Just wait until you see Lyn Revson, a superstylish member of the International Best Dressed List’s Hall of Fame, carrying her new “Lyn” bag. It was custom created especially for her by Hermes, the 162-year-old Paris saddler, one of the most famous brand names in the world. Lyn inspired the bag that was unveiled at Hermes’s New York boutique, and it is quelque chose. “It’s simply one of the most beautiful bags I have ever seen,” says another Hall of Famer, Anne Slater, who knows from bags and jewels and sapphire blue shades.
Lyn’s “Lyn,” a poem in red alligator, is classic in silhouette, elegant and distinctive, with a modern surprise. Hermes’ gold Harnais watch is embedded in the closure, and the numerals 12, 3 and 9 are studded with diamonds. The numeral 6 tells you what day it is, perhaps so the bag can keep pace with a woman like Lyn.
When Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermes, the international chairman, presented Lyn with her namesake bag, his toast in champagne went like this: “Lyn is very special to Hermes — she is a true connoisseur and collector. There are only a handful of people to whom we have dedicated a bag, and Lyn, who conceived this special bag, deserves this tribute to her great sense of style. We are proud to have Lyn carry a little piece of Hermes with her.” That is not exactly holding back, would you say?
You yourself can buy the bag at Hermes in the fall. In fact, orders have already come in, and Hermes feels its new baby will join the ranks of the Kelly bag, named for Grace Kelly, and the Birkin, named for actress Jane Birkin.
The “Lyn” will sell for $3,100 in natural calf or barenia leather, $6,050 in ostrich and $8,750 in alligator — -diamonds not included.
It wasn’t exactly “a star is born,” but there was Samantha Boardman, New York society’s beautiful brunette, right in the middle of “The Thomas Crown Affair,” MGM’s remake of the romantic thriller that originally starred Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen.
Actually, it wasn’t Samantha herself appearing in the movie but a photograph of her, along with pictures of models Kate Moss and Christy Turlington, all on view on a bedroom dresser. This, of course, after a steamy love scene between the movie’s sexy stars, Renee Russo and Pierce Brosnan. Of course.
This is how it happened: The producers of the flick were leafing through an issue of Town & Country when they came across a shot of Boardman in a black cocktail dress and a feather boa. “Perfect,” they cried — or something along those lines — -and voila!
Her fans got a first look at Samatha onscreen at a tony screening of the movie hosted by Pamela Gross and Jimmy Finkelstein of LuxuryFinder.com, an online business newly created to provide the fineries and fripperies of life to the fine and the frip. Among the guests were Samantha’s sister, Serena, and her daddy, D. Dixon Boardman, who hadn’t a clue they’d be seeing the new “movie star”; Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia; Muffie Potter; Count and Countess Nuno Brandolini; Ralph Destino; Arie and Coco Kopelman; Wendy and Bill Luers; Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg; Lally Weymouth with Andrew Stein, that sort of thing.
This year, the Rita Hayworth Gala will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its raising millions for Alzheimer’s research. The 1999 party at the Waldorf on Oct. 13 is called “Dancing Into the 21st Century” with the accent on the legendary Rita’s legendary dancing. The evening’s general chairman is Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who is Rita’s daughter, the gala chairman is Nurit Kahane Haase and the honoree this year is Michelle Herbert. On the gala committee are such as Patricia Hearst, Nancy Corzine, Donna Dixon and Andrea Stark, sweet things and fund-raisers all.
And speaking of fund-raisers, this year Casita Maria will celebrate its 65th anniversary as New York’s premier settlement house designed to benefit the Latin community. The Fiesta will be held at the Plaza on Oct. 19, and everyone is saying it will be something especial because Casita’s Gold Medal of Honor Awards will be presented to the Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias and designer and philanthropist Bill Blass. Is now about time for a big ole? Jacqueline Weld Drake is the chairman of Casita’s board, and Anne Eisenhower Flottl is the board’s vice chairman. Sweet things and fund-raisers both.
Speaking of sweet things and mega fund-raisers, Nan Kempner and Daisy Soros are the co-chairs of the Society of Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Preview Party of the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show at the Park Avenue Armory on Oct. 14. This will mark the 11th year running of this vetted antiques show, regarded as one of the most successful, important and glamorous on both sides of the Atlantic. It always brings out a fancy crowd, some fancier than others, but that’s life. Last year more than $920,000 was raised. This year the SSKCC hopes to top it. With names like Kempner and Soros, what else?