Thursday, February 19, 2009

Palm Beach and Miami Social Diary

De Beers hosted an intimate dinner of exceptional diamonds at the home of Lydia and Rudy Prio-Touzet in Coral Gables, FL.
On the coldest night of the year, (in Palm Beach, that is), a deejay kept guests dancing and warm as the crowd spilled out of the Tory Burch store and into the courtyard at 150 Worth, at the Caron Renaissance Gala’s kick-off party.

Honored: the chairmen and committee members for the Caron Renaissance Gala, the reception at Tory Burch offered guests an opportunity to shop for a cause. Proceeds from purchases and drawing ticket sales from the evening benefited Caron’s Lifesaver Scholarship fund, providing critical scholarship dollars for patients requiring substance abuse treatment at Caron’s Boca Raton facility.

Tracy Smith and Petra Levin
Event hostesses, Annie Falk, Nicole Munder and Tracy Smith were joined by gala committee junior chairman, Brandie Herbst and gala chairman, Petra Levin. Tory Burch served as the Gala’s fashion title sponsor.

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Caron is one of the top nationally recognized non-profit drug and alcohol residential treatment centers in the country offering residential treatment and outpatient programs for adults and adolescents, as well as families affected by the disease of addiction. The Caron Renaissance facility recently opened new state-of-the-art treatment offices in Boca Raton and launched groundbreaking on-site family restructuring programming, pioneering new advances in the field of addiction.

Committee and Caron Florida Board members supporting the gala efforts included Margarita Abrishami, Les Arouh, Lexye Aversa, Fred Barr, Daniela Dadurian, Edwin M. Dealy, Robert DeForest, Craig Dickmann, Linda Dinkin, Annie Falk, Moire Fiore, Lyn Garrett, Greg Gelinas, Barbara Gilbert, Kenneth D. Gill, Jr., Sidney Goodman, Darlene Grace, Afshin Karnama, Richard King, Andrew Koch, Bill Koessler, William Lutes, Sally Marks, Cheryl Marshman, Michael J. McGlinn, Nicole Munder, Deborah Landon O’Kain, Henry A. Price, Linda Quirk, Joan Schapiro, Tracy Smith, Byron Smyl, Douglas Tieman and Benjamin J. Zintak, III. Caron Renaissance Gala Junior Committee members are Fred Amaya, Samantha Curry, Daniel F. Dresbach, Zakir N. Odhwani and Eric P. Yorlano.

In addition to Fashion Title Sponsor Tory Burch, sponsors for the upcoming gala include Grand Sponsor Cartier Palm Beach, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Merrill Lynch and Western Asset Management.

For more information about Caron Treatment Centers, please call (800) 678-2332 or visit
Annie Falk, Craig Dickmann, and Brandie Herbst
Dr. Ronald and Paulette Koch
Daniel Dresbach and Davina Dresbac
Jasmine Horowitz and Eric Purcell
James Hall, Sharon Donohue, and Robert Johnson
Gita Shetty and Kim Scamazzo
Nicole and Ryan Munder with Elisabeth Munder
Brewer Schoeller and Lisa Desmond
Katie Alexander and Kate McCoy
Anuska and Terry DeMonaco
Tricia Waldman and Erica Reid
Guests were dazzled with Verdura baubles, bangles and beads during a luncheon at Merrilyn Bardes' Palm Beach home in honor of CCE’s (Center for Creative Education) creative impact in Palm Beach County schools. Ward Landrigan, chairman of Verdura, and Annette Tapert Allen, author of The Power of Style, spoke to guests about creating their own signature look.

CCE is a not-for-profit educational organization that supports partnerships among schools, arts and cultural organizations, artists, community-based organizations, and human service providers. CCE artists integrate the arts into academic curriculum and after school activities in Palm Beach County to help students learn in fun, creative ways.
Verdura Display
Verdura jewelry is based on original sketches by Fulco the Duc di Verdura who began his career in Paris designing jewelry for Coco Chanel and then came to the United States where he worked for Paul Flatow. Cole and Linda Porter who introduced him to Chanel also, along with Vincent Astor, financed Verdura’s business in New York which opened in 1939. What were once modern designs of baubles to amuse and enchant the rich and fashionable of Fulco’s very international world, have now under Ward Landrigan’s guidance become unique pieces, still modern yet classic.

