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PUTTING MY IPOD ON SHUFFLE is a little like playing Russian roulette—you just never know what you’re going to get. I pride myself on having eclectic music taste (most recently I downloaded the Beatles, the Andrew Sisters, and the top-forty song “Dynamite” in one session). Shuffle can cause Simon and Garfunkel to lead into Bob Sinclair and only on my iPod can Nina Simone live next to Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. I have collected an extensive number of Broadway musicals, classical symphonies, and music recorded in the 1960s, which, played at the wrong time, proves embarassing. But there is one playlist that will send me flying to the stereo to skip a song for eleven months of the year, and that’s the one marked “Holiday.” Really, who cares what the Chipmunks want for Christmas when it's July? But come December, for me, it’s all about Christmas songs, from The Salsoul Christmas Orchestra’s “Christmas Jollies” to “Classic Christmas Carols,” by the Choir of King's College. I believe that there is no place like home for the holidays, and that there is no place like New York to call home. New York takes her holiday dressings to new heights (making it a destination for tourists as anyone who walks Fifth Avenue after Thanksgiving can attest). The giant snowflake suspended over 57th Street, ice-skating below the tree at Rockefeller Center, the Christmas Windows at Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s are not only attractions to visitors, but to New Yorkers young and old alike. There’s a little bit of old-fashioned magic to New York City at this most wonderful time of the year. What do I look forward to this month? Watching dogs romp in the first snow in Central Park only to be replaced by the squeals of children sledding down Cedar Hill. The smell of pine and spruce in every apartment during cocktail and dinner parties. Fireplaces dressed up with garlands and with Christmas cards lining the mantles. Singing Christmas carols in front 18 QUEST

of Brick Church for the Park Avenue Tree Lighting (perhaps my favorite night of the year, shared only with an informal gathering of friends nicknamed “Natives’ Night Out” on Thanksgiving Eve). In this issue of Quest, we begin with the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Associate Editor Lizzie Brown writes the cover story this month on the seventy-five-year-old history of these great kicking legs. Another mainticket attraction that has delighted generations is The Nutcracker. With five dance troupes performing Balanchine’s masterpiece during the season, Natalia Restrepo Weil brings us to the site of the latest Nutcracker—taking place at Henri Bendel, where the window displays were designed in conjunction with the New York City Ballet. Yes, to be sure, New York is at her best this time of year. The Angel Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the performance of Handel’s Messiah by the New York Philharmonic—even just walking by Cartier, tied up with a big red bow, can get you in the mood. Speaking of shopping, Daniel Cappello has put together our annual Holiday Gift Guide with ideas for everyone on your list. As I sit here at the office, listening to the John Denver and the Muppets’ “A Christmas Together,” I am reminded of Alfie the Christmas Tree's lesson, which I loved dearly as a child: Christmas is for everyone, each and every living, breathing thing. Christmas is about peace on earth and the brotherhood of man. Christmas is about love. And how can you not believe in that? So, as Auntie Mame would say, “Haul out the Holly! We need a little Christmas!” Merry Christmas from all of us at Quest.

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upon a time, December was the month of “Merry Christmas.” You don’t hear the greeting much anymore, having been replaced in the parlance with “Happy Holidays.” Those are the words you used to see on festively packaged bottles of whiskey and champagne,

and on cigarette cartons that people would give as gifts. It was a brilliant marketing idea that I am told was invented by a packaging manufacturer named Bill Green, who was a best buddy of a couple of the Bronfmans, as well as Frank Sinatra. Bill Green’s widow, now also passed,

Judy Green, lighted the lives of many here in New York with her almost raucously festive Christmas cocktail party, making the holiday quite happy for us adults, at least for a moment or two. Making the holidays politically correct doesn’t much matter to me. It actually

did make me more conscious of the religions in a way that I had not been before, and how equality is the best policy for living well together—if possible. Growing up in what was a difficult household with a troubled marriage, the words “merry” and “Christmas”

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meant Santa Claus to this kid, which meant relief, a break from the storm, plus an evergreen tree with lights and ornaments, and an angel on the top. It also meant keeping a wish list of presents (always toys). I understood enough about our meager family finances, since the subject was loudly and dramatically discussed between my mother and father, so I always limited my list to the basics. It changed through the years—a sled when I was six, a dollhouse at 22 QUEST

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eight, an electric train at nine, pair of ice skates at eleven, and, lastly, with childhood ebbing, a typewriter when I was twelve—a Smith-Corona portable—so that I could start writing down those dramas I had stopped conjuring up with my toys. Looking back, I can see that “Merry Christmas” always meant hope—for all of us—and an abundance of something, if not always gifts, and, may God grant it, peace. In retrospect, I was blessed to have a mother who, despite her

own hardships, saw to it that her son always got something to enhance his imagination. Dreams come true. Naturally, as a very young child, I believed in Santa Claus. I can still clearly remember hearing the thud of his heavy leather boot against the snowy front doorstep on Christmas Eve when I was four or five. It was so loud, I still tell myself, that it must have waked me from my sleep. He was, of course, Santa leaving, having placed our gifts under the tree. It never occurred to

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me until this writing, many decades later, that the “thud” of a footstep was probably my father coming home and hitting his boots on the doorstep to loosen the snow from them. However, the notion of Santa’s departure remains the preferred explanation. Christmas morning I was always the first one up and down the stairs. I’d plug in the lights of the tree, then stand back squinting, to get the effect, looking at all the gaily wrapped packages in a festive mass under its branches. For

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A that moment, I was present in the land of plenty, however brief, always fodder for a child’s future hopes and dreams. Although I grew up in Massachusetts, New York often came up in conversation. Both of my parents loved New York, and lived here with my sisters until I was born. My father was a native. Even after moving north, he still got the tabloids everyday–the Daily Mirror and the Daily News–which this kid starting reading by age six or so. My mother regretted leaving the city, so she’d bring me here for a weekend, or even just a day, to go to Radio City, to see the sights. Unwittingly, she was

also preparing me for my life. The decisive moment in my relationship with New York, however, came at this time of the year when I was a sophomore in college. A roommate and I had been invited to a coming-out party in New York over the Christmas vacation. The dinner dance was to be held in the Sert Room at the Waldorf. Three girls, none of whom I knew, were making their debut. My roommate’s mother booked us a room in the hotel for the overnight. This was a first for this country boy: having his own room in a world-famous hotel. The Waldorf was also quintessential New York to any out-of-town

kid’s idea of the big city. It was “glamorous” New York. There was already a lot of snow on the ground when we arrived in the city late on that Saturday morning, the day before Christmas Eve. The Waldorf’s brass marquee was swathed in evergreen swags, red and gold bows, and holiday lights. The entrance was stately and massive. As it might be in a movie, the lobby was teeming with activity. There was a famous supper club where major headliners performed on the first landing, called the Empire Room. The public rooms of the hotel were decorated for the season. The party that night

got under way around 7:30 or 8 p.m. Black-tie for the boys, dressy dresses for the girls. The music was provided by Meyer Davis, a famous society bandleader in the days before DJs. Davis, Lester Lanin, and Emil Coleman were the biggest names, and all of them had record albums of their “society” dance music. The Sert Room, which was (and still is) situated in the front lobby across from the Empire Room, was not large, but not small either. There must have been a couple hundred or more guests. You could drink then at age eighteen, so we were drinking and dancing up a storm. Rock and roll was here to stay

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(despite some doubters, even then). This was post-Elvis, just pre-Beatles, but the music was what we now call American Songbook–Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, etc. A lot of us knew the songs and lyrics as we’d all grown up on them. Memories of that night are a blur of meeting and greeting. I was eagerly swept away by the fun and the activity. The girl on whose invitation I was attending also turned out to be the most charming girl I 26 QUEST

had ever met. That charm had a profound effect on this boy for years after (although she never knew it). I was completely besotted by what appeared to me to be utter New York sophistication. I was of the age and time when F. Scott Fitzgerald stories of New York had immortalized the experience of coming of age–romantic, even unreal, of course, but rich in ways that only New York offers a young person and a fresh mind being introduced for the first time. The following morning,

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party over, both my friend and I headed for Grand Central Station to catch our trains back home. Before boarding, I bought all the newspapers–the Times, the Trib, the News, the Mirror, the Post, the Telegram, the Journal American–to consume and to see if the party the night before, my first New York party, were mentioned. Cholly Knickerbocker’s column in the Journal American, (then written by my friend Liz Smith for Igor Cassini, who was the official columnist) had covered it.

