Give the kind of party that attracts autograph seekers, and chances are the guests will naturally come in one of two varieties: Incredibly Cool and Obviously in Their Element or Trying Their Best Not to Stare Too Hard.
Among the former at two parties yesterday:
Andy Warhol, being led limp and expressionless from ambassador to socialite to ambassador at Georgetown's Pisces.
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, aboard the former presidential yacht Sequoia, introducing herself by pointing to her name in a story in the latest Interview magazine.
Also aboard the Sequoia, Joshua Carter, son of Jeff who is son of Jimmy. Being a 6-month-old baby, Joshua did slobber on his tiny stretch-knit tuxedo a bit, but he carried it off with flair.
They were, as a local woman who obviously fell into the second category said with a slightly dazed smile, not your typical Washington parties.
"Andy Warhol, Ben Civiletti, the former attorney general," said Frederick Weisman of Los Angeles and Washington, looking around at the guests at the party he and his son Richard threw on the yacht, before their party for 300 at Pisces. "There's the president of American Security Bank from Baltimore, and a friend of Richard's -- what's that actor? -- David Keith.
"I think it's good to mix some things up," he said. "Sometimes, if they're all the same, they talk about the same old thing."
What they talked about was, every once in a while, the election, maintaining a deliberate bipartisan demeanor. But, if pressed, they'd even say whom they voted for.
Anne Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight, laughed at the question.
"Eisenhower!" she said, as if the word were synonymous with Republican. "In my family we only believe in the existence of one party."
And they talked about the party they were attending.
"A lot of out-of-towners," explained Arnold Lehman, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art. "People from California, Texas, a lot of artists. And no politicians."
"My plane shuttled up and down to New York three times today to bring people down," said Frederick Weisman, president of Mid-Atlantic Toyota.
The little gathering for 50 on the Sequoia was just the first round for the Weismans last night. Soon after the crowd stumbled down the gangplank and into the waiting limousines, they were gliding into Pisces, all spike heels and satin. Desperate fans of Richard Gere, who was promised as a guest, shivered outside, asking, "What's it like in there?" between chattering teeth.
What it was like was a Washington party gone glitzy.
Princess Elizabeth's daughter, Catherine Oxenberg, an actress who will appear on "Dynasty" as Alexis' daughter, floated past Democratic pollster Patrick Caddell, who was running from TV to telephone to TV.
"I'm not here," Caddell said. "I have to go back to work. I just dropped in here for a minute.
"I'm very sad," he then told some friends, as several TV sets announced that Reagan was ahead of Mondale by 60 to 40 percent.
He looked more than sad.