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THE GRASS IS GREENER IN GREENWICH
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Connecticut estate with charming young professionals returning to their Greenwich roots. produced by brooke kelly, phoToGraphed by crisTina Macaya
INSIGHTS INTO OUR TOP MARKETS
Our standout real estate agents discuss
their exclusive enclaves in Connecticut and New York.
THE BEST OF GREENWICH
A SLICE OF LONDON CITY
daniel c appello
An overview of our favorite shops and salons on
Greenwich Avenue and beyond.
The world’s most famous nightclub for the social elite is
reborn in the heart of London.
b rooke k elly
With three luxury hotels in three distinct parts of town,
the Doyle Collection makes visitors feel at home across London. by daniel cappello
A MATTER OF MATTRESSES
The search for a perfect night’s sleep leads our writers to
the South Bronx warehouse of Charles H. Beckley, Inc. by sian ballen & lesley hauGen.
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upcoming seasons at Casa de Campo, Saratoga, Mashomack, and Haviland.
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A FALLEN FRANCE
June’s in bloom, and so are summer fashions. by Daniel CaPPello anD elizabeth meigher
Exploring Palm Beach real estate with Liza Pulitzer and Whitney McGurk. by alex travers
Stephen Candland of Private Staffing Groups explains how to hire the right staff for your home.
Why Mark Ingram’s bridal atelier is known as the fashion girl’s boutique. by ann loynD burton
Remembering the gowns—and muses—of MGM costume guru Helen Rose. by marC rosen
Toast these three happy couples as they tie the knot in Palm Beach.
YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST
Looking back on the most bustling month of New York parties. by DaviD PatriCk Columbia Remembering a summer of social unrest in post-war Paris. by taki theoDoraCoPulos
Vhernier’s Animalier brooch collection is a peaceable kingdom of sculptural masterpieces. Redefining preservation with an award-winning Mediterranean revival estate in Palm Beach. Why Palm Beach is a hotbed for medicine and technology industries. by ann loynD burton
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It’s party season! All of the events you don’t want to miss as summer kicks off. The Met Gala and other coveted spring parties in New York. by brooke kelly
A look at the summer commute to Greenwich, Morgan-style, circa 1914. by Daniel CaPPello
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Clockwise from below: The Coral Room at The Bloomsbury in London; photographer Cristina Macaya sets up our Greenwich cover shoot; Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot last month; we remember other royal wedding dresses in this issue; Prince Harry on the cover of our Greenwich Issue in 2013.
the summer season in our Stateside Greenwich, and Prince Harry himself has played here (we were there to cover it in 2013). And so, we decided to hop across the pond for this issue to check in on fair London as well. With that, here’s to Greenwich—and a summer as green as the town itself. u
A group of young professionals at 808 North Street in Greenwich, Connecticut— an estate provided by Marijane Bates Hvolbeck and Brad Hvolbeck of Sotheby’s International Realty (for more about the listing, see page 101). Photographed by Cristina Macaya.
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THIS MONTH, we return to that enclave in Connecticut characterized by “manicured-bucolic wildernessless-woodsy rolling hills and arboreal dells,” or Greenwich, as it was once described by Tom Wolfe, the celebrated American man of letters who just passed away in May. More than a suburb, Greenwich is, as we described it several years back, a co-mingling of country clubs and metropolitanism. There’s a reason rich New Yorkers have long flocked here to set up country mansions: the verdant green of this town is so overwhelming, it deserves to be a Pantone color of the year. Residents cherish the quietness of this community, where subtleness is as prized as any material possession. Like any community, it is evolving with the times, and Quest has been documenting its changes for many years now, in what has become our annual Greenwich Issue. Our cover shoots feature the young and bright faces of the community, and this year’s is no different. Brooke Kelly shines a spotlight on some talented young men and women who are either from Greenwich or went to school here. She takes us shopping down Greenwich Avenue, and checks in with top agents who have their pulse on the town’s real estate market. Greenwich, of course, is named after that other, “original” Greenwich—the borough in London that bears the same name. The British connection isn’t lost. Polo dominates
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NEW YORK SO CIAL DIARY THE MONTHS OF THE spring season in New York are chock-a-block with philanthropic fundraising benefits and galas to the point where it sometimes seems hard to keep up. This happens every year, of course, but it seems the number increases every year also. And
because it is the season for getting people out after the long gray of winter, some of the most prominent and important events are slated for this time. On the first week of May is the Hat Lunch—the annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon in Central
Park’s Conservatory Garden behind the Vanderbilt Gates at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue. Women’s Committee president Suzie Aijala was joined by Central Park Conservancy president and CEO Elizabeth W. Smith, as well as Luncheon chairs:
Amandine Freidheim, Elyse Newhouse, Jenny Price, and Marie Unanue, who welcomed the more than 1,200 guests. I think that’s a record. The Women’s Committee is one of the most successful of its kind, embodying the power of women managing
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the community. It was founded in 1983 by four prominent New York women—who are now regarded as visionaries— with one objective: to clean, straighten, neaten up, and conserve the park for the citizens. This annual luncheon has its own unique energy compared to other prominent civic and social luncheons here in New York. The women dress for the occasion, and notably with hats as part of their outfits. Their motivation is simple: it’s just plain fun. Aside from the purpose of the funds raised, flowers 20 QUEST
are “in” fashion-wise these days; floral prints galore were surrounding us. All of which makes it a hot ticket. They raised $2.6 million to date, and the Women’s Committee in its 35-year existence has raised $175 million towards the park’s maintenance, restoration, and enhancement. This year they honored Central Park Conservancy supporters Judy and Russell Carson for their extraordinary generosity and friendship, and former Central Park Conservancy president and CEO and current senior advisor to the president and CEO Doug
Jessica Markowski and Louisa Warwick
Tinsley Mortimer and Dorinda Medley
Blonsky for his remarkable leadership. JPMorgan Chase & Co., represented by Kelly C. Coffey, CEO of the U.S. Private Bank and Central Park Conservancy Trustee, served as the Corporate Chair. The Benefit Committee and guests included: Conservancy Board of Trustees chairman Tom Kempner, Women’s Committee founder Norma Dana, commissioner, NYC Parks Mitchell J. Silver, Liz Atwood, Jackie Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Katie Couric, Lise Evans, Sharon Jacob, Eleanora Kennedy, Karen LeFrak,
Alexia Leuschen, Carol Sutton Lewis, Stephanie March, Gillian Miniter, Marcia Mishaan, Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi, Jenny Paulson, Yesim Philip, Amanda Thompson Riegel, Lela Rose, Fiona Rudin, Christine Schwarzman, Margaret Smith, and Martha Stewart. A few nights before at Cipriani 42nd Street, City Harvest celebrated its 35th anniversary where they honored Jose Andres, Wendy and Bill Mills, Robin Hood, and Chrissy Teigen. I’ve never seen the place so packed. Co-chairs were Diana and
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A Joseph DiMenna, Misook and Harry Doolittle, Lise and Michael Evans, Carola and Robert Jain, Christine and Richard Mack, Kirsten and Patrick McMahon, Heather Crosby Mnuchin, and Sandra and Eric Ripert. I was introduced to City Harvest back in the early ’90s by three women I knew who were working on the gala benefit for that year— Topsy Taylor, Joy Ingham, and Emilia Saint-Amand. The charity was about 10 years old. It was started by a simple (but brilliant) idea of one woman, who could see that there was a lot of food being left over each day in restaurant kitchens and by
the suppliers. What could be better than gathering as much as available and redistributing it around the city to neighborhoods where there was a need? Over the years, City Harvest continued to grow along with the need for it, and they elicited the support of Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and some other major chefs. With an upcoming generation of supporters, like Heather Mnuchin, who brought in a lot of friends, City Harvest has grown into a major charity that delivers millions of pounds of food and produce all over New York annually.
They honored the City Harvest truck drivers, most of whom have been picking up and delivering the bounty for 10 years and more. These men are the messengers of blessings. They are heroes in the community. They are like city angels—real New Yorkers well aware of the profound value of their jobs. The next day, Jilly Stephens, the executive director of City Harvest, sent a note to all who attended the dinner to share that “through the generosity of everyone in the room, we raised over $4.6 million, enough to help feed nearly 17,000 New York City families for a year and
more than we’ve ever raised before this event.” A few nights later, on a Tuesday evening, over at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic held its annual Spring Gala with An Evening with Audra McDonald and a salute to Daisy Soros, Crazy for Daisy. The evening’s gala cochairs were Diane and Paul Guenther, Ann and Charles Johnson, and Sana Sabbagh. The evening’s underwriters were the Johnsons, Ms. Sabbagh, and Didi and Oscar Schafer. The evening began with a champagne reception followed by Audra
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McDonald’s performance with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Andy Einhorn. McDonald gave a rich, full 90-minute concert of American songs which included many standards by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Jay Lerner, and Burton Lane, among others. The concert was followed by a dinner on the hall’s promenade. Daisy has been a very active philanthropist in New York for many years, along with her late husband Paul Soros. Among her many contributions, she’s 24 QUEST
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been involved with the Philharmonic for more than 30 years. Besides being on the board, she is a longstanding member of the Volunteer Council. She and her late husband Paul Soros set up a special Conductors Fund a number of years ago so that the Philharmonic could engage the world’s most distinguished guest conductors. The following Thursday was the Alzheimer’s Drug Development Fund benefit dinner hosted by its founders, brothers Leonard and Ronald Lauder. The evening marked its 20th anniversary.
The goal is deadly serious. A cure. Leonard Lauder told us when he opened the evening, “At our first gala, I said my promise was that we will cure this disease. And thanks to all of you, we will do it!” Twenty years on, the ADDF has funded more than $100 million for research. All of the funds raised go directly into research grants. The Lauders fund entirely the expenses of running the organization. This year they raised $2.6 million for Alzheimer’s research. Ronald Lauder originally had the idea, which he took to his brother for collaboration. There are now
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more potential treatments in clinical trials than ever before. Nearly a quarter of those treatments have made it through funding from the ADDF. Dr. Howard Fillit, who has been executive director of the ADDF since its inception, talked about the progress as a result of this. He explained how they have found something in gene therapy that is looking closer and closer to controlling the spreading of the disease. This is very scientific and I am not one who grasps these things quickly. This is the explanation from the ADDF:
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A “Researchers are working on gene therapy targeting APOE, the most significant genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s. There are three types of APOE: APOE2, APOE3, and APOE4. APOE2 is the rarest form and carrying even one copy appears to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by up to 40 percent. APOE3 is the most common and doesn’t seem to influence risk. The APOE4 allele, present in approximately 10-to-15percent of people, increases the risk for Alzheimer’s and lowers the age of onset. Having one copy of E4 can increase your risk by two to three times while two copies
can increase the risk by 12 to 15 times. Gene therapy will aim to replace the APOE4 in cells with the protective APOE2 form.” Then on a Sunday night, the Cancer Research Institute held its 35th annual “Through the Kitchen” party at the Grille and the Pool in the Seagrams Building. This event is the baby (now grown up) of Lauren Veronis who created the idea and brought in—and continues to bring in—the crowds. As usual, they had a big turnout (a lot of longtime supporters with many new ones joining the roster). It begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails in the Grille room, followed
by the distribution of the chef’s aprons for all the guests. Then the beaproned enter the streamlined kitchen—which has been entirely renovated by the new restaurateurs—where very large dinner plates are waiting to move through the kitchen for an astounding buffet. It’s a perfect Sunday night occasion with the buffet being the very grand entertainment… and delicious. This party originated in the same location when it was the Four Seasons Restaurant, and always on a Sunday night. The “entertainment” for this very popular event is
of course the food. The new owners of this restaurant presented a fabulous menu of all the basics we love to gorge ourselves on (occasionally). It’s hard to resist everything, no matter what diet you’re on. And there is a lot of everything—all kinds of salads, meats, pastas, seafood, sushi, and breads. And most people I noticed (including myself) tend to forget any regularly diet they have and load as much on the plate as possible. The guests and their full plates then move into the pool room where the tables for eight and 10 are decorated with a specific
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theme. This year’s theme was magazines. I happened to be seated at the Playboy table decorated with a mannequin costumed like a Playboy bunny dominating. They even used the pool with a fisherman sitting on the edge reading a magazine (Field & Stream?) and occasionally throwing a line across the water as if to catch something (that wasn’t there). This year the evening raised $1.4 million, which will enable CRI to fund six new fellowships beginning in July and continuing for three years. She reminded everyone that their 28 QUEST
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generosity is funding exciting advances in immunotherapy that is saving more lives and leading to cures for many kinds of cancers. Before everyone went to choose from the plethora of desserts, Jamie Niven, the auctioneer extraordinaire raised additional funds (quickly). After the desserts were consumed, everyone returned to their homes for some much-desired good night’s sleep. On another Tuesday evening, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) celebrated its 2018 Annual Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental. The
IWHC recognized the work of renowned human rights champion Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations high commissioner for human rights, who is a tireless champion for underserved populations, received the IWHC Visionary Leadership Award. Kenyan activist Monica Oguttu, executive director of the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET)—whose fearless advocacy on behalf of Kenyan women and girls spans more than two decades—received the Joan B. Dunlop Award. The evening was attended by 320 including
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A Farman-Farmaian, and author/journalist Kati Marton. The International Women’s Health Coalition advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. For example, Monica Oguttu’s journey began in the gynecological ward of a Nairobi teaching hospital, where as a nurse she witnessed firsthand the injuries and deaths suffered by women and girls as a result of unsafe abortions.