For more information on the Center for Creative Education, please call (561) 805-9927 or visit
Merrilyn Bardes and Tom Pilecki
Cynthia Boardman and Annette Tapert
Karyn Lamb, Kenn Karakul, and Helene Lorentzen
Cristina Keogh and Lauren Kesselman
Mary Beth Karakul, Kirsten Karakul, Ruth Karakul, and Kelly Karakul
Judith Landrigan, Frayda Lindemann, and Ward Landrigan
Donald Scott, Betsy Turner, and Gretta Coupland
Kate Gubelmann, Emilia Fanjul, and Helena Martinez
Susie Dwinell and Sonja Abrahamsen
Down in Bal Harbour, FL ... De Beers diamond jewellers along with the Vizcayans of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, celebrated the opening of the first De Beers store in Miami at Bal Harbour Shops with a grand celebration of exceptional diamonds.

At 700 sq ft., the Bal Harbour store is the eleventh De Beers store in North America, following the 2005 launches in New York City and Beverly Hills, the 2007 launches in Las Vegas, Houston, and Washington, DC, and the 2008 launches in Dallas, Honolulu, San Francisco, Costa Mesa, and Naples.

One hundred of Miami’s luxury lovers including Norma Quintero, Brenda Nestor Castellano, Karla Dascal, Mari Alarcon-Grimalt and De Beers COO, Hamida Belkadi sipped champagne to the beats of DJ Amalia while discovering the new sparkling collections designed by De Beers Creative Director, Raphaele Canot, including Talisman, Ice on Fire, and Radiance.
De Beers’ generosity to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, will help preserve the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering and further engage the community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment.

De Beers Diamond Jewellers was established in 2001 as an independently managed and operated company by De Beers SA, the world’s premier diamond mining and marketing company, and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury goods company.
Hamida Belkadi and Rosemarie Shein
DJ Amalia Leandeo
Norma Quintero annd Brenda Nestor-Castallano
Maria Beguiristain
Norma Quintero and Karla Dascal
Simone Plummer and Josette Wys-Katz
Ashlee Harrison and Francesca Halpryn
Rosemarie Shein with hillary
Rakel and Mari Alarcon
Marysol Patton and Karla Dascal
Following the in-store event, De Beers hosted an intimate sparkling dinner of exceptional diamonds at the lavish home of Lydia and Rudy Prio-Touzet in Coral Gables, FL. The private gathering was made up of 63 of Miami’s upper crust socials including, Randy and GiGi Whitman, owners of Bal Harbour Shops, Norma Quintero, Brenda Nestor Castellano and De Beers COO, Hamida Belkadi to honor the American Red Cross Greater Miami and The Keys.

