The Palm Beach Social Diary. Raced back down to Palm Beach from New York, but this time not such an easy trip as I had to hop on and off the plane, like a bunny. Just before take off, Delta called us back to the terminal and dragged all the passengers off to “inspect” the plane.
Anyway, it did not matter as I had a pal, Pemmy Frick to commiserate with. I was anxious to get down there in time to hear the gifted, award winning, designer Mario Buatta speak at the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation dinner.
We all know Mario is one of the World’s Greatest Decorators as his beautiful work has been documented on zillions of magazine covers, in newspapers and in books. He decorated Blair house, the official White House guest house in Washington, the Winterthur Museum galleries in Wilmington, and so much more. His star-studded client list includes Mariah Carey, Barbara Walters, Donald and Sue Newhouse, Malcolm Forbes, Nelson Doubleday, Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Charlotte Ford, Billy Joel, Henry Ford II and more.
Not only is he adorable and an extraordinary talent but he is also a hysterically funny man! So there was no way I was going to miss his talk. His unique combination of wit plus talent makes for a wildly entertaining speech, plus you get to see slides of his dazzling works (such as the ones pictured above).
Next day was the luncheon benefiting “Hope for Depression” a charity recently started by Audrey Gruss whose late mother, Hope Butvay suffered from that terrible affliction. The lunch was hardly depressing, however; actually it was fascinating with a wonderful group of speakers in the sunny ballroom at Mar-A-Lago. We were all mesmerized by brilliant writer Nick Dunne’s very moving talk about his very own experiences with depression.
Next stop was Mariana and George Kaufman’s dinner at everyone’s fav private spot in PB: Club Colette. All the gals put on their dancing dresses as there is always a great band at Dan Ponton’s hot spot.
Our hostess Mariana was a star in Michael Kors burnt orange “zipper “dress and Pauline Pitt looked beautiful in red Oscar de la Renta. Also there were David and Jill Gilmour, Jerry Seag, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Dan Ponton, Freddie and Virginia Melhado, Chris and Grace Meigher, Lucy Musso (who took the photos of the party), Alberto and Peggy Meija, Yanna and Stanley Rumbough, Lesly Smith, Anna and Bill Mann, Bob Nederlander and Pat Cook, Howard Cox, Felicia Taylor, Darcy and George Gould, Susan and Philip Warner,Tom Quick, Nick Dunne, Randy and Barbara Smith and more.
— Hilary Geary Ross
The Saturday before last, David and Julia Koch hosted a private cocktail reception and candlelit dinner and performance at their Villa el Sarmiento featuring American Ballet Theatre’s new production of Swan Lake, White Swan Pas de Deux, Slave variation from Le Corsaire, Sinatra Suite, and Don Quixote Pas de Deux.
Guests included: The Duke of Marlborough, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, Countess Christina de Caraman, Princess Maria Pia di Savoia, Lydia and Robert Forbes, Carol and Earle Mack, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Prince Michel of Yugoslavia, Mr. and Mrs. Winston Churchill II, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Tom Quick, Anka Palitz, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Grace and Chris Meigher, Rachel Moore, Richard and Sally Phelps, Hillary and Peter Pulitzer, John Damgard, Muffy and Donald Miller, Josephine and Peter Kairis, Craig Miller, Tara and John Milne, Ashley Schiff and Michael Ramos.
During the dinner, Graff’s white round diamond swirl earrings were auctioned off for $45,000 with proceeds benefiting ABT. The evening raised a total of $500,000 for American Ballet Theatre.
The prior evening, Henri Barguirdjian, Graff President and CEO, hosted a cocktail reception at Graff’s Worth Avenue boutique in celebration of ABT and its dancers with hundreds of carats of dazzling diamonds on display for the event. Graff is the official sponsor of ABT’s spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Some friends of Robert Redd – Piper Quinn and Sara Groff, Lily Holt Dillon, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Quinn, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gilbane, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gilbane III, and Mrs. and Mrs. Blakely Page held a cocktail reception for the man two weeks ago at Bice in Palm Beach.
Truism: who doesn’t love a bargain? So it was no surprise to see the feeding frenzy for designer and decorator-donated furniture, accessories and artwork at the gala preview in Palm Beach of FOUND TREASURES: Ultimate Tag Sale 2008, to benefit FoundCare, the organization building Palm Beach County’s new non-profit community health center for uninsured children and adults that is currently under construction.
Honorary chairmen Carolyn Buckley and decorator William Eubanks and benefit chairmen Barnette Druskin and Alan Salomon welcomed hundreds into the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ cavernous rehearsal hall- artfully laid out in stylish vignettes by Ralph Lauren display whiz Sean Brivak. The “plum” of the sale- fashion legend Iris Apfel and husband Carl’s classic Ford Country Squire station wagon. “It needs a little work,” she said. “But who doesn’t these days?”