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The Jewelry I ssue 100 In the Deco Suite of The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, REMAINS OF THE DAY
spring jewels—much like other distinguished guests—find a home away from
home in the meticulously maintained corners of an Upper East Side institution.
A TIME FOR POWER
A collection of the variety of timepieces that defined our
44 presidents—from pocketwatches to wristwatches.
& Hudson’s new book about them, Emeralds.
Elizabeth Quinn Brown
A look at the enduring allure of emeralds and at Thames
PHRASING ROCK AND ROLL
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Lisa Robinson’s There Goes Gravity: A Life in
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TIME AFTER TIME
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Our men’s watch guide highlights the lastest timepieces
that the well-dressed man should never be seen without.
Alex R. Travers
Reporting back from Baselworld on tweaks to the tourbillon,
the rise of women’s watches, and a record-breaking price point.
JAR: GENIUS AND MYTHOLOGY
Arthur Rosenthal, a.k.a. JAR, is also the most mysterious.
The world’s most revered living jeweler, Joel by
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C olumns 22 The trees are blossoming and along comes pretty little May... D P C 60 Paloma Picasso in August of 1980, on the brink of becoming a jewelry star. 62 The New York skyline doesn’t impress much anymore. T T 64 Princess Grace, the jet set, and the glamour days of aviation’s glory years. L S 66 Shower mom with a bouquet of gifts. D C E M 74 Why the Marlton Hotel’s Margaux is on all of downtown’s speed dials. D C 76 The National Jewelry Institute celebrates ten years with a gala at the Morgan Library. 80 Same Sky jewelry is helping to empower the women of Rwanda. L H 82 Tying the knot in Boston, New York, and Palm Beach. E Q B 88 The charities of Palm Beach are reaping the benefits of Scott Snyder’s artful sense of style. 98 See what’s budding and who’s buzzing around town as Memorial Day approaches. 138 DANNIJO’s dynamic jewelry duo has a philanthropic eye, too. D S 140 What’s happening with the junior set in the city. E Q B 144 Nan Kempner’s wit, legend, and iconic style stand the test of time. E M SOCIAL DIARY
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These gems have life in them: Detail from “Remains of the Day,” shot by Julie Skarratt (left); famed sapphire brooch “La Rose de Bourbon” by Michele della Valle (right).
Myron Cohen had a great story about jewelry and their relevence to relationships: A businessman once boarded a plane to find, sitting next to him, an elegant woman wearing the largest, most stunning diamond ring he had ever seen. He asked her about it. “This is the Klopman diamond,” she said. “It is beautiful, but it’s like the Hope diamond; there is a terrible curse that goes with it.” “What’s the curse?” the man asked. “Mr. Klopman.” u
ACCORDING TO A Chinese proverb—although, really, can you
trust any sentence that starts “according to a chinese proverb”— it’s better to have a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Well, we think that’s setting the bar too low and that our pebbles, diamonds, and any other stones available should all be flawless. This Jewelry Issue has clearly spoiled us. But seriously, how can we not be spoiled when we were able to play with beautiful pieces from Harry Winston, Fred Leighton, and the rest of the best in the jewelry biz for our shoot, “Remains of the Day.” The scintillating (pun absolutely intended) photographer Julie Skarratt captures the lively question of where women’s jewels can end up throughout the course of a day...or evening. Though the old trick of leaving a bracelet at a lover’s house so that you will have to meet again becomes very imprudent when said bracelet is worth the price of a private jet. But ladies are not the only ones with baubles to ogle this month, as we have laid out some of the best new watches to hit the market. And to see what a man’s choice of timepiece says about him, we have a roundup of what past Presidents have sported on their powerful wrists and fobs. 20 QUEST
ON THE COVER: Clockwise from top left: Marisa Berenson wearing a Bulgari necklace of gold, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, photographed by Gianni Turillazzi, circa 1970; model wearing Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and emerald jewelry, photographed by Bert Stern, 1966 (courtesy of Corbis); Ruth Knowles photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue, May, 1949; Lisa Fonssagrives in a beaded evening dress by Sophie Gimbel, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1940; Astrid Heeren wearing Schlumberger jewelry, photographed by Bert Stern, 1963; Deborah Dixon, photographed by Bert Stern, 1960.
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NEW YORK SO C IAL DIARY April cried and stepped aside / And along came pretty little May… —Carousel’s “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” by Oscar Hammerstein II PRETTY LITTLE MAY was preceded by about 10 days of April showers, sprinkling the heavenly pear trees that someone was inspired to plant on the streets of New York about 30 or so years ago. They continue to light up New York, affirming that spring is here. By mid-month, we had a flurry of beautiful spring days in New
York, with lots of sunshine and sudden bursts of nature to charm us out of the winter doldrums. And the first pears blossomed overnight—between a warm sunny Sunday and a cool Monday morning—some ahead of others, according to their relationship to the sun. The temperature was hover-
ing around the high 60s and the low 70s. The pear trees in New York are, truly, one of the highlights of the season. The first pears to blossom in my neighborhood were on the row along Henderson Place, on the northwest corner of East 86th Street and East End Avenue. They were first because they were in the
direct course of the sunrise. A businessman named John C. Henderson built these brick townhouses in the early 1880s, when this part of New York was sparsely settled. Gracie Mansion, which is now home to the mayor of New York, is across the road, built 80 or so years earlier in 1799. It was originally
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The Hutton-Mdivani jadeite necklace sold for $27.44 million at auction on April 7, 2014.
a country house when the city rested way down at the tip of Manhattan on a road known as Avenue B. Much of the acreage in the area was still part of the Astor Estate, which was inherited in part by Vincent Astor, who built the limestone apartment building at 120 East End in 1930. It included apartments of 10 to 19 rooms and occupied one block of Henderson Place. Henderson’s intention, according to Christopher Gray, the always fascinating architectural historian of the New York Times, was to build the houses for “persons of moderate means.” The middle class lived in townhouses in those days, many of which were rentals. The working class lived 24 QUEST
in tenements. The wealthier citizens lived in townhouses, which sometimes were mansions. Avenue B was almost an outpost from the city. Henderson built 32 houses. The architects he used were Lamb & Rich, who designed Sagamore Hill in Long Island, the now famous country house of Theodore Roosevelt. The complex on Avenue B is, according to Gray, “one of their signature works, on which they called on all the charming details in their portfolio and lavished them on the complex.” Henderson’s inspiration retains its charm, 130 years later. And it’s even more beautiful while the pears are flowering before it. As you can see from
Prince Alexis Mdivani and Barbara Hutton, wearing the jadeite necklace, were married from 1933 to 1935.
the photograph that I took (pictured), it’s not an outpost from the city anymore. That said, by nightfall it’s far from the city’s bustle. Speaking of Springtime: “very lightly, rarely leaving fingerprints”… We got a lot of mail about the “perfect funeral” of Bunny Mellon at the end of March, which you read about in the April 2014 issue of Quest. Among the letters was the following memory from Nelson Hammell of Palm Beach: “I remember many spring times ago I was slowly driving along a very rutted dirt road between Marshall and the Plains, in northern Virginia… Mrs. M was halfway up the embankment by a stone wall
clipping some early spring daffodils. I stopped to chat and she told me that this particular variety of jonquil was a native hybridizer and she had dug up some from this same spot several years before. The transplanted ones on her property always bloomed 10 days later and she knew the blooms in this particular wild spot would be ready for an arrangement she wanted for a dinner party that night. “She was dressed in wellies and a Barbour coat and she called her clippers “secateurs,” which is a word very few folks know. Mr. Baltimore, her African American driver, was behind the wheel of the muddy BMW station wagon, which had a bucket of
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than double its estimate of $12.8.” It was known as the Hutton-Mdivani necklace because Hutton bought it when she was married to Prince Alexis Mdivani, one of four Romanian brothers—princelings, real or self-created— known as the Marrying Mdivanis in the 1920s and 1930s. The marriage lasted no more than a year or so, but the Mdivanis got the necklace in the divorce. Forgotten now in the contemporary life of the 21st century, Hutton was an heiress to the Woolworth fortune. Her mother, Edna Woolworth Hutton, committed suicide when Barbara was seven years old. Hutton was alone in the
apartment with her mother and found the body. Being the only child, and as her father and mother had divorced, she inherited her mother’s share of the F.W. Woolworth fortune, which measured in billions in today’s dollars. Her father, Franklyn Hutton (brother of E.F. Hutton), would soon increase her inheritance through investment so that, when she reached majority, she came into about $500 million (or $5 billion in today’s dollars). She acquired several husbands and one son (Lance Reventlow) as well as several residences, including the American ambassador’s residence in London, which she built: Winfield House. She
also acquired a drug addiction and an enormous cache of precious jewelry, which she started collecting at the age of 14. It eventually became one of the largest private collections of the 20th century, ranking up there with the Duchess of Windsor and Margaret Thompson Biddle, the American mining heiress. Prince Mdiviani’s sister Nina Mdviani kept her friendship with her sister-inlaw after the divorce from her brother and enjoyed the heiresses’ spectacular generosity. Eventually, she ended up with several pieces of Hutton’s collection, including the necklace. Nina died in 1987 and the Mdivani family sold
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the necklace in 1988 for $2 million, a major price for the time. Six years later, the buyer sold it for more than twice that amount, $4.2 million. Barbara was one of those girls who, like Elizabeth Taylor, used to like to “play” with their jewelry. She would have it all brought out and spread out on her bed while she looked it over and tried it on. One of her cousins, Marjorie Durant Dye (a granddaughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post), went to visit Barbara one day in the mid-1960s, when she was living at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. (It was said that she had gone through most of her 28 QUEST
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fortune by then.) Barbara was surveying her jewels, which were splayed on her bed, while visiting with her cousin Marge. She was fondling an extraordinary emerald necklace that took Marge’s eye. Marge commented, “Oh, Barbara, that’s so beautiful.” Barbara passed it over to her, saying, “Try it on.” “Oh, it looks beautiful on you,” Barbara enthused, when Marge put it on, adding, “Take it…” “Oh, Barbara, I can’t take it…” Marge replied. “No, take it, it looks so good on you,” Barbara insisted. Marge Dye didn’t take it.
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Later, she told her grandmother, Mrs. Post, the story. Her grandmother responded: “You should have taken it. She’s only going to give it away to somebody else, maybe even a stranger.” Barbara had what her late friend, John Galliher, called “inconsequential generosity”—giving away something for no reason other than because of a whim in the moment. Barbara died in 1979 at the age of 67. She was living in a suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and was said to have died with only $3,000 in her bank account, having spent an estimated $900 million in her
lifetime. However, despite the great attrition of her collection either by “inconsequential generosity” or by certain individuals helping themselves in a variety of ways, a great many jewels were still in her possession at the time of her death. Her cousin Marge, who is also Dina Merrill’s niece, still lives in Southern California, now in her mid-eighties—a virtual recluse. Marking the day. On a Thursday night I started out at the East 72nd Street apartment of Lauren Lawrence (the lady who analyzes dreams in the Daily News). She was giving a cocktail reception for Sirio Maccioni, who was
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about anybody who was anybody did. Today, Sirio’s vision extends to both coasts—well, sort of: from New York to Las Vegas. He’s a brand. There are currently three Maccioni restaurants and watering holes here in Manhattan: Le Cirque, Circo, and Sirio Ristorante in the Pierre Hotel. And don’t forget Le Cirque at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Circo Las Vegas, Circo Abu Dhabi, and the Beach Club by Le Cirque at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. He’s lightened up on his workload somewhat with the assistance of his sons, who are all in the family business and are well tutored by their father and mother. The boys also
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possess their father’s finesse. That said, Sirio continues to “think” about his business and is always looking to approve. He had a big turnout at Lauren Lawrence’s including: Pamela Fiori, Carolyne Roehm, Susan Gutfreund, Iris Cantor, Carmen, Kalliope, Karella Rena, Elizabeth Kabler, Larry Kaiser, Hormoz Sabet, Dennis Basso, Geoffrey Bradfield, Ann Rapp, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Cole Rumbough, Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl, Michele Gerber Klein, Maggie Norris, Consuelo Costin, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Monique van Vooren, and many more. Everyone was paying tribute to The Man.
Leaving Lauren Lawrence’s that night, and back to the subject of jewels and jewelry, I headed up Fifth Avenue to the Guggenheim Museum, where Tiffany & Co. had taken over the space for the evening to celebrate the debut of Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Book 2014 Collection. This was a first for me, visiting this annual Tiffany & Co. tradition for the presentation of their Blue Book 2014 Collection of dazzling diamonds. Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, and Katie Holmes were among those attending and wearing what Anita Loos dubbed, “A girl’s best friend…” in her tale of Miss Lorelei Lee almost a century ago in New York.
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A What lured me that night was the venue—I love looking at the Guggenheim. For the occasion, there was a onenight-only showing of “The Diamond Sky,” a custom projection mapping installation by the Leo Kuelbs Collection. It was “inspired by the vibrancy and luminosity of Tiffany & Co. diamonds and the Blue Book 2014 Collection,” so I was told. I wanted to see what that inspiration turned into on the walls of the museum’s central gallery. Everything about the evening had the Tiffany & Co. touch to it. I remember the days when you’d go into the
store only if you looked presentable (jacket and tie). It was usually as quiet as your local village library, and you were serious about being there. It never looked busy, except around the holidays, and even then it seemed restrained. It was a beautiful place but really only meant for people doing business. Young couples bought their wedding rings there and registered for the patterns and designs of their choice of china, crystal, and silver as well as watches and jewelry. It had a luxurious hush to it all. And it was fun. A trip. The Tiffany & Co. of the
21st century retains its platinum and diamond aura and reputation, but the Fifth Avenue store now draws crowds on many days. There is always at least a small group viewing the display cases and there are always people choosing their choices to take home as well as people outside taking photos of each other standing by the Fifth Avenue entrance. The costume of much of the clientele is different than the days in memory, much like how the American costume is different from 25 years ago. People dress very casually, looking like tourists, but not really. It’s the style. But the Tiffany &
Co. charisma lives on. This, to me, is the genius of its leadership, beginning with Michael J. Kowalski, chairman of the board and C.E.O., who has been with the company for more than three decades. I’ve written about Tiffany & Co.’s annual holiday luncheon where they invite the fashion press and treat everyone to an elegant luncheon before sending them on their way with a very nice piece of merchandise, be it silver, china, or crystal. No, no diamonds, rubies, or emeralds, but always elegant, thoughtful, and understated yet generous in spirit.
