Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Palm Beach Social Diary: Rita Hayworth Luncheon

Yasmin Aga Khan and Carleton Varney welcomed guests to the Alzheimer's Association second annual benefit luncheon held at Palm Beach.
Rita Hayworth Luncheon
A Benefit for the Alzheimer's Association
March 4 - The Colony Hotel

By Augustus Mayhew

As summer appears to have arrived in South Florida, more than 175 guests gathered at The Colony Hotel Pavilion for a luncheon benefitting the Alzheimer's Association, named in honor of actress Rita Hayworth. The event's co-chairs Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Hayworth's daughter, and renowned interior designer Carleton Varney thanked their steering committee for another sold-out occasion: Lee and Jeff Alderton, Gigi Benson, Laurie Bodor, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Michelle Herbert, Cheryl Jarvis, Louise Kornfeld, Susan Lloyd, Mark Locks, Patti Lowdon, Brinsley Matthews, Charlene Nederlander, Sharon Queenly, Nancy Searle, Nina Taselaer, and Kathryn Vecellio.
Linda Walls was stationed at the piano while guests perused the silent auction items. The selections included a French fauteuil chair covered in a fern silk fabric contributed by James and Jeffrey, a Venetian Mirror from Blue Moon Antiques, lamps from Heath and Co., Asian statues from the Paula Roemer's shop and a painting from Chisholm Gallery. The auction also will include jewelry, clothing, handbags, hotel stays, restaurant dinners, a football signed by Joe Namath, as well as the most in-demand item, (bidding was up to $2,900 the last time I looked at the bid sheet) four tickets to see Hamilton, donated by Jimmy and Charlene Nederlander. Because of a family emergency, fashion designer Naeem Khan was unable to attend.
The Colony Hotel, view from the Pavilion looking west.
Guests were greeted with refreshments as the temperature reached the mid-80s.
The Hamilton tickets were a popular item.
Judy Barron at Brass Scale Antiques contributed a seashell painting for the auction.
Sharon Queeney.
Moira Dooley and Denice Quinn.
Gigi Benson.
Lynne Carey and Yasmin Aga Khan.
Jean Amoroso.
Nancy Searle.
Mai Hallingby Harrison.
Lucy Day.
Audrey Gruss.
Ann May, CEO Alzheimer's Association of Florida.
Jeff and Lee Alderton.
Andres Alvarez and Mark Locks.
Louise Aylward.
Donna Long and Wendy Fritz.
Carlton Varney and Brinsley Matthews.
Peggy Moore.
The event was sold out.
Naeem Kahn Fashion Presentation
Spring/Summer/Resort 2016
Left: Short sleeve silk-lined dress embroidered in colorful geometric patterns, accentuated by a dropped waist. $6,990.
Maria Carrillo, chief scientific officer of the Alzheimer's Association, was the guest speaker.
Gail Worth.
Michelle Herbert.
Robin Jay and Brinsley Matthews.
Linda Walls, at the piano.
Jacqui Costello and Carleton Varney.
Lis Waterman, Yasmin Aga Khan, and Gigi Benson at Table 4.
Naeem Khan Fashion Presentation II
Exquisite gown embellished with embroidered floral scrolls on fitted bodice, accentuated by dramatic tiered tulle ball skirt. $9,990.
Modern Art Nouveau silk-lined cap-sleeve gown heavily embellished with intricate beading, detailed with front slit exposure. $12,990.
Naeem Khan Spring/Summer/Resort 2016.
"We would like to keep the event as intimate as possible," said Varney, hesitant about moving to a larger venue for next year's benefit.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Carleton Varney. A lovely event!
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

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