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CONTENTS The holiday i ssue 100

RALPH LAUREN: 50 YEARS OF FASHIONABLE FIRSTS

Newly knighted

by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Ralph Lauren commemorates his label’s 50 years in monumental style.

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ALL THOSE PRETTY LIGHTS

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daniel Cappello

Revisiting historic holiday traditions in Newport,

Nantucket, and Nashville. by ann loynd burTon

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QUEST: SKIING IS A DANCE AND THE MOUNTAIN ALWAYS LEADS

The slopes

have long been a playground for skiing, and style. by elizabeTh Meigher

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A HOUSE FOR A WASHINGTON HOSTESS

Hilary Geary Ross enlists designer

Scott Snyder to fashion a home fit for the world stage. by The ediTors

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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

The new book ’Tis The Season

New York (Schiffer Publishing) documents some of the city’s most iconic and festive scenes.

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SNAPSHOT

’Tis the season to be jolly—and to join in on holiday parties. by DaviD PatriCk Columbia Our guide to the greatest galas, luncheons, and events this holiday season.

The mass media continues the fight against white men in power.

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A glamorous opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in 1966.

In a steadily global world, London is still London—if you look for it. by miChael thomas

Renato’s does classic Italian right—while opening a few new eateries. by robert JanJigian

Therese Anne Fowler examines Alva Vanderbilt, society’s favorite rebel.

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Handsome Properties’ Debbie Fisher on holidays and housing in Charleston. by brooke kelly Brown Harris Stevens welcomes us into its new Palm Beach listing at 125 Via Del Lago.

From custom cardigans to the perfect PJs, something for everyone on your list. by Daniel CaPPello Another month of the social circuit in New York and Boston. by brooke kelly

The comforting lines of Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit From St. Nicholas. by alex r. travers


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EDITOR’S LETTER

Clockwise from below: Diptyque's Feu de Bois candle, a favorite scent of the season (see our Gift Guide for something for everyone on your list); the tree at Rockefeller Center; Newport's Marble House celebrates in Gilded Age style; our contributor Michael Thomas remembers days spent in London's Mayfair, home to Claridge's hotel; Thomas Nast helped create the popular image

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Daniel Cappello ON THE COVER: Ralph Lauren photographed by Carter Berg on September 7, 2018, in New York's Central Park, during the celebration commemorating Lauren's 50 years in fashion. The evening included a runway show, an immersive digital installation, and a seated dinner. For more, see our feature story.

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IN A WORLD where “traditions” are being obliterated faster than you can swipe up, we like to think that some things aren’t going away anytime soon. Happily, the holiday season seems to be somewhat safeguarded from technological advances (drone deliveries of Amazon gifts aside): no touchscreen’s light show can quite conjure that feeling you get by looking up at the Rockefeller Center tree all aglow. And sure, some friends and family might be transitioning to e-cards and animated elves to offer tidings of comfort and joy, but this time of year is one of the last remaining occasions for putting pen to paper and sending a handwritten (or, at least, hand-addressed) note in a carefully selected card. Like all traditions, the holidays are sure to evolve, but it’s remarkable how closely we cling to some familiar favorites. New melodies might creep their way into the canon of Christmas tunes, but we all still croon with Bing Crosby in the hopes of seeing treetops glisten in the snow. And even though Mariah Carey has cornered a small monopoly on the season with her “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” who doesn’t still light up like a Christmas tree at the sound of Darlene Love’s 1963 hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”? This Holiday Issue is something of a stickler for tradition, as we highlight what is still the most wonderful time of the year. Alex Travers reflects on how Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit

From St. Nicholas has comforted generations, while Ann Loynd Burton takes a tour of Newport, Nantucket, and Nashville—each of which serves up Christmas with singular flair. Brooke Kelly talks to Charleston’s Debbie Fisher, who speaks to the Southern city’s longstanding embrace of different religious customs. And Betsy Pinover Schiff shares images from her latest book, ’Tis The Season New York, in which she documents the city in all its embellished splendor. These cheerful scenes, much like Moore’s constant rhymes, are traditions we’ll always treasure. We hope you will, too. u

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David Patrick Columbia

NEW YORK SO CIAL DIARY WELCOME TO DECEMBER, the annual month of holidays, the 11 o’clock number just before we bid the Old Year goodbye. Can you believe it?! In New York, the grand finale debuts with the holiday chandelier lighted over the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street and the trees

lighted on the islands of Park Avenue. New York lights up the stuff of dreams, of literature, of drama, and, of course, jingle bells. The month from which we’d just departed was dominated by the towering influence of women in public life. I was made more aware of it because

of the Midterm Elections and the continuing emergence of women in seats of power (elected or otherwise). But here in New York, the social calendar is all business. Paige Rense was in town. A legend in the magazine publishing world, one of the very greats of the 20th

century whose work lives on, Paige now lives in Palm Beach. However, she was back in town for parties and book signings of her new book, Architectural Digest: Autobiography of a Magazine, published by Rizzoli. On a Tuesday night, the world of interior design turned

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out for a reception for her hosted by Bunny Williams and John Rosselli at John’s gallery on East 61st Street. They came all the way from Texas and from the West Coast to toast the author. This big book is full of examples of the world she covered as well as her life experiences. Beautiful and interesting to look at, and even more interesting to read. Paige is a legend in the magazine publishing world, one of the very greats of the 20th century. Shelter magazines were long famous and prominent in the interior design world among the professionals and their clients. Basically regarded as 28 QUEST

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“women’s magazines,” Paige turned that corner in the early 1970s, then working in Los Angeles, by transforming the old established black and white interior design magazine into the most popular shelter book Architectural Digest, read by women and men everywhere. What gave it its uniqueness publishing-wise, was that it was as admired by men as it was by women. It was that popularity that transformed the entire shelter magazine business and the interior design business. She was a force then and for the next (total) 40 years at the helm of the magazine. In other

words, she was the magazine. When Si Newhouse bought it, she moved and began the East Coast life with her husband, painter Kenneth Noland. The New York bustle. The night after the WilliamsRosselli party, there was another book signing for Paige at the Decoration & Design building. Typical of the New York calendar, after hitting that event, I walked over to the Fuller Building on the northwest corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue to Alexandra Penney’s exhibition of “Vanishing Portraits: 100 Movers, Makers and Friends in the Arts and Letters” at the Jason McCoy Gallery at 41

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East 57th Street. The place was wall-towall friends and spectators. Alexandra, besides being a bustling artist and photographer herself, was also another one of Si Newhouse’s prized publishing possessions, having started SELF magazine among her other achievements. The exhibition of portraits were taken in Alexandra’s studio with a basic Apple iPhone XS Max. She wrote, “The photographs are manipulated digitally and finished with a ‘deterioration algorithm’ in which each subject seems to be coalescing into a larger universe.” That’s the official

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A explanation but truly, you had to be there. The untethered, ghostly space (with the walls covered with the hard-to-evensee portraits) speaks to the importance of and the artist’s emphasis on the disappearing of the arts in today’s dislocated cultural world. “Yet it simultaneously underscores the power of individuality.” The faces in the “Vanishing Portraits” are all very difficult to see clearly. One must focus as sharply as possible, and even then it entirety escapes you. Alexandra began the “Vanishing Portraits” five years ago and it remains an ongoing body of work for her. At the inception she focused solely on close friends. Now

the project has grown into a series of 138 portraits, including her extended personal network of famous New York society “movers and makers” in the art world of yesterday and today. Leading contemporary artists, museum directors, curators, writers, collectors, art dealers, and philanthropists make up a cohesive synthesis of talent and drive. Penney’s subject list seen in the photos includes Amy Fine Collins, Duane Michals, Agnes Gund, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Thelma Golden, Darren Walker, Patti Harris, Anne Pasternak, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Marilyn Minter, Adam Gopnik, Robert Caro,

Laurie Tisch, Nina Griscom, Stellene Volandes, Stefano Tonchi, Victoria Newhouse, Laurie Beckelman, Adam Weinberg, Daphne Merkin, Roz Chast, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Rashid Johnson, Nina Chanel Abney, Rob Pruitt, and many others. The following day, Thursday, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) hosted its annual Symposium and Lunch at the New York Hilton. More than 1,000 guests filled the Grand Ballroom for the luncheon and they raised $2.5 million to fund lifesaving research and to make further progress possible faster. For 25 years, since its founding by the late Evelyn