In response, she co-founded the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET) in 1996—an IWHC grantee partner organization that provides comprehensive reproductive health services to women and girls and advocates for their rights. KMET now runs 22 clinics across the western region of Kenya, an area struggling with high rates of adolescent pregnancy and of maternal death due to unsafe abortion. The organization also provides support for 109 clinics to ensure adequate reproductive health care. On a Wednesday night, I went over to the Ralph Lauren women’s store on
72nd and Madison where Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey—her longtime aide-de-camp—were having a book signing for her latest book, Martha’s Flowers: A practical guide to growing, gathering and enjoying. This book was written “with” Mr. Sharkey…which means he was a full collaborator. I got there at 6 p.m. before anyone else so I could get a word in with Martha. Knowing she had published other books, I asked her which “number” this was. “Ninety,” she replied. Ninety!! It astounds, the number itself. Although, Martha is possibly the most productive
professional person I’ve ever known or heard of. She’s literally indefatigable. She has that vast reserve supply of energy mixed with curiosity and the need to be doing. I know a lot of ambitious, artistic people but Martha takes the cake if you’ll pardon the pun. I’ve covered her professional activities for a long time although you don’t get much of that personality when socializing with her. She’s friendly but with a quiet reserve, underneath it all. We share a mutual friend—a woman who, like Martha, is a mother and grandmother and an active (and successful)
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professional. She knows Martha in the way women can know each other— the life behind the life— the home, the family, the personalities, the needs. I had dinner with them one Saturday night a year or so ago at Sette Mezzo. Martha had driven in from East Hampton to join us. She’d spent the day weeding her gardens, getting them ready for Spring. It was a labor-intensive affair because she has a lot of “garden” around her property out there. In the course of our conversation, she happened to tell me that she had 32 QUEST
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begun her day at her house in Bedford/Katonah, and was driven out East (a good two to three hour drive), worked all day, and then was driven back to Manhattan for our 7:30 dinner. After dinner she was driven back to Bedford. Oh, and the traveling didn’t bother her because it gave her time to do a lot of paper work riding two and from. When I got home from dinner, I got a call from a friend and I told her where I’d been. She loved hearing about it. “When people ask me who had the biggest effect on me as a woman,” she told me, adding, “and
I grew up with Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug, Germaine Greer, and Shirley Chisholm, I realized that in the end nobody had the effect on me that Martha did.” Somewhat surprised by my friend’s observation, I asked her why. “First of all she’s an incredible businesswoman. She got me to be aware of my life style and that meant, not clothes. And I read the magazine and I followed her. “Martha wasn’t political. That’s why she got to me. I don’t cook and I don’t garden, but a lot of women read her and also don’t do
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it. She went in on another level of living that was not political but which had to do with style and manners. Doing the right thing, a good thing. Don’t forget, that was her slogan. ‘It’s a Good Thing.’ “Her magazine in the very beginning was the biggest influence on women of that time. People took her in on a core-style level. I don’t know a woman who didn’t watch her on TV. This was before Oprah— because Oprah patterned her magazine on Martha. “And then when she served time, she really won me over. She was a hero
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to me. It moved her into an area that wasn’t funny—a lady talking about coming from the kitchen. (And by the way, no other women have served time like this…and she served it beautifully.) She had classes. “She once advised ‘putting green apples in a white bowl.’ Forever thereafter, I’ve had a white bowl with green apples in my kitchen. So Martha is my hero.” In these past few weeks, there have been a number of prominent New Yorkers who have died, several of whom I knew, and all of whom I intend to remember in memoriam. For this Diary, I have chosen two who were a positive influence to all of us who knew or were familiar with them. On a Tuesday morning in late April, Patricia Murray Wood Ney
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died in Palm Beach. She was 98 on her last birthday, March 11. She is survived by her daughters Robin Pickett and Hilary Geary Ross, her four grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. I first knew her in Southampton where she was known as Pat Wood and wrote the social “Beachcomber” column for the weekly Southampton Press. She had a warm smile and a gentle yet direct voice and manner. There was a grace about her that on contact always soothed the frenetic mind of this writer. Her column was that of a small town weekly many of whose readers were the rich, the celebrated, and the social New Yorkers who also happened to be long time (even generations-long) members of the summer community.
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A Pat knew them all, which gave her access and personal knowledge in chronicling the social lives and activities in the summer community. She was born Patricia Murray on March 11, 1920, the daughter of Jeanne Lourdes Durand and John Francis Murray, a former commissioner of the Port Authority of New York. Her paternal grandfather Thomas Murray was an inventor and electrical engineer who worked with Thomas Edison. Murray and Edison were two of the founders of Con Edison. She was one of the seven Murray siblings who grew up riding horses and
spending summers on their 250-acre oceanfront family compound in Southampton, which they shared with their relatives, the McDonnells (of whom there were 16 siblings), who were on Wall Street. It was known as the Murray-McDonnell compound. This was during the era of what Joe Alsop referred to as the WASP Ascendency when there were unspoken yet separate social worlds. The Murrays and McDonnells were IrishCatholics, very outside that “Ascendency.” But they were bright, hardworking, strong family people, and they prospered and
brought their families up to “belong.” One of Pat’s cousins, Anne McDonnell married Henry Ford II. An older sister, Jeanne Murray married Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. (wife number two). The families’ number and presence forged a social prominence that naturally attracted friends and others to the beach town that became world famous as a popular society resort. The large family was featured in two histories about the Irish Catholic clans: Real Lace by Stephen Birmingham, and Golden Clan by John Corry. So it was not unusual that Pat would be hired to write her
“Beachcomber” column in the Southampton Press for 28 years—from 1972 to 2000. Pat’s first marriage to author James Jeffrey Roche ended in divorce. She was pre-deceased by her second husband Sidney Burr Wood, former 1931 Wimbledon Champion, and her third husband Edward Ney, former Ambassador to Canada whom she married when she was 90; as well by as her daughter Deirdre Murray Roche. The memorial service will take place in Southampton this summer. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The Southampton Hospital. And then on a Monday
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late last month, Tom Wolfe, one of the leading voices of the last half of the 20thcentury American culture. I never knew him, and so I was flattered when his daughter once told me that he “knew who I was.” I’m not certain that I never met him, although I know we never had a conversation. My certainty is based on my lifelong admiration for his talent as a writer. In imagining his persona as we do with people we admire but don’t know, he had a witty and lucid, intellectual mind and a contemporary turn of thought. By contemporary, I mean his 38 QUEST
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era of contemporary— which was the post–World War II in the enormously prospering America that in the ensuing decades gained in technology and lost its mojo. In many ways, he was the man of that hour—a time when radical change culturally and perhaps politically was festering, getting ready to bloom. It was a time when there were three major political assassinations, all in the five years between 1963 to 1968, and all of which remain an unsettled mystery (to the public) to this day. If literature were music,
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Tom Wolfe’s voice was in a modern opera. A modern American opera, that is. I read somewhere that Emile Zola was his imagined master. The term “radical chic” came out of an article he wrote in 1970 for New York magazine, about a fund-raising party Leonard Bernstein hosted for the Black Panthers, inviting a lot of celebrity Establishment New Yorkers to attend. He was covering the gilded waterfront in the times that were a-changin’. I first saw him at a party in the Village in the early 1960s. I don’t recall the party, except for the living
room which had red flock wallpaper where Tom Wolfe standing by himself, with a drink in hand, talking to no one but simply taking it all in. With the slightest twinkle in the eye and the slightest smile on his face, stood erect and alone, and looking quite comfortable with the situation. I liked to imagine he was composing his next piece. His sartorial style clearly depicted the word “dandy,” although on the modern side. It was in no way eccentric, but rather a cut above, not unlike Fred Astaire (although Wolfe didn’t look like he was about to break
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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A into a dance), neither forced nor pretentious, but stood out. It wasn’t the white suit that later became his public signature after he was famous, but it was precise and evoked an earlier era of formality. I was impressed. I had already read his pieces with awe and wonder in the Herald-Tribune’s Sunday supplement, New York magazine. He was almost overnight popular. With his wit, and curiosity, he opened up a new door to the language because he was also deadly serious in his portraits of the characters or individuals he wrote about. He was hot because he was
imaginative in his sentences and language (like “radical chic”). And if he had a political point of view (I much later learned that he did), it was expressed in terms of irony and satire rather than in terms of parties and constituencies. In all those years that he lived here in New York and during when I lived here— the ’60s through the ’70s; and then again from 1992— I’d see him occasionally walking in the street (he had a strong but easy gait). He was married to a very important magazine art director, Sheila Berger Wolfe, and they had two children, Alexandra and
Tommy. About 10 or 15 years ago, I was interviewed by his daughter Alexandra Wolfe, who was then working at the New York Observer (and now writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal). The interview was over the phone. She has a friendly, dryly cheerful manner, and conveys a serious interest with ease in whomever she is talking to. It is genuine and very agreeable. I quickly learned she is openminded and was easily amused by my responses. In other words, I soon learned that I could make her laugh. Making someone laugh always evokes the freshest
kind of flattery to me, ham that I am. I also learned from that first interview that she was smart and quick-witted. Like father like daughter. Over time, Alexandra and I developed one of those New York friendships where we see each other infrequently but always have a sense of the pleasure of friendship when we meet. She has a kind of bright-eyed enthusiasm that is borne not so much of adolescence (which she is not), but of a good upbringing. Her selfconfidence is natural and so is her natural sensitivity to others. It was that quality that
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led me to conclude that she came from a solidly stable family. This is conjecture, of course, although, having also met her mother, Sheila, a couple of times, it could add to the conclusion that I was right. It was a family of creative imaginations, stable domestic environments (parental marriages), and a healthy respect for the good. Then last November when I was among the honorees as a “Living Landmark” at the New York Landmarks Conservancy dinner at the 42 QUEST
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Plaza Hotel, Tom Wolfe was also being feted, along with the comparably distinguished Frank Stella, Robert A. M. Stern, Suydam (Sydie) Lansing, Marica and Jan Vilcek, Patsy and Jeff Tarr. The Wolfes’ table was closest to the stage, and as I was waiting my turn to go onstage to collect the award, I was seated next to their table where Father Wolfe had Mother and Daughter and Son Wolfes, and their guests in gales of laughter. The laughter was so light and yet almost rollicking,
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and steady, that this writer could only conclude that was what the man’s private world was like. A few minutes later, when it came time for him to take the stage, he accepted his honor with a Wolfe-ian sense of that humor that evoked the laughter in his family. He was a Southern boy, well educated, a good athlete (baseball—even had early tryouts for one of the majors), the editor of his school paper, a graduate student with an obvious interest in culture and history. He
started out as a reporter with the Newhouses’ Springfield (Mass.) Union (which at that time was the paper I read in high school), and soon moved up into New York. Very few years later he was writing in the new hot magazine in town, New York. That was almost 60 years ago, the beginning of a long and successful life as a novelist and family man. He was a man who defined his time in his work, as did a favorite novelist, Emile Zola. He carried it all with congenial dignity and steady productivity. u
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Left to right: Political leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit and his comrades appear in front of the disciplinary commission of La Sorbonne Paris in 1968; the 1968 protests in Paris began as a stance against the Vietnam War and later brought up issues about job insecurities.
BONJOUR, MES AMIS! Fifty years ago this month, I was living in Paris and life was grand. Back then, there was nothing like Paris in the spring and early summer, with formal balls galore, polo in the Bois de Boulogne, and late-night parties in Left Bank clubs such as Jimmy’s. At 30 years of age one felt omnipotent, especially when wearing boots and riding breeches, and galloping down the polo field cheered on by the fairer sex. Then “les évènements” came about, and the high life in the City of Light took a leave of absence in a hurry. The preceding year had been one of the most bril60 QUEST
liant of the post-war seasons. Americanborn Sheila McIntosh, Countess de Rochambeau, had given a grand ball in her château just outside Paris, as had the Guy de Rothschilds in theirs, Ferrières, followed by the Agnelli ball in the Bois de Boulogne. I had attended all three, plus some less glamorous ones in the city itself given by young friends who had not as yet inherited. (They had to do with parties in their “hôtels particuliers,” as townhouses are called in the land of cheese.) The polo season in Paris takes place mostly in June and the main polo fields are situated in the Bois de Boulogne, where
the private club called Bagatelle holds a very strict line between commoners using the park and its members. (I left Paris for good in 1973, so I don’t know whether the club has been democratized since, but I surely hope not.) During May of ’68, there were rumblings of student discontent, dismissed by my crowd as “rien de spécial,” the usual grumpy French students complaining about nothing in particular. Mind you, once the Sorbonne was occupied by “les élèves,” even I noticed the change because I had to cross that venerable institution on my way to various Left Bank nightclubs. I
TA K I remember one warm May night being stopped by a mob in my Maserati and asked to contribute to their cause. I had a girl with me and had just finished a diatribe against left-wing illiterates at the Sorbonne, so I couldn’t lose face. (She was a sexy Brazilian.) “Kill me but I am not giving you a penny,” I told the mob. They began to rock my car, but one of the leaders stepped in and told them I had been honest and to let me pass. They did, and I left followed by boos but nothing else. This was in May. By June Paris was at a standstill. A redhaired firebrand by the name of Danny Cohn-Bendit had managed to close down the city. The student protest had spread
the season. I called him a coward to his face and was forced to apologize. In the practice game that followed our altercation, poor Élie lost his right eye when hit by ball he never saw coming. That evening, upset about Élie and unable to go anywhere—I lived near the Bois and the clubs were on the Left Bank—I took my best pony, Tango, and rode it into Paris. Everywhere I went people laughed and offered to take care of it while I was at Jimmy’s. President De Gaulle then flew to Germany to see if the army stationed there was still behind him. The paratroop general Jacques Massu, a tough Algerian war vet, greeted him. “Toujours con,
where they were manhandled by the fuzz. The British students tried to emulate the French but it never took off. The next year, I was the only photographer allowed to cover the wedding in Vevey of Charlie Chaplin’s second daughter to a Greek buddy of mine. When I had five minutes with the great man he sounded furious. His point was a valid one. The French had nothing to protest about but got all the publicity and attention of the world’s press. “The Czechs were fighting for freedom from Soviet tyranny while the French were posing,” or words to that effect. True, but when was the last time the media got it right? By the time July came around, everyone was anxious
Left to right: Charles de Gaulle, the former president of France; Élie de Rothschild, who lost his right eye during a practice polo match.
from institution to institution, and then to trade unions and to all workers. The whole thing had begun as a protest against the Vietnam War and had morphed into an end in itself, one long protest against the insecurity of jobs and the prospects of getting them. Incredibly, there were no specific demands by either the students or the workers. By mid-June there was no gas in Paris, no public transport, and all the main boulevards had been dug up by protesters. The nightclubs, however, remained open and were doing record business. Élie de Rosthschild, head of the polo, cancelled
Massu?” asked le grand Charles. “Oui, toujours Gaulliste,” answered Massu. The play on words in French became a rallying cry for the right. Then out of the blue, the revolution became a game. The civilians would line up behind a barricade, the tough CRS troops would baton charge us, and we would run into side streets and hide. The worst one got if caught was a beating from their rather long “batons.” One night a CRS gendarme threw a tear gas grenade into Jimmy’s, driving all the swells, including Françoise Sagan and Catherine Deneuve out to the street
to hit the beach. I had managed to fill up my Mini in drips and drabs of gas and was driving to Saint-Tropez after a volatile June. A rather plum Belgian woman who used to do very funny imitations of Greeks speaking French approached and asked me for a ride. She was meeting her fiancé, she said, one Egon von Fürstenberg, in Geneva. She is now better known as Diane von Fürstenberg, having made it big in New York. June 1968 was fun but Paris was never the same again. Au revoir, mes amis! u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. JUNE 2018 61
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This spread, clockwise from above: The pool view at 555 Island Drive, which features 175 feet of waterfront on Everglades Island; lounge in a private cabana at 1213 N. Ocean Boulevard; 1197 N. Lake Way features water access via a private dock; boutique condominiums at 3611 S. Flager Drive feel more like single-family homes in an intimate and private setting; the building offers breathtaking views of the Intracoastal waterway.
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sheets, affording hues that are otherwise not found in nature. The harlequin reflections of the Australian opal, which fade into the orange of the cornelian made opalescent by the mother of pearl, merge into the green of the imperial emerald. Everything is made magical by the overhanging rock crystal, which gives body and light to the shape. Vhernier’s goldsmiths express themselves through their attention to detail: the shells of the Tartaruga (sea turtles) are carved by hand, amplifying the volume and mimicking their real-life appearance. A chip of emerald is added to the collar of the Lucertola (lizard) and is only visible from certain angles, thanks to the transparency effect of the rock crystal layered above. These exotic animals are embellished with pavé diamonds and brought to life with vibrant and cheerful colors. The Animalier collection is—quite brilliantly, as you’ll see once pinned on yourself—the metropolitan jungle of Vhernier. u For more information about the house of Vhernier and its Animalier brooch collection, visit the Vhernier boutiques at either 783 Madison Avenue or 55 Wall Street in New York City (646.343.9551), or vhernier.com.
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THE HOUSE OF Vhernier was founded with a mission to create unique jewels, each one special and hand-made, their shapes influenced by movements in modern art and contemporary design. Handcrafted expertise is at the core of every Vhernier creation, and, as such, the jewels are a result of meticulous workmanship by highly skilled goldsmiths who create with a profound knowledge of materials—gold, diamonds, and colored stones—the foundation of the brand. It’s no wonder, then, that Vhernier’s Animalier brooch collection is the true definition of micro-sculpture masterpieces. These works of art are crafted from the unique technique of overlapping multiple layers of stone and exalting the color and depth with the transparency of rock crystal. This painstaking technique means that each brooch is produced in a limited edition, making them one of a kind. The creatures of the Animalier collection are all portrayed in a different position to emphasize the beauty of each animal in its natural environment. Vhernier specializes in a technique known as “triplet,” where a play of color and unusual reflections are created by layering a stone, a thin layer of mother of pearl, and rock crystal on top. These stones are either carved out from a single block or layered on top of each other in paper-thin
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This page, top row: Vhernierâ€™s Tartaruga brooches in 18-kt. white gold, mother of pearl, rock crystal, and diamonds with sugilite, lapis, onyx, or turquoise (left); the Granchio brooch in 18-kt. white gold, coral, rock crystal, and diamonds. Middle row: The Vhernier boutique on Madison Avenue. Bottom row: The Bruco brooch in 18-kt. white gold, diamonds, mother of pearl, and rock crystal (left); the Rana brooch in 18-kt. white gold, chrysoprase, coral, rock crystal, and diamonds.
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Clockwise from above: Architect Mark Ferguson accepts the Schuler Award from Liz and John Schuler; a newly constructed pool on the center lot; the home’s Spanish style references 1920s landmarked properties; James Hall served as project manager for Livingston Builders, Inc. 72 QUEST
TO BUILD THEIR LATEST award-winning family home (their ninth overall), longtime Palm Beach residents Leni and Peter May had an ambitious, highly detailed vision and an aggressive schedule in mind. Up for the challenge of such a short deadline, general contractor Livingston Builders, Inc. (LBI) was called to transition the project from the drawing board to reality in collaboration with Mark Ferguson of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects. The hard work paid off, and the property is the 2018 recipient of the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation’s distinguished Schuler Award, which recognizes new architecture that is designed and built in keeping with the traditional styles of Palm Beach and contributes to the historic and cultural fabric of this special town. “The May residences are excellent examples of infill design that are respectful of the existing streetscape and architectural traditions of Palm Beach,” said Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach executive director Amanda Skier. “The Spanish style references landmarked properties from the 1920s in a contemporary fashion that incorporates a creative use of space.” With the help of their construction representative Greg
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Bollard and the addition of Livingston Builders, the May family began by reassembling the dream team of designers behind their eight previous homes: Bunny Williams Interior Design, Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, and Nievera Williams Landscape Design were responsible for the interiors, buildings, and gardens, respectively. During the planning stage, the team was confident in the beauty of the family’s vision, but it was technically very complex, and it became clear to Peter May that the project called for quick obstacle resolutions. Additionally, the site is protected archaeological land, so major excavation was dug by hand and monitored by an on-site archaeologist. With a focus on its unique approach to customer service, no request is too small or too challenging for LBI, including the Mays’ greatly compressed construction schedule. Working with Ferguson and the designers, the firm devised creative approaches to problem-solving and scope allocations. Specialized in navigating the notoriously stringent recommendations of the Town of Palm Beach Planning, Zoning, and Building Departments, the team reached its building goal four days early, giving Bunny Williams unfettered access to execute the interiors, which feature a palette of airy neutrals complementary to the location. How did they pull it off? First, the firm positioned a talented young architect, James Hall, as project manager. With Jim Remez, one of the co-founding partners of Livingston Builders as his mentor and guide, the LBI team led an unabated offensive on all tasks at hand. The Mays wanted a traditional house with state-of-the-art amenities and a building that would last generations, withstanding the assault of Florida’s hurricanes. They have owned many landmarked homes in Florida and in the Northeast,
but this was their opportunity to create a new landmark for the future. The brief was to marry 21st-century construction methods and technology with the artistry of talented craftsmen, to create a home deeply cognizant of its roots and the cultural history of its setting—and to use natural, local materials, including cypress, carved coral stone, and hand-troweled sand stucco. Accordingly, the buildings are designed in a Mediterranean Revival style with construction materials and motifs that echo the traditions of historic Palm Beach. The property consists of three buildings on three separate lots: a newly constructed Main House overlooking the Intracoastal waterway to the west; a newly constructed pool house with an exercise room, garage, and guest suites in the center lot; and the minor renovation of an existing building to be used as a guest house to the east abutting Bradley Place. The new buildings were erected using structural pecky cypress beams (an increasingly scarce material), which made it a challenge to source. A hallmark of historical Palm Beach landmarks, pecky cypress wood derives from a tree that has died and spent time under water. Modern builders have long abandoned the use of true lumber rafters, but real pecky beams were sourced to give the Mays’ house its remarkable authenticity. In an acceptance letter read by Executive Director Skier at the award presentation on April 5, Peter May wrote it best: “Having always admired the detail of the Spanish/Italian influences of so many beautiful properties in Palm Beach, our aim was to build new buildings that were true to those influences but open and light—and more intimate and contemporary—and would work for our lifestyle today.” u JUNE 2018 73
PALM BEACH STATE OF MIND BY ANN LOYND BURTON FORGET WHAT YOU MIGHT think about Palm Beach: that it’s a winter-only destination for Northern snowbirds. While you’re at it, forget what you think about the technology and finance industries—that their only epicenters are in New York City or San Francisco. According to the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, both of those notions are going to become increasingly less accurate in the years to come. Right now, Palm Beach County is seeing an influx of businesses (from independent companies to large corporations like United Technologies) in the medicine, technology, and financial fields choosing to relocate from the increasingly expensive Northeast. “The future of Palm Beach County is only going to get younger,” confirms BDB President and CEO Kelly Smallridge. “Twenty years ago, the perception was that this was the place to visit your grandparents. Now, more technology-based companies like aviation aerospace or communication technology fields are making the trek to Florida. There is a strong entrepreneurial wave coming into this county.” That wave has brought a younger population (the average resident went from age 65 to age 42) and a tremendous amount of wealth. Smallridge notes that there are currently 71,000 millionaire households and 28 billionaires in the county. 74 Q U E S T
Certainly, Palm Beach County is a boom town. “We’ve had a significant increase in our population, which leads to more home building, office building, new professional services, more schools…” Smallridge explains, adding, “When you have areas with 14,000 new rooftops, it ripples.” To put it plainly, it’s a good time to relocate. Not to mention Florida’s lack of personal income tax and year-round quality of life. BDB steps in to help businesses relocating to the area find what they need to set up shop, from securing office space to getting settled at home. “Look at us as a free concierge service for their business and for the management team of the company coming in,” she says. “We’re the one-stop resource for connecting them with reputable brokers for their business and home, getting their children into the right school, expediting permitting for the buildout of their office space.” Smallridge adds that BDB has a Rolodex of accountants, attorneys, real estate brokers, superintendents, school masters, contractors and beyond at the ready to meet with incoming leaders. How is BDB able to offer such a depth of services free of charge? “Because there are so many of these CEOs, it’s well worth our time to court them,” she answers. “We have a whole community of business leaders who have wrapped their arms around the initiative.” u
Friendly tax policies and a more-affordable business atmosphere is drawing more and more corporations to Palm Beach County, especially in the booming aerospace engineering and technology industries. Aside from financial considerations, the area offers a year-round high quality of living with beautiful weather, shores, and entertainment.
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IF YOU’VE NEVER HIRED private staffing before, the prospect can be a bit jarring. Whether you’re employing one staff for a single residence or a team for multiple homes, optimizing performance requires having, first and foremost, the right employee(s) and, secondly, a proper management approach. The first step is to find a staffer who is best fit for your home and lifestyle. From personal assistant to housekeeper, estate manager, or private chef—any role requires some basic management and supervision techniques. Obtaining the highest-performing and most cost-effective solutions starts with a good job description and ongoing communication to review. Once you’ve found the right candidate, it’s critical to have an employment agreement and a confidentiality agreement in place. And for full-time employees, payroll in compliance with IRS and local tax withholdings is important. This is where Private Staff Group (PSG) comes in. The company helps ensure clients’ privacy and confidentiality, which is more paramount than ever in today’s age of iPhones and social media outlets. PSG will also consult with clients about proper pay rate, benefits, and total compensation. For example, a personal assistant’s compensation can range from $75,000 to $150,000. Finding the right salary for your employees starts with finding a balance between the marketplace salary rates and your needs and standards. 76 QUEST
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Private Staffing Group partner Stephen Candland (opposite page, bottom left) can assist with recruiting, background checks, pay negotion, and tax withholdings to help homeowners outfit their staffs with reliable, long-term employees.
Having the luxury of employing private staff is both a privilege to enhance your lifestyle and a responsibility to manage the performance versus expense. Once the right people are in place, homeowners can experience the best service, style, and ambience in all aspects of their lives— facilitated by workers in tune with their wishes. To get there, it’s important to find prospects with the right skills, talent, and employee references that vouch for their reliability. PSG views the process as one of evaluating chemistry, fit, skills, past experience, and future career aspirations to find the right employee for a solid, long-term relationship (not necessarily just the perfect resume). Working with a recruiter like PSG involves a conversation to clarify the personality and talents of the ideal employee for each homeowner’s needs and expectations. Service, productivity, protection, and peace are the primary standards to hire, employ, and realize a great private staff relationship. That’s a tall order, but it’s much more easily navigated by a recruiter who will deploy a hiring plan, implement on-boarding and background checks, and find talent with a chemistry and fit for your family. u For further information and a discussion of the solution which will enable staff to be ideal for your needs, call Stephen Candland at 203-856-7811 or email@example.com.
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THE FASHION GIRL’S BRIDAL SALON WALKING INTO MARK INGRAM’S Upper East Side bridal atelier, it is immediately apparent that the store’s namesake owner and founder is beyond passionate about his craft. Upon my arrival, he had just returned from a meeting with The Bridal Council about educating Millennial brides, still jet-lagged from his trip to Barcelona Bridal Market a few days prior. His trusty iPad serves as an endless photo reel of buys, ideas, real weddings, and inspiration on upcoming trends. It’s that dedication to staying ahead of the curve that has garnered Ingram the reputation as the fashion girl’s boutique. For the coming season, Ingram is seeing a lot of tiered skirts, fringe, long sleeves, and bows aplenty. Thankfully, all these trends don’t have to be incorporated into one dress, as brides are flocking to the boutique to outfit their whole weekend— from rehearsal dinner to the big day to morning-after brunch and everything in between. Multipurpose pieces (like a white lace Monique Lhuillier moto jacket or a Danielle Frankel pant suit) are encouraging brides to change up their look throughout the celebrations. To that effect, this year’s best-selling dress is a Marchesa gown with a plunging neckline and removable cape sleeves. “It’s chic boho, not garden hippie wedding,” Ingram notes. For the second dress, a beaded Naeem Khan sheath has
been the winner so far. “After-party dresses have to have movement,” he says, adding, “and they have to show off a great pair of shoes!” Trends aside, Mark Ingram always has a depth of classic offerings as well, and the owner admits that clean, architectural dresses are his personal favorite, drawing inspiration from his bridal fashion muse, Audrey Hepburn. Whatever the aesthetic, brides-to-be can expect to be greeted with a personal consultant (glass of Champagne in hand) who will tailor options to her taste, venue, and figure. Being in the clothing industry for 38 years, Ingram is apt at customizing dresses so that customers can have something truly original. Of course, service will always be a priority, but it’s Ingram’s artfully curated assortment that has drawn New York’s elite (like fashion editors, department store executives, and Broadway actors) to his salon for 17 years. Additionally, the atelier is staying in line with its modern bride by introducing online appointments, holding more interactive events, and collaborating with other brands and influencers. “The New York bride is fashion savvy and expects the best, and this new generation is more visual than ever,” Ingram says. “So we’re creating a destination and showing them the experience.” u
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This page, clockwise from top: Located at 110 East 55th Street in Manhattan, Mark Ingramâ€™s bridal atelier features a wide selection of top-of-the-line designer dresses in an intimate salon setting; Ingram (center) poses with models at a recent bridal breakfast; multipurpose elements like removable sashes are currently trending at the atelier. Opposite page: Ingram is increasing experiences at the store with more interactive events. For more, visit markingramatelier.com. JUNE 2018 79
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Lex Barker really created a trend. This gorgeous couple, who were the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie of their day, had a much-publicized courtship as he was starring in the Tarzan films and she had just completed Three Little Words, a musical with Fred Astaire. Arlene’s dress garnered much notice, as it was the first short wedding dress at a time when all gowns were to the floor. “I had worked as a model before going to Hollywood so I had a great appreciation of fashion design,” Dahl recalls. “When I joined MGM, one of the first people I met was Helen Rose, who created the most beautiful costumes to underscore the characters we were playing. She was so lovely and gracious to me. She appreciated that, as a model, I knew how to wear and move in her creations. We all loved her. What fun having fittings with the other girls who happened to be under contract—like Janet Leigh, Jane Powell or Kathryn Grayson . . . As we were all in our twenties, one by one we became engaged and couldn’t wait to tell Helen. What a thrill when she offered me a hand-made Helen Rose, a oneof-a-kind wedding gown courtesy of LB Mayer. I will never forget its elegance and beauty. It made me feel so special.” Elizabeth Taylor wore her iconic gown, made by Rose, for her 1950 wedding to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr., when she was just 18 years old. The high-collared, pearl-encrusted ivory satin gown was sold in 2013 at Christie’s in London for £122,000. While most of these stars had ill-fated first marriages, let’s not blame the gowns. Many of them had multiple marriages; Taylor had eight, Debbie Reynolds five, and Lana Turner seven. Certainly none of their subsequent wedding gowns could have surpassed the beauty of their Helen Rosen creations. Today, every bride dreams of having that “one-of-a-kind” princess gown just like the MGM girls had in their day. With vintage fashion being so popular, perhaps some lucky gal rummaging through a thrift shop will come upon one of Helen Rose’s originals! u
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WITH ALL OF THE hoopla over Meghan Markle’s wedding dress—the designer, the price, the tiara?—we thought it might be interesting to bring to light a little-known secret about the wedding dresses of the biggest female stars at MGM back in the day—when glamour wasn’t just a word, but a matter of style. When Kate Middleton married Prince William, her beautiful dress was compared with that of Grace Kelly at her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco: a gorgeous gown created by MGM design guru Helen Rose. What people didn’t realize until now was that Rose, who designed costumes for all of MGM’s fabulous musicals and dramas, designed and gifted all of “her girls” with a couture wedding gown. The group included Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, Lana Turner, and my wife, Arlene Dahl. Talk about glamour. Oddly enough, Helen Rose has never gotten the credit given to Adrian, her predecessor at MGM, who was credited with giving Joan Crawford those big-shouldered suits or Jean Harlow those sexy bias-cut satin gowns. Nor has she been as touted as Edith Head at Paramount, the costume designer for Audrey Hepburn, Kim Novak, and Barbara Stanwyck. In 1943, Rose was hired by Louis B. Mayer at MGM as one of the staff designers after Adrian had resigned. Four years later, when head designer Irene also resigned, the role of chief costume designer was given to Rose. During her time, she dressed the likes of Judy Garland, Deborah Kerr, Esther Williams, Ava Gardner, and Janet Leigh in over 200 films, from 1947 to 1966. With a circle of beautiful and famous young stars to dress at the studio, Helen became a sort of mother figure to them. When, one by one, they told her that they were getting married, she offered to create a wedding gown for each of them. Although the one for Grace Kelly became the most famous, each was equally beautiful and unique. The dress she designed for Arlene Dahl for her wedding to
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This page, clockwise from top left: Lana Turner on the set of The Rains of Ranchipur, 1955; Jane Powell with her first husband, former figure skater Gearhardt “Geary” Steffen, on their wedding day in 1949; Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco III at their wedding in 1956; a portrait of Arlene Dahl, wearing a dress designed by MGM’s costume/clothing designer Helen Rose, on her wedding day to her first husband, actor Alexande Crichlow “Lex” Barker, Jr., 1951; Esther Williams and film director Sidney Lanfield on the set of Skirts Ahoy!, 1952; Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on their wedding day in 1955; Elizabeth Taylor and Conrad Hilton, Jr., on their wedding day in 1950. Taylor’s dress, designed by Helen Rose, sold at a London auction for $187,931 in 2013. Opposite page: MGM’s Helen Rose working on Grace Kelly’s wedding dress in 1956.
Byrna Butler & Marc Noyer-Maingard Palm Beach, Florida j march 3, 2018 j PhotograPhed
Byrna and Marc’s celebration began on Friday with a welcome party hosted at the bride’s family’s home in Palm Beach. A boho-themed tent, outfitted with bougainvillea and hanging candles (all flowers and décor were by Tom Mathieu), overlooked the ocean as the Gypsy Kings performed! Saturday started with Byrna and Marc’s wedding ceremony at St. Edward Church, followed by three celebrations: one along the Intracoastal, surrounding a harbor filled with miniature sailboats spelling the bride and groom’s names in lights; a fountain show; and a jungle-themed soirée encircling an interactive dance floor designed to resemble a koi pond. The bride wore custom Valentino haute couture for the ceremony, and donned two different Ralph & Russo couture dresses throughout the reception. Guests happily danced to the beat of DJ Giannis, who was flown in from Greece for the couple’s special day.
Weddings To Remember BY ELIZABETH MEIGHER
Xiomi Murray & J. Roby Penn IV March 17, 2018 j PalM Beach, Florida j PhotograPhed
Xiomi and Roby were married at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, following their rehearsal dinner at the Colony Hotel the previous evening. The bride wore a strapless gazar gown by Peter Langner, and carried an all-white bouquet of roses and hydrangeas. Bridesmaids donned navy blue Lela Rose dresses and carried similar bouquets, while groomsmen sported boutonnieres of yellow roses, symbolic of Texas. The reception was held at a private club, where a bagpiper led the bride and groom into cocktail hour. The club’s pastry chef patterned the wedding cake to match the bride’s dress, while the groom’s chocolate cake was the Penn crest. Xiomi and Roby danced their first dance to Cole Porter’s “At Long Last Love,” and were later led out to the croquet lawn by a trumpeter playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” A send-off brunch the next day was held at the Chesterfield Hotel, after which the couple enjoyed a mini-moon to the Exumas. They look forward to an extended honeymoon in Africa this fall.
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Whitney Oudin Flesher & David Henry Tutor Palm Beach, Florida j aPril 14, 2018 PhotograPhed By caPehart Whitney and David were wed by Reverend James Harlan at Bethesda-by-the-Sea on Saturday, April 14, at noon. The bride and her father arrived at the church in a vintage Bentley (driven by a family friend). After the ceremony, guests walked down the street to a luncheon held at Villa El Sarmiento, the home of Julia and David Koch, the bride’s aunt and uncle. Speeches were given by the bride’s father, Gregory Flesher, and the groom’s uncle, David Silk. Guest Christopher DiLella surprised the couple with a rendition of “Edelweiss.” That same evening, everyone congregated for a party at the Palm Beach Country Club, which was transformed into a modern dance club equipped with white lacquer bars, lucite chairs, and ocean blue tablecloths. Guests danced the night away to the tune of The Marcia Mitchell Band. 00 QUEST
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On June 23, the Saratoga Automobile Museum will host its Annual Summer Gala at 6 p.m. The organization’s mission is to preserve, interpret, and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautomuseum.org.
A DREAMY NIGHT
Dream Charter School’s Board of Trustees invites everyone to join the Dream Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street at 6 p.m. to celebrate and salute the school’s efforts. For more information, visit wearedream.org.
ART AND AWARDS
The Ucross Foundation will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an inaugural New York Gala in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature a cocktail reception with an art exhibition and sale by prominent Ucross artists, and a live performance by award-winning composer Dylan Mattingly. For more information, visit ucrossfoundation.org.
TASTE OF SUMMER
The Central Park Conservancy’s Taste of Summer Benefit will take place at the iconic Bethesda Terrace at 7 p.m. For more information, visit centralparknyc.org.
Established in 2001, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize granted each spring to a writer age 35 or
younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. A panel of judges will review the works of five finalists and select the winner. This year’s celebration will take place at the library at 7 p.m. For more information, visit nypl.org.
God’s Love We Deliver will hold its annual Midsummer Night Drinks affair at Listowel, a private home
in Water Mill, at 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit glwd.org.
The Historic House trust will host its Annual Founders Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event will honor interior designer Jamie Drake, whose many remarkable projects include the restoration and refurbishment of Gracie Mansion. For more information, visit historichousetrust.org.
A FASHIONABLE AFFAIR
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will hold its Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street at 6 p.m. For more information, visit fitnyc.org.
Delivering Good will host its Women of Inspiration Luncheon to honor outstanding women who have distinguished themselves in the worlds of fashion, entertainment, real estate, and philanthropy. The event will take place at 2 East 61st Street at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit delivering-good.org
The Greenwich Land Trust will host its Annual Evening at the Farmstead at the Louise Mueller Preserve. Throughout the event, guests will enjoy a cozy, rustic feel in the backcountry. The event will feature historic barns, delicious food, and craft cocktails. For more information, visit gltrust.org.
NIGHT AT THE FARMSTEAD
On June 9, God’s Love We Deliver will hold its annual Midsummer Night Drinks affair at Listowel, a private home in Water Mill, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit glwd.org.
Charlie Albright, and Frederica von Stade, to name just a few artists who will perform in the 40-plus concert festival. Concerts will take place in the renowned Newport Mansions, including The Breakers, The Elms, The Chinese Tea House, and Belcourt Castle as well as other nearby locations. For more information, visit newportmusic.org.
On June 22, the Preservation Society of Newport County will host the Opening Night Party for the Newport Flower Show from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit newportmansions.org.
The Nantucket Book Foundation will hold its Annual Nantucket Book Festival through June 17. The event will highlight an extraordinary list of both accomplished and debut authors and poets amidst the history and beauty of Nantucket Island. For more information, visit nantucketbookfestival.org.
Stewart for cocktails while reviewing the fresh floral arrangements, horticultural extravaganzas, and shopping at the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners’ Marketplace. This much-anticipated event kicks off the Newport summer season. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit newportmansions.org.
UNDER THE STARS
BOOKS AND FESTIVITIES
EVENING OUT EAST
The 20th anniversary of the HetrickMartin Institute’s annual summer fundraiser will be held at a private home in East Hampton at 5 p.m. For more information, visit hmi.org or contact Crystal Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boys’ Club of New York will host its 15th Annual Golf Outing and second Annual Pro-Am at the beautiful Meadow Brook Golf Club at 11 a.m. The event will raise funds for BCNY’s enriching after school programs for the 1,500 members. For more information, visit bcny.org.
FLOWERS AND FUN
The Preservation Society of Newport County will host the Opening Night Party for the Newport Flower Show from 6 to 9 p.m. The organization invites everyone to join Martha
MUSIC IN NEWPORT
The Newport Music Festival will commence its 50th anniversary festival that will celebrate its successful 49 past seasons as well as the present season through July 22. This golden anniversary season will feature Joshua Bell, A Far Cry, Imani Winds, Jake Heggie,
The 21st Annual IYRS Gala will take place at 6 p.m., and will be sponsored by State Street. The event will feature entertainment from KC and the Sunshine Band. As one of the main events in Newport in the summer, the gala will attract an exciting audience and has been referred to as Newport’s largest gathering of exceptional people; a great crowd for a very important educational cause. For more information, visit iyrs.edu.
SECRET GARDEN TOUR
The Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) will present its Secret Garden Tour at 11 a.m. The event will allow guests to visit unique and beautiful gardens in and around Saratoga Springs and help support efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Saratoga County and beyond. For more information, visit soroptimistsaratoga.org.
Greenwich Hospital will hold its Annual Under the Stars Gala at the Riverside Yacht Club at 6:30 p.m. to benefit women’s and children’s health. The exciting fundraising event will feature a live performance by Caroline Jones, the multi-talented singer, songwriter, and Greenwich native. There will also be performances by The Short Bus and D.J. April Larken. For more information, visit greenhosp.org.
SARATOGA’S BEST AUTOS
The Saratoga Automobile Museum will host its Annual Summer Gala at 6 p.m. The organization’s mission is to preserve and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. The museum also educates the general public, students, and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautomuseum.org.
On June 18, the Boys’ Club of New York will host its 15th Annual Golf Outing and second Annual Pro-Am at the beautiful Meadow Brook Golf Club at 11 a.m. For more information, visit bcny.org. JUNE 2018 89
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THE GRASS IS GREENER IN GREENWICH In keeping with Quest tradition, we take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City and join an exemplary group that brings a touch of added class to our host estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. A storied town, Greenwich has a rich tradition of producing some of the best and brightest of each generation, and the young men and women who join us in the following pages are no exception.
Opposite page, from left to right: Hayden Arnot, Lexi Henkel, Claudia Miller, Gabby Greig, Allie Kenny, and Mack Abbot gather around a 1962 Jaguar E-Type convertible provided by Carriage House Motor Cars at a Sotheby’s International Realty estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. Hayden wears a Ralph Lauren button down and Stubbs & Wootton Martini Slippers; Lexi wears a dress from Ralph Lauren’s SS18 Runway Collection and the gold Vhernier Jou Chain on her wrist; Claudia is dressed in Alice + Olivia apparel and Vhernier earrings; Gabby sports a dress by Milly; Allie wears another Ralph Lauren runway dress and Vhernier ring; and Mack shows off a 1950s vintage Breitling chronograph from Laurent Fine Watches. 90 QUEST
Magnificent in scale and design, this extraordinary Georgian estate combines the best of classic English country style and fresh sophistication. The front gate leads up a winding drive, arriving at a breathtaking columned entry.
This page, above to below: Claudia Miller and Alan Hoffman of Carriage House Motor Cars drive the white 1962 Jaguar E-Type (for more information, email email@example.com); Gabby Greig in J.McLaughlin’s navy Kathleen dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes, and Claudia Miller, in a Lilly Pulitzer dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes, exiting the home. Opposite page: Lexi Henkel in J.McLaughlin’s Lois shirt with Allie Kenny—both wearing Stubbs & Wootton slippers.
OUR SETTING IS GREENWICH, where we gathered a group of outstanding young professionals sure to be Quest’s next generation of leaders and philanthropists. The site for our shoot was a beautiful seven-bedroom Georgian estate, listed with Brad Hvolbeck of Sotheby’s International Realty (for details, see page 101). The driving rain did little to dampen the high spirits of the day, as ambitions and careers played second fiddle to good-natured fun and camaraderie. Our women are representative of the fabled town from which they hail. We were joined by Greenwich Academy alumni Lexi Henkel and Merritt Piro, who went on to earn their college degrees from Yale University and Trinity College, respectively, as well as Merritt’s Trinity classmate, Ellie Smith, who, like Lexi and Merritt, landed in the demanding field of investment banking. Greenwich native Claudia Miller, a graduate of Denison, was joined by her good friends Allie Kenny and Gabby Greig, who both attended Convent of the Sacred Heart Greenwich, and then parted ways to further their studies at Duke and Southern Methodist University. Equally accomplished, their male counterparts included Mack Abbot and Matias Gonzalez-Bunster, who both attended the Brunswick School and then Georgetown University, as well as Nick Converse, who attended Bronxville High and College of Charleston. We also had Hayden Arnot, an alumnus of Choate Rosemary Hall and Wake Forest, who is enjoying the success of his recent Save the Children Young Patrons Gala, benefiting children living in poverty around the world. Later on, Alan Hoffman of the nearby Carriage House Motor Cars arrived in style in a white 1962 Jaguar E-Type. In these photos, shot by Cristina Macaya, we see these motivated individuals revisiting their Connecticut roots, astray of their busy obligations for a day of play. —Brooke Kelly u Lexi Henkel and Gabby Greig on the all-weather tennis court. Both sport sweatshirts representative of their undergrad schools, provided by new collegiate brand Nuyu (wearnuyu.com), and Stubbs & Wootton slippers. 94 QUEST
This page: Mack Abbot, who is standing behind a Stubbs & Wootton Cuenca Weekender bag, pours a glass of Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé for Lexi Henkel, who is wearing J.McLaughlin’s Layne top, Jack Rogers shoes, a gold Vhernier chain on her wrist, with a J.McLaughlin purse at her side. Opposite page, left to right: Ellie Smith (in a Milly dress and holding a J.McLaughlin clutch), Claudia Miller (wearing clothes by Alice + Olivia and Stuart Weitzman pumps), Nick Converse in a J.McLaughlin hat, Lexi Henkel in a Ralph Lauren dress, Merritt Piro (in a dress by Shoshanna, Manolo heels, and holding a J.McLaughlin purse), Matias Gonzalez-Bunster; Allie Kenny in an Alice + Olivia dress, Mack Abbot, Gabby Greig (wearing a Milly top, J.McLaughlin skirt, and Stuart Weitzman heels), and Hayden Arnot in Stubbs & Wootton Martini slippers. 96 QUEST
This page, left to right: Gabby Greig, Claudia Miller (in a J.McLaughlin top), Lexi Henkel (in a J.McLaughlin shirt), Allie Kenny, and Merritt Piro (in an Alice + Olivia top)â€”all wearing Stubbs & Wootton slippers. Opposite page: Mack Abbot leaving the estate in the 1962 Jaguar E-Type. 98 QUEST
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OUR TOP REAL ESTATE agents—Brad and Marijane Bates Hvolbeck, Peter Klemm, Daniel Ginnel, Barbara Fox, and Kirk Henckels—invite us to join them in their thriving neighborhoods in New York City, Westchester, and Connecticut, where we explore the robust markets and survey the land. These areas appeal across age groups and demographics, be it young professionals, elderly, families, or retirees. Our experts are aligned and agree that now is the time to buy, particularly in these key markets. 100 QUEST
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Q: How would you characterize the culture of Greenwich and the people that it typically attracts? A: One of the many marvelous aspects of Greenwich is that it retains multigenerational families while also attracting new residents from around the globe. Q: What makes Greenwich special relative to other high-end suburbs in Connecticut and Westchester? A: Greenwich offers something for everyone: the beautifully private countryside of the Backcountry, various Mid-country Greenwich, Glenville, Cos Cob, Riverside, and Old Greenwich neighborhoods. There are also downtown Greenwich homes for those wanting to downsize, and 30+/- miles of waterfront with panoramic beaches and harbors. Greenwich enjoys the lowest mill rate in Connecticut and has always tried to maintain a pay-as-you-go fiscal policy. Our property taxes are decidedly lower than comparable properties in neighboring Westchester. Our educational system is rated among the finest in the country and we have some of the best recreational programs for both children and adults.
Q: Are there any areas or neighborhoods that have been particularly popular as of late? A: The Riverside and Old Greenwich neighborhoods are very popular. Downtown Greenwich is also a hotspot and offers easy access to wonderful shops and worldclass dining. Q: Is now a good time to purchase a property in Connecticut? How would you describe the current state of the market? A: Now is the time to buy! There are some amazing values out there, especially in the Backcountry.
808 North Street in Greenwich, Connecticut; on the market for $8,988,000.
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Q: What makes Litchfield special relative to other high-end suburbs in Connecticut and Westchester County? A: Litchfield County has a rich social and intellectual life, and there are more private preparatory schools per capita here than in any county in New England and New York. Northwest Connecticut offers a wonderful quality of life, with overwhelming natural beauty and thousands of acres of land trust, affording unlimited hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, skiing, horseback riding and fly-fishing, to name a few easily accessible outdoor activities all within close proximity to New York City.
Q: How would you describe the state of the market? A: The values and current property selection are the best they’ve been in years. Q: What are the important attributes of a property to consider when searching for a successful investment? Please share an example. A: Location, location, location! Below is a photo of Ravencroft in Kent, a stunning modern stone and wood barn-style home situated at the end of a tree-lined driveway with every imaginable amenity. The property offers western views on parklike grounds overlooking meadows and distant hills.
Ravencroft estate in Kent, Connecticut; on the market for $3,950,000.
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Q: How would you characterize the culture of Litchfield and the people that it typically attracts? A: We’re seeing an influx of both younger and older fulltime and weekend buyers alike, along with existing owners who are either renovating and/ or upgrading. Young fashion designers, members of the arts community, top New York real estate brokers and developers, TV personalities, entertainment executives, and technology and media moguls are recent examples of who’s buying here.
