Friday, June 10, 2016

On a beautiful summer night in mid-June

Running the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. 6:40 PM. Photo: JH.
Friday, June 10, 2016. A beautiful, bright sunny day yesterday in New York with temps in the mid-to-high 60s and a pleasant sometimes strong breeze playing in the trees. The photo I took on East End Avenue and 82nd Street says it better: Just beautiful.
Last night was the annual Wildlife Conservation Gala in the Central Park Zoo. This is always a beautiful end of the season affair and especially when it's perfect weather because it's held at the Central Park Zoo. Last night was perfect weather.

It begins with cocktails around the seal pool along with a performance by a pair of seals with a lively natural wit and what looks like the fun they're having being watched. This is all my imagination of course, but watching them you can see that they "get" a lot of it. Probably a lot more than we do, for all I know.
The attendant preparing one of the seals for its performance.
And with a flip of the hand she tosses as the seal jumps from the water to catch it!
The reward.
They honored Sir David Attenborough and the Walt Disney Company. Both for their deep commitment to conservation of wildlife. But more about all that next week when I have more time to think about this beautiful evening and its purpose.

Meanwhile I was a guest of Leonard and Allison Stern who have been major supporters of the WCS for a long time. It was under Allison's active part for several years that created this fund-raising dinner. Unfortunately Allison could not attend last minute because she broke her leg! I don't know how it happened but it did and she's scheduled for surgery on Monday (this is all hearsay). Leonard, who was present, told me that Allison was unable to attend because of a previous distraction.

It's a black tie affair with the women in cocktail dresses, so it's kind of formal but in that environment it's just a rare kind of pleasure in the middle of the Big Town. On a beautiful summer night in mid-June.
Joe Pugliese and Joy Ingham.
Joy Ingham, Jackie Drake, and Lisa Schiff.
Friends' selfie.
The lady in red. The elegance.
A papier mache camel at the entrance to the dinner.
A toy monkey in a tree bids us good-bye.
This coming September 7th, the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT will hold its annual fashion luncheon, opening Fashion Week in New York, and benefitting The Museum.  This year the honoree will be Albert Kriemler of AKRIS. In advance of that event, on June 2nd, Mr. Kriemler hosted a luncheon party for members of the Couture Council Board at the AKRIS boutique on Madison Avenue. Among those in attendance were Elizabeth Peek, Yaz Hernandez (chair of the Couture Council), Audrey Gruss, and Lisa Klein (the last two being the 2017 Couture Council Luncheon Chairs).
Michele Gerber Klein, Celia Hegyi, Kathy Prounis, and Eleanora Kennedy.
Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, introduced Mr. Kriemler by quoting Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of the fashion office and store presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, who once said that "Albert is someone who has improved the quality of life through design.” Dr. Steele went on to say, “While everyone appreciates the luxury of Akris fabrics and clothes, few people realize how much research and development Albert does to ensure their effortless elegance."  

Mr. Kriemler, taking the podium, said how much he admired the exhibitions at The Museum at FIT and how important the work of the Couture Council was in supporting the museum.
Lisa Klein, Albert Kriemler, Audrey Gruss, and Valerie Steele.
Michele Gerber Klein and  Eleanora Kennedy. Laura Nicklas and Carole Harting.
Lois Robbins and Kathy Prounis. Liz Peek and Albert Kriemler.
Valerie Steele, Celia Hegyi, and Carole Harting. Peter Herink and Albert Kriemler.
Angela Dotson, Michele Gerber Klein, and Darcy Rigas. Vivi Barguil de Sarmiento and Alyson Cafiero.
At table.
Audrey Gruss.
As mannequins strolled slowly around the luncheon table wearing looks from his Fall/Winter 2016-17 collection (shown in Paris in March), the designer described the techniques used and the sources of inspiration. An extraordinary sheathe dress, for example, featured "snakeskin" crafted from laser-cut pieces of leather -- a tour-de-force combination of technology and craftsmanship. Several guests asked questions about specific looks, and everyone remained riveted by the designer’s descriptions and explanations of the how’s, what’s and why’s of AKRIS’ fashion. 
The Akris fashion presentation ...
This past Tuesday night, June 7th, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, CEO John Ridding, and US managing editor Gillian Tett hosted the FT’s annual spring party at the top of One World Trade Center.

They welcomed 300 guests from the worlds of business, finance, politics and media. They were celebrating the growth of the FT in the US, which is now the largest single country for FT readership. Paid readership in the US is at an all-time high and makes up over a quarter of global readers.
Cockails at One World Trade Center.
I read it every day on line. I especially like it on line because they carry readers comments, and the level of interest and intelligence expressed is often thought provoking.  If you have no interest in the news of business and finance, buy the Weekend FT which comes out on Saturday. It’s the best weekend paper out there right now. Everything about it is interesting and you’ll learn something.

