HOUSE Sian, Lesley, and JH visit carpet designer Malene Barnett in her airy Bedford-Stuyvesant townhouse, inspired by the colors of her Caribbean background.
Augustus Mayhew's history of Otto Kahn's historical contribution to the development of Palm Beach and its social life that continues today.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Friday Fry-Up: Madonna, She's Not Like Other Girls — And Never Will Be ... Joan Rivers — Gone, But Oscar's Goof Made Sure She is Not Forgotten!
SOCIAL DIARY A New York winter weekday. Lunch at Michael's with Patty Tang; a PEN dinner at the McGraths' with lively conversations with art critic and authur Jed Perl; and a little link to a story of wonder that's true.
PARTY PICTURES American Friends of the Musée d'Orsay held a lecture and reception; pre-Gala kick-off cocktail party for the NYC Mission Society's Annual Champions for Children benefit ; French Heritage Society's Annual Palm Beach Gala Dinner; The American Ireland Fund's 25th Annual Palm Beach Emerald Dinner Dance.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Dame Helen Mirren Rules David Letterman! ... Lyndon Johnson — Re-Thought, Re-Vitalized, Re-Appreciated, Warts and All.
China Institute's Tenth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration; Pop-up shop preview party to benefit The Society of MSK; Susan G. Komen's seventh annual Paint the Park Pink; Lighthouse Guild's eighth annual gala; Valentine's Day celebration in Chicago honoring Bunky Cushing; The NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center's Seminar on the Frontiers of Medicine.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Final Thoughts (We Think!) About Oscar Night.
SOCIAL DIARY Cold midwinter Monday; talk about the Oscars "whadja think?"; plus some memories of the Oscars in other times; and Margo Howard on how she put together her memoir "eat, drink & remarry ..."
John Foreman returns from the mountaintop, after a visit to Olana, the astonishing home of Hudson River School artist Frederick Edwin Church.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: OSCAR 2015 — The Host" is "Meh" ... The Gaga is Magnificent. The Rest is the Usual Coma-Inducing Bore.
SOCIAL DIARY Cold, snowy weekend in New York, night of the Oscars in the quiet Big Town, evoking memories; plus Shirley Lord's book signing for Leah Wright Rigueur and her new book.
PARTY PICTURES The Apollo Theater's fifth annual Dining with the Divas luncheon; The New York Botanical Garden Conservatory Ball's annual leadership luncheon; The Bowery Mission's 16th annual Valentine Gala; The Kravis Center's 2015 Gala.
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Carol Joynt considers the Brian Williams scandal as she eats and drinks her way through winter weekends.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Tom Mankiewicz — What a Life, What a Book!
SOCIAL DIARY Very very cold and windy in New York with many of us staying close to the hearth rather than venturing out. Plus Memoriams for two of New York's nicest, kindest, hard working people, photojournalist Tom Gates and philanthropist Betsy Bartlett.
GUEST DIARY Ellin's last day at the Fall 2015 shows, beginning with Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein by Francisco Costa, and Marc Jacobs.
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Palm Beach and Miami Social Diary. Augustus Mayhew covers Art Wynwood in Miami, visits eveningwear designer Carmen Marc Valvo and jewelry designers Margot McKinney and Christopher Walling, hits the Coral Gables Museum, walks through Little Havana, and takes in Freedom Tower's spectacular open observation deck.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Oscar, Oscar ... where DOES one keep their Oscar?
GUEST DIARY No Holds Barred. Blair Sabol heads out to L.A. and makes some fabulous fashion discoveries which even work (however briefly -- and occasionally) with her poodle Sunshine.
Day 7 of NYFW. Ellin happily makes the trek down to Varick Street under a beautiful morning sky to see the Michael Kors show. Kudos. Missed the Zac Posen but loved what she saw in the photos. Then on to the wonderful Anna Sui, which evokes great personal fashion ideas.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Remembering the Great Lesley Gore ... Elizabeth Taylor, AIDS Activist Recalled.
PARTY PICTURES Randall's Island Park Alliance Hosts kickoff for 2015 Fielding Dreams NYC Gala; YAGP's "The Making of a Costume; Dance Industry Leaders Gather to Celebrate Dance/NYC; The Perlman Music Program Sixth Charity Wine Auction; Boot-stompin' bonanza to benefit Oxbridge Academy.
GUEST DIARY Ellin's Fashion Diary, Day 6. A big day for the runways: Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and finally Peter Copping's first collection for Oscar de la Renta. A hit!
LIZ SMITH: Colin Firth Re-Invents Himself and "Kingsman" Re-Invents the Spy Genre ... "SNL's" Big Anniversary ... Saying Goodbye to Jon Stewart (Is He Depressed, Exhausted or Just Messing With Our Heads?)
SOCIAL DIARY Wintry days, maybe grey and glum, but lunch with some of those putting together the ABT 75th Anniversary Gala was enlightening and just interesting New York on many levels, even a glimpse of a maybe-Oz.
HOUSE John Foreman provides some needed context on Park Avenue's famous Pyne Davison Row.
Ellin's Fashion Week Diary, F/W 2015, Part III. On Day 5, our intrepid fashion reporter braves the weather (dresses for it), shows, and traffic, including Carolina Herrera, Angel Sanchez, Dennis Basso, and Donna Karan.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Tango Tuesday — Leonardo DiCaprio ... Bill and Hill ... Loretta Young.