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CONTENTS T he J ewelry Issue 88

Our jewelry portfolio follows six fashion-

forget breakfast at tiffany’s

able New Yorkers on a night out at Le Caprice. by Daniel Cappello, Elizabeth

Meigher, and Georgina Schaeffer.

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fantasy for sale

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costume drama

Inside the new David Yurman by

D aniel Cappello

For the one-hundredth anniversary of commercial costume

creatures great and small

time keepers

Chopard turns 150. by Georgina Schaeffer

Quest rounds up the most stunning new watches of the

season—from Victorinox to Patek Philippe. by Daniel Cappello

a yurman flagship is reborn

Daisy Prince

jewelry, Quest surveys the contemporary scene. by Rachel Corbett

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Townhouse at 712 Madison Avenue.

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Mimi Ritzen Crawford

A look at a few of the awe-inspiring pieces from the

Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewel Sale.”

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Fred Leighton’s legacy lives on in the trustworthy

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Our guide to the month’s best benefits, balls, and more.

Remembering an afternoon with Elizabeth Taylor and some of her diamonds. The mating habits of the rich and the feral.

Inside Jean-Georges’s latest venture at The Mark.

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Hilary reports on the brightest parties of the month.

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Readers’ pets share their favorite toys and treats. By Georgina Schaeffer

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Nuptials. by Daniel Cappello, Dori Cooperman and Georgina Schaeffer

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“It looks wonderful on you, darling,” Barbara said, adding: “Take it, it’s yours.” “Oh, I couldn’t,” the cousin protested, and despite Barbara’s insistence, she left the hotel without the emerald necklace. A few months later, the cousin was visiting her grandmother, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and told her of the incident. “And did you take it?” Post asked. “Oh no,” she said, “I couldn’t take something so valuable.” “Well, you should have because she’ll offer it to someone else and they will take it.” And so it was with Barbara Hutton. When she died in that hotel room, many of her legendary pieces were gone, Charles Darling, Alexis Theodoracopulos, Chessy Wilson and Oliver Ames between takes at Quest’s photo shoot. no doubt the “gift” of what the jewelry means many things to many people. Notably it trans- late John Galliher called her “inconsequential generosity.” My favorite story about jewels is the late Lady Sylvia Ashley’s. lates into an almost mythical combination of wealth and affection. As we move up the economic scale, it clearly means more. She loved her jewels and, through her marriages, she acquired a And more. The answer to why this happens is simple: jewels are large collection of mainly diamonds. She was vigilant about prowealth. Aside from precious metals, jewels are the only agreed- tecting her assets, which she wore frequently. One day she made an appointment to take a large portion of them to her jeweler to upon exchange of value in the history of our civilization. When governments tumble, castles crumble, and dreams are have them cleaned. It happened to be one of those monsoon-like laid waste, it’s the jewels that are evacuated first. When a nice rainy days in southern California. She carried her treasures in a girl meets a rich man who wants to curry favor, the smart girls thin calfskin bag sealed with a drawstring. When she arrived, the know it’s “get that ice or else no dice.” And when a guy wants rain coming down in torrents, her driver stopped at the curb. As to impress a girl with his matrimonial intentions, it’s the sparkler she alighted from the passenger seat, she accidentally dropped that lights up the eyes and inevitably seals the deal. All of this is the bag, which fell onto the pavement and, with a whoosh of the rainwater, went down the drain, lost forever. history and all of this is legend. Poor Lady Sylvia. (But don’t worry, she had more at home). Folklore about jewelry usually involves women, but the This month’s Quest focuses on the treasures we call jewelry, its purveyors of the precious stuff know that men are often just as enchanted by the precious gems. Men, more than women, collectors, purveyors, history, and legends. Just remember, when are collectors of the loose (that is, unset) stuff. If a man is very you have it, be very, very careful. And enjoy. u rich there’s a good chance he’s got an eye for diamonds, rubies, and emeralds that could connote a king’s ransom. It’s for simple reasons: they hold their value better than most stocks and even David Patrick Columbia flat currency, they are easily sequestered from the taxman’s eye, and they’re Mother Nature’s beautiful bounty. Never having been a collector of jewels for obvious financial reasons, I remain transfixed by other’s fixations with jewelry. on the cover: Barbara Hutton spent millions on jewels for herself. At what Chessy Wilson in a J. turned out to be the end of her life, she had gone through almost Mendel dress and Asprey’s all of her billions, spent on houses, cars, planes, clothes, men, Windsor Collection jewelry. and jewels. After everything else was gone, she still had most of Mayfair clutch by Asprey. her jewelry. Ensconced in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, it wasn’t Alexis Theodoracopulos uncommon for her to spread cases of treasure out on the bed in Brooks Brothers formal and spend the afternoon looking everything over. wear and Asprey’s A-cut One day, a cousin came to visit while Barbara was surveying cufflinks and stud set, No. her cache. A particular emerald necklace caught the cousin’s eye. 8 Tourbillon round watch, “Oh Barbara, that’s so beautiful!” she exclaimed. and British Flag pin. Photo “Do you like it, darling? Try it on.” by Mimi Ritzen Crawford. The cousin did and it was even more beautiful on her. 1 8 Q U ES T


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from Louis XIV to Napoleon. In short, snark was around then too. Big time. Darnton thinks the snark had lasting effects on the society and culture. After all, they dragged Louis XVI and his MarieAntoinette through the mud and then finally beheaded them. Oh the things they said about Marie-Antoinette. So the snarky blogosphere that has infiltrated all kinds of writing today is nothing new. Scandal, blackmailing, spying, surveillance—they had it all in spades. The genealogy of slander can be traced back to antiquity. Jones explains: “The golden thread that unites

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D A V I D P A T R I C K CO L U M B I A Josephine was an empress, thanks to Napoleon, but before that she was a fashion queen and always a major shopper. Before she met Napoleon, she was married to Alexandre Vicomte de Beauharnais, with whom she had a son and a daughter. The couple was imprisoned during the terror that came after the guillotining of Louis and Marie-Antoinette. Josephine was sent to a prison underground called the Carmes, in 1794. There, she befriended an English aristocratic lady named Grace Dalrymple Elliott. Elliott was there because she had been having an

affair with the brother of the king, the duc d’Orleans, and that was a no-no to the revolutionaries. Enough to send her to the guillotine. [Ed’s note: Gainsborough’s portrait of Elliott was eventually owned by William K. Vanderbilt in New York, who left it to the Met.] Before the Revolution, fashion was quite grand, as you know, and way over the top. At the court of MarieAntoinette, for example, women wore large panniers, the hoops used to extend skirts to the right and left. After the revolution, MarieAntoinette gone, Josephine dressed more simply. She wore plain, fitted gowns of white

muslin or tulle, diaphanous and practically transparent. The style was (and still is) called empire—deep décolletage and a high waist. Before she married Napoleon, Josephine belonged to a group called the Merveilleuses, who shopped the Palais-Royal. They wore body-stockings, gold ornamental bands around their legs, and even wigs tinted pale blue, blonde, or light pink. No tattoos, however. Hairstyles were part of the change that Josephine influenced. Throughout the 18th century, powdered wigs were the coiffure of choice. But during the revolution, all prisoners facing the guillotine

had their hair cut off. Josephine, then known as Rose de Beauharnais, while a prisoner at the Carmes, fully expected her day of shorning would come, and so she cut her hair herself to avoid the indignity of being shorn by the executioner’s assistant. Miraculously, she avoided the final moment thanks to the sudden political changes and the death of Robespierre, after which Josephine was freed. (Her husband had been guillotined shortly before the change.) After her release from prison, however, she kept her hair short as a reminder of what she had endured during those darkest of days. The

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Kingsley, a young writer from the U.K. who was publishing her first (teen) novel in the U.S., Pretty on the Outside: A Young, Loaded and Fabulous Novel. It also has a cover line: “Girl wants boy. Boy wants new girl. New girl’s going down.” The story is actually the third of a series of five that Kate has been contracted to do with a British publisher. She’s just finishing her fourth for publication in England in September. Kate’s mother, Joan Kinsley, is American. Not coincidentally, she and I are old friends, having been in summer stock together many moons ago. Kate’s father, Philip

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open-minded, gentle, lovely, courageous, kind, and funny woman as she is. When you read it you will know why she would probably be your friend too if you knew her. I also met Lucy Simon, who is a sister of Joanna and Carly Simon, at the Kingsley party. I told her I had met her sister Joanna, the singer. Then Lucy told me she too was a singer and that the three sisters had three different registers—soprano, contralto, alto, and, evidently, once upon a time, before fame changed the perceived equation, as it always does, the girls sang together. Lucy and Joanna also sang professionally as The Simon 28 QUEST

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Sisters. Pop fame aside, these sisters occupy a special place in New York lore because their father was the Simon of Simon and Schuster. The girls grew up in the rarefied world of literature and the arts and culture of post-war New York; a rich and brilliantly creative time and turning point in the city’s history. The Vicky Ward book party at the Four Seasons: Dan Abrams, Boykin Curry, Celerie Kemble, and Jeffrey Leeds hosted. The book was The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers, which is already no. 10 on the New York Times

Bestseller List. Vicky, if you didn’t already know, is a perspicacious reporter often featured in Vanity Fair with an eye and an ear for rarefied places peopled by the ordinary craven and greedy. The rest of it is the bad news. I haven’t had a chance to read Vicky Ward’s book yet, although I know when I start I won’t be able to put it down because: 1) She is an excellent reporter, and 2) there are a lot of people close to the center who also were deeply betrayed both financially and in personal relationships. The foolers fooled ‘em. Big turnout for Vicky:

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Chloe Crespi, Marina Rust Connor, Ed Epstein, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Louis Grunwald, Arianna Huffington, Jennifer McGuire, David Margolick, Christopher Mason, Susan and John Nagel, Ronald Perelman, Euan Rellie and Lucy Sykes, David Kuhn, Peggy Siegal, Jay Snyder, Susan Solomon, Cyrus Vance, Felicia Taylor, Dan Peres, Kate Betts, Norman Pearlstine, Maureen White and Steve Rattner, Tom Russo, Ed Skyler, Graydon Carter, Ken Auletta, Binky Urban, Milly de Cabrol, Jeffrey Podolsky, Suzanne Gluck, Stephen Graham, Tom Hill, Perri Peltz, Andrew Ross Sorkin.

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D A V I D P A T R I C K CO L U M B I A More books. One night, a woman named Sunny Bates gave a book party for Wendy Burden and her new book, Dead-End Gene Pool. Bates and the author have been friends since schooldays in Florence, when Burden was at Fleming College and Sunny a senior at a school in Lugano and her class came down to visit the school in Italy. Unlike a lot of these parties, Burden, who is a very good cook (her memoir was originally going to be a cookbook), prepared most of the buffet, so this book party was really about the food and the camaraderie, which is what’s left standing after a powerful and affecting memoir

is finished, printed, bound, and published. Then there was the publication of Kitty Kelley’s new unauthorized celebrity biography simply, and aptly, titled Oprah. Already a number of major media personalities had said they would not interview Kitty out a kind of deference to Oprah. This is something new, and although it looks like it could diffuse the buzz on the book, it only serves to make it more controversial and talked about. Talk good about me, talk bad about me, but for God’s sakes, talk about me. I had a sixth grade history teacher named Miss McMahon who

repeated that line to her class dozens of times in the course of the year. (And we did—we called her “Mackey” behind her back.) Because the author of this new biography is Kitty Kelley, the public expects bombshells that can give you a memorable escape from the drear that besets most of us on our day-today. Even better, it’s irrelevant to your own personal life or happiness; it can’t hurt you. I haven’t got to Kitty’s book yet, although from everything I hear there is nothing earth-shattering among the details about the quotidian side of Oprah’s life—the part that makes her just like the rest of us.

The minutiae that is part of Kitty’s literary style is what always makes her books. She makes you feel you know exactly what it’s like to be in the subject’s house—in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, bedroom, dining room, etc. Thus, Kitty’s subject becomes a real person— which could also mean a real slob, a real princess, a real bully, a real maniac, a nightmare, a dreamboat, a tin man, a real arrogant idiot, etc. Her subjects are never victims, which is ironic considering that many people tend to regard her as victimizing her poor, putupon subjects. Overall, you do not feel sorry for them.

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Instead they amaze, titillate, intimidate, and amuse. In the Frank Sinatra biography, His Way, she tells the story of how JFK, then President, was scheduled to stay overnight at Sinatra’s Palm Springs house and, in anticipation, Sinatra had a helipad immediately built so that JFK could be delivered right to the door. However, last minute, Sinatra’s relationship to the mob became an issue and the President (probably much to his own chagrin) was re-routed to stay elsewhere, where he no doubt didn’t have had as good a time, and damned well knew it. Sinatra was so angry and 32 QUEST

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slighted by the change of plan that, upon hearing the news, took a sledge hammer, went out to the helipad and started banging away at it. There were a lot of people around Frank Sinatra who did not like the book. Although a friend of mine out there, the late Armand Deutsch, who was a close friend of Sinatra’s, as well as an admirer and a fan, told me, after reading Kitty’s book, that “she pretty much got it right.” Sinatra stories, if you have ever lived within hearing distance of his world, are always fascinating. He had a big personality to match his big fame, and a big

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temperament that ran the gamut of emotions—just like his songs. His friends loved him, and not because he was Frank Sinatra, but because he was a great friend. Dominick Dunne, on the other hand, for example, loathed him because he personally had been victimized and publicly humiliated by the horrible bully in the man. In Oprah we have another phenomenal public personality, right up there with the chairman, and Jackie, and Elizabeth, and Prince Philip, and the Bush family— all of whose stars have faded somewhat in the pantheon of celebrity, while hers has

ascended. Oprah, in her way, is bigger than all of them (and richer, too), with perhaps the exception of the Bushes, in terms of power and influence. Hers is a media power, but unlike all others, she projects a carefully and thoroughly exploited shamanesque quality, a kind of modern saintliness into the public’s perception. She is everywoman, self-created. Plus she’s a billionaire. A powerful businesswoman. All things most every woman (and most every man, for that matter) would like to be. People have seriously suggested she run for president. I can’t think of any other public figure of

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her stature who could match that today. However, Oprah is famous. Famous people, especially of her caliber, are not like you and me. If you ask the typical question of them, “Is she nice? Is he nice?” the answer may vary according to who’s being asked. And the honest answer may often be “no.” There are many reasons for this. The position of being famous is an odd one for the psyche. Fame can infect with delusion and arrogance. It’s impossible for any individual to experience it without being distorted or in some way deceived by it. It is not real. And yet for 34 QUEST

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those who are, it is. Whereas most of us must grow up to recognize that we are not the center of the world, stars often naturally lose sight of that, shielded by walls of staff, lackeys, servants, friends, relatives. It’s all that attention. They get so much that it is difficult for them to meet another human being without expecting some kind of attention—good or bad. If you get enough of it, you can also come to loathe it a lot of the time. Imagine walking down the street and constantly having strangers start talking to you like they know you, want to know you, what to be talk to you, be with

you, look at you, maybe rob you. All of that. The result is a cocoon not unlike the kinds reserved for presidents, heads of state, uber-clergy, English royals, the very, very rich. They live in another world to the point that you might even be inclined to think they never get heartburn or go to the bathroom. If Oprah does, however, Kitty Kelley will let us in on it. Because Kitty portrays a real character. One that will have sides you don’t like, maybe even find repulsive too. So? You never heard of anybody like that before? We already know about Oprah’s good side. We know

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how generous a friend she is, how talented an actress and television personality she is, how good a businesswoman, a protector of the animals and children. She’s crossed more bridges and bridged more crossings than most of us would ever dream. In her way, she’s had as much positive influence in raising public consciousness of untold millions about race and American life as Martin Luther King, Jr. Her public persona replenishes a lot of imaginations across the land. She’s done it, apparently, just by being Oprah. Which, as fate would have it, is a little like being Garbo or

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D A V I D P A T R I C K CO L U M B I A Gandhi or Madonna. For Oprah Winfrey (it’s interesting how her last name has almost disappeared from her public identity), Kitty Kelley’s biography is just another step along the way to her destination, which like our destination is in the hands of fate. Her stature, in all likelihood, will not be in any way diminished unless she does something crazy, like, as Jackie Kennedy once remarked about the likelihood of losing her public stature over a book,

“marrying Eddie Fisher.” Then there were the charity galas and luncheons. Dozens—all important and crucial. The East Side Settlement House, which had a gala preview the night before opening of the Auto Show at the Javits Center, was a big social turnout for a great cause (they raised more than $500,000), and they had great cars. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House had its gala at Sotheby’s too. The organization was

founded in 1894, fourteen years after the death of James Lenox, in the spirit of the great philanthropists’ objectives, which was namely to help the less fortunate make decent lives for themselves in the New World. In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, with the mass migration to the United States, many of the poor and indigent from foreign lands arrived at the port of New York and remained here. Feeding and sheltering “the tired, the hungry” was an enormous

task, and one which the men of their day—like James Lenox and Jacob Schiff—approached with deliberate commitment. Lenox Hill Neighborhood House was founded as a free kindergarten for the children of immigrants. Today it is a multi-service communitybased organization that serves people in need on the East Side of Manhattan and on Roosevelt Island, and remains the oldest and largest provider of social, legal, and educational services on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Each year, more than 20,000 individuals and families, ranging in age from 3 to 103, representing dozens of races, ethnicities, and countries of origin benefit from its programs. They are all people who “live, work, go to school, or access services” on the East Side from 14th Street to 143rd Street and on Roosevelt Island. Diana Quasha was the gala chair, this being her twelfth year on the job. The honorary chair was Sydney Roberts Shuman. The dinner chairs were Ingrid and Thomas Edelman and the dinner patrons were Audrey and Martin Gruss. The interior-design 38 QUEST

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community got involved with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House through the interest of Albert Hadley, now the dean of American Interior Designers, who volunteered to help more than thirty-five years ago. As a result of the design community’s participation, fostered by Hadley, the décor of the gala is fresh and elegant, and everyone is encouraged in this black-tie affair to put their best (fashion) foot forward. More dates, more causes. And over at the Mandarin Oriental, the Friends of New Yorkers for Children hosted the seventh annual spring dinner dance, “A Fool’s Fête.” The “friends,”

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generally speaking, are the socalled junior group—thirtysomething through fortysomething. I like going to this particular party for two reasons: it’s a very good cause and the young women look glamorous. This organization was the brainchild of Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, who was himself a foster child in New York to help other foster children prepare for independence (and further education). His idea, coming from experience, was to find those kids about to leave these foster homes and go out into the world alone, and help them prepare, give

them a helping hand. New Yorkers for Children, for example, provides those going on to college with supplies (including a laptop), guidance, and financial assistance. That burden I mentioned lifts at least somewhat when a young person knows there is someone looking after their interests. It helps with older people too. They raised $400,000 that night. Whitney Port, Olivia Palermo, and Tinsley Mortimer were all there and all looking great. Then there was WIN. And Oprah again. WIN is an acronym for Women In Need. And boy, there are a lot of them, and very many with

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D A V I D P A T R I C K CO L U M B I A reply. “Jacqui Lividini,” she repeated. “She did it.” WIN was founded in 1983 by Rita Zimmer. Zimmer was simply looking for a workable solution to the problem of women and children, victims of domestic violence who needed shelter and food. There was a lot of it the problem then, and there is even more of it now. Ritz Zimmer couldn’t get municipal organizations to do it, so she decided to do it herself. I met Rita Zimmer on this night. She’s quite unimpressed with herself and unassuming about her great achievements. Her eye, it

not to mention brutalized— mentally or physically or both. The housing they provide are family units. WIN operates almost 600 of these family units in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. These are units of solace, especially for the children. It’s a leg up and often provides inevitable mobility. Kayce Jennings presented the Peter Jennings Prize: A Child’s View to Taliq, age 11. There were also three finalists and two honorable mentions: Diamiles, age 11, Fatoukmata, age 13, Ronell, age 9; and Karesse age 12 and Michael, age 9, all graced by the efforts

seems, is always on the future. She told me about her newest project with a controlled living environment for women who are in prison, so that they can live with their children. She has set up the first facility of its kind in Brooklyn with the assistance of D.A. Bruce Hines, who is himself a child of domestic violence. WIN provides transitional housing to more than 2,500 people each night. 1,800 of them are children. Every one of those children are deeply aware of the uncertainty of their own days. Children know they can get thrown away,

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children. This year’s benefit was at the Waldorf. A thousand men and women filled the grand ballroom and balconies for dinner. I can’t remember the last time I was at an event where there were a thousand people. Maybe Evelyn Lauder’s Breast Cancer Research Hot Pink evening. I was seated between Gillian Miniter and Susan Rudin. I asked Susan how they pulled it off—a thousand guests is a great number any time, economically speaking. At this time it is a miracle. “Jacqui Lividini,” was Susan Rudin’s


D A V I D P A T R I C K CO L U M B I A of WIN, and all experiencing respect and rewarded by it. There was a video about Mutiya Vision, a woman of 40 who came into one of WIN’s housing programs as a teen with her mother seeking refuge from her abusive stepfather. The video is called “Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness— the Next Generation: Bio and Reflections.” Meredith also had a disability since birth. I mention it because there is nothing disabled about the adult Mutiya. Despite the scary even terrifying time in her life with her stepfather and her mother, Mutiya was able to get a strong start in life as a child with her mother’s love and with WIN’s help.

Afterward, I talked to Mutiya about her life. She’s married to a record producer and they have seven children, three of whom performed in the video. Mutiya is a jolly, charming woman, full of laughter and awareness of the world around her. You might think, if you didn’t know the story, that she is untouched by sadness. She is very grounded. I said to her: “It seems like despite your mother’s problems in her own life, she was able to infuse you with a sense of love and confidence.” Mutiya agreed. Meredith Vieira was emcee. Is she the nicest, most real woman on national television? Is she one of those

women who would actually go out there to help? You can’t help getting the feeling she is. They honored Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, and Brendan Hoffman, president and CEO of Lord & Taylor. Hoffman was presented his award by the great Burt Tansky, president and CEO of Neiman Marcus. The beautiful Iman presented Lieve with her award. One evening, after a sunny spring day in New York, I went down to the Plaza where the American Academy in Rome was holding its annual Tribute Dinner, this year honoring Larry Gagosian and Robert Storr, dean of the Yale School of Art, with keynote speaker

John Richardson, as well as Chuck Close presenting Storr with his award. This is a curious event compared to most of what we cover because it bears the support and generous endorsement of a crosssection of prominent New Yorkers, and defines more or less what is a refined example of what is society in New York today, the emphasis is on Art and Culture. Period. (Or so it would seem.) Society is a word open to criticism, a catch-all that draws cynicism as well as amorphous pretense. And ridicule, in these times where the glitz is on the proletarian side. However, because

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of the long-term trends of American life, the up-fromnowhere bootstraps mentality that made this country the dynamic force in the world that it has been in the past century, society remains at the forefront of cultural, as well as political leadership. I know that’s hard to take and even annoying to many of us, but it is, in my humble opinion, nevertheless true. The evening was chaired by Mercedes and Sid Bass. The Basses are big contributors to organizations that provide arts and culture to this city, as well as the world. Mercedes Bass, for example, has established herself as a major sponsor 44 QUEST

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of the Metropolitan Opera. Keeping the Metropolitan alive is historically one of the great challenges of the city in the past 130 years. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, its main angel was Otto Kahn, the great investment banker (back when investment bankers had prestigious reputations, at least half deserved). Today, one of its main angels and promoters is Bass. These ventures are costly. Productions at the Met cost millions every year. Box office comes and goes but the expenses mount up. The angels keep the ship afloat and shining. The rest of us can take for granted and not even consider what it would be like

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without it. The keynote speaker was John Richardson, the great art historian and biographer of Picasso, as well as anecdotalist of immense proportions. The social hostesses of the world, for example, love John Richardson because he is a wealth of fascinating, intriguing, often scandalous stories about the rich, chic, and the shameless who have come and gone in his now long lifetime. His wit adds a factor of instructive amusement that could be addictive. The intellectual community, on the other hand, appreciates Richardson’s wit and encyclopedic knowledge of

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social characters. But more than that, they are awed by his brilliant and sophisticated knowledge of art history. Robert Storr, one of the awardees, was dean of the Yale School of Art but also a painter, a curator, an art historian, and a critic. He was introduced by Chuck Close, who told the guests that the first time anything had ever been written about his art, it happened to have been written by Storr. Close, who is a plain-talking kind of guy with a natural amiability, said that he was amazed to read— in Storrs’s words—what he “felt” (my word, not his) in his art. Storrs had “got it” and was

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D A V I D P A T R I C K CO L U M B I A able to convey it to the reader. Gagosian is about as bigtime in the art world as a dealer can get in any century. He was a Los Angeles boy who found his way to art while working in Westwood, California, as a valet parker (he was a kid, probably late teens). On those off moments when the cars were all parked and the owners were dining, he noticed a guy in the area selling art posters. He soon realized he could make more money selling art posters than he could parking cars. The watchful eye of the young man soon realized they could be sold more effectively in a gallery, and he found a space in a print

shop on the second floor of a building nearby. One thing led to another and, today, Gagosian, who looks like a prosperous UCLA alumnus, has sold billions of dollars in art to the greatest collectors in the world. The American Academy In Rome was created 116 years ago as a center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. It provides a supportive environment for artists and scholars to work on their projects. Each year, through a competition, the academy awards as many as thirty Rome Prize fellowships for all kinds of creative studies—for

architects, musicians, writers, historians, art histories, students of the renaissance, the medieval, and the ancient studies. It’s heaven for those involved in these pursuits. It’s heaven for those who are not involved and never will be, just to imagine. The academy provides the space and environment. Their campus includes the Villa Aurelia, built by the Farnese family in late renaissance Rome. In the late nineteenth century, it was owned by a wealthy American woman from Philadelphia who restored it to its original splendor (with gardens) and left it to the American Academy.