Lauder, BCRF has been involved in every major in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. This year was recordbreaking in BCRF grantmaking. They honored two incredible leaders. Dr. Hedvig Hricak became the first radiologist to be awarded the Jill Rose Award for scientific excellence, which was presented by BCRF scientific director, Dr. Larry Norton. After Lunch, Mary Dillon, chief executive officer of Ulta Beauty (a longstanding BCRF partner), received the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award presented to her by Mellody Hobson in recognition of Dillon’s

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outstanding philanthropic leadership. I’ve attended most of these annual luncheons over the years, always in awe of Evelyn Lauder and her staff, which is led by Myra Biblowit. I have always been an admirer of women who get things done (make a difference), but this lunch was another one of those “aha!” moments. From Evelyn Lauder to Dr. Hricak to Myra Biblowit to Mellody Hobson to Mary Dillon, I came away reminded of, actually deeply impressed by, what women do in our society, which is nothing but brilliant leadership. The two most impressive—perhaps because I’d never been witness 32 QUEST

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to their work before—were Ms. Hobson and Ms. Dillon. Hobson is known in the world of celebrity as the wife of director George Lucas (aha, that’s where I heard the name before). In her own real life, she’s a Chicago girl. She attended Princeton and graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In real life she is president of Ariel Investments, a Chicago investment firm managing more than $13 billion in assets, and a member of several corporate boards including JP Morgan Chase, the Starbucks Corporation, and the Estée Lauder Companies.

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Those who watch CBS This Morning are probably familiar with her since she is a regular contributor on financial issues. So you know what I’m talking about. The resume is impressive but to this spectator at a philanthropic event, the woman is most impressive as a leader. I’m not talking politics; I’m talking leadership. In real life, up there on the stage, she is one of those people who you’d like to know as a friend. When Mary Dillon came to the podium to accept her award, she too talked about the work of BCRF, and how it had affected her family and personal life. Like Hobson, also a good looking, smartly

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(attractively) dressed woman, she too is an articulate, and clearly a brilliant businesswoman. The luncheon ended with 350 2018 BCRF grantees taking the stage; a visual representation of BCRF’s global braintrust, and the weight of scientific discovery that will propel forward in the year ahead. Since its inception, BCRF has had a hand (fund) in on every breakthrough for breast cancer, and survivorship from the disease has risen by 40 percent. On the same subject, on a Friday night, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) hosted the third

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A annual Opening Night of TEFAF New York Fall at the Park Avenue Armory. The evening offered The Society’s members and guests a preview of the fair’s sensational pieces before it opened to the public on Saturday. The event was mobbed (that’s the word I heard used over and over to describe the crowd), including many of New York’s most notable collectors, dealers, and philanthropists, as well as leaders in fashion and design. Numerous renowned specialist dealers from around the globe are showcasing their decorative art and jewelry, from antiquity through the early 20th century.

Proceeds from The Opening Night will benefit The Society’s patient care, research, and education programs at MSK. The evening was chaired by Nina Carbone, Jennifer Oken, Fiona Druckenmiller, Brent Winston, Helena Martinez, and Caryn Zucker. It was generously underwritten by Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, and sponsored by Natura Bissé and Etro. Among the crowd were Juan Montoya and Urban Karlsson, Judy and Leonard Lauder, Travis Acquavella, Debra and Leon Black, Kitty and Stephen Sherrill, Kelly Behun, Fiona Druckenmiller, Shelley and Michael Carr, Eric Cohler, Kate and

Andrew Davis, Alan Gerry, Eugenie Niven Goodman, Alessandra Branca, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Caryn Zucker, Eleanora Kennedy, Roman Martinez, Amory McAndrew, Rebekah and Colin McCabe, Bunny Williams, Marigay McKee and Bill Ford, Grace and Chris Meigher, Susan Zises Green, Nicole Miller, Erik Oken, Emilia and Brian Pfeifler, Betsy Pitts, Dara O’Hara, Martha Sharp, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Daisy Soros, Karen Thornwell May, Annie Taube, Linda Robinson, Lily Safra, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Madeline Weinrib, Alex Papachristidis and Scott

Nelson, Judy Gordon Cox and many more. The event chairs were: Nina Carbone, Jennifer Oken, Fiona Druckenmiller, Brent Winston, Helena Martinez, and Caryn Zucker. Back to business. On another night, architect William Georgis hosted at his stunning contemporary Upper East Side townhouse for Wendy Moonan, one of New York’s major architecture, design, art, and antiques writers. For 14 years, Wendy had the best weekly antiques and collectibles column in the New York Times, featuring pieces. She’s also a contributor to Architectural Digest and Town

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& Country on the subject including vintage furniture, Americana, Chinese, and Oriental art, and objets d’art. It was one of those columns that you could learn something from and even develop an appreciation for— and perhaps an obsession. Wendy’s new book, New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Rooms, is a tome (320 pages), coffee table– style, beautifully published by Rizzoli, with a Foreword by the distinguished American architect Robert A. M. Stern. The book covers the work of the top interior designers from 1970 to the present, embracing myriad styles— 36 QUEST

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from “pure historicism to bracing modernity.” It’s a grand tour of what Wendy considers the best residential spaces, taking you into each room with her from the past up to the modern day. Included are rooms that no longer exist but are highly memorable to those of the design cognoscenti, including Brooke Astor’s library designed for her by Albert Hadley; Gloria Vanderbilt’s famous patchwork bedroom; Donald Judd’s very spare artfilled loft; the opulence of fashion designer Adolfo’s Fifth Avenue duplex in one of the mansions of the Gilded Age; to the still existent penthouse

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atop the Four Seasons Hotel by Peter Marino; Susan Gutfreund’s lavish winter garden in her magnificent Fifth Avenue duplex; to Jamie Drake’s beautiful rooms for Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s house. The works of the illustrious names in the book you may very well be familiar with include Mario (Buatta, the one and only), Albert Hadley, Denning & Fourcade, Mark Hampton, Philip Johnson, Charlotte Moss, Bunny Williams, Paul Rudolph, Thomas O’Brien, Brian McCarthy, and Steven Gambrel, to name only a few. All are in this beautifully published record of the past

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almost half century of New York. This is the work of love by Wendy who began studying her interest first at Wellesley, later at the Sorbonne, and then at Harvard, where she was a Neiman Fellow. Her greatest “professors,” however, were the connoisseurs, artists, and patrons whom she came to know personally and who shared with her their knowledge, taste, and exposure to their experiences. Interior design in New York is a major industry that attracts and cultivates talent and know-how from all over the world. Wendy’s personal experience reporting on their

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A work has been her teacher, giving her the ability to share it with the reader. This is the season for major publishing book projects on art and interior design. My interest is peripheral in that I am no expert or authority, but it contributes to my interest in people’s lives and history. In the past month I’ve been exposed to several major books that have just come on the market. They are perfect gifts for the holidays coming up on a variety of subjects related to interior design, architecture, and artists who’ve shaped the world we live in today. Among the recent that I’ve seen cover the territory in detail include David

Cannadine’s and Jeremy Musson’s The Country House Past, Present, Future: Great Houses of the British Isles, funded by the Royal Oak Foundation and the National Trust, and published by Rizzoli here in America. For history lovers and architectural historians as well as those of us who are naturally drawn by imagination to the subject, this book is a treasure. Then there is Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge (Abrams, publishers) by Hutton Wilkinson, with photographs by Tim StreetPorter and Foreword by Hamish Bowles—a history of the legendary residence in Beverly Hills of one of

Hollywood’s greatest designers and set designers. Tony built the original structure in 1949 when the hilly area was still undeveloped. Over the years, he and his wife Beegle continued to expand and elaborate on not only the house but the surrounding property that can only be described authentically as fantasy. When I lived out there, I had the privilege of knowing the Duquettes, who gave a New Year’s Day luncheon at Dawnridge every year. It was always a comfortable, relaxed, and informal luncheon set up in different areas of the house and/or property from year to year. One always felt totally

transported into/onto another realm of human imagination, where the make-believe and the real merged. After Tony’s death at age 85 in 1999, Hutton, who was first his student, then his assistant, and now his curator and historian, and also a successful interior designer as well as an archivist of everything Duquette and Dawnridge, opens the doors to all of it in this magnificent history book. It is the ultimate grandeur and opulence of the glory days of Hollywood. Also for your gift (or library) list, there is Wendy Goodman’s new book, May I Come In, (which we covered in the October 4th Diary)

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Wendy’s personal tour of “… Other People’s Houses,” many of whom have never been seen before this book was published. There is also Jeremiah Goodman’s Inspired Interiors, edited by Dean Rhys Morgan with Foreword by Nicky Haslam and Elsa Peretti, and Afterward by Miles Redd, re-created as a memory by the artist of some of the great rooms he portrayed in his illustrations over the year. Also, while we’re on the subject of art, beauty, fantasy, style, and design, a living example all of it is Carolyne Roehm’s latest, Design and Style: A Constant Thread, a 40 QUEST

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memoir, also published by Rizzoli. Then, on a Thursday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza (which is “landmarked”), it was the 25th anniversary of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Living Landmarks” evening. This is an annual black-tie fund-raising event. The New York Landmark Conservancy is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and protecting the great buildings and diverse neighborhoods of the city, and the Living Landmarks gala recognizes the great variety of not only the landmarked buildings, but also the people of New York.

