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THE WEDDING I SSUE 94

FROM THIS MOMENT ON

Seven weddings worth noting: Tara Thompson and Neil

Rasmus; Caroline Suydam Perkin and José Luis Los Arcos Nagore; Samuel Aldrich Polk and Phoebe Homer Dick; Starrett Zenko and Petter Ringbom; Helena Khazanova and Adrien Gautier; Merideth Moore Aslin and Greg James Imber; and Aileen Weber-Lopez and Ian Gumprecht. P RODUCED

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HERE COMES THE BRIDE

G EORGINA S CHAEFFER

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A review of The Wedding Dress, a new book published

by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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A JEWELRY LEGEND REBORN

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GEORGINA SCHAEFFER

Ever fashionable, fun, and exuberant, the legendary

jewelry line Marina B is back in business. Find out how New York’s Windsor Group is breathing new life into a celebrated jewelry brand.

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FLIRTY DANCING

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Weddings are one of the last occasions where formality’s at

play when it comes to dancing. Here’s an even-paced review of the basics for men looking to impress tbeir partners on the dance floor.

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THIS SIDE OF PARADISE

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CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD

An inspired tour leads us to some of the most beautiful

corners of the globe: ideal spots for saying “I do” or taking your honeymoon. From island nuptials to swank city honeymoons, Quest cover all grounds.

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SNAPSHOT

Champagne-filled chronicles of the social scene.

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Our guide to the best benefits and balls, from New York to Palm Beach.

A visit to the White House before the wedding of Tricia Nixon and Ed Cox. Thoughts on contributing to The Specatator over the years. BY TAKI THEODORACOPULOS ULOS

Gifts for the brides, grooms, and Valentines. BY DANIEL CAPPELLO AND ELIZABETH MEIGHER Dominick Dunne on the inspiration to be found in the New York City skyline. Jenny Garrigues’s sunporch at the Red Cross Designer’s Showhouse. Get down and dress funky at the Four Arts Contemporaries. BY KAREN KLOPP

Our society editor makes all the stops of the season to ring in the year. BY HILARY GEARY Partying with the junior set this winter.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

From left: Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby are a perfect match in High Society; Cole Porter's romantic lyrics inspired the title of our cover story, "From This Moment On;" George Gurley re-proposing (properly) to Hilary Heard, the great love behind the story of his book, George and Hilly Hilly.

I'M A SENTIMENTAL PERSON. A sap. A sucker, even. I keep every card my two-year-old Godchild sends me. I cry at the end of movies. I suffer a severe bout of nostalgia at least once a week. I watch old movies, read old books, and listen to old songs late into the night. I’ve always been like this—its just a part of my DNA. Lately, I’ve been bitten by the “Downton Abbey” bug and I’m prouder than ever when I can remark upon how my name came from the show’s predecessor “Upstairs, Downstairs.” There is something about period films and T.V. shows that seems to soothe away the stress of our very post-modern existence—imagining a time and place that was somehow kinder and gentler. (The happy ending doesn’t hurt either. Why shouldn’t Jane get to marry her Mr. Darcy? That’s how a story is supposed to end, right?) Of course that’s not how life has ever been. The atrocities of World War I would have been devastating to live through and the class system in Victorian England was abhorrent. But every once and a while we all need to believe in the glittering ballroom and rustle of taffeta skirts—even if it’s just for a little bit; everybody needs a fairy tale. And that’s one of the best parts of going to a wedding. As our fashion editor, Daniel Cappello, said to me, weddings are reaffirming. We’re allowed to shed our cysnicism and doubts and believe in love. There is music and dancing, cake and champagne, and for those few hours, it feels like nothing in the world is wrong. In our cover story we feature seven weddings that took place this year. The couples very kindly shared with us their photo albums and details of their wedding day. Each celebration feels different from the next. It's not just because of the participants or the location, but it's also because of the smallest of details. Old-world or free-spirited, each has its own delightful charms. Elsewhere in the issue you will find stories on dancing, honeymoons, jewelry, and wedding dresses—all aspects of any wedding, to be sure. There is plenty of celebrity coverage beginning with Harry Benson contributing a fantastic picture of Tricia Nixon and Ed Cox before their wedding and concluding with the royal balcony kiss of Prince Charles and Princess 20 QUEST

Diana matched against their son Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Yes, there is certainly a lot of romance in this issue—even for sentimentalist like me. Recently I went to a party for George Gurley to celebrate his new book, George and Hilly: The Anatomy of a Relationship. In the room were a lot of media people: reporters, editors, publishers, and agents, many of whom would not leap to mind as being sentimental or nostalgic. By trade, their job is to remain cool, detached, and focused on the story. This is perhaps why it was so touching to see Gurley get get down on bended knees to repropose to his fiancée, Hilary Heard. It was really sweet. And a little silly. And a lot sentimental. He may have bungled it a bit by getting down on two knees instead of one (proposing can be nerve-wracking, after all), but that only made the moment more lovely and more charming. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Maybe there’s more old-fashioned romance bouncing around this crazy world than I thought—and I hope you find some of it in the pages of this issue. u

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ON THE COVER: Aileen Weber-Lopez and Ian Gumprecht were married this summer at St. Mary's Church in Rosyln Harbor with a reception in Oyster Bay. The bride wore a dress by Reem Acra and the groom wore Paul Stuart. From the wedding portfolio "From This Moment On," by Georgina Schaeffer.


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NEW YORK SO CIAL DIARY A DIARY READER who was divesting herself of a large collection of books asked if I’d be interested in her collection of George Templeton Strong’s diaries, as well as Philip Hone’s diaries. Naturally I jumped. If you didn’t know, both men were ardent and committed diarists in New York in the middle of the 19th century.

Hone, who born in 1780 and a generation before Strong, was once mayor of the city as well as a successful businessman and a prominent member of the society. Strong was a lawyer, well-bred in the terms of the city at the time, and very much involved in the community that was New York.

Strong was my “inspiration” for the Social Diary when I first launched it here in Quest, 18 years ago. It would have been impossible to do what he or Hone did because my diary is public and theirs were private—so private that Strong’s diaries remained out of the public access for more than a half

century after his death. The differences between now and then are noticeably different in that the way people think and see things has changed so dramatically. It was only 60 or 70 years after the American Revolution. The American republic was still a young and noble experiment. There were still many living

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A who had known those who participated, including the players. The principles of the Constitution were deeply embedded in the nation’s collective psyche. These were still generations who lived close to the land. The society that made up the elite of New York was quite different from today’s also. The city was booming and bustling, but far from full development. With a population still well under a million, the citizens were still provincial. The elite was composed of families who had known one another for generations. Here is George Templeton Strong’s entry for early

January 1860. (He was 40 years old, married, a father and a successful lawyer.) This is the New York he was used to. Not one of us today could relate to their social life (except in a technological sense of relating). Caroline Astor was just establishing herself as the queen of the society which she would redefine by the end of the century. Strong would have disapproved of her later customs that drew so much public attention to her and the family fortune. However, her claim to position was her forebears, who were Dutch settlers, and that, more than the Astor fortune, was her ace. He wrote: ...Monday the second was

kept for New Year’s Day. It was a fine specimen of crisp frosty weather, with a serene sky and a cutting wind from the northwest. I set forth at eleven o’clock in my own particular hack, en grand seigneur; and effected more than twenty calls, beginning with Mrs. Samuel Whitlock in 37th Street. My lowest south latitude was Dr. Berrian’s and the Lydigs’... Bishop Potter’s drawing-room was perhaps the dullest place I visited. The Bishop is always kindly and cordial, but nature has given him no organ for the secretion of the small talk appropriate to a five minutes’ call. He feels the deficiency and is nervous and uncomfortable. Very nice at Mrs. George F.

Jones’s, and at Mrs. William Schermerhorn’s. At Mrs. Peter A. Schermerhorn’s, in University Place , I discovered the mamma and Miss Ellen, both very gracious. At Mrs. William Astor’s (ed. note: Caroline Astor), Miss Ward (the granddaughter of the house) talked of her friend Miss Annie Leavenworth... Mrs. Edgar was charming in her little bit of a house, the “Petit Trianon.” Poor Mrs. Douglas Cruger seems growing old, is less vivacious and less garrulous. At Mrs. Serena Fearing’s, I was honored with a revelation of the baby that was produced last summer. Pleasant visit to Mrs. Christine Griffin, née Kean..etc.

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its chronicle. As Willie Stark observes in Robert Penn Warren’s All The King’s Men, ‘man is conceived in sin, born in corruption, and passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud,’ and when someone looks deep enough for dirt, ‘There is always something.’” I laughed out loud when I read that. Coincidentally, I had only moments before finished Hal Vaughan’s book Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War (Knopf). My interest in Chanel—a name I’ve been familiar with all my life—came a couple of years ago when I bought a small, beautifully published paperback called The Allure of Chanel, by Paul Morand. However, when I opened it up to have a look, she got me right away. The book is

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A of the 20th century, literally changing the silhouette and “the uniform” of modern women by putting them in pants. She also introduced a perfume named “Chanel No. 5” in 1924 which, almost a century later, still sells worldwide at the rate of a bottle every three seconds. There has been a strong revival of interest in Chanel in the past couple of years with more than 11 books published about her. The Vaughan book, one of the latest, drew my attention because her memoir gave little to no hint of her nefarious political activities in favor of the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. In this new book, much of

her “own story,” the “allure” told in the Morand book evaporates. What remains is the powerful personality of drive, ambition, and charm. We learn that even before the Germans invaded France and Hitler capped it with his “triumphal” visit to Paris, Chanel had developed a close, intimate relationship with a German officer, Hans Gunther von Dinklage, a member of German military intelligence since the early 1920s and a major espionage Nazi officer. We learn that her deeply ingrained anti-Semitism— rooted in her Catholic convent upbringing where such bigotry was common

among the nuns—was ordinary and unremarkable to those who shared it. It was reactivated when the Nazis took over France. The book reads like a cloakand-dagger novel although it’s not fiction. The woman emerges as highly sensitive and empathic to certain friends and, most of all, to her family of nieces and nephews (one of whom might have been her illegitimate child). She also exhibited little if any sympathy or concern for those who were economically beneath her, or for the French people in general. Chanel was well into her fifties when Hitler began his military takeovers and World

War II got underway. By then she was famously connected to the powers and leadership in England, France, Germany, and Spain. She would use those connections (secretly at the time) to advance the cause of the Nazis. A motivation was the freeing of her “nephew” (the man who might have been her son), who was in a German prison camp early in the war. However, after his freedom was granted, her activity increased. Another motivation appears to have been to wrest control and ownership of the Wertheimer family who actually financed, created, and distributed Chanel perfumes. The Wertheimers,

