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Mint Upper East Side Condo. 2500 square foot 4BR, 4 bth, sunny & quiet with lovely views of tree-lined East 77th Street, step-down double LR with wall of windows, study & chef’s eat-in kitchen. Gut renovated with top fixtures & appliances. Full service doorman bldg with gym & roof terrace. $3.55M. Web #1188055. M.Scott 585-4564/A.Cannon 585-4531

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Central Park West Condo with Fabulous Views. Luxurious full floor apartment with corner LR with WBFP, formal DR, 3-4 bedrooms, granite windowed kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windowed doors & 4 full baths. CAC, W/D. FS building has 24-hr concierge, roofdeck & gym. $5.5M. Web #1205560. B.Evans-Butler 212-452-4391/C.Kurtin 452-4406

Once-in-a-Lifetime Full Flr Central Park West Majestic Tower. Sophisticated prewar cooperative with a huge living room, dining room, master bedroom & library offers views in every direction. Private floor in an iconic Art Deco masterpiece. White glove bldg with gym, gardens, solarium & terrace. $18.75M. Web #1183380. Rosette Arons 212-452-4360

Exceptional CPW 14 Room Duplex. Elegant 32 foot LR has superb Central Park views. Formal DR, powder room, library/den adjoins new eat-in kitchen with Central Park views. Upstairs: 6BRs, 5 baths, informal LR & DR, second kitchen & gym. Perfect for gracious living in a legendary building. $21.5M. Web #1161694. Cindy Kurtin 212-452-4406

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70’ x 70’ on Mercer Street. Western sun pours in through 70’ of huge windows. 6 windows look into a large & sunny courtyard. 12’ ceilings, graceful yellow pine columns. Over 4000 square feet (literally) of classic loft. True essence of Soho & it doesn’t come along very often. $4.75M. Web #1175047. S.Hanja 917-743-6786/C.Stimpson 917991-954

Mint Modern Noho Loft. 1BR, 1 bath renovated by 1100 Architects. LR with 3 oversized windows, chef’s kitch, MBR with walk-in closet + open mezzanine for guest rm/storage. Full service co-op with roofdeck, garden & 24-hour doorman. Pets, guarantors & pied-a-terres ok. $799K. Web #1196204. C.Van Amburg 646-613-2683/A.Hall 212-452-4421

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East Side. Excl. Grand, high floor, corner tower 2 bedroom with maid’s suite. Open city and partial park views from semiprivate floor. Hotel service Included. $4.675M. WEB# 1168950. Marlene Marcus 212-906-9244

60s/Park. Excl. Grand scale home with high ceilings. Living rm w/wbfp opens to FDR for 36 foot expanse. 2 bedroom, 2 bath and eat-in kitchen. Unique, palatial, prime. Extra guest rm w/bath available. $1.45M. WEB# 1168951. Elizabeth Sierzega 212-906-9217

UES. Excl. But you’re seeing the Met from your 5th floor balcony. 1BR, 1 bath in elegant elev twnh w/wbfp, hi ceils, fully equipped kit & incredible charm. $1.35M. WEB# 1175806. Susan Raanan 212-396-5871 Jill Sand D’Angelo 212-396-5821




Fifth Ave. Excl. Rare, high, full flr, PW duplex on Central Park. 3BR, 3 bath, LR, library, DR, chef’s EIK, wbfps, dbl staff rm/4th BR w/bath. Stunning park views. $10.5M. WEB# 1155100. Kathryn Steinberg 212-396-5868 Samuel Thomas Milbank 212-906-9248

Fifth Ave/89th Street. Excl. Amazing views upon entering this 3BR, 3.5 bath. LR, FDR, libr & double MBR. WEIK, lndry, md’s w/bath + 2nd md’s w/bath. $8.995M. WEB# 1133783. Florrie Milan 212-317-7728 Ellen Sussman 212-317-7740

UES. Excl. All new half floor condo. 40’ living/ dining room, chef’s kitchen, 5BR, 5.5 bath, libr & den. CAC & huge windows. Garage, gym, pool & playroom. $9.2M. WEB# 1161207. Lisa Lippman 212-588-5606 Scott Moore 212-588-5608




Fifth Avenue. Excl. 2 bedroom plus ample staff room, 3 bath with sweeping park views from a high floor. Full service building with first rate gym and garage. Washer/dryer. $3.5M. WEB# 1167250. S. Jean Meisel 212-906-9209

60s/CPW. Excl. Superb 7 room features exquisite prewar details. 11’ ceilings, 48’ windows framing park views. Built 1907, The Prasada was one of the first grand projects on CPW. $3.75M. WEB# 786156. Macrae Parker 212-906-9205

70s/Park. Excl. High floor apt in established condo. 2,700SF with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 600SF terrace. Outstanding open city and park views. Great light and spacious layout. $5.25M. WEB# 1029779. Caroline E. Y. Guthrie 212 396-5858

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70s/CPW. Excl. Located on a high floor, this 11 room residence has magnificent scale. 60’ fronting Central Park. Gracious layout. 3 bedrooms plus library. Excellent light. $20M. WEB# 1158568. John Burger 212-906-9274

UES. Excl. Sun-flooded 12 into 10 rms, 4 into 3BRs,4.5 bath, LR w/wbfp, FDR, libr, EIK w/ pantry & breakfast rm, double md’s rm & lndry rm. Fab city views. $10.75M. WEB# 1131304. Cathy Franklin 212-906-9236 Alexis Bodenheimer 212-906-9230

W 67th St/CPW. Excl. Dramatic 9th/10th floor duplex w/dbl height, 18’ ceil in baronial LR. Huge atelier window, wbfp, grand FDR, EIK, 3BR and 2.5 baths. $4.995M. WEB#1178531. Arabella Greene Buckworth 212-588-5614 Wendy Singer Spotts 212-588-5612

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CPS. Excl. Direct views of CP, full-flr 11 room apt. Mt includes all utils and basic cable. Piedsa-terre ok. Pets ok w/board approval. Apts can be sold separately. $8.999M. WEB# 1054504. Maria Torresy 212-906-9317 Richard F. Ferrari 212-396-5885

CPW at 64th Street. Excl. Significant and rare. Sweeping park views, 75’ balcony, 4 bedroom plus library, dining room, great room with baronial fireplace, high ceils and rich details in desirable Co-op. $11.75M. WEB# 1111675. Norah Burden 212-588-5617

70s/Fifth Avenue. Excl. Private entrance, convert this professional space to residential. Double living room, formal dining room, media room, 3 bedrooms + 2 maid’s. Unique space, great location. $8.9M. WEB# 1167227. Nancy Candib 212-906-9302

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UES. Excl. Enjoy hi flr views in all directions. 5BR, 5 bath, 14’ ceils, LR + FDR, terr, W/D in coveted F/S condo just off Park Ave with gym, pool and garage. $4.55M. WEB# 1170829. Angela Latigona 212 906-9240 Edward Joseph 212-588-5646

East 80s. Excl. Lucida corner south-facing home. 10’ ceils, floor-to-ceil windows, elegant finishes. F/S condo, completed 2009. Pool, gym and play areas. $7.95M. WEB# 1159376. Jarrod G. Randolph 212-712-1131 Amanda J. Young 212 712-1130

67th/68th St/CPW. Excl. View lovers dream. Huge picture window + wbfp, LR and MBR on the park and views from every rm. Second BR, dining rm, eat-in kitchen, maid’s, 3 bath. Mint condition. $5.885M. WEB# 1153437. John A. Sheets 212-906-9359

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CONTENTS The Wedding Issue 98

124 love, honor, cherish

The photography from the beautiful nuptials of

these newlyweds will take you around the globe—from Greece to Palm Beach

and back home to New York again.


Georgina Schaeffer

108 picturing royalty With Kate Middleton and Prince William’s recent

engagement on everyone’s minds, Quest presents a photo essay reflecting on

the most famous royal weddings in history. by Georgina Schaeffer

114 bride beautiful New York City’s foremost beauty experts and

bride-to-be favorites share their top secrets for achieving a flawless, long-

lasting look on your wedding day.



keeping flowers in the family

Rachel Corbett Floral-and event-planning favorite

Renny & Reed bring their services to a new generation. by Daniel Cappello

124 paradise found Beach lovers, city mice, and adventurous types unite,

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Remembering Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg’s wedding day.



The rockiest royal weddings.





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Ashley Mendel’s custom rings. by Georgina Schaeffer

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editor’s letter

Clockwise from top left: Princess Diana and Prince Charles; Diana and her attendents; engaged royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will surely inspire the next generation of girls to dream of their own fairy tale wedding.

i remember watching Lady Diana marry Prince Charles on

television. It was 1981, and I was four years old—and I very much believed in fairy tales. On that morning, I felt confident that I was right. Here was a beautiful princess carried by horse-drawn coach through the streets of London to marry her prince. The wedding was as decadent as that decade. It took Diana three-and-a-half minutes to walk the length of St. Paul's Cathedral in a dress with a twenty-five-foot train to reach her Prince Charles, in full naval dress. As the world waits for the next Windsor wedding, I can't help but think of all the little girls now who will look at Kate Middleton on her wedding day and believe once more that one day their prince will come too. Having met in college and dated for nine years, Prince William and Kate Middleton seem very much of “our” world. Much has been made in the frenzied media of their engagement photo by body-expert specialists, who conclude that they are very much in love. In their embrace you see a “real” couple, not a staged set, as with Prince Charles and Diana, when a bashful nineteen-yearold virgin stood next to a man she barely knew. In this issue, we offer a photographic portfolio of royal weddings that span nationalities and time. It’s interesting to see the differences—when Queen Elizabeth II was married during the second World War, it was a smaller, more intimate ceremony with less frivolity, suiting a world that was in peril. Match that against the bucolic wonder of our American royals, Jack and Jackie Kennedy, who were married in Newport, Rhode Island. Then, similar to Prince William and Kate, there are the Swedish Crown 18 QUEST

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling—another couple who dated for a number of years before the thirty-two-year-old princess beamed in her wedding photo with as much happiness as any bride possibly could. This issue is chock-ablock full of guidance to see your wedding through from start to finish. Rachel Corbett contributes tips every brideto-be should read in “Bride Beautiful,” where she sits down with a host of beauty experts who share their secrets to looking lovely on the big day. Elsewhere in the issue, Daniel Cappello interviews the man behind famous florist and New York institution Renny and Reed. Reed McIlvaine joined his uncle’s firm about ten years ago, and the partners have created masterful arrangements and weddings for generations. And when the celebration is over, see our picks for the best honeymoon destinations. Whether you’re feeling a safari, a city, or just sitting on the beach, we’re sure you’ll find just the thing that inspires you in these pages. In our cover story, “Love, Honor, Cherish,” we feature five beautiful couples who were married in the last year. Without sounding overly moralistic, I often find that people have lost sight of what is most significant about a wedding. As a guest, it is important to recognize that you are witnessing a sacrament and a holy union. No matter if the reception is a Palm Beach clam bake in flip-flops or a black-tie bash in Newport, one thing is constant: two people have bound themselves together to love and honor each other, and we should do our best to aid them. I hope that as you look through these pages of our annual Weddings issue the same thought that occurs to me will occur to you: the fairy tale is alive and well. u

Georgina Schaeffer

on the cover: Nick and Briggs Coleman at the Four Arts Garden, Palm Beach. They were married on November 20. Briggs wears a dress by Vera Wang and her hair is styled by Michael at Frédéric Fekkai. Nick's jacket is from Morty Sills and his tie from Hermès. Photograph by Tom Bolinger, story by Georgina Schaeffer.

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NEW YORK SO C IAL DIARY Anybody with their eyes open could tell you that New York had record snowfall in the first month of the New Year at the beginning of the second decade of the new millennium. Those of us who wished for it got what we wanted. But by the end of the month, despite some warmer temperatures

and a little rain, we were still shoveling ourselves out. Enough already. It was the kind of weather that keeps residents in and tourists away from the Big Town. It was also not a problem, except for the departures and returns for those headed into the warmer

climes. Palm Beach looked like a convention of the headto-toe Lilly Pulitzer/Stubbs & Wootton crowd. Scenes. St. Barths, on the other hand, was full up with all those barefoot contessas and their resource providers from the Celebrity Register. Talk about a scene. For example:

Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas, Josh Duhamel, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Jon Bon Jovi, Salma Hayek, Jason Statham, George Soros, Ron Perelman, Graydon Carter, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, Martha Stewart, Russell Simmons, Jimmy Buffett, P. Diddy,

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A Macy Gray, Anthony Kiedis, Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour, Guy Oseary, Rupert and Wendi Murdoch, David Geffen, Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova, Julian Schnabel, Vito Schnabel, Brian Grazer, George Lucas, Lorne Michaels, Patrick Demarchelier, JeanGeorges Vongerichten, LA Reid, Andre Harrell, Richard Meier, Paul Allen, Sergey Brin, Tamara Mellon, Frédéric Fekkai, Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman, Francisco Costa, Larry Gagosian, Francois-Henri Pinault, Jane Rosenthal, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict, Johnny Pigozzi, Lawrence Bender, Todd

English, Michelle Alves, Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, and Nat Rothschild. Many, if not all, could be spotted hither and thither at the mega-parties, such as: Larry Gagosian’s party, Russell Simmons’s party, P. Diddy’s boat party, Paul Allen’s pre-New Year’s Eve party on his boat, Tatoosh, Johnny Pigozzi’s party on his boat, Ron Perelman’s on his boat, or Roman Abramovich’s exclusive New Year’s Eve party (with a performance by Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas). Or they might have been lunching at Maya, Taiwana (the lunch), L’Esprit, Eden Rock, PaCri, Isola, Le Ti St. Barth, and the late night Yacht Club.

Meanwhile, back in snowy, chilly ole Manhattan: On one stormy Wednesday, I went down to Michaels to lunch with Lydia Fenet, who is senior vice president, director of strategic partnerships at Christie’s. Lydia also serves as one of the auction house’s celebrity auctioneers. She’s a tall girl, commanding in comportment as well as presence. I’m six-four and she can just about look me in the eye. She’s easy to meet, however, friendly and direct, a pleasure to know. I’d met her several times, more recently at a dinner at Swifty’s for Alexandra Lebenthal and her (not so) new book The Recessionistas.