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The event at the Guggenheim was called for 6:30 p.m. I got there at about 8 o’clock (it was a cocktail reception). It looked like a Tiffany & Co. production as their famous Tiffany Blue was cast onto an exterior wall of the museum and there was a bank of photographers taking pictures on the red carpet of beautiful young women dressed for the occasion. It was a very cool scene. It wasn’t subdued, yet there was a very cinematic atmosphere, visually, that reminded me of Bernardo Bertolucci or Luchino Visconti. The lighting was soft and changing from a soft light to a Tiffany Blue and a 34 QUEST
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ruby red. There were young women glamorously dressed, the champagne was flowing, canapés were being scooped up, and the men were in suits. There were many very sophisticated Asian people. The women especially were very chic in the classic sense. There was also a wall of four or five lighted portals displaying some of the Blue Book 2014 jewels. Jessica Beil was in an Oscar de la Renta dress and wearing a Diamond Drop necklace in platinum ($325,000) and Tiffany Diamond Legacy earrings in platinum ($165,000). Kate Bosworth was wearing a cushion-cut Blue Elbaite Cu-
prian Tourmaline Ring with yellow and white diamonds ($40,000) and a Tiffany Victoria necklace in platinum with diamonds ($55,000). Katie Holmes (in Balenciaga) was in a sapphire and diamond bracelet in platinum ($85,000) and an emerald-cut 27.31-ct. Esteemed Sapphire ring with diamonds in platinum—only $425,000! Just like the song: “Square- cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape / Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” I don’t think it takes much convincing, just from watching the crowd at the Guggenheim. Meanwhile, apropos of nothing but fun, I did get a
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away from the apartment. But Jenny, who was being carried around that evening by one of the ASPCA volunteers, reminded me of another dog named Buster that I adopted back in the late ’90s from the Center for Animal Control. He was a little sweetie. It turned out that my new girl was 12, was blind, had been in terrible health, had had tumors on all of her teats, and had a bronchial problem. But who cares? She needed a home. After I agreed to share my home with her, the vets at the ASPCA waited until they were sure she was in good health before releasing her. That was in June 2012. She’s been in very good
health ever since. She’s a sweet dog and able to maneuver around carefully, despite her blindness. She loves affection but, unlike my other two dogs, she does not come for it and, at first, was uncertain about receiving. I don’t know what her history is but she was a very alienated dog. They told me that she stayed off by herself at the center. It always amazes me that people have animals (and children) and abuse them or abandon them. Those are the real losers in life. Losers in so many ways. She was very tentative when she came home with me. Also, my other female—my alpha dog—Madame, or Missy, was
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nity to express my profoundly joyous affection for them daily, and that is their gift to me. The more, the merrier! Thursday, April 24, 2014. A sunny day, but not warm. A chill in the air, a strong breeze, and big gray clouds moving across the blue. Late in the afternoon, the news came out about the sudden, untimely death of Mark Shand, an Englishman who had been here in New York promoting his Elephant charity with the auction for the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt that was held the previous Tuesday night at Sotheby’s. To the many who knew him, it was shocking. Shand had gone on to a party to cel-
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can be one’s fate. It was later reported in the Daily Mail that Shand had taken both blood-thinning and pain medications, had a bad hip that he was scheduled to see the doctor about in a couple of days, and had been drinking. He left the building with his hands in his pockets, feeling unsteady. Shand was well-known, one of those people who was famous to the famous. Among other things, he was something of a swain, very popular with the ladies: good-looking, charming, and a man who liked the company of women. He’d been married only once to Clio Goldsmith (niece of the late tycoon Jimmy Gold-
smith) and had a daughter with her. But the list of his conquests (or volunteers) was long and star-studded. He was first mentioned in the American press in the 1970s when it was reported that he had a date with the then teenage Caroline Kennedy. She had been in London when they met. The item was newsworthy because it was showing that the late president’s daughter was growing up. Shand was no more than in his early twenties, if that. I met him in the early ’80s, when he was in Los Angeles with his friend Harry Fane and they were doing business internationally collecting and selling vintage Cartier jewelry,
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EAST FISHKILL, Dutchess County, NY - Wiccopee House. Circa 1894, this beautiful estate on 17.6 acres, includes the 7000 square foot Georgian style main house featuring EAST FISHKILL, Dutchess County, NY - Wiccopee House. Circa 1894, this beau6 bedrooms, gleaming wood floors, multiple fireplaces, period details and a gourmet tiful estate on 17.6 acres, includes the 7000 square foot Georgian style main house featuring kitchen. Additional features include a 100’ x 30’ barn with a 2 bedroom apartment, pad6 bedrooms, gleaming wood floors, multiple fireplaces, period details and a gourmet dock, pool, and tennis court. Offered at $2,495,000 kitchen. Additional features include a 100’ x 30’ barn with a 2 bedroom apartment, paddock, pool, and tennis court. Offered at $2,495,000
GARRISON, NY - Spacious and open country home with fabulous HUDSON RIVER VIEWS to the west and north to Storm King Mt and Newburgh Bay. The living room features GARRISON, NY - Spacious and open country home with fabulous HUDSON RIVER cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace, and all living areas enjoy the views and access to stone terVIEWS to the west and north to Storm King Mt and Newburgh Bay. The living room features races. 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, includes huge master suite privately located on its own level. cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace, and all living areas enjoy the views and access to stone terThe in-ground pool and cabana further enhance the 5.6 acre property. Offered at $1,995,000 races. 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, includes huge master suite privately located on its own level. The in-ground pool and cabana further enhance the 5.6 acre property. Offered at $1,995,000
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GARRISON, NY - Courtside. This rustic stone barn, whose distinctive architecture sets it apart from the ordinary, has been converted into 10,000 square feet of luxurious GARRISON, NY - Courtside. This rustic stone barn, whose distinctive architecture living space. The home features large public rooms, country kitchen, 7-8 bedrooms and sets it apart from the ordinary, has been converted into 10,000 square feet of luxurious a separate 2 bedroom apartment. The beautifully landscaped 4 acre property also offers living space. The home features large public rooms, country kitchen, 7-8 bedrooms and a tennis court and gunite pool. Offered at $1,650,000 a separate 2 bedroom apartment. The beautifully landscaped 4 acre property also offers a tennis court and gunite pool. Offered at $1,650,000
Putnam Valley, NY - Lovely country retreat on almost 5 acres. This C. 1935 home offers 4356 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, 2 working fireplaces, hardwood floors, and numerous Putnam Valley, NY - Lovely country retreat on almost 5 acres. This C. 1935 home offers window seats, nooks and crannies for added character. The glorious backyard features an in4356 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, 2 working fireplaces, hardwood floors, and numerous ground pool with spa and sizeable barbeque and patio area. The property also includes a forwindow seats, nooks and crannies for added character. The glorious backyard features an inmer dairy barn and pond. Offered at $1,300,000 ground pool with spa and sizeable barbeque and patio area. The property also includes a former dairy barn and pond. Offered at $1,300,000
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IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY 60 QUEST
OVER THE YEARS, I have photographed
the exotically beautiful Paloma Picasso on several occasions and have always come away with a photograph I like. The one here was taken in August 1980, on the brink of her becoming a Tiffany & Co.
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Paloma Picasso in August 1980.
superstar. The name “Paloma” means “dove” in Spanish, and so Paloma incorporated the dove into several of her classic designs. She is graceful and gracious and has a confident yet refined manner that is reassuring when you meet her.
I asked John Loring of Tiffany & Co., a longtime friend of Paloma, to tell me about her rise to prominence in her own right, no longer in the shadow of her famous father, and John replied: “Paloma Picasso blazed into the strato-
sphere of haute joaillerie in 1980 with her first collection of jewels for Tiffany & Co. Her use of ample to lavish scale, her love of vibrant color in gemstones (which brought fiery orange opals and shocking pink tourmalines into fashion) and her ever-so-chic use of ‘scribbles,’ ‘graffiti’ and, of course, of her signature ‘X’ instantly established her as jewelry design’s newest star. Her unerring eye for glamour and her inquisitive and informed sense of personal style played their roles. Youthful, playfully exuberant, visually stunning—her Tiffany jewels were all of these.” Not a bad way to be described. What more can I say? It seems like only yesterday, once again. u M AY 2 0 1 4 6 1
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SO LONG, SKYLINE Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced to the rhythm of the city in the ’40s
BACK TO THE mythic city, dreamed into existence by the movies long ago and instantly memorable—a visually stunning place built for action and adventure, a city of broad avenues and narrow side streets, of soaring towers and grubby tenements. It is the stuff that dreams are made of, as Sam Spade drooled in The Maltese Falcon. But what has happened to the gritty stoops of Harlem, the waterfront filled with gleaming ships, the majestic train stations and grand hotels? I’ll tell you, progress is what has happened. And it stinks. New York, for me, has always been a fictive place, mostly made up from movies I’d seen, the rest from childhood impressions at a time when New York really was the center of the universe. A mythic city is an idea, an American masculinity sort of thing, with a moral code of honor all its own, which includes gangsters in fedoras, cops in double-breasted, ill-fitting suits, and dizzy dames with runs in their stockings. Yes, I know. I’m back in the ’40s and everything appears in black and white, but if you don’t like black and white and you prefer car crashes and explosions in glorious Technicolor, stop reading here. Manhattan’s skyscrapers were where superheroes strutted, as in The Fountainhead and Executive Suite. There were times when Fred and Ginger whirled around on a rooftop, and there 62 QUEST
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This page, from left: The Fountainhead should have served as a lesson; Mary Astor and Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Fountain, which originated the phrase “the stuff that dreams are made of ” ; the skyscrapers that bolster the city.
was another time when a giant monkey hung on for dear life at the top of the Empire State Building. Yes, this was the city I laid eyes on in 1948 and the one that has remained an illusion ever since, a shimmering picture of glamour and pleasure and danger that distracts and hypnotizes. But no longer. The Empire State and Chrysler buildings are real, of course, and their enduring place among the most distinctive and majestic buildings ever produced is assured. So is Rockefeller Center, a marvel that I watched nonstop on my first night in Manhattan as a 12-year-old. My, what a place to land in after eight years of war and privations! It made Alice in Wonderland sound boring and pedestrian. The next year Warner Brothers released an adaption of The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand’s peon to the value of the individual versus the collective. Ironically, the hero, Howard Roark, is a modernist who struggles to build his bold designs in a compromising world that “made buildings look like Greek temples.” I was young and impressionable and failed to boo when they showed the movie on a Saturday night at the Lawrenceville School. Neoclassical skyscrapers are shown to be timid and conventional by Rand and director King Vidor, but the tragedy is that neither of them is around today to see what the modernists have done to
this once beautiful city. The great press lord, played by the aristocratic Raymond Massey, does not resemble today’s Rupert Murdoch at all. (He dresses like a gentleman and doesn’t look like a man who would ever fall for the snaky charms of an ugly Chinese hustler like Wendi Deng.) Massey dismisses the Neoclassical designs as “great big marble bromides,” a capital offence in and of itself because I cannot think of a more beautiful design than a great big marble bromide that uses glass to frame panoramic views of Manhattan. The Fountainhead should have been a lesson but it wasn’t. Sleek and dynamic modern glass buildings turn lifeless and anonymous when repeated ad nauseam, as happens to be the case in the city. Great architects are very few and far between. For every Ludwig Mies van der Rohe there are countless Norman Fosters, the man who managed to turn the main square of St. Moritz into a carbuncle of ugliness in his search for innovative modernism. (You can search all you want, Norman, but without talent you ain’t gonna find it.) Modernism, especially in architecture, is bleak and sterile and incomprehensible and a panacea for the talentless and the phony. Urban architecture that draws on the decorative style of previous eras is beauty personified, whereas functionalism—as the gimmick is called nowadays—is the very stuff that
has made architects and city planners turn their backs on what makes a city beautiful and livable. And speaking of modern life, the takeover by the Internet has sealed our fate, and it’s not for the better. Porn is king, but leave it to the New York Times to run a major article debating whether porn has influence on the young. How can anyone debate this? What David Cameron referred to as “the corrosion of childhood” is a fact to anyone who recognizes the difference between day and night, but porn is very, very big business and I don’t give a damn what neuroscience tells us. Young people exposed to porn are malleable to extreme behavior and teens need protection from the porn merchants of not only the Internet, but of Hollywood and the T.V. networks. Last month, a great American hero died at 89, rear admiral Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr., the pilot who, while being interviewed as a POW, blinked in Morse the word “torture,” signaling to the Jane Fondas of the world that the men in black pyjamas in North Vietnam did not exactly play by the rules. He spent seven years in a tiny cell but his greatest disappointment once back home was the failure of morality among Americans. No modernist he. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. M AY 2 0 1 4 6 3
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GRACE KELLY AND THE JET SET BY LIZ SMITH “THE PASSENGER JET was, and still is, one of the wonders of the world, a world whose other wonders the jet makes accessible,” writes author William Stadiem. If they keep getting super bad publicity for the upcoming movie Grace of Monaco, they are going to create an underground demand for this outrageous movie, which I hear my friend, producer Harvey Weinstein, would rather downplay than play up. But how can he, when the movie will open the Cannes Film Festival on May 14? (Word of mouth is that it’s not even “campy fun,” which would at least guarantee some interest.) Meanwhile, the Prince of Monaco, Albert, is saying the film portrays his late father, Prince Rainier, as “some kind of putz.”
Or so he complained to the New York Post. Nicole Kidman, an actress I like and admire, stars in this movie and is said to bear very little resemblance to the super glamorized Grace Kelly, who deserted films back in the ’50s to become Prince Rainier’s fairytale princess. At the time, Grace gave up an already very sexy and entertaining life, kissing the likes of Clark Gable and Bing Crosby and winning an Oscar. She was at the peak of stardom when she gave up her acting career and became a princess. Hollywood had been a snap for the demure-looking blonde from Philadelphia. At the time, the golden Greek Aristotle Onassis—pre-Jackie Kennedy—owned the Société des Bains de Mer, which meant
This page, clockwaise from top left: Grace Kelly holding her Best Actress Oscar statue with William Holden; Kelly dancing with her husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco; Jet Set by William Stadiem. Opposite page: Kelly
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with To Catch a Thief co-star Cary Grant.
owning Monaco itself. It was a little tiny enclave on the edge of the French Riviera that had been created as an escape from taxes. And everybody began to go to Monaco to gamble and shop and join what was coming to be called the Jet Set. I keep telling people that the family in place at the Monaco palace was Johnny-come-lately among many European titles. The press always refers to them as “royalty,” but they were about as royal as Royal Crown Cola. If they were anything, they were mere “serene highnesses,” as my then boss, Igor Cassini, always told me. His brother, movie costume designer, Oleg, had almost married Grace Kelly himself. The Cassinis knew history and titles. Both brothers spent a lot of time helping to further the glamour of Monaco and Igor feathered his own nest as an international columnist for the then powerful Hearst newspapers. (I was just a ghostwriter for him.) You can read all about these realities in the coming June book titled Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation’s Glory Years. Stadiem’s work is comprehensive, all about when folks began to really fly around in a hurry. This booming air era facilitated both advertising and publicity and everybody began to worship the Jet Set and tried to become a part of it.
