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Karen LeFrak and Gala co-chair Angela Chen at the Philharmonic

Michele Riggi at the New York Philharmonic

Nicole Noonan, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Michelle-Marie Heinemann and Leesa Rowland at The Pierre hotel

Honorees Jean Shafiroff and Valentino Carlotti at the NYC Mission Society Kickoff

LJ CROSS, PEARLS, DIAMONDS AND DIETRICH Tory Burch and Vera Wang joined hosts Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Marcia Mishaan and Marisa Noel Brown for a drinks party for interior designer Lisa Jackson at Phoenix Roze on Madison Avenue. The soirée showcased LJ Cross, Jackson’s new line of fashion-forward crosses, many of which are encrusted with diamonds. Lisa explained, “The inspiration for the launch of LJ Cross came directly from my brother. He used different crosses at the same time as accessories, and they always looked great. When I lost him, creating a line of jewelry that directly reflected his sense of style and spirit was a natural for me.” The night served as a toast to Harboring Hearts, which aids families of heart patients. Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, whose family built Grand Central Station, announced the launch of her pearl-and-diamond jewelry line at a party at The Pierre hotel. The capsule collection is being made by Michel Piranesi, whose company Sintessi produces all of its handmade jewels in Italy. Swathed in a royal blue gown by Douglas Hannant, Consuelo revealed, “The line was inspired by a pearl-and-diamond ring I inherited from my great, great, great aunt Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was the ninth Duchess of Marlborough.” The haute couturier Maggie Norris unveiled a line of retro sunglasses at Selima Optique. “They were inspired by the timeless elegance of Marlene Dietrich,” the designer told Daniel Boulud, Somers Farkas and Anna and Pat Cleveland, who were all nibbling on the yummy Black River Caviar. It’s the only way, really. THE PRINCESS AND THE EGG HRH Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie of York greeted Carolina Herrera, Joan Rivers, Naeem Khan, Mary McFadden and Agnes Gund at a fête to announce the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. Two hundred-fifty giant eggs created by artists such as William Wegman, Bruce Weber, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Max, Zaha Hadid, Peter Beard and Michelle-Marie Heinemann will be hidden around the city on April 1. After three weeks, they will be auctioned off to support Studio in a School and Elephant Family, which works to save endangered wildlife. OUT OF AFRICA Hunt Slonem Slonem, Spencer Tunick and Lola Schnabel were among the two dozen artists who donated pieces to the African Rainforest Conservancy’s 23rd Annual Artists for Africa Benefit. The organization’s president, Carter Coleman, and its executive director, Whitney Larkin, welcomed Ralph Lauren model Morgan O’Connor, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Sal Strazzullo and Alison Cronin and 200 other committed conservationists to the Bowery Hotel. The evening was dedicated to the organization’s late Advisory Board member James Gandolfini, while Thomas Kaplan and Sarah Collins were honored for their environmental work.

Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper at the Winter Antiques Show

Honoree Dan Lufkin at the Audubon Society Benefit

Elaine Sargent at the Pierre Hotel


EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AT YAGP The world’s preeminent ballet competition Youth America Grand Prix kicked off its upcoming benefit at co-chair Heather Graham’s far-flung Park Avenue apartment. YAGP will present its program “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” on April 10, followed by another performance celebrating the organization’s 15th anniversary, on April 11. Both evenings will take place at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Among those gracing the stage will be YAGP alumni and American Ballet Theatre stars Skylar Brandt, who won the prestigious Princess Grace Award this year; Isabella Boylston; Cory Stearns; Sarah Lane; and Misty Copeland. ABT’s international dance sensation and emerging choreographer Marcelo Gomes will be the evening’s emcee. The gala, organized by the company’s founder Larissa Saveliev, is also co-chaired by Stephanie Foster and Kamie Lightburn. SOCIETY ON A MISSION Dina Merrill’s son Stanley Rumbough, Lloyd Brown and John Moorhead gave a cocktail party at the Forbes Galleries to introduce the honorees of the New York City Mission Society’s Champion for Children Spring Gala. The event, which will be held at The Plaza Hotel on March 12, will honor Valentino Carlotti, Jean Shafiroff and the founders of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem. The Society was founded in 1812 to help families in the city’s most underserved communities. Bravo! ✦

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AVENUE March 2014  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...

AVENUE March 2014  

Founded in 1976, AVENUE is a must-read among the city’s most discerning, stylish and savvy audiences. As Manhattan’s oldest society magazine...