Thursday, March 12, 2015

Palm Beach Social Diary: Best in Class

Naeem Khan and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Along with co-host Carleton Varney, Naeem and Yasmin welcomed an SRO crowd to The Colony Hotel for a luncheon benefit in support of the Alzheimer's Association.
Best in Class:
Rita Hayworth Luncheon + Dog Show charms + Hermès tracks Young Riders

By Augustus Mayhew

Palm Beachers gathered to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. The area's AKC owners and handlers vied for annual top dog honors. A reception hosted by Hermès draws attention to emerging young riders.
A Roller motors north along County Road. No matter how big, how new and how simulated Palm Beach becomes, classic style prevails.
Rita Hayworth Luncheon benefits Alzheimer's Association
The Colony Hotel – Palm Beach

Carleton Varney and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan welcomed more than 350 guests to The Colony Hotel for Palm Beach's first Rita Hayworth Luncheon, featuring a Saks Fifth Avenue-Palm Beach presentation of Naeem Khan's Pre-Fall 2015 Collection. Carleton and Yasmin's efforts are genuinely appreciated, especially by someone like myself who has spent nearly every morning for the past two-and-a-half years with a family member at an Alzheimer/Dementia Care facility. Yasmin Aga Khan has been a tireless advocate, raising awareness and more than $65 million for Alzheimer's support. Bravo!
The incomparable Carleton Varney, president of the renowned Dorothy Draper & Co. design firm and author of "Mr. Color …"
Carleton Varney greets the event's guests. It looked to me as if Varney went to every table and personally thanked everyone for coming to the luncheon.
The Colony Pavilion was filled, with scarcely room for the models and the waiters.
Father and son. Naeem Khan and Zaheen Khan. Whether on a celebrity red carpet or at a White House dinner, Naeem Khan's signature va-va-voom look has become recognizable as the bolt of lightning at any event. Recently, Khan began relocating his design and production studio from NYC to Miami.
Backstage with the Naeem Khan – Saks Fifth Avenue models
The "first looks" before the fashion show began.
As bold as Naeem Khan's designs, Carleton Varney's vibrant color wheel has reimagined The Colony Hotel. Originally designed before WW II in a more Deco Moderne Streamline style by architect Byron Simonson, The Colony was built several years after the war ended in a modified style tempered with British Colonial accents.
Mary Campbell, Peter Schuette, general manager at Saks Fifth Avenue-Palm Beach, and Sue Samour, marketing director at Saks.
Lee and Jeff Alderton.
Bob Eigelberger, Carleton Varney, and Brinsley Matthews, director of design and operations at Dorothy Draper & Co.
My mother, Rita Hayworth, was the most beautiful and glamorous movie star of the 1940s and 1950s. She spent much of her life memorizing complicated dance routines and movie scripts. How ironic that she would later be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease … With the word of my mother's illness getting out, I was approached by the Alzheimer's Association, which had recently been started by Chicago businessman Jerome Stone, whose wife had the disease. This organization was my savior. At that time, the Alzheimer's Association was a small mom-and-pop group made up of husbands, wives, sons and daughters who had family members with the disease. All these wonderful people were my support group. We were there for each other. We shared our daily knowledge and experience of how to best care for our loved ones. We went to Washington to push for federal funding for Alzheimer's research, because there was very little money spent on the disease at the time. We raised dollars to award to young researchers doing work in the field. We developed Alzheimer's Association chapters around the country to support caregivers and make sure they knew that they were not alone. We participated in the development of Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), of which there are presently 72 member countries. We continue our efforts today, pressing for heightened public awareness, increased government engagement, more research dollars, programs providing respite for caregivers and financial relief for those who cannot afford home care attendants and costly nursing homes. My mother passed away in 1987. We have come a very long way since then. But there is so much more work still to be done. — Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer's Disease International, honorary vice chairman of the Alzheimer's Association national board, and general chair of the Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Galas.
Nancy Reeser and Betty Scrim.
Heather McNulty Wyser-Pratte.
Naeem Khan Pre-Fall Collection 2015 @ Saks Fifth Avenue – Palm Beach
The elaborate applique beadwork and embroidery are incomparable. In a recent interview, Naeem Khan said one of the main reasons he is moving his atelier and production facilities from New York to South because Miami's first-rate artisans are known for their detailed craftsmanship.
Peter Schutte, general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue-Palm Beach, introduced Naeem Khan and thanked everyone for attending.
Palm Beach Dog Fanciers Association
88th Annual AKC Dog Show @ South Florida Fairgrounds

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Ring 2, 11:15 am ... Chinese Cresteds, Ring 7, 11:45 am ... Borzois, Ring 1 ... Chihuahuas ...
A Toller at ease.
Backstage at the dog show.
A Great Pyrenees awaits his moment.
A final comb.
A groomer's Dog Show survival kit.
Faces in the crowd …
An Old English Sheepdog, ready for the ring.
The blow dryer at work.
Finishing touches.
Eliza, a Great Dane.
Caramel ready for the judge ….
Caramel in stride.
Poodles, Ring Five, 12:45 ...
A few comforts.
A pair of Cardigan Welsh Corgis and their owners.
The judging begins for the Rottweilers.
A winning look for a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Hermès taps 2015 Talented Young Riders
Central Park Pavilion – Winter Equestrian Festival @ Wellington

Most often, the equestrian world's seasoned riders garner the headlines and the spotlight at the WEF's International Arena while its fledgling and up-and-coming show jumpers compete in the numerous much less observable outer rings. The Talented Young Rider Award champions riders age16-25 with the circuit's leading competitor rewarded at season's end with a Hermès partnership.
From the Hermès reception, a view of one of the numerous daily afternoon competitions in one of WEF's outer rings.
Ben Asselin, Amelia Riegel, and Nick Dello Joio.
Along with cones, nibbles and bites, macaroons and popcorn.
Carly Anthony.
Olympian Laura Kraut is currently ranked 7th in the official Rolex/USEF Show Jumping List.
Jeanne Chisholm. I had never met Jeanne though we exchanged e-mails years ago about some Joseph Golinkin artworks she was attempting to identify. Chisholm is looking forward to presenting Nick Vreeland's Tibetan photographs. A Buddhist monk, Vreeland is the director of NYC's Tibet Center and serves as the Abbot of Rato Dratsong under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Owned by Agneta Curry, Blixten makes the jump.
2015 WEF Grand Prix winners: Todd Minikus, Ian Miller, Georgina Bloomberg, Marie Hecart, Brianne Goutal, and Kent Farrington, with four more weeks left in the season.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in Wonderland – Reflections on Palm Beach.