There were only 27 people lining the long banquet table at Mortimer’s, but still, Robert Trump had a hard time quieting them down so he could toast the evening’s guest of honor, recent memoirist Joan Collins.
“When Blaine started to do the seating,” he began very loudly, “she didn’t know what to do. She realized that we’d only invited talkers.”
But even in that chattery room, the dauntless Blaine Trump held her own, hopping from one end of the table to the next, greeting such as Julia Koch, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Pia Getty, The View’s Star Jones and Hilary Geary.
But it wasn’t until she settled in with Cari Modine and Cece Kieselstein-Cord that she really cut loose.
Over a plate of osso bucco, she confessed that she is a serious Elvis fan. She’s been to Graceland. She has an Elvis clock. And, believe it or not, she and the hubby renewed their wedding vows at the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas, where the presiding official is a singing, dancing Elvis impersonator called Reno. The table was in hysterics.
“When I called to make the arrangements,” Trump said with a hoot, “they asked me if I wanted fresh flowers or plastic. I told them fresh and they said, ‘That’ll cost ya more.”‘
Kieselstein-Cord revealed that her passion is for cutting horses — where she and the horse attempt to separate a cow from the herd, cowboy style. One rodeo competition took her and some fellow equestriennes to the wilds of Texas.
“Some of us got there a little bit early to try to spruce up the hotel room with flowers and all that,” she reported. “We look out the window and here comes a huge limousine in a cloud of dust. It was Libet Johnson.”
The dinner guests included at least two other celebrating authors: Deborah Norville, who recently published “Bouncing Back,” and Carolyn Roehm, who is about to go on the road to hawk her new book, “A Passion for Flowers.”
“My mother was saying she’d love to get it as a gift,” said Roehm, who was wearing diamond earrings the size of button roses. “And I said, ‘Mother! You’ll have to buy it.”‘
The following night, Annette de la Renta filled the splendid, frescoed rooms of the Morgan Library with hundreds of friends — including Jayne Wrightsman, Nancy Kissinger, Duane Hampton and Amanda Burden — at a cocktail party to celebrate the launch of Noonie Marx’s new imprint at Turtle Point Press. As the ladies left for dinner, many stopped to buy a copy of the imprint’s first issue, a reprint of the 1925 classic “The Portrait of Zelide.”