Versailles turned into an practically 7 days-lengthy occasion that was bookend by glamorous and competing get-togethers. Kickstarting the revelry was a dinner hosted by the proprietor of the swanky Colony Club on Sunday, followed the following day by Norton-Simon’s takeover of Maxim’s (the conglomerate experienced just acquired Halston’s company) in honor of Liza Minnelli (who disallowed photographers inside of the restaurant). Closing it was Baron de Redé’s supper ostensibly in honor of Kay Thompson, who had by now still left Paris. (Gossip columnist Suzy dubbed his celebration “Versailles Mouthwash,” as “someone stated it took the bad style of all the bickering bordering the Versailles Follies out of all all those stunning, bee-stung mouths.”) Simmering under guests’ tuxedos, smooth statins, and sparkling jewels were anxieties aplenty.
“Some are contacting it American week in Paris, and other individuals the Versailles Follies…. Whatever the label, it is unquestionably not just the historic French-American fashion show that it started off out to be. Maxim’s at luncheon is a gossip columnist’s paradise…. What started out out as a straightforward adequate strategy to place leading French and American fashion jointly in a single display to advantage the Versailles Restoration Fund, but at the moment has become a boiling pot of fuels, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, jockeying for posture, and rumors.
— “Americans Party in Paris,” by Eugenia Sheppard. Los Angeles Situations, December 5, 1972.
“Giving the manner caravan the air of an opera melodrama are the prima donna designers who were invited, others who weren’t, and numerous who claimed they declined their invites.”
— “Five of the Country’s Top rated Designers…,” by Invoice Cunningham. Chicago Tribune, November 26, 1973.
“Last night’s social gathering at Maxims experienced almost everything likely for it: revenue, stars, society and intrigue. The place was shut to the exterior globe for the very first time in 16 years—a little gesture that can be bought for $13,000, which is roughly what it expenses to entertain some 200 visitors. The host, David J. Mahoney, who appears to be like like a matinee idol but is chairman of Norton Simon Inc., gave the get together ostensibly Liza Minnelli, who is starring, cost-free of demand, in the Franco-American gala tomorrow at Versailles.”
— “Fashion in Paris: Revenue, Stars, Modern society and Intrigue at a Party,” by Hebe Dorsey/ The International Herald Tribune, November 28, 1973.