Traveling down memory lane

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Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Lauren du Pont, Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan, and Marina Rust Connor with Sidney Toledano —then the Pres. & CEO Christian Dior Couture, now Chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group.

Friday, May 31, 2019. Cooler, often cloudy, mid-to high-60s by day. Unbelievably heavy traffic, a horrific combination of more cars and bad planning. Not to mention the increase in deliveries in this new age of Press Enter and do whatever else you’re doing. The double parked delivery trucks with the road space behind them covered (I was going to write “littered”) with cardboard boxes of every size and shape. Money talks and nobody walks. It was that kind of weather in New York yesterday, if you catch my drift.

An Evening of Nouveau Glamour at The Frick Collection in 2003.

However, Long ago and Far away, but seems like only yesterday, JH was working on something to do with our archives and he came across some of his photos from a Diary in February 2003. Only sixteen years ago, although it does seem like a long time ago in some ways.

The first item was the Young Fellows of the Frick Collection’s An Evening of Nouveau Glamour. We’ve covered this particular annual event several times although I have no memory whatsoever of this particular evening though almost everyone is familiar to these eyes.

It was a sold-out benefit. To give you an idea of the crowd:

Tory Burch, Lauren Bush, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Tamara and Matthew Mellon, Tinsley Mortimer, Amy Fine Collins, Glenda Bailey, Lauren Davis, Anna Wintour, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Lisa Airan, Renee and Mark Rockefeller, Lisa Anastos, Judy Auchincloss, Manuel and Corina Balbontin, Susan Fales-Hill, Marina Rust Connor, Hunter Cushing, Linda Evangelista, Whitney and James Fairchild, Pam Fiori, Amber and Timothy Frumkes, Jacqueline and Mortimer Sackler, Anne Buford, Charles de Viel Castel, Lauren du Pont, Jennifer Creel, Nina Garcia, Vanessa von Bismarck, Mark F. Gilbertson, Anne and Mario Grauso, Paige and Tripp Hardy, Karla and Peter Harwich, Kim Hicks, Dayssi Kanavos, Nathalie Kaplan, Jason Kaselman, Greg Kwiat, Lauren Bush, David Lauren, Robert and Victoria Lindgren, Martha Loring, Prince Rudolf Knaise Melikoff, Sheila Parham, Justin Portman, Robert Rufino, Marianna Sabater, Amy Sacco, Samuel Sachs II, Timothy & Helen Lee Schifter, Louise and Benjamin Schliemann, Christine Scornavacca, Natalia Vodianova, Lillian von Stauffenberg, Alek Wek, Genevieve Wheeler. Looking over this list sixteen years later is rife with nostalgia and tall memory.

Then there’s another … Christian Dior Couture co-hosted the event which raises money for educational programs for school children and students. Several of the committee members and others wore dresses created by John Galliano in Paris, including Marina Rust Connor in a taupe satin bias-cut gown. Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer wearing a white chiffon halter gown with silver appliqué; Lauren du Pont in a black silk chiffon gown with hand-embroidered coat, and Nathalie Kaplan wearing a black chiffon gown with hand-beading.

The evening’s co-chairs Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Lauren du Pont, Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan, and Marina Rust Connor with Sidney Toledano.
The Empress of Vogue, Anna Wintour, sans the signature dark glasses and with the man in her life at the time, Shelby Bryan.
Sidney Toledano with his wife Katia Assous and Aerin Lauder.
“What do you think of my skirt?” … “I don’t know, I’m thinking …”
Martha Loring, the great-great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick.
Cynthia Lufkin in her Galliano with Natalie in hers and Mark Gilbertson talking to somebody else.
The famous sisters, Nikki and Paris and Paris and Nikki, glowing in the dark. Their social phenomenon paved the way for the Kardashian-sized world of fashion and makeup.
And their loving parents who were with them all the way as they made lives for themselves, Rick and Kathy Hilton.
Whitney Fairchild in stitches.
DPC with Mabel Brodrick-Okereke. I don’t know what Mabel was doing back then, but now she is a Professor in the Communication department at St. John’s University.
Amy Sacco and friends.
Tinsley Mortimer saying to Lauren Davis (now Santo Domingo): “I was thinking of getting that one!” And then a turn for the photographer.
Sheila Parham and Kim Hicks.
Harpers Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey.
“I couldn’t hear what she was saying but it looked serious.”
Tatiana Papanicolaou (now Perkin) and Melissa Berkelhammer.
Nicole Richie and Casey Johnson.
Dashing David Lauren.
David Anton, former EIC of T&C Pamela Fiori, and former men’s fashion editor Michael Cannon.

Two nights before the Frick, over at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Museum of Television & Radio held its annual gala honoring Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews.

The lights are now out on this famous façade which was sold to Anbang Insurance Group of China; closed and is said to be turning the building into apartments. More recently there have been rumors that work has discontinued, so the building’s future is not determined.

This night’s event was one of many that were held in the hotels ballrooms every year. The hotel was the home to Herbert Hoover after he left the White House, General Douglas MacArthur after he retired, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Cole Porter, and the US Ambassadors to the United Nations. Its history reaches back to the last quarter of the 19th century when two as Astor cousins took their family’s residences occupying the western block of Fifth Avenue on 33rd and 34th  Streets, and built hotels. They were the Waldorf, built by William Waldorf Astor and the Astoria built his cousin John Jacob Astor IV. The hotels were the upshot of a family feud that eventually led Waldorf Astor to abandon New York  for London where he eventually became Lord Astor. His cousin lost his life on the sinking of the Titanic. When the original Waldorf-Astoria was razed, it was replaced by the Empire State Building, long the classic beacon of the Manhattan skyline.

The evening’s honorees, Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews.
The pros, camera-ready.
Once more with feeling.
And then there was this shot …
John Cahill and Anne Slater.
Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown.
Jeremy Irons.
The Karl Wellners.
Beverly Sills, Peter Rogers, Liz Smith, and Shirley Lord Rosenthal.
David Brown extends an ear to hear what his old friend Walter was saying, while Betsy Cronkite listened intently.
Then JH got them to look his way.
Celeste Holm and her husband at the time, actor Frank Basile.
Legendary producer/director Harold (Hal) Prince, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Linda Lavin.
Honors award, speeches delivered, show over, tune in tomorrow. Outside the Lexington Avenue side of the Waldorf with a clear view of its neighbor still resplendent, the Chrysler Building, which was completed the same year as the Waldorf and the Empire State Building.

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