Not that the black dresses -- and pants -- weren't beautiful; we're talking about a fashion-conscious group here. Chic Nancy wore a beautiful jacket embroidered in beads and jet, the same color as the caviar pie served as a first course. You would have loved it -- the jacket and the pie.
Carroll wore her black bell-bottom britches and a white chiffon and lace off-the-shoulder blouse. Betsy Bloomingdale was in one of her very special Galanoses, and Veronica Hearst wore one of her very special Chanels. Also kissing Nancy on both cheeks were such as Anne Cox Chambers, Virginia Coleman, Randolph Hearst, the Lawrence Huntingtons, Wendy and Bill Luers, Kay Meehan, Joan Rivers, Dixon Boardman, Joe Hannan, Paul LeClerc of the New York Public Library LeClercs, Orin Lehman, Bernard Petrie, Eben Pyne, Khalil Rizk, Alfred Taubman and Jerry Zipkin, Nancy's forever pal.
The forever pal was the only man at Cecile Zilkha's lunch at home for Nancy the next afternoon. As for the ladies, they put on a fashion show starring Nancy and Lucky Roosevelt in the same beige and brown Valentino check suit. What cries! What whispers! What laughs! Thank heaven Lucky decided to wear a sable hat with hers.
Little suits were the thing. Casey Ribicoff was in a Philippe Venet, Countess (Aline) Romanones wore a gray Valentino and Princess Firyal of Jordan was tout a fait Chanel. Brooke Astor wore her sable hat, and Lily Safra wore her velvet one. Betsy Bloomingdale wore bottle green, and Cecile wore Adolfo's yellow and black tailleur. Barbara Walters wore a black Oscar de la Renta suit with a white taffeta blouse, and Miki Sarofim was in a black Dior. Jerry Zipkin wore his old school tie -- or what looked like it.