Monday, September 22, 2014

The Anticipation

Opening night at the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show at the Park Avenue Armory.
Last week, Daryl and Irwin Simon hosted a reception in their contemporary art-filled Park Avenue apartment in anticipation of the Alzheimer's Association's 2014 Rita Hayworth Gala. This year will mark the 31st anniversary of the Gala which Princess Yasmin Aga Khan started in honor of her mother, the late great Rita Hayworth. The gala itself will be held on Tuesday October 21st at the Waldorf.
Blaise Labriola, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Irwin Simon, and Daryl Simon
Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Felicia Taylor, and Daryl Simon
Muffie Potter Aston and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Somers and Jonathan Farkas
Paula and Arnold Rosenshein
Francine Leinhardt, Lauren Day Roberts, and Jody Wolf
Kara Croteau and Andrea Greeven Douzet
Michelle Herbert and Chele Chiavacci
Nicole Sexton and Harry Johns
Sharon Bush and Robert Zimmerman
Martin Meltzer, Robin Meltzer, and Lizzie Meltzer
Last Wednesday, September 17th, Palm Beach Show Group's CEO Scott Diament welcomed over 3,000 art lovers who eagerly waited in a line around the block to experience the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, setting an attendance record at the Park Avenue Armory. Some of the country's leading designers including Scott Snyder, Ellie Cullman, Lisa Jackson, Campion Platt and Geoffrey Bradfield took in $500,000,000 worth of collectibles at the first major show of the art season.
Scott Diament, Jane Pontarelli, Leesa Rowland, and Nicole DiCocco
Guests at the party were greeted by rows of apple trees and an art-installation by Scott Snyder. Aisle after aisle of collections were on display, offered by world-renowned exhibitors such as Butchoff Antiques, Didier Ltd, Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Fitzgerald Fine Arts, Holden Luntz Gallery, John Atzbach, Long-Sharp Gallery, M.S. Rau Antiques, Macklowe Gallery, Richters of Palm Beach, Suzanne Syz Art Jewels, and Waterhouse & Dodd among many others.

The Show features conversations and seminars from leaders helming from the New York School of Interior Design and three exclusive dining experiences including Le Cirque Brassiere, Le Cirque Café & Bar and the Osterio de Circo Café Kiosk.
Milly de Cabrol and Peggy Noonan
Roric Tobin, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Maxwell Easter
A stunning selection of high-quality treasures from ancient antiquities, through 21st century contemporary art, including furniture, fine art, antiques, jewelry, silver, art, glass, enamels, photography, porcelain, pottery, objets de Vertu, rare books and manuscripts, rugs and tapestries, jewelry and more were on display and available for purchase at the show, which was open to the public through Sunday, September 21st.

The Palm Beach Group's owners Scott Diament and Robert Samuels currently produce nine other internationally acclaimed shows and are now proud to include The New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, formerly known as The AVENUE Show, as part of their portfolio of prestigious events.
Eileen Judell, Paul Vandekar, and William Secord
Barbara and Donna Bill
Michelle Rosenfeld
Allison Hennessy
Sharon Bush
Judy Price, Peter Price, Ellie Cullman, and Edgar Cullman
Louisa Benton and Audrey Gruss
Scott Diament and Anya Ziegler
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Cece Cord
Lisa Jackson
Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl
Elizabeth Cogen and Mark Gilbertson
Marc Antonio Rota and Ivana Trump
Dawne Marie Grannum, Daniel Colon, and Dr. Penny Grant
"A woman's control of her own body, her voice, whether, when to reproduce, that's essential to women and it's most basic to women's health to have the ability to have access to whatever contraception she chooses." Those were the words of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg two weeks ago at the International Women's Health Coalition's 30th Anniversary celebration at the Pierre.

