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96 QUEST HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE We’re stocking up on treasures for everyone on our list. From shiny new shoes to a sparkling new ring, we’ve found essential holiday gifts to keep the coming days both merry and bright.
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110 AT 100 YEARS YOUNG...IT'S (STILL) A LOVELY BUNCH The annual Coconuts New Year's Eve party has consistently remained a "must attend" event in Palm Beach—and this year happens to be The Coconut Centennial. Featuring text by Steven Stolman from our 2005 archives.
118 INSIDE THE GLAMOROUS HOMES OF YVES SAINT LAURENT The legendary fashion designer is also known for the enchanting interiors he created with Jacques Grange for his residences. Assouline's latest book provides a glimpse into these homes, from the Villa Majorelle in Marrakech to the Château Gabriel in Benerville. by brooke kelly Murray
122 HOLIDAY HAUNTS From Rao's to The Polo Bar, our favorite dining institutions in the city we love most are ready to welcome guests for the festive season. by brooke kelly Murray
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PERHAPS IT’S just the accelerating seasons of this “veteran” publisher, but ... have the second six months of this roller coaster year abruptly burst with warp speed into the holidays? It feels that we bypassed Labor Day ... hopped over Halloween ... hurdled Thanksgiving ... and dived headlong into Christmas. In fact, I’m quite certain that I saw holiday decorations in place before Columbus Day (am I even allowed to call it that today?) Regardless, it’s December and all at Team Quest couldn’t be merrier nor more appreciative. You, our keen and steadfast readers, have combined with our generously supportive advertisers to make 2022 our most successful year in Quest’s 37 year history!
Throughout this bountiful and chockablock issue that you’re reading, there are genuine expressions of goodness and gratitude. Our annual Holiday Gift Guide, brilliantly sourced and edited by Senior Editor Brooke Kelly Murray, overflows with obvious opulence; yet the stories shared around this heap of extravagance are deeply touching. Quest’s supremo Editor-in-Chief, David Patrick Columbia, speaks to a poignant remembrance of a young lady he met 50+ years ago at a debutante ball in The Waldorf. After five decades of zero contact, the two were reunited at a friend’s birthday dinner, where the (now) grande dame shocked DPC by innocently divulging that she had saved each and every one one of his extensive love letters ... the nascent inception of David’s now legendary literary career. Even our naughty, nice, and best read columnist Taki reflects lamentably on the heroic, but often tragic courage of aristo race car drivers in the late 1950s. Taki caroused with many of them, and was married early on to the exquisite ingénue, Princess Christina de Caraman - a renowned French beauty whose uncle Lance Macklin (“a dashing old Etonian swordsman”) died far too young in a fiery crash at Les Mans. Another memorable “look back” in the pages ahead is an illuminating retrospective of Palm Beach’s most coveted invitation - a proper and private
dance hosted for the past 100 years by twenty five swellegant gents notoriously known as The Coconuts. Quest doffs its cap to this century old and unwrinkled tradition - still the toughest ticket in town.
Further on in this issue, Brooke Kelly Murray brings us an eye-popping pictorial of a select few clubs, eaterys and saloons that festively dress up for the holiday season - from Rao’s to Ralph’s (Polo Bar) ... Doubles to Melons ... The Plaza to the Palace ... they bring joy to the world and to each of us, we children of ALL ages. Whether it was a vote for democracy or a regression to the mean, our society stands taller and stronger today - addressing our vulnerabilities with typical American pluck and resiliency. While still lacking in national leadership, local legislators have stepped up to bootstrap and recapture our moral framework and sober nationalism. This grateful publisher sends you his hope that we will continue to believe in virtue, and that the new year will bring “Peace on Earth to Women and Men of Goodwill”. ◆
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Clockwise from bottom left: Nelly Moudime, Head Maître D’ of The Polo Bar; a younger David Patrick Columbia; Countess Christina de Caraman on the cover of Quest’s January 2014 issue; the exterior of Rao’s and its owner, Frank Pellegrino, Jr.; debutantes at The Concordia Ball in Vienna, 1961; Stubbs & Wootton’s Percy Steinhart with J.McLaughlin’s CEO Mary Ellen Coyne and Jack Lynch; Alex Fanjul and Wilbur Ross at The Coconuts New Year’s Eve party, 2017.
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HOLIDAY MEMORIES. The early 1960s, over Thanksgiving week, my sophomore year at Colby. Home for the holiday, I was seeing my next door neighbor, Kathy Garvey—then a freshman at Manhattanville who told me that she’d been invited over the Christmas vacation to a Coming Out party (Debutante) in New York, of one of her classmate’s. I was duly
impressed. She added that if I could get my college roommate to escort her to the party, she’d get me invited.
My roommate/fraternity brother was a guy named Allan Zehe from Erie, Pennsylvania. Allan was a particularly goodlooking guy; handsome-as-amovie-star, actually. Although that meant nothing to him; he was just a nice guy. I knew
Kathy was thinking about how it would look to her classmates to have Allan at her side. For me, the invitation was an interesting and fun adventure. Back at college after the holiday, I asked Allan.
“Why not?” was the young adventurer’s response.
Back then, attending a debutante party in New York was something I never even
imagined. Being a boy who grew up and still living in New England (then at college in Maine), Kathy’s offer was a no-brainer. New York; debutantes, the Waldorf-Astoria; life in the Big Town.
Allan fortunately was also a rich boy: his mother booked a room for us at the Waldorf. That in itself was a “Wow” to this country boy. By the time
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I was 10 and 11, I was reading the New York tabloids, the Daily News and Daily Mirror that my father got everyday. He was born and grew up in New York and I was totally fascinated by his stories of life there.
Although I was born here in the city, my mother and father moved up to Massachusetts when I was an infant. I had only been to New York once when I was in grade school. My mother took me on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford’s weekend “excursion” train (a three-hour ride each way). This was even before I started reading the tabs. New York was already a metropolis of wonder to this scrawny little kid, and now a college boy, it was a major moment in the young man’s life.
I had no expectations other than the first-time to the Big Town on my own and going to
a (debutante) party at the Waldorf naturally a potentially major experience. It was the first time actually staying in a hotel any hotel and this was a hotel where presidents and ambassadors, and people like General MacArthur, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra lived in their own apartments whenever they came to New York.
So in the early afternoon of December 20,, 1960, we traveled by train Allan from Erie, and I from Springfield, Massachusetts and met up in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria to register and drop off our bags. Kathy had already left a message for us with the desk to come to 640 Park Avenue, 16 blocks
north of the hotel, where Catherine’s family lived, and where she and Kathy and others were having their makeup done and getting ready for the party that night.
Never having been to a New York apartment before, both Allan and I were amazed when the elevator stopped at a small chandelier-lit ante-room on the 8th floor. A uniformed maid opened the door and we introduced ourselves. She invited us in and she left the room. The view in the room of the apartment was like something neither Allan nor I had ever seen.
The entrance gallery where we waited was a large rectangular room with the floor covered with an orange and yellow shag
rug. You could see the entrance to the dining room, a sitting room/library, and a living room. Against the walls between the main rooms were 18th century black lacquered Chinoiserie chests over which were hung with small lighted 16th century oils by Tintoretto and Rafael (All of this information was acquired long after.)
For a moment, both Allan and I just stood there and gawked. I am neither knowledgeable or especially curious about the art or the pieces. I had seen the likes in art books at Colby and even in museums, but never hung so elegantly and matter-of-factly in someone’s vast and airy apartment six stories above the road and sidewalk called Park Avenue.
Moments later, a very friendly blonde girl with bright eyes came round the corner from a
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hallway: “You must be Allan,” she said to me with a big smile. “I’m Catherine,” she said, extending her hand. “No,” I replied surprised at her mistake. I wondered what Kathy told her about me, and I introduced her to Allan.
As clearly as I recall those moments in that room 60 years ago, I don’t recall anything more about that moment that afternoon at this extraordinary apartment where we met this warmly friendly and cheerful young woman who lived there) and was ‘the debutante’ who would be coming out at few hours later at the Waldorf.
That night must have been called for 7:30. The party was to be in the Sert Room, a very large public room occupying the north side of the steps of
the main entrance to the lobby. I later read in the following day’s Journal-American that among the guests were CZ Guest and Rose Kennedy, the mother of the President; along with Catherine’s parents, Peggy and Morton Downey, although I never saw any of them. Or took time to even notice.
I was already in the aura who of this girl who lived in a palace (to this boy) up on Park Avenue and thought I was as handsome as Allan Zehe, I naturally wanted to know more.
The room was set with tables for dinner and at one end of a large dance floor was Meyer Davis, known for half a century as
the Toscanini—and J. P. Morgan —of society band leaders, and his orchestra. Rock and Roll was established by then, the Beatles would soon be coming to America, and bands were everywhere.
Fortunately, in that era of ballroom dancing, many children were taught the steps and the manner (“may I have this dance..?”).
When Catherine came in with her mother and step-father, along with her group and likely her escorts, I was never aware of them either. There must have been 300 guests attending. The greatest number were my contemporaries.
But when I finally spotted her, there was a charming effusive-
ness about her manner. Once the party began, and the dancing began, and I saw the coast was clear, I asked Catherine to dance.
She was naturally effusive and warm, and inquiring like I was the interesting one. She already knew a little about me from my neighbor Kathy. I asked her why when we met at her apartment she greeted me as Al Zehe.
“Because,” she explained, when she learned we had arrived, as she was leaving her room, Kathy told her “Al Zehe was the handsome one.” And when she came in and saw me, she naturally assumed I was Al. I was flattered in a way, to this day, and it remains a charm about Catherine that drew me to her.
We danced a couple of times at her party, maybe more but not
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much more. The conversation was two older teenagers having a glorious moment unknown to them. It ended with me nicknaming her “Luk-See” in her manner of deciding who she’s looking at. Luk-See Hohenlohe.
