Catherine Saxton
Photos by Rob Rich

Diana Ross and Dennis Basso

Charles Evans and Bonnie Pfeiffer

Michele and Larry Herbert

Nikki Haskell with Neil and
Leba Sedaka

Celebrating Basso Fur

HE stars came out to shine for the 20th anniversary celebration of Dennis Basso's Fur Fashion Show at the ever-lush Cipriani 42nd Street.  More than 750 of his greatest fans poured into the place, which had been transformed into a giant runway.

Down the aisles came the models in glamorous, young, happy, gay, youthful, magical furs for people of all ages.

Front row were Donald Trump and Melania Knauss, Sale Johnson, Denise Rich, Neil and Leba Sedaka, Star Jones, Patricia Field, Janice Combs, Lorraine Bracco, Becca Thrash (of the Houston contingent), Suzanne Sapirstein (from L.A.), Michele and Larry Herbert, Rick and Kathy Hilton, Rena Sindi, Serena Boardman and...well, you get the picture.

The showstopper was the ever magical Diana Ross who floated down first in a fitted to the body see-through sequined dress and a glamorous wrap of coq feathers.  For her bow, the divine Diana wore a $250,000 sable—the audience gave her a standing ovation—and for Dennis too.  A fabulous party followed the fashion show for 500 of Dennis's nearest and dearest.


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Shelia Rosenblum,
Dr. Ruth Westheimer and
Dennis Basso

Arthur and Trish Backal,
Dennis Basso, and
Michael Cominotti

Shelia and Danny Rosenblum with
their son

Sheila Rosenblum and
Lisa Gastineau
Magical Views

WO of New York's most gracious philanthropists threw open the doors to their new Park Avenue apartment, in the social world's version of a "housewarming party."  Sheila and Danny Rosenblum, the leading lights of many charities, have drop-dead floor to ceiling windows revealing the most magical views of the most beautiful city in the world.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer joined Neil and Leba Sedaka, Trish and Arthur Backal, Dennis Basso and Michael Cominotti, Dr. Larry and Sandy Rosenthal...oh, well, the whole gang was there.


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Social Scene Gone Wild

HEN you participate in New York's social scene, sometimes it feels as if you go from the divine to the comedy. That’s how I felt going to the Rugrats Gone Wild! premiere starring action hero Bruce Willis.

When you think of action heroes, you think of big men. Bruce is approximately the same stature as his competitors, Arnold and Stallone, about 5 foot 10 or 11, buffed, but not muscled.

He ambled in with an entourage of publicists and execs, dressed down in jeans, sweater and a seabee's woollen hat.  He faced the battery of still and TV cameras with aplomb, but seemed to enjoy the photo op with the kids and the Rugrats even more.

It was a mix of foster children from the Edwin Gould Family Services agency, and VIP kids who made up the audience.


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Audra McDonald and
Wynton Marsalis

Kenneth Lane and
Antoinette Guerini-Maraldi

Ahmet Ertegun

Great Culture

AZZ at Lincoln Centerwhat a fabulous, fun, evening this turned out to be.  You don't have to be a longhair or a balletomane to enjoy New York's greatest cultural center. The world's greatest jazz musicians can be seen under the flag now flying there.  Wynton Marsalis, and a board of directors, have transformed this music form into the quintessential music experience for New Yorkers of all ages.

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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