|“Goodbye and good riddance” was said to be the New Year’s Eve mantra in balmy Palm Beach for the “annus horriblus” of 2008. Although if you were there, you might wonder what was the problem since PB is looking as spiffy as ever and there were lots of parties, just as you’d expect from that part of the world.
Over at Whitehall, the Coconuts were shuffle-shuffling at their annual white jacket, black tie gathering.
|Over at the Breakers before 500 guests including Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey and Senators Bill Nelson (Fla) and John Breaux (La.), Tiffany Spadafora and George Cloutier got married in a $2 million production featuring monogrammed ice sculptures, customized martinis, pyrotechnic centerpieces and 4000 French tulips.
|There were parties as well at Mar-a-Lago, and at Club Colette (pictured above and below) and scores of others all over the island.|
|However, one of the most notable, remarked upon for its guest list of “most attractive, eclectic and delightfully diverse” (I’m quoting an eye-witness here) was the Mark Brentlinger and Bryan McDonald soiree at their sumptuous Jungle Road “Villa Invernale” awash as it was in hot pink light and a bright shining “2009” projected above the entrance.
Guests were greeted with massive festooning of floral display from designer Tom Mathieu, hundreds of glowing candlelit lanterns and tables sparkling with silver paillettes. The grand loggia, also lit bright pink, had been cleared to serve as a ballroom electrified by Raquel Williams and her band who played everything from Ellington standards to throbbing disco.
Beyond the loggia, a large transparent tent was set up on the terraced lawn leading to the violet-lit pool with a squadron of high-buffed bartenders all in black, keeping the champagne flowing.
|Villa Invernale became the go-to party after midnight, as more guests arrived from the wedding, glittering in their LED feather boas and fibre optic hair ornaments, and from the Coconuts.
Among the happy campers: Margo and Jimmy Nederlander, Hunt Slonem, Marty Richards, Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas, Renee and Carlos Morrison, Carlie Seymour, Frank Butler, Scott Briggs and Howard Froman, Talbott Maxey, Maribeth and Ellen Welsh, Don Burns and Greg Connors, Nancy and Michael Peacock, Penny and Keith Williams, Scot Karp and Jeff Arciniaco, Richard Lambertson and John Truex, Tom Shaffer, Susan Goodfriend, Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, Betsy and Wally Turner and hundreds more just like ‘em.
|Photographs by Lucien Capehart.|