Adele Chatfield-Taylor, who is a New Yorker, is president of the American Academy. On this night, she announced that they had raised a little over $1.4 million at the dinner. Then, Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s auctioned off a week’s stay at a completely restored 800-year-old farming village in Tuscany. It rooms eight guests in rustic luxury, including a chef and Wi-Fi. Commerical value: $22,600. I think someone got it for less. On the stage was an orchestra with strings, looking classical and smartly austere, so that you more than half expected something Chamber music-ish. Instead

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generation of New Yorkers. Listening to Close and Richardson and Robert Storrs talk about their work was somehow the most interesting palliative. I couldn’t help thinking: Whatever else is going on in the world right now—and we all know there is much going on in the world right now—there remain havens, rarefied opportunities for pursuing the higher mind and higher order of things. This is art. This is ultimately where humanity gets to pin its hopes. There is no time like the present to bear witness to that. The American Academy in

Rome is one of those havens. Many of its supporters were glamorously gathered in the Plaza’s gilded ballroom. They had a good time. Because it was beautiful, good to hear, interesting; the women were beautifully dressed, the men looked smart in black tie, and the news being imparted was good—for everybody, at that moment. Big crowd. I remember seeing: Jo Carole Lauder, Darren Walker, Anthony Ames, Barbara Goldsmith, Elizabeth de Cuevas and Miles Lowell, Robert Silvers, Paul Beirne, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Dana and Dr. Patrick Stubgen,

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Alberto “Tito” Mejia October 15, 1984—April 9, 2010 In mid-February of each year, Team Quest begins to assemble a list of potential interns for the upcoming summer. This is always a fun task, as we have been extraordinarily well served by scores of outstanding interns, whose ranks included Edward Barsamian, Olivia Palermo, J.B. Glass, and Asia Baker in the summer of 2003. I interviewed the fifth member of “Summer 2003,” Alberto (Tito) Mejia, earlier that March, when he was home on spring break, and offered him the job on the spot. He’d engaged me for more than an hour with his mirthful yet genuine curiosity, and I was fully charmed by his potential. That summer my instincts proved correct, as Tito never let down our side. Mind you, he was not the first person into the office each morning but…his natural style and kind manner rubbed off well on his fellow interns, and indeed on our entire staff. He was quickly assimilated into the Quest family, and we were proud to call him one of our own. Tragically, three weeks ago, Tito drowned while on vacation in Antigua. Tito’s wonderful family, numerous friends, and admiring colleagues all mourn and miss his inherent optimism and enormous appetite for life. Lost to all of us, at a far too young twenty-five years old, I am reminded of that sobering verse of Yeats: “Soldier, scholar, horseman, he As’ twere all life’s epitome What made us dream that he could comb grey hair?” Godspeed, Tito; your memory stands tall. — grateful pub “I will always remember the summer of 2003 and the great times we had while working at Quest. Tito was such valuable part of our little clan, adding humor and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was a wonderful co-intern and friend, and I feel lucky to have been a part of Quest while he was there. We will miss you, Tito.” —Asia Baker “Tito, interning with you the summer before college was truly one of my favorite times. Your humor, good spirits, and kindness will be missed very much.” —J.B. Glass “That was such a fun summer and you were such an invaluable part of it, Tito! Your smile could light up a room and your laugh always made me laugh too. You will always have a special place in my heart Tito. xx.” —Elizabeth Meigher, Q Editor

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On May 10th, the International Center of Photography will host the twenty-sixth annual Infinity Awards at 6:30 p.m. at Chelsea Piers. For more information, call 212.810.2894.

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The seventh annual Fountain House symposium and luncheon will honor Glenn Close at The Pierre. For more information, call 212.874.5457. book smart

The James Beard Foundation will host its Media and Books Awards Dinner at Espace. A ceremony and gala reception will take place the following evening at Avery Fisher Hall. For more information, call 212.925.0054.

Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon will be held by the Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee at 11 a.m. at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Betsy Messerschmitt and Patsy and Jeff Tarr will be honored at this always fun and worthy event. For more information, call 212.310.6618.

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The Society of Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center will host the David Yurman Townhouse opening at 6:30 p.m. at 712 Madison. For more information, call 877.998.7626. Say cheese

Operation Smile’s Smile Event 2010

The American Cancer Society will begin its annual Youth Against Cancer Mother’s Day Theatre Benefit and Brunch at 12:30 p.m. at Sardi’s, with a performance of “The Addams Family” to follow at 3 p.m. at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. For more information, call 212.237.3892.

The Friends Committee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund will host its annual gala at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street with The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, present. For more information, call 646.794.3332.

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Housing Works’ annual “Design on a Dime” interior-design charity extravaganza will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion through May 8th. For more information, call 347.473.7457.

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On May 11th, Silda Wall Spitzer will speak at City Harvest’s sixth annual On Your Plate luncheon. The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Metropolitan Club. For more information, call 917.351.8725.

The Literacy Partners will celebrate its twenty-sixth anniversary with “Evening of Readings” at 6 p.m. at the David H. Koch Theater. For more information, call 212.573.6933.


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May Lovely Luncheon

Women At Risk will host its annual luncheon fund-raising event at 11 a.m. at The Waldorf. For more information, call 212.305.4486. dark and stormy

The Storm King Art Center, one of the world’s premier and best-loved sculpture parks, will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with a gala dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Sotheby’s. For more information, call 212.288.1205. Candid camera

L. Sawyers. For more information, call 212.289.0002.

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Gilda’s Club New York City will host its third annual benefit luncheon, Celebrating Women Working and Living with Cancer, at noon at The Plaza. For more information, call 212.647.9700. explore the zoo

The Wildlife Conservation Society will hold the Explorers’ Party at 6 p.m. at the Central Park

give a demonstration to children between the ages of five and ten. For more information, call 917.881.0857.

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will host its fortieth anniversary dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street. The event’s chair is Les Hinton, publisher of The Wall Street Journal and CEO of Dow Jones and Company. For more information, call 212.254.6677.

will present its exhibition of the Richard L. Feigen Collection of Italian Paintings. For more information, call 203.432.0611.

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The Carnegie Hall Notables with Nicola Bulgari host their annual Bulgari Occasion. The private performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Weill Recital Hall. For more information, call 212.903.9734.

The International Center of Photography will host the twenty-sixth annual Infinity Awards at 6:30 p.m. at Chelsea Piers. For more information, call 212.810.2894.

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City Harvest will host the sixth annual On Your Plate luncheon at noon at The Metropolitan Club. Silda Wall Spitzer, founding chair of Children for Children, will speak at the event. For more information, call 917.351.8725.

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Imagine What We Can Do will hold an event to benefit Pencil at 6 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street. The event will honor Jonathan Klein with the New York City Public School Alumni Award. For more information, call 646.648.0565. a night at the museum

Solving Kids Cancer will host its Spring Celebration event at 6:30 p.m. at the American Museum of Natural History. For more information, call 212.588.6626.

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The American Cancer Society will hold its second annual “All Teens Against Cancer” Empowerment Breakfast and Walk, beginning at 9 a.m. at Carl Schurz Park. For more information, call 212.237.3888.

The Young Survival Coalition will host “In Living Pink” at 7 p.m. at Crimson. The event will feature a 1920s speakeasy-style casino game night with a chance to win a diamond necklace donated by Hershey’s Bliss. For more information, call 646.257.3004.

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The Southampton Rose Society will hold its “How to Plant a Mini Rose” event at 10:30 a.m. at the Rose Garden. Peter Bertrand will

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The New York Philharmonic’s postconcert supper at 8 p.m. For more information, call 212.875.5656.

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El Museo del Barrio’s annual gala at Cipriani 42nd Street will begin at 7p.m. For more information, call 212.907.6408.

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The American Cancer Society holds its “Day of Hope” golf outing at 10 a.m. at the Bayonne Golf Club. For more information, call 908.629.0386.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society hosts “Flights of Fancy” at the Central Park Zoo. For more information, call 646.654.3445.


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IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY Having photographed her for

more than forty years, I can safely say that Elizabeth Taylor is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but is a down-toearth good sport. I have photographed the woman known as the most beautiful in the world many times, but the first was in 1962. She was filming Cleopatra in London. I am sorry that those photographs have been lost, but I have many memories. Waiting at the hospital, for example, when she nearly died and had to be rushed to London Clinic for a tracheotomy; photographing her over the years with most of her husbands; at her sixtieth birthday party, when she completely took over Disneyland for the night; with her hair long, short, and when she was completely bald, hours after her brain surgery. In the hospital that time Elizabeth asked me how she looked. “You look fine,” I said. “Tell me the truth,” she insisted. “Harry, how do I look?” “You look like Sinead O’Connor.” 58 QUEST

She howled at that and then asked, “Do you see any scars behind my ears?” When I said no, she was very pleased and told me that that proves she hadn’t had a facelift. Early on, Liz was a passionate advocate of AIDS research and was instrumental in having the Lachrymosa Diamond Mask created to raise money for the cause. New Jersey-born jewelry designer Henry Dunay designed the mask for the “Glitter and Be Giving” auction for AIDS at Christie’s in April 1992. He used 135 carats of diamonds and it took two thousand hours to manufacture. Pictured here, Elizabeth poses with the stunning mask. Elizabeth makes a photographer’s life a lot easier. If some of the young actors today would follow her lead they would be better served by the press, for Elizabeth instinctively marches to the beat of her own drummer. And I am glad she does. u Elizabeth Taylor with the Lachrymosa Diamond Mask auctioned at Christie’s in 1992.


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let’s do the wild thing Spring is here and love is in the air, as they say. At least for some. Dolphins, for example, can never get enough. They are constantly nuzzling and staring into each other’s eyes—and they are known to make love up to forty-three times in a half hour. That beats Tiger Woods’s record by a mile and then some. Next time you want to say something about sex addiction and Tiger, think of the dolphins and give him a pass. Bonobos, a type of chimp and our closest living ancestor, are even more addicted to sex than dolphins (and Tiger). They are always at it, lovemaking being a social currency, like a handshake or sharing a cup of tea. Just think how many times a Frenchman shakes hands, multiply it by a hundred, and that’s how a certain chimp spends his day. Yippee! Giant pandas sing love songs when they’re horny. They blurt out a variety of barks, moans, roars, growls, and squeals when looking for a hot date, which is quite normal when you think of it. I’ve heard Noo Yawkers make worse noises when in the same state. Female pandas also use their own chirps and snorts that convey information about their age and temperament. Good news for ladies my age: young male pandas prefer to mate with older females. Experience trumps looks where pandas are concerned, something I wish the Left: Pandas sing love songs of barks, moans, roars, growls and squeals to get a date. 60 QUEST


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human race would adhere to right now. Mind you, although I might sound desperate, I still wouldn’t go so far as the male Praying Mantis, which gives up its life for a once-in-a-lifetime hookup. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, the predatory female starts to munch away at the male’s head and goes on down the body. In the meantime, the lower organ is working away despite the loss of the upper half. Just think of it. Even if you had Rebecca Hall munching away at your head and shoulders, could you keep going? I love the actress, but even she’s not worth the trouble. As with many men, the male mantis sacrifices its brain to the needs of down below. Go figure, as they used to say in Brooklyn when the Dodgers were still there. Which brings me to flirting with the opposite sex. If some of you think we men are clumsy, fuhgeddaboudit. A male elephant looking for sex has mucus oozing from his cheeks and he gives off a smell that can be picked up half a mile away. It’s enough to drive even Paris Hilton away, but the horny male elephant eventually does have his way with the little woman. A friend of mine who lives in Kenya had his car crushed by an elephant when the gentle dumbo got horny and mistook his Honda for a female. Male elephants become very aggressive when randy, just like some of the people I mentioned above. The good news I learned from the Discovery Channel is that size does not count—but it does help. The human male’s genitalia are among the biggest in the animal kingdom. Hooray! Gorillas may be mighty, but

are endowed with one a n d a half inches. Boo! Lions do it a hundred times a day, but have only a little stump to work with. Arise you small-timers, you still have a chance. But let’s not get too conceited about our size. The blue whale has an eight-footer and I’d like to see any NBA star try and compete. Come to think of it, no judge could order a male blue to stay away from a female one, unless he decreed he had to keep one mile away and then some. Finally, howler monkeys French-kiss without touching, not a bad idea for our French cousins to follow in view of all the garlic they eat. The male and female howlers waggle their tongues at each other from a distance, then turn and face the sunset without doing any of the serious stuff that gets us all into trouble. It’s romance at its best, but after a while, both give in and go at it nonstop. But first they flirt, a rarity nowadays among us humans. And talk about flashers. Male fireflies advertize their desire to score by…flashing a light. A chemical reaction in their bums sends a bright beacon to any females around. Not unlike some billionaire friends of mine upon entering Monkey Bar. When a female firefly picks up the signal, she plays hard to get, unlike certain friends of the aforementioned Tiger Woods. The hornier the male gets, the brighter the flash, like a bald Hollywood pro-

From left: Dolphins love to nuzzle each other and are known to make love up to fortythree times in a half hour; lions mate up to a hundred times a day. Below: No one has ever recorded the mating of a blue whale.

ducer in heat. Still, the female does not give in. The more flashing, the more she likes it. Like human females, she forces the male to come up with the goods: the jet, the yacht, the limo, the cash. And then it happens and the flashing stops. Moral of the story: the rich and flashy will always get laid, but it’s up to the female to make him work for it. Study the animal kingdom and you’re bound to pick up lots of tips about the female species. Not, of course, if you’re built like a blue whale, or a gorilla. Then just pray. You might one day find female company, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Oh yes, last tip. Try to not smell like an elephant in heat. u

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come into bloom. For our annual Jewelry Issue, we’ve found some choice pieces for the diamond lover and costume-jewelry girl alike. Mom should be at the top of everyone’s list, and whether she’s got a penchant for cuffs or earrings—or just a sweet tooth—something in these pages is bound to please her. April showers should be long gone, but we’ve spotted a clear winner of an umbrella just in case. And, why not indulge yourself—or your pooch—with a little something special?

