Women’s Wear Daily
04.18.2014
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Anne Bass -- a combination of good looks, wealth and dimples to die for -- and Julian Lethbridge -- an abstract painter described by those who know him as "interesting" and "charming" -- are the newest romance to stir...

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The beauty Betsy Kaiser and her husband, Michael, gave a beauty of a big lunch at their beauty of a big house in Palm Beach, restored to its original grandeur by Michael Kaiser himself. And it needed restoring -- to say the least. Now it's a tropical dream or something. Or so thought the guests eating paella at poolside -- Chessy Patcevitch; Judy Taubman; Louise Stephaich and her mother, Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock; Noreen and Johnny Drexel, like that. The great designer James Galanos has been in Palm Beach staying with the Kaisers, who have yanked him to every lighted candle since he arrived -- the Preservation Society Ball at the Flagler Museum, Barton Gubelmann's dinner at her oceanside house and Maureen and John Donnel's dinner for Irene Roosevelt Aitken. Jimmy had a fine time, though not much inspiration for his next collection. After the social whirlwind, he fled to Houston. As for Betsy and Michael, they motored to Hobe Sound to see his mommy's house and then flew off to their splendid mountainside place in St. Croix. One must avoid stagnation, must not one?

As for Lisa and Jack Anderson, they returned from their long hegira through the Far East just in time for the Moroccan-themed Preservation Society gala where Lisa wore a rare and stunning Moroccan caftan with a gold filigree belt studded with emeralds and diamonds. It was given to her by the King of Morocco, who can probably afford it.

Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Disney biggies, left sunny California for the horrors of New York weather to be here for the big gala surrounding the first preview of the Broadway musical version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," a benefit for the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Everywhere you looked at the Palace Theater and at the party at the Macklowe Hotel, you saw such as chairmen Jean Remmel Little, Norma Dana, Jane Gammill and Kari McDowell plus such first preview peekers as Adair and Bill Beutel, Anne Cox Chambers, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Jo Carole Lauder, Alison Howard Blumenfeld, the president of the Society, who brought her daughter Lucy, Irene Roosevelt Aitken, Susan and Coleman Burke and a whole mess of fairytale lovers just like them.
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