GOING ONCE: Given the demise of conspicuous consumption, it’s perhaps understandable why the winning bidder for a $150,000 custom-made Dennis Basso full-length Russia sable coat at Monday’s live auction for the Aspen Art Museum would choose to remain anonymous. Apparently, that deep-pocketed paddle waver also picked up a $45,000 diamond Chopard watch before Simon de Pury lowered the final gavel. Tom Ford was another get — one admirer shelled out $24,000 for lunch with the designer-turned-director at Spago with seven friends, which works out to a mere $3,000 a person.
Basso was on hand at Monday’s event at the St. Regis Hotel to be certain his fashion show unfolded without a hitch. Jamie Tisch, Shoshanna Gruss and Dana Taylor were a few of the faces in the 600-person crowd while Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn and Aerin Lauder were among the notables spotted bopping around town. While most vacationers were taking it easy, Basso said he will be manning his store at The Little Nell until his trunk show there ends Saturday.