Standing next to a rack of ties at the Hermes store in New York Monday night while a Fashion Week party swirled around her, Samantha Boardman seemed concerned.
“I haven’t read the book yet!” she exclaimed, referring to this month’s assignment for the town’s newest junior jet set literary group.
“Don’t worry, I’ll leave a copy of it at the concierge’s desk,” announced Tory Burch, a fellow reader.
The party at Hermes was to celebrate the latest issue of the company’s magazine, Le Monde Hermes, as well as the new fragrance, Hiris. Boardman, who hosted the evening along with her sister, Serena, Nadja Swarovski and Marjorie Gubelmann, has until Monday to read the novel — Cameron Dougan’s “Because She Is Beautiful” — before the group meets at Burch’s apartment at the Pierre. Slated to be published next year, it will be discussed over a light dinner by such readers as the group’s co-founder Sandy Golinkin, Rachel Peters, Gigi Mortimer and Lauren DuPont, and the author.
Swarovski, who had just flown in from Austria, was greeting champagne-sipping friends Kadee Robbins, Alexander Von Furstenberg, Jane Lauder, Alejandro Santo Domingo and Tino and Marie Liechtenstein. She was also noticeably excited about tonight’s Alexander McQueen show at Pier 94.
“We’re unveiling the Crystal Tattoo on the body with McQueen,” said Swarovski referring to her company’s latest product, adhesive multicolored crystals. A moment later, she gulped and said, “What am I talking about? I shouldn’t be saying anything!”
A few nights earlier in Paris, Bernard Arnault kicked off the social season by hosting the city’s first must-attend fete after the summer hiatus. When the names Bernard and Helene Arnault appear on an invitation, just about everyone who was asked to shows up.
Such was the case at the opening of the Jean Simeon Chardin exhibit at the Grand Palais, where daughter Delphine Arnault, Bernadette Chirac, Pierre Berge, Olivier Picasso, Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn, Olympia and David de Rothschild and the Shahbanou of Iran took in a little 18th-century painting before heading for dinner at the Musee Nissim de Camondo.

Eye Scoop
Roll out the red carpet! As you read in Eye Scoop, Camilla Parker Bowles is coming to New York for a dinner given by Robert Kime — Prince Charles’s decorator. It will be followed the next day with a lunch for her chez Brooke Astor.