Calvin Klein will be the man of the hour at the Council of Fashion Designers of America's big gala at Lincoln Center Monday night when he is honored as both Menswear and Womenswear Designer of the Year. Plus all that jazz, many of the women that night will swan about in his creations, Marina Schiano, Bianca Jagger, Polly Hamilton, Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin's wife, Kelly, and his daughter, Marci (but of course), and CFDA executive director Fern Mallis. Also wearing their Calvins will be Polly Mellen and Veronica (Mrs. Randolph) Hearst of Hearst Publications, the underwriters of the evening. Sitting at the Hearst table midst the orange and tangerine branches and multicolored tulips supplied by Robert Isabell will be such as Donna Hanover Giuliani, Elsa Klensch, Bill Blass, Jerry Zipkin, Frank Bennack and Ashton Hawkins. There will be 2,500 watching the proceedings at Lincoln Center and 900 at the dinner. Cozy, no?
Her alma mater, the School of American Ballet, honored the dancer's dancer Chita Rivera at a big party at Lincoln Center, and they all came -- Gayfryd and Saul Steinberg, the Paul Allaires of Xerox, Ben Vereen, Janice Levin wearing a diamond dragonfly big as those things in "Jurassic Park," Duane and Mark Hampton, Camille and Byron Hero, Mai Hallingby in scarlet chiffon by Chanel, Luella and Frank Bennack, Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown, Darci Kistler (who danced a steamy "The Man I Love" with Robert LaFosse before dinner), Peter Martins, Lucile Peyrelongue, Marina Galesi, Susan and Carter Burden, Susan and Coleman Burke, Barbara and Bill Tapert, Helen O'Hagan with Geoffrey Beene, etc. Oh, and Frances Hayward who, they keep saying, will play hostess to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip later this month at her beautiful house in the Grand Bahamas. Separate bedrooms, of course. They're British.