Mrs. William McCormick (Deeda) Blair, the Washington beauty, celebrated her birthday at a dinner party in her honor given by Khalil Rizk at his wondrous East Side townhouse. Deeda looked like a Boldini and a Sargent rolled into one in a ravishing black dress with a full skirt, dripping with lace and romance. William McCormick Blair flew in from Washington for the fun, and all of the Blairs' swell New York friends were there. That is if you consider swell such as Princess Firyal of Jordan, Blaine Trump (in black and white lace by Carolyne Roehm), the famous artist and sculptor Fernando Botero, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Carroll Petrie (in a black dinner suit by Gianfranco Ferre), Mary McFadden, Lee Thaw, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera (Carolina wore a brilliant red suit trimmed in black lace by Carolina Herrera), Alexandra and Arthur Schlesinger, Patricia Patterson, Jackie and Nicky Drexel, Gale Hayman and Bill Haseltine, Susan and Dr. Fred Plum, Susan and John Gutfreund, Jerome Zipkin, Kenneth Jay Lane, Nelson Seabra and Eben Pyne. It's up to you.
After little jaunts to the Nile, Jordan, Korea and Japan, Lisa and Jack Anderson flew back to their Palm Beach place for the holidays, where they entertained the locals and some top-drawer Brits. That is, if you consider the Earl and Countess of Bathurst and industrialist Sir Christopher and Lady Lewinton top-drawer. And you're a silly twit if you don't. General Alexander Haig and Mrs. Haig, William Benton of the Ford Motor Company, John Reynolds 3rd, the president of Palm Beach's Everglades Club, and Durie and Francis Appleton were all at the Andersons for the English toffs. And that gang wouldn't leave their villas for just any old body, believe it.
The Winter Antiques Show, now in its 40th year, has set its gala preview for Jan. 20 at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue. Architectural Digest is sponsoring the event, and AD's editor-in-chief Paige Rense and the fashion world's Bill Blass are the chairmen. Veronica and Randolph Hearst are the honorary chairmen. How perfectly sweet of them all. (By the way, the Antiques Show describes Bill B. as "the legendary designer who wedded the sophistication of European couture with the no-nonsense approach to American fashion." I don't see him having trouble with that, do you?)