Gem Awards Gala 2020

Diamonds are a girls best friend and the Jewelers of America (JA) held the 18th annual GEM Awards on Friday, January 10, 2020, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York chaired by CHANEL’s Olivier Stip. Ed Bridge of Ben Bridge Jeweler received the prestigious GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Nikos Koulis won the GEM Award for Jewelry Design. The GEM Award for Media Excellence was awarded to Rachel Garrahan, presented by 2019 GEM Award winner Will Kahn. Twist took home the award for GEM Award for Innovation.

A dazzling stage and guests enjoyed the evening surrounded by luxury gems and personalities.

Sponsors of the 2020 GEM Awards included: Cornerstone Sponsors – CHANEL and Synchrony; Premier Sponsor – Signet Jewelers; Patron Sponsors – Chow Tai Fook North America, David Yurman, DeBeers Group; Benefactor Sponsors –COUTURE, HODINKEE, JCK Events, Lightbox and Movado Group Inc.


About GEM Awards

Jewelers of America’s GEM Awards is the fine jewelry industry’s premier accolade gala, which recognizes the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. To learn more about GEM Awards, please visit  

Arch Ballet Havana Fall Fete

On November 19, contemporary ballet aficionados joined Arch Ballet benefactors and dancers post performance for an intimate fundraising cocktail party and auction at the private Delancey rooftop. Havana fashioned palm trees and modern decor pineapples surrounded the space with lush greenery. Cocktails and conversation were flowing in support of the dancer’s Fall Performance season at The Abrons Art Center Playhouse Theatre. Sponsors included Bondeno Bespoke Italian Shoes, NY Jets, Brooks Brothers, Hermes Parfumerie, W Hotels Times Square, Trump International Hotel and Towers, Glam Squad, Alexandra Clancy Handbags, Five Iron Golf, and many more.

Host committee for the event included Gerald Appelstein, Sheena Annalise, David Ballinger, Camaraderie NYC, Scott Jeffrey, Susan Kaminsky, Rachel Linder, Marija Pecar, Brian Reinke, Jeff Vockrodt, Bryan Zaros, and Women of Culture.

Honoring Arch Ballet Dancers Aoi Ohno, Tori Hey, Sheena Annalise, Kathleen Bostleman, Nathan Rommel, Gabrielle Girard
Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Sheena Annalise, Sara Johnson
Marija Pecar
Gerald Appelstein
Bryan Zaros, Janel Tanna
Natalia Ivanova, Frances Bruce

Sheena Annalise, Marija Pecar
Jeff Vockrodt
David Ballinger, Michael Glaccum
Rachel Linder, David Ballinger, Marija Pecar, Bryan Zaros, Tori Hey, Sheena Annalise, Kathleen Bostleman, Aoi Ohno, Gabrielle Girard, Brian Reinke, Scott Jeffrey, Nathan Rommel
Michelle-Marie Heinemann
Sheena Annalise, Brian Reinke
Sheena Annalise, Janel Tanna

Bryan Zaros, Brian Reinke

Nicholas DAngelo, Sheena Annalise, Nathan Rommel

Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Sara Johnson

The Camaraderie NYC

Photos Valerie Terranova

IIE Centennial Gala 2019

Hundreds of leaders in business, philanthropy, government, and higher education gathered for a memorable evening at The Pierre New York on Wednesday, Oct. 30 for the Institute of International Education’s Centennial Gala.

Martin (Marty) Lipton was honored with the IIE Stephen P. Duggan Award for Mutual Understanding in recognition of his lifetime of extraordinary achievement and his lasting contribution to international higher education. During Lipton’s tenure as chairman of the New York University board of trustees, he led the effort that made NYU the first global network university.

Lipton was later joined onstage by Ken Langone and Larry Silverstein for a conversation moderated by two-time Emmy winning journalist and business news anchor Maria Bartiromo. Langone is a co-founder of The Home Depot and the founder and chief executive officer of Invemed Associates LLC. Silverstein is the chairman of Silverstein Properties, Inc. and has been a leader in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center after 9/11.

The panel discussion covered a wide range of issues, including the impact that international educational experiences have on the workforce and businesses, the process of the international transformation of NYU, and the current state of the business world and global economy.

In celebration of IIE’s 100th anniversary, the winners of the newly launched IIE Centennial Fellowships were announced. Funded by private contributions including an endowment named in memory of former IIE Trustee Rodman C. Rockefeller, the IIE Centennial Fellowships honor IIE’s long association with the Fulbright Program. Created in 1946, the Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by IIE and other implementing partners. Each year, this prestigious fellowship competition at IIE will be open to all Fulbright Program alumni. Winning projects will highlight the values of mutual understanding, leadership, and impact and will be designed to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, spoke about ECA’s mission to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives through educational, professional, cultural, and sports exchanges that promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations.

The gala was underwritten by the Angelson Family Foundation. Serving as co-chairs for the event were: Calvin G. Butler, Jr.; Barbara M. Byrne; Martha M. Farkouh; Colleen Goggins; Peter M. Gottsegen; Jack M. Greenberg; Vartan Gregorian; Ruth Hinerfeld; Thomas S. Johnson; Henry Kaufman; Laya Khadjavi; Laurence C. Morse; Hartley Rogers; Thomas A. Russo; John Sexton; HRH Princess Ghida Talal; and Linda Vester.




The Institute of International Education, established in 1919, is focused on utilizing education to promote peace and mutual understanding in today’s interconnected world. IIE develops and manages more than 200 international education and cultural exchange programs with participants from more than 180 countries. To learn more, visit

Green Gala BCNY 71st Annual Fall Dance

The Boys’ Club of New York’s 71st Annual Fall Dance—the “Green Gala”— held at The Pierre on October 16th had more than 700 guests in attendance. The atmosphere was filled with tall lush greens and recycled fashion was the dress code (encouraging guests to rent, rewear, or borrow their black tie attire). In celebration and support of BCNY’s robust new sustainability initiatives, philanthropists at every age came together to support.

Alexia Leuschen;Chai Vasarhelyi
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos;Catherine Sheppard


(Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC)  Tory Burch;Tabitha Simmons
(Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC)  Yesim Philip;Dusty Philip
(Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC)  Rianne ten Haken
(Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC)Deborah Norville


The event was co-chaired by members of BCNY’s Women’s Board, including Gabrielle Bacon, Stephanie Kearney, Ros L’Esperance, Anjali Melwani, and Gigi Mortimer. Celebrities such as Tory Burch,  Academy Award-winning Film Director Jimmy Chin; Inside Edition Anchor Deborah Norville; and Tabitha Simmons were also in attendance.  Vice Chairs of the event included Lizzie Edelman, Lourdes Fanjul, Yesim Philip, and Harry Williams. Several corporate sponsors where sustainability lies at the core of their missions supported the event, including Belvedere Adventures, S’well, The 1 Hotels, Sustainable BBH at Brown Brothers Harriman, and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

(Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMC/PMC) Gabrielle Bacon
 Gigi Mortimer;Ros L’Esperance;Anjali Melwani;Stephanie Kearney;Gabrielle Bacon
Catherine Fortin
Ruben Tiago;Gary Porto
Bob Tetenbaum;Roxana Tetenbaum
Audrey Gruss
Kathleen Kocatas;Courtney Corleto;Ferebee Taube;Marcie Pantzer
 Krista Corl

A delicious dinner, speakers, and the reveal a new inspiring video introduced by BCNY’s Chief Program Officer and proud Boys’ Club alumnus Carlos Velazquez, where current members talked about their future-focused goals and alumni reflected on the impact the Boys’ Club made in their lives. Guests generously contributed to a variety of wish-list items centering on sustainability and environmental issues, raising more than $125,000 for these worthy Boys’ Club causes.

“We are committed to developing a robust sustainability initiative for our boys and helping them become responsible citizens of the world, said BCNY Executive Director and CEO Stephen Tosh.

ABOUT BCNY: Founded in 1876, the mission of the Boys’ Club of New York is to empower boys and young men by providing effective programs and a supportive community. BCNY accomplishes this by offering programs in music and arts, social and recreational activities, mentoring, academic support, and athletics. We deliver enriching afterschool programs to hundreds of boys each day at our three clubhouse locations in East Harlem, Flushing, and the Lower East Side. Our open-door policy and $5 membership fee ensure any boy—age 7 to 21—can join.

Dream Big Gala 2019

On October 24, 2019 Futures and Options held their Dream Big Gala at The Plaza ballroom. Top finance companies, law firms, and funds were the majority of leaders in their sponsors of the event, raising an outstanding 1.5 million. Their bustling silent auction held donations from Rent the Runway, Goldbar, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, The Tao Group, and more including a grand raffle prize of Championship Round of the Masters 2020 and a 3 night hotel stay for two.
DJ Paz kept the night buzzing with over 400 attendees. Steve Hessler, Chairman of the Board, Partner at Kirkland and Ellis, gave welcoming remarks followed by other members of the board and honoree Dave Miller, Partner and head of restructuring group at Elliott. Three Barbara L. Christen Scholar Finalists were introduced: Modou Sissoho (Awarded 10k college scholarship), Sheyra Perez (1k College Scholarship), Vasuki Gaba (1k College Scholarship).

Marija Pecar, Casey Woo, Sheena Annalise, Rachel Linder

Diana Finora, Sarah Konshi, Serena Bartolucci, Keagan Gros

Lisa Cox

Efrem Sigel

Photos by Michael Yorkes

Opening Doors to a Future of Boundless Options


Since 1995, Futures and Options has empowered New York City’s underserved youth to explore careers through career development and paid, mentored internships. We reach out to teens at a formative time of their lives, guiding them to further their education and become contributing citizens.

Our model program enables New York’s underserved youth to gain much-needed access to the economic mainstream, work-readiness training and support from caring adults.

At the same time, private and nonprofit businesses are connected to a pipeline of promising, motivated and diverse young people.


Together with our business and community partners, we are building the workforce of tomorrow.  Our career development program makes it possible for underserved, motivated teens to acquire the applied skills and higher education to successfully contribute to a global 21st Century economy.

Lincoln Center Young Patrons Gala

On March 22, the Lincoln Center Young Patrons hosted their annual gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The setting was surreal with sky high ceilings as majestic acoustics of The Sugar Tone Brass Band and Harlem Gospel Choir opened the evening.  DJ Jenny Albright brought down the house as over 800 Young Lincoln Center philanthropists and enthusiasts raised $280,000 for arts education and audience development initiatives. A few Lincoln Center artists were even spotted among the crowd.

Gala co-chairs included  Michelle Copelman, Josh Elkes, Michele Grant, Anuj Gupta, Laura Hellman, Jake Huff, Tyler Murphy Reed, Christina Russell, Shiv Sethi, Alexander Stamatiadis, and Lita Tandon.

The silent auction featured donations from Max Mara, HeyDay, Blushington, Rent the Runway, among others.


Harlem Gospel Choir Performance
SugarTone Brass Brand Performance
Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Mike Audet

Jordan Palmer, Music Artist Yanni Burton
Choreographer Sheena Annalise
Chelsea Vople
Callie Sowinski, Christina Russell and Michelle Copelman
Conrad Adolf

Jim Lightenburg

Lynn Yen

Conductor Bryan Zaros

Manisha Shobraj, Falguni Patel
Lawrence and Michele Grant
Jim Lightenburg


Comedian Randall Otis, Kathryn MacDowell


Photos by Ethan Covey and Cali York

Jean & Martin Shafiroff Private Party

Martin and Jean Shafiroff hosted an intimate St. Patrick’s Day cocktail party in their Upper East Side home honoring Stony Brook Southampton Hospital with their special guest Patrick McMullan this past Sunday, March 16.

The ever charming hostess herself greeted each guest as they arrived at the door and made sure every guest had a champagne or whiskey in hand. She was glowing in an Oscar de la Renta gown and all guests joined her in wearing green. The passed appetizers in matching hues, added to the festive occasion. Her special guest, Patrick McMullan is known for his St. Patrick’s Day parties, and in 2017, Jean threw him surprise dinner to celebrate the occasion.

Guests mingled, laughed, and enjoyed each other’s company with a great mix of the Shafiroff’s friends. Midway through the evening, Jean commanded the attention of the room to talk about the importance of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Her words were spoken with encouragement for her community, saying with a smile “there are two things you need – a good hospital and a good ambulance.” She then introduced Patrick, who also stressed the importance of the hospital saying, “I am incredibly grateful for the hospital as without it, I wouldn’t be here.” She is the epitome of true elegance as a host, all of her guests felt as if they were enjoying an evening in their own home with friends they’ve known for years only to have shaken hands for the first time that evening. Her precious rescue Rosie also joined the party later in the evening.

Jean Shafiroff, Rosie Shafiroff

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital 61st Annual Summer Party will take place on Saturday August 3rd and Jean and Martin Shafiroff have been named this year’s honorees. In addition, Jean Shafiroff has been named to the board of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Association.

Jean Shafiroff, Libbie Mugrabi
Odile de Schietere-Longchampt and Michel Longchampt
Debbie Bernstein and Steven Bernstein
Jean Shafiroff and Dr. Nicholas Perricone
Ron Geffner, Rita Cosby, Jane Scher and Doug Troland
Roy Kean, Jean Shafiroff, Peter Thomas Roth and Geoffrey Bradfield
Randi Schatz, Ruth Miller, Adele Nino, Rita Cosby and Dr. Penny Grant
Rebecca Seawright, Jean Shafiroff, Greg Kelly and Judith Gray
Sheena Annalise , David Ballinger

She serves on the board of many causes including New York City Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, and Global Strays. In addition, Jean is an Ambassador for the American Humane Society and the Ambassador-at-large for the Southampton Animal Shelter. She is also a New York Women’s Foundation Board Alumna and remains very active with the Foundation.

St Patrick’s Day was a splendid evening this year for her guests and everyone was given another glimpse of her kind heart, generous spirit, and effortless elegance.

Jean Shafiroff


Images by Credit Gonzalo Marroquin/PMC

Karl Lagerfeld Private Gallery Party

On Tuesday March 5, 2019, Chanel Iman and her husband Sterling ShepardGay Talese and Audrey Gruss, joined Galerie Gmurzynska Co-Owner Isabelle Bscher and gallery Director Martin Friedrichs in honoring Karl Lagerfeld at the opening of an oeuvre-spanning exhibition of his fine-art photography.

The show, on view from March 6 through April 27, 2019, is the gallery’s second exhibition following its inaugural showing of work by Wifredo Lam. In the comprehensive exhibition of more than 40 works, the full range of Lagerfeld’s output is on display, from his celebrity portraits—whether a close-up of Nicole Kidman or Arnold Schwarzenegger atop a motorcycle—to his photography depicting his beloved adopted city of Paris, and his romantic depictions of floating flowers.

