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...

Orange and lemon trees bloomed in the dining room, and each table, covered in pastel plaid clothes and centered with sprays of peonies, lilies and sprays of spring blossoms, was named for various woods David Linley uses in his work: maple, satinwood, ebony, cherry and walnut. Sean Driscoll and Jean-Claude Nedelec -- with enormous input from Blaine, of course -- were responsible for everything from the perfect lighting to the wonderful food -- potato pancakes with caviar and creme fraiche, Cajun lobster, shrimp and scallops over Creole rice and, for dessert, cakes baked by Jean-Claude in perfect likenesses of the five boxes David Linley made for Dunhill, served with little fruit sorbets. You would have loved it. Certainly the 40 guests did, maybe because they were such a mix.

Iman, the gorgeous model, sat next to David Linley. Diane Sawyer, in a crystal-beaded pantsuit, sat next to lawyer Robert Altman, whom she had interviewed, along with his wife, Lynda Carter, on her "Prime Time" television program. Princess Firyal of Jordan, in peacock satin, brought along her one-time love interest, the Greek tycoon Stavros Niarchos, who seems never to have quite gotten over her. Then there were Stavros's son Spyros and his wife, Daphne; Anne Bass in a stunning white pantsuit; Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner; David Bowie; Barbara and Henryk de Kwiatkowski; Cecile and Ezra Zilkha; Pat Buckley; Fernanda and Jamie Niven; Ruth Kennedy, who directs all David Linley's business interests; Paul Wilmot; Emilia and Pepe Fanjul; Nan Kempner; Anne Hearst; Diandra Douglas; CeCe and Barry Kieselstein Cord; Maria Snyder; Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera; Gayfryd and Saul Steinberg; Greg Jordan; Gil Shiva; Timothy Gosling and, from Dunhill, the Richard Dunhills and David Salz. Then, after dinner, in trooped Pauline and Dixon Boardman; Ann Jones in about 10 sequins; Joy Henderik, and Ashley Judd, after her Broadway performance in "Picnic."
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