David Yurman’s Couture Mosaic Collection cuffs may be worn together or separately. Price upon request. David Yurman: 712 Madison Avenue or 877.908.1177.

Twist and shout in this white silk plissé dress with gathered detail at the waist, from Alberta Ferretti. $2,395. Alberta Ferretti: albertaferretti.com.

For a night out, grab onto Judith Leiber’s Dahlia clutch in black satin with crystal inlaid flower detail. $1,695. Judith Leiber: 680 Madison Avenue, 866.542.7167, or judithleiber.com.

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Deck the walls with “Wives Tales,� an acrylic on canvas by Gustavo Novoa. Price upon request. Wally Findlay Galleries: 124 East 57th Street, 212.421.5390, or wallyfindlay.com.

Get set to go with the Corse Flat bag, made of fabric from a Tuscan mill with python trim. $1,800. Westward Mason: 139 North County Road, Palm Beach, 561.833.7506.

Live dangerously in this lambskin leather mini shift dress from Shoshanna. $725. Shoshanna: 888.888.4757 or neimanmarcus.com. Nothing beckons summer better than these citrine-anddiamond flower drop earrings in 18-kt. yellow gold. $1,300. Tiffany & Co.: 800.843.3269 or tiffany.com.

Slip on the original design of the Ballet Precieux yellow-diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. $22,000. Betteridge: 117 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, 203-869-0124.

Adour Alain Ducasse has truly made macarons the gemstones of confections. $15 or more for a half dozen. Adour: 2 East 55th Street, 212.710.2277, or adour-stregis.com. MAY 2 0 1 0 6 3


Fresh Finds The Double Sunflower Cuff by Michael Galmer is handcrafted J. Crew can’t seem to stop turning out irresistible jewelry. Pick up the Starbright necklace for Mom (or for yourself).

using the rare art of the repoussé method, which came into vogue at the turn of the twen-

$98. J. Crew: 800.562.0258

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Gallery: 1250 Madison Avenue, 212.996.0300, or americanestatejewelry.com.

Dazzle them in these 5-ct. diamond earrings with 258 brilliant-cut diamonds from Chopard. Price upon request. Chopard: Turn heads in this sleeveless turtleneck dress with embroidered ruffle

800.CHOPARD or chopard.com.

skirt from Valentino. $7,900. Valentino: 212.772.6969 or valentino.com.

The “Smores Bar” is one of many chocolates you can customize online using more than eighty different ingredients. About $5 each. Chocomize: 856.375.2041 or chocomize.com. 64 QUEST

The adorable print on Radley London’s Taunton Walker umbrella will have you singing in the rain. $60. Radley London: +44.(0)845.070.7080 or radleylondon.com.


Beautify any basin with the Cosmos Lever in polished nickel with Lapis Lazuli Inserts from Sherle Wagner. $3,056. Sherle Wagner: 212.758.3300 or sherlewagner.com.

Artist Melissa Norton customizes everything from wedding invitations to correspondence cards, like these. $16 per box of 10. Painterly Design: 513.272.0798 or painterlydesign.com.

Perfect for the new mom on Mother’s Day: this sterling silver cup comes plain or can be engraved. $275. Ralph Lauren Children’s Stores: 888.475.7674 or ralphlauren.com.

Dress up your dog in a needlepoint collar from Smathers & Branson, available in lobster, naturical flag, and other patterns. $75. Smathers & Branson: 301.229.9436 or smathersandbranson.com.

Surf’s always up when wearing this calla lily print swimsuit in faded turquoise from Strong Boalt. $115. Strong Boalt: 646.236.8203 or strongboalt.com. Spoil a sleepy pet with the Lazybonezz Modern Loft Pet Bed in Espresso

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marriages Julie Lancaster & Grinnell Morris March 13, 2010 u Zihuatanejo, Mexico Daniel Cappello

Sixty guests attended the destination wedding. Julie and Grinnell were married on the beach at The Tides Zihuatanejo. They stayed through Wednesday, but so did some of their guests, so a proper honeymoon to Italy is being planned.

Back row: George Lancaster, Olin Lancaster III, Julie Lancaster, Grinnell Morris, Pamela Lancaster, Sally Lancaster, and Olin Lancaster, Jr. Front row: ringbearers Olin Lancaster IV and Christopher Lancaster.

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The bride carried all white flowers in a bouquet of roses and gardenias.The groom wore his grandfather Grinnell Morris, Sr.’s, belt buckle.

The reception was held at the adjacent La Villa restaurant, under the open-air thatched roof. The couple danced to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”

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marriages Katie Kannapell & Frédéric Ryser April 17, 2010 u New York, New York by

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The bride wore a dress from Monique Lhuillier, made of antique lace with matching mantilla, pearl-and-diamond earrings, and a diamond bracelet by Nishan Vartanian.

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Katie and Frédéric were married at Saint Mary’s Chapel at Saint Bartholomew’s Church with 130 guests attending. A reception followed at The Carlyle.

The bridesmaids wore dresses by Melissa Sweet and were styled with Art Deco baubles. They carried sweetpeas, while the bride carried Lily of the Valley.

The bride carried a bouquet of white roses, orchids, oleanders, and heliotrobe. Directly after the wedding, the couple went to the south of France for their honeymoon.

After the first dance to “Fly Me to the Moon,” Katie changed into a short Carolina Herrera dress for more dancing.

The couple went on their honeymoon to Lord Howe Island (500 miles off the coast of Sydney) followed by Kauri Kliffs, TreeTops, and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand.

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marriages Nicole Hanley & Matthew Mellon

Eloping was always the plan for this couple. But getting married on Matthew’s daughter, Minty’s Easter vacation was a surprise!

April 3, 2010 u Harbour Island, The Bahamas by

Dori Cooperman

Not only did the bride and groom have to find their wedding white while on the island, but their entire wedding party did too!

The couple was married on the beach at the home of Alex and Diane von Furstenberg. Minty was the coordinator and special attendant.

The wedding group retreated to relax on Lyford Cay, at the estate of Stephan de Kwiatkowski. The couple plans to celebrate with missing family and friends in the near future.

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Following the ceremony, the wedding party had an intimate dinner at The Rock House.


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ON THE MARK is there any neighborhood in Manhattan that JeanGeorges Vongerichten hasn’t cornered? From Flatiron to Meatpacking, from West Village to Upper West Side, there’s a Jean-Georges (you know you’re big when everyone calls you simply by your first name, or names, as it were) restaurant to suit your address, and your taste. With his latest installation, The Mark Restaurant, Jean-Georges has breathed life back into a famously quiet and sedate part of town. As part of the recent overhaul and redesign of The Mark hotel itself, The Mark 70 QUEST

Restaurant represents a modern soigné sensibility in what can be an otherwise stuffy slice of town. There’s something of a throwback-eighties movement going on in New York these days, and Jean-Georges’s The Mark seems to be in step. Downtown’s Boom Boom Room (er, Eighteenth Floor) at the Standard hotel offers up sophisticated carpeting, lots of glass, expansive views that feel as if they own the world, and long, sleek wooden bars. There’s a little bit of that going on at The Mark as well—the carpeting, the hopping bar scene, the

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movie-set lighting, the walls of wine on display. It’s the glamour of the self-assured New York of almost thirty years ago. Who doesn’t want to walk into that kind of room? Behind the haute design, however, lies the beauty of The Mark Restaurant: a moderately priced menu with comfort-type foods that defy categorization, and a wine list so reasonable that you feel as if you’re on vacation in another city. Signature cocktails like the Cucumber Martini and Kumquat Mojito are just in time for summer, and slivers of diver scallops with warm black truffle toast and sweet-pea soup with parmesan shouldn’t be missed. The burger, served with brie cheese (brie cheese?), is a surprising delight. There couldn’t be a more perfect ending than the Grand Marnier soufflé with mandarin sorbet. For the most part, Jean-Georges has hit the mark in his latest incarnation. The only thing he might want to reconsider is smoked salmon on a pizza. u

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The biggest mega-yacht regatta of 2010 was recently held on the tiny island of St. Barths. Every year, in late March, all of the big yachts from around the Caribbean, the Med, Florida, and the Bahamas participate. One afternoon, the granite quay is all abuzz. The last power yacht just left the dock that faces the narrow harbor. All of the big sailboats are just beginning to come into the port. The St. Barths Bucket Regatta is organized of three enterprising men—Hank Halsted, Tim Loughridge, and Ian Craddock. It is an outgrowth of the original “Nantucket Bucket,” started


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winds out of Gustavia, under the “milk bottle” lighthouse that guards the entrance to the harbor. There are no mega-yacht power boats to be seen, just sloops, yawls, ketches, and schooners, a forest of aluminum and a carbon masts, some over two-hundred-feet tall. The sticks reach into the sky with sails neatly furled, all waiting for the seductive call of the wind before they unleash their power. Just let the docklines go, hoist the anchors, the huge sails unfurl, and off they go. The sun comes up in a straight line and goes down fast, so it gets dark quickly here. This is the magic time, when all the yachts turn on the spreader lights that climb the mast. With so many masts that top a hundred feet, there is a sea of red lights, like a forest of Christmas trees. Think of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree—times fifty. The docks are filled with the crews, arriving by plane, ferry, and by yachts themselves. Yacht racing is a team sport. Depending on the size of the yacht and the complexity of the rigs and sails, it can take more than thirty sailors on each yacht to make them move and look good. The Newport yachting community moves en masse to St. Barths every spring. The mega-yacht sailing community meets throughout the year in Newport in July, in Porto Cervo in June, and in Antigua in January. There’s even a version of the Bucket regattas in This page, from top: racing boats; a crew aboard one of the yachts; a view from the starboard side. Opposite page, clockwise from top left: the W-Class yacht White Wings and her crew in St. Barths; Donald Tofias, founder of W-Class, at the helm; the St. Barth’s harbor during the regatta.

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nearly twenty-five years ago by Nelson Doubleday, Peter Goldberg, and Thomas Taylor on the island of Nantucket. Before then there was no venue for large cruising sailboats to race safely and competitively. In traditional sailboat races, the yachts all start at the same time or in classes with handicaps to equalize the different sized boats. In a Bucket regatta, things are much more genteel: the slower boats start first, the fastest boats last. If the handicapping is done properly, and all the yachts are well sailed, everyone will theoretically finish at the same time. In all, there are thirty-nine yachts signed up to race in St. Barths this spring. There’s Ranger, owned by John Williams of Atlanta, and Hanuman, Jim Clark of Florida’s boat, both replicas of the America’s Cup yachts from the 1930s. I own the smallest yacht in the races, White Wings, a seventy-six-foot long sloop, designed by Joel White and built at Rockport Maine. We all began arriving early in the week to help the permanent crews prep the big cruising yachts for racing. The owners, captains, and crews come from every major sailing port in the world—Cowes, England; Cannes and Antibes, France; Via Reggio and Porto Cervo in Italy; Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia; Annapolis, Fort Lauderdale, and a huge contingent arrives from Newport. These big yachts need the peoplepower of skilled sailors, and Newport is where many of them call home. Many of these yachtsmen and women have both Americas Cup and global sailing experience. You get a good view of all the yachts in the tiny harbor from the road that


Boothbay, Maine, in August. On the day of the races, Friday, March 26, the yachts have their war flags flying. Whisper, owned by “Hap” Haugh of Minneapolis, has a cigar-smoking seahorse emblazoned on his twenty-foot by twenty-foot ripstop nylon war flag. Jim Clark’s Hanuman has the eponymous Hindu god on his flag. This is the big day that all of the owners and their crews have looked forward to. The crews are up early, packing spinnakers and checking sheets,

halyards, blocks and winches, making sandwiches and readying coolers filled with water (and later beer and wine). We are on White Wings this week, a W-Class seventy-six-foot-long racing yacht. This is a sloop with one mast and two large sails. The first day is the ‘round island day, a circumnavigation around the magical island of St. Barths with its crystal-clear waters and rocky coastline. The first leg is a beat up the south coast, then to a reach over the top of the island with the prevailing easterly winds. The racing starts just

west of the harbor entrance and there are giant boats and huge sails as far as the eye can see. White Wings will hopefully pass all the yachts in front of us and be able to hold off the faster yachts starting after us. But no matter which yacht comes home first, “yachting will be the winner.” u Donald Tofias is the founder of the W-Class Company, of Newport, Rhode Island, which builds, markets, and races sailing yachts. For more information, call 401.619.1190 or visit w-class.com.

