Speaking of glamour, one of the most brilliant parties of the spring season — the American Academy of Rome’s big dinner — is set for April 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Three great American composers along with their music and correspondence from the Academy will be honored. Find out who, later. No dancing whatsoever, but everyone is expected to mangiare. Mercedes (Mrs. Sid) Bass, wife of the Fort Worth billionaire and the American Academy’s great benefactor, is the chairwoman of the evening.
Ralph Lauren will draw inspiration from the Orient to create one of the one-of-a-kind tables for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Gala at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb. 10. Ralph’s romantic offering will feature a pagoda, vintage collectibles and classic prints (from his home collection). The dinner-dance will feature 50 tables by 50 designers, including Giorgio Armani, Reed Krakoff of Coach, Cynthia Rowley, Nautica, Vicente Wolf, Target and Matthew David, whose table will be enclosed in a towering pavilion of twisted grapevines with a 15-foot waterfall of fresh scarlet roses. A selection of the tables will travel to eight other cities from Miami to San Francisco. This year’s chairman, David Rockwell, hopes to top the $1 million the exhibition raised last year. The committee includes such fashionable figures as Todd Oldham, Maggie Rizer, Ruben and Isabel Toledo and lots of others just like them.