“Temporary insanity” is how Muffie Potter Aston explained her party-throwing heroics. For Aston, it was a busy week that started Thursday, when she chaired the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, and ended five days later, when she played hostess once again — this time at American Ballet Theater’s fall gala. Everyone wondered how she did it. “Very little sleep and a lot of caffeine,” she said.
After ABT’s performance at the City Center, the crowd spilled into the ballroom at the Essex House, where dinner conversation centered on two things: Irina Dvorovenko, the new principal dancer whose “Swan Lake” pas de deux brought down the house, and, of course, that other pas de deux between the Mets and the Yankees.
When news that the Yankees were losing hit the room, a wave of boos was punctuated by the gentle clapping of Mets die-hard Blaine Trump.
“What can I say?” she asked. “My husband’s a kid from Queens.”
The evening before, a legion of well-wishers — everyone from Ira von Furstenberg to Betsy Bloomingdale to the model Erin O’Connor — filled the Rainbow Room to congratulate LVMH’s Bernard Arnault as he received the Ben Franklin award at the French-American Foundation’s annual gala.
After dinner, Jessye Norman, who was seated at Arnault’s side, surprised the guest of honor by singing “I Love Paris” into his ear. Those whispered trills were enough to excite Liz Fonderas, the evening’s co-chair, at the next table.
“Jessye,” Fonderas said, “we can’t hear you over here.”
“I’m sorry, Liz” Norman replied with a big grin. “This one’s for Bernard’s ears only.”