoon Wilbur Ross — are they engaged? — Nicky Haslam, the Marlboroughs, Lita and George Livanos, Sally and David Metcalfe, Hilary Pilkington, the Wards’ two sons, Jeremy and Benjie, and tons of others really too well born to mention, having at smoked salmon with potted shrimp, Scottish beefcake and butterscotch ice cream nestling in baskets made of brandy snaps. When champagne was poured in crystal flutes, they lit up red. There will always be an England.

Meanwhile in Washington, the Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies had a spectacular day, starting with a lunch at the White House with First Lady Laura Bush welcoming the members most graciously, speaking of how much she and the President admire the work of FAPE and mentioning her travels to countries where FAPE has made great contributions. Naturally, that made all the FAPE-ers very happy. Artists Ellsworth Kelly and Edward Ruscha presented gifts to FAPE and Mrs. Bush. Kelly’s was a maquette displaying two 18-foot-high sculptures that will be installed in our fabulous new embassy in Beijing. Ruscha presented his print, “Column with Speed Lines,” to add to a remarkable collection of print editions that have been donated to the State Department for display in our embassies throughout the world. After a program at the National Gallery of Art and a little time to dress for dinner, the members repaired to the diplomatic reception rooms at the State Department for a dinner honoring Secretary of State and Mrs. Colin Powell. Powell recognized Maya Lin, the artist who created the Vietnam War memorial in Washington for the two sundials she contributed to our consulate in Istanbul, and Elyn Zimmerman for her sculpture of six eight-foot works given to the embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. There to take it all in were Jo Carole, chairman of FAPE, with Ronald Lauder, artist Joel Shapiro and Beverly Pepper, Betsy Bloomingdale and her beautiful granddaughter, Jane, Ann and Edward Hudson and the Lauders’ daughters, Aerin Lauder-Zinterhofer and Jane Lauder with her husband, Kevin Warsh, and too many foreign and former ambassadors to count. Keep our embassies beautiful, you all!

Francesco Scavullo has photographed nearly every celebrity and major model there is or was for the past five decades, including Brooke Shields, Sophia Loren, Madonna, Catherine Deneuve, Veruschka, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and Cindy Crawford. He also created and shot the sexy Cosmopolitan covers for more than 30 years. This legendary photographer will be honored at the National Arts Club on Nov. 10 by Community Access, which helps New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities. Sen. Charles Schumer is the honorary chair, and on the committee are such as Cornelia Guest, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marisa Berenson, Elsa Peretti, Carroll Petrie, Helen Gurley Brown and Scavullo’s longtime partner and editor, Sean Byrnes. They will all raise a glass or two of Veuve Clicquot to their pal. Francesco, who was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder in 1981, will be honored for his distinguished career, which he achieved while living with his disability. Bravo, bravo and bravo.

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