If you really want to play with the big girls and can't wait until May, Sotheby's is having its Magnificent Jewelry auction right here in New York on April 13 and 14. The highlight of the sale is a fabulous diamond necklace from a private collector, a piece by Harry Winston considered to be the most important diamond necklace ever to be offered at auction: Ten pear-shaped D-color internally flawless diamonds, which hang gracefully from the center, weighing nearly 100 carats. Sotheby's won't even supply an estimate on what the masterpiece is expected to bring except on request, as in pretty please. But if you're burning to possess the most glorious yoke in the world and don't care how you spend your money -- this Bud's for you.
On March 29, Harper's Bazaar and the Whitney Museum will honor Richard Avedon at a black tie dinner at the Whitney, celebrating the opening of "Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994," a retrospective of 150 black and white photographs spanning his 50-year career. There will be cocktails in the main lobby decorated with red lights by Robert Isabell to resemble a darkroom and, afterward, a viewing of the exhibition on the fourth floor. Dinner, catered by Glorious Foods, will be served on the museum's lower level, replete with white flowers, Irish linen tablecloths and candlelight. Everyone will be there: Harpers Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, the Whitney's David Ross, Gianni Versace, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols, Christy Turlington, Veronica and Randolph Hearst, the ravishing model Rosie Vela, Kelly and Calvin Klein, Lauren Hutton, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Mary and Mike Wallace, Geoffrey Beene, Paula Zahn and Richard Cohen, Isaac Mizrahi, Stephen Sondheim, the Sidney Lumets, Richard Tyler, Louis Malle, like that. It's enough to click your shutter.