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Fall Fun A new season brings the chic set to a bevy of soirees and social functions Monique Breaux and Tiffany Moreno at Watermill Center Lisa Jackson at Hampton Designer Showhouse

Kate de Brienne at Watermill Center

Wanda Murphy and Alice Judelson at Bego Ezair Gallery

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Hunt Slonem and Janis Cecil at Wine and Roses

Melissa Berkelhammer at the launch of www.talentmaven.com

HIGH SOCIETY DOINGS Author Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst are the Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald of our time. Their madcap parties are some of the most coveted invitations in New York. The couple’s book parties sizzle, from their penthouse dinner for Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Dairies, where they combined two apartments that once belonged to Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere, to their sunset cocktail party at the beach for Taylor Plimpton’s witty novel, Notes from the Night. This memorable evening, in honor of the late George Plimpton’s son, was held in their ’70s-period guesthouse, and flawlessly executed by Four Seasons Caterer Southampton. These fêtes attract everyone from Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Brooke Shields to Carl Bernstein and Kimberly Rockefeller. They welcomed Prince Albert of Monaco and his elegant fiancée, Charlene Wittstock, to their farm in Bridgehampton at a soiree orchestrated by Louis Vuitton, which evoked a black-and-white Hitchcock movie. After a musical interlude, Governor Paterson told me and plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Grant that he’s planning to write a book. I told him I couldn’t wait to see what he says about our President, if he’s still president when the book comes out! Surely Albert’s mother, Princess Grace, née Grace Kelly, who starred in To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant, is smiling down on this happy couple. At the Asian-themed benefit for Anthony Shriver’s Best Buddies, also hosted by the McInerneys, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps sang “Money Can’t Buy You Class” with backup dancers—what a hoot! In October, the couple will throw open the doors of San Simeon to raise funds to help restore Hearst Castle. Anne’s grandfather, William Randolph Hearst, built this landmark. Later, the family gave it to California, where it’s now one of the state’s top tourist attractions. Anne’s father, Randolph Hearst, once joked to me that if he’d known it was going to be such a moneymaker, he would have kept it. If you buy tables to the Princess Grace Foundation, Riverkeeper, Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth galas or the Humane Society of the U.S. benefit chaired by Anne and Amanda Hearst on September 22, maybe you’ll get the McInerneys’ attention. Remember what Brooke Astor always said: “If you’ve got money to give, come sit next to me.” Who else would tell you these things? WILSON AT THE BEACH Avant-garde director Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center gala never disappoints. This “art happening” raised more than $1.4 million to fund the 70 artists from 20 countries who are in residence every summer. The night featured an array of thought-provoking performance art spread over six acres. Guests included Sharon

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Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

AVENUEinsider September 1, 2010  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...