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never to forget the alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) was

established in 2004 to support the advancement of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s disease, its related dementias, and cognitive aging. This April 29, ADDF will host its fourth annual Connoisseur’s Dinner at Sotheby’s. “The dinner has become important to those people who want to directly fund scientific research,” says board president Nancy Corzine. “Each year we have an auction that benefits two outstanding scientists currently doing pre-clinical drug discovery projects. We will award the auction proceeds to their ground breaking endeavors.” Alzheimer’s disease costs U.S. society more than $148 billion

annually, making it the third most costly disease in the U.S. Only heart disease and cancer cost more. “One out of every three people over the age of eighty has Alzheimer’s, currently about 5 million people are affected and a new individual is diagnosed every seventy seconds,” Corzine says. “Those are very significant numbers.” ADDF employs venture philanthropy based on the idea that research grant recipients are engaged in projects that are potentially viable in the marketplace with a possible return on investment. Their strategy has proven successful. The projects ADDF has funded have made measurable scientific strides, and some have returned their initial funding. This year, ADDF has identified Dr. Sidney Strickland, a pro-


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fessor at the Rockefeller University and Signum biosciences, a small start-up biotech company, to receive the funds raised from the evening. “The foundation is on a role,” says Leonard Lauder, co-chairman of the board of directors. “Our fund-raising is increasing dramatically as people realize that this is just not a disease that other people get, but that we are all at risk at some time in our life.” Corzine, whose mother passed away from the disease, notes the story of courage from a recently diagnosed woman: “Last year, Marty Dinerstein spoke at the Connoisseur’s Dinner. In This page, clockwise from top left: Carl Bernstein with a Giacometti sculpture; Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, who serves as co-chairman of the board; Denise Rich; Judy and Al Taubman. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) president Nancy Corzine; tables set for dinner; Harriet and Ronald Weintraub; Christine Bernstein; Larry Leeds and Martin Gruss.

the prime of her life she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.” A successful businesswoman, Marty is not the typical profile for the disease. “When she spoke last year, it gave everyone pause to think that this very accomplished and articulate woman has Alzheimer’s. Marty will be speaking again this year about the changes that have occurred in her life over the past year. Initially, when she offered to share her story, I told her she was one of the bravest people I had ever met.” ADDF and its affiliate, the Institute for the Study of Aging, a private foundation established by the Estée Lauder family in 1998, have awarded more than $36 million to more than 270 research programs worldwide. They also have invested more than $8 million in forty biotechnology companies, which have received follow-on commitments of more than $1 billion. Corzine adds: “As a layperson, to have the smallest thing to do with finding a cure to this terrible disease would validate my life’s work.” u

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the “it” brit club By daniel cappello

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perfectly suitable for meals, games, and watching DVDs alike; and the sixth-floor drawing and games rooms that abut the dining room and main bar. For sure, membership has these privileges, but you needn’t be a member to sample Soho House’s offerings. The property is also a luxurious twenty-four-room hotel with sprawling bedrooms (up to 950 square feet) at competitive rates. Guests staying at the hotel can take advantage of the chic amenities and services that the club offers its members. So, next time the folks are in town, don’t forget about Soho House. A Friday rooftop cocktail or Sunday brunch in the library is completely worth it. u This page: The welcoming sixth-floor dining room and adjoining bar. Opposite, from top: One of the spacious bedrooms that make Soho House an attractive hotel option in New York; the club’s relaxed drawing room.

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When you think of New York, you think of taxis and skyscrapers, of downtown bars and uptown black-tie affairs. You don’t usually think of heated pools en plein air or of poolside drinks and rooftop changing cabanas. That’s where Soho House steps in. With summer approaching, though, New Yorkers who don’t flee for the beach have the option of heading to the Meatpacking District for a day in the sun on the roof at Soho House, the New York outpost of the British members-only club. Tucked in a prime cobblestoned corner along Ninth Avenue (nestled midway between Pastis and the Apple Store), Soho House offers benefits beyond the pool and rooftop dining scenes. Members can enjoy movie nights in the private fourth-floor screening room (complete with plush leather seats that offer ample arm room for champagne buckets and nibbles); spa treatments in Cowshed Spa; the spacious, relaxed fifth-floor library, which is


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come sail away Take advantage of Casa de Campo’s many outdoor adventures, including the resort’s golfing, sailing, and sport-shooting programs.

casa de campo, the Dominican Republic’s premier resort,

boasts a variety of outdoor sports and activities, including golfing, sailing, fishing (deep sea and river), sport-shooting, tennis, horseback riding, jumping and polo programs. “We are unmatched,” says marketing director Kim Hutchinson. “Nobody else offers the caliber of sports and facilities, and quality of lessons, that are available at Casa de Campo.” The legendary “Teeth of the Dog” golf course lies within the 7,000-acre property on the island’s southeastern coast. In Bury Me in a Pot Bunker, architect Pete Dye describes his design: “From day one, Teeth of the Dog was a hit with golf enthusiasts. Its beauty caused amateurs and professionals to compare it favorably with another great seaside course, Pebble Beach.” Now, Casa de Campo hosts the David Leadbetter Golf Academy where guests can improve their game on Teeth of the Dog, or on the resort’s two other courses, “Dye Fore” and “The Links.” On another day, sail over to Minitas Beach to rent a Hobie Cat, Sunfish, or windsurfer. For the challenge of a larger vessel, 80 QUEST

visit the Casa de Campo Marina. The Scuola della Vela provides instruction from November through May and has taught more than three thousand students since 1978. Casa de Campo recently sponsored the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship—the “Super Bowl” of sailing. It opened on April 15, with races taking place from the 21st to the 24th off the Casa de Campo Marina. The resort has also housed a 245-acre shooting center since 1986. The most comprehensive of its kind in the Carribbean, the facility features more than two hundred stations for different sport shooting—including clay, skeet, and trap. Director Shaun Snell ensures a safe enviroment for men and women over the age of twelve taking individual or group lessons. Plus, because of the weather in the Dominican Republic, guests are able to enjoy the sport year-round. All this, and Casa de Campo is truly accessible! As Hutchinson says, “You land and can get right into your shorts and go to the golf course or the beach on the same day that you fly out of New York City.” u

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This page, from top: Casa de Campo’s “Dye Fore” golf course; guests take aim at the shooting center. Opposite: Sailors join the 2010 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship off the Casa de Campo Marina.


The Laurel Elegant Design, Superior Lifestyle ries of modern living, stands proud in its prime Upper East Side location. From the design and finishes of each residence to the endless services and ame­nities offered, the building truly indulges every convenience. Developed by Alexico Group, The Laurel rises thirty-one stories and offers beautifully appointed studios to four-bedroom residences. In addition, two extraordinary penthouses encompass the top floors, one offering a private roof terrace with a wood-burning fireplace and ample entertaining areas. Buyers appreciate the generous proportions and open, inviting layouts of the residences and value the lifestyle offerings, including white-glove services and 12,000 sq. ft. of amenities that bring a multitude of activities at no additional cost. Rare on-site parking is also available. Jeannie Woodbrey, senior sales director, says, “We have recently experienced a surge of sales activity at The Laurel. I attribute this to our superior finishes and our extensive amenity spaces which offer an unparalleled lifestyle. There is truly no other building that blends such quality of services and state-of-the-art design.” Each residence features solid white oak flooring, glass walls and high ceilings, as well as modern innovations, like Verizon FiOS wiring, LEED-certified construction, and a four-pipe fan coil HVAC system. The kitchen is made up of white marble counters, Poggenpohl cabinets, and high-performance appli82 QUEST

ances, such as a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler and Gaggenau stainless steel steam and convection ovens. The living and dining rooms take advantage of the views and sunlight. The Trophy Club, an 8,000-sq.-ft. fitness center complete with free weights, strength training machines, and cardiovascular equipment is complemented by steam and sauna rooms and men’s and women’s lockers. Adjacent to the fitness center is a 50-foot infinity edge lap pool with a mosaic tile interior and botticino marble deck. It doesn’t end there. One level below, is a one-of-a-kind triathlon training center that supports an uninterrupted running, swimming, and biking program with its own resistance pool and specially designed cardio equipment. Personal training programs are also available to residents. The Laurel Club, a 4,000-sq.-ft. private two-story recreational center, is home to a theater-style screening room, game room, arcades and computer center. A double height lounge offers a break from all of the activ­ity and the private dining room and catering kitchen provide a wonderful setting for dinner parties, but is also outfitted with audio-visual equipment capable of supporting video-conferencing and multi-media presentations. The Laurel offers immediate occupancy. u For more information, see laurelcondominium.com or call 212.750.5550.

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Forget breakfast at Tiffany’s. This year, it’s all about dinner at Le Caprice. From bracelets to burgers, it’s a veritable British invasion as six fashionable New York friends hit the town in Asprey jewels at the posh Le Caprice. By daniel cappello, elizabeth meigher, and georgina schaeffer photographed by mimi ritzen crawford 88 QUEST


Alexis Theodoracopulos and Kate Werlein know how to step in style. Kate wears a one-shoulder blush organza gown by Katie Ermilio and the Asprey Feather Collection necklace in white gold and diamonds. Alexis wears a Brooks Brothers tuxedo, shirt, cummerbund, and bowtie, with Asprey’s A-cut studs and cufflinks in white gold and onyx. His British Flag pin is also by Asprey, and his shoes by Fratelli Rosetti. Styling by Valery Joseph Salon: Nir Halevi (hair); Shiko Vun (makeup). First assistant: Elizabeth Brown. Second assistant: Essie Gavrilov.


Belle of the Brits Chessy Wilson wears J.

Lauren Purple Label, Asprey’s Protector Collection

Black Label. The game is backgammon, in black

Mendel’s double-face midnight satin dress and

cufflinks and studs in black diamond, and a

calf by Asprey. Inset: Chessy, in a black silk god-

Asprey’s Windsor Collection bracelet, earrings,

white gold Backes & Strauss Regent watch from

dess column gown by Katie Ermilio, glitters in

and necklace in white gold, diamonds, and

Asprey; Alexis sports Asprey’s No. 8 Tourbillon

Asprey: Feather Collection hair pin in diamonds,

aquamarines. Left to right: Charles Darling in

round watch in white gold; Oliver Ames wears

Asscher cut chandelier earrings, Princess Rose

a tuxedo by Dunhill, shirt and bowtie by Ralph

a tuxedo by J. Crew and shirt by Ralph Lauren

diamond bracelet, and diamond Calla lily ring.

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Opposite: Jessica Zaganczyk, in Ralph Lauren Black Label’s Antonia dress, wears Asprey’s Asscher cut chandelier earrings, Princess Rose diamond bracelet, sapphire-and-diamond line bracelets, Daisy diamond bracelet, and Calla lily ring. Inset & this page: Jessica dazzles in Dennis Basso’s pale yellow charmeuse short-tiered bubble dress and Asprey’s Fancy yellow-diamond necklace, Daisy bracelet, and Rose earrings in gold and diamonds. Kate’s Asprey Feather Collection diamond bracelet matches her necklace.


Feet with flair: from left, Chessy carries Asprey’s Mayfair clutch in charcoalpolished crocodile and wears Manolo Blahnik’s Wizza sandals; Jessica shows off Jimmy Choo’s Qunize shoes with crystal embroidery; Kate, in Dennis Basso’s purple metallic brocade dress, carries the Mayfair clutch in wheat cashmere-finished ostrich and wears Asprey’s Majestic amethyst ring, along with gold Godiche ankle sandals by Manolo Blahnik. Charles’s black acetate glasses layered with slate are by Robert Marc.

