The culterati and what might be called "real society "—not to be confused with the surreal gang you see at every store and gallery opening,charging the photographers,the better to get their pictures in every periodical,pamphlet and paper in print...

Also Doda Voridis ,née Goulandris,the major Greek shipping heiress,opera lover;Mary McFadden ,the fashion designer whose exoticism is well known and who, you will be thrilled to hear,is now going to go mass market with her Eastern-inspired designs;American-born Countess Consuelo Crespi ,for many years the editor of Italian Vogue,and such charming and worldly extra men as Kenneth Jay Lane of fashion jewelry fame,the art expert and dealer Alexander Apsis ,Alex Hitz ,a young man of means from Atlanta (Coca-Cola),and Boaz Mazor ,a vice president of Oscar de la Renta and its worldwide representative.

You understand that what they all don ’t know about culture,you could put in your eye.

Alice Mason ,the Democrat ’s Democrat,put on her black and red beaded Galanos and gave one of her smart little dinners,this time for Bill Clinton .They all came — Princess Firyal and Lionel Pincus ,Nada and Nemir Kirdar, Barbara Walters ,Woody Allen and Soon-Yi ,Amanda Burden and Charlie Rose ,Bill Clinton ’s aides Maggie Williams and Bill Barrett ,Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown ,Lisa Caputo ,Jennet Conant and Steve Kroft ,Gil Shiva ,and Alice ’s daughter Dominique Richard in a b ack Vera Wang.Oh,and the heiress Mona Ackerman and the political columnist Richard Cohen ,who are in the middle of a serious romance.As in they may marry soon,that ’s how serious.

Gillian Hearst Shaw will wear a chocolate-colored BCBG gown,sheer from the knees down,to her sister Lydi a ’s debut Friday night at the Waldorf.Later,she will change into a golden BCBG bustier and slim black pants to host the post-ball party for her sister at a friend ’s town house.Lydia will wear Julien MacDonald ’s multicolored minidress covered with paillettes the size of silver dollars after she strips off her Vera Wang for the post-ball ball. Later,the girls will depart for a pub crawl around 1 a.m., escorted downtown by their mother,Patricia Hearst ,and their father,Bernard Shaw ,to make sure everyone stays off the tables.

Anne Heche is putting her role as a mother first these days and if you could see her adorable eight-month-old son,Homer Laffoon ,you ’d know why.Homer went to meet Santa Claus at Doubles,the private club on Fifth Avenue,wearing little white booties,a red and green plaid suit and a clever little cap.He was accompanied by his mother and father and they stayed until the last minute before Anne had to rush off to Broadway where she is starring in "Proof."
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