Friday night’s theme was the “Fete des Quatre Saisons,” inspired by a quartet of Francois Boucher panels that used to decorate Mrs. Frick’s bedroom upstairs. Cochair Lauren duPont thought it would invite fewer fashion faux pas than themes of years past.
“Edwardian was confusing, Tartan was pretty simple,” she said. “But this one — well, if you don’t get it, there’s something wrong with you.”
Apart from the woman who emerged from a white stretch limo wearing giant daisy sunglasses, guests took their four seasons seriously. Christina Scornavacca had a Boucher hand-painted onto her ball skirt, Tory Burch allowed a friend to copper-leaf her arms, and Susan Fales-Hill arrived in a wrap made from roses and orchids by her local florist, Daily Blossom.
“I’m the girl with the astroturf on her shoulders,” she joked.
The four co-chairs — duPont, Aerin Lauder, Marina Rust and Nathalie Kaplan — had Mark Badgley and James Mischka choose their seasons for them. Kaplan, in a dress made of mink, crystals and baroque pearls, got the most coveted: winter. But other partygoers decided that the best season is no season at all.
“I’m like Los Angeles,” said a gray-gowned, flaxen-haired Anne Buford. “Always sunny.”
On Wednesday, Steve Martin, Mike Nichols and Karenna Gore were among the 2,000 guests who attended the Art Show Benefit Preview at the Seventh Regiment Armory. The following night, Pierre Cardin packed a crowd into Maxim’s for a party celebrating the release of the Maxim’s de Paris CD, a compilation of dance tracks currently in rotation at the restaurant’s Paris outpost.
“I want to remake Maxim’s as a place where young people can come to drink and, perhaps, make love,” said the 81-year-old designer before a thoughtful pause. “You like to make love?”