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Friends old and new turned up at Le Cirque to raise a glass to Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, who made their 50-year union official on Tuesday.

Arnold Scaasi Parker Ladd

Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd en route to a Fourth of July party they hosted in Capri in 1961.

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FIFTY STRONG: Friends old and new turned up at Le Cirque Tuesday night to raise a glass to Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, who had made their 50-year union official earlier in the day. Conrad Black, Barbara Walters, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Liz Smith, Tory Burch, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Mica Ertegun, Gillis Addison and Stan Herman were among the well-wishers. Scaasi said he had never really given much thought to marriage until New York State made it legal for same-sex couples to wed. Nevertheless, the guests of honor have worn for years gold bands of his design that were made in Capri. Ladd said, “This room is full of the history of our friendships and relationships. We are very grateful that you showed up and it turned out to be an amanuensis. We won’t say we’ll see you in another 50, but maybe in one.”

Smith recalled vacationing with them in Capri years ago. Much to Scaasi’s chagrin, one night out on the town she asked a cigar-smoking man to exhale elsewhere. The designer was so peeved with her behavior that he gave her the cold shoulder for three days — out on the open water. “I like to call Arnold ‘The Man Who Must Be Obeyed,’” she said. “We finally made up and I love him.”

Black was also in high spirits. The former media mogul has two books on deck — “A Matter of Principle” centers on what he described as his “legal travails” and hits stores in September, about the time he is due to head back to prison at the order of a Chicago judge. And one about the strategic history of the U.S. will make its debut around Christmas. Asked how he expects the Rupert Murdoch situation will shake out, Black, who is no stranger to major inquiries, said, “I think he can manage it in England. If the prosecutors get hold of him here, God help him. But I certainly give him presumed innocence.”

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