Catherine Saxton
Photos by Rob Rich

The parties are overwhelming right now, many of them private, too private to photograph, but then again, here are two of the most fantastical parties in New York – all way above the clouds with a view of the Manhattan skyline to die for!

Broadway producer
Stewart Lane and wife
Bonnie Lane

Musician Nile Rodgers and
Nancy Hunt

Model Audrey Quock and artist
Leroy Neiman

ND oh so they were! More than 700 of the world's most famous, high profile people were at the luxurious new Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the magnificent Time-Warner Center at Columbus Circle for the grand opening.

New York's Mr. Piano Man performed his magic in front of floor-to-ceiling windows on the 36th floor of this dramatic new landmark on New York's fabled skyline.

"It was the moment of a lifetime," Mandarin Oriental chairman Eduaord Ettegui noted after the stunning performance.

Guests arrived from all parts of the globe—contingents from Hong Kong, London, Florida, Paris, Germany, Turks & Caicos, titled noblemen (Lord Patrick Lichfield who was the evening's M.C.), world famous architects I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, actresses Isabella Rossellini, Michelle Yeoh, supermodels Audrey Quock and Ling, world famous author Frederick Forsythe, and New Yorkers by the score—LeRoy Neiman, Neil Sedaka, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, super sleuth Bo Dietl, Susan and John Gutfreund, chefs Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud, Mario Battali, restaurateurs Sirio Maccioni, Julian Niccolini, Lloyd Klein and Joycelyn Wildenstein, and on and on into the star studded, flashbulb popping night!

It was a starry night in the nightlife firmament of New York. Arthur Backal of State-of-the-Art Enterprises was the ringmaster of this global production.

Liza Minnelli

Stephen and Sharyn Mann with
Dennis Basso

Francine Lefrak and Rick Friedberg
Now That’s A Party!

hen Denise Rich throws a party—the whole world comes!  At least it seemed that way in her gorgeous, glamorous, art filled penthouse. This is one of the most beautiful homes in Manhattan, and I mean home, not decorator showcase.

Denise is one of the most generous people on the planet.  God has given her much, and as much as she can, she shares it. So, when Denise throws a party—everyone wants to be there.

Liza Minnelli, New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert and ad exec wife Judy, cosmetics king Peter Thomas Roth, InStyle's Angela Rich, image and style guru Montgomery Frazier, art dealer to the stars and billionaires Island Weiss, furrier to the stars Dennis Basso, Caroline Hirsch of Caroline's Comedy Club, Star Jones of The View, on and on and on into the night.         

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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