Allan and I both departed New York for home the next day. Several weeks after that night, back at Colby, in the fraternity house, I sat down one night at my desk because she was on my mind, I wrote her a letter, referring to her as LukSee. I don’t remember the contents; they were probably light and silly. Except I had been charmed almost into a new consciousness, and I wanted to see her again.
My letter brought a very great response with all the effusiveness in her smile. What followed over the next several months, I began writing love letters to her.
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They weren’t love letters per se, because we weren’t having a romantic relationship; but they articulated how I felt around her and thoughts of her. She was still only an acquaintance I had met and danced with that one evening at the Waldorf. I already knew I was not the “right guy” for her although my interest was almost obsessive in my thoughts. And the letters became almost literary in my expressions of interest; I was also conscious of that an enjoying it.
Most noticeable to this young romantic love letter writer was: I knew that it was good because was a clear expression of how I felt about her. I never thought I had a chance with her. But I
knew in that brief experience over a few months, I knew that whatever else I might be in life, I was a writer. She touched.
For her, about a year after her college graduation, she married. Her beautiful mother, only in her early 40s, long ailing from depression, overdosed two weeks before her daughter’s marriage. She was a mother who had a difficult mother. What I learned about her life from her daughter, she had a deeply unhappy life as the poor little rich girl. She was beautiful and smart but had a terrible mother.
Shortly after her marriage, I married and our paths rarely passed and I never really saw her again. Although she’d remained
in my thoughts all my life.
Until, 50 years later, literally, astoundingly, a half century, I heard from a close friend of hers that Catherine was coming to New York to the friend’s birthday dinner. I was invited, and privately excited about going because I knew I would get to see her all these years later.
And so it was. At the cocktail reception for the birthday dinner, I could see that Catherine either didn’t see me or didn’t recognize me and our paths never crossed. She looked older and very serious, and dowdy about her fashion sense. Because she saw me and didn’t come my way, I wasn’t sure what to say to her.
Then sitting at dinner, she was seated one over from me. Her college classmate was asking me about the history of the New York Social Diary. As I was telling her, Catherine without
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interrupting but injected so that we could hear: “You wrote me the most beautiful letters!”
Overhearing her I responded. “You were my muse.” And indeed she was and will always be one for me. She told us that she had kept them all these years through her marriages, until recently when she threw them away.
That meeting at the birthday of our friend prompted her to invite me to spend the weekend as her guest in Martha’s Vineyard. She had a trio of spacious but simple connected cottages on 100 acres over looking the ocean and the harbor on Chappaquiddick. She was wearing the signs of age/ of getting on. Her life outside the city we call New York had naturally affected her.
She told me in passing unrelated to anything we were dis-
cussing, she said, “I’m not rich anymore.” She didn’t say it with regret but simply as a matter of fact. Although to this writer we were sitting outside having the conversation on a piece of property worth millions and who lives as comfortably in a big maybe grand house on the beach in South Florida. Surely the family fortune has been divided but still ample just not today’s richies whose fortunes run in the billions.
These last passing years of loss for many took Catherine too. She jested about the matter until there was nothing left to jest. Knowing her was a sweet and lasting gift of experience for this writer.
Our reunion lacked the intimacy those weekends we had when we were very young. We were now actually what we used to think was very old, until we got there and found out that in many ways we hadn’t even grown up. Catherine I know grew up. She made the best of what looked like splendor of the spirit to the outsider. But the reality of life was right there at the door, waiting. Always. Meanwhile, a look back on a busy month in New York. The parties. On a Wednesday night, Paige Peterson hosted a cocktail party honoring Harry Benson and his new book a collection of his photographs
of Paul McCartney his latest volume of his remarkable career. This one was all out because it had a purpose. There were 70 on the guest list, almost entirely Gigi and Harry’s. This is a good ingredient for a cocktail party as guests will either: 1. See people they don’t get to see much because everyone’s busy or out of town; and 2. You may meet someone interesting, or at least see them from across the room.
It was called for 5:30, which was a little early for me because I still had work to finish up.
I don’t mind cocktail parties where I don’t know many or any. Watching/observing is often better than a conversation, because you see us as we make our way through crowds. These events are easily inhibiting, no matter who we think we are in the world (or the neighborhood), because we’re vulnera-
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ble. All of us. Some of us, like Harry will act out being interested when in fact he’d rather be home snoozing with his dogs on the sofa, enjoying the relief.
Conversation is usually very superficial, although in this party there were many old acquaintances and associations via Harry and his work, so it was a little more relaxed and animated.
By 8 o’clock, most had departed except for the few (there were 10 of us, total) along with Harry and Gigi whom Paige had invited to dinner.
We were also joined by Edwina Sandys, a long time New Yorker who grew up in England and where her grandfather was Prime Minister by the time she was a young girl. Winston Churchill. Edwina was a young girl when she met Harry, then a pho-
tographer from The Standard or The Express who was there to photograph her grandfather. We sat and listened while the Prime Minister’s granddaughter recalled that moment way back in their time. And of course the recollection was raucous and funny in the recall.
So the evening turned out to be a kind of celebration for Harry and his brilliant career.
Harry’s camera was an interest that began when he was a boy. He’s photographed the widest variety of individuals of the past seven decades, including all of the Presidents back to Truman, as well as Queen Elizabeth whom he photographed several times; as
well as the famous of the famous from statesmen and scientists to movie stars, to everyday people and tragic endings.
It was natural dedication. Taking those pictures was everything for him. Everything. And so it remained about life, as seen through the eyes of the man and his camera.
It is also especially noted that in all that development was his wife Gigi, whom he met in Texas, her home state. Besides being wife and mother to his two beautiful daughters, Gigi has served as the super manager of her Harry’s career. It was a total partnership/ 50-50 for 50 years this year. Applause, applause !
Then there was Halloween.
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Their Hulaween 2022 event has been a “wickedly impressive success.” The gala event has scared up more than $2 million at this year’s celebration called “Hulaween and the Seven Deadly Sins. This year the NYRP’s gala celebration raised more than $2 million, and welcomed 650 fantastically Halloween-costumed guests to the Battery Maritime
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The evening began with ghoulishly tasty cocktails and mysterious passed hors d’oeuvres in the West Concourse, followed by a seated dinner in the Great Hall at least for those whose ornate and outrageous costumes actually allowed them to take a seat.
Then on a Friday night at Lincoln Center was the second of two events for the David Geffen Hall Opening Gala, “The Joy,” conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden leading the New York Philharmonic.
This was the re-opening of the great concert hall, which first opened in1962 as the Philharmonic Hall. In 1973, it was renamed the Avery Fisher Hall.
More than a half century later it was closed for much needed major refurbishing.
Hollywood’s David Geffen personally contributed more than $100 million for the $550 million refurbishing, which was massive. The first of the reopening galas was the previous Wednesday before it opened with a contemporary musical evening. Then on Friday came the black tie affair with the symphony orchestra.
Certain problems of the original design contributed to what were considered poor acoustics. The problems had persisted after multiple further tweaks and it was finally decided that the only solu-
tion was to demolish the original auditorium entirely and build a new concert hall.
The accelerated renovation was actually a brand new interior in terms of shape, size and acoustics. It was completed nearly two years ahead of schedule and on budget. The results were nothing short of sensational, even just to see and sit in the comfortable seating with enough room for legs and people passing through on their way to seats.
The program opened with a commissioned piece You Are the Prelude by composer Angelica Negron with vocals provided by the New York Philharmonic
Chorus, and followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 conducted by Mr. van Zweden.
The entire evening raised more than $17 million. The musicians of the orchestra donated their services for the concert.
After the concert, which ended about 9:30 p.m., guests (there were hundreds of us) moved to the Grand Promenade and First Tier where tables were set with red tablecloths, florals, and taper candles for a three-course dinner before enjoying nightcaps and hot chocolate in the lobby. The event was designed by Van Wyck & Van Wyck and Workshop and catered by CxRA. Chocolates were furnished by Bridgewater Chocolates.
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On a very warm Thursday noontime, I went to a luncheon at the newly redesigned ballroom at the Pierre. The
occasion was the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon. The ADDF was created by the Lauder brothers Leonard and Ronald—in 1998 to find a cure for the disease.
On a Friday evening, I was invited by Susan Gutfreund to a dinner she was hosting for Alexandre de Vogue (pronounced diVo-guu), a Frenchman who with his two brothers is the fourth generation family who own the famous French chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte.
It had been acquired in the mid-1800s by their great-grandfather during a difficult economic period. Great-grandfather whose fortune came from sugar also acquired many of its valuable piec-
es of art, furniture and décor.
I had long been fascinated by Vaux-le-Vicomte. Anyone would be a magnificent palace surrounded by exquisitely planned landscaping, and one with a story of Grand Irony.
Susan not only felt that way, but in 1979 she rented the dining room in the palace and hosted a dinner for 18 guests to celebrate her husband John’s 50th birthday, which was celebrated with a Rothschild and an Agnelli among the guests.
It was the very first time in four generations of the family-owned estate that space had been “rented out” for a special occasion. However, aside from its splendor and antiquity, it is a place with a story that is now legend in
France and famous for centuries now.
Vaux-le-Vicomte was the 1656 creation of Nicolas Fouquet, an aristocrat like all who served the king. He was known for his intelligence, his boldness, and most of all, for his devotion to the monarchy.
He had been hired by Cardinal Mazarin, who was the de facto head of the monarchy overseeing the child Louis born in 1638 and five years later inherited the throne.
Nicholas Fouquet was put in charge by the Cardinal of the French treasury, which had been in serious trouble from overspending on military as well as palaces for the rich and titled. (And medals for the generals).
He worked closely with Mazarin’s private secretary, Jean-Baptist Colbert, who was also four years younger than
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Fouquet in his early 20s.
