Byline: Aileen Mehle
Emilia Fanjul and Brian Pfeifler, who were married in an ultimately picturesque wedding ceremony followed by a dazzling reception for 500 guests beneath the palms and a waxing melon moon on the vast grounds of the Fanjul family compound, Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, just returned from honeymooning on a nice big boat on the Caribbean, alone at last.
The weekend whirl peaking in the giant gathering under a towering transparent tent was not only a gorgeous celebration of the newlyweds but something of a fashion parade. For those who managed to tear their eyes from the bride in her enchanting Carolina Herrera gown, the bride’s mother, also called Emilia, wearing her beautiful tourmaline necklace from Verdura and the only bridesmaid, the bride’s sister-in-law, Lourdes Fanjul, looking like a flower in blue, there were about 150 beautifully dressed young girls, friends of the bride and groom, to stare at. To say nothing of the older fashion formidables who always manage to hold their own and did — drifting in and out among the fragrant tuberoses, gardenias and white wisteria, a tableau of la couture. Lordy, lordy.
Everyone noticed Samantha Phipps in cream silk embroidered in pink and gold. And Anna Wintour in a white Prada with black ribbons. And Annette de la Renta in a white jacket and assorted emeralds. Oh, and the little flower girls in white taffeta with posies in their hair. The men all wore white dinner jackets making for a glamorous Forties scene — and we could all use a lot more of that.
Sirio Maccioni, the master restaurateur, his son Mario and Le Cirque’s Benito, captain of all he surveys, flew in to make sure the wedding feast served on flower-decked tables (orchids and lilies) placed on two tiers of decks overlooking the floodlit sea was as spectacular as it should be. There was lobster and Chilean sea bass and suckling pig and tournedos and a wedding cake slightly smaller than the Empire State Building. You could sink and come up three times in the champagne. It seemed like nobody went home, and breakfast was served at 4:30 a.m. to 230 diehards.
The perfect weather made dancing to a great Latin band on the cantilevered dance floor constructed over the water the only thing to do, and they did it by the hundreds. (They also did it by the hundreds at the rehearsal dinner/beach party at private Minitas Beach to another fabulous orchestra and the sounds of New York DJ Tom Finn). Just be glad you were there because this kind of wonderful, romantic wedding with this kind of glamorous cast only happens a few times in a lifetime.
Anh Duong, the artist, fresh from the Best Dressed List, has announced her engagement to Dr. Pentti Kouri, an economics professor who was one of the original movers and shakers at Nokia. Anh, exotic, tall and willowy, is an Elite model who has graced the runways of Christian Lacroix and John Galliano and appeared in ad campaigns for everyone from Donna Karan to Gap. She’s also been in the movies — “The Mambo Kings,” “Scent of a Woman,” “I Shot Andy Warhol.” A book of Anh’s work called “(Self) Portraits” was published this year.
You would have to call Dr. Kouri a family man, sort of. He’s been married twice before and has five children. He and Anh met through the artist Julian Schnabel and have been friends for many years. After their marriage this summer, they’ll live in Manhattan, Bridgehampton and Paris. May the bluebird of happiness light on their shoulders, and may the professor indeed find that the third time’s a charm.
“Live From Lincoln Center” is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Gala at a big black-tie dinner dance at the New York State Theater on April 22. The hosts, Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo, will be there smiling their stunning operatic smiles, welcoming one and all. The chairs of the evening are Muffie Potter Aston, Daisy Soros, the big-time financier Joseph Perella and Tom Renyi, and you will be excited to hear that there will be live performances by such musical greats as Jessye Norman, Helen Huang, Wynton Marsalis and Itzhak Perlman. Look for the once-in-a-lifetime tribute on a giant screen showing highlights from this Emmy, Grammy and Peabody award-winning, ground-breaking TV series featuring such as Baryshnikov, Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland and Yo-Yo. Isabella Rossellini, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Hugh Downs and Dick Cavett, all former hosts of Live From Lincoln Center, all expected with bells on. (Dick Cavett with bells on? Oh, yum-yum).
The Great Hall of the Theater will be adorned with 2,500 Black Magic Roses forming the number “25” suspended over the band, and the tables will be centered with silver trumpet vases spouting white lilac, ambience roses and violet sweet peas, all the work of Matthew David Events. Expected to be cheering from the expensive seats will be Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Sir James Galway, Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose, Pilar Crespi and Steve Robert, Maria Cuomo, Kenneth Cole and Katia and Schuyler Chapin. They may leave pirouetting and singing their favorite arias. Catch me, I’m trilling.