Ghislaine Maxwell



Deborah Harry , Philip Milliner and
Cornelia Guest

Ronald Frasch, CEO of
Bergdorf Goodman, and
Cornelia Guest

Cornelia and C.Z. Guest

It’s Shock and Awe As
They Go Crazy for Treacy

Story by Edward T. Callaghan
Photos by Rob Rich

ASHIONABLE Hollywood and London met at the crossroads – indeed the nexus – Bergdorf Goodman for a crazy hat party the likes of which even Ascot hasn’t seen.

One of our favorite post-debs Cornelia Guest and our favorite old shoppe Bergdorf- Goodman hosted a cocktail soiree for Cornelia’s favorite milliner, the young Irish lad Phillip Treacy, who has become the toast of the London and New York swell set.

From supermodel Iman to artist Helen Schifter to socialite Ghislaine  Maxwell, Treacy left no head uncovered.

Most of the ladies – and some of the men – flaunted his fabulous chapeaux fantastiques.

Doubles’ Wendy Carduna was iridescent in irises, Leslie Saliba sported a flurry of butterflies, and Erin O’Connor went Warholesque in a silk screened cap inspired by the late great who promised everyone their  “15 Minutes of fame.”

Elton John’s long time partner David Furnish was not shocked as he’d “seen Elton in even wilder chapeaux.” Model/designer Jolynn was clearly ready for a date with Prof. Higgins at Ascot with her oversized white straw trimmed in black.

Cornelia was ready for the tropics. Mom C.Z. Guest eschewed the chance to doff the feathery frolics Treacy creates, but looked marvelous, nonetheless.

Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, who (with the help of this writer) brought big diamonds to the Oscar red carpet, was on the lookout for some “entrance making statements.”

Robert Verde, who spends most of his time re-doing drab flats and turning them into House & Garden showpieces for Surprise by Design, was clearly watching with an eye towards what we’ll see on the runways for Spring 2004 Fashion Week in September. Verde, as you know, covers the fashion shows 24/7 for Metro Channel’s Full Frontal Fashion.

Treacy was officially launched with a twisted bird cage hat worn by Linda Evangalista and shot by Patrick Demarchielier for the cover of British Vogue. He was subsequently named Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council.

Ten years later, he is the crowning glory of the empire with a huge following throughout Europe & America.

Also sipping Champagne on B-G’s second floor were Emilia Fanjul, Lucy Sykes, Tony award winning costume designer William Ivey Long, Amy Fine Collins and designing duo Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

Little wonder Treacy drew such an eclectic crowd of socialites, rockers, fashionistas and savvy investors looking for the next Yves St. Laurent!

Hats off - oops – on for you, Mr. Treacy!!

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