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The fair opened with a vernissage honoring British press Lord and Lady Rothermere. She wore a lavender coat and a floral frock by Valentino. The fair’s creative director, Lorenzo Rudolph, showed the Rothermeres around the convention center, adorned with $2.5 billion worth of art, antiques and jewelry. Among those admiring paintings by such as John Singer Sargent, Picasso, Renoir, Kandinsky and Norman Rockwell were the supermodel Stephanie Seymour in a black clinger by John Galliano; Hilary Geary Ross in a lavender cashmere sweater over a sequined skirt by Michael Kors; Betty Sherrill in a blue and white plaid suit; Pauline Pitt, so smart in a gold silk printed jacket and escorted by Jamie Niven; Muffy and Donald Miller; Alexa Hampton in a beige evening coat; Pilar and Pablo Molyneux; Richard Feigen; Patricia Patterson in a fuchsia sari with gold sequins; Ann Downey and her daughter, Mona de Sayve, and on and on into the night.
The next night, almost all of the above poured into Lars Bolander and Nadine Kalachnikoff’s charming penthouse and gardens on Worth Avenue to discuss the delights of the show, which ends Sunday and will be followed by a dinner at the home of Pitt, one of the fair’s fair chairs.