London’s Somerset House was in full swing with a Russian-themed party; New Yorkers get the fall fund-raising scene in gear.

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Henry Kissinger was there with his wife, Nancy. There was a run on white suits that night, as Lady Rothschild wore one and so did Jayne Wrightsman of New York. Other guests were Princess Firyal of Jordan; banker Lionel Pincus; Lily Safra, who donated the beautiful fountains in the courtyard to Somerset in memory of her late husband, the billionaire banker, Edmond; interior designer David Mlinaric; Mary Lawrence, the remarkable woman who brought advertising to a new exciting level, and a mystery guest said to be the sole owner of a very small country, which is not only little but unspellable.

Mary Lawrence has brought her own life to a new exciting level. Her grand apartment in Belgravia, decorated by Mlinaric, is a London showplace like no other, modern in a very Mary way with vast, airy spaces and beautiful colors and fabrics. It was 3 1/2 years in the doing, planned while her late husband, Harding Lawrence, was still alive, and now it’s for sale.

Mary’s new life revolves around John Calley, the Sony executive, a man she was in love with 30 years ago before she met and married Harding. He has now come back into her life after all those years. So she is in love again and her plan is to be where John Calley is, and that’s a lot of places. She is now in Portofino with him and her grandchildren, boating on the sea every day and staying at the beautiful little hotel, Portofino Mare. In December, they will be at John’s house in British Columbia and wherever he goes in between, she’ll be there. Is that a love story?

The board of directors of the Spanish Institute is honored to announce that Her Majesty Queen Sofia will attend the Gold Medal Gala and receive the 50th anniversary commemorative medal on Nov. 19 here in New York. Dr. Fernando Aleu, the chairman emeritus of Puig USA, is the institute’s Gold Medal recipient for 2003.

New York’s First Lady Libby Pataki was the guest of honor recently at a lunch given by Evelyn Lauder in the sunny dining room of her beautiful New York apartment. It was all very colorful, the tables decorated with bold African daisies in bright vases and crystal in multicolors, a perfect background for a Mexican-themed luncheon. All the ladies wore pastel colors to go with the decor and had their pictures taken with Libby in front of Evelyn’s mantle, which was loaded with the most gorgeous lilacs.
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