New York’s social swirl reached its zenith last week, with back-to-back events ranging from swank lunches to marathon black ties.
At the ICP’s Infinity Awards on Tuesday night, Calvin and Kelly Klein, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan and Ralph and Ricky Lauren turned out to pay homage to Bruce Weber, who was receiving a lifetime achievement award.
“Bruce Weber is Ralph Lauren and Ralph Lauren is Bruce Weber,” declared Lauren to the exuberant crowd as he took to the podium to introduce Weber, his longtime photographic collaborator. Meanwhile, Claire Danes graciously filled in as a presenter for an absent and newly wed Renee Zellweger. However, Chloe Sevigny and Connie Nielsen did show up to fulfill the hot-actress quotient. As the crowd dispersed from the Skylight event space at evening’s end, Bungalow 8’s Amy Sacco proclaimed, “I need to get to my job before everyone else does.”
Thursday night, Skylight was again transformed, this time into a casino for Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Aces Are Wild fete sponsored by Herrera, Cartier and Alexis Waller. Helen Schifter, Anne Grauso and Sally Albemarle compared cocktail clutches before talk turned to summer plans — Albemarle’s are on hold until she finds out when her fashion show for E! will start filming. Adelina Wong showed up in a showstopper of a gold dress by Naeem Khan—short and sequined. “I told my husband he better be on bum-watch tonight,” cracked Wong, who had a baby three months ago. The only time co-host Mario Grauso stopped for more than a minute was to take a phone call from his son, Harry, who was at the “Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith” premiere.
And those were just the nights; lunches last week were equally busy. Graziano de Boni, president and chief executive officer of Valentino, hosted a lunch for 600 strong on Tuesday at Cipriani on 42nd Street for the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. A legion of blonde charity circuit regulars, dressed in their Valentino best, sat through a fall fashion show. The co-chairs on hand were Jessica Seinfeld, Nathalie Kaplan, Melania Trump and Sloan Barnett, who’s moving to San Francisco and who brought daughter Violet along. Blair Husain came solo, showing off her bump — she’s expecting a girl in July. When inevitably asked about baby names, she replied glumly, “I really like ‘Hannah,’ but nobody else does.”
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The following day, Tamara Mellon squeezed 40 or so of her New York pals — including Sophie Dahl, Samantha Boardman, Alex Kramer, Marina Rust, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos (who on Thursday threw a lunch at her home for New Yorkers for Children), Marisa Noel Brown and Renee Rockefeller — into the back room of Swifty’s for a ladies’ lunch. Carol McFadden took the opportunity to recruit people for her trip this summer to the music festival in Glastonbury, England. “It’s the grandmother of all events,” she said. “It’s near Stonehenge, about two and a half hours outside of London. I’ll have a car running back and forth.”
But she didn’t have any immediate takers. Padma Lakshmi will be too busy shooting a remake of “The Ten Commandments” in Morocco for a month (she plays the Queen of Egypt) and concocting recipes for her second cookbook. And Celerie Kemble will be hosting her ex-boyfriend and his family at the apartment she shares with her husband, Boykin Curry. “That’s what New York hotel prices will do,” she said. “It brings people together.”