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Among the guests were CZ Guest and Rose Kennedy, whose son, Jack, was President of the United States! They were both friends of one of the debutante’s parents. Although I’d been too busy to notice the grown-ups in the room, I was very impressed to have been in such famous company. I was not at all conscious of it at the moment, but, in retrospect, I can see it was then that the dye had been cast in my life. New York would be my home one day, and it would be the source of my livelihood. Merry

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight. New York lost several prominent citizens last month, all of whom will be missed by their friends and families, as well as the community to which they contributed throughout their lives. There was Elaine Kaufman, 82, of Elaine’s; Norris Church Mailer, 61, author, one-time model, widow of Norman Mailer; Judith Loeb Chiara, a lovely lady from the prominent Loeb banking who made her mark on the community philanthropically

and under the radar; Allen Brill, executive of Rolex USA, who used his influence with the international watchmaker to assist many cultural projects in New York, and Theodore “Ted” Sorenson, who died at the beginning of last month from complications following a stroke. Sorenson was 82. Ted Sorenson was famous a half-century ago as an adviser, lawyer, and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy, and a loyal protector thereafter of the flame. I had the opportunity talk with him a few times in

the last ten years, although never at great length. I once asked him if the rumors were true that he wrote that famous Kennedy “ask not” line. His response was that President Kennedy was his own master of language. I still had the feeling that the rumor might have been so, because the collaboration between the two men was seamless in the end. Kennedy once referred to Ted Sorenson as his “intellectual bloodbank.” It was an excellent marriage of minds and of temperaments. I knew the three

aforementioned women, all of whom made strong individual impressions on me. All three deserve more time and space because of that, but will have to wait until next month. Meanwhile, on a Thursday night early last month, the New York City Opera held its annual fund-raising blacktie gala with a concert at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, followed by a dinner on the Promenade. I am not knowledgeable about opera, but it’s something I follow given the opportunity. And this is the

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commanding presence. As she entered the stage, someone told me that she is considered one of the greatest Wagnerian sopranos in the world. I know Wagner’s music only by reputation, so I didn’t know what that meant. I knew it was powerful, and Brewer looked the part. Then the voice, the Puccini confirmed it. Her voice is powerful and her high notes are lustrous and thrilling, even incredible, in their beauty. On a Monday night, the New York Public Library held its annual Library Lions Dinner. This is one of the most prestigious benefit galas of the autumn season in New York. The 2010 Library Lions

were Malcolm Gladwell, Ethan Hawke, Paul LeClerc (the library’s CEO and main officer who is retiring this year), Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), and Zadie Smith. I was seated at the table near Robert Hughes, the eminent art critic and historian who has just finished a history of Rome, which was largely written in the very room where we were dining. Another guest I know, Susan Fales-Hill, writes her books in this same room. She and Hughes both credit the library and its facilities for their ability to create and complete a work. Besides them there are thousands of men and women who have used it to

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Royal Academy of Arts. Hugh Hildesley, of Sotheby’s, and chairman of the American Associates, conducted an auction that raised $80,000. There was a surprise sixtyfifth birthday party on Friday night for New York realestate mogul Richard LeFrak, orchestrated by his two sons, Harrison and James, and presented at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th and Seventh. Event planner Bronson van Wyck designed the shindig, and at least three hundred attended. LeFrak’s wife, Karen, got him there by telling him they were going to see a ballet piece

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A both being hugely successful on their own. Their devotion was a pleasure to observe and share in—it was true partnership. David was courtly, but admiring of Helen, and Helen was always flirtatious but respectful of David. We were joined at table by Helen’s care-giving attendant and a friend, Charlotte, who has been a friend for more than sixty years. The two women met in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, when Helen was working as the private secretary to a man named Don Belding, a partner in the advertising agency Foote, Cone and Belding. Charlotte had applied for a job as a file clerk for the firm, and Helen

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On December 3rd, the historic Westbury House will host the sixteenth annual “December Dinner Party” to benefit the surrounding Old Westbury Gardens. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Long Island. For more information, call 516.333.0048.

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Art Attack

Art Miami willl return to the Wynwood Art District through the 5th. For more information, call 520.529.1108. Gotham Gala

The New York Women’s Foundation will host its 2010 gala at 6:30 p.m at Gotham Hall. For more information, call 212.254.6677.

wild times

The Palm Beach Zoo will honor the year of the tiger at 6 p.m. on Worth Avenue. For more information, call 561.307.8000.

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Chocoholics anonymous

LXTV’s Sarah Gore and Mariebelle will host a wine and chocolate tasting at 6 p.m. at Holiday House. For more information, call 917.855.5944.

’tis the season

The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard, and Air Men’s Club will host “Deck the Halls with Red, White, and Blue” at 11:30 a.m. at the 21 Club. For more information, call 212.683.4660. 64 QUEST

dream team

The Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans will hold its annual reception at the home of Fred McCarthy in Palm Beach. For more information, call 212.354.0300.

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Glorious gardens

The sixteenth annual benefit for Old Westbury Gardens and 2011 Preservation Projects will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Long Island. For more information, call 516.333.0048. County cocktails

The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation will host a cocktail reception and auction at The Breakers. For more information, call 561.832.8585. a sight to see

Schepens Eye Research Institute will hold its “Vision of Beauty” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at The Mar-a-Largo Club. For more

information, call 877.724.3736.

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Sparkling spruce

The Fund for Park Avenue will hold its sixty-fifth annual Park Avenue Tree lighting and ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the Brick Presbyterian Church. For more information, call 212.705.4237. art party

The Norton Museum of Art will host its annual holiday party at 1 p.m. For more information, call 561.832.5196.

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and the winner is...

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the italian job

The International Society of Palm Beach will host “A Night in Venice” at the Beach Club. For more information call 561.832.4200.

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cocktails at colette’s

The Town of Palm Beach United Way will hold its Alexis de Tocqueville Society cocktail reception at Club Colette. For more information, call 561.655.1919. shall we dance?

The Limon Dance Company will present three pieces during its twonight engagement at Baryshnikov Theater. For more information, call 212.777.3353, ext. 12. On December 14th, the Limon Dance Company will present three different pieces during its two-night engagement at the Baryshnikov Theater. For more information, call 212.777.3353, ext.12. Crystal at 6:30 p.m. at Frederick P. Rose Hall. For more information, call 212.992.9337. don’t bring peanuts

The Food Allergy Initiative will host the thirteenth annual Food Allergy Ball at 7 p.m. at the Waldorf=Astoria. For more information, call 212.627.1000. literary legends

The Center for Fiction will host its 2010 Benefit Awards Dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the New York Tennis and Racquet Club. For more information, call 212.755.6710.

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a french toast

Alliance Française will hold its Trophée des Arts Gala at 7 p.m. at The Plaza. For more information, call 646.388.6604.

The Town of Palm Beach United Way will host its Business and Professional breakfast at 8 a.m. at The Breakers. For more information, call 561.655.1919.

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dinner music

The New York Philharmonic will

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begin its second season of “Musical Suppers,” at Arpeggio Food and Wine. For more information, call 212.875.5656.

The Boys & Girls of Palm Beach County will hold its Jingle Bell Ball at 7:30 p.m. at The Breakers. For more information, call 561.683.3287.

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The New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet will host a performance of The Nutcracker at 2 p.m. For more information, call 212.870.5585.

The Town of Palm Beach Centennial will hold a reception honoring committee members at 6 p.m. at Wally Findlay Galleries. For more information, call 561.655.2090.

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The American Cancer Society will host its Gala Kickoff Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Mar-a-Largo

members only

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach will host its membership luncheon at noon at The Breakers. For more information, call 561.832.0731.

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beach bash

The American Red Cross will host its Young Friends’ Beach Bash at 8 p.m. at the Beach Club. For more information, call 561.650.9131.

January 5

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food for thought

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The Food Bank For New York City will launch its Culinary Council at 6 p.m. at the Empire State Building. For more information, call 212.566.7855, ext. 8071.

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach will host a reception at 6 p.m. at Neiman Marcus. For more information, call 561.832.0731.

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The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will host the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival at 7. p.m. at 150 Worth Avenue. For more information, call 561.366.1226. 66 QUEST

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The School of the Arts Foundation will host its Guild Musical Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Beach Club. For more information, call 561.805.6298.

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IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY I flew out to los angeles for the

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he went along. Stella sat very still on Paul’s lap and watched intently as he continued to play and sing to her. Afterward, Paul said to me, “My family is my life.” And I could tell he meant it completely. Later in the week, Paul and Linda hosted a huge party for the launch of the new album. The setting was the boat Queen Elizabeth II, which was dry-docked in Long Beach at the time. Everyone came to celebrate, from fellow Beatle George Harrison to the reclusive Bob Dylan, who hid behind a tree when he saw my camera, to a very young Michael Jackson, who danced with Linda’s daughter, Heather, to an even younger Tatum O’Neill, who was with her father, to a stunning Cher in floating chiffon, and to a casual Dean Martin, dancing with his wife. These were just a few alongside the masses of revelers who feasted and celebrated into the wee hours. Paul, who, as you well know, is still

going strong, should probably re-work the words to the Beatles lyric, “Will you still love me when I’m 64?” Sixty-four seemed a long time away when we were in Los Angles that night. Not anymore. It really does seem like yesterday. But the fact is that now grown-up Stella, who designs for Chloé and her own label, is a fashion icon—a huge success in her own right. When one of her first collections was shown in early 1998, Linda was there front and center in one of her last public appearances, and she seemed so happy to be there for Stella’s success. As for the Beatles, well, the group remains number one on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the one hundred most important music groups of all time. And I remember George Harrison saying to me back in 1964 that he gave the group eighteen months tops to survive. Little did any of us know then what we know now. But isn’t that always the case? u DECEMBER 2010 69

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Both Michael Jackson’s and Truman Capote’s “sins” were forgotton after their deaths, and their creative legacies are remembered as the works of great geniuses.

