Thursday, November 15, 2012

A late arrival

Central Park at 72nd Street. 2PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, November 15, 2012. Cold; overcoat and scarf weather, but not too much.
I went down to Michael’s to meet Blair Sabol and Marianne Harrison, both friends who’d never met each other. Marianne works as a personal stylist at the J Crew Collection on 66th and Madison.

Blair Sabol and Marianne Harrison.
Blair, who writes her No Holds Barred column for NYSD is, of course, interested in that business. Having once been in that business I still find the dynamics interesting. I knew these two women would have a lot to say to each other about clothes and why women buy them and what they buy. I guess you’d have to have once been in that world to find it interesting but it is a feast for psychologist or sociologist. Marianne has a very simpatico take on the process.

There is an artfulness to it that relies on the self. Many women (and many men) don’t possess that artfulness and therefore are at a loss to express it. For the girls, women like Marianne, who promotes/sells it, and Blair, who observes and writes about it, had much to talk about. I just listened, and was fascinated because I know both women well, and am respectful of their opinions.

Also in the room, Kitty Kelley was at Table One with her agent Wayne Kabak. Kitty is about to go on the road to promote her latest, “Capturing Camelot; Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys.”  The photographer who was a very close friend of Kitty, worked for UPI in the early 60s when John and Jacqueline Kennedy were campaigning for the White House. Afterwards he was given extended access to the family in the White House. Some of the most famous photos of the President and his family both in the White House and on Cape Cod, are in this beautiful book. Mr. Tretick first came to national attention as a photographer for LOOK magazine, a leading weekly pictorial magazine of its day.

Kitty is now embarking on an extensive national tour for the book.
Wayne Kabak and Kitty Kelley, who is holding her new book, Stanley Tretick's iconic pictures of the Age of Kennedy in the White House, "Capturing Camelot." Click to order or buy immediately at Archivia.
Two of the Stanley Tretick photographs of President Kennedy with his toddler son, John Jr.
Michael’s was its busy Wednesday self – filled to the rafters. Looking around the room: real estate executive Jonathan Estreich; the Michael Eisner; Paul Healy; Michael Kassan; Lisa Linden with Diane Clehane, Marcy Syms and Sharon Horowitz; Dawn Ostroff; Evan Knisely; three of Da Boyz, Della Femina, Bergman and Imber; the Michael Childers; Vin Cipolla of the Municipal Art Society; Pamela Keogh with Joseph Montebello; Fern Mallis; Kitty Kelley with Wayne Kabak; Stacy Snider of Dreamworks; financial man Richard Bressler with Jeff Ross, producer of Conan; Jeff Lane; Scott Marden; Wenda Millard; Scott Singer; Ruth Reichl; Brad Thompson; Harriet Weintraub with Sarah Medford; Richard Belzer with David Vigliano; Star Jones; Wednesday Martin; Adam Emmerich; Henry Reisch; Kevin Wall with Jerry Inzerillo; Alice Mayhew with Doris Kearns Goodwin; Bob Daley, former head of Warner Bros., Warner Music Group, CBS Entertainment, the LA Dodgers and former Chairman of Save the Children and all around corporate problem-solver ex officio, plus Chairman of AFI; Maryam Banikarim, VP of Gannett. In the Garden Room the Producers’ Council of the New Museum was holding its annual luncheon at Michael’s. Lisa Phillips, the Director of the Museum used to live in Malibu where she befriended Michael McCarty and his wife, painter Kim McCarty, so it was like old home week again for her.
It looked like deep autumn in Michael's yesterday. That's Danny DiVella, an assistant manager, at the bar.
In the Garden Room corner the Producers' Council of the New Museum was holding its annual luncheon. The background exterior is the courtyard of the famous Rockefeller apartments that front both 54th and 55th Streets.
At the table of the New Museum luncheon (l. to r.): Dianne Wallace, Neda Young, Stacy Goergen, Lisa Phillips, the museum director; Takishi Murata, and Stephanie French.
Walking up Fifth Avenue after lunch, about quarter to three, I was struck by the brilliance of the foliage on the edge of the Park. The colors are now as vivid as they were upstate two weeks ago. Beautiful.
Coincidentally, JH was also walking along Fifth Avenue ...
Meanwhile, over in the private dining room at La Grenouille, Barbara de Portago was hosting the Versailles/Giverny Foundation’s host lunch to honor the Benefit Patrons of the 2013 foundation’s annual gala.

Last night was again very busy in New York on the social scene. Over at the Four Seasons Restaurant, Max Mara and the Associates Committee hosted The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSKCC) annual Fall Party.

All proceeds from the evening benefited The Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, for which The Associates Committee has pledged to raise $2 million in five years. This fund pays for overnight stays at special nearby accommodations when children and their families come from out of town for treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s renowned Pediatric Department and are unable to afford this expense. Co-chairs for the evening were Hayley Bloomingdale, Joanna Baker de Neufville, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Cynthia Smith and Honorary Chairman Maria Giulia Maramotti, of Max Mara.
Tomas Maier in front of a finely woven 18kt gold necklace from Bottega Veneta.
Same time, another part of the forest. Delia von Neuschatz went over to the Bottega Veneta on Fifth Avenue where:

Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier, Fashion Stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele and Departures Fashion Director Amanda Ross hosted a private cocktail reception at Bottega Veneta’s Fifth Avenue flagship boutique to celebrate the Italian label’s jewelry collection.  Comprising both — fine jewelry and more modestly-priced runway pieces — the collection is showcased in a spectacular new catalogue shot by renowned fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier

Among the fashion cognoscenti and tastemakers pictured therein wearing the modern gioielli are Amanda Brooks, Coco Brandolini, Garance Doré and Anh Duong.  On hand last night to help launch the catalog were Beth DeWoody, Ann Dexter Jones, Patrick Demarchelier, Anh Duong, Marina Rust, Kelly Klein, Garance Doré, Ben Shaul and Jackie Sackler.
A selection of earrings and a necklace from Bottega Veneta's fine jewelry collection.
A few pieces from Bottega Veneta's runway jewelry collection for Fall/Winter 2012.
Guests circulating among the ready-to-wear, jewelry and leather goods on offer at Bottega Veneta's Fifth Avenue flagship store.
Leaving Bottega, our intrepid DvN traveled north to Park Avenue and 69th Street where:

The French Heritage Society (FHS), dedicated to protecting the French architectural legacy in both France and the US, held a Cocktail  Dînatoire Soirée at the Union Club in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The evening was hosted by His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the U.S. and Ambassador Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, as well as Mr. Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy. Also presiding over the festivities were FHS Chairman, Elizabeth Stribling and FHS President, Comte Denis de Kergolay.

The guests, many of whom were decked out in striking flapper garb in honor of the evening’s 1920s theme, enjoyed a night of cocktails, dinner and dancing to the music of the Alex Donner Orchestra, A magician and caricaturist were also on hand to provide entertainment throughout the evening. The highlight of the soirée, however, was the live auction, featuring among many items, two Harry Winston timepieces. A portion of the proceeds will help fund historical renovations for the centuries-old Benedictine Abbey of Saint Abbey of Saint Germain-des-Pres on Paris’ Rive Gauche. 
With 13 chapters in the US and one in Paris, the FHS has helped restore nearly 500 buildings and gardens in its 30-year history. It also organizes student internship opportunities and offers cultural trips in both countries for its members.
Flapper fashions abounded.
John Harvey, Elizabeth Stribling, and Sandra and Stanford Warshawsky.
A dancing duo.
Jean Shafiroff.
Sharon Bush and Margo Langenberg.
Diana Frankel.
Elizabeth Stribling, Denis de Kergolay, and Cece Black.
Chiu-Ti Jansen and Frederico Wasserman.
A caricaturist and sitter at work.
Ann Van Ness and Margo Langenberg.
Geoffrey Bradfield and Barbra Regna.
Louis Black, Alison Harmelin, and Samer Hamadeh.
Kathleen Giordano, Victor de Souza, Dawne Marie Grannum, and Dr. Penny Grant.
Friederike and Jeremy Biggs.
Lysa Rohan.
Frederica Monaco and Clair Fitzgerald.
Michel Longchampt and Astrid Stanfield-Pinel.
Jerry and Nancy Gehman, Paul Danello, and Elizabeth Baltz.
Bob and Eileen Judell with Lee Black.
Maribel Lieberman.
Barbara Wolf and Judy McLaren.
Rochelle Ohrstrom, Rafael Hernandez, and Patricia Cossutta.
Silvina Leone and Debora Sakkal.
Mrs. Irene Casey and Frederick Hoff.
Patricia Shiah.
Lynn Crystal and Suzy Finesilver.
Liz McDermott, Kimberly Westmoreland, Missy Pool, Kim Larson, and Jim Moran.
Frederico Wassermand and Donna Soloway.
Philip Monaco, Pablo Cislino, and Elias Sakkal.
Jackie Wilson, Joan Johnson, and Shirley Estes.
Gerald Baker and Linda Hoffman.
While all that was going on, I, DPC left my desk to go down to Swifty’s where George Farias was hosting a celebratory dinner forty for Alex Papachristidis and his new book “The Age of Elegance” (Rizzoli) which you may have read about already on these pages.

The wallpaper Alex Papachristidis chose for the entrance gallery of Ophelia and Bill Rudin's apartment; also used inside of the cover pages of Alex's new book "The Age of Elegance."
David Monn transformed the cozy backroom at Swifty’s with his centerpieces and tablecloths which were inspired by the wallpaper in the apartment of Ophelia and Bill Rudin, the sister and brother-in-law of Alex who chose the wallpaper.

David brought that all to reality creating a kind of magical forest of gold and gilt and something festive. There were little glass cups holding candles to illuminate the room. And being the tall one, I happened to brush one of them in passing conversation with a woman who told me I was getting candle on myself. I couldn’t tell until I got home and had a small white waxy sharp streak on my right lapel.

The décor, however, candles and all, had a transformative effect on the evening. The group was very en famille  as is the style of entertaining when Papachristidis/Rudins make up a list. There’s an air of belonging to the (small) crowd. I’ve known the two families for decades now, and it is decidedly in the genes.

Everyone was having a very good time, at least at my table, seated between the sisters-in-law, Beth DeWoody and Ophelia Rudin who was seated next to her little brother Alex and one over from Mario, the Buatta in the family. I took a picture of the menu, which you can see. Enough, very en famille  with the twinburgers and French Fries by the mountain and ketchup in small soup bowls. Mrs. DeWoody and I opted for the grilled salmon, although ... everyone reaches for the fries, given the invitation. A really nice evening ion New York. Thank you George.
The cozy backroom at Swifty’s transformed by David Monn.
Table details.
Carolyn Berthet, Bettina Zilkha, Alex Papachristidis, and Anita Sarsidi.
Alex Hitz.
Judy Gordon Cox.
Scott Nelson and friends.
George Farias and Bettina Zilkha.
Alison Mazzola.
Carol Mack, Carolyn Berthet, and Cathy Buxton.
Dinner in full swing.

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