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All those names you know and love and read about were tickled to be there, laughing and gossiping and eating roast chicken and chocolate soufflé and staring at Serena, who looked like a Dresden doll in a striped Missoni knit dress of many colors with a fetching V-neck. The hostess wore an Anna Molinari flesh pink sweater set trimmed in fur and chocolate brown pants, and Hilary Geary was in gold with diamond clips. If you have them, flaunt them.
In the jolly crowd: Ruth Kennedy, aka Lady Dundas, in a black pantsuit; Carolina Herrera in a dark blue velvet pantsuit by Carolina Herrera; Cece Cord; the brilliant husband-and-wife dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Belotserkovsky in Calvin Klein; Calvin Klein also wearing, surprise, Calvin Klein; Rena Sindi; Joan Collins and Percy Gibson; Susan Fales-Hill in a beaded gray flannel jacket; Tory Burch; Serena Boardman with her sister Samantha’s ex-beau Todd Meister (there are only so many to go around); Matthew Modine, and others too overexposed to mention.
Did you know Joan Collins and Matthew Modine are kicking around the idea of doing Tennessee Williams’ famous play "Sweet Bird of Youth" together? What a dazzling combo —Joan as the man-eating, past-her-prime actress Alexandra Del Lago, and Matthew as her tragic younger lover. Let’s hear it for those sweet birds.
Notes from the UK: The fall season is in full swing in England and Scotland, and Princess Arriana zu Hohenlohe, now known on three continents as Arriana Boardman since her big wedding to New York financier Dixon Boardman two summers ago in Spain at her father Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe’s Marbella Club, slipped on Oscar de la Renta’s white lace top and black pencil skirt to give a birthday party earlier this week for dashing Dixon at Marx Club in London. Arriana invited 30 of their friends from around the world including the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Cornelia Guest wearing a navy blue cocktail dress with a sable collar by Bill Blass, Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jane Churchill, Patty and Gustavo Cisneros, Lita and George Livanos, Sally and David Metcalf, Terry Allen Kramer and Nan Kempner (her again and again and again) in a black lace dress by Valentino.