CEO John Ridding made introductory remarks at Tuesday night’s reception: “Our success in the US is a tribute to our business and editorial teams here. The US has been a big part of our growth, and our success ... And, of course, it is the source of so many of our global stories.”
John Ridding, CEO, Financial Times. Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times.
Among the guests taking in the views of the metropolis from the windows while enjoying the company, the hors d’oeuvres and cocktails: Nick Astbury, Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy; Charlie Rose; Richard Edelman; super-agents Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell; Patrick Foye, Executive Director, Port Authority New York New Jersey; Poppy Harlow, correspondent, CNN Money; Scott Kapnick, CEO, Highbridge Capital Management; Alex Kelleher, CEO and Founder, Get; Liz Robbins; Paul Sheard, Chief Global Economist, Standard and Poor’s; Michael Sweeney, CEO, Steinway and Son; and Matt Winkler, Emeritus Editor in Chief, Bloomberg News.

The crowd watched the sunset over Manhattan and mingled well into the night. The World Trade Center’s spire was also lit FT pink. After the party, guests left with goody bags that included a custom Ettinger wallet, FT umbrella, and a best of FT Weekend special supplement.
Liz Robbins, of Liz Robbins Associates, and Jurek Martin, OBE.
Peter Price, President of Premiere Previews, John Ridding, and Judith Price, President, National Jewelry Institute.
Yoshiko Sheard and Paul Sheard, Chief Global Economist and Executive Managing Director at Standard and Poor's Ratings.
Matt Winkler, Emeritus Editor in Chief, Bloomberg News (middle) and Lionel Barber (right)
Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel, co-CEOs, WME, with Lionel Barber.
Jesse Oxfeld, Director of Content, Vox Creative and Tom Cunningham, Corporate Communications, IPG.
Charlie Rose, PBS Charlie Rose Show, and Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times.
Gillian Tett and Poppy Harlow, Anchor, CNN.
More catching up. On Tuesday, May 17th, The National Audubon Society celebrated the legacy of female leadership in conservation by presenting three conservation champions with the Rachel Carson Award to Dominique Browning, Rebecca Moore and Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan at the Plaza. The award recognizes visionary women whose dedication, talent and energy have advanced environmental and conservation positive change locally and on a global scale. Emcee NBC Chief Environmental Affairs Correspondent Anne Thompson, commented on how all three honorees have personally inspired her and the fortune to have worked with each on instrumental news segments.

Dominique Browning is the Co-Founder and Senior Director of Moms Clean Air Force; Rebecca Moore is Director of Google Earth, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach; and Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan is Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.
Erin Crotty, Allison Rockefeller, Rebecca Moore, Dominique Browning, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, and David Yarnold.
Allison Rockefeller, the founding chair of the Rachel Carson Awards Council, spoke at the ceremony about the honorees. "Like Rachel Carson, these women are our great protectors, grand communicators and truth-tellers. They are the doers and the fixers." 

“The women we are here to honor today all know the value of technology and communication. And, they are using it to change the world,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. Each and every one of you in this room today is what hope looks like to your children.” 
Dominique Browning, David Yarnold, and Allison Rockefeller.
Guests included Erin Crotty, Audubon New York Executive Director; Rachel Carson Awards Council, Jane Alexander, Laureen Barber, Katie Carpenter, Jayni Chase, Margot Ernst, Jeanine Getz, Marian Heiskell, Fernanda Kellogg, Diane Lewis, MD, Shelly Malkin, Josephine Merck, Laura O’Donohue, Valerie Ohrstrom, Veronique Pittman, Elizabeth Titus Putnam, Deb Rivel, Warrie Price, Susan Cohn Rockefeller, Victoria Shaw, Flo Stone, Gini Stowe, Victoria Rose Whipple.

Guests dined on a locally sourced vegetarian menu catered by Liz Neumark, owner of Great Performances and member of the Audubon Women in Conservation Council.
Audubon’s Rachel Carson Awards.
The Mission of the Audubon Women in Conservation Council is to recognize outstanding women leaders in today's conservation movement; to support environmental opportunities for girls and young women; and to educate women on important issues related to conservation and the environment.

Since its inception, Audubon’s Rachel Carson Award has raised more than $1 million to support Audubon New York’s programs to protect birds and their habitats as well as Audubon’s Women in Conservation Program. For more information visit,
Dominique Browning and Rebecca Moore.
Willie Janeway and Gini Stowe.
Diane Lewis, Wendy Gross, and Lorraine Barber.
Andrea de Cholnoky, Katie Carpenter, and Cindy Rinfret.
Susan Rockefeller and Veronique Pittman. Majora Carter and Anne Thompson.
Carrie Price, George Whipple, and Victoria Whipple.
Peter Rockefeller, David Yarnold, George Whipple, and National Audubon Society Board members.

Photographs by Noa Griffel/ (FIT)

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