|Mother/daughter having a photo shoot. 5:30 PM. Photo: JH.|
|Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Beautiful Spring day, yesterday in New York; quite chilly in the morn, warming up some with lots of sunshine in the afternoon; the pears still blooming, the daffys dancing.|
|Before we forget. New York Magazine is running a big piece in this week’s issue about “Scandals.” A regular compendium going all the way back to 1700. It’s a riot (and some of it’s not so funny).
But, for example: 1927 reads: “Mae West “Sex” Capade! Plays prostie on the Great White Way, wears silk undies in jail!” Imagine, her show got her a night in the slammer. The show was called “Sex,” not so incidentally. I think she wrote it herself, since she would know.
The piece  leads with a “game” about the last four years and four “first-class” New York scandals. The editors asked several people including Yours Truly to rate them. The subjects/scandals they chose were: Astor, Madoff, Spitzer and Wiener. We were asked to speculate on which of the four would be most memorable a hundred years from now (assuming that anyone has a memory that long).
This was my offering:
“Spitzer’s story will be forgotten first because it’s basically just a man lying to his wife about sex. Same with Brooke Astor, because it’s axiomatic: Where there’s a will, there’s a war. Madoff’s story will have long legs because swindlers tend to be immortalized. But the Weiner scandal may go down in the books because it’s the only postmodern one. In olden days, he would have been arrested for being a public nuisance and that would have been that.” — David Patrick Columbia, editor/co-founder, New York Social Diary
It was a beautiful night last night and down at 583 Park, Save Venice hosted its annual Un Ballo in Maschera; A Night on the Lido. When Adelina Wong Ettelson, one of the co-chairs told me about it, she said: “think Chanel Cruise Collection Show 2009/2010, Death in Venice, Cabana stripes ...” Also, I would add: Cole Porter, Peggy Guggenheim, the Beistegui Ball at the Palazzo Labia.
New York Manhattan on the first of April seems eons away from the Adriatic waters of Venetian sons and daughters, but I know this is a good party anyway because the women dress up, the boys look proper and elegant in black tie and the masques can be fantastic, and everybody gets into it. Furthermore, a guy named Nicky Balestrieri turned the Delano and Aldrich early 20th century religious sanctuary in a “Lido inspired masked wonderland ....” And it worked.
Save Venice raises money to repair and restore antiquities from that center of world commerce in the Renaissance. And they celebrate it with trips there and thereabouts, and with a couple of applicable costume events a year here and in Boston and Los Angeles.
|The co-chairs gathered on the stage last night to open the festivities. Left to right: Luigi Tadini, Amanda Hearst, Olivia Chantecaille, Beatrice Rossi-Landi, Mary Kathryn Navab, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Matthew White, and Alexandra Lind Rose.|
|Luigi Tadini introducing Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who announced the winners of the mask contest.|
|The winners. Will Cotton, Dr. Susan Krysiewicz, and Tom Bell.|
|During the past 40 years, Save Venice has raised more than $20 million to restore more than 400 works of art and architecture in Venice. Save Venice currently has more than 20 projects underway throughout the city of Venice, made possible with support from individuals, foundations, and corporation.
Otherwise it’s just a ball. A fun one. Co-chairs for the evening were: Olivia Chantecaille, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Amanda Hearst, Mary Kathryn Navab, Alexandra Lind Rose, Beatrice Rossi-Landi, Luigi Tadini, and Matthew White (who is also chairman of the Board of Directors of Save Venice). International co-chairs were: Coralie Charriol Paul, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, Kalliope Karella Rena, Nazanin Smeets, Nadja Swarovski, and HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. The evening was sponsored by Badgley Mischka and de Grisogono. A perfect pair to provide a great party!
Photographs by DPC.
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