I had no idea about her professional life. Then I saw her practicing her art (and it is an art) a couple of weeks later at a dinner hosted by Martha Stewart for the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital. I’ve seen scores of “celeb auctions” conducted as additional fundraising at charity galas. They’ve become a habit so commonplace that you can find yourself watching the clock for relief. However, when Lydia got up to conduct her auction on this particular night, I expected little except possibly a brief snooze. But within moments, this girl had everyone on the edge of their seats—bidding, and laughing.

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Even I was thinking of bidding on something. I didn’t know this. She told me at lunch that auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s have training programs for this class of what they call celebrity auctioneering. It’s public relations and marketing by participation, a kind of business-cum-comedy routine. It’s a very effective way of promoting the auction house’s business and services. The celebrity auctioneer is selling something, but the object (besides raising money) is to entertain. Everyone wins. Lydia’s been doing it for a few years. I was impressed the night I saw her in action 24 QUEST

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by her easy ability to relate, sometimes focusing on certain bidders with a humorous chiding or poking so that everyone enjoyed the process. The men in the audience are the most obvious targets for raising the bidding when there is a young, attractive, and charming woman holding the gavel. Often the highest bidders are those who had no intention of buying anything but become engaged by the auctioneer’s focus. Spotting them is part of the auctioneer’s art. I saw this happen that night. It was not only funny to watch, but impressive: she raised tens of thousands of dollars with four

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items. Lydia told me that rarely do celebrity auctioneers become salesroom auctioneers. That image is practically owned by men in their black tie or bespoke suits of charcoal gray or black, white shirts, blue ties. The atmosphere where the bidding can run into the tens of millions is no laffriot. That’s too bad because in Lydia Fenet, age thirtythree, I saw a dead serious ability to cajole and persuade that was very compelling in its credibility, not to mention relaxed, witty, and so unlikely as to be disarming. She was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the

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daughter of a trial lawyer. When she and her three brothers and sisters were old enough, their parents moved to Baton Rouge for better schools. Eventually they all went away for school, and Lydia chose Taft, in Connecticut, where an older brother went. She lost her N’awlins accent among those Connecticut Yankees. After Taft she went to Sewanee, the University of the South, in Tennessee, which she loved. Taking her junior year abroad at Oxford, a relative who had a connection suggested she take a summer internship at Christie’s. She did, and she never looked

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back. She loves it. Christie’s got a real asset in Lydia Fenet. Next time you hear she’s leading an auction, go, just for the fun of watching her and her amazing results. And have a good laugh. New York Scenes: Walking along Fifth Avenue after lunch, at about 53rd Street, I passed a young woman all bundled up sitting on the cold pavement, head cast down (so you couldn’t see her face), reading a book, with two Pomeranians by her side, and a sign that said: “7 months PREG-nant. Boyfriend left me. Need bus fare to go home.” It was very cold on the avenue and, as I passed her 26 QUEST

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by, I was looking forward to getting to my destination so that I could warm up. But thinking about the woman, I turned back. Pulling a twenty out of my pocket, I thought of what I could say and the little I could do except give her the money and talk to her. She was very young, scrubbed-face, and with a pierced upper and lower lip. She was the picture of a Kansas farm girl (save the piercings), and she had a very straightforward, but courteous, manner. There was a small basket next to her with a zebra pattern cloth lining, and a couple of bucks and some

coins in it. All of it was oddly fashionable (panhandling accessories notwithstanding). Concentrating on her book, she was only was aware of me when I held the folded bill down before her. I told her it was for her dogs too— although they were wearing expensive quilted “parkas” and were obviously well cared for, well groomed. They were frisky as well, barking at me and then sniffing my shoes (or rather, my dogs). She told me that she couldn’t stay in a shelter because of the dogs so she was sleeping on a friend’s sofa until she raised enough money for a ticket home. $480. She said she also

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needed a dog carrier because she couldn’t take the dogs on the bus if she didn’t have a carrier. It was one of those situations where you wish you had the power to suddenly change the world, to save someone’s life, and you know you can’t. It was one of those situations where a person of great faith would turn to his Maker. I walked away still thinking about the cold—I was still feeling it even with a coat, scarf, and jacket underneath—and that woman. And her baby. How could that be good for the baby? I don’t know the answer to these things, but they were alarming.

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A About a block later, I turned around and walked back to where she was. She was still sitting there reading. People walked by as if she weren’t there. Well-dressed people, women in furs. No one seemed to notice. It could be that they didn’t want to. The people come and go, speaking of Michelangelo. There are more and more people sitting on the pavement these days. More women and more young women. I don’t mean hundreds or even

scores—not in my experience anyway, although it’s possible and maybe even probable. Some of those panhandling, which is what it was called a generation ago, are the stereotypes—alcoholics and addicts, down on their luck, looking like they’re clinging to life, and only a step or a fall from death. Others, the younger women—all of whom have the appearance of selfreliance—look, in a way, like they’re workin’ it, raising the bucks.

With them, I wonder what led to this. They must have had an opportunity, possibly for education. The “Man Left Me” is often a cast member on the placard. This particular woman was very well dressed for any cold weather circumstances, wearing quite a few garments. If you tallied up the cost, it was well beyond the $480 she was seeking for a bus ticket. And those cute pups weren’t strays, and very possibly not rescues, and their warmers were

fancier than anything I’d buy for my dogs. (They wear their own furs in the cold weather, and we don’t stay out for any longer than is necessary.) So, with this in mind, I was guessing, looking around for the story. Was this young woman kidding? Was this an experiment? Was she really in trouble, and seven months pregnant? Or was she kidding me? I see people in this situation every day. There was a moment in the 1970s when

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they were even more frequent than today. There are also more people who have a dog or cats by their side. This often draws instant sympathy that would otherwise not occur. However, whatever the root of the story, it distresses me, for all of us. I could see from our brief conversation that she was a well brought up young woman. I mean, a kind, considerate woman. I don’t know if she came from of a privileged home, but my guess is she did. The clothes and the choices were full of social indicators. Was that where the $480 ticket was taking her back to? I didn’t ask. I don’t know. The birds are falling out 30 QUEST

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of the sky. New York Scenes: I went down Chelsea one frigid night with a friend to a couple of gallery openings. We started out at the David Nolan Gallery on 29th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh. That part of town still looks like it always did—and industrial area—except now, at night, the sidewalks are filled with people because it’s mainly lined with art galleries. There are something like four hundred in Chelsea. I always enjoy these parties. They’re so different from the uptown black-tie nights or even the non-black-tie events. The art crowd is mainly,

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though not entirely, young. There’s a costume element, a business element, an attitude element, a creative element, and an absurd element. All in one space. Plus, there is the art, which is an important part of the party because it mingles along with everybody else. It’s not separated or isolated— despite being anchored to a spot on the wall or ceiling or floor—even if no one is looking at it. It’s speaking the same language and doesn’t go away like the rest of us do. At the Nolan Gallery was a show curated by Tim Nye and Jacqueline Miro. The exhibition was titled “Bella Pacifica: Bay Area

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Abstraction, 1946-1063, a Symphony in Four Parts.” This night’s part was “First Movement: 6 Gallery,” or, “An Array of Influences, Heard Softly,” and featured artists Jess Collins, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Sonia Gechtoff, Wally Hedrick, James Kelly, Deborah Remington, and Hassel Smith. From the Nolan Gallery we hiked down a couple of blocks (it was getting colder) to the Loretta Howard Gallery on 26th Street for a group show, “January White Sale,” conceived and curated by Beth DeWoody. That block was jammed with traffic, both car and foot. Several galleries

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A were having shows. The gallery, two stories on the third and fourth floors, was jammed. This is my picture of a Chelsea art opening. Again, a classic art crowd: Groups, trios, duos, little bunches, singles, solitaries. In very contemporary get-ups, a plethora of designs and ideas. Afterward, we went over to Moran’s the bar and restaurant on 24th and Tenth for a bite to eat. I’d never been before,

but my friend had eaten there often. It’s been there for years, going back at least to the 1940s or ’50s. Good food, nothing fancy, and not expensive. It’s spiffy, with a great barroom, fireplaces with real fires, and very popular among artists and those in the business. We ran into Alice and Paul Judelson. Paul had just returned from London a few hours before. He’d made a quick trip (two days) for

some meetings and to see the Gauguin show at the Tate. Paul was having an opening at his gallery that week also, and he and Alice were hosting a dinner for an opening that Saturday. In the art world, everybody knows everybody and knows everything about everybody— what they’re doing, who they’re doing it with. It’s fascinating to watch even from the farthest sidelines because it’s its own

little world, like bees in a hive, as Alice Judelson remarked. Scenes: More Arts and Culture. The following Sunday, Beth DeWoody hosted a brunch at her Gracie Square apartment, overlooking the East River, for Antonin Baudry, the new cultural counselor for the French Embassy in New York. The brunch drew another facet of the art world crowd to her sprawling art-filled

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interests, ages, nationalities, and all persuasions all over the world. She remembers everybody—their names, everything about them, where they met, who they know, and what they do. If they’re artists, she’s either acquired their work or knows someone who did, who will, or who will want to. New York Scenes: L.A. Memories. One night at the 92nd Street Y, Alison Stewart moderated a panel discussion of four “legendary women of television:” Angie Dickinson, Stefanie Powers, Linda Evans, and Nichelle Nichols. The place was packed, and no one was disappointed. I’ve met three of these

women, in passing, when I lived in California, and I can attest to their graciousness and naturalness on a one to one. I met Angie at greater length about twenty years ago. Irving “Swifty” Lazar had called me one day and asked if I would go and meet Angie Dickinson, who was going to be writing a memoir. Angie Dickinson was one of the sexiest, most alluring ladies in Hollywood. She had a reputation…for being really nice, a lot of fun, and a very good friend. She also had a reputation for being sought after by some of the most famous lovers in America. This wasn’t a secret. She’d since been married and settled

in with Burt Bacharach (from whom she was later divorced). Past or present, it was a kind of fun topic of conversation. That’s what made her a great guest on Johnny Carson. “Keep a diary and someday it’ll keep you.” Went the words of the immortal Mae West. I went over to Angie Dickinson’s house up in the canyons of Beverly Hills one afternoon soon after the call from Lazar. It was a big comfy contemporary place, very California- adequate for your idea of a star’s house. She likes people. That’s the first thing you get. I sat across from her and we talked about a lot of forgettable things until I decided to cut to the chase:

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what did she want to write? Did she keep a diary? “I did,” she said with a smile, rolling her eyes, “but I destroyed it when I could afford a maid.” Why? “Because I put everything down on paper, and I was afraid the maid might see it” (and leak it, was the implied possibility). She laughed as she said it, adding: “I wish I had it today.” I had such a good time sitting around schmoozing with her that sunny afternoon that I almost forgot what I was there for. I could see we would work together effectively— she’s very open. But discretion is her guardian angel. She’s also one of those 36 QUEST

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women who can be an instant buddy. You can have a lotta laughs with Angie. It’s all very alluring. She told me at the end of our meeting that, taking everything into consideration, she still had to think about whether or not she actually wanted to “write” a book about her life. Denouement. She decided not to. She didn’t want to go there, didn’t want to put it down. I wasn’t surprised. The term for that point of view used to be: a lady. Angie is a lady. Meanwhile, back at the 92nd Street Y: Nichelle Nichols, the first African-American woman to become a major star of a

major series told the audience that after the first season of “Star Trek,” she wasn’t really interested in continuing. Her dream was to work on Broadway, and that was where she wanted to commit herself. However, one day she was at an event where Martin Luther King Jr. was present and someone came over and told Nichelle that Dr. King would like to meet her. She was flattered. He told her how important she was to his children who watched “Star Trek” because they were seeing the first example of an African-American woman as mainstream. Nichelle suddenly saw her participation in “Star

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Trek” as something far more serious than anything she’d imagined. This story was told to us on Martin Luther King Day. Those of us who are old enough to remember when Dr. King gained public notice and became a political force in America recall a far different world from the one we live in today. He was viewed as a danger to a lot of (white) people. There was the implied threat of mob violence in people’s imagination because he was marching for something that had never come to pass in this country: Civil Rights. Fear was the barrier. In the small Massachusetts town where

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A I grew up, you never heard anybody say anything nice about him. A Red, a pinko, was more like it. What Nichelle Nichols recalled that night at the 92nd Street Y, however, came to pass fairly quickly, in historical terms. By the time of his “I Have a Dream” speech, he had persuaded many white Americans to look and listen more carefully to the reality of all Americans. He had not only gained stature for himself, but for his people, as they were referred to with dignity by his very presence. His life’s work and its triumph was packed into less than two decades—he was thirty-nine when he was murdered.

