“There’s so much hype about Valentine’s Day,” said Julie Frist, “and a party like this is the best way to deal with it.”
Rena Sindi, Serena Boardman and Jessica Friedberg dealt with the hype by turning Cipriani 42nd Street into a lavender fantasia Wednesday night. The party, to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering, was called Legendary Lovers, and Frist dressed as Daisy Buchanan to her husband’s Jay Gatsby.
Karen and Ferdinand Groos were Beauty and the Beast; Larry and Jennifer Creel were Austin Powers and Alotta Fagina; Dayssi and Paul Kanavos were Bonnie and Clyde, and Samantha Boardman played Liz Hurley opposite James Truman’s Hugh Grant.
“I just put on the lowest-cut dress I could find,” she said, laughing.
But the evening’s showstopper was Sindi’s Dalilah, arriving on the arm of a Samson whose prodigious locks would have done George Clinton proud.
“I was going to cut off all his hair at the end of the night,” said Sindi, “but I decided to let him keep his strength.”
Emma Askari and Bettina Zilkha both came as Cleopatra, minus Marc Antony, and Serena Boardman was a golden-haired Pocahontas.
“I did Pocahontas in honor of Rena and a Badgley Mischka bag in honor of fashion week,” said Boardman, “but a John Smith in this room might be too much to hope for.”
After dinner, the crowd swarmed the dance floor — and refused to leave. At last, deejay Tom Finn threw a microphone into the crowd for a little 11th-hour karaoke to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
“Come on, Kathy,” Finn told Kathy Hilton, who came as Barbie opposite Rick Hilton’s Ken.
“I don’t know the words,” she cried. But it only took the first few bars to bring the lyrics back to mind: “People always told me, be careful what you do,” Hilton crooned. “Don’t go around breakin’ young girls’ hearts.”