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Suzy: The Big Bass Anniversary Bash...Suzy Has the Scoop

About a week ago, Mercedes and Sid Bass, the Texas tycoon and his divinely dressed wife, sitting in their ravishing house in Fort Worth, decided on the spot to give a party in New York to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary this...

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Grace Hightower

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About a week ago, Mercedes and Sid Bass, the Texas tycoon and his divinely dressed wife, sitting in their ravishing house in Fort Worth, decided on the spot to give a party in New York to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary this past Wednesday. After all, they were married here, many of their friends live here, and so do they part of the time, in their far-flung Fifties apartment filled with boiserie d’or and precious antiques. The fact that they had one week to pull a celebration together didn’t daunt the likes of Mercedes. Just like that, she arranged to give the dinner party in the beautiful dining room of the St. Regis Hotel, called in Robin Lathrop, of Perfect Parties by Robin, to create the dreamlike decor, and one of Peter Duchin’s orchestras to play the music she and Sid love. Voilà!

Of course, she was the mastermind behind it all, but she gives enormous credit to Gary Merjian of the St. Regis, of whom she said, “He moved mountains and oceans to make the party happen in such a short time.” Each of the nine tables was centered with masses of red roses and there were white wrist gardenias and huge red and white feather boas for the ladies, just to get them in the spirit. Not that they weren’t already, to say nothing of the gents. And listen to this: Each of the tables had a name: Love, Intelligence, Passion, Devotion, Admiration, Compassion, Humor, Friendship and Loyalty. Why? Because the Basses made it clear that these are the qualities that a man and a woman should have to find total happiness with each other. If it smacks a little of a marriage manual, well, you can learn a lot in 15 years. Mercedes’ dress, custom-made, of course, was a poem, all champagne layers of tulle, delicately embroidered with tiny bugle beads and diamante, a beaded satin bodice and a huge tulle shawl draped to the side and tied with a flesh-colored satin bow. With the portrait neckline and the gorgeous shawl, it was reminiscent of a Boldini with shades of British designer Norman Hartnell and maybe Dior’s famous New Look. If it looked like a wedding dress, that was the way Mercedes wanted it, never mind what’s trendy now.
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