Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Palm Beach, Miami, and Washington Social Diary

Team Tory.
Palm Beach, FL — You gotta hand it to Tory Burch. She has a gift for designing happy, upbeat clothes and accessories when the world needs it more than ever (at prices that not only don’t insult one’s intelligence) but actually seem like a bargain compared to the ridiculousness of other labels. Sure, if you went to high school wearing Dr. Scholl’s sandals and a skinny rib turtleneck over a miniskirt, it is a bit like a romp through mommy’s closet, but in a good way. The memories of a simpler yet naively hipper time are expressed in her love of all things Lucite, ikat and David Hicks prints and, of course, those big gold medallions. It’s no wonder that today’s fashionistas have been drawn to Tory’s T’s with the same hunger others have for LV’s, G’s and double C’s.

To honor the chairmen and benefit committees of FoundCare’s upcoming “A Votre Sante!” gala (an admitted clone of NY’s “Fete de Swifty” to benefit Palm Beach County’s new non-profit community health center for uninsured children and adults), Tory opened her sparkling new Palm Beach shop and the adjoining courtyard for a lively drinks party. There: Talbott Maxey, Tommy Quick, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Annie Falk, Brett Price, Cristina and Desmond Keogh, M.A. and Chip Quinn, Linda and Jay Rossbach, Frannie Scaife and Tom McCarter, Tricia Callahan Burt, Mia Matthews (in black velvet hotpants!) Michel Witmer, Dennis Miller, Dr. Marile Santamarina, Melissa Parker, Eddy Taylor, Bryan McDonald and Mark Brentlinger (who donated a MINI Cooper for the Grand Drawing,) Blair Griffin, Jackie Breckenridge and about a hundred more Tory Burch-aholics.

A shameless plug from the folks at FoundCare: buy tickets to December 12th’s “A Votre Sante!” www.foundcare.org and click on EVENTS or call 561.472.3022 x234.
Cristina and Des Keogh
Linda and Jay Rossbach
Herb Schmertz and Kay Gilman
Colleen Orrico and Dennis Miller
Lisa Desmond, Brewer Schoeller, and Annie Falk
Judi Marti and Talbott Maxey
Barnette and Ken Druskin
Victoria Amory and Tom Shaffer
Talbott Maxey and Tommy Quick
Eddy Taylor, Blair Griffin, and Brett Price
Bryan McDonald and Alex Snyder
Jackie Breckenridge and Kathleen Ashley
Emilia Fanjul catches Steven Stolman "pocketing" a Reva flat
Scott Moses and Samantha Gregory
Tom McCarter and Frannie Scaife
Bryan McDonald and Mark Brentlinger with MINI Cooper
M.A. and Chip Quinn
Mia Matthews, Mark Montgomery, and Blair Griffin
Pepe Fanjul and Talbott Maxey
Miami, FL — Meta, a new company launched this year by the prestigious antiques house Mallett, made its Miami debut last week at Design Miami with an exhibition Meta: Masterpieces and Materials Past and Present. The installation included the U.S. premiere of four special editions, displayed alongside the inaugural Meta collection as well as some of Mallett’s most historically important pieces of furniture and b, representing the finest examples of materials, design manufacturing and workmanship over time.