In addition to the New York City show, an exhibition of Lagerfeld’s work has also been mounted at the gallery’s Zurich space, through May 2019. The gallery’s first solo exhibition of Lagerfeld’s fine-art photography was in 1996.

More than 150 friends, collectors, and art-world luminaries gathered for a private reception at the gallery’s New York City location, 39 East 78th Street, to fete Lagerfeld and his artistic output. Guests included: Beth Rudin DeWoodyGlenn FuhrmannIsrael EnglanderJamee and Peter GregoryOmar Hernandez, pianist Micah McLaurin, artist Susan J. BarronJeremy FragranceJames GintyRose HartmanCaroline Johnson, artist Bentley MeekerRandi SchatzWhitney Schott, designer Helen Yarmak, Janna Bullock, and Zoe Bullock.

New Museum NextGen Dinner

Alexander McQueen chose the New Museum’s NextGen dinner on Friday night as its first event sponsored stateside. The annual dinner, which this year honored Laure Prouvost, exemplifies the museum’s mission to highlight emerging contemporary artists.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nina Westervelt
Maria Sharapova
New Museum NextGen Dinner, Industria, New York, USA – 02 Nov 2018

“New Museum’s mission is new ideas, and it’s just so wonderful when we can celebrate the emerging voices,” said Karen Wongdeputy director of the New Museum during cocktail hour at Studio Ten at Industria. “We’re very proud that we’ve got this terrific platform for artists who are doing innovative, provocative, weird work, and that we’re able to give them space and the right type of support.”

The museum first showed Prouvost’s work several years ago, before she went on to win the prestigious Turner Prize. Massimiliano Gioni described the sequence of events as “auspicious.”

“It’s been a nice ongoing conversation,” he said, adding that one of the artist’s videos is currently on view at the museum’s offsite exhibition at The Store X in London. “I think she’s one of the most interesting artists working today, but particularly, everything about her videos is strangely fluid between reality and imagination, and language and reality. And that also makes her particularly interesting to recognize tonight as representative of the next generation. I always think that you feel a generation gap first of all through language and through words, and her work is very much about that. She is an artist who is a leader in inventing a new language and new work.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nina Westervelt
Bettina Prentice and Mia Moretti
New Museum NextGen Dinner, Industria, New York, USA – 02 Nov 2018

The artist blurred reality during the evening, too, describing a dream-like sequence of events involving her grandmother while accepting her award.

“I don’t feel as new as the New Museum, but I’m getting newer and newer everyday,” said Prouvost, who was in town for one night only. “On my way here as I was flying, I was remembering how my grandma used to go on a little plane, she would ask my uncle to take her on a little plane, and she would undress, go totally naked, and attach herself to a little rope and just jump and float through the clouds.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nina Westervelt
Aimee Mullins and Rupert Friend
New Museum NextGen Dinner, Industria, New York, USA – 02 Nov 2018

Maybe it was metaphor, but it did provide a moment of pause for the crowd, which included Maria Sharapova, Derrick Adams, and Aimee Mullins and Rupert Friend.

“A lot of my work is about the past, so the past and the new and the future is one thing — one big, organic thing that feeds from each other,” Provoust had described earlier. “I guess what [New Museum] does is to support so many new brains to explore and provoke us, promote our future, promote the idea of me flying here for this new event. And that’s what art is supposed to do, is provoke and question.”

Elton John Aids Foundation Gala

Annual Enduring Vision Awards Gala

The well-attended event honored Patricia Hearst, Joe McMillan and Darren Walker, with a performance by Sheryl Crow during dinner.

Sir Elton John

Twenty-five years and counting. The Elton John AIDS Foundation has outlasted the careers of many pop stars, thanks to the unwavering dedication of its founder, Elton John and his husband, EJAF chairman David Furnish.

“When you visit people who have had the benefit of the money raised that we’ve given them, and see the gratitude they have, no matter how worn out you might feel, it just fills you up with energy,” John said during the EJAF’s annual An Enduring Vision gala benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on Monday night, a few nights before his Farewell Tour performances at Madison Square Garden. “They’re so grateful that people care who don’t live in their country but from abroad and people give them money to have a decent life, decent medicine and hope. And when they’re very happy, they make me very happy. So you come back and start the process all over again.”

Sheryl Crow and Connie Britton
Patty Hearst

As for the foundation’s plans for the next 25 years, Furnish offered a direct goal: “Just to end AIDS by 2030. That’s the milestone that we have, and we think we’re on our way to doing it,” he said.

The well-attended event honored Patricia Hearst, Joe McMillan and Darren Walker, with a performance by Sheryl Crow during dinner.

“I’ve been a longtime supporter, and when they asked me I said yes, mostly because this is the only one I would say yes to I think,” Hearst said of the honor.  “Because it’s HIV and AIDS, and it’s Elton and David, and they just do so much worldwide. I think it’s a wonderful foundation; the work that he does is so selfless and really important.”

The event was packed with celebrities and business heavy weights alike — including Robert Kraft, who host Gayle King gave a shout-out during dinner. (“We should say congratulations to Robert Kraft because the Patriots won yesterday,” she said, as the camera cut to the sports team owner’s beaming face on large screens set up inside the event hall.)

One woman in a beaded red gown waited for a man with long hair to finish an interview with a reporter before swooping in for a selfie. “Who was that guy?” she whispered, as he walked away with his date.

That guy happened to be Tom Payne of “The Walking Dead” fame. The actor was in town for the event one day after attending a Comic Con in Rhode Island.

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 17th Annual ‘An Enduring Vision’ Benefit Gala, Inside, New York, USA – 05 Nov 2018

“I feel very fortunate to be in a position with my job to play a member of the LGBTQ community, and with that be welcomed into the community,” he said. “We got invited to Elton’s party at the Oscars at the beginning of this year, and that was an amazing honor — and that was one thing, but this [party] is to come out and celebrate what amazing work this foundation does.”

Also in attendance were Iman, Tony Bennett, Leonard A. Lauder, Billie Jean King, Marina Abramovic, who walked in holding the hand of Todd Eckert, and Judith Light.

Light has been a longtime supporter; she’s been involved since the very beginning of the initiative in the early Eighties.

“When we began to find out our friends were dying,” said the actress, clad in a fully sequined Christian Siriano gown, “Elton took up this mantle and started really being out there and supporting people and making sure people remember that AIDS is still with us. That it’s not over, and making sure that people were taken care of and knew they were loved and that they were supported if they found out they were HIV positive. For me, to make sure that people are taken care of and that they’re not discriminated against is just about the most important thing that we can all do for each other. Particularly at this time. It’s a very big day tomorrow.”

Election talk was heavy on people’s minds — and in their conversations — throughout the night. The event opened with a powerful 20-minute speech rooted in the political given by Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the New National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Afterward, John paid tribute to another longtime EJAF supporter; last year, the late Aretha Franklin performed during the benefit.

“We witnessed what turned out to be the final performance of the queen of soul,” John told the crowd. “We were sobbing, you don’t see greatness like that very often, we will never see it again. And we saw it at our event,” he added. “She raised the roof and she sang and she played and we made us all weep — and she gave us the performance of a lifetime.”


NYPL Lions Awards Gala 2018

Francis Ford Coppola Honored at 2018 NYPL Lions Awards

New York society gathered inside the historical building to award Francis Ford Coppola, historian and biographer Ron Chernow, opera singer Jessye Norman, poet Claudia Rankine and novelist Elizabeth Strout.

New York Public Library 2018 Library Lions Event

On Monday night in Midtown Manhattan, Gay Talese was inside the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, the NYPL’s Library Lions event — an annual celebration of patrons of the arts.

HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan

“I’m an old Lion,” he said. “Every year I come, there are new people. And every year I come, there are old people who died. And I’m still around. I’m 86. Wow, what an old person I am.”

Talese was one of a handful of former Lions wearing their medals, attached to the thick, signature red ribbon, proudly around their necks at the party. They’d put on their black-tie finest and gathered within the confines of the historical building to honor this year’s set: Francis Ford Coppola, historian and biographer Ron Chernow, opera singer Jessye Norman, poet Claudia Rankine and novelist Elizabeth Strout.

Sofia Coppola, who will receive her own award from Ballroom Marfa at their Spaghetti Western Gala Tuesday night in Manhattan, attended to support her father. Lauren and Andrés Santo Domingo, David Remnick, The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee (who’s a library ambassador), Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rory Culkin were also in attendance at the party — which was truly a sight to see, interior design-wise. Cascades of vines fell from the entryway, where all of the honorees’ books were on display. On the third floor, the Rose Main Reading Room was transformed into a dining hall for the guests, where a live band played jazz tunes and the tables were festooned with alternating floral arrangements of orchids and white lilies. The whole night smacked of some bygone era of New York, when people wore fedoras and Mackintoshes and elbow-length gloves.

Tory Burch

Tory Burch, after posing for photographs upstairs, said she was busy beyond words, what with her foundation, her collections for Tory Sport and the main line, and, oh yeah — her upcoming wedding.

“I’m getting married in a couple of weeks,” she said. “I’ve got three children, three stepchildren and three stepchildren to come.”

Maya Samuelsson

Another thing that’s been keeping her nose to the grindstone: Tuesday’s election.

“We designed a T-shirt, and partnered with Eighteenx18, Yara Shahidi’s group. I’ve challenged ceo’s to give people time off to vote. We set up different registering opportunities in some of our store locations. So we’re committed.”

But back to Talese, who seemed jolly as the wine and cocktails continued flowing. During dinner, all the past and new Lions were asked to please rise. Talese, sitting at the same table as Ford Coppola, got up, looked at the director and raised his fist in acknowledgment.

Talese touched briefly on the Netflix documentary “Voyeur,” which was released in 2017 and centered around controversies of the journalist’s book “The Voyeur’s Motel.” Apparently, according to Talese, prior to the documentary, he’d signed a “million-dollar deal” for another movie to be made by directors Sam Mendes and Steven Spielberg based on the book. Talese didn’t tell anyone that three years prior, the documentary group had followed him for “Voyeur.”

“I didn’t think it was important,” he said. “I thought it was a little documentary, for journalism. Mendes found out about it and Spielberg got angry. They were blindsided, I blindsided them. Then they killed the million-dollar deal.

“But you know something? When you’re 86 years old, it doesn’t matter. I’m here. I’m still alive. And I’m still drinking gin martinis.”

Keira Knightley Premiere at MOMA

The biopic is based on the life of famed French author and actress Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

New York Special Screening of COLETTE - After Party


On September 13, MoMA hosted a screening of Colette, the new biopic starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West. Based on the life of the famed French author and actress, the film follows Colette on her journey from simple country girl to controversial fixture of Parisian society.

After marrying a successful writer known as “Willy”( West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley) leaves her childhood home in rural Burgundy for the salon culture of Paris in the late 19th century. Willy, who does not write his own stories, enlists Colette to ghostwrite. She reluctantly crafts a semi-autobiographical story about a young girl named Claudine, which becomes an instant success. The couple releases more novels, under Willy’s name, and become the talk of the town, as their adventures (and affairs) become increasingly scandalous.

Director Wash Westmoreland co-wrote the script with his late husband, Richard Glatzer, though Glatzer passed away before work began on the film. The couple previously worked together on Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore.

Knightley, West, and Westmoreland attended the screening, as did actor Jake Graf and producers Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler, Elizabeth Karlsen, and Bleecker Street’s CEO Andrew Karpen. Guests included Chelsea Clinton, James Murphy, and Alysia Reiner. Afterward, guests enjoyed cocktails by Casa Noble Tequila at the Rainbow Room.

Director/writer Wash Westmoreland, Keira Knightley, and Dominic West

New York Special Screening of COLETTE - After Party


Knightley wears an Alexander McQueen RE19 dress.

Director/writer Wash Westmoreland, Producers Elizabeth Karlsen, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon and Bleecker Street’s CEO Andrew Karpen


Chelsea Clinton

New York Special Screening of COLETTE

Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche


Director/Writer Wash Westmoreland and Bleecker Street’s CEO Andrew Karpen


By Liz Cantrell

Sarah Jessica Parker Opens Mickey Mouse Club

These days, immersive installations made for the ‘gram are a dime a dozen in New York. But when it comes to experiencing “a true original,” there’s only one pop-up that should be on your radar.

Last night, A-listers came out to celebrate the global pop culture icon that is Mickey Mouse at the unveiling of Mickey: The True Original Exhibition, a 16,000-square-foot space that brings together art, fashion, and photo ops inspired by Mickey’s 90th anniversary. The opening night bash saw celebs and fashionistas, including Sarah Jessica Parker (wearing Gigi Burris-designed mouse ears, natch), Natasha Lyonne, Tali Lennox, Justine Skye, and Victor Cruz explore the massive and magical Meatpacking District exhibit.

Boasting a colorful maze of immersive rooms and original art by Keith Haring, Daniel Arsham, Oliver Clegg, and many more, the tribute to the Disney star provides a truly unique perspective on the history and inspiring influence of Mickey Mouse; it also confirms his timeless staying power in a world of gimmicks and short attention spans.

Besides indulging their imaginations, visitors will also be able to browse and purchase limited edition merchandise and receive complimentary scoops of Ample Hills Creamery’s birthday cake ice cream from their Disney Mickey Mouse range of flavors. It’s not quite Disney World, but it’s certainly as close as you can get in NYC.

Research Foundation’s 12th Annual Luncheon

Ali Wentworth Honored at Hope for Depression Research Foundation‘s 12th Annual Luncheon Seminar

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 6: Ali Wentworth and Audrey Gruss attend Hope for Depression Research Foundation 12th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Ali Wentworth;Audrey Gruss

On Tuesday, November 6thHope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), the leading non-profit dedicated to advanced depression research, held its 12th Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel.  The seminar focused on “Brain Health and Wellness” with leading scientists and psychiatrists taking the stage to talk about the transformative benefits of meditation, diet, sleep and exercise.

The day culminated with author, actress and comedian Ali Wentworth, who made the room of 300 people laugh with humorous insights about her own experience with depression and psychiatric treatment. She was honored with the 2018 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy. 


Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough began the event on a more somber note with a review of the year’s headlines in mental health, including the tragic suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. He reminded the audience that depression and suicide are on the rise, and that HDRF’s mission to find new and better treatments for depression is more urgent now than ever.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 6: Eleonore Baughan, Peter Paine and Elizabeth Baughan attend Hope for Depression Research Foundation 12th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Eleonore Baughan;Peter Paine;Elizabeth Baughan
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 6: Jean Shafiroff, Margo Langenberg and Lucia Hwong Gordon attend Hope for Depression Research Foundation 12th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Jean Shafiroff;Margo Langenberg;Lucia Hwong Gordon

The keynote speaker, acclaimed neuroscientist Richard Davidson, PhD, then came to the podium to speak about the fundamentals of emotional well-being. Dr. Davidson is the Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is personal friends with the Dalai Lama and is a prolific writer on the topic of brain and emotion as well as the benefits of meditation.

He explained that his extensive brain research indicates that well-being is a skill we can develop by focusing on four components: awareness/attention,connection, insight and sense of purpose. He said that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind, and pointed out that in modern life, the average adult’s mind wanders 47% of the time. This sent a titter of nervous laughter through the audience.

Diet, sleep and exercise and their link to brain health was the topic covered by the next speaker, psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Boardman of Cornell Weill. She stressed that nutrition is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology or gastroenterology.

Dr. Boardman cited a study in which subjects ate only fatty and sugary foods and developed impairments in learning and memory in four days. Another study shows that young adults who ate more fruits and vegetables every day reported improved vitality and motivation in as little as two weeks. In keeping, she always recommends a Mediterranean style diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and unsaturated oils like olive oil.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 6: Jamee Gregory and Peter Gregory attend Hope for Depression Research Foundation 12th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Jamee Gregory;Peter Gregory

Sleep and mental health go hand in hand, Dr. Boardman said. People who don’t sleep enough are less inclined to interact with others, robbing them of healthy social bonds, studies show. Furthermore, when we lack sleep, other people perceive us as socially repulsive, creating a vicious cycle that may be contributing to the public health problem of loneliness. Dr. Boardman told the audience to cultivate better sleep habits by leaving screens out of the bedroom. She said 90% of young adults sleep with their cell phone in bed. Even more shocking: 1 in 3 smartphone owners say they would rather give up sex than their phones.

A sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, Dr. Boardman said.  She added that most of us sit still for 13 hours a day, not including sleep hours. We cannot assume regular visits to the gym are sufficient. We need to move more in general – stroll around the block at lunchtime, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk instead of calling a cab. Evidence clearly shows that being active and spending time outdoors improves our resilience, motivation and positivity.

HDRF Founder & Chair Audrey Gruss turned the focus of the day to the advanced research of HDRF’s team of acclaimed scientists, The Depression Task Force. She announced that the team has recently published a major study that points to a potential blood test for depression and new category of anti-depressant that is faster-acting and with fewer side effects than current medications in use for the past 30 years.

Audrey Gruss then presented Ali Wentworth with the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy saying, “with keen observation and humor, she demystifies a very serious topic by inviting us all to pull up a chair and chat with her.” 

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 6: Christine Mack and Kim Heirston Evans attend Hope for Depression Research Foundation 12th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Christine Mack;Kim Heirston Evans
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 6: Cynthia Ott, Laura Nicklas and Evelyn Subramaniam attend Hope for Depression Research Foundation 12th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Cynthia Ott;Laura Nicklas;Evelyn Subramaniam

Ms. Wentworth took to the stage and joked, “My mother is an über-WASP, and when I was growing up, we didn’t talk about feelings or issues… I went through a depression in my twenties and I was in therapy and taking Zoloft, and I called my mother up and I said, ‘Is there any depression in our family?’ and she said ‘Nope, no depression.’ I said, ‘All four of my grandparents killed themselves, that’s not depression?'”

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 6: Atmosphere at Hope for Depression Research Foundation 12th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Atmosphere

She went on to speak about how attitudes have changed around what used to be a taboo subject; she can see it in her daughter and her daughters’ friends who are speaking much more openly about mental health. “I’m very proud of her because we talk about anxiety as much as the Kardashians… 99% of the time.”

The Luncheon Seminar Co-Chairs were Ann Barish, Natalie du Pont Edmonds, Peter Gregory, Tania Higgins, Margo Langenberg, Kitty McKnight, Serena McKnight Bowman, Peter S. Paine III, Nancy Silverman and Felicia Taylor.


Additional guests included: Geoffrey BradfieldJanna Bullock, Sharon Bush, Hilary Geary Ross, Jamee Gregory, Susan Gutfreund, Kim Heirston, Chicago Fire actor Jeff Lima, Karen LeFrak, Jay McInerney, Christine MackMarc RosenMargo NederlanderMarina PellechiJean Shafiroff, Scott Snyder, and Lis Waterman.




HDRF’s mission is to fund the most innovative neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders – bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide.

In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force – an outstanding collaboration of eight leading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada. These scientists have developed an unprecedented research strategy that integrates the most advanced knowledge in genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real time, at the HDRF Data Center. For more information, visit:

Development Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Lin-Manuel Miranda Honored at

Dominican Women’s Development Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala

On Thursday October 25, the Dominican Women’s Development Center, the largest independent Dominican founded organization in the United States, held their 30th Anniversary Gala at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where they honored composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, and other notable people, including philanthropist Jean Shafiroff.

The gala raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund the center’s diverse programs for Latina women and families of the Washington Heights community.

Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s father Luis A. Miranda, Jr. introduced Rosita Romero, DWDC Executive Director, who danced her way on to the stage before offering a rallying speech, saying “Our evening’s theme is transforming lives, but the first life the DWDC transformed was mine.” She spoke about the center’s achievements and how they have helped more than 11,000 individuals and families with support services, referrals and resources.

Lin-Manuel Miranda then came to the stage and joked, “I love Dominican women so much I married one,” before applauding the work of the DWDC for always “lifting up the community.” Throughout the evening, the DWDC also recognized exceptional individuals and corporations that have made their mark.

Dr. Casilda Balmaceda, Board-Certified Neurologist and CEO of Neurology Associates, was presented with the Healthcare Leadership Award; Jean Shafiroff,Author and Philanthropist, was presented with the Outstanding Philanthropy Award; Daniel Kern, NYPD Police Officer, was presented with the Honorable Service Award; Marisol Martinez, Vice President, Channel Relationship Marketing, Charter Communications, was presented with the Visionary in Strategic Marketing and Communication AwardJomari Goyso, Designer, Beauty Expert and Hairstylist, was presented with the Lifestyle Breakthrough Award; andMaria Terrero, Family Services Coordinator, Early Head Start, DWDC, was presented with the Founders Award.

An auction was then held, where people bid on luxury handbags including one by Oscar de la Renta, vacations and art work donated by Kate Shin from the Waterfall Mansion – where one of the bids was for $37,000.

The Gala Chairs were Luz Miranda-Crespo and Sabine Poisson. The Gala Benefit Committee was Annette MalloyLuz BermudezMaritza Santiago, Karen KelleyFermin Espinosa, Petra Cruz, Michelle Ester, Brenda Scott, and Rosita Romero.


About the Dominican Women’s Development Center


The mission of DWDC is to empower all women and communities to advance gender equality and social justice.  Since 1998 and with an uncompromised resolve, the DWDC has made tremendous strides to fulfil its mission to empower all women and communities to advance gender equality and social justice. Fueled by an unrelenting quest to see families and individuals realize their potential, the DWDC has been a compassionate source of hope and inspiration to countless women, children and households through programs and services that restore their dignity and self-esteem while encouraging the pursuit of possibilities far beyond their personal circumstance and socioeconomic conditions.

At their annual events, the DWDC is able to showcase some of the lives they are privileged to shape, and equally ecstatic about recognizing individuals who share our passion for service as well as honoring our selfless organization partners without whom the mission of changing lives cannot be achieved.

Thirty years is not just a DWDC milestone: it is the perfect embodiment of a collective community accomplishment. The DWDC believes in treating all people with dignity and respect, that promoting gender equality is fundamental to social justice, that all people have the right to opportunities and resources that support them in reaching their full potential. They believe in practicing holistic, culturally sensitive, inclusive and innovative community engagement. They are committed to serving all communities regardless of background gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, age, religion, culture, sexual orientation, or other identities, and believe in the power of advocacy for ourselves and their communities.
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 25: Jean Shafiroff and Lin-Manuel Miranda attend Lin-Manuel Miranda And Jean Shafiroff Honored At Dominican Women’s Development Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala at Grand Hyatt New York on October 25, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Jean Shafiroff;Lin-Manuel Miranda

French Heritage Society Ball

French Heritage Society’s Black and Orange Ball

On October 31stFrench Heritage Society (FHS) held its Annual New York Gala Dinner Dance at The Plaza Hotel. This year, the exquisite, much anticipated affair was festively themed The Black and Orange Ball, and black-tie clad guests wore elegant masks, disguises, and colorful accents.

The evening honored French luxury lifestyle brand LALIQUE and its founder René Lalique. It was organized under the gracious patronage of His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias-Delattre, Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, and Mrs. Bénédicte de Montlaur,Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States.



The Gala Chairmen were CeCe Black, Silvina LeoneLiz McDermott, Jay R. Paul, Jean Shafiroff, and Ann Van Ness. The New York Chapter Chairs are Guy N. Robinson and Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt, who also served as the Design Consultant. The Board of Directors includes Elizabeth F. Stribling, Chairman of the Board, Denis de Kergorlay, President, David M. Gray, Treasurer, and Jennifer Herlein, Executive Director.

A cocktail reception commenced with singer and performer Lenny Hoops providing the music and entertainment before guests sat for dinner. Attendees raised their glasses as Chairman of the Board, Elizabeth F. Stribling and Denis de Kergorlay welcomed guests, and CeCe Black thanked her fellow Gala Chairs.

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 31: Ambience at the French Heritage Society’s Black & Orange Ball 2018 at The Plaza Hotel on October 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

The events wine consultant and emcee, George Sape then introduced a short video about LALIQUE before Elizabeth F. Stribling and Denis de Kergorlaypresented a trophy to the LALIQUE team, which was accepted by Sarah Gargano on behalf of the brand. Celebrating their 130th anniversary in 2018, LALIQUE is internationally recognized as the ultimate symbol of French luxury.

A short dancing break set to the music of the Alex Donner Orchestra before Nicholas Dawes, Vice President, Heritage Auctions, the country’s leading expert on René Lalique, began the live auction.

Supporters were given the opportunity to bid on four lots that included Living LALIQUE – an exclusive cocktail party for up to 10 guests in an elegant space designed by LALIQUE, which served so popular a second party was provided with both selling at $4,500. A lavish travel package to Discover the Parisian Art-de-Vivre was sold for $6,500, dinner for four at Skybox at Daniel accompanied by superlative wines was placed for $3,500, and a stay at La Mamounia, the legendary 5-star palace hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, resulted in a bidding war before being placed with the winner for $6,000.

A short video about the FHS Student Exchange Program, was then screened before Naomi Jabouin, FHS Student Exchange Program Alum, made brief remarks to express her gratitude for the program. The auctioneer then collected for the bids for the Student Exchange Program, before dessert was served and dancing resumed.

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 31: Jean Shafiroff and Alex Donner attend the French Heritage Society’s Black & Orange Ball 2018 at The Plaza Hotel on October 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

About French Heritage Society

French Heritage Society was founded in 1982 as a two-way street for Americans and French to share their love of historic architecture. French Heritage Society intervenes to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations to build, dream and create. FHS has contributed to over 580 restoration grants and helped secure $21.2 million dollars, including matching dollars, for historic monuments, buildings and gardens in every department in France and to properties in the United States that reflect France’s historic influence. There are 11 Chapters of the Society throughout the United States and Paris.

Valentino MSKCC Fall Gala

This was New York high society at its absolute zenith.

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York held its annual fall party with Valentino on Wednesday night at the Metropolitan Club on 60th Street and Fifth Avenue. Young and old alike, the guests of this event transformed into peacocks — they were out and fanning their feathers. Glittering Empire waist dresses, drop diamond and emerald necklaces, sequins and velvet — you name it, it was sparkling at the Metropolitan Club, which itself is a pretty shiny place. The walls and floors in the entrance area where the cocktail hour was held were white marble, while the coffered ceiling gleamed golden. Inside the dining room: red velvet drapes and a sky scene painted overhead that vaguely resembled parts of the Sistine Chapel. In essence, this was New York high society at its absolute zenith.

Chairman of the associates committee Gillian Hearst, Indre Rockefeller, Mia Moretti, Dani Stahl and Shiona Turini all turned out in support. Members of the society including Clé de Peau ambassador Annelise Peterson Winter, Amanda Waldron, Jamee Gregory and Virginia Tomenson also attended. Most of those in attendance said they had been personally affected in some way by cancer, whether it was a family member, a friend or themselves. Tomenson spoke of when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and the intense treatment that followed.

“[During The Society’s] first meeting, I went around to all the associates and asked what makes them want to be a part of the committee,” Tomenson said. “The shocking reality is a lot of people have had cancer touch their lives in one way or another. That’s why I participate in patient-to-patient volunteering, to help talk current patients through what they’re experiencing.”

Gregory said that with about 22 committees and eight events annually, working with the society is “a real job” for her. She added that each year, the associates choose one area of focus on which to zero in their efforts.

“Last year, my first year, we focused on precision prevention — finding cancer before it even begins from a drop of blood or saliva,” she said. “And this year, we’re focusing on patient care.”

During dinner, which included an auction and petit filet, the conversation at one table veered away from the cause. Some attendees noted there were lots of women who came to the party stag, and that 15 or 20 years ago, this would never have been the case.

“It’s a cultural thing,” one guest said. “Women today are more independent.”

“Times have changed,” another added.

By Maxine Wally on November 8, 2018

Hemmerle’s 125th Anniversary Gala at MET

The German jewelry house celebrated at the Met.



On October 24, Hemmerle celebrated its 125th anniversary with a black-tie soiree in the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hosted by Christian Hemmerle, his wife Yasmin, and parents Stefan and Sylveli Hemmerle, guests included art collectors and jewelry connoisseurs Fiona Druckenmiller, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, Robin Katz, Alyson Cafiero and Catherine Walsh alongside designer Narciso Rodriguez, Princess Alia Al Senussi and Princess Firyal of Jordan.

Hemmerle has been celebrating its 125th anniversary throughout the year with two new bodies of work: Revived Treasures, which paid homage to Egyptian civilization, and Hidden Treasures, which explored Hemmerle’s heritage as medal makers.

Established in 1893 in Munich, Hemmerle is a fourth generation, family-run jeweler. If you want to admire the pieces, you’ll have to jet over to Germany—the only Hemmerle boutique in the world is found in Munich—or gain access to their exclusive private showings, held at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in New York twice a year.

1Town & Country editor in chief Stellene Volandes and Jill Newman


2Abdullah Al-Turki and Yasmin Hemmerle


3Catherine Walsh and Christian Hemmerle


4Alyson Cafiero


5Princess Firyal of Jordan and Samia Farouki


6Kimberly Von Koontz, Larry Scheinfeld, Karen Roth


7Hemmerle’s 125th anniversary party at the Met





Jeanne-Claude Honored at Performa Gala

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Madison Voelkel/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9955668gt)
RoseLee Goldberg, Christo
The Performa Gala, Manhattan, New York, USA – 01 Nov 2018

Performa likes to keep its crowd guessing. And as usual, its annual fall gala offered plenty of surprises throughout the night.

This year’s event at Stage 37 honored iconic land artist Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude who, over the course of many decades, created ambitious large-scale environmental works. As an homage to the duo’s work, the stated dress code of the night was “fold,” and many in the crowd obliged.

“I think fold has something very conceptual and beautiful and poetic about it; you can kind of interpret it any way you want. You’re not enforcing anything on anyone, because there’s folds in every type of material,” said event cochair Roya Sachs, a lifelong Christo admirer. “He really reminds me and shows me that persistence and imagination have no boundaries. Whatever you want to achieve, you can achieve that. He spent so many years trying to develop his projects, and then finally when they come to fruition it’s a magical moment,” she added. “Oftentimes you see a finished project, but you don’t know what went behind that, what went into that, and what that means and how that’s transferred and how does that change the artwork.”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Madison Voelkel/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9955668dg)
Shari Loeffler
The Performa Gala, Manhattan, New York, USA – 01 Nov 2018

Christo maintains that what went into his projects is a lot of work — real work.

“Real wind, real water, real danger, incredible problems, real fear,” said the 83-year-old artist during cocktail hour. “Everything we do is all real work; has nothing to do with make-believe. Most of the art today is illustrations of things. We have to get permission — we don’t talk to actor politicians, we talk to the chancellor of Germany.”

For their “The Gates” project, which was documented by the late Maysles brothers, he had to talk to many New York politicians until he was able to realize the plan of erecting 7,503 saffron-canopied gates inside of Central Park.


“That is not performance. When I did the install of the gates, it’s not performance,” he said. “When I went to the politicians to get the permission, it’s not a performance; Mayor [Ed] Koch refused the project of the gates, I needed to fight with Mayor [David] Dinkins, when [Rudolph] Giuliani refused the project — not a performance, not at all. It’s not about a performance, doing this project has nothing to do with performance,” he added. “All of these projects are a lot of reality, but not performance.”

The climbers scaling the railing inside the event space were, however, real performance artists. So were the performers tethered to buckets inside the venue’s entrance. The crowd included artists of many stripes, from the up-and-comers to the more established, including Ellie Goulding, Rashid Johnson, Derrick Adams and David Hallberg. No matter how Christo chooses to define his work, the fact is that he’s part of the fabric of the larger artistic cannon.

“I’m always astonished by people who’ve managed to sustain a position, a level of ingenuity and inventiveness and creativity that over six decades, it’s huge,” said Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, who met Christo in the Seventies when she was working in London and described his work as “democratic.” “One of the points I’ve been trying to make ever since I wrote my first book in 1979, but also with Performa is that performance has been around for centuries, it’s not something that suddenly new,” she added.

What Performa attempts to do is add an element of newness to the gala scene.

“When this curtain is dropped, you’ll be very surprised,” she added, gesturing to the tented dinner space behind her. “In New York, the reality in America for all of us, is galas — we have to do these events to make sure that we are viable financially,” she said. “We decided to turn it around and always make our galas these really extraordinary surprises and really unusual performance events. So tonight is going to be one of them. The food is not your typical gala food.”

Case in point: when the crowd sat for dinner, surrounded by projected images of Christo’s work, the appetizer in front of them was yogurt and onion: Christo’s favorite breakfast. Each item served throughout the night references the art duo’s projects: Mastaba, Boulders, Islands, Trees, Apostrophe.

As buckets of silent disco-style headphones were passed around ahead of an evening of performances, Goldberg offered the crowd another word: V-O-T-E.

The Frick Collection Fall Dinner 2018

On October 18, 2018, The Frick Collection hosted its annual Autumn Dinner. This year’s black-tie event honored Henry P. Johnson, a steadfast friend of the Frick and a loyal supporter of both the museum and library.

A formal sit-down dinner in a series of contiguous, dramatically lit galleries was the highlight of an unforgettable evening evocative of one of the great society dinners of Gilded Age New York. Banquet tables ran the length of the mansion’s West Gallery, where guests dined among works by Vermeer and Rembrandt. Those seated in the more intimate Oval Room found their round tables surrounded by full-length portraits by Whistler. Guests in the East Gallery dined among paintings by David, Goya, Van Dyck, and others.

Frick Chairman Betty Eveillard welcomed everyone from the podium in the West Gallery, and thanked guests for their generous support of the Frick and for joining the museum in celebrating the evening’s honoree, Henry P. Johnson. After the main course, Frick trustee Margot Bogert and Frick Director Ian Wardropper toasted Johnson. Wardropper then presented him with a commemorative silver tray donated by Tiffany & Co.

Vogue X Architectural Digest Summer Party

Amy Astley, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors Party the Rumors Away at AD Style Issue Fete

After a week fraught with rumors concerning the future of Vogue and multiple Condé Nast titles, AD’s editor in chief Amy Astley hosted a party to shake that gossip off.

Architectural Digest had a party at New York’s Legacy Records on Manhattan’s West Side on Wednesday to toast its September style issue — although the timing wasn’t great. The Brizo-sponsored event — which drew the likes of Michael Kors (who’s on the cover of the magazine this coming month and gave AD a full video tour of his penthouse apartment), Jason WuAnna Sui and Anna Wintour — was hosted by Architectural Digest editor in chief Amy Astley. Condé Nast had been suffering a hailstorm week surrounding rumors of Wintour leaving — which it finally firmly denied by saying she was staying “indefinitely” — when reports, including in The New York Times, revealed that three of the financially challenged media giant’s publications — W, Brides and Golf Digest — are up for sale. But if anyone at the fete was worried about those issues, it didn’t show. Hordes of people swarmed the bar and entrance area of the venue, crowding together and kissing each others’ cheeks.

Amy Astley, Michael Kors, Anna Wintour

Woman of the hour Wintour stood in a corner after posing for photos on the step and repeat. Arms folded, she leaned against a railing and put her head down to chat with Kors. But to anyone else, she retained her usual Greta Garbo-esque act, declining to be interviewed by saying, “I’m just running out, but nice to see you.” Even when a guest inquired whether she’d seen her daughter Bee Shaffer’s wedding photos from her recent nuptials to Francesco Carrozzini, Wintour simply pulled a pained smile and kept walking. Nice to see you, too.

Astley did pause to chat about why readers are so interested to see the inside of celebrities’ homes.

“What’s interesting in our world is personal,” she said. “My first style issue at AD, we featured Marc Jacobs’ home, and people were very surprised to see how he lived. It wasn’t what they expected. In the case of Michael Kors, I was really struck by how perfectly cohesive his house was with what he’s been doing his entire career: sleek, luxurious minimalism.”

Switching to her mentor Wintour’s title, Vogue, Astley was asked about rumors that Wintour gave Beyoncé full editorial control over that magazine’s September cover story. “I don’t know anything about that,” Astley said. “To me, that’s just talk in the media. I wouldn’t believe any of that talk about anybody ceding control. There’s no way that Anna’s making a false move with anything that she’s doing at Vogue, especially that issue.”

Both Wu and Sui are busy at work on their respective spring collections they’ll be showing in September. With their fabrics for the upcoming season fully squared away, they said they’re ready to start putting things together.

“Now I don’t have an excuse why there’s nothing done,” Sui said, laughing.

Athena Calderone
Grace Coddington
Michael Kors
Patricia Herrera

Jean Paul Gaultier Perfume Launch Party

It was downright sizzling at the Jean Paul Gaultier party celebrating the new Scandal By Night women’s fragrance, due out in September.

Elisabeth Jones Hennessy, Anna Cleveland, Paz de la Huerta, Betony Vernon and Catherine Baba were among guests at the majestic 19th-century mansion on the Place Saint-Georges that was teeming with pole dancers, leather-bound men and gender-bending staff peddling black fans, red lollipops and French letters in wicker baskets. In true Gaultier fashion, a cloakroom attendant sported a striped sailor shirt.

Rossy de Palma
Blanca Li
Vincent Thilloy

“Scandal was the official life, and Scandal By Night is the non-official life of ‘Madame La Ministre,’” said Thomas James, general manager of Jean Paul Gaultier, referring to the protagonist in the advertising campaign for the original scent out last summer. She’s a government minister who parties all night in Paris’ Pigalle neighborhood then makes her way directly into the office.

“This is a night experience,” continued Vincent Thilloy, senior vice president of prestige designer and alternative brands at Puig, Jean Paul Gaultier’s owner.

Rossy de Palma, a longtime friend and muse of Gaultier, was in attendance. The actress, who recently appeared in the hilarious #Jeanpod spot to help the designer mark his 20 years in the perfume business, plans to take her theater piece, “Love, Travel and Resilience,” on the road, to Paris, Lisbon and Argentina.

She’s working on a new film, too, among other projects; just do not count on her taking a long vacation anytime soon. “I don’t believe very much in holidays like everybody else,” she said. “I take some days all through the year when I can, like four days of intense relaxation…[to] reset my software and do something I enjoy but not be in places where everyone goes.”

That might be Spain’s Formentera or Madrid, continued de Palma.

In fact, Formentera is Blanca Li’s holiday destination of choice this summer. “I need to disconnect from everything, and that’s the place for me, where I can really let it go,” she said.

Biarritz, in southwest France, is the upcoming vacation spot for Vincent Cassel, who arrived at the party with Tina Kunakey.

Vincent Cassel and Tina Kunakey
At the Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal By Night party

Arch Ballet Making Waves Benefactor Party

Arch Ballet hosted their Making Waves Summer Benefactor Party this past Wednesday, August 15 at Fashion Bar to toast to their rising achievements of 2018 thus far. The neon pink LED touches and palm tree leaves were a chic compliment to the New York Fashion Week artwork that covered the walls of this Vogue worthy cocktail bar.

The soirée was post performance of their World Premiere ballet REM. Conversation was bustling with compliments about the troupe’s talented dancers and vision of it-girl choreographer Sheena Annalise, between the stories of juicy Hampton’s weekend trip shenanigans.

Between all the conversation, champagne glass clinking, and auction bidding, the event raised vital funds for Arch Ballet’s next creations. The buzz around the party was that it has to do with neuroscience, but the choreographer herself wasn’t ready to reveal when asked for comment. Patrons “in the know” of the behind the scenes though, can’t help but to spill some of the excitement.

We will have to follow them @archballet to see what the secrecy is all about.

Host committee members of the evening were Gerald Appelstein, David Ballinger, Avishan Bodjnoud, Nicholas D’Angelo, Bryan Hale, Scott Jeffrey, Marija Pecar, Edda Santiago, and Jeff Vockrodt.

Silent Auctions sponsorships included Hermès, Sky Ting Yoga, SoJo Spa Club, Red and White Spa, Overthrow NYC Boxing, Xtend Barre, Humming Puppy, Kiel James Patrick, Beats by Dre, Apple UWS, Sugared and Bronzed, Broadway Dance Center, and more
Arch Ballet ballerinas Jordan Lindamood, Eileen Durma, Tori Hey, Sheena Annalise, Wilson Mayo, Aoi Ohno, Jared Brown
Bethany Dobson, Sheena Annalise
Sheena Annalise, Marija Pecar


Sheena Annalise, Keith Collier, Aoi Ohno 
Nicholas D’Angelo, Sheena Annalise

Scott Jeffrey, Ballerina Tori Hey, Brian Reinke

Bryan Zaros, Sheena Annalise, Ballerina Aoi Ohno, Ballerina Eileen Durma, Bryan Hale
Sheena Annalise, David Ballinger
Guests with Ballerina Eileen Durma
Guests with ballerina Aoi Ohno and Eileen Durma

Photos by Steve Yensel

Net-a-porter X Foundation Summer Dinner 2018

Stella McCartney, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Tory Burch, Neil Patrick Harris and many more showed up for the festivities.

Down a long, gravel driveway and hidden behind trees in full bloom, in what Jerry Seinfeld sarcastically referred to as “the very low-key East Hampton,” some of Hollywood and fashion’s stars gathered under twinkling lights for Net-a-porter and Good + Foundation’s summer dinner.

Good + founder Jessica Seinfeld and her husband Jerry; Stella McCartney; Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann; Gwyneth Paltrow; Neil Patrick Harris, and many others attended the dinner, along with the president of Net-a-porter, Alison Loehnis.

Bianca Jebbia

Rosie Assoulin and Jennifer Fisher sat next to each other at dinner with their heads together, chatting animatedly. Assoulin said her brand has switched over to the resort and pre-fall schedule.

Jennifer Fisher, Olivia Chantecaille

“We’re going to be enjoying from the sidelines this fashion week,” she said. “We also have a collection coming out, but it’s not for fashion week, it’s a little capsule we’re working on.”

Fisher’s collection has been done for six months now, the jewelry designer said.

“We are moving to all show-now-buy-now for jewelry and accessories,” she stated, adding that her company has something “very exciting” happening the first fashion week.

When prompted for clues, Fisher just smiled.

“You’ll have to see,” she said.

Leslie Mann, Alison Loehnis
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gucci Westman, David Neville
Stella McCartney
Wes Gordon

By Maxine Wally

Paddle for Pink 2018

Paddle and Party for Pink held its annual fundraiser in the Hamptons on Saturday, starting bright and early at 8 a.m. with a paddle board race and ending with a casual evening rager underneath the night sky.

The party took place right on the water of Sag Harbor’s Havens Beach, and raised money — $1.4 million, to be exact — to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Part of that figure came from a raucous auction in which a lunch with Gwyneth Paltrow sold for $55,000. So that’s the going rate for hang time with G.P.

Guests hit the dance floor and dined on snacks from the food trucks surrounding the perimeter of the area — shirtless models circled the party holding a bright pink shotski, offering brave souls shots of espresso booze.

Despite the good cheer and revelry, the story behind Paddle for Pink is a more serious one. Founder Maria Baum discovered paddle boarding was therapeutic and stress-relieving after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy.

“You start at whatever level and speed you’re comfortable with, and then you do a little more, and then a little more,” she said of her experience with the sport. “Some days you feel like you can’t, so you don’t.

“I was a trader on Wall Street before this, and I didn’t ever exercise and I ate like crap,” she added, tearing up. “I didn’t share with my kids when I was going through chemo. I was glad in the morning to just get it out; I would be emotional and crazy and then I’d paddle board and come back so peaceful and calm. My kids saw me doing something physical and outside in nature and they were young enough to not realize what was happening until it was over.”

This year, Lilly Pulitzer came on as a lead sponsor of the event. Nearly all the guests — save a few city kids who didn’t switch up their usual all-black getups — were decked out in the bright pinks, yellows and neon oranges synonymous with the label. The brand decorated the cushion covers, poufs and bar in loud prints, and had a company print artist painting live at the entrance.

Chief executive officer Michelle Kelly attended in a bright yellow, one-shoulder Lilly dress. She discussed upcoming projects for the company, which include two store openings in Newport Beach’s Fashion Island center and a shop in Palm Beach, Fla., on Worth Avenue. The bricks-and-mortar difficulties so many companies have experienced were not lost on Kelly, but she said the emotional connection customers have with Lilly Pulitzer brings consumers into the physical stores.

“Our team doesn’t think in channels as much,” she said. “They’re thinking about: our customer starts on her phone, for sure, then may end up in our store, and both of those are really important. But they need to work together.”


Maria Baum
SAG HARBOR, NY – AUGUST 04: Lisa Harbert attends the2018 Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink, to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, on August 4, 2018 in Sag Harbor, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)

Susan Miller

She says she was mid-interview with a reporter from the New Delhi Times when she saw a “great big meteorite” zooming toward her. She burst into tears.

Ms. Miller says she later discovered a possible meaning to these new visions.

The meteors she was seeing, she realized, were memories of her view from the operating table when she was resuscitated. The shapes were simply “the light above you when you’re being operated on, and the doctor is in front of that light,” she said.

A Chanel-clad Upper East Side mother of two, who looks and dresses not unlike Jackie Kennedy, Susan Miller still talks about her life with the wide-eyed wonder of a child who has just seen a reindeer fly. Ms. Miller’s enduring appeal — she has been the dominant publishing astrologer for decades now — seems to stem from the fact that she talks about everyone else’s lives with the same practical marvel.

Her work is also exuberant. Her monthly horoscopes can clock in at 40,000-plus words, organized into long, winding essays that offer her readers encouragement and advice pegged to the good or bad omens she sees in the planets. She describes herself as a “philosopher who uses astrology to get at life’s mysteries” and says she would have been either a nurse or a reporter if she had to do it differently.

CreditSasha Arutyunova for The New York Times

Her forecasts aren’t always accurate, in part, because astrology, though rooted in ancient history and inexorably linked to self identity in the age of social media, isn’t a real way to predict the future. In early 2016, Ms. Miller predicted, for example, that Donald Trump would “wobble and won’t make it to the election” and that Hillary Clinton’s “email scandal isn’t resurfacing, and there won’t be others.” She did, however, correctly predict Prince Louis’s birth week, Beyoncé’s wedding year, Britney Spears’s comeback and President Obama’s re-election.

Ms. Miller’s official stance is that practicing astrology can give her insight into the circumstances of the future, but not necessarily the outcome. Unofficially, it seems the planets serve foremost as creative writing prompts for kindly advice on living what she deems a “wholesome life.” She is unfailingly positive: No matter what happens, she reassures her followers each month, you’re going to be fine, and if you’re not, here are some ways to cope. It’s not unlike a mental health counselor armed with star charts instead of a DSM-5.

Ms. Miller put it best in a 2001 interview with CBS, summing up her work as a tool for “problem solving or creative thinking.” She provides hypotheticals, and her readers try them on for size.

“Socrates said an unexamined life was not worth living. That’s pretty dramatic, but it’s kind of true. The better part of many actions is the thinking you do ahead of time,” Ms. Miller elaborated 17 years later over dinner in Midtown Manhattan. “A woman once told me, ‘I love your stories about my life.’ I had never thought of it that way.”

An enduring endorsement from Hollywood hasn’t hurt her popularity. Many of the people who seek out Ms. Miller to ghostwrite their life stories are investors with questions about the best time to start a deal (this summer, it was not until after July’s eclipses had passed) or where the next boom will be (Ms. Miller says all signs point to cryptocurrency).

But Ms. Miller’s orbit has also long been populated with stars of the corporeal sort. Cameron Diaz asked her for advice before purchasing real estate. She’s done readings for the designer Raf Simons. The actress Kirsten Dunst is a fan, and so is Lindsay Lohan, and so is Katy Perry. The set of “Outlander” apparently just shuts down for a reading break when she posts. When Emma Stone wanted to learn astrology, she called up Ms. Miller for help. Anderson Cooper’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, contributes watercolors to accompany Ms. Miller’s horoscope calendars, which she sells for $19.99 but hands out for free when the planets align her with a potential new friend. After bumping into each other at a party, Jennifer Aniston volunteered her condolences that Ms. Miller’s mother had died and Ms. Aniston’s then-partner Justin Theroux invited Ms. Miller to have dinner at their home.

The calls go both ways. Years ago, when Ms. Miller’s rental building converted to condos and residents were told to buy in or move, she says she enlisted the help of the Smashing Pumpkins, who wrote the tenants a protest song called, “Don’t Take Our Skyscraper Away.” (She ended up purchasing the three-bedroom apartment and still lives there today. Her now ex-husband does not.) It’s a trait she’s passed on to both her youngest daughter, Diana, who books talent for the James Corden series, “Carpool Karaoke,” and her eldest, Chrissie, who is currently working on celebrity partnerships for the eyeglasses company Warby Parker. As a young adult, Chrissie once hosted so many celebrity friends at her apartment that the space became the subject of its own New York Times profile, though she’s said in recent interviews people are more star-struck now by the fact that she’s Ms. Miller’s daughter.

From left, Ms. Miller, her daughter Chrissie Miller, Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger in 2013.

Talking to Ms. Miller is, frankly, a delight, and I feel confident I would say this even if she hadn’t told me that I’m destined for financial success in the last month of 2019 as Jupiter enters Capricorn. Within minutes of meeting, Ms. Miller determines that we are going to be friends, and invites me to share a plate of asparagus with her, which she accurately predicts will be delicious. The only people she’s not friends with, it seems, are the people she hasn’t met yet. Once, she recounts fondly, the musician Pharrell Williams invited her to an event with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist who despises astrology.

“I had a dinner with Pharrell and his wife a few months later, and I said, ‘Neil deGrasse Tyson was nice to me.’ Pharrell said, ‘No he wasn’t! He gave you a hard time on Mercury retrograde, and I won’t let him live it down.’ I said, ‘Oh Pharrell, he was O.K. He was nice to me. I was scared but he was respectful,’” Ms. Miller says. (A rep for Mr. Williams confirmed the story: “He loves her.”)

Whether you believe in her methods or not, though, Ms. Miller is devoted to providing advice for you and the other millions of readers who visit her site when she distributes her free horoscopes, usually on the first of the month. To supplement her income, she offers even longer forecasts for what she says is about half a million paying app subscribers, writes regular columns for a handful of magazines including Vogue Japan and has a partnership in the works with her favorite hotel, the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills.

Here it is necessary to address the situation surrounding Ms. Miller’s forecasts, which is that they are often published days, and sometimes weeks, past her self-imposed deadlines, and often without a satisfying explanation. One summer, a particularly late July column made tabloid headlines replete with quotes from her readers, who found themselves incapacitated from having to start the month off blind.

Her fans know from reading about her over the years that these delays are usually related to unforeseeable flare-ups from chronic illnesses she says have plagued her since she was left bedridden for a year with a rare disease at the age of 14. Since then, she says, she’s undergone dozens of surgeries, and been in and out of the E.R. with broken bones, recurring infections and symptoms of muscular degeneration. Her eyesight is failing, and she says that earlier on the day we spoke she took a breath test for the gastrointestinal disease ulcerative colitis. Or maybe the breath test took place four years ago. Like Ms. Miller’s forecasts, her medical history does not follow a strict linear narrative, and she breaks off on tangents and circles back many times. All you really need to know is that she’s sick quite a lot, and so sometimes, she says, she takes longer to write than she anticipated.

Ms. Miller’s mother taught her the art of astrology while she was bedridden as a teen. She also accurately predicted her daughter’s career trajectory.

“My mother said to me, when I was 9 years old, ‘You’re going to write, and God knows what you’re going to write about. I’m going to work on your grammar,’” Ms. Miller said. “She also said, ‘When you get to being close to 40, some newly invented form of communication, so new we don’t know the name of it yet, will change the way you work and be the channel in which you make your ultimate contribution to the world.’”


CreditSasha Arutyunova for The New York Times

So when Time Inc. approached Ms. Miller in 1995 to write one of the first-ever internet astrology columns after she impressed an executive with a reading, “I thought, this is what she always thought for me. And she always said, ‘Go with the newest, the latest, the greatest. Even if you’re afraid of it, keep going toward it.’” Ms. Miller licensed her forecasts to the company for four years, jumped to Disney in 1999 and finally went independent in 2001, where she’s been ever since.

Still, there’s a more cynical explanation for her mother’s prediction. Later in the conversation, Ms. Miller mentions the age 40 again.

“My mother used to say this over and over, ‘When you’re 40, you’re gonna have to have a plan.’ I said, ‘Why do you say that?’” Ms. Miller said. “And she said, ‘Well, companies say produce or get out. So you have to produce or get out, and at 40, they could hire people younger.’ I had no idea what she was talking about. I wasn’t even in college yet. But she was right.”

Stepping aside from the question of whether Ms. Miller’s success was preordained or knowingly incubated, the two lines of reasoning can still comfortably coexist, for both Ms. Miller, who has centered her life around the idea that it is ruled by fate, and for a nonbeliever who, considering her rapidly approaching, now-inevitable fate as a wealthy woman, might feel well emboldened to pursue the outcome on her own.

Then again, maybe nothing matters, and we’re all just characters in a simulation playing out on someone’s laptop. There’s really only one way to find out.

As a child, Ms. Miller said, “I would ask my father and mother, ‘Is there a Santa Claus?’ They said, ‘Of course.’ Because they meant that Santa Claus is love.”

By Gabrielle Bluestone


New York Botanical Garden Conservatory Ball

“I don’t know if anybody’s gone to a black-tie luau before,” Gregory Long pondered on Thursday night. “But here we are.”

Yes, the New York Botanical Garden packed in the Hawaiian-themed decor on Thursday night for its annual Conservatory Ball, which celebrated both its “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii” exhibit as well as Long’s 29-year career with the NYBG. During dinner, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen officially declared June 7 “Gregory Long Day” in honor of the outgoing garden The William C. Steere Sr. president and chief executive officer.

Welcoming guests into the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory — and dinner tent, which had no shortage of palms and Hawaiian-native flora — were ukulele players and hula dancers, who, like the NYBG, are based in the Bronx.

“Give it a sniff,” said Sigourney Weaver during cocktail hour, motioning to the fragrant strands of Pikake around her neck. “It’s from Hawaii. [Manaola Yap] sent it this morning so I could wear it with the dress.” Hawaiian designer Yap had created Weaver’s seafoam gown custom for the event, which featured a print based on ancient Hawaiian symbols.

“When you break a wooden bowl, this is the notch that you put to put the bowl back together,” Weaver added, showing off her evening wares. “They had to bring the dress over from Hawaii, and because I’m working on a movie where we’re all wearing capture suits in L.A., I asked the seamstress to come down and do a few adjustments. And they were so delighted…they were like, oh my goodness, we get to work on a dress.”

Weaver, in town just for the event (she’s filming “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3,” hence the CGI capture suits), went on to rave about the O’Keeffe exhibit, for which she also voiced a short accompanying video. “It’s just a great New York institution, and a great resource for all New Yorkers and people from out of town,” she said of her longtime support. “There are so many gardens within this garden. I think once you come and spend a day here, you come for the rest of your life.”

That was certainly the case for Maureen Chilton, who donned a floral necklace from event sponsor Graff.

“The way I came here was my children,” she said. “We used to come here to the Children’s Adventure Garden, that’s what brought me here,” she added. “It’s easy to get hooked in.” That was over 20 years ago; Chilton has been chairman of the board for nine years.

“I think that my enthusiasm for the garden grows more and more each day,” she said.

In partnership with Northern Trust, the 2018 Conservatory Ball raised more than $2.4 million to benefit the NYBG’s children’s education, plant research and conservation programs.

Richard Kielar, Cate Waddell and Christian Zimmerman

Richard Kielar, Cate Waddell and Christian Zimmerman  MJ Photos/WWD

Arch Ballet Polo for Pirouettes 2018

The hot young organization Arch Ballet held the second annual Polo for Pirouettes event this past Sunday, July 15. The luscious green of Bethpage Polo Club was the backdrop of this private event with exclusive access for Arch Ballet philanthropists and opposing Meadowbrook Polo Club team owners. The definition of luxury lifestyle, you couldn’t help but feel you were at your best friend’s chic Montauk house that happened to have your 50 closest friends, a polo field, and two polo pony teams in action for your own personal summer afternoon amusement.


Architects, surgeons, lawyers, fashion designers, professors, orchestra conductors, fin-tech moguls, wine entrepreneurs, and all the likes mixed with ballerinas sure kept conversation flowing as they sipped bubbly and handcrafted cocktails whilst watching the sport of kings.  Delicious mini lobster rolls, summer shrimp, feta cheese corn, and crudité were served while lounging on Hampton wicker couches and Adirondack chairs. Hand rolled cigars were a novelty by the pool table and lawn games.

Upon arrival guests were greeted by it girl Artistic Director Sheena Annalise and event co-chairs, Marija Pecar and Scott Jeffrey. After the match attendees were joined by the players themselves and their horses for hours into the sunset.

The chicest mini swag bags boasted the latest Hermès scented origami equines, newest Hermès parfumes, Bergdorf Goodman’s Kiehl’s, individualized handwritten thank you notes for the most personal touch, and an exclusive invitation for pre-show champagne with the dancers to their upcoming performance Wednesday, August 15.

