‘Tis said that Brad Pitt bleached what there is left of his buzz-cut blonde, and just to prove that blondes have more fun, he’s realizing one of his dreams. He’s collaborating with his idol architect, Frank Gehry, in designing a restaurant and penthouse in Gehry’s new $500 million seafront residential complex in Brighton, England. ‘Tis also said that Brad is considering adopting a child from the Third World just like what’s her name. Papa Pitt? Whatever. Let your hair grow, Brad. We’re all sick to death of semibald-by-choice men.
‘Tis said that Jennifer Aniston is studying Buddhism. Buddhism — when we’re just getting used to Scientologists and Kabbalahists.
Elizabeth Hurley is having problems adjusting to life in India, boyfriend Arun Nayar‘s country. She gets ever-so-sick every time she travels to Bombay because of allergies to the food and the water that leave her bed-bound for five days or more. ‘Tis said that every time she lifts her head from her pillow, she is trying to learn Hindi. All for Arun, all the time.
Azucar! There are hundreds of benefits a year in couture-clad New York City and thousands of tickets for sale for the same. This is probably a good thing, if you can stand the inevitable sameness of most of these parties, because how else can one keep culture and charity afloat around here … even if many of these galas never get off the ground? So it’s all pretty exciting when a big private party comes along. Your best friends are all there and you usually like where you’re seated and of course nobody pays for anything except the hosts. Azucar!
One of the private parties most happily looked forward to every spring is the big extravaganza sugar king Pepe Fanjul and his wife, la bella Emilia, gave at their Park Avenue place. Really, everyone who is anyone was there and this year, particularly, different age groups mingled happily — young, medium and well-done. It’s the only way, really. Emilia was wearing a hit from Carolina Herrera’s latest collection, a black-and-white chiffon print winner, and Carolina was wearing another show-stopper of her own design, black, revealing, with tiny shoulder straps you could barely see.
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Two of the prettiest of the young things were Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, the hosts’ daughter, and Patricia Herrera Lansing; the delicious offspring of Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, and among those filling the room were such as George Livanos, the Greek billionaire and his son, Stavros; the Canadian billionaire Galen Weston and his lithesome blonde wife, Hilary; American billionaire David Koch and his wife, Julia; Cecile and Ezra Zilkha; Wendy Vanderbilt; Patricia Patterson; Anna Wintour, chic to a turn with Shelby Bryan; Lauren and John Veronis; the young Ogden Phippses; Carroll Petrie; Pauline Pitt; Barbie Bancroft; jewel-bearing San Francisco hostess Denise Hale; Veronica Hearst; Arriana and Dixon Boardman; Cynthia Boardman; Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, who will marry later in the summer; Countess Cristina de Caraman; Carol and George McFadden; Shirley and Abe Rosenthal; Judy and Alfred Taubman; Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner; Alfonso Fanjul; Lourdes and Pepe Fanjul Jr.; Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola; Reinaldo Herrera; Gerrity Lansing; Karen and Richard LeFrak, and others too sugar-coated to mention. Azucar!
The ladies of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center put on a veritable fashion show at their Awards for Excellence dinner at Sotheby’s. Julia Koch, whose husband, David, was honored for his corporate leadership, wore a white silk V-neck, sleeveless Valentino gown slit up the front to just the right height. Jamie Niven, who was honored for his philanthropy, was with his former wife, Fernanda Niven, who wore a pink silk organza dress with a train and a little matching wrap by Carolina Herrera, and their daughters, Eugenie and Fernanda Niven Jr., wore Carolinas, too. Pat Buckley, there with her husband, William F. Buckley Jr., was in a vintage black Bill Blass dress and a matching jacket. Carolyne Roehm wore a J. Mendel black spaghetti dress with a diamond brooch at the neckline. Evelyn Lauder was in a navy blue Oscar de la Renta with a full skirt embroidered in silver and gold threads and silver beads in a pattern of shooting stars.
The gala’s chairmen of the evening were Constance Casey, in a black and pink dress and wrap by Akris; Kitty Sherrill, in a gray halter dress by Sybilla of Madrid, and Mary Davidson, in a Jackie Rogers-designed apricot tiered gown paired with a coral jacket and a dazzling diamond brooch. As for the society’s president, Coco Kopelman, she wore an elegant pale pink Chanel beaded column with a silver bag and sandals. The gala, attended by 325 guests, raised more than $900,000, which is pretty close to a million dollars when you add it all up. More charities: Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller; maestro Kurt Masur; Sen. Charles Schumer, and Paul Guenther, chairman of the New York Philharmonic, were among the supporters and chairs at the Scenic Hudson Gala at Blue Hill, the restaurant at Stone Barns on the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills, where the organic vegetables and herbs are grown right on the property — it’s not right on the table. The night’s honoree was Marjorie Hart, the former board chairman who was honored for her dedication to protecting the Hudson River and its Valley. The music was provided by bandleader Alex Donner, who packed up the orchestra and moved it inside when the rain began to pour down. It may have been a wet night, but it raised $350,000.