THE ART OF ENTERTAINING

The grass is always greener in the other industry.
First, Mick Jagger — usually a no-show at music-award shows — shocked the fashion flock by attending the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.
Then, last week, Jagger’s longtime Rolling Stones collaborator Keith Richards made a rare appearance at the New York Academy of Art for the school’s annual TriBeCa Ball, with his wife, former supermodel Patti Hansen.
And if that wasn’t enough to stir up the art crowd — which included Roy Lichtenstein, Caio Fonseca and Julian Schnabel — TriBeCa’s most famous but infrequently seen face, Robert De Niro, showed up, along with another party-shy heavy, Chazz Palminteri.
On the same night, but farther uptown, the main branch of the New York Public Library was pulsating with scantily clad dancers and muscle men. Intermingled were the junior socials of the library’s Young Friends Benefit Committee, who gathered for their annual gala. The dancers were led by downtown party diva Chi Chi Valenti. What little they wore was inspired by the 19th-century drawings of Aubrey Beardsley, famous for illustrating the works of Oscar Wilde.
“The organizers dream up the themes for these parties. They don’t clear them with us,” said library president Paul LeClerc, who got into the spirit of the evening by donning one of the whimsical crowns that were given out.

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