Walking into the museum, Zani Gugelmann noticed that she had on an accessory that wasn’t red at all, which she promptly removed: her watch. “A lady’s not supposed to wear a watch to a black-tie affair,” Gugelmann explained, smiling. “She’s not supposed to be paying attention to the time.”
Marisa Noel Brown concurred. “You learn that from your mother. That’s Day One.”
Two days later, Valentino threw yet another party, this time a lunch at Daniel for the couture collection with Jeanne Rohatyn, Rena Sindi and Serena Boardman. As talk moved to the Oscars and which stars might choose Valentino, it inevitably led to Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” And the momentum, at least for Blaine Trump, Burch and Creel, was building. “We’ve just got to see it,” said Trump.
A few days after the Academy Awards, Brown, Heather Crosby Mnuchin and Debra Peltz hosted a dinner and fashion show at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique that lured Alex Kramer, Jackie Astier, Shoshanna Gruss and Amanda Brooks. Though she was invited to the Vanity Fair Oscar party, Sindi, clad in a candy-colored Dolce gown she’d bought earlier in the day, opted out. “I’d be so D-list there,” Sindi said. “I’d rather be a big fish in a small pond.” (Helen Schifter, in one of the first samples off Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. rack, said this was the first time in five years she and husband Tim stayed East.)