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DANIEL H. GINNEL Ginnel Real Estate / 914.234.9234 / email@example.com
Q: How would you characterize the culture of Westchester County and the people that it typically attracts? A: A broad array of people are attracted to Northern Westchester. The feeling of open space and the low density of homes is very relaxing and decompressing after living and working in New York City. The great news for our market is that younger buyers are back. The group of 35-year-olds, who had been staying in or close to the city, are finding Northern Westchester to have far more value. They are also finding that the quality of life is well worth another 20 or 30 minutes on the train.
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Q: Are there any specific areas in Westchester where buyers have gravitated to lately? A: We have just opened a satellite office in Pound Ridge and are finding tremendous interest in that area. Q: Is now a good time to purchase a property in Westchester? How would you describe the current state of the market? A: I would argue this is the best opportunity in my 40 years to purchase a home in the Northern Westchester market. Simply put, the homes are trading well under replacement
15 Dogwood Hills Road in Pound Ridge, New York; $2,495,000.
value. As any great intrinsic value investor knows, this imbalance will not last! Q: What are the important attributes of a property to consider when searching for a successful investment? Please provide an example of one of your homes that shares these characteristics. A: Location is always most important in choosing a home. Too many people get wowed by fit and finish, and donâ€™t pay enough attention to exposure, topography, siting, views and neighboring homes. These are often factors that are impossible to change.
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BARBARA FOX Fox Residential Group / 212.639.9711 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What types of properties/buildings are particularly popular in the neighborhood? A: The prewar buildings have always been—and still are—in hot demand. They combine equal parts of personality and aesthetics that make up a timeless, elegant home. At present, one of my favorite Upper East Side apartments is the East Penthouse at 17 East 89th Street—a generous, sunny six rooms in mint condition, with huge glorious terraces and views of the Central Park reservoir. It has it all! Q: Is now a good time to buy in Manhattan? A: Definitely! Interest rates are still low, the stock market is lively, consumer confidence is up—all of which drives demand in luxury locations like the Upper East Side.
Q: What is the most important attribute of a property to consider when searching for an apartment that’s a good investment? A: It’s the old standby—location, location, location. Sure, investments in some up-and-coming neighborhoods can pay off, but New York City mainstays like the Upper East Side and Gramercy will always be a wise choice for high-value properties. Q: Any other exciting listings you’d like to share? A: I have a wonderful listing right across from Gramercy Park (below) with glorious views and a key to the park! It’s a duplex designed by renowned architect Annabelle Selldorf.
1 Lexington Avenue, #5/6B in Gramercy Park in New York, New York; $7,995,000.
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Q: You’ve been identified with the Upper East Side. What about the neighborhood attracts residents? A: The Upper East Side has it all—quality buildings, fine shopping, terrific restaurants, and the many attractions of Central Park. It’s a family-friendly environment—I know, I live there!
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KIRK HENCKELS Stribling & Associates / 212.452.4402 / email@example.com
Q: How would you describe the Upper East Side culture and the people drawn to the area? A: It has always been the most stable and family-oriented of Manhattan neighborhoods, primarily due to the concentration of excellent schools and the predominance of the cooperative housing. Retirees and singles thrive on the museums and shopping. They will have to take me out of the Upper East Side feet first.
Q: What are the important attributes of a property to consider when searching for a successful investment? A: That depends on the investor’s goals. Usually it is either long-term appreciation or income, or some combination there of. Location and condition are always factors and each deal is unique. Q: Any exciting listing or company news you’d like to share with our readers? A: One of my remarkable listings is a co-op at 4 East 72nd Street, which has four bedrooms, a library, an oversized staff room, and a 28-foot Gallery (pictured below). u
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Q: Are there any specific types of properties that have been particularly popular in the neighborhood? A: Recently, cooperatives are regaining their popularity as they now represent the best value in the market vis-à-vis downtown. Q: Is now a good time to buy in Manhattan given the state of the market? A: A great aspect about Manhattan is there are almost always locations that are promising investments and now is no exception. East River locations uptown and midtown show promise as gentrification continues.
4 East 72nd Street in New York, New York; listed for $13,500,000.
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ANNABELâ€™S ETERNAL BY DANIEL CAPPELLO
From European aristocrats to Hollywood royalty, London’s forever It Club, Annabel’s, has hosted the boldest of bold-faced names over the years. Here, Princess Michael of Kent is seen seated
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THE BEATLES. THE QUEEN. The Rolling Stones. It doesn’t get any more British than that. And it doesn’t get more British than Annabel’s, the world-famous nightclub and English institution that each of the British monuments above has frequented. Allegedly, it’s the only nightclub Her Majesty has ever visited; then again, when the club in question bears an instantaneously recognizable single name—much like “Jackie” or “Diana”—you know it’s worthy of the royal presence. After more than 50 years at the heart of London’s nightlife, during which Hollywood stars and royalty alike have descended under the striped canopy on Berkeley Square, there’s a new Annabel’s on the block. The club—still members-only—has finally opened the doors to its much-anticipated new home, just two doors down from its original address. This new Annabel’s has been reimagined in an 18th-century Grade-One-listed Georgian townhouse at 46 Berkeley Square. Spanning 26,000 square feet, the new venue occupies considerably more space than the original club. And, for the first time, Annabel’s is not just the haunt of night
This page: The Pegasus at the new Annabel’s; Lady Annabel Goldsmith arrives in 1988. Opposite page, clockwise from bottom left: The Mexican Room at the new Annabel’s; Elizabeth Taylor and Dennis Stein leaving Annabel’s nightclub in London, 1985; Lady Gaga at an intimate Belvedere gig held at Annabel’s in 2013; Kid Kreole at the nightclub; the ladies’ pink powder room at the new Annabel’s, which has quickly become popular on Instagram. JUNE 2018 109
at the new Annabel’s (above); Francesca von Thyssen and Jerry Hall at a Valentino party held at Annabel’s in 1987 (below). 110 QUEST
Annabel’s: 46 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AT, United Kingdom. For membership inquiries, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 203 879.9146.
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owls: it’s been reinstated as an all-day and all-night experience, with new and additional floors for members to work, dine, and entertain guests. Originally founded in 1963 by Mark Birley and named for his wife at the time, Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Annabel’s has built a global reputation over the past five decades as perhaps the most elegant and private club in the world. Over the years, it has hosted a Who’s Who of the global elite. Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, Diana Ross, Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Lady Gaga have all been here, and surely the roster of bold-faced names will continue to roll right into the future, especially in this swank new rendition, which was overseen by current owner Richard Caring, the clothing tycoon and force behind the proliferation of The Ivy restaurants. Membership to Annabel’s remains by invitation only, and the waiting list is still open. Annabel’s at 46 Berkeley Square still offers the intimate nightclub environment members have always enjoyed, along with new spaces and services to cater to their needs. It houses four new restaurants, seven bars, two private dining rooms, and a cigar salon, spread across four spacious floors. Outside, on the terrace, an enchanting restaurant garden that seats up to 120 offers year-round dining. The nightclub is still below ground—it just wouldn’t feel the same having to ascend a set of stairs to enter in the wee hours—and pays homage to the decadence and excess of the original Annabel’s. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (also responsible for The Ivy, Sexy Fish, and 34 Mayfair) has overseen the design of Annabel’s at 46 Berkeley Square, retaining the period features of the listed building. Inspired by the building’s garden and the greenery of Berkeley Square, the new Annabel’s was conceived with flora and fauna in mind, of course in an eclectic and playful manner. Each floor of the townhouse tells its own story based on various historically important gardens (picture green pleated-silk wall coverings in the reception area, for starters). At the heart of the building is the original cantilevered stone staircase, complete with a suspended Jules Verne–inspired hot air balloon with an accompanying sculpture of Pegasus, regally dressed in bespoke tassels and gold leaf. Brudnizki and his team have painstakingly restored other original features, including elaborate plaster ceilings and majestic fireplaces in the Rococo style. The new Annabel’s is geared toward a new generation of members: never mind if your blood isn’t true blue or of aristocratic stock. If you’re an influencer, either ancien or arriviste, you’re more than welcome here, and you probably shouldn’t miss your chance at snapping a pic of the pink onyx basins and handmade silk flowers lining the ceiling in the ladies’ powder room on the second floor. It’s about as swell as you can get, and it’s probably the most photographed bathroom of the moment on social media. Who needs the paparazzi when you have Instagram? This is the new Annabel’s, after all. u
This page, above: The nightclub snugs at the new Annabels; Jack Nicholson arrives in 1988 (inset). Below: Jemima Khan (left) and model Kate Moss (right) kiss in May 2006 as they attend an exclusive dinner and auction at Annabelâ€™s hosted by Bella Freud to benefit Hoping Foundation; Bryan Ferry sings at the club in 2014.
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This picturesque town constantly attracts our readers with its superb boutiques, cafés, and salons—from Greenwich Avenue and beyond.
THEORY 396 Greenwich Avenue 203.422.0020 /theory.com If you’re looking for contemporary yet sophisticated summer clothing that can take you from work to your next stylish summer getaway, Theory is always a safe bet. With options for both men and women, the store offers a vast selection of effortless pants, blazers, tops, dresses, skirts, and sweaters—the classic office essentials. The brand is also boasting new collections in anticipation of the hotter summer days, like its variety of light satins, including the comfortable slip skirts and shirts. You will also find a wide selection of lightweight linens and new leather accessories such as the coveted White Mules and the Large Whitney Bag.
HOPSCOTCH SALON 10 Railroad Avenue 203.661.0107 / hopscotchsalon.com
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Longing for a solution to those frizzy locks on the particularly humid days? Or simply seeking a quick blow-out? The Hopscotch Salon offers hair services ranging from a straightforward cut or updo to color services like balayage and ombre. Their specialty offerings include the popular keratin treatment, which will leave you with smooth and manageable hair for months. But it doesn’t stop there; this one-stop shop offers additional spa services, including waxing, facials, and even teeth whitening that will have you ready for any occasion. Built on a foundation of helping its customers look good and feel good for over 20 years, the salon commits to hiring the most professional employees, and utilizes top products from exclusive brands like Oribe.
STUART WEITZMAN 120 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.5036 / stuartweitzman.com You can be sure of one thing after dropping into Stuart Weitzman’s Greenwich Avenue boutique: you will be equipped to put your best foot forward at your next big event, no matter the dress code. Stuart Weitzman has made his mark in the world of footwear—perhaps best known for creating a rare, million-dollar pair of shoes. Using unique and delicate materials (including vinyl, lucite, and gold), Stuart Weitzman’s shoes are popular with women all over the world. When entering the Greenwich Avenue shop, prepare to by greeted by every style one may ever need, including classic sandals, wedges, and pumps, and also more eclectic options like fur slides, loafers, eyelet mules, and, of course, every leather or suede boot imaginable.
VILEBREQUIN 200 Greenwich Avenue 203.869.6989 / vilebrequin.com Stepping into Vilebrequin will brighten anyone’s day. You will immediately find yourself surrounded by cheerful colors and patterns that reflect the sunny days of a summer in St. Tropez, which is always buzzing. This activity was no less present in 1971 when Fred Prysquel was influenced by the city to create the brand. The themes of the initial 1970s designs have been reimagined year after year to maintain that same youthful energy. Inside the store you are bound to come across the Moorea cut—Vilebrequin’s legendary men’s swim style. You will also find a large selection of polos that will get you ready for a weekend in Nantucket or the Hamptons.
RAG & BONE 244 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.6222 / rag-bone.com Rag & Bone continuously redefines urban style through its clothing, which combines classic tailoring and an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic. Throughout the store, shoppers can expect to find an array of casual yet trendy options. Think clean-cut silhouettes, slip dresses suitable for the warm weather, and, of course: denim, denim, denim. The brand is probably most well known for its wide selection of quality jeans for both men and women, made with modern design and expert craftsmanship. You may also find some of the luxury accessories, including eyewear, hats and fedoras, silk scarves, and footwear options in leathers and suedes. Also not to be missed is the new fragrance collection, with iconic scents including amber, bergamot, cypress, oud, rose, and neroli.
J.MCLAUGHLIN 55 East Putnam Ave 203.862.9777 / jmclaughlin.com The first J.McLaughlin, located in an Ivy League enclave on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was a homey, well-bred shopping destination with a welcoming feel. People instantly fell in love, and it quickly acquired a cult following. The retailer expanded its presence tremendously since, and now has over 100 stores throughout the country—from metropolises like Dallas to suburban outposts like Palm Beach and Greenwich—and a thriving e-commerce presence. The clothes, as they have since the 1977, are preppy and traditional and, in J.McLaughin’s own words, innovatively nostalgic.
