Parisian Preservation

This past Tuesday Lucy Sykes-Rellie and Bettina Zilkha hosted a luncheon with Victoria’s Secret for Parisian couture lingerie designer Chantal Thomass at Restaurant Daniel. They were all there taking it in, including: Muffie Potter Aston, Debbie Bancroft, Milly de Cabrol, Jennifer Creel, Judy Licht Della Femina, Nathalie Kaplan, Renee Rockefeller, Marisa Brown, Samantha Boardman, Tiffany Dubin, Susan Fales-Hill, Celerie Kemble, Alexandra Lind Rose, Erin Lazard, Patty Raynes, Dayssi de Kanavos, Nicole Miller, Gigi Mortimer.

L. to r.: The dining room at Daniel; Celerie Kemble, Tiffany Dubin, and Debbie Bancroft.
Martha McGuinness, Natalie Leeds Leventhal, and Jackie Astier
Somers Farkas, Dana Hammond, and Muffie Potter Aston
Chantal Thomass creations for Victoria's Secret

Chantal Thomass and Nicole Miller

Muffie Potter Aston and Susan Fales-Hill
Renee Rockefeller

Alison Sarofim

Samantha Boardman
Jennifer Creel

Debbie Bancroft

Gigi Mortimer

Jackie Astier
Patty Raynes

Bettina Zilkha and Milly de Cabrol

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Marisa Brown

Martha McGuinness and Tiffany Dubin

Regardless of the constantly changing tastes of the Palm Beach social whirl, one event has remained at the pinnacle of the season for at least the last decade or so, and that is the annual Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach dinner dance.

Pauline Pitt, John Mashek, Jamee Gregory, Virginia Coleman, and Peter Gregory

More than any of the few hundred other “proms” that happen practically every night from November to May, this gala has all the right stuff to create a “must go” gig. Firstly- there’s the chairman- the beautiful, very popular Pauline Pitt — a lady for whom many would walk over hot coals for. Secondly there is the cause — the preservation and protection of Palm Beach’s architecture and cultural heritage. And lastly - the crowd -- as A-list as it gets - the kind of event that brings out even the most diehard “we don’t go out-ers”.

The dance has changed venues over the years. Pre-Donald Trump turning it into a club, it was at Mar-a-Lago, then in a tent at the Flagler Museum and now in the great oceanfront ballroom of The Breakers. By New York standards, it’s a “small dance” — only about 350 guests, but an amazing snapshot of what Palm Beach is all about. There - Preservation Foundation president John Mashek with his annual houseguests Peter and Jamee Gregory, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Llwyd and Diana Ecclestone, Jimmy and Kate Gubelmann, Pepe and Emilia Fanjul, Frances Hayward, Tommy Quick, Tina Fanjul, Alfred and Querube Clark, Frannie Scaife and Tom McCarter, Mish Tworkowski, Martin and Audrey Gruss, Peter and Brantley Knowles, Raymond and Maria Floyd, Jean Tailer, Carroll Petrie and John Christensen, Howard and Michele Kessler, Lesly Smith and Jim Walsh, Roberto and Joanne DeGuardiola, Minot and Victoria Amory, Dame Celia Lipton Farris and Burt Sokol, Robert Janjigian, Rand and Jessie Araskog, Kate Ford and Frank Chopin,  Kenn Karakul and Jim Held, Alan and Cathy Bleznak, the Sisters Wathne, Chris and Grace Meigher and on and on.

Burt Sokol and Dame Celia Lipton Farris
John and Eddy Taylor with Tom Quick
L. to r.: Party design gave tribute to Sea Gull Cottage, Palm Beach's oldest house; Grace and Chris Meigher.

Pauline Pitt and Ali Hanley

Cathy and Alan Bleznak

John Mashek, Pauline Pitt, and Evelyn and Leonard Lauder

Freddy Melhado and Kate Ford

Martin and Audrey Gruss

Candy Hamm and Mish Tworkowski

Robert Janjigian and Liza Pulitzer

Jean Tailer and Carroll Petrie

Pauline Pitt and Steven Stolman

Kate Gubelmann

Talbott Maxey

Ambassador Nancy Brinker

Emilia Fanjul

Photographs by Neil Rasmus ©Patrick McMullan (Bettina); Lucien Capehart (Preservation).


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