Friday, November 6, 2015

Accessories Diary: Octoberfest

There was nothing scary about Lisa Wilkinson's enviable red Chanel clutch at Doubles’ Spooktacular Halloween party.
By Alison Minton

October was a festive month full of events with a little something for everyone, and the betwixt and between weather brought out a wide variety of accessories suited to all seasons. October in New York is kind of nice that way and it eases us into our cold weather wear. 

Of course, those of you who do a lot of traveling may be on the cold, snowy slopes one day and a warm, sunny beach the next, so you need to pack wisely.  Karen Klopp’s new book What2WearWhere: Packing for Travel can help with that. On Tuesday, October 6th J. McLaughlin hosted a book signing for Karen with a percentage of sales benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association.  While Karen signed books and gave some special tips on video, the chic crowd mixed and mingled over cocktails and wagging tails.
Karen Klopp signing her new book Packing For Travel
Catherine Carey’s ring was a reminder of her twin boys, Sylvia Safer’s booties were true blue, and Pepper Schaeffer showed off the latest in post surgery plastic fashion with his mom, Georgina, in tow.
Catherine Carey chose this custom made Antonella Puttini ring because the twin cherubs reminded her of her own twin boys.
Sylvia Safer was stylish in Valentino rockstud booties in blue suede.
Pepper Schaeffer wore a collar necklace due to recent surgery.
One guest wore this amazing David Webb dragon bracelet ...
... and this David Webb onyx and diamond ring.
A couple of days later, on Thursday, October 8th, the Museum of the City of New York held its annual New York After Dark party at The Four Seasons. The Pool Room was buzzing with cocktails and conversation, and possibly the seeds of gossip were being sown with the New York Post’s Richard Johnson present. Although I’m the one who got the Hollywood scoop from actress Taylor Gildersleeve who had just tied the knot days earlier with husband Brad Livingstone Black. The big story was Taylor’s jewelry: she was decked out in a Verdura Maltese Cross cuff bracelet and Verdura engagement and wedding rings and looked like a star.
Richard Johnson was among the revelers. Actress & newlywed Taylor Gildersleeve-Black.
Taylor's Maltese Cross cuff and engagement & wedding rings were all Verdura.
Blair Husain also shone bright in a long jade necklace of her own design. But the de rigueur accessory for the evening was the clutch bag. Mary Van Pelt, Clair Fitzgerald, Susan Madden and Maria Boyazny all toted them around the party.
Blair Husain looked lovely in a jade necklace of her own design by Blair Husain Jewelry.
Mary Van Pelt carried a Lulu Guinness fan clutch.
Clair Fitzgerald's carried an Edie Parker clutch with a marble pattern.
Susan Madden's YSL clutch is a classic.
Maria Boyazny carried a shimmery clutch by Overture by Judith Leiber ...
... and wore new silver Jimmy Choos.
From museum quality to state of the art ... On Wednesday, October 14th supporters of The Animal Medical Center gathered at the veterinary hospital to toast the official opening of the new Cancer Institute and to honor Elaine and Kenneth G. Langone whose generosity is responsible for this remarkable refurbishing. AMC CEO Kathryn Coyne, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Goldstein, Chief of the Department of Oncology Dr. Nicole Leibman, Dr. Maria Camps, Dr. Rachel St-Vincent, Dr. Samantha Schlemmer a specialty intern in Oncology and many other staff members were on hand to give tours and show off the technology that rivals that at human hospitals. My cat, Monty, was a patient in the AMC’s oncology department two years ago and I think he received better care than my father did when he had cancer.  There’s a reason Brooke Astor once famously said she wanted to be taken to The AMC if she ever got really sick, and now the level of care is even better.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Goldstein and AMC CEO Kathryn Coyne, next to a state of the art Computerized Tomography machine, aka Cat Scan.
Dr. Samantha Schlemmer, a specialty intern in oncology, gave me a tour of the Cancer Institute.
Monty, who was an oncology patient at the AMC in 2013.
Aside from the compassionate care from the veterinarians, it’s obvious that the pet parents are totally devoted to their pets. One guest at the event, Kate deBeer, was wearing a very unique vintage necklace with an Egyptian design. We started talking and she told me that she makes necklaces for her cat, Maddy. The cat necklace project started because Maddy’s companion cat kept biting her neck and Kate thought that if Maddy was wearing a necklace maybe her neck would be protected. Now Maddy has a wardrobe of necklaces. I had to see a photo of this, so Kate was gracious enough to send me several. I have to say Maddy looks quite adorable and I can see a ‘catsessories’ business in her future.
Kate deBeer wore a lapis, opal and 18K gold vintage Egyptian influenced necklace by Orpheus.
Maddy deBeer wearing a necklace that Kate made for her. Another Maddy necklace.
Cool cats of another species filed into Doubles on Wednesday, October 14th for the annual Fall Fete. The coolest kittens were wearing jewelry with fringe and carrying novelty bags. Kathy Prounis’ bracelet and Georgia Pellegrini’s necklace were on trend and came with fringe benefits reminiscent of 1970’s style. Denise Incandela, Paige Betz and and Sari Broda carried clutch bags with fun designs on them. And, Kristen Krusen lit up the room with a pair of stunning flower earrings.
Kathy Prounis' Sahara cuff by Mimilore by Marina Dobreva came with fringe benefits.
I flocked to Paige Betz's bird clutch.
Georgia Pellegrini wore a trendy fringe necklace by Lele Sadoughi.
Denise Incandela's YSL lipstick clutch was nothing to pout about.
Sari Broda's Anya Hindmarch clutch pointed me in the right direction.
Kristen Krusen's wore sparkly flower earrings.
Double Double toil and trouble ... Shakespeare could have found some authentic looking witches at Doubles’ Spooktacular Halloween party on Saturday, October 31st.  The Club was packed with creatively costumed members and their guests who dined and danced the night away. Many of the attendees, like Allie Sharma and Jim Killerlane, had skull themed accessories and others, like Catherine Schieldrop, Esra Munnell, Lisa Wilkinson and Maria Boyazny, accessorized with the perfect accents for their costumes. The annual costume contest awards the best dressed for their efforts and creativity.
Allie Sharma's Zadig & Voltaire bag was a perfect Halloween accessory with its skull clasp.
Jim Killerlane won a prize for his skull suit and tie.
Catherine Schieldrop made her bejeweled collar.
Esra Munnell won a prize for her retro stewardess costume, complete with this Pam Am bag.
Maria Boyazny carried a vintage Christian Lacroix bag with her flamenco dancer costume.
Doubles Chairman Wendy Carduner, aka Batgirl on this particular night, took a break from the graveyard shift to explain what criteria is used to determine a winning costume.  You really can’t say boo to this advice.

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