Grazie Mille

Drawing out the fashion crowd in the middle of Milan's sweltering July heat is nothing short of a miracle, as Karl Lagerfeld put it Sunday night at La Scala.

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Riccardo Tisci knew just what she meant. As a child aspiring to be a fashion designer, Tisci used to "dream about Gianni Versace," he said. "He was an important part of Italian history and brought Italian fashion abroad. He was a rock star — Italy's equivalent of a Givenchy or an Yves Saint Laurent."

The mood in Southampton, N.Y., Saturday night was similarly reverent as members of the Parrish Art Museum honored departing director Trudy Kramer at its annual Midsummer Party. Men in madras and women in long, flowing gowns filled the garden tent for an elegant dinner and spirited dance, sponsored by Brooks Bros. While most guests including Beth Rudin DeWoody, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Debbie Bancroft, Chuck Close, Jessica Craig-Martin and Patricia Duff were saddened to lose Kramer to retirement, one person in particular was quite pleased. "She's mine now," said her husband, Harry. "You can't have her." Indeed, Kramer was eager to attend to her new role as happy housewife, declaring that the first two items on her agenda were to "sleep late and make lunch for my husband."

One thing artists on Long Island's East End can't get enough of is the light during early evening, and it certainly delivered as beachgoers gathered at Elie and Rory Tahari's Sagaponack home for a cocktail fete cohosted by New Yorkers for Children celebrating the upcoming opening of the new Elie Tahari shop. As Coralie Charriol wrapped herself up in a chunky knit cardigan against the sea breeze, Elie Tahari, unshaven and shirt untucked, basked in the glow of a successful party. "As long as my wife is happy," he said, smiling.
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