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At the dinner afterward, Ford explained why he got involved with the project. "I admire people who are purely artistic, because I am not — I'm commercial," he said.

On Tuesday night, the social set plunged into the thick of things with New Yorkers for Children's annual fall gala. This year, the event moved from the capacious Cipriani 42nd Street to a former church at 583 Park Avenue and the banquet hall-like setting baffled some of the guests, who included Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Eliza Reed Bolen, Barbara Bush, Mel Brooks and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I'm not sure I'm ready to be back in New York," admitted Muffie Potter Aston, having spent an entire summer at the beach, with a deliberately empty social calendar.

Such a thing is not something one would ever expect from Diane von Furstenberg, who cohosted a dinner with Interview magazine for Bob Colacello over the weekend. Guests such as Carolina Herrera, Aby Rosen and Ian Schrager showed up to von Furstenberg's 14th Street headquarters to toast Colacello's "Out," a collection of his photographs during the Seventies and early Eighties. "We were all younger and more beautiful then," von Furstenberg sighed.

"Some people say, 'I left my heart in San Francisco.' I say, 'I left my liver at Studio 54,'" Colacello said.
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