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fantasy for sale The true jewelry lover regards a pair of magnificent Buccelati earrings to be just as important, artistically, as a Raphael. By daisy prince

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewelry Sale celebrated 150 years of style in April. The sale exceeded expectations with pieces frequently selling above their estimates. This page: Buccellati earrings.


This page, clockwise from top left: a 1960s evening bag, or “Sac de Soir,” from Sterle; a 1930s diamond and seed pearl tassel necklace; a signature David Webb horse motif bracelet from the 1980s is still popular today; Cartier hair combs with coral are a nod to a bygone era; a classic Verdura gold link bracelet.

The “Magnificent Jewel Sale” at Sotheby’s holds the same

of magnificent Buccellati earrings to be just as important, artistically, as a Raphael, these pages are no less than a sacred text. Jewelry is an unusual art form in that it has the benefit of being portable and can even enhance the beauty of the wearer. Added fun is question of provenance. It is easy to imagine Marlene Dietrich wearing the Marlene Rose during the filming of Blue Angel and Shanghai Express, or while meeting heads of states. You can practically see the curl of cigarette smoke slightly obscuring the diamonds as she leans across the

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level of excitement for jewelry lovers as the World Series does for baseball fans. The second those catalogues come through the mail, you can practically hear wine being poured into a glass as the would-be client slowly peruses the heavy glossy pages. The catalogues hold a glimpse into a modern-day Aladdin’s Cave, and even someone who never wears a speck of jewelry can’t help but be tempted by the dizzying array of stones, designs, and colors that fill the pages. But to the true jewelry lover who regards a pair

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table to speak to the director. Perhaps the most interesting piece in the recent sale was the Isabella Stewart Gardner Burmese diamond ring, which she bought with $50,000 left to her by her brother. After endless haggling with an Indian Rajah, Gardner procured the marvelous ruby and wore it constantly, until her death in 1924. In real life, the ruby catches the light in such a way that it almost glows from within. The ring, one of the stars of the sale, finally sold for more than $2 million to a woman who once shocked the extremely formal Boston Symphony by wearing a white headband emblazoned with “Oh, you Red Sox.”

This page, clockwise from top: an 18-karat gold link charm bracelet with sixteen charms and men’s stud set; this brooch, called the “Marlene Rose,” was worn by Dietrich herself; a beautiful pendant watch from Mauboussin; a stunning diamond bib necklace from Fred Leighton.

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Quite a few of the lots were of charm bracelets. A favorite was an 18-karat gold link chain necklace supporting sixteen charms, including an explosive device, a cross, a Yale man, a cat, a hunting dog, a tank, a man hanging the moon, and a duck. Charm bracelets are a trend that should come back into style, as the charms that people chose to fill them can be so revealing of character. They also make a lovely clattering sounds. The ’60s always had unique jewelry and the “Sac de Soir” is an example of the playfulness of the era. Made from spun gold with a diamond trim, who doesn’t dream of walking into a party with this tucked under her arm?


This page, clockwise from top left: a Tiffany emerald-and-diamond bracelet; a turquoise “Beach Daytona” Rolex watch; Van Cleef & Arpels is famous for its “mystery setting,” shown in this ruby-and-diamond brooch; a ruby-and-diamond ring, which once belonged to Isabella Stewart Gardner, fetched $2 million at auction; a gold and

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diamond necklace from Bulgari.

Men weren’t neglected either and it would be pure fun to get someone the periwinkle blue Rolex watch. Its even got a great name: the “Beach Daytona.” And if there is one jewelry designer who is unmatched in his elegance for both men and women, it’s Cartier. The diamond dress set would set any man apart. But, by far, my favorite piece in the sale was the David Webb horse bangle bracelet. Cut for a slim arm, the gold, platinum, diamond, ruby, emerald, and enamel bracelet would have been at the height of fashion when it was first created, and it’s even more interesting now. The creative forces behind David Webb jewelry have always been inspired by a cornucopia of design. In my mind, this bracelet should be worn only by the chicest of women. That’s the one problem with auctions, you never know who has bought the fantasy—only how much they bought it for. u


A YURMAN FLAGSHIP is REBORN By daniel cappello P H O T O G R AP H ED B y d a v e l i e b e r m a n MADISON AVENUE has a new storefront to brag about. Last month, David Yurman, one of the country’s leading jewelry and timepiece designers, opened its new flagship at 712 Madison. The David Yurman Townhouse, as it’s known, was designed by Gabellini Shepherd Associates and boasts three floors and two thousand square feet of dedicated retail space. It is meant to represent the new “home” of David Yurman, and to establish a new retail design standard for the brand worldwide. The interior, which draws inspiration from iconic American modern architecture of the mid-1900s, is characterized by textured, natural materials, including striated Nublado marble flooring, warm walnut ceilings, and rich metal finishes. Each element has been carefully selected to reflect David Yurman’s background as a sculptor. Not to be missed (literally) are the door handles at the boutique’s entrance. Yurman, inspired by his signature cable design, hand-sculpted the door pulls himself. The first floor is dedicated to the lifestyle brand with a focus 100 QUEST

on women’s collections. Several pieces on display are exclusive offerings to the Townhouse. The second floor showcases the men’s and timepiece collections. The masculine feel of the floor is enhanced by the details, such as natural woods and elements. Finally, the lofty third floor houses the bridal and couture collections, including engagement rings, bridal jewelry, and some of David Yurman’s most important pieces. A private parlor at the end of the floor is reserved for by-appointment-only shopping. David Yurman will continue to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with several more store openings throughout the country. In March, the brand opened its first European shop, at the famous department store Printemps, in Paris. As for New York, it seems as if—just like back in 1980—David Yurman is here to stay. u This page: The entrance at 712 Madison Avenue. Opposite, clockwise from top: The first floor, dedicated to the lifestyle brand and women’s collections; the winding stairs; private appointments on the third floor.


costume drama Quest surveys the contemporary costume jewelry scene By rachel corbett

Perhaps unsurprisingly, sales of costume jewelry tend

to surge during economic downturns. This year—the one hundredth anniversary of the commercial manufacture of costume jewelry—is no different. In fact, costume jewelry seems to be hotter than ever, with profits on the rise and scores of young new designers joining the market. In the first half of last year, costume jewelry sales rose by $160 million over the previous year. The undisputed forerunner of faux, of course, is Kenneth Jay Lane. Lane has designed his fake pearls and rhinestone baubles 1 0 2 Q UES T


Right: Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer. From top: gold and silver long multi drape necklace; pearl short necklace; vintage coin draped bracelet. Opposite: Ranjana Khan’s pearl and crystal scalloped

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Costume jewelry legend Kenneth Jay Lane’s polished gold turquoise enamel flat odd shape gold necklace and gold coral cabochon teardrop top drop clip earring.

Geometric earrings in silver, gold, and matte black from Lia Sophia, designed by Dani Stahl, below.

Alexis Bittar’s large gold and large Montauk oval turquoise clip earrings.

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for everyone from Princess Diana to Diana Vreeland. Nearly fifty years later, he’s still at it. Today Lane’s imprint is not only obvious on his ever-evolving designs, but on the generation of young designers he’s helped inspire. Lane may have paved the way for other less expensive, less conventional designers, like Alexis Bittar, who began as a street vendor in the early 1990s. Bittar quickly garnered attention when he designed a collection made of lucite (now a hallmark of his work). Since then, he has established an eponymous jewelry empire by combining nontraditional materials, such as Bakelite and glass, with semi-precious stones. More recently, Dani Stahl introduced her big, glamorous red-carpet pieces to catalogue brand Lia Sophia. And then there’s Lisa Salzer, the Lulu Frost designer whose nods to history have made her pieces instantly recognizable—like her now famous Plaza Hotel room-number necklaces. Today, most of these once small-name designers can be found at department stores like Bergdorf Goodman. Major mid-priced retailers, notably including J. Crew, have also been developing coveted costume jewelry collections. Last month, J. Crew announced that it is teaming up with eighty-four-year-old costume jewelry brand Miriam Haskell on a bridal jewelry collection. So if the economy’s got you down, just try playing a little guilt-free dress-up! u

From top: Sea Urchin bib necklace; crystal bib necklace; crystal Carlyle necklace, all from J. Crew.

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on view To uncover the deeper roots of costume jewelry, don’t miss the exhibition “The Vintage Woman: A Century of Costume Jewlery in America 1910-2010,” on view now at the Forbes Galleries. The exhibit traces the history of costume jewelry, from World War I-era jewelers who created pieces from the metal of old pots and pans, to its infiltration of high-fashion (vintage pieces from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli are among the highlights on view), and into its many contemporary incarnations. For more information, call 212.206.5548. MAY 2 0 1 0 1 0 5


creatures great and small by Georgina Schaeffer it took caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, co-president and artistic director of Chopard, more than two years to develop and execute a remarkable concept to celebrate Chopard’s 150th anniversary this year. In a milestone collection of 150 one-ofa-kind hand-crafted pieces, Chopard celebrates all creatures of the earth with animal-themed jewelry in the new “Haute Joaillerie” collection “Animal World.” It is the largest and most diverse collection of Haute Joaillerie Chopard has ever devoted to a single theme. “I love this new collection as it permits me to work on a theme which has been close to my heart since I was young: animals” says Gruosi-Scheufele. Each design in the Animal World collection testifies to Chopard’s quest for excellence in both design and craftsmanship. The collection features an array of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects crafted with some of the world’s rarest gemstones. Certain designs took more than 750 hours to complete, using thousands of precious stones including diamonds, sapphires, tourmalines, and rubies. Chopard also launched four new men’s timepieces for its anniversary and published its first book, which documents the brand over the past century and a half: Chopard –The Passion for Excellence. u


This page: Making one of the 150 pieces 0f Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie collection. Inset: the back of the piece. Opposite, clockwise from top left: a stork being hand-carved; a finished pair of earrings; pieces of the jewelry before they are welded; the turtle ring; sketches of the ring. MAY 2 0 1 0 1 0 7


time keepers

By DAniel cappello

Clockwise from top left: Patek Philippe’s chronograph Ref. 5170J in 18-kt. gold is reminiscent of the watchmaker’s 1940s and 1950s models, $66,200; Chopard celebrates its 150th anniversary with the 18-kt. gold L.U.C. Louis-Ulysse—The Tribute, which can be worn as a pocketwatch or a wristwatch, $44,640; David Yurman’s eye for texture carries through in his sleek Waverly watch in stainless steel and sterling silver with diamond bezel, $3,250; Asprey’s No. 8 chronograph watch with stainless steel case and comes with a signature purple alligator strap, $5,400. 1 0 8 Q U EST


The collaboration between Ralph Lauren and Richemont Group chairman Johann Rupert represents a marriage of minds—two men whose passion is timeless style and function.

RALPH LAUREN premiered three collections of iconic timepieces last year, each of which captured in its own way the essence of Polo Ralph Lauren’s signature sensibilities of luxury, glamour, and timelessness. This year, one of those collections, the Ralph Lauren Slim Classique, was expanded to include both smaller-size and diamond-set models. Pictured here is the new 38-mm. Slim Classique, which offers one row of sixty brilliant-cut diamonds set on a stunning redsatin band. The extra-thin 18-kt. white gold polished case with diamond bezel measures a mere 5.2 millimeters. The silvery opaline dial with genuine guilloche craftsmanship is embellished with black Roman numerals and Breguet-style hands, and RL430 movement made by Piaget for Ralph Lauren. The power reserve on this beautiful timepiece is forty hours, but its appeal is eternal. This Slim Classique retails for $17,000. M AY 2 0 1 0 1 0 9


The Submariner has always been the symbol of Rolex’s supremacy in waterproofness. With a new green face, it remains a classic. ROLEX debuted the Submariner in 1953, and, ever since, it has remained the quintessential divers’ watch—not to mention the absolute reference in its genre. For all its innovation over the years, though, the Submariner remains true to its aquatic origins. As the basic instrument of every diver, it has conquered both land and sea. The timepiece remains impervious to the elements (it is waterproof to three hundred meters) and is now available in a steel version that offers new features, including a green face. Its 40-mm. case in 904L steel, synonymous with corrosion resistance, boasts a new bezel that rotates and that is fitted with a practically scratchproof green Cerachrom insert. Hour markers and hands coated in luminescent Chromalight ensure exceptional legibility—and glowing reviews. $7,725. 1 1 0 Q U EST


The Montblanc Metamorphosis gives new meaning to “limited edition”— there are only ten watches worldwide.

From top: Blancpain’s new Villeret Collection 8-day power reserve complicated moon phases complete calendar timepiece with a red gold case and brown strap, $29,700; Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Squadra Lady Automatic watch in 18-kt. rose gold with a mother of pearl dial and diamond bezel on a purple alligator strap, $16,650; Chanel’s J12 Marine watch is made entirely of high-end black sand-blasted ceramic with a steel case, blue bezel, and black matte rubber bracelet, $4,900.

