SOCIAL DIARY Part of the rundown of a very busy week on the social calendar in New York including the World Monuments Fund dinner, the ABT Gala, the New York Hospital Cornell Weill annual gala; the Versailles/Giverny lunch at La Grenouille; Madison Avenue Heritage Week; and Linda Lavin at Baruch College's special anniversary events.
Robert Couturier was our very first HOUSE interview in 2006 and he helped us set the tone for the kind of column we wanted. Our second interview is just as good ...
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: You'll Never Forget Being "Disgraced" on Broadway ... Joan Juliet Buck Tells Us How to Be Civilized ... Will We Be "Bewitched" Yet Again?
PARTY PICTURES The Frick Collection's annual Autumn dinner; "2014 Fiesta" gala benefiting the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education.
With her eye on accessories, Alison Minton goes to The Museum of the City of New York's annual New York After Dark Party; a celebration for the American Friends of the Louvre at Bernardaud; and the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard & Airmen's Club's Military Ball.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Frank Rich Reminds Us: "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." (That's French for "Stop complaining, it's all the same old crap!") ... Barbara Walter's "Ten Most Fascinating People" — We've Got Four, Where Are the Rest? ... Monica Lewinsky Takes on Cyber-Bullies.
SOCIAL DIARY Beautiful autumn day in New York; Remembering Oscar de la Renta who died this past Monday after a lifetime of a glorious career; and lunching with the Central Park Conservancy's Women's Committee with their guest speaker John McEnroe hilariously interviewed by Lynn Sherr.
"Safe Motherhood Initiative" at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia; A book party for Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser; 25th annual Light Up A Life Halloween carnival; A reception to celebrate the Park Avenue Tree Lighting; Bridges of Understanding's annual awards dinner; Kick off for "Fashion Roars" to benefit Generation Ubuntu.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Remembering the Great Oscar de la Renta ... HBO's "Mr. Dynamite" Lights Up The Genius of James Brown ... The Brilliant "Nostalgia" of Annie Lennox.
HOUSE John Foreman completes his tour of Shadow Lawn, the not-so-romantic boondoggle palace of former F.W. Woolworth president, Hubert T. Parson.
Jill Krementz, NYSD's Associate Editor, attended a party hosted by art collector Beth DeWoody celebrating Charlie Scheips' new book about Elsie de Wolfe, aka Lady Mendl.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: "War, Huh! — What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing." (As Edwin Starr sang.) But "Fury" is Still a Gripping War Movie ... Diane Von Furstenberg Tells The Story of Her Life ... The Hollywood Reporter Celebrates Glenn Close.
SOCIAL DIARY Beautiful Autumn weekend getting cooler although not quite chilly; the Avon Walk in Carl Schurz Park followed by the Halloween Party for the doggies; Beth DeWoody's booksigning for Charlie Scheips in his new book on Elsie DeWolfe, Lady Mendl; and my Michael's lunch with Meryle Secrest, author of "Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography."
ACROSS THE WORLD Palm Beach Social Diary. Wellington Noir The Goodman Trial: The Bentley vanishes! The Nurse & the Needle ! The Bartender and the Fifth! The Boots!
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Washington Social Diary. Carol Joynt takes in the new Georgetown French restaurant, Chez Billy Sud owned by the legendary Hilton brothers, Eric and Ian. Then on the weekend she and a friend traveled out to the Virginia countryside to visit John Henry at his beautiful Rappahannock County farm, Stone Hill.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Imagine the Duchess's Feelings! — Remembering Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire ... Princess Marilyn of Monaco? — It Almost Happened! ... Elizabeth Ailes honored by Green Beret Foundation.
SOCIAL DIARY Rundown on the Wednesday Michael's lunch; very busy last night in New York with the Preview Party for the Int'l Fine Arts and Antique Show at the Park Avenue Armory, a dinner after at Cynthia and Donald Frank's, and other events; plus remembering Irving Ballen.
Rockefeller University Parents & Science CELEBRATING SCIENCE Benefit; The New York Women's Foundation's first annual Fall Gala; The United Hospital Fund's annual gala; SSMAC's18th Annual Military Ball; Cocktails and Conversation on Expanding End-of-Life Choice at Beaulieu with hosts Ruth Buchanan and Bonnie Matheson.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Jay Leno Is NOT Retiring. But He's Not Going Back to The Nightly Grind of "Celebrity" ... S. Epatha Merkerson — How'd She Get That Name? ... "Seventies Glamour" Returns in an Iridescent Way.
GUEST DIARY Accessories Diary: Alison Minton goes to the opening of Verdura's "Power of Style: Verdura at 75" with her camera and her sharp eye; then attends two kick-offs for the opening preview party of tonight's International Fine Art & Antiques Show, with same camera and same eye.
No Holds Barred: Blair Sabol considers the question of the "Bootys" and "Booties" Bonanza, and who has them and who wants them, and how.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Studio 54 — The era, the madness, the decadence ... Honoring Pete Peterson ... Candice Bergen on Broadway.
SOCIAL DIARY A beautiful Indian Summer's day in New York with a lot going on last night including the Hermione dinner on the Intrepid honoring Henry Kissinger, Christine LaGarde and Charlie Rose; a book signing for Vicky Ward, and a birthday dinner for Debbie Bancroft at Swifty's.
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Washington Social Diary. Our correspondent Carol Joynt is changing daily jobs next week, and she recalls the experience of the past three years covering Washington politics, social life, real estate and getaways for the Washingtonian.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: The Sublime Weirdness of Nicolas Cage ... Notes on "The Affair" ... Ben Affleck Is Really Good at Blackjack.
SOCIAL DIARY Holiday weekend in New York. A 30th birthday party for Kyle DeWoody; the Caravaggis rescue a beautiful pup in the north slope of Mt. Etna; and Paige Peterson goes to see her friend Lucie Arnaz in "Pippin."
HOUSE John Foreman, visiting a New Jersey palace called Shadow Lawn, has deep thoughts on beauty, bad luck and entitlement.
Palm Beach Social Diary. Augustus Mayhew covers Day One and Day Two of the trial of the State of Florida vs. John B. Goodman in Palm Beach.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Can Shondra Rhimes Save Hollywood? ... Remember, Theatergoers — "It's Only a Play!"