Jewelry Designer James de Givenchy Featured and Fêted in Palm Beach

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A dinner party in honor of James Givenchy at the poolside garden of Heidi and Tom McWilliams. Tablescape by David Monn.

Rarely do the better-known hosts and hostesses in Palm Beach take notice as they did this week when James de Givenchy arrived at Sotheby’s with his stunningly beautiful and unique Taffin Jewelry Collection. Just a few key telephone calls from Tiffany Dubin and there were lunches, dinners and shopping galore!

New York-based Taffin by James de Givenchy has become recognized globally over the past 23 years for its one-of-a-kind high-jewelry designs that embrace “the unusual.” Inspired by the work of storied French and American jewelry houses, Givenchy’s contemporary designs reflect his appreciation for quality craftsmanship.

Beginning on Wednesday, ladies including Eleanora Kennedy, Karen Klopp and Polly Onet stopped by Sotheby’s to greet Givenchy and view the collection. The new Whispering Angel 2020 was served chilled on the back terrace overlooking the Intracoastal.

The Taffin Collection by James de Givenchy at Sotheby’s.
The Taffin Collection focuses on exceptional and unusual stones, set with an abundance of colored ceramic, steel, oxidized silver and leather.
Each piece is unique.
Eleanora Kennedy, Sotheby’s Joanna Gong, and Tiffany Dubin with jewelry designer James de Givenchy at Sotheby’s Palm Beach.
Karen Klopp and Polly Onet alongside a Willem de Kooning at Sotheby’s Palm Beach.
Whispering Angel was on hand to offer visitors a chilled glass of rosé on Sotheby’s terrace overlooking the Intracoastal.

That evening, David Monn turned the poolside garden of Heidi and Tom McWilliams into a sculptural dining installation. Canvas tropical leaves were painted to look like bisque porcelain to accompany the handmade platinum porcelain from Muriel Grateau of Paris. The evening was in honor of Givenchy.  Ghislain d’ Humieres, the new director and CEO of The Norton Museum, was also an honored guest along with Norton trustees Candia Fisher, Hilarie Morgan, and Simone Vickar.

Ghislain d’Humieres and David Monn with James de Givenchy at Heidi and Tom McWilliams house in Palm Beach. Photos by Annie Watt.
Tiffany Dubin, Heidi McWilliams, and Hilarie Morgan.
The dinner menu.

Kerry Vickar, Mitchell Morgan, and Nicolas Raubertas also shared in the festive evening. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner fashioned after the famous Caviar Kaspia menu of poached lobster tail, Scottish smoked salmon, house made Foie Gras and the infamous baked potato and caviar!

Caviar Kaspia baked potato prepared by Chef Christopher Spitz.

And on Friday evening, Interior Designer Richard Mishaan hosted a dinner at Swifty’s Pool for Givenchy. Guests included: Judy Taubman, Ghislain d’Humieres, Roz Lesperance, Olga and George Votis, Laura and Harry Slatkin, Marigay McKee, Caroline and Tom Dean, Dennis Basso, Carol Mack, Tom Quick, Fran Lesperance and others.

Richard Mishaan, Tiffany Dubin, and Ghislain d’Humieres.
The table is set at Swifty’s Pool.
The beautiful Carol Mack with Ghislain d’Humieres and James de Givenchy.
Olga Votis and dinner partner Tom Dean.
L. to r.: Christine Macaya and Harry Slatkin; Laura Slatkin and Michael Donnell.
Tom Dean, Marigay McKee, and Dennis Basso.
Richard Mishaan toasts James de Givenchy as guests, including Tom Quick and Judy Taubman, look on.

Raised in Beauvais, Givenchy was drawn to the energetic diversity of New York City. After noteworthy tenures at the most prestigious auction houses and jewelry companies, Taffin was established as a New York salon to work with private clients on special commissions in 1996. Givenchy later designed and opened the Madison Avenue headquarters of Taffin, located in the same building that houses his atelier, to showcase the now extensive couture collection. 

Taffin has been exhibiting at Sotheby’s Palm Beach since March 24​th.

Today, April 4th, is the last day, so hurry on over!

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