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carried it like the monarch she was not. Faking it came naturally to her. No doubt she was aware of this and enjoyed it. She never demonstrated sympathy for the fate of her countrymen in their plight but, instead, thought everything would “right” itself after the war (assuming Hitler was the conqueror). As the war was drawing to a close, Chanel’s high-level connections provided the inside knowledge that the Germans were going down in defeat. She hightailed it to Lausanne, Switzerland, to a villa she had acquired years before. There, she was free from the retributions and executions that spread throughout France. When she decided to move back to France, which she came to miss and where she had property and a business, she had to face

official questioning. However, much of her most treasonous activities were secreted or hidden from the light because she had friends in high places, like one of her former lovers, the Duke of Westminster, the richest man in England, and Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister whom she had known since he was a young man. Did they know what she had done? They knew a lot. Why did they protect her, providing a path of “escape” from any punishment? The evidence for that answer is either not available or no longer extant. After the war, Chanel resumed her business in Paris. To those of us who came to this life long after that, and know her only from the present fame of her name and the fashion collections to which it is attached, there is no awareness that she had to

“struggle” to start up again. But she did—as she would — because she was Chanel. And because she was backed by the Wertheimers, who eventually bought her business lock, stock, and barrel and own it (and its great prosperity) to this day. There are all kinds of lessons in this book, many of which are not appetizing. In her way, her genius was a monster. But the book is a page-turner. And certain to be a movie because you can practically see it as you read along... On a Thursday night in the first month of the New Year, when the sun was bright and the temperatures hit the low the 60s, David and Julia Koch held a musicale at their Park Avenue apartment, with a performance by violinist virtuoso Joshua Bell accompanied by Jeremy Denk on the piano. The duo have a

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idea, different musical venue, same dynamic. You can’t take your eyes off him, and the sounds he slides and plucks out of his violin grab you and the juices are flowing, even roaring at times. You get the dual experience of watching genius mesmerize, and hoping you can keep it in your head. The Kochs’ large living room had been cleared out for the chairs. There was an excitement in the air knowing we were going to hear something special. Even in New York, it’s very infrequent that any of us are invited to hear a great performer in concert in someone’s home. Among the Kochs’ guests

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A proceeded with that relaxed appearance of a rocker combined with distinctive passion of a maestro. The performance lasted about a half hour. Bell and Denk played the Franck, then Saint-Saens and then Ravel, introducing each with some history. The guests gave the performers a long standing ovation. David Koch felt moved to ask Joshua Bell if they might have an encore— as we were all hoping. He responded politely, while wiping his brow, that they had really played themselves out of energy (my words, not his) and politely said they couldn’t accommodate. There was another standing ovation and our host invited everyone to stay on for a bit for to mingle and talk. Milestones. Every year in London, the Queen’s list of New Years and Birthday

“honours” is published on the New Year as well as on the date of the Sovereign’s official birthday (although she was born on April 21st, in England the “official” date is June 2nd and marked by the Trooping the Colour). This year’s “honours” list is especially noteworthy to New Yorkers because one of our long time citiziens, John Richardson, the eminent art historian, curator, and biographer of Picasso, made the list under the overseas section of the Knights of the British Empire. The honours list is the ultimate official acknowledgement of public commendation and achievement. It is split into classes (“orders”), graded to distinguish different degrees of achievement or service. Various committees meet to discuss the candidates and

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awards was first published in the London Gazette on the 2nd of January. There are several of these honours including Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The “honour” most famous to Americans, for the obvious reason of title, is the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (or Dame Commander), in which the honoree is ordained with the title of Sir (or Dame). Sir John Patrick Richardson, KBE, was born in London in 1924, the elder son of Sir Wodehouse Richardson, DSO, KCB, Quarter-Master General in the Boer War, and more.

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relationship with the king was more of a rut she found herself stuck in, golden though it may have appeared to the world outside, but a rut like any other. Her letters to Simpson give the impression that she felt stuck in a bad situation and what could she do. After all, he had given up the throne of England and everything, for her... I somehow have the feeling that Madonna’s film will miss some, if not all, of this. Furthermore, the manner and style of that generation and that class of people, so separated from the hoi polloi by their privilege, is lost forever. World War II finished what World War I

had started. Reading Sally Bedell Smith’s Elizabeth the Queen, as I am right now, I was reminded that had Wallis not captured his heart, or whatever it was that she captured, Elizabeth might not have been Queen, or at least not until after 1972, when the Duke died. Having been given the opportunity to see how it “worked out” for the abdicated king, and the kind of man he turned out to be, it was fortuitous that he left. Although, from the looks of it, it was also very sad for him, for their life was one of glittering international nomads. No more, no less. Madonna. I was a “neighbor” of Madonna’s

when I lived in Los Angeles. Or rather, we both lived in the same area of what is known out there as the “Bird Streets.” For example, she lived on Oriole Place. I lived around the corner, a little farther up the hill, on Doheny. There were a lot of celebrities in the area. Madonna’s immediate neighbors were Cheryl Ladd on one side and Dolly Parton on the other. Ricardo Montalban lived just around the corner and either Lieber or Stoller, the hit songwriters for Elvis et al., lived two doors down. This was in the ’80s. Madonna was a big, big star on the music and concert

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D AV I D PAT R I C K C O L U M B I A big, big star on the music and concert scene and, therefore, in Hollywood. The rage. She was what the local kids called “rad.” I didn’t get her but a lot of others, especially the younger generation, did. I did see her once in a live performance at the Wiltern Theater, a rendition of her “Vogue” in costumes that looked like the court of Versailles in the 18th century. She had a big chorus and they danced and sang. She was totally sensational. I got Madonna then and there. Then I saw her in a movie. No. Madonna is not an actress. She’s a phenomenon, but not a thespian. She was The Moment and since

then she has demonstrated the natural shrewdness or genius of being able to selfperpetuate as a performance. Because that’s what she does. She’s now a star, our Madge. Ya gotta love her. Looking at the pictures of the Cinema Society Screening and the after-party, it’s not about the movie or David and Wallis Windsor. Who do we want to look at? Madge, herself. She’s now about the age that Wallis was when she and David began their nomadic lives as the “must haves” of international society. But Madonna’s much younger-looking. In those after-party pictures, I was reminded of Dietrich.

The face has “matured” into that. She’d be perfect for a Dietrich role. Maybe Shanghai Express? Or even The Blue Angel (or did she do that already?). Back when we were “neighbors,” although I didn’t know her, I saw her frequently because she often jogged. She had a route that I was told was five miles. Sometimes she did this daily. She wore black and she was tan-less and buffed. Buffed. She began her jogging routine at her gate on Oriole Place, would run down Oriole Lane, up over Thrasher, down Rising Glen to Sunset Plaza, and then west to Beverly Hills and the Beverly

Hills Hotel. There she would turn around and run back to Doheny Drive and Sunset, at which point she would turn herself around and run backwards up Doheny to Oriole. Backwards up very steep hills maybe a mile or so. You can see the route on a Google map. It remains awesome in retrospect. I’ve never met Madonna (did I say that already?), nor does the idea interest me particularly. But I do admire her as a professional artist, her natural ambition, and her claim on her life. It’s the best story of all and she keeps telling it and moving it along. She’s a working girl, and that’s her nature. u

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STATE OF THE UNION

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will hold a reception at 5 p.m. at the residence of Alfred and Gilda Slifka. For more information, call 561.995.6773.

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PARDON MY FRENCH

The French Heritage Society will host its thirtieth anniversary gala at 7 p.m. at Club Colette. For more information, call 212.759.6846.

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PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ

The Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs will host its spring luncheon at 11 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. For more information, call 561.844.6400.

The Society of the Four Arts will hold its patron party. For more information, call 561.655.7227.

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The Palm Beach Opera Guild will hold a dinner with a cabaret show at The Colony Hotel.

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The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will host a reception with author John Blades at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-theSea. For more information, call 561.832.4164.

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IT’S A MOD, MOD WORLD

Miami City Ballet will hold Palm Beach MODness at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Museum. For more information, call 561.674.9978. PAINT THE TOWN RED

The Associates Committee of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will host its associates luncheon

SWEETS AND TREATS

The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness will hold its “Sweets and Treats” event at 3 p.m. at the residence of Paul and Kathy Leone. For more information, call 561.841.0900.

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The Cleveland Clinic will host its Winter Palace Ball at the Mar-aLago Club. For more information, call 561.804.0260. HAVE A NICE DAY

The Palm Beach Day Academy will hold a dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the

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Breakers. For more information, call 561.832.3308.

For more information, call 212.477.3030.

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The Daughters of the American Revolution will host its “Valentine’s Day” luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Hotel. For more information, call 772.460.0223.

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TUTU MUCH FUN

American Ballet Theatre will hold a reception at 6 p.m. at Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach. For more information, call 212.477.3030.

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will hold its Discovery Celebration at the Mar-a-Lago Club. For more information, call 561.232.8244.

POSH SPICE

Lighthouse International will host a dinner for POSH Palm Beach at 7 p.m. at Club Colette. For more information, call 561.833.9730.

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The Emerald Isle Dinner Dance will be at at the Breakers at 7 p.m. For more information call, 212.213.1166.

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The American Heart Association will host its Palm Beach Heart Ball at the Mar-a-Lago Club. For more information, call 561.697.6600. GIVE ME A BREAK

The Everglades Foundation will hold its benefit at 7 p.m. at the Breakers. For more information, call 305.251.0001.

The Society of the Four Arts will hold a dinner. For more information, call 561.655.7227. LIVE YOUR LIFE

The American Lung Association wil host its “Jewels of Life” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Breakers. For more information, call 561.932.0886.

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The Society of the Four Arts will hold its Contemporaries Gala. For more information, call 561.655.7227.

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SAY I DO CENTER OF ATTENTION

The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show will take place through the 21st at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. For more information, call 561.822.5440.

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American Ballet Theatre will host an evening at the Breakers.

Scully & Scully will host its “Wedding Registry” event at 11 a.m. at 504 Park Ave. For more information, call 212.755.2590. IT’S WORTH IT

The Junior League of the Palm Beaches will host its “Worth Tasting” event at 6 p.m. on Worth Avenue. For more information, call 561.689.7590.

On March 5, Van Cleef & Arpels will sponsor the Winter Ball—an evening with a performance by the students of the School of American Ballet and a dinner. For more information, call 212.769.6610. IN DA CLUB

The Boca Raton Heart Ball will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodfield Country Club. For more information, call 561.697.6624. KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre’s White Night II will take place at 7 p.m. at 81 White Street. For more information, call 646.765.4773.

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The New York Rangers will host Casino Night 2012 to support the Garden of Dreams Foundation. For more information, call 877.MSG.GOAL.

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On February 8, Salvatore Ferragamo will present its Spring/Summer 2012 collection at an event benefitting the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. For more information, call 212.639.2000.

Captain Chesley Sullenberger will be honored at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s dinner in Palm Beach at 7 p.m. at Club Colette. For more information, call 800.278.3383.

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WASTE NOT WANT NOT

UNCF will hold its “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste” gala at the Marriot Marquis. For more information, call 212.843.1751. PICK AND CHOOSE

Pickett’s Press and Blair Husain will host an event at 247 Sunrise Avenue on the 1st and 2nd. For more information, call 561.833.7971.

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School of American Ballet’s Winter Ball will take place at 7 p.m. at the David H. Koch Theate. For more information, call 212.769.6610.

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FACES will host its gala at 6:30 p.m. at Pier Sixty. For more information, call 646.558.0827. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 6 1


H A R RY B E N S O N

IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY

Tricia Nixon and Ed Cox before their wedding at the White House in June of 1971.


BEFORE TRICIA NIXON and Ed Cox married on June 21, 1971, I went with Priscilla of Boston to the White House to bring the dresses for the bride-to-be and her sister, Julie. When we arrived, Tricia and President Nixon were practicing the walk down the aisle in the Rose Garden.

I was there to photograph everything up to the big event, from the china and flatware to a party given by some of the Congressional wives in Tricia’s honor. After the party, Tricia, in a lovely pink dress, slipped into the back of a waiting car with Ed where I took this photograph.

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ALL HAIL THE SPECCIE!

A recent issue of weekly English magazine The Spectator where Taki has contributed since the 1970s. 64 QUEST

IN SEPTEMBER 1976 I went to Torino to buy a car from Gianni Agnelli for the mother of my first child. The next day, I took possession of the Fiat and took off for Paris. I was advised to drive slowly for the first 1,000 kilometers. Boredom on the motorway brought on the muse. Close to 1,000 words were memorized on how one can tell an Englishman in a European nightclub (he looks at the bill at length and argues about it with the waiters; he never has the right currency; he wears thick tweeds that smell of horses and dogs; he dances without rhythm; he scares Arabs with his red complexion). When I got to London, I rang then-editor of The Specator Alexander Chancellor and proposed the piece. For any of you unfamiliar with “The Speccie,” it is the oldest magazine in the English-speaking world—close to 200 years in existence and with 9,000 issues printed. Graham Greene called it the best written and most elegant weekly in the world. As luck would have it, Chancellor wanted to lighten up the magazine and welcomed my proposal. I wrote 1,500 words, adding a French accent to it, using “ze” for “the” and “zut” and “alors” after every expostulation. It ran the next week and Alexander asked me if I wished to contribute regularly. I jumped at the chance. Jet-setters did not read the The Spectator 35 years ago. Politicians, literary people, Oxford and Cambridge dons, and clubmen all did, but not jet-setters. So I invented the quintessential English jet-set couple, Mark and Lola Winters, based on Martin and Nona Summers, a real twosome I ran into


From left: Eaton Square, home to the fictious Mark and Lola Winters; Studio 54 provided ample fodder for our columnist’s copy in The Spectator.

everywhere I went. I began to chronicle their life. I wrote amazing things about Mark and Lola, their social climbing with real people, the tricks they pulled in order to get invited to chic parties, their efforts to attract celebrities to their Eaton Square flat, the presents they sent to Greek ship owners they hardly knew, the children they rented to pose as their own when they had “proper” people as their guests, and their desperation to get third-rate royals—any royals—to attend their bashes. The column became required reading by those who found the Winters ridiculous and couldn’t get enough of the humiliation I heaped on them week in and week out. When The Spectator conducted a poll to see who was reading us, it revealed that Oxford dons were reading my column en masse, and discussing the state of English social climbing. One thing that everyone at The Spectator could never figure out was why no one realized that the couple was a fictitious one. I think the reason was that I mixed them up with real people who were mostly vague and aristocratic and who could never remember anyone’s name. New York’s glamorous Studio 54 provided great copy, and it was from there that I first reported about the widespread use of cocaine. But soon it was my turn. On July 24, 1984, I was warned at Heathrow airport by a customs officer that an envelope in my rear pocket was about to fall out. “Oh thanks,” I wisecracked. “If only you knew what was in it!” I ended up going to the pokey for four months for possession of two grams of cocaine. I used my one telephone call to ring The

Spectator’s office and got Clare Asquith, granddaughter of World War I-era prime minister Asquith, on the telephone. I told her to tell the new editor, Charles Moore, that I was resigning, whereupon she asked me whether I would be filing my column from jail. In the 35 years of being a columnist at The Spectator, I have served under seven editors, five of whom were old Etonians and all of whom have edited a weekly staffed by probably as elegant and professional a crew as could exist in Evelyn Waugh’s fevered imagination of the upper classes. An example of this nonchalance was Charles Moore’s reaction when I resigned after being busted. “Were you our religious correspondent, I’d immediately accept it. The fact that you are our high-life writer, we expect you to be high at times.” Now that’s what I call noblesse oblige. After paying my debt to society, the new editor, Dominic Lawson, son of the Chancellor of Exchequer, suggested I write more about politics and life in general. I was thrilled. The first thing I did was spill the beans about Mark and Lola. Some wrote in that they were cancelling their subscriptions because I had misled them. Lawson thought it hilarious. Our present owners, Sir David and his brother Sir Frederick Barclay have been extremely supportive of my antics. About 15 years ago, I wrote how Osama bin Laden—known as Harry Laden to us, his friends—was a very popular member of White’s Club, held court at the bar daily, and had been made a member by the Duke of Beaufort and Nicholas Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill. Neither the Duke nor Soames, both good friends

of mine, said a word. American newspapers went wild. Vanity Fair sent its best reporters to interview me. I had made the whole thing up, but told them I was too scared to give any more details. After September 11, 2001, some Americans stopped speaking to me after calling me a traitor for fraternizing with a mass murderer. David Metcalfe, a member of White’s, sued me because I had included him in my group with “Harry.” I had to give him an apology and took the opportunity to reveal that this story, too, was a Mark and Lola hoax. The Spectator’s staff enjoyed it greatly despite the hate letters received. When Boris Johnson took over as editor he was already a member of Parliament, but when he became London’s mayor, he had to give up the editor’s chair. But before he did, he fought tooth and nail on my behalf when the Israeli embassy decided I was “worse than Goebbels” in terms criticizing Israel’s policies in the West Bank. When the Israelis demanded he fire me, Boris answered that he would if they evacuated from the occupied territories and apologized for 45 years of oppression. Again, noblesse oblige. Which brings me to the present. It might sound corny and sentimental, but writing for The Spectator has been the one constant and wonderful happenstance of my life. I plan to retire in five years—40 being a nice round number—and write books. I shall certainly miss the place. In fact, I am already thinking about how empty my life will become in five years. Long live “The Speccie!” u For more Taki, visit takimag.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 6 5


CANTEENS

A SLICE OF FRANCE, BITE BY BITE BY DANIEL CAPPELLO

FEBRUARY CAN BE something of a breaking point in New York.

Temperatures reach all-time lows, winter ascends to new heights, and Valentine’s Day rolls around to remind us that we’re not living in a city as romantic and rouge-smooched as, say, Paris. The panacea for all of this might very well be in chef Jody Williams’s latest gastronomic venture, Buvette, a self-styled “gastroteque” serving up small plates that are big on flavor and performance. Roughly translated, a buvette is a sort of food or coffee stall: the relaxed, easy kind of place where you can pop in, unannounced, for an early-morning espresso, a mid-afternoon

sandwich, an after-work drink, or some late-night nosh. With friends, or by yourself. For a group gathering in the semi-private back room, or a dîner à deux in the front window (it’s the perfect date spot). And Buvette is certainly all that; it has the pleasingly calibrated bustle of a Rive Gauche café or brasserie, but with all the comfort and fixings of grand-mère’s Provençal kitchen (not to mention her French countryside comfort food). The morning hours at Buvette are rather special, if not downright sacred. With significantly lighter foot traffic than at dinner or in the after-hours, breakfast and early lunch are comfy


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and cozy. The warm smell of toasts and coffee (Williams uses Philadelphia-based favorite La Colombe) almost makes you forget that you have appointments lined up for the rest of the day. It is also in the daylight that the details shine through: woven Provençal baskets skattered among antique-finished serving trays and salt-and-pepper shakers; page-boy hats hanging from the bar’s side (and from the bartenders’ heads); the gray-chalked aprons wrapped around the bright-eyed waitresses. Though cappuccinos are available in sufficiently large sizes (don’t ask for

cocktails through dessert (mousse au chocolat is tempting, but the tarte tatin will leave you in a state of bewilderment). As for the small plates, there’s seemingly no wrong combination, nor too many nor too few. A suggestion: the butter-slabbed anchovy toasts, the whipped brandade de morue, the gratin of cauliflower, and both the coq au vin and the cassoulet (where else can you order both but not leave as heavy as a Pinkerton guard?). Reservations are unnecessary—or, more correctly, can’t be had—though when walking past the crowded bar scene that

skim milk or extra foam: they’re served only one way, which you can take or leave), portions remain true to Buvette’s small-place character and feel (a chocolate croissant actually comes as two finger-food-size delicacies of puffed pastry filled with chocolate rich enough to wake you up if the coffee hasn’t already). Come nightfall, Buvette transforms into quite a boisterous bistro. A “gastronomo” (a word coined by chef-proprietor Williams to describe the jack-of-all-trades host-cum-waiter-cumcook-cum-sommelier-cum-bartender) is likely to greet you at the door in a friendly French accent, and then take care of you from

nearly pours out onto the street at prime dinner hours, you wish they’d take a reservation or few, even if it were to involve haggling for a VIP email or number. Then again, this isn’t Manhattan anymore; at Buvette, at least, you won’t want it to be. u The entrance to and indoor scenes from Buvette, a French-inspired “gastroteque” from chef-proprietor Jody Williams (pictured above, top right). Buvette: 42 Grove St. (between Bleecker and Bedford), open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., weekends from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations not necessary; 212.255.3590 or ilovebuvette.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 6 7


QUEST

Fresh Finds BY DA N I E L C A P P E L LO AND ELIZABETH MEIGHER

FEBRUARY IS A MONTH OF LOVE, not to mention our annual Wedding Issue, which means we’ve brought a whole lot of love and attention to some perfect finds for the bride, groom, or special Valentine in your life. Whether you’re popping the question or getting down to details like invitations, we’ve found some choice bets. From the most fabulous of jewels to the sweetest of accessories, from slippers for him to sandals for her, we’ve figured out some stylish ways of helping you to say “I love you.” Or even “I do.” Walk down the aisle with easy glamour and understated romance in J.Crew’s Sinclair gown, in delicately crinkled silk chiffon. $675. J.Crew Bridal and Collection Store: 769 Madison Ave., 212.824.2500, or jcrew.com.

Stuart Weitzman’s Swarovski crystal evening wraparound sandals are the perfect marriage of style and comfort for the big day. $595. Stuart Weitzman: 675 Fifth Ave. or 212.759.1570.

Bespoke wedding stationery from Mrs. John L. Strong. Price based upon consultation. Please call 212.838.3775 to make an appointment or for more information.

