Women’s Wear Daily
04.16.2014
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I can tell when a party is going to be a smash when I first walk in the door, can't you? There's something in the air, something almost palpable -- a subtle feeling that tonight everything will mesh and it's going to be fun. (You can pick up negative...

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I can tell when a party is going to be a smash when I first walk in the door, can't you? There's something in the air, something almost palpable -- a subtle feeling that tonight everything will mesh and it's going to be fun. (You can pick up negative feelings just as easily, too: signals that a party is going to be a bomb, all but dead on arrival, and you don't want to stick around for the funeral -- or the speeches -- or are they the same thing?)

If a hit party deserves four stars, the only way to go is to hang five stars on the party that Blaine and Robert Trump gave for Viscount and Viscountess Linley at Glorious Food's establishment Wednesday night. You all remember Lord Linley. He is Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon's son, who has become a first-rate furniture designer and cabinet maker. His latest works, five state-of-the-art humidors made of precious woods for Dunhill, are beautiful boxes made after the style of England's most famous architects of the ages: William Kent, John Soane, Sir Christopher Wren, Inigo Jones and Pugin. As for Viscountess Linley, David Linley's bride Serena, if you don't remember her, you should. She is the lovely blond granddaughter of the Earl of Harrington and the daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Petersham. One doesn't like to be too crass and commercial about this sort of thing, but she is also an heiress.

At the party, Serena was wearing a red-hot dress under a black organza jacket. The jacket didn't last long when she got on the dance floor.

The setting for the party was the third floor and the tented garden terrace of Glorious Food, where a cozy fire was burning on the inside, and spring was bursting on the outside. The trellised terrace was alive with climbing azaleas (planted and trained three years ago) at the foot of the trellises, blooming pansies and geraniums planted especially for the party and boxwood and azalea topiaries everywhere. A glittering mirrored ball revolved overhead, and the disco, with Tom Finn at the controls, played cabaret music during dinner and let out a blast for the after-dinner dancers who didn't leave the premises until they were politely swept out by Miss Blaine, the beautiful hostess, chic in a short black and white lace by Carolyne Roehm.
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