For the Ultimate in Nouvelle Lang Syne, the Truly Hip Schuss Aspen
Some celebs heralded the holidays quietly. George Hamilton was at his house, ex-wife Alana Stewart rented one, and the relatively sedate Snow-mass Club played host to Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. For entertainment, one bistro was charging $225 a head for New Year's Eve fixin's of Imperial Mandarin beluga caviar, Maine lobster with black truffle mayonnaise and free-range veal. But the truly trendy were at private parties, like the season opener for 250 thrown at the Hotel Jerome by Johnson and three friends to announce his engagement to ex-wife Melanie Griffith. Not only were Cher, Julianne Phillips, Ed Bradley, Jane Fonda, Hunter Thompson, Barbara Walters and the Michael Douglases there, but, in the words of caterer Anthony DiLucia, "You haven't lived till you've seen Sally Field and Goldie Hawn boogeying together while Jimmy Buffett sings 'Margaritaville.' "
Cher spent New Year's Eve with Gloria Steinem and a dateless John Kennedy Jr. at a bash thrown by Janie Buffett, ex-wife of Jimmy. Sheena Easton, Catherine Bach and Annie Denver (John's ex) were among the heavy hitters at the soiree tossed on Dec. 30 by producer and department store heir Ted Field. Everyone hushed when Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal showed up—except for novelist Jerzy Kosinski, who asked who they were. "I've been off writing a book," he said. Confided Farrah: "This is only my third time on skis, so I fall down a lot." Revealed Sheena Easton: "In four days I've gone from learning to stand up to intermediate, but I fall down a lot."
Meanwhile, at the $26 million home of Les Wexner, who owns four major women's clothing chains, the old guard was rubbing shoulders with Wal-Mart's Sam Walton, America's richest man, and assorted CEOs, while bemoaning the once-quaint town's decline. "Let's hope we don't become another Rodeo Drive," harrumphed one society type. Replied her friend: "Aren't we already?"
—Susan Schindehette, and Eleanor Hoover in Aspen