SOCIAL DIARY A beautiful August day, yesterday in New York, Mother Nature's reprieve. Dinner at very busy Sette Mezzo with Alejandra Cicognani and ran into Harry Benson whose docu of his life just premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: Wednesday's Rap: Leo's Charity Troubles ... The Bad Old Days of David Caruso ... Happy Birthday Lesley Ann Warren (Miss Scarlett, to you "Clue" Fans.)
SOCIAL HISTORY Augustus Mayhew reviews the brilliant career of late 19th century muralist of the Beaux Arts aesthetic, Albert Herter, whose work a century later is still appreciated in Palm Beach, East Hampton, Newport and Santa Barbara.
HOUSE Big Old Houses. We return to John's visit to Lambert Castle, completed in 1893 for a mill-owner on a mountainside overlooking Paterson, New Jersey back when it was known as America's "Silk City."
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: "Ben-Hur" 2016. Not Good Enough to Love, Not Bad Enough to Loathe. Let's Just Call it "Meh-Hur." (Wait for It on HBO — soon.)
SOCIAL DIARY Sunny, warm weekend with some rain to cool things a little; while considering the closing of Gawker this week, after 14 years posting, a victim of its own editorial.
PARTY PICTURES The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) hosted its annual Bow Wow Meow Ball.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: The Saga of Judy Garland — Heading Back To Broadway? ... Michael Bublé — a New Record, a New Fragrance, a Femme Fatale to Come Home To!
GUEST DIARY Schulenberg's Page, New York, Part LXXIII: "The Secret Cinema" finished shooting, editing begins and Bob returns to real life (instead of reel life), with sketchbook under his arm ...
BEAUTY Teenage Facial-land. Now that the kids are back from camp, its time to focus on school and skin!
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: Mixed Media: Nick Jonas ... Paul McCartney ... "Star Trek" ... Diane Lane ... Liev Schreiber ... Marlon Brando ... "The Twilight Zone" and Elizabeth Taylor's Virginia Farm!
SOCIAL DIARY Hot, but still cooler, yesterday in New York, at the Michael's lunch with Judy and Peter Price; plus Laurie Anderson performs a Concert for the Dogs in East Hampton; Author's Night at the East Hampton Library; and Leadership Council's Special Olympic fundraiser.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: Atlanta's NeNe Leakes Will Sing the Blues at NYC's BB King Club ... Yoko Ono in Iceland! ... Re-appreciating Felicity Huffman and "Transamerica" ... The fans still love Barbra and Madonna!
GUEST DIARY George Gurley interviews the unedited Kenneth Jay Lane, impresario of the most popular (Jackie Onassis' pearls) costume jewelry of the 20th century.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: Chita Rivera: "Nowadays," Forever, and at Carnegie Hall! ... Gwyneth Paltrow as Greta Garbo?! Also — peacock mystery solved ... tiny houses, and the new horror of our age — clutter!
SOCIAL DIARY Dog Days in Manhattan and the star Sirius plus "Confessions of a 21st Century Aviatrix," Topsy Taylor, from this month's Quest Magazine.
HOUSE Big Old Houses. John Foreman visits one man's castle on the Hudson during wintertime, which soothes your imagination during our heatwave; a Gothic manse built in 1858 by a man who knew how to build things to last for more than one lifetime or even two or three.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: How Lucky Can We Get That Barbra Streisand is Still The Performing Genius of Her (and Our!) Youth. Her New Tour Is a Triumph.
SOCIAL DIARY Hot hot hot dog days in New York. Dinner last night at Sette Mezzo; the Michael J. Fox' Foundation's annual fundraising golf tournament; the Ocean Sanctuary Dinner in the Hamptons; and the upcoming Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic at the New York Botanical Garden.
PARTY PICTURES The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation's annual Awards Dinner; The Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party; YAGP hosted a reception for First Position Club before a performance of The Sarasota Ballet's A Knight of the British Ballet at the Joyce; The Perlman Music Program celebrated its annual 'Taste of Shelter Island' summer benefit.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: This Month's Madonna-Thon: Music, Movies (Yes!) and Happy Birthday!
SOCIAL DIARY Quiet, very warm and muggy days in New York, a busy Michael's lunch, Meryl Streep et al in East Hampton attend a sneak preview of her new film; Mia Fonssagrives Solow entertains for the French Heritage Society, and Wendy Moonan goes to Nantucket for Design Week.
HOUSE Sian, Lesley, and JH visit John Barman again, this time after his sophisticated renovation. It's colorful and swanky—something we haven't seen for ages and we hadn't realized how thirsty we were for a bit of true glamour.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH and Denis Ferrara: Friday's Fry-Up: Fashions, Novels, The Return of Winona Ryder, and the new "Suspiria" generates horror — but not the fun kind.