The superb dinner was prepared by the noted New York chef Daniel Bouloud of restaurant Daniel. A Mouton Rothschild was served with every course, naturellement.
The very next day, Veronica Hearst opened the doors of her opulent Fifth Avenue apartment — where the fine Italian hand of Renzo Mongiardino is everywhere evident — for a luncheon in honor of Mme. Pompidou. Mme. loves creative people, so the artists Jeff Koons and Frank Stella were there, along with Philippine of course, Prince and Princess Ernst August of Hanover (Charlotte of Monaco that was), the Honorable Anne Cox Chambers, Lee Radziwill, Hélène and Michel David-Weill, the noted French decorator Jacques Grange, the French Consul General and Mme. Duque, Austin Hearst, Liz Rohatyn, Simon de Pury and — comme ci, comme ça.
Lee Thaw’s cozy little dinner at Swifty’s was for Princess Michael of Kent, who was in New York to lecture at the Met Museum among other divertissements. Cozy is the word. Twenty guests were squeezed into a space for 10. You really get to know people that way. Lee asked friends from wherever, so long as they like to talk and the decibel level proved it. Pat Buckley was there and so were Consuelo Crespi, Olga Rostropovich, Marguerite Litman (she is the noted London hostess), Countess Elizabeth von Habsburg, Kartica Soekarno, the brilliant conversationalist John Richardson who knows the skinny on everyone, Count Geza von Habsburg, Kenny Lane, Victor Shafferman, Pete Hathaway, Toto Bergamo, Larry Lovett, Pierre Durand, Alex Hitz, Alexander Apsis, Sebastian Thaw, Victor Barcimento — and who’s left?
Check and Plan Attack on East 57th Street! Viscount and Viscountess Linley (David and Serena for short) are flying from London to New York for a week’s visit. They’ll be here Nov. 7 to celebrate the opening of the new Burberry flagship on East 57th Street. All 30,000 square feet of it. Inspired by the look of a New York town house, the smashing emporium looks just like one, it has six floors and will feature an English Tea Bar — because Burberry’s British, you know — so, of course, are the Linleys. Rose Marie Bravo, the merchant princess who made Burberry the rip-roaring success it is today, is an American, but she lives half the year in London and loves to drink tea. She’ll be at the opening, of course, because it’s one of the most dazzling moments of her dazzling career.