McCartney Family Feud * MoMA’s Cool Million * Where the Wild Things Are
The big news from Palm Beach is the surprise wedding of Princess Maria Pia of Italy and Prince Michel de Bourbon last week. They’re one of the resort’s most popular couples, invited to every breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, cocktail and snacks party you can name. They even go to some of them. Now they have flown to Europe on their honeymoon. But is honeymoon the mot juste? They have been living together blissfully for the past 27 years.
Family notes from all over: Sir Paul McCartney took his wife, Heather Mills, to Liverpool for the final concert of his “Back in the World” tour, which raked in more than $100 million and took him to 92 cities. Sir Paul played for more than 30,000 adoring fans, ranging from screaming teens to grannies who had a crush on him in 1964 and still do.
When Heather was asked whether she and Sir Paul would be attending the upcoming wedding of her stepdaughter, Stella McCartney, rumored to be taking place this summer, Heather said she and Paul had not been asked, but she wished them well. Whatever, Sir Paul won’t go without her. He wants to present a united family front, he says, and has been upset by all the unkind gossip and the talk of a feud with his children. Whether all this squabbling just signals the McCartney children’s continued distaste for their stepmother, the division of his billion-dollar fortune, the jealousy over the time and love he’ll be spending with his new family now that Heather is pregnant, or all of the above — who knows?
Mick Jagger either has an unusual beauty secret — hardly likely — or he’s taking extreme precautions to protect himself against Europe’s notoriously aggressive paparazzi. Over the weekend at the Kempinski hotel in Munich, where he is preparing a Rolling Stones concert and will soon be joined by L’Wren Scott (the stylist he’s been quietly seeing off and on for several years now), he insisted that black-out draperies be installed to cover each window on his floor of suites and that all the cracks be taped so absolutely no light or zoom lens can creep in. Mick often sleeps while the rest of the world works, turning day into night. But forget those old vampire legends, at least for L’Wren’s sake. She has a very long and pretty neck.
The Museum of Modern Art — and those who love and support it — and Rudolph W. Giuliani — and 900 of the many who love and support him — crowded into the Metropolitan Pavilion for the MoMA’s huge dinner honoring him for what he has meant and means to New York City. Rudy was dapper in a dinner jacket and a flag on his lapel.
David Rockefeller, practically Mr. MoMA himself (the Rockefellers founded and offer great support to the museum) gave a fine speech lauding Rudy to the skies, as did Ronald Lauder, MoMA’s chairman, and Glenn Lowry, its director. Rudy’s reply (he began his speech with the “dese, dem and dose” lingo he perfected in his New York days prosecuting “dem” for the city) brought down the house. His new wife, Judi — Rudy calls her Judith — wore wine-colored satin by Luca Luca, the pearl pendant she wore at the wedding, drop pearl earrings and the diamond watch Rudy gave her for a wedding present. She looked on happily from their table where Catie and Don Marron, a co-chairman of the evening, and David R. were also happily seated. Actually, everyone looked happily seated to me — which we know all too well, don’t we, isn’t always the case. The pavilion was decorated à la all-silver nightclub with a glittering, circling mirrored ball hanging from the ceiling and silver tablecloths and dishes and silver stars. You would have loved the exuberant show put on by the cast of “42nd Street,” who performed on a special stage built for the occasion. Roger Berlind, the hit musical’s producer, was there with his wife, Brook, who was happily seated at Ronald Lauder’s table.
Jo Carole Lauder, in a fitted silk jacket and beautiful jeweled pins by JAR, and Ronald Lauder’s two daughters, Jane in a floral print and Aerin in a strapless white Michael Kors, represented the younger group, the generation the MoMA is courting to add to its future success. One hopes they’ll all be hanging at the MoMA’s new Manhattan museum, due for completion in less than two years. And this is who was there: First Lady Libby Pataki in a navy sheath; Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in a white tuxedo jacket and black trousers by Carolina Herrera, with her husband, Edward Schlossberg; honorary chairmen Joyce and Robert Menschel; Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley; the Arne Glimschers; a pack of Rockefellers, Renée, Charles and Justin; Wendy Wasserstein in black; Victoria’s Secret’s not-so-secret model Stephanie Seymour in an original sapphire-blue Fortuny goddess dress; Carol and Earl Mack; Carroll Petrie in an ice blue top and mammoth pearls; Michelle Klein in a brown and white vintage Bill Blass sheath; Princess Firyal; Lionel Pincus; Libby and Donaldson Pillsbury; Vera Wang; Vera and Donald Blinken; Evelyn and Leonard Lauder; Laura and Dick Parsons, and on and on into the night. The million dollars raised at the party goes to the restoration of the Abbie Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Abbie was David Rockefeller’s mother.
Spring was in full bloom and New York’s animal lovers heard “the call of the wild” as they gathered at the Central Park Zoo for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s “Tiger Time” Spring Gala. After being welcomed by the conservation society’s darling penguin, the gala chairmen, Leonard Stern and his wife, Allison, looking so lovely in a pink ruffled Oscar de la Renta, greeted one and all. Romping nearby were sea lions and polar bears swimming and splashing. Watching the swimming and splashing were Joanne and Robert de Guardiola, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Anne Hearst, Vera Wang (in what else?), Serena Boardman and the 2003 Wildlife Conservation Society’s ambassador, Lorraine Bracco, of “The Sopranos.”
Burberry and Tiffany were the corporate underwriters for the evening and Rose Marie Bravo of Burberry joined Bill Chaney of Tiffany and Carroll Petrie as honorary chairman. Among the guests were Karenna Gore Schiff, Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston and Wildlife Conservation chairmen David and Lisa Schiff. If you could talk to the animals, they would tell you the party was great and that more than $1.6 million was raised to keep the wonderful critters healthy and happy. The same goes for the human critters.