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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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At the recent auction of vintage clothes at the William Doyle Galleries, the excitement peaked when a Charles James-designed ball gown, once owned by the great diva Lily Pons, fetched $29,900. Arnold Scaasi bought an evening dress he designed for Pons in the 1960s. And Cecil Beaton's 1970s sketch of Coco Chanel went for $9,775. Everything old is new again -- or whatever.

(Next week, read about maestro Giancarlo Menotti's visit to New York and the parties given for him by such admirers as Lily Auchincloss and Judy Peabody.)
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