When Cardinal Mazarin died five years later in 1661. But the now 22-year old Louis XIV who was old enough to exercise power decided to abolish the post, giving himself absolute control of the French state.
Fouquet, then in his early 40s, was also a rich man who had married a woman from the richest family in France. She died leaving him her fortune; and then he married another girl from his class and also very rich.
In the meantime he had begun to build his palace. He saw its grandeur as an expression of the greatness of France. He was not alone among his contemporaries in power in that way of thinking. That particular way of looking at life can still be found among us, and even in front of us at times.
Jealous of Fouquet’s success, however, his “assistant” Colbert found a way to change that. He accused Fouquet of embezzling millions from the Treasury. In reality it was stolen by Mazarin who lived in a splendor that would rival any monarch, and died a very rich man.
Despite warnings from his friends, Fouquet did not suspect that a plot was brewing. On the night of August 17, 1661, Nicolas Fouquet opened his new estate to his world and hosted a lavish soirée to honor Louis XIV
Unbeknownst to him, just a few days earlier, King Louis had his now “absolute power,” taken up where Colbert was powerless: he decided to imprison Fouquet.
Louis attended the dinner given in his honor, taking in the entire estate walking through the gardens, dining, and enjoying a theatre play followed by enchanting fireworks.
The great author Voltaire would later write “On August 17, at six in the evening Fouquet was King of France, at two in the morning, he was nobody.”
Three weeks later, Fouquet was arrested in Nantes by d’Artagnan, captain of the King’s musketeers. The trial seemed endless. Finally the judges voted to have Fouquet banished from France.
However, Louis XIV the King intervened
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This was the only time in French history a Monarch used his pardoning power to worsen the sentence. Fouquet was then incarcerated in Pignerol, where he died 24 years later on March 23, 1680 at age 65.
A century later the Louis XVI and his Queen Marie Antoinette were removed by the crowds from the palace that Louis had built for himself far outclassing, outshining and diminishing his image of the palace that Nicholas Fouquet never got to enjoy beyond the dream itself.
My days are mainly reading and writing. Although there is more reading than the latter. Daily I read the news and commentary. I rarely read books in long lengths of time. An hour, maybe… just maybe two. Occasionally there’s something that I can’t put down, like Tina Brown’s book on the Royal
Family. Many if not all of us grow/grew up in a royal family in terms of our behavior and choices. In that sense we are all common.
Recently I’ve been slowly a couple chapters at a time reading two books. One is SHY, which is a memoir disguised as an “As Told To…” by/of Mary Rodgers, the eldest daughter of Dorothy and Richard Rodgers, the great American composer of 20th century Broadway musicals.
Two or three chapters (not long) at a time is a perfect way to finish your day. You can go to sleep with a smile on your face…not because Mary is funny, although she is, but because she’s a natural entertainer and so was her look on life.
The second of my two-books-
read is The Fifties: An Underground History by James R. Gaines. I’d met Mr. Gaines who is a former managing editor at Time magazine when he was dining at Sette Mezzo with old friends, Gigi and Harry Benson.
I opened to read it thinking I’d read about Elvis and Ike and Marilyn and Joe Dimaggio. No, no, not that Fifties. This is the state of our Union as people and citizens in those years.
The Contents are: The Introduction: Seeing in the Dark; Gay Rights “To Be Nobody But Yourself”; Feminism – “Meet Jane Crow”; Civil Rights “The War After the Wars”; Ecology – “Before We Knew”; Epilogue: “The Best of Us.”
It’s highly serious but infor-
mative and gives a context to that era and how we, the people (you and me) are the result of our thoughts and actions accompanied by Mother Nature’s activity. And moving along.
While all of this was going on with this “reader,” I acquired a big, beautiful coffee table-sized volume from Monacelli Press: Montecito Style; Paradise on California’s Gold Coast by Firooz Zahedi. It’s a stunning cover that arouses curiosity, but what grabbed me immediately was: Montecito.
You don’t hear much about it in the East but in Los Angeles Montecito is gilded in terms of aura: great, serene and natural beauty.
I was living in LA when I learned of it a friend of mine, a longtime resident of LA invited me for the weekend in Montecito. My hostess, Joan Harvey was the widow of Harry Cohn who
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Joan had started out a starlet under contract to Columbia. One day, the story goes, Mr. Cohn who was smart but rough in his manner of speaking (and otherwise at times) called her into his office and told her that he was going to make her contemporary Rita Hayworth a star, BUT he was going to make Joan, a wife be Mrs. Harry Cohn.
Which he did, and so it was. After he died (he was 20 years her senior) and she was finally free as a (rich) bird, she fell for another distinguished man of the community, actor Laurence Harvey. He didn’t die on her but he did everything else “but,” and so she divorced him.
I soon learned that many members of the Hollywood community had property in
Montecito. Driving through much of it feels like driving along country roads in a rich and fertile environment. Many houses are not visible from the road. Oprah has a grand estate there, as does Prince Harry and his Duchess.
But famous names and prominent social people are incidental to the natural beauty of the environment. And the climate. Living there gives you a sense of harmony and peacefulness. That sounds like a fertile imagination, EXCEPT it is the authentic climate, overlooking the Pacific. In Technicolor.
Firooz Zahedi I learned, reading his introduction, had exactly the same experience being in-
troduced to Montecito. Living in LA, he had been invited there for the weekend and was in awe. But he returned and returned as he describes in the book until he became a resident many years later.
It was also an inspiration for this book, and we are led into the experience visiting/ photographing private residences and property with Firooz providing the details of the houses. He also focuses on the artfulness of the properties and how harmonious they are with physical environment.
The choices of architecture and location vary along with the décor that varies. Except
the physical location and climate are not only agreeable but the décor is harmonious with the personal environment. It’s all about feeling. It’s almost as if the furniture in his photographs, no matter the style, naturally fits in and becomes part of the nature. And just outside are the gardens, the beaches, the mountains and the sky. It feels all together.
In its way, Montecito Style is a kind of West Coast version of Southampton but Southampton of old when it was a small almost country community. Montecito is naturally preserved, with stars, cars, and all by the mountains and the beaches.
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British Prime Minister Harold and Mary Wilson with President Lyndon and Lady Byrd Johnson during the British PM’s visit to Washington, D.C. in December 1965, photographed by Harry Benson.
IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY
A FESTIVE White House Christmas tree sets the scene for the meeting of British Prime Minister Harold and Mary Wilson with President Lyndon and Lady Byrd Johnson during the British PM’s visit to Washington, D.C. in December 1965. PM Wilson brought a delegation of British lawmakers and officials for a meeting with LBJ on U.S./British relations concerning many troubling topics, including the Vietnam War and the Suez Canal. As I recall, there were slightly strained differences of opinion on many topics as Wilson refused LBJ’s request to send British troops to Vietnam.
A bit of background here to refresh all of our memories: Harold Wilson entered politics in the early 1950s, serving in various Labor government posts before becoming Prime Minister in October 1964. Defeated in June 1970, he regained power in March 1974, leaving office after two years in April 1976. As early as 1937, LBJ served in the U.S. House of Representatives and later as “the most effective Senate Majority Leader in history,” to quote historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Caro. As John F. Kennedy’s choice for VP in 1960, Johnson unexpectedly became president on November 22, 1963 after JFK’s tragic assassination. Thereafter, Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater in 1964 but did not run for a second term in 1969 as the Vietnam War was raging. Johnson’s Civil Rights legislation remains his legacy.
The photograph here was taken during my first visit to the White House... and I’ve returned 25 more times to photograph each new resident over the years. I must admit that the first visit is always the most memorable…and it does seem just like yesterday. u
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HOMERIC HEROISM ON AND ABOUT THE RACETRACK
THERE ARE FAMOUS heroes and then there are unsung ones, and I basically prefer the latter as I have known a few in my lifetime. The funny thing is, I grew up learning only about famous heroes, the ancient Greek type, starting with the semi-god Achilles. Homer didn’t deal with unsung ones; everyone was larger
than life, and there were only winners and losers. The person I will tell you about this month would not have been a Homeric hero, but he certainly was one while participating in the most dangerous game in the world.
Lance Macklin was an old Etonian, a Navy World War II vet, and a dashing
race car driver at a time when a shunt meant instant immolation and certain death. Off the top of my head, here are a few names of young top drivers who were lost while racing before the sport became safer than football or volleyball: Ascari, Castelloti, Levegh, Musso, von Trips, Behra, Collins, Bonnier, Portago,
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Clockwise from left: Countess Christina de Caraman in Monte Carlo, August 1962; 24 Hours of Le Mans in France; Bust of Achilles
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Bandini, Clark, Scarfiotti, Courage, Severt, and hundreds more who died in the golden age of motorsport during the ’50s and ’60s. Only four great ones survived: Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham, and Graham Hill. The dimension of tragedy—combined with speed, adventure, and youth—was a natural follow-up to the flying heroics of the war.
Jack Barlow is a Kiwi, New Zealanders being among the people I like best; but he’s also a very good writer and has captured the mood of the times. Why and how he chose to write about Lance Macklin I do not know, but he’s done a heck of a job, and none of the dialogue that takes place in the story is made up.
like myself do not understand; but it’s an Anglo-Saxon perversion so I’ll leave it at that. But now back to racing and his part in the greatest tragedy of the track.
Jack Barlow’s book is called The Lance Macklin Story: A Race With Infamy . This is so because on June 11, 1955, Lance was a central player in motor racing’s worst tragedy. Close to 80 people were killed and hundreds were injured when the Mercedes of Pierre Levegh went flying at 150 mph into the crowd after coming into contact with Macklin’s Austin Healey. I shall avoid the details, but Lance got the blame for a Mike Hawthorn (eventual winner of the 24-hour race) mistake. The book deals
good men. Lance could have written a book of “raw, unflinching honesty” like Harry the half-wit apparently has, but back then gents didn’t revert to such tactics. Enhancing one’s celebrity with a book was not on.
Death-defying, dashing race car drivers are no more, and the present bunch resemble robots more than the types I followed. Now the fastest car wins no matter who drives it, whereas it was the driver not the machine who dominated in the past. My friend Taffy von Trips in an inferior Ferrari tried to pass the great Jim Clark in the Monza Grand Prix of 1961 and died in a fiery crash. I went to his funeral in his family castle near the Black
It’s all taken from contemporary accounts and interviews. And I should know, as Lance was my uncle-in-law. I was married to his niece, Christina de Caraman, the most beautiful of all young girls in Paris back in the early ’60s, so pretty in fact, Paris Match put her on the cover under the heading “C’est une deb.”
Needless to say, the marriage did not last long. We were both living an F. Scott Fitzgerald life, going out every night, and I was always chasing you-know-what. Yet Christina and I have remained good friends all these years, and when she recently rang me from Palm Beach just to say hi, I told her that I was writing about her uncle Lance. He had a sort of sad ending in a retirement home, something people
with the tragedy in detail and in fairness. That day, needless to say, overshadowed Lance Macklin’s remarkable career as one of Britain’s leading and fastest drivers. He had two beautiful sisters, Nada, who married a French duke and was my mother-in-law for a couple of years or so, and Mia, who married a very rich American aristo but got bored with him and left, asking for nothing.
Lance was known among the racing community for being very, very fast. He and Stirling Moss were close friends, and when not competing against each other they were nonstop chasing the W: women. Both were girl-crazy and both were very much married and so on. For obvious reasons, both were very, very
Forest and it was heartbreaking. Alas, I was also present when Lorenzo Bandini died in the chicane at Monte Carlo.
As they say, never mind, it’s all in the past. Except that the book brought back wonderful memories of fearless young men facing death each Sunday after getting drunk at the Tip Top in Monaco on Saturday night. I remember seeing Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins doing just that, followed by racing all day Sunday, Hawthorn in his green jacket and bow tie. Collins died in Germany a month later. Hawthorn won the championship and died in a road accident that winter. No sad or flailing years for them. u
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Clockwise from bottom left: Jim Clark; Lance Macklin; Wolfgang “Taffy” von Trips; Stirling Moss.
GEM OF AN IDEA
BY ROBERT JANJIGIAN
THE HIGHLY regarded contemporary German jewelry brand TAMARA COMOLLI marks its 30th year this fall. The concept behind the company’s expansive collections featuring rare and precious gemstones in unique settings has remained focused on communicating a sense of effortless luxury and is remindful of an imaginary journey to the places of desire one is longing for.
“We are all about giving the women who wear our pieces a feeling of freedom and happiness, making her dream and experience true joie de vivre,” explains Sophia Freidl, co-CEO of the company with the Munich-based headquarters.
TAMARA COMOLLI designs are fascinated with nature, finding inspiration particularly from the sea and ocean, reflecting the soft, flowing shapes created by water. “Thus, was born the drop shape, which continues to be a part of our designs and a hallmark of the TAMARA COMOLLI look,” Sophia Freidl states. “Our clients love the brand for its understatement with a statement philosophy.”
TAMARA COMOLLI core markets are Germany and the U.S., with boutiques in Southampton, Palm Beach, and a
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TAMARA COMOLLI’s Palm Beach boutique; an assortment of TAMARA COMOLLI jewelry. Opposite page: Most TAMARA COMOLLI shops are located in resort towns, reflecting the relaxed spirit of the pieces.
From above: MIKADO Flamenco 18k Rose Gold & Multi-Gemstone Bracelet ($51,700); Curriculum Vitae Ring in pavé 18k yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold (prices starting at ($34,700). Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Long MIKADO Necklace Sky with Diamond Pavé in 18k white gold ($39,800); a selection of TAMARA COMOLLI jewelry; Gypsy Bangle ‘Classic’ in 18k rose gold (starting at $16,000) paired with the Gypsy Bangle ‘Drop’ in 18k rose gold (starting at $11,400); Cushion Ring Mandarin Garnet with Diamond Pavé (price upon request); Cushion Ring Peridot in Apple-Green (price upon request).
recently opened outpost in Naples, Florida, as well as wider distribution through Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores across the country. Almost all the TAMARA COMOLLI owned shops are located in resort areas, in tune with the spirit and attitude of the pieces, which are characterized simultaneously as “relaxed and chic.”
“Our first flagship store was opened in the Hamptons, followed by seven boutiques on the island of Sylt, on Lake Tegernsee and Munich in Bavaria, in Marbella, Spain, and in Palm Beach, which opened just over 10 years ago and has been one of our most successful ventures,” Sophia Freidl says. “In these settings, clients appreciate the chic but effortless nature of TAMARA COMOLLI jewelry,” she adds. “The designs are playful, colorful, and bold, and can be worn from day into evening. Precious gemstones in an expressive range of vivid colors are elegantly combined with 18-karat-gold alloys and a ‘flowing’ design language
to flatter the wearer’s individual beauty and bring out her natural radiance. Gemstones also promote our sense of wellbeing. Tourmalines help to change energies from negative to positive, while Mandarin garnets represent individuality and adventurousness. Paraiba tourmalines, gemstones rarer than diamonds, promise decisiveness.”
New collections are launched each February, with Novelties designs dropping in the spring and fall. Best sellers are CV rings, which are popular with both male and female customers, and the MIKADO Flamenco bracelet in candy colors or more pastel combos of pink, aqua, and blue chalcedony. One-of-a-kind pieces created with very rare gemstones are considered to be investments and are especially popular in the selective markets where TAMARA COMOLLI boutiques are found. Prices for our jewelry creations start at about $500 to hundreds of thousands,” comments Sophia Freidl. u
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LUXURY LIVING ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE
From above: Master bedroom; foyer. Opposite page, clockwise from above: Four large windows in the master bedroom offer garden views; the master bedroom’s wood-burning fireplace; dining room.
THIS EXTRAORDINARILY charming two-bedroom plus a library flat is located in the beautiful Federal George Whitney House cooperative off Park Avenue on the stately East 80th Street. This landmarked house was designed by renowned Cross and Cross and has a grand entrance with a large circular staircase, elevator, five luxurious flats and a live-in super. Occupying the entire second floor, above the famous apartment of the late Mario Buatta, the elevator opens directly into a foyer, from which one enters the beautiful living room with a bay of four windows overlooking the garden and a beautiful fireplace. Also off the foyer is the gallery dining room, featuring doors that lead to the square courtyard terrace. The charming library centers on a fireplace and is a possible third bedroom. Next to it is the guest room with a fireplace and an exterior bathroom. The large, gorgeous primary bedroom features a bay of four windows overlooking the garden, a fireplace and a bathroom. The newly renovated kitchen has a window onto the terrace with a large mud -
room with many closets. The charm of this flat a fantastic residence in a historic townhouse cannot be overstated. Pets permitted with approval, 2% flip tax by buyer, 50% financing allowed. ◆
This unit at 120 East 80th Street is listed for $3,500,000. For more information, contact Kirk Henckels at 917.291.6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BESPOKE BY NATURE
QUEST READERS will well understand our bespoke vision. While every model that arrives on the showroom floor of Braman Bentley Palm Beach is undoubtedly spe cial, true connoisseurs demand personal options to set their vehicles apart from others on the road. Bentley is more than happy to oblige their clients—allowing for cus tomization of nearly every aspect of the construction and delivery experience.
Of course, the brand itself knows their products, and clientele, best. At times, Mulliner—Bentley’s in-house coach-builder—will take the lead, producing limited-run versions of their most popular models, appealing directly to distinct sensibilities. Such is the case with the Palm Beach Collection GT Speed Mulliner. Though subtle to the untrained eye, the sum of the upgrades is far more captivating than any of the individual pieces.
This previously standard GT Speed has been bathed in coats of Mulliner-specific Ghost White Pearlescent paint, and provides a pink shimmer when directly lit. The panoramic glass roof is a South Florida necessity, serving as an hermetic barrier between the comfortable confines of the interior and the sunlight above. Occupants can recline in the soft white upholstery trimmed in coral-colored leather, rest their feet on the deep pile floor mats, and lose themselves in the soothing sounds emanating from the Bang and Olufsen speaker system.
accent, never seen before in any luxury vehicle. The stone veneer treatment applied throughout the dashboard and door sills is a newly-released offering only available through Mulliner. The result of 200 million year-old clay deposits crystalized into slate, each piece is cut to only millimeters in thickness, polished, and formed to the cabin. Ethically sourced from India, the pattern and color is completely natural and utterly unique, thanks to the magic of Mother Nature. Mulliner developed specific technology and application techniques to achieve this peerless offering, perfect for the Palm Beach locale. u
To learn more about the Palm Beach Collection, visit BramanBentleyPalmBeach.com.
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Clockwise from top left: A Bentley dinner hosted by Braman Motorcars in Palm Beach and the 2022 Palm Beach Collection GT Speed Mulliner. Opposite page: 2022 Palm Beach Collection GT Speed Mulliner on Worth Avenue.
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INTRODUCING FORTÉ LUXE, a very special enclave constructed on a one-of-a-kind peninsula across the Intracoastal Waterway from Jupiter Island. Here, a privileged few will have the opportunity to reside in this waterfront community consisting of just 15 multi-level homes surrounded on three sides by sparkling Intracoastal views. Each residence merges a modern architectural aesthetic with the area’s pristine natural surroundings. The Forté Luxe life is about sweeping Intracoastal views, expansive living spaces, and private boat slips for vessels up to 60 feet. No, it isn’t a dream. It’s Forté Luxe more like a dream come true.
Located in the coastal area of Jupiter-Tequesta, Forté Luxe offers a highly desirable, vibrant outdoor lifestyle. Stunning beaches, natural waterways, abundant arts and culture venues, and endless dining and entertainment experiences surround this magnificent waterfront location.
The visionary behind Forté Luxe, Marius Fortelni boasts over 40 years of international real estate development, construction, and finance experience. Early in his career, Fortelni was a principal in a cement distribution company located in Africa and Saudi Arabia, and also managed the design and construction of large-scale residential subdivisions for the Royal Saudi Commission. In the U.S., Fortelni has developed and managed several residential projects throughout the New York metropolitan area with a focus on the Manhattan and Hamptons submarkets. Fortelni’s Palm Beach project, Forte on Flagler a 25 story ultra luxury masterpiece overlooking the Intracoastal and ocean is currently 90% sold out. u
The Forté Luxe residences start at $4,000,000+. For more information, visit forte-luxe.com or call 561.440.6103.
Renderings of the Forté Luxe residences in Jupiter-Tequesta, Florida.
'TIS THE SEASON at J.McLaughlin
BY ELIZABETH MEIGHER
FROM ITS FIRST New York Christmas in 1977, J.McLaughlin has become a favored staple in the fashionable closets of its loyal clients and devotees. This fabled label has more than 160 stores from coast to coast, with shops situated in communities that share the classic “JMcL” character and culture.
J.McLaughlin has partaken in several exciting brand collaborations. Most recently it has partnered with the beloved cobblers at Stubbs & Wootton, founded in 1993 by former New York financial seer Percy Steinhart. Steinhart named his company as an homage to the 17th century English sporting painters George Stubbs and John Wootton, both of whom specialized in painting scenes tied to Steinhart’s “eternal pursuit of elegance”. Launching with the velvet slipper, the brand has
Clockwise from top: Brixen down puffer coats, $398, Chiara Sunglasses (left), $138, Cait Sunglasses (right), $138, Glacier Faux Fur Scarf (right), $78; Artemis Wrap in Gray/Brown, $198, Light Heather Gray Clara Cashmere Sweater, $398, Tessare Bag, $398, Selena Sunglasses, $138; toasting the season at J.McLaughlin; Cindy Bag, $138; Angelina Coat in Pink Sand, $798, Ivory Clara Cashmere Sweater, $398, Ivory Deanne Pants, $188, Aoife Sunglasses, $128; Brown Suede Vada Boots, $128; Marlowe Blazer, $398, Black Chiffon Lonne Blouse, $248, Plaid Broderick Pants, $198, Leopard Cassidy Heels, $268. Opposite page: Percy Steinhart, founder of Stubbs & Wooton, Mary Ellen Coyne, CEO of J.McLaughlin, Jack Lynch, Vice President of Retail Marketing at J.McLaughlin. Inset, left to right: J.McLaughlin and Stubbs & Wootton collaboration Naughty or Nice Embroidered Slippers, $575; model on the left wears J.McLaughlin and Stubbs & Wootton collaboration Tartan Slippers, $575, Azalea Faux Fur Neck Warmer, $78, Herst Red Cashmere Sweater, $298, Becca Pants, $178, Mini Fiona Faux Fur Handbag, $228. Model on the right wears J.McLaughlin and Stubbs & Wootton collaboration Naughty or Nice Slippers, $575, Men’s Plaid Dobson Classic Fit Shirt, $188, Parker Corduroy Pants in Chocolate, $188.
Clockwise from top left: Theo Suede Jacket in Olive, $998, Drummond Shirt in Light Chambray, $148, Corey Sweater Vest, $228, Lange Corduroy Khaki Pants, $228, Dome Leather Belt, $88; Theo Suede Jacket in Olive, $998, Drummond Shirt in White/Blue/Navy Mini Window Pane, $148, Corey Sweater Vest, $228, Lange Corduroy Khaki Pants, $228; The Essex Jacket in Heather Brown, $598; Black Haskell Jeans, $188; Dark Gray Colton Scarf, $258, Sheldon Tote in Dark Olive, $398.
Model on the left wears Men’s Eamon Cashmere Sweater in Red, $428, Green and White Bengal Stripe Collis Classic Fit Shirt, $148, Haskell Jeans in Dark Indigo, $188. Model on the right wears Women’s Betty Shirt in Navy/Black/Green Tarrytown Twill, $188, Watson Velvet Jeans in Black, $188. Inset: Sheldon Tote in Dark Olive, $398; Shawn Dopp Kit in Buffalo Check, $98; Chad Weekender in Khaki with Navy Stripe, $298.
expanded to needlepoint, leather, and silk, and has been worn and adored by everyone from Charlotte Ford, Valentino, Carolina Herrera and King Juan Carlos of Spain, to the infamous Lady Gaga, the NBA’s Carmelo Anthony, influencer Olivia Palermo and indeed The Pope. Stubbs & Wootton has its own share of famous collaborations, including limitededition slippers with artists Happy Menocal, Luke Edward Hall, John Derian, cravateur Calvin Curtis, Hasbro’s “Monopoly” game, plus Charles Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. S&W’s alliance with J.McLaughlin couldn’t be more timely, introducing “Naughty or Nice” slippers just in time for the Holidays. Says the legendary Kevin McLaughlin, Co-Founder and Creative Director of J.McLaughlin: “We are excited about our limited-edition holiday collection with the iconic footwear brand Stubbs & Wootton. Our slippers were designed with Stubbs & Wootton to celebrate this Season in a new, old-fashioned way— traditional tartan and rich velvet embroidered with a witty nod to modern times.”
It’s that time of the year when “goodwill towards men ... (and women !)” runs high, and J.McLaughin is prepped and set to fête. Its latest collections focus on luxe cashmere and brightly colored plaids - with handsome tweeds and outerwear for men, and shimmering puffers and sorbet-shaded velvet for the ladies. Think lighthearted pieces for gift giving, traveling and entertaining. In season and out, J.McLaughlin offers something fun for everyone! u
Head to j.mclaughlin.com to shop the Holiday Gift Guide online or to locate your nearest J.McLaughlin boutique
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Christmas Spectacular a one-ofa-kind Christmas musical starring the Radio City Rockettes will run at Rockefeller Center’s Radio City Music Hall in New York City through January 2nd. To purchase tickets, visit rockettes.com.
ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
Art Basel’s Miami Beach edition will take place through December 3rd. The American show features leading galleries from five continents that display significant works by masters of modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. For more information, visit artbasel.com.
New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show has been making memories for over 30 years! The exhibit features model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, each delightfully recreated from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. The show will run through January 16th at the garden. To purchase tickets, visit nybg.org.
New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the company’s active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it
provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. The performance will take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York through December 31st. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets,
The American Museum of Natural History will host its annual gala featuring dinner, an auction, and a musical performance by Brandi Carlile at the museum. For more information, call 212.496.3495 or email email@example.com.
HISTORICAL PALM BEACH
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will hold its Archival Evening honoring George Elmore at 7 p.m. at the Sailfish Club. For more information, visit pbchistory.org.
JINGLE BELL ROCK
Alzheimer’s Community Care will host its Jingle Bell Rock 25th anniversary dinner at The Breakers in Palm Beach. For more information, call 561.425.8560.
SOUTH FLORIDA PBS
South Florida PBS will hold its Annual Stars of Education dinner honoring Thomas C. Quick at Club Colette in Palm Beach. South Florida PBS, Florida’s largest public media
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New York City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will run at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York through December 31st. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit nycballet.com.
On December 8th, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will hold its 51st Annual Christmas Ball. For more information, visit peggyadams.org.
company, includes public broadcasting stations WPBT2 and WXEL, serving approximately 6.3 million viewers of all ages and cultural backgrounds from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. For more information, visit southfloridapbs.org.
Cleveland Clinic Florida will host a luncheon at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit my.clevelandclinic.org.
Lighthouse Guild will hold its annual holiday tea party at the Sailfish Club at 3 p.m.
For more information, visit lighthouseguild.org.
PEGGY ADAMS BALL
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League will host the 51st Annual Christmas Ball, a favorite event of Palm Beach pet lovers where simplicity and elegance are cherished traditions. Guests will be greeted by a receiving line of
tail-wagging adoptable pets and will enjoy a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. For more information, visit peggyadams.org.
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Beach County will hold its Paradise Ball at Mar-a-Lago. The Salvation Army helps put new clothes and toys under the tree for one million children across the United States who usually have to go without Christmas gifts. For more information, visit salvationarmyflorida.org.
PINK TIE GUY
The Promise Fund of Florida will host its Pink Tie Guy kickoff cocktail reception. For more information, visit promisefundofflorida.org.
POLICE & FIRE
Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation’s Council of 100 will hold its annual Holiday Dinner at The Breakers in Palm Beach. For more informaiton, visit. palmbeach policeandfirefoundation.org.
PALM BEACH OPERA
Palm Beach Opera will host a reception honoring Merrill and Charles Gottesman at a private residence at 5:30 p.m. Palm Beach Opera aims to bring world-class opera to South Florida, inspiring learners of all ages through free arts education, and training the next generation of opera stars. For more information, visit pbopera.org.
Palm Beach Symphony will hold its 21st anniversary gala kickoff reception at 6 p.m. at Findlay Galleries. For more information, visit palmbeachsymphony.org.
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Christmas Spectacular a one-of-a-kind Christmas musical will run at Rockefeller Center’s Radio City Music Hall in New York City through January 2nd. To purchase tickets, visit rockettes.com.
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New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show will be on display through January 16th. To purhcase tickets, visit nybg.org.
