Fashion: The Cold Shoulder

It was the sort of party that Washington has come to expect of Ambassador and Mme. Hervé Alphand. For the Opera Ball, the capital's top social event of the season, the French embassy garden was transformed into a tented version of Maxim's in Paris. Party regulars (Vice President Humphrey, Lynda Bird) and regular partygoers (Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart) were all there, along with a clambake of Kennedys (Bobby, Ethel, Ted, Eunice and Sargent Shriver), a détente of diplomats, and a ponderosity of pundits. The...

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