“It’s wonderful to be at an event where I’m just the sidekick,” Ralph Lauren said modestly. The occasion: a party last week for “My Island,” a book of photographs and text by the designer’s wife, Ricky.
“This week is my wife’s week,” Lauren said, although he did make sure his editor son, David, caught some of the spotlight as well. At one point, in fact, Lauren actually dragged Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter by the sleeve over to meet the younger Lauren.
While some of the photographs in mama Ricky’s book were made near their island home in Jamiaca, the photographer-author said her book is not about any tropical paradise that might be found on a map.
“It’s about the island in my mind,” Ricky said. “It’s a place of warm and nice thoughts with inspiration from color and nature. Everybody has their own.”
Among those who turned out at the Robert Miller Gallery to celebrate were Harold Evans of Random House (which is distributing the independently published book), Mossimo and Chiara Ferragamo, Allen Questrom and Ellin Saltzman.
At the same time and just a few blocks away, some of the music industry’s top brass glided into the Roseland Ballroom to honor Atlantic Records chief Ahmet Ertegun.
The music pioneer was presented with the Nordoff-Robbins Foundation’s Silver Clef award. Annette de la Renta, Kenneth Jay Lane, Clive Davis, Roberta Flack and Pete Townshend were among the 600 dinner guests.
“I’m a bit tired,” said Townshend, who flew in from London that day expressly for the dinner. “But I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to honor Ahmet.”
Of course Mica Ertegun wouldn’t miss the opportunity either, and said she was thrilled at spending the evening honoring her husband with their close friends. “We’re with a more relaxed group of people,” she noted. “That’s why I’m wearing Armani.”
The group at the Gotham City Diner later that night was — as junior socials should be — rowdier and noisier, as they trumpeted the arrival of Liz Cohen’s 25th birthday.
Alex von Furstenburg, Samantha Kluge, Alex Miller, Carolina Herrera, Eliza Reed, Serena Boardman and Alexa Hampton were among the celebrants.