“This is how I try things on,” said Ananda Lewis, eyeing the 10-person-deep line for the dressing room at the opening of Diane Von Furstenberg’s new boutique on West 12th Street Wednesday night. Lewis plucked a scant halter dress off the hanger, slipped it over her neck — still fully clad — and struck a model’s pose.
Rack upon rack of sorbet-colored sheaths and printed wraps were the main attraction for the guests, among them Diane Sawyer, Kelly Klein, Samantha Boardman, Fernanda Niven and Alexandra Shiva. One visitor dropped $10,000 on a truckload of dresses at around $250 apiece.
“I’m walking out with a bag of dresses, including the one I wore in,” laughed Jill Hennessey, who changed into a flouncy new number during the party. Casey Johnson, meanwhile, stuck to the DVF she’d put on at home.
“I’m going to come back when it’s quieter and buy everything,” she whispered.
The following night, Susan Fales-Hill invited a host of New York literati to the Council on Foreign Relations (the former Pratt mansion on 68th Street) to honor E.L. Doctorow for his gift of papers and manuscripts to the Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU. The writer’s largesse, it turned out, was equally good news for his wife.
“She now has space to build that gym, sauna and solarium,” Fales-Hill said with a laugh. Two blocks north, Annette Tapert opened her doors to toast Nina Griscom and Carolyne Roehm, her co-chairs at the New York City Ballet Spring Gala, which will feature new ballets by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon.
Wheeldon, who’d just finished choreographing his masterpiece that afternoon, offered a glimpse of what the audience should expect.
“Mine’s all fluff, really,” he said sheepishly. “See, Peter’s the meat and I’m the dessert.”