Parker wasn’t referring to the actual city, which was 89 floors below. (The view inspired Rufus Albemarle to declare it “perfect for making love. I would turn off the lights, put in nothing but a double bed and a bucket of champagne.”) She was referring to that fictional city of “Sex and the City,” since she and the Russian, Mikhail Baryshnikov, were reunited for the evening.
“He looks better, if that’s even possible!” she sighed. For the record, Baryshnikov was accompanied by his wife, Lisa Rinehart, and Parker arrived solo. (Matthew Broderick’s new movie, “The Last Shot,” was premiering uptown.)
The evening also honored the Baryshnikov Arts Center, which is scheduled to open on West 37th Street early next year. There for the occasion were Gucci top brass François Pinault, François-Henri Pinault, Serge Weinberg and Robert Polet, along with Vanessa and Billy Getty, Aerin Lauder, Anne Bass, Daphne Guinness, Lauren duPont, Jamie Tisch, Gigi Mortimer, Hope Atherton and Tom Sachs. Bottega Veneta is contributing to the new center by donating a portion of proceeds from five exclusive bags Maier designed for the flagship.
For his part, Maier was just pleased to have Parker as a supporter. “She’s so cute because she has so much personality,” he said. “She’s a good match for us: no labels, just personality.” (Hopefully, Maier is just as fond of Mary J. Blige’s personality even if, earlier in the evening, the singer arrived at the store opening toting a Fendi bag.)