If you knew Nan like we knew Nan … The well-frocked flock at Christie’s and Sloan Kettering team up (in other words, if you rent, don’t even think about it!) for the Nan Kempner Collection Sale, unveiled to a rapt audience of check-writers at Christie’s, kicking off “The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s 19th Preview Party for the Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show.” Oxygen, please! Expected to attend are former MoMA president Agnes Gund, social power-couples Hilary and Wilbur Ross and frisky Pepe and Emilia Fanjul, the late Ms. Kempner’s husband and family, and co-chairs Alexandra Lind Rose, Alexia Hamm Ryan, and Joanne De Guardiola, who explained New Yorkers’ endless fascination with Ms. Kempner’s wardrobe thusly: “She was a woman who was passionate about style. She had it in her bones. She just had fabulous style. It’s hard to explain. Even the way she turned up her shirt collar!” Ms. De Guardiola, an interior designer and glamorous socialite, became acquainted with Ms. Kempner when they both volunteered at Sloan-Kettering: “I was always amazed with her energy, and how when she said she was going to do something to help an event, she really worked!” Ms. Kempner was also, she added, “incredibly generous with the thrift shop through the years and sent thousands of items up there.” Well, hey, now we’re taking out our checkbook! Later, the Rona Jaffe Foundation bestows awards on promising young women scribes, like Elif Batuman and Robin Ekiss, at an Upper East Side club—but we cannot tell you which one, because a rep warned us that the club “does not allow the press to name it” in print, indicating perhaps nothing so much as a case of grandiosity gone haywire. So we won’t name it, but we will say this: Its bathrooms are excellent pickup joints! Also tonight, the Patterns of Green speaker series continues at the GANT Store on Fifth Avenue. (Does anyone else find it strange that GANT is trying to save the planet here while the rest of us crank up the air-conditioner?) They’ll never quite equal last week’s R.F.K. Jr. coup, but tonight it’s eco-guru to the stars, Danny Seo, to benefit the Humane Society of the United States. And we at the Eight-Day Week are always up for benefiting that society!
[Cocktail reception to kick off the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s 19th Preview Party for the Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards, supersecret decoder ring location, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., by invitation only; Patterns of Green features Danny Seo, GANT, 645 Fifth Avenue, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.]