“Wasn’t it bold?” Brooke Astor asked after Maurizio Pollini pounded out a Brahms piano concerto at Tuesday’s opening night gala at Carnegie Hall.
The playing was bold — but so was the avalanche of diamonds and taffeta that spilled into the Rohatyn room during intermission. In came Mercedes Bass, Annette de la Renta, Jayne Wrightsman, Nancy Kissinger, Barbara Walters, Firyal of Jordan, Barbara Black, Patty Cisneros, Adrienne Vittadini and Marie-Josee Kravis, whose brooch elicited a chorus of gasps. (“There’s a whole mine on her shoulder,” someone whispered.)
The night before, Katie Couric, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick co-hosted the Project A.L.S. gala at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The benefit, chaired by Nancy Jarecki, drew a crowd including Rena Sindi, Pia Getty and Kadee Robbins, as well as Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Donna Hanover and Juliana Margulies — who’s about to open “The Vagina Monologues” in L.A.
Parker, who’s been New York’s flashiest chameleon lately, turned up with a hairdo that was stick-straight and bright yellow.
“Here I am turning into a pumpkin,” she joked.
Earlier that day, Barbara Howard hosted an afternoon tea in honor of Susan Sontag, whose new play, “Alice in Bed,” is about to have its American premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop. The author herself hinted of plays to come.
“Lots more,” Sontag insisted. “It’s not my first — nor is it my last.”