Many of us have come to New York from all over America and the world. Many came early in their lives, motivated by our dreams and talents. It is the greatest city in the world for the ambitious, the curious, the imaginative, and the entrepreneurial spirit. New York is a working town. The men and women who have built it over the past three centuries also worked to make it work for us. In one of his New York Diaries written in 1859, George Templeton Strong, a prominent New York lawyer and diarist who lived between 1820 and 1875, wrote in his diary about making a two-hour, two-mile horse and

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carriage ride from the center of the city back then—what we now call Downtown—up to the still unpaved corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue. The diarist made the trip with others to see the great hole that had been blasted out of the rocky terrain at the southeast corner of the newly developing Central Park. It was a huge project that would become the Great Pond located there across from The Plaza Hotel. Strong described the difficult journey over very rocky hill and dale, only to view a barren mess of exploded earth. The ride up to it was an ordeal in itself, obviously not pleasing to the

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Dr. Thomas Sculco, Stephen Lash, Lynden Miller, Ruth Lande Shuman, Jeff and Liz Peek, and—for the grand finale of introductions—(I was the emcee and presenter of the award and I had the pleasure of writing and introducing) “that Queen of the 11 o’clock number, the Empress of the Broadway Babies, Miss Chita Rivera!” I’m referring to the quote because I had such a good time saying it. I felt like I was a little bit on Broadway myself. The evening is always fun. Peter Duchin and his orchestra and vocalist Roberta Fabiano provided the music to give it all some entertainment pizazz and keep the program

lively. They raised $1.2 million. The honorary cochairs for the evening were Arie Kopelman and Leonard Lauder. The Living Landmarks Alumni Committee was Paul Binder, Daniel Boulud, Robert Caro, Louise Hirschfeld Cullman and Lewis Cullman, Mayor David Dinkins, Gael Greene, Vartan Gregorian, Joel Grey, Mrs. Henry Grunwald, Agnes Gund, Larry Leeds, Peter L. Malkin, Arthur Mitchell, Mitch Rosenthal, Daryl Roth, Brooke Shields, Robert A. M. Stern, Patsy and Jeff Tarr, Tommy Tune, Robert E. Wankel, and Bunny Williams. The NYLC is the only private organization providing

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and the guests were seated, Evan Chesler, chairman of the Library, opened the evening, and introduced Tony Marx, the Library’s president and CEO, spoke about the Library and its progress with technology putting every book ever written online, as well as the billion-dollar plans for expanding the Library’s facilities. After the remarks of Chesler and Marx, that was it for the speeches. We were then shown video interviews with each of this year’s honorees. These are interesting despite being brief, for it gives everyone a glimpse of the personalities, all of which are uniquely interesting and human sans their public

stature. Then a former honoree, Renée Fleming, went up to the stage, along with musicians Christian McBride and Dan Tepfer, and with Jessye Norman, in duo they sang “Bacarolle” from The Tales of Hoffman. The two were in beautiful voice singing to each other across the room. Norman was seated at the head of the table next to ours, so I was no more than six or eight feet from her and the voice, and the woman were magic to the eye—larger than life. While up on the stage, Fleming matched the beauty and the voice. The two created a special thrill for everyone. After their duet, the 2018

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On December 14, the New York Botanical Garden will host its Winter Wonderland Ball in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at 8 p.m. For more information, visit nybg.org.

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MIRACLE ON MADISON

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DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

Misty Copeland will open the 61st Annual Dance Magazine Awards at the Ailey Citigroup Theater at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the evening will be applied to next year’s Harkness Promise Awards. For more information, visit dancemagazine.com.

WAVES OF FUN

The Hospital for Special Surgery will host its annual Waves of Fun Festival to support pediatric care and research. Guests and their children will enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, activities, and special tours. For more information, visit hss.edu.

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The annual lighting of the 64-foot Holiday Tree of Lights will take place in Charleston’s Marion Square. The holiday julibee will feature performances from musicians and art

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will host its Annual Christmas Ball at the Sailfish Club at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s goals, which include providing shelter to lost,

HOPEFUL THINKING

New Hope Charities will hold its 25th Annual Holiday Bazaar event at The Beach Club in Palm Beach. For more information, visitnewhopecharities.org.

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On December 6, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will host its Annual Christmas Ball at the Sailfish Club at 7 p.m. For more information, visit peggyadams.org.


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Memorial will host its kickoff cocktail reception at the home of Peggy and Dudley Moore in Palm Beach. For more information, visit navysealmuseum.org.

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Catholic Charities will hold a kickoff cocktail reception for its Bishop’s Gala at the Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach at 6 p.m. For more information, visit catholicchartiespb.org.

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MORSELIFE HEALTH CARE

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Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality will be on display in the main exhibition hall of Miami Beach Convention Center for Art Basel through December 9. For more information, visit artbasel.com.

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SALVATION ARMY

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Annual Stars of Education Dinner honoring the Fortin Foundation at Club Colette. For more information, visit pbs.org.

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HISTORICAL PALM BEACH

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WINTER WONDERLAND

The New York Botanical Garden will host its Winter Wonderland Ball in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at 8 p.m. For more

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New York Theatre Ballet’s Once Upon a Ballet Series will present Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker.” For more information, visit nytb.org.

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CAMPAIGN KICKOFF

The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County will hold its campaign kickoff dinner at The Breakers at 7 p.m. For more information, visit jewishpb.org. CELEBRATING NAVY SEALS

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FURTHERING EDUCATION

Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE) will host its 25th Annual Lady in Red Gala at The Breakers in Palm Beach at 5 p.m. The organization has given LIFE to those who are disadvantaged or forgotten because of disabilities, socio-economic status, neglect, etc. For more information, visit life-edu.org.

The 13th annual black-tie Policeman’s Ball will take place at Mar-a-Lago at 6:30 p.m. The evening will honor the Palm Beach Police Department and James Patterson. For more information, visit palmbeachpolicefoundation.org.

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach will hold its Membership Luncheon and Ballinger Award Presentation at The Breakers at noon. For more information, visit palmbeachpreservation.org.

South Florida PBS will host its

Emilia and Pepe Fanjul will hold a cocktail reception at Casa Grande at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic at 5 p.m. The event will benefit Mir Charities and Patronato Benéfico Oriental. For more information, visit casadecampo.com.do.

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The Palm Beach Civic Association will host its annual holiday party at The Breakers at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit palmbeachcivic.org.

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From December 6 through 9, works of the highest quality art will be on display at the Miami Beach Convention Center for Art Basel. For more information, visit artbasel.com.

