Denise Hale’s annual lunch at Le Cirque was in honor of Prince and Princess d’Arenberg — she is the beautiful Sylvia. In the crowd, which didn’t leave until 4 a.m. when they were rolled out, were: Graydon Carter, Mila Mulroney, Pauline Pitt, Clive Davis, Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Judy Ney, Dreda Mele, Doda Voridis, Gale Hayman, Kenneth Jay Lane and Nan Kempner.
Sotheby’s is selling what it describes as the Scripps Estate on North Ocean Boulevard. Just maybe the best address in Palm Beach. After Betty Scripps Harvey and her late husband, Edward Willis Scripps, of all those Scripps newspapers, bought the property, Betty added a dancing pavilion on the ocean. You don’t see one of those every five minutes. Certainly not in Palm Beach. The asking price is $18.9 million and of course they throw in the dancing pavilion on the ocean. Betty’s bought a new house at the Lyford Cay Club, where she and her husband, Jeremy Harvey, will spend their winters.
Jean-David Levite, the current president of the United Nations Security Council, will be France’s new ambassador to Washington, and it didn’t take long for Betty, who adores France and all things French, to get to him. She asked the Levites if they would host the Washington Opera Ball next June at the residence of the French Embassy and they said oui, oui. The invitations aren’t even out yet and Betty, chairman of the ball, has already raised $2 million.
Meanwhile, 30-year-old Welsh designer Julien MacDonald, who has been designing the Givenchy couture and ready-to-wear collections for the past four seasons, will introduce his own signature couture collection in America on Tuesday at Le Cirque. The designer is flying over on the Concorde with the entire collection and then flying right out again.