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Enzo Travel Backgammon Set is also a stylish addition to a tabletop or bookshelf at home. $1,450 at aerin.com. 2. Asprey’s Woodland Charm Bracelet with pave diamonds in yellow 18k gold ($19,000). Charms sold separately in 18k yellow gold, enamel, and pave diamonds (starting at $1,950 each). Visit asprey.com. 3. The Green Tourmaline Royal Ring with beautiful sparkling diamonds shows the intricate beauty and craftsmanship of an Elizabeth Gage piece. 18k yellow gold. $18,150 at elizabeth-gage.com. La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Festive Ritual set provides immediate and long-term skin lifting, improving the appearance of firmness. $1,720 at laprairie.com. 5. Stubbs & Wootton’s Natural Panama slippers. $575 at stubbsandwootton.com. 6. A rare dark rum inspired by a family recipe from 1862, BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho is known as The Family Reserve. $30 at select liquor stores.
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Look pretty in pink with Michael Kors Collection’s Crystal Embellished Crepe Jersey Strapless Minidress ($4,990) and Knitted Shealing Clutch Coat in Fuschia ($5,490). Available at michaelkors.com. Shoshanna’s Ruffled Strappy Bikini Top ($162) and Textured String Bikini Bottom ($125). Available at saksfifthavenue.com. 3. The perfect size and stylish, Charlotte Kellogg’s Italian Leather Shoulder Tote comes in a festive red. $195 at charlottekellogg.com. 4. The William Stone House, circa 1784, is one of the finest structures on Rainbow Row in Charleston. Listed by Handsome Properties for $4,499,000. Email debbie@handsomeproperties. com for more information. 5. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Dreams Come True limited edition set. $375 at charlottetilbury.com.
There’s no place better to spend the holidays than Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic, and its offering Holiday Savings packages for bookings between December 21st through January 3rd, starting at $459 per room, per night. Experience indulgent feasts, nightly entertainment, and more. Visit casadecampo.
T. Anthony’s Classic Shave Kit has been a customer favorite for decades. $225 at Classic Beaufort Wax Jacket by 4. Crafted from
Italian Nappa leather, Del Toro’s Brown Leather Milano Loafers feature a custom rubber sole that looks as good as it feels. $395 at deltoroshoes.
The House of Puiforcat’s Cognac Tumblers in sterling silver. $2,700 at puiforcat.com. 6. Vilebrequin & The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach’s men’s swim trunks. $310 at thecolonypalmbeach.com and at
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America’s Cup by Camper and Nicholson in Gosport, England. At the time, with a steel hull and mast, it was the most advanced of its day and won many races in her first season! $325 at 212.772.1122 or Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Holiday Edition; $50 at select liquor stores. 3. Circling Shark with Hand-Painted Enamel & Sterling Silver Cufflinks by Jan Leslie. $695 at janleslie.com. new focus on Wellness is the Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheel Base. See it now at Bentley Palm Beach. A Braman Motorcars Company. Call 561.564.0715. 5. Habsburg’s Hector Vest is made of pure Austrian loden cloth. Robust, warm, and classically durable, loden, as it is called colloquially, is made exclusively from the natural oily yarns of Austrian mountain sheep and is wind and water Amaffi’s Casinoinspired Royal Flush Club fragrance for men. $3,200 at amaffi.com. Cartier’s classic Tank Louis Cartier watch, large model, quartz
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1. The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor—The Truth and the Turmoil Tina Brown reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the traumatic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet. $20 at amazon.com. 2. Alex Hitz’s Occasions to Celebrate (Rizzoli) cookbook features more than 100 recipes; $45. 3. Triumph to Tragedy by Daniel J.D. Bayard is the ultimate non-fiction novel. For video trailer, chapter samples, and special offers, visit triumphtotragedy.com.
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TTOO OFTEN IN THIS HIGH-SPEED INFORMATION AGE, lavish, star-studded blowouts exist as mere fodder for the media. Controlled by public-relation types, stylists, and product-placement harpies, these events now have little to do with enjoying oneself. Time was, though, that great, gorgeous parties were simply about having a good time. And the best parties have gone down in history for the trail of lasting memories they’ve created. You’ve heard about most of them, and maybe even attended a few—Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at The Plaza Hotel in 1966 (inspired by an earlier, equally fabulous dance hosted by Dominick Dunne and his wife Lennie in Beverly Hills), Swifty Lazar’s Oscar Night dinners at Spago, or any of the Sunday beach parties that Roddy McDowell threw in Malibu during the ’60s. If those are too far out west for you to care, how about Bianca Jagger’s birthday at Studio 54? Or any of the Costume Institute galas given by Diana Vreeland when she was alive? Those first few Fetes de Famille when all
From above: The Coconuts invitation, 1970; Jim and Jackie Kimberly toast the New Year. Opposite page: Diana “Dysie” and E.T. Bedford “Buddy” Davie attend The Coconuts at Ta-Boo; Coconut James A. Hannah, Jr. with Mrs. H. Loy Anderson, Sr. during the party at the Poinciana Club in Palm Beach, 1976 (inset).
“Good parties create a temporary youthfulness”
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of New York society came out in the face of the AIDS crisis, for a luxe block party on the street outside Mortimer’s?
In Palm Beach, where there’s a charity ball or private dinner practically every night, one party has consistently remained a “must go”—the annual Coconuts New Year’s Eve party. That is, if you’re invited. This year happens to be The Coconut Centennial. Originally born as a costume gala in the early 1920s, “The Ball of The Coconuts” is well recorded in the society columns of that era. The locations varied from Taboo to Flagler’s “Whitehall” mansion, to what was then the newly opened Oasis Club (a bachelor’s residential club). The guest lists are peppered with names forever associated with Palm Beach—Biddle, Phipps, Hutton, Dunphy—along with the puppeteers of that particular social swing—Addison, Mizner, Joseph Urban, and Paris Singer. Photographs show the attendees in lavish, exotic costumes as filtered through the “Flapper” aesthetic of the Roaring Twenties. Native American get-ups, Spanish dress, and Asian turnouts predominated.
Somewhere along the way the costume theme got boring, but the party continued under the stewardship of Chris Dunphy and Charles Munn, both bachelors at the time. Their brilliant idea was to cull other single swells like themselves, pool their resources and throw one great big party to payback all the invitations they had received that season.
top right: Coconuts Bingo Gubelmann and Girard Brownlow, 2019; a group portrait of The Coconuts during New Year's at the Poinciana Club in Palm Beach, 1976; an invitation to The Coconuts, circa 1990; Willie and Susan Hutton with Guilford and Jane Dudley and Tony Boalt;
Some reports state that the timing was moved from New Year’s Eve to season’s end to accommodate the concept. Others claim that the first incarnation of the bachelor ball theme was still a New Year’s Eve dance, at Dunphy’s home. All records confirm that Dunphy and Munn were the leaders of the pack. And with the same kind of social scalpel that defines the world of private clubs, they began to shape their membership, eventually arriving at a group of about 25 gents who were each asked to submit their guest lists for consideration. Most of the bachelors eventually married, but the tradition of a New Year’s Eve dance hosted by this consortium of socially prominent gents continued.
Over the decades, leadership of The Coconuts has passed through surprisingly few hands. After Munn and Dunphy came Earl E.T Smith, former US Ambassador to Cuba and mayor of Palm Beach, and Guilford Dudley, former US Ambassador to Denmark. Bob Leidy (who debuted as a Coconut in 1970), Rodney Dillard, and currently Alex Fanjul, who took the reigns in 2012. Fanjul serves as the group’s drumbeater, CEO, and King CoCo, admitting, “It’s been an institution for 100 years, and it’s an invitation people still covet.”
If The Coconuts had yearbooks or a gallery of class pictures, you’d see the great faces of Palm Beach’s past, including Jock and Ned McLean, Tommy Tailer, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Bill Pitt, and Tommy Shevlin. And every
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From above: A group portrait of The Coconuts at The Flagler, 2017; Yul Brynner, Doris Brynner, Gloria Guinness, and Loel Guinness at The Coconuts at Ta-Boo, 1959; Head Coconut Alex Fanjul with Coconut Wilbur Ross, 2017.
year or so, there’s a slight shift—someone resigns or moves away or has the nerve to die—but while the names change, the original idea remains intact. With time and increasing numbers, the venues, too, have changed. Locations have included the Guilford Dudley residence, the Poinciana Club, The Colony’s Pavilion, and now The Flagler.
How does one apply for membership in The Coconuts? One doesn’t—just as with the Garden Club or other social conventions of that ilk, one is asked. Scoring an invitation to the party is almost as difficult and it’s still the toughest ticket in town. And the how’s and why’s of “the list” remain the domain of Alex and his gents. Every year, the invitations seem to go out later and later, but such madness is all part of the magic.
So what’s all the fuss about? It’s actually a rather simple party and therein lay its genius. Forever, the Neal Smith Orchestra has played for dancing, which begins at 10:30 p.m. In recent years, a deejay has been added to provide an after-midnight disco for the younger set that pours in around 11:50. No food, just tons of booze and Champagne, until a midnight breakfast is revealed that always includes chicken hash, English sausage, and pancakes. Décor? Not much by grand-event standards—balloons, silver streamers, maybe a couple of palm trees adorned with lights. But there’s always “the sign”—a ragged old Masonite relic lifted from some island resort, waning,
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“Beware of falling coconuts.” Get it? To accommodate overflow, a tent has been added adjacent to The Flagler’s lakeside aerie. It’s become the popular gathering place for the young social set, since many still seem to smoke.
The continuing appeal of The Coconuts has always been its heady mix of people, including moguls, grand dames, socialites, hangers-on, the young, the old, the good, the naughty, the very bad, and the beautiful—all assembled in one place at one time, and all connected in some way to the pulse of Palm Beach, which has quite a pulse, thank you. Ringing in the New Year in this swirling, overheated crush of designer gowns and tuxedos may sound retro to some. But it’s a quintessential experience that captures the essence of Palm Beach at the height of the season—if that’s your thing. For the few hundred who will storm the entrance with the precious invite in hand—it is. ◆
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Clockwise from top left: Head Coconut Guilford Dudley, Jr.