BETTERIDGE 239 Greenwich Avenue 203.869.0124 / betteridge.com Betteridge prides itself on being America’s most trusted jeweler since 1897. The retailer carries the most coveted pieces from Rolex, Cartier, Chanel, Patek Philippe, Bulgari, Verdura, David Webb, and more. The jeweler also has a “By Betteridge” collection with classic, clean, and elegant pieces that are guaranteed to withstand the test of time. The pieces are created by Betteridge’s own highly skilled craftsmen—right here in Greenwich. Visit if you’re planning an extra special gift for a loved one, be it a watch for a graduation, a ring for an engagement, or a diamond necklace for a big birthday or anniversary celebration.
RICHARDS OF GREENWICH 359 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.0551 / richards.mitchellstores.com If you have a taste for luxury clothing, accessories, and jewelry, Richards of Greenwich seemingly has it all. With eight locations in total, the Greenwich Avenue shop is considered the heart of its community. The 27,000-square-foot space is divided into two stories: an upper level for women, complete with designer boutiques, handbags, and shoes, and a lower level filled with men’s apparel as well as jewelry and sunglasses. The best part might be the in-store coffee shop, which has become a popular and stylish hangout destination among shoppers in Greenwich. Due to its coveted products, modern and attractive award-winning space, and exceptional customer service from the on-site style advisors, this longstanding family-owned shop has a most dedicated clientele.
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289 Greenwich Avenue 203.622.3007 / hermes.com Hermès was founded over 100 years ago by Thierry Hermès and has since been known for its exceptional luxury goods, which are exactly what you can expect to find when visiting the Greenwich Avenue location. The store displays a large collection of the brand’s iconic silk accessories—scarves, bow ties, mufflers, as well as the newer silk creations, including various styles of large silk shawls and pocket squares. You will also come across a selection of the brand’s celebrated enamel and leather jewelry, runway ensembles, shoes, and an outstanding collection of fragrances that could become your next go-to scent or holiday gift. JUNE 2018 115
No matter the season, London is always one of the most popular travel destinations. More like many cities (and villages) within one, each neighborhood has a vibe and history all its own. Today, with three luxury hotels in three distinct parts of town, the Doyle Collection is making guests feel right at home across several addresses. BY DANIEL CAPPELLO
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THE BLOOMSBURY 16-22 Great Russell Street / +44 207 347.1000 Developed in the 17th and 18th centuries as a fashionable residential area, Bloomsbury is also steeped in literary tradition. Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and William Butler Yeats all lived here, and the British Museum remains as the heart of the neighborhood. Boasting some of London’s finest parks and formal squares, Bloomsbury is also home to an impressive assortment of bookstores—from Skoob Books to the London Review Bookshop and everything in between, like Gay’s the Word, the United Kingdom’s first gay bookshop. Whatever your literary leaning, there’s no better place to curl up with a new book than back at The Bloomsbury hotel. Centrally located, The Bloomsbury is an architectural lover’s gem. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the building, originally conceived as London’s first YWCA. Fully renovated, the hotel houses a library and a cozy reading room, with comfy sofas and a fire, while guest rooms boast modern luxuries. High tea at Dalloway Terrace is not to be missed, but you may never want to leave once you’ve hit Coral Room, the hotel’s buzzing bar with bright glossy walls that give new meaning to its namesake color. JUNE 2018 117
THE KENSINGTON There’s a sense, on being welcomed through the double-framed doors of The Kensington hotel, of stepping back in time to a more genteel age, when good service was second nature. The hotel’s luxurious white stucco façade—a collection of four 19th-century townhouses in this posh part of town, full of stately prewar buildings and embassies—and the Victorian grandeur of its high ceilings, heritage decor, and open fireplaces evoke something of a bygone era. The Kensington is less of a city hotel and more like your own pied-à-terre (albeit with a finely trained staff to meet your every need, from herbal teas delivered to the edge of your freestanding, footed soaking tub at night to ticket arrangements at Royal Albert Hall). Here, London society comes together, whether for afternoon tea in the airy drawing rooms, cocktails in the glamorous K Bar, or dinner in the refined Townhouse restaurant. After a tour of nearby Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum, or the Victoria and Albert Museum, it’ll feel just like coming home upon your return to The Kensington.
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109-113 Queen’s Gate / +44 207 589.6300
THE MARYLEBONE 47 Welbeck Street / +44 207 486.6600 The vibrant, jewel-box feel of Marylebone, one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods, is mirrored in the stylish hotel that shares its name. A stone’s throw from the department stores and boutiques of Oxford Street and Mayfair and the independent restaurants and markets of Marylebone High Street, The Marylebone hotel reflects the energy of this charming yet buzzing village within the city. From the polished appeal of the hotel’s restaurant, 108 Brasserie (don’t skip the house-made artisanal gin), to a yoga class in the decked courtyard, or a spin and a dip at the Third Space gym, pool, and spa—the hotel is like a self-contained village of its own. With everything on offer, it’s hard to imagine how The Marylebone managed to make its guest rooms—contemporary and ultra-comfortable—as luxuriously spacious as they are, especially for this part of town. JUNE 2018 119
A MATTER OF MATTRESSES BY SIAN BALLEN & LESLEY HAUGE PHOTOGRAPHS BY JEFF HIRSCH & PIERRE CROSBY SIAN’S SEARCH FOR A NEW MATTRESS led to us to one of our more unusual interviews, in a 19th-century red-brick mattress factory in the South Bronx, the premises of Charles H. Beckley, Inc., a family business still run by Ted, Tim, and Ken Marschke, who are all related to the original Charles H. Beckley through their mother’s side of the family. With her thoroughgoing zeal for any major purchase, Sian had worked her way through pretty much every mattress supplier—a real endeavor these days now that the purchasing of complicated mattresses and the subject of how to obtain a good night’s sleep have become such a fetish in our sleep-deprived century. Having never even considered mail-order and having rejected mattresses from Charles P. Rogers, Mattress Firm, Coco-Mat, and Duxiana (who can afford Duxiana? Let us know…), she settled on Charles H. Beckley: “For a handmade mattress, it really was the best value out there.” Our visit did feel as if we had stepped back into a different era—well, several different eras actually. There was the Dickensian ledger book stuffed with handwritten orders and the scuffed wooden office furniture we judged to be early-tomid-1900s. And, of course, there were the mattress-making 120 QUEST
techniques themselves, which have barely changed for the last 80 years. Painstakingly handcrafted at every stage using only natural materials—cotton, wool varieties, and horsehair—the mattresses, box springs, and headboards are prized by designers for their longevity, quality, and comfort. The factory is so very old-fashioned—almost unbelievably so in this slick, technology-driven world of ours. Arranged upon four floors, the family owns the whole building, and the family members are sufficiently skilled in the practical techniques of the mattress-making work to join their employees on the work floor if need be; in fact, Ted Marschke was busy cutting fabric when we were there to tour. As we were guided through the several labor-intensive stages of piecing together a mattress by Ken Marschke, we realized that we had never actually seen or This page: Ted Marschke, Tim Marschke, and Ken Marschke, along with Ammy (far left) at the Beckley business office. Opposite page: A finished Beckley bed, upholstered in a designer’s fabric, with a shape “D” headboard, upholstered box springs, upholstered bed surround, wooden legs, horsehair mattress; details of the construction process (insets).
Scenes of how a bed is constructed by hand at the Charles H. Beckley, Inc. factory in the Bronx, New York. This page: Julio finishing a box spring frame, ready for springs. Opposite page: Saem finishing the edge of a box spring. Opposite page, insets from left to right: Fausto secures burlap to an innerspring unit; Rafy closing the edge of a horsehair mattress; Rafy packs up a finished pillow top.
Q: That is really our big question about mattresses—it is about the most confusing purchase. There is just such a range, a plethora of choice. How do you choose? A: How would you like to have to buy a mattress in a box? Q: You mean like Caspar? My son did that. A: Yeah? And how was it?
touched real horsehair, that most Victorian of fibers. It comes from the manes and tails of live horses—black-gray, strangely coarse and springy to the touch, and sterilized so that it is without any barnyard odor. There was a blink-and-you’vemissed-it moment when we realized that the workers toss and spread the horsehair onto each mattress, tugging hunks of it from a huge pile of the stuff that is tucked away in the recesses of cellar using a piece of technology known as a pitchfork—a very beaten-up one, at that. “We just found it was the most efficient way,” shrugged Ken, unfazed. Everywhere we looked, workers were achieving each stage of the mattress-making process with a focused rapidity, using simple, recognizable tools, cutting and doing the kind of sewing that must have once long ago made their immensely strong hands ache horribly, as they crafted complete mattresses before our eyes. And as the work progressed, the ground floor was packed with orders going out for a holiday weekend, all the labels on them reading like the AD 100 list of top architects and designers. In the end, it seems as if the pitchfork system is working just fine. Below is our brief chat with Ted Marschke, who, though busy cutting fabric, managed to take a break to talk with us. Q: What is your busiest season? A: A lot of times, it’s the holidays—Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas—they’re big deadlines for us. Homes being ready for guests, projects finishing, and things like that. June is our busiest month. Q: There has been a huge proliferation of mattress companies, it seems. When did it become such a big business like this? And why? A: Well, much cheaper options have been coming out. For example, Stearns & Foster—15, 20, 25 years ago—used to actually use horsehair. All these big companies used to use the same materials we do, but they’ve started to go with the more mass-market approach in order to make a million a year, whereas we make 500 a year. We keep the quality high—and the longevity. 122 QUEST
Q: He returned it. A: I just can’t imagine opening this thing up and having it expand and it being good. And their markup is astronomical . . . Caspar, Brooklinen . . . we listen to ads coming in on the radio and, you know, now for Black Friday, they’ll give you $400 off plus sheets plus pillows—I mean how much profit is that? If I gave you $400 off a twin mattress, I’m not making anything. They buy in tremendous bulk. Q: Has the formula changed for making these mattresses in the last 85 years? A: No. We’ve got pictures . . . it’s still made the same way. The cotton ticking is no longer being made in the United States because they shut all the mills down—we get it from India and it’s custom-made for us, but the rest is all domestic. Q: So with all these new beds—like the gel bed, the natural-fiber bed, and all these claims that these are better than, I suppose, the “old-fashioned” mattresses—what are we to make of this? A: No, they don’t claim they’re better. They claim that it’s better than what is out on the market. The mattress guys are competing against themselves. When somebody says, “It’s the best mattress you can buy,” they don’t even know we exist. But we’ve always been hit . . . back in the ’80s, it was the Dux (Duxiana) that was the big thing. Q: What has changed from then until now? A: Things are all made overseas. [Also] we don’t measure as much as we used to. Every bed was a weird size. I’d go all over the city. It was real sales. Go out and measure. I would go all over the city to measure. We would call on people to measure. Back in the day, we had men that would come in in a suit and tie and with a briefcase, overcoat, and top hat, and they would call on people. They would go to decorators’ offices, give out their cards and drum up business. Q: How would you describe your business now? A: Now, we do a lot of fancy stuff. It’s a different kind of custom. Sometimes I look at it . . . [he shakes his head] . . . it really is nice. u
POLO JOURNAL 2018 SEASON
One of the draws of polo for spectators is the beauty of the game. And for players, there is the lure of the adrenaline, the thrill of a win. Quest revisits a few stylish moments of the sport in our Polo Journal.
This page, clockwise from top left: A field of players in the midst of a chukkaâ€”a period in polo; Queen Elizabeth II at the Queenâ€™s Cup Final in Windsor; Camel Polo with 22 teams and 140 camels in the Gobi Desert, 2008; the International Polo Club in Meadowbrook, Long Island, 1914; the Prince of Wales and Prince William after a polo match at Ham Polo Club in London; Oxford versus Cambridge varsity polo match in 2013. Opposite page: A team of
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female players at a polo match, 1912.
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CASA DE CAMPO POLO International Tournament Positions D.R. at the Top of the Global Polo Scene
This page: David Stirling and Ferardo Collardin compete in Casa de Campo’s Polo Challenge International Tournament. The summer polo season will be held from June to the end of August. The next Polo Challenge season will begin in January 2019.
Nero and David Stirling. The last International Cup of the Polo Challenge 2018 came to an end with Lechuza taking the crown as the winner of the 22-goal Gold Cup against Monterrosso. Now, the Dominican Republic is preparing for the Summer Season, which will take place from June to the end of August. After a short time off to rest the horses and recondition the fields, Casa de Campo will stand ready to receive more players, patrons, and organizations to play a series of medium- and low-goal tournaments, including an amateur one. All this will gear up for the next Polo Challenge season, which will be held from January to March of 2019. u For more information, visit casadecampo.com.do.
