Diane’s grandchildren gave her birthday cards that they had made themselves, and Barry gave her a 7/8 dark sable coat from fur designer Dennis Basso, who luckily opened his very first shop in The Little Nell, just steps from the restaurant, with a bang — several kilos of caviar and cases and cases of La Grande Dame. Those there wishing him well were New Jersey’s returning Senator, Frank Lautenberg, and his longtime companion, Bonnie Englebardt; Anne and Andrew Tisch; Julia and David Koch; Jill St. John and Robert Wagner, and Wendy Stark, who walked out of the shop with a 3/4-length sable coat, a present from her daddy, Hollywood’s most famous producer, Ray Stark.
When they’re not skiing in Aspen, they’re shopping. Patty and Gustavo Cisneros of Venezuelan billions, popped into the opening of Caribou Jewels, and Patty popped out a necklace, earrings and a ring by Cecilia Rodriguez, who designs bold jewelry for bold people. Anne Bass gave the store the once over, but it was Kurt Russell who was literally the first person in the door. He picked out a 20-carat square-cut emerald ring with two diamond tridents set in platinum for Goldie Hawn, then went next door to handbag designers Lana Marks’ boutique, where he bought a taupe-colored alligator purse, a chestnut-colored ostrich backpack and an ostrich jet tote for good measure. Goldie’s daughter, Kate Hudson, who helped Kurt with his selections, couldn’t resist picking up a matching jet tote for herself. What the hell, it was Christmas for her, too.
Britney Spears phoned in her order for six fuchsia-colored clutches for a cool $30,000, and Barbra Streisand also called in, ordering two ostrich clutches, one pale blue and one pink. Ostriches seem to be the way for rich Hollywood this season. And nobody’s burying her head in the sand.