Ballerina Aoi Ohno, Director Sheena Annalise, Ballerina Tori Hey

Co-chairs Marija Pecar and Scott Jeffrey

Aoi Ohno, Marija Pecar, Jeff Vockrodt, Sheena Annalise, David Ballinger, Tori Hey, Alyra Liriano
Sheena Annalise and Daniela Sarbu
Guests starting to arrive, Aoi Ohno and Bryan Hale
Edda Santiago, Tori Hey, Keith Collier
David Ballinger, Marija Pecar, Karl Yeh

Jeffrey Aborn, Nicholas DAngelo, Bethany Dobson, Sheena Annalise, Bryan Zaros, Bryan Hale, Matthew Zaccagni


Jeff Vockrodt, Avishan Bodjnoud, and Tijana Ibrahimovic
Divot Stomping

Bryan Hale, Marija Pecar, Kim Timko, Tijana Ibrahimovic, Sheena Annalise, Bryan Zaros
Rachel Holly, Sheena Annalise, Jeff Vockrodt, Marija Pecar, David Ballinger
Meadowbrook polo players and guests
Meadowbrook polo player, Avishan Bodjnoud, Matt Greenberg, Marija Pecar, David Ballinger





Steve Yensel

LTD Hamptons Launch Party 2018

LTD by Lizzie Tisch, an experiential style venture founded by retail entrepreneur Lizzie Tisch, launched with a series of events over the weekend of July 13 in Bridgehampton, New York. The weekend kicked off with a private dinner to celebrate the launch, which was attended by Kelly RipaSarah Jessica Parker and Jane Krakowski. Sales events also took place throughout the weekend, for which LTD curated a living showroom of renowned pop artist Ashley Longshore’s works sold alongside a collection of Lizzie’s summer must haves.

Jane Krakowski & Ashley Longshore
Jane Krakowski & Ashley Longshore

Photo Credit: Benjamin Lozovsky/

LTD focuses on exclusive, limited edition designer collaborations bringing exciting collections and unique product to consumers, with the goal of infusing shopping with excitement, fun and a sense of discovery. 

Lizzie and Jon Tisch Celebrate Ashley Longshore : and the Launch of LTD x Lizzie TischPhoto Credit: Benjamin Lozovsky/

Serving as Longshore’s exclusive Hamptons activation this summer, a selection of 40 pieces, in a variety of sizes and mediums, including paintings, sculptures and furniture were sold at the event. Inspired by Longshore’s bold and colorful pieces other featured items included custom cashmere sweaters by Rachelle Hruska MacPherson’s Lingua Franca line donning Longshore’s famed punny phrases.

Energetically aware home and body goods from Sage & Salt were also featured. A portion of sales proceeds went to The Retreat, which provides domestic violence and sexual assault services on Eastern Long Island.

Ashley Longshore & Lizzie Tisch
Ashley Longshore & Lizzie Tisch

Photo Credit: Benjamin Lozovsky/

Additional attendees included: Joseph AltuzarraAlina ChoSean and Rachelle MacPherson, Amirah KassemDaniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir, Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, Laura SlatkinDarcy MillerFiona RudinRobert Verdi and Peter Pilotto.

Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa

Photo Credit: Benjamin Lozovsky/     

Andrew Saffir & Daniel Benedict
Andrew Saffir & Daniel Benedict

Photo Credit: Benjamin Lozovsky/

Lizzie and Jon Tisch Celebrate Ashley Longshore : and the Launch of LTD x Lizzie TischPhoto Credit: Benjamin Lozovsky/

Amirah Kassem & Ashley Longshore
Amirah Kassem & Ashley Longshore

Photo Credit: Benjamin Lozovsky/

Eric Maza & Rachelle Hruska MacPherson
Eric Maza & Rachelle Hruska MacPherson

Parish Art Museum Midsummer Party 2018

A cultural staple for the artsy set, the Parrish Art Museum is practically The Whitney of the East End. Unsurprisingly, its patrons are just as chic.

Jean Shafiroff

Maren Otto, Robert Wilson, Terrie Sultan

On Saturday, nearly 500 well-heeled Hamptons philanthropists headed to Water Mill for the museum’s annual Midsummer Party, this year honoring long-time trustee Chad Leat and artist Keith Sonnier, whose exhibition, Keith Sonnier: Until Today is currently on show.

Between all the dining, dancing, and auction bidding, the event raised almost $1.3 million in support of the museum. Even more impressive, however, were the creative-cool ensembles being donned by the art-making and art-loving guests.

Barbara DePortago, Gillian Fuller, Wendy Stark

Jason McDermott, Justine Caputi, Townsend Katz,

Merrin Jenkins, Andrew Katz

Rosetta & Balthazar Getty Fourth of July Party 2018

Like some summertime scene straight out of a Slim Aarons photograph, the world’s most well-to-do gathered this week at an idyllic Tuscan villa for the annual Fourth of July bash hosted by Rosetta Getty and her billionaire-heir husband Balthazar.

Fashion insiders, celebrities, and international It Girls, from Elizabeth Olsen and Sofia Sanchez de Betak to Mia Moretti and Kardashian Krew members Jen Atkin and Stephanie Shepherd, lounged poolside under the Italian sun at the historic Villa Cetinale, a sprawling, 17th-century estate in Siena. Coinciding with the Palio, one of the oldest horse races in Europe, the Getty’s yearly fete marries the American holiday with old-world tradition.

“[The Palio] is a big deal to the Sienese, and thousands upon thousands of people crowd into the Piazza del Campo to watch not just the race, but also the procession before it, where the neighborhoods—the contrade—march out with drums and flags and men in armor as precisely as they have since the Middle Ages,” explains Rosetta in Vogue.

But between all the excitement, long, languid lunches of pasta and fresh fare awaited their guests, as well as poolside sunbathing and walks through the gorgeous gardens. Of course, it couldn’t be Independence Day (for the Americans) without a show of fireworks, and indeed the weekend festivities culminated in a stunning al fresco dinner lighted by explosions in the sky.

Beats whatever barbecue you went to, huh?

Ariana Rockefeller

Heritage and class, bright and beautiful, with a modern touch of elegance, are just a few of the descriptive’s that come to mind, when I think of the amazing emerging New York fashion designer Ariana Rockefeller…After, a couple of times, of our trying to connect, (once even while in Tennessee – whilst I was visiting my father, who happened to be in a nearby proximity, while she was also in the state with her family). And then again in Los Angeles we missed one another by a day… Conclusively now that we’re both in NYC, at the exact same time, I knew it was a triumph that I would finally get to meet and also have an in person interview, with this very talented, humble spirit, to find out and share all the latest, on her gorgeous new handbag line, and her amazing life lessons.

I understand you graduated from Columbia University in Political Science and a Visual Arts Degree. Immediately following school you became very proactive in philanthropic work while living in Northern Brazil, where you volunteered at an elementary school run by a non-profit organization. Tell us more about these steps, and how it impacted your vision with designing and giving back today?

Collaborations are so big today and it’s tremendously exciting to have that right now. I love that it is possible to do the work, and have the fashion cross over into the philanthropic sphere, and I think it’s wonderful! When I graduated from Columbia, I decided to travel, and obtain even further knowledge from that experience, as well as work at the United Nations. This experience gifted me, with a more grounding and global perspective. All the traveling in Brazil, and Paris – provided me with a stronger, more well rounded, sense of self. The culmination of school, city, country life (near horses), and the work force helped me hone what my style was, and is today. I think when you’re traveling especially, you really have to figure out what you need, and what works for your life, and how you can pack it all into a suitcase. Packing makes you think about what and how, you want to feel, and look—- It makes you fine-tune your style. I think those voyages helped me precisely figure out what I wanted, how I felt comfortable, and most beautiful, for myself. It also taught me practicality because you have to be—you’re walking everywhere and living out of a suitcase. I was able to figure out my modern sense of style, fashion with a sense of function. Wayfaring to other cultures and countries helped me calibrate what I wanted and felt most comfortable in, including my own skin.

Are there any charities that are near and dear to your heart today?

ARIANA ROCKEFELLER: I’ve been involved with The Humane Society Equine Welfare Protection Program. The Equine Protection Department campaigns to safeguard the welfare of horses. They crusade to end cruelty and abuse, horse slaughter, and irresponsible breeding while encouraging responsible horse ownership and providing support and resources to the horse rescue community I also work with The Dutchess Sanctuary. They are operated by The Fund for Animals in partnership with The HSUS—it is a 1,120-acre facility located outside of Oakland, Ore., that was established in 2008 as an oasis for about 200 formerly abused, abandoned, neglected, and homeless horses. They’re both truly wonderful and do great work.

How do you best describe how you culminate your artistry and expression from your heritage?

ARIANA ROCKEFELLER: I would like it to feel like an extension of me, while honoring the sensibilities of my family and their long-time understated elegance. We’re a family that has devoted themselves to our commitment for the love of arts, public service, and a general philanthropic mindset that really bonds us together. We are one of the only American families (Industrial Revolution Era) that have stayed together for seven generations.

Esthetically, my goal is to represent a classic yet youthful and modern feel, and reflect what a member of the Rockefeller family might wear. I wanted my brand to pay an homage to not only my family, but also how I go about my business and I’m proud of where it started and where it’s gone—and feel blessed that the support from my family, has been wonderful. Moving forward, my generation the modern generation can really understand what the modern Rockefeller is with honoring what the heritage was. My great grandmother would have worn this, and perhaps my future daughter or nieces and nephews would wear it. It crosses seven generations and more, hopefully.

What’s one thing you’ll never stop doing?

ARIANA ROCKEFELLER: I’ll never stop riding and being around horses, or being involved with them. My grandfather still drives his carriage horses; it’s a” two-in-hand” which means he has two horses in a horse drawn carriage. He rides them around Westchester where there are carriage roads that my great grandfather built. He and his affinity with the animals, inspires me so much, that we even did part of the brand’s photo shoot in the carriage houses with my horses.

What was the inaugural inception, for the thought behind the Ariana Rockefeller Handbag? What were the type of bags you wanted to create? Who’s the woman you are dressing?

I think it stemmed from my need for the perfect bag in my day-to-day life. Whether it was a day consisting of running around the city, or attending a horse show, I felt like I needed a chic carryall. From that, I decided to create a collection of bags that catered to all kinds of needs, such as a functional daytime cross-body style (which can be worn at night, or during the day), or the stylish, yet a bit more formal, evening clutch. In total, there are four essential styles, in the Ariana Rockefeller handbag collection: the cross-body, the clutch, the tote and the satchel (which encapsulates my idea of beauty and sophistication), sort of my vision of a beautiful business woman, that represents the stylish feeling of my brand. I like to think it pays respect to the women I grew up with, especially my grandmother (Peggy McGrath Rockefeller), but still keeps a contemporary feel, and keeps with the evolving times such as myself. So, the girl I guess really is me. I’ve created hand bags that I want in my daily life, and also that I know my friends would love and wear—so it’s really true to myself and my aesthetic.

What are your favorite pieces?

I truly enjoyed designing each piece, for a specific need, it’s tough for me to say which one or two are my favorites. If I had to choose, I’d say my first choice would be the clutch. It’s great for a red carpet event, or a cocktail party. My second choice would either be the tote or satchel. They are both equally beautiful… the satchel has the hardware inspired from my horse’s bridle, which I love. I feel every piece of the equestrian tack, and equipment are timelessly elegant, and well made that that was really what I wanted, to have behind the handbags. I wanted a focus on the craftsmanship, the durability and how these pieces convey an always sophisticated and smart look. I like to think the tote and satchel are what I consider foundational pieces. The satchel has a sort of a ladylike daytime bag appeal, and the tote because you can throw everything in there from your iPad, to a pair of spurs, or horse treats!

By Susan Holmes-McKagan

Article for Huffington Post

Wildlife Conservation Society Gala 2018

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) held its annual gala at Central Park Zoo on June 14 where 500 guests celebrated the leadership of women in wildlife conservation and WCS’s impact on saving wildlife and wild places across the globe.

Gala 2018, themed We Stand for Wildlife, celebrated the leadership of women in conservation. Speakers Dr. Jessica Moody, Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and Dr. Natalia Rossi, Cuba Country Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society represented women in conservation.

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Jessica Moody, Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Bronx Zoo, and Natalia Rossi, Manager of the WCS Cuba Program spoke of the importance of mentoring and nurturing a new generation of women in conservation and the critical impact women have made in saving wildlife.

Jessica Moody said: “As I look at the next generation of young women entering this field with a passion for animals and conservation—and there are many!—I am excited to provide the mentorship I was so fortunate to receive and use the experiences and opportunities I have had here at WCS to empower more women in conservation.”

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Cristian Samper, President and CEO said: “As women across the professional world have pushed open doors to seize opportunities for leadership, women at WCS have led the world in wildlife conservation—whether in muddy boots, sandy flippers, or veterinary scrubs.”

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During one of New York City’s premiere social events of the season, gala guests enjoyed a cocktail reception around the sea lion pool featuring décor by Lewis Miller Design, followed by a seated dinner prepared by Peter Callahan Catering. Dancing continued under the stars with music by DJ Jane.

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission.

Photos by Julie Larsen Maher and Megan Maher @TheWCS

Article by Jason Gao

Glass House Summer Party 2018

The Glass House celebrated their annual Summer Party on Saturday, June 9th, 2018. The Summer Party was made possible by generous support from Houlihan Lawrence, The Howard Hughes Corporation/Seaport District NYC, Janice Parker Landscape Architects +  SRI Fine Art Services. The al fresco event featured a festive farm-to-table picnic by South End, rosé by Whispering Angel, lawn games including ping-pong and chess, the music of Philip Glass and John Cage performed by Brooklyn Rider, and a special auction of contemporary art, luxury items, and experiences powered by Paddle8.

Tesla provided transportation between the parking area and the Glass House. Guests had the exclusive opportunity to view a Tesla Model X on display during the event. This year’s Summer Party artist, Jenny Holzer, created two limited edition mirrors In a Glass House and Certainly sex, in support of the Glass House. Ticket purchasers at the VIP Friend level and Platinum Table level received a single edition as part of their donation.


Guests strolled the 49-acre landscape and enjoyed an exhibition on view in the Painting Gallery, Personal Effect: Works from the Collections of Philip Johnson and David Whitney, from the Glass House permanent collection, and had the opportunity to preview a virtual reality experience that simulated the restored interior of the Brick House, which remains closed and requires much-needed restoration.

The Summer Party benefit auction included works by Andrea Zittel, Dustin Yellin, Lawrence Weiner, Lindsey Adelman, The Haas Brothers, Rita Ackermann, luxury trip packages and many more unique art and design items.

The Summer Party was kindly sponsored by Art in America, ArtNEWS, and Moffly Media.

All proceeds from the Summer Party benefit the Glass House. The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture.

Cube Art Fair 2018


Belgian gallery owner and curator Gregoire Vogelsang from Vogelsang Gallery presents the third edition of Cube Art Fair. The contemporary art fair takes place on the ground floor gallery space of 521 West 27th street designed by world-renown architect Zaha Hadid and is adjacent to the High Line Nine gallery spaces.

