A Holiday Gathering of the Clans

by Michael Gross Photographed by Patrick McMullan/PMC
Friday, December 15, 2017

George Farias and Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney‘s Holiday party at Doubles has become such a tradition that the hosts say they have no choice but to repeat the event year in and year out.  They’ve created a wonderful monster and now, it owns them. The elegant private club beneath the Sherry-Netherland Hotel is always decorated to the rafters, but it’s the crowd that constantly catches the eye and the ever-rotating cast of characters that make the two hour-event epic.  Pity the poor coat-checkers on a freezing night.  They didn’t have easy.  But Wendy Carduner‘s crew pulled out all the stops.  

From Santa Claus to Rudy Giuliani, Richard Johnson to Morgan Entrekin, Mary Boone to Agnes Gund, every branch of New York’s elite family tree, good, bad and in-between, was represented.  Here, Kim McCarty, there Emily Rafferty, checking out Peter Soros, checking in John and Jenny Paulson

Carolina von Humboldt and Christophe von Hohenberg were together again.  Ken Auletta and Amanda “Binky” Urban, Dana Hammond and Patrick Stubgen, Jