Ain't No Party like a Preston Bailey Party

Martin Marks

As wary as I am of any events lasting longer than three hours, exceptions can be made. Such was the case for last week's book launch of Preston Bailey's Celebrations (Rizzoli). For those of you who aren't a sheikh or a sultan -- or Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Donna Karan or Donald Trump -- Preston Bailey is the celebrity event designer known for his sumptuous, theatrical soirees, most of which are never seen by the public.    

That night, Bailey transformed the Armory on Lexington Avenue into a rose-strewn runway, thanks to a series of overhead light projectors. The evening also featured special performances by Gloria Gaynor and Martha Wash, and Leblon Cachaca hand-muddled drinks by the Liquid Chef team. Among the attendees were Joan Rivers, Clay Walker, Katie Lee Joel, and One Life to Live's Daphnee Duplaix and Brett Claywell.  And if you aren't able to shell out a cool million to have Preston Bailey design your next birthday party (or wedding) there's always his lavishly illustrated book to admire, replete with ten never-before-published events -- sure to make you believe that this is the stuff that dream (celebrations) are made of.    

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