Arriana keeps talking about her renewed love of riding and her adoration of her new horse, Baby. She told Cornelia, who keeps her horses at Redding outside London and who’s no slouch in the saddle herself, that she was looking for a second horse. May she find one. Cornelia will be home at the end of the month to have Thanksgiving and to celebrate her birthday with her mother, C.Z. Guest, at Templeton, their estate in Old Westbury.
The one and only Christian Lacroix, couturier extraordinaire, was the guest of honor at the French Institute Alliance Française Trophée des Arts dinner dance at the Pierre where he had the plaisir of seeing so many lovely women filling the ballroom all wearing Lacroix as Christian was the first to notice.
"Even in France" he said with his melting charm, "the women didn’t look this elegant." Fé Fendi and Valesca Guerrand-Hermès were not dressed à la Croix, but if you think a minute, with those last names, you know the reason why.
In his spontaneous heartfelt speech, Lacroix said: "It all began for me in New York — television, books, media, that’s the reason why I feel inspired." (Did I mention melting charm?)
Among the Lacroix-clad ladies were Cécile Zilkha, her darling daughter Bettina, Olivia Flatto and Jamee Gregory. The Pierre’s new chef, Gerard Madani, prepared a grand bouffe of terrine de chevre, tournedos rossini, and poached quince millefeuille, and Hank Lane and his orchestra kept the floor packed until almost minuit.
You will be thrilled to learn that the Library Lions dinner at the New York Public Library brought in $1.3 million to support the library’s book budget, which can stand all the support it can get. The evening was a terribly grand gala with guests mingling in the Astor Hall for cocktails before sweeping in to dine in the Celeste Bartos Forum. L’Olivier decorated Astor Hall with 15-foot tall arrangements of sunflowers, maple branches and cascading grass. This creation was much admired by such stalwart library supporters as Louise and Henry Grunwald, Sue and Donald Newhouse, Marion and Andrew Heiskell, the eminent publisher Sonny Mehta and 495 others. Glorious Food fed the multitudes.