Included in this coming book are par examples of the then successful man, the aforesaid Igor Cassini, who used the nom de plume of Cholly Knickerbocker. He created and helped popularize the phrase “Jet Set.” This book shows us how society changed with the coming of rapid air travel and as the “social” or “society” world began to lose its polish, events took on the false glamour of “celebrity.” That is exemplified in today’s world where push, shove, and getting attention hold sway. What a book Stadiem has written for Ballantine Books! The Kennedys, the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, and early financiers like Eddie Gilbert are dealt with in depth. It was a beginning for the sort of frenetic, desperate world we now seem to be living in. If you think yesterday’s glamour and appeal was for people trying to be rich and famous, well, that’s nothing compared to nowadays. I lived intimately through it all in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s and I am yet to find a mistake in author Stadiem’s amazing book. Order it now. All the players are here, Bobby Kennedy as a menace to much of the fun; Joe Kennedy, his father, having young ladies procured for him; lawyers making millions getting “socialites” out of hot water; the creation of disco and rock and roll; the rise of Great Britain’s popular music and fashion appeal; and on and on. Plus, New York as the so-called “400” became the 4 million. M AY 2 0 1 4 6 5
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MAY IS FOR MOTHERS, we all know, but it also marks our annual Jewelry
Issue—and what better way to celebrate the most special woman in your life than with a dazzling new statement piece? We’ve checked in with some of our favorite jewelers to offer some splendid options for mom. Along the way, we stumbled upon just the right page-turner (and the perfect beach to read it on, too).
Cultivate your garden in Van Cleef and Arpels’ “Les Jardins” Melia necklace, with pink sapphires, mandarin garnets, and diamonds in white gold. Price upon request. Van Cleef and Arpels: 212.896.9284.
Reign with beauty in Marchesa’s empire-
This sketched-flowers scarf in silk was illustrated
waist gown with gold metallic lace bralet and tulle skirt with ribbon
by Benjamin Seidler for
roses and tied ribbons. Price upon
Asprey. $510. Asprey:
request. Marchesa: At marchesa.com.
853 Madison Ave., 212.688.1811.
Set the table in style with breathtaking crystal stemware in assorted colors from Saint-Louis: Apollo Purple N2 ($495), Bubbles Light Blue N2 ($290), and Tommy Chartreuse N2 ($495). To purchase, call 855.240.9740.
Charm her beyond her wildest imagination with Fabergé’s Charmeuse Fuchsia Ring in white and pink gold, pink sapphire, white diamonds, and pink and violet sapphires. Price upon request. Fabergé: 694 Madison Ave., 646.559.8848. 66 QUEST
Dangle on a bangle (or few) in any number of these cheerfully colored enamel bracelets by Hermès. $470–830. Hermès: Available at Hermès stores nationwide, 800.441.4488, or hermes.com.
Black onyx surrounds .51 carats of diamonds set in 18-kt. yellow gold in these stellar Black Onyx Starfish Earrings at Scully & Scully. $3,950. Scully & Scully: scullyandscully.com.
Cartier introduces this Amulette de Cartier necklace in 18-kt. yellow gold, diamonds, and onyx. Price upon request. Cartier: At Cartier boutiques nationwide, 800.CARTIER, or cartier.us.
Feel fresh as the morning dew in Carolina Herrera’s green and black embroidered dress for spring. $5,990. Carolina Herrera: 954 Madison Ave., 212.249.6552.
Wempe’s BY KIM Voyage rings in 18-kt. yellow, rose, or white gold, with brilliant-cut diamonds, are worth taking along for life’s journey. Starting at $725. Wempe: 700 Fifth Ave., 212.397.9000, or wempe.com.
Fasten on Sorab & Roshi’s Stay on track in Stuart Weitzman’s Rotary heel in Iriquois weave. $435. Stuart Weitzman: 625 Madison Ave., 212.750.2555.
Golden Seahorse Pin with diamonds in 18-kt. gold. $19,800. Sorab & Roshi: 30 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn., 203.869.5800, or sorabandroshi.com. M AY 2 0 1 4 6 7
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black and white Cady striped peplum jacket ($3,295), white cotton shirt ($740), and black double-faced wool short ($795). Ralph Lauren Collection: At ralphlauren.com.
No doubt about it, Stubbs & Wootton’s Bow Raffia Skimmer is the ultimate dinner slipper this season—and the shoe every girlfriend is sure to slip into when her boyfriend’s not watching. $495. 987 Madison Ave., 212.249.5200.
Design meets color in this necklace by Bulgari,
For the fashionable woman who also embraces function,
in pink gold, spinels, peridots, amethysts, and diamonds, from the High Jewelry Collection. Price upon request. Bulgari: 800.BVLGARI
the Shilo™ frame offers a smooth, sexy design that performs as well as it looks. Italian-made frame in tortoise. $229. Kaenon: kaenon.com.
Dee Hutton is keeping things cool yet hot with her Waverly T in guipure lace ($850) and Kool pant in sienna stretch leather ($1,750). Dee Hutton: By studio appointment or select trunk shows nationwide; for more, visit deehutton.com.
For the woman who’s grown into her own: Mauboussin’s My First Madame ring in 18-kt. pink gold with mother-ofpearl and a rhodolite center stone. $3,100. Mauboussin: 714 Madison Ave., Harry’s still talking to us, especially with these Diamond Loop earrings in round- and pear-shaped diamonds and platinum. Price upon request. Harry Winston:
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Take advantage of the Dominican Highlights package at Puntacana Resort & Club’s Tortuga Bay property and enjoy daily breakfast for two, one fishing tour per stay, VIP roundtrip transfers, and Villa Manager Service, all starting at $705 per night (plus taxes): 888.442.2262.
The Tiffany Blue Book 2014 bracelet is a surefire stunner in brilliantly colored gemstones and gold. $115,000. Tiffany & Co.: tiffany.com.
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This spread, clockwise from top: A rendering of a living room in the of the coastal city; the expansive infinity-edge pool with waterfall available to the residents; among the many amenities afforded by the waterfront properties include an on-site marina and a private day yacht; the master bedrooms feature Boffi wood vanities and Dornbracht fixtures; the architecture is a new example of the best of Miami Modern; each residence has custom interior details by Piero Lissoni.
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Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, which affords a sweeping view
BEAUTY BY THE BEACH SET IN A quiet corner of Miami Beach where lake, ocean, and waterway converge, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, will offer the ultimate in luxury waterfront living: seven acres of gardens, pools, private boat slips, and entertainment spaces. Comprised of 111 condominium residences and 15 private single-family villas, these will be some of only a few standalone Ritz-Carlton Residences in the world. Located at 4701 North Meridian Avenue, the project brings together exceptional amenities and services with modern architecture and design unmatched in South Florida. The expansive residences incorporate natural materials and framed views with a modernist vision and detailed Italian craftsmanship designed by acclaimed architect Piero Lissoni. In line with the long-standing tradition of excellence synonymous with The Ritz-Carlton name, these Miami Beach residences will include a collection of resort-style amenities unparalleled in the greater Miami region. A unique feature of The Residences will be the on-site private boat slips and a condominium-owned luxury Van Dutch boat. Owners will have the opportunity to rejuvenate in a private spa treatment suite, steam rooms, and a sauna; reenergize in an outdoor yoga garden; and work out in a state-of-the-art fitness center. There will also be a barbecue, in-house restaurant, private screening room, and library. The founding partner of Lissoni Associati and BY LISSONI, Piero Lissoni works across various disciplines of architecture, executing visually arresting spaces that are a pleasure in which to live, work, and play. Headquartered in Milan and New York, the company has won numerous awards for projects including the historic renovation and addition of the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem; the interior architecture of Studio M Hotel in Singapore; and the construction of the Ferrari Club House in Italy. Lissoni Associati have created hotels that have become city icons, from Amsterdam’s Conservatorium to Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal in Venice. The Residences’ modern and artistic design will create a development that will change the Miami Beach skyline and how we look at luxury living. Thanks to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach will now have one of the world’s premier luxury spots to host the life of your dreams. u M AY 2 0 1 4 7 1
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TAKING THE NEXT STEP WITH KHAKI WENNSTROM This month, Khaki Wennstrom of SpikedSeltzer invites the twentysomethings of Quest to party with The Next Step Realty at Figawi on Nantucket. The weekend promises to be filled with boats and, well, low-carb, gluten-free booze from SpikedSeltzer!
WHAT IS FIGAWI? 1. A new energy bar
packed full of figs; 2. What a toddler says after smashing his pinky in a door; or 3. A sailing race with over 240 boats from Hyannis to Nantucket during Memorial Day weekend. If you answered “3,” you are very clever and probably do well on standardized tests. If you also know why the race is called “Figawi,” you likely
have attended and know how friggin’ awesome it is. Before I revert to proper English (which is optional during Figawi, as it’s more of a slurring kind of weekend), let me explain why the race is blessed with this endearing name. So, imagine you are a captain from the islands (or think Baaahhston), and you are lost at sea somewhere between Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard,
maybe because you’ve been drinking too much SpikedSeltzer (we’ll get to what that is in a minute). You turn to your first mate and exclaim, “Where the figawi?” Get it? Now you are chuckling and thinking, “I need to check this out.” Make plans to head to Nantucket and join 3,000 spectators as they party-hop across the island. Be assured that those
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This page, from left: Dave Holmes and Nick Shields, owners of SpikedSeltzer; Nantucket, where Figawi takes place on Memorial Day weekend.
on the list of friends, family, clients, and ambassadors over at The Next Step Realty are already set to take Figawi to new heights. The Next Step Realty, which locates starter apartments in Manhattan for recent college graduates and young professionals, opened in 2010. And already, co-founder and C.E.O. Blair Brandt has figured out that the best way to get from New York to Nantucket for Figawi is to do away with boats and, with the help of a few corporate sponsors, charter a 737 straight from White Plains Airport. On Fly Figawi (www.flyfigawi. com), passengers will enjoy free-flowing SpikedSeltzer before and during the flight. What the fig is that? A new alcoholic refreshment, which is converting bloated beer drinkers to its low-carb, gluten-free alternative.
over. SpikedSeltzer will be the buzz of summer as The Next Step Realty’s official liquor sponsor. Complimentary SpikedSeltzer will be served up at The Next Step Realty’s three locations in Manhattan and at their events in East Hampton and Nantucket. “A few years ago, I went out to Nantucket and fell in love with it,” says Brandt. “One of our business partners has a house in Sconset. It’s a special place for me to go and decompress. That led me to say, ‘I’m out there, let me find a way to make this productive.’” And in ‘Next Step’ lingo, that means fun for all! “We decided to throw a party during Memorial Day weekend; that’s when the post-grad twentysomething crowd really starts going out to Nantucket.” The event is at a house a tad larger
list and security, the party will retain the laid-back feel that Nantucket—and Sconset—are known for. “We watch the weather and declare which day the party will happen on the morning of,” explains Brandt. “People roll with it. It’s not like the Hamptons, where you put up a tent and send invitations.” You might also publicize V.I.P. guests there, but not here. He expects high-profile guests, but “in the culture of Nantucket,” will keep names on the down low. The SpikedSeltzer guys are sure to be there, and you may be asking for their autographs once you taste the stuff. They only live a short paddle away, on Long Island Sound in Connecticut. Shields and co-founder Dave Holmes both happen to be oarsmen—as well as pilots—so I asked if they consid-
This page, from left: A sampling of SpikedSeltzers in Valencia Orange, West Indies Lime, and Indian River Grapefruit; a view of the race.
Boathouse Beverage founder and brewer Nick Shields developed the unique product. “We combine a few simple ingredients: cold-pressed lime essence, a secret natural sugar blend, and pure Adirondack water,” explains Shields. After the brewing process, what customers get is 6 percent alcohol, 140 calories (only 20 of which are from sugar), and, reportedly, no hang-
than the average quaint Sconset cottage (say, 10 times larger). It proved a popular venue for an all-day pool party during Figawi weekend. “We have a Range Rover with our company name on it,” says Brandt. “A buzz developed. People would stop us and ask when the party was.” The first year, 150 people attended; last year, 200; and this year, 300 are expected. Despite the need for a guest
ered entering a SpikedSeltzer boat in the race. Rowing, flying, sailing—what’s the difference? Turns out Shields has another concern: “Well, our logo is a mermaid… I’m sure you know what mermaids do with sailors. Best we stick to serving drinks on shore.” Should you get lost and miss Figawi, be sure to try SpikedSeltzer anywhere from Boston to Montauk this summer. u M AY 2 0 1 4 7 3
WE ALL GO TO MARGAUX
ONCE YOU FIGHT your way through the bustling lobby, past the wall of diner-like booths lining the bar, then into the restaurant, you might think you’ve stumbled upon the New York sister restaurant of, say, Pierre Jancou’s Vivant Table in Paris. There’s an airy romance about the place, set into effect by an overwhelmingly calm, sepia-tinged patina cast everywhere, as if the lush green banquette seating, fresh plants in porcelain potting, Argentinean floral tiles, and warm woods are being scanned through a Valencia filter in our eyes. Or you might think you’ve stumbled into the back garden area of the Waverly Inn and Garden, over in the West Village. It makes sense: hotelier Sean MacPherson, who renovated the Waverly Inn with Graydon Carter, is the mastermind behind this latest “neighborhood café,” Margaux, in the heart of Greenwich Village. MacPherson, who is also responsible for the recent multi-million-dollar renovation of the Marlton Hotel, which houses 74 Q U E S T
Margaux, has said he was inspired to transform the former Marlton House (a onetime abode for great minds of the Beat Generation) into the sort of hotel on a Parisian side street that might be found in Tender is the Night. Thus explains the Parisian-influenced “baby grand” hotel that alludes to both postwar Paris and glory-days Greenwich Village in the details. MacPherson, like Jancou in Paris, is a modern master of the espace retrouvé—reclaiming old spaces on shadowy streets or corners and revitalizing them with crushingly nostalgic splash. (MacPherson is poised to help put West 8th Street, the den of Doc Martens–type shoe stores, back on the map, much like Jancou turned the rue des Petites-Écuries into a hip Parisian destination.) At Margaux, there’s no need to Instagram anything; life here is already some dreamy vision of the past. Chefs Michael Reardon and Jeremy Blutstein boast dishes with “sunny, dynamic flavors,” and the food certainly does call
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This page: A view of Marlton Bar, just before the entrance to Margaux (above); the squid ink bucatini with Maine lobster and Calabrian chili (below). Opposite page: The Atrium dining area. Margaux at The Marlton Hotel: 5 West 8th St. (between 5th and 6th avenues), open from 7 a.m. until midnight; 212.321.0111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
to mind rather far-flung coastlines. Starters like the olives with citrus, chili, and preserved lemon transport you immediately to the Italian seashore; the country bread—well worth the four dollars (bread, dear New Yorkers, is disappearing from tables faster than complimentary in-flight beverage service)—bathes beautifully in Sicilian olive oil, Kriemhild Dairy butter, and sea salt. With an ethos of seasonality and healthful ingredients, the menu can change daily, which might be cause for disappointment among return customers wanting more, but which is meant to offer the highest-quality food and drink “without pretense,” as the restaurant puts it. To be sure, pretense has been expunged from the menu, and also, in part, from the service. Don’t dare to deliberate too long on dishes (or you might lose your turn), and don’t banter about the earthiness or minerality of possible wines. Though the food is partly California-inspired, this is not wine country: even if you say no to Rieslings, one might be
served anyway, and even though you thought you wouldn’t like that (admittedly agreeable) chilled Alsatian Pinot Noir with your (unmistakably delectable) Arctic char with English peas, black trumpets, and horseradish, you might have to suck it up anyway. The burger surely beckons with English cheddar and pickled jalapeños (the pickled treats to start, it must be mentioned, are so good they’re apt to induce future pregnancy-grade cravings), but it’s “just a burger,” or so we’re told. More seasonal might be the olive oil–poached dayboat cod with wax beans, fingerling potatoes, and Taggiasche olives, or the rotisserie chicken with Urfa biber (a dried Turkish chili pepper), smashed sweet potato, and harissa. Turkish spices, curried yogurts, and kale salad with chilies and spicy pumpkin seeds might be more in keeping with the menu’s mission, but the marriage of Italy and American East Coast in the squid-ink bucatini with Maine lobster and Calabrian chili is so ambrosial, you might just have to Instagram it. u M AY 2 0 1 4 7 5
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THE FINE ART OF HIGH JEWELRY
QUEST: How did the National Jewelry Institute come to be? JUDITH PRICE: I founded the NJI 10 years ago. At the time, there was no not-for-profit organization focused on telling the story of the jewelry industry. We’re not a trade company but, rather, our mission is to educate people about people, events, and places—using jewelry as a metaphor. Every show that we’ve had in 10 years, and we’ve had 14 exhibitions, has really been about education. 76 QUEST
We have a show coming up called “Destination New York: Traveling In Style.” I think if you asked about what life was like 20 or 30 years ago—what did people wear when they went on a plane, a train, or a ship—you’d realize that, for us, it would be like experiencing going to the moon. Our honorary chairperson, Princess Marie-Chantal, took her seven-year-old son to the USS Intrepid and, on deck, there’s a Concorde plane. She said, “This is where mommy used to sit.” He answered, “I don’t understand, mommy. This plane looks like the future but it’s in the past.” Luxury, especially luxury traveling, doesn’t exist today, unfortunately. It’s always been our mission to speak to these eras using jewelry as a metaphor. Q: How has the NJI evolved over the decade since 2004? JP: When we started the NJI, jewelry was a $50 billion industry with the big players. But this was 10 years ago, when the Internet wasn’t as pervasive and you didn’t have Google and
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JUDITH PRICE ESTABLISHED the National Jewelry Institute in 2004 to educate the world on eras of history through the jewelry of the time. The organization has since hosted 14 exhibitions and is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on May 7 with a gala at the Morgan Library. There, it will announce a partnership with Parsons The New School of Design, a collaboration to introduce one-week courses for students interested in jewelry in New York and Paris. Here, Quest speaks with Judith Price about her passion project.
This page, clockwise from top left: The court at the Morgan Library, where the National Jewelry Institute will celebrate its 10-year anniversary; Judith Price, president of the NJI, and Ashton Hawkins, chairman of the NJI; “Jeweled Binding with Virgin and Child Surrounded by Evangelists, Five Saints, and Two Virtues,” purchased by J.P. Morgan, Jr., in 1926. Opposite page: Fred Leighton’s Zolotas brooch, which belonged to Jackie Kennedy.
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(The piece returned to the collection of Fred Leighton, but has been sold.)
the would-be creators weren’t able to distribute their products. So, while $50 billion is no small potatoes, we now have a $100 billion industry because of e-commerce. The industry blossomed and the museums started having more shows about jewelry. There became more of an interest. Ten years ago, the interest was fashion, and then it started being about accessories—accessories and shoes—and then the sweet spot was jewelry. You don’t have to buy the jewelry, but you do have to learn. It’s like, we go to the concert without having to play an instrument. You don’t have to be an actor, but isn’t it wonderful to watch the movie? Q: Who collects jewelry? JP: The important collectors of jewelry are men. Think about the very famous Cartier Patiala necklace for the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patalia and think about the Indian princes—they wore jewelry, they were collec-
This page, clockwise from top left: Joel Towers, executive dean of arsons The New School for Design; Joan Crawford, dressed in jewels; Diana Vreeland’s Schlumberger lighter from the 1940s; Joan Crawford’s Raymond C. Yard bracelet. Opposite page: “Jeweled Covers of the Lindau Gospels” (circa 880), purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1901.
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Q: What are your favorite types of jewelry? JP: For me, I like three types. I like Art Deco, where there’s the very elaborate and the very plain. For fun, I like to wear Sophia Vari, who is married to Fernando Botero. She’s a sculptress. I like to wear her earrings because they’re mahogany and amusing. The third thing I like to do is medals. I’ll go to flea markets and buy old medals. The one that I’m wearing today is from the First World War and it is no longer issued. I put them on an old necklace and they dress it up. I bought medals in a flea market in Turkey and had them made into a necklace. Not to sell, but for me to be amused. I think the trick is to wear something you feel comfortable with. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it has to make you feel good. It could be a locket that your grandmother gave to your mother. Jewelry should be about memories. It should be about your first job, your first kiss, your first promotion. It should only be serious in that way. In other words, it’s about evoking a memory and not how expensive something is. u
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tors. And think about J.P. Morgan, whose legacy is of course the Morgan Library and Museum, which is where we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary. He was the greatest jewelry collector of the Victorian Era.
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SPARKLE AND SOUL RWANDA HAS LONG held an important place in the life of philanthropist Francine LeFrak. She attempted to make a movie about the 1994 genocide, and when that didn’t pan out, she created an organization with the intention of giving a hand to the women who were devastated by the genocide and chaos that followed. During a 2007 trip to Rwanda, a longtime friend, Willa Shalit, showed Francine a crocheted bracelet made of hand-blown
glass beads designed by AIDS activist and artist Mary Fisher. Francine immediately saw the potential to create something beautiful that would employ women who needed a way out of poverty. She decided to create a special jewelry collection. Along with Janet Nkubana, of the weaving cooperative Gahaya Links, she recruited four HIV/AIDS-affected women already trained to crochet by Fisher. And thus, Same Sky was born.
“Never did I think that my life’s journey would bring me to own a company based in Rwanda,” Francine said. “But sometimes life’s plans are taken on a different course simply because of the people that you meet and the stories that they tell you. If you allow people to touch your heart in a certain way, it changes you forever.” The Same Sky foundation gives women affected by hardship a chance to work,
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offering training and education in the hopes that they will go on to lead independent lives. According to its mission statement, “our goal is to effectuate social change for women who can then act as role models for their surrounding communities and the generations to come.” Thanks to the sales of the jewelry and the foundation, Same Sky has grown to include nearly one hundred women artisans in Rwanda and a partnership in Zambia. The foundation is supported through charity events, with all proceeds going to training, as well as sales of the bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and cufflinks—all handmade and unique. You can see examples on the Same Sky website: woven or crocheted bracelets, silver necklaces with beads or lacquered with
pearls. The African success led to Same Sky America. Last year, the organization opened a halfway home in New Jersey for women who have recently been released from jail. Using the same training and goals as in Rwanda, Same Sky is giving these women a second chance, which society often won’t. Now sold around the world, the Same Sky jewelry line is made by women who say these elegant pieces reflect their stories. Brigitte, one of the artisans in Rwanda, Brigitte, says: “I had nothing but now I am a woman, I am a mother, and I am someone. Same Sky has restored my dignity as a woman.” u
This page, clockwise from top: The jewelry is made with detailed crocheting; Same Sky founder Francine LeFrak with an artisan; Prosperity Bracelets; black laquer Sky bracelets; the Carnelion Sky necklace. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Artisans in Rwanda; an Indigo Sky bracelet; the Papaya Hope necklace.
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MARRIAGES BY ELIZABETH QUINN BROWN
Alexandra Parsons & Mark Andrews January 11, 2014 New York, New York
The ceremony took place at the Church of Heavenly Rest. The bride wore a dress designed by Monique Lhuillier and carried a bouquet from Renny & Reed.
The flower girls were Beatrice duPont, Clementine duPont, and Eleanor duPont, who enjoyed a carrot cake by Sylvia Weinstock at the wedding.
The wedding party included best man Reynolds duPont III, the groom’s brother-in-law, and maid of honor Jessie Parsons, the bride’s sister.
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The reception took place at the Pierre Hotel, where the couple danced to “You’re My Home” by Billy Joel.
MARRIAGES Lizzi Bickford & Trey Sned April 5, 2014 Palm Beach, Florida
The bride—who is the head of Events by Lizzi Bickford in Palm Beach—put her talents to work at her own wedding.
The bride wore a dress that she designed herself, with lace that she discovered with her father in Paris.
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The ceremony took place at Bethesda by the Sea, which was followed by a reception at the Sailfish Club of Florida.
Guests were served Southsides—a favorite cocktail of the bride and groom—braised short rib, and carrot cake.
The couple danced to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison before honeymooning in Bangkok, Koh Samui, and Singapore.
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MARRIAGES Amanda Senatore & Parker Hatfield October 26, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts
The wedding party included best man Justin Siebel and maid of honor Adelaide Polk-Bauman, as well as flower girl Vivian Whitelaw.
The couple minimooned in Bermuda and plan to honeymoon in Italy.
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The bride’s parents, John and Nina Senatore, and the groom’s parents, Guy and Debbi Hatfield, celebrated the union of their children.
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The wedding, which took place at the Boston Harbor Hotel, was attended by 150 of the couple’s nearest and dearest.
The bride wore a dress designed by Amsale and carried a bouquet of white garden roses with ranunculus, stephanotis, and ivy.
Casey Roach & Emilie Kuhn Casey Roach and Emilie Kuhn will be married on October 11 in the gardens of the City Club in Wilmington, North Carolina. The ceremony will be officiated by Reverend Terrence Elsberry of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, New York, the husband of the groom’s godmother, Nancy Elsberry. The sister of the bride, Jennifer Schade, will serve as matron of honor and the brother of the groom, Taylor Roach, will serve as best man. Also to be in attendance are the couple’s parents: James and Elizabeth Kuhn and John and Joan Roach, Jr. The bride and groom are from towns in Connecticut (North Granby and Greenwich, respectively) but were introduced by a friend when they were living in Chicago, Illinois. Casey proposed to Emilie at their apartment in Brooklyn, New York, where they relocated to in 2013. The groom designed the engagment ring with a diamond that once belonged to his great-grandmother. The bride graduated from Denison University and the groom graduated from St. Lawrence University.
Kirk Bedell & Sally Lynch Kirk Bedell and Sally Lynch will be married on May 10 at the Mill Reef Club in Antigua. Sally visited the Mill Reef Club with her family throughout her youth and the resort has since become special to the groom as well as to the bride. At the wedding, the bride’s sisters, Helen Kingsley Lynch and Maisie Lynch Branson, will serve as maids of honor and the groom’s brother, David Branson Smith, and friend, Turner Westray Battle III, will serve as the best men. The Reverend George Andrews, who married Sally’s parents as well as her aunts and uncles, will be there to participate. The couple met at a fête for a book by Kirk’s mother, author Sally Bedell Smith, at Doubles. Though Kirk lived in St. Louis, the couple wasn’t deterred—they commuted for a year before Kirk relocated to New York, where he was born and raised. Kirk proposed to Sally on a dock off the 17th green at the Fishers Island Club, following an early-morning stroll, with cups of coffee in tow. The bride and groom both graduated from Trinity College.
