|For those of us who remain fascinated by the history of the Bourbons and the deluge after the fall of the monarchy, “Marie-Therese” is a page turner that ranks right up there with Antonia Fraser’s “Marie Antoinette” and Amanda Foreman’s “Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire.” Nagel’s gripping narrative captures the events of her life from her very public (literally) birth at Versailles to her unreal suffering in prison, the loss of her parents through institutionalized murder and her eventual reincarnation in the public eye as a saint.
Among the guests at the Brown/Ward book party: Catherine Saxton, Elburron Kimmelman, Brian Antoni (author of the newly published “South Beach”) Jeffrey Leeds, Manhattan D. A. Robert Morgenthau, Olivia nad Warren Hoge, Christine Schwarzman, Richard and Sessa Johnson, Kalliope Karella, Bronson Van Wyck, Nadine Johnson,Tory Burch, Chris Cuomo, Rufus Albemarle, Boykin Curry , Celerie Kemble, Lela Rose, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Jessica Joffe, Rebecca Guinness, Jaime Johnson, Ghislaine Maxwell, Peter Som, Paula Zahn.
|From the bookparty I went across town to 55th and Broadway to the new Brasserie Cognac where Susan Gutfreund and Richard Turley were giving a dinner for forty in honor of their friend, fashion designer Ralph Rucci. Mr. Rucci, an independent (rather than a corporate owned) American designer who shows in Paris, is the premiere interpreter of classic American chic today. His hostesss, Mrs. Gutfreund is also the interior designer who is refurbishing his Upper East Side penthouse.
The guest list was a mix of social, fashion and the Italians (which could fit in any of the categories): Andre and Rita Jammet, owners Caravelle restaurant and creators of the new Caravelle champagne, master chef Eric Ripert and his wife Sandra; John and Susan Gutfreund, Michael and Tara Rockefeller, Sofia Barclay, Lorenzo and Eva Lorenzotti, Jill Fairchild, Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg, Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola, Anne Slater, Deeda Blair, Amy Fine Collins, Geoffrey Bradfield, Monique von Vooren, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Luca and Oluchi Orlandi, Prince Federico Pignatelli, Yaz and Valentin Hernandez, Richard and Sessa Johnson, legendary filmmaker Paul Morrissey, Christine Cachot, Yanna Avis, Eric Villency and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dr. Ottavio Arancio, Hassim Abdullah, Stanislava Stoyanova, Angela Greuner, Brianna Swanson, Vivek Mathur, Luisana Mendoza and Jimmy Rodriguez.