New York Beauty

Shelter from the rain. 11:00 AM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Sunny and cold in New York and growing colder at night.

The big lunch yesterday was Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression Research Founation New York "Hope" Luncheon Seminar at 583 Park Avenue, featuring Chuck Scarborough as main speaker. Mrs. Gruss started this organization a few years ago and it has become a very popular one for the simple reason that Depression afflicts many of us.
Hope for Depression Research Foundation New York "HOPE" Luncheon Seminar.
One for the books. Then last night there were three book signings last night.  A unique one was a celebration held at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The host was Andrew Solomon, the distinguished journalist who writes about politics, culture and psychology. He’s just published “Far From the Tree; Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.”

On a cold Tuesday evening in the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, built by Petronius, the Roman governor of Egypt, commissioned by Emperor Augustus around 15 BC and now standing in its own wing at the Met, Andrew and his partner John Harbich who are very popular here in New York, drew quite a crowd. And there were drinks, food, music and dancing. The Temple, incidentally was dedicated to Isis, Osiris, and two deified sons of a local Nubian chieftain, Pediese and Pihor. Sons, parents, children; get it? Andrew did, that we can be sure of.
The scene at the Doris Leslie Blau showroom for a book party for Carey Maloney’s “Stuff."
Another celebration down at the Interior Design Building on East 61st Street, in the showrooms of Balsamo Antiques and Doris Leslie Blau, for Carey Maloney’s “Stuff.” Subtitled: “The M (Group) Interactive Guide to Collecting, Decorator with, and Learning about Wonderful and Unusual Things.” The book is a treasure trove. It’s all the magnificent obsession.

This season has seen a rainbow of these books on decorative arts, interior design, colleting, furniture, castles in the air and on the ground. They’ve become the de facto calling card for any designer worth his or her salt. They’ve also become a trove of creative ideas for all of us (who are interested). A palliative for the mind and spirit also.

Meanwhile three blocks south over at WaterWorks on 58th Street between Second and Third Avenues,  they hosted a book signing for Thom Filicia.
Carey Maloney holding his book "STUFF." This is one that will really get your imagination blooming. Click to order or buy immediately at Archivia.
The man talking to the blond woman is Hermes Mallea, Maloney's partner. The room is the Doris Leslie Blau showroom.
Delia von Neuschatz was there for NYSD:  Barbara Sallick, SVP of Waterworks hosted the launch of interior designer Thom Filicia’s new book, “American Beauty,” with a humorous foreword by Tina Fey.

This beautifully illustrated tome lovingly chronicles the two-year renovation of a fixer upper Mr. Filicia bought in the idyllic town of Skaneateles, on the shores of New York’s Finger Lakes.  In Mr. Filicia’s words, the book is a “narrative of finding and renovating a house and then turning it into a home.”  Skaneateles is the site of many happy childhood memories for this former star of the hit television show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and as such, the book is not just a decorating how-to, but a memoir as well. 
A photo from American Beauty showing a typical summer day on Skaneateles Lake.
Thom Filicia signing away copies of his book, American Beauty.
Sam Fryer and Marie Roussel, the team from Archivia Books, were kept busy ringing up sales.
Barbara Sallick and Dennis Scully.
Paul Johnson Calderon, Thom Filicia, Melissa Johnson Michael and Cece Cord.
Michael McGraw and Robert Rufino.
Taking a break (and a bath) with his book.
Susan Magrino, Greg Calejo and Dorinda Medley.
Thom Filicia and his PR maven, Christina Juarez.
The author amongst his many fans.
Newell Turner and Marcia Sherril.
Dawn Cassidy and Lissa Schiele.
Barbara Sallick and David Scott.
Aaron Schurgin and David Scott.
Kanin and Kate Filicia, Thom’s nieces.
Michael Burns and Nancy Mizrahi.
Thom with Kate Filicia.
Stacey Sinclair and Barbara Sallick.
Thom surrounded by his editorial team at Clarkson Potter.
Melissa Berkelhammer.
Lyndsey Natale and Karen Marx.
Stephen Fanuka, star of DIY’s Million Dollar Contractor and Thom Filicia.
Dorinda Medley and Thom Filicia.
Paul O’Donnell and Thom Filicia.
Carolyn Sollis and Robert Rufino.
Delia von Neuschatz and Thom Filicia.
Christina Juarez surveying the hopping scene.
Meanwhile, I went from Carey Maloney’s party over to the Plaza, taking a taxi across midtown until we got to Madison when the gridlock began.  The cab driver told me it was The Tree. Another celebration, dedicated to St. Nick a/k/a Santa Claus and children of all ages everywhere. More than a million people will come to see the tree at Rockefeller Center before the holiday season is over.
A view of the Pulitzer Fountain in front of the Bergdorf Goodman store (and the Plaza to the right) last night about 7:15. The traffic on Fifth Avenue was bumper to bumper.
This is a side window at Bergdorf's. We'll have to wait another week to see the chef d'oeuvre of Bergdorf's window display team.
The limousines and taxis dropping off passengers in front of the Plaza where they were holding the annual New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Gala in the Grand Ballroom.
The roadway in front of the Plaza was three and four deep in limousines and Escalades with people getting out in black tie and long dresses.  The event was the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s annual gala, this year entitled “Protecting Kids First.” Deborah Norville always hosts this event and she does an excellent job in conveying the seriously delicate issues of children at risk or peril.
The table settings at the Plaza for Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s annual gala.
They honored John and Margo Catsimatidis and Kimberly Guilfoyle. The entertainment was Vince Giordiano and the Nighthawks. I stayed through the cocktail hour so I didn’t have the pleasure of hearing Giordiano who has a wonderful repertoire of songs and arrangements from the early American songbook of the 19-teens, 20s, and 30s. Great dance music. More on this evening in an upcoming Diary.
Wilbur and Hilary Ross.
The honorees, Mr. and Mrs. John Catsimatidis.
Designer Victor de Soiuza, Dr. Penny Grant, and Sabrina Martin.
Michel Witmer and friends.
Somers Farkas and Margo Catsimatidis.
Bob Hardwick, Joy Ingham, and Chuck Whittingham.
Karl Wellner and Deborah Norville.
Bill and Frances Shelton Bruder.
Pearls of Girls. Leaving the Plaza I walked a block down Fifth Avenue to Mikimoto where Gillian Miniter, Debra Shriver and Alicia Bythewood were hosting a celebration with Mikimoto of the UNICEF Snowflake for cocktails and a preview of Mikimoto Regalia. Precious pearls and all. It was just about over when I arrived but there was still a crowd.

Miniter, Shriver and Bythewood were talking about the upcoming UNICEF Snowflake Ball which takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving at Cipriani 42nd Street. Harry Belafonte will be receiving the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award. There will be performances by Tony Bennett and the Wynton Marsalis Quintet. And it’s SOLD OUT already!
Gillian Miniter, Debra Shriver, and Alicia Bythewood.
Lesley Schulhof and Sharon Bush.
Clockwise from above: Shriver, Bythewood, and Miniter model their Mikimoto pearls.
A Tiffany diamond in the window across the Avenue.
Fifth Avenue and 58th Street looking west at 9PM.
This is the "Archduke Joseph" Diamond, a cushion-shaped D color internally flawless Golconda diamond of 76.02 carats, sold yesterday afternoon at Christie's in Geneva for $21,474,525 — a world record for a colorless diamond, for a colorless diamond per carat, and for a colorless Goldconda diamond.

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