Palm Beach Island Cats will hold its annual Meow Pawty pre-gala reception at Trevini Ristorante at 5 p.m. For more information, visit pbislandcats.org. DECEMBER 2018 69


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WAR ON THE WHITE MALE

Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United

IT IS NOW OBVIOUS that the American mass media has and will do everything in its power to quash what was essentially a coup against the established elite back in 2016, namely the Trump electoral victory. The so-called Russian dossier is the sword of Damocles the ousted elites hold over The Donald’s head. The trouble is the Russian dossier is as phony as the neocons who invented it. But if Quest readers think the Russian 70 QUEST

stuff is a crock, I’ve got news for them: The #MeToo bull is even phonier. Basically what those behind the movement are saying is that all women are victims and all women are truthful. And that all men since their first wet dream at age 12 are deserving of permanent social and professional banishment and are forbidden from saying a word in their own defense. When the “terror” began sometime last year, a lady friend of mine who

works at the Spectator in London asked me if I was worried. “Not at all,” I answered, “I believe in seduction but it has to be 50-50, however contradictory it may sound.” I have never manhandled, inappropriately touched or forced myself on a woman and never will, and I think most men of my background haven’t either. The trouble with #MeToo is that rock stars and rappers who physically abuse women as a rule, rather than an exception, go scot-free. Only last month

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Clockwise from top left: #MeToo protesters attend the Women’s March against President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., in January 2017; French poet Victor Hugo, whose notable works include Les Misérables; Charlie Rose was recently ousted from CBS due to sexual assault accusations.

a Hispanic rapper who financed a video with a 13-year-old girl performing oral sex to an adult friend of the rapper was “chastised” by a judge instead of having the book thrown at him. In other words, we have a law for well-off white men who should know better, like Charlie Rose, and another for black and Hispanic performers who are not expected to know better. This makes Caligula who named his horse a Senate consul look wise. And I do feel bad for Charlie Rose—who apparently never touched but did strip—but that’s what you get for being soft on liberals and lefties the way he was on the air. The #MeToo movement has been compared by many bores to McCarthyism, but Joe McCarthy was right, Hollywood was ripe with communists and sympathizers. The #MeToo is more like the French Revolution, with heads rolling around the feminist guillotine. Any hint of sexual unseemliness now merits the death penalty, and clemency is greeted by an enraged

mob. (Robespierre is Rose McGowan.) The American Constitution has decreed against cruel and unusual punishment, so I ask you, dear readers: Is being bankrupted, made permanently unable to support your family, and universally disowned for crass and inconsiderate behavior cruel and unusual punishment or not? Is the most grievous sin of all a sexual transgression? As the wonderful and most intelligent American lady, noted in the Spectator, “ I’d rather be tastelessly propositioned, groped, insulted, subject to workplace abuse of power, than have my legs chopped off or my throat slit.” Hear, hear! The Kavanaugh circus illustrated how easy it is to blacken a man’s—or a woman’s, for that matter—reputation. Now many women, especially in La La Land, need a tale of sexual violation to secure a certain standing in the movie industry. The trouble is that touching a knee and actual rape is now treated as

equal. Perhaps a modern Victor Hugo can write about the Misérables and the man who inadvertently touched a woman’s knee and was pursued for the next 20 years by a female Javert. It might sell and then it might not. Men might be too scared to buy it. Let’s face it, some sexual offences are worse than others, but are now seen as the same because the punishment is the same. Yet huge numbers of American women are furious—not with Justice Kavanaugh, but the way he was treated by politicians who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit them hard across their noggin. Many women are terrified that one day their son or husband might be falsely accused and have their lives put to ruin. It’s a scary time to be a young white man in America. My problem is that I am so bloody old and if someone accused me of bad behavior, the judge would laugh and congratulate me. u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. DECEMBER 2018 71


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Senator Robert F. Kennedy (center) with his wife, Ethel (right), and sister Jean Kennedy Smith (left) at the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House, 1966.

IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY THE NEW METROPOLITAN Opera House at Lincoln Center relocated from the original at Broadway and 39th Street and opened on Friday, September 18, 1966. The excitement was visible as the glamorous audience took their seats for Anthony & Cleopatra, a dazzling production with Leontyne Price and Justino DĂ­az in the leads. The photograph shown here was taken before the performance, as the elegant Senator Robert and Ethel Kennedy 72 QUEST

enjoyed dinner with his sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, on the mezzanine foyer of the new Met. The legendary Marc Chagall was there to celebrate his magnificent murals for the space, The Triumph of Music and The Sources of Music, which dramatically flank either side of the walls at the Met’s entrance and are shown through the glass arches for all passersby to enjoy. Surrounded by many friends, Chagall was almost knocked to the ground by


The opening in 1966 of the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center included a dazzling performance by Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz—and a glamorous crowd, including the Kennedys.

the mob of admirers jostling to get a glimpse of him as he entered his limo at the end of the evening. Before Act Three began, the excitement level rose in the audience when General Manager Rudolf Bing stepped out to announce the threatened musicians’ strike had been averted. Although the opening was 52 years ago, the evening is still vivid in my mind. And, as I have been known to say—it seems like yesterday. ◆ DECEMBER 2018 73


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DUCKING NEW YORK IN LONDON LONG DECADES ago—first when I was an investment banker and then when I embarked on what seemed at the time a promising writing life, and both my fiscal and physical state were in more robust condition than now—I used to go to London regularly. Those were the palmy days, the early 1970s through the 1980s, before Mammon took over the world. My London life centered on Mayfair and Knightsbridge: after a few hours of city or publishing business, I would look in at Heywood Hill bookshop, then run by my lifetime friend, the incomparable John Saumarez Smith. Time would be found for consultations with my tailor at Anderson & Sheppard, where the cost of a suit back then didn’t require floating a bond issue, and my shirt man at Bowring Arundel, that wonderful shop now just a memory. There were bookstores and art galleries to visit. I had kind of a rounded London life. Meals were a key part of this. This was back in the days 74 Q U E S T


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before London got gastronomically fancy, when meals were fun. How fondly I recall long boozy lunches at Lefevre Gallery on Bruton Street with Martin Summers and Desmond Corcoran; the delicious fare and elegant passing parade at my friend Enzo Cecconi’s eponymous place near the Burlington arcade where the word “gratin” could be applied to the clientele as much as to certain dishes (“Michael, I had four royals today,” Enzo once told me, beaming). I recall beef at the Guinea; oysters, potted shrimp, and grilled plaice or sole at Wilton’s, then still on Bury Street and then still owned by the Hambros; the unforgettable collations with golden boys and girls at Mirabelle, the roof rolled back to disclose a perfect June sky, a bottle of Champagne in the ice bucket. Salad days those were, a time when one felt one “[carried] back bright to the coiner the mintage of man,” as A.E. Housman memorably puts it. Of course, nothing stays the same, whether you’re talking a


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place or an era, or a person and his circumstances. As a dear friend recently put it in another context, “It’s not that I hate the way Southampton has changed, I hate the way I’ve changed!” I would say the same about my relationship with London. I don’t get around like I used to; my day-long perambulations around the city, the long hours spent in the National Gallery and the V&A, now belong to the past. And so, over time, my forays to the English capital have become fewer and fewer. Nowadays I travel to London perhaps once a year: to see special old friends and so that my English wife can have time with her family. On our last trip, a four-day excursion this past spring, our main reason for going was for a very dear old friend’s 75th birthday. The venue was Brooks’s Club, the St. James Street establishment that is still redolent of past Whig glories—Charles James Fox and all that. It was a splendid evening, but it was also the only time we ventured into the part of London I once considered my natural haunt, a fact that prompted reflections, some rueful, the rest mostly resigned, about the way London seemed then and the way it seems now. So how would I compare the then and the now? Well, in a word, London today strikes me as more like New York than used to be the case. It’s always been a more spacious city than ours, but even so, today it seems crowded, noisy, egregiously 76 QUEST

“touristified.” These are both cities that turned themselves upside-down to attract and welcome big foreign money. In Mayfair, I’m told, and in Knightsbridge and parts of Chelsea, one strolls at night past one unlit apartment building after another—the darkened windows signaling that these flats are occupied much of the time by their owners’ flight capital. And the prices in London are staggering. Of course, like many senior citizens, I think things ought to cost what they used to cost. Still, even my wealthiest friends gasp when the check comes. This is what happens when an urban economy focuses on attracting a demographic convinced that nothing can be any good unless it’s expensive. Last year, for instance, I stayed at a hotel in a part of London I like—right off Marylebone High Street and a block from the Wallace. It was the sort of place, slightly frayed, favored by English country families who’d come up to London for “the season.” Checking in felt like stepping into a novel by Evelyn Waugh or Barbara Pym. But by last year it was clear something had changed. The place had gotten spiffed up. The prices were significantly if not insultingly higher. And the clientele was different; many of the other guests were speaking Russian. I’m frankly a snob. I rate clubs, hotels, and restaurants by the sort of people I’m likely to find myself surrounded by. So this year, I decided to make a change. On the website of Indagare, my friend Melissa Biggs Bradley’s innovative travel service, my eye was caught by a boutique hotel with the unlikely name of Zetter’s Townhouse Marylebone. The photos suggested the place had something you don’t find much of these days: charm. I booked us for five nights. Well, I tell you! If I go to London again, I’ll never stay

