Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Cheer

The 17th Annual Food Allergy Ball was held in the Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Last Tuesday a week, John Demsey who is Group President of Estee Lauder Companies, is also the consummate party giver. In his East Side townhouse, he invites an eclectic group of New Yorkers who are industriously doing things. Including a lot of the fashion world. It's one of those places where even if you don't know everyone you feel welcome because John gives that to his guests. Last Tuesday, a week, he gave his annual Christmas party, surrounded by his closest friends and a lot of their closest friends.
John Demsey and Cornelia Guest
Andres White and Margherita Missoni
Bibi Monahan, Tuki Brando, and Marilyn Gauthier
Will Cotton, Alina Cho, and Zac Posen
Maurizio Bussolari and Kelly Rutherford
Ann Caruso, Kate Betts, and Alexandra Trower
Linda Honan and Bobbi Brown
Susan Silver and John Demsey
Lisa Perry, Gucci Westman, Bobbi Brown, Lindsey Gordon, and Steven Gordon
Zac Posen and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer
Liliana Cavendish and Prabal Gurung
Linda Rodin and Alexandra Trower
Dr. Lisa Airan and Gilles Mendel
Jennifer Hale, Amanda Ross, and Zachary Bacon
Ann Caruso and Adam Glassman
Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Jill Stuart
Kevin Breen, Elizabeth Meigher, Jennifer Creel, and Mickey Boardman
Lauren du Pont, John Demsey, and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer
Ann Caruso, Adam Glassman, and Annelise Peterson
Firooz Zahedi and Beth Rudin DeWoody
Hearst and McInerney and Farias give this party. Between the three, they have a wide variety of friends. Their annual Christmas cocktail reception is a big list and the kind of party where people came away delighted that they "saw everybody" they knew. The truth is, "everybody" doesn't know everybody, but by the degree of separation with their hosts, all of whom are very sociable individuals, they do know everybody. That's what makes a great holiday cocktail. A chance to feel good, and relaxed, and happy to be there ... at Doubles with Wendy Carduner pulling out all the stops so that the cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were devoured.
George Farias, Anne Hearst McInerney, and Jay McInerney
Alison Mazzola and George Farias
Alison Price Becker, Danny Meyer, and Audrey Meyer
Amanda Hearst, Randy Harris, and Melody Randol
Clara Bingham and Joseph Finnerty
Carolyne Roehm, Simon Pinniger, Nina Griscom, and Lily Griscom
Anne Hearst McInerney, Patty Hearst, and Gillian Hearst Simonds
Cynthia Ott, James Coleman, and Somers Farkas
Jay McInerney, Laurie Waters, and Steve Kroft
Diandra Douglas
John Catsimatidis and Nick Raynes
Daniel Boulud, Katherine Boulud, and Dr. Patrick Stubgen
Dominique Browning, Alex Papachristidis, and Sabrina Rudin
Julian Leffridge and Anne Bass
Darren Walker, Emily Rafferty, and Billy Wright
Emily Rafferty and Wendy Carduner
Jamee Gregory and Peter Gregory
Gary Fisketjon, Debbie Bancroft, and Ken Auletta
Jeanne Lawrence, Hunt Slonem, and Sara Dodd
Laura Hunt, Ann Dexter-Jones, Jennet Conant, and Nicole Miller
Laura Zeckendorf and Will Zeckendorf
Leslye de Roos-Rood, Shelly d'Arcambal, and Alison Mazzola
Mary Boone, Will Cotton, and Rose Dergan
Meredith Dunn, Zack Peck, and Melody Randol
Marie Ackerly and Alina Cho
Michael Mailer, Lisa Crosby, Chuck Pfeifer, and Taki Theodoracopulos
Michael Rockefeller and Chuck Scarborough
Roger Waters and Dirk Wittenborn
Morgan Entrekin and Anne Hearst McInerney
Robert A. M. Stern and James Reginato
Susan Gutfreund and Hunt Slonem
Shelley Wanger and Donna Tartt
Terry McDonnell and Stacy McDonnell
Tony Peck, Randy Harris, and Rob Weisenthal
William Bratton, Rikki Klieman, and George Farias
More catching up. Last Monday, a week, over at Creel & Gow, that chic den of collectibles on 70th Street right next door to the mansion Bunny Mellon had built, there was a reception and book signing for Marella Caracciolo Chia and her new book which she co-authored with her aunt, "Marella Agnelli, the Last Swan."