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Thanks to never-ending Caribbean sunshine, polo can be a yearlong experience at Casa de Campo. January 2018 was an eventful month for worldwide polo, when the 2018 Polo Challenge was officially inaugurated in the Dominican Republic. At Casa de Campo, a group of recognized polo enthusiasts from Latin America, united by the drive to promote polo on the island, created the first high-goal season in the Caribbean and Central America. The challenge was composed of four high-goal cups with a mini season–closing championship running through the end of March. Consisting of three tournament fields, Casa de Campo’s Polo Club is home to the largest private herd of horses under one brand and has an established presence in the international polo scene. Polo matches attract crowds from around the world, from visiting amateur and professional players to resort guests taking in the action of this exciting sport. Broadcast live on ESPN, the 2018 tournament featured the best polo players in the world, including stars Juan Martin
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This page: Scenes from the 2018 Polo Challenge at Casa de Campo. Beginners and experts alike can take advantage of equipment, group instruction, and personalized polo training. Guests can also hire ponies for stick and ball tournaments, a fantastic and entertaining activity for families.
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SARATOGA POLO Prepare for Celebration: Saratoga Polo Association Enters its 120th Anniversary Season
This page: Scenes from the 2018 season at Saratoga Polo Club, where the Veuve Clicquot is always pouring and tailgating is encouraged. This year’s season begins July 6 and runs every Friday and Sunday through September 2, and this 120th-anniversary season promises to be even more fun-filled.
ture cocktails. Additionally, there will be four tailgate decorating contests including a Veuve Clicquot–themed contest on July 22. Plus, try your hand at a Veuve Clicquot sabrage at every match during the season. The celebration will hit its peak at the 120th party gala on Whitney Cup Sunday, August 5, with owners and special guests from Saratoga Polo’s last 40 years. The season kicks off with the Celebrate Saratoga Tournament and culminates with the Polo Hall of Fame Tournament, featuring some of the most exciting polo to be seen along the way. Tickets, tables, and tailgating spaces are going quickly! u For more information, visit saratogapolo.com.
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When Saratoga stepped into the limelight in 1882, Thomas Edison’s latest technology, the kinetoscope, was all the rage. Mega celebrities Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell wandered Broadway in Saratoga Springs, and New York City expanded when the five boroughs banded together to create the city that never sleeps. At the same time, tourists flocked upstate to summer in a Saratoga Springs that welcomed polo to the already famous racecourse scene. Although times have changed, Saratoga Polo Association will be returning with world-class polo every Friday and Sunday this summer starting July 6 and running through September 2. More importantly, this year’s parties will be even bigger as Whitney Field celebrates its 120th Anniversary Season. Even more than a century later, the excitement is still present at Saratoga—as is Veuve Clicquot in the stands. In celebration of the 120th anniversary, artist Frankie Flores is creating a signature painting, and the venue will feature new food, a new chef, new menu specials, and signa-
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Mashomack Polo Clubâ€™s Family Fun and Exciting Matches Continue in Pine Plains Located on a 1,900-acre preserve in Pine Plains, New York, just 90 minutes from New York City, the Mashomack Polo Club is a full-service club for polo players of all levels and features five tournament-class fields, one practice field, stickand-ball areas, and an outdoor polo arena. Last year, the Mashomack Polo Club hosted its 20th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge and Luncheon. After two decades of smashing successes, the club has decided to take a break from hosting the juggernaut event and instead will host a series a smaller special events throughout the season, which kicks off May 25. From June 1 through 10, Mashomack will host the White Pants Open, followed by the eight-goal USPA Officers Cup June 15 through July 1, the USPA Eduardo Moor Invitational July 4 through 29, and the USPA Constitution Cup August 1 through 19. On top of those exciting tournaments, Mashomack hosts two-to-six-goal polo every Saturday from June through the end of September.
This page: Scenes from seasons past at Mashomack Polo Club, located just 90 minutes from Manhattan in Pine Plains, New York. The 2018 season begins June 1 and runs through the end of September.
Midway through the summer season, Mashomack Family Day is August 4, but visitors can bring the whole crew any weekend. Polo matches are free and open to the public and tailgating is welcomed. Guests are encouraged to bring family and friends, and even well-behaved pooches are invited to partake in the fun. Walk them along the historic grounds for a view of Mashomackâ€™s gorgeous 19th-century renovated barns. Besides the exciting matches, private polo lessons are offered independently to both adults and children. Group clinics are also arranged from May through August. Go online to see the entire schedule and to view more images from past events and tournaments. u For more information, visit mashomackpoloclub.com.
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NYC POLO CLUB AT
HAVILAND HOLLOW FARM NYC Polo Club at Haviland Hollow Farm Enters its Tenth Season of Sport
This page: Scenes from NYC Polo Club at Haviland Hollow Farm.
players improve speed, technique, and strategy. A high school polo program was introduced in 2011 and is available for young players who want to pursue the sport at the college level. “Many of our student athletes have gone on to play at the collegiate levels at one of the 42 intercollegiate polo programs in the country. In addition, many members receive compliments on the quality of their play when playing at other clubs around the world. Once our student athletes or members learn the basics, we encourage them to improve,” explains owner and two-goal rated player Sam Ramirez, Jr. “Our training team has a fivemonth program for even the most novice of players that gives them the foundation needed to enter the sport safely.” The club has successfully introduced people of all ages to this challenging and exciting sport in a unique way, and has produced many players who started out with little to no experience. The social aspects of NYC Polo offer horse enthusiasts an opportunity to come and watch scheduled games and tournaments as well as attend charity matches in September. Guests can also come see the USPA Players Cup starting on July 24 and the USPA Masters Cup on August 14. The fields are well-designed for an afternoon of relaxing on the hill while picnicking and viewing a match. u For more information, visit nycpolo.com.
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NYC Polo Club at Haviland Hollow Farm (www.nycpolo.com) is headed into its 10th Anniversary polo season. Since the club’s opening in the summer of 2009, NYC Polo Club has consistently developed a strong following of polo players, new players entering the sport through the club’s large lesson program, and supporters from around the world. The farm—conveniently located one hour from midtown Manhattan and 35 minutes from Greenwich—has become known for its high-quality facilities, comprehensive polo training program for beginner and intermediate players, fast and competitive polo tournaments, and its unique position as one of the few year-round polo clubs in the United States. NYC Polo Club boasts a program with two tournament polo fields and two polo arenas. The summer polo season runs from May until the end of September and has six- to eight-goal polo for its members, with a zero- to two-goal “Gringo” league for beginner players. The winter, arena season runs from November until March and play is of a similar level. The facilities include a 325-by-125-foot outdoor arena, a 200-by-100-foot indoor arena, riding trails, and turnout on 250 acres. In addition, the farm has two half-mile sand exercise tracks. Members have the ability to play competitive polo year-round. The club’s training and lessons program is one of the most active in the region introducing beginners to the sport through a comprehensive program that focuses on riding, hitting, rules, and strategy. In addition, the training team helps intermediate
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Play the Sport of Kings One Hour North of NYC! NYC Polo Club at Haviland Hollow Farm, entering its tenth season, is the only year round polo facility in the Northeast and a great place to play, socialize and be introduced to this exciting and challenging sport. The 2018/2019 Polo season offers members 4 to 14 goal levels of play, tournaments and lesson/training programs throughout the summer. The season has already begun and runs until the end of September. For more information contact us at email@example.com
at Haviland Hollow Farm
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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST BY BROOKE KELLY
Alice Eve and Jessica Joffe at Arlo SoHo.
Clockwise from top left: Sportscaster Jill Martin; Tara Westwood and a guest enjoy drinks at the after-party; Montana Coady and Mariah Kennedy Cuomo; Griffin Dunne and Uma Thurman, who has a leading role in The Con is On; Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Amy Sacco, Arpine Stein, and Tanya Clarke at the bar at Arlo SoHo.
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CINEMA SOCIETY’S PREMIERE FOR THE CON IS ON ON MAY 2, the Cinema Society hosted a special screening of The Con is On, a new caper comedy series starring Uma Thurman as Harriet and Tim Roth as Peter, who play a con-artist couple that cooks up a jewel-theft scam in Los Angeles to pay off a gangster named Irina, after squandering her cash during a rowdy evening. The notable cast also includes Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara. The screening, which took place at the Roxy Cinema in Tribeca, was attended by Uma Thurman and the film’s director, James Haslam, as well as Levon
Thurman-Hawke, Patti Smith, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, Gabriela and Austin Hearst, Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Ashley Haas, Alex Lundqvist, Tara Westwood, Daniel Benedict, Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir, and more. After the screening, the star-studded crowd migrated to Arlo SoHo, a new indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, for a lively after-party. Guests enjoyed Qui tequila cocktails named Irina’s Vengeance and The Perfect Heist, in keeping with the film, and enjoyed the spectacular views of the Hudson River. JUNE 2018 133
Hotel in a gold Versace dress with Tom Brady, who wore a gold-embroidered tux; Blake Lively, who also dressed in a custom Versace gown, on the Met’s red carpet; George Clooney with wife Amal, who served as an event co-chair.
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ON MAY 7, the Costume Institute hosted its annual extravaganza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Known to many as “fashion’s biggest night out,” the Met Gala, as always, was attended by the world’s most recognizable celebrities, who donned their best ensembles on the red carpet. The evening also marked the opening of the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition, which served as this year’s theme. Many A-listers, including Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, Emily Ratajkowski, and Dakota Fanning, were spotted exiting The Mark Hotel for the affair, which is known as a go-to stay for the occasion.
ALICE + OLIVIA recently hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the
Left to right: Donald Robertson, also known as Drawbertson, is an Instagram art sensation whose creativity inspired the recent Alice + Olivia capsule collection; Stacey Bendet and Nicky Hilton Rothschild, who both show off the collection’s iconic leopard lip print; Annelise Peterson Winter.
brand’s collaboration with Instagram art sensation Donald Robertson. The new and colorful capsule collection, now available online and in stores, includes a signature lips print on a bomber, tee, cardigan, ball gown skirt, a clutch, and sneakers, and a leopard lips print on a wrap dress, blouse, skirt, and clutch—all a reflection of Robertson’s signature vibrant palette. Stacey Bendet, the brand’s CEO and creative director, said the collaboration with Robertson is one of her favorites, as they both “built off of each other’s creativity and had so much fun working together.”
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Left to right: Gisele Bündchen departing the Mark
Clockwise from top left: Singer Alexa Ray Joel celebrating Matthew Miele’s new documentary, Always at The Carlyle; Nina Agdal, Christie Brinkley and Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook; Justin Bare and Veronica Beard; the premiere’s after-party at The Carlyle, where guests enjoyed personal sized bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne from golden flute toppers throughout the evening; actress Jill Kargman with husband Harry at the
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acclaimed Rosewood hotel.
MOËT & CHANDON HOSTS CELEBRATION FOR ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE LAST MONTH, on the heels of the Met Gala, a glamorous crowd gathered at The Carlyle Hotel to toast Matthew Miele’s much-celebrated documentary film, Always at The Carlyle. The event, which was hosted by Moët & Chandon Champagne, was preceded by a special screening at the iconic Paris Theater. For 87 years, The Carlyle has housed some of the world’s elite, yet the stories left behind by these guests have rarely traveled outside the premise. Miele’s film has officially put an end to this tradition, and offers a provocative peek into the pop cul-
ture history, all from the mouths of the hotel’s own clients and employees. In attendance that evening were models Christie Brinkley and Nina Agdal, fashion designer Veronica Beard, Jill Kargman, Susan Lucci, Judith Light, Geoffrey Zakarian, Alexa Ray Joel, Paul Shaffer, Regis and Joy Philbin, and Iris Apfel, who sipped on mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne from golden flute toppers late into the evening. The crowd was also treated to caviar while celebrating the success of the Upper East Side hotel. u JUNE 2018 135
With summer officially here, so is the summer commute—that longed-for yet utterly dreaded window of time between the sweltering city pavement and the open air of a Greenwich green or the salted tinge of a Southampton breeze. On the very best of days, maybe with a mere crawl at the Midtown Tunnel, a car can have you from the office to dinner at Pierre’s in Bridgehampton in about two and a half hours. Still, the “bullet” train to East Hampton is the only surefire bet to make it out east in that time. For those making the closer trip to a Greenwich abode, Google Maps can lead a car to the country club in an hour and 20 (the train from Grand Central is just 50 minutes). In his day, J.P. “Jack” Morgan, Jr., son of the financier J. Pierpont Morgan, used his yacht Mermaid (both pictured here, circa 1914) on a daily basis to carry him to and from the office from his summer home in Greenwich. Today, commuters with the means of a Morgan (or something relatively akin) are known to charter a helicopter to glide over traffic, at about $4,000 a pop to the East End or Connecticut. Somehow, cocktail hour on the Mermaid still sounds like more fun. —Daniel Cappello 136 QUEST
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