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anywhere else. Everything one might rate a hotel by—comfort, amenities, location (Zetter’s is on a quiet street near Marble Arch), décor, what the Brits call “mod cons” and, above all, the quality of service provided by the staff (handsome young people from all over Europe) is off the charts. And right around the corner from Zetter’s is New Quebec Street, with a full range of amusing places to eat. Zetter’s capped a perfect London week: that is, not too long a sojourn. We went to Tate Britain and saw an interesting show about the art of World War I and lunched at the museum’s excellent café. We dined with family and old friends. I went to Moss Bros and rented a dinner jacket for the big knees-up at Brooks’s. Apart from that, I didn’t set foot in a shop, nor on Oxford Street or Piccadilly. Thanks to Tamara’s sister-in-law, who’s a BBC presenter, we got tickets to The Lehman Trilogy at the National. It’s a splendid production of a play that I found problematical (as a former Lehman partner, I would!) but that my wife greatly liked. New Yorkers will have a chance to make their own minds up when the play comes to the Armory next spring. Then we came home. And what the hell: London is still London, a special place. You just need to duck its New York parts. u


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KEEPING IT CLASSIC IN PB

IN AN AGE, even in tradition-bound Palm Beach, where some of the most recent entries on the dining spectrum can be categorized often as a crowded, noisy, and far-from-calming crush, there is a place that isn’t such a scene—that provides a civilized and relaxing atmosphere to savor fine cuisine and perhaps have a lunch or dinner that isn’t just for show, or for sharing on social media. Renato’s, located in the central part of Via Mizner—the historic 1923 Worth Avenue courtyard complex featuring shops on the ground level with truly unique apartments above that might 78 QUEST

just be the seminal architectural landmark of the seaside resort town—is such a destination. Here, within the 30-plus-year-old fairly cozy establishment, or at one of its outdoor tables on a mild and sunny winter day or starlit evening, sampling a thoughtfully prepared authentic pasta dish or a fresh seafood entrée—maybe even a generous cut of prime beef—and selecting a proper wine accompaniment, is a picture-postcard Palm Beach moment. But the place isn’t the least bit stuffy, and it is refreshingly traditional, sans the sometimes annoying and tricky of-the-moment

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CANTEENS extremes that characterize “innovative” culinary ventures today. Add some romance and charm, and you’ve got the gist. The late founder’s family—his widow, Arlene Desiderio, and stepson José Luis Duran—keep the place up to date, freshening it up carefully and consistently. The far-from-formulaic concept of Renato’s has, in fact, been translated into the nearby Pizza Al Fresco and the casual Al Fresco eatery atop the town’s Par 3 Golf Course clubhouse on the southern end of the island. Both are operated by the Renato’s clan, and are conceived in the same fashion as the original Italian restaurant. That means the bulk of the seating is outdoors, with only an intimate enclosed dining room and kitch-

decidedly luxe translation with Continental accents, served with an impressive consistency and flair. Favorites include veal chops, Pennette alla Caprese, and Dover sole. “You can never go wrong with the classics,” says Duran. Changes to the restaurant aren’t startling, and make sense. The recent addition of a more comfortable, proper bar and waiting area fits the original profile, according to Duran, adding that his stepfather had the vision to convert what were three shops into a single space with folding glazed doors that “spill out to the courtyard.” There is a conscious effort to accommodate private parties, with two spaces, the Peruvian Room and

en. But the emphasis at these outposts is on much more casual cuisine: sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and the like. But at the more formal anchor in Via Mizner, the atmosphere is much more private and celebratory. And the food is the star attraction. It’s not trendy, not nouvelle-anything…and not overdone or too fussy. Current tastes are acknowledged—there is a hearty organic vegetarian stew, Scafata Renato’s, among the menu offerings, a trace of kale, and gluten-free selections, for instance—but the emphasis is on classic Italian preparations in a

the Wine Cellar just off the main courtyard, available for dinner and cocktail parties. And there are always the house-made Grissini breadsticks to snack on. Bellissimo. u From its famous open-air dining to more intimate indoor spaces for private parties, Renato’s is a Palm Beach stalwart, and is now expanding with the introduction of two new casual satellites. Renato’s Palm Beach: 87 Via Mizner (561.655.9752). Pizza Al Fresco: 14 Via Mizner (561.832.0032). Al Fresco: 2345 South Ocean Boulevard (561.273.4130). DECEMBER 2018 79


SOCIETY’S FAVORITE REBEL

THE YEAR WAS 1874. Alva Smith’s once prominent Southern family was on the verge of collapse. Destitute from the Civil War, Alva’s mother was dead and her ill father didn’t have much time left—nor did his money. With slim options available to women of the era, that young girl’s desperation to save her family began the story of one of New York City’s most infamous society figures: Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt and later, Mrs. Oliver Belmont. Often remembered by history for her domineering society presence, shocking divorce, and daughter’s scandalous annulment, Alva’s side of the story is told through Therese Anne Fowler’s new page-turning novel, A Well-Behaved Woman (St. Martin’s Press). In the process, Fowler brings to light Mrs. Belmont’s contributions to the women’s suffrage movement, women’s divorce rights, and New York City architecture. At the same time, she unveils the dirty secrets of New York’s 400 and life under the reign of Mrs. Astor. With not much to offer aside from her family’s good name, Alva hooks William K. Vanderbilt with the promise of elevating 00 QUEST 8

his family’s social standing—scarred by their new money and Uncle Cornelius J. Vanderbilt’s reputation for gambling and debauchery. Unable to impress the city’s most powerful society matron on good behavior alone, Alva proposes that the Vanderbilts build extravagant mansions in the city to establish their prominence. She begins working with architect Richard Morris Hunt to build her own Petit Chateau on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, modeled after the architecture she fell in love with growing up in France. Alva Vanderbilt scandalized society when she filed for divorce from her adulterous husband in 1895, and paved the way for other prominent women to do the same when she was awarded in excess of $10 million, sole custody of her children, and several estates. Though the women of her time showed no appreciation, Alva’s bravery altered the course for wives in every economic class. She went on to found the Political Equality Association and leverage her substantial means to propel the women’s suffrage movement. When Alva Belmont passed away in 1933, a banner draped over her coffin read “Failure Is Impossible.” Folwer makes you root for Alva as she plots to outwit the indomitable Mrs. Astor, cringe as a motherless girl navigates her first night as a married woman, and mourn when a well-behaved woman is betrayed and humiliated by the man who possessed her unwavering devotion. Although conversation is imagined and some characters are rooted in fiction, A WellBehaved Woman reframes history’s narrative and gives a new voice to a woman who refused to exist solely as an accessory to a prominent man of society. u

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Brooke Kelly: Tell me about Charleston during the holidays. Debbie Fisher: Charleston is a very diverse city as it has been since the 17th century. We are fortunate that from as early as the pre-Revolution we embraced different religions and cultures. Charlestonians joyfully light the Christmas tree on King Street as well as the Hannukah menorah and Kwanza kinara during the season in Marion Park. Our decorations are beautiful but modest as from an earlier time when love, peace, and joy were truly the meaning of the season. It is a very festive and exciting time with lots of good food in the open-air markets, festive dinner menus at the restaurants, concerts, and decorated lamp posts lining our cobblestoned streets. Our decorated horse-drawn carriages are filled with warm blankets for their patrons. It’s truly magical. BK: What are the most notable festivities? DF: Along with the tree lighting on King Street, and the lighting of the menorah and kinara in Marion Square, we look forward to our parade filled with residents lining the streets as local businesses, high school bands, and various affiliations participate. Charleston Place Belmond Hotel always displays an incredible toy train exhibit that fascinates all ages, and The Nutcracker and other Christmas productions are performed in our Charleston Gaillard Center on George Street. BK: How do the values of Handsome Properties reflect the different holidays celebrated throughout Charleston? 82 QUEST