Eureka! Death becomes us all. Jackson’s prestige, also, seems to have skyrocketed. During his last years, most sane people considered Michael Jackson to be a creepy old has-been with a dubious taste for sleeping with children, a weirdo who dangled his own children out of balconies of highpriced hotels and wore masks in public. Now everything has been forgiven and forgotten. Those who regarded him with horror when he was alive feel free to worship him now that he’s dead. They dub him the greatest entertainer of the last fifty years, in fact, of all time. The much married, overweight, absurd, and vulgar Elizabeth Taylor has been vindicated in standing by him. Hollywood’s morality is measured by how much money one makes, and not if he or she sleeps with a child or two, or three... When Tony Curtis passed away last October, the obituaries were terrific, as well they should have been. Curtis was good in light comedy but had not had a hit since the early 1960s. He had also committed a few faux pas by kissing and telling about Marilyn Monroe, but what the hell. Bernie Schwartz had come a long way. Upon his death he was treated as if he were Albert Schweitzer. As Gore Vidal said when he was informed that Truman Capote had been discovered dead, “Great career move.” And it was. I knew Truman, but not well, but that didn’t stop him 72 QUEST

from spreading all sorts of rumors about me. Toward the end of his life, no one wanted to go near him, not even his last friend, C.Z. Guest. That’s how grotesque he had become. After mercifully dying, a hagiography appeared, as well as numerous articles praising the tiny terror. The best example of the grim reaper boosting one’s career is that of the great Elvis. Presley was a bloated joke toward the end, but the moment the good Greek doctor’s prescriptions finally killed him, we got the great young Elvis back for good. Having mentioned Alexander McQueen, I don’t know if a fashion designer’s death is a plus or a minus. I only hope that when Karl Lagerfeld croaks, people in the media will begin to write what an absurd person he was, probably the most absurd human being ever. Even more absurd than Yves Saint Laurent, if that is possible, or Bernard-Henri Lévy. (The latter is a so-called philosopher, but he should have designed shirts instead.) One profession that death does not suit is that of politician. No sooner do they meet their maker than people tend to forget them. Does anyone remember the senior Senator of Alaska now that Sarah Palin is hogging the headlines? Journalists fare even worse than politicians. Once gone, commentators, as they like to call themselves, do not even become trivia quiz questions.

Who was a longtime columnist at the Times who often clashed with William Buckley? Duh, Anthony Lewis. (Mind you, he might not be dead, but he sure is forgotten.) Abe Rosenthal is another, not to mention James Reston and other unpleasant people. Personally, I can’t wait to see the end of Maureen Dowd so we can forget her ridiculous anti-Catholic bullshit pronto. Writers, on the other hand, are rarely forgotten, especially when they’re as good as Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and their ilk. Pop stars, of course, enjoy the greatest career revitalization once they are visited by the man in the white suit. There’s Freddie Mercury, Keith Moon, and the worst of them all, John Lennon, the woman-beating, heroin-injecting, foul-mouthed slob exhibitionist, who became a legend once some nut put a bullet in his brain. Thirty years later, people still sit around Strawberry Fields in reverent silence, in much the same manner I do when I visit Sans Souci, Frederick the Great’s palace in Potsdam. Go figure, as they used to say in Brooklyn when the Dodgers were still there. So, there we have it. MGM is gone but not forgotten, and never will be. Except if financier Carl Icahn, who might end up controlling what is left, substitutes Leo the Lion with a shark—the animal that most closely resembles him. u

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imagining seventy years there’s a reason why Montblanc is known as the “culture brand.” For more than twenty years, it has actively nurtured, preserved, and developed artistic talent through its initiatives across the world. With such a history, it’s no surprise that this year Montblanc, the luxury brand synonymous with fine leather goods and iconic writing instruments, is celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the birth of John Lennon. Lennon, who rose to international stardom as a member of The Beatles, established himself as a cultural icon in his own right through his solo work. He is still regarded as a great thinker, an independent mind, and a visionary whose influence helped shape the intellectual mood of an era. A powerful catalyst for social change, Lennon, along with his wife, Yoko Ono, became the embodiment of the peace movement. As a lyricist, he managed to stir a generation with the power of the pen (and the guitar). It’s only fitting, then, that Montblanc has chosen to honor the writer and musician with a series of special-edition fine writing instru-

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The Montblanc John Lennon Commemoration Edition 1940 writing instrument alongside a Gibson Les Paul guitar. Opposite page: Maestro Valery Gergiev is the first to receive a Montblanc John Lennon Edition writing instrument from Lutz Bethge, CEO Montblanc International; John Lennon by Iain Macmillan (copyright/courtesy of Yoko Ono Lennon).

ments. The Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition 2010 incorporates the elements of an old-style vinyl record with gentle grooves chiseled into black precious resin. At the focal point of the instrument, where the cap meets the barrel, is a silver plaque engraved with Lennon’s self-portrait. Limited to 1,940 pieces, in recognition of his birth year, the Montblanc John Lennon Commemoration Edition 1940 boasts a blue tanzanite that crowns the guitar-inspired clip—an allusion to Lennon’s famous blue glasses. And there’s also the Edition 70,

the most prestigious of the series, which celebrates Lennon’s seventieth birthday. Echoing his most recognized solo hit, the word “Imagine,” rendered in white gold, encircles the instrument. Montblanc is donating proceeds of the John Lennon Edition to select cultural projects that support music education. “I am delighted that John is being recognized with these beautiful and unique writing instruments,” Yoko Ono said, on hearing about Montblanc’s initiative. “He was a creative force who loved drawings and writings and the power of words and art.” u DECEMBER 2010 75

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worth the wait william J. vanden heuvel, chairman of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, often points out that the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., wasn’t dedicated until 1922—fifty-seven years after Abraham Lincoln died. So perhaps the nearly forty years it has taken to start construction of the memorial to New York State-born President Franklin D. Roosevelt is right on time. This triangular four-and-a-half-acre park, located across the East River from the United Nations, is named for the famous address Roosevelt gave to Congress in 1941, in which he outlined the “Four Freedoms:” freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship in one’s own way, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In 1973, when Governor Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsay changed the name of Welfare Island to Roosevelt Island, they designated the southern tip for a first memorial to Roosevelt. The design of the park was conceived by Louis Kahn and would, as the New York Times described then, “face the sea [Roosevelt] loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired.” Kahn would never see his vision come to life. He died unexpectedly in 1974 of a heart attack in Penn Station while walking to work with the final park plans in his briefcase. 76 QUEST

Kahn’s design calls for “The Garden,” in which rows of Little Leaf Linden trees form an allée on either side of the triangle, leading down a gentle slope to “The Room,” an open space made of granite and air, which will house a bronze head of the former President and provide a unique space to contemplate the city from a new view. In the ’70s, the project seemed impossibe for a New York City mired in financial crisis and a governor about to leave for the vice presidency. But today, the project is tangible: the memorial is expected to cost $50 million, of which nearly $45 million has already been raised. The first site-clearing and construction began this spring and then, on September 13, a formal ceremony with New York officials took place when the first granite arrived by barge to the island. In this unique venture, those who participate in the park’s “Chapter of History” campaign will have their names engraved into a granite parapet alongside a milestone from FDR’s life or administration. The park is expected to be finished in just over two years. And, once completed, it will certainly be worth the wait. —Georgina Schaeffer For more information, please visit fdrfourfreedomspark.org.

This page, clockwise from top: Mayor Bloomberg and city officials at the Granite Arrival ceremony; a computer rendering of the park on Roosevelt Island; Governor Lindsay in 1973; current construction. Opposite: Computer rendering of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park; Governor David Paterson and chairman William J. vanden Heuvel.

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a guy’s world let’s face it, 1040 is something of a loaded number; its mere mention evokes dreaded tax returns. Still, there’s an auspicious side to 1040. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, for one, helped spin the number in a new light. She famously lived at 1040 Fifth Avenue, transforming an IRS code into a highly sought-after address. And now we have J.Crew to thank for raising the positivity factor. Earlier this year, the all-American retailer unveiled a dedicated men’s store on the corner of 79th Street, at 1040 Madison Avenue. Perched on a prime corner of the Upper East Side’s golden shopping mile, 1040 Madison is one of only five J.Crew Men’s Shops nationwide (two others are in Manhattan, one in New Jersey, and the newest in Boston). This location occupies a former bank space—a wise investment on J.Crew’s part, to say the least. 78 QUEST

The store’s interior design was inspired by the 400-year-old farm dwellings of the Engadin Valley, in the Swiss Alps. Knotty pine planks have been carved and milled into intricate moldings and raised panels, and cover nearly every surface. The rugged warmth makes you feel as if you’re coming home to your family’s mountain house (the store’s designers used reclaimed wood from old barn boards). In spite of the nods to the casual and relaxed life—thick wool sweaters and guy’s guys’ accessories are everywhere— the main draw here is a bit of luxury. There’s a focus on fine suiting and handselected assortments from the J.Crew men’s collection, including an expanded shoe selection with the likes of Crockett & Jones, Alden for J.Crew, and Quoddy, as well as products from J.Crew’s In Good Company collaborative partners

(i.e., Jack Purcel, D.R. Harris & Co. Ltd., Thomas Mason, and Saint James). This happens to be the first J.Crew Men’s Shop with two floors. The first floor houses an edited collection of denim, shirting, outerwear, men’s grooming items, and new and vintage men’s furnishings. The lower level boasts the original bank vault (which showcases bags and vintage finds), as well as the suit shop, which features an expanded selection of Ludlow & Aldridge styles and tuxedos. On a recent visit, the latest Ludlow Suit could be found, in two-button cashmere navy—a 1040 exclusive. The relaxed luxury of the store is wholly appropriate for its location and for its discerning clientele. On-site services include personal shoppers and custom tailoring, as well as—holiday shopping, anyone?—same-day courier services. u

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Clockwise from top left: A display of belts and accessories; the Worsted wool Ludlow twobutton suit jacket with double-vented back; a detail of the knotty pine interiors, which feature contemporary black-and-white photography; note sheets from a collaboration with Want Organic; the flight downstairs; a detail from the lower-level vault; vintage-inspired price tags; the upstairs fitting rooms; a vintage typewriter; Belstaff panther jackets. Center: the outside window of 1040 Madison Avenue. Opposite page: The lower-level hallway.

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MOVing to A NEW VIEW

This page, above: setting up in the new home; packing up with the color-coded boxes. Opposite: and don’t forget the baby!

“in new york you are either looking for a job, a husband, or an apartment,” said Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex in the City.” It is perhaps this last search that is the most daunting for the average New Yorker. And, worse than searching for an apartment, is the actual move itself. Enter Pamela Muller and NouvelleView Luxury Moving Planners. Yes, that’s right: moving planners. In December of 2007, Juliana Terian Gilbert, found herself with less than thirty days to move out of her twelve-room apartment in the Dakota. The apartment was home to museum-quality antique furnishings, art works, and chandeliers. She wanted to be closer to her daughter’s school, but now she had to complete the entire move—and find temporary housing—over the holidays. She asked her friend and associate Pamela Muller, a self-confessed “organizational junkie,”

to handle the task. Pamela devised a plan that included coordinating and overseeing four specialty moving companies, three realtors, a team of decorators, art consultants, and museum curators, as well as audio/visual and computer techs. In addition, a grand piano had to be hoisted, with a special crane, from the second story of the apartment. But, you needn’t own an apartment in the Dakota or an extensive art collection to appreciate the NouvelleView touch. The company prides itself on tailoring a custom approach to any budget. Plus, with Juliana’s background as an architect and businesswoman and Pamela’s realestate development and finance experience, the duo is especially sensitive to the needs of busy young professionals. Parents, too, can put their minds at ease knowing that words like “efficient,” “diligent,” “professional,” and “organized”

have come to characterize the business. And NouvelleView goes beyond traditional moving services. Systematic labeling and tracking technology that identifies each item for delivery to a specific location? Check. Hand-picked, proven specialists to handle your art work and fine furniture? Check (with temperatureconrolled vans). But, perhaps the single phrase that will make any New Yorker’s heart jump: “On time, and on budget.” So, whether you are an interior designer packing up a client’s household or a new mom who’s got formula and teething on her mind; whether you’re moving in together, getting married, or moving out after a divorce, NouvelleView has the systems in place for you, with all the details planned—on a color-coded chart. u For more information, call 212.876.6008 or visit nouvelleview.com. DECEMBER 2010 81

Jean Nouvel’s “total design” approach to the residences at 100 Eleventh maximizes space and modern luxuries, allowing for a broad variety of configurations that take full advantage

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NouveL living ANYONE IN THE MARKET for a new abode that boasts expansive views of both the skyline and the water, not to mention the most luxurious amenities possible, should check out 100 Eleventh Avenue (Residences by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, with Beyer Blinder Belle). Popularly known as “Nouvel Chelsea,” 100 Eleventh offers generously proportioned environments composed of stainless steel, etched and clear glass, terrazzo, and custom lighting. Architect Jean Nouvel’s “total design” approach is exemplified by his ingenious storage solutions and his use of highly engineered water-and-temperature control fixtures. Every apartment at 100 Eleventh has a unique pattern of powder-coated steel window mullions—its own “fingerprint,” if you will—and features floor-to-ceiling window walls, oriented to the south and west. Open, curved, or rectilinear spaces have been allocated to allow for a broad variety of furniture configurations that take full advantage of the light and views. Kitchens flow spatially into open living-room areas and feature custom fixtures conceived by Jean Nouvel to complement art and furniture. As Holly Parker, senior vice president at Prudential Douglas Elliman, who is handling sales and marketing for the building, puts it, “Nouvel has designed a building which is the perfect blend of architecture and high-end lifestyle. It’s a rare opportunity to own a piece of historical significance in an innovative neighborhood.” Indeed, in the center of the vibrant Chelsea neighborhood, with close proximity to Chelsea Market, Chelsea Piers, and the Hudson River Park, 100 Eleventh—with added perks Luxury Attaché concierge services, a seventy-foot indoor/outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and dramatic lobby—truly merits its name: a new residential experience for a new Chelsea. u

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from a colonial revival farmhouse to a Normandy chateau, a Georgian-style mansion to a quaint English-country potting shed, an informal American shinglestyle home to a Tudor Manor House, Wadia Associates revels in all of the vocabulary that makes up the language of classical architecture. Since founding his own firm in New Canaan, Connecticut, Dinyar Wadia has earned a reputation for designing and constructing finely detailed, traditionally designed homes for discriminating clients. But each one of Wadia’s houses is set firmly in the modern era, best described by Wadia’s own motto: “It is traditional architecture for the modern world.” Although the firm can count numerous projects around the world, they are best known for their work in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Many of these projects have been published in the beautiful monograph, New Classicists: Wadia Associates 84 QUEST

(The Images Publishing Group, 2007). The book opens with a note from HRH Prince Charles, who writes, “Browsing the portfolio enclosed I was immediately struck by the way that this practice commands such a broad range of architectural language, creating buildings for the twenty-first century that draw unabashed from the living traditions of architecture, be they classical, gothic, or traditional.” The praise for Wadia Associates continues in the introduction by Paul Gunther, president of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America: “His eponymous firm has kept alive a tradition of place and of continuing reinvention...I commend his example and thank him for it.” Wadia developed his love of classical architecture and his eye for distinction while growing up in his native India. After graduating from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, he began

his work as an architect in Bombay. Two years later, in 1968, he enrolled in the Master’s program in architecture at Columbia University. Upon graduation, Wadia took a job with one of his professors, Victor Christ-Janer, at his architectural firm in New Caanan. In 1975, he opened his own practice. An avowed garden-lover, Wadia’s own design philopsophy emphasizes the relationship of each residence to its landscape. As he says, “A house without a garden has no soul.” Over the past thirty years, Wadia Associates has excelled at all traditional styles, but no matter how varied their work may be, the firm is characterized by a passion for excellent detailing, the use of fine materials, and exceptional workmanship. u For more information, call 203.966.0048 or visit wadiaassociates.com.

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This page, clockwise from top left: A living room strikes notes of clean, classical symmetry; this French-style garden faรงade features a corner tower, mansard roof, iron balconies, and a conservatory; this great room overlooks the formal gardens and is connected to the main house by a windowclad gallery; a second-floor landing opens out onto a balcony. Opposite: The porch extends this Queen Anne-style home into the landscape.