Tell her she’s the one with David Yurman’s Crossover engagement ring, in platinum and diamonds. Available at the David Yurman Townhouse: 712 Madison Ave. or 212.752.4255. 68 QUEST


Seal your wedding or Valentine’s Day with a kiss with Kim Seybert’s Lips Icon cocktail napkins. $32 for a set of six. Kim Seybert Designer Lifestyle Accessories: 212.564.7850 or kimseybert.com.

Give the groom the gift of time with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II in platinum with polished bezel and President bracelet. $60,000. Rolex: 800.36.ROLEX or rolex.com.

Be sure to keep your hair neat and your tux natty with a complete look from Ascot Chang: bow tie ($55), tuxedo shirt ($173),

You’ll stand tall in Barker Black’s ultra chic velvet pumps with piping detail. Barket Black Ltd.: 198-B Elizabeth St. or 212.966.2166.

and custom-made tuxedo (price based upon consultation). Ascot Chang: 212.759.3333.

He’ll treasure his wedding day with Asprey’s sapphire and diamond cufflinks: a beautiful keepsake for generations to come. $18,000. Asprey: 853 Madison Ave. or 212.688.1811.

Leica’s x1 with black cover, offering unsurpassed perfection in a compact package, is the ideal companion for your honeymoon and a lifetime of adventures. $1,995. Leica: leica-camera.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 6 9


Fresh Finds Wempe’s Glashuette Zeitmeister Manchette in stainless steel with mother-of-pearl dial and

Ideal as extra seats or just to rest your feet: hippopotamus leather footstools in full-grain leather, stuffed with wood wool. From England. Available at Scully & Scully:

28 brilliant-cut diamonds.

504 Park Ave. or 800.223.3717.

$3,510. Wempe: 700 Fifth Ave. or 212.397.9000.

Dress up with the divine David Webb cuff in 18-kt. yellow gold, platinum, diamonds, Tiger’s eye, and blue enamel. $62,000. David Webb: 942 Madison Ave. or 212.421.3030. Stay cheerfully stylish with Chanel’s multicolored and golden metal bracelet. $1,400. Chanel: 15 E. 57th St., 212.355.5050, or chanel.com.

Add a little panache to your Palm Beach wardrobe with Fiandaca’s chartreuse ombré satin organza jacket and dress with flower print border. Alfred Fiandaca Couture: 330 Worth Ave. or 561.659.3339.

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Indulge in a sweet treat with Judith Leiber’s macaron pillboxes, modeled after the famous Ladurée delicacy in crystal with lacquered sides (measuring 2” across and available in 11 “flavors”). $495. Judith Leiber: judithleiber.com.


The Exotica flap clutch from Eric Javits

Tell your Valentine how

is made of embossed Italian leather

much you love them with Sherle Wagner’s

and comes with a detachable chain shoulder strap and interior sidewall zipper compartment

Cherub door knob in gold plate. Available

and mirror. $425. Eric Javits: ericjavits.com.

at Sherle Wagner: 212.758.3300 or sherlewagner.com.

She walks in color block: Bottega Veneta’s Sunset Nero Plaster Fire Washed chiffon dress. $3,900. Bottega Veneta: 212.371.5511 or bottegaveneta.com.

Any Shoshanna dress is a perennially pretty choice, but this month go for the Melissa

Slip into chic with Dennis Basso’s Lynx Lace Bolero, a perfect accessory any time of year. Available at Dennis Basso: 765 Madison Ave. or dennisbasso.com.

beaded neckline dress in beautiful cotton grasscloth. $395. Shoshanna: Available at neimanmarcus.com.

The Jean Schlumberger Rope ring, featuring a central diamond and 18-kt. gold and platinum rope design, makes a stunning statement. $34,800. Tiffany & Co.: tiffany.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 7 1


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CO U RT E S Y O F E N T E R P R I S E H O L D I N G S

T R AV E L BUSINESS TRAVELERS KNOW how to be in the “driver’s seat” when it comes to their careers. Crossing the country making stellar presentations is second nature to them, and no one knows this better than National Car Rental, the industry leader in customer loyalty for frequent business travelers. This March marks the 25th anniversary of National’s pioneering Emerald Club, the car rental industry’s first frequent traveler program. Members reap the benefits of National’s 63 North American Emerald Aisle locations, which include offices at the country’s 50 busiest airports for business travel. Founded in 1947 and acquired five years ago by Enterprise Holdings (America’s 15th largest family-owned business, according to Forbes), National Car Rental has invested heavily in customer service. Market research has shown that what frequent business travelers value most are speed, choice, and control. “Frequent business travelers don’t need their hand held,” says National’s vice president of marketing, Rob

Connors. “They want us to be there when we’re needed, but they’re seasoned pros and know what to do.” The Emerald Club allows members to completely bypass the rental counter and head directly to the Emerald Aisle, where they can choose the car that best fits their needs for that particular trip. If a full-size car or larger car is available, it can be had for the mid-size price. Upon return, members can use the ultra-convenient Drop & Go™ service, dashing off to catch their departing flight while National sends a receipt by email. “A business traveler has a lot of things on their mind,” says Connors, “so we make this as easy as possible for them. It’s about speed and putting our customers in control of their trip.” The Emerald Club has no enrollment fee, and benefits (including free rental days) increase the more often you rent. National knows what’s important to today’s business travelers, and when it comes to renting a vehicle, lets you stay in the driver’s seat. u

This March National Car Rental celebrates the 25th anniversary of its pioneering Emerald Club rewards program for frequent business travelers. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 7 5


J E W E L RY

THE JOYS OF COSTUME JEWELRY BY GEORGINA SCHAEFFER

FROM THE SET OF Gossip Girl to the runways of Mercedes-

Benz Fashion Week, Sequin’s presence in New York began over a decade ago. Founded by Minneapolis natives and sisters Kim Dryer and Linda Renk, Sequin produces collaborative costume jewelry collections for dozens of companies, and at every price point from Target to Badgley Mischka. And now, with three signature stores in Newport, two in Palm Beach, and one in Chicago, Sequin is becoming a household name in its own right among collectors of costume jewelry. “We are lucky to have complementary skill sets and we are both career driven,” says Linda, whose background is in retail. Kim, whose background was in jewelry design, concurs: “Our parents instilled in us a synergy to work hard and to contribute both personally and professionally.” Under the watchful eye of creative director Tara Malkovich, Sequin produces five to six collections of 30 pieces for each of the five or six markets a year (for those of you counting, that’s around 1,000 pieces—and that’s only for their Sequin line). Linda notes, “There is a bit of magic to Tara’s designs.” Each piece is hand-molded and uniquely feminine. Only a small quantity of any given design is produced (sometimes only 25 of a certain piece are made, while others are strictly limited edition), assuring customers that they won’t see their new favorite piece on their best friend at a party. “There is an intrinsic sophistication in these pieces,” says Kim. “They are for a customer who has fine jewelry and wants to wear costume.” u For more information about Sequin, please call 212.398.7363 or visit sequin-nyc.com. 76 QUEST


Sequin’s signature shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Opposite: the new “Majorca” collection from Sequin was inspired by Spanish tiles.


DESIGN

A ROOM TO ROMANCE BY GEORGINA SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL NEWCOMB

THIS YEAR MARKS the 36th anniversary of the American Red Cross Designers’ Show House in Palm Beach. The event, which began on January 18, will continue through February 18. Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design was given an enclosed loggia in a Southernstyle mansion (commissioned by Orin 78 QUEST

Randolph, completed in 1923) as its project. Garrigues, who is known for her worldy sense of design, created an “Indian Palace” sun porch that blends seamlessly with the tropical weather and sophisticated style of Palm Beach. Working closely with senior designer Diana El-Daher, Garrigues created a

sensuous and serene space filled with romance and a touch of wanderlust. Guests walk into the room through flowing panels of white linen, into an exotic haven. Softly stenciled white walls complement bold antique silk-sari fabrics found on the Indian stools and throw pillows. Treasures sourced from all over


Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design created an “Indian Palace” in the sunroom of the Red Cross Decorator Showhouse in Palm Beach, which is open to the public until February 18.

the globe include a Syrian wedding chest, a celedon porcelain bowl, and crystal and glass globe lights that twinkle in the evening, adding a note of glamour. Garrigues used natural textures for the button-back sofa and other upholstered pieces, window treatments, and rugs to create a soothing effect. Elements of the

tropical garden just outside the large windows are also reflected with lush flower arrangements and even a palm tree. But it is a Garrigues’ eye for detail that is truly evidenced in this room. Morrocan wedding beads, antique Indian artwork, unique slag crystal elements, a ebony and mother-of-pearl box, an elephant-shaped

oil burner carrying an orchid, and other carefully curated objets d’art create a delightful and welcoming room for the global nomad with a romantic soul. u For more on Jennifer Garrigues Interior Design, please call 561.659.7085 or visit jennifergarrigues.com. F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 7 9


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BEAUTY


Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa opened its new flagship last month. In the new space, the iconic spa will offer its signature beauty treatments.

BEHIND THE RED DOOR ELIZABETH ARDEN opened her first spa on Fifth Avenue in 1910. Now,

more than one hundred years later, the legacy of this day spa pioneer enters into its next chapter. Last month, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas’ flagship moved to a new state-of-the-art facility at 663 Fifth Avenue atop the Salvatore Ferragamo building. Occupying two full floors, the new 21,000-square-foot flagship spa features an outdoor penthouse terrace and sundeck. But it is Elizabeth Arden’s continuing legacy of beauty and well-being that sets Red Door Spas apart. The company still holds Ms. Arden’s fundamental belief that beauty should be “an intelligent union of nature and science to develop one’s finest natural assets.” The Red Door Spa flagship will offer an extensive menu of day spa and salon services, including Red Door signature skincare, massage and body treatments, nail services, hair color and styling, makeup artistry, bridal packages, couples and VIP treatments, gentlemen services, relaxation lounge, spa café, and more. It will also carry a full selection of Elizabeth Arden prestige skincare, fragrance and color cosmetics, a collection hair care and body care products, as well as gift cards and gift certificates. As Ms. Arden also believed: “To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman.” u For more information about the new Elizabeth Arden Red Door Flagship Spa at 663 Fifth Avenue, please call 212.546.0200 or visit reddoorspas.com F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 8 1


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ALTERNATIVE

EDUCATION

Dennis McEvoy with Sophia Loren. McEvoy was a Falstaffian figure, a hard-drinking ex-Marine who served as an editor at Reader’s Digest.

SUMMER 1973. The summer of my alternative education. I arrived at Dennis McEvoy’s penthouse pad in Madrid after an all-nighter at the Crazy Horse and Deux Magots in Paris. The father of my boarding school roommate Nion (who is today the owner of Chronicle Books and SPIN magazine), Dennis was a Falstaffian figure, a hard-drinking exMarine who, at the time, was the senior editor in Europe at Reader’s Digest, 82 QUEST

having successfully launched the Asian edition of the Digest in Tokyo after World War II. He apologized that his vacation had to be delayed for a couple of days due to an impending deadline. He handed me the keys of his baby blue Mercedes 425 SL convertible so I could drive what appeared to be his girlfriend, a beautiful English nurse named Vivica who had cared for him during a recent hospital stay, down to the Costa del Sol.

We got as far as Granada the first night and, after dinner, I passed out. But the next morning Vivica made it absolutely clear that Dennis was not her boyfriend, and things got better and better. Eventually, we made our way to the Alhambra and later that day drove south. At some point we stopped for a siesta in an olive grove that I thought was shielded from the road, but a passing truck driver stopped and shattered the mood as far as Vivica was


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From left: the inimitable Ava Gardner who was close friends with McEvoy; the Marbella Club where the “alternative education” began.

concerned by calling out, “Hey hombre, how about some for me?” Once we got to Torremolinos, Dennis joined us from Madrid and Nion flew in from the States. Vivica explained the new situation and Dennis was philosophical and forgiving. Soon he was calling me, in Charlie Chan fashion, his “Honorable Number Two Son.” Dennis had led a picaresque childhood: his father, J.P. McEvoy, had been a journalist and playwright, and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. J.P. had foreseen that the world would become smaller and was determined that Dennis be prepared. He had lived and studied in Germany, China, and Japan and, in addition to those country’s languages, spoke perfect French and Spanish and a good deal of Arabic. He knew every broke aristocrat and wealthy gangster on the Costa del Sol. Our first stop was at the Marbella Club, presided over by Count Alphonsus Hohenlohe, where I was able to lie under the Steinway Grand on which Arturo Rubinstein was rehearsing. Next, there was golf at Soto Grande, and from there we made our way south toward Algeciras, staying at the finest hotels and resorts. Dennis never forgot to negotiate the lowest possible rate on the premise he would be writing a story on the venue. His favorite expression was, “It’s BUTTB time boys” (“BUTTB” translated to “Belly Up To The Bar”). This happened a little after noon on most days beginning with a long lunch and ended in an extended nap. Then, we would belly up again around 9 p.m., sup at midnight, and party on. Drawing on his endless fund of stories and good cheer, Dennis drew people to him and

most nights we closed whatever nightclub we found ourselves in at 4 a.m. Often, Dennis performed his pièce de résistance in which he, then a 60-year-old man, stood on his head in a chair and sang an aria from Pagliacci in Japanese to the cheers of the remaining customers. After too short a sweet sojourn, Vivica had to get back to work in Madrid and, when Nion and I expressed a desire to go to Tangier by ourselves for a couple of days, Dennis instructed us to look up Mohammed, the porter at the Palace Hotel. When Nion asked why, Dennis answered, “Because I know damn well why you’re going, and he’s got the best kif in all of Morocco.” And so he did. Dennis was friends with James Michener and drank with Hemingway. He knew Sophia Loren, but his best American friend in Madrid was Ava Gardner. One night Dennis was smoking in bed and fell asleep and his house caught fire. The next morning Ava called up and said, “Dennis, honey. I heard what happened, you just come on over here and move in with Ava until your place is ready.” Like any sensible man, he did as he was told. Then, the American ambassador at the time, Angier Biddle Duke, called him at the office and said, “Dennis, we’re having a state dinner for Generalissimo and Madame Franco next month. As one of the leading American businessmen in the country you have to be there. And I hear you’re staying at Ava’s, so bring her too.” “I don’t know, Angie, Ava’s been on a bit of a tear lately, you know how woundup she can get, I don’t think that’s such a good idea.”

“Nonsense, the Spaniards love to see Hollywood stars. Bring her with you and see that she behaves.” The appointed evening came, and Ava looked radiant and dressed to the nines. An American lady on the other side of the table unwittingly commented that she thought Ava’s most recent film, The Night of the Iguana, had been “indecent.” Ava tensed, poked Dennis in the ribs and said, “You hear what that fat cow just said about my movie?” “Now, Ava, don’t cause a scene…” “Oh, I won’t cause a scene…Excuse me!” The whole room went silent, and Ava leaned over to the lady and sweetly asked, “Do you mind if I ask you a question? Would you tell me your definition of ‘indecent?’” The lady was flustered by now and could only say, “Well, I don’t know, just indecent.” “Well, would you like to hear what my definition of indecent is?” “Oh yes,” quoth the lady, feeling let off the hook. “Well, my definition of indecent is if it’s in long enough, wide enough, and hard enough, then it’s in decent.” The room collapsed into chaos and up on the dais a puzzled Madame Franco asked Ambassador Duke for a translation. Vivica got married to an English guy the following year. Dennis retired a couple of years after that, briefly moved to San Francisco to be closer to Nion, and then, expat at heart that he was, returned to Spain, where he died too young on Mallorca in 1982. Nion and I remain the best of friends and, just the other day over lunch, promised each other we would mark our 60th birthdays next year with a special trip. Mohammed will be waiting! u F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 8 3


TOASTING THE FOUR ARTS WHEN PALM BEACH was discovered

by residents of the frozen North more than a century ago, it quickly gained a reputation for luxurious beaches and fabulous parties, making the resort destination the premier winter playground for wealthy patrons. But for those who were accustomed to grand concerts and stimulating art, Palm Beach in the 1900s was found to be lacking. In 1936 a group of passionate art patrons led by Maude Howe Elliot formed what is now the Society of the Four Arts, one of Palm Beach’s oldest 84 QUEST

and most prestigious organizations. While the first exhibition was described as “begged and borrowed” artwork, it did feature Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, which was later purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over $2 million. Since that first show the institution has only continued to grow, claiming Palm Beach’s longstanding families as its loyal patrons and gaining critical acclaim for its broad programming. Beyond art exhibitions, the Four Arts offers concerts, lectures, film screenings, programs for

children, and operates a stately Maurice Fatio-designed library that serves as a resource to the town. In 2009, as the Four Arts approached its diamond jubilee, the focus turned not only to the past but also the future, as the organization began to create programming and opportunities for the next generation of arts patrons. The Four Arts Contemporaries was designed for younger members passionate about the arts. The group invited artists, collectors, and board members of other cultural institutions to form its inaugural


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C U LT U R E group of members. Today membership remains by invitation only, but in three years the group has grown from its initial 75 members to well over 200—an increase attributed solely to word-of-mouth. “The Contemporaries has become a group that celebrates much of what makes Palm Beach an interesting and fun place to live,” says Four Arts Contemporaries advisory board memeber Piper Quinn. “It’s been a wonderful start to a program that’s sure to gain influence and momentum in the years to come.” While most traditional programming takes place during the day, Four Arts Contemporaries programs are designed for young professionals, with events including private after-hours viewings of exhibitions, special evening lectures and receptions, and opportunities to tour local art galleries and learn more about the cultural community. “The Four Arts has such a special place in the hearts of so many Palm Beachers,” begins Four Arts Contemporaries advisory board member Heather Henry. “We wanted the Contemporaries to be equally unique. This is not a networking group. This is not a place for people to make business connections. This is a specially curated group of young leaders who represent the future of The Four Arts, and of our cultural community as a whole.” In addition to Henry and Quinn, the advisory board includes Mary Brittain Cheatham, Peter Geisler, Jr., Lance and Patricia Mahaney, Talbott Maxey, Erik Waldin, Miguel Forbes, and Eleanor Ylvisaker. The board draws on its personal experience and connections to create unique programming opportunities. The resulting events have been enthusiastically received by members. “The Four Arts Contemporaries came to be as a result of several of the founders wishing to fill the cultural void that exists for young people in Palm Beach.,” says Erik Waldin. “It was established to foster arts understanding and appreciation, something that is so often overlooked in other ‘junior’ groups. The organization

has been received extremely well, and our members are truly excited about our world-class programming, which I think rivals any young persons organization anywhere in the world.” One of the group’s main objectives this year is to partner with the Young Friends of the Four

This page, from top: Art historian Richard Frank gives a gallery talk with Contemporaries members Christopher Walker, Dr. Michael Rigdill, Nicki Taylor, Bruce Langmaid and Charles Pool; Chairmen for the Four Arts Contemporaries “Studio 54 Gala” Mary Baker, Sara Groff, and

Arts Gala to create a newly invigorated “Contemporaries Gala,” a project that appealed to gala chairwoman Binkie Orthwein. “As a member, it was important to support the Four Arts because they offer the finest arts programs right in Palm Beach’s own backyard,” says Orthwein. “This event will be a celebration of Palm Beach’s younger set, a fantastic party during the height of the season when patrons, sponsors, and supporters gather together to celebrate the growth and success of the Contemporaries.” The Contemporaries Gala on February 24 will be a stark departure from the formality so often seen in Palm Beach. With the help of co-chairs Sara Groff and Mary Baker, Orthwein is planning a high-energy, Studio-54 themed party that will feature the beloved Right On Band. Additionally, the Contemporaries have secured a number of important sponsors for the event including Sabadell Bank & Trust, Acento, Buccan, Calypso St. Barth, Sotheby’s, and Grey Goose Vodka. Other events planned for the Contemporaries this season include a lecture on buying wine at auction, a reception with noted author Dean King, and tours of private art collections. The group averages about two events per month. According to Four Arts marketing director Katie Edwards, the formula for events is equal parts education and fun. “Our group is young and enthusiastic and we want to make sure that everyone walks away from a Contemporaries event feeling that culture is exhilarating.” “We’ve been lucky that the Four Arts over the years has been able to grow and improve continually,” said Four Arts president Ervin Duggan. “The growth of the Contemporaries in such a short time probably should not be a surprise .” u

Binkie Orthwein; Erik Waldin, Mary Brittain Cheatham, Talbott Maxey, Piper Quinn, Heather Henry, and Peter Geisler, Jr.. Opposite: the sculpture garden at the Society of the Four Arts.

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OPEN HOUSE

AT THE SHERRY WITHIN THE FABLED WALLS of the Sherry Netherland Hotel are two current apartment listings that are part of the hotel’s unique rental pool. Marked by both elegance and convenience, there are only 50 apartments in this rental pool. It allows for the private use of the apartment for up to 30 days at any time of the year and in any configuration of days allowing for flexibility. Residents also have up to two additional weeks of “bonus days” per year as offered by the management. In addition, there is the option (for a nominal nightly fee) to stay past the “anytime 30 days and bonus days,” as well as the option of choosing to make the apartment your full-time private residence for any amount of time, and then either returning it to the hotel pool or not. Among the included services are twice-daily maid and turn-down services, room service by Harry Cipriani, a full-service salon and gym, and a 24-hour doorman 86 QUEST

and concierge. Sotheby’s International Realty senior vice president, Stan Ponte, remarks, “The Sherry is the epitome of New York style and elegance and these two apartments offer the most flexible pied-a-terre ownership in town.” His colleague, Randall Gianopulos, adds, “Knowing your home is prepped and ready for your arrival is a peaceful luxury, earning its keep while you’re not in residence is a practical investment” Notably, one of the apartments offered belongs to a couple that has a long history with the Sherry Netherland. Chip Murphy grew up in Little Rock and during his childhood trips to New York City his family stayed at the Sherry Netherland. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that when it came to finding his own apartment with his wife Cindy, they looked to the Sherry Netherland first. “Buying our first apartment in the Sherry fulfilled a dream held since childhood. To our mild surprise, Cindy and I

enjoyed renovating our apartment very much and having our own pied-a-terre has added tremendously to our enjoyment of our time spent in New York City.” Their recently renovated oversized one-bedroom aerie on the 19th floor features a gracious foyer, a large room perfect for both intimate dinners or larger cocktail parties, and a quiet, south-facing bedroom that has a luxurious marble bathroom. Chip continues, “So much so in fact that we are doing it again. We are nearing completion of the renovation and restoration of our second apartment at the incomparable Sherry. Aside from the greatest location on the corner of the intersection in the city, the tastefully understated elegance, and the unobtrusive but impeccable service, being part of the Sherry family is the best part.” u For more information, call Stan Ponte at 646.489.3066 or Randall Gianopulos at 917.821.6930 or visit sothebyshomes.com.


Above, clockwise from top left: a living room at one of two apartments in the Sherry Netherland Hotel’s unique rental pool currently offered by Sotheby’s International Realty; the iconic clock outside the Sherry Netherland on Fifth Avenue; the bedroom of one of the pied-a-terres. Below, the facade of the famous Sherry Netherland, part of New York City’s enduring landscape. Opposite: the living room at Chip and Cindy Murphy’s apartment, currently listed with Sotheby’s International Realty. The Murphys’ long history with the hotel highlights its generational appeal.


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INDUSTRY INSIDERS NIKKI FIELD , Senior Vice President,

Senior Vice President at

has been a dynamic presence with Sotheby’s International Realty since 1998, consistently ranking among the top three producers, accomplishing sales of nearly one billion dollars. The 2011 “America’s Top 250 Real Estate Professionals,” by The Wall Street Journal, ranked Nikki in the top 100 agents in America and in the top 10 in New York City for sales volume. Quest sat down with this leading expert to discuss the current state of the New York City residential real estate market.

Sotheby’s International

Q: Who is buying in today’s market? A: Manhattan is no longer dependant on Wall Street fuel with foreign buyers prov-

The living room of the Volney Penthoues at 23 East 74 Street. Listed at $20,000,000.

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ing to be the instrumental market force. Three years after a global financial meltdown, New York is still one of the most attractive markets for international investors. The goal of obtaining a residence in the world’s greatest city is not only for its luxurious livability but also a safe haven for capital. The emerging elite—especially from China, Russia, Brazil, India, and Australia—have joined the Europeans in their growing confidence in the dollar. I traveled three times this past year to China to build on Sotheby’s International Realty’s growing business with global buyers. Each visit, I returned with a better understanding and appreciation of the Asian investor. High inflation due to China’s rapid economic growth is a serious concern for them and wealth preservation over growth is the objective. China has over 450,000 millionaires, and they are investing 30 percent of their wealth into real estate. The Global Chinese Real

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Q: How is the the real estate market? A: The Manhattan residential real estate market continues to outperform the rest of the nation. 2011 ended with the top of the market flying high with a recordsetting $88-million penthouse deal at 15 Central Park West. Extell’s ONE57, the newest super luxury development, is selling fast from floor plans with entry prices over $6,000 per square foot. New development roared back to life from its “Great Recession” slumber, and there appears to be no lack of eager buyers. The year was abundant with high-end activity and a return to demand for new product.

Realty, Nikki Field.


From left to right: the facade of 20 East 65th Street; the living room inside the townhouse. Listed at $17,500,000.

Estate Congress reports, “Chinese buyers are expected to buy at least $50 billion in overseas properties in 2012.” Cash-rich Chinese are touring the world looking for quality, safe investments and luxury lifestyles. They continue to take advantage of current United States market conditions with focused interest in New York City and a Manhattan home. Q: You have a unique business structure within Sotheby’s International Realty. What is the “Field Team” all about? A: We call it the “Field Advantage.” My business plan incorporates a team structure among eight independent salespeople. This is a generous, proactive group of experienced brokers who share collaborative support, permitting deeper client services and greater sales volume. Clients benefit with one designated broker and the experience of seven others. Q: Do you have any current listings you are particularly excited about? A: I currently have a strong portfolio of more than 20 exclusive properties including: The Chapel on Central Park West, the single most significant historic home on Central Park; 20 East 65th Street, a newly built condo in a historic limestone mansion off of Fifth Avenue; the United Nations Plaza Collection, an architecturally acclaimed cooperative on the East River; The Lucida Condominium, the last and most luxurious sponsor sale; The Volney Penthouse, the ultimate trophy

duplex; and The Stanhope, 955 Fifth Avenue, soon to be unveiled, offering a new design of the 16th floor with over 8,000 square feet, 10-foot ceilings, and the best Central Park views in the city. Q: What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment? A: Keeping hope alive for my clients during these recent economic times. To accomplish the goals of all participants in a potential transaction, I have found that the broker must sometimes function as a CEO, listening to the requirements of both sides, assessing the situation, then advising all as to the best course of action while helping them recognize and embrace opportunity.

Q: What is your outlook for 2012? A: Fourth-quarter data indicates that we have an ideal situation for both buyers and sellers. Market inventory is shrinking, most pricing is correct, and the influx of foreign buyers is keeping the market healthy. Now is the time for a realistic return for sellers. Buyers sitting on the sidelines for the past three years are up and shopping again. Our market is stable, developers are building, and New York is the destination of choice for international buyers. All of this suggests that Manhattan luxury real estate has proven its resiliency yet again. u For more information, call Nikki Field at 212.606.7669 or visit nikkifield.com.

The living room inside the newly completed “Lucida.” Listed at $7,500,000.

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Tara Thompson

Neil Rasmus

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Neil and Tara were married at a ceremony at the Coveleigh Club with a reception following. The bride wore a dress by Vera Wang and carried a bouquet of coral peonies with white and lavender roses by Inspiration Floral Artistry. The groom wore a tuxedo from Brooks Brothers and the bridesmaids wore dresses from J.Crew. The couple’s first dance was to “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by the Mamas and the Papas. After the wedding, the couple went directly to Ocean Beach on Fire Island for their honeymoon.

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Caroline and José were married at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola with a reception following at The Colony Club. The bride wore

tie from J. Press. The bridesmaids dresses were from Coren Moore and earrings designed by Daria de Koning. The couple’s first dance was to “You Do Something to Me” performed by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. After the wedding, the couple left directly on their honeymoon to Argentina. 00 QUEST

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Phoebe and Sam were married at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest with a reception at the Onwentsia Club following the ceremony. The bride was the fifth generation to wear the Newell family veil, which dates back to 1889, and the couple cut their cake with Leonidas Polk’s sword from the Civil War. At sunset, the father of the bride surprised the couple with a special bagpipe performance by the City of Chicago Pipe Band and fireworks. The couple’s first dance was to “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray, which was performed by childhood friends of the bride Katherine DePree Belcher and Spencer DePree. After the wedding, the couple went on their honeymoon to the British Virgin Islands.

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Starrett and Petter were married at Alder Manor with a reception for 150 guests. Jen Mankins officiated the ceremony. The bride wore a dress by Vera Wang with her mother’s necklace and family sapphire earrings. She carried a bouquet of dahlias and roses designed by Saipua. The maid of honor wore Rachel Comey and the groom wore Shipley & Halmos. The couple danced to “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” and “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight,” both performed by Michael Carney before leaving on their honeymoon to Acapulco.

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Helena and Adrien were married at a ceremony on the cliffs of Ibiza with a reception following at Amante Beach Club with one hundred guests in attendance. The rehearsal dinner held the night before was a “white party” at the bride’s villa. Helena wore a dress by Carolina Herrera with her grandmother’s Fabergé necklace and carried a bouquet of white flowers. The groom wore a bespoke English suit and the bridesmaid wore pastels dresses of their own choosing. The couple went on a quick trip to St. Tropez after the wedding.


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Meredith and Greg were married at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with a reception for 175 guests following at the Gasparilla Inn Beach Club. The bride wore a Ramona Keveza dress and carried a bouquet of white ranunculus, freesia, and tulips by Botanica. The bridesmaids wore dresses by J.Crew. After the wedding the

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couple honeymooned in Anguilla and St. Barths.


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Aileen and Ian were married at St. Mary’s Church in Roslyn Harbor with a reception following in Oyster Bay. The bride wore a dress from Reem Acra and a veil she made with her mother. She carried a bouquet of roses by Scarsella’s. The bridesmaids wore dresses from Ooh La Shoppe and the groom wore Paul Stuart. The couple’s first dance was to “A Kiss to Bring a Dream On” performed by Bob Hardwick. They went on their honeymoon to Italy directly after the wedding.

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Here Comes The Bride BY GEORGINA SCHAEFFER


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Selina Blow, June 18, 1998. Drawing by David Downton. Opposite: bride, circa 1926. The new silhouette for women was flat-chested, slim-hipped, and athletic.

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During the reign of Queen Victoria the white wedding dress went from fashionable to traditional. In this new book, the superb collection of wedding dresses at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London comes to life.

every bride selects her ensemble for her wedding day with a certain amount of thought. The wedding dress itself somehow seems irrevocably linked to the identity of its wearer, and for the truly supersitious, a talisman carrying future happiness. In the new book The Wedding Dress (V&A Publishing, Abrams), curator of textiles and fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Edwina Ehrman, explores the once-in-alifetime garment, along with the rich history and many traditions that have developed around it. Drawing on the museum’s own superb and extensive collection of over 200 wedding garments and accessories, as well as additional photographs, letters, memoirs, newspaper accounts, and genealogical research, the book delves deep into the history of the wedding dress and its cultural importance from 1700 to today. Focusing on the 18th-century white wedding dress—which became fashionable in the 19th century under Queen Victoria and continues to be favored by brides today—the book contemplates how designers have continually sought to refresh the garment with a modern aesthetic while maintaining its traditional sensibility. The designs of Zandra Rhodes, Noran Hartnell, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Jean Pean Gaultier, Nina Ricci, Chanel, Marchesa, and more are all represented. The book also considers the dress in context of the culture and period from which it hails. Ehrman writes: “They can illustrate responses to technological change and shifts in the economy and reflect changing attitudes towards the wedding ceremony and marriage.” But perhaps most importantly, this book celebrates the tradition, romance, evolution, and splendor of design. u

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A sketch of a wedding dress by Worth in pencil, ink, and body color (London, circa 1922). Opposite: Jasper Conran, Autumn/Winter, 2007 (above); Temperley London “Long Jean Dress,� 2010 (below).

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Cotton organdie wedding dress designed by Hardy Amies for the Cotton Board, 1953. Opposite: sketch of a wedding dress by the House of Papquin in pencil, ink, and body color (London, 19391940). The design captures the theatricality that really defined the 1930s.


