These are the Nineties, they keep reminding us, so take it with a slow roll and no more excessive excess. Among those taking the advice seriously are Princess Maria Pia di Savoia and Prince Michel de Bourbon-Parme,...

Jessye Norman was at her most divine and her most sublime at her Great Performers at Lincoln Center concert at Avery Fisher Hall. The rapturous soprano sang selections from great composers' works for "Women of Legend, Fantasy and Lore," looking like one of these very women herself. The audience adored her, and you can see her for yourself on the small screen as the performance was televised to benefit Lincoln Center Productions.

Lucile Peyrelongue, accompanied by her husband Guy, the big man at Cosmair, was one of the chairmen of the gala dinner purveyed by Glorious Food before the performance, and among her guests were Irene and Jean Amic, who flew in from Paris for the evening; Bruno Bich of the Bic company of pen and razor fame, and his wife Veronique; Joe Cicio; Susan and John Gutfreund; Gretchen and Eugene Grisanti; Andrea and Mike Gould; Maria; Anna and James MarlasNicola Bulgari, and Jane and Peter Marino.

George Weissman, the chairman of Lincoln Center, was Lucile's co-chairman, and one of the most charming guests was Irene Diamond, all in red silk, who was honored for her outstanding contributions to the cultural life of New York City. The other honored arts philanthropist was Walter Shipley, the big man at Chemical Bank. Both were named the first Lincoln Center Laureates for their outstanding service to Lincoln Center. Congratulations to all.

Princess Firyal of All the Jordans, Paris, London, New York and the rest of the world was the guest of honor at a lively, to say the least, dinner given at Mortimer's by Patricia Patterson of New York, Southampton and Sotheby's, where she is a vice president. Almost 50 assorted types crowded into the restaurant's side room, where it seems the elite meet to eat nonstop, and some of the terminal diehards didn't leave until two in the morning. The stunning princess was wearing a black skirt embroidered in black paillettes and a white top embroidered with white sequins designed by Ballestra. The stunning hostess was wearing a black silk pantsuit and a white ruffled blouse. They and everybody else dined on caviar, lamb chops and infinitesimal potatoes.
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