Photos by Rob Rich

Dennis Basso Fashions

Concerned Parents for AIDS Research
Columbus Citizens Foundation
Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign

Liza Minnelli and
Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso and
Martin Richards

Michael Cominotti and
Dennis Basso

Sales Johnson, Dennis Basso
and Lorraine Bracco

Dennis Basso Takes
Our Breath Away

AMED couture fur designer Dennis Basso took everyone's breathe away with his unbelievable gorgeous fashion show at the Pierre Hotel.  Young, hip, elegant, lacy, sable, ermine, lynx, and gorgeous minks, sport coats, day coats, evening wraps and drop-dead glamorous capes had the more than 350 guests gasping and clapping like crazy.  It was fur fashions to the limits. 

His front row included Joycelyne Wildenstein, Rick and Kathy Hilton, Denise Rich, Marty Richards, Neil and Leba Sedaka, Sopranos Lorraine Bracco, Sale Johnson....and on and on and on. 

The piece de resistance was Miss New York herself – the divine Liza Minnelli.

The lights dimmed. The first strains of New York, New York, came up. And the Diva herself strutted down the catwalk to rousing cheers. 

Looking sleek, elegant, healthy and radiant, the divine Miss Minnelli never looked so good, or so happy.  

Backstage the photographers were crazy for photos of the beautiful Minnelli with Dennis.  Protected by new husband David Gest, Miss Minnelli greeted old and new friends with equal warmth.  She seemed to know everyone, and everyone loved her.  It was a fabulous event.

Cocktails that evening at the Black and White Ball, gave Dennis and partner Michael Cominotti a chance to thank all their dazzling friends decked out in their most glamorous black and white outfits.

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Melania Knauss

Denise Wohl and
Dr. Fred Siegal

Paris Hilton

Nikki Hilton and
Brian McFayden

Denise Wohl (l-r),
Marc Bower,
Diana Williams and

Speaking From the Heart
In the Fight Against AIDS

HEN it comes to fighting AIDS there are no more concerned citizens than families who have lost children to the tragedy.  Even more passionate are those friends and families who have lost young men and women to heterosexually transmitted disease. 

The Concerned Parents for AIDS Research was founded by the parents of Allison Goertz, the young woman whose fame was established as one of the first women to learn she had contracted AIDS from a hetero partner in a casual relationship. 

More than 350 people filled the Pierre ballroom to salute philanthropist Denise Wohl, and renowned researcher Dr. Fred Siegal with their annual award.  Everyone spoke from the heart and not non-teary eye was spied in the place.

Famed designer Marc Bouwer was the fashion show of the hour. He had the elegant, glamorous, svelte and weathy ladies oohing and aahing as his drop-dead fashions came down the runway. 

Paris Hilton was one of the models, and mom Kathy, sister Nicky and her boyfriend, MTV's Bryan MacFayden, were front and center.  Melania Knauss, sans boyfriend Donald Trump, graced the occasion. A loud Marc Bouwer cheering section yelled and cheered for his stunning designs.

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Charles Gargano and
Phyllis George.  

Larry Auriana and models.

Thanks to Columbus,
I’m a Tiffany Winner!

IFFANY was the setting for a glamorous evening of Italian fun and pleasure.  The Columbus Citizens Foundation, that venerable organization that creates the annual Columbus Day Parade, hosted a fundraiser.  Ambassador Charles Gargano, chairman of the group, and Larry Auriana, president, welcomed almost 400 people to the event.

Golden keys were bought and if they fitted the golden padlock, a vitrine sprang open and a fabulous Tiffany's gift was inside. 

I WAS A WINNER (the first one in fact!).  I won a gorgeous pave diamond heart brooch, and was the envy of many a woman there.

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Rick Hilton and son Conrad on
the motorbike.

Vaneide Giacobe (l-r),
Jim Rogers, Page Parker,
John Cahill and Anne Slater at
Sui Generis to view the fabled

Sui Generis Displays Bike
To Help Afghani Women

AVE you ever seen a titanium motorbike valued at $150,000?  There are only five of these made every year, and one was on display at Sui Generis on East 58th Street to launch this fabulous Collection store. 

The bike then went to the Smithsonian for an exhibition, and returns to Sui Generis for a fantastic auction on eBay and with Sotheby's.  The hope is that some generous philanthropist will be mad about owning the bike, pay the price and give a hefty donation to the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign for Afghan women and children, a charity headed up in the U.S. by Mavis Leno

Mavis has pioneered and championed the cause of women and children in Afghanistan way before it was fashionable. It has been because of her fame and celebrity (and husband Jay Leno), that people around the world are interested in the plight of women there.  Come join us for the auction in September.

Catherine Saxton has been a part of the New York social and celebrity scene for
the past 25 years. She has worked with Presidents, Kings and Princes,
plus celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly,
Donald & Ivana Trump, Madonna, and on, and on.

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