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Legend Reborn BY DANIEL CAPPELLO


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This page: Original sketches for the rubellite, diamond, and black jade ALFA ring; Princess Grace inaugurates a Marina B exhibit at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco with Marina Bulgari, 1981. Opposite: Inspired by the Palazzo Borghese in Rome, the PIVOMAB earrings in yellow gold, blue topaz, citrines, and diamonds.

LIKE ITS VISIONARY FOUNDER and namesake, the jewelry brand Marina B is and always has been unforgettable, enduring, and chic. Originally founded in 1977 by Marina Bulgari, Marina B became an instantaneous “it” brand of high jewelry, marked by a daring of design and a boldness of beauty that perhaps only Marina Bulgari herself could achieve. After all, this was not only the granddaughter of Sotirio Bulgari, founder of the renowned Italian jewelry company Bulgari, but also the woman who in the 1970s led her grandfather’s jewelry company into its Golden Age as its director and head designer. When she stepped down from Bulgari to found a jewelry brand of her own, Marina launched a line that became an instantaneous success among stylish Europeans

and international jet setters. Marina B, coveted the world over by princesses and Hollywood royalty, became an icon of its time, a so-called zeitgeist brand that defined the 1980s and ’90s. After two decades of frenzied success, Marina stepped down once again, selling her company in 1996 to the sheik of Jeddah, Ahmed Fitaihi, and retiring in 1998 to Monte Carlo. Now, after nearly fifteen years out of the marketplace, the brand has been acquired by Windsor Jewelers, Inc., under the direction of its CEO, Paul Lubetsky. Based in Manhattan, Lubetsky, a longtime and passionate fan of Marina B’s designs, is considered the industry’s inside source for diamonds, vintage designs, and the highest-quality branded jewelry, so it is only fitting that he should be reviving a brand created by one F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 1 1 5


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of the most artistic talents of the last half century. When he discovered hundreds of sketches and hundreds more archival pieces from Marina Bulgari herself, Lubetsky knew that he had “stumbled upon a treasure, something very hard to come by in this day and age.” And the pieces he acquired are, in his own words, “enduringly chic and contemporary.” With strong and confident designs—hallmarks of the virtuosa herself—jewelry from the collection is perfectly suited for today’s modern woman: chic, spontaneous, fun, and fashionably exuberant, with a knowing eye for quality and a timeless sense of style. The new collection, based off of Marina Bulgari’s original, technically precise drawings and designs, debuted this past


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fall and has been met with applause by wholesalers and customers alike. Neiman Marcus immediately picked up the collection, which is a dazzlingly unified whole, representing the best range of Marina B’s designs. All of the pieces have been manufactured according to the original specifications, and many of them have been produced by the original artisans in Europe. Given this connection and commitment to the original craftsmanship and creative process, it’s likely that Marina B is not only coming back, but is here to stay. u 118 QUEST

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diamonds, blue topaz, and red garnet.


“It didn’t take me long to realize that I’d stumbled upon a treasure,” Marina B’s new owner, Paul Lubetsky, says of his acquisition of the Marina B jewelry brand— a legacy of enduring beauty and chic.


This page, detail from an Arrow Collar advertisement by J.C. Leyendecker, 1930. Opposite from left, ragtime-era dancers; Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth from You Were Never Lovelier; legendary dancers Vernon and Irene Castle, 1913.

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Dancing Weddings are one of the last remaining social spaces where men and women dance together—when the men are willing. Here’s a simple primer for turning even the most awkward guy into a dance-floor Casanova. BY CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD


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of women are in the mood to dance with men who would rather endure gum surgery. The reason is simple: men know they’re supposed to lead, and the responsibility—and threat of failure—is simply too much to bear. As a result, each year thousands of potential wedding-guest dalliances are forfeited due to terpsichorean trepidation. But a man needn’t spend thousands at Arthur Murray to pull off the vertical expression of horizontal desire, as they say in Buenos Aires. All he needs is a languorous tempo, an inspiring partner, and the following simple pointers. We’ll start with the embrace. Gentlemen, nix that adolescent embrace in which you place your hands on the woman’s waist while she puts hers around your neck (the back of your neck, that is: putting her hands around the front would be the response to your hands being lower than her waist). Instead, put your right hand on the small of her back, and, her hand in yours, extend your left arm, leaving a moderate bend. Do not leave your left hand open as if expecting payment for something, nor squeeze it to the point that her knuckles crack. Your posture should be somewhere between the shy limpness of a boy forced to hug an overperfumed aunt and the rigid rigor mortis of a soldier standing before a tribunal. To avoid stepping on each other, have the lady slightly offset to your right, aligning your feet on four tracks with the lady’s right foot between yours. This is a good time to remind

you of the importance women place on quality footwear. Now it’s time to do something, since it’s not really dancing until you’re actually moving. While your inept and inebriated fellow leaders will start waddling their hips, pumping their left arms up and down as if exercising with a dumbbell, and stepping on every beat as if stomping out cigarettes, you— calm and poised, chest proudly extended—cavalierly take two beats per step, thereby subconsciously communicating to your partner that you’re a man who’s never in a rush when he has a woman in his arms. Around you go, rotating clockwise by taking small left-right steps just like you did when you crossed the floor to ask her to dance. Do not, in any way, shape, or form, attempt to “get your groove on” nor exhibit any kinesthetic expressions that could be considered “funky.” Instead, allow her to marvel at the dignified simplicity of your dance, with you the very personification of masculine aplomb. Midway through the song you should gaze at the woman with the look of constipated yearning commonly seen in BBC costume dramas and gently pull her closer, bringing her cheek next to yours. She smells your after-shave, you admire her earlobe. As the song reaches its climax, begin a series of double-time pivots before lunging sideways on your left leg and dipping the lady. As the song ends, you rise to gaze breathlessly in each other’s eyes, left arm flaccid at your side. Now say something witty and nonchalant and this could be the start of something big. u F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 1 2 1


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This Side of Paradise BY DANIEL CAPPELLO

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THE GERMAN ROMANTIC Jean Paul F. Richter once observed

that paradise “is always where love dwells.” Perhaps nothing nurtures new love—or paradise found—quite like a dream wedding destination or perfect honeymoon spot. In that spirit, here are some of the most romantic places to be had across the globe.

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic 800.877.3643 / casadecampo.com.do Launch the adventure of your life together from one of the most beautiful spots in the tropical Caribbean—Casa de Campo, the luxury resort situated on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Known for its ideal location, sheer beauty, and fine cuisine, Casa de Campo offers a wondrous variety of ceremony sites, abundant options for your guests to relax and play, and an expert wedding staff to assist you along the way (including

a new per-person pricing scale that includes all of the important details needed to create your once-in-a-lifetime experience). With reception packages like the Bridal Spa Ritual, the Groom’s Shooting Competition, and the Playita Beach Barbeque, you will be sure to include your guests in memorable wedding activities, all before retreating on your own honeymoon oasis within Casa de Campo’s 7,000 acres. From private picnics, secluded dining, couples massages, and more, you’ll cherish your time together— and, come your first anniversary, Casa de Campo will invite you back to relive your special day with a complimentary stay.

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The Surrey, New York City.

The Surrey, New York City 888.419.0052 / thesurrey.com Nestled in Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side, The Surrey provides the perfect setting for one-of-a-kind romantic experiences. Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most acclaimed celebrities over the years. Famous faces and discerning guests alike recognize the allure of exceptional, discreet service. For its current recreation, The Surrey enlisted interior designer Lauren Rottet and paid special attention to maintaining the integrity of its history while modernizing what has become New York’s most intimate address. Newlyweds looking to soak up all that the city has to offer can book a Romantic Getaway at The Surrey, and will receive a rose-scented candle, one champagne and chocolate turn-down, a couples massage in the Spa Suite at The Surrey, and accommodation upgrade upon availability. This offer is valid for stays through December 31, 2012, and may be booked using the promotional code: ROMANC. 124 QUEST

Ocean House, Rhode Island 401.584.7000 / oceanhouseri.com A honeymoon or mini-moon at the Ocean House, the last of the grand Victorian hotels in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is more than a vacation, but a step back into a genteel era. Set high on the bluffs overlooking a 650-foot private white-sand beach, Ocean House rose to fame in the early 1900s, when it was New York society’s quintessential summer home. Today, a major restoration has equipped Ocean House with modern amenities—including the five-star OH! Spa and five restaurants—without disrupting the character of its storied past. Guest rooms with sweeping views, a fireplace, and a private terrace will transport you to another time and place, all just a few sweet hours from home.

Hotel Caruso, Ravello 800.237.1236 / hotelcaruso.com Connected by probably the most scenic road in Europe, which twists, turns, loops, and falls the full length of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, the glamorous resorts of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and, most of all, Ravello, have attracted the rich and famous—not to mention notable writers and artists—for centuries. Perched high among the natural glamour of Ravello sits the Hotel Caruso, a former 11th-century palace set on cliffs like a balcony hanging above the Mediterranean Sea. A honeymoon here is cut from the cloth of dolce vita paradise, with preserved ancient walls and fresco-covered ceilings, terraced gardens, a stunning infinity pool, boat trips to Positano, and Roman Pompeii within reach. Both inside and out, a world of heritage, culture, and beauty awaits.

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Hotel overlooking the most prized views in Manhattan: Fifth Avenue and the legendary Pulitzer Fountain. The exquisitely appointed Louis XV-style suite includes a living room, dining room, butler’s pantry, kitchen, gymnasium, and a library (stocked with titles hand-selected by Prosper Assouline, the founder of the luxury-book publishing house Assouline). Generously sized en-suite baths are decorated with marble mosaic tile in a leaf-like pattern inspired by Central Park. And, like all Royal Plaza Suite guests, newlyweds also enjoy private butler services, making it easy to call this suite home just before starting one of their own.


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Four Seasons Resorts, Maldives

La Mamounia, Marrakech

800.819.5053 / fourseasons.com With two resorts on land and a private cruise ship, the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives offer a truly extraordinary sunkissed honeymoon through any combination of the three. Begin with the charm of a private coral island village by the turquoise sea at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Hura. Then head to the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, a scenic sea-plane ride from Malé Airport, for a verdant, beach-fringed coral island idyll. Or, for avid divers, water enthusiasts, and nature lovers, step aboard the Four Seasons Explorer, an 11-cabin, three-deck catamaran that takes you island-hopping in inimitable Four Seasons style, to some of the most remote and brilliant snorkeling sites. No matter what your pleasure, the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives offer unsurpassed service in the untouched reaches of the exotic atolls, from spa to shining sea.

800.223.6800 / mamounia.com The site of 18th-century garden parties and a favorite retreat for European jet-setters of the 1930s, Hotel La Mamounia has a historically sophisticated past. Honeymooners will be transported to an other-worldly refuge filled with luxury, romance, and glamour, all in a resplendently decorated and relaxing environment. Guest rooms, bathed in rich hues of crimson and earthy brown, are not only inviting and relaxing, but offer the perfect mix of Moorish and modern décor. The classic hotel has recently been restored to the height of its bygone grandeur with thoughtful pairings of antique and updated interiors by renowned French architect and designer Jacques Garcia. What’s more, four restaurants and bars, a spa with a private hammam, and the vibrant, bazaar-filled backyard of Marrakech awaits.