Jennifer Stocker & Scott Riebe Jennifer Stocker and Scott Riebe will be married on October 18 at the Coral Beach and Tennis Club in Bermuda—the couple’s go-to for vacations because of how romantic it is. The bride, designer of the resortwear brand Sail to Sable, will be designing the dresses of the 13 bridesmaids—how lucky are they! The service and reception will take place outside at the club and the maids of honor will be Brooke Shepard and Jodie Stocker; the best men will be Mac Bayly and Thomas Knechtel. The couple met as children in Darien, Connecticut, but started dating after they reconnected at a Halloween party in New York City. Scott proposed to Jennifer at the couple's apartment on the Upper East Side over a meal of Jennifer's favorite cuisine, sushi. He presented her with a box from Monograms Off Madison with her “new” intitals. Inside, an engagement ring that she couldn't say no to. The bride graduated from Loyola College and the groom graduated from Villanova University. u
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WHY TRUSTS MATTER BY MARY HICKOK, BRUCE HOFFMEISTER, AND SHARON KLEIN COMPREHENSIVE ESTATE PLANNING
allows individuals and couples to maximize control over where their assets will go upon their death, while minimizing taxes so they can leave as much as possible to each other, their loved ones, and charitable causes. While this sounds simple enough, most laws regarding how estates are handled are designed with a traditional nuclear family in mind: a husband and wife and their biological children. Today, fewer than half of all U.S. households meet the traditional definition, according to the United States Census Bureau, which found that the number of husband-wife family households declined to 48.4 percent in 2010 from 55.2 in 1990. The trend is likely to continue as same-sex marriage becomes legal in an increasing number of states, rapid advances in reproductive technology
continue, and divorce and remarriage remain common. So how can today’s families plan for their futures? Fortunately, recent changes in the law—including the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—are opening up new options for many families. Perhaps the most seismic legal changes in the United States are occurring in the area of same-sex marriage. On June 26, 2013, in the case of United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court found Section 3 of DOMA, which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages, unconstitutional. As a result, the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages for couples who live in states where same-sex marriage is legal (so long as the marriage was
performed in a state where the marriage was legal) and provide the same benefits previously reserved for opposite-sex married couples. The federal government is quickly moving to extend the federal benefits of marriage to all legally married samesex couples regardless of where the couple resides, so long as the marriage was performed in a state or country where the marriage is legal at the time of the marriage. Benefits have already been extended to all same-sex married couples for the purposes of federal income, estate, and gift taxes; qualified retirement plans; immigration rights; military benefits; veterans’ benefits; and all federal government employee benefit rights. The world of federal gift and estate tax planning dramatically changed for all married same-sex couples when the IRS announced on August 29, 2013,
FINANCE that same-sex marriage would be recognized for all federal tax purposes. For example, legally married same-sex couples, regardless of where they live, may now give property to a spouse during life or upon death free of federal gift or estate taxes by taking advantage of the unlimited marital deduction, a provision of the federal tax law that permits an individual to transfer an unlimited amount of assets to his or her U.S. citizen spouse, free from taxes, during lifetime, or at death. This provision allows a married couple to defer all federal estate taxes until the death of the surviving spouse. In addition, same-sex married couples may defer estate taxes until the death of the surviving spouse by taking advantage of “portability,” a feature of federal tax law made permanent under ATRA that allows a surviving spouse to take advantage of the deceased spouse’s unused federal estate and gift tax exemption, in addition to his or her own exemption. The current available federal exemption for every person is $5.25 million. As a result, a same-sex married couple could leave up to $10.5 million to their children without paying any federal estate taxes. Affluent married same-sex couples should review their estate plans to
ensure that they are comprehensive and effective, and continue to review them regularly as the laws regarding same-sex marriage are rapidly changing. The following are among the trust strategies that were once only available to opposite-sex married couples, but are now worth considering in the wake of the DOMA and IRS rulings recognizing same-sex marriage: Credit
Shelter Trusts, Disclaimer Trusts, and Qualified Terminable Interest Property Trusts (QTIPs). The legalization of same-sex marriage in an increasing number of states is just one of the factors driving the transformation of the American family. Other forces include the country’s rate of divorce and remarriage. According
to the U.S. Census Bureau, at least one spouse was previously married in approximately 30 percent of marriages that occurred in 1996, 2001, and 2004. Spouses in blended families may wish to provide for a current spouse as well as children from previous marriages. Trusts can help achieve both goals. For example, individuals can use the previously mentioned credit shelter or QTIP trusts to provide tax-efficiently for a spouse while still ensuring assets ultimately pass to individuals of their choosing, usually the children from a previous marriage. The recent ATRA legislation and DOMA decision have helped inject an increased degree of certainty into planning. While ATRA makes permanent many of the most important estate tax benefits for married couples, the DOMA decision allows many same-sex couples to take advantage of them. Tax planning is just one part of estate planning, however. For non-traditional families—many of whom face a myriad of complex issues when it comes to providing for their loved ones after they are gone—planning remains as important as ever. Recent legislation, judicial decisions, and federal regulations serve as important reminders to have a timely and comprehensive plan in place. u
This page: Same-sex marriages benefit from increased recognition from the federal government (above); the authors, from left: Mary Hickok, Managing Director and Trust Counsel, Wilmington Trust Company; Bruce Hoffmeister, Senior Financial Planner, Wilmington Trust, N.A.; Sharon Klein, Managing Director of Family Office Services & Wealth Strategies, Wilmington Trust, N.A. Opposite page: Blended families are also benefiting from increased recognition.
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DESIGN FOR A CAUSE SCOTT SNYDER, the designer recognized throughout the world for his talents in the areas of interior design and architecture, arrived in Palm Beach in 1981. Since, he has become more and more integral to the community by donating his efforts, as well as his financing, to designing events for the charities that serve—and therefore define—the town. “He loves Palm Beach and he’s added so much to the town with the work that he’s done,” says Audrey Gruss, who has worked with Scott for 25 years, on her homes and on events for her organization, the Hope for Depression Research Foundation. “Our friendship has never faltered and I think that whatever we do together as friends or with me as a client is just consistent. He’s brilliant, talented, generous to a fault, and he cares about this town. He has made his mark here. His career was created by the top level of people from Palm Beach.” Scott’s taste is traditional—it’s elegance polished with sophisThis spread: The 2014 Palm Beach Preservation Foundation Ball; Scott Snyder with a collection of stuffed dogs for an Animal Rescue League event (left inset); the designer (right inset).
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This page, above and below: Scott Snyder’s contribution to the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show, presented by the Hope for Depression Resarch Foundation. Opposite page: A variety of views of the clubhouse at the Par 3 Golf Course, to which the designer gifted his talents of design. It has earned $1 million in revenue since it opened this year by selling breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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tication—and is inspired by his globetrotting. (“I travel a lot to places like India and Morocco and Russia. I’ve come back with things and portraits and paintings and lanterns and more. For me, it’s such a passion, it’s such a creative process.”) This sensibility echoes throughout his work on interiors (including the clubhouse at the Par 3 Golf Course, which he completed as a gift to the town of Palm Beach) and into his work on events. He recalls working with Ginny Burke on an event for the Hospice of Palm Beach County: “She is a swan, she loves swans and she looks like a swan. She’s just a beauty and she loves pink. So, I turned that ballroom into a completely pink room with a pink dancefloor and pink flowers towering. It was a refreshing Palm Beach party that looked like it could’ve been in the 1960s. I drew that from what Ginnny is all about.” “What he does is give us time, which would be a fortune,” emphasizes Michele Kessler, who has worked with Scott for the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, where he serves as a trustee. “We sit with him and pick a theme and he develops it from that point forward. It’s truly magical when you see it. His finished product is amazing, he is the go-to, and his design talents are really utilized in Palm Beach.” u
INTERNATIONAL JEWELRY design house Marina B opens its first boutique in over a decade in New York City. The recently opened and centrally located store is right off the prestigious Madison Avenue on 57th Street in midtown Manhattan. Designed by the renowned Ron Wendt Design group, this “jewel box” boutique is decorated to mimic the interior of a jewelry box with ultra-suede tan walls complemented by sleek gold trimmed cases. In addition to being a much anticipated retail location in New York, this store is also very close to the U.S. headquarters for the company. Among the collections featured in the New York City boutique are the Cardan and Atomo, two of Marina Bulgari’s most notable. Marina B designed the Cardan collection in 1987 as an alternative to stringing beads in the traditional fashion. The brand recently launched spring and summer tones with rose 92 QUEST
quartz, amethyst, blue topaz, pastel chalcedony, and pearls. In addition, the Atomo Collection is a classic design by Marina B made with 18kt yellow gold beads that are intricately strung together in an apparently random fashion. The pieces are a uniquely distinguishable design that can be worn during the daytime or for the most glamorous evenings. Marina B’s collections have been filled with eye-catching designs that mix classicism and modernity, color and contrast, and bold design elements that have true artistic flare. Founded in 1978 by Marina Bulgari, granddaughter to the founder of the renowned Italian jewelry company, Marina B was recently acquired by Windsor Jewelers in 2010. Marina B has maintained an elite clientele with classic icons such as Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, and Princess Grace all wearing her pieces, and more recently, Marina
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B’s designs have been worn by notable celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Lopez. Taylor Swift was recently featured on the cover of the New York Times wearing Marina B Troc earrings, Trisola bangle and Alfa ring from her appearance at the Country Music Awards. Always looking for unique partnerships, this May, Marina B will cohost an event with “100 Women in Hedge Funds” to benefit Action on Addiction, a British charity founded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The event will take place at the Marina B NYC store and will be hosted by Sophie Lasry, the daughter of American Hedge Fund Manager Marc Lasry. Marina B will generously donate thirty percent of the total sales to the Action on Addiction charity. u For more information, visit www.MarinaB.com or visit the New York City boutique at 30 East 57th Street (between Madison & Park Avenues).
This page, clockwise from top: Necklaces from the Cardan collection; Sophia Loren, longtime supporter; Taylor Swift wearing Marina B at the Country Music Awards; assorted Marina B rings. Opposite page: The new Marina B boutique.
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UNION SQUARE HAS a new oasis for New Yorkers, those anxious creatures strung out on caffeine and deficient in Vitamin D. Elizabeth Arden’s The Red Door spa and beauty boutique comes to the rescue at its new downtown location, offering treatments to help unwind, detox, and get rid of the layers of stress that can settle on people like a second skin. In a city where luxury spas try to one-up each other with fad services (Wheatgrass-infused oxygen nasal cleanses! Goose feather reflexology in sensory depravation tanks!) Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door spas have retained their status as all-inclusive destinations with impeccable standards. Like the vibrant signature red hue of the décor, the quality of the treatments does not fade. This latest location offers the same pampering clients have experienced at the historic Fifth Avenue spa, but adds something extra for the faster pace of downtown: expedited services from blow drying to makeup and lash bars, all of which take under 30 minutes. Pop in to get a mini facial in less time than it takes to order an oversized ice coffee during rush hour. The boutique features high-tech skincare and color products like the custom color foundation, which is designed to perfectly blend a foundation matched exactly to every client’s skin tone. Elizabeth Arden is a quintessentially New York brand, and this new location offers another trusted refuge for the overworked and under indulged. u 94 QUEST
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This page: The Red Door, Elizabeth Ardenâ€™s new spa and beauty boutique in the heart of Union Square in New York City. Opposite page: Express services like a blow dry bar are offered for quick treatments.
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the rooms are bathed in more light than most New Yorkers can imagine. The home was designed by William Sofield to include a variety of details, such as Nanz hardware and white-oak flooring with a herringbone pattern in many rooms. In the bathrooms, there are Kallista fixtures and slabstone surfaces. In the kitchen, the appliances are designer: a Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerators, and a Wolf stove. The Maisonette West at 135 East 79th Street is listed by Stribling & Associates for $18.5 million. u For more information, contact licensed real estate salesperson Inez Wade of Stribling & Associates at 212.452.4439 or at email@example.com.
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A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH—well, if the Upper East Side is considered “the rough”—the Maisonette West at 135 East 79th Street. The property is one-of-a-kind, a private duplex located in a full-service “townhouse” in a condominium. The unique Maisonette West is the epitome of a “trophy” apartment, spanning 4,803 square feet to feature six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms as well as spacious dining and living rooms and an eat-in kitchen with a pantry. Don’t forget the 972-square-foot garden, which includes a water system. Enter the residence via the foyer, where you are greeted by a stately spiral staircase, pictured above. The space is vast, with 10’6’’ ceilings on the first floor and 9’4’’ ceilings on the second floor. And because the Maisonette West faces north,
This page, clockwise from above: The appliances in the kitchen are from designer brands such as Miele and Sub-Zero; the 972-square-foot garden; the master bathroom; the entrance to the full-service â€œtownhouseâ€? at 135 East 79th Street. Opposite page: The entrance to Maisonette West features a stately spiral staircase.
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Fountain House will host its symposium and luncheon at the Pierre at 11:15 a.m. Each year, the event helps provide services to more than 1,300 individuals with mental illness in New York City. For more information, call 212.874.5457.
IN ART WE TRUST
The Outsider Art Fair will hold its V.I.P. vernissage to benefit God’s Love We Deliver at Center 548 at 548 West 22nd Street at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212.779.0834. REVOLUTIONARY DAMES
The Daughters of the American Revolution Palm Beach chapter will hold its Memorial Day luncheon at the Beach Club at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 202.628.1776.
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The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America will hold its annual Women of Distinction luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria at 11 a.m. For more information, call 212.254.6677. LEADING LADIES
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birthday at Cipriani 42nd Street at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212.463.0684. SCANDINAVIAN SOIRÉE
The American-Scandinavian Foundation, a leading organization committed to promoting educational, cultural, and professional exchange between the United States and the Nordic countries, will celebrate its spring gala at the Pierre Hotel. For more information, call 212.779.3587.
The 17th annual Sailor’s Ball will take place at the Downtown Association at 60 Pine Street at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212.786.3323.
The Animal Fair will celebrate its 12th annual Paws for Style fashion show to benefit the Humane Society of New York at Pacha New York at 7 p.m. For more information, call 212.752.4842.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts will host its spring benefit at 103 Charlton Street at noon. The spring benefit is an exciting
The Wildlife Conservation Society will host its Explorers’ Party at the Central Park Zoo at 6 p.m. For more information, call 718.741.1639.
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On June 7, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday at the Great Lawn at Boscobel in Garrison, New York. The evening will also feature cocktails, a live auction with Nicho Lowry, and dinner and dancing with the Alex Donner Orchestra. For more information, call 845.809.5750.
The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund will host its second annual benefit at the Empire Hotel rooftop at 6 p.m. The event will be led by honorary chairs Scarlett Johansson, Vincent Piazza, and Kenan Thompson, along with the Fund’s host committee of young professionals. For more information, call 212.353.9585.
ON THE RIVER
Heroes Row the Harlem will take place at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse at 11 a.m. For more information, call 718.433.3075.
The Partnership with Children will hold its annual spring gala at the Mandarin Oriental at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.689.9500.
7 On May 8, the Outsider Art Fair will host its V.I.P. vernissage to benefit God’s Love We Deliver at 548 West 22nd Street at 6 p.m. The fair will run from May 9–11. For more information, call 212.729.0834.
The American Museum of Natural History will hold its annual Museum Dance at 7 p.m. For more information, call 212.469.3409.
The Atlantic Cup Inshore Series will take place on May 24–25 on Narragansett Bay on Rhode Island Sound. Teams will race on the bay in the third and final leg of America’s only Class 40 sailing race. For more information, call 401.619.4840.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
The Rockefeller University will host its 17th annual Women and Science spring lecture and luncheon at the University at noon. For more information, call 212.840.0888.
