When Mikimoto of all those pearls and the Crillon Hotel of Paris presented the Crillon Haute Couture Ball, also known as the Crillon Debutante Ball, all the new debs wore — surprise! — Mikimoto jewels, naturally, tiaras included. One of the buds was Xenia Virganskaya Gorbacheva, who as we all know, don’t we, is the granddaughter of former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev. In a gown designed by Christian Dior, Xenia was escorted by her fiance, Kirill Solod, who is at Moscow University with her, where the pair is studying public relations. Ah, me, how the world turns.
Also bowing was Margherita Missoni, the daughter of Italian fashion designer Angela Missoni, in a gown by Valentino; Cristina Sarnoff, the great-granddaughter of communications pioneer David Sarnoff, wearing a Bill Blass; Katherine Embiricos of one of the oldest Greek shipping families in a Thierry Mugler, and Tennessee Alexis Hamilton, the daughter of Catharine and David Hamilton of Chicago.
Catharine is the president of the American Friends of Versailles and Tennessee was dressed by Christian Lacroix.
C.Z. Guest, whose new Gap ad in Vanity Fair has everyone talking about how good she looks, poured her soignée self into Oscar de la Renta’s patchwork skirt and beige cashmere top to celebrate her daughter Cornelia’s birthday in Old Westbury, Long Island, where the festivities lasted the entire weekend. As for Cornelia, she poured herself into a beaded caviar and pearl gray Badgley Mischka that had a beautiful little train trailing ever-so-sweetly everywhere she went, and poured Veuve Clicquot for all her guests including Vanessa von Bismarck, who just got back from her family’s annual shoot in Germany; Princess Arriana von Hohenlohe and her husband, Dixon Boardman, and a few others of that ilk and stripe.
You do remember — and this is terribly important — that Cornelia is the ambassador at large for La Prairie and that C.Z. has a collection of candles and home fragrances inspired by her gardens in Old Westbury that are made by Slatkin & Co. C.Z. and Cornelia will be at Bergdorf’s tomorrow meeting and greeting shoppers who might want to pick up a little something of theirs for the holidays. What busy bees mother and daughter are.