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The ladies left their town cars waiting, stowed their furs at the coat check and lunched, and lunched and lunched last week, descending en masse, meeting and eating only to do it all again the next day.

Tuesday’s must was the lunch Bergdorf Goodman and Vogue threw for Alberta Ferretti.

This story first appeared in the November 25, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

“They’re all so beautiful, but with such strong personalities,” the designer said, eyeing the polished crowd dressed in her wares.

Wednesday’s lunch — the best of the week — brought the group back for more with a holiday shopping lunch to benefit God’s Love We Deliver at Jean Georges, which was sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels. Blaine Trump, who cochaired the event with Serena Boardman, Pauline Pitt and Helen Schifter, is headed to Palm Beach and South Beach for the holidays, “and I’m really trying not to eat too much,” she said. But no one — not even those set to slip into their bikinis — could resist the delicacies coming from the kitchen.

Thursday brought about a split decision for the chic set: lunch uptown or down?

Uptown, Lili Fini Zanuck, Carol Mack and Allison Stern hosted a luncheon honoring plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Brown, the founder of ReVive Skincare, in another lavish setting, the Tony Ingrao Antiques and Fine Art Gallery. But the gallery’s creative director, Randolph Kemper, was booed by the entire room when he attempted to draw a parallel between his work and Brown’s.

“We kind of do the same thing here that Dr. Brown does,” he began. “Take old things and make them look contemporary.”

Meanwhile, in Dennis Basso’s fur salon, Rena Sindi was celebrating her book “Be My Guest” with a fete of her own — a giddy lunch served on a $50,000 fur table cloth. Sindi signed books. Drummers played bongos. The ladies pulled lush coats from the racks and dutifully tried them, though by then most were complaining of exhaustion — even the indefatigable Schifter.

“This is like sliding into third base,” she said, “and after this I’m going home.”

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