By People Staff
December 18, 1978 12:00 PM

As the holidays neared and the days got shorter, the night people of the world (who maybe didn’t notice) got out—and got down—until dawn from Maxim’s to (sacré bleu!) Macy’s.

Mr. 54 is 35

Designer Halston has never had any trouble getting into Manhattan’s Studio 54. He latched onto the disco the first week and proceeded to help talk it up toward its present overpopularity. Yet he still shows nearly every night. So when the proprietor, Steve Rubell, turned 35, Halston threw the birthday blowout (with Rubell’s partner, Ian Schrager). The designer rounded up the regulars—Bianca Jagger jumped out of the cake—and transformed the disco with a 76-piece marching band and a Baskin-Robbins soda shoppe. He also custom-made Rubell’s birthday suit, a tropical tux. “He’s my closest friend,” swears Rubell, “the most generous person in the world.” And those words sent Halston to heaven.

Coq-uettish Sukarno

Meanwhile, in Paris, designer Pierre Cardin was tooting his own horn with a party at Maxim’s celebrating his partnership with the chic restaurant in two new haberdasheries. The Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Rue Royale establishments will bear Maxim’s name and cater to the “Man of the Night.” Not surprisingly, the fashion piéce de resistance at the launching party was female: Dewi Sukarno, 38, wife of the late Indonesian dictator. She was in her crowning glory with a hairstyle designed by coiffeur Alexandre Zouari. It accentuates the positive—her classic profile—he explained. Its teasing title: Crête de Coq (cockscomb).

The night the stars played Macy’s

At a 50th-anniversary fund raiser (for its new repertory company), Manhattan’s Neighborhood Playhouse School tapped some successful alums and friends to provide the entertainment. Tony Randall sang, Louise Lasser waxed poetic (reading verse she keeps by her bedside) and, in a first, Zoe Caldwell and Maureen Stapleton tap-danced. The evening saluted the Playhouse’s revered head, Sanford Meisner, mentor of stars like Jon Voight, Tammy Grimes, Anne Jackson, Gregory Peck and Joanne Woodward. Diane Keaton (class of ’67) movingly delivered Sandy’s thanks (above): His voice box was removed because of cancer several years ago. The post-performance party was a miracle of sorts on 34th Street, staged at Macy’s. Bobby Rosengarten’s band played in designer sportswear, Arthur Miller danced with a mannequin, Andrea McArdle crooned in front of a suit rack—and got bussed by her brother, Michael (left)—while oldtimer Jack Gilford rose to the occasion (above), mouthing something flowery.

Are Paul and Artie double-dating again?

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, both 36, still occasionally team up, as in a Saturday Night Live spoof of their former selves, but they were like bookends as they sat together with their dates at a private Manhattan showing of Robert DeNiro’s new film, The Deer Hunter. Paul was with new steady Carrie Fisher (who recently split from her Central Park West neighbor Richard Dreyfuss), and Art was squiring Saturday Night Live photographer Edie Baskin. After the heavy three-hour drama about Vietnam, however, there were sounds of silence, and the couples headed out into a downpour and went their separate ways.

Marisa bounces back, and the lights go on again

Before Marisa Berenson, 31, turned actress in 1971—not to mention West Coast resident, mother and divorceé (she split from businessman Jim Randall earlier this year)—she was a high-fashion model. So it was appropriate that cover queens Cheryl Tiegs (left) and Jerry Hall (right) and 800 others collected at Xenon to welcome Berenson back to the New York fold. Having set her chic Parisian cap on an acting comeback, Marisa could soon be on the road. At the party, though, she got a tribute comparable to a ton of Kubricks: her name in lights above the disco floor.