Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Palm Beach Social Diary: Hospice Evening 2016 with Oscar's 2016 Spring Runway

Flagler Museum, West Room. As part of the Hospice Foundation's annual major fundraising event, Saks Fifth Avenue presented the Oscar de la Renta 2016 Spring Collection introducing the design firm's new creative director Peter Copping to Palm Beach.
Hospice Foundation Evening 2016 @ Flagler Museum
By Augustus Mayhew

The Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County's 30th Anniversary benefit was celebrated last Friday night at the Flagler Museum featuring champagne in the Grand Hall, a kaleidoscopic Oscar de la Renta fashion show in the West Room, and dinner and entertainment in the Flagler Kenan Pavilion transformed into a botanical spectacle overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

The event Chairs Mark Cook and Carol Baxter were joined by 250 guests. Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County members include Gale Alger, Nicole Atkinson, Beau Breckenridge, Virginia Burke, Richard Callahan, Brenda Callaway, Carol Collins, Mark Cook, Patricia Cook, Dr. Gail Cooney, Ellen Cunningham, Fern de Narvaez, Lore Dodge, Cathy Duemler, Cathy Flagg, The Honorable Rex Ford, Rob Ford, Jane Grace, Patty Griffith, Audrey Gruss, Evelyn Harrison, Melinda Hassen, Ann Heathwood, Lynn Homes, Mary Hulitar, Vicky Hunt, Brooke Huttig, Dr. Ann Johnson, Pat Johnson, Darlene Jordan, John Kindred, Hillie Mahoney, Talbott Maxey, Susan McAllister, Patricia McCloskey, Margery McCloskey, Anita Michaels, Lucia Musso, John Randolph, Stephanie Ribakoff, Doyle Rogers, Helen Ross, Missy Savage, Amanda Schumacher, Louise Stephaich, Ann Summers, Betsy Turner, and Renee Wood.
Carol Baxter and Mark Cook, co-chairs of the Hospice Evening 2016, welcomed their guests under the portico.
Before the fashion show began Mark Cook introduced Boaz Mazor and Peter Copping of Oscar de la Renta. "We are so honored to have Peter and Boaz join us for this event," commented Peter Schuette, general manager at Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach. "Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to present this exciting collection to preview for the upcoming season."

Highlighted with ruby red fabrics and printed textiles in floral motifs resplendent with carnations, Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2016 Collection is as apropos for a gala at The Met as a fete in Monte Carlo, as fitting for a soiree in The Four Arts garden as a luncheon on Ocean Boulevard. The late Oscar de la Renta drew upon Spanish influences and florals, evidently strong influences for Creative Director Peter Copping's first collection shown at Palm Beach. For me, as attractive as so many of the designs, I was also captivated by the show's unforgettable and impassioned soundtrack, evoking tones and moods I might have heard in a multi-dimensional Pedro Almodóvar film. Bravo! On Saturday I stopped by Saks where Peter Copping and Boaz Mazor greeted Oscar de la Renta's aficionados.
The Flagler Kenan Pavilion was transformed into The Secret Garden for the evening's dinner and entertainment.
Hospice Foundation Evening 2016 - The Secret Garden
Flagler Museum – Palm Beach
8 January 2016
Flagler Museum, façade. Regarded as Palm Beach's first Newport-styled mansion, Whitehall was designed by Carrere and Hastings with a red-tiled roof and central courtyard, described as Spanish Colonial by early architectural magazines.
Flagler Museum, façade. The champagne reception began at 7.
Palm Beach's social pillars and cliff dwellers were photographed in front of a floral tableaux at a photo station before scaling the steps at the Flagler.
Guests at the ready.
Guests gathered in the Grand Hall.
For all of its grandeur, the Grand Hall's ceiling is actually as high as it appears.
The Drawing Room is where Henry and Lily Flagler may have entertained their guests before dinner.
Models Marina and Amanda await the show.
Hair and Makeup, as prescribed.
The models finalize their look.
Perfection, perfection.
Peter Copping. In October 2014 Peter Copping was appointed Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta, selected by Mr. de la Renta before his passing. Previously, Copping was artistic director of Nina Ricci.
The fashion show's run board.
A last minute touch.
The West Room, where the fashion show was held, is a Spanish-style appendage to Whitehall added during the 1920s when a ten-story hotel was built and attached to the mansion's west elevation.
Reserved seating for fashion show guests.
Flagler Museum, façade.
Robert Ambrosi and Chao Li.
Evelyn Harrison and Bobby Spencer.
Fred and Gale Alger.
Sam and Vicky Hunt at the photo station.
Jim and Gaye Engel. Dr. Mary Frances Walde and William Walde.
Sue Samour, marketing director at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Peter Schuette, general manager of Saks – Worth Avenue.
Mandell Ourisman and Victoria Morgan.
Guests enjoyed an array of refreshments during the reception.
Jean Flagler Matthews, portrait. One of the town's leading preservationists, Mrs. Matthews acquired Whitehall and restored it when it was fashionable to demolish Palm Beach's past rather than live with it.
Spring 2016 Oscar de la Renta Collection
Flagler Museum – West Room
Guests found their seats for the runway show.
At the ready.
Flagler Kenan Pavilion – The Secret Garden
Dinner – Dancing-Entertainment
The Secret Garden, entrance. A spectacular refreshing alternative to hotel ballrooms.
A sole violinist as guests entered.
Table centerpiece.
Guests found their tables beneath the soaring ceiling.
From the pavilion's Secret Garden, a view to the southwest across the Intracoastal Waterway to the West Palm Beach skyline.
Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show
Saks Fifth Avenue – 150 Worth Avenue
9 January 2016
At Saks, Oscar de la Renta's Boaz Mazor joined Peter Copping to welcome clients.
Saks Fifth Avenue, 150 Worth Avenue.
Creative Director Peter Copping, left, and Peter Schuette, right, general manager of Saks-Worth Avenue.
The intricacy of the beadwork on several of the pieces was dazzling.
Two of the Oscar de la Renta models were kind enough to step outside to the Town of Palm Beach and the Garden Club of Palm Beach's Vertical Garden installed on the west side of Saks Fifth Avenue at the intersection of South County Road and Worth Avenue.
Vertical Garden, west elevation of Saks Fifth Avenue, County Road/Worth Avenue. Palm Beach.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

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