INSIDE THE GLAMOROUS HOMES OF YVES SAINT LAURENT
BY BROOKE KELLY MURRAY
BORN IN FRANCE in 1936, Yves Saint Laurent grew up in a villa by the Mediterranean, where he developed a passion for creating elaborate paper dolls, which later evolved to designing dresses for his mother and two younger sisters in his teen years. When he was 17, Saint Laurent moved to Paris and enrolled at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture—the starting point for his professional career. While living in the City of Light, he met Michel de Brunhoff, then editor-in-chief of French Vogue, who introduced him to Christian Dior, for whom Saint Laurent worked as an assistant before ultimately being named as the house head designer at just 21 years old after Dior’s death in 1957. In 1960, Saint Laurent was fired from Dior after being drafted into the French Army during the Algerian War of Independence—a blessing in disguise. After his brief service, Saint Laurent, along with his partner Pierre Bergé, created his namesake house in 1961, becoming one of the most influential fashion designers of the second half of the 20th century. He was renowned for expanding the dialogue between creation and nostalgia,
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55 rue de Babylone, Paris. Three paintings by Fernand Léger hang on the wall: Le Profil Noir, The Yellow Checkerboard and Composition dans l’usine . In the top left, the ghost of Giorgio de Chirico, while the stool in the foreground is by Pierre Legrain; the cover of Assouline’s YSL at Home (inset).
Saint Laurent at home on rue de Solférino in Paris with the painting Composition dans l’usine (1918) by Fernand Léger, 1980s. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: A portrait of Yves’s French bulldog, Moujik, painted by Andy Warhol, rests under an antique torso at 55 rue de Babylone, Paris; the plaster laces (gebs), the wooden painted celings (zouacs), and the mosaic tiles (zelliges) are all original, made by local craftsmen, with Art Deco motifs integrated into the Moorish aesthetic at Villa Oasis, Marrakech, Morroco; the winter garden, home to exotic flowers, palm trees and ferns, is where Saint Laurent entertained his guests most often at Château Gabriel, Deauville, France; Jacques, Yves’s French bulldog Moujik, and Yves in the winter garden of Château Gabriel in Deauville, Normandy, France, 1982.
introducing new worlds through his silhouettes. Saint Laurent and Bergé also had a deep appreciation for art and interior design, and in close collaboration with world-class designer Jacques Grange, they crafted private spaces full of enchantment. “It was at the time I fell in love with design, and I immediately felt a connection to [Yves’s] taste and style. And that is how I came to introduce myself to him, as a friend. Later, he entrusted me with the interior design of his homes and helped shape my talent,” explains Grange. Over the span of his friendship with Saint Laurent and Bergé, Grange oversaw the interior design of their homes in Paris, the Villa Majorelle in Marrakech, the Villa Mabrouka in Tangier, the Château Gabriel in Benerville, as well as the décor of Yves Saint Laurent’s haute couture house in Paris. “[Yves] was a passionate collector. Pierre Bergé oversaw the purchases, but it was always Yves who selected the works of art. I knew Yves when he didn’t have the same means, and then I watched the art collection grow. At some point, though, it became limitless,” says Grange.
Assouline’s new book, YSL at Home, features the most exquisite photographs of the interiors and gardens of these residences, with text by Grange and photography by Marianne Haas. “Yves and Pierre are true collectors—the kind of humanists who have survived into the present—who collect with a concern for literary and historical knowledge. Their homes seem to be haunted by countless storybook characters,” says Grange. u
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'Tis the season in New York, and these are Quest ’s favorite dining institutions to visit during the holidays.
BY BROOKE KELLY MURRAY
The entrance of Rao’s in East Harlem; the photo “Wall of Fame” and Christmas decorations (inset).
Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Bo Dietl at his regular Thursday night table; Frank Pellegrino, Sr. with his son, Frank, Jr., outside Rao’s in 2000; Eric Adams at Dietl’s table with John Catsimatidis; Leonardo DiCaprio filming Wolf of Wall Street; President Bill Clinton breaks bread with Thomas Kean and Jon Corzine as Frank Pellegrino, Sr. (standing) regales them, 2003.
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Rao’s 212.722.6709 • 455 East 114th Street
This 10-table, family-run restaurant in Harlem has been serving up Italian-family style meals for 126 years. Originally owned by Vincent Rao and Anna Pellegrino, and now co-owned by their nephews Frank Pellegrino, Jr. and Ron Straci, Rao’s is a legendary New York institution and the most exclusive joint in the city.
But it’s not all about the food—what makes Rao’s truly special is the history and the people. During the 1950s, public housing was built nearby, incentivizing the many Italian immigrants who once flooded the neighborhood to move elsewhere, making the area a “safe spot” for Italian organized crime groups to convene and Rao’s a hotspot for some of the most notorious gangsters. Jumping to 1979, the restaurant received a glowing review from food critic Mimi Sheraton who revealed the spot as secretive, filled with gangsters inside and fancy cars outside. The result was an explosion of interest in the restaurant and the birth of its legendary status. And don’t try calling up for a reservation—all the tables have been designated to regulars decades back. So, you essentially have to know someone willing to give up their slot. The tables are so coveted, that some of the “owners” have been using them to raise money for charities, with
recent auctions drawing $25,000 bids for one reservation. It’s now a magnet for celebrities, politicians, and bigwig dealmakers, and has set the scene for some of the most celebrated films in history.
Bo Dietl, a former cop serving the streets of Harlem, is one of the original table owners, gifted the privilege of his large “Table One” every Thursday night by the late Frank Pellegrino, Sr. (known to many as “Frankie No” for his ability to deny entry at the door) in 1977. Dietl has hosted countless notable guests, including filmmaker Martin Scorsese for whom the restaurant served as inspiration for GoodFellas. “You had these characters that you’d run into at the bar…‘Petey Neck’ (his neck was stiff), ‘Johnny Roast Beef’ (he owned a deli), ‘Nicky Vest’ (the bartender who was always in a vest). When Scorsese noticed these guys, he asked if he could shoot a scene for Goodfellas...a lot of the characters in the film came right out of Rao’s,” Dietl explains.
The restaurant is decorated for the holidays year-round, making December one of the best times to dine there if you can get in.
212.751.9595 • 783 5th Avenue
Christmas at the members-only Doubles Club in The SherryNetherland hotel is the best holiday tradition of Old New York. Each year, the club’s owner, Wendy Carduner, welcomes members and their guests for festivities all month long, surrounded by over-the-top decorations and light displays. The most iconic of the events are the Christmas luncheons, which are held over eight days beginning on November 30th, featuring a magnificent dessert display to match the eye-catching décor. Throughout December, Doubles will also host a Christmas dinner-dance with a live orchestra, Jingle Bell-themed buffet-style luncheons, a “Santa Comes to Town” event for children, a “Glitter, Glitter, Glitter Associates Party,” and a New Year’s Eve party to culminate the season.
Christmas decór at Doubles. Insets, clockwise from left: Barbara Tober, Stephanie Stokes, Kara Ross, Cameron Silver, Helmut Koller, Vanessa Noel, Marc Rosen, and Anne Keating during a Christmas Luncheon, 2021; Wendy Carduner and Santa at a Christmas party hosted at Doubles, 2017; Lauren Veronis, Elaine Langone, and Hilary Geary Ross.
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212.753.4500 • 2 East 55th Street
Since its founding by John Jacob Astor over a century ago, the St. Regis New York has been a Manhattan staple and it goes all out for the holidays. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a dazzling display of Christmas lights along with two giant Nutcrackers. Once inside, you can dine at its signature restaurant, Astor Court, which offers Holiday Brunch with festive dishes such as eggnog French toast, on weekends through Christmas Day, as well as Holiday Afternoon Tea Friday to Sunday through New Year’s Day. Not to be forgotten is the King Cole Bar, famous as the home to the original Bloody Mary, now served in multiple variations, including the popular Red Snapper. The stately bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink and light bites, or even spiked hot cocoa through January 1st.
The entrance of St. Regis New York; King Cole Bar (inset).
Baccarat Hotel 212.790.8800 • 28 West 53rd Street
The opulent Baccarat Hotel is known for its lavish interiors created by Gilles & Boissier, accented with the renowned Baccarat crystal in a fiery crimson shade throughout—a perfect theme for the holiday season. The hotel’s popular bar, known simply as The Bar, takes visual cues from the great American long bars of decades past, featuring distinctive barrel vaulting and natural-wood walls that define the space. It’s a sexy spot to sip cocktails, with velvet and merlot-colored walls, leather seats on checkerboard floors, fine art, and sparkling chandeliers setting the mood. Steps from The Bar is the Champagne-hued Grand Salon, offering all-day dining in lounge-style seating with drinks in cut-crystal tumblers. For the Christmas season, the Grand Salon is serving a Christmas Carol afternoon tea menu for adults, and a Nutcracker Tea menu for kids. At both venues, two special holiday drinks will be available: Baccarat Rouge, a red tequila cocktail, and Le Jaguar, a boozy warm chocolate cocktail with smoky and sweet flavors.
Clockwise from bottom left: Christmas Carol Tea for adults; Le Jaguar Blanc cocktail; the entrance of Baccarat.
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The Polo Bar
212.207.8562 • 1 East 55th Street
One of New York’s most sought-after reservations, Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar is famous for its classic American fare, quality cocktails, and warm interiors filled with rich wood paneling, equestrian décor, and leather banquets. Adding to the cozy feel, the restaurant’s Head Maître d’, Nelly Moudime, is known for offering the most cheerful welcome and farewell in town, making the experience all the more homely. Menu favorites include Pigs in a Blanket, the Burger, and the Coconut Cake. For the holidays, the restaurant is also serving seasonal cocktails and desserts, including the Polo Bar Winter Punch and the Bitter Chocolate Tart.
