Friday, May 22, 2015

Palm Beach Social Diary: Closing the Palm Beach season

Mayor Gail Coniglio delivered the annual State of the Town keynote address to a receptive audience attending the Palm Beach Civic Association's end of season celebration at the Flagler Museum.
Palm Beach season finale: Civic Association celebration + Neiman Marcus Luncheon
By Augustus Mayhew

Is there any better way to close a Palm Beach season than with a champagne brunch and a fashion show lunch? This past week the Palm Beach Civic Association (PBCA) and Neiman Marcus-Worth Avenue hosted their seasonal farewells. Following the Civic Association's annual meeting presided by Chairman Bob Wright, the 300 residents and guests gathered in the Flagler Museum's Grand Hall for a champagne mimosa brunch. At Neiman Marcus, Beth Pine, general manager, welcomed 100 invitees to a luncheon where she shared her fashion forward likes for summer and fall as right for Capri or Cape Cod as the Casino at Monte Carlo. Guests enjoyed a fashion show, mimosas and Manolos, and drawings for gift certificates at Beth's favorite restaurants and services. Great Fun!

20 April 2015
Palm Beach Civic Association
Henry Flagler Museum - Whitehall Way
Gerald Frank, PBCA director and executive committee member, and Bob Wright, chairman and CEO of the Palm Beach Civic Association. Founded in 1944, the organization's mission is to preserve, protect and improve the island's quality of life.
The Civic Association has more than 2,000 members with more than 100 board members and 90 corporate sponsors.
Almost 300 resident members and guests attended the Civic Association's annual meeting.
Michael J. Pucillo, president of the Palm Beach Town Council.
Richard Kleid, president pro tem of the Palm Beach Town Council.
Danielle Moore, Palm Beach Town Council Member.
Suzanne Wright, co-founder with husband Bob Wright of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization.
Diana Barrett and Bob Vila, chair of the town's Architectural Commission (ARCOM).
Brian McIver, former sr. vice president of Kraft Foods International.
Gerry Goldsmith.
Jeremy Johnson, president of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Peter Geisler, Missy Geisler, and Connie Geisler.
Miguel Rosales and John David Corey.
James Weiner.
Bill Diamond, a former Town Council member.
Dwight Stevens.
David Rossow, former president of the Palm Beach Town Council.
Council Member Danielle Moore, left, speaks with constituents before the meeting; right, Paul Leone, president and COO of The Breakers, talks with Mayor Gail Coniglio.
Former head of NBC Universal, Chairman Bob Wright introduced seven new PBCA directors: Warren Belmar, Howard Bernick, Paula Butler, Susanne Durst, Francis Fisher, Howard Leach, and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter. Honorary Director recognition was conferred on Alex Dreyfoos and Isabel Furlaud.
"One million cubic yards of beach sand have been added to Palm Beach's oceanfront," remarked Mayor Coniglio. And, as in most things Palm Beach, there has been a heated debate over the size of the grains of sand. The Mayor also updated residents on the status of the Flagler Bridge, the Port of Palm Beach, and the burial of utility lines.
Mayor Coniglio received a rousing ovation.
The chandelier and skylight in the meeting room.
Then to the Grand Hall for the champagne & mimosa celebration.
The Grand Hall.
Palm Beach residents celebrate the end of the season.
The Grand Hall at Whitehall.
Beth's Picks Luncheon
Neiman Marcus-Worth Avenue
Beth Pine's annual luncheon was SRO.
Beth Pine, general manager of Neiman Marcus – Palm Beach. Beth is wearing Alexander McQueen.
Alexander McQueen @ Neiman Marcus Palm Beach.
"Everyone needs something to wear to Publix," recommended Beth, "and these Rene Caovllla sandals are just the thing."
A summery colorful Manolo Blahnik
Perfect for Milan's Via Montenapoleone.
Mary Bryant McCourt and Miriam Cohen.
Martha DeBrule and Joy MIltenberger.
A spring Emilio Pucci blue and white caftan. Among Beth's Picks, suggestions for men.
Among the picks, something short for Southampton. Krisztina is wearing an Etro Blouse and Balenciaga Pants with an Edie Parker clutch.
Sunglasses, a mix of necklaces, and most everything white.
Caroline, left, is wearing an Alexis fringe blouse paired back to 7 For All Mankind distressed jeans, a Stella McCartney denim handbag, and Nest necklaces. Brittany, right, is wearing an Emilio Pucci white knit dress accessorized with Alexis Bittar jewelry and a Stella McCartney handbag. Gabi is wearing Roberto Cavalli.
The model is wearing a Valentino silk blouse and pant ensemble with Manolo Blahnik heels.
Michael Kors @ Neiman Marcus – Palm Beach.
Ellen Seidenfeld, Ruth Fritzhand, Marguerite Toussaint, and Barbara Greenberg.
Gab is wearing an Alaia navy dress with an Edie Parker handbag. Brittany is wearing Victoria Beckham. Perfect for Prouts Neck or Devon.
Krisztina is wearing a Roberto Cavalli white blouse with Vince blue and white silk pants and a YSL clutch Giambattista Valli at Neiman Marcus – Worth Avenue.
Edie Parker handbags and clutches feature built-in mirrors.
Guests received free sessions at some of Beth Pine's favorite places for facials, manicures, and spa treatments.
Beth's Picks Luncheon @ Neiman Marcus – Worth Avenue.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

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