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Members of the Masson family, who celebrate the 40th anniversary of La Grenouille this year, have always inspired devotion amongst the jet set. Last Wednesday, the fabulous pack came out in force to honor Charles Masson — not because he runs their favorite restaurant, but because they love his artwork.

Bunny Williams and John Rosselli hosted a viewing party for fans at their uptown garden boutique Treillage, transformed into a makeshift gallery to hold more than 100 of Masson’s paintings, drawings and watercolors — along with several heaping tables of foie gras.

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“Each work represents a different scene at a different time of day — mostly in Normandy, where my mother lives,” said Masson.

“And where are the ones of me?” teased a female fan.

Meanwhile, Brioni kicked off the opening of its women’s boutique on 57th Street, and at Carolina Herrera’s Seventh Avenue showroom Blaine Trump, Judy Peabody, Mica Ertegun, Muffie Potter Aston and Anne Grasso joined Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera to toast cult interior designer John Stefanidis’ third book, “Stefanidis Designs.”

“I had to delve into my past for this book,” said Stefanidis with a sly grin.

Indeed, the book’s pages include a picture of his baptism certificate, signed by the Bishop of Babylon, snapshots of the far-flung places that have inspired him, snatches of poetry and, of course, pictures of his design work.

“I find him the most talented man,” Carolina Herrera sighed.

The following night, at Gagosian Gallery, Artwalk NY held a reception and benefit auction, honoring the talented Jeff Koons and sponsored by Ralph Lauren. Lots included a BMW Z4Roadster that caught Tim Schifter’s eye.

“He wants to bid on the car, but we have enough cars,” said his wife, Helen.

“Oh sure,” said Tim, “but we need more clothes and shoes.”

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