There was definitely something in the air (besides all that pesky pollen) at Michael’s today. The dining room was so jam packed with every conceivable type of boldfaced name I could barely keep track of all the wheeling and dealing that was going on around me. While the fashionistas and socialites traded air kisses and picked at the salads, the media mavens were spinning like there was no tomorrow. The power lunch is back, folks, so break away from your desk and go make something happen.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Jack Myers, presiding over a table of movers and shakers: Huffington Post’s Greg Coleman, Eric Hippeau and Phil Cara; Colgate’s Jack Haber, Pattie Glod of Limited Brands; and E*Trade’s Nick Utton.
2. Peter Brown and Dan Scheffey, who joins Fairchild Fashion Group on May 10 as the new director of communications for the trade and business sector of Conde Nast. Dan tells me he’ll be working on all the titles including WWD and WWD.com. He reports to president Gina Sanders. Congrats!
3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Vanity Fair’s Wayne Lawson and Punch Hutton and a chic blonde gal we didn’t get to me. Joe, fresh off another trip to his home state of Texas was all jazzed up to tell the group about the The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas. (He’s on the board.) Joe reports that the center has acquired an impressive array of archives of literary legends including Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Evelyn Waugh, and even Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Joe also reports that none other than Robert De Niro has given the center his script archive and actually footed the bill for two 18-wheelers to deliver the costumes he’s worn in his films. So, the next time you’re in Austin, you might want to check it out.
4. Sean Cassidy — no, not the eighties pop icon — this fellow works for Dan Klores.
5. Allen & Co.’s Stanley Shuman
6. All members of the ‘Imber Gang’ present and accounted for: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman, Michael Kramer, and Jerry Della Femina, who missed last week’s lunch because of a certain volcanic eruption. Jerry tells me his four-day vacation in London turned into a ten-day sojourn. Not that he, wife Judy Licht, or their daughter Jessie minded one bit. “It was a alot of fun,” said Jerry. “There are plenty of worse things in life than being stuck in Europe.” No doubt.
7. My pal, power publicist Catherine Saxton and art advocate and aficionado Kipton Cronkite. While waiting for Kipton to arrive, Catherine and I chatted about the truly surprising story on People‘s cover this week of Sandra Bullock’s adoption of a three month-old boy from New Orleans. We both agreed the story depicting a seemingly blissful Bullock on the cover with her new son is the perfect way to leave her cheating husband Jesse James in the dust. “We don’t care what happens to Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and all those girls,” opines Catherine. “But we really care what happens to Sandra. She seems like such a nice woman — someone all can relate to and root for.” Agreed. You go girl!
8. New York Social Diary‘s David Patrick Columbia with my good friend and public relations maven Leslie Stevens, Gilt Groupe’s Alexis Maybank and Allison Rockefeller. This group of Manhattan A-listers was talking about the Aububon Society’s upcoming Women in Conservation Awards, which Leslie is handling. This year’s Rachel Carson Award honorees to be feted on May 18 are actress and environmental activist Isabella Rossellini; Suzanne Lewis, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park; Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president of environmental affairs for Disney Worldwide Services; and Tiffany & Co.’s Foundation president Fernanda Kellogg.