Clockwise from bottom right: Guests are greeted by a fireplace and vintage polo gear as they descend the staircase leading to the restaurant from the bar upstairs; main dining room; iconic Polo Bar dishes; the upstairs bar and lounge; Nelly Moudime, Head Maître d’ of The Polo Bar.
COURTESY OF THE POLO BAR; RALPH LAUREN
212.744.1600 • 35 East 76th Street
Originally opened in 1955, the golden age of New York cabaret comes alive each night at Café Carlyle in The Carlyle hotel—and it’s no more magical to experience than during the holidays. In addition to live performances, the supper club offers a two-course price fixe menu of French cuisine.
Known for its notable headliners—Bobby Short, Elaine Stritch, and Eartha Kitt are some from the past—Café Carlyle has a highly anticipated lineup for December, including acts from Darren Criss, who will kick off the Christmas season at The Carlyle on November 29th through December 10th with his new show, A Very Darren Crissmas.
The lobby of The Carlyle; Café Carlyle (insets).
Tavern On The Green
212.877.8684• 67th Street & Central Park West Nestled in Central Park, Tavern On The Green offers hearty seasonal American fare and classic cocktails. With both indoor and outdoor dining, the restaurant features an extensive outdoor terrace with views of the park. Each year, Tavern On The Green hosts a tree lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season. The 2022 event will be held on November 29th at 5:30 p.m. and will debut Tavern On The Green’s 20-foot Christmas tree decorated with more than 2,000 ornaments and lights, and will feature music by DJ Tweed and the Manhattan Holiday Carolers, along with a surprise Broadway performance. Open to the public, there will be complimentary treats and drinks, and the restaurant is partnering with West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) to host a food drive, aiming to feed New Yorkers for the holidays.
Tavern On The Green’s Christmas tree, decorations, and a festive cocktail, 2021.
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212.888.7000 • 455 Madison Avenue
Located at Madison Avenue and 50th Street, the New York Palace has long been a staple of New York during the holidays. Each year, the hotel showcases a giant Christmas tree in its courtyard, topped with sparkling ornaments and a shimmering star. Off the lobby is the iconic Gold Room bar, situated in a magnificent, opulent space that transports guests back in time to the Gilded Age. While gazing at the architectural settings, guests can enjoy modern interpretations of classic hand-crafted cocktails and small plates, including Black Truffle Frites and Tuna Tartare.
Clockwise from top left: The Reserve Martini cocktail at the Gold Room; the Gold Room; Lotte New York Palace’s courtyard.
Amaranth 212.980.6700 • 21 East 62nd Street
Just off Madison Avenue at 62nd Street, Amaranth serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine mixed with Italian and French fare. Amaranth’s famous Focaccia Robiola, super fresh and tasty seafood, creative pastas, and perfectly al dente risottos have all combined to attract dedicated and loyal clientele. The classic setting offers the perfect spot to enjoy lunch or dinner with the family, especially during the holidays when the restaurant is decked in wreaths and red lights to match its iconic red awning. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list, classic cocktails, and desserts, ranging from Mixed Berries to Profiteroles and Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake.
From above: Outdoor dining; Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake.
COURTESY OF AMARANTH; LOTTE NEW YORK PALACE
The Mark Hotel 212.744.4300 • 25 East 77th Street
A New York icon, The Mark Hotel recently debuted its 2022 holiday façade designed by Swarovski Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert. It’s an extraordinary display of Swarovski decorations inspired by gingerbread, with two matching candy carts by the entrance selling hot chocolate and edible crystal lollipops. “The Mark is a New York City icon, and we are so pleased to bring Swarovski’s vision of holiday joy and wonder to this prestigious hotel. For me, gingerbread evokes childlike wonder, inspiring us to dream, so it has been a great pleasure to design an experience that will spark people’s imaginations at this magical time of year,” says Engelbert. Inside the lobby, the theme continues with a magnificent Christmas tree, while, off the lobby, guests will find the chic Mark Bar designed by Jacques Grange serving classic and signature cocktails. Past the bar is the popular Mark
with a world-class menu of innovative European classics in an elegant setting.
Clockwise from top left: The Mark’s 2022 holiday façade, designed in collaboration with Swarovski; the Mark Bar; festive treats.
COURTESY OF THE MARK HOTEL; THOMAS LOOF
212.744.0585 • 1291 3rd Avenue
This beloved establishment has been situated at 74th Street and 3rd Avenue since 1972 and is more than just a restaurant to locals. The popular cash-only burger joint has long been frequented by regulars for the comfort food, including burgers, buttery grilled cheese, cottage fries, pickles, a warm pecan pie topped with whipped cream for dessert, and strong drinks (try the Martini) served over the iconic green gingham tablecloths. Best of all, the dedicated staff make customers feel at home and are hoping to host their long overdue Christmas party this year.
Clockwise from top left: The JG Melon staff at a pre-COVID Christmas celebration; the restaurant’s interior; a typical meal at JG; the iconic signage on the restaurant’s exterior.
The Plaza Hotel
212.759.3000 • 5th Avenue & Central Park South
One of the city’s most iconic and luxurious hotels, The Plaza is ideally situated at the center of it all at 5th Avenue and Central Park South, within steps of New York’s best shopping, restaurants, Broadway, and more. Since opening on October 1, 1907, it has served as host to world leaders, dignitaries, captains of industry, and Hollywood legends. The prestigious address attracts throngs of visitors during the holidays, and the hotel decks itself in decorations and hosts experiences to meet the demand, including a tree lighting ceremony with musical and dance performances and a visit from Santa. Those who love The Plaza’s Palm Court restaurant will be able to enjoy a special holiday-themed Afternoon Tea menu with Santa roaming around on select dates. The Champagne Bar also welcomes visitors with samples of the finest bubbly and handcrafted cocktails paired with caviar.
Clockwise from left: The Champagne Bar; Holiday Tea and dining at The Palm Court.
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The winter holidays are an especially magical time to visit The Peninsula New York. Each year, the hotel displays magnificent decorations in its common area, including a massive Christmas tree on its grand staircase that greets guests when they walk through the entrance. It also offers festive menus at its Gotham Lounge and Clement Restaurant, both situated off the lobby. Its popular rooftop terrace, Salon de Ning, transforms into “Chalet de Ning” for the season, resembling snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps in the heart of Manhattan, where guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and seasonal dishes inspired by the Engadin region of Switzerland. ◆
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The Peninsula’s Sweet Shoppe; Chalet de Ning; Holiday Tea; the grand staircase decorated for Christmas.
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The Annabel’s alien façade for Halloween.
Clockwise from top left: Anson Boon and Louis Partridge; a Jack Irving design; Ella Eyre; Patricia and Richard Caring; Marisa Abela.
HALLOWEEN PARTY AT ANNABEL’S IN LONDON
ON OCTOBER 28TH, Annabel’s transformed into an intergalactic wonderland to present its annual Halloween party. Guests, including Marisa Abela , Anson Boon , and Louis Partridge , were greeted by aliens, robots, and large-scale tentacled creatures by artist and fashion designer Jack Irving roaming across the floors while they sipped on specialty “Invasion Planet Earth” cocktails. The legendary evening also featured live musical performances and a recreated Earth-like moon and planetary system in The Garden.
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CHANEL’S RUNWAY SHOW IN MIAMI
IN EARLY NOVEMBER, Chanel presented a replica of its Cruise 2022/23 Collection Runway Show on the beach of the Faena Hotel in Miami as an ode to the brand’s love for the city. The presentation was followed by an epic afterparty, featuring live performances by Nile Rodgers and Chic with a cameo by Pharrell Williams for “Get Lucky.” The evening was attended by Lily Rose-Depp , Lori Harvey , and Marion Cotillard , among others.
Kimberly Davis and Pharrell Williams
Lori Harvey, Arden Cho and Ella Balinska
Clara McGregor and Diva Smith
Caroline de Maigret and Lily-Rose Depp
THE WHITE CROSS Ball of New York City, chaired by Mercedes de Guardiola , Michael Espiritu , and Jason Pelletier , along with honorary patron H.I.R.H. Archduke Géza von HabsburgLothringen , was held at a private club on the Upper East Side on November 4th. The elegant evening featured a cocktail hour, seated dinner, live auction, music by DJ Chelsea Leyland , and raised funds for the Order of Malta’s international humanitarian works in 120 countries. u
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Kevin Brotman and Mercedes de Guardiola Cocktail hour
160 YEARS OF TOYS
is upon us, and there’s no better time to take a trip to FAO Schwarz, the country’s oldest and most iconic toy store. Since its founding in 1862 by Frederick August Otto Schwarz, the legendary brand has primarily been known for its flagship store near Central Park, standing at Fifth Avenue from 1931 to 2015. After a brief closure, it reopened in 2018 at Rockefeller Center, where it remains today. More than just a store, FAO is famous for the premier toys and memorable experiences it offers shoppers from the moment they are greeted by the doormen dressed as toy soldiers, including giant stuffed animals roaming the 20,000 square-foot space and a jumbo “dance-on” piano
that attract throngs of tourists and locals alike each year. This fall marks FAO’s 160th anniversary, and—recognizing the toy store’s deep New York roots and commitment to bringing joy to children—the New York City Mayor’s Office officially proclaimed October 8th“FAO Schwarz Day.” The declaration came with an epic birthday last month, featuring activities, live performances, food trucks, and more. The store is now decking the halls and transforming into the magical destination for which it’s so wellknown for the holiday season. So, beat the rush and grab your little ones for a trip to FAO in the coming weeks to toast to the historic institution’s milestone!—Brooke Kelly Murray ◆
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Clockwise from top left: FAO Schwarz’s 2022 holiday windows; FAO’s Ride on Train ($140); scenes from the 160th anniversary celebration at Rockefeller Center; the store’s interior.
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