Tuesday in the big city

Lookng north along 8th Avenue from 39th Street. 1:20 PM. Photo: JH.

Love Hope and Charity; and honey do we need it now. Starting at: Carolina Herrera hosted a luncheon and fashion show at the Carolina Herrera store on Madison Avenue at the corner of 75th Street. I’d been inside the Herrera shop only once – for a party for the famous Dr. Patricia Wexler – but had never seen it with its ... allure. Very chic, like Mrs. Herrera; very understated, yet very suggestively festive, with that extra touch of the designer.

At the Carolina Herrera store on Madison Avenue

The occasion was a luncheon tribute to all of those women from the Society for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Care to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the organization and the upcoming Preview Party of the Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Show on October 19th at the 67th Street Armory. Proceeds from the Preview Party go to the SMSKCC.

The evening is being co-sponsored by Janna Bullock, the Russian art collector and businesswoman who maintains a residence here in New York, and Taryn Rose, an orthopedic surgeon who is marketing a line of chic shoes that are comfortable and healthy (something for all those stiletto-addicts to keep in mind). Dr. Rose is opening a new boutique here in December and I’m sure you’ll be hearing more and more about her.

The luncheon fare was properly healthful and dietetic (although you couldn’t say that about the desserts) – a salad of sliced roast chicken breast, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and an avocado puree dressing, served with tomato and basic focaccia and basil and ginger infused lemonade. Fusion fare it’s called these days. The desserts were little bits of brownies that if you took enough of them added up to several enormous brownies. I helped myself.

Added to the fare was a fashion show of Carolina Herrera’s beautiful designs with everyone a little too polite (although not really) for the oohing and ahhing, but close ... among the modestly chic ones were Vera Safai, the current president of SMSKCC, Hilary Geary Ross, Daisy Soros, Eugenie Niven, Courtney Arnot, Melinda Blinken, Amy Fine Collins, Jennifer Creel, Bambi de la Gueronniere, Somers Farkas, Shelley Carr, Sallie Giordano, Jamee Gregory, Melissa Grundman, Lisa Jackson, Robyn Joseph, Eleanore Kennedy, Heather Leeds, Lisa McCarthy, Alexandra Lind Rose, Katherine Turo, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Kitty Sherrill, Leigh Brawer, Phoebe Gubelmann, Alexandra Morf and Olivia Striffler. And Joanne de Guardiola and Susan Bodnar Malloy, who are chairing The Preview night at the Armory.

There was some buying too, after lunch with 10 per cent of all sales going to help the Society with their fine work promoting the well-being of patients, supporting cancer research and providing public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

Dr. Taryn Rose

Melinda Blinken

Jennifer Creel

Alexia Hamm Ryan

Susan Bodnar Malloy

Courtney Arnot

Lisa Jackson

Phoebe Gubelmann and Roger Webster

Amy Fine Collins and Hilary Ross

Eugenie Niven and Alex Lind Rose

Joanne de Guardiola and R. Couri Hay

Sarah Horne and Jamee Gregory

Katherine Tufo and Kitty Sherrill

Sallie Giordiano and Vera Safai

Heather Leeds and Melissa Grundman

A portrait of Carolina

After the luncheon let out, quite a few of the guests headed over to the Grand Promenade of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center where another one of their members (and a former leader of the SMSKCC) Karen LeFrak was hosting a book party to celebrate the publication of her book “Jake The Philharmonic Dog.”

Jake the Philharmonic Dog

Mrs. LeFrak is both a music lover (an accomplished pianist who practices everyday) and a dog lover (and breeder of pedigreed champion standard Poodles). Jake the Philharmonic Dog is the first of a series of books designed to teach children about the performing arts. The proceeds of the book sales will go to the New York Philharmonic, another one of Mrs. L’s passionate interests.

Later on in the day there were more LeFraks out and about – in-laws of the aforementioned – at the The Breakthrough Ball at the Pierre. The evening benefited the Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation (which supports a division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center). The Children.

It was a Tribute To Those Who Cure and Those Who Care. They honored Dr. Margaret Hilgartner and Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wiener. Charles Grodin was emcee of the evening and Ben Doller of Sotheby’s conducted the auction. Benefit Chairs for the evening were Meryl Erlanger and Nancy Raquet. John Calicchio is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. His wife is Denise LeFrak. Her sister, film and theatrical producer Francine LeFrak and her husband Rick Friedberg also attended with their mother Mrs. Sam LeFrak.

The LeFraks, if you didn’t know are one of the major real estate families in New York. Francine, I was told last night by literary agent Mimi Strong, is collaborating on a book called “High Rise/Lowdown” about the important residential buildings in Manhattan. The horse’s mouth speaks; can’t wait to hear.

Jeff and Valerie Paley

Regina Peruggi

Co-chairs Nancy Raquet and Meryl Erlanger

Danielle Rossi

Kathryn Horgan and Mimi Strong

Denise and John Calicchio

Charles Grodin, Patty LaBelle, Mrs. Sam LeFrak with her daughter Denise and son-in-law John

Danielle's canary yellow diamond earrings

Mrs. Sam LeFrak with Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg

Mr. and Mrs. Henri Barguirdjian

I left the Pierre and took a stroll a few blocks over to the D&D Building on Third Avenue and 59th Street where Clo Cohen, the wife of another real estate scion, Charles Cohen (who owns the D&D) was hosting a cocktail party for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.
Amber Frumkes

Rachael Neff and Warren Scharf

Clo Cohen and friend

Roric Tobin, Cricket Burns, and Geoffrey Bradfield

Amy Hoadley and Philip Warner

Melissa Berkelhammer

L. to r.: Christina Wood, Andrea Carambelas, Julie Dannenberg, and Jackie Astier; Melanie Seymour, Rob Stamford, and Monique Yazigi.
Whitney Connor, Tana Dye, Evelyn Tompkins, and Victoria Lindgren

Trip and Paige Hardy

Kate Allen and Katie Pickett

Mark Gilbertson and Jared Goss

Courtney Arnot and Leah Schwarzman


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September 27, 2006, Volume VI, Number 150
Photographs by Jeff Hirsch/NYSD.com


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