Until recently, this bastion of privacy and esprit de corps (ha!) was owned by Faberge, then Unilever, and lastly by the behemoth ITT, who decided to drop the bomb. So sic transit gloria mundi -- all over again.
Before irate Egyptologists rise up and smite me with scarabs, let me hasten to write that the sepia photograph on display at Khalil Rizk's Levantine party at Mortimer's of various royals and imperials at play at Abdine Palace in Cairo was not the wedding banquet of King Farouk of Egypt. Rather, it was the celebration of the nuptials of the young Shah of Iran and his first marriage to Princess Fawzia, Farouk's sister. Oh, and Farouk's mom was misidentified. She was Queen Nazli, not Queen Farida, may they both R.I.P.
There's always one big night in the season that everyone hops on as the perfect night for a party. Now it's June 8, when the Colbert Foundation gives its elegant dinner at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, with cocktails in the Great Hall and dinner under a tent in the Museum's beautiful garden; when the Museum of Modern Art gives it annual party in the Sculpture Garden and when Gayfryd Steinberg and Carolyne Roehm co-chair an AmFAR benefit called "Takin' It to the Streets: An Evening of Rhythm and Blues." Gayfryd and Carolyne promise an upbeat, relaxed evening, fabulous American food and a roomful of people who really care and make a difference. This all takes place at the Manhattan Center and the dress is summer block party, so pull out the sheers.