By this time, everyone and his dog has won an award for something or other, usually forgotten the next day.
Sick to death of celebrities, boobs and bellybuttons? Jennifer Lopez, about the only one, was all covered up at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards in something the cat and Dolce & Gabbana dragged in. "This is my favorite skirt," said Jen, showing off the flirty, short, white, pleated number that should only be worn by hipless teenagers or emaciated fashion models. It was enough to make you scream, bring back the boobs and bellybuttons, Jennifer.
On Tuesday the cultivati, the fashionati, the glitterati and the Francophilati will sweep into the Guggenheim Museum for what promises to be an international extravaganza. Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of the fine old French wine-making family is giving a gala dinner prepared by Daniel Bouloud with an auction after to celebrate the worldwide launch of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2002. This will all take place in the presence of Mme. Georges (Claude) Pompidou, whose late husband was a former president of France. Mme. Pompidou lends her presence to only the most august of fetes. This one happens to be a benefit for American Friends of the Claude Pompidou Foundation — enough to warrant her flying over from Paris, wouldn’t you say? Baroness Philippine is the daughter of the late Baron Philippe, the founder of fabled vineyard Mouton Rothschild, whose fine wines are known worldwide. The new vintage bordeaux is said to be one of the greatest of the century. Five-thousand jeroboams (a jeroboam is equivalent to six bottles) have been produced and Serena Sutcliffe of Sotheby’s will auction a limited number of them at the party — collectors’ items, maybe. (On vera.) And, pardon my French, Lee Radziwill, a Francophile without peer, will be there.
The American Ballet Theatre opening night gala at City Center was a huge success. Artistically, the dancers are among the most talented in the world; fashion-wise, the ladies turned out in their most beautiful dresses, many designed by Escada, the chief underwriter of the evening, and financially, the performance and dinner afterward at the University Club raised $500,000, enough to keep everyone in leotards and toe shoes. The six chairmen were Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston, Julia and David Koch, and Grace and Chris Meigher. Just moments before the performance, the lobby at City Center was filled with a perfumed pack, including Susan Fales-Hill in a long black tiered confection, Grace Meigher in Escada’s black top with rhinestones and black pants, and Muffie Potter Aston in a cream satin bustier. Also caught up in the excitement were Blaine and Robert Trump, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, principal dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Max Belotserkovsky, Julie Kent and Angel Corella.