Marie-Monique Steckel and
George Stamas and Elaine Sargent
Michèle Gerber Klein and
Catherine Deneuve Takes
Everyone’s Breath Away
Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Neil Rasmus/Patrick McMullan
ATHERINE DENUEVUE came to Manhattan and the French Institute Alliance Francaise had her for dinner at Restaurant Daniel. They called the affair La Nuit des Etoiles.
The benefit honored Jacques Bouhet, CEO of SG Americas, and Jacqueline Chambord, the artistic director of the French Institute Alliance Francaise. Michèle Gerber Klein and Valesca Hermes served as benefit co-chairs.
The glamorous black tie evening felt like it could be a part of the Cannes Film Festival, with banks of photographers and many recognizable faces and names.
Some of the gorgeously gowned, coiffed and bejeweled women, handsome powerful looking men included French Consul General Francois Delattre, actress and opera director Marthe Keller, Charlie Rose, Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan, David Patrick Columbia, Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade, chef Jacques Pepin, Anka Muhlstein and Louis Begley, Marie-Monique Steckel, sculptress and heiress Elizabeth de Cuevas, Jocelyn Wildenstein, film director Benoit Jacquot and his new star Isild Le Besco, theater director Hal Witt, Lloyd Grove, Elaine Sargent and George Stamas, Adam Gopnik, Olivia Flatto, Maurice Sonnenberg, Sharon Hoge, Kathy and Bill Rayner, Tom Gates, Glen Lowry and fashion designers Maggie Norris, Joe Cheng, Catherine Malandrino and, of course, Daniel Boulud.
But vortex of the room was La Deneuve. Ageless, beautiful, elegant, and absolutely breathtaking.