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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will celebrate its First Amendment Awards dinner at the Pierre Hotel. For more information, call 212.254.6677.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will celebrate its annual spring gala along with the 100th anniversary of its beloved Children’s Garden at 5:30 p.m. Gala
co-chairs include: Bevin Cline, Jennifer Eisenstadt, and Kathryn Mattis. For more information, call 212.254.6677.
POLO AND CLICQUOT
The seventh annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will take place at Liberty State Park. This year’s event will feature three large champagne bars offering Veuve Clicquot by the bottle or glass and other non-alcoholic beverages as well as fare from the city’s most popular food trucks. For more information, call 201.915.3402.
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The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will take place on the Great Lawn at Boscobel in Garrison, New York. For more information, call 845.809.5750.
The Fashion Institute of Technology will hold its FIT gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event will honor Dr. Jay Baker, Linda Fargo, and Joan Horning. For more information, call 646.683.2479. CHEF’S TABLE
The 29th annual Chef’s Tribute event will take place at the outdoor gardens at Rockefeller Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 212.501.3071.
COCKTAILS AND COURAGE
The ninth annual Spirit of Helen Keller gala dinner will take place at 583 Park Avenue at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 646.472.0355.
HATS OFF TO MR. ROSS
The St. George’s Society English Ball honoring Wilbur Ross will take place at 583 Park Avenue at 6:30 p.m. The English Ball continues to be a major fundraiser that enables the Society to fulfill its historical mission of giving advice and relief to those less fortunate British and Commonwealth citizens in the New York area. For more information, call 212.682.3465.
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REMAINS OF THE DAY P R O D U C E D A N D S T Y L E D B Y D A N I E L C A P P E L L O A N D L I LY H O A G L A N D PHOTOGRAPHED BY JULIE SKARRATT
The Carlyle, completed in 1930 by Bien & Prince and named in honor of the British essayist Thomas Carlyle, has always been an emblem of New York glamour and luxury, not to mention Art Deco style. The hotel’s legendary combination of discretion and grace account for why every American president since Truman has visited, and why international royals think of it as their Manhattan pied-à-terre. Checking in to the spacious Deco Suite, a woman of certain tastes might expect certain comforts and privileges: smoked-salmon brunches, cabaret nights at Café Carlyle, and after-hours cocktails in Bemelmans Bar. Her jewelry—of equal distinction—would certainly shine bright in any of the meticulously maintained corners of The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel. Here, Quest captures the lively question of where a woman’s jewels might end up throughout the course of a day...or evening.
Van Cleef and Arpels’ Estate necklace in yellow gold with cultured pearls and diamonds and Nil Blanc earrings in emeralds, tsavorites, demantoid garnets, and blue and yellow sapphires in white gold enjoy central seating on the dinner cover, accompanied by bejeweled treats for every course (clockwise from top left): Wempe’s rose gold and diamond BY KIM Helioro pendant and rose gold and diamond bangles atop a green Edie Parker Lara cluch; Van Cleef and Arpels’ Feather Estate clip in coral and yellow gold; Roberto Coin’s Black Jade earrings in rose gold with green agate and diamonds; Wempe’s BY KIM Voyage ring in rose gold and brilliant-cut diamonds; Van Cleef and Arpels’ Rose de Noël clip in white mother-of-pearl, diamonds, and yellow gold; and Roberto Coin’s Cocktail necklace in rose gold, diamonds, and a triplet of amethyst, lapis, and mother-of-pearl.
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The Carlyle helps situate guests with an in-suite copy of Where Guestbook: New York, which offers the perfect perch for these spring jewels to take their own bite of the Big Apple (from left): Van Cleef and Arpelsâ€™ sapphire, emerald, and diamond Maelstrom earrings in white gold and Virevolte ring in white gold with diamonds; Wempeâ€™s diamond and white gold necklace; and the Tiffany diamond flower earrings in platinum, the Tiffany Soleste row ring in green tourmaline and diamonds, and the Tiffany pear-shaped green tourmaline and diamond earrings set in platinum.
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This page: An evening of cabaret downstairs at Café Carlyle gives occasion to dress up in J. Mendel’s white long-haired mink pull-through stole; Jimmy Choo’s black satin and crystal Carmen clutch; Van Cleef and Arpels’ Clélia necklace in diamonds and white gold; and Roberto Coin’s Fantasia cluster earrings in white and yellow gold with diamonds. Opposite page: Jimmy Choo’s Karmel sandal in tabasco suede and crystals gets even more gussied up with Wempe’s diamond, white gold, tsavorite, and prenite brooch; Van Cleef and Arpels’ Folie des Prés bracelet with diamonds and yellow and green sapphires in yellow gold; and Asprey’s Oak Leaf earrings in peridot and pavé tsavorite. Asprey’s yellow sapphire and amethyst Daisy Heritage rings with diamonds sit at heel.
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Be it mid-afternoon or the wee hours, nothing makes for a sweeter treat than Ladurée macarons and a spot of Darjeeling tea, especially when paired with (from left) Wempe’s BY KIM Blu Intermezzo earrings in white and rose gold and amethysts; Fred Leighton’s circa-1940s yellow gold, aquamarine, and diamond Bow brooch and aquamarine-and-onyx cocktail ring; and Roberto Coin’s amethyst and prehnite Shanghai bracelets in yellow gold and mother-of-pearl.
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A TIME FOR POWER BY ELIZABETH QUINN BROWN
This page: A young John F. Kennedy wearing his first watch as a student at Harvard University.
This page, clockwise from above: A Bulova watch with a pink face and gold numerals was given to Kennedy by an admirer at a dinner hosted by Cissy Patterson at 15 DuPont Circle on November 10, 1941; Kennedy received an Omega watch engraved with “President of the United States John F. Kennedy” from friend Grant Stockdale in 1960, before he was elected; President George Washington’s “quarter repeater” is engraved, “1775/G. Washington” (he was elected in 1789); President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to own a Rolex and, here, his Rolex Datejust, personalized by the company with five stars symbolizing his military rank as a five-star general; Eisenhower
THE PRESIDENTS OF THE United States—from George Washington to Barack Obama—are known for their character, their intelligence, their power, their tenacity. These qualities are emphasized through the ways they choose to present themselves. For men, watches are used to express something about themselves. For presidents, this is truer—because it’s more calculated. (Think Bill Clinton and his Timex.) Here, a selection of watches that do, indeed, serve to represent the representatives who sported them. These are the time-pieces that have defined the times
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Gallet—a watch that is being rereleased by Gallet in 2014 as the Truman Edition Flight Officer; President James Monroe’s pocketwach from Gabriel was a gift from President Thomas Jefferson; in 2009, a pocketwatch belonging to President Abraham Lincoln was discovered to be hiding a message under the dial: “Thank God we have a government —Jonth Dillon”; President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Patek Philippe reads, “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”; President Rutherford B. Hayes’s E. Howard & Co. pocketwatch was a gift from his mother-in-law; and its etching includes a picture of his wife (and her daughter); President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Tiffany & Co. watch was a gift from his son-in-law and is engraved, “With loyalty, respect, and affection / January 30, 1945”; President Warren G. Harding’s pocketwatch from Hiram is decorated with Masonic symbols; another view of Truman’s Flight Officer from Gallet; Johnson wearing his watch in 1968.
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Truman outfitted the pilots of World War II with the timepiece he sported, the Flight Officer from Gallet, because he believed it to be unmatched in terms of navigation and precision.
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This page: Sorting emeralds in Zambia at the largest emerald mine in the world. Opposite page: Watch, circa 1600, from the Cheapside Hoard, set in a single large hexagonal Colombian emerald crystal with a hinged lid. The dial plate is enamelled in translucent green and the circular gold suspension loop and button securing the movement at the base are set with small emeralds. The watch has a gold dial overlaid with dark green enamel, through which can be seen an engraved design of radiating lines. The lid is slightly lighter in colour than the body crystal, allowing the watch dial to be seen
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This page: Sita Devi, Maharani of Baroda, commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels to make this, the Baroda Necklace, set with 13 luscious cabochon-emerald drops (above); a Seaman Schepps bracelet found in the collection of Andy Warhol, circa 1940, made of emerald, rock crystal, moonstone, and diamond (below). Opposite page: Raw emeralds in the hands of market traders in Colombia.
THE FIRST TIME I ever saw real emeralds was when I was a very young man living in New York, just out of college. I had a girlfriend who lived with her parents in a very grand Park Avenue apartment. I’d only known the girl for a short while and, when I’d go to pick her up, I’d sometimes see her father, but never the mother—whom, I was told, wasn’t feeling well. Then one night, my friend invited me over for dinner. When the maid came to tell her dinner was being served, she told me we’d be dining in “Mummy’s bedroom” on trays. Mummy’s bedroom was at the end of a long corridor lit by small chandeliers. Her mother was in bed. A beautiful woman, sitting upright in what looked like satin sheets. Her makeup as if she were ready to go out for the evening, although the long brown roots
of her blonde hair had gone unattended. Nevertheless, roots and all, she looked like a movie star set up for a scene in a luxurious bedroom. I was fascinated by her commanding yet vulnerable presence. She was wearing an emerald green silk blouse. I remember the color especially because dangling from her ear lobes were large emerald drop earrings. I much later learned that the emeralds had belonged to her late mother who was reputed to have a collection of jewels to rival the Duchess of Windsor. She wore them as if they were everyday wear for her. Even in bed. The scene was unusually cinematic. She was maybe the most glamorous real person I’d ever seen. She was a beauty and made up to look her best (I later learned she had been very ill),
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hoping to partake of the magic and mystery of the emerald. Not to mention learn of the dramas that have surrounded many a stone. Montezuma had emeralds, and so does Queen Elizabeth II, and so, of course, did Barbara Hutton. Such diverse characters nevertheless shared in the awe it inspires. Connoisseurs, experts, princes, and movie stars reveal their experience of possessing emeralds in these pages. Its history, its possessors, its legends, and its relationship to civilization is all gathered within for one’s reading and looking pleasure. Reading Emeralds, I was sharing in that awe also. So will you. u
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and her emeralds were astounding—as beautiful as the woman who was wearing that deep, bright green. If someone were to ask me if I had a favorite stone—not something I think much about—I guess it would be the emerald. After reading this massive (and beautiful) tome Emerald, I can see that I am not the only one who responds this way. In many ways, the emerald is more mesmerizing than the diamond. It definitely adds a kind of substantive aura to the image of the woman or king or maharaja wearing them. Power refined. Thames & Hudson assembled this fabulous book for anyone
This page: Lamp clip, 1929 by Van Cleef & Arpels. Platinum, ruby, emeralds, moonstone, diamonds, and carved emeralds (left); snake necklace named “Eternity” in diamond and emerald set with two emeralds weighing more than 200 carats each, Cartier 1997 (right). Opposite page: “Tutti fruitti” bracelet designed as a foliate open-work strap set with carved rubies, sapphires, and emeralds with diamond accents, with a diamond and black enamel clasp, by Cartier New York, circa 1928; Emerald (Thames & Hudson) available in bookstrores.
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Smoking inside: Iggy, Cyrinda Foxe, David Bowie, and Lisa Robinson at a Patti Smith show at the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club (owned by Mickey
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and John Lennon at their Greenwich Village apartment on Bank Street, January 1973; the original “New York Dolls”—Lisa Robinson, David Johansen (member of the New York Dolls band), and Fran Lebowitz— backstage at the Bottom Line, New York City, July 1978.
MICK JAGGER WAS on the phone, slurring his words. “I’m with two girls and they’ve got a cute guy with them and I’m trying to get a girl for him because he’s lonesome.” It was three in the morning, July 5, 1975. The place, a hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The woman he was trying to persuade was Lisa Robinson—a journalist on tour with the Rolling Stones who spent her teenage years listening to Symphony Sid’s jazz radio show under the covers. She declined, chatted with Jagger a few moments longer, and went back to bed. So begins There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll (Riverhead), Robinson’s madly entertaining memoir that etches a wild path in the history books of rock journalism. It was 1969 when Lisa Robinson quit her job as a substitute teacher and joined the music business. There was no real plan. She heard Richard Robinson, a syndicated music newspaper columnist, on the radio at night and thought he had a “great voice and great taste in music.” She tracked him down and got a job, which required her to file for Richard every afternoon. Shortly after, he turned over his column for the British music weekly Disc and Music Echo to her. People read it. Concert invitations followed. She explained: “They [the bands] asked their publicists to call me to see if I’d want to come to their show because they wanted their parents or their wives or their girlfriends to see how big they were in America, Led Zeppelin particularly.” Now here it was: a career in music at such a febrile time for the industry. “I never thought I was going to do this,” she told me, and then added, “It all kind of happened.” Soon, she would write for Creem, New Musical Express, the New York Post, Vanity Fair. Her experiences, knowledge, and sharp wit gave her access to the musicians, and, as a New Yorker, she immersed herself in the scene. Her own scene, that is: CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club… The grit of punk meets the glam of Warhol and Co. While this was all going on, she edited— with Lenny Kaye and Richard Robinson, by then her husband— Rock Scene, a personality-driven magazine that was about the places, the people, and the times. “We put out a magazine that was devoted to the social aspects of the music, which is probably just as important as the musical aspect,” Lenny Kaye told me 120 QUEST
on the phone. “We wanted it to be fun; we wanted to have the experience of being there even if someone was somewhere else.” And that’s where Robinson is a master. Her note-perfect, no-nonsense prose has the power to transport you to wherever she is, be it John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Greenwich Village apartment, a Lower East Side bar with Lady Gaga, or a recording studio with Marshall Mathers, a.k.a Eminem. Her words paint vivid pictures. There Goes Gravity, in fact named after a line in Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” is filled with stories that make you grin (Robinson’s introducing David Bowie to Lou Reed), guffaw (lending Mick Jagger a pair of her underwear), and gasp (safeguarding Patti Smith from the crowd as she peed on the side of a Central Park stage). And no matter where she was, she belonged. She wrote: “Whether I was in a private plane with Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones or at a ballroom in Manchester or standing in two inches of beer on the floor at CBGB’s—it was exactly where I wanted to be.” When I spoke to Lisa Robinson, it was 1:20 p.m. For her, that meant it was the first thing in the morning. “I just can’t go to bed before four in the morning,” she admitted. “I never got off that schedule.” We talked about Gen Y’s fascination with the past. “The music was so great and some of it is timeless. If something is really good, whether it’s Frank Sinatra from the ’50s or Led Zeppelin from the ’70s, it lasts.” But she’s not nostalgic for the ’70s. If she loves something, she loves it, regardless of when it was made. “I have Kendrick Lamar’s album or Kanye’s [West] ‘Yeezus’ album on my iPod on a loop,” she said. “I still love some of that stuff as much as when I heard Led Zeppelin.” To call her knowledge of music encyclopedic would be an understatement. The annals Robinson has amassed include notes, photographs, memorabilia, posters, and 5,000 cassettes of taped interviews. “Honestly,”—she pauses—“next to Rolling Stone, I would say this is the biggest archive of the last 40 years of contemporary music that anybody has. Over all these years, I just wanted to get the record down, basically.” Yet, she has done so much more. Her stories are so intimate and focus so intense that we seem to share her all-access backstage pass to the world of rock and roll. And she insists that it’s rock and roll, not rock ’n’ roll (sorry, editors, I’m with Lisa on this one). “You need the ‘and’ in there as much as you need the roll,” she writes. “Because there’s been way too much rock and not enough roll. Rock is up and down. Roll is side to side. It has to be slinky.” Rock fans, meet a real star. u
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This page, clockwise from top left: The cover of There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll (Riverhead); Lisa Robinson, the Ramones, and their manager Danny Fields at the Café de Flore in Paris (the Ramones, a long way from Queens, were not happy in Europe because they couldn’t find lasagna); Lisa Robinson and the brilliant Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun on Led Zeppelin’s plane, July 1973; Robinson and Mick Jagger have a laugh over one of the Rolling Stones’ reviews aboard the band’s Starship jet, summer 1975; Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Lisa Robinson at Nirvana restaurant, New York City, 1976; out on the town: Lisa Robinson and Elton John in New York City in the 1980s.
