Supermodels use them backstage at the shows and behind the scenes on fashion shoots. But in the middle of dinner at the Carlyle? Please. Guess model Larissa Bondarenko brandished her cellular phone during the first course Tuesday night at a private dinner reception
kicking off Barbara Cook’s engagement there. To make matters worse, she got a call during the main course. n MAC Cosmetics will launch the first ad campaign in its seven-year history with a party at Henri Bendel next Wednesday. It will feature a grand entrance by the company’s first superspokesmodel: RuPaul will descend the store’s grand staircase to meet MAC founder and chief exec Frank Toscan.
If getting a table for lunch at the Four Seasons is tough, then getting a table you like is even tougher. When Lally Weymouth swept in for lunch on Wednesday, she was less than pleased with her accommodations, whispering, “I don’t want to sit here” to the head waiter. She then worked the room — delivering kisses to Mario Cuomo, Vernon Jordan, Lew Rudin and Ronald Perelman, after which she sat at the table she wanted with her brother, Washington Post publisher, chairman and ceo Donald Graham. Meanwhile, their mother, Katharine Graham, was on Seventh Avenue, getting a fitting at Bill Blass.