MONTBLANC’S Metamorphosis creatively combines the principles of traditional watchmaking with the creation of something entirely unprecedented. The watch took form when the two young watch specialists Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny envisioned a wristwatch with two faces. The way in which the Metamorphosis transforms itself has never been seen before. By moving a slide down or up, this timepiece changes from a wristwatch with hour, minute, and second display to a chronograph, and vice versa. To accomplish this, its makers used the art of automatons construction—a traditional métier practiced in Switzerland’s Jura region. The transformation is based on a hand-crafted chronograph calibre MBM 16.29. This watch will be available beginning December 2010. Looking ahead never looked so good. $297,000. M AY 2 0 1 0 1 1 1


Top row, from left: Cartier’s Calibre de Cartier watch in steel and 18-kt. pink gold with black alligator strap, $9,100; The Cushion by Hamilton, $1,745. White-lacquer face watch with black alligator strap from Jacob & Co., $39,500. Middle row, from left: Piaget’s “anniversary edition” Altiplano, $21,000; Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques Ultra-fine 1968 watch with 18-kt. rose gold case, $28,200; Victorinox’s Swiss Army Dive Master 500 gunmetal chronograph in stainless steel with gunmetal PVD coating, $895; Bell & Ross’s Radar watch with a vacuum carbon black finish, $5,500. Bottom row, from left: Breitling’s Superocean watch with rubber band, $2,695; The Master Collection Retrograde by Longines, $4,750; Omega’s Speedmaster ladies’ chronograph 38-mm. with a stainless steel case with diamonds, a mother-of-pearl dial, and an alligator strap, $9,400; Audermars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore 57th Street chronograph limited-edition in stainless steel with a black rubber bezel set with diamonds on a black crocodile strap, $26,800. 1 1 2 Q U EST


WEMPE remains one of Europe’s oldest and largest retailers of the world’s most exclusive watches and jewelry. The Hamburg, Germany-based company (with a local storefront on Fifth Avenue) is also a master of making its own watches. Pictured here is the 42-mm. Zeitmeister World Time in stainless steel with a handmade full-cut crocodile skin strap and stainless-steel pin clasp. The watch offers a sapphire crystal and silver dial and a screw-down case back with high-relief engraving of the Observatory. This Zeitmeister features automatic movement with stop-second function and a centered second hand, date display, and display of local and world times with a city ring and a twenty-four-hours scale. It has an officially tested chronometer according to the German DIN 8319 standard. True to its name, the World Time is perfect in any time zone. $2,350.

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matching jewels Fred Leighton’s legacy lives on in the hands of Greg Kwiat and his family By georgina schaeffer back in 2008, Fred Leighton—the estate jeweler to Hollywood’s A-list—was in trouble. The company who dressed Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who was married in Leighton jewelry) had filed Chapter 11. But Madison Avenue never skipped a beat, and the landmark store is still open for business on the corner of 66th Street. This feat was accomplished when another Madison Avenue neighbor, also known for dressing the red carpet in extraordinary jewelry—Kwiat— purchased the company. In November, Kwiat and its partners bought Fred Leighton for just over $25 million. Both jewelers have boutiques in New York and Las Vegas, but while Leighton is best known for its estate and antique jewelry, Kwiat’s primary demand 114 QUEST

is for classically styled contemporary diamond jewelry. “Fred Leighton is an extraordinary brand and the perfect complement to Kwiat,” says Greg Kwiat. “Fred Leighton celebrates the glamour of jewelry style through the years and the charm of antique cut gemstones. Kwiat creates timeless diamond jewelry with brilliant, modern-cut diamonds.” Fred Leighton, the little Mexican artifacts store purchased by Murray Mondschein in 1959 on MacDougal Street, and its legacy, were safe. The brand will continue in its own boutiques and under its own name, but Greg Kwiat has set out to expand the company by opening new stores in the U.S. and enhancing and developing their collections. “We plan to manage the two brands separately. Our goal is to build and maintain Fred Leighton and Kwiat as two of the world’s most notable jewelry brands.” u


This page, clockwise from left: a gold and diamond necklace; a diamond bracelet; an evening bag; an amethyst and diamond ring, all from Fred Leighton; founder Murray Mondschein, who later called himself Fred Leighton; one of Fred Leighton’s advertisements from the 1980s. Opposite page: Greg Kwiat; an antique bracelet from Fred Leighton.


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Money Matters By Brooks Huston

Head of National Wealth Management Wilmington Trust

Protecting A Sacred Trust The management of an estate brings with it a long list of chores and a heavy responsibility for your heirs, put on them during what will no doubt be an emotionally challenging time. Proper estate planning, documentation, and accounting of your assets, including collectibles and family heirlooms, such as jewelry, can provide a great comfort during this time. In the absence of other plans, many estate liquidators may solicit your family directly upon reading an obituary published in a local paper. Their job is to rid the house or apartment of all personal items to prepare for the sale of the home. It is well known that the first place they go to look for valuables is in the drawers of the master bathroom vanity. Often one finds cash taped to the bottom of either of the top two drawers. For many years, wealth management firms settling an estate found the deceased matriarch’s jewelry collections hidden in the hems of her bedroom curtains and forgotten about. Years ago, I received a call from the 116 QUEST

wonderful, late William Doyle, founder of the prominent auction house (now run aptly by his wife, Kathy). Bill was leafing through the paper one morning, looking for familiar names of people who had abandoned their safe deposit boxes. Upon finding a friend’s name, Bill was concerned. He knew that I knew the family listed and asked me

generations of family jewelry. There were rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and many colors of diamonds. The matriarch had entirely forgotten she had once opened a safe deposit box to hold her jewelry collection, which was eventually appraised by Doyle for $16 million. The moral of the story? As we age, we often worry about protecting our possessions. Our advice at Wilmington Trust is: don’t slip your jewels into the hems of your curtains, don’t tape your cash to the bottom of your bureau drawer. Your wealth advisor and attorney can help you create the appropriate structures to assist with this. Hiring a corporate executor to work with you provides relief for some of the highly technical and often confusing aspects of estate settlement. A corporate executor has the expertise and experience dealing with settlement of complex estates. Additionally, because of this experience, a

“The moral of the story? As we age, we often worry about protecting our possessions.” to call them at their retirement home. Their mother had remarried, then died, after which the second husband sold many of the family antiques and valuable possessions, and the children never found their mother’s jewelry. After the family was contacted, a representative flew up immediately, opened the safe deposit box, and was joyous to find two

corporate executor may be able to help “rescue” or “find” any items that have not been accounted for previously, such as jewelry sewn into the hem of curtains, hidden in a medicine cabinet, or in an unknown safe deposit box. For more information, call 212.415.0500 or email tguernsey@wilmingtontrust.com.

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Money Matters Paul Funk

Executive Managing Director Frank Crystal & Company

Jewelry Forever With summer fÊtes close at hand, we may find ourselves with occasion to wear some of our most prized jewelry. Each jewelry collection is unique and carries with it not only financial, but also substantial emotional value. Because jewelry is worn, there is increased risk of theft and loss. We have, therefore, compiled our responses to several frequently asked questions regarding safeguarding and insuring jewelry collections.

Q: Does my homeowners’ policy provide coverage for my jewelry? A: A homeowners policy does provide coverage, but it is very limited. Typically, there is only coverage for $2,000 to $5,000 in total for jewelry and the Each jewelry collection is unique and carries with it both financial and emotional value.

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“Because jewelry is worn, there is increased risk of theft and loss.” loss is subject to policy deductible. For this reason, we frequently recommend that our clients review their complete jewelry inventory and discuss coverage options with us. Q: I keep my jewelry in a bank vault and do not insure it due to the high cost of such insurance. I like to wear some of the pieces for special occasions, but am uncomfortable when I have them out of the vault. Is there a solution? A: Some insurance companies allow you to take advantage of lower premiums when jewelry is stored in a bank vault. Such policies allow you to take the pieces out, with prior notification, a few times a year at no charge, which is just right for that special party. The daughter of one of our clients borrowed a vintage Art-Deco jewelry set from her mother that was normally stored in their bank’s vault. At night’s end, she discovered she had lost the bracelet. Fortunately, the client had insured the jewelry with the bank vault endorsement. The insurance company

paid to have a jeweler examine the remaining ring and earrings and to recreate the matching bracelet. Our client saved money on her premium and was once again able to wear her unique jewelry together. Q: I am an on-the-go person and frequently forget to add jewelry items to my policy. Is there a policy for me? A: Some insurance companies have a blanket feature for jewelry coverage that allows you to select one aggregate limit, and we typically negotiate a high limit per item that enables you to cover multiple items, rather than listing every piece on your policy. Such a feature allows the flexibility of providing broad protection without having to schedule specific items. A client lost one of the diamond baguettes in her engagement ring while jet skiing. Luckily, it was insured as she had blanket coverage on her valuable articles policy. Q: I am a frequent traveler and like to spend time on the beach. Is my jewelry protected while overseas? A: Absolutely. Coverage is on a worldwide basis. One of our clients once lost a ring to theft while traveling through Greece. She had diligently placed a valuable gold and diamond ring in a pouch in her beach bag before a day at the beach. After an afternoon nap in the sun, she awoke to find that the ring had been stolen from her bag. Not only was the ring valued at $150,000, but it was also a gift that had a great deal of sentimental value. Fortunately, she had scheduled the ring on a valuable articles policy, and her carrier responded to the claim and was able to replace the ring with the exact same one. Q: I recently inherited several family heirlooms with substantial sentimental value. What can I do to protect them? A: As with any other collection, you have probably built your jewelry collection piece by piece over the years for deeply personal reasons. For items that are difficult to replace or put a price on, your broker should be able to recommend


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a qualified appraiser who can validate the monetary value of these sentimental pieces and schedule them on the policy. In the event that you sustain a loss, you will receive the scheduled amount. Depending on the insurance company, we often negotiate clauses that can increase the coverage amount to reflect fluctuations in value, as this builds flexibility in the contract. We had one client with a $250,000 necklace that was paid $300,000 as the scheduled amount was insufficient based on current valuations. This loss illustrates the reason behind our recommendation

that you have your items re-appraised every few years to account for changes in replacement values. While having a jewelry loss can be upsetting, emotional, and inconvenient, it is critical that you have an insurance company that understands the affluent client. Furthermore, it is important to select a broker who understands coverage nuances and is solution-oriented to help educate you on creating an insurance program that suits your needs. For more information, call 212.504.1884 or visit frankcrystal.com.

JEFF KAUFFMAN

President and CEO Northeast Region, Northern Trust

Your Legacy of Collectibles Whether you have a passion for

jewelry, art, or other collectibles, these assets should be considered part of your overall financial and estate plans. One of the most critical elements to consider as these hobbies become substantial investments of your time and financial resources, is whether and how to pass collectibles on to future generations. Developing the right plan can make the difference between creating a burden for family members or preserving your legacy. Understanding the real value of your collection is important. Collectibles have long been considered complicated items to value and can be difficult to fit effectively into a collector’s financial portfolio—even when widely accepted prices are available. One hurdle to effectively valuing a collection is the historical volatility of the art-and-collectibles market. Mar-

kets for collectibles are notoriously inefficient, often requiring long lead times, uncertain prices and narrow pools of potential buyers. These markets also can be particularly sensitive to wider economic forces, such as recessions, and can see spikes and drop-offs due to factors beyond the artist’s ability or name recognition. You may want to talk with your financial advisor to

“Understanding the real value of your collection is important.”

The value of investments changes with time.

determine how recent market volatility has impacted art and collectible appraisals to make sure you are on track with your valuations. From a family perspective, the most important step in assessing value can be determining your family’s level of interest in the collection. Key questions to consider are whether the next generation will truly appreciate the collection and if they will be able to afford its preservation. For example, if you intend to leave your collection to your children and know they may need to sell part or all of it, there are important tax implications to consider. With the lapse of the estate tax in 2010, the future of tax rates for estate assets remains unclear. Different scenarios should be carefully considered to plan effectively. You may wish to gift your collection to a child or grandchild that shares your passion, but anticipate that this could cause strife among other family members. You may want to consider adjusting your estate plan to provide these beneficiaries cash gifts or other deductions of similar value to your collection. u For more information, call 212.339.7474 or visit northerntrust.com. M AY 2 0 1 0 1 1 9


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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST With stops at Hotel Griffou, a Shooting Gallery NYC concert, and the “Spring Safari” dance at the American Museum of Natural History, Elizabeth Brown navigates Manhattan’s nightlife with all the city’s PYTs. by Elizabeth Brown

Newlyweds Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at the American Museum of Natural History’s “Spring Safari” dance.


“tI Artists painted brightly colored floral patterns reminiscent of designs from gala sponsor Lilly Pulitzer.

