Dispatch: The Week in Parties

April 30, 2012 | by —Jeffrey Slonim | Homepage


Tilda Swinton and Richard Gere at the Venetian Heritage Gala

Venetian Heritage Gala
Last Monday, Dispatches attended the Venetian Heritage Gala, where Richard Gere and Tilda Swinton performed a tribute to film and opera director Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, Death in Venice). A publicist pal grabbed my arm and asked me to sit with her in the front row. We were between Michael Stipe and W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi.  

As the lights went low, Gere and Swinton started low-talking onstage and my publicist friend promptly began snoozing, loudly! I had to shake her so as not to draw the attention of the audience. And then my stomach started growling. Yeesh. 

The show was wonderful. Gere, speaking in the first person, talked about how handsome Visconti had been as a young man, as only someone as good looking as Gere could do. Apparently, ‘40s opera singer Maria Callas was so taken with Visconti that she didn’t want to let him offstage when the curtain was about to rise before shows.  


FROM LEFT: Amy Poehler and Hillary Clinton; Arianna Huffington, Chelsea Handler, and Barbara Walters at Time 100

Time 100
Tuesday, Time Magazine hosted the Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mia Farrow said she’d been Googling the other guests in the car on the way over. And Barbara Walters is really funny in person. When I asked what she was wearing, she said, “It’s a very old Bill Blass. The best thing about it is that it still fits!”

I also met Sara Blakely, the woman who invented Spanx. When he wasn’t listening, she told me her husband had on Manx.

In the wee hours that same night, Heidi Klum took a red-eye and landed in New York sans luggage. The airline lost her bags. I mean, don’t they have a VIP room for Klum’s luggage? Thank goodness, Michael Kors dressed her for the debut of the fun watches she designed for her Wildlife by Heidi Klum for QVC.

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Spring Ball
Wednesday night, I hit the Metropolitan Museum for The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Gucci’s Spring Ball. Hoda Kotb told me that Kathie Lee Gifford believes that she actually invented Spanx by cutting off her own panty hose—watch your back Blakely.

The party was just a sea of tall socials, like Jamie Gregory and Somers Farkas. I told Marjorie Gubelmann I couldn’t stop laughing when I read her tweet about a woman coming up to her on Park Avenue and asking if she wanted to get her hoo-hoo waxed.

I also ran down to the opening of the IWC flagship store that night. Channing Tatum and his wife were hand-in-hand and just leaving when I got there. They looked really cute together. (Supermodel Adriana Lima is super-pregnant, by the way.)   


FROM LEFT: Heidi Klum; Solange Knowles and Katharina Harf at the DKMS Foundation Gala

DKMS Foundation Gala and more from Las Vegas and Paris
Thursday, at Cipriani Wall Street, I ran into Heidi Klum, who was being honored at the DKMS Foundation gala, which raises funds to identify bone marrow donors and facilitate transplants for blood cancer patients.  

“I did find my luggage,” Klum told me exclusively.

Over the weekend, at The Venetian Las Vegas, Wilmer Valderrama hit Azure pool at The Palazzo and then Canyon Ranch SpaClub. That same night he and Rob Kardashian showed up at Tao Nightclub and ran into Amy Adams. 

In Paris, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon renewed their vows atop the Eiffel Tower. Nick gave Mariah an enormous white-gold Wilfredo Rosado necklace. Both bride and groom wore white. 

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