Now comes the National Arts Awards Committee dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on Monday, very distinguished the whole thing, you may be sure. On this eventful evening, David Rockefeller, who must have as many closets filled with awards as maybe even Brooke Astor, is getting another one, this for philanthropy in the arts. Other awardees include opera lover Alberto Vilar, musician Pinchas Zuckerman and artist Cindy Sherman. Natalie Portman will receive the young artist’s award.
Mrs. Randolph (Veronica) Hearst, the chairman of the evening, will herself present David R. with his award; Aerin Lauder will do the same for Natalie P., and Eli Broad, the renowned collector from Los Angeles, will do the honors for Cindy S.
Among the artists lending their support are Frank Stella and Jeff Koons, who will unveil a "quirky surprise" for his friend Veronica. Doesn’t it have something to do with the backdrop behind the podium? I adore a quirky surprise, don’t you? Veronica’s daughter Fabiola Beracasa will host two "fun" tables for her glam-young friends — Rena Sindi, David Rockefeller’s granddaughter and soon-to-be bride Miranda Kayser, and Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo’s two gorgeous sons Alejandro and Andres and their equally gorgeous girlfriends Eugenie da Silva and Lauren Davis, respectively. The one and only Robert Isabell will transform Cipriani into a vision of loveliness scattering pure white flowers all over the place. La!
And on Friday, Veronica is giving an intimate lunch at her art-filled apartment for Eli Broad and Mrs. Broad. It’s the only way, really.
Gloria Vanderbilt, looking very Gloria Vanderbilt and very Issey Miyake, in Miyake’s pleated black silk dress with a golden vest lined in beige fur, gave a book party at the Madison Avenue Bookstore and they all came. Gloria signed her new book written with Richard Burgin, called "Stories and Dream Boxes." Then Gloria moved on to the restaurant Deux Amis with a group of her closest chums.