Essie Gavrilov paused during the American Museum of Natural History party. Elizabeth Grimaldi posed in a vintage Lilly Pulitzer floor-length dress in front of the Barosaurus exhibit.

Committee member Blair Husain and her sister, Sara Peters, in Lilly Pulitzer.

A fated encounter? Ames Brown, YGL’s Elizabeth Brown

Ali Wise, Tinsley Mortimer and Shoshanna

and Oliver Ames at the museum’s “Spring Safari” dance.

Gruss sat in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda.

Pat r i c k m c M u ll a n

“I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.

Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it, unless I’m thirsty,” said Madame Lily Bollinger, a twentieth-century vineyard owner with an enviable tolerance. I guess as I recall the past month or so, I can’t help but relate. On March 24, I headed to Hotel Griffou for the launch of Porcelain from Olivia Ma Corwin and Kai Ma Wilson. I mostly amused myself in the corner with some hors d’oeuvres before bumping into Neill MacCallum and Peter Smith, who reminded me that their band, Shooting Gallery NYC, would be performing the following evening.

Twenty-four hours or so later, I stopped by an event for Irwin & Jordan at The Carlton Hotel before the concert. Then, appropriately wearing American Apparel, I was ready to hang with the The Studio at Webster Hall set. I met up with Franny Cain and Sarah Yoder at the show where we, armed with cans of PBR, pushed our way through the crowd to center stage. When it ended, Edward Barsamian and I left to join Elizabeth Meigher at The Park before slipping off next door where Rich Thomas was celebrating his birthday. Champagne + Sparklers = Party. It’s a very simple equation, really. On April 7, I zipped into a black and white Shoshanna pantsuit and headed to Covet, where Erica Gianchetti was assisting with an event for George Lois: The Esquire Covers M AY 2 0 1 0 1 2 1


from Assouline. Violinist and “It Girl” Caitlin Moe debuted bold red locks, Freddie Fackelmayer wandered through the crowd wearing a baseball hat, and Jessica Reuben from UrbanDaddy made a much-anticipated appearance. Then it was off to Provocateur with Cassie King of CassandraCollections. The following evening, I was Meatpacking-bound for the launch of Minnie Mortimer’s new collection at Scoop NYC. Lots of friends and family showed up to support the talented designer, and Miranda Kerr modeled one of Minnie’s striped dresses. All of the pieces were absolutely adorable and I literally experienced separation anxiety from a particularly darling romper. I began that weekend at Le Caprice for the jewelry shoot in this issue, with a cast that included Charles Darling, Alexis Theodoracopulos, Kate Werlein, Chessy Wilson, and Jessica Zaganczyk. Add a bottle or two of Pouilly-Fuissé, sprinkle with Asprey, mix in a little La Roux, et voilà! A splendid Saturday, as documented by photographer Mimi Crawford. That night, the merriment continued at Hud Morgan’s apartment on the Lower East Side where his brother deejayed. On the 15th, I spent the afternoon with Harry Benson shooting Elizabeth Grimaldi, Blair Husain, Tinsley Mortimer, Nina Patterson, Zibby Right, and Dana Wallach, who

a romper with several ties and lace detail.

were dressed in Lilly Pulitzer in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History. Oliver Ames met me uptown that evening sporting seersucker pants and a madras bowtie, which perfectly complemented my Lilly Pulitzer dress. A quick trip across Central Park and we arrived at the “Spring Safari,” where Patrick McMullan snapped a picture, telling us that we looked straight off the set of Gossip Girl. I mean, I’ll take it! Upon learning our last names (Ames and Brown), he decided to rally a gentleman named Ames Brown for another photo. A few Pink & Greenis later, it was time to leave. I nearly stashed some chocolate-covered cheesecake (served on a stick!) into my borrowed white python clutch, but figured Judith Leiber would not be pleased. It was onward to Avenue for the afterparty where we drank champagne like we won a championship game. Or something like that. So, what’s up next month? Stay tuned for a report on The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s third annual Spring Ball and, just in time for our Connecticut-themed issue, my Greenwich Academy reunion! Now that I’m no longer confined to wearing a uniform, I’ll have to consult my copy of The Official Preppy Handbook before deciding upon an outfit. u

Above: Scoop NYC hosted an event for Minnie Mortimer’s new collection. Left: Peter Davis, Stephen Gaghan, and Topper Mortimer celebrated Minnie Mortimer as she launched her line for Spring 2010. 122 QUEST

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Minnie Mortimer showed


Yasmine Afshar, Andrew Joblin, John Tremini, Freddie Fackelmayer, Scott Rudin and Carolyn Dorian at a party for George Lois: The Esquire Covers at Covet. Annelise Peterson and Flo Fulton at the launch of Porcelain at Hotel Griffou.

Rich Thomas celebrated his birthday on March 25 at hotspot Avenue.

Jonny Sollis and Paul Johnson Calderon enjoyed the new Porcelain fashion collection launch at Hotel Griffou.

Neill MacCallum and Peter Smith performed

Violinist Caitlin Moe showed up at Covet to support

Zoe Jordan and Cena Jackson at a party for

with their band, Shooting Gallery NYC.

the new George Lois book from Assouline.

Irwin & Jordan London at The Carlton Hotel. M AY 2 0 1 0 1 2 3


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may magic by hilary geary

From left: Mila Mulroney enjoys a surprise party for her husband Brian; Diana Ecclestone, Damon Mezzacappa, and Marie-Josée Kravis celebrate at Café Centro.

After what seemed like the coldest winter on record, I finally got some sizzling hot news, which was that my beautiful mother, Patricia Murray Wood, is going to tie the knot—yes, get married!—to charming and handsome Ed Ney, chairman emeritus of Young and Rubicam and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada. Everyone is thrilled and cannot 124 QUEST

wait to celebrate! The two were introduced last summer at the Southampton Bathing Corporation during a cozy luncheon given by Ginny and Freddie Melhado, and there was no turning back. Love had cast its magic spell. They were married in Palm Beach May 1.   Sandwiched in between all this exciting news, we popped over to Paris to

see the magnificent Lalanne show at Les Arts Decoratifs museum in Paris. It was brilliantly put together by New York’s Peter Marino. Do not miss this fabulous show, filled with the magical sculptures of Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne. I spotted Christine Schwarzman, Joy Hendrickson, and Judy and Alfred Taubman at a dinner there


hosted by museum president Helene David Weill. There was also a great Lucien Freud show at the Pompidou Center. Back to P.B. I dashed over to the Brazilian Court to Parker Ladd’s author series because my witty pal Jane Stanton Hitchcock was the featured writer, along with Gillian Gill. Gillian has just written Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, and Rivals and Jane has penned a real page-turner called Mortal Friends, which is a must buy! The two were thoroughly entertaining as breakfast speakers and the Café Boulud breakfast was delish. That night brought the Winston Churchill Foundation dinner and a big crowd turned out to support its efforts in providing scholarships for Americans to study at Cambridge University. The venue was the ever-chic Club Colette. We dined on delicious Goujonette, rack

stunned! His beautiful wife Mila and the kids told him they were going out for quiet little birthday celebration en famille. So it was quite a shock to see seventy guests there to toast him. Mila looked dazzling, as always, in a Serge and Real top and Ralph Lauren pants. The menu started with classic pizzas plus a choice of entrées: grilled salmon or penne al Vodka or chicken piccatta, and tasty chocolate molten cake. Yum! Among the lucky guests were John Damgard and Britty Cudlip, David and Julia Koch, Marie and Raymond Floyd, Jackie Desmarais, Lauren and John Veronis, my husband Wilbur Ross, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, our houseguest Carol McFadden, Chris and Grace Meigher, Henry and MarieJosée Kravis, Raysa and Alfy Fanjul, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Steve

and Bob Nederlander, Sam and Anita Michaels, Cynthia Boardman, Christina de Caraman, Livio Borghese, and more. The next stop was Karen and Richard LeFrak’s terrific dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Karen looked beautiful in a strapless Oscar de la Renta and Richard was his debonair self in a navy blue blazer and Hermès tie. They greeted pals outside by the pool next to the Intracoastal Waterway. After sipping icy vintage champagne under the stars, we headed into the dining room to find two long narrow tables covered in pale green silk with tall centerpieces filled with lush spring flowers—all ravishingly pretty! We dined on fresh pea soup, with a choice of lamb chop or salmon for the main course, and heavenly cake and ice cream for dessert. Among the guests were Donald and Melania Trump, Bill and Donna Acquavella, Jamie Niven, John

From left: Bill Acquavella and Arriana Boardman dine with the LeFraks at Mar-a-Lago; Jackie Desmarais at the surprise birthday party for Brian Mulroney.

of lamb, and baked Alaska, while we sipped Pouilly-Fuissé, Louis Latour 2008, Chatêau de la Chaize, and Pol Roger champagne, in between dancing to Peter Duchin’s fabulous tunes. The next day, after power-walking and tennis, we stopped by former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s surprise party at Café Centro. He was truly

Schwarzman, Barbara Black, Hillie Mahoney, Annette and Joe  Allen, Sam and Anita Michaels, Howard and Michele Kessler, Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone, Kate Ford, Frank Chopin, Jill and David Gilmour, Hashem and Kate Khosrovani, Stanley and Gay Gaines, Damon and Liz Mezzacappa, Nicky and Ira Harris, tennis star Chrissie Evert, Pat Cook

Mashek, Jessie and Rand Araskog, Felicia Taylor, Arriana and Dixon Boardman, John Loring, Harry and Gigi Benson, Ann and John Pyne, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Cameron and Annie MacRae, Timmy and Susan Mortimer, Jane and George Bunn, Candy and Bill Hamm, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, and more. What a fabulous month! u MAY 2 0 1 0 1 2 5


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MY FAVORITE THINGS the park is in full bloom this month. If you haven’t gone out for a stroll one of these mornings, I recommend that you do so soon! We’ll see you at our favorite coffee spot in the park— Knish Knosh (right by the model boat pond at 72nd Street). Come June, we will be heading to the beach for even more outdoor adventures! with georgina schaeffer

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Skye and Fin McKeon We love nothing more than chasing squirrels

in the park! I, Skye, have a penchant for chewing bottle tops. My pal Fin is fearless and living up to his Gaelic name Finlay, which means white warrior!

Lucy Beale Ives I love inventing games with squeaky balls (preferably two squeaky balls with no human interference). My other favorite things to do are stealing socks, general playing, and heavy sleeping. I am also quite a fan of chest and stomach rubs. I am not, however, a fan of baths!

Bess and Henriette Couturier Bess, left, follows our dad, Robert, everywhere. She likes to sleep on his pillow. Me, right, I like my Chewy Vuitton toy and chasing butterflies in the summer!

Pierre Gilligan

I love going down to the beach, but I can’t actually swim. In fact, I sink to the bottom of the pool, so I

Monty Morris I love a

wear a special life jacket

spirited game of fetch with a tennis

for safety. I also love my

ball, a special snack of my favorite

sister, but it is an unre-

food, smoked salmon, and taking naps

quited love; she basically

in the sunshine on summer after-

just tolerates me.

noons in my Connecticut backyard.

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Jeff Koons’s Green Diamond sparkles on the Perrys’ penthouse terrace. Below: Lisa Perry; treasure in the Lisa Perry Style boutique vault.

which secret treasure hides in plain sight? What’s black and white and red (and hot pink) all over? Where can you bank on fashion? The answer: the Technicolor world of Lisa Perry. No jewel box existence, but one where bigger, bolder, and brighter is better. On a penthouse terrace high above Manhattan perches Jeff Koons’s Green Diamond, a supersized, seven-foot wide shiny stainless steel stone that channels its rather tiny mistress, the super-stylish, supercharged Lisa Perry. Like her Diamond, Lisa lives large. The designer of the eponymous rainbow-coated line of knitwear, she presides over a gallery-white space, Lisa Perry Style, where her pristine primary-colored shifts hang near threefoot-tall ketchup bottles, a backpack big enough to hold several toddlers, and plastic hamburger stools. Being in the store is like taking a vacation—or a Prozac. It is clinically impossible not to be happy. 128 QUEST

Style—Lisa Perry Style, that is—is the equity now traded at the former Citibank at 976 Madison. A real-estate Cinderella story, Lisa transformed the financial workhorse into a boutique where her mod-hip line is withdrawn and directdeposited into the closets of its cult-like worshippers. The jewels are in the vault that Citibank left Lisa: below the boutique’s main floor the lockboxes are now home to an installation of costume jewelry and, of course, jumbo (plastic) diamonds. Outside the steel door hang the rarest gems: a rackful of vintage ’60s couture pieces from Lisa’s private collection. As darkness falls, the lights of Manhattan glitter like diamonds in the inky blue sky. Can anything outshine them? Just two gems on Sutton Place— the green diamond hidden in plain sight and the glimmering star of Lisa Perry, twinkling stylishly across town, and very, Perry cool. —Rebecca Morse

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