In a dinner discussion with IWHC President Francoise Girard and IWHC board member Aryeh Neier, Justice Ginsburg shared her opinions on what's wrong with Roe v. Wade, why the Hobby Lobby decision is a "minefield," and how her reproductive rights "dream case" never made it to the Supreme Court. Earlier in the day, CNN's Erin Burnett moderated a riveting discussion with three other bold voices: IWHC partners Sheena Hadi from Pakistan, Fadekemi Akinfaderin from Nigeria, and Yvette Kathurima from Kenya. These visionary young leaders are bringing innovative sexuality education to public schools, helping young people protect themselves from HIV, and speaking out against harmful practices like child marriage.
June Schorr and Marlene Hess
Françoise Girard, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Aryeh Neier
Carmen Barroso, Françoise Girard, and Marnie Pillsbury
Judy Cormier, Paul Schorr, and June Schorr
Eliza Earle, Caroline Cotter, Aliza Hoffman, Ellen Howe, and Hester Earle
Susan Nitze, Leila Straus, and Jacqueline Mayfield
Sarah Gold and Silvester Mwanza
Sarah FitzGerald and Stuart Burden
Kirtna Pai, Kelli Payne, and Ayo Roach
Judy Cormier and Kati Marton
Aryeh Neier and Elaine Wolfensohn
Stephanie Reddish Hoffman, Emily Smith, and Maryann Kongovi
Shireen Uttam, Fran Weissler, Dr. Holly Andersen, and Kate Gellert
Annie Bakke Jensen and Ambassador Ib Petersen
Sandra Lawson, Alexander Farman-Farmaian, and Sanam Anderlini
Sonya Banerjee, Amanda Hindlian, Gizelle George-Joseph, Koby Sadan, and Katherine Maxwell
Last Tuesday night, Christofle, along with Hilary Geary Ross, Amy Fine Collins, Cornelia Guest, Shirin von Wulffen, and Alex Hitz, celebrated Daniel Cappello's new book, Dinner Diaries: Reviving the Art of the Hostess Book, published by Assouline. The event took place at Christofle's Madison Avenue flagship boutique and those toasting to Daniel included Martine and Prosper Assouline, Kelly Rutherford, Muffie Potter Aston, Kick Kennedy, Steven Gambrel, James Anderson, Charles Rockefeller, Darcy and Nathaniel Fogg, Jackie Weld Drake, Candace and Rick Beinecke, Mark Gilbertson, Marcia Schaeffer, and Georgina Schaeffer, in addition to Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross, Shirin von Wulffen, and Alex Hitz.
Daniel Bursky, Helaine Shapiro, Amy Shapiro, Daniel Cappello, and Robert Shapiro
Dinner Diaries features handwritten answers to a Proust-style questionnaire from experienced hosts and hostesses, including Cynthia Rowley, Nanette Lepore, Patricia Herrera Lansing, Blaine Trump, and Giancarlo Giammetti, among others, and is beautifully illustrated with seating charts, menus, guest lists, place cards, and archival pieces from some the most glamorous dinner parties. Although the old rules of the dinner party are evolving, some fundamentals are far from extinct; Dinner Diaries speaks to both the traditional and new rules while offering inspiration for one's next event.
Alexandra Adame, Kick Kennedy, and Asha Talwar
Andrew Sessa
Grace Meigher, Daniel Cappello, and Chris Meigher
Charles Rockefeller, Darcy Fogg, Nathaniel Fogg, Abby Caulkins, and Daniel Cappello
Meg Connolly, Liz Nightingale, Joel Freyberg, and Angelica Lenox
John Michael Schert and Candace Beinecke
Daniel Cappello and Esther Kremer
Jackie Weld Drake and Hilary Geary Ross
Joseph Cappello, Daniel Cappello, and Lucy Cappello
Keith Scott and Ken Moore
Lauren Astry and Veronica Martinez
Rick Beinecke, Gail Monaghan, and Daniel Cappello
Galen Foulois, Daniel Cappello, and Jeffrey Caldwell
Kelly Rutherford
Stephen Shackelford and Mattias Geise
Muffie Potter Aston, Sharon Bush, Karen Klopp, and Susy Schieffelin
Alexandre Assouline, Martine Assouline, Daniel Cappello, and Prosper Assouline
Alex Hitz
Daniel Cappello and Chris Rovzar
Sara Hart, Roland Nivelais, and Olivier Giugni
Shirin von Wulffen
Tatiana Boncompagni and Raj Tolaran
Taylor Roach and Alex Travers
The H.O.P.E. Foundation for a Better Tomorrow's founders Kathy DiCocco, Lou DiCocco, and Nicole DiCocco hosted their Inaugural New York City Benefit at The Leonora on September 18th. Host Committee members Michele Gerber Klein, Christine Rizk, Kristy Rao, Bettina Bennett, Natalie Glaser, Joe and Jane Pontarelli, Leesa Rowland and Nicole Noonan with the support of Fashion Project, welcomed over 150 supporters.

Guests were treated to Altaneve Prosecco courtesy of David Noto, Cavoda Vodka cocktails and treats from Baked by Melissa and JALA ice cream. DJ Alex Cecil provided the soundtrack to the evening and kept the guests dancing till the lights went on. The night concluded with a performance by singer Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin.

All of the proceeds from the event benefited The H.O.P.E. Foundation, to help at risk and inner city youth through after school programs and scholarships. The special night also provided the opportunity for guests to "adopt" and donate a character development book to a local inner-city school student. For more information on The H.O.P.E. Foundation for a Better Tomorrow, please visit
Kathy DiCocco, Nicole DiCocco, and Lou DiCocco.
Jane and Joe Pontarelli
Nicole DiCocco, Bettina Bennett, and Natalie Glaser
Mariana Aguirre, Sirous Wadia, Mikala Guzzy, Edgar Vaudeville, and Bettina Bennett
Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel
Jennifer and Christine Rizk
Dustin Lujan and Victor de Souza
Jennifer Puleo, Dr. Kenneth Mark, and Kelly Wala
Thina Dimiao, Camille Reicherter, and Carrie Anne
Kathy DiCocco, Nicole DiCocco, and David Noto
Kristy Rao and Matt Sandy
Michele Gerber Klein
DJ Alex Cecil
Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
Photographs by (New York Art, Antique and Jewelry Show & H.O.P.E.); Angela Pham/ (Dinner Diaries)