"Americans treat fashion people like movie stars," French avant-garde designer Karl Lagerfeld decided on a U.S. visit. So what better place to toss a party than Studio 54? He decorated the disco Bauhaus-style and filled it with fans, both human, like Italian couturier Valentino (right, in town to introduce his new blue jeans), and silk, like those given out as favors. They were versions of the Balinese fans that inspired the hats Lagerfeld showed in his recent "retro" fashion collection. They also cool hot gossip.
Marker and the Champ
Sara Stimson, 6, who plays the title role in Little Miss Marker, the remake of the 1934 Shirley Temple film, let herself be swept away by Ricky (The Champ) Schroder, 9, at the recent Ruby Slipper Awards dinner in L.A., where the American Center of Films for Children gave out its "Oscars," to grown-ups only. The two played Chinese jacks in the lobby. Shortly after everyone sat down to dinner and long speeches, capped by Schroder's award to his alter ego, Jackie Cooper (who played the kid in the 1931 Champ), Sara told her mommy she was tired—and went home to bed.
Senator Warner's high
While wife Liz Taylor was recuperating from her latest hospitalization (four days of extensive oral surgery), Virginia Sen. John Warner was keeping fit. He turned out to catch a demo on the Capitol steps of double-Dutch rope-jumping sponsored by Mobil Oil. Hesitant at first to "all in together," sportsman John, who's a mean bean at squash and horseback riding, finally leaped in with Richmond high-steppers Rochanda Thornton and Carolyn Woodson. It was a burst of the same showmanship Warner used in Richmond recently to lure a crowd of 700 to the first Virginia Energy Conference.
Two first ladies
Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and her old friend, first lady of the theater Helen Hayes, embraced at a Manhattan USO luncheon to name Lady Bird the Woman of the Year for her work on "environmental projects." If President Carter's proposed cuts in funding highway beautification go through, Lady Bird said, "I'm continuing my program on a smaller scale"—meaning in Texas. Hayes had a gift to help Lady Bird beautify her own environs: a portrait of the former First Lady by theatrical artist Al Hirschfeld.
Linda hears Roches
Africa's fine, but this time Linda Ronstadt explored Manhattan (sans Governor Brown), where she's been apartment hunting. Her safari was downtown to the Bottom Line to catch the sold-out act of the folk sensation, the Roche sisters. Wearing a jaunty straw hat, she clowned backstage with Maggie, Suzzy and Terre, and continued her salute a few nights later, joining Phoebe Snow on Saturday Night Live in a Roche sisters lament, not about any bachelor back home in California but about Married Men.
Byrne, Betsy and Bach
Betsy Varney, 3, wasn't telling Mayor Jane Byrne that Her Honor was Number 1 (although as Chicago's first woman chief executive she is) but answering how long she's studied violin. Betsy, visiting City Hall with 44 other students of the Suzuki Institute for the Performing Arts before leaving on a European tour, treated the mayor to a solo—by Bach, no less—as mayoral secretary Wanda Smolinski and the institute's president, Julian Leviton, looked on. Then, in a switch, Betsy gave her appreciative listener a rose—of burgundy silk, because the mayor is allergic to real ones.