Mercedes de Guardiola, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola’s seven-year-old daughter, won Southampton’s best costume contest Saturday dressed as a "goddess of flames." The little darling, who carried a trident, wore a red dress with a flame edge and a wig that shot fire. Not real fire, come on. But it took the blue ribbon anyway.
Mercedes shared the prize with nine other children so there were lots of winners who ended up at an old-fashioned afternoon trick-or-treating at all the smart stops on Southampton’s Job’s Lane. No tourists in October, so the kids were happy. All the tourists are in Miami.
Mercedes’ twin brother, Roberto, went as a ninja and they will both wear the same costumes at Doubles party on Halloween, "Ghosties and Goodies." Scaring each other silly will be such adorable members of the junior set as Patty and Marty Raynes’ daughter Ashley, dressed as a cowgirl; Laura and Harry Slatkin’s twins, Alexandra and David; Debbie and Billy Bancroft’s daughter, Serena, dressed as a fortune teller, and Elliott De Niro, the son of Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro, all done up as a fireman, the better to put out Mercedes’ fire.
Among the guests tripping into Carolina Herrera’s beautiful atelier that she filled with flowers, topiaries and candles on the terrace were Jayne Wrightsman, Chloé Crespi, Susanna Moore, Grace Dudley, Robert Silvers, John Richardson, Nicholas Negroponte, Brooke Duchin, Kenneth Jay Lane and Patricia Herrera and Garrity Lansing. This was all in honor of John Stefanidis’ new book, "Stefanidis Designs." John has designed houses, castles and semi-palaces for the bontemps all over the world. "His book reads like a roman à clef," said Reinaldo Herrera, "because sometimes you know which residence he did, and sometimes he doesn’t tell you to whom it belongs."