The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow, Ireland.

The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, Ireland +353.1.274.8888 / ritzcarlton.com Whisk yourself away to a Palladian estate tucked in the woodlands of County Wicklow, on Ireland’s east coast. Take an enchanting stroll among the gentle green hills and sparkling lakes of Powerscourt Gardens, then head into Dublin for some cosmopolitan flair. The sumptuous surroundings of The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow hotel combine the luxury and tranquility of country living, but not without a hint of city chic. The property offers an ideal escape for honeymooners, including an outstanding spa with 20 treatment rooms and one private spa suite, 36 holes of championship golf, and three exceptional dining facilities, including Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, a signature restaurant from the world-renowned chef. u

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WHAT THE CHAIRS WEAR Karen Klopp, Founder of What2WearWhere, flees the freezing temperatures and heads south to Palm Beach for a sizzling party celebrating the “grand reopening” of Studio 54. This month’s What Chairs Wear is choreographed for the diva in all of us... ™

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cultural programming with the community at Palm Beach’s best-loved destination for art exhibitions, concerts, films, and lectures. Join partygoers on the other side of the velvet rope for an unforgettable evening of revelry and merriment, with music by The Right On Band. Make an entrance, atop a white horse à la Bianca Jagger or a pair of roller skates, and don’t forget that disco attire and dancing shoes are a must as you shimmy and shimmer the night away! u For more information, please contact Katie Edwards at 561.659.8506 or kedwards@fourarts.org.

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PREPARE TO “PARTY HARDY” with the Four Arts Contemporaries at a one-night spectacular celebration of the “grand reopening” of Studio 54 at 7 p.m. on February 24. The divine disco diva chairs—Binkie Orthwein, Mary Baker, and Sara Groff—are planning to recreate Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell’s iconic New York City club in the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden at the Society of the Four Arts. The beautiful people will “throw caution to the wind and confetti in the air”—the very same wording sent to the club’s loyal devotees in 1980! This ultra-fashionable bash supports the host’s mission of sharing the finest art and


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Above: the tables set with beautiful flowers during a recent event for Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes hosted by Hilary and Galen Weston at Windsor.

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rolls with parties every night that seem just like beautifully wrapped presents, coming in all different sizes: small, medium, and large! The weather has been perfect and everyone has been loving the glorious sunshine and, of course, all the fun. In fact the whole state is buzzing! We took a spin up north by Vero Beach 138 QUEST

to that heavenly watering hole, Windsor, a lush oasis of 416 acres sandwiched between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, brillantly designed by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. We were there to see our pals Hilary and Galen Weston and to take in the show of famed Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes at the Windsor Gallery. After the show, and

a fascinating Q. & A. with the artist and curator Iwona Blazwick who is the director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, we dined under the stars while being serenaded by a steel band. Oh my, before I could blink, it was December 31 with New Year’s Eve parties all over town. All of the private clubs were sold out, including Club Colette


and Mar-A-Lago! Wilbur and I popped into Mike McCarty’s pre-Coconut dinner at his restaurant before motoring over to Judy and Alfred Taubman’s glorious oceanfront Addison Mizner palazzo for a small seated dinner. Last stop before saying, “Hello” to 2012 was the Coconut’s supper dance—better than ever thanks to Julia and David Koch’s very generous donation of 30 minutes of dazzling fireworks at the midnight hour. The evening was especially festive, too, as so many decorative “young’uns” attended such as Ted Geary, Tatiana Smith and Rem Curtis, Nicole and Matthew Mellon, Phoebe Gubelmann, Binkie and Chris Orthwein, Ed Swenson, Travis Acquavella, Nick Acquavella, Christina Warner, Lauriston Roach, Tory Grauer, Harry LeFrak,

Night of Great Expectations,” a benefit dinner started by Emilia Fanjul almost a decade ago to support the charter schools (Everglades Preparatory Academy and Glades Academy Elementary), is hands down one of my all time faves. How could it not be? First of all, what could be more worthwhile than education? Second of all, the party is small, cozy, and fun in a beautiful setting at a fabulous restaurant: Café Boulud. The evening started with drinks outside in the ultra-glam courtyard. While sipping icy Barcadi mojitos, guests perused the terrific auction items on display by the softly lit Coquina fountain framed by sheltering palms under the stars. Into the seated dinner on the terrace where about 200 guests feasted on swiss-chard ravoli, braised veal shank,

equally amazing goodies to raise over $800,000. Wow! Among the supporters were Pepe Fanjul with Raysa and Alfy Fanjul (and most of their extended family), Arianna and Dixon Boardman, Cynthia Boardman, Serena Boardman and John Theodoracoplos, Britty Bardes and Johnny Damgard, Whitney and Eric Bylin, Luce Churchill, Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry, Countess Christina de Caraman, Prince Michel de Bourbon-Parme and Princess Maria Pia de Savoie, Mona de Sayve, Ann Downey, Jackie and Rod Drake, Jackie and Ken Duberstein, Llwyd Ecclestone, Suzie and Ed Olson, Gillian Fuller, Judith and Rudy Giuliani, Lorna and Larry Graev, Marty Gruss, Jane Holzer, Michele and Howard Kessler, Marianna

Above, clockwise from left: a stay on the yacht Athena was a recent auction item during a benefit for Everglades Preparatory Academy and Glades Academy elementary; “A Night of Expectations” was held at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach; fireworks were a gift from the Kochs at the Coconuts on New Year’s Eve.

Kelly Van Ingen, Elizabeth Meigher, Amanda Meigher, Christina and Billy Bryan, Maddy Potvin and Alexandre Desmarais, and Marina Rutherford and Sims Lansing, plus us “grown-ups.” There are so many worthy causes—so many benefits, events, fundraisers—so when you come across one that seems like a private party it really stands out! “A

and warm chocolate soufflé or strawberry shortcake with wines such as Lurton Pinot Gris and Vega Sindoa Cabernet Sauvignon—yum! Just before dessert, Sotheby’s chairman of North and South America and star auctioneer Jamie Niven brilliantly auctioned off such sensational items as a stay on Jim and Kristy Clark’s dazzling yacht Athena and other

and George Kaufman, Kate and Hashem Khosrovani, Karin Luter, Carol and Earle Mack, John Mashek, Grace and Chris Meigher, Talbott Maxey, Mila Mulroney, Vanessa Mulroney, Pauline Pitt and Jerry Seay, Percy Steinhart, Judy and Alfred Taubman, Gale and Harry Theodoracopolos, Pricilla Whittle, Jane Ylvisaker, and more! u F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 1 3 9


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THE YOUNG & THE GUEST LIST This month, our columnist goes downstairs to Doubles at the Sherry Netherland and downtown to a couple of Cinema Society screenings while reporting on the Paradise Ball sponsored by Salvatore Ferragamo in Palm Beach. BY ELIZABETH QUINN BROWN Stefania Allen and Stephanie de Kertanguy Kearney toast to a good cause at Doubles.


Nate Freeman and Michael Miller at Acme on January 19, following a screening of Man On A Ledge.

On December 16, Nina Platt and Taylor Malfitano attended “Dancing at Doubles.”

Alixe Laughlin and Betsy Maloney at Doubles at the Sherry Netherland Hotel to support the Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA.

Wells Ross and Medora Hartz at Doubles

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Paul Johnson Calderon on January 18, following a

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screening of Haywire hosted by the Cinema Society.

and Derek Hester at Sons of Essex.

THIS YEAR, I’ve resolved to read more, like everything ever written by C. David Heymann. Maybe you share my resolution? Well, my column is as good a place as any to start... On December 16, “Dancing at Doubles” benefitted the Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and their families. Down a staircase perfumed by Parliament Lights, Alex Budney, Will Cleary, and Jennifer Rolfe mixed and mingled around an open bar decorated with sugar cookies. At midnight, everyone relocated to Marc Biron’s table at LAVO. On January 18, the Cinema Society hosted a screening of Haywire with BlackBerry Bold. The after-party at Sons of

Essex welcomed the young and the restless, suffering from the slowness of January. Elizabeth Banks, Emerson Barth, Kristian Laliberte, Celine Rattray, and Rachel Roy were among those catching up over Don Julio cocktails. On the 19th, Man On A Ledge starring Sam Worthington was screened by the Cinema Society with Gilt Man. Daniel Benedict, Hilary Rhoda, and Amy Sacco joined the afterparty at Acme, a recently re-opened restaurant serving “authentic southern and cajun cookin’.” So, I’m ready for February, outfitted with New England Patriots temporary tattoos for the Superbowl and a hundred pairs of black leggings for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. u F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 2 1 4 1


The Paradise Fund celebrated Paradise Casino, sponsored by Salvatore Ferragamo, on November 25 at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Here, Nic Rolden plays to win.

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A Tommy Morrison and Sarah Scheffer posed at the entrance of the Flagler Museum before Paradise Casino.

India Paull and David Adams looked like they were on a winning streak on November 25.

Binkie Orthwein and Kane Baker at the Paradise Fund’s Paradise Casino.

Nick Fouquet and Davina Woods supported the Paradise Fund at the Flagler Museum on November 25.

Rush Zimmerman wore Salvatore Ferragamo Resort 2012 to the Paradise Casino.

Members of the committee joined to address guests about the Paradise Fund.

Scott Schlager and Wyatt Koch hitting the tables together

Inger Anderson and Bettina Anderson

at the Paradise Casino on November 25.

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A KISS IN TIME IT SEEMS LIKE A TIME-HONORED tradition now, but prior to 1981, there had never been a royal balcony kiss. That year, six hundred thousand people lined the streets of London with an unprecedented television audience of 750 million viewers tuning in to watch the fairy-tale wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. When the Prince and Princess of Wales emerged on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, they were greeted by their subjects with the chant of “Kiss! Kiss!” The story goes that Prince Charles wanted none of the crowd’s antics and, according to The Daily Mail, said, “I’m not going to do that caper. They’re going to try and get us to kiss.” Diana, true to her People’s Princess style, is reported to have said back, “Well, how about it?” And in a crowd-pleasing moment the couple kissed, the protocol was abandoned, and a new tradition began. 144 QUEST

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was by every definition the wedding of the year, if not the decade. When the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came out on to that same balcony to another screaming crowd of thousands, even Prince William was taken aback, saying, “Oh, wow!” (and that’s not counting the two billion people watching worldwide). When the couple shared its first public peck, the crowd decided that this time the kiss was too short and chanted, “Kiss again! Kiss again!” And, in another crowdpleasing moment, the couple kissed a second time, and history was made on the balcony, again. — Georgina Schaeffer Above, left to right: last spring, after their nuptials, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace; Prince Charles and Princess Diana started the tradition in 1981.


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