DF: At Handsome Properties, we appreciate our community and we give back by participating in Toys for Tots. The agents contribute to the Handsome Properties Charitable Fund throughout the year, and they decide what charity or charities to which the funds will be dispersed. We value our Handsome family and we celebrate the hard work of each and every one of our team members and also our families for their support. We respect our citizens and slow down a bit to remember and to be thankful for what we have, but keep those in this world who may not been so fortunate in our thoughts and prayers. We each reflect on the year and try to improve as a person, a professional, a spouse, a partner, or a family member. BK: In what ways do people use their homes to show their excitement for the holidays? DF: On the Peninsula in our historic homes, our second-floor drawing rooms get the most use during this time of the year than any other. We love to entertain in style with beautiful and special things‌many things that may have been handed down for generations. We enjoy old recipes and celebrating in the country at oyster roasts and at the beach near a warm fire enjoying a more casual meal with cornbread, shrimp and grits, and collards. Afterwards, if weather permits, we get in a bike ride on the beach. BK: What does the real estate market in Charleston look like during this time of the year? DF: This time of year is usually brisk for us as many visitors are in Charleston and, as so many do, they fall head over heels for our beautiful city and decide to pursue a possible purchase. We also have many second-home owners and their families enjoying the season in Charleston, which also helps with our market. u

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WITH THE HOLIDAY season in full swing, Debbie Fisher, Broker-In-Charge of acclaimed real estate firm Handsome Properties and active community member, tells us more about this festive and culturally diverse time of year in Charleston, South Carolina.


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This page: Photos of a Handsome Properties listing at 44 South Battery Street in Charleston, South Carolina. This grand South Battery residence, listed for $6,950,000, is composed of a main house with four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths with water views, and a kitchen house with three bedrooms, two full baths, and a grandfathered Bed & Breakfast license. Opposite page: Since the 17th century, Charleston has been noted as a diverse city that encourages the practice of many different religions and cultures.


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THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND 1928 Marion Sims Wyeth–designed landmark home, located in the coveted Estate Section of Palm Beach, recently hit the market. The estate sits on a 38,943-square-foot lot and is conveniently located within steps of the beach. According to listing agents Liza Pulitzer and Whitney McGurk, both Palm Beach natives, “This location is sought after for its larger properties, stately homes, and proximity to town. The deeded beach access in this part of town gives way to a private and more secluded beach.” Recently renovated by Todd Michel Glaser, the home is comprised of eight bedrooms, nine baths and two half baths, totaling 12,641 square feet. The spacious interiors and layout make the home ideal for a large family and for hosting friends. There are four bedrooms on the second floor, guest rooms on the first floor, and a separate pool house on the property. McGurk and Pulitzer sum it up well: “The layout keeps your family close while giving guests their privacy.” The ceiling height in the living room is over 25 feet with beautifully stenciled Pecky Cypress, significantly adding to 84 QUEST

the allure of this authentic Mediterranean estate. Additional interior features include three fireplaces, an elevator, a sauna, a wine cellar, a full house generator, a cooling tower, and much more. The exterior features an entirely landscaped lot with gardens throughout the property, all designed by renowned landscape architect Henry Nelson. “The house is unique in that it has Old World charm on the exterior with a new contemporary feel in the interior. And, the new landscape design has the ambiance of a beautiful estate in Italy,” said Pulitzer and McGurk. While the interiors are modern, the home still maintains many of its original features that keep with the character and feel of Palm Beach. This masterpiece is currently listed for $22,500,000 by Brown Harris Stevens. u For more information, visit bhsusa.com. Whitney McGurk can be reached at wmcgurk@bhsusa.com or 561.310.7919, and Liza Pulitzer can be reached at lpulitzer@bhsusa.com or 561.373.0666.

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This page, clockwise from top left: The spacious living room boasts high ceilings with beautifully stenciled Pecky Cypress; the kitchen features marble countertops and a dining area; the master bedroom; the interiors of the alluring Mediterranean estate have been completely renovated by Todd Michael Glaser; the luxurious swimming pool and pool house. Opposite page: An aerial shot of 128 Via Del Lago’s 38,943-square-foot lot, which shows the property’s landscaping and gardens by celebrity architect Harry Nelson.


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1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18-kt. Everose gold with diamonds and sapphires. $96,900 at Rolex retailers; rolex.com for more. 2. Lilly Pulitzer Fan-Tastic Earrings in Pink Tropics. $48 at lillypulitzer.com. 3. Moët Impérial Rosé Art of Living Bottle & Gift Box. $49.99 per bottle at fine liquor stores. 4. Handcrafted by David Michael Jewels, this Antique Wild Rose ring is available at Betteridge Palm Beach. $58,000; betteridge.com for more. Opposite page: 1. The Store at MAD (Museum of Arts & Design) offers Chris Davies’ Fisherman’s Floats Pendant Necklace in 18-kt. gold and malachite. $8,600; call 212.299.7777 for more. 2. Stuart Weitzman’s Milky Way Pointe shoe in black suede. $655 at stuartweitzman.com. 3. Multi-colored sequins wrap dress by ML Monique Lhuillier. $595 at moniquelhuillier.com.

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1. Burma sapphire and diamond cluster necklace in gold and silver. $185,000 at A La Vieille Russie (alvr. com). 2. Stubbs & Wootton x De Lesseps Needlepoint Slipper. $500 at delessepspalmbeach.com and

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stubbsandwootton.com. 3. Harry Winston’s City Lights earrings from the New York Collection with sapphires and yellow and white diamonds. Price upon request: 800.988.4110. 4. La Maison du Chocolat’s milk and dark “Christmas Treats” chocolates. $17 (100g) and $30 (200g) at lamaisonduchocolat. us. 5. Vhernier’s Pirouette ring in white gold, blue sapphires, and diamonds. $42,900 at Vhernier: 646.343.9551.

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upon request at Chopard: 212.223.2304. 5. Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Holiday Season gift set. $194 at the brand’s Miami boutique: 786.220.8840. 6. Resort 2019 Pink and Green Corset Dress by Markarian. $1,495 at modaoperandi.com.

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Ralph Lauren attends his label’s 50th-anniversary celebration in Central Park, September 2018; the façade of Ralph Lauren’s Men’s Flagship is festive for the season at 867 Madison Avenue in New York City.

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monumental style. Lauren dominated New York Fashion Week in September with a historic 50th-anniversary celebration—an evening-long event set against Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace that included an expansive runway show, an immersive digital installation, and an elegant seated dinner, attended by a Who’s Who roster that included everyone from Anderson Cooper and Anne Hathaway to Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, who delivered the toast. Though a recent knight by royal designation, Lauren has long served as the reigning king of American fashion, as Winfrey made clear. His empire, which began some 50 years ago with the production of a line of preppy ties, emerged to tackle everything from menswear to womenswear, homeware to Above: Holidays at the Polo Ralph Lauren Store. Opposite page: A festive welcome at Ralph Lauren’s Women’s and Home Flagship at 888 Madison Avenue.

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FOR A MAN who’s made a career of expanding the boundaries of fashion with a triumphant string of “firsts”—from the first designer to launch a home collection (1983) to the first to receive an American Fashion Legend Award by the CFDA (2007), among so many others—it comes as little surprise that Ralph Lauren has achieved another memorable first. It was recently announced that Lauren has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As the first American fashion designer to achieve honorary knighthood, Lauren joins the ranks of other notable Americans who can claim honorary knighthood or damehood, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill and Melinda Gates. This latest feat comes on the heels of what’s been a monumental year for the designer, marked in what can only be described as


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the hospitality world. He’s endowed philanthropic entities and established some of his own. He’s spoken before presidents and bowed before heads of state (France’s Nicolas Sarkozy bestowed on him the French Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur), but it wasn’t until earlier this fall—during the height of the 50thanniversary fêtes—that Mr. Lauren achieved one of his lifelong personal goals: stepping up to the (non-fashion) plate. On September 20, he returned to his native Bronx to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Yankees–Red Sox game, and, with it, launched a limited-edition Ralph Lauren Yankees collection that included a baseball jacket, cap, and glove, as well as a Rawlings commemorative baseball. The collection was available, fittingly, on yet another new home base of his: the recently unveiled Polo app, a fully commerce-enabled mobile app among his brand’s growing digital footprint, which offers users insider access, behind-the-scenes exclusive content, curated product selections, an “Ask Ralph” interactive feature, vintage products, and exclusive limited-run releases for Polo fans. And, for Polo fans looking to keep the 50th anniversary alive into holiday season, there’s no shortage of goods at Lauren’s recently reimagined Polo Store at 109 Prince Street. Holiday shoppers can head to the SoHo landmark to fashion one-ofa-kind, personalized hats, scarves, sweaters, and oxfords. For those unable to make it to the on-site custom shop at the Prince Street location, the digital-first, on-demand Create-Your-Own customization experience is also available—along with other icons from the past 50 years—at ralphlauren.com. u


