There wasn’t a little black dress in sight at Rena Sindi’s fancy dress party Monday night to celebrate her 30th birthday.
The invitation — parchment scrolls stuffed in glass bottles and sent by messenger to New York neighbors or via FedEx to friends in Paris, London and Greenwich, Conn. — called for gypsy or pirate dress.
Gigi Mortimer, Tito Pedrini, Nathalie Gerschel, Sloan Lindemann, Kalliope Karella, Alexander von Furstenberg, Astrid Kohl and the other 100 or so guests arrived at the Bloom Ballroom decked out in turbans, wraps, scarfs, feathers, swords, guns, stuffed parrots, eye patches, hooks and heavy gold jewelry.
“I chose the theme because girls dressed as gypsies are so sexy and beautiful, and even guys like to dress up as pirates,” explained Sindi, who herself looked like she walked off the set of “Carmen” in her off-the-shoulder peasant top and flamenco skirt made for her by Fernando Sanchez.
Towards the end of dinner, however, Sindi noticed something strange.
“I saw the gorilla man from the corner of my eye,” said Sindi, who was horrified that someone might have ordered a strip-o-gram. “I immediately looked over to Serena (Boardman), and when he recited this poem, I knew she had done it because only she knows those kinds of intimate details.”
The gorilla made it out alive before Kathy Sledge of the singing group Sister Sledge got Rena, her husband, Sami, her parents and sister, Serra, dancing wildly to the Seventies hit “We Are Family.”

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