and Count Roffredo Gaetani with
by Anita & Steve Shevett
TOWN OF ITALY:
Well, you didn't need to be Italian to enjoy this glamorous
evening, but it did help!
Created after WWII by an American priest to help the orphaned boys
in Rome, this charity has grown into one of the most prestigious and fun
events on New York's social calendar. This year's honorees included the
legendary Gina Lollobrigida, who at 71 (gasp!) still exudes the
star quality that made her a household name.
Famed director Franco Zefferrelli shared the spotlight.
Ivana Trump and Italian beau businessman Count Roffredo
Gaetani di Aragona were among the 1000 guests to salute these two
OR LAZIO: Following in my Italian
mood, I was one of the lucky 50 to meet personally with Senatorial hopeful
Rick Lazio at Tano's restaurant.
The indefatigable Ed Bergassi who can organize any event at
any time, and make a ton of money doing it, brought politicians and labor
leaders from across the city to meet the Republican hopeful. Having met Hillary
recently, I've now been up close and personal with both candidates.
Who would I pick?
Well, as it's a secret ballot I'll never tell.
But if you want to put money on Lazio, it might be a safe bet as
the next Senator from the great state of New York.
Having fun in
THE HAMPTONS: As parties slow down
in New York, they certainly heat up in the Hamptons.
Even though the weather was slightly chilly, the Evening In Havana
theme that Della Rounick chose for her party was a heartwarming
Her beautiful new house was bathed in light, and warm sounds belted
out to great the guests and set them in a festive mood.
Color, color, color was everywhere. A steel band, a vivacious Disco
DJ, fantastic food, and a fabulous time was had by all...and that included
Denise Rich, Marty Richards, Dennis Basso, Adrienne Arpel, Neil Sedaka,
and the list goes on, and on, and on!
GALA: Elsewhere in the Hamptons on
a warm sunny Sunday afternoon, there was a committee meeting at the home
of publisher Earl Graves.
Perched on the inlet overlooking Sag Harbor, the setting was an
ideal beach/country place to talk about this fall's Alzheimer's Gala
honoring the legendary Rita Hayworth.
Princess Yasmin Khan, Rita's daughter by Aly Khan,
was on hand to rev up the troops.
Yasmin has, in 16 years, taken this little known disease and placed
it in the national spotlight.
The Gala gets bigger and better every year, and it is because of
the dedication and commitment of a group of caring people.
Add to this year's list of sponsors American Express, Anheiser
Busch, and so many others.
Joining "Yazzie" were Kathy and Rick Hilton,
Claudia Cohen (who is this year's honoree), Nurit Kahane Haase
in charge of the journal, Susan Hess who brought along houseguest Joe
Namath and serves as this year's Gala chairwoman.
Della Rounick was one of the crowd, Ken Chenault of
AmEx, and so many others on this glorious day.
AFFAIRS: Of course, in the
Hamptons life is all about choice.
So, if you went to the Alzheimer's meeting, you either had to rush
off to the Princess Grace Polo Match before or after the event.
It's so tough being in two places at the same time, but scheduling
in the Hamptons has become a very fine art. Prince Albert was on
hand for the festivities, raising money for his mother's favorite U.S.
But reports had a truly tacky crowd in the VIP tent, and not too
many swells on hand.
Ah well, slowly the Hamptons is slipping down market on its public
REAL place to be is always at the private affairs.
FOR NUDES: Francesco Scavullo
is considered one of the world's greatest photographers. The man who
raised the art of magazine covers to a truly unbelievable height when he
created all those Cosmo covers under Helen Gurley Brown.
The divine Miss Brown recently hosted a party for Francesco's new
book Nudes, and the dress code for the evening was:
That certainly created much consternation amongst the visiting
guests, and after event planner Matthew Rich's phone was deluged
with anxious callers, it was changed to "whatever!"
The party was at Local on West 47th Street, and a feast for the
eyes and palate was the treat for all partygoers.
SPOTTING: That's just as important
as great food.
A new eatery, Manhattan Bistro, is attracting all the right
In fact, to celebrate its recent launch, there were free jazz
evenings for diners.
One major attraction was Kyle Eastwood, jazz bassist, who
has the great good looks of his father, and a fabulous music style all his
GRAS CROWD: Just before she had to
leave NYC for LA where her Spin City role will now be played, Heather
Locklear made a Bistro stop in a whirlwind shopping spree in Soho.
Noted for its fabulous food and fantastic foie gras, restaurant Two
Two Two (yep, it's at 22 West 79th Street), really gets the celebrity
recent evenings you could see ex-Presidential advisor Dick Morris
and Eileen (long suffering wife!) were deep in conversation and a
huge slab of foie gras (is there any other?).
Millionaire's millionaire Regis Philbin and cohort Michael
Gelman were seriously into truffles, and soap queen Eileen Fulton
maintains her still svelte figure with foie gras, truffles, and angel hair
to go, lady!
with Franco Zeffirrelli
by Anita & Steve Shevett
WISHES AND CAVIAR DREAMS:
That's the life for international celebrity Ivana Trump.
Ivana recently won a major decision against Lady Elizabeth Anson,
cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.
It's been eight long years in the making, so the verdict was
particularly sweet for Ivana, seen here celebrating with a friend.
Presently Ivana is launching in the Mediterranean with her three
children and mother. It's certainly a champagne life to this lucky lady.
I'm off to the Riviera now...and Venice too.