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IN CELEBRATION of Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary, the label has launched a limited-edition Polo Bear Watch collection, merging the time-honored traditions of Swiss watchmaking with a beloved icon from the world of Ralph Lauren. Many will recognize the playful and endearing Polo Bear, which made its debut in 1992 as 200 limited-edition little bears dressed in miniaturized Polo Ralph Lauren apparel. In the years since, the iconic bear has appeared on a variety of items, from neckties to sweaters, and in a variety of forms, including embroidery, prints, and patches. The four bears commemorated in this new watch collection are the Flag Bear, Martini Bear, Preppy Bear, and Spectator Bear. The Polo Bear Watch collection is now available in Ralph Lauren stores, in perfect time for holiday shopping. u This page: An assortment of Polo Ralph Lauren’s newly launched Polo Bear watches, including, clockwise from left, The Polo Preppy Bear Watch ($1,950); The Polo Martini Bear Watch ($2,250); The Polo Spectator Bear Watch ($1,950); and The Polo Flag Bear Watch ($1,950). 106 QUEST

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This page: Inside Ralph Lauren’s Men’s Flagship at 867 Madison Avenue in New York City during the holiday season (above); Ralph Lauren at the finale of his 50th Anniversary Fashion Show, set against the spectacular backdrop of Bethesda Terrace in New York City’s Central Park (below).


BY ANN LOYND BURTON

Revisiting historic holiday traditions and creating new ones in three distinct destinations: Newport, Nantucket, and Nashville.

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In 1973, local businesses founded the Nantucket Christmas Stroll in an effort to prevent islanders from fleeing to Cape Cod to do their holiday shopping. Now, 45 years later, the annual event acts as a draw for tourists from all over the Northeast. Held the first weekend in December, hundreds of decorated seven-foot Christmas trees are illuminated while carolers sing familiar holiday tunes and merchants offer special deals and refreshments to customers. The celebration kicks off the holidays in Nantucket, while also serving as the start of the Nantucket Historical Association’s Annual Festival of Trees, which showcases more than 80 Christmas trees adorned with unique decorations. Held at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, the festival transforms the historic space into a glittering winter wonderland for the entire month of December. A celebration of the community, the event features trees crafted by local merchants, nonprofit organizations, artists, and children. If you miss the last ferry home, a romantic stay at the historic White Elephant Hotel is sure to round out your Nantucket experience. The waterfront resort is within walking distance to downtown and will be aptly lit for the holiday season. Its eatery, Brant Point Grill, even has a special menu for Stroll Weekend. Be sure to order with a Nantucket Mule, complete with 888 Cranberry Vodka, ginger beer, and cranberry juice. 112 QUEST

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If the holidays make you crave simpler times, the Victorianera Christmas celebrations at Nashville’s most historic mansion are just the ticket. Belmont Mansion hosts daily tours of the estate, halls decked, through December 31, and evening tours (5 to 7 p.m.) that focus on Victorian Christmas traditions lit by the glow of night. Throughout the month, special events turn up the cheer, like a self-guided tour accompanied by music, hot cider, and cookies in the Grand Salon or a seated dinner hosted by honorary chairs, the Earl and Countess of Eglington and Winton. Need a family photo for your Christmas card? On December 8, a photographer will be on hand for Noel, Notes & Nibbles, a musical breakfast and viewing. When in Nashville, soaking in the area’s music scene is a must. A Camerata Christmas (December 10) features bluegrass-style carols led by Kathy Chiavola, Ryan Joseph, and Tammy RogersKing, and Christmas Cabaret spotlights performers Ginger Newman and Russel Davis December 20. If modern-day entertainment (enjoyed from the comfort of your car) is more your speed, the Dancing Lights of Christmas returns to Middle Tennessee—just outside of Nashville—at James E. Ward Agricultural Center through December 31. More than a half-million lights dance to music on your radio on this year’s extended drive route for an experience that rocks all of the senses. u 114 QUEST

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This spread: Nashville’s Belmont Mansion is decorated in Victorian style to host a number of holiday events throughout December. For a more modern take on holiday cheer, the Dancing Lights of Christmas (inset far left) returns to Middle Tennessee until the New Year.


SKIING IS A DANCE AND THE MOUNTAIN ALWAYS LEADS BY ELIZABETH MEIGHER “Finally there was the great glacier run, smooth and straight, forever straight if your legs could hold it, your ankles locked, you running so low, leaning into the speed, dropping forever and forever in the silent hiss of the crisp powder. It was better than any flying or anything else, and you built the ability to do it and to have it with the long climbs, carrying the heavy rucksacks. You could not buy it nor take a ticket to the top. It was the end we worked all winter for, and all the winter built to make it possible.”– Ernest Hemingway 116 QUEST

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This page, clockwise from top left: Audrey Hepburn donning Givenchy après-ski at Megève ski resort in the French Alps during a scene from the 1963 hit film Charade; Olympic skier Suzie Chaffee and Farah Diba, Empress of Iran, at Dizin ski resort in Iran, 1978; Jack Nicholson strolls through Aspen, Colorado, 1992; Mirja and Gunter Sachs at Swiss ski resort St. Moritz, 1970—Gunter Sachs was a German millionaire and former husband of French actress Brigitte Bardot; Princess Stephanie of Monaco skiing in Courcheval, France, 1985. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Princess Diana with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, on a ski lift in Lech, Austria, 1991; Jackie Kennedy helps John F. Kennedy, Jr. take his first steps on skis at the bottom of a beginners slope on Mount Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont, 1964; German model Veruschka Von Lehndorff poses for Franco Rubartelli for Vogue, 1968; Victoria Beckham wearing red ski gear on the slopes in 2004; a rare ski poster for Idaho’s Sun Valley, from the 1940s.

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Washington home she currently occupies with her husband, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Built in 1927, the limestone Beaux Arts–style house spans four floors and offers plenty of space for entertaining. Ms. Ross—a consummate hostess—was also drawn to the natural beauty surrounding it. “The house faces south,” she explains, “so it was flooded with light, with French doors that open up to large terraces with views of Rock Creek Park. It also had 12-foot-ceilings, beautiful moldings, fireplaces, wood floors, and a flowing floor plan.” The Rosses purchased the home in February 2017 and quickly

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This page: The entrance hall of the Ross’s home; Joan Carl attends the reception hosted by Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross celebrating the publication of Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave’s Love & Wisdom: 37 Timeless Reflections (inset). Opposite page: The shiny red library of the Ross’s Washington home (above); Scott Snyder with Hilary Geary Ross (below).

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limestone exterior; the dining room; Wilbur Ross with Aniko and Nash Schott. Bottom row: Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, whose new book, Love & Wisdom: 37 Timeless Reflections, was being toasted at the Ross’s home in Washington; Larry Kudlow and Ralph Gaines; the master bedroom.

enlisted Scott Snyder to do the design and decorations. For Snyder, the job was made easy given Ms. Ross’s fine eye and their like-mindedness; in the end, it took him a mere 16 weeks. Snyder and his team, including his associate Mitch Brown, tailored rooms with specifics that “speak to Hilary’s impeccable style and taste.” He went for “youth and an unexpected boldness of colors” to play off the classic French boissière panelling. For instance, the library was painted in a shade of red so delightfully shiny it looks as if you could crack it like a candy apple. Furnishings include everything from 18th- and 19th-century antiques to Mid-century modern pieces. There are works of art by masters like Claude Lalanne, René Magritte, and Pablo Picasso, among others. The entrance hall wows with a bold welcome: a large bronze Buddha by Li Chen. It is flanked by illuminated wood torchères, circa 1950. The dining room has been done in as flattering a shade of salmon as one can be enveloped in. What more could a hostess 122 QUEST

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offer her guests? Recently the Rosses opened their home to celebrate Alexandra Villard de Borchgrave, who this fall published a book titled Love & Wisdom: 37 Timeless Reflections (Giles), a compendium of 37 uplifting quotes from over the centuries, each illustrated by an exquisite work of art. The book was inspired by the fact that we all need some small tokens of advice to help us through a hard time, or just the daily rigor of life. And, for de Borchgrave, that time was when her late husband, Arnaud, passed away in 2015. Like the book itself, the Ross’s party held in its honor was a reminder of life’s happy side—like friendship, support, and coming together. Some details from their recently renovated house were cheery reminders of life’s brightness as well, like the vibrant garden room, in a lively color of apple green with white treillage throughout. Or the morning room, with brilliant custom wallpaper recreated to be reminiscent of the 18th-century paper in Valentino’s Paris apartment. Because, as Heraclitus once said, “The sun is new each day.” u 124 QUEST

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Ross at the Ross’s home the evening of the book party (inset right).