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THE ART OF GIVING By elizabeth brown

Over time, Elaine Sargent has established an important legacy that will continue to support generations to come. She has, through her actions, encouraged women on Wall Street, helped ensure a positive future for health care, and promoted the arts. As one of the first women to pursue a professional career in finance, Sargent served a pivotal and pioneering role. For decades, she worked as a top broker for several firms, including Bear Stearns & Co. To Sargent, who continues to run her own money, the relationship between a broker and an investor is always different. “First, a broker should find out what the investor wants from the market,” she says. “When you’re younger, you probably want growth. As you get older, you want to continue to live in the style that you’ve worked hard for.” In her extraordinary support of medical research, Sargent

demonstrates her consideration for the well-being of both current and future generations. Together, with her late husband Daniel Sargent, who helped build the corporate end of Solomon Brothers and was a direct descendant of the painter John Singer Sargent, she worked to help establish the Avon Chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and contributed to Dr. Patrick Walsh’s prostate cancer research at Johns Hopkins University, as well as Dr. Jeffrey Borer’s cardiology research at

“The philanthropic support provided by the Sargents is critical to the continued advancement of medical care,” says Dr. David Kennedy. New York Hospital. “Elaine Sargent has been a generous supporter of medical research for many decades,” Borer says. Sargent founded a medical scholarship at McGill University named after her uncle, Arthur M. Vineburg, a leading cardiac surgeon in Canada. “We all need to work together to encourage medical students who will become tomorrow’s leaders in research,” she says. Sargent has supported many prominent members of the medical field, including raising funds for a chair in the name of Dr. David W. Kennedy at the University of Pennsylvania and the Sargent Temporal Bone Laboratory. She gives regularly to Dr. Leon Root, medical director of rehabilita-

tion at the Hospital for Special Surgery. “I am thankful for the support Elaine Sargent has given my research into how we can help children with cerebral palsy,” says Dr. Root. Another area in which Sargent has displayed a vested interest is the opera and the theater. “I went into the arts to express myself in a different way,” she says. She supports the Roundabout Theatre Company, the Playwrights Horizon, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Manhattan Theatre Club, and the New York City and Metropolitan Opera companies. “I go to the theater and the opera two or three times a week,” she says. “More young people should attend the theater and the opera. Tickets should be less expensive and the experience less intimidating.” Sargent is also committed to working for political and social causes. “Mayor Bloomberg is doing a fantastic job and I would love to see him run for President,” she says. “I also feel very strongly about the right to have an abortion and for same-sex couples to marry and adopt.” Sargent’s zest for life will continue to make its mark on this generation, and the next. Whether it’s investing in young doctors involved in groundbreaking research, or new directors and playwrights looking to leave their mark on Broadway, she consistently empowers the next generation. u From left: Philanthropist Elaine Sargent with Dr. Leon Root, medical director of rehabilitation at the Hospital for Special Surgery; Sargent with Rex Reed, New York Observer columnist. Opposite: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Elaine Sargent. D E C EM B ER 2 0 1 0 8 7

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fabulous at forty

THEY SAY forty IS the new thirty. And Casa de Campo,

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celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2011, is beaming like a teenager. Home to an international airport, a Marina & Yacht Club, three Pete Dye-designed resort golf courses (including the famed Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore), an Equestrian Center, Polo Club, a 245-acre shooting center, as well as worldclass shopping and great artist performances, it is no wonder that the 7,000-acre resort was recognized as the 2010 World’s Leading Golf Resort for the fourth consecutive year, the 2010 Caribbean’s Leading Golf Resort for the fifth consecutive year, the 2010 Dominican Republic’s Leading Golf Resort for the sixth consecutive year, and the Dominican Republic’s Leading Resort, also for the sixth consecutive year by the World Travel Awards. Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the Wall Street Journal, the World Travel Awards’ 2010 nominations This page, from top: Casa de Campo is a perfect resort for families; with its own airport for ease of travel; visitors can make their way around the 7,000 acres in golf carts. Opposite: the ultimate in relaxation. DECEMBER 2010 89

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featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries with voting by industry professionals and consumers. As of November, Casa de Campo also became the newest member of The Leading Hotels of the World, in addition to completing a $40 million, two-year hotel redesign, which saw the addition of the Beach Club by Le Cirque and the Cygalle Healing Spa. The resort’s entire lobby and main hotel area have been modernized with floor-to-ceiling windows and mahogany paneling. New features also include La Cana Restaurant & Lounge by Il Circo and a Carmen Sol New York boutique, as well as a freshy designed spacious pool terrace, radiating a chic, contemporary experience with private cabanas, new chaises, and canopy-style covered seating areas. Plus, each of the 155 new Elite guests rooms and ten suites have been transformed and personalized. The ultimate resort, Casa de Campo provides unsurpassed amenities with the best accommodations, service, and cuisine. If this is what forty looks like, we can’t wait to see fifty! u

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This page: One of the Pete Dye-designed golf courses, for which Casa de Campo was awarded the World’s Leading Golf Resort. Opposite, from top: Casa de Campo is home to a world-class polo facility; privacy is also an attraction for visitors; the resort is known for its serene surroundings.

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the candy queen By elizabeth brown

layers of foiled candies into a vase of blue jelly beans”). Did you in chocolate. Or vanilla. Or any know the Sugar Daddy was origisort of sweet, for that matter. nally called the Papa? Or that But what’s the cure for the heartthe shape of Sour Patch Kids was break of digging the last chocoinspired by UFOs in the 1970s? late “Dirt Ball” from your bag? This and more awaits between Dylan’s Candy Bar, at 1011 Third the trademark turquoise covers. Avenue, of course. Or, treat your“I’ve always been disappointed self at home to a copy of Dylan when I couldn’t find a book on Lauren’s new book, Dylan’s candy that captured its fun and Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet beauty,” Lauren says. “In my Life, the golden ticket to living mission to merge art, fashion, deliciously. and Pop Art with candy, I felt I “Call me crazy,” Lauren says, needed to create this book. It is “but I believe that when life sucks, coffee-table sized with gorgeous there is no better remedy than colorful, mouth-watering photogto reach for an all-day sucker!” raphy that captures the unique Lauren has ruled like King Kandy shapes, sizes, details, and colors of Candy Land since opening her of candy.” New York City shop in 2001, sellWith the holidays approaching everything from Cheesecake ing, the book offers plenty of Fantasy ice-cream sundaes to The cover of Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life, tips for surviving it all. Given gummy lobsters to Lion bars. by Dylan Lauren. Opposite: Dylan’s Candy Bar the wintery weather, Lauren preYou’ll even find a Dylan’s Candy sells more than seven thousand kinds of candies. scribes candy as a “cure-all.” Bar Barbie and Strawberry Licorice According to her, chewing gum relieves sinus pressure, hard Soda Pop shower gel in this real-life chocolate factory. “I love candy,” says Lauren. “When I consume it, I feel candies soothe sore throats, and cinnamon-flavored sweets happy and I get a sugar high, which gives me energy to pur- combat the chills. She also details do-it-yourself projects sue projects, exercise, and handle a busy day. I also just love ranging from chocolate menorahs to a Christmas tree topisurrounding myself with its color and giving it to friends as ary of foiled chocolates. And, when New Year’s Eve arrives, what are some of gifts in unique packages.” And what better package than her new book, with its swirl of Pop Art-inspired pages featuring Lauren’s resolutions? “I promise to eat candy once a day...and not just for dessert,” and, “I will see the candy bar as half not an array of enlarged edibles? ’Tis the season, after all! Brimming with goodies, Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your eaten.” At midnight, try indulging in homemade champagne Sweet Life will satisfy any sweet tooth, from the fashioni- truffles and a “Midnight Kiss” of Angostura Bitters, Campari, sta (“Wear sexy patent-leather heels in Swedish Fish red to Champagne, and two Hershey’s Kisses and gummy lips. “To me,” Lauren says, “candy is more than an accessible everydraw attention to shapely legs”) to the gift-giver (“Instead of flowers that wilt, stick several large lollipops, sugar roses, or day product we consume; candy is an artful masterpiece!” u

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Forget love. I’d rather fall

marriages by GEORGINA SCHAEFFER

Jessica Vertullo & David Maher September 25, 2010 • Sagaponack, New York

One hundred and fifty-four guests attended the outdoor ceremony at Wolffer Estate Vineyard, with a reception directly following.

The couple did not have a wedding party, but Dave’s four-year-old nephew, McLaren, was the ring bearer. Their first dance song was “You Make My Dreams Come True,” by Hall & Oates.

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The couple went to Africa for their honeymoon—first to Cape Town and then to Botswana for an eight-day safari on the Okavango Delta.

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The bride wore a dress by Amy Michelson and carried a bouquet of white English garden roses and white majolica spray roses. The groom wore a custom-tailored suit by Astor & Black.

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marriages Elizabeth Keen Colley & David Case Dunlap June 24, 2010 • New Orleans, Louisiana

Four hundred guests attended the wedding. The bride’s sister, Janet Colley Morse, was matron of honor. David’s youngest brother, William Richard Dunlap, was best man.

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The bride wore a dress by Monique Lhuillier and a blue vintage garter belt belonging to her mother. The bridesmaids wore dresses from J. Crew.

The rehearsal dinner was at Latrobe’s On Royal with an afterparty at Felipe’s Taqueria in the French Quarter. Their first dance was to the Righteous Brothers’s “Unchained Melody.”

The couple was married at the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, and a reception was held directly afterward at the New Orleans Board of Trade.

Following the wedding, the couple went to Italy on their honeymoon. They took a road trip that began in the Alps and ended on the Amalfi coast, with a stop in Florence.

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marriages Emma Froelich & Christopher Shea August 28, 2010 • Edgartown, Massachusetts

Twenty-five guests attended the wedding at the bride’s family home in Edgartown. She wore a dress by BCBG and carried a bouquet of local wildflowers.

