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When another guest walked in wearing the exact same outfit as Sharon’s, the designer and the star both complimented her on her good taste. Cute.
The splendid evening was shared by Barry Diller, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jerry Bruckheimer, Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Veronique Pittman.
Everyone dressed up like crazy. Evelyn Lauder whose husband, Leonard, is the chairman of the Whitney’s board of directors, wore a black leather Armani top and black pants from Natori. She was thrilled to the tippy-toes of her black stilettos that the evening raised over $1.7 million for the museum. Others echoing the black-and-white scheme were Blaine Trump in a black Dior column, a white fox chubby and white lilies in her hair; Marisa Berenson in a black Donna Karan with a white shawl; Stephanie Seymour in a black leather corset and floor length skirt; Donna Dixon in chic black; Lisa Jackson in a black Jean Paul Gaultier; Alexandra von Furstenberg in a short dress by Chloé with a silver belt and black boots; Lisa Perry in a mink-trimmed Rudi Gernreich minidress and white boots, and Jacqueline Anderson, the wife of the Whitney’s director Maxwell Anderson, in a silver leaf very-peekaboo gown by Gaultier with the only thing between the leaves and Jacqueline being, well, Jacqueline.
Colin Cowie transformed the party into an elegant black-and-white set, painted the dining room walls in huge horizontal stripes and coordinated the silk covers on the chairs. Half the room was done in black and half in white, with everything from the carpets, dishes, and waiters’ uniforms, following suit. Even the food by Jean-Georges kept to the color scheme: sea scallops with black olives, braised short ribs with black mushrooms and dark chocolate tart with mint ice cream and black-and-white cookies.