Cube Art Fair presents photography, paintings, and sculptures from upcoming and established European and American artists such as David Drebin, Antoine Verglas, Justin Bower, Desire Obtain Cherish, Carine Doutrelepont, Jane Fleetwood-Morrow, Eugenio Marino, Troy House, Peter Mc Lennan, Gregg Emery, etc.

Founded in 2016 with already two successful editions produced in Brussels, Belgium (under the theme The American Art Fair of Brussels), Cube Art Fair brings to New York it’s unique model which bridges European and American collectors, galleries, and artists. Cube Art Fair gives unique opportunities for exhibitors, collectors, and artists to build strong relationships with one another through various intimate setting and dinners taking place at collector’s private homes.

The New York edition (through June 30th) will host cocktail events every Thursday, charity auctions, and exclusive sit-down dinners for art collectors and curated attendees throughout the entire month of June. The black tie dinners, organized in partnership with Maison Christofle and Caviar Petrossian, will also serve as the soft launch of the events program of the High Line Nine galleries connected to the Zaha Hadid Building.

Ucross Foundation Gala 2018

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The Ucross Foundation hosted its inaugural New York Gala & Awards Dinner last night at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The night was filled with performances and readings by notable award-winning artists, all Ucross alumni, including Ricky Ian Gordon (Grapes of Wrath, opera), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), bestselling author Tayari Jones, author and Vanity Fair contributor Elissa Schappell, composer/pianist Dylan Mattingly, trumpeter Frank London, and singer-songwriter Kate Schutt. Special guests included Broadway stars Laura Benanti and Nancy Anderson. A collection of artwork from Ucross visual artist alumni was on display and available for purchase. The emcee was former journalist and current film and television screenwriter William “Bill” Broyles.

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At the heart of the evening was the presentation of the Ucross Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, which was presented to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx by the editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick. Proulx is widely recognized for many of her literary works, notably Brokeback Mountain, which was first published in The New Yorker in 1997. Remnick noted The New Yorker’s long history with Proulx stating, “It’s always been a privilege to publish Annie’s work in The New Yorker and it’s a privilege to take part in this ceremony tonight.”

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In the early stages of her writing career, Ucross granted Proulx the solitude and inspiration to become a literary legend. She acknowledged the impact and continuing growth of the Ucross residency stating, “I have watched Ucross grow from a remote place that offered a few writers and artists shelter and solitude become a highly regarded and important resource for creative people: writers, painters, filmmakers, sculptures, all the rest. Ucross has developed real clout in the intellectual ethos of this country and beyond. What happens in this little corner of Wyoming matters to the way we all think, see and interpret the world and ultimately how we solve our problems.”

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The evening began with a cocktail hour featuring a visual arts exhibit and sale by Ucross alumni. One of the paintings, by artist Pamela Talese, was presented as a gift to philanthropists Jesse and Cathy Marion, who received the Outstanding Patron of the Arts Award.  All the works in the exhibit may be viewed here.

Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program was also honored last night with the Outstanding Creative Partnership Award for his years of collaboration with Ucross.

About Ucross Foundation

Located in northeast Wyoming in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, Ucross Foundation fosters the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations, and the experience of the majestic High Plains, while serving as a good steward of its 20,000-acre ranch. Residencies are awarded to nearly one hundred artists each year. Ten artists are in residence at one time, typically a mix of four visual artists, four writers and two composers.

Since its establishment in 1981, Ucross has provided over 2,000 residencies to writers, visual artists, and composers, including such distinguished fellows as Annie Proulx, Terry Tempest Williams, Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, Ricky Ian Gordon, Bill Morrison, Theaster Gates, Anthony Hernandez, and recent Academy Award and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Other Ucross national partners include the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the Alliance of Artist Communities, and the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. The Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is a significant cultural resource for surrounding communities and beyond. For further information, visit

Photo credit: Jared Siskin/PMC via Getty Images.

Article by Jason Gao

Frick Collection Garden Party 2018

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Last Wednesday, May 30th, the Frick Collection hosted its annual Spring Garden Party for Fellows at the museum’s historic Fifth Avenue Garden.

The Collection’s permanent collection galleries were also open for the evening as well as the rarely seen second floor of the former Frick Mansion.

Also on view was the Frick’s newly opening special exhibition Canova’s George Washington. The show examines the history of Antonio Canova’s lost masterpiece, a full-length statue of our nation’s first president, which was unveiled in 1821. The first and only work by the artist created for America, the exhibition brings together Canova’s full-sized preparatory plaster model (which has never left Italy), and related sketches, engraving and drawings.

Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier Salomon, Mark and Rochelle Rosenberg, Tai-Heng Cheng, Cole Harrell, Board of Trustees Chairman Elizabeth Eveillard, Director Ian Wardropper, Trustee Margot Bogert, Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani, Jennifer Wright, Caitlin and Mick Davis, Ronnie West, and Davide Stefanacci
This is literally a “Garden Party” where guests meet outdoors on the terrace and the lawn of the mansion overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park. Cocktails, wine, beer and a tempting variety of seasonally inspired hors d’oeuvres and desserts were served in the garden, accompanied by the music of the noted jazz quartet The Flail. Also inside the house, guests enjoyed dancing to DJ’d selections in the Music Room all night long.
The dress code was Spring Garden attire. There was a big crowd for this special but relaxing event on this beautiful night. The host committee saw to it:

Genevieve and John Allen, Isha Ambani, Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon, Eiko and Michael Assael, Charles W. Banta, Beverly Bartow and Jim Stengel, Frances Beatty and Allen Adler, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ruggles Bernhard, Peter and Sofia Blanchard, Francesca Bodini, Elizabeth and Ralph Brown, Edward Lee Cave, Jason Chandra, Stephanie Andrica Ciccone, Margaret Civetta, Missey Condie, Catherine A. Corman, Jerry Ann Woodfin Costa and Victor Costa, Barbara Dau and Barton English, Michael M. Espiritu, M.D., Bruce and Carol Factor, Barbara G. Fleischman, Sarah Flint, Julia Flynn, Delia Folk, Pamela and David B. Ford, Joanne duPont Foster, Marina Kellen French, Lee and Sergio Galvis, Stephen A. Geiger, Lady Gibbons, Henry P. Godfrey, Hubert and Mireille Goldschmidt, Elizabeth Grammaticas, Lucy Green, Agnes Gund, George A. Hambrecht and Andrea Henderson Fahnestock, Kevin J. Hanratty, Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Horvitz, Roberta and Richard Huber, Melissa Jacobs, Jane and Charles Klein, Nell and Robert Kleinschmidt, Patricia Klingenstein, Casey Kohlberg, Christine Kuan, Elizabeth Kurpis, Lucy Jane Lang and Scott Asher, Alexia and David Leuschen, Marc A. Lewinstein, Wendy and Julian Lewison, James C. Marlas and Marie Nugent- Head Marlas, Frances Marzio Harry M. Mateer III and Jessica A. Mateer, Amory and Sean McAndrew, Caroline A. McCarthy, Monika McLennan, Roberto and Allison Mignone, Hilda and Arnold Neis, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Nitze, Francis Q. O’Neill and Dorothee Volpini de Maestri, Gregory and Susie Palm, Jessica Patcella, Laura Pels, Winifred and Ivan Phillips, Caitlyn Pickens, Alexandra Porter, Bryan and Megan Ramm, Katherine J. Rayner, Dr. and Mrs. James S. Reibel, Katherine G. Reibel, Barbara A. Reuter and William J. Williams, Jr., Mary Madeline Roberts, Sana H. Sabbagh, Justin M. Sanders and Elizabeth Lyons, Danielle Sapse, Dr. and Mrs. Stephen K. Scher, Michael Schiller, Charles N.W. Schlangen, Stephen and Christine Schwarzman, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, Bernard Selz, Lacary Sharpe, Gillian Steel, Sarah Stengel, Aso O. Tavitian, Sara Tecchia, David and Julie Tobey, Rebecca Vanyo, Patricia Vitanza, Brahm Wachter, Andrea Woodner, and Ashley Wyndham.

Catering by Creative Edge Parties
Howard G. Lepow, Board of Trustees Chairman Elizabeth Eveillard and Sally Lepow
Sarah McNear and Barbara Evans
Ronnie West and Trustee Margot Bogert
David Eigen, Seymour Zises, Marilyn and David Malkin, James Awad
Henry Arnhold and Mary Ann Fribourg
Elizabeth Pergam, Hilda and Arnold Neis and Associate Curator Aimee Ng
Curator of Decorative Arts Charlotte Vignon, Anne-Emmanuelle Mengestu, François Roux, and Dorothée Charles
Jonathan Tan and Craig French
Stephanie Nass Livia Cheung
Oliver Link and Guto Barra
Trustee Bradford Evans and Barbara Evans
Sophie Goodnight, Scott Kellman and Sabrina Stedman
Anil Shrivastava, Guest, Mannie Gil and Michael Misiaszek
Larry Keigwin, Sharon Novak, Harrison Ball, Meghan Davis, Christian K. Keesee, and Graham Tucker
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William Rosenberg and Rochelle Rosenberg Tai-Heng Cheng and Cole Harrell
President Emerita Helen Clay Chace, Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani and Caitlin Davis
Victor and Jerry Ann Costa
Brittany Haller and Carlos Castillo
Elizabeth Nguyen and Austin Taylor
Davide Stefanacci and Ronnie West Margo Langenberg and Stephanie Krieger
Anna Price Olson and Caroline Volz
Alexandra Traber and April Arnold
Katie Sands, Melissa Jacobs and Caroline Floorshimer
Polina Proshkina Hyewon Miller
Caitlin Davis, Amory McAndrew, and Megan P. Ramm
Bruce Crooker
Marcella Marcelacarvalho and Audrey Yu
Noi Noimany and Peter Guy
Delia Folk
Winnie Phillips, Barbara A. Reuter and Francesca Beale
Tijana Ibrahimovic
Larry Milstein, Toby Milstein, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon, and Dylan Giostra
Rochelle Rosenberg, Mark H. Rosenberg, Wolfram Koeppe, Marina Kellen French, and Guest
Alison Bruhn and Delia Folk
Thelma Golden
Joan and James J. Wilson, Friederike Moltmann and Joanne du Pont Foster
Deputy Director for External Affairs Tia Chapman, New York City Council Member Keith Powers, and Marina K. French
Lee White Galvis and Alison Marschalk Aaron Craig and Brynn Watkins
Basile Baudez, Trustee Ayesha Bulchandani, Senior Curator Susan Galassi, Assistant Curator David Pullins, and Jeremiah Evarts
Karl Yeh, Alexandra Bell, Landen Jones, Julie Wald, Jennifer Farrell and Josette Winograd
Thelma Golden, Associate Director for Capital Projects Carolyn Straub, and Director Ian Wardropper
Director Ian Wardropper and Annabelle Selldorf
Michael Espiritu Brian Lei and Erinn Liu
Trustee Monika McLennan, Janie Woo Scher, Bibi Lewandowska and Stephen K. Scher
Scott Asher, Janine Katzen, Scott Alter, Lucy J. Lang and Associate Director for Individual Giving Karaugh Brown
Anna Mikaela Ekstrand and Christina Eberli
Maria Ramos and Stephanie Ospina
Eric Hartline, Alysse Minkoff, and Landen Jones
Music Performed by The Flail
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Nell Diamond

In magazines, blog posts, tweets and photo tags, Nell Diamond’s name often appears alongside a who’s who list of tony partygoers. Born in London, and educated at Princeton and Yale, she is the doyenne of under-30 socialites—an “It Girl,” according to a recent profile in Vogue: young, beautiful, hyperfashionable and rich.

In 2014, Diamond’s fairy-tale and fireworks wedding to longtime boyfriend Teddy Wasserman at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France lit up social media sites and magazine web pages from Town & Country, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, and likely raised the bar for every future celebrity and royal wedding to a point slightly beyond reach. The photograph of her Olivier Theyskens–designed gown with twelve-foot-wide, ten-foot-long train trailing down the hotel’s broad gravel boulevard at dusk is the quintessential statement of elegance and extraordinary luxury. It is the kind of image you might see displayed in a new silver frame, the one you hate to remove because its replacement would seem too pathetic by comparison.

Today, at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, the 27-year-old daughter of former Barclays Bank CEO Robert Diamond is eager to put that partying reputation to rest. “I like to go to interesting events and meet interesting people, but I am a serious person too,” says Diamond, who is wearing a dress from La Ligne, her close friend Molly Howard’s new label. From the colorfully embroidered monogram of her bag to the tincture of eggshell blue that peeks through her open-toe shoes, she looks like a burst of spring. Rather than talk about her stature as an It Girl, she prefers instead to discuss the power of sleep, women in the workplace and the inspiration behind her new luxury bedding venture, Hill House Home.

“It doesn’t matter how many times you go to SoulCycle or how much kale you eat: if you’re not sleeping well none of that matters,” says Diamond, admitting that there have been times in her life when she’s had difficulty sleeping. “But by taking measured steps, the quality of your sleep is something you can improve. I look at decorating your bedroom and your home the same way—not to be complacent, but rather to make conscious choices, which is the entire basis of Hill House Home. Just as you can take steps to have a better career, you can improve your surroundings and the way you interact with your environment, and ultimately the way you sleep.”

In January, with a kickoff fete at the Standard High Line hotel—attendees included Prabal Gurung, Claire Distenfeld, Monique Péan and Bee Shaffer—Ms. Diamond officially launched her online-only company, named for the London school where her older brother studied as well as a street near the Yale School of Management, which she attended after resigning from her trading position at Deutsche Bank in August 2012. After studying the market for home goods, she recognized that sheets, in particular, were an underserved category in terms of price, quality and design. And so they became the core of her business.

Motivated by an obsession with quality bedding and perhaps a mild to moderate love of napping, Diamond built Hill House Home with a solid business plan. Sheets are made from 100 percent Supima cotton, grown in the United States; woven into fabric at an Italian mill just outside of Milan; and then cut, sewn and finished at a family-owned factory in France. The collection is currently offered in five designs—Ivy, Chancery Lane, Vale, Waverly and Savile—and available in four sets or as separates. Accessories include a line of unisex terrycloth bathrobes and sateen pajamas for both him and her.

The website includes a blog called 40 Winks, where both the sleepless and the well-rested can find tips on how to take the perfect daytime nap, properly fold previously wadded fitted sheets, or decode the jargon behind the myth of thread counts.

