Schlossberg reminisced about her days as a copy kid working for the Daily News, delivering Mehle, who once worked there, reports from around the globe. “She is a great patron of the arts as well as a keen journalist,” said Schlossberg. “She has an insightful eye and unflappable sense of style.”
While they were at it, the revelers, including ABT Juliets Paloma Herrera and Julie Kent, as well as all the Romeos, took the opportunity to celebrate Mehle’s birthday with a giant pink cake and a round of singing.
“I seldom go to lunch,” Mehle told the crowd. “As my friend Pat Buckley asked, ‘Did you get up at midnight to come here?’”
Of course, at midnight, only 12 hours earlier, Lincoln Center looked like a regular disco inferno. The New York City Ballet’s supporters stormed the dance floor for the Dance with the Dancers gala, sponsored by Valentino and hosted by Helen Schifter, Tara Rockefeller, Muffy Flouret and Jeff Klein, who arrived in a white stretch limo. The fete’s ragingly popular disco theme meant a sizzling performance by Deborah Harry, glam Seventies fashion and studly bartenders clad only in their briefs.