Marisa Berenson,
Liza Minnelli and Mac Cosmetics
president John Demsey

Bill Kapfer of Harper’s Bazaar
and Marisa Berenson

Marisa And Harper's Bazaar
Pair For UNESCO Benefit

By Edward T. Callaghan

NESCO Artist for Peace Marisa Berenson, and Harper's Bazaar hosted a swell party at Donna Karan's flagship Madison Avenue store for a special preview of Karan's 2004 handbag collection to benefit UNESCO Berry Berenson-Perkins Fund for Education of Children in Need.

The fund was created by UNESCO director general Koichiro Matsuura in honor of Berenson-Perkins who died on American Airlines Flight #11 on September 11, 2001 .  Sister of actress Marisa Berenson, Berry Berenson-Perkins, married to actor Tony Perkins, was an internationally acclaimed photographer and artist.

Several hundred of the sisters' close friends swarmed Karan's multi-tiered emporium and the adjoining Zen garden. General manager Dean Taylor joined Harper's Bazaar merchandise director Bill Kapfer and Marisa Berenson to greet the guests.

A smiling Liza Minnelli arrived amidst a burst of flashbulbs. She couldn't wait to throw her arms around her former Cabaret co-star.  "She's my best friend.  We take dance together every morning at Luigi's Studio," gushed the lovely Liza.

Clearly the dance classes are doing the trick.  Liza looks svelte and fit as a fiddle and Marisa as glamorous as ever.

Bill Kapfer obviously worked his Rolodex, bringing in the top folks in fashion and the well-healed Upper East Side crowd.

Spotted in the crowd were Glenda Bailey, Debbie Bancroft, Johnathan Capehart, Amanda Ross, New York Social Diary's David Patrick Columbia and Jeff Hirsch, Nancy Collins, Carolyn Angel, Shail Upadhya and Jean-Claude Mastroianni.

We couldn't help notice two extraordinary fashion icons with an age span of some five decades – young dandy Patrick MacDonald and the octogenarian Zelda Cohen in one of her self-designed architectural constructions.

Zelda’s hat that matched her suit had an almost Pharaoh-like look.  She stayed long enough to buzz around the room greeting old friends and take a moment in the Zen garden for some quiet reflection.  Then it was off to the second of her five parties of the evening!

It was a night for many happy reunions with Nightlife ETC running into old friends Arlene and Allan Lasare (he's the creator of Plax and a dozen other health care products that have made the Lasare's bank account very healthy indeed).

Also ran into our old pal Susan Tisch and her husband, entertainment mogul Jeff, who heads up Universal Attractions.  Susan was thrilled that her daughter Lacie was working at Harper's.  We were thrilled too, as Lacie made sure we went home with flacons of Donna Karan's new fragrance Cashmere Midst.

The ladies and the gents continued shopping well after the caterers had packed up, much to Berenson’s delight.

In a letter to her friends she said, "UNESCO's mission is to work in favor of dialogue, promote understanding between peoples and to fight against exclusion.  What better way to honor Berry , who, along with so many others, perished due to lack of dialogue, lack of understanding and exclusion?”

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