A collector’s preview was held last week at the Mosaic Suite in Miami.
Florence and Jorge Aguelles with Duena Arguelles
Victoria and Frank Wyman
Alvaro Cuadrado and Susan Lloyd
Andrew and Tiffany Speyer with Smith
Frank Wyman and Susan Lloyd
Bob and Enid Kay
Rick Friedberg and Francine LeFrak
Tiqui Atencio and Solita Mischaan
Ella Cisnero and Steven Mischaan
Washington, D.C. Nearly 150 diplomats, executives, dignitaries, and journalists gathered for the inaugural American Red Cross Humanitarian Prize ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Red Cross, in partnership with The Atlantic, recognized the achievements of two individuals who have tangibly improved life and living conditions in one of the world’s most challenging regions, Israel and Palestine. The recipients of this year’s first annual prize were: Younis Al Khatib, President, Palestine Red Crescent Society and Dr. Noam Yifrach, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Magen David Adom in Israel.
Held at the American Red Cross national headquarters, the event began with a mid-morning reception, followed by a luncheon—with speakers including U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Dr. Judea Pearl, President and Board of Directors of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
Ambassador and Mrs. Fukisaki, Embassy of Japan, Tweed McElveen-Bogache, Robyn Redfield, Madeline McElveen, and Keith Thomson
Guests included: Ambassador and Mrs. Ichiro Fujisaki, Embassy of Japan; Mahmood Al Hinai, Embassy of Oman; Ambassador Sameh Shoukry, Embassy of Egypt; His Excellency Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of Morocco; His Excellency Sallai Meridor, Ambassador of Israel; His Excellency Imad Moustapha, Ambassador of Syria; His Excellency Urs Ziswiler, Ambassador of Switzerland; Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, Aspen Institute; Robert Duvall and Luciana Duvall, Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale.
Younis Al Khatib, President, Palestine Red Crescent Society; Dr. Noam Yifrach, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Magen David Adom (Israel); Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman, American Red Cross; Younis Al Khatib, President, Palestine Red Crescent Society; Gail McGovern, President, American Red Cross; Dr. Noam Yifrach, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Magen David Adom (Israel)
Younis Al Khatib, President, Palestine Red Crescent Society; Dr. Susan Blumenthal; Dr. Noam Yifrach, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Magen David Adom (Israel); Stuart Jackson, Chairman, Friends of Magen David Adom
Robert Duvall
Greta Van Susteren, journalist/FOX commentator and husband John Coale
Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State
Elizabeth Baker Keffer, President, Atlantic Live and John Coale
James Bennet, Editor, The Atlantic; Ambassador Fujisaki, Embassy of Japan; Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman, American Red Cross
John Bellinger, Legal Adviser, U.S. State Department; Dr. Noam Yifrach, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Magen David Adom (Israel); Dr. Mohammed Al-Hadid, Chairman, Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
Palm Beach, FL A couple weekedns ago in support of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s annual Archival Evening gala, Hilary and Wilbur Ross opened their John Volk-designed architectural masterpiece “Windsong” for cocktails in honor of Jane Volk and benefit chairmen Ross Meltzer and Mark Stevens.

The moonlit terrace fronting Lake Worth served as the gathering place for a tony crowd that included Candy and Bill Hamm, Maura and Bill Benjamin, Jean Tailer and Charles Schmidt, Grace and Chris Meigher, Laura Evans, John Firestone and Marsha Wilson, Charlestonians Gerald and Ellery Walde Schauer and Martin Lynch, Washintonians Bill Moody and Dana Landry, Talbott Maxey, Alex Dreyfoos, Frannie Scaife and Tom McCarter, Brantley and Peter Knowles, Lisa and Peter Erdmann, Kenn Karakul, Robin and Norberto Azqueta, Carol and Tom Kirchhoff, Michele and Howard Kessler, Kathy and Alan Bleznak, Lee Bierly and Chris Drake, Dennis Basso ( fresh off a QVC marathon), Mark Gilbertson, Polly Onet, Melanie and Chris Hill, Ken Wyse and Susie Dwinell.
Sonja Abrahamsen and Mark Stevens
Monique Merrill and Harvey Oyer
Frannie Scaife and Tom McCarter
Lisa and Peter Erdmann
Bill Moody and Dana Landry
Kathy and Alan Bleznak
John Firestone, Marsha Wilson, and Steven Stolman
Gerry and Ellery Walde Schauer, and Martin Lynch
Hilary and Wilbur Ross
Candy Hamm and Dennis Basso
Howard and Michele Kessler
Mark Stevens and Jane Volk
Jean Tailer and Charles Schmidt
Alex Snyder and Ross Meltzer
Bill and Kit Pannill
Hilary Geary Ross and Mark Gilbertson
Grace Meigher, Greg Connors, and Polly Onet
Larry Laslo, Ken Wyse, and Jimmy Tigani

Photographs by Justin Namon, Red Eye Productions (Meta); Lucien Capehart (Burch & Ross)
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