The bride’s nephew, William Moss, was the ring bearer, and her other nephew, John Plummer, handed out pinwheels during the ceremony.

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The veil belonged to the bride’s mother and was worn by the bride’s sisters. Since the wedding was barefoot, her “something blue” was toenail polish.

Directly after the wedding weekend, the couple went on a safari honeymoon to Botswana.

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The couple loves the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair so they designed the wedding to feel like the event—complete with sack races, pony rides, and fun photo ops.

WEDDINGS Two hundred and forty guests attended the wedding at St. Barthlomew’s Church, with a reception following at the private Midtown club where the couple met.

marriages Avery Wolcott Broadbent & Justin Matthew Doyle October 23, 2010 • New York, New York

The bride wore a dress by Oscar de la Renta and carried a bouquet of astilbe, ranunculus, eskimo roses, and vendella roses. She also wore a necklace that belonged to her great-grandmother.

Justin proposed to Avery with a ring hidden inside a tennis ball while the couple was playing court tennis.

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The bridesmaids dresses were by Amsale, and Elizabeth Hodes designed the cake with flowers to match their bouquets.

Their first dance was to “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra. The couple went on a mini-moon to Bermuda.

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1. The 14-kt. gold vermeil Hera necklace was co-created by Tracy Smith (House of Lavande) and Jordann Weingartner (Jordann Jewelry). $450. 561.802.3737. 2. La Maison du Chocolat’s darkchocolate-and-mixed-nuts candy cane is a mouth-watering delight. $32. 1018 Madison Avenue. 3. Roberto Cavalli’s “Anniversary” perfume celebrates the designer’s forty years in fashion. $62-116. Roberto Cavalli boutiques. 4. Your feet will sparkle in Manolo Blahnik’s satin Pelluxat shoe. $915. 212.582.3007. 5. Look and feel like a lady in Carolina Herrera’s stunning black and gold organza jacquard gown. $5,490. 212.249.6552.

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1. David Webb’s double crystal lions bracelet in rock crystal, diamonds, platinum, rubies, and black enamel. $115,000. 789 Madison Avenue or 212.421.3030. 2. A classic for this season or any: Stubbs & Wootton’s Jefferson slipper in burgundy. $395. 987 Madison Avenue. 3. Sherle Wagner’s Acanthus Mirror in Florentine gold comes in small ($2,832) and large ($4,011).

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cuff, in rare hand-chased repoussé sterling. $695. Works Gallery, 1250 Madison Avenue. 6. A brass easel holds the gold-stamped 2011 Giraffe Calendar from Connor Fine Engraver & Stationer. $125. 212.756.8690.

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since its inception, in 1933, the Radio City Christmas

Spectacular has welcomed millions of viewers to its spirited tradition. Every year, New Yorkers and tourists alike rediscover a winter wonderland where reindeer dance in synchronization and heaps of presents dwarf Christmas trees—all a warm respite from Fifth Avenue’s hustle and bustle. From the “Living Nativity” to the on-stage skating to the world-famous Rockettes, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular promises to delight even the most dour of Scrooges, running now through December 30.

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In 1971, two Rockettes dress in zebra costumes for a performance at the premiere of Bed Knobs and Broomsticks. Opposite: The show opens with the Rockettes as Santa’s reindeer.

The 1930s Rockettes, in a pre-kick moment, proudly display the “R” across their costumes. Below: round and round, Radio City’s dancers whirled, then and now. Opposite: the Rockettes have been a part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 1933 when it opened.

A Brief History of Radio City:

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1925 Russell Markert debuts a precision dance troupe named the “Missouri Rockets” in St. Louis. “I had seen the John Tiller girls in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922,” Markert once said. “If I ever got a chance to get the group of American girls who would be taller and have longer legs and could do really complicated tap routines and eye-high kicks ... they’d knock your socks off!” With that, the Radio City Rockettes were born.

1929 The Metropolitan Opera had prepared to gentrify the “speakeasy belt” of Manhattan by building an opera house. But after the economic crash of 1929, the project was abandoned by the Metropolitan Opera and revived by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who was leasing the midtown property from

Columbia University. In an attempt to create an Art-Deco theater that would offer high-quality entertainment at affordable prices, Rockefeller hired architect Edward Durell Stone and designer Donald Deskey to complete the job.

1932 Radio City’s opening night, on December 27th, features a performance by the “Roxyettes,” named for S. L. “Roxy” Rothafel, who is credited with discovering the act. Among the original performers were Ray Bolger, Martha Graham, and the Flying Wallendas family. 1971 Russell Markert retires after forty-six years with Radio City, having witnessed the Rockettes expand from just sixteen dancers to thirty-six, always moving as one, with identical costumes and dance routines.

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Clockwise from top: the Rockettes’ dressing room, circa 1950; the double-decker bus in “New York at Christmas” weighs seven tons; Russell Markert and his “dancing daughters,” the Rockettes, in 1946. Opposite, clockwise from top left: a stage manager makes an announcement in 1952; a moveable rink made from artificial “ice” allows for skating on stage; Russell Markert coaches the Rockettes at a rehearsal in 1946 in Radio City’s Rehearsal Hall; the show features a sparkling new performance of The Nutcracker; the Rockettes perform a number, circa 1949; Radio City Music Hall is located at 1260 Sixth Avenue. DECE M B E R 2 0 1 0 1 1 9

Did You Know? The largest Wurlitzer organ in operation has been housed at Radio City since its installation in 1932. It has four thousand pipes, ranging in length from thirty-two feet to several inches. Did You Know? The Rockettes have performed everywhere from USO Tours during World War II to halftime shows at the Super Bowl to presidential inaugurations.

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2010 To date, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been enjoyed by over sixty-nine million people in sixty-three different cities. No doubt, the so-called “dancing daughters” of Russell Markert will continue to thrill audiences for years to come.

The Rockettes dance in front of a Times Square set. Insets, from left: the Rockettes chat backstage; a Radio City program from 1938; Santa explains the meaning of Christmas. Opposite: the Rockettes perform “The Twelve Days of Christmas”; below: “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” has run since 1933.

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no one does Christmas like Neiman Marcus does

Christmas. The iconic department store has published its annual Christmas Book since 1939, and, this year, Over the Top: 50 Years of Fantasy Gifts from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalogue (Assouline, 2010) presents some of the most fabulously frivolous and fabulously fabulous His-and-Her offerings. There’s a pair of camels and customized action figures—even a submarine yacht. (I’ll take one in yellow.) —Georgina Schaeffer

“There is absolutely no better way to remain incognito when traveling than in your own submarine.�

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fairytale on fifth By Natalia Re stre po Weil

dows this winter, passersby are transported back to their childhoods and into the land of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker—a magical place filled with crystalline snowflakes, statuesque nutcrackers, a mischievous mouse, and an enormous Christmas tree, all fit for a fairytale. This year, the iconic Manhattan specialty store has waltzed into the holiday season via a collaboration with the legendary New York City Ballet to create an unforgettable spectacle of Christmas fantasy, luxury, and fashion. Under Gilberto Santana, visual director at Bendel’s, not just the window, but the entire store has transformed into a scene from The Nutcracker. All of the majestic costumes worn by mannequins in the windows and the store were custommade by the New York City Ballet’s costume shop, imparting a sense of authenticity and tradition to the display. Santana 128 QUEST

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has honored every detail of the ballet so precisely, that one can almost hear Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s melodies as you look upon the festive décor. “The collaboration seemed like a natural progression, seeing as both Henri Bendel and the New York City Ballet are both iconic landmarks of the city, and favorite destinations for residents and visitors alike,” Santana says. As the focal point of the store’s façade, the main window is the pièce de resistance of the display. Illustrating the famous party scene from The Nutcracker, the intricate display boasts an enormous Christmas tree—large enough to make even a grown man feel like a child again. The spruce is gilded in Bendel’s most glamorous jewelry, including pieces by Erickson Beamon and House of Lavande. It is also technologically trendy, featuring miniature monitors, screening footage of the celebrated ballet, and magnifying glasses lending the yuletide shrub an illusion of enchantment. Staying true to the fabled ballet, a mannequin stands guard as a female nutcracker, and two ballerinas, draped in tulle, grace the display with elegant attire and poise. “The festivity of the party scene communicates the emotion of the season, which we want to pass onto our customers,” Santana says. The Nutcraker is the ultimate childhood fantasy, and Bendel’s unique take on the stage show bonds holiday magic with childhood dreams and modern-day glamour for an enchanting set of Christmas windows. u

Bendel’s visual director Gilberto Santana has honored The Nutcracker in the confines of the iconic shop. In this display, Marie awakes to find that the myriad characters in her fantastical reverie were but fruits of a sweet yuletide slumber.

