Stewart ducked out before dessert, but the rest of crew maintained, draining the bottles of bubbly and nibbling tiny donuts until the wee hours.
LUCA LUCA DRESSES CINDERELLA: Luca Luca may have missed the chance to dress Cinderella herself, but several of the New York City Opera's board members might have found Luca Luca dresses Thursday to wear to the operatic "Cendrillon" performance at the organization's Family Benefit Nov. 18. The store hosted the benefit's chairs — including Yildiz Blackstone, Princess Alexandra of Greece, Celeste Boele, Dina Deluca Chartouni, Caroline Cronson, Ide Dangoor, Olivia Flatto, Karen Kennedy, Kara Unterberg and Ashley von Perfall — and their friends at the designer's Madison Avenue boutique, where some of the day's sales (about $5,000 at last year's event) went to support the gala's cause. Stuart Weitzman, who held a similar such event, also designed a special pair of slippers for "Cendrillon," according to the chairs.
OPEN AND SHUT: Young socials packed into 583 Park Avenue Thursday night for Henry Street Settlement's annual gala, while the well-heeled likes of Muffie Potter Aston, Jamee Gregory and Joanne de Guardiola filed into the Armory on Park Avenue for Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers preview. Martha Stewart stopped by with beau Charles Simonyi. Did the mogul splurge on any items? "I'm not telling," she said. While Stewart remained tight-lipped, other guests engaged in full disclosure. "Look, if it comes between a ruby and a chair, I'm buying the ruby," Potter Aston said.
GAPS IN THE BRIDGE: Saks Fifth Avenue loves Lafayette 148 and its designer Edward Wilkerson, whom it honored at a luncheon Thursday in its newly renovated Cafe SFA on 8. Joseph Boitano, Saks senior vice president and general merchandise manager of women's and children's, said the retailer is looking for more bridge resources like Lafayette 148, Tory Burch and Elie Tahari to fill the space vacated by traditional bridge lines like Ellen Tracy and Dana Buchman, which Liz Claiborne Inc. has put up for sale and which Boitano said Saks is buying conservatively for spring while their future ownership is uncertain.