This spread: The Choir of Men and Boys at Saint Thomas Church is known for its concerts of Christmas carols and its performance of Handel’s “Messiah”; the cover of Betsy Pinover Schiff’s ’Tis The Season New York (Schiffer Publishing), available at schifferbooks.com and wherever books are sold.


THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR BY DANIEL CAPPELLO PHOTOGRAPHS BY BETSY PINOVER SCHIFF

IN A NEW BOOK, ’Tis The Season New York (Schiffer Publishing), noted photographer Betsy Pinover Schiff invites us along as she sets out by foot for hours at a time to document one of the greatest cities of the world at one of the most magnificent times of the year. From the reaches of uptown to downtown’s 9/11 Memorial—and to the boroughs beyond—Schiff captures beloved scenes of the season at every turn, from private residences adorned with wreaths and lights to the sparkling magic of public places like Rockefeller Center’s towering tree. While browsing these pages, you’re sure to hear a ring-a-ling, ting-a-ling . . . soon it will be Christmas day.

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This page: A delectable dessert table at Doubles, the private club in the Sherry-Netherland hotel (above); illuminated trees appear to float in the Harlem Meer, a nearly 10-acre lake at the northeast corner of Central Park (below). Opposite page: Dinosaur-shaped topiary trees welcome visitors to the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West (above); Scully & Scully, the two-story home and luxury boutique on Park Avenue and 60th Street, presents a picture-perfect Christmastime table setting (below).

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This spread: The lightship Ambrose, built in 1907, and the 1885 cargo ship Wavertree are two of the historic vessels docked at South Street Seaport, which boasts a 60-foot Norway spruce that sparkles on the wharf; looking up, one can occasionally chance upon a decorated fire escape, like this one on the Lower East Side (inset).


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Clockwise from top left: Brooke Shields, who starred in the 1970s film Pretty Baby at age 12, with Katie Couric at the Cinema Society’s party for the opening of CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd; Lexi Suarez; Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Ian Mellencamp; Jessica Barta Lam and Patrick Priestly; Cuba Gooding, Jr., enjoying the three-level, era-themed after-party for the screenings.

CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF CMX CINÉBISTRO NEW YORK 62ND WITH THE CINEMA SOCIETY IN EARLY NOVEMBER, the Cinema Society hosted a party with

three special movie screenings to toast the opening of CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd and also to pay homage to the most notable eras of cinema: the 1930s, the 1970s, and present day. Kiera Chaplin presented City Lights, Brooke Shields showed Pretty Baby, and Spike Lee introduced his newest production, BlacKkKlansman, which echoes the political atmosphere in America today. Following the screenings, the after-party was spread throughout three floors of the luxury 45,500-square-

foot space; the theme of each level corresponded with that of each film. The luxury theater itself, a must-visit, features oversized leather recliner chairs and full-service dining and beverage options. Notable guests that evening included Katie Couric and John Molner, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Grace Hightower De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst, Lizzie Tisch, Davi Santos, Damon Gillespie, Richard Phillips, Drew Nieporent, Alex Lundqvist, Jazmin Grimaldi and Ian Mellencamp, CMX Cinemas CEO Jose Leonardi Marti, among others. TR H 22001185 10303 D E CM EO MN BE


Lizzy Brockhoff, and Elizabeth Shaffer at Maisonette’s holiday pop-up shop; Rosana De Soto and Sylvana Durrett; Derek Blasberg and Selby Drummond.

▲ MAISONETTE OPENS HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP

▼ HARVARD–YALE AT FENWAY PARK

IN PREPARATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Sylvana Ward Durrett and Luisana Mendoza de Roccia, co-founders of children’s retailer Maisonette, recently hosted a reception with cocktails, Moët minis, and light bites to unveil the brand’s winter popup shop in SoHo. The event was planned in collaboration with Masse, a new app for sharing and receiving product recommendations. The crowd included Anna Wintour, mother-in-law of Masse co-founder Elizabeth Shaffer, and Sylvana Ward Durrett’s mother, Rosana De Soto. Now open through Christmas Eve, the store will feature family-friendly activities like visits from Santa for a spirited shopping experience.

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Left to right: Sophie Mussafer, Lexi Henkel, Tori Virtue, Kate Walker, Lauren Wackerle, and Nicole Daniggelis; Harvard safety Zach Miller intercepts a pass going to Yale tight-end D. Major Roman during the first half of the game; Yale fans Parker Toms and Lauren Meier. 134 QUEST

known as “The Game,” was battled out at the Boston Red Sox home field. In place of tailgating, many started their day at established Fenway bars including Game On! and Cask n’ Flagon. After two consecutive wins for Yale, the Harvard Crimson snagged a well-fought victory this year, with a final score of 4527—the highest scoring game between the teams to this day. The storied rivalry between the competitors dates back to 1875, with the Bulldogs still boasting a 67–60–8 record for the overall series. The anticipated event continues to bring a dedicated crowd of influential supporters of all ages each year.

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Clockwise from top left: Ron Hartleben and Nina Agdal at Manolo Blahnik’s “Decade of Love” cocktail party at the brand’s Manhattan boutique; Gizele Oliveira; Charlotte Groeneveld showing off one of the new limited-edition styles; Theodora Richards and Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus III; Candace Bushnell, Andreja Pejic, and Benjamin Chabanon.

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MANOLO BLAHNIK TOASTS A “DECADE OF LOVE” AS SEX AND THE CITY author Candace Bushnell noted, “Carrie [Bradshaw] found her Mr. Big, but also found love in another Mr. B, Manolo Blahnik—her true sole mate.” Since the debut of Manolo’s iconic blue Hangisi in the film 10 years ago, every girl has been head over heels in love with the style. Now, the brand is celebrating years of success for Manolo’s most recognizable shoe with its “Decade of Love” campaign, which includes seven limited-edition styles with exclusive patterns and prints dedicated to the “Manolo woman and her long-standing love for the shoe.”

To launch the collection and celebrate this special anniversary, Manolo Blahnik hosted an exclusive cocktail party at its Manhattan boutique for a fashionable crowd. The guest list included Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus III, Olivia Palermo, Charlotte Groeneveld, Nina Agdal, Gala Gonzalez, Caroline Vazzana, Gizele Oliveira, Theodora Richards, Tali Lennox, Matilda Lowther, Sif Saga, Marina Ingvarsson, Mary Leest, Christie Tyler, Krystal Bick, and Andreja Pejic. u DECEMBER 2018 135


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An image of one of the four handwritten copies of A Visit From St. Nicholas known to exist; a more recent edition’s cover (inset).

A FATHER SETTLES into bed, his children already snug and asleep, dreaming of dancing sugar plums. Just as he and his wife get under the covers, he hears a noise, runs to the window, and opens the shutters. Startle turns to delight when he spots a miniature sleigh led by eight reindeer, its driver a lively, little old man. Surely, he wonders aloud, now convinced he knows the whistling charioteer, “he must be St. Nick.” The opening scene from Clement Clarke Moore’s poem A Visit From St. Nicholas or, as it’s also called, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, may have been written in 1822, here in New York City in what is now the High Line Hotel, but it has a 136 QUEST

universal setting. Moore, who at first anonymously published the piece in 1823, conveys a strong sense of home, of a family happily gathered at Christmas Eve. There’s snow. There are toys. And there is much excitement when a rosy-cheeked St. Nick enters the house through the chimney, dressed in fur. What’s remarkable about A Visit From St. Nicholas is how well it holds up over the years. Like great music, it improves with familiarity. And the author’s lyrical rhymes continue to be read year after year, comforting generations of listeners, welcoming the holiday season. “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.” —Alex R. Travers

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