TIME AFTER TIME The right timepiece is requisite for the debonair man. Luckily, Quest offers a watch guide so you can look great around the clock. BY ALEX R. TRAVERS
Tiffany & Co. the Atlas© collection and the essence of Tiffany & Co. Both the brand and the collection are iconic, seen and recognized from across the room as a true statement of fashion. Named after the Greek god Atlas, one of the collection’s features is its use of sleek Roman numerals, which are incorporated into jewelry that is at once modern and timeless. This one-of-a-kind timepiece in 18-kt. rose gold includes 76 diamonds, a black dial, and a beautiful black alligator strap that adds delightful texture. The Swissmade Atlas© Dome Watch also features mechanical movement with automatic winding and is water resistant to 50 meters; $13,500.
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2 1. Patek Philippe’s 5116R Calatrava in rose gold with authentic enamel dial and black Roman numerals; $28,100. 2. Emporio Armani’s Swiss-made timepiece from the men’s collection features a rose gold–tone plated case; $995. 3. Vacheron Constantin’s latest Malte collection watch for men in white gold embodies the simplest possible horological expression; price upon request. 4. Shinola’s Detroit-built timepiece with leather nato strap and royal blue dial; $625 at Shinola’s TriBeCa Flagship: 177 Franklin Street, New York, N.Y. 5. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu, with its case measuring a mere 4.05 mm, is one of the slimmest watches in its category. This year, the Master Ultra Thin line welcomes two new models featuring a blend of mechanical perfection, elegance, and the ultimate expression of minimalism: the Master Ultra Thin 1907 and the Master Ultra Thin Grand Feu (pictured); $32,200.
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1. Asprey’s Ultra-Thin Tourbillon, a co-branded limited-edition timepiece with Arnold & Son; price upon request. 2. Longines’ Lindbergh Atlantic Voyage watch with rose-gold case is a reissue of a historical model in honor of the voyage undertaken by the Lindberghs in 1933 across the far north; price upon request. 3. Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater with Audemars Piguet Escapement 18-kt. rose-gold case and sapphire crystal caseback on hand-sewn brown crocodile leather strap; $495,800. 4. Breguet’s Classique Tourbillon Ultra-Thin Automatic 5377 in platinum with a finely fluted caseband and sapphire caseback; $163,800. 5. Ulysse Nardin’s Caliber UN-32 features the most advanced perpetual calendar in the history of watchmaking; price upon request.
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i/SA brand is deeply rooted in the history of the Saxon watchmaking town of Glashütte. This elegant model is reminiscent of the brand’s renowned ship chronometers in its external appearance as well as its inner workings. Inside its round case, a manufacture caliber equipped with technical refinements and finished with the highest level of craftsmanship ensures the greatest possible accuracy. The Chronometerwerke Power-Reserve pictured here features an 18-kt. yellow-gold case, a silver-plated dial with hour markers, and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and screw-down sapphire crystal case back. The model stands the test of time and is an officially tested chronometer according to German DIN 8319 standards; $19,950.
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GMT-MASTER II / Echoing the first GMT‑Master bezel of 1955, Rolex introduces a world-first with its Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II: a red and blue Cerachrom bezel insert. The new model is an exceptional achievement, especially since red is an extremely difficult color to obtain and, therefore, an unusual color for a ceramic. After succeeding with its red insert, Rolex found a way to locally modify the chemical composition of each grain—right to the core of the ceramic—and change the color of half the insert from red to blue, while ensuring a sharp and clean delineation between the two colors. The result is spectacular, a truly modern and stunning timepiece; $38,250.
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1. Autodromo’s Prototipo Chronograph draws aesthetic inspiration from vintage racing chronographs of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with clean, modern detailing at every turn. Powered by an innovative Seiko hybrid meca-quartz movement, the Prototipo features a sweep second hand and instant chronograph reset, thanks to internal mechanical linkages shared with Seiko’s in-house automatic movements; $625. 2. Ralph Lauren’s RL67 39-mm Safari Chronometer in black “aged” finish and steel; $3,150. 3. Carrera and TAG Heuer combine powers for this Calibre 17 Chronograph with silver and blue PVD dial; $5,700. 4. The Omega Seamaster Bullhead Co-Axial Chronograph; $9,600. 5. Breitling’s Navitimer aviation chronograph with 46-mm diameter; price upon request.
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Perfect Timing: The Best of Baselworld 2014
WATCH LOVERS can be an argumentative, if good-natured, lot. They may be prone to debates over the relative merits of this complication, or that new material, but no one contests the importance of the annual Baselworld fair as an essential appointment to see the best launches of the year. At Baselworld, even the smallest tweaks to the underlying technology of a finely tuned timepiece can send the hearts of watch obsessives racing. The tourbillon—a complication created to counteract the impact of gravity on a watch, and therefore improve its accuracy—is always a prime source of cultish fascination. Makers paid extra attention to the mechanism this year. Girard-Perregaux introduced a new tri-axial tourbillon that turns—as one could probably guess from its name—on three different axes. The manufacturer created a distinct 3-D bubble in the sapphire crystal to accommodate the spinning mechanism, which also permits an almost 360-degree view of its mechanics. Jacob & Co., while primarily known for high jewelry (which it still offers in ample supply), made an impressive stride toward elite watchmaking status with the new Astronomia Tourbillon. Each element of the watch, from the tourbillon to the spinning diamond briolette that represents the moon, moves constantly and gives the mystical impression of watching the universe at work from above. Sophisticated technology impresses watch connoisseurs, but housing it in a compact space is the latest mark of prestige. Bulgari set a new benchmark by creating the thinnest tourbillon available on the market: the Octo Finissimo, with a movement that measures just 1.95 mm—the same thickness as a quarter. And Chopard’s latest entry into the category, the L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined, made news because it’s the world’s first watch produced with “fairmined” gold, a label which means its gold was collected in an environmentally sensitive way by miners who were paid fairly. As consumers focus more on all things sustainable, it will not be the last of its kind. “Heritage” is a consistent buzzword in an industry that’s centuries old, but it held significant prominence among watchmakers this year. Omega’s Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition commemorates the moon landing (and the Omega Speedmaster that Buzz Aldrin wore on the journey) with a 42-mm chronograph in gray titanium that recalls the color of the moon and the space capsule’s command modules. Bell & Ross, already known for its ties to aviation, teamed up
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1 1. Corum’s Heritage Artisans Feather Watch with a red-gold case, 120 round-cut diamonds and a black crocodile strap; price upon request. 2. Harry Winston’s Midnight Moon Phase Diamond Drops watch with 305 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 1.55 carats; price upon request. 3. De Grisogono’s Allegra watch S04 in steel with PVD coating, red mother-of-pearl dial, and 44 red spinels ($12,000) and Allegra watch S10 with pink-gold case, lacquered white dial, and bezel set with 44 white diamonds; $30,900. 4. Girard-Perregaux’s Tri-Axial Tourbillon in a pink-gold case with a gray anthracite dial; $501,900. 5. Breguet’s Secret de la Reine in 18-kt. white-gold with a floral cameo and 432 brilliant-cut diamonds; $112,600.
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with Harley-Davidson to create the B-Rocket, a sporty watch that touches on the expertise of each. Classicism with a twist has become the signature of Hermès timepieces. The brand’s Dressage L’heure Masquée reveals the time only on its wearer’s terms: the watch hides the hour hand behind the moving minute hand, only to be momentarily revealed when the wearer pushes a button in the crown. And Louis Vuitton’s Escale Worldtime brings the venerable brand’s artisanal savoir-faire to a travel watch with a whimsical hand-painted dial inspired by monogrammed trunks. Buccellati is so bullish on the prospects of the watch market at the highest level that it just launched a bespoke program that permits the customization of elements including case finishes, indexes, dials, and hands. (Beyond its watch offerings, the distinguished Italian house had editors and Instagram feeds buzzing about the decadent diamond and solid-gold iPhone and iPad cases that it launched at Baselworld, too.) Women’s watches—often given short shrift—are beneficiaries of the moment’s exuberance as well. The volume of highly ornamented new options is a reminder that there’s an enthusiastic market of women who see timepieces as an opportunity to invest in functional fine jewelry. De Grisogono’s new launches focused almost entirely on its female clients. The label capitalized on the popularity of its tenyear-old Allegra jewelry collection by adding a watch to the line. A bracelet consisting of 20 leather cords—not to mention a color palette with extroverted colors like electric green and fuchsia— gives it a youthful edge. Breguet revisited one of its standout jewelry pieces from last year. A portrait of Marie Antoinette inspired the romantic Secret de la Reine, on which a carved cameo can move aside with a touch to conceal a diamond-coated dial. For 2014, it’s placed on a bracelet of woven gold that mimics the texture of ribbon. And at Harry Winston, the dial of the new Midnight Moon Phase Diamond Drops is speckled with brilliant-cut diamonds that evoke the look of scattered snow. Painstaking decoration doesn’t mean that the newest women’s watches don’t have the same mechanical chops as the men’s models. The limited Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé Soleil features an inverted mechanical movement. Its white-gold and mother-of-pearl rotor—the semicircular weight that automatically winds a watch—is visible on the dial of the watch, a technical feat that reverses traditional practice. Meanwhile, Corum’s 1970s-inspired Feather Watch combines a dial meticulously set with peacock feathers and a CO-082 movement, the same in-house–created engine behind some of the brand’s most iconic pieces. Each year there’s quiet speculation about which house boasts the most expensive watch to launch at the fair. This year, that title indisputably goes to Graff. Its one-off Hallucination is composed of 110 carats of colored diamonds and costs $55 million. To be sure, the fact that it tells time seems fairly incidental, but whoever buys it will have bragging rights as the owner of what is estimated to be the most expensive watch ever made. u
1. Chopard’s L.U.C. Tourbillon QF Fairmined with an 18-kt. 43-mm rose-gold case and hand-sewn alligator strap; $144,570. A LL I M A G E S CO U RT E S Y O F R E S P E C T I V E B R A N D S
2. Buccellati’s Day & Night Bespoke timepiece with two automatic movements on each side and one pavé diamond dial; $250,000. 3. Dior’s VIII Grand Bal Plissé Soleil on a polished stainless steel bracelet with a diamond-set bezel and white-gold and mother-of-pearl rotor; $23,200. 4. Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia Tourbillon with 72-hour power reserve, enamel globe, and diamond briolette moon; price upon request. 5. Whoever buys it will have bragging rights as the owner of what is estimated to be the most expensive watch ever made: Graff Diamonds’ Hallucination
watch with over 110 carats of colored diamonds; $55,000,000.
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This page: Poppy Brooch (1982) made with a single diamond, tourmalines, and gold. Joel Arthur Rosenthal enjoys creating designs to surround a stone that inspires him. Opposite page: Raspberry Brooch (2011) with rubies, diamonds, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum, from the collection of Sien M. Chew. An example of Rosenthal’s use of the pavé technique to
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HIS CLIENTS WOULD only speak to me on condition of anonymity. “I don’t want to give him any reason to refuse to sell to me,” my companion says quietly, glancing over her shoulder—even though we are in New York, and the jeweler in question, JAR, is in Paris. “It took me so long to get on his good side.” She is a gregarious blonde socialite, but the vivacity that endears her to many apparently worked against her in this case. We flip through pictures of the pieces he made for her, and the floral design of one of them seems appropriate for this sub rosa conversation. This is not just one woman’s paranoia. Joel Arthur Rosenthal, a.k.a. JAR, despises publicity and press, and, until recently, was primarily known to those who had to not only afford his work, but also get his personal seal of approval. He refuses to sell to people he doesn’t like, if he thinks the piece isn’t right for a client, or if he M AY 2 0 1 4 1 3 3
This page: Brooches with natural motifs have long been popular, like the Peacock Feather Brooch dating from around 1860; but Rosenthal creates pieces that resemble life-sized sculptures, like his Tulip Brooch with rubies, diamonds, pink sapphires, garnets, silver, gold, and enamel (inset). Opposite page: He uses stones of multiple sizes in Cameo and Rose Petal Brooch (2011); the technique was famously lauded in Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark’s Bow Brooch (inset).
