From the Better-Late-Than-Never Dep’t: When those 63 buds came out at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf with more than 1,000 guests looking on, they were dressed in pristine white by such as Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Dior, England’s Susan Neville and Austria’s royal family dressmaker. HRH Countess Elmeric de Habsburg led the receiving line, along with debutantes from France, England, Greece, Iceland, Italy and Scotland. Lady Alice Boyle, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Glasgow, wore the family tartan, as Scottish lasses always do at this ball. Bowing from New York City was Alidia van Starkenborgh Clagett, who wore her grandmother’s ruby and diamond diadem in her upswept curls. Eight girls traveled across the country from California, including Alexandra Anne Thankful Agnew (love that name), great-granddaughter of Philip Barry. Twenty girls, the largest contingent from one state, came from Texas. As for Tennessee Hamilton, she comes from Chicago, despite her name. Her mother, Catharine, came out in 1967 and was an honorary chairman of this year’s ball.
Last but not least was Francesca Forrestal, the granddaughter of the late Secretary of the Navy, James V. Forrestal. Francesca wore her new gold ring. In her nose.
At Palm Beach’s stodgy Coconuts New Year’s Eve bash, it’s usually the same bunch of old names with new faces looking at each other. But this year, a big turnout had the Colony Hotel’s Pavilion bursting. Valet lines tied up traffic for blocks and inside, all the guests were getting a gander at Joan Collins, who showed up in red silk, a big diamond necklace and bigger cleavage.