Amid the flurry of luncheons, polo matches and dinner parties on Saturday in the Hamptons, the arts-inclined social set made their way to the Parrish Art Museum’s annual Midsummer Gala for a Southampton-style black-and-white ball. Burberry’s Rose Marie Bravo breezed in before heading back to London on Sunday. “I’ll be back here next month for vacation,” said Bravo, who has a home in nearby East Moriches.
Lorraine Bracco made a big splash when she arrived with Patricia Duff, while Kathy Hilton — never one to shy away from the spotlight — dished about her starring role on the upcoming reality series “The Good Life,” as a coach for aspiring socialites. “It’s not supposed to be mean-spirited,” she enthused. “But if they do something I don’t like, I’m gonna tell them. I’ll be very strict.”
Back in the city, the young and civic-minded social set made their way to the Friends of the High Line benefit on Wednesday, which raised over $600,000 to help build a park on the abandoned West Side rail structure. It was only the fourth annual benefit for the organization, but its status as a hot New York charity is undeniable. (There was a 190-person waitlist for dinner.)
Beforehand, Diane von Furstenberg hosted cocktails at her studio, where design visions were unveiled. An elegant dinner followed at Phillips, de Pury & Company, which overlooks the High Line. Guests included Christopher Heinz (who was strategically seated next to the eligible bachelorette Fernanda Niven), Alexandre von Furstenberg, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Uma Thurman, who slipped in before dessert to join boyfriend Andre Balazs.
“Everybody’s coming to the neighborhood, and they want the neighborhood to be nice,” said party planner Bronson van Wyck, who designed the dinner’s decor. Indeed, the real estate around the High Line is disappearing fast. Alexandre von Furstenberg recently purchased a building that flanks the property, and his mother, Diane, and Barry Diller bought one nearby, while Harvey Weinstein might be eyeing a site in the area, as well.