Guests dined on a three-course meal comprising a warm mushroom and field greens salad for starters, the choice of Macadamia crusted Florida filet or a duo of grilled jumbo Shrimp Amajillo and filet mignon of beef. The delightful meal ended on a sweet note with the “De Beers” wrapped chocolate mousse cake. Of course, this dinner a true “Cut” above was sheer sophistication complete with Veuve Clicquot champagne and an elegant décor accentuated by black, ivory and silver “Colors.” As an added bonus De Beers showcased expansive “Carats” with the Sakaara necklace, the Wild Flower necklace and the Rainfall necklace. Guests also made lasting impressions wearing signature De Beers pieces, as the De beers Cushion Line necklace and Dormeuse earrings worn by host Lydia Prio-Touzet.
Bob and Paula Brockway
Barbara and Bill Reese
Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz
Beth Tasca and Mari Alarcon-Grimalt
Doug and Alison O'Keefe
Gene and George Jenkins
Norma Quintero and Hamida Belkadi
Brenda Nestor and Hamida Belkadi
The Whittmans and the Touzets
Janelle and Michael Patty
Mona Adams and friend
Paul Franscella and Betty Brody
More from Miami ... Cipriani Ocean Resort and Club Residences, South Beach hosted an exclusive brunch celebrating Lingerie Miami on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. Acclaimed philosopher and best-selling author Deepak Chopra signed copies of his recent book, The Third Jesus, while chefs from Cipriani’s New York flagship restaurants, including Harry Cipriani and Cipriani Wall Street, presented a sumptuous brunch for guests including supermodels Veronica Webb and Ines Rivero, Eve Salvail, Fabiola Beracasa, Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, Sean Yazbeck, Joe Corre, Fifi Chachnil, Carine Gilson, Renata Black, and Julie Mansfield.
Deepak Chopra
Louis Aguirre and Deepak Chopra
Lingerie Miami, a partnership of the luxury fashion industry and philanthropy, is the first luxury lingerie show in America dedicated to microfinance programs to empower women living in poverty around the globe. The runway show, hosted by Eva Longoria Parker, was held on February 7, 2009 at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, featuring designs from Agent Provocateur, Fifi Chachnil, Carine Gilson, and others.
Ugo Colombo and Len O’Donnell
Designer Carine Gilson and Stephane Birbragher
Eve Salvail and Dana Schou
Maggio Cipriani and Carolina Francischini
Ignazio Cipriani, Veronica Webb, and Maggio Cipriani
Didi Rentz, Renata Black, and Julie Mansfield
Veronica Webb and Ines Rivero with Maia
Viva Miami ... In celebration of the redesigned FENDI flagship at Bal Harbour Shops, FENDI along with Yolanda Berkowitz, Diane de Olazara, Allison Holly, Stacy Milon, Darlene Perez and Carole Seikaly hosted a Bellini brunch and fashion runway show at the private Club 50 at Viceroy Miami.

The event was the U.S. debut of FENDI’s Spring/Summer 2009 collection as seen only in Milan prior and a toast to FENDI’s loyal South Florida brand enthusiasts.

The standout piece was the “Peek-a-Boo” bag, that features one side draped open and is available in a wide range of materials from colored leathers, textured raffia, exotic skins to a limited edition 24 karat.

The hostesses gathered over 100 of their closest fashionista-friends including Ana Maria Celeste, Brenda Nestor Castellano and Lydia Prio Touzet, to nibble on hors d’oeuvres including morsel-sized Eggs Benedict, Stone Crab & Shrimp Shots and decadent petite desserts served on sterling silver trays while sipping on Moet Chandon and Mimosas.

The house of FENDI was established in Via del Plebiscito, Rome in 1925 with the opening of the first FENDI boutique—a handbag shop and fur workshop by Edoardo and Adele Fendi. Quickly winning international acclaim, FENDI emerged as a brand remarked for its elegance, practicality, innovation and style.

A multi-generational success, Silvia Fendi, the granddaughter of Edoardo and Adele, is FENDI’s menswear and accessories designer. Karl Lagerfeld has designed FENDI’s women’s and fur collections since the 1960s. FENDI has been owned by LVMH since 2001.
Brenda Nestor Castellano and Nicole Lozano
Margaret Luce and Darlene Perez
Karla Dascal and Carmel Dubuque
Alison Zhuk and Hollen Rosenberg
Lily Sagebien and Jeanine Hinson
Beth Tasca, Yolanda Berkowitz, and Kim Wood
Katharine Rubino and Tina Carlo
Margaret Luce, Lydia Touzet and Dana Shear
Maria Celeste and Rodner Figueroa
Echevaria, Rodner Figueroa, and Mari Alarcon-Grimalt
The hosts
Gina Arcic and Valeria Kelly
Rakel and Karla Dascal
Marisel Diaz and Ana Sora
Deanna Elias, Jean Marie Kouri, and Nicole Castellano
Susie Wahad
Fendi models
Marisol Patton and Rodner Figueroa
Tina Carlo and Leslie Wolfson
Rakel and Belkys Nerey
Sara Harrelson and Alison Zhuk
Rosa Sugranes and Darlene Perez
Zaicha Martell and Celine Aversu

Photographs by Lucien Capehart (Palm Beach) & Manny Hernandez (Miami)

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