The plan is to establish Hill House Home as “the” sheet experts, the company that people go to when thinking about their bed and their bedroom. Afterward, Ms. Diamond says she would like to build out the business into a home and lifestyle company, applying the same kind of strategy that she applied to the core business—not just create something that exists in the market already, but something new that adds value to people’s lives, whether that value is an easier online customer experience or a less expensive product, or whether the value is a fresh design that people have never experienced. “People define value in different things. I want to add value to people’s lives when they shop for their home,” she says.

It is this concept of home that seems to be at the forefront of the young entrepreneur’s thoughts these days. She and her husband, who is a managing director at Deutsche Bank, are near completing a two-year gut renovation of their West Village apartment. They are also expecting their first child. How Diamond will balance new motherhood and the management of Hill House Home will be a challenge, one she is looking forward to, she says. A big part of that puzzle is perhaps to reexamine conventional expectations of career and home life, and redefine the way they complement each other.

“When I was in finance, I couldn’t see myself in any of the people who were older than me. I would look around and think, ‘There are no women over 30 here!’ So it’s very important to me,” Diamond says, “that I build a company that changes the conversation around what it means to be a woman who works.”

As Diamond plots this next chapter in her autobiography, she will have no shortage of female mentors to guide her. When she thinks about her career, she says she looks at the women whom she admires and from whom she derives strength and encouragement in the incredible things they are doing.

Among leaders and role models she considers inspirational: Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of Into the Gloss; Leandra Medine at Man Repeller; Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx; Oprah of course; and Arianna Huffington, author of the newly released book The Sleep Revolution and someone who also believes a day’s success depends on a clean, unlighted place and a solid night’s rest.

“When I consider my career I look to people whom I admire. I find strength and inspiration from women who are accomplishing incredible things. That motivates me,” she says. “I feel very strongly about the intersection between the state of women in the workplace today and the company that I’m trying to create. It’s important to me that I hire women. It’s important to me that I promote women.”


Article for Avenue Magazine

Whitney Museum Gala 2018

El Museo del Barrio – 25th Annual Gala

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On Thursday, May 11th, El Museo del Barrio, the nation’s premiere Latino and Latin American cultural institution founded by the Puerto Rican community, celebrated its 25th Annual Gala. Considered the museum’s most important fundraising event of the year, the Gala, held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, welcomed nearly 400 luminaries and leaders in business, finance, fashion, entertainment, art and philanthropy.

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The evening included a silent and live benefit auction, in partnership with Paddle8, featuring works of art generously donated by artists, including Francis Alÿs, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Carmen Herrera, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Liliana Porter, among others. El Museo’s Executive Director, Patrick Charpenel, and Museum Trustee, Clarice Oliveira Tavares selected all works. The evening’s efforts raised more than $900,000 in support of El Museo’s ever-expanding Permanent Collection, acclaimed exhibitions, innovative programs, and renowned bilingual education initiatives.

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Maria Eugenia Maury, El Museo Gala Chair and the Chair of the Board of Trustee, states: “Last night, The Plaza was filled with excitement, as we celebrated El Museo del Barrio and our distinguished honorees. We are especially grateful to the generous and essential support of our wonderful partners and patrons who have helped us surpass our fundraising goals. We look forward to welcoming everyone to El Museo’s Gala in 2019, when we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of El Museo del Barrio.”

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El Museo’s 25th Annual Gala honored four individuals who have distinguished themselves in the fields of fashion, arts and cultural patronage. These include: artist Marta Minujín for Excellence in the Arts; fashion designer Esteban Cortazar for Excellence in Fashion; collector César Reyes, as an Outstanding Patron of the Arts; and music producer Maestro Julio Reyes Copello, as a Cultural Pioneer.

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The gala and Museo is supported by a partnership with 11th generation master tequila makers, Maestro Dobel Tequila, who generously provided specialty tequila cocktails, and will be supporting museum events throughout the rest of the year. Maestro Dobel Tequila is a brand at the intersection of legacy and innovation, and looks to foster new creative conversations around Mexican art and culture, and its influence on international trends. Immediately after the evening’s program, guests celebrated with a spirited dance floor lead by Avenida B Salsa Dura Band, an 11-person salsa band based in New York City.

El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading Latino cultural institution welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging Permanent Collection and critically acclaimed exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.

El Museo del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104 Street in New York City. The Museum’s Galleries are currently undergoing renovations and will reopen to the public in the fall of 2018. For more information on these and other renovations, visit

Article by Jason Gao

Met Gala 2018

It’s easy to forget, amongst all the hysteria surrounding the Met Gala, known variously (breathlessly) as “the Oscars of fashion”, “the red carpet event of the year”, “the party you can’t pay your way into”, ad infinitum, that there’s a museum-housed exhibition to accompany all the style statements. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination is the title of the Costume Institute’s blockbuster 2018 show, the biggest it has ever produced and one with which, before you ask, the Vatican is resolutely on board, having lent approximately 50 pieces from the Sistine Chapel Sacristy.

One wonders what the Pope would make of over 500 boldfaced name actresses, models, musicians, designers, editors and businessmen attempting to interpret this year’s dress code, a jovial “Sunday best” that presumably sought to allow for religion-themed creativity while simultaneously sanctifying The Sexy Floor-Length Gown. The world’s most glamorous would not have found much outfit inspo in scripture – there is very little in the Bible that helps to spell out the proper dress for sacred worship, other than the general directive to “Adore the Lord in holy attire” (Psalm 96:9) and for women to don veils in “a humble imitation of the angels’ behaviour, who when they sang the praises of God, and adored and glorified his perfections, covered their faces and their feet with their wings,” (Isaiah 6:2). Wings. Katy Perry, are you thinking what I’m thinking?

“Holy” was a hard sell, then (with the caveat of Rihanna), but as for the titular “Catholic imagination”? That, they could moodboard the Gehenna out of. For some, a dollop of Catholicism was served via a bejewelled crucifix slung over their couture confections. Others added a hasty tear of blood, Weeping Madonna style, beneath their eyelids.

The urge to hagiographise was great: numerous stars, including Madonna, opted for star-spangled Madonna halos, while others went full High Renaissance (Ariana Grande, in a literal interpretation, wore a Vera Wang dress whose fabric depicted scenes from Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment. “I’m the back wall of the Sistine Chapel. I feel fairly important,” she told the New York Times). Kudos, too, to Jaden Smith, who brought his gold certification plaque for his single “Icon” as an accessory, which constitutes more of a mic drop than last year’s dreadlocks.

It all made for a tricky decision-making process come best dressed “clothed in majesty” time. Who deserves lauding for scaling the Mount Sinai of fashion challenges?

The Parkinson’s Foundation 2018 Gala

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The Parkinson’s Foundation 2018 Gala was held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Willie Geist, Host of NBC News’ “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and Co-Host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, served as the Master of Ceremonies.  280 supporters were in attendance and the evening raised $750,000 to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation, a national organization working towards a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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The Gala honored Parkinson’s Foundation Board Member, Richard D. Field, retired Senior Executive of BNY Mellon and MasterCard, Founding Director of Lending Tree, financial services industry leader, and Parkinson’s advocate.

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Guests enjoyed a musical performance by a special cabaret performance by Bob Hardwick and Broadway Cast.

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Karen Elizabeth Burke, M.D., Ph.D.Kate and Read Coughlin, Ian and Melissa Cutler, Peter and Whitney Cutler, Jill Taub Drury, Dickie and Beth Field, Jim and Janet Field, Sky Field, Stephanie GoldmanIsobel Robins KoneckyArlene Levine, and Devon Pastor were the Gala Co-Chairs.

About the Parkinson’s Foundation 
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease 
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Article by Jason Gao

New York City Ballet Spring Gala 2018

Springtime in New York means more than allergies and clement weather. As the city thrums with anticipation for Monday’s Met Gala, the red carpets start rolling out all over town, including at the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala, held Thursday night at Lincoln Center.

“It’s always the gala before the Met Gala,” said native New Yorker Ansel Elgort, who attended alongside his ballerina girlfriend, Violetta Komyshan.

In the wake of Peter Martins’s retirement last January as ballet chief, amid allegations of sexual and verbal misconduct (Martins has denied all allegations of misconduct and an independent investigation did not corroborate the allegations), the New York City Ballet returned to its roots with a celebration of choreographer Jerome Robbins. At the gala the company premiered the electric, whirlwind number “Something to Dance About,” which condenses nine of Robbins’s major works—including West Side Story, Gypsy, Funny Girl, and The King and I—into one unmissably spectacular 30-minute performance, and will have five more performances in May.

Elgort, dressed in a snappy Givenchy suit, was unabashed about his respect for N.Y.C.B.’s dancers, reflecting on his younger days as a student at the School of American Ballet. “I was in the S.A.B. for five years. The reason I even tried to get into S.A.B. was because of musical theater, because I wanted to do musical theater,” Elgort said as he sat down to an asparagus and prosciutto salad at the post-performance dinner. “I figured that if you did this it would help you do musical theater, and you watch the way these dancers do musical theater—the way Chase Finlay jumped around in that sailor outfit . . . it’s insane.”

For Elgort, who is a musician in addition to his acting career, dancing always came third. “I was dancing because I wanted to get better at it, not because I was really good or I liked it. I loved singing and acting and dancing, but dancing was definitely the third.” Still, that doesn’t stop him from cutting a rug once in a while (several memorable scenes in Baby Driver included): “I love to dance. I dance every day. Even when I work out I dance. I like to dance all the time.”

By Paul Kolnik/Courtesy of New York City Ballet.

Over at table 63, Hamilton veterans Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soogushed about choreographer wunderkind Justin Peck, who had just premiered “Easy,” his new 80s-inspired number. “I love the way Justin works,” Odom Jr. said. “And there’s not a lot of that out there right now. He’s so creative and thoughtful. You would think that that’s ubiquitous, but it’s really not and it makes him special.”

Odom Jr. and Peck collaborated on a workshop for the current revival of Carousel, which Peck choreographed. “I thought the same thing when I worked with him then,“ Odom Jr. said. “It was witty and singular and confident. He studied Jerome Robbins so he’s trying his best to be everything that man was and add to that. To push the form forward.”

Sarah Jessica Parker, who walked the red carpet with her twin daughters, was missing from the dinner. She was present at the performance, though, seated front and center on the mezzanine, where Peck came to visit and pay his respects after the final ovation. She gave him a hug and introduced him to her daughters before sweeping them out onto the deserted plaza—though dinner had not started, it was probably way past their bedtime.

Article by HW Vail

Central Park Conservancy Hat Luncheon 2018

Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim could not have been more succinct when he wrote a lyric for his groundbreaking 1970 musical, Company. It was a mere six words, but when performed by iconic actress Elaine Stritch, “Does anyone still wear a hat?” became as much a part of the very fabric of musical theater (ironically spoken, not sung) as Bette Davis’s “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” did for film.

Truthfully, almost a decade earlier, the hat as a must-have for any well-dressed lady’s daytime turnout was single-handedly eradicated by one man: hairdresser Kenneth Battelle and his bouffant hairdo for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In a broad stroke, with the help of large Lucite rollers, a lot of back combing, and a monsoon of hairspray, the American women’s millinery industry went belly up. Similarly, when President Kennedy eschewed the traditional top hat at his inauguration, the same fate befell the men’s hat business.

It was considered a novelty therefore, when in 1983, the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy planned a new fundraising luncheon at Tavern on the Green and encouraged ladies to wear pretty spring hats. Three hundred guests attended and the event raised a grand total of $173,000.

Today, the annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon attracts a sellout crowd of 1,200, and over its 36-year history has raised over $55 million dollars for Central Park (this year’s event will be held May 2). It is one of the most successful fundraising luncheons in the country, along with being one of the most photogenic. Spectacular hats and stylish dresses aside, the Central Park Hat Luncheon, as it is universally called, is now held in a soaring tent erected within the Conservatory Garden, the only formal garden that exists in the park. Covering a total of six acres, it is divided into three styles: English, French, and Italian.

Brooke Astor and Norma Dana

Like so much of Central Park, the Conservatory Garden was severely neglected before the Conservancy was formed as a private, non-profit organization in 1980 by a small group of concerned citizens. Restoration began in 1983, and in 1987 it was reopened to the public. Like any garden, it requires constant care, albeit on a grand scale.

“Bill Cunningham would always come back from the luncheon like a kid with a big haul from the candy store.” —John Kurdewan, the photographer’s longtime New York Times collaborator

“The park is the jewel of New York, free for everyone to use and enjoy,” says Gillian Miniter, a member of the Women’s Committee and former chairman and honoree of the luncheon. “We raise several million dollars every year that goes directly to the care and the maintenance of the park.”

On the current to-do list: a necessary but costly upgrade of the Conservatory Garden’s hardscapes. “The Women’s Committee has pledged to raise $5 million towards the $10 million needed to restore all of the paths, plazas and fountains,” Miniter explains. “They are original to the 1937 construction, and have deteriorated from decades of wear and tear.”

Indeed, the 1980s project only addressed the botanical elements, the fruits of which are now dazzling, as another former chairman of the luncheon, Anne Harrison, recalls: “One year, Mother Nature was really on our side. All of the cherry trees were in full bloom, and it was a sensational display!”

Bette Midler

Equally sensational without fail are the attendees, as captured over the years by renowned photographer Mary Hilliard and the late photojournalist Bill Cunningham in his feature pages for the New York Times. A milliner before he went to work as a freelance writer for Women’s Wear Daily, he had a falling out with publisher John Fairchild and resigned, reinventing himself as a photographer of society and street fashion the likes of which the world will probably never see again.

Bill Cunningham and John Kurdewan



“It was the Grand Prix of hatmaking for him,” says John Kurdewan, Cunningham’s longtime New York Times collaborator. “As much as he loved the formality of fashion and the world of white gloves—he went wild for creativity—anything that was technically intricate or celebrated nature—things like butterflies and bees—were ‘just marvelous!’ He would always come back from the luncheon like a kid with a big haul from the candy store. I would download his camera right away in anticipation of putting the page together.”

One year, when Cunningham was unsteady from a knee injury, Kurdewan shadowed him at the luncheon. “I was terrified of the cobblestones. Not only for Bill, but all for all of the women in their stilettos.” He continued, “It’s a marathon of an event to work—the hundreds of beautifully dressed women coming down the Vanderbilt Gate stairs—and of course, for Bill, the incredible hats. I noticed that he seemed unusually shaky, and asked one of the volunteers if they could bring me a little bread. You know how he was- he usually would never accept even a glass of water. But they set up a small table and two chairs out of sight and brought us both full plates. It’s probably the only instance in our 15 years together that I ever saw him eat anything at an event. And the whole time, he fretted that because of him, someone would be going without their lunch!”

Here are a few more photos from the luncheon in years past.

Gillian Miniter
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