FIRST GLIMPSE: Reed Krakoff is a man with a vision — and connections. Tonight the Coach president and executive creative director, along with his wife, Delphine Krakoff, will serve as the 75th anniversary chairs of the Whitney Museum’s American Art Award, honoring Federated’s chairman and chief executive officer Terry Lundgren. Before the black tie dinner — for which Krakoff designed the decor with a montage of images of the iconic Whitney building on giant stretch canvases displayed throughout the room — guests including Martha Stewart and Donald Trump will get a first glimpse at the yet-to-be-opened Le Cirque for cocktails.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES: The lion statues outside the New York Public Library are named Patience and Fortitude, and several guests at Dennis Basso‘s fashion show Monday proved they have a healthy dollop of both. Liza Minnelli, for one, said she has three major projects at hand — next week she jets off for Berlin and then it’s on to Amsterdam for her concert tour. The “Cabaret” star, who tapped her patent leather penny loafers through much of Basso’s show, is also writing a yet-to-be-named film with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Minnelli is at work on an album recording the songs and arrangements of her godmother, Kay Thompson. Thompson’s “Eloise” children’s books were partially inspired by Minnelli’s antics while living at the Plaza Hotel. That tribute will be released this fall. Minnelli scoffed at a question asking if she ever gets tired. “Never. I’m very healthy.”
Actress Lorraine Bracco said she is heading back to “The Sopranos” in a few weeks, but next month’s release of her book “On the Couch” is not an offshoot of her Dr. Melfi shrink character on the hit HBO program. “It’s a little bit of everything,” she said.
Another newcomer to the book club will be columnist Bob Morris, who is trying to figure out what ever happened to fine etiquette. The scribesman plans to spell out some of his own faux pas in this post-Emily Post era — whether that be screwing up his brother’s wedding by wheeling out the cake too soon or his inability to get along with his three-year-old niece. Morris is still toying with a title, but “Mister Rogers Is Dead” is in the running.
While Denise Rich showed off her mammoth Jacob the Jeweler diamond watch, others in the crowd like Cece Chord, Marjorie Raien, Janice Combs and Star Jones Reynolds caught up with friends. Reynolds’ niceties only went so far. Asked about the state of affairs on “The View” in light of the recent shuffle of co-hosts, Reynolds said, “I’m not interested in talking about the show.” End of story.
MOVES AT PUIG: Puig is rearranging its public relations. Kimberly Flaster has stepped down as vice president of communications for Puig North America. Next month Marta Sanz relocates to New York from Paris in her new role as vice president of global communications for Puig’s fashion division, overseeing the Carolina Herrera, CH, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne businesses. Most recently, she was director of international communications for the fashion division. Phoebe Gubelmann, who worked for Herrera six years ago, has rejoined the company as director of communications for Carolina Herrera and CH.