“Diamonds and clothes, diamonds and clothes,” sighed Blaine Trump. “What else is there?”
Well, shoes, for one thing. The ladies who filed into Christie’s on Monday for a show of Badgley Mischka’s fall collection and a preview of the auction house’s spring sale of magnificent jewels found a pair of sparkly heels waiting for them under their seats.
“Let’s all wear these the same night,” piped Nina Griscom as the guests lifted the shimmering new Badgley Mischkas from their tissue-paper beds to the unison whisper of “divine.”
As the fashion show ended, the lunchtime chatter turned to the other matter at hand — jewels. Muffie Potter Aston tore out a page from her catalog and pointed to a diamond dog whistle.
“Because every girl in New York needs a whistle to protect herself,” she said, “and it might as well be diamonds.”
Meanwhile, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain flew to Dallas to christen the Meadows Museum of Spanish Art at a gala celebrating the museum’s new home at Southern Methodist University. And in London’s East End, the Armani camp helped I-D magazine celebrated its 21st birthday.
Back in New York, Mikhail Baryshnikov hosted the EOS Orchestra’s annual benefit gala at the Metropolitan Pavilion, where David Parsons’s dance company provided the entertainment. But diamonds were the ticket again Tuesday night, when W hosted its “Women of Style” party on the tented penthouse terrace of the Hudson Hotel to celebrate the new diamond line bracelet from A Diamond Is Forever (aka de Beers).
China Chow, Zoe Cassavetes, Tamara Mellon, Jill Kopelman, Kate Driver and Kidada Jones, who wear the diamond giant’s designs in a new ad campaign, were on hand for the festivities. Waiting by the bar for her glass of champagne, Cassavetes showed off one of the new baubles — which she got to keep.
“Now I need to go play tennis or something,” she laughed.
The crowd waited expectantly for W to draw the winner of the evening’s raffle prize, a bracelet. When number 21 was announced, a few feminine groans could be heard as “Law & Order Special Victims Unit”‘s Richard Belzer emerged with the winning ticket.
“21’s always been our lucky number,” shrugged Coco Kopelman.