Mark Gilbertson’s annual Autumn cocktail reception where everyone is the star

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Friday, October 4, 2019. It rained most of yesterday and last night, and was chillier than we’ve seen it. Today we’re running some photos of guests at Mark Gilbertson’s annual Autumn cocktail reception that took place on Wednesday night. It had already begun to spritz then but it wasn’t enough to keep his guests from stepping out. Last night, it rained and even poured.

Today we are running over sixty photos by Cutty McGill, most with two or three guests in them, so it’s probably about a third of the guests. What was interesting to me about these was that I saw dozens of people I knew when I was actually in the room. In these I saw mainly people I never saw when I was there. It was that kind of party – big and clattery, and constantly moving, people coming and going. It was so big that no one dominated with their presence. Everyone was a star.

Our host loves doing this but is obsessive (maybe compulsive?) about every detail including whether or not you received your invitation; and whether or not you are attending. It isn’t unlike him even to make last minute calls to make sure you’re gonna be there. Whew! 

Such attention could make you feel special, although if you know Mark – and many do – he’s just “obsessive” about the little things. The result is always the same – big crowd, lots of talkers, lots of listeners, strangers, old friends, new friends, even intergenerational, and a good bar. Or two. Starts at 6, runs to 8:30 and then some. You can see the results of the faces of the guests. They weren’t just smiling for the camera, they were enjoying themselves. Mark succeeded.


L. to r.: Alison Aston and Mark Gilbertson; Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner.
L. to r.: Tara and Allison Rockefeller; Duane Hampton and Lee Robinson.
Gigi Mortimer, Pierre-Yves Roussel, and Tory Burch.
L. to r.: Carole Holmes McCarthy and Philip de Louvirer; Muffy Miller and Grace Meigher.
Sessa von Richthofen, Shirin von Wulffen, Parker Gentry, and Teresa Colley.
L. to r.: Mai Harrison; Anne Colley and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes.
Fran L’Esperance,Terry Fitzgerald, and George Farias.
L. to r.: Nancy Sambuco and Allison Pappas; Mark Fabry.
Jill Roosevelt and Marjorie Gubelmann.
L. to r.: Kristin and Charlie Krusen; Chuck Scarborough.
L. to r.: Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin; Brian Sawyer and Zani Gugelmann.
Kristina Davison, Sallie Giordano, Betsy Pitts, and Simone Mailman.
L. to r.: Amy Fine Collins and friend; Tatiana and Thorne Perkin.
Carmen Torruella and Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan.
L. to r.: Carmen Torruella and Sherlock Hackley; Libby and Terry Fitzgerald.
Muffie Potter Aston, Elizabeth Williams, and Meg Braff.
L. to r.: Karen Klopp and Hilary Dick; Yaz Hernandez and Liz Peek.
Guy Harley, Elisabeth Saint-Amand, and Jared Goss.
L. to r.: Cece Cord and Richard Johnson; Peter and Kara Georgiopoulos.
Martha Glass with Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels.
L. to r.: Alexandra Lind Rose and Louis Rose; Helen Schifter.
Polly Onet and Mary Van Pelt.
L. to r.: Caryn Zucker and Marjorie Gubelmann; Melanie Seymour and David Holland.
Petter and Starrett Ringbom.
L. to r.: Judy Cox and Bettina Zilkha; Sydney and Stan Shuman.
David Holland and Felicia Taylor.
L. to r.: Peter Laing Barbara Cates; Stephanie Krieger and Brian Stewart.
Doug Steinbrecht, Jeff Sharp, and Guy Harley.
L. to r.: Ari and Rachel Hovnanian; Mary and Michael Darling.
John Paulson and Peter Pennoyer.
L. to r.: Lisa and Brian McCarthy; Jamee and Peter Gregory.
Gloria Fieldcamp and Sana Sabbagh.
L. to r.: Stewart Manger, Judith Guest, and Charlie Ayres; Mary Hilliard and Jennifer Cacioppo.
L. to r.: Teresa and Bruce Colley; Peter and Boo Van Ingen.
Maureen Reidy and Shayne Doty.
L. to r.: Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Richard Johnson; Gail Hilson.
Debbie Bancroft and Alison Mazzola.
L. to r.: Polly Onet and Walter Dean; Jennifer Creel and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos.
Michael Gross, Barbara Hodes, and Dana Hammond.
L. to r.: Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer; Barbara and Donald Tober.
Michael Kovner, Allison Rockefeller, and Jean doyen de Montaillou.

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