Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s 17th Annual Holiday
Bazaar at Sotheby’s, which opens with a posh
Preview Party Wednesday night (that's tomorrow everybody), kicked
off at a cocktail reception hosted by Mark
and Wiggie Bitter in their Scalamandré show
room, amongst the colorful fabric and trimmings that decorate
tri-level East 59th Street showroom.
Rosselli and Dr. Natalie Geary
It was a cheerful gathering, where Eva Dillon, who is co-chairing
the event with Mireya D’Angelo, chatted up team members,
including Blakely Griggs, Alexandra Landegger, Lara Glazier,
Valerie Urry, and Lisa Gorrivan. Nadine Dub told
anecdotes about the bazaar’s
legendary Flea Market that she has lovingly shepherded forever.
Did you know that
the 4-day sale is possibly the best place in town to search
for vintage clothes from the likes of Adolfo, Halston,
Scaasi, Oscar de la Renta, Armani, Herrera, Beene, Blass and Chanel?
And it is not just clothing; for weeks, there have been SUVs,
to the brim with jewelry, furniture, art, silver, china and
brick a brac, rolling in from Fairfield County, the North Shore,
Westbury, the Hamptons, Beekman Place and unloading at Nadine’s
of the Scalamandré evening were the designers
who used the superb materials donated by the fabric house to
create unique “Travel In Style” items for the silent
auction: camp chairs in an elephant print by Roric Tobin for Geoffrey
a travel “Gondola” by Albert Capraro;
a hat box covered in buttercup bejeweled damask by Helena
Lehane and containing a
signed straw hat by Eric Javits; a picnic
basket and blanket by Jennifer Garrigues;
bags by Jackson Siegel Aaron’ Philip
Gorrivan, Sheila Camera Kotur, Charlotte Barnes
and Carol Davis, Harry Heissmann for Albert
Hadley, Cece Cord and Travels with
Tiger; items by Alison Spear, Miles Redd, Gael De Brousse,
for David Easton, Marcy Masterson and on and on.
oohing, aahing and eating the delicious hors d’oeuvres
by Susan Simon were Mario Buatta,
Michèle Gerber Klein,
Lisa Jackson, Stephen Siegel, Harriet and Ronald Weintraub, Dr.
Natalie Geary, Mark Gilbertson, Melissa Berkelhammer, Marilyn White,
Susan Branch, Maggie Scott, Lindsey Harper, Caterina Hausmann,
Paulette Smyth, Adrianne Fauci, Jonathan Preece, Eileen Ekstract and
The House’s Director Warren
Scharf with Lucia DeRespinis,
Virginia Pitman and Lauren Melang.
Box by Helena Lehane with Hat by Eric Javits
Board President Diana Quasha gave
a pep talk thanking everyone, especially Scalamandré for
over a decade of support, and a committee that includes Nancy Baker, Kathy and William
Rayner, Tobie Roosevelt, Bunny Williams, Renée Landegger, Judith
Zabar, Andrea Donahue, Audrey Gruss, Victoria Lindgren, Felix and
Elizabeth, Rohatyn, CBS’S Margery Baker-Riker,
Margot Slater and Mary Van Pelt. “Now, rustle up some business,” she
The Bazaar is a little longer this year and it is FREE on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday (November 18th, 19th & 20th from 10:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) with a Boulevard of Shops like J. Milano, Quadrille,
Balu Designs by Jane Veronis, Bookhampton, Valentina & Co.
(children’s clothes), David Goodman Furs, Ruzzetti & Gow,
Walker Antiques, and jewelers: Valentin Magro and Empress, Duchess & Tart.
The silent auction also includes a diamond, ruby and sapphire
brooch from Harry Winston once worn by Kevin Spacey,
Ben Affleck and Robert
Altman; a Frank Gehry Cross Check Chair from Knoll; a Lamberston
Truex alligator bag; a Burberry wool and cashmere poncho; NY
Jets tickets and more.
There will be cocktails, food by Swifty’s and music
Donner at the Preview and tickets are still
available; call 212-744-5022, ext. 1355. The money all
goes to children’s
programs at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, celebrating 110
years of helping those
who live, work or go to school on Manhattan’s Upper
East Side, thanks to the generous Honorary Chairs Julia
Wallace, John Rosselli and Nancy Wekselbaum.
And there are less than 35 days
until Christmas ... Let the countdown begin.