Claire Danes, who plays Meryl Streep’s daughter in "The Hours," is thrilled to be working with the acting legend, who could be heading for a 13th Oscar for her beautiful performance in the new movie. "Meryl has been my idol since I knew...

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This year’s gold medal recipients were Evelyn Lauder (in a full-skirted Oscar de la Renta); Leslie de Polanco, the chairman of the media company Grupo Prisa, and Leopolo Rodes, the chairman of MPG, and their speeches were cortas and dulces also, gracias a Dios.

Among the elegant Spaniards, some of whom flew from Madrid, were Lula, the Marquesa de Esperanza; Mariluz Polanco; Pilar Puig; Carmen de Pinies in dark blue velvet (she is a dedicated member of the Institute’s board of directors); Barbara Caro (she is the Infanta’s daughter-in-law), and Rakela Ruperez, the wife of Spain’s ambassador to the U.S., Javier Ruperez.

Carolina Herrera wore black and so did Emilia Fanjul, Beatrice Santo Domingo wore red. Inmaculada de Habsburg, the president of the Institute, looked wonderful in a mauve-blue Armani.

In the crowd: Richard Meier, Alejandro and Andres Santo Domingo, Nati Abascal, Georgette Mosbacher, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and his wife Tina, Anthony Dobkin with lovely Palmer Bunn, Lauren Davis, Eugenia Silva, Jean Van Waveren and Dr. and Mrs. Fernando Aleu — he is the Institute’s chairman. They all danced and danced to Peter Duchin’s Orchestra. Peter, you know — or maybe you don’t — has just written a novel called "Blue Moon," but more of that anon.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s downtown studio was fitting for a kickoff party for the Winter Antiques Show, and Diane broke off her huddled conversation on the couch with Graydon Carter to say a few words about East Side House Settlement. Graydon’s dandy, but business is business.

Diane and her husband, Barry Diller, are the chairmen of the Winter Antiques Show opening-night party at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Jan. 16, launching a 10-day-long engagement benefitting East Side House. Arie Kopelman, the chairman of the show, gave a little thank-you speech to Diane and Barry while Margaret Russell, the editor in chief of Elle Decor, looked on. Elle Decor, you see, is sponsoring the opening night.

The party was a sort of uptown-downtown mix. Calvin Klein, who celebrated his 60th birthday the night before, was looking like a slim ad for Calvin Klein, and Amanda Cutter Brooks was looking like a slim ad for Tuleh in a coat, pants and blouse. Emilia Fanjul Jr., it was learned, has become part of the Antiques Show group of Young Collectors, who will have their very own night at the Armory on Jan. 23.
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