His assassination was tragic, but ironically it also sealed the fate of his objective. His dream was powerful enough to move the mountains of the mind. For all of us it was a testimony of greatness, however brief its presence. Our eyes were opened. New York Scenes: One night I took my friend Penny Bianchi in from California up to the Carlton Hobbs mansion on East 93rd Street where the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation was hosting a benefit for its newly created Soane Conservation Fund for sculptures and antiquities at Sir John Soane’s Museum, in London. Penny, who is an interior designer working out

of Montecito, was here for the opening preview of the Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. For the uneducated, and I am right up there with you, the Sir John Soane Museum in London is considered possibly the greatest repository and museum in architecture and the fine and decorative arts. It evokes reverence among the connoisseurs and pacesetters, not to mention the art collectors and antiquaires. The venue for the benefit is worth a trip. It was built in 1929-31 for Virginia Fair Vanderbilt, recently divorced wife of William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Mrs. Vanderbilt died only a few years after completion

and the house had a few incarnations (including as a Lycée Français) until Carlton Hobbs acquired it several years ago, and restored it to its original splendor. When we arrived, many of the guests were on the second floor of the mansion, which gave Penny a chance to look around. In one room she spotted a pair of blackamoors she’d seen before in California. Detail. They had long graced the John Wolffe-designed Beverly Hills home of Jimmy Pendleton, a house famously photographed during an elegant poolside tea party by Slim Aarons, and famously owned for the past few decades by television producer Bob

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see, and there’s lots to see. This year was especially energetic and the booths were full of treasures. I don’t recall it ever being as crowded on a first night. The champagne was flowing (and very good) and the aisles were equipped with excellent buffets of canapés and hors d’oeuvres. All this and great collections. It was crowded when it opened at 5:30. Martha Stewart, among others, was there. I didn’t catch a glance of her, although Martha, as you probably know by now, gets around. For a woman with as many irons in the fire (and

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milk delivery wagons, for example), and Fifth Avenue was two-way, with traffic-light posts manually operated in the middle of the road. Still just as snappy today, and reeking of the old-time collegial, “21’s” original secret door where they hid the booze from the Feds in the cellar is still there. The place is the closest most of us (including John O’Hara) ever got to what we imagine was the club-like atmosphere at Yale. Back in the days of Boola Boola. Back at the table. Both of my guests had read all of Proust. I know this is not a matter of interest to everybody, but for those of us who have always felt daunted by Proust

and have tried and (so far) not succeeded, it is practically a jaw-dropper. Turns out that Duane has her Master’s in literature, and it was Raul’s major at Harvard. I sat there dazzled by their knowledge and literacy. That, the Dover Sole (grilled), the Stoli on the rocks (with a twist), it was a perfect way to keep warm on a cold winter’s Friday evening in New York. And lastly, but really first: On a Thursday night at Doubles, the private club in the Sherry-Netherland, Catherine Slavonia and Andre Boissier hosted a reception to celebrate the engagement of their goddaughter, Alexandra Peterson, daughter of

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The American Cancer Society will host its annual Palm Beach gala at 7 p.m. at the Mar-a-Lago Club. The event’s chairwoman emeritus will be Dame Celia Lipton Farris. For more information, call 561.655.3449.


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Bal des Arts will honor the seventieth anniversary of the Norton Museum of Arts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561.832.5196.


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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will hold its Hot Pink luncheon and symposium at 11:45 a.m. at the Breakers. For more information, call 646.497.2606.


ladies in red

The Society of Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center’s associates lunch will take place at Rouge Tomate. For more information, call 212.639.7929. sweet seventy

The Norton Museum of Art will celebrate its seventieth anniversary at the museum. For more information, call 561.832.5196. celebrate good times

The International Women’s Health Coalition’s annual gala will honor Dr. Paul Farmer at 6:30 p.m. at 583 Park. For more information, call 212.463.0684.


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Scripps Florida with hold a reception with Dr. Courtney Miller and Dr. Roy Smith at 2:30 p.m. at the Royal Poinciana Chapel. For more information, call 561.228.2014.

10 On February 1, revelers will set aside their diamonds and don their favorite faux pieces to honor costume jewelry virtuoso Kenneth Jay Lane. The occasion is a glittering cocktail party celebrating the opening of “Fabulous Fakes: Jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane” at the Norton Museum of Art. For more information, call 561.832.5196.




The Norton Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of “Fabulous Fakes: Jewelry by Kenneth Jay Lane” with a cocktail party at the museum. The exhibition will run through May 1. For more information, call 561.832.5196.

The New York City Ballet’s annual luncheon will begin with a performance of “For the Love of Duke” at 11:15 a.m., set to the music of Duke Ellington, at the David H. Koch Theater. For more information, call 212.870.5585.

The 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast nonprofit volunteers will host its tenth anniversary luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. at Club Colette in Palm Beach. For more information, call 561.383.1144.

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure will host its annual Wake Up for the Cure breakfast at 9 a.m. at Club Colette. For more information, call 561.514.3020.

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The American Friends of British Art will hold a cocktail reception honoring the Marquess Townshend at 6 p.m. at the William R. Eubanks Design Showroom. For more information, call 561.805.9335.


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Lighthouse International’s POSH Palm Beach 2011 Gala Dinner will take place at 7 p.m. at Club Colette. The event’s honorary chairman will be Arlene Dahl. For more information, call 561.828.1522.


the kids are all right

The annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Palm Beach Dinner will take place at 7 p.m. at the legendary Club Colette. For more information, call 800.603.3602.


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Cleveland Clinic Florida will hold a dinner dance at the Mar-a-Lago Club. For more information, call 561.804.0260.


horsing around

On February 8, Dr. Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in Health, will be honored at the International Women’s Health Coalition’s annual gala. The event will take place at 583 Park, with cocktails being served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.463.0684.


glamorous gala

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will host its “Oh, What a Night” gala at 6 p.m. For more information, call 800.572.8471.


day trip

The Palm Beach Day Academy will hold its Great Expectations dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Breakers. For more information, call 561.832.3308.

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The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will host the annual Discovery Ball at 7 p.m. at the Mar-a-Lago Club. For more information, call 561.833.2080.


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The Kravis Center for the

Performing Arts will hold its Palm Beach Wine Auction Vintners’ Dinner at Tiffany & Co. For more information, call 800.572.8471.



Palm Beach Atlantic University will host its annual Women of Distinction luncheon. For more information, call 561.803.2971.


dining with donors

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with host its major donors dinner at the Palm Beach home of Michele and Howard Kessler. For more information, call 617.632.3000.


preservation party

TThe Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach Dinner Dance will take place at the Breakers. For more information, call 561.832.0731.


have a heart

The American Heart Association will host the annual Palm Beach Heart Ball at Mar-a-Lago. For more information, call 561.697.6600.


in a wink

The Norton Museum of Art will hold “Night at the Museum: 40 Winks with the Sphinx” at 6 p.m, at the museum. For more information, call 561.832.5196.


luck o’ the irish

The American Ireland Fund will hold its annual Emerald Isle dinner dance at 7 p.m. at the Breakers in Palm Beach. For more information, call 212.213.1166.


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in the house

The House of Lavande’s vintage jewelry trunk show will take place through the 19th in Suite 332 at 340 Royal Poinciana Plaza. For more

The sixteenth annual Hanley Center Foundation’s Family Luncheon benefit will begin at noon at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For more information, call 561.841.1212.

On March 8, more than one thousand members of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, celebrity guests, and New York families will enjoy a carnival atmosphere with magicians and more at the annual Bunny Hop at F.A.O. Schwartz. For more information, call 212.639.7389.

The Associates Committee of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s annual Bunny Hop will take place at 6 p.m. at F.A.O. Schwartz. For more information, call 212.639.7389. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 1 6 5

H A R RY B E N S O N Caroline Kennedy and usher William Ivey Long in Hyannis, Massachusetts, July 19, 1986.

IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY caroline bouvier Kennedy married Edwin Arthur

Schlossberg at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville, Massachusetts. Her uncle, Ted Kennedy, walked her down the aisle. How did I get such an assignment? I believe it happened because I had photographed Caroline and her brother, John Jr., for the cover of Life magazine two years earlier. At the time, Jackie Onassis told me that Caroline and John had never posed for a magazine before, but they all seemed pleased with the results. In the spring of 1986, the phone rang in my apartment. When I answered, a very soft voice, almost a whisper, said, “This is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I would like to ask you to photograph Caroline’s wedding.” I thought it was someone playing a joke on me. But I’d seen her lunching at Mortimer’s the day before, so I knew where she had had lunch that day. When she said the second table from the window on the right, I knew it was really her. After the ceremony, the reception began at the family home of Rose Kennedy, in Hyannis Port. The receiving line was followed by lunch, and Caroline and Ed had the first dance. Caroline danced with her brother and her uncle Ted before she and Ed cut the tiered wedding cake with a swashbuck66 QUEST

ling sword. Her mother, in a soft, pale green, long-sleeved dress, beamed. That evening, a Grucci-produced fireworks display arranged by family friend George Plimpton delighted guests. Earlier in the day, Caroline and Ed walked down the beach

to take some photographs. On the way back to the house, usher William Ivey Long, who has gone on to win five Tony Awards for his stunning costume designs, held the train of Caroline’s beautiful Carolina Herrera wedding gown that had clovers sprinkled on the bodice. Caroline smiled for

what would become a Life cover. The day was beautiful and Caroline was happy, even though I noticed that her mother had been a bit nervous in the church. Of all the photographs I took that day, Caroline, her mother, and I all agreed, that this was the one we liked the best. u F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 1 6 7

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majesty & marriage Here we go again. It is impossible to overestimate quite how much the British like themselves—and impossible to underestimate how much the rest of the world dislikes the British. Having lived in England most of my adult life, I can attest that both viewpoints are correct, except, that is, when it comes to royal weddings. Almost thirty years ago, the House of

Windsor metaphorically tapped its loyal subjects on the shoulder and invited them to welcome Diana Spencer into their collective life. Such a royal wish was easy to obey. Prince Charles’s photogenic young fiancée seemed to be just the sort of new recruit the monarchy needed. So welcome her they did, with an enthusiasm that delighted the royal strategists.

The rest of the world followed. Well, we all know how the storybook marriage ended in tears, and how the wicked old mistress Camilla landed her dumbo-eared prince and lived happily ever after. What most people don’t know is that Diana’s marriage was doomed from the start. Her trouble was her pedigree. She was not a royal—taught from day one

Princess Diana and Prince Charles in Australia, 1983. Opposite, from left: Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles at Eton in 1995; Prince Charles with Camilla in 2009.

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to obey and play the game—instead, she was an aristocrat, headstrong, un-intellectual, stubborn, and quite neurotic. Her pedigree was also suspect. Her father was a weakling, her mother a bolter. Worst of all, Diana was ambitious. Once Diana realized that Charles was an incredibly spoiled man and not about to change his habits because of a petite bagatelle like marriage, she decided that if she couldn’t have him all to herself, she would upstage him. That she managed to do easily, in fact she did it so well that royal courtiers—as the strategists are known—panicked and decided to bring her down a peg or two or three. The war was on, and the two courts decided to fight to the death. Diana once told me that Prince Philip was the nicest and most down-to-earth of the royals, and that Phil the Greek (as he’s called by the hacks) had tried his best to rein in Charles and his courtiers. But it was too late. Charles wanted a carpet for a wife, not a rival for the spotlight, and his father was in no position to order him about; it was he, Charles, who was the future King of England, whereas Philip was just the Queen’s consort. This is why the William-Kate nuptials next April 29th will be a success, in my opinion. William is not spoiled like his old man, nor, of course, as intellectually curious as Charles, which means he does not speak to flowers in his garden, does not write letters to ministers of the Crown voicing his opinions about architecture, and does not travel with an entourage of sixty in a score of Bentleys and Rolls Royces. William is a trainee

pilot who will have a career in the Royal Air Force and one day retire from the service and learn the business of keeping his nose out of politics, unlike his father. I have never met William, but I wrestled with him once when some young friends of his tried to throw the oldies into a swimming pool during a party at a grand country house in England. I fought desperately because I had some illegal substances in my pocket, and I remember how strong he was until I said that what I had in my pocket did not mix well with water. He laughed out loud and let go. Anyone with that kind of sense of humor cannot be all bad, or a total Windsor. Kate and I have never met or seen each other in the flesh, but I know she will not be a problem because of her background. Lower-middle class, well brought up, smart, unambitious, and eager to please. People of her standing hate her less than they hate those that come from a privileged background. The royal courtiers have learned their lesson, and hopefully will not try and interfere. She has great legs, which will keep for a while, so let’s all wish them well and cross our fingers that we don’t have another royal soap opera in our midst. Once upon a time royal divorces were unheard of. Royal men kept mistresses and royal wives kept quiet about it. Diana was the first to revolt and it almost brought down the monarchy. In the days following her death, the monarchy’s name was mud, and Camilla, for one, was attacked by housewives in her own little village near Highgrove. What I never

understood was why Diana did not keep a separate court, as she very well could have, and why she wasn’t content to have her lovers and her royal title as well. Charles would never have divorced her, the public would not have stood for it as she was considered the injured party. I remember telling her this, but she wouldn’t hear of it. Middle-class morality had gotten to her, I suppose. Alexander Dumas once said that the chains of wedlock are so heavy that it takes two people to carry them—sometimes even three. My parents were happily married for close to sixty years, but my father always kept mistresses. I have tried to follow in my dad’s footsteps, hence I have a very happy and solid marriage. The French have always understood and tolerated the concept. A man, they claim, goes home happy and relaxed after a cinq à sept with his mistress. Most people of my father’s generation had mistresses, but most of them were Europeans. Americans don’t go for that sort of thing—that’s why they marry as many times as they do. I’ve only heard of a couple of Americans with mistresses: Alfred Bloomingdale with Vicky Morgan and William Shawn with Lillian Ross. Prince Charles I always thought was a fool because he did what Jimmy Goldsmith famously warned us against: he married his mistress, thus creating a job vacancy. I have no idea if William will ever take up a mistress, but if he does, I am sure reliable Kate will swallow hard and keep on smiling. Let’s all wish them well. u F E B R U ARY 2 0 1 1 6 9

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mic nights By DANIEL CAPPELLO my mother’s family’s photo albums were always a source of intrigue and inspiration for me. Yes, there were the images of my mother in her younger years—hair blonder, eyes just as blue, ’50s schoolgirl dresses, and single-strand pearl necklaces—but the real source of fascination for me were the images of my grandparents on their trips to New York City in the 1950s. There, in crisp black and white, was my grandfather, suited to the nines with fuller, curlier hair than I had ever known. And right beside him, my grandmother, in slinky dresses, long beaded necklaces, bangle bracelets, the highest of heels—and 7 0 Q U EST

always a cigarette in hand. They’d be laughing, dancing, leaning into the table to take a break from the seemingly boundless entertainment that was going on around them. They were in the supper clubs of the 1950s, and they were having a ball. I had always imagined that that would be part of my grown-up life, too, but, after more than ten years of becoming acquainted with the best of New York nightlife, I’ve hardly come close to experiencing that ’50s-style fabulousness myself. I’ve experienced severely grown-up and very formal Manhattan dining, and I’ve been to nightclubs and cabaret shows, but

nothing’s ever felt quite like those moments I’d glimpsed and imagined in my grandparents’ albums—the simultaneous and rambunctious eating, dancing, and good times being had by all, with a band and singer crooning in the background. This year, that void in New York nightlife might just be filled by introduction of The Darby. Located at 244 West 14th Street, in the space formerly occupied by heavy-hitter Nell’s, The Darby pays homage to the glamour, charm, and exuberance of a bygone era. The restaurant, bathed in appetite-inducing shades of cranberry and crimson—with a nickel-plated “Diagrid cage” hovering off the ceilings and walls like giant netted jewelry thrown across the room—offers a mix of both retro and forward-thinking gastronomic offerings paired with interactive live performances. Restaurateurs Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva (of the Butter Group), along with Ronnie Madra, have brought on Alex Guarnaschelli as executive chef. Together, they serve up a swanky appeal with live background beats to boot. Each night, the six-piece house band and the mistress of ceremonies, Lady Rizo (outfitted in the latest dresses from fashion force Marchesa), perform a range of eclectic music, from show

tunes and soul to jazz, modern pop, and ’80s old-school. And the crowd can’t be beat; celebrities and titans of all industries mingle with artists and everyday New Yorkers alike. The Darby is the kind of place where cocktails are taken seriously (like the Nucky Thompson, a mix of Glenmorangie Single Malt, sweet vermouth, orange juice, cherry juice, and chai bitters), where the raw bar is given serious weight, and where nostalgic dishes (Waldorf Salad, Oysters Rockefeller, Lobster Newburg) commingle with more contemporary ones (rack of lamb with caponata, chilled kale with lemon, a pizza with mushrooms and Brussels sprouts). All the while, Lady Rizo belts out Lady Gaga covers before transitioning back to standards like “Quando, Quando, Quando.” It’s the kind of place where you think that Old Blue Eyes himself might make an appearance at the mic, then suddenly wonder when Beyoncé might get up for a little diddy. Oh, or—as was witnessed on a recent evening—the kind of place where Prince would plop down next to you to take in a few acts, order a salad, then slip out just as inconspicuously as he’d arrived. And that’s what The Darby might be all about. u The dinner and cocktail menus for The Darby (with a suggestion of whom you might spot there, and what they might be having).

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Fresh Finds b y d a n i e l c a p p e l l o AND elizabeth meigher

for our annual wedding issue, we’ve combed the market for the greatest dresses, tuxes, rings, and accessories for the bride and groom, not to mention some wonderful wedding presents. Even if marriage isn’t on your calendar this month, Valentine’s Day definitely should be, so we’ve also included some perfect finds for your valentine. So, be generous, and share your love. The light pink satin clutch by Chanel is ethereal and ephemeral enough for any special day, including your wedding day. $1,500. Chanel: Chanel boutiques or 800.550.0005.

She’s sure to say, “I do!” if you propose with the Tiffany Bezet diamond ring

You’ll turn heads walking down

with pavé diamond setting in platinum. $441,000. Tiffany & Co.: 800.843.3269

the aisle in J.Crew’s elegant Cascade gown. $2,500. J.Crew:


J.Crew Bridal Boutique, 769 Madison Avenue,

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Vanessa Noel heels, like the Wave shoe, add lift and panache to any ensemble. $680. Vanessa Noel: 158 East 64th Street or 212.906.0055.

Shower her with flowers from H. BLOOM, the first online, subscription-based boutique floral service. The Valentine’s Collection starts at $245 for four bouquets. H.BLOOM: 72 QUEST

From the traditional to the contemporary, Star Talent Inc. represents ten elegant and fun dance bands who’ve performed for the nuptials of Catherine Zeta-Jones and for Paul McCartney. New York, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, and beyond. 212.541.3770 or

Grooms reaching

for gold won’t be disappointed with the selection of Wempe’s cufflinks in gold-and-onyx or solid 18-kt. gold (yellow or rose). $1,125 to $2,185. Wempe: 700 Fifth Avenue, After popping the

212.397.9000, or

question, pop open a bottle of Marchesi Antinori’s Montenisa Rosé, a bubbly pinot nero that’s new to the U.S. Montenisa: $43. At

Be on time for the big day with the Roberto Cavalli Timewear Anniversary. $300. Roberto Cavalli: Available at Grooms look best in Ralph Lauren Purple

Label: formal Drake shawl-collar tuxedo ($5,295), pleated dress shirt ($595), and grosgrain bowtie ($125). Ralph Lauren: Select Ralph Lauren stores.

For your wedding day, slip on Barker Black’s utterly stylish Beaton Formal Pump in black calf. $925. Barker Black Ltd.: 198-B Elizabeth Street, 212.966.2166.

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Spread the love with Asprey’s caviar spoon and caviar spreader in sterling silver and mother of pearl; they make the perfect

Add life to your outfit with the ’Til

wedding gift. $210 each.

the Bubbly Runs Out necklace in

Asprey: 853 Madison Avenue

polished howlite, gilt Indian brass,

or 212.688.1811.

and vintage faux pearl with gold vermeil leaf hook. $278. Elva Fields: Available at

Kenneth Jay Lane’s Gold Leaf Stretch bracelet in curved resin comes in gold leaf with strokes of black in an easy stretch design. $200. Kenneth Jay Lane: Available at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue.

Montblanc’s stunning new range of Malaysian python products includes the Meisterstück Atelier Python Medium Notepad, with a soft dark-brown lambskin interior. $970. Montblanc: 598 Madison Avenue or 212.223.8888.

Be pretty in pink in Dennis Basso’s vertical pink sparkle mink bolero ($4,500), pink chiffon tank ($850), and pink nylon embroidered skirt ($5,500). Dennis Basso: 765 Madison Avenue, 212.564.9560.

Perfect for travel: the Clos-ette Too for House of Lavande jewelry case. $65. Available at House of Lavande, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, #332, Palm Beach, 561.802.3737. 74 Q U E S T

Rolex’s Oyster

Celebrate an anniversary or make

Perpetual Day-Date

this Valentine’s Day

36-mm., 18-kt.

special with Harry Winston’s

pink gold timepiece

25.5-ct. mandarin garnet,

with domed bezel

spinel, and diamond

and President

ring. Harry Winston:

bracelet is the

800.988.4110 or

perfect gift

of love. $28,900. Rolex: 800.36.ROLEX or

Be sure to scoop up Alexandra Lind’s gold raffia and beige scallop cocktail dress. $2,500. Alexandra Lind for Fiandaca: Available at Fiandaca, 351 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, and Jamie, 4317 Harding Road, Nashville.

Rest on love with Lisa Perry’s stylish Love Pillow, an expressive gift for Valentine’s Day. $75. Lisa Perry: 976 Madison, 212.334.1956.

Be inspired by Valentine’s Day and re-paper your walls in New Delft in Red, from Sherle Wagner (27” wide, 23 1/2” straight repeat). Sherle Wagner: 212.758.3300 or

Pamper your valentine with sustainable American caviars like Yukon Gold Salmon ($48) and American Sturgeon ($26.99). The LIttle Pearl: Available at


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Ta m m i e K i m u r a

founder of I-Grace.

s e rv i c e “Advisor,” “confidante,” “counselor,” “resource”—

these are the words that came to mind after a recent conversation with David Cohen, founder of the I-Grace Company. It is unlikely that the words “construction” or “contractor” would come up, although this is precisely where David’s— and his firm’s—expertise lies. David’s entrée into the world of construction began while watching his father renovate their townhouse in Brooklyn and, a few years later, a home in Connecticut. “My father used to say, ‘Ninety-nine percent of being a successful contractor is just showing up.’ That is a pretty low bar,” he says. “I-Grace is about extraordinary relationships with our clients, and about exceeding expectations. In the end, we are a service business.” David founded the company when he was twenty-seven years old at the urging of clients who had experienced his hands-on, highly personalized, and creative approach. He believed there was a gap in the relationship between contractors, architects, and owners, and as a student of European History, he was intrigued by the Renaissance tradition of the patron-builder relationship. He wanted to create a firm that built “commissioned private residences.” “No man wants to wear another man’s suit,” he says. “This is a bespoke business where solutions are customtailored to each client and his or her particular goals.” David believed he could offer something unique: “gentlemen builders,” with whiteglove treatment at every level. It is this mandate that leads I-Grace to work with some of the most prominent individuals in the world. In the late 1980s, David set out with these ideas and found that creative solutions came naturally to him. “There were perennial construction projects—every building had multiple projects—and these sterling co-op buildings began forcing owners to finish their projects on a ‘summer-schedule.’” What other companies said could not be done, David and I-Grace did: complex, large-scale renovations on an accelerated schedule. Never allowing quality to suffer, David adapted artisan level finishes to the rigors of schedule-driven projects. His whatever-it-takes approach and personal involvement led clients to lean on I-Grace for an increasing number of services. I-Grace has grown into a company with national and international reach. “The growth of the firm was truly organic,” David says. “As clients asked for more, I-Grace found a way to provide a bundled set of services.” The firm now provides a range of offerings from advisory services and strategic analysis to design facilitation and even 24-7 emergency response for any household maintenance need. “Our goal is to ‘fail-safe’ a

project by making sure we can take over almost any scope of work,” David says. “We need to be nimble, while maintaining a real depth of resources.” But even as the firm has grown, the core principles that David set out with are very much in tact. David readily admits that he is “wired as a pleaser.” He prefers a collaborative environment and sees clients as partners. “I love when the client helps break the code, when they inspire and empower you—when they challenge you.” David’s goal is to act as an advisor and to take a deep interest in the client, remaining involved at every stage of a project and relationship. He believes firmly in craftsmanship and technology, but it is in service that David excels: “Do you pick up your neighbor’s mail when you see it on his doorstep? Do you put the piece of paper lying in the stairwell in the trash, or just step over it? Providing service is not simply a matter of saying ‘yes’ all the time. Clients don’t want to be ‘managed,’ they want good information from industry experts. Our goal is to serve the relationship.” I-Grace focuses on providing a transparent framework in which clients can make informed decisions. “I would never presume to tell someone what value means to them, or what their project should look like. But I will try to give good counsel, and if I don’t immediately know how to do something, I will make sure I find someone who does— we have an extraordinary team of professionals. We see things through. We believe in the alignment of interests, and our model turns on the principle of financial alignment. I am not interested in telling someone what I think they want to hear. The relationship must start and end with truth.” I-Grace takes an advocacy role with its clients, providing analysis, presenting scenarios, and bringing clarity to the complex and often daunting process of purchasing, building, or managing a high-end residence. David sees his firm as bearing a deep fiduciary responsibility to its clients. “People who operate in a certain rarified world are used to people telling them what they want to hear. That is not what we do. We are a thinking organization, offering expertise, unafraid of challenging assumptions or stimulating new ideas. “In the end, we believe you have to build great teams in order to build great projects. When I think about our greatest success stories, what I’m most proud of is not the extraordinary projects we’ve built, but the people I have had the good fortune of working with over the years.” u

“No man wants to wear another man’s suit. This is a bespoke business where solutions are custom-tailored to each client and his or her particular goals.”

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j e w e l ry

This page: Jewelry designer Ashley Mendel Fox in her apartment. Opposite, clockwise from top: earrings for the maid of honor; wood cuff for the honeymoon; engagement rings; cuffs for the groom, all Fox’s designs.

the perfect ring photographed by mimi ritzen crawford written by georgina schaeffer

if you ask ashley mendel fox how she started designing jewelry, she will tell you it began with her bead box at the age of three. Now pregnant with twins and an associate with Camilla Bergeron, designing custom engagement rings and bridal jewelry for a growing number of clients, Fox has come a long way. Working predominantly with the groom-to-be, the design process begins with an initial conversation, after which Fox will call in several stones. “There are several types of grooms: there are grooms who know exactly what they want, there are grooms that know exactly what she wants, and then there are grooms who let me take the reins to figure out what they want.” Once the stone is selected, Fox creates a one-of-a-kind ring that plays with different elements and textures. “The wonderful thing about a custom-designed ring is that it allows you to take the time to create something unique and introduce personal elements into the design that represent the personality of the

bride-to-be. Diamonds have a personality all their own, but designing the mounting is where the fun truly begins. You add personal touches that set a ring apart from the rest.” Fox also consults and designs on all jewelry needed for the big day: cufflinks for the groom or his groomsmen; wood cuffs to take on the honeymoon; earrings for the bride, the mother of the bride, the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, and more. But it’s the engagement process the Fox really enjoys: “You are allowed to become a part of a very intimate moment. You’re let in on all of the secret details of the proposal, which is quite a privilege. I have clients that will send me an email the night they have gotten engaged, often times with pictures of them and then the ring. I spend a lot of time with my clients, and going through that process I have a genuine excitement for them. When you are a part of the anticipation and the secrecy, and help create a piece that she will wear forever, that is really quite special.” u

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For sixty years, Ginnel has carved out a unique niche in northern Westchester real estate, making it a top firm with listings located within a one-hour commute to Manhattan. With a distinct approach to providing exceptional service for a limited number of listings, every property is managed not only by an agent, but with the marketing director and president, Dan Ginnel. In a unique round-up, here are a just a few of Ginnel’s notable properties available now. Never offered before, Wildflower Farm in North Salem features fifty acres of countryside. The home, which is more than 7,000 square feet, is situated to take advantage of water views. In Waccabuc, another Ginnel listing features a Colonial-style home set high 8 0 Q U EST

on a hilltop. This 7,500-square-foot home also has water views with ten acres on the Waccabuc River. In the town of Pound Ridge, two notable listings include a stunning modern estate designed by Vuko Tashkovitch, built in 1997. With more than 7,000 square feet, the home incorporates achitecturally distinctive features with dramatic detailing. For the more traditionally minded, The Lockwood Homestead, also in Pound Ridge, is listed with Ginnel as well. This circa-1787 restored Antique Colonial is set on two picturebook acres of mature trees and beautiful gardens. Over in Katonah, there are two historic properties. The first, The Phineas Barrett Homestead features an eighteenth-century Colonial Farm House with period

details and a rocking-chair porch. Right on the Bedford Riding Trails, the property also has its own barn. Also unique, “The Belfry” is being offered for the first time since the 1930s. The Manor House is a classic Tudor Revival situated on a hilltop on the sixteen-acre property. Finally, Cassiobury, a handsome Wisteria-covered brick Georgian Manor and Gatehouse, is located on the Beaver Dam River in Bedford. The estate was built for interior designer Harriet Hooper in 1927 and named for the Hertfordshire England estate, Cassiobury Park, which was dismantled and the details incorporated into the design of Cassiobury. u For more information on Ginnel, please call 914.234.9234 or visit

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Current properties listed with Ginnel Real Estate. This page, clockwise from top left: a hilltop home in Waccabuc; the Phineas Barrett Homestead in Katonah; a modern estate in Pound Ridge; The Lockwood Homestead, also in Pound Ridge; “Cassiobury” in Bedford; “The Belfry,” also in Katonah; Opposite: a view to the water at Wildflower Farm in North Salem.

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Money Matters brandon reid, CFA

Managing Director and Senior Resident Officer Bessemer Trust, Palm Beach

the two-year extension of the 2010 tax rates The two-year extension of the 2010 tax rates for all income levels brought welcome clarity to the new year. This summary focuses on the income tax provisions that are most likely to affect Bessemer clients and their families. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 includes important provisions: Income Tax. The new legislation provides a two-year extension of 2009 income-tax rates for all taxpayers, regardless of income level. As such, the top marginal rate on ordinary income will remain 35%; long-term capital gains and qualified dividends will retain atop rate of 15%. Had the Bush-era tax cuts expired as scheduled at the end of 2010, the top marginal tax rate on ordinary income would have increased from 35% to 39.6%, and the top rate on long-term capital gains would have jumped from 15% to 20% (an increase of more than 33%). Equity investors are happy to see that dividends will continue to be taxed at 15%, instead of the previously scheduled 39.6% (an increase of 164%). Stealth Tax. Itemized deductions, such as mortgage interest, property taxes, state income taxes, and charitable contributions, have long been a lynchpin of our 82 QUEST

income-tax system and a means to limit taxable income. Yet over the past two decades, these deductions have been limited or “phased out” for higher-income taxpayers, thereby creating a “stealthtax”—higher tax liability without an actual increase in tax rates. This provision, which can disallow up to 80% of otherwise allowable itemized deductions, was fully repealed for 2010 but set to return in 2011. Fortunately, the new legislation extends the repeal of this provision through 2012. For many higher-income taxpayers, this can greatly increase the value of itemized deductions such as charitable contributions. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Although the legislationincluded a “patch” to save millions of middle-income taxpayers from an unexpected AMT liability, unfortunately many Bessemer clients will still be subject to this additional tax. However, tax projections and planning can help to minimize its bite. Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs). From 2006 through 2009, taxpayers aged 70 and a half or older could contribute up to $100,000 annually to qualified charities directly from their IRA and apply this toward their required minimum distribution amount. The new

legislation extends this beneficial treatment to distributions made in 2010 and 2011. Since this provision is retroactive to January 1, 2010, QCDs made earlier in the year will qualify. Because the extension of QCD treatment for 2010 was not finalized until December 17, a special rule was added to allow taxpayers more time to take advantage of this beneficial provision. For one month only, eligible taxpayers will be able to treat QCDs made in January 2011 as if they were made in 2010. Under this special rule, taxpayers may obtain QCD treatment up to $200,000 in 2011 if they contribute $100,000 in January of this year. On the Horizon. And lest we forget, there will be a new tax in 2013. This socalled “Medicare tax” was included as a funding provision for the major healthcare legislation passed last year. For higher-income taxpayers, this adds an extra 3.8% tax to passive income such as interest, dividends, and capital gains. If no intervening tax legislation is passed, the tax rates will not only revert to their levels before the Bush tax cuts, but will also increase an additional 3.8% because of the Medicare tax. The potential percentage rate increases are indeed daunting with top regular income tax rates reaching 43.4% and long-term capital gains 23.8%. The rate on dividends will nearly triple in 2013. While the fog of uncertainty has been lifted for now, it is sure to return to the national forefront as we move closer to 2012 elections. Deficit reduction and tax reform are likely to be prominent issues for the new Congress and the President. In the short term, we are thankful for greater certainty on the tax front. For more information, call 561.835.8305 or visit

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Money Matters Peter E. Tony Guernsey, Jr. Chief Client Officer, Wilmington Trust FSB

Carol G. Kroch, ESQ.

Managing Director, Chartitable Trusts and Head of Wealth and Financial Planning, Wilmington Trust Company

The Gst tax exemption act THE TAX RELIEF Unemployment million free of gift and GST tax, while it still meets your goals as the exempInsurance Reauthorization, and Job married couples may transfer up to $10 tion amounts change. Many estate plans Creation Act of 2010, passed in mid- million free of gift and GST tax. Using the provide for trusts to be funded at death December, gives taxpayers at all income increased exemption to fund a trust, for under a formula using the maximum levels significant tax relief for the next example a Delaware perpetual trust, or amount that is free from the estate or few years. The act extends the so-called “Dynasty Trust,” is a great way to benefit GST tax. Such trusts would be funded “Bush-era tax cuts” enacted in 2001 and future generations. However, it’s impor- at $5 million in 2011, but at $1 million 2003 for virtually all taxes, so that signifi- tant to note that all changes are scheduled (or approximately $1.4 million, if a GST cant income, capital gains, and estate-tax to expire on December 31, 2012. In 2013, exempt trust) in 2013, unless Congress increases scheduled to go in to effect on if Congress does not act, the exemptions takes further action before then. Neither will drop to $1 million (indexed for infla- amount may suit an individual’s goal for January 1, 2011 will not take effect. Perhaps the biggest gift to high-net- tion in the case of the GST tax only), and his or her family. In our view, estate planning should worth taxpayers, however, is the new gen- the highest rate will increase to 55% for erous estate, gift, and generation-skipping all three taxes. In that event, some, but not rely on the portability of a deceased transfer (GST) tax exemptions of $5 mil- not all, of the benefits of the gift might spouse’s unused exemption. Not only is it difficult to be assured of full use lion and maximum rate of 35% effective be eliminated. It is also important to review your of the unused exemption, but it is also through 2012. In addition, a variety of expiring provisions, impacting personal existing estate plan to make sure that scheduled to expire at the end of 2012. Through careful estate and business income-tax planning by the first-todeductions and credits, individual income and estate taxes die spouse, for example, were extended, effecWhere are we now, where are we headed? by establishing a credit tive in most cases for 2013 2011 and 2012 2010 shelter trust, apprecia2010 and 2011. None 55%* 35% 35% estate tax Estate and tion earned after the first of the actions Congress $1,000,000 $5,000,000 0% GST generation skipping spouse’s death will be took is permanent, so GST indexed Starting in 2012, $5,000,000 transfer (GST) tax for inflation indexed for May elect repeal of sheltered from the estate long-term income and (highest rate and inflation from 2010 estate tax only exemption) tax, which would not be estate-tax planning will the case if the estate plan still be challenging. But 55%* 35% 35% Gift tax (highest $1,000,000 $5,000,000 $1,000,000 rate and exemption) instead relied upon the for the short-term, there Starting in 2012, portability rule. is much good news for indexed for inflation from 2010 Additional Changes. taxpayers. Several items of signifiEstate and Gift Fair market value Fair market value Fair Market Value Basis of inherited If repeal elected, cant interest to highPlanning. The act presassets modified carryover net-worth individuals ents enormous opporbasis are the extension of the tunities for high-netNo Yes No Portability of estate IRA charitable rollover, worth families to transand gift tax deductions for state fer wealth in 2011 and and local sales taxes, 2012. Single individuals *A 5% surtax will apply to estates and gifts of $10,000,000 to approximately $17,000,000. enhanced deductions ©2011 Wilmington Trust Corporation. All rights reserved. may transfer up to $5 84 QUEST

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for donations of conservation easements, the extension of bonus depreciation, and the extension of a variety of tax relief provisions for businesses. The act also provides a “patch” for 2011 for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), bringing the exemption roughly to 2009 levels, so that approximately 21 million additional taxpayers will not become subject to the AMT for 2011. The act is seventy-four pages, and we are only summarizing those provisions we find most relevant. It would be prudent to speak to your attorney and other advisors about all of the provisions of the act that may affect your personal situation. For more information, call 212.415.0510 or email

every year brings new changes to the tax code, and 2011 is no different. As taxpayers begin gathering information in preparation to file 2010 tax returns, it is a good time to review important changes to the 2011 tax code and consider the impact of the tax reforms enacted by Congress last December. Income-Tax Rates. Although income tax rates for 2011 remain the same as 2010, the brackets are slightly higher due to inflation adjustments. Capital Gains Taxes. Tax rates on both qualified dividends and long-term capital gains will remain the same through year-end 2012. For taxpayers in the 15% income tax bracket or below, the rate is zero. For taxpayers in the 25% tax bracket or above, the rate is 15%. Payroll Taxes. For 2011, there is a temporary two-percentage-point reduction in the employee’s share of Social Security taxes, which may result in a maximum savings of $2,136 per worker. Estate and gift taxes. For 2011 and 2012, the top estate-tax rate has been reduced to 35% and the exemption for estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes has been increased to $5 million. The annual exclusion for tax-free gifts remains $13,000. Gifts of tuition and medical

Allen Laster and William A. Dulin in the I.R.S.’s mailing room on January 5, 1939.

L. Scott Merritt

Director of Investments for PNC Wealth Management in Florida

Tax considerations as you prepare your 2010 return expenses remain exempt from tax. Cost-Basis Reporting. Starting in 2011, brokers are required to report cost basis to the IRS when assets are sold. For 2011, these requirements apply to equity and REIT sales. After 2011, the reporting requirements will also apply to bonds, options, ETFs, and mutual funds. IRA Conversion. The income limit for Roth IRA conversions has been removed permanently. Starting in 2011, any taxpayer may convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, but may no longer defer paying tax on the conversion to future tax years. Alternative Minimum Tax. For 2011, the AMT exemption is $47,450 for single filers and $74,450 for married couples.

These exemption amounts expire at the end of 2011. Considerations. The majority of the tax reform enacted last year is temporary. At the end of 2012, taxpayers may face the same uncertainty they faced at the end of 2010. It is important to consult with your accountant, investment advisor, and estate planner before making any changes that will impact your tax situation, your investment portfolio, or your estate plan. At PNC, we work closely with you and your local tax advisors to make wellthough out tax and investment decisions. For more information, call 888.762.6226 or visit F E B R U ARY 2 0 1 1 8 5

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Money Matters jonathan h.f. crystal Executive Vice President Frank Crystal & Co.

selecting a team of advisors to safeguard for the future As a teenager one of my favorite movies was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, director John Hughes’s epic story of a highschool senior’s last day of playing hooky. Recently, I ran across Matthew Broderick at an Upper West Side park. Broderick, who played the movie’s lead character, was throwing a baseball with his children. Grayer around the ears but clearly enjoying the time with his family, seeing Broderick gave me pause: When did Ferrris Bueller grow up? For that matter, when exactly did I grow up? At some point between my first job and my third child, and certainly before my first gray hair, I managed to assume

the unmistakable mantle of adulthood. Paying taxes, making investments, and preparing a will, were just a few of the “grown-up” duties that I spent the first

of my mentors taught me that “how” you spend your time and money should be guided by “what” you want to accomplish with them. Whether your goal is to purchase a new home, expand a personal collection, endow a scholarship, or lower your golf handicap, you won’t achieve that goal if your personal and financial plans aren’t aligned. One of my favorite Ferris quotes takes place when he hops into his friend’s vintage Ferrari and says to his girlfriend, “The question isn’t ‘what are we going to do,’ the question is ‘what aren’t we going to do?’” Let other people worry. Ferris’s friend, Cameron, spends the entire movie worrying about what “might happen.” Like Ferris, I prefer to let others do the worry-

“Like Ferris Bueller, I prefer to let others do the worrying for me.” part of my life trying to avoid. But, along the way, I also managed to keep in mind a few lessons from Ferris Bueller: Figure out where you want to go. One

The Commodities Board, including Chicago’s Mercantile Exchange, from Ferris Bueller’s hometown.

ing for me. Select a team of advisors—an attorney, accountant, financial advisor, and insurance broker—who understand your needs and where you want to go. The best advisors not only help you reach your goals, but also help you avoid the pitfalls that can keep you from realizing them. Make provisions for the unexpected. It is easier to sleep well at night when you take steps to protect yourself and your family. Have adequate life and disability insurance in place in the event that you become ill, incapacitated, or die prematurely. Take precautions to protect your health and security, particularly when traveling abroad. Purchase appropriate home and liability insurance to protect your most valuable assets—especially that vintage Ferrari, if you have one. As Ferris Bueller says at the end of the movie, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” For more information, call 212.344.2444 or visit


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Q: Does asset allocation still work given the experience of the recent economic downturn and stock market decline? A: Many investors argue that the recent downturn in the equity markets has reduced the effectiveness and importance of proper asset allocation. We strongly believe that the 2008 downturn highlighted the need for proper asset allocation. During periods of prosperity investors typically flock to those assets where the potential for return is the greatest. However, often it is those same assets that tend to perform the worst during economic downturns. If we learned anything in 2008, it was the need to address and manage both systematic and non-systematic risk in investment portfolios. Non-systematic risk, which is the risk from an individual security, can be reduced through proper diversification. Systematic risk, which is the risk inherent in the entire market, can not be reduced with diversification. However, the proper allocation of assets across equities, fixedincome securities, and cash equivalents, can greatly reduce the risk of each of those markets individually. We would remind investors that assets with higher returns potentially carry higher levels of volatility. Historically, asset classes such as equities and real estate have carried the highest levels of volatility, while cash and fixed-income assets, such as government, corporate, and municipal bonds, possess lower levels of volatility. While proper equity selection and diversification can reduce portfolio volatility, financial meltdowns can highlight the fact that the strong are taken down with the weak. Investors who were able to move outside the equity markets and into fixed income assets in 2008 were rewarded with greatly reduced levels of volatility. The S&P 500 Index was down 37% while the Lehman Aggregate Bond Index was up 5.24%, so a portfolio that was balanced between stocks and bonds would have been down about 15%. Most properly diversified portfolios contain certain levels of cash, fixed income, and equity investments, which can be determined on an individual basis by performing a risk assessment.

Wall Street, looking east from Nassau Street, circa 1911.

ROGER bedore Senior Vice President US Private Banking Division IDB Bank

considerations for asset allocation in today’s market Q: What importance does individual risk assessment play in determining the proper asset allocation and how often should this be performed? A: When introduced to a new client, our portfolio managers go to great length listening to risk and return objectives. The best way for investors to understand these objectives is to complete a risk assessment annually. This should force an individual analysis and discussion of time horizon, volatility, investment return and acceptable investments. This process, once completed, generally indicates the best asset allocation that would meet the individual needs of the investor. We have built a proprietary risk assessment that scores investors according to answers provided on several questions. Once we quantify an investor’s tolerance for risk we choose the proper investment strategy that has the appropriate allocations to cash, fixed income, or equity investments that we

expect will meet the client’s needs. Q: How often should investors re-balance their investment portfolios? A: Portfolio re-balancing is a technique that’s often used to lock-in profits or realign portfolio structure with investment goals. The frequency by which investors should re-balance depends on the objective. Generally, the more aggressive portfolios (equity exposure greater than 60%) should re-balance three to four times a year. Conservative to moderate accounts should re-balance no more than twice annually. Some investors re-balance accounts too often and try to time financial market activity, not allowing a theme or fundamental value to be realized. Asset allocators tend to outperform market timers over the long term. u For more information, call 212.551.8570 or visit F E B R U ARY 2 0 1 1



a very happy birthday

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this year marks the one-hundredth birthday of Palm Beach. As might be expected from the storied community, a centennial celebration for the town is in full gear, with events planned through the month of April. The kick-off event for the festivities was held on December 28th at Wally Findlay Galleries on Worth Avenue. Findlay Galleries, which has four locations (including New York and Los Angeles), is also celebrating an anniversary—fifty years on Worth Avenue. To honor these landmark events, guest curator Barbara S. Harbach and Wally Findlay chairman and CEO James R. Borynack collaborated to produce a special photography exhibit, “Famous Faces: 100 Years of Collectors” to honor the Palm Beach Centennial Commission ambassadors and chairmen (the Centennial Gala will take place on

April 16th at the Breakers). This photography show also sets the stage for Wally Findlay’s major exhibit opening this March entitled “100 Years, 100 Collectors,” which will include more than a hundred works of art owned by Palm Beachers over the last century. It promises to be an eclectic collection, again a collaboration between Harbach and Borynack, with Harbach continuing as guest curator. Hundreds of black-and-white photographs shot by Wally Findlay and other society photographers line the walls, providing a visual journey into the town’s history via the faces of some of Palm Beach’s greatest philanthropists and collectors. “We were amazed by the history of ‘Famous Faces’ in our archives and then realized the gallery continues to work

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This page: Views from Wally Findlay’s “Famous Faces.” Top row: Cordelia Biddle Robertson; Nancy and Bill Rollnick; Rita Stein; Sally and Bill Soter; Bill and Jane Told; Dennis and Annabel Coleman; Second Row: Kit and Bill Pannill; Jean Tailer; Ambassador Francis Kellogg; Martin and Audrey Gruss; Sue Whitmore; Wilbur and Hilary Geary Ross; Third Row: Curtis and Puddin DeWitt; Ali and Bill Hanley; Mollie Wilmot; Morty and Rose Sachs; Eugenia Sheppard and Earl Blackwell; Frances Scaife and Tom McCarter; Co-curator Barbara Harbach with her husband, Billy. Opposite: a view of the gallery during the exhibition with a 1960s photography of Wally Findlay with Mary Sanford and Rose Kennedy in the center.

with these same names—only now their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren,” says Borynack. More than three hundred Palm Beachers were in attendance on opening night at the gallery, coming face to face with photos of themselves and family and friends throughout history. When viewed as a collection, each individual photograph becomes a part of the unique and enduring narrative of Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach, and history of art collecting in this resort community. Each of the photos was taken at Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach over the last fifty years, beginning with a 1962 photograph of Wally Findlay flanked by Mary Sanford and

Rose Kennedy from Findlay’s own private archive. The collection also jumps into the future, with a photograph of Stephanie Borynack Clark, Wally Findlay’s New York gallery director, with her dog Lucy (who happened to be featured in Quest’s Palm Beach issue last year). Today, Palm Beach continues its celebration of its inhabitants, history, and future. u For more information about Wally Findlay Galleries, please call 561.655.2090 or visit For more information about the Palm Beach Centennial, please visit F E B R U ARY 2 0 1 1 8 9


Time flies when you’re having fun President of Wempe Jewelers, Ruediger Albers, takes an amazing journey with select clients, beginning with a watchmaker course in Schaffhausen and ending with a race in the snow-covered tracks of Sweden. Wempe Jewelers Fifth Avenue’s premier watch retailer, invited a small group of watch and car enthusiasts on a trip to Europe for a “time”-of-their-lives experience. The group began with a visit to the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva where esteemed watch manufacturers introduce their latest creations. Then it was on to a watchmaking course at the IWC factory in Schaffhausen. But the trip didn’t stop there. The nine guests ventured

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on to Sweden to hone their driving skills in Mercedes vehicles at the AMG Driving Academy while testing their own timepieces’ performance under extreme conditions. Team Wempe faced snow, ice, G-forces, and their watches sustained plenty of shocks during a morning snowmobile tour. “The group walked away with an even higher appreciation for the art of watchmaking and for being a loyal Wempe client,” says Ruediger Albers, president of Wempe U.S. u

This page, clockwise from top left: customers’ timepieces withstanding cold temperatures; Team Wempe at the AMG driving academy; sunset; the IWC watchmaking class; drifting at 45 m.p.h.; stuck in the snow. Center: the ceramic Wempe Chronograph. Opposite:

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Wempe clients keeping it cool.

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industry insiders John O. Pickett, III, president of Barrett Welles Property Group.

In this edition of “Industry Insiders,�

Quest sits down with John O. Pickett, III, president and founder of Barrett Welles Property Group. As the most recent addition to the Palm Beach realestate scene, the company has a unique point of view in approaching business in this traditional resort community. As the new firm in town, what specific advantages are you bringing to potential

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buyers and sellers? As in any business, but perhaps most so in real estate, relationships and contacts are paramount. All of our associates have a lifetime of experience of living in the Palm Beach market. So, not only are they experts on the housing market, but there is probably a good chance that they know the owners personally. This is a great formula for getting listings and helping buyers with local knowledge.

You then combine that with the fact that all of our associates have varied and wide-ranging contacts and friendships, both business and personal, with the forty- to sixty-five-year-old demographic in places such as New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. These are the buyers in Palm Beach. One of our agents recently went into an open house at a beautiful, really special property and made five phone calls right from the living room, to

customers saying she had found a great house for them. That type of ability is invaluable to sellers. How does today’s market in Palm Beach compare to what it was two years ago? It’s night and day. First and foremost, there is substantial price stability in the market right now, which wasn’t the case in 2008 and 2009. In those two years, every property was constantly being repriced in the market, and buyers were understandably skittish about committing to anything. We have reached a price level where there is great velocity in the market, and buyers are taking advantage of the price changes. Who should be buying now? And what should they be looking for in a broker and a brokerage firm? Patience has indeed been a virtue for buyers over the last two or three years, but I would caution buyers not to press their luck on prices too much longer. As I said, there is substantial velocity on

Barrett Welles Property Group recently represented the buyer of 210 Via Del Mar in Palm Beach.

competitive on price. I can’t tell you how many houses are now listed at prices that are below what buyers were willing to pay two years ago and that the sellers scoffed at then. Everyone knows the market has come down consider-

“One of the things we stress first and foremost at Barrett Welles is personal service. I think a lot of that got lost in the bull market in Florida from 2000 to 2006, and it never returned. As a new company, we don’t have that complacency.” the marketplace right now. Palm Beach has never been more affordable, and the last thing you want to do is waste all that patience by then missing an opportunity. In terms of what to look for, one of the things we stress at Barrett Welles is personal service. I think some of that got lost in the bull market in Florida from 2000 to 2006, and it never returned. As a new company, we don’t have that complacency and are able to make that commitment. What advice do you have for anyone selling right now? Be aware of the marketplace and be

ably over the last four years, but there is a tendency among sellers to think that the new pricing applies to every house except theirs. I certainly understand and am sympathetic with the emotion, but it can be a big obstacle to selling. Is this a good time to be investing in renovations or updates? What types of would you recommend? This goes back to being competitive in the marketplace and it is a question that needs to be answered on a case-by-case basis. Our associates can help you make that determination. Generally speaking, however, there is almost no renovation or update that you can make that will

pay off dollar for dollar. Your house, however, does have to be competitive with the amenities other similar houses on the market have to offer, and that is why it a case-by-case situation. What neighborhoods and areas of Palm Beach are performing best in this market? Do you expect that to change or continue? A: The re-pricing of the marketplace over the last two years has been across the board. Palm Beach has a worldwide appeal as a place to live or own a home, so the performance over the last year has been consistent at every price point. I expect that to continue. What do you see happening over the next twelve months? Buyers have begun eating into the island’s inventory over the last year and I expect that to continue as well. As the number of available homes becomes fewer and fewer, I expect there to be a modest uptick in prices, or at least more competition at particular prices. Like I said, Palm Beach has never been more affordable, and I think those who haven’t already realized that, will do so this year. u For more information, call 561.899.2400 or see

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Love, Honor, Cherish By Georgina Schaeffer

Julia Halberstam & James Ryan Harvey

This page: The Nashville-based couple was married at

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the ceremony; the reception was held at the Central Park


during the toasts; guests make a friend at the seal tank.



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Central Presbyterian in New York. Opposite, clockwise from top left: bridesmaids bustle Julia’s dress from Pronovias; a close family friend walked her down the aisle; Stone Kelley arranged the flowers and The Printery created the invitations and table cards; a high-five after Zoo with a Southern-fare menu; the bride and groom

Maggie Katz & Reed Cordish Baltimore, Maryland j October 9, 2010 Photographed

by Izola


This page: The couple comes down the aisle after the ceremony. Opposite, clockwise from top left: the couple before the wedding; the cake; Maggie and Reed were married on the site of where they will build their future home together; the couple during the wedding toasts at the reception; wearing Vera Wang, the bride kisses her groom; the vows; Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who introduced the couple and designed Maggie’s ring and bridal shoes.


Daria de Koning & Theo Avgerinos Cape Sounio, Greece j September 5, 2010 Photographed

by Jordan


This page, above: Theo and his groomsmen approach the ceremony; Theo reads a letter from Daria; the Temple Poseidon where Daria always envisioned her wedding. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Daria’s mother buttons her dress, by Jim Hjelm; with her sister, Liska, her niece, and her father; cutting the cake; with the groomsmen; Daria dances with her father, Joep; a kiss on the beach; Dede and Frank Ford with Paul de Koning, right. Center: Mary Colhoun fixes the groom’s bowtie.


Virginia Ryan Jones & Caspar Ouvaroff Newport, Rhode Island j August 28, 2010 Photographed


Kim Fuller

This page: The bride on the dance floor. She wore a dress by Temperly London; Ryan and Caspar share a kiss. Opposite, clockwise from top left: James Coviello designed the bridesmaid dresses; the flower girls take the aisle; Penny, the couple’s Boston Terrier, looks on; Ryan with her mother, Linda Ryan Jones; the reception was held at Ryan’s family home in Newport; eager eyes on the cake; the bride with her father, Dyer Jones, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth; the programs. 104 QUEST

Elizabeth Briggs Jones & Nicholas Coleman Palm Beach, Florida j November 20, 2010 Photographed


Tom Bolinger

This page: The ring bearer. Opposite,clockwise from top left: The bride getting her hair done at Frédéric Fekkai; Nick helps Briggs bustle her dress, by Vera Wang; the bride’s godparents and aunts and uncles climb the lifeguard chair; the reception was held at a private club in Palm Beach; the flowergirl with the bride, who carried a bouquet of orchids; her veil belonged to her grandmother; the couple was married at St. Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach.


Picturing Royalty With the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton taking center stage, this photo essay looks back on how some of the most famous couples started out. By georgina schaeffer

The engagement photograph of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the Council Chamber at St. James’s Palace. Her engagement ring, an 18-carat sapphire, was once worn by Princess Diana. Opposite: Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day at St. Paul’s Cathedral, in 1981. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 1 1 0 9

This page: Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock’s engagement photo. Opposite, clockwise from top left, royal weddings over the years: a portrait of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth; Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain; Princess Grace and her bridal party in Monaco; King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan; Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor; Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.


This page: America’s royal couple, Jack and Jackie Kennedy, on their wedding day, September 12, 1953. The couple was married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Opposite: Princess Victoria of Sweden. She married her longtime boyfriend Daniel Westling in June of 2010, after dating for nine years.

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Bride Beautiful We rounded up tricks of the trade from the city’s top bridal-beauty experts to keep you looking flawless on the one day that all eyes are on you. B y R a c h e l C o rb e t t

perfect palette

“Make a statement, but look like you,” says Upper East Side makeup artist and bridal favorite Kimara Ahnert. “Now is not the time to totally change it up and decide to go smoky on the eyes if you never wear that look; don’t wear wine if you normally wear pink.” In other words, stick to the color palette you normally use. And avoid surprises by scheduling a makeup trial in advance with a reputable makeup artist—“someone who’s not going to bump you for a last-minute celebrity booking,” Ahnert says. To ensure that makeup lasts throughout the day—tears and all—use a primer on the eyelids and spray a seal over your entire face after makeup is applied. “Another reason makeup sometimes doesn’t last is that the skin isn’t well hydrated,” says Alexa Rodulfo, who perfected the weddingday makeup of brides Ivanka Trump and Stephanie LaCava. To moisturize, try applying organic coconut oil—Rodulfo likes EFA Gold—to your face and body the night before. Wake up ready to put your best face forward! j Kimara Ahnert Studio: or 212.452.4252. j Alexa Rodulfo: info@ j EFA Gold: at select health-food and drug stores.

Above: The Kimara Ahnert Studio at 1113 Madison Avenue; eyeshadows from Ahnert’s makeup line. Below: Bette Davis eyes; Trish McEvoy’s Lash Curling Mascara.

the eyes have it

There may be no easier way to amp up the glam-factor than eyelash extensions. The increasingly popular process involves individually gluing false lashes to each natural lash. Get them about three days before the wedding so you can reserve enough time for the appointment—a full set can take up to two hours. “Nothing dresses up a face as much as full, thick lashes,” says makeup artist Trish McEvoy. “A full lash line remarkably defines and draws attention to the eyes.” For brides who find extensions too dramatic, try a curling mascara (preferably waterproof!), like McEvoy’s Lash Curling Mascara. Or, for the perfect in-between look, the Courtney Akai Lash Boutique offers the fabulous new LashDip treatment, a semi-permanent black coat applied to natural lashes or, for maximum effect, to extensions. “LashDip is great for someone who already has nice lashes, and just doesn’t want mascara running on the big day,” Akai says. j Courtney Akai: or 212.867.8469. j Dr. Ronald Sherman/Trish McEvoy Skin Care Center: or 800.431.4306.

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Bride Beautiful

Above: Rita Hazan Salon; Kérastase’s low-foam cleansing

to dye for

It’s your time to shine, but when it comes to hair color, less may be more, says Sally Hershberger colorist Michael Casey. Instead of changing color dramatically, “add a few highlights two weeks before the big day to the temples and front of face, which will enhance the photos,” he says. Color should be vibrant and rich, but not unrecognizable. Colorist Rita Hazan echoes Casey’s sentiment: “you want to look like you on your best day, not a version of you.” In order to find the perfect shade of highlight or all-over color, Hazan suggests scheduling a consultation as soon as you pick your date. Be sure to discuss or bring in any hair accessories you plan to wear, as well as the veil, so the colorist can plan accordingly. After that, “you should color the week of the wedding so it’s fresh,” Hazan says. Try not to wash and condition hair everyday until the wedding to prevent fading. j Rita Hazan: or 212.586.4343. j Sally Hershberger Downtown: sallyhershberger. com or 212.206.8700. j Kérastase:

balm Chroma Sensitive prevents hair color from fading.

Below: Chanel’s new Pêche Nacrée and Pearl

Nail it

With all eyes undoubtedly drifting toward the diamond, a good manicure is imperitive. When you first arrive at the salon, talk to your manicurist about how to best highlight your ring. Frédéric Fekkai’s Joey Flores suggests asking him or her to “narrow the shape of your nail a bit—this will elongate your fingers and add elegance to your manicure and your ring.” Next, choose a color that is the opposite of your skin tone. Flores recommends beige shades for women with pink undertones and pink shades for women with more yellow tones. Either way, stay away from bright colors that will show off chipping and clash with your bouquet. “You don’t want your nails competing, but rather complementing your overall beauty on your big day,” Flores says. To ensure a chip-free manicure that will last through the honeymoon, try Frédéric Fekkai’s Jet Set Manicure, a baked on polish that lasts for weeks. j Frédéric Fekkai: or 212.753.9500. j Chanel:


Drop nail colors are perfectly muted for the big day; a manicure station at Frédéric Fekkai.

Clockwise from top left: Yann Varin Salon on Madison Avenue; L’Oréal’s Infinium 4 hairspray is strong enough for the ceremony, light enough for the reception; stylist Yann Varin; a treatment at Haven spa, at 150 Mercer Street.

sheAr beauty

Choosing the wedding-day ’do is a huge decision. Start with a cut about three weeks in advance, followed by at least one trial, says Madison Avenue stylist Yann Varin. Consider the lines of the dress and the location to find what he calls “the look.” “Imagine a wedding at a country house or a farm,” he says. “There’s nothing more romantic and soothing than wearing your hair down in a cascade of curls. On the other hand, for a formal wedding at the Rainbow Room, a tighter and neater look is a better fit.” But, when in doubt, go up, says stylist and salon owner Eva Scrivo. “A lot of brides regret not wearing their hair up— they see photos and think they look ordinary. There aren’t many occasions for sophisticated, glamorous up-dos.” For the best of both worlds, try a gently teased up-do with a light hairspray that can be unpinned after the ceremony for a wavy, relaxed look. j Yann Varin Salon: or 212.734.9055. j Eva Scrivo Salon: or 212.677.7315.

skin savers

There may be no better beauty fix than relaxation. To relieve stress—and the havoc it wreaks on your body—indulge in a little pampering at downtown spa institution Haven, which features the “Spoil Me” package on its lengthy treatment list. A heavenly half-day of massage, hand and foot treatments, and a facial, it’s a lovely gift for bridesmaids too. For pre-wedding pampering that packs serious results, try the hotly anticipated stem-cell facial, available in its most concentrated form at Sarah Swanson Skincare, on Fifth Avenue. “It may sound unusual,” Swanson says, “but the impact is immediate. You’ll get rejuvenated, glowing skin, topped off by long-term anti-aging benefits.” j Haven: or 212.343.3515. j Sarah Swanson Skincare: sarahswansonskincare. com or 212.249.7546.

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c h r i s t i a n ot h s t u d i o ( b ot h pa g e s )

Keeping Flowers in the Family By daniel cappello

never say never. A friend of mine, the daughter of two

distinguished attorneys, liked to say that she didn’t know what she’d be when she grew up; she just knew she’d never be a lawyer. As it turns out, she is today one of the brightest attorneys in corporate law. Sometimes it’s just in the genes. Such is the case with Reed McIlvaine, the CEO of the fabled floral- and event-design firm Renny & Reed, at 505 Park Avenue. Growing up, McIlvaine had no intention of ever working at­—let alone running—the event business that his uncle and godfather, Renny Reynolds, famously headed. However, in 2000, after a career that included a turn at the Left: A wedding ceremony in the round created at the Pratt House last fall, with a fifteen-foot-tall floral garden tree with hanging candles. Above: Descending the grand staircase, set with a floral garland. F E B R U ARY 2 0 1 1 1 1 9

A springtime birthday celebration on the roof of the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. Inset: A garden fantasy wedding at the Waldorf=Astoria, with custom

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client roster (Reynolds is the legendary designer who planned the parties at Studio 54 and pulled off the most soigné of soirées for the likes of Diana Ross, Elton John, Bill Blass, Brooke Astor, and several U.S. Presidents), might be hard to reach for most, but the truth is that, especially with McIlvaine’s careful expansion of the business, the firm is more about its family traditions and catering to clients and their needs—for any affair, be it a sitdown dinner for eight or a black-tie gala for four hundred. “We don’t,” McIlvaine assures me, “have any set price points.”

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William Morris Agency and then in management, McIlvaine, a casualty of the dot-com bust, found himself answering his uncle’s help-wanted call for an assistant. It turns out to have been a stroke of fate—or, as he puts it, “a cosmic lining-up of the stars,” noting that he and his uncle share the same birth date, June 15, as well as a highly developed sense of the artistic and the managerial (both Gemini traits) that have helped them grow Renny & Reed into the expansive business that it is today. It could seem that Renny & Reed, with its luminary past and

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twelve-foot-tall magnolia trees.

McIlvaine, the legacy to an event-design icon, is making that icon approachable for a new generation. As it were, this happens to be his calling. His creative and entrepreneurial instincts, coupled with a reassuringly calm demeanor, have brought nothing but success and happiness—for CEO and company alike. “I didn’t realize the amount of fun I’d be having,” he admits. Or how diversified the company would be. Today, in addition to maintaining the original flower shop on Park Avenue, McIlvaine has expanded the party business, has developed house accounts F E B R U ARY 2 0 1 1 1 2 1

Bringing the outdoors in at an elegant Southport wedding, with fresh pear branches created as trees. Insets: Mixed Moroccan lanterns, Balinese umbrellas, colorful saris, and peonies create a vibrant Palm Beach party;

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at five-star hotels like the St. Regis, and has expanded the company into Florida by opening a satellite shop at the Jupiter Island Club. His success can be attributed to his knack for upholding a reliably high standard of quality, all the while projecting an easygoing, nothing-is-impossible manner. And, if that means keeping cherry blossoms dormant past their spring season in order to bloom them for a society wedding in summer, then he can do it. If it means using his boyish good looks to charm customs officials in Italy to retrieve trapped party equipment, then McIlvaine’s your man. If it means maintaining sang-froid in the heat of crisis—like watching a tornado rip through a wedding-reception tent on a New Jersey farm, only to have to re-pitch the tent, mop up the floors, and completely reconstruct the floral arrangements—then Renny & Reed is up for the task. Having the confidence (and the know-how) that it will all work out in the end has served McIlvaine, and Renny & Reed, very well. After all, as McIlvaine says, in his quietly reassured— and reassuring—tone, “The party must go on.” u

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CEO Reed McIlvaine.

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.

Paradise Found The best honeymoon destinations and services in the world. Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica.

Casa de Campo / Dominican Republic 800.877.3643 / Spanning 7,000 acres on the Dominican Republic’s southeastern coast in La Romana, this private resort has everything on-site for either a heavenly honeymoon or a destination wedding. Already a favorite among newlyweds, Casa de Campo is prepared to welcome lovers with its Sweet Romance Supplement package, which includes private concierge service, a picnic, spa treatments, gifts, and much more. Casa de Campo is also a premier location for destination weddings. Each year, hundreds of ceremonies are held at the beautiful fifty-seat Church of St. Stanislaus in the heart of the historic Altos de Chavon village. —A.B.

Round Hill Hotel and Villas / Jamaica 876.956.7050 / Round Hill Hotel and Villas is situated on a lush 110-acre peninsula just west of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Boasting a guest list of world leaders, cultural icons, and Hollywood A-listers, the resort continues to attract a jet-set from around the world who enjoy glamour and understated luxury along with natural beaches and the inimitable Caribbean waters. Accommodations include thirty-six Ralph Lauren-designed oceanfront guest rooms, ninety villa rooms and suites, or twenty-seven private,

two- to six-bedroom Signature Villas—most with private pools. Guests can also enjoy open-air terrace dining and The Grill at Round Hill, award-winning family programs, a private beach and infinity pool, tennis courts, and an Elemis spa. The resort’s timeless elegance combined with its tropical location has also made it the consummate location for intimate weddings for decades. Round Hill can host as many as 120 people at a variety of locations throughout the property, from a barefoot ceremony on the private beach to intimate poolside vows in one of the property’s private villas. —A.B.

Ocean House / Rhode Island 401.584.7000 / The last of the grand Victorian hotels, a honeymoon at the Ocean House, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is more than a vacation, but a getaway to a glamorous bygone era. Set high on the bluffs overlooking a 600-foot private beach, Ocean House rose to fame in the early 1900s, when it was New York society’s quintessential summer home. It even appeared in the Douglas Fairbanks film American Aristocracy. Today, a major $140 million restoration has updated Ocean House with modern amenities—without disrupting the character of its storied past. Book one of the guest rooms that feature sweeping views, a fireplace, and a private F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 1 1 2 5

Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

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Berlin, For some, the perfect honeymoon is digging your toes into pink Info tk here

sand on a private beach, where frozen drinks dangle from palms. Others seek adventurous journeys to foreign lands. And still others want a bit of both! For those unique honeymooners, why not hop from island to island aboard a classic W-Class Sailboat with a crew eager to reel you into the world of sailing? Whether you’re an avid sailor or a landlubber just getting your feet wet, the 76 W-Class boats will add excitement to any escape. They are as beautiful as the waters they course, and not many modes of transportation can top these racing sloops. Perhaps it’s not the destination, but how you get there that matters most. —A.B.

Hôtel Concorde Berlin / Berlin +49 (0) 30.800.999.0 / While the city’s a burgeoning global fashion, nightlife, and The Executive Suite at the Hôtel Concorde Berlin.

art capital, Berlin not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a honeymoon. But since not everyone's dream destination is the requisite tropical getaway, why not try a culturally inspired trip with world-class shopping, art, architecture, and dining? Located in the heart of City West, just off of the chic Kurfurstendamm Boulevard, the Hôtel Concorde Berlin offers high-design guest rooms, decorated with works from the collection of German arts patron Hans Grothe. After a night in one of the sleek modern suites, wake up ready to take in a day shopping the boulevard’s boutiques or KaDeWe, continental Europe’s largest department store; visiting the five internationally renowned institutions on Museum Island; or dining in one of the property’s three restaurants. And that’s all just in the neighborhood. Venture out further for the must-see Neue Galleries, catch a swim at the Soho House Berlin if you’re feeling homesick, and dance the night away at the city’s incomparable discos. —R.C.

The Oberoi / Mauritius 800.562.3764 / Situated on the northwest coast of this island paradise is the exclusive Oberoi Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean. The architectural design blends African and Asian influences, reflecting the cosmopolitan heritage of the island and its people. The Oberoi is ideal for honeymooners: there's the Luxury or Royal Villas with private pools, an award-winning spa, spectacular sunsets, and breathtaking sea views. Relax in your own villa, set within a lush tropical landscape, enjoy the water sports and fine dining, or take advantage of the resort’s “touching senses” activities—nature walks, cooking, Hindu ceremonies, henna painting, and star gazing. For the more adventurous, the island offers colorful scuba diving, big-game fishing, hiking, volcanic craters, rare birds (such as the Paille-en-Queue), and tropical plant species, just to name a few. —J.S.

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terrace and enjoy the singular experience of an Ocean House honeymoon—all just a few sweet hours from home. —A.B.

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Bespoke travel agency Brown + Hudson recently arranged a honeymoon to South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari reserve.

+44 203.358.0110 / Headed by Philippe Brown and Oliver von Holzing, the Londonbased Brown + Hudson creates exquisitely crafted, truly bespoke travel experiences—in any corner of the world—that are tailored to each client’s unique tastes, interests, and style. There are no templates, which means that a trip doesn’t exist until it is created with a client, and planning is never handed over to local third parties. The company might confer with chefs in advance about a traveler’s dietary needs, or arrange to fly in favorite wines, single malts, and cigars to a remote luxury camp. If Bloomberg or the BBC is a must—even in the desert—then there will be a satellite dish out behind the tents. For a recent honeymoon, the company crafted an itinerary that contrasted relaxation with excitement, combining facials in a forest spa with rugged outdoors activities. The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, home of Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa.

Every detail, of course, was noted on the twenty-six-page itinerary, including sidebars with unexpected facts about, say, which ATM to use at the airport to facts about local elephants. With planning like this, you’ll never want the honeymoon to be over. —D.C.

Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman / Grand Cayman 345.943.9000 / For serious relaxation seekers, there may be nowhere more soothing—or opulent—than the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, situated on Seven Mile Beach. Yes, there are radiant blue waters, an outpost of Le Bernardin, and the unparalleled service that comes with an 800-person staff, but what sets this property apart might just be its spa. The rarified world of Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa, is a honeymoon unto itself. Upon stepping foot inside the 20,000-square-foot oasis, the mirrored surfaces, crystal and glass fixtures and water-inspired décor instantly transport guests into a Caribbean fantasy. The treatments combine Swiss with healing properties culled from the tropical surroundings. Cozy up with your sweetheart in the couples’ cabin or VIP room and enjoy dual services, or indulge solo in one of the sixteen treatment rooms. Just don’t miss the signature Silver Rain treatmetns—this is the only place on earth you’ll find them. —R.C.

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort / Puerto Rico 787.809.8000 / Nestled on a coconut plantation, the new St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort offers the perfect combination of sceneries. For nature lovers, the property is located at the foot of the 28,000-acre El Yunque National Park, the only tropical rainforest on U.S. soil and site of tranquil river pools and nature trails. For the beach-bound, you can’t beat the two miles of private beach that provide the backdrop for this 139-room resort. And gastronomes will delight in Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Fern restaurant, distinguished by its flair for local culinary ingredients and techniques. Plus, there’s a Remède spa, an oceanfront golf course, and, maybe best of all, the property was awarded Audobon’s Gold Signature Sanctuary certification for its efforts in protecting local plants and wildlife during its construction. —R.C. u

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The Governor's Suite at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort.

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It’s Labor Day, 2008, and the bottom is about to drop out of the economy.

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From left: Donald and Melania Trump; Bingo Gubelmann at Café Boulud; Arnold Scaasi and Grace Meigher at Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach.

Palm Beach is rockin’ with non-stop festivities as, of course, this town loves a good party. Because it was a tad chilly, the ladies wrapped themselves in cashmere and fur; the men donned scarves. Even the plants were covered up to protect them from the frost! Despite the “cold” (I know it’s relative), the tennis courts, golf courses, and restaurants were filled. The streets sparkled with decorated palm trees, shimmering in lights. There were even “dueling” book parties: famed designer Tomas Maier joined forces with the Preservation Foundation 138 QUEST

of Palm beach to toast Kim Mockler and his new book Maurice Fatio: Palm Beach Architect, while Tiffany’s opened its doors to fête John Loring and his book on  renaissance man Joseph Urban, a  renowned artist, architect, set designer, and more. I spotted Paige Rense, Harry and Gigi Benson, Jean Tailer, Hillie Mahoney, Susan Lloyd in the crowd. Now, my favorite parties are the private ones, and what could be more fun than adorable Marjorie Fisher’s annual “pig-out,” a seated dinner at her dazzling lakefront house. Everyone loves Marjorie

and her dinners are always delicious! The soirée earned its title because the  buffet was comprised purely of comfort food: ribs, fried chicken, hot dogs, beans, chili, and ice cream. Yummy! Lucy Musso gave another fun dinner at her Schuler Award-winning house. After sipping champagne and nibbling on caviar we sat down to a long narrow table on her loggia to find lit antlers at each place setting, just for the fun of it! The next night we popped into Steve Meyer’s gorgeous oceanfront house to be greeted by two cute young “angels” wearing white

outfits with wings. And then, inside the clear tent with snow-white carpeting, we spotted many more angels, who were, in fact, Cirque de Soleil entertainers. I hated to leave as it sure looked like fun! Our next stop was the annual blacktie Christmas dinner at Emilia and Pepe Fanjuls’. This small glamorous gathering is the highlight of the season as it embodies the Christmas spirit—a great big tree, mistletoe, a fireplace hung with stockings, carolers, wonderful wines, a delicious menu, and the best of friends! Among the pals were Raysa and Alfy Fanjul, Jackie and Ken Duberstein, Lally Weymouth, Mila and Brian Mulroney, the former Prime Minister of Canada, Alexandra Villard and Arnaud de Borchgrave, Pauline Pitt and Jerry Seay, Damon and Liz Mezzacappa, Dixon and Arriana Boardman, Percy Steinhart, Lesly Smith, Jim Walsh, Judy and Alfred Taubman,

Trump International Golf Course for the popular Sunday buffet. We chatted with pals Karen and Richard LeFrak, Ken and Jackie Duberstein, Michele and Howard Kessler, Andrea and John Stark, and then feasted on the delectable buffet. The following week we dined royally at Dixon and Arriana Boardman’s beautiful house. They served drinks around the Christmas tree, then we went into the cozy library for dinner to find two long tables set with luscious flowers and Christmas crackers. Our first course was fresh caviar in baked potatoes, followed by baked ham, tiny vegetables, and a bûche de Noël. Among the group were Lisa and Richard Perry, Arriana’s mother, Jackie Lane, Christine and Steve Schwarzmann, Tom Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, Donna and Bill Acquavella, Gerry Goldsmith, Judy and Alfred Taubman, Carol and Earle Mack, Barbara and Conrad Black.

at McCarty’s was mostly attended by Coconuts, we all headed to the musuem at around 10:15 to dance in the New Year. The highlight was the fabulous fireworks donated by Julia and David Koch. On New Year’s day, there were at least five parties. Bill Finneran had an open house at his oceanfront casa, as did Nancy and Don Carter at their beautifully landscaped lakefront house, plus photographer Mary Hilliard had a cocktail party. The following week, Boaz Mazor came to town with the Oscar de la Renta spring collection. Boaz showed the collection at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The next night, Boaz was feted at a cozy dinner at Pauline Pitt and Jerry Seay’s lakefront abode. Among the guests were Blaine Trump and Steve Simon, Mila and Brian Mulroney, Carol and Earl Mack, and Tommy Quick. Another sold-out event was the annual

From left: Julia Koch and Talbott Maxey at the Coconuts dance; Mila Mulroney and Liz Mezzacappa at the Fanjuls’ Christmas dinner; Judith and Rudy Giuliani at the Coconuts party; Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and her mother, Emilia Fanjul.

Cynthia Boardman, Barbara and Conrad Black, Steven Stollman, Christina de Caraman, and more. On another night, we popped into the Wally Findlay Gallerys for a party to honor the Palm Beach Centennial Committee, and to see the terrific exhibition of photographs on display. We spotted Chris and Grace Meigher with daughters Amanda and Elizabeth, Jean Tailer, Kit and Bill Pannill, Bill and Nancy Rollnick, Parker Ladd and Arnold Scaasi, and more. On Sunday night, we joined Melania and Donald Trump at the

Finally, warmer weather came just in time for the Coconut dance at the Flagler Museum: a dapper group of gentlemen  consisting of  Rodney Dillard, Bob Leidy, Girard Brownlow, Richard Cowell, Jr., Alex Fanjul, Daniel Hanley, David Koch, Leonard Lauder, Paul Maddock, Troy Maschmeyer, John Mashek, Will Matthews, Mike McCarty, Chris Meigher, Laddy Merck, Blair Meyer, David Ober, Blakely Page, Harold Paull, Oliver Quinn, Wilbur Ross, Percy Steinhart, George Summers, William Surtees and Jon Ylvisaker. As the seated dinner

“Night of Expectations” dinner at Café Boulud, benefiting Glades Academy and Everglades Preparatory Academy, two charter schools started by Emilia Fanjul. This benefit is a favorite because it’s a terrific cause and it feels like a private party for pals. Jamie Niven, chairman of Sotheby’s, North America, auctioned off such goodies as a Cesare Attloni custommade suit, a cashmere jacket, a Ralph Lauren shopping experience, and a week in a private villa at the glorious Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. All great fun for a worthy cause! u F E B R U AR Y 2 0 1 1 1 3 9



THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST Go behind the scenes of the International Debutante Ball, a Cinema Society screening, and the opening of new Italian spot Asellina, as Elizabeth Brown mingles with Manhattan’s freshest young faces. by Elizabeth Brown

Claire Crenshaw performs the “Texas Dip” at the International Debutante Ball on December 29 at the Waldorf=Astoria.

Patricia Poekel, Lauren Brown, and Alexandra Chunn join the evening as “post-debs”.

Emily Weber represents Texas at the International Debutante Ball.

Carlson Young celebrates Hadley Nagel’s coming out at the Waldorf=Astoria.

Debutantes form a line and greet guests before the ball.

Cadets carry the flags of the different countries and

Girls await their debut, holding bouquets of

states from which the debutantes hail.

pink flowers with silver accents.

patrick mcmullan

“Where do snowmen go to dance?”

“Snowballs!” Sorry. I just think the joke is topical. And at least I’m not complaining about the weather! I still got around... On December 16, the Cinema Society and the Creative Coalition hosted a screening of Casino Jack. The film followed the D.C. corruption scandal that led to the fall of Jack Abramoff, played by Kevin Spacey, and many other politicians, activists, and lobbyists. I recalled my internship on Capitol Hill, wondering where all of the excitement had been (other than at Rhino, of course). Afterward, everyone regrouped at the Setai Fifth Avenue where Patrick Heusinger and Andrew Jenks mixed over Grey Goose cocktails.

That Saturday, I boarded a Bronxville-bound Metro-North train at Grand Central Station. Decorated in tartan, I joined Carver Diserens and his family for the annual “Carol Sing” at the Bronxville Field Club. The evening was perfectly festive, including a meal of helping upon helping of scalloped potatoes and a rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” revised as a result of my date’s affinity for Gibsons. Before leaving, I heard a woman scream, “WASPs gone wild!” A couple of days later, Marquee’s seven-year anniversary in Chelsea hosted a similar crew, but with more tacky sweaters. (Kidding.) I spent Christmas in North Carolina winning at Scrabble and seducing Alex Ovechkin at a Hurricanes-Capitals game. Also, unwrapping presents. After returning to New York, F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 1 1 4 1


Marquee’s anniversary party.

after Fashion Week. At the after-party for the No Strings Attached screening, hosted by the Cinema Society and DKNY Jeans, I was very strings attached to a cucumber-y DeLeon Tequila cocktail, which worked quite well with the raw food and alcohol diet I have been considering...ironically. Meanwhile, Olivia Chantecaille and Amy Sacco mingled with guests alongside Abby Elliot and Ashton Kutcher. The following morning, I attended a brunch with Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, hosted by Artistry at the W Hotel. Will advancements in skin care really bring world peace? I mean, maybe. All I know is that Artistry’s light-up lip gloss is poppin’. In the month of February, I look forward to an evening with my nearest and dearest at Mari Vanna and Casino Night with the New York Rangers. As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s important to remember that love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Nina Ricci handbags brimming with almond M&Ms do. u

Charlie Diserens dons a hat made of balloons before singing carols. Left: Carver Diserens and Liz Bergold at the Bronxville Field Club.


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Christine Miranda and I joined BlackBook’s Cayte Grieve at Bunker, where I spotted Eric Richman and Peter Smith. On a Wednesday, I visited Yair Arbos at Valery Joseph Salon for an undone updo before attending the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf=Astoria. There, amid a sensational swirl of Carolina Hererra, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang, I caught up with Alex Shipper, Philip Thomas, and Ann-Hunter Van Kirk. After champagne and curtsies and more champagne, I waltzed to music by the Lester Lanin Orchestra before going uptown to Dorrian’s for something a little more up-tempo, like “Runaround Sue.” A few weeks later, Life & Style’s Juliet Izon and I arrived at Ristorante Asellina, the new seasonal Italian restaurant from The ONE Group, of Bagatelle and STK fame, in the Gansevoort Park Hotel. We were seated with Zagat’s Lawrence Cohen who helped us navigate our meal, prepared by executive chef Marco Porceddu, from the swordfish carpaccio to the wild boar papardelle. Everything was, well, bellissimo, and I’ve already secured a lunchtime reservation—for

Wass Stevens, Alison Melnick, Ali Smith, and Rich Thomas at

Asellina, at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, just opened to serve Italian cuisine downtown.

Kevin Tekinel and Olivier Theyskens at the after-party for No Strings Attached at the SoHo Grand.

Dallas Roberts at the after-party for Casino Jack at the Setai Fifth Avenue.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at a Cinema Society screening at the SoHo Grand.

Ashton Kutcher and Andrew Saffir following the Cinema Society screening of No Strings Attached.

Charlotte Ronson and Ali Wise at a Cinema Society screening at the Tribeca Grand.

Hilary Rhoda joins the cast of No Strings

Darrell Hartman and Brett Fahlgren at an event hosted by

Daniel Benedict and Johannes Huebl at an

Attached at the Tribeca Grand.

the Cinema Society and DKNY Jeans with DeLeon Tequila.

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The wedding of socialite Gladys Vanderbilt to Hungarian Count Laszlo Szechenyi stopped traffic in New York City on January, 27, 1908. Earlier newspaper reports expected the couple to wed in Newport, at her grandparent’s summer cottage “The Breakers,” but instead the couple was married in town. Clockwise from top left: Crowds gather outside the home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, at 1 West 57th Street; H.P. Whitney with guests of the groom; newspaper photographers await the arrival of the couple; society reporters gather by the gate; Mrs. A.S. Burden en route to the wedding; guests H.P. and Dorothy Whitney. —Georgina Schaeffer 144 QUEST

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