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Circuit Overload: February is synonymous with cold fronts and Valentine’s Day, but for New York’s social set, it heralds another arrival altogether: the party season. Less than 12 hours after doffing the black-tie finery they wore to Monday’s amfAR benefit, ladies like Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Lillian von Stauffenberg, Aerin Lauder and Helen Schifter slipped into their noontime best and headed to Christie’s for another charity function, a luncheon in honor of New Yorkers for Children.

Douglas Hannant showed his spring collection, while cohosts such as Renée Rockefeller, Jennifer Creel and Valesca Guerrand-Hermès nibbled on grilled shrimp and orzo. Von Stauffenberg fell for a pale pink knit dress that floated by.

This story first appeared in the February 6, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“But I’d need it in black,” she said definitively.

“Knits are a no-no for me,” clucked Schifter.

Still, that night, Schifter — and the rest of the social pack — poured into slinky Missonis and headed to Saks Fifth Avenue for cocktails with Angela Missoni to celebrate the fashion house’s 50th anniversary. Then it was on to the Majestic for an informal dinner in Missoni’s honor hosted by Jacqui Lividini of Saks Fifth Avenue and Vikram Chatwal.

But the scene — hordes of bodies packed into the lounge, which was so dark the hors d’oeuvres were invisible — was more like a nightclub.

“They wanted to have a seated dinner, and I said, ‘No way!’” shouted Missoni over the din as she swayed to the music. “Everyone wants to get up and dance anyway.”

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