Settling the estate of the Shah’s ex-wife…Updating the royal address book…Art triumphs over politics…Having a cow.

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Which is all by way of saying that when Lindy arrived in New York, Joan gave a big welcoming party in her palatial apartment, where gold and white boiserie and silks and satins abound.

Lindy told Joan that her New York exhibition was mostly paintings of cows. That’s all Joan needed. She called in party designer Preston Bailey, who proceeded to plunk three life-size cows made of silver petals and orchids and thousands of flowers down to the last udder, as it were, on each of the three dinner tables. Among the amazed guests were Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Robert Higdon, Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston, Blaine and Robert Trump, fashion critic of the New York Times Cathy Horyn and many more just like them, but more of all this, guests and cows alike, in another column.

President Bush and Laura Bush have said yes to Betty Scripps Harvey, who asked them to serve as honorary patrons of the Washington Opera Ball on June 6. Betty is the general chairman of the ball, which will be held at the residence of the new French ambassador, Jean-David Levitte, and Madame Levitte. In this case — hands across the sea and all that — it seems that art has triumphed over politics. Or could it have anything to do with the fact that Betty’s mother was French? Whatever, Arnold Scaasi is making Betty a pink delight to wear with her rubies and diamonds. What else would you wear to the first ball at the French Ambassador’s residence? The Levittes’ dining room has dark green lacquered walls and the chairs are upholstered in apricot velvet and who else would tell you these things?
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