Megadeveloper Harry Macklowe and new French bride Patricia Landeau capped off a day of wedding celebrations on Thursday night by hosting dinner for 200 at their future apartment – the full 78th floor of his 432 Park tower. The posh pad was gutted just for the party, where events guru David Monn created a grand ballroom with all-white decor and lighted the sweeping space with 1,000 candles on tables and in custom-made chandeliers.
Guests arrived for cocktails in the building’s future retail space – the same structure at the corner of Park Avenue and East 56th Street on which Macklowe put up massive 42-foot by 24-foot portraits of himself and Landeau this week to proclaim his love. (Some also saw the move as Macklowe majorly marking the end of his bitter, public divorce from his wife of nearly 60 years, Linda Macklowe.)
Family and A-list attendees were then ushered up to the 78th floor, with a power guest list including Leon and Debra Black, Richard and Karen Lefrak, Steven and Daryl Roth, Larry and Klara Silverstein, Alan Patricof, Steve Cohen, Stephen Ross, and Michael and Paola Schulhof, as well as Susan Gutfreund, Muriel and Nuno Brandolini, Caryl Englander and Dominique Lévy, James and Lisa Cohen, Peggy Siegal, and Jamee Gregory.
Page Six was first to report that Harry had hung the huge banners that will remain up on Park Avenue for a month. Olympia Landeau – one of Patricia’s four kids – even joked in her Thursday night toast about Macklowe’s love for her mom: “Every one in New York going up-and-down Park Avenue – and reading Page Six – can see it.”
Wearing an ivory Chloe dress and YSL shoes, Patricia started her own toast by quoting Albert Einstein. (“If you must choose between love and the world, remember this: If you choose the world, you’ll remain without love. If you choose love, both of you will conquer the world… I choose love. I choose Harry,” she said.)
She also quoted “When Harry Met Sally,” by telling the groom, 82, “Harry, when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” And she added, “Harry you’re my beautiful new life. I just want to tell you I love you.”
Harry chuckled when his prepared toast closed with the same Einstein line hers opened with, and he said the couple’s so close they “finish each other’s sentences.”
A French flair permeated the 432 Park party: Paris’s Caviar Kaspia served its signature baked potato topped with caviar, and French pop act Gypsy Queens roamed from table-to-table, playing requests and cheery tunes including “That’s Amore,” “Mamma Mia,” “I Get Around” and Italian ditty “Tu vuò fà l’americano.” Caterer Olivier Cheng also oversaw the food.
Earlier in the day, Macklowe and Landeau, in her early 60s, tied the knot in a ceremony at the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Brooklyn, followed by a luxe lunch at Le Coucou in Soho, where guests even included the bride’s two ex-husbands.
But even as Thursday night wound down, the celebrating wasn’t over: We hear that on Saturday they’ll host yet another VIP gathering with a lunch at Upper East Side haunt La Goulue.
Macklowe told us he and Patricia will decamp to a spa in Marbella, Spain, for their honeymoon, then head to Japan.
A judge in December ordered Harry and Linda’s $2 billion fortune to be divided equally. Their lengthy legal dispute included a battle over their interests in the 78th floor of his landmark development, where he and Patricia will reside.