Food Allergy Ball 2010 Monday, December 6, 2010

The Thirteenth Annual Food Allergy Ball, presented

by the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI), takes place on Monday, December 6, 2010 at The Waldorf=Astoria. The evening’s proceeds benefit FAI’s research, education, and public policy programs, aimed at finding a cure and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies. Julia Koch, Sharyn Mann and Todd Slotkin are the Gala Dinner Chairs. David Koch is the Corporate Dinner Chair. The Thirteenth Annual Food Allergy Ball is one of the winter season’s most spectacular fundraisers. Each year, over 500 loyal supporters attend the ball. This year, renowned chef/restaurateur Tom Colicchio, co-founder of Gramercy Tavern and creator of Craft Restaurants and ‘wichcraft, receives the FAI Lifetime Achievement Award.  Mr. Colicchio is head judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and has received many accolades for his work, including the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef. Past FAI Lifetime Achievement Award recipients have included Mario Batali, David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Sirio Maccioni, Danny Meyer, Julian Niccolini,

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Drew Nieporent, Jacques Pépin, Alain Sailhac, André Soltner, Marcus Samuelsson and Alex von Bidder. The Mount Sinai Hospital is being honored for its international leadership in food allergy research and treatment. Wayne Keathley, President & COO, is accepting the award on behalf of the hospital. The FAI Legacy Award is being presented to Kathy Franklin, a longtime advocate for the organization’s mission of research, education, and advocacy. Ms. Franklin has helped countless families navigate the challenges of living with potentially fatal food allergies. Page 134 features highlights from the 2009 Food Allergy Ball, which honored Charles Koppelman, Executive Chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Emeril Lagasse received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Conor Kennedy, the son of Mary Richardson Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., accepted the FAI Legacy Award, which honored the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy for his commitment to the food-allergic community.

ABOUT THE FOOD ALLERGY INITIATIVE (FAI) Founded in 1998 by concerned parents and grandparents, the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is committed to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies. FAI is the largest source of private funding for food allergy research in the United States. In addition to funding research worldwide, FAI supports clinical programs to improve diagnosis and treatment; public policy to increase federal funding for research and create safer environments for people with food allergies; and educational programs to increase

awareness and understanding. FAI has committed nearly $70 million toward the fulfillment of its mission. A national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FAI is supported solely by donations from corporations, foundations, and dedicated individuals, including our 2010 honorees, chairs, and guests. We are deeply grateful to everyone who has helped make FAI’s 13th Annual Food Allergy Ball an outstanding success.

FAI: Key Accomplishments Research 1999: FAI begins supporting food allergy research worldwide. 2005: FAI successfully advocates for Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to commit $17 million to establish the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR), a group of leading medical centers that conducts important studies, including clinical trials. 2006: FAI awards its largest grant to date—the first partnership between the NIH and a private funder on a food allergy study—to Gideon Lack, MD (King’s College, London). 2008: To further the careers of gifted young investigators, FAI and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology launch the AAAAI/Food Allergy Initiative Howard Gittis Memorial Research Fellowship/Instructor Award Program. 2010: An FDA Phase II clinical trial begins for a promising new therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine, developed by researchers at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine with FAI support.

Clinical Activities 1998: FAI begins to provide an annual grant to expand clinical activities at The Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine, enabling this internationally known center of excellence to double its patient base. 2010: FAI underwrites the publication of “Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Food Allergy,” a comprehensive document produced by an Expert Panel convened by the NIH.

Education and Patient Services 2000: FAI sponsors a video to train emergency medical technicians to recognize and treat anaphylaxis. 2001: FAI develops The Food Allergy Training Guide for Restaurants and Food Service. 2002: FAI establishes a philanthropic program to provide MedicAlert® bracelets for needy food-allergic children and adults. 2008-2009: FAI Northwest and FAI Chicago fund community health education programs at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital, respectively.

Public Policy 2004: FAI helps lead the national effort to pass the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), the landmark law requiring that all food labels state, in plain language, whether or not a product contains any of the eight major allergens. 2007: As a result of statewide campaigns led by FAI, New York and New Jersey enact legislation requiring schools to adopt food allergy management policies based on state guidelines. 2009: FAI achieves a major public policy win in New York City: the passage of a law requiring all restaurants and food service establishments to display a poster that educates their employees about food allergies. 2010: As a result of an FAI campaign, all New York State ambulances are required to carry epinephrine.

To learn more, please visit www.faiusa.org or contact us at 212-207-1974 or info@faiusa.org.

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Food has the power to sustain a child’s life – or take it. Food allergies have been increasing at an alarming rate for more than a decade. Today, more than 12 million Americans—including some 3 million children under age 18—are food-allergic. • For people with severe food allergies, even a minuscule amount of the wrong food can trigger anaphylaxis—a dangerous reaction that can kill or cause brain damage within minutes. • There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of problem foods is the only way to prevent a potentially deadly reaction. Once a reaction has begun, immediate administration of epinephrine is the only way to stop it. • Dangerous trace amounts of the wrong food can hide on utensils that haven’t been thoroughly washed, in poorly labeled packaged products, or in another person’s touch or kiss. • Every year, food allergies are responsible for 125,000 emergency room visits. Nearly a quarter of these visits involve children age 5 or under.

But there is hope. The Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure. FAI is the largest private source of funding for food allergy research in the United States. To learn more, call 212-207-1974, email ink@faiusa.org, or visit www.faiusa.org.

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Participate in a Clinical Trial. The good news: Never have there been so many studies of promising treatments for food allergies.

The bad news: Researchers are struggling to recruit the patients needed to complete these studies. A survey showed that 86% of all U.S. clinical trials fail to recruit the required number of participants on time.* That’s where you come in. As a person with food allergies—or the parent of a food-allergic child—you can contribute directly to the search for better treatments and a cure. You’ll help researchers expand our understanding of food allergies. And if the study results in a breakthrough in treatment, you’ll make medical history. Best of all, you’ll make a real difference in the lives of the millions of people affected by food allergies … including yourself. How do you know if a study is right for you or your child? Participating in a research study is an important commitment. You’re sure to have questions about the therapy being tested, the tests you’ll need to take, the demands on your time, safety issues, and more. That’s why FAI has developed a section of our Web site dedicated to food allergy clinical trials. Here, you’ll find the information and resources you need to make an informed decision.

Learn more. Visit www.faiusa.org/clinicaltrials * www.Centerwatch.com

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frights and fun by hilary geary

From left: Guests at Lauren and John Veronis’s Halloween dinner wear “scary” masks; the table set for the “ghoulish and foolish” dinner.

I bet you thought that New York City was the busiest place in the world in September. Well, doll, the action actually pales in comparison to October, November, and December. That’s when the city really rocks around the clock. For example, on the night of October 26th there were three big parties: the star-studded Whitney gala, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth gala dinner dance, and the Central Park Conservancy’s Halloween Ball! And that’s just the nighttime—the days have been in full gear too. Let’s start with the fabulous Breast Cancer Research event at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was a sold-out luncheon and symposium with 138 QUEST

more than one thousand attendees raising nearly $2 million—wow! The symposium honored the late, wonderful lady Josie Robertson, so needless to say, everyone came to pay tribute to our beloved friend. Evelyn Lauder founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1993 and works tirelessly, raising a staggering $300 million over the years. This year’s luncheon was extra special, as she had none other than former President Clinton in a pink tie— the breast cancer “color”—opening the award ceremony. Plus Pierce Brosnan, looking very cool in all black (he was, after all, the star of James Bond), gave out the awards. Judy Craymer, the producer of Broadway and film hit Mamma

Mia, received the Taub Humanitarian award. Among the ladies there were Nancy Missett, Jackie Weld Drake, Polly Espy, Patsy Warner, Gail Hilson, Lally Weymouth, Betsy Bartlett, Memrie Lewis, Eleanora Kennedy, Anne Sitrick, Diane Chapman from San Fransisco, Lorna Graev, Joanne de Guardiola, Karen LeFrak, Grace Meigher, Nancy Silverman, Tory Burch, Gigi Mortimer with her mother, Jeannie Pearman, and more. And I must mention that Jeannie has just penned a charming children’s book called Tomasina and the Little Hall of Mirrors, a perfect present for all your favorite little ones! Speaking of awards, Kate Gubelmann

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was presented with the HSNY Award of Excellence at the Metropolitan Club. The room was bursting at the seams because we all love her and wanted to toast her for all the hard work she has put into the restoration of many beautiful historic gardens. All of Kate’s family was in attendance to applaud her, including her husband, Jimmy Gubelmann, with their children Tantivy, Phoebe, and Bingo, plus her sister, Lee Lee Monell, and pals such as Nancy Von Auersperg, Nonie Sullivan, Laurie Grauer, Britty Bardes, Grace Meigher, Peggy Mejia, Topsy Taylor, Mary Davidson, Patty Hambrecht, Barbara McLaughlin, Dailey Pattee, and many more. After a delicious luncheon, Jamee Gregory gave a wonderful talk and slide presentation on her book, New York Parties: Private Views. There is nothing more fun than a small cozy dinner, especially if the hosts are Lauren and John Veronis. Lauren’s parties are legendary, as she always creates the most festive atmosphere with an extraordinarily imaginative theme—plus the finest wines and the very best food by their brilliant chef, Steve. This time the theme was Halloween, but, happily, we were told on the black reminder with Halloween-orange calligraphy to “dress as yourself” for the “ghoulish and foolish” dinner. As I read this I knew for sure we were in for a treat, and of course a few adorable tricks. Well, as we walked in the door of their

grand apartment, we were greeted by two “broomsticks,” buzzing around the hallway all by themselves. Then a giant ghost lurched at us with the initials IRS in red painted on him—yikes! In the living room, we found a piano player wearing a

Josie Robertson was honored at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation gala luncheon.

witch hat and our beautiful blonde hostess Lauren in a couture Galanos ink black beaded silk-net top, paired with black velvet pants and little red horns popping out of her perfectly coiffed blonde tresses— oh my! Well, we never stopped laughing and how could you not, as Lauren has the most delicious sense of fun.

After cocktails, we headed to the dining room to find one long table covered in Halloween tricks and treats. You had to love the menu, printed on orange with black lettering. Here was the first course: “double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn, and caldron bubble, enjoy our witches brew right out of Macbeth.” It was actually soup in a mini black pot with dry ice that created curling “smoke,” followed by “the devil’s own short ribs with the devil’s own sauce, ghastly vegetables and skeletons’ delight (you won’t be a skeleton if you eat this).” No kidding—it was a scrumptious chocolate cake, and I ate the whole thing. We were all provided masks of a few scary politicians, whom I do not need to name, and we howled with laughter. There were pumpkin-shaped goody bags, filled with candy teeth, skeleton pens, a hysterical “tea party” application, with choices to check off, such as Lipton, Red Zinger, Sleepytime, Twinings, Earl Grey…and a gag New York Post with a headline that read “Palin picks Paladino as running mate.” We giggled all the way home. Among the lucky guests were Cece Cord, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, famed architect Thierry Despont, Barbara von Bismark, Bill Haseltine, Jim Hoge, Kathy Lacey, Jeffrey Hogue, author Shirley Lord, Peter Heywood, Peter Duchin and Virginia Coleman, and Wilbur Ross. What a delightful and hysterically fun evening! u DECEMBER 2010 139

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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST Go behind the scenes of the Due Date after-party at LAVO NYC, a Bushmills event at the Bunker Club, and a Lia Sophia preview in Meatpacking as Elizabeth Brown mingles with Manhattan’s freshest young faces. by Elizabeth Brown

Ali Smith and J Errico join Lia Sophia’s Dani Stahl on November 17 for a preview of the La Belle Rose II collection from Lia Sophia.

Martin Dawson and Allison Lubin at the 2010 Whitney Studio Party on October 26.

Darrell Hartman on the staircase of the Four Seasons Restaurant on November 16.

Patrizio di Marco, CEO of Gucci, and Amber Heard at an event hosted by Gucci and MSKCC.

The author’s birfday cake for her super sweet sixteen (twenty-four).

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Dalia Oberlander, Georgina Bloomberg, Annie

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pagne and unlimited prospects, strictly observing the Allagash rule of perpetual motion: one drink per stop. Tad’s mission in life is to have more fun than anyone else in New York City, and this involves a lot of moving around, since there is always the likelihood that where you aren’t is more fun than where you are,” wrote Jay McInerney in Bright Lights, Big City. And so it goes... On October 26, I strolled to the 2010 Whitney Studio Party, presented by AOL with Akris and Saks Fifth Avenue. As guests like Lily Donaldson and Lizzie Jagger enjoyed Belvedere Vodka and Grand Marnier cocktails, I recalled last year’s event, after which Q’s Elizabeth Meigher, Jamie Yike, and I partied at

Rose Bar alongside Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan, and Taylor Momsen. Yeah. It was pretty tame. That weekend, I celebrated Halloween in the only wearable costume of the several I had ordered. Before any “trick or treating,” I hosted a ballerina, Margot Tenenbaum, someone wearing lederhosen, and others at my apartment for a fall-ish feast of cider and strudel. I soon ventured to Mad River Bar & Grill where the “madding crowd” convinced me that I had found the scariest place in the city. The runner-up? SL, where Michelle Trachtenberg was dressed as a contestant in a children’s beauty pageant. Eek! Can you think of anything more frightening? On November 1, the Cinema Society and the New York Comedy Festival, with DKNY Jeans, hosted a screening of Due Date DECEMBER 2010 141

Ste with Robert Downey, Jr., and Zach Galifianakis. To quote 10 Things I Hate About You: “I like my Skechers but I love my Prada backpack.” I liked the film but I loved bragging to everyone about seeing it early. The after-party was at LAVO NYC where guests sipped Woodbridge Brut California Sparkling Wine. Meanwhile, Avenue hosted the after-party for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Benefit Party. On the 8th, I swung by the Bunker Club where I drank Bushmills with a hipster or two or twenty. Then, I raced up to the Guggenheim International Gala where I toured “Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936” and ate a macaroon or two or twenty. A couple of days later, I visited 1Oak for the WishNYC: A Toast to Wishes benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. There, I said, “Hello” to Anna Conte and bid on a New York Rangers something with Michelle Catalano as DJ Chachi and DJ Cameron Smalls played music. On the 13th, I celebrated my twenty-fourth birthday with my parents at Porter House. I really wanted a photo with them against the Step and Repeat but, unfortch, I must’ve missed the op. The company at dinner, including Carver Diserens and Anne Moody, was almost as good as my medi-

Michelle Trachtenberg as a contestant in a children’s beauty pageant at SL. Right: Caitlin Byrnes and Lindsay Torpey-Cross on Halloween.

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um-rare steak. After a bite of cake, it was off to Dorians Red Hand where I was joined by Dionne Anderson, Steph Apstein, Life & Style’s Juliet Izon, James Kukstis, and others. Midnight, if I remember correctly, was welcomed with a cake shot. Yay! The following week, the associates committee of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted its annual fall party with Gucci at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Thank goodness for my colorist, John Whelan at the Rita Hazan Salon, because I might’ve felt thoroughly out of place as a brunette. After cocktails, Blair Husain (blonde) and Claudia Overstrom (blonde) were among the 360 guests welcomed into the Pool Room by Lisa Errico (blonde). The next evening, I joined Quest’s Natalia Restrepo at Villa Pacri for a preview of Lia Sophia’s La Belle Rose II collection from Dani Stahl and Elan Kiam. There, we pulled some sparkle for Q and mingled with Erica Gianchetti of BrandLink Communications. So, now it's almost Christmastime! I'm asking Santa for some cashmere, a pile of Cranberry Bliss Bars, a pony, and an eighth Harry Potter book. u

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Hud Morgan, Natalie Matthews and Sybil Bunn at the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Benefit Party on November 1. Serena Tufo, Timo Weiland and Fredrica Tompkins at Avenue on November 1.

Luke Morgan and Kim Bevan celebrate at the New York Public Library.

Rachel Roy, Drena de Niro, and Iman drink Woodbridge Brut California Sparkling Wine at LAVO NYC on November 1.

Susan and Robert Downey, Jr., engage in a little PDA before the Cinema Society screening of Due Date.

LAVO NYC hosted the after-party for the Due Date premiere.

New York Ranger Sean Avery attended the LAVO NYC after-party.

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Scenes from the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, above, made from berries, pods, and seeds.

all aboard since 1992, the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens has enchanted visitors as a most eagerly anticipated holiday tradition. Visitors are invited in off frozen, wintery streets to wind their way through the twinkling wonder of a miniature New York City. Entering the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is like stepping into a fantasyland where designer Paul Busse’s Holiday Train Show boasts a display of model trains tooting and chugging along a half-mile track—in, over, and around more than 140 buildings and bridges that define our five boroughs. It is a veritable masterpiece. Most enthrallingly, the landmarks are meticulously handcrafted from natural materials. In this Lilliputian world, the Statue of Liberty proudly carries a pomegranate torch with a dired monarch flower flame, Radio City Music Hall is recreated in radish and catalpa seeds, and City Hall is fashioned from acorn tops and maple bark. To this, add on myriad tiny trains and trolleys ranging 144 QUEST

from late 1800s steam engines to today’s most velocious passenger trains. They disappear around bends, reappear high overhead, rolling across the branch-based Brooklyn Bridge, weaving their way up hills of moss, tunnels of hollowed-out logs, through waterfalls, past trees and flowers, and glimmering lights: an enchanting sight capable of igniting wonderment and delight in children and adults alike. The word “magical” doesn’t even begin to describe this scintillating display of lights, sights, and sounds of the world’s most extraordinarily brilliant city. The Holiday Train Show is the perfect medley of everything New York City, an imaginative commingling of industry and nature. Don’t be dissuaded by its outer-borough location, this holiday display is most certainly worth a trip to the Bronx. So wrap your children in their warmest winter gear and prepare to leave reality behind as you step into a diminutive realm that will surely inspire the Christmas spirit. —Natalia Restrepo Weil

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