Scene Last Night: Schwarzman Devil, Midler’s Coco Chanel

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Christine Schwarzman, a lawyer, and Steve Schwarzman, chairman and CEO, Blackstone Group LP.

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Christine Schwarzman, a lawyer, and Steve Schwarzman, chairman and CEO, Blackstone Group LP. Close

Christine Schwarzman, a lawyer, and Steve Schwarzman, chairman and CEO, Blackstone Group LP.

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Ron Grelsamer, a knee surgeon, came up with a "nurse from hell" costume to taunt his host, Steve Schwarzman, a Romney supporter. Close

Ron Grelsamer, a knee surgeon, came up with a "nurse from hell" costume to taunt his host, Steve Schwarzman, a Romney supporter.

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Douglas Little oversaw the French decor. Close

Douglas Little oversaw the French decor.

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Hugh Hildesley onstage with Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project, dressed as Coco Chanel. She joined Hugh Hildesleyl of Sotheby's for a live auction, during which guests were asked to donate to the organization in increments ranging from $100 to $10,000. Close

Hugh Hildesley onstage with Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project, dressed as Coco Chanel. She... Read More

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Mitzi Eisenberg, dressed as a senorita, and Warren Eisenberg, co-chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. who said of his costume, "I'm a cardinal. I'm trying to be a pope." Close

Mitzi Eisenberg, dressed as a senorita, and Warren Eisenberg, co-chairman, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. who said of his... Read More

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Charles Baker, a sports lawyer at DLA Piper, and Micihele Wilchek, who works at Major League Baseball, dressed as Tebow and Sanchez respectively. Close

Charles Baker, a sports lawyer at DLA Piper, and Micihele Wilchek, who works at Major League Baseball, dressed as... Read More

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Can Can dancers entertained as guests took their seats. Close

Can Can dancers entertained as guests took their seats.

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Ed McCann and Richard Kollath, who write and produce stories for media companies, drove from Walkill, New York to attend the event. Close

Ed McCann and Richard Kollath, who write and produce stories for media companies, drove from Walkill, New York to attend the event.

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Suzanne Wilson, executive director, Midori & Friends, and Jason Whittet, deputy director, Massachusetts Broadband Institute. "I kiss her often," Whittet said. Close

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Michael Kors, the popular American designer, introduced a parade of best costumes he'd selected. "Bonsoir, mes amis -- seven years at Celine and that's all I can do," he joked, of his French after a stint at the French label. Close

Michael Kors, the popular American designer, introduced a parade of best costumes he'd selected. "Bonsoir, mes amis... Read More

The blond nurse, in white uniform, had a message pinned to her back: “Obama Wins 2nd Term!”

“I dressed as my host’s worst fear,” said the nurse, actually Ron Grelsamer, a knee surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital. “I thought, what would scare him the most?”

The joke was intended for Blackstone Group LP (BX)’s chief executive officer and chairman, Steve Schwarzman, a Romney supporter and the host of a Nui Nui Hui Table last night at “Hulaween,” a costume party to benefit the New York Restoration Project.

Asked if he’d been scared, Schwarzman said “No comment” as he dug into a meal of pate and steak frites prepared by Jean- Georges Vongerichten at a table decorated with mini-Eiffel towers and bloody gourds (the blood was dripped red wax). The party’s theme this year was “Une Saison en Enfer.”

Besides the nurse from hell, Schwarzman’s company included a fetching Marilyn Monroe, a prim French maid, Batman and a woman in a tinsel wig who said she came from Planet Fabulous.

Schwarzman dressed as a French devil. He’d arrived at the Waldorf Astoria holding a pitch fork and wearing tails, a red sequined bow tie, a black top hat and a Gallic sash.

“I’ve always loved Halloween,” Schwarzman said. He could not recall his favorite costume as a kid growing up in Abington, Pennsylvania.

Hurricane Talk

The event took place two days after Hurricane Sandy struck the region. Conversation revolved around the destruction she caused, including loss of life, homes, and power outages.

“I can’t believe you’re here, give yourself a great big hand, you made it!” Bette Midler, founder of New York Restoration Project, said to guests from the stage.

Costumed as Coco Chanel, Midler then did a musical number set to “Can Can,” thanking donors. Michael Kors, Al Gore, Martha Stewart, Ellen Levine, Ann Ziff and Warren Eisenberg, co- chairman of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) received mentions.

Many focused on the storm’s impact on the very things that New York Restoration Project works to create and maintain: community gardens, green spaces in underserved neighborhoods, trees all over the city.

“I’m weeping for a lot of trees at the New York Botanical Garden,” one of the event’s honorees, Amy Goldman, said. “We lost about 92 old-growth trees.”

Goldman dressed as a hot chili pepper, a nod to the book she’s working on about peppers.

Blondie closed out the evening, with Debbie Harry, in Heidi braids and blue showgirl feathers, singing the band’s hits and one cover.

“Since so many of us don’t have them, I’m going to sing ’Lights,’” Harry said, introducing Ellie Goulding’s pop hit.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include Scott Reyburn on the art market, Greg Evans on TV, Craig Seligman on books and Jason Harper on cars.

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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