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Alice Mason put on her new spring Galanos -- black chiffon printed with dark green and violet flowers -- tucked her tiny white dog Fluffy -- red leather collar set with rhinestones -- under her arm and gave one of those series of dinners for 50 that have made her a hostess to reckon with in New York. Marina Palma stopped the show in her caramel Armani dinner suit with a printed scarf tossed around her shoulders. Unutterably chic. Regine Traulsen wore a yellow/gold/tangerine colored cocoon/stole trimmed in burnt orange appliqued leaves, a vintage creation from Isabel Canovas who once brightened up Madison Avenue. Too stunning for words. Alice's daughter, Dominique Yang, wore a black silk and jet Vicky Tiel and brought along her baby son, Christian, who wore a little black velvet suit. It was all better than most of what you see on your friendly local runways. In the crowd: Lisa and David Schiff; Allison and Leonard Stern; Rena Rowan and Sidney Kimmel of the Philadelphia Rowans and Kimmels; Arthur Altschul; Lucille Peyrelongue; Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel; Joe Armstrong; Luke John Yang; Dana and Jamie Hammond; Louise and Henry Grunwald; Virginia and Billy Salomon; Anna and Robert Sarnoff; Marilyn Evins; Kitty D'Alessio; Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown; Cynthia and Graydon Carter; Robert Denning; Howard Slatkin; Paul Hallingby with Jo Davis; the model Carmen; the Salvador Assaels; Anna and Robert Sarnoff; Bill Diamond, etc.

May is the time for spring flowers, no showers, galas under a big tent and Tchaikovsky. So there will be spring flowers, no showers (God willing), a dazzling gala under a giant marquee and a celebration of the genius of Tchaikovsky at American Ballet Theatre's big party on May 9 at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center. The evening starts at 7 with excerpts from Tchaikovsky full-length masterpieces and a pas de deux danced by the Company. Immediately after, there will be a black-tie dinner-dance in Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park under canvas that Robert Isabell has promised to make beautiful to die for. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is the honorary chairman and Mrs. Robert (Blaine) Trump and Aileen Mehle, also known as Suzy, are the co-chairmen of the evening which will be dedicated to the memory of the elegant and beloved Oliver Smith, the renowned set designer and master teacher, who helped lead American Ballet Theatre from 1945 to 1992. Lancome and Movado are underwriting the Spring Gala, and tickets priced from $650 to $1,500, which include the performance and the party in the park, may be obtained by calling American Ballet Theatre, (212) 477-3030, extension 246 or 247.
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