If there were any doubt that this is an Oscar de la Renta moment — maybe the lushest, most flamenco-frilled moment in the designer’s 37-year career — that doubt was laid firmly to rest Monday night at the party Anna Wintour threw at her Greenwich Village town house to toast “The World of Oscar de la Renta,” a new coffee-table tome published by Assouline.
“He’s one of the few designers who’s managed to bridge so many worlds with equal grace,” Wintour said. “He’s a total diplomat. But he’s just as happy playing dominoes in the kitchen with his chef.”
Of course, Monday was a glittering Oscar night, not a dominoes night. While a crowd that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Richard Gere, Natasha Richardson, Nancy Kissinger and Irving Penn paid court, Diane Von Furstenberg was busy expressing shock and horror over the outcome of the French election. Leave it to Candy Pratts Price to put the news in a fashion context.
“I just have one question,” Price said. “How will it affect the couture? I say Marie Antoinette’s ready for a comeback.”
At Balmain, maybe?
Meanwhile, “The Gathering Storm” — HBO’s new film starring Albert Finney as a middle-aged Winston Churchill and Vanessa Redgrave as his wife — held back-to-back premieres in New York that brought out the city’s junior and senior British jet set.
And “Live from Lincoln Center” celebrated its 25th anniversary with an evening hosted by Beverly Sills (her last as chairwoman) and Placido Domingo. Jessye Norman sang, Itzhak Perlman played and Wynton Marsalis led the guests from their theater seats to dinner with a rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
“I wish Wynton had stayed on stage and played a little longer,” said Muffie Potter Aston. “But Beverly was pointing for him to leave the stage. When Beverly points, you go!”