Sra. Agnelli, someone pointed out to me, isn't actually "the last" of the swans, so dubbed by Truman Capote back in his glory days before he was banished. However, Sra. Agnelli does indeed have the extraordinary elegance of a swan, and when you read the book about her life and her houses, you can see why anybody would rather be rich. This book is as beautiful as its subject and assembled and written by her niece with a kind of serene understanding. I was thinking while reading and looking through, that the other-worldliness of the Agnellis is exotic to the American eye, as if it were a film by Visconti or Bertolucci -- for Vogue. It's a life we don't know but so well lived that we can enjoy it.
Sonia Nassery Cole, Barbara Regna, and Marella Caracciolo Chia
Amy Fine Collins
Oscar Plotkin and Sharon Bush
Agnes Gund
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Madison Cox, Paul Kasmin, and Mattia Bonetti
Francesca Lana, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Sonia Nassery Cole, and Alisa Roever
Jean Shafiroff, Cameron Silver, Allyson Longshore, and Norman Ambroser
Lauren Lawrence
Robert Stilin and Jacqueline Terrebonne
Riccardo Viale and Richard Turley
Debe Lykes, Evelyn Tompkins, and Nan Chisholm
Andrew Wylie, Shelley Wanger, Alessia Margiotta, and Marella Caracciolo Chia
Marco Scarani, Marella Caracciolo Chia, and Jacqueline Terrebonne
Polly Onet, Pamela Morgan, and Mary Phillips
John Mannino, Christopher Gow, and Stephen Brodheim
Alejandra Cicognani, Earl McGrath, and Ines Theodoli Clarke
Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini
Nina Griscom and Dianora Salviati
Scott Currie, Liliana Cavendish, Jamie Creel, and Hunt Slonem
Lauren Roberts and Michelle Herbert
R. Couri Hay and Cece Cord
Karen Klopp, John Glass, and Georgina Schaeffer
Violet and John Goldstone
Liliana Cavendish and Andrea Karambelas
Trish Carroll, Dana Creel, and Larry Creel
Last but not least. The 17th Annual Food Allergy Ball, benefiting Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), took place on December 8th in the Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All proceeds benefit FARE, the nation's leading organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans who have food allergies.

The evening honoed Martin L. Edelman, of counsel, Real Estate Department, Paul Hastings LLP, for his commitment to FARE's mission. Geoffrey Zakarian, the noted chef and restaurateur, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an outstanding restaurateur for his commitment to excellence and compassion for diners with food allergies.
Martin Edelman, David Koch, Sharyn Mann, Lianne Mandelbaum, Todd Slotkin, and Geoffrey Zakarian
Sharyn T. Mann and Lianne Mandelbaum served as Gala Dinner Chairs and David H. Koch as the Corporate Dinner Chair. Julie and Jason Ader, Liana Silverstein Backal and Arthur Backal, Abbey and Steven Braverman, Dr. Patricia and James Cayne, Nina Rennert Davidson and Mitchell Davidson, Kathy Franklin, Abby and Robert Goldstein, Nicole and Marc Lenner, Roxanne and Dean Palin, Joelle and Jonathan Resnick, Diana and Ira Riklis and Stacey and Marc Saiontz served as the Benefit Dinner Chairs.

Jessie Mueller, Tony Award-winning star of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," gave a special performance.
Jessie Mueller
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. Formed in 2012 as a result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, FARE's mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included. For more information, please visit
Mary Jane Marchisotto and Dr. James Baker
Richard and Lianne Mandelbaum
Geoffrey Zakarian, Lisa Niccolini, Margaret Zakarian, and Julian Niccolini
Judy Slotkin, Matthew Slotkin, Faye Keegan, and Todd Slotkin
Abbey and Steven Braverman
Geoffrey Zakarian, Dr. James Baker, and Martin Edelman
Dr. James and Lisa Baker
Sharyn Mann, Dr. James Baker, and Lianne Mandelbaum
Mati Sicherer, Dr. Scott Sicherer, Anne Sampson, and Dr. Hugh Sampson
Ira and Diana Riklis
Alex and Lori Stokes
Sharyn Mann and Patricia Cayne
Kara and Stephen Ross
Debbie Hansel, Jayme Lipkin, Linda and Jeff Bauman, and Nicole Lenner
Martin Edelman and Norma Kamali
Arthur Backal and Liana Silverstein Backal
Mauro Maccioni, Nick Valenti, Geoffrey Zakarian, Alain Sailhac, and Drew Nieporent
Martin Edelman and Stephen Ross
Stacey Saiontz and Talia Day
Andy Gilman, Mary Jane Marchisotto, Adam Miller, Donna McKelvey, and Todd Slotkin
Martha Stewart and Jane Heller
Tamara Tweel, Mia Tweel, and Sharyn Mann
Sharyn and Stephen Mann
Helen Jaffe, Reverend Raymond Kahng, Roslyn Jaffe, Elliot Jaffe, Alexandra Jaffe, and David Jaffe
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