isn’t inspired by a particular gemstone. No other jeweler is afforded such privilege of power, which adds to the Wizard of Oz-like mystery surrounding the man dubbed “the Fabergé of our time.” Like the Wizard, Rosenthal’s roots are surprisingly humble, having grown up in the Bronx. He spent much of his early life visiting the museums in the city, particularly the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, and thought he might become a painter. He studied art history and philosophy at Harvard University, then moved to Paris shortly after his graduation in 1966. There Rosenthal met Pierre Jeannet, who would eventually become the other half of the JAR business. In 1973, they opened a needlepoint shop together. For Rosenthal, needlepoint meant painting on a white canvas and playing with the palette of the different colors of the
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wools. The needlepoint shop lasted only 11 months, but during this time Rosenthal would also redesign clients’ jewels. Within a few years, his passion for making jewelry surpassed all else. He briefly returned to New York to work at Bulgari, but moved back to Paris and opened a new jewelry business with Jeannet in 1978. Rosenthal’s unconventionality was apparent from the start. He preferred working with stones in strong colors, even those that people didn’t consider “precious” at the time. He refused to create a collection or line. Though the client would be treated to seeing the custom-made process that went into each piece, any attempts to influence the design or negotiate the price would result in being shown the door. But the pieces he created were so astounding that soon his name was being spoken around the world. One of the aspects that immediately marks a piece as one of JAR’s is the pavé M AY 2 0 1 4 1 3 5
This page: A bracelet of diamonds, silver, and platinum. In his pieces, Rosenthal will mix very, very fine perfectly cut, perfectly flawless gemstones with some that are not in order to create an extraordinary effect. Opposite page: Butterfly Brooch (1994) made with sapphires, fire opals, rubies, amethyst, garnets, diamonds, silver, and gold. The “Jewels by JAR” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art featured an entire wall of his butterfly brooches.
work, which entails setting diminutive gems in even smaller settings. He builds multidimensional objects in this way, usually flowers, animals (especially butterflies), and other natural motifs. Having such distinctive style means that women wearing his work are able to show their membership to his exclusive club without having to say anything. There is no need for branding or gimmickry—the quality of his pieces is as good as a signature. Now, thanks to a show at the Met this past winter, Rosenthal has become more talked about than ever. “Jewels by JAR” was the first exhibition the museum has ever given a living designer. The pieces were on loan from private collections from women like Stephanie Seymour, Susan Gutfreund, and Quest’s own Hilary Geary Ross. Of course, not all lenders in the exhibit were willing to be identified, conforming 136 QUEST
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to the JAR code of silence. I was able to attend the opening night at the behest of one of his nameless favorites, and spoke with Rosenthal briefly at the cocktails afterwards. Perhaps thanks to his great regard for our mutual acquaintance, he was charming and warm. When I relayed this impression to other clients I talked to, I was met with laughs that I had no idea what the other side of his personality can display. Still, armed with the pleasure of a good encounter, I thought I might be able to break through to the man behind the curtain. Perhaps this was a chance to peek behind the scenes of his unmarked shop in Paris whose doorbell is disguised as a bronze camellia. I reached out through our mutual friend, asking if he might grant me an interview. DĂŠsolĂŠ! Monsieur Rosenthal has a strict policy against opening up to the press. His mythology remains intact. u M AY 2 0 1 4 1 3 7
SIBLING SOCIAL BY DANIELLE SNYDER
This page, from left: Katy Perry and Steven Tyler at Lacoste’s desert pool party; Alexandra Richards at DANNIJO’s handbag launch; Isabella Di Stefano and Hannah
ple, places, restaurants, and things, which is why it’s so easy to chronicle our most recent excursions AS. A. UNIT. We kicked off February with the amfAR gala, which is always so dynamic. This year they raised a whopping $1.7 million for amfAR’s AIDS research programs. Jodie and I were guests of one of our favorite designers, Gabriela Cadena. That evening we sat with model friend (pun intended) Selita Ebanks as well as Gigi Hadid, Ireland Baldwin, and Karla Barbosa, all of whom wore very different and beautiful designs by Gabriela. It was a memorable night of heartfelt speeches
and show-stopping performances. I don’t think one person was left sitting during Grace Jones’ stair-climbing, hula-hooping “La Vie en Rose” performance. Grace reminded us that you’re only as old as you feel. (If she’s 66, I must be 166!) In March, we were honored at the Love Heals gala alongside John Demsey and Bronson van Wyck. Our good friend and one of our all-time favorite women, Natalie Morales, presented us with the Young Philanthropist Award. Natalie was the first to really put our jewelry line, DANNIJO, on the map when she featured us on the Today show in 2009, so
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a sister who is your best friend and business partner are that (1) you rarely have to leave home alone (she lives in an apartment directly above me), (2) you get to share a brain (and clothes), and (3) you have a constant person with whom to share your snarky inner monologue. Everyone thinks we’re twins, but we’re not. Still, we’re almost never seen apart, we look alike, and we have the same mannerisms, so I guess one could easily be misled. When you really get to know us, though, we’re two very different people who happen to like a lot of the same peo-
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it was really special to have her celebrate the occasion with us. Hal Rubenstein emceed the evening, which honored the late Alison Gertz, who died of AIDS in 1992. Jodie and I strongly believe in the organization’s mission to empower young people by giving them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to protect themselves and their communities from HIV. It was incredible to be a part of such a powerful evening. The event culled a great mix of friends and family (our adorable parents flew up for it) as well as iconic New Yorkers, including Alina Cho, Bill Cunningham, Rachelle and Sean MacPherson, and Stefani Greenfield. We caught up with Mary-Louise Parker mid-dinner and reminded her that she’s one of our favorite supporters (she’s the reason Nancy Botwin wore so much DANNIJO on Weeds).
from head to toe. I caught up with friends Eva Chen, Rickie De Sole, and Emily Holt before taking a seat between DJs Alexandra Richards and Hannah Bronfman, who filled me in on what tunes I need to add to my playlists. It was one of the most refreshing dinner parties I’ve been to because it was a room full of incredible women who are confident, warm, entertaining, opinionated—and hilarious. Isabella Di Stefano and Kelly Framel helped us close the place down with a late-night Kir Royale girl talk. Leandra Medine popped by our showroom in early April to get a hug, a clutch, and an ear cuff to add to her DANNIJO collection. The three of us headed off for the CFDA x Editorialist dinner at the High Line Hotel, where we caught up with Amanda Weiner, Claire Distenfeld, Rachel Strugatz, Maria Dueñas Jacobs,
had designed the bib necklace Liv gave him for his birthday, and he couldn’t have been more enthusiastic or adorable. A week later, we were back in New York for the annual New Yorkers For Children gala at the Mandarin Oriental. The evening opened with remarks from Katia Steward, who shared a harrowing personal story about the loss of her mother, time spent in foster care, and how a New Yorkers For Children grant turned her life around. In a matter of minutes, Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet, six feet tall and six months pregnant, took over the podium and drummed up the bidding among fashionable guests Emma Roberts, Elettra Wiedemann, Peter Brant, Jr., Atlanta de Cadenet, Laura Love, Camille Rowe, Harley Viera-Newton, Elsa Hosk, Chelsea Leyland, Danielle Bernstein, Crystal Renn, and the musician Oh Land.
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A few nights later, we celebrated the birth of our latest hashtag, #PutABagOnIt, and introduced the Italian-made DANNIJO handbag collection at an intimate dinner at Margaux, in the Marlton Hotel. Samsung graciously hosted the dinner and gifted our guests with the new Samsung Galaxy phones (because we all need another device to take and share photos with). We dined under a canopy of heavenly flowers created by our favorite floral designer, Michael Putnam. An eclectic crew of women came out to support and, naturally, arrived dripping in DANNIJO
and Editorialist founders Kate Davidson Hudson and Stefania Allen. The next morning, Jodie and I flew to Los Angeles. That afternoon, which happened to be National Sibling Day, we met with sisters Whitney Port and Paige Port for afternoon coffee at Sunset Tower. That night we had sushi at Katsuya with our Friends With Better Lives (her new show) favorite friend, Brooklyn Decker. Then it was off to Coachella for Shop Bazaar’s event at Le Parker Méridien in Palm Springs and Lacoste’s desert pool party in Thermal, where we bumped into rock legend Steven Tyler. We told him we
The past few months have been quite the whirlwind, so we’re looking forward to some pajamas-and-pizza nights in May (though we’ll likely fight our homebody inclination and venture out). I’ll leave you with my favorite Dr. Seussism because no one articulates life’s journey quite like he can: “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” u M AY 2 0 1 4 1 3 9
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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST BY ELIZABETH QUINN BROWN
Hannah Bronfrman, Danielle Bernstein, Chelsea Leyland, and Danielle Snyder at A Fool’s Fête.
Vanessa Lawrence and Elettra Weidemann, at tables designed by David Stark at the Mandarin Oriental.
Harley Viera-Newton, Ross One, and Keegan Singh on the dance floor on April 21.
Laura Love and Derek Blasberg supported New Yorkers for Children at the Mandarin Oriental.
Oh Land and Jodie Snyder Morel at New Yorkers for Children’s A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care.
Atlanta de Cadenet at the event on April 21, which
Andrew Bevan and Rebecca Minkoff at the
benefited youth in foster care.
event, which was presented by Lauren X Khoo.
BETWEEN WATCHING THE New York Rangers in the playoffs, I ventured away from venues such as Blue Haven to see and be seen at a variety of events. Off with the Chris Kreider shirt and on with the black-tie as I whipped around the city to report on the goings-on of the PYTs... On March 31, the Cinema Society screened Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Gucci Guilty. The after-party, which took place at Jimmy at the James Hotel, hosted the cast of the film, including Chris Evans—a crush of mine since Not
Another Teen Movie—as well as Olivia Chantecaille, John Corbett, Matt Harvey, Nicky Hilton, and Amy Sacco. The fact that I made it home before midnight was a Marvel (like, you know, Marvel Comics). On April 3, the Young Folk introduced themselves at their launch, “Bespoke Folk,” at the American Folk Art Museum. The evening was attended by 250 guests, including co-founders Maria Fillas and Abigail Stone, and featured a viewing of the “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art” exhibition, with
Eva Chen (in Marc Jacobs) and Thomas Bannister at A Fool’s Fête.
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contributions from designers such as Michael Bastian and Catherine Malandrino. Intrigued? Check out the Young Folk event for the Outsider Art Fair on May 8. On the 11th, the Cinema Society screened Fading Gigolo with Women’s Health, whose May 2014 cover features Sofia Vergara from the film. The after-party, which took place at Bar Nana with cocktails by Svedka, was aswirl with guests such as Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, Helena Christensen, Carson Griffith, Zani Gugelmann, Vanessa Paradis, Alan Rickman, and Mara Siegler. On the 17th, the East Side House Settle- ment hosted its preview of the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center, which was attended by John and Karen Klopp, Peter and Barbara Regna, and more. Later, Pirelli fêted the Auto Show by presenting its “Miles and Meals” dinner at Parlor to toast its association with Formula One.
the New York International Auto Show.
The evening was chaired by Paolo Ferrari, the CEO of Pirelli North America, and featured a meal by Silvano Fiorindo, the executive chef of Cipriani, which included Risotto al Nero di Seppia because, “In the world of cooking, no other dish comes closer to the process of making a tire”—according to the menu. On the 21st, New Yorkers for Children held A Fool’s Fête at the Mandarin Oriental to benefit youth in foster care. The event was chaired by Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Amy McFarland, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Clare McKeon, and Susan Shin and attended by their nearest and dearest—and more. I was honored to be seated between two women I admire, Rebecca Minkoff and Nic Screws (in Brunello Cucinelli), and, later, to have the back of my head featured on Vogue.com. Let’s hear it for New York! u
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Pirelli presented its “Miles and Meals” dinner at Parlor on April 17 in celebration of
DJ Leslie Kirchoff with Young Folk co-founders Maria Fillas and Abigail Stone at the American Folk Art Museum.
Helena Christensen and Andrew Saffir at the Cinema Society after-party at Bar Nana.
Sofia Vergara at the Cinema Society screening of Fading Gigolo.
Kyle Hotchkiss Carone and Johannes Huebl at Bar Nana for the Cinema Society after-party on April 11.
Garrett Neff at the Cinema Society after-party for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Lindsey Torpey-Cross, Emily Romeyn, and Caitlin Byrnes
Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans at the
at the Young Folk launch, â€œBespoke Folk.â€?
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Clockwise fom left: Yves Saint Laurent and Nan Kempner, 1978; Nan Kempner, Fran Stark, and Jacqueline de Ribes; Kenneth Jay Lane and Nan Kempner at The Plaza Hotel, 2004.
“I’VE ALWAYS LIKED being noticed, and I work hard at it,” said Nan Kempner in an interview with Annette Tapert in 1999. Mrs. Kempner surely succeeded in her conquest, for she will forever be known for her extraordinary fashion (she is a member of Fashion’s Hall of Fame), charitable giving (she helped raise $75,000,000 for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center over 30 years), and remarkable dinner parties (Nan’s intimate Sunday-night spaghetti dinners were not to be missed as you never knew who might turn up: Princess Di? Nancy Reagan?). Born Nan Field Schlesinger in San Francisco in 1930, Nan’s father, Albert “Speed” Schlesinger, owned a successful car dealership and reportedly told the young Nan, “You’ll never make it on your face, so you’d better be interesting.” Nan’s mother, Irma Schlesinger, was a San Francisco society fixture who was quite a fashion plate herself. Nan married Thomas Lenox Kempner, a member of the Loeb banking family, in 1952 and had three children. The couple lived in London for a short time before moving to New York City and into a 16-room duplex on Park Avenue and 79th Street, where they resided for over 45 years. Nan was a known force at the Paris couture shows and Yves Saint Laurent became one of her closest friends. “I spend more 144 QUEST
money than I should and less than I’d like to, much less,” she told WWD in 1972. “I couldn’t keep my husband if I spent more.” Nan’s jewelry collection was as famous as her clothing, with names including JAR, Verdura, David Webb, and, of course, her good friend, Kenneth Jay Lane. “If Nan liked something, she would get one in every color,” recalls Mr. Lane. “She had my bamboo hoops in every color.” Wendy Lehman remembers how Nan would fasten her lovely JAR dragonfly pins and David Webb brooches to her headboard at night. Antoinette Guerrini-Maraldi recalls Nan’s having the quickness of mind to hide one bag of jewels beneath her seat when robbers pretending to be florists delivering flowers robbed her at her flat. On another occasion, when intruders broke into the Kempners’ apartment and tied up Nan, she reportedly had the quick wit to hide a JAR diamond earring in her mouth. The Kempners were robbed twice in the seventies but it never hindered Nan’s spirits. Nan loved to dress up and did so until the day she died. In a 1994 interview, Nan recollected, “Our car would drop the kids off at school, then Tommy would pick me up, and he’d say, ‘Now, who are we today?,’ and I’d be Pocahontas, Nanook of the North; I’d be—God knows—the River Boat Queen. It was such fun. Indeed!”—Elizabeth Meigher
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