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DEAR READERS, I FIRST MET Jazz Johnson my senior year in college. She and I were in St. Anthony’s Hall together, a literary society/finals club at Columbia. Although she was a couple of years behind me, we were in the same circle of friends. (We still are: my husband and I see her and her husband, Chris Merton, pretty regularly.) Incredibly glamorous, she was a smart, pretty girl with a wicked sense of humor and a great imagination. People were fascinated by her then, and Jazz caused a stir wherever she went. Nothing’s changed. Now Jazz has collaborated with her uncle Dirk to produce The Social Climber’s Bible, which is a satirical Emily Post–style book on manners for the upwardly mobile. The book is both
“People were fascinated by her then, and Jazz caused a stir wherever she went. Nothing’s changed.” witty and brutal, and like it or not, terribly true about the age we live in. I will not say that I agreed with everything they wrote, but I did enjoy reading it. You will too. The rest of our issue focuses on entertaining. When it comes to dinner parties, it’s really hard to strike the right balance between elegance and informality. I think that Alex Hitz’s words on the subject are really to live by: “Turn the lights down, serve a really good chicken pot pie and plenty of excellent red wine, and how bad can it be?” I’m taking his thoughts to heart, and the next time I have a dinner party, I will be following his advice to the letter. And speaking of entertaining, my Cocktail on the Avenue this month was the delightful Andrew Roberts. Roberts is someone whose writing I’ve admired for a long time, and our drinks together was one of my favorite Cocktails to date. Enjoy the issue! Daisy Prince
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A MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY
Dirk Wittenborn and Jazz Johnson dish on entertaining etiquette, manners and, The Social Climber’s Bible, A Book of Manners, Practical Tips, and Spiritual Advice for the Upwardly Mobile.
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THE BEVERLY HILLS KITCHEN IN NEW YORK Gourmet personality, author, chef and host Alex Hitz gives us an advance look at his perfectly curated Thanksgiving table in the late Betty Sherrill’s apartment, no less.
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Fall musings from here and beyond.
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FALL BACK INTO BALLET Sarah Jessica Parker cochaired this year’s gala at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center, which was decorated with white bark trees and glittering lanterns. Attendees celebrated the collaboration of top designers and the choreographers of four of the scheduled ballets of the season. Costumes have been created with Carolina Herrera, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne and Mary Katrantzou. 1. Carmen Dell’Orefice 2. Thom Browne and Lizzie Tisch 3. Indre Rockefeller and James Reed Hague 4. Alexandra Lind Rose 5. Lydia Hearst 6. Marjorie Gubelmann and Chris Salgardo 7. Sarah Jessica Parker 8. Andy Cohen and Scott Wittman
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Revelers gathered to celebrate David Koch’s cover for the October power issue of AVENUE. The event was held at Hilary and Wilbur Ross’ apartment, and previous cover subjects such as Thomas P. Campbell and Diana Taylor were spotted toasting to Koch’s philanthropic achievements. Bill Cunningham also made a guest appearance, taking snaps of the roof of Carnegie Hall. 1. George Farias and Carol Mack 2. Blaine Trump and Steve Simon 3. William Koch and Diana Taylor 4. Pepe and Emilia Fanjul 5. David Koch, Julia Koch, Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross 6. Chuck and Ellen Scarborough 7. John Veronis and Lauren Veronis 8. Brad Comisar, Bettina Zilkha and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia 9. Thomas P. Campbell and Susan Goodfriend
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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA The Metropolitan Opera’s opening night gala of ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’
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BACK TO SCHOOL FOR BENEFITS Cipriani 42nd Street served as the backdrop for the annual New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala. Jermaine Christian, the recipient of this year’s Spirit Award, shared stories of how the organization has affected his life as well as those of many others enrolled in the program. Estelle closed the evening with a breathtaking performance. 1. Adam Lippes and Elettra Wiedemann 2. Rachel Roy 3. Lucy Sykes Rellie and Euan Rellie 4. Allison Aston 5. Mario Manningham, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Victor Cruz 6. Christine Mack and Lise Evans 7. Selita Ebanks 8. Lazaro Arias and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff 9. Coralie Charriol Paul
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ovember is our most thankful month, and the weeks preceding it remind us of how darned lucky we are to live here. Days and days of reminders. My toes are lavender from the crush of daily elevation, my eyes a bit bloodshot, and I had the exact same dinner at Cipriani two days running, but it was all so satisfyingly worth it. First up: Exploring the Arts, founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto (yes, his real name!) to work with public high schools to support and expand their arts programs, fittingly chose to honor Broadway’s royal family: “The Jimmys,” James M. and son James L. Nederlander “The cutest, sweetest men, without whom there would be no Broadway,” Bette Midler reminded us. “I’m the queen of benefits—you are my people! But this one is special!” And she told me her daughter, Sophie, graduated from Yale Drama School and is opening off Dara O’Hara, Marina Purcell, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Broadway this month. The Jimmys accepted their award, and J. Sr. thanked Tony Amy Griffin and Eleanor Dejoux Danza (who is in fact starring in the upcoming Nederlander musical, Honeymoon in Vegas) instead of Tony Bennett. When he realized what he’d said, he quipped, “I guess you see where I’m headed.” We don’t think so. Tony D. did a great number from the new show, and Tony Bennett completely wowed us with an unchanged “I Left My Heart” . . . you know where, as well as a duet with Gloria Estefan. The kids from The Frank Sinatra School sang and danced, reminding us why we were there and how lucky we were to be. In agreement: Robert Zimmerman, Beth DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi, Debra and Alan Grubman, Terri Allen Kramer, Nancy Pelosi, Joy and Regis Philbin, Bruce Willis, Somers and Jonathan Farkas and of course the Jimmys’ lovely wives, Charlene and Margo Nederlander. While the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur is one of the grandest rooms in New York, the 66th Annual Boys Tony Bennett and Gloria Estefan Bette Midler Club of New York’s Fall Dance felt like a party at home, with a cozy, collegial group of longtime supporters, and some new ones. Chairs Eleanor Dejoux, Amy Griffin, Dara O’Hara, Marina Purcell and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer helped raise more than $1 million to support the clubhouses that give support, education and fun to boys and young men who have found themselves in challenging circumstances in New York City. A young violinist gave special poignancy to “The Star Spangled Banner,” and Woman’s Board chair Amy Griffin gave a heartfelt explanation of the good work they do. I tried to continue feeling warmly toward her when I heard she is also a volleyball coach at her daughter’s school, not to mention being on that board and others, a triathlon participant, and oh yeah, drop-dead gorgeous. (But can she crochet?!) Other supporters included Stephanie Coleman, Calvert Moore, Kathy Thomas, Monique Merrill, Ros and Fran L’Esperance, Betsy James L. Nederlander and James M. Nederlander and Rob Pitts, Claudia and Gunnar Overstrom, Tory Burch, Sara and Charlie Ayres, Perri Peltz and Gabrielle Bacon. What would a perfect season be without a perfect wedding? Chris Barish and Julie Mulligan, the most beautiful bride ever, were married on a balmy fall eve in studio space overlooking the river. When unexpected fireworks burst in the sky, Chris called, “Thanks Dad,” to which Keith said, “Sure.” Mom Ann beamed, and glamorous guests included Jamie Dingman, Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Gerrity and Patricia Lansing, Gene and Christine Pressman, and Chris O’Neill and Madeleine, Princess of Sweden, at whose wedding Chris and Julie got engaged. Didn’t we all? ✦
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For the first time in 30 years Champagne Louis Roederer announces a new cuvée, Brut Nature. The champagne and bottle took 8 years in the making, as Louis Roederer along with designer Phillippe Starck and Champagne Louis Roederer president, Frédéric Rouzuad, collaborated on the overall aesthetic of packaging as well as the creation of the wine itself. Champagne Louis Roederer has remained to this day in the hands of its founding family for more than 200 years. The elegantly designed bottle is a perfect host gift and is now available nationwide. louis-roederer.com
Bomb to Bracelet
Vestiaire Collective this month celebrates its 5th anniversary with the launch of StyleCycle Charity Auction. 50 tastemakers and global influencers such as Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Rachel Weisz, Cara and Poppy Delevingne have donated pieces from their personal wardrobes to support a good cause. Proceeds from each item sold will be donated to the charity of the style insider’s choice. The StyleCycle Auction will be available on their website from November 6th to 14th. vestiairecollective.com
Bolts bangles from the A22.2 Collection, Lao artisan melting bombs to soup spoons
When Elisabeth Suda, founder of ARTICLE22, started her own jewelry collection, what evidently came to mind was the creation of an ethical brand that would help those living the regions of Southeast Asia that have been affected by severe bombing. Each piece of jewelry is produced by local artisans in Laos, the most heavily bombed country in history, and clears 3 meters square or more of bomb-littered land. Her latest line, A22.2, donates an extra 10% of total profits to a local village in Laos. ARTICLE22 is another example of successful sustainability and fashion consciousness. Article22.com ✦ 38 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
Isabel Marant jumpsuit donated by Rachel Weisz
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Analisse Taft is curator and owner of the design showroom ALT for Living. With her penchant for working with architecture, Taft brings a modern twist to design elements of European and international influence.
3 “My favorite challenge is to find unique pieces that are inexpensive or have a sense of humor then mix them with more valuable items that can really make a statement.”
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1. Tunis coffee mug in black by CANVAS HOME,, $20. Available at canvashomestore.com or 800.356.1617. 2. Graphique plieu fabric by PERRINE ROUSSEAU.. Available at ALT for Living, 148 West 28th Street, or altforliving.com. 3. Alchemy side table by SHAWN HENDERSON, price available upon request. Available at Shawn Henderson Interiors, 256 West 36th Street, 6th Floor, or 212.253.8473. 4. An interior shot of A LITTLE TASTE coffee bar designed by Analisse Taft. 5. Suri fur pillows in chocolate and champagne by ROSEMARY HALLGARTEN,, price available upon request. Available at rosemaryhallgarten.com or 203.259.1003. 6. Linden floor lamp by ARTERIORS,, $1,200. Available at arteriorshome. com or 800.338.2150. 7. Burnished ink on bark white paper ground by SAM STILL, price available upon request. Available at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, or drawingcenter.org. 8. Miniature bronze terra-cotta daughters sculptures by PRUNE NOURRY. Contact the artist at prunenourry.com. Photo courtesy of Baudouin. 9. Gold fabric by PERRINE ROUSSEAU. Available at ALT for Living, 148 West 28th Street, or altforliving.com.
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KYLE DEWOODY Cofounder and creative director of Grey Area
Kyle DeWoody is cofounder and the creative mind behing Grey Area, a newly minted space where design and art merge into a lab of experimental creativity.
1 “I love what’s happening in design right now. Artists are tackling furniture as an extension of their canvas, while young designers are approaching functional works with the provocative and rebellious nature of an artist.”
1. Interior shot of Grey Area at the Collective Design fair 2. Uncertain surface after coffee table by RO/LU, $4,800. Available at Patrick Parrish, 50 Lispenard Street, or 212.219.9244. 3. Marshmallow sofa by CHERYL EKSTROM, price available upon request. Available at Grey Area, thegreyarea.com, or 347.799.1155. 4. Genus chair by PHILLIP ESTLUND, $3,600. Available at Grey Area, thegreyarea.com or 347.799.1155. 5. Yellow-slipped platinum Kairagi Shino ball by TAKURO KUWATA, price available upon request. Available at Salon 94, 12 East 94th Street or 646.672.9212. 6. Hand-thrown Father Accretion vase with porcelain slip by the HAAS BROTHERS, price available upon request. Available at R & Company, 82 Franklin Street, or 212.343.7979. 7. Brazilian 1950s double bed with blue frame, designed for a private commission in the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro by JOAQUIM TENREIRO, price available upon request. Available at R & Company, 82 Franklin Street, or 212.343.7979. 42 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
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ELISABETH HOLDER USA Co-president, Ladurée
Elisabeth Holder is not only the U.S. co-president of Ladurée, she comes from a long line of French food experts. Groupe Holder is an international company with a 115-year-old heritage and an impressive roster of brands, including Paul, Saint Preux, Chateau Blanc and of course Ladurée. She shares her essentials for entertaining guests in her apartment.
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“Since I come from a family of foodies and entertaining experts, guests have high expectations [when they come over.] They always leave with one of our macaron boxes”
7 1. Set of six grand lieu cordial glasses in six colors by SAINT-LOUIS, price available upon request. Available at saint-louis.com or Bergdorf Goodman, 625 Madison Avenue, 212.753.7300. 2. Fresh cut flowers by AGNES DE VILLARSON VILLARSON, prices vary. Available at agnesdevillarson.com or 646.510.0559. 3. Sterling silver spoon by PUIFORCAT, price available upon request. Available at puiforcat.com. 4. An interior shot of Elisabeth’s apartment featuring artwork by ANDY WARHOL WARHOL. 5. Set of eleven summer blue antique napkins inscribed with D.P. by MONC XIII $660. Available at monc13.com or 40 Madison Street, Sag Harbor. 6. Et Vous Tu M’aimes album by BRIGITTE, $8.99. Available at amazon.com. 7. Je te mangerais dans la main set of six dinner plates, designed by PRUNE NOURRY ET JR FOR BERNARDAUD, $740. Available at bernardaud.fr or 499 Park Avenue, 212.371.4300. 8. Baba au rhum pineapple cake by LADURÉE. Available at all Ladurée locations worldwide or 864 Madison Avenue, 646.558.3157.
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4. Debutante plated clutch in port royale, $298, by HENRI BENDEL. Available at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue, 212.247.1100, henribendel.com 5. Chevron weave fur jacket in peony by BARNEYS NEW YORK. Also available at Barneys New York 6. Gold elaphe Penelope pump, $795, by OSCAR DE LA RENTA. Available at Oscar de la Renta, 72 Madison Avenue, 212.288.5810, oscardelarenta.com 7. Plume bracelet in 18 karat yellow gold, $6,800, by CHANEL. Available at Chanel Fine Jewelry, 733 Madison Avenue, 212.535.5828, chanel.com 8. Festive Cocktail solid perfume compact, $195, and Golden Celebration powder compact, $55, both by ESTﾃ右 LAUDER. Available at Estﾃｩe Lauder counters or esteelauder.com 9. 7200R Ladies Calatrava in rose gold with soft-grained cream colored dial, $29,300, by PATEK PHILIPPE. Available at the Patek Philippe boutique at Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Avenue, 212.755.8000
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THE COMPLEXITY OF NAPOLEON In his latest book, Napoleon: A Life, historian Andrew Roberts does his best to debunk many of the myths around the diminutive dictator.
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Susan Gilchrist Andrew Roberts and
ne of the most enjoyable aspects of spending time with British intellectuals is their capacity to mix high and low culture without shame or reservation. So even the cleverest academic will be happy to give an in-depth analysis of the trials of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or know more about the Real Housewives of Atlanta than any American will admit to. They also have a greater appreciation for alcohol than those from the United States, which makes for very entertaining company at cocktail hour. British historian Andrew Roberts more than fits the bill. Highly respected in his field (he is the author of 12 books, including The Storm of War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900), he is also charming and certainly knows his way around a bar. Today we are meeting to discuss his latest tract, Napoleon: A Life (Viking). Roberts asks me to meet him at his apartment so he can show me his collection of Napoleonic artifacts. Blond and animated, he gives me a tour, pointing out the framed letter on the wall signed by the military dictator himself, as well as his collection of Napoleon’s correspondence in French, which form the backbone of Roberts’ biography. Roberts has gone through the painstaking task of reading through all 33,000 recently published letters to produce a definitive modern biography. Born in London and brought up in Surrey, England, Roberts attended Cambridge and graduated with a PhD in history. He tried his hand at investment banking and hated it: “I found out in about two years that I was totally incapable of doing anything else other than writing history books.” He didn’t quit his job until he’d landed his first book deal and claims that the relative poverty he’s suffered as a result of becoming a full-time writer “was a minor irritant compared to the feeling of complete incapacity that I had when I was a financier.” Luckily, he is married to a highly successful woman who has her own high-powered career. Susan Gilchrist is the Global CEO of Brunswick Group, a British company based in London but which she is running from New York. They both work incredibly hard and Roberts is a highly disciplined writer. So while researching a book might take years, when it comes to the actual writing of one he is completely self-controlled. “I can’t have the luxury of writer’s block. I think the quality of writing, which is just as important as anything else and certainly the content, actually comes from a low-level terror of not getting it done . . . The power of the deadline is the most important and invigorating power, and it works for books just as much as it works for journalism.” Any discussion of deadlines always drives me to drink, so we head straightaway to Le Cirque for our cocktails. Installing ourselves at the bar, Roberts peruses the cocktail list with enthusiasm, and we both settle on a something with vodka and a raspberry mixture, a drink that tastes like an alcoholic sorbet called a Razzitini. Roberts starts our conversation by saying, “I’ve taken a very different view than the normal sort of British conservative view of Napoleon, which is that he’s another Adolf Hitler. He just simply wasn’t. He had a great sense of humor, he loved the Jews—well, he didn’t necessarily love them, but he liberated them. Whichever country he went to, he actually went out of his way to let them out of the ghettos and give them civil liberties.” As we sip our (rather strong) drinks, Roberts goes on to say, “Napoleon’s been a hero of mine since I was ten because of his obvious splendor. He was also the Enlightenment on horseback. In my view he modernized France and Europe, he didn’t want to dominate the world or take over. He didn’t have a Napoleon complex.”
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COCK TA IL O N T HE AVEN UE Roberts goes on to explain further that Napoleon’s invasion of Russia was perfectly reasonable and that he didn’t really have an imperialistic streak, the way Hitler did with Lebensraum (“living room”). Roberts also dispels the classic theory that Napoleon lost Russia because he didn’t realize the Russian winter was approaching. “He chose the wrong route home,” says Roberts. “A particular decision made out of thousands of military decisions over the years to go north rather than to carry on going west.” In Roberts’ view, Napoleon’s leadership was amazingly positive. He asserts that Napoleon was responsible for many of the best qualities of modern France: he brought meritocracy to French life, invented the Napoleonic code, rewrote the tax law, created the best education system France has ever had and commissioned some wonderful architecture. We’re now well into our second Razzitini, and we move into Napoleon’s marriage with Josephine. “Josephine was in love with someone else at the time she married him and was unfaithful almost immediately, literally almost immediately afterwards.” Napoleon didn’t figure this out until almost two years later, but when he did he retaliated by jumping into bed with the young, sexy, blond wife of one of his men. Napoleon admitted to having had six or seven mistresses, but Roberts has managed to pinpoint an undoubted twenty-two mistresses (“For all I know there were more,” he notes) to whom he was very generous with the French taxpayers’ money. He eventually divorced Josephine, although not for her initial adultery but because he needed an heir and she couldn’t have children. Roberts talks so passionately about Napoleon that he seems less like 54 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
a biographer and more like the diminutive ruler’s college roommate. When I point out how deeply attached he seems to be to his hero, Roberts reflects for a moment and says, “I suppose that it’s very important as a historian to keep the objectivity and to appreciate that yes, there were times when he was ruthless—especially during his battles. I mean, he fought and went out of his way to fight battles of annihilation. He was the classic example of a man who wanted total and complete victory, and as a result it meant that he had to fight many more wars than most people, but what he was not was an inveterate warmonger.” We’ve now thrown caution to the wind and had a third drink (even the barman raises his eyebrows at this), and our discussion has taken on a fuzzy, rambling quality. We are midway through what a great deal the Louisiana Purchase was for both France and the United States when I notice over Roberts’ shoulder that a really beautiful girl reminiscent of Jane Birkin has just sat down on the stool next to us. I wonder what she’s doing there. In my tipsy state, I realize that I’m studying her so closely that Roberts stops talking to look at me. Finally, I have to whisper my idle speculation in his ear. Instead of being offended at my silliness, he whoops with laughter, and we return to Napoleon and the Louisiana Purchase. As we finish our drinks, Roberts and I, none too steadily, finally step down from our stools. As we turn to leave the bar, I spot two young blond guys in their twenties chatting happily to the mystery girl. She must have been waiting for them all along. Roberts kisses me on both cheeks and dashes off to his dinner. I amble distractedly down the street in search of a taxi to take me home. ✦
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inderella has two fairy godfathers on Waverly Place. For a century, a five-story brownstone-and-brick apartment house a few doors down from Babbo has long been a dull-as-dishwater neighbor to the Greek Revival row houses that are the stars of the tree-lined block between Sixth Avenue and Washington Square. But behind its quiet façade—Romanesque Revival on its parlor floor and new Queen Anne style above—a real estate investment firm cast a spell, and a few months ago 116 Waverly Place put on its crystal slippers, preparing for a Prince or Princess Charming to ask for a dance. Built as so-called French flats—the name given to then-risqué apartments—in 1891, 116 Waverly has been transformed into a single-family mansion, a staggering seventy-eight feet deep and twenty-two feet wide, with every amenity imaginable, including a pool on the roof with views of both the Empire State Building and 1 World Trade Center. Last sold for $6,850,000, the building has undergone a four-year makeover costing even more than that, and has now emerged as a turnkey residence listed for $34 million. Like Cinderella, the glamorous home also comes with a compelling—if not quite glam—backstory. It and the building are both rooted in the bohemian soil of a Greenwich Village neighborhood now being reimagined as an enclave for the .01 percent. It was at the same address, though in an earlier structure, that the first literary salon in Greenwich
Village was born. Anne Charlotte Lynch was the daughter of an Irish independence fighter who fled to America after four years in English prisons. Just before the Civil War, the poet, author, proponent of higher education for women and amateur sculptress began holding regular Saturday receptions in her home there, attracting the era’s intelligentsia (British poet-critic Matthew Arnold, philosopher Thomas Carlyle, abolitionists Julia Ward Howe and Henry Ward Beecher, Statue of Liberty creator Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie), and particularly editors and writers, among them Ralph Waldo Emerson and Herman Melville. Edgar Allan Poe gave his first reading of “The Raven” at one of Lynch’s soirees. She moved away after marrying, and her home briefly served as a kindergarten and music and language school before it was sold in 1887. In 1891, architect Louis F. Heinecke, best known for the Gem Spa building at Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place, replaced Lynch’s brick house on behalf of a developer named James Cunningham. Its “ornate modillioned cornice,” judged “conventional” by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, incorporates a panel featuring the apartment house’s name, The Cecilia. A later owner was developer-publisher Alexander Hammerslough, a founder of the Sheridan Square Association, which planned the neighborhood west of Washington Square, where he lived. Under an assumed name, his first wife, Ruth, was a graphic
116 Waverly in context
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“Last sold for $6.85 million, the building has undergone a fouryear makeover costing even more than that.” artist working for magazines like Good Housekeeping and Harper’s. She would later move to Montparnasse in Paris, where her neighbors included Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, and where she would be sued by her ex after both remarried, seeking to annul an agreement to pay her perpetual alimony. Ten years later, in January 1929, 116 Waverly was sold to a syndicate fronted by Fred Sittenham, the only son of a German-born arts patron, who “was credited with being instrumental in the development of the Washington Square area,” according to his New York Times obituary. Another real estate investor of German descent, Frederick D. Fricke, a significant local property owner, issued a mortgage to Sittenham’s group, and eventually took over the building. The 1930s were its most dramatic decade—as its tenants made news for reasons ranging from fistfights to winning the “fiercest face” prize at a Bloomingdale’s dog show. One resident, Georgia King, had taken in her niece Allyn, a former star of the Ziegfeld Follies who’d been judged overweight and was forcibly retired at age 27 in 1927. Neither a Draconian diet nor weight loss pills helped, and she’d had a nervous breakdown and been confined to a sanitarium for two years. Released to the custody of her aunt, who never left her alone, she seemed to be recovering, and had even begun taking voice lessons in hopes of appearing on the radio. But one day in spring 1930, Georgia turned her back and Allyn jumped from their fifth-floor rear window into a narrow court below, fracturing a leg, an arm and her skull. She died a few days later. A crowd of two hundred attended her funeral. 58 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
In 1933, another tenant was shot to death in a holdup of a drugstore a few blocks away. Two months later, his five-room floor-through apartment came on the market at $75 a month. The next year, Louise Krist, an 18-year-old who lived at 116 with her parents, made headlines when she disappeared for two weeks before being found in the company of an almost certainly bogus French prince calling himself Childe de Rohan d’Harcourt, who carried a gold-topped cane, styled himself the “supreme self ” and, after they were both arrested, tried to borrow money from reporters to buy a marriage license so he and Krist could wed. They had met at a poetry party and had less than $2 between them. The penultimate owners of 116 Waverly were the Sabbatino family. Frank Sabbatino was a music teacher, who left the building to his three children. Clare and Theresa Sabbatino, both spinsters and each a teacher like their father, lived together in a ground-floor apartment with bunk beds before both died at age 91. Following Clare’s demise in 2009, and a brief tussle among distant cousins over her estate, the victorious heirs sold the property in 2010 to Spruce Capital Partners, a real estate investment and development boutique that spent the next four years transforming it with Chicago-based architect Dirk Denison. Though the building is part of a landmark district, Denison was able to add an enormous skylight and atrium to light the center of the house, and huge picture windows and balconies on its rear façade (rebuilt with the original bricks). Unsure who might buy it, the developers sought to make it flexible enough to attract anyone from “a cool family” to “a single guy” to “an older couple with a lot of art,” says Spruce partner Joshua Crane. Would Anne Charlotte Lynch think this a happy ending for her home? “The Village is a bit of a melting pot,” says Crane. “I don’t know if a developer can change that character. It’s only one building out of many.” ✦
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azz Johnson, a beautiful young Johnson & Johnson heiress, and her uncle Dirk Wittenborn, the sociable raconteur, novelist and screenwriter, have always shared a sense of the absurd. And they see absurdity in the social maneuverings of those in their respective circles. Wittenborn couldn’t get over the aspirational maneuvering he was seeing around him, getting worse all the time. Strangers who thought he could promote their writing were attempting to befriend him. “You see people with a five-year plan to get invited to Ron Perelman’s yacht,” he says. They got to talking about modern manners, and how things have changed since the day of the dance card, noblesse oblige and Emily Post. “I was taught growing up that it was shameless to try to get to know someone who could do something for you,” says Johnson, 36. “But these days you see it everywhere.” Uncle Dirk, 62, whose novels include Zoe, Pharmakon and Fierce People, which was made into a movie with Donald Sutherland and Kristen Stewart, soon found himself suggesting to Johnson that she collaborate with him on a satirical advice book. At first she said no. But by the summer of 2013, they were sitting on his porch in East Hampton, smoking cigarettes, drinking Diet Cokes and writing The Social Climber’s Bible: A Book of Manners, Practical Tips and Spiritual Advice for the Upwardly Mobile. It only took a few months. “But we argued about every line,” says Johnson, who didn’t last very long living in Manhattan because, like her uncle, she didn’t enjoy watching people she knew and thought she liked jumping queues, trying to get close with her friends, stretching the truth to make themselves seem more important and pushing in all sorts of ways to get ahead. “I would come up with a joke and he would say it wasn’t funny or that it was too mean, and then I’d do the same thing to him.” The book, published by Penguin this month, is satirical in the manner of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” in which the 18th-century author suggests that the poor sell their children
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as food. In this case, the tongue-in-cheek proposals of Johnson and Wittenborn, who used to contribute to Saturday Night Live, are more opportunistic than cannibalistic. But the satire is as amusingly brutal as Swift’s just beneath the cheerful surface of their Dale Carnegie–like encouragements. “We want to liberate the social climbers in hiding,” deadpans Johnson. “We want to give them the chance to step into the inner circles.” Topics include replacing old friends with more interesting ones; why dishonesty and false advertising are great American traditions; how to look at a “roomful of total strangers with drinks in their hands the way a prospector eyes a mother lode untouched by other gold diggers”; what qualifies as old money (anyone who has more than a billion dollars for more than six months); lying your way out of social Siberia; and how to make moves on the vulnerable and elderly. The book explains that weddings are good places to ask about the wealthiest looking guests, because one side of a family is always proud to explain its prominence to the other. They suggest that switching place cards at tables isn’t bad form but that getting caught doing so is. And they even go so far as to suggest that there’s good reason to ditch tablemates at benefits.
one of the earliest to experiment with pills for depression. He grew up down the road from the Johnsons, and likes to position himself as the scrappy outsider. “I was the poor boy who managed to socialclimb my way into their family,” he says. But the truth is there’s always been a fluid ease between the Wittenborns and Johnsons, who are not the starchy stiffs of previous generations. The ruling class pharmaceutical grandees found his family intriguing and welcomed him into their world.
hat said, Johnson does make it clear that she learned about championship social climbing (and gold digging) as a child when she came to understand that her grandfather, J. Seward Johnson, Sr., left her grandmother for the maid. “I mean, talk about the ultimate climber in your own family,” she says. And although her demeanor is regal and her tone as measured as it is droll, she is no hothouse flower. She jokes about taking the subway in a ball gown to her debutante cotillion.
“ It just always amazes me how weirdly people behave. ” —Jazz Johnson
“If you find yourself at a less than stellar table at a stellar event,” they write, “it is important for you to spend enough time away from the table to make it seem to others at the event that you aren’t sitting at a table with the nouveau Big Fish and his tacky friends.” Funerals, meanwhile, are fair game for ingratiating oneself to the prominent and grief-stricken, because they are “a great time for making the snob feel guilty about being a snob,” and also because those who are in mourning may see you “as their last opportunity for redemption.”
ecause there’s no lack of material when it comes to the outrageously ambitious these days, the book seemed to write itself. And it helped that niece and uncle share a taste for irreverence. “He’s always been provocative at the holiday table, and we’d end up at family events and on vacations laughing at how people behave,” says Johnson, who manages the family estate in Oldwick, New Jersey, is the Master of Fox Hounds at the local hunt, is on several charitable boards, and is a champion equestrian and a devoted mother and turkey farmer. A generous and witty hostess who once had shirtless waiters wearing only black bow ties serve the guests at her birthday dinner, Johnson is not afraid to use her imagination. “People in our family have always encouraged a sense of the uproarious,” she continues, adding that her mother, Gretchen, who is Dirk’s sister, is equally irreverent and is more bohemian than snobbish. Wittenborn’s father was a renowned psychopharmacologist and 64 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
“I was trying to be a woman of the people,” she says. She and Wittenborn (who had already ruffled society feathers by producing the 2003 HBO documentary Born Rich with Jamie Johnson, Jazz’s brother) may well end up the toast of the town when their book comes out. Or they may end up toast. Many of those whom the duo interviewed for research became uncomfortable when they realized their topic was social climbing. Some clammed up. Others found excuses to bolt from lunch at the best restaurants. “It’s better to call someone an embezzler,” says Wittenborn, who has endured some skepticism and sour faces for this book from his serious writer colleagues, but who also found that writing it freed him from writer’s block and inspired him to write and sell a new screenplay. As for Johnson’s family, they don’t really know much about The Social Climber’s Bible yet and won’t find out about it until they get a copy at the book party the authors are giving. But whatever happens Johnson and Wittenborn are glad they did it. “It just always amazes me how weirdly people behave,” says Johnson, who was once told she was being removed from a Hamptons party guest list and put on a waiting list instead. “At times it’s hard to even know who’s climbing whom. I mean, look at JFK. He was nouveau riche when he married Jackie. His father told him it’s not who you are, it’s who people think you are.” “What other people say about you isn’t true unless you want it to be,” adds Wittenborn. “And there’s a big difference between how people behave and how they think they behave.” ✦
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Hitz in the Details Host with the most Alex Hitz sets the Thanksgiving table and shares his entertaining quips by Haley Friedlich photographed by Alexandra Rowley
Opposite page: Alex Hitz toasts with Mrs. Sherrill’s crystal wineglass Clockwise from left: Handwritten menu cards for each place setting; a close-up of a place setting at Hitz’s Thanksgiving dinner party, using his family’s silver, and his own napkins and china combined with Mrs. Sherrill’s stemware and crystal finger bowls; detailed view of Mrs. Sherrill’s gold vessel
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“Here’s the formula, and I’ve said this again and again, turn the lights down, serve a really good chicken pot pie and plenty of excellent red wine, and how bad can it be? You know?”
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o Alex Hitz, entertaining is an art form: a glorious culmination of thoughtful planning and meticulous preparation. His Southern manners and East Coast sensibility combine to produce abundant and aesthetically superior dinner parties. His flair for entertaining began with a love for cooking (which he inherited from his mother), but certainly did not end there: “There’s an art to being a host that you don’t necessarily have even if you’re a wonderful cook,” say Hitz. “Chances are, though, if you are a skilled cook, you want to share it with people. That’s a leg up. To be a great cook, you care about the food. To be a great host, you care about the guests. Being a host is also about creating an experience. It’s theatre and you’re the star of your own show. Or the producer.” Something he knows a bit about: Hitz tried on many hats before he settled into the chef/host groove. He was a restaurateur, Broadway producer, movie producer, TV producer, real estate developer and men’s clothing designer, but after buying a house in L.A., he found his way back into the kitchen—and dining room—and has since settled there. When Hitz joined forces with AVENUE, we were able to arrange a day in the 1 Sutton Place South duplex of decorating doyenne Betty Sherrill. Sherrill, who died in May, was a longtime president and chairwoman of McMillen Inc., and a legendary hostess. Her Christmas parties were particularly of note; she would line the spiral staircase with twinkling votives and welcome 300 of New York’s most notable into her home. We were honored to get to set her fabulous, leopard-print dining room for a very special Thanksgiving dinner.
Clockwise from top: An aerial view of Hitz’s Thanksgiving table in Mrs. Sherrill’s dining room. Flower arrangements by Plaza Flowers, 212.472.7565; a close-up of the china and napkin arrangement; a detailed view of the Hitz family crest on Alex’s silver. Opposite page: Wooden sideboard accented with vessel of clementines for the occasion; close-up of clementines
Alex Hitz on the perfect dinner party formula: Here’s the formula, and I’ve said this again and again, turn the lights down, serve a really good chicken pot pie and plenty of excellent red wine, and how bad can it be? You know?
On what he will not do for his guests, no matter how much he likes them: I don’t accommodate people’s food issues. While I would never knowingly serve something to someone that they have trouble with, it’s not a short-order kitchen and I don’t go out of the way. It’s my house and they’re not coming to a restaurant. I just don’t think it’s anybody’s trouble other than your own. And I really resent going to the best restaurants in the world and having the waiters come to the table now and ask, before they say hello, “OK, does anyone have any food allergies?” It’s none of your goddamn business if I have any food allergies or not! And I do have food allergies!
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This page, left: The room’s other credenza is accented with a smaller, complimenting floral arrangement by Plaza flowers in Hitz’s silver vessel. It sits atop Sixty Years of Interior Design: The World of McMillen—yet another nod to Mrs. Sherrill, and is rounded out on either side by more crystal finger bowls filled with clementines and between gold candelabras—both belonging to the Sherrill estate. Below, a detailed view of the floral arrangement. Opposite page, right: A head-on view of the tablescape; Hitz pouring his butternut squash soup
On what he would never serve at a dinner party: I would never serve anything that has to be done at the last minute. I would never serve anything that was a recipe that I hadn’t tested 100 times. It’s not the science fair and it’s not a lab; my guests are not specimens on which to be tested. And no sautéing.
On entertaining in New York: What’s so wonderful about New York is that for the most part, people don’t have apartments that are the size of big houses somewhere else. I mean, there are plenty of people who have grand, big apartments, and still even in those apartments the dining rooms seat a certain number. Whatever that number is, if the number is 12, if the number is 20, New Yorkers will put 18 and 30. They cram people in and it’s great. It’s always better to be too tight at a table, than to have too much space. I have to say I’m guilty of it. I put too many people at the table. It’s more fun! 70 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
On sourcing NYC dinner party supplies:
On his hosting icon:
My favorite food market in all of New York is Russ and Daughters, the caviar place down on East Houston Street. This is a magic place, something that every city should have. Sherry-Lehmann, the wines, the best bordeauxs in America. There’s no selection that approaches it and it’s been there since like 1934. I think Lobel’s meats are impeccable. It’s fun to go there. Take a mortgage on your house before you go. I love Fairway Market, that’s such a fabulous concept. Fairway. The green market down at Union Square, all of those things that are like that. This city is a rich tapestry of really exciting things to buy and see when it comes to eating and drinking.
It’s impossible to talk about style and entertaining without mentioning Nan Kempner. She was a really wonderful friend of mine. Gave the best parties in the world, everybody came, and she had lunches and dinners three, four, five times a week. There was a Sunday night spaghetti dinner every week for everybody who was coming in from the country; wonderful lunches, and the most fabulous cook and butler—who were really like friends and family—Selena and Bernardo. And Tommy was so so generous. Nan, she just had it down. It was fun and relaxed, but the quality was impeccable, the guests were great, and she was so much fun. You can’t mention the two words “style” and “entertaining,” without saying “Nan.”
Alex Hitz’s Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds butternut squash
■ Peel and chop the squash into approximately 1 1/2-inch cubes. Peel and core the apples, and chop them into pieces the same size as the squash. ■ In a medium-size stockpot over medium heat, combine the squash, apples, onions, chicken stock, salt, rosemary, and oregano. Bring them to a simmer and cook until the vegetables and apples are tender enough that you can pierce them with a fork, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. ■ Remove the stockpot from the heat and, in a food processor fitted with a metal blade, puree all the ingredients until they are smooth. You may need to do this in batches. ■ Pour the pureed vegetables into a medium mixing bowl and stir in the heavy cream. Cover and refrigerate it overnight. When it’s time to serve, reheat the soup to a simmer, and serve it hot.
1 1/2 pounds Red Delicious apples 1 1/2 cups diced onions 2 1/2 cups chicken stock 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon dried rosemary 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 cup heavy cream
On his favorite Thanksgiving tradition: Growing up in Atlanta, my mother’s family would always descend upon us—and some strays and orphans too—and it was a big tradition. The food was always delicious. Now, I am not opposed to catering or dining out, especially with so many fabulous options in New York, you just have to make sure you create a sense of occasion no matter where or how you do it. And if you do [cater], make sure you make one thing, and that one thing is my butternut squash soup. It’s easy, perfect, a standout, a star, and flawless every time. ✦ NOVEMBER 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE| 71
Turn Turn, Turn,
by Peter Elliot
To everything there is a season, and this one belongs to Georgette Farkas, the department store offspring celebrating the first birthday of her smash-hit restaurant, Rotisserie Georgette.
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eorgette Farkas looks every millimeter like an heiress of one of New York’s most prominent dynasties. Her dark brown hair is piled over bright eyes and high cheekbones, and her Dior slip dress and not-too-high high heels look effortlessly chic. Her petite body moves with the grace of the ballerina she almost became. Everything about her speaks of aristocratic nonchalance, right down to the faded caramel silk drapes around the doors to her terrace. This is not a woman you’d expect to run a restaurant. In fact, nothing about her breeding or background should have brought her any closer to restaurants than a corner banquette at Daniel. Yet Farkas, scioness of the family that founded the Alexander’s department stores, is the proprietor of one of New York’s hottest new restaurants. Rotisserie Georgette is her own cozy, banquettelined hit on East 60th Street—now celebrating its first anniversary. It’s an operation that employs more than 60 people, cuts up more than 100 chickens daily, and serves lunch and dinner until the wee hours, when she’s often the last to leave—and then, the first to arrive the next morning. She seems to be everywhere at once: tending to clients, answering the phones, signing off on a delivery or conferring with her sommelier about new wines and arguing to keep their costs down. On one visit her beautifully clad feet were pointed in the wrong direction, she was on her hands and knees with a hammer fixing a piece of the parquet-de-Versailles flooring. It turns out this heiress isn’t the garden-variety kind. In fact, she says she isn’t really an heiress at all. Farkases don’t believe in trust funds, inheritances or handouts. Everything you see about her, she has earned herself. “Nothing. Really. It’s just not how we are. Neither my grandfather, George, who built Alexander’s, nor my grandmother believed in it. Silver picture frames, pictures, family things, yes, but none of the grandchildren got a penny. We all make our own way.”
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he Farkas clan believes in support only if you can prove your mettle. Her cousin Andrew was one of the first people she approached. “If you’d like me to tell you that 20 percent of the investors in Rotisserie Georgette share the same last name, then yes, it’s true.” But there are strings attached still. “They’re investors and that means that they expect their money back. They’re a tough bunch.” Having to sell a Farkas concept to a Farkas explains why Rotisserie Georgette is in the unusual position for a new restaurant of being close to paying back the people she solicited when she sold them on the idea that New Yorkers were ready for a rotisserie restaurant. Rotisserie Georgette’s specialty is chicken, expensively sourced from organic farms, among them Leon Zimmerman’s in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. They’re roasted on spits on two Rotisol rotisseries, the Dassault Falcons of their trade, costing about $15,000 each. Full, they can roast 16 birds. Rejiggered, they also roast ducks, côte de boeuf and even vegetables. It makes for a small and very efficient kitchen. It’s another secret that says how she’s managed, where others have failed, to meet her own stringent requirements for success, both on a culinary as well as a financial level. Farkas is now offering her famously delicious chickens for takeout to anyone willing to come pick them up at the restaurant, and a popular Saturday Champagne brunch, the first steps in a developing expansion plan that will roll out over the next year. It seems incredible that only a year ago she was in a still-unfinished space above the old Copacabana.
“The Farkases were a peripatetic clan. Her father, Alexander Farkas, kept an apartment at 4 Sutton Place, to be nearer to the family store, but other family members had homes in France, Monaco and Switzerland.”
Clockwise from top: Georgette in the kitchen of Daniel with Daniel Boulud and his staff. Alexander Farkas sitting in front of Salvador Dali murals. An exterior shot of Rotisserie Georgette. Francine and Alexander Farkas in 1963. George Farkas, Mayor Robert Wagner and Alexander Farkas breaking the ground on 59th Street in 1963.
“Getting the restaurant open really was the hardest and most exciting thing in the world. The gas not coming on, a part not arriving, having to change the chef one month into our opening—I look back now and can’t believe we survived.” Survive she did. Glowing reviews from the New York Times, New York magazine and Bloomberg only set the bar higher. As she approaches her anniversary, what has she learned? “I think the first thing I realized was that I was pushing myself too hard and too fast. You literally wear yourself out. Do I really need to be the last one out? Do I really need to understand every detail of the payroll process? Yes. I did. I had to know. And once I did, then I had to let go and trust the team we built, which is the best.” The Farkases were a peripatetic clan. Her father, Alexander Farkas, kept an apartment at 4 Sutton Place, to be nearer to the family store, but other family members had homes in France, Monaco and Switzerland. So they weren’t always close, or notably happy, but they shared a love of good food. “With my family it was a story of a more gracious way of living, and particularly of service, that I observed from everyone in my family, my father, my grandmother, my mother. They all loved food and restaurants. It’s kind of that simple. I grew up cooking dinner parties for my father. I knew so early that I wanted to work in kitchens.” Farkas came up through the food world the hard way. She did stages or, in layman’s terms, the required selfimposed slavery for those who want to be chefs. The summer of her junior year at Harvard she wrote to Roger Vergé, the legendary chef of Moulin de Mougins, north of Antibes, and proposed herself as an apprentice. “I think he accepted because it was just so unusual. An American woman who speaks French, volunteering to slave away in his kitchens.” It was a fortuitous posting. She decided to postpone her return to Harvard and proved her mettle with Vergé, who in turn suggested she continue her apprenticeship with a young man who had become Vergé’s protégé, one Daniel Boulud, who had recently moved to New York at the Plaza Athenée. “I spent a year working for Daniel, and then returned to Harvard to complete my history degree. But it was really too late. By then I knew exactly where I was going.” She went back to Europe and took the full four-year hotel and restaurant management course at École hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. In each of the first three years, students are sent out on more stages—six months of study, six months out in the field.
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In one stage, Farkas was sent to Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV in Monaco. The proud, often militaristic denizens of the kitchens there didn’t take well to a slight, female American. “I’m tiny. And here are these huge guys and we’re all chopping and slicing. There was this one guy. I couldn’t really tell what he wanted. A date, probably, but I knew I couldn’t start my career that way. I kept saying ‘non’ and with the final ‘non’ he lifted me up and threw me in the industrial fish tank that served the whole hotel, an army of men laughing at me while I struggled to get out. I was too small. They had to lift me out. It was beyond humiliating. And all I can remember, to this day, is thinking ‘Don’t Cry. DO NOT CRY.’ And I didn’t.” Has her treatment at the hands of men who throw women into fish tanks altered her view of the dearth of women in the food profession? “It’s not a female thing. I’m a woman. I hire women. I hire men. I
for PR. She just loves the hospitality business. But I had no idea she wanted to open her own restaurant.” Farkas in fact had always thought she might open a place of her own someday, but feared she didn’t have the business acumen. Worse, she was more aware than most of the risks of failure. “Perhaps that’s where being a Farkas came in. We’re builders. We’re workers. I have pictures of my father shoveling the ground to make way for the new [Alexander’s] building in the 1960s [where the Bloomberg Tower now stands.] I guess I always knew it was my destiny to run my own business, but I always felt I was on the other side—on the line, cooking—or marketing. I wasn’t sure I had what it took to actually run a business just until the moment I did. And that moment was terrifying, like jumping off a cliff without a parachute.” Except of course, Farkas had built an exceptional parachute over a
“I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I
wanted to open a restaurant of my own. It sounds crazy, but it was that simple. I just knew it was time.”
hire more men than women because more men present themselves. If a woman has the skills that I want for my restaurant, send them to me. I’ll hire them. I just don’t see the big issue. I would be totally against quotas for kitchens. I do believe some women, me for example, are better at the nurturing part of the business, the front of the house. But I had to know how the back worked too or none of this would work.” Farkas made a decision early on that she didn’t want to have children. They’d have interfered with her dream to live, breathe and eat the food world. And at Rotisserie Georgette she’s nonetheless surrounded herself with a family of her own: her employees, some already partners in the business; her clients; and the friends willing to catch up late at night at the bar or on a Sunday afternoon in Central Park. “It just wasn’t for me. I knew that from the beginning. I’m not Sheryl Sandberg. People who work in kitchens, in restaurants, work nights, we work weekends. I wouldn’t do that to a child. I just never saw it as part of my path.” She has tried to have relationships, but the one that has been dominant remains her relationship to restaurants and the people in them. And to one in particular. After her education was complete she returned to be a line cook for Daniel Boulud at his first eponymous restaurant, now Café Boulud. Eventually he pulled her off the line because there was no one else who had the combination of cooking experience and business acumen to help manage marketing and public relations for his international expansion. And she was perfectly happy doing that job for 20 years. “I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I wanted to open a restaurant of my own. It sounds crazy but it was that simple. I just knew it was time. And then I thought, ‘I can’t. Daniel will kill me.’” Daniel Boulud didn’t kill her. He gave her his unconditional support. “There are moments in your life. We have a very long and open relationship. She wanted to cook and then I thought she was perfect
lifetime. She just didn’t know it. “She was so nervous,” he told me. “And of course she needn’t have been. She’s literally designed to do what she’s doing. She’s like me. She just needed the right moment. It was a pleasure to say to her ‘Go. Now. Tell me what I can do for YOU, no more what can you do for me.’” Georgette Farkas has become everything she wanted to be—and more. So what does she tell people who want to start a business in New York? “Be brave. Get your numbers together. Work hard. Don’t be afraid. And run it like a business, not a hobby. Whatever it is, a charity, a dog run, a restaurant. Get your pitch down and go.“ Does she wish she’d started sooner? “Restaurants are like children in many ways,” she says. “It’s easier when you’re young. But I was there when I was young. On the line. Not sleeping. Now that I’m older, I still don’t sleep. I still worry. But I can’t think of a better time to have built this business in this city, exactly the way I did it. I was much stronger than I knew.” And who does Georgette Alexandrovna Farkas most wish she could invite to dinner at Rotisserie Georgette? “My father died in 1999 when I was in the full throes of Daniel’s growth. And my own. He never once said anything unsupportive about my chosen profession. He never said, ‘Girls like you marry, or Farkases do x or y.’ He never once pushed. It was always unconditional. Firm but unconditional. Those dinners I cooked for him? I think they’re a lot like what I cook now. He loved food, the nurturing of it, the service, the quality . . .” And I daresay, while watching the girl who doesn’t cry tell me this story, I spied in the corner of her beautiful dark eyes a little tear quickly wiped away as she headed to the chic private dining room to prepare a party for hedge-funders very much like the ones she made for her father at 4 Sutton. Alexander Farkas would indeed be very proud of his daughter. ✦ Peter Elliot is the editor of BloombergBrief Reserve and manager of Bloomberg’s lifestyle suite of functions. NOVEMBER 2014 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 77
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Table runners by Fortuny; red coral napkin rings by Kim Seybert; gilded agate coasters by Rablabs; gold porcelain vases (set of three) by Aerin; gold-plated soup spoons and black Lucite boxes with applied decoration all available from Bergdorf Goodman, 745 Fifth Avenue, 212.753.7300, bergdorfgoodman.com. Glass soup bowls by Nouvel Studios; red linen napkins, and snakeskin place mats all available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, 212.826.8900, barneys.com. Stemware by Baccarat, 635 Madison Avenue, 212.826.4100, baccarat.com. Celeste dinnerware by Crate and Barrel, 650 Madison Avenue, 212.308.0011, crateandbarrel.com. Gilt wood dragon sculpture from Newel, 425 East 53rd Street, 212.758.1970, newel.com
“I am no chef—nor was Auntie Mame—but she certainly knew how to throw a party.”
David Scott — Auntie Mame
eing fortunate to have a view of Beekman Place from my dining room, I am constantly reminded of one of its storied (ﬁctitious) residents: Mame Dennis. Commonly referred to as “Auntie Mame”—I cannot think of a more iconic New Yorker to celebrate with a glamorous evening of Chinese takeout. I am no chef—nor was Auntie Mame—but she certainly knew how to throw a party. For this table setting, it is all about layering. Table runners in Fortuny fabric, snakeskin place mats, and black earthen glazed porcelain set a dramatic backdrop. Baccarat stemware, crisp red linen napkins, red coral napkin rings and a gold agate spoon rest complete the setting. A whimsical carved gilt wood dragon offers a touch of humor—evoking Auntie Mame’s famous mantra: “Live, live, live—life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” —David Scott
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y table setting is an homage to my mentor and great friend Albert Hadley, who sadly passed away in March of 2012 after a remarkable life. Many of both Albert and [business partner] Sister Parish’s clients were the original “ladies who lunch.” I thought it would be great fun to re-create a luncheon table setting here in our ofﬁce for his “ladies” in the style that Albert might have set if he were alive today. Albert was a master editor whose personal style was quite simple and yet extremely reﬁned and never precious. It was all about the line of things, and so I chose to keep the palette here very neutral so as to emphasize the simplicity and elegance of the clean white organic ceramic by Roos van de Velde and the modern clean lines of the delicate glassware by Deborah Ehrlich while introducing a pair of 19th-century gilt bronze candlesticks into the mix. The only pop of “color” comes from the beautiful flowers, which I purchased that very morning at the flower market here in NYC on West 29th Street. While Albert loved the 18th century he was also very much a modernist. The chairs that surround our luncheon table are by the great 1930s designer Jean Michel Frank who also respected and loved the 18th century but reinterpreted it in a more modern aesthetic. I can certainly see Albert and “the ladies” having a great time here over a leisurely lunch discussing fashion, politics, NYC gossip and of course the next decorating project at their respective homes. —Brian McCarthy
Linen place mats and embroidered linen napkins by Nancy Stanley Waud Fine Linens in Los Angeles: 310.273.3690, firstname.lastname@example.org. Glass and gold leaf water pitcher by Gilmor Glassworks of Millerton, NY; available at gilmorglass.com
Brian J. McCarthy — Albert Hadley
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Tom Scheerer — Elsa Peretti
o much that I do for myself at home, I do with the great Elsa Peretti in mind. Her rustic, always casual yet highly distinctive and refined style is something I aspire to as a decorator, host and cook. During my formative years, I was often a lucky guest at her wonderful houses in Italy and Spain. Her spaghetti with zucchini has been a staple on my table ever since. The separate, bright green slivers of zucchini skin and the shredded flowers are my own embellishment, which Elsa would likely dismiss as too complicated. God’s gift to the Italians was to let them eat pasta daily with impunity, and they like to keep it simple! The table is set for lunch in my office with tableware from Elsa’s collections for Tiffany and Co. both past and present. Her “signature” wine is produced in Catalonia. It’s superb and it’s organic. —Tom Scheerer
“God’s gift to the Italians was to let them eat pasta daily with impunity, and they like to keep it simple!” Spaghe tti Pere tti (for si x
Elsa Peretti Padova luncheon fork in sterling silver, dinner fork in sterling silver, dinner knife in sterling silver, dessert spoon in sterling silver, teaspoon in sterling silver, salad serving fork in sterling silver and resin and salad serving spoon in sterling silver and resin. Elsa Peretti Thumbprint dish in crystal (large and small shown), brandy snifter in crystal. Elsa Peretti Teardrop carafe in crystal. Elsa Peretti sake cup in sterling silver with a black silk tassel. All available from Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Avenue, 212.755.8000, tiffany.com
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Master Architect Preston T. Phillips: An overview of his work
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR THE DESIGNS AND MATERIALS YOU USE? Nature is a primary source, as I am continually amazed and fascinated by the combination of shapes, colors and textures employed with such dexterity.
PRESTON T. PHILLIPS ARCHITECT P.O. Box 3037 Bridgehampton, NY 11932 631.537.1237 PTPARCH@aol.com www.prestontphillips.com
WHAT KEY ELEMENTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE A PROJECT A REAL STANDOUT? Lighting, lighting and lighting.
WHO WERE YOUR MENTORS? I moved to New York in 1974 to work in the atelier of Paul Rudolph, who remains the greatest influence of my professional life. I spent three years at his elbow, sharpening his colored pencils, laying out his drawing paper, and listening very carefully to everything he had to say. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN YOUR CAREER? Repeat commissions. I have worked for some clients continually for decades on one project or another. I am currently engaged in the renovation and addition of a residence I designed in 1978, my first Hampton house. I take a couture approach to each project and tailor the design to the exacting expectations of each client. As a result, they keep coming back for more!
IF YOU WEREN’T AN ARCHITECT, IN WHAT OTHER PROFESSION COULD YOU SEE YOURSELF, AND WHY? A composer. Samuel Barber was a client and dear friend, and I discovered so many parallels in the creative process in our discussions about architecture and music.
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IF YOU HAD YOUR PICK, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PROJECT? A church. There is something about the essence of religious space that has always fascinated me. The reason I came to work for Paul Rudolph in New York was his Chapel at Tuskegee Institute. As soon as I walked in I knew I had to work for him.
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Understated Elegance Designing for Modern Glamour: Lynne Scalo Design
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” —Coco Chanel (1923)
“My design aesthetic is seamlessly blending modern glamour with classic elegance. My priority is always maintaining my client’s personal style and lifestyle demands be it children, pets, entertaining, serenity (usually all of the above!). I am creating a backdrop for their multifaceted lives and I love that challenge. I have an extensive background in fine arts and I bring a global perspective to all of my projects. I love to infuse various periods and styles to create a cohesive story that is relevant to a particular family.” Lynne explains. “I love what I do, making the world a better place, one room at a time!”
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci
LYNNE SCALO DESIGN W: lynnescalo.com E: email@example.com P: 203.222.4991
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T H E G E M S T H AT M A K E T H E C I T Y S PA R K L E by Haley Friedlich and Helaina Hovitz
We a r e s o p r o u d t o p r e s e n t t h i s v e r y s p e c i a l supplement focusing on one of our favorite c a t e g o r i e s : j e w e l r y. To u s , j e w e l r y i s o n e o f the most important and telling parts of New Yo r k C i t y â€™s h e r i t a ge, c u l t u re a n d s o c i et y. Wh e n Ne w Yo r k b e c a m e t h e c e n t e r o f i n d u s t r i a l a n d c o r p o r a t e p o w e r i n t h e l a t e 1 9 t h c e n t u r y, s o began the Gilded Age; a time of aesthetic intricacies and opulence. Jewelr y was, of course, at the center of this movement, and over the next century some of the most famed jewelers and designs came out of this c i t y. L i k e w i s e , t h e d e m a n d a n d a p p r e c i a t i o n for jewelry retail attracted all of the foreign j e w e l r y m a s t e r s . To d a y, t h e w o r l d - c l a s s s a l o n s that make New York their home are city treasures. He r e , w e p r e s e n t s t o r i e s a n d p i c t u re s c o ve r i n g the most beautiful pieces and collections that e a c h of o u r fa vo r i t e j ewe l e r s h a s t o of fe r. Ju st in time for the holidays, we hope to give our jewe lr y- lov ing friends an extensive taste of wh a t is out there this season and what trends we are currently loving, and giving you all the tools yo u n e e d t o g et o u t t h e re a n d i c e yo u r h o l i d a y s e a s o n w i t h s o m e t i m e l e s s b l i n g . We t a l k t o a bunch of our friends and find out what they l ove a b o u t j ewe l r y, w h a t s o m e of t h e i r p e rs o n a l favorites are and what they are coveting. We a l s o ex p l o re t h e h i st o r y a n d st o r i e s of t h e buildings that house the majestic brands and
A s h l e y Ha r t a n d Je s s i c a Ha r t ( i n a m a s k b y Ed d i e B o r g o) a t t h e 2 0 1 3 S a v e Ve n i c e g a l a , s p o n s o r e d b y H a r r y Wi n s t o n . P h o t o b y D a v i d X Pr u t t i n g / B FA n y c . c o m
A Gem of a City
Je w e l r y t r e n d s a r e e a s y t o e m b ra c e , e v e n fo r t h o s e who are not fashion daredevils, because anything constructed from precious metals and gemstones is beautiful and ar tful in its own way. Here, we list a h a n d f u l of o u r fa vo r i t e t re n d s i n j ewe l r y d e s i g n r i g ht
1 . L i v e a n d L e t L i v e b r a c e l e t s b y Z e d a h 2 . Tr i b a l b r a c e l e t b y G y p s i e s a n d D e b u t a n t e s 3 . Tr i b a l E a r r i n g s i n m e t a l w i t h g o l d f i n i s h a n d c r e a m r e s i n p e a r l s , a n d c r e a m r e s i n p e a r l s w i t h w h i t e c r y s t a l s a n d m e t a l with gold finishes, both by Dior
4 . Pavé l a r i a t n e c k l a c e w i t h b l a c k d r u z y by Me l a n i e Au l d 5 . 1 8 ka ra t go l d re d s p i n e l t a s s e l n e c k l a c e by Sh a ro n K h a z z a m , ava i l a b l e a t B a r n eys 6 . C o m p l ex cuff bangles also by Melanie Auld
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7. L a p i s l a z u l i a n d g o l d b a r s t u d s ; a n d d i a m o n d , o p a l a n d g o l d s m a l l b a r s t u d s b o t h b y J e n n i f e r M e y e r a n d a v a i l a b l e a t B a r n e y s 8 . 1 8 k a r a t y e l l o w g o l d , S o u t h S e a p e a r l a n d d i a m o n d n e c k l a c e a n d 1 8 k a r a t y e l l o w g o l d , A k o y a p e a r l a n d d i a m o n d b a n g l e b o t h b y Fi n n a n d a l s o a v a i l a b l e a t B a r n e y s
9. Ne c k l a c e by A n n d ra Ne e n ; go l d , t u rq u o i s e a n d d i a m o n d m i n i t r i a n g l e st u d e a r r i n g s by Je n n i fe r Meye r a n d ava i l a b l e a t B a r n eys 1 0. D i a m o n d D r u m e a r r i n g s by Mu n n u a n d ava i l a b l e a t B a r n eys ; A n n d r a N e e n r i n g , a n n d r a n e e n .c o m
INDUSTRIAL AND MIXED METAL
SOME JEWELRY LO O K S A R E W H I T E H OT A N D S O M E H AV E S E E N T H E I R H E Y D AY
We a r e p u t t i n g a s i d e o u r : r i b b o n c l o s u r e s , e m b e l l i s h e d headbands, pebble necklaces, drop earrings, multi-hoops, a n g r y - l o o k i n g s p i ke s , b e l l y c h a i n s (w e n e v e r a p p r o v e d , a n d are happy to see them fade out of fashion), plastic and Lucite,
A little help from our FRIENDS S O M E O F O U R AV E N U E F R I E N D S O P E N T H E I R J E W E L R Y B OX E S F O R U S
AVENUE readers are the most stylish and discerning in the c i t y, s o we p i c ke d t h e i r b ra i n s about their bling collections, preferences and want lists.
Paola Bacchini Rosenshein It wa s a b e a u t i f u l , m a s s i ve, raw semiprecious stone necklace with a rod chain, which weighs a ton. It was bought in Croatia in an ar tist’s s h o w r o o m . I t ’s s o b e a u t i f u l b u t s o h e a v y. It ’s r e a l l y a showpiece. WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Gypsy earrings from De Grisogono. WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR JEWELRY?
Wherever I can get a big discount—Dubai, Istanbul, etc. WHAT ’S THE ONE TYPE OF J E W E L RY YO U CA N ’ T G E T ENOUGH OF?
I can’t get enough of crystal, silver, or sparkly and modern stones in big geometric shapes. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE “IN” FOR 2015?
I’ve been seeing a lot of slicked-back hair, so I think modern, big earrings with geometric shapes will be big. I’m tired of stately traditional pieces.
A h o s k a b r a c e l e t a n d e a r r i n g s b y Wi l l i a m G o l d b e r g , w i l l i a m g o l d b e r g .c o m
WHAT’S THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT GIFT YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN?
Jean Shafiroff Graff ruby and diamond chandelier earrings; Graff round white diamond necklace, graff. com
ON HER FAVORITE JEWELER . . .
E nte r i n g G ra f f i s l i ke e nte r i n g a fantastic jewel box. Home to some of the most spectacular gems in the world, Graff has also been a recent sponsor of several charity events, including galas for The M u s e u m o f N a t u r a l H i s t o r y, Sl o a n Ket t e r i n g , Th e Mu s e u m o f t h e C i t y o f N e w Yo r k , Southampton Hospital and Art Southampton.
worn with almost any evening gown or formal cocktail dress. THE PERFECT PAIR…
Creates a beautiful aura around the face. Royal and elegant, diamond chandelier earrings can be worn many times a year. They become a woman’s personal signature for evening events. For most women, the perfect pair of chandelier earrings should be approximately two inches long and one and a half inches wide.
IF I COULD OWN JUST ONE PIECE OF JEWELRY . . .
A WATCH I WOULD LOVE TO OWN . . .
It would be an exquisite pair of diamond chandelier e a r r i n g s f r o m G ra f f. D i a m o n d chandelier earrings create a l l u r i n g g l a m o u r. Th e y c a n b e
Is Graff’s Butterfly II with diamonds and sapphires. This watch is absolutely perfect for early evening events and late night parties. Set on a simple but elegant black satin strap, the Classic Butterfly II
Kathy Reilly W H AT ’S T H E M OST EXTRAVAGANT (OR STRANGE) PIECE OF JEWELRY OR GIFT YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
My gorgeous engagement ring, which I cherish every single day. WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR JEWELRY?
I like pieces from De G r i s o g o n o , Va n C l e e f a n d Hermès, as well as some finds at smaller boutiques and trunk shows. WHAT’S THE ONE TYPE/STYLE OF JEWELRY YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF?
Long pendant necklaces
and large cocktail rings are signature pieces for me. I’ve been having a bit of a tassel moment these days—I am loving the movement. As far as rings go, the larger the better. HOW MANY DO YOU OWN?
I probably have 30—some fine jewelry and some unabashedly costume! WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
Emeralds are always on the list. Fabergé does some beautiful emeralds, and of course I covet the vintage David Webb emerald pieces. WHAT’S “OUT“ THIS COMING YEAR IN TERMS OF JEWELRY?
Hard for me to say since jewelry is so
One of a kind necklace by De Grisogono, degrisogono.com; Fabergé Devotion emerald r i n g , f a b e r g e .c o m
Kelly Rutherford WHAT'S THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT (OR STRANGE) PIECE OF JEWELRY OR GIFT YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
Re a l l y w h a t I h a v e b o u g h t m y s e l f f r o m Va n C l e e f a n d Arpels.
I have things I have bought over the years. A Car tier ring for my 40th birthday and a small ring for my pregnancy w i t h He l e n a . I a m s a v i n g t h e ring for her.
WHAT’S YOUR RETURN POLICY?
WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
I d o n’t l i k e t o u s u a l l y. D o n’t have time.
A nice watch. I have Hermès now. Love them. A Rolex Daytona.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR JEWELRY?
A L S O. . . I N YO U R O P I N I O N , WHAT’S “OUT” THIS SEASON IN TERMS OF JEWELRY?
Love-jewelry.com. WHAT’S THE ONE TYPE/STYLE OF JEWELRY YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF? HOW MANY DO YOU OWN?
Classic things are never really out. I try to be conservative and buy classic pieces. It’s not about how much you have, but instead really loving what you have.
Va n C l e e f & A r p e l s e a r r i n g s a n d b r a c e l e t , v a n c l e e f a r p e l s .c o m
Lady Liliana Cavendish WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
I a d o r e JA R . M y f a v o r i t e i s the watch he did for the Metropolitan Museum. I would also love to get a big ring from him! I am coveting anything f r o m D a v i d We b b , e s p e c i a l l y a n i m a l b r a c e l e t s . Lo v e Ja m e s de Givenchy and Prince Dimitri fun leather wrap bracelets. W H E R E ’ S YO U R FAVO R I T E PLACE TO SHOP FOR JEWELRY INTERNATIONALLY?
I bought jewels at The Gem Pa l a c e i n I n d i a . I h a v e t w o large strands of rubies that I bought myself and would love to get a strand of diamonds.
Th e G e m Pa l a c e j u s t o p e n e d o n M a d i s o n Av e n u e n e x t t o Th e C a r l y l e. Al s o, C h a nte c l e r jewelry at the Codognato in Venice. AND LOCALLY?
I love to shop at auctions and sometimes at the shops on 47th Street. Got an amazing pair of Van Cleef earrings there. I also love shopping for Munnu, which is available at Barneys. W H AT ’S T H E M OST E X T R AVA G A N T P I E C E O F J E W E L RY O R G I F T YO U ’ V E EVER BEEN GIVEN?
The most extravagant gift I received was from Countess Paola Marzotto, two strands of big emeralds that I adore. And the big diamond chandelier earrings that
Mu n n u b r a c e l e t s a n d e a r r i n g s , b a r n e y s . c o m
To p : H a u t e J o a l l e r i e r i n g b y C h o p a r d , c h o p a r d . c o m ; N a k A r m s t r o n g R u s t i c D i a m o n d e a r r i n g s , s i m i l a r f r o m t h i s d e s i g n e r a t b a r n e y s . c o m B e l o w : 1 8 k a r a t g o l d , m a l a c h i t e , p u r p u r i n e a n d i v o r y b r a c e l e t b y B o u c h e r o n , u s . b o u c h e r o n .c o m
Nicole Miller WHAT’S THE MOST EXTRAVAGANT (OR STRANGE) PIECE OF JEWELRY OR GIFT YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
A jeweled bib that was made of mesh. It was almost a piece of clothing! WHAT’S YOUR RETURN POLICY?
If I re c e i ve s o m et h i n g I re a l l y d o n’t l i ke, I d ef i n i te l y h ave to give it away! WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR JEWELRY?
To k y o — I a l w a y s f i n d g r e a t costume jewelry there. Also w h i l e I ’m o n v a c a t i o n , I f i n d great unique pieces.
I love earrings. I am always buying new ones. HOW MANY DO YOU OWN?
I have loads of vintage and antique ones as well—they always make the outfit! WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
I love things with green stones, emeralds of course, but I also love anything citrine. WHAT’S “OUT” THIS SEASON IN TERMS OF JEWELRY?
Too much! One accessory at a time.
WHAT’S THE ONE TYPE/STYLE OF JEWELRY YOU CAN’T GET
Ellie Johnson WHAT’S THE STRANGEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
WHAT’S THE ONE TYPE OF JEWELRY YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF?
A belt in size 2—clearly regifting!
WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP FOR JEWELRY?
HOW MANY DO YOU OWN?
Boucheron, Pomellato, and I can’t wait for the new Aurelie Bidermann store in SoHo! And pieces I buy from estate sales at auction houses always inspire me.
WHAT’S ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
More fingers would be great.
A Verdura cuff. It’s such a creative time [of year]!
IT IS ONLY APPROPRIATE THAT SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST STORIED AND RE SPECTED BRANDS SHOULD BE LOCATED IN SIDE THE CITY ’S MOST IMPORTANT PROPERTIE S
A u d r e y He p b u r n i n B r e a k f a s t a t Ti f f a n y ' s
FRED LEIGHTON To s a y t h i s b u i l d i n g i s a g i n g g r a c e f u l l y i s a n u n d e r s t a t e m e n t . Designed by Hared & Short in 1908 and made from brick a n d t e r r a - c o t t a , i t ’s p e p p e r e d w i t h G o t h i c - s t y l e d e t a i l s a n d possesses an almost medieval quality that sets it apart from its Madison Avenue neighbors.
Originally known as the Park View, the building was draped with intricate Gothic screens like rows of lace around the perimeter. Its multipaneled windows capture the historic period in which it was built, as much glass as it was masonr y, which was no small feat in 1908. Adam Tihany modeled the store after an Art Deco salon, inspired by one of the most important periods in jewelry’s history. The windows have always been a source of creative inspiration, with many collaborators putting their mark on them over the ye a rs v i a i n st a l l a t i o n s, l i ve p e r fo r m a n c e a r t a n d ot h e r c re a t i ve
P h o t o s c o u r t e s y o f Fr e d L e i g h t o n
In the 1920s, growing demand for stores along Madison Avenue led the owners of 45 East 66th Street to conver t ground-floor apartments to retail space, which is why the entrance was moved onto East 66th Street back in 1929. Since the original Madison Avenue opening, the salon has doubled in size, and the collection has grown in breadth.
CARTIER Th e i n fa m o u s l a n d m a r ke d Fi f t h Ave n u e m a n s i o n i s u n d e rg o i n g vast renovations and is set to reopen in 2016, but its historical s i g n i f i c a n c e w i l l re m a i n fo reve r. Th e st o re wa s o r i g i n a l l y b u i l t i n 1 9 0 5 a s t h e re s i d e n c e fo r Mo r t o n Fre e m a n Pl a nt , t h e s o n o f He n r y P l a n t , w h o fo u n d e d t h e P l a n t S y s t e m o f r a i l r o a d s , steamship lines and hotels. In 1917, Jacques Cartier purchased the building on Fifth Avenue a n d 5 2 n d s t r e e t , a s i x- f l o o r Re n a i s s a n c e - s t y l e m a n s i o n b u i l t by Rober t Gibson, for $10 0 c a sh a n d o n e d o u bl e st ra n d pe a r l necklace valued at $1 million dollars. Why? Plant’s wife wanted it for herself, of course. It had taken the jeweler several years to c o l l e c t t h e 7 3 p e a r l s — i t d o e s n’t g e t m o r e o n e - o f- a - k i n d t h a n that. Th e a r c h i t e c t r e s p o n s i b l e fo r t h e r e n o v a t i o n c u r r e n t l y u n d e r way is Thierr y Despont, an ar tist who specializes in unique and high-end residential projects, hotels, museums, and historical
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TIFFANY & CO. As Holly Golightly so per fectly put it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “ Not h i n g ve r y b a d c o u l d h a p p e n t o yo u t h e re. ” Mo re t h a n 1 . 5 million people pass through those brushed stainless steel doors on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street each year, whether they hail from across the globe or visit on their lunch break. Fo r t h e c o m p a n y ’s fo u n d e r, C h a r l e s Le w i s Ti f fa n y, t h e m o t t o “Good design equals good business” applied not just to jewelr y but the buildings he built. Designed by Cross & Cross, the f l a g s h i p fe a t u r e s s t r e a m l i n e d l i m e s t o n e , g r a n i t e a n d a m a r b l e façade, reflecting the aerodynamic style of the period. It may come as a surprise to know that the Fifth Avenue flagship store was actually not the first Tiffany’s store to land in New York City—that one broke ground on lower Broadway. Vi s i t o r s t o t h e f l a g s h i p’s m ez z a n i n e f l o o r w i l l f i n d t h e m s e l v e s i n t h e Ti f fa ny Sa l o n , w h o s e b r o n ze - p a i nt e d d o u b l e d o o r s g i v e wa y t o t h e ra re st of j ewe l s : d i a m o n d s. It s d e s i g n wa s i n s p i re d by New York’s grand residential buildings of the 1920s and ’30s. The 3,000 square-foot Art Deco–inspired Patek Philippe Salon, l o c a t e d o n t h e s a m e f l o o r, s h o w c a s e s t h e c o m p a n y ’s c u r r e n t t i m e p i e c e c o l l e c t i o n . It a l s o f e a t u r e s a l i b r a r y a n d a r c h i v a l ex h i b i t , i n c a s e y o u n e e d a n exc u s e t o s t a y a n d b a s k i n t h e shimmering ambiance. Ti f f a n y ’s b i g g e s t a n d p e r h a p s b e s t - k e p t s e c r e t i s f o u n d o n the seventh floor: the Jewelr y Manufacturing Studio. This magical workshop is essentially a modern-day version of a Re n a i s s a n c e a r t i st’s st u d i o, w i t h i n s p i ra t i o n a l v i ew s of t h e c i t y a n d C e nt ra l Pa r k . It i s i n t h i s l i g ht-f i l l e d a e r i e t h a t t h e m o st
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The world’s most esteemed houses of high-end jewelry make New York home to their American or global flagships. These brands are rich in history, revered for their influence on design and culture and managed with the highest degrees of professionalism. They occupy the storefronts of New York’s most beautiful and prominently situated buildings; count the city’s most esteemed inhabitants, influential tastemakers and savvy visitors as loyal and adoring clients; they sponsor the city’s most important charities and events and adorn the necks, wrists and ears of the A-list. Walking into any one of New York’s haute jewelry salons is like walking into a palace; regal, majestic, beautiful, breathtaking. New York and its inhabitants have been pivotal influencers on the world of jewelry—as designers, artists, innovators, scholars and consumers. Some of the most famed and important jewelers have established their careers here, and brought with them the most culturally important jewels and designs. Likewise, New York has been a key market for many foreign jewelers—who know that captivating New York’s society players is a significant step in their careers. Some of the world’s most famous and coveted gems have New York in their histories. After buying the Hope Diamond in 1949, Harry Winston became the last private owner of, perhaps, the world’s most legendary gem. Even since donating it to the Smithsonian’s collection in 1958, the diamond remains tied to the Winston heritage and has traveled back to New York twice, at the request of the house of Harry Winston, in 1984 and to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary in 1996. William Goldberg obtained the 137-carat pear-shaped Premier Rose diamond and sold it for record-shattering prices. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend was first belted on a Broadway stage, and the image of Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly, as she nibbles pastries and gazes into the Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue window is iconic. Just last year, New Yorkers descended upon the Metropolitan Museum of Art en masse, to see the much-chattered about Jewels by JAR; a retrospective of jewelry designer Joseph A. Rosenthal’s work and the first one devoted to a contemporary artist of gems at the Met. It is safe to say New York’s relationship with jewelry has long-since been, and long will be a significant one.
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A question for one of the city’s top real estate experts . . . THIRD QUARTER 2014
Hall F. Willkie, President, Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales 212.906.9203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
he average price for all Manhattan apartments was $1,675,021 in the third quarter, 18 percent more than a year ago. While this is slightly below the record level of 2014’s first quarter, it is the second-highest average price ever. The median price, which measures the middle of the market and is not as impacted by high-end sales as the average price, rose 3 percent during this time, to $898,500. Lower inventory combined with rising prices led to fewer sales than a year ago, with reported transfers down 15 percent. Resale apartment prices averaged $1,545,875, or 13 percent more than in 2013’s third quarter. Helped by a record-tying sale, the average resale co-op price was 15 percent higher than a year ago, at $1,311,093. Prices for previously owned condominiums set a new record in the third quarter, reaching $1,952,403. Apartments in new developments sold for an average of $2,672,066, a 43 percent jump from the third quarter of 2013. This figure was down from the second quarter of 2014, as luxury closings declined. Downtown south of 14th Street accounted for 24.4 percent of new development closings in the third quarter, the most of any area. ✦
“Resale apartment prices averaged $1,545,875, or 13 percent more than in 2013’s third quarter.”
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THE CORCORAN GROUP OCEAN ROAD Nearly 3 acres on Ocean Road hosts a sensational 7 bedroom manse which is destined to become one of the significant estates of Bridgehampton South. An allee of stately Linden’s forms a canopy above a gated drive past the 60’ X 120’ tennis court set within the front lawn to a 9,100 +/- square feet shingled traditional, warmed by 8 fireplaces and having all the finishes and amenities that have become the hallmark of a grand Hamptons estate. Call for full plans and particulars today. Exclusive $18.5M. WEB ID: 27073. Contact Gary DePersia @516.380.0538
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STRIBLING & ASSOCIATES CARNEGIE HILL TOWNHOUSE Built in 1900 by the architect Thomas Graham, 22 East 95th Street is an architecturally significant 6-story, 19’ wide, townhouse offering 6,800 +/- square feet of renovated living space, oversized windows and multiple outdoor areas. A large elevator services all six levels. The home has five bedrooms (all with en-suite baths), three powder rooms, staff room, formal dining room, and oversized gourmet kitchen. With its proximity to excellent schools, museums, restaurants and shopping, this home offers the best of NYC living. $16.9M. WEB ID: 11071220. Contact Linda Melnick @212.452.4425 or Tim Desmond @212.452.4380
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Situated on one of the finest blocks in the Gold Coast of Greenwich Village, 21 West 10th Street is a Federal-style brick mansion originally built in 1833 on farmland owned by John Jacob Astor. The mansion is a remarkable 26½ feet wide.
Originally designed as an opulent 14-room apartment, this 7th floor home has 65 foot frontage on Park Avenue and grand proportions throughout, approximately 10’ tall ceilings, plus light and views from all four exposures.
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Cosmetic Dentistry Expertise A Conversation with Prosthodontist Dr. Robert Raimondi
What is the best way to maintain an attractive smile? People often confuse a healthy smile with white teeth. They often make the mistake of using over-the-counter products to achieve whiter teeth. They may make the mistake of using a whitening toothpaste and a hard or medium bristle toothbrush. These are both abrasives, which, over time, may wear down tooth enamel. Then, the inner tooth structure may show through, which is itself yellow, therefore the opposite effect occurs: yellower teeth. It is more effective to have a dental hygienist clean your teeth and safely remove any stains. If whiter teeth are still desired, the most effective and healthiest way to achieve this is to have whitening done by a dental professional. The result is also likely to last longer than over-thecounter products. It should be noted that in the instance where whitening alone is not sufficient, porcelain veneers or crowns on the teeth may be considered to achieve the desired result. A healthy smile must include healthy gum tissue. This requires a daily oral hygiene regime as taught by a dental hygienist at regular visits. This not only contributes to oral health, it has a positive effect on a person’s overall systemic health as well.
What are dental implants; when are they indicated? In the past, when teeth were missing, artificial teeth—a bridge, sometimes permanent, sometimes removable—would replace missing teeth. The healthy teeth on each side of the gap had to be ground down to hold the bridge in. Now, a qualified dental professional, often a prosthodontist, can make dental implants to replace missing teeth; they’re porcelain teeth permanently held in place by a post or posts. These implanted teeth look and function very much like natural teeth. What is a prosthodontist? A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with at least three years of additional education beyond dental school. This includes training in cosmetic dentistry, dental fillings and crowns of various materials, dental implants, and replacing missing teeth. A prosthodontist may be a person’s primary dentist, or may collaborate with other dental specialists to achieve the patient’s desired results. ✦
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Curated Dining and Entertainment Shawn Jones Events
How and when did you start your catering and event business? Arriving in NYC in the mid 90’s with an Architecture degree from Washington University, I decided to pursue food as my creative medium. After several years of working closely with one of New York City’s premier caterers, I realized that my talent was as a private chef and caterer. As I spent the next years cultivating an exclusive client list, I realized that my Art and Architecture background was the artistic foundation of creating events. This enabled me to merge my passion and talent for transforming space to feature my culinary creations. My entire success has been built on word of mouth. What came next in your career? After the success of the boutique event company, I launched a restaurant, B4NYC in the always trending East Village, fashioned from the NYC intersection of Avenue B and 4th Street. We are known for offering a Seasonal Contemporary American Menu with Brick Oven Pizza and we have become a Weekend Brunch destination. The favorites are Sweet Potato Waffle and Fried Chicken with Sausage Red Eye Gravy, as well as Sticky Buns and Lemon Doughnuts!
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As B4’s guests have learned about my flair for entertaining we have also become a downtown venue for unique private events and special occasion dinners. B4 is located at 235 East 4th Street. What kind of food is your specialty, or what do you like to prepare most? I love for food to be beautiful, simple and approachable. It is such a cliché, but we eat with our eyes first. Having the freshest ingredients and the creative knowledge of spices, herbs and seasonings is the base of an amazing cuisine. Displaying the final product in an aesthetic gesture elevates the dish to another level. My love for both cooking and presentation is evident in everything I do. What are the some of the notable events you have done? As a boutique firm I often create dinners and cocktail functions for major political events, private school fundraisers, real estate functions, financial world dinners and art collectors’ parties. I have worked on events for a major retailer rebranding in Times Square, and movie premiere parties on 42nd Street and at the New York City Public Library and the Park Avenue Armory, among other notable venues. However, the most impressive venues are the private homes of my exclusive New York City clients. ✦ www.shawnjonesevents.com
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hawn Jones Events is a full-service event planning, consulting and design firm based in NYC, offering Creative Cuisine, Exceptional Service, Artistic Florals and Personal Menu and Design Consultations. SJE are experts in the art of celebration and sophisticated event production. Shawn and his team of professionals will design and produce an event that reflects your style, message and personality.
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Holiday House Charitable design with Iris Dankner
What is Holiday House? Holiday House is a designer showhouse that benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Twenty-five top designers transform a room or area in a magnificent mansion on East 63rd Street and Fifth Avenue, adopting a theme representing a holiday or a life event that is meaningful to them. The Showhouse Opening Night Gala is November 19 and we will be open to the public daily from November 20–December 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Thursday nights. What made you start Holiday House? I am an interior designer and a 17-year breast cancer survivor. It was my dream to combine my two passions: interior design and eradicating breast cancer. Holiday House was a dream that became a reality in 2007. It has grown exponentially over the last seven years due, in part, to the fact that so many people have been affected by this disease. The design community has embraced the cause and has been extremely supportive! It touches my heart to see so many people at every level giving so much. Top designers, PR companies, editors, CEOs of companies, contractors, painters and electricians . . . all supporting the cause! Tell us a little bit about you and your background I received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and started my career path at Lord & Taylor, working my way up to art director of special projects. Thirteen years later I opened my design firm, ID Creations by Iris Dankner. After a breast cancer diagnosis in 1997, followed by surgery and treatments, I wanted to become involved in raising funds to fight the disease and give back to those who helped me through my struggle. In 2000, I was asked to join the board of directors of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. While on the board, I chaired the NYC Race for the Cure for three years. I was also a delegate for the inaugural Race for the Cure in Egypt, and in 2007 was part of the Komen team spearheading the first Race for the Cure in Israel in 2009. After years of fundraising and other efforts and realizing there was nothing in the design industry that benefited any women’s issues, I founded Holiday House, which has grown beyond my expectations. We have raised almost $1 million for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I am now a member of the BCRF Advisory Board. This year promises to be the best showhouse ever. What makes this year so special? We have a great lineup of designers: Amy Lau, Michael Tavano, Gary McBournie, Matthew Patrick Smyth and more. This year Baccarat, along with Amy Lau, is designing a room to celebrate its 250th anniversary. We also have an art gallery designed by Justin Shaulis; his holiday is a trip to South Beach to visit Art Basel. There is a photograph exhibit of breast cancer survivors by photographer Francis Hill. We also have a lineup of activities going on through the month, including book signings, art lectures and live music. For more information on our events, go to our website www.holidayhousenyc.com. ✦
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225 East 81st Street is an exciting new luxury condominium development coming to the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Situated on an exclusive tree-lined street, this new development condominium with a beautiful limestone façade effortlessly combines modern finishes with the 20th century pre-war style of the Upper East Side. This boutique condominium will offer three and four-bedroom, floor-through homes. The building’s amenities include a part-time doorman, a virtual doorman, and a fitness center. Each residence is designed with a family’s comfort and necessities in mind; featuring in-home washer/dryer, private outdoor space, spacious living and dining areas, top of the line appliances, as well as private storage. 225E81’s timeless design is complemented with modern finishes including wide plank, radiant-heated white oak flooring, built in speakers, and wiring for Wi-Fi to deliver each residence smart home ready. Residents are welcomed into their homes through their private key-locked elevator to north and south facing floor-to-ceiling windows ushering in an abundance of light, coffered ceilings and masonry fireplaces. Perfect for entertaining, and expansive enough for a growing family, this offering is not to be missed. Limited availability THE PENTHOUSE – OFFERED AT $4,995,000 3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | Private Roof Deck The Penthouse home is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home, complete with exclusive private roof space one floor above. THE THIRD FLOOR – OFFERED AT $3,500,000 3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | Private Balcony The Third Floor home is a floor-through three-bedroom, twoand-a-half bathroom home, complete with private balcony space overlooking a landscaped garden. THE MAISONETTE – OFFERED AT $5,995,000 4 Bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | Private Garden The Maisonette combines the privacy and space of townhouse living as well as the convenience and amenities of a boutique condominium. Currently configured as a triplex with four bedrooms, rec room, and a private garden, the openness of the layout allows for potential customization to suit your needs. ✦ Jenna Amicucci | Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker | 914.522.8226 | email@example.com For more information please visit wwww.225E81.com or email info@225E81.com. 136 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
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Welcome to the Circus Le Cirque brings on Executive Chef Raphael Francois
e Cirque will always remain a cornerstone in the hearts of Upper East Siders, and the family behind the restaurant is just as essential as the cuisine and the décor. Yet it is the new addition of executive chef Raphael Francois that breathes life into this beloved New York institution. Raised in Belgium and France, Francois holds an impressive résumé of training from some of the foremost culinary establishments in the world, and he has worked with names such as Claude Lavallée, Dominique Bouche, Philippe Legendre and Yves Mattagne. Hailing from the quaint Belgian city of Tournai, Francois has worked in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, notably with Hélène Darroze, and calls upon influences from his culture and family in his cuisine. He also holds a background in hotel dining with a tenure at the Connaught Hotel in London. Now with his assimilation into this historic New York restaurant, Francois brings exciting elements of the classic and the new.
What are the differences between New York and London diners and where you’ve worked previously? Do they have certain preferences? I have to say that I was lucky to have worked for five years in London before coming to New York, because the eating habits of British and French customers themselves are already very different. Having worked in London definitely helped me to adapt to New York. Having been in the city many times in the past, I’ve eaten at many restaurants on the Upper East and West Side as well as downtown, and there are also differences between New Yorkers themselves. If you go to the West Village, SoHo, or maybe even Brooklyn, the type of customer you will encounter is very different. Here at Le Cirque we have a specific clientele who have been following the restaurant for years and years, and they’ve got their own habits, their own tests . . . they’re different. With the clientele we have, the regular customer is very oriented to classic dishes. Have you connected with any other New York chefs? I haven’t got the time to connect with them very much. However, when I arrived in New York, I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Boulud a couple of times, and he gave me a few good pieces of advice about New York. And I have met with Jean-Georges as well, but sharing time with them outside the kitchen? Not yet. At the end of the day, I know I’ve just arrived here, so I still need to adjust to working with my team: the kitchen staff, the front of the house, the owners, the customers. I would say that next year it would be something that I’d love to do.
What would be your advice for aspiring chefs? I am quite a stable person, so in every restaurant I’ve worked at I always stay a few years. I’ve never been at a restaurant where I stayed only five to six months, and then just left to join another restaurant and stay there another five to six months. I would say that the best way to get good training and strong skills is to have a stable career. Because, when you stay just a few months in one restaurant . . . it is unlikely that in one year that you will learn anything. You see new plates but can’t master and deal with the service and all of the things that could happen in any given situation. My second recommendation is to work in a classic restaurant and to have a strong base, because afterwards it’s about learning new techniques, new styles: again, it comes by itself. Now the younger generation, they wish to work in a maximum of restaurants, and they think that’s the best route. At the end of the day, I have seen some chefs who have seven to eight years of experience, but they have stayed only a couple of months at each restaurant. When it’s time to cook they’re not that comfortable with their abilities because they can’t face the real situation of working in a restaurant. To me, stability is the best. What is your vision in terms of your future as a chef? Do you see yourself creating a brand? Definitely! I guess when you are in this type of industry and category, then definitely the aim would be to have my own restaurant and develop a brand. ✦
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Eleanor Ylvisaker of FEYT transports us to Nosara, Costa Rica ELEANOR YLVISAKER’S fashion industry résumé is impressive—she founded denim brand Ernest Sewn and spent time on staff in the fashion departments of Harper’s Bazaar and Lucky magazines. Her most recent entrepreneurial endeavor is as co-founder (alongside longtime friend Ferebee Taube) of FEYT, an online personal styling website that combines technology and real human experts, to bring users highly curated, shopable fashion finds. Aside from her fashion feats, Ylvisaker is also a busy mother of two and chairwoman of the Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering—both Kettering both roles of passion for her. Before Ylvisaker was completely engulfed in planning MSKCC’s Associates Fall party (coming up on November 12) and Fashion Week’s woes, she took an end of summer vacation to Costa Rica, and let us in on the experience.
What I liked most about Nosara was the concentrated family time, with no distractions and obligations. We surfed every day, took stand up paddleboarding tours down the rivers, zip lined through the forest, rode horses on the beach and watched the breathtaking sunsets.
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My favorite place in the world to travel is typically the last place I have been. I love trying out new places and exploring different cultures. Because my husband is a surfer, we tend to go where the waves are; our last trip this past August was to Nosara, Costa Rica.
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We were lucky to have a little over two weeks in Nosara, so we rented a house with our children in the hills overlooking the jungle, with a spectacular view of the beach and the ocean beyond. If given the opportunity, I like to stay in a home, as opposed to a hotel, to get a real sense of the culture and day-to-day life of the people who live in that particular place.
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Carolina Herrera & Ralph Lauren @ Couture Council Award Luncheon
David & Julia Koch @ Metropolitan Opera Opening
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Janna Bullock @ The National Arts Club
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THE FABULOUS FIVE CARNEGIE HALL’S OPENING NIGHT
“It’s above thought,” said foxy four-time Grammy Award winner Anne-Sophie Mutter when I asked her what she was thinking as she swayed to the music between movements of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 at the opening of Carnegie Hall’s 123rd season. Cochairs included Annette and Oscar de le Renta, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Mercedes Bass, Nicola Bulgari and Ronald Perelman. The evening featured the breathtaking Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Battle and culminated in a grand dinner on the rooftop of the Carnegie’s newly renovated spaces. Among the guests were Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Barbara Walters, Valentino Carlotti, Jean Shafiroff, Lang Lang, Jessye Norman and Deborah Voigt. “Tonight proves that less really is more because we have raised over five million dollars with 500 guests,” said Sanford Weill, who has been Carnegie’s chairman for 23 years. The season runs through May 17, 2015. carnegiehall.org
THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC’S 173RD SEASON
Woody Allen attracted a gaggle of fans, including the violinist Joshua Bell, who gushed, “I’ve always wanted to meet you,” to the filmmaker, who was seated next to his wife Soon-Yi Previn and composer Karen LeFrak at the opening of “The Phil.” Also present were a dazzle of 144 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
billionaires including Richard LeFrak, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Jenny and John Paulson as well as Jamee and Peter Gregory, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter and Alan Alda. Alec Baldwin conceived the innovative program, which included film clips. He said, “I cried when I heard that Woody Allen had cast me in Blue Jasmine, and then I cried again when I found out how much he was going to pay me.” Oh, ha-ha-ha. The night dubbed “La Dolce Vita: The Music of Italian Cinema” was introduced by Martin Scorsese, with the help of a teleprompter the size of a movie screen. The divine Renée Fleming, who sang and changed three times, confessed, “I have a gown room in my home.” I knew you’d want to know. Woody told me that he liked the music from 8½ best and that he thought that 95 percent of the audience would think the music from the William Tell Overture was just the theme song of The Lone Ranger. I think he was joking, n’est-ce pas? Almost $2.6 million was raised to help keep the music playing through June 13, 2015. nyphil.org
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA’S 131ST SEASON
Julia and David Koch greeted sexy soprano Anna Netrebko in their box at the glamorous opening of the Met Opera. Patti Smith said, “The first opera I ever saw was La Bohème with Luciano Pavarotti in 1977.
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Cornelia Guest transformed the National Arts Club into her own secret garden, bringing in towering branches ripe with fall berries, hundreds of giant hydrangea stems and a virtual field of flowers from the greenhouses of Templeton, her legendary estate in Old Westbury. Cornelia created two long tablescapes for a dinner she cohosted with Anne Hearst McInerney, Kimberly Rockefeller Rockefeller, Patricia Hearst Shaw and Gillian Hearst Simonds Simonds. The champagne-striped tables were awash in candlelight and laden with crystal candelabras from her own collection, along with magical arrangements of miniature calla lilies in square vases that contained golden koi swimming amidst the lilies’ pristine stems. Have you ever? Floating gardenias, phalaenopsis orchids and bowls of pastel flowers mixed with assorted flora and creamy, ripe roses were artfully strewn down the center of the tables. The place mats were reproductions of the drawings of the designer Charles James, whose art exhibit the dinner celebrated. artsy.net. The NAC’s president Chris Poe and Dianne B. artsy.net Bernhard greeted Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein, Diandra Douglas Douglas, Andrea Stark, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Audrey Gruss, Jay McInerney, CeCe Cord, Yugoslavia Sharon Bush, Herb Karlitz, Nicole Miller, Janna Bullock, Bush and the Parrish’s Terrie Sultan and the Met’s Jan Reeder. James documentarians Angela Bernhard Thomas and Anton Perich screened their film, and Cornelia announced that 5,000 meals were donated to Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Supper initiative to commemorate the night. The vintage wines were chosen by Delphine Blanchot of Clarence Dillon Wines, and everyone left with Jean Patou gift bags filled with Joy perfume and Mercedes-Benz Fragrance. Who else would tell you these things? nationalartsclub.org
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Carolina Herrera Herrera, who was honored at this year’s stellar FIT Couture Council Luncheon at Lincoln Center and gave the season’s best acceptance speech, which lasted 90 seconds, created the elegant evening gowns for Justin Peck’s dreamlike ballet Morgen. The evening’s cochair Sarah Jessica Parker also arranged to have Carolina Herrera, Alexander McQueen and Thom Browne create costumes, and chirped that the night raised $2.2 million. The dinner following the ballet was notable for its stunning décor by David Stark, with a romantic ambiance designed by the lighting artist Bentley Meeker that made all the women, including Lydia Hearst, Ivanka Trump, Carol Mack and Carmen Dell’Orefice, look divine. This creative team also did the dramatic red décor and rose lighting for the Met Opera’s gala dinner. nycballet.com ✦
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AVENUE’s back-page column asks New York notables our version of the questionnaire made famous by Marcel Proust
WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT STATE OF MIND? To be conscious of my decisions for the future. WHAT ARE YOU UP TO AT THE MOMENT? Producing movies and opening hotels. WHAT’S YOUR FIRST NEW YORK MEMORY? Playing pool at Julius, a old school pool hall in Union Square. I was 14 years old at the time, and pool is still one of my favorite pastimes. Then, probably, going to the nightclub Mars. WHAT NEW YORK BUILDING INSPIRES YOU THE MOST? The Dream Downtown’s main lobby: the grandeur of it is very inspiring to me.
hen one thinks of New York nightlife, entertainment and hospitality, the name of international jetsetter Vikram Chatwal comes to mind. Becoming a hotelier was inevitable, a part of his DNA. In 1999 Chatwal established Vikram Chatwal Hotels, a division of his family’s well-established, Hampshire Hotels and Resorts. Some of the names under his watch include Night, The Time, Stay and the Dream Hotel brand, with locations in Thailand, India, Miami, and right here in New York. Here he shares with us his state of mind, thoughts on being a father and some insider tips for anyone lusting for the ultimate nightlife experience.
WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE? Taking my daughter to the zoo—spending time with her. Art—I love collecting and discovering new artists. One of my favorites is my Damien Hirst painting. DO YOU HAVE A RECURRING DREAM? Waking up at dawn. WHERE IS PARADISE FOR YOU? The moment where everything is balanced and harmonious.
BEST MEAL YOU’VE HAD IN NEW YORK CITY? I love the Four Seasons seasonal fresh fish. I crave Cherry’s BBQ eel roll: I probably eat there once a week! WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST WHEN YOU’RE OUT OF NEW YORK CITY? The pizza and The Electric Room. WHO IS THE MOST POWERFUL NEW YORKER YOU KNOW? There are two, Michael Bloomberg and former New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly.
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? Don’t take things too seriously. WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO? Live every day as if it is my last, and make it resonate forever. The Dream Hotel
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE NEW YORK MOMENT? Probably my 40th birthday celebration at the Dream Downtown. I was with friends and family; it was very special. WAS THERE A CAREER MILESTONE OR MOMENT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR YOU? Opening The Time hotel in Times Square was a pivotal point in my career. IF YOUR APARTMENT WERE ON FIRE, WHICH THREE THINGS WOULD YOU RESCUE. My family picture albums, my backgammon board and of course my iPhone. 148 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • NOVEMBER 2014
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER PARTNER? My daughter and the curator from Christie’s, Kenny Schachter. PLEASE SHARE SOME OF YOUR SECRET NEW YORK CITY DISCOVERIES. Bamboo, a Caribbean restaurant that was around about 15 years ago: that was my favorite. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NYC CLICHÉ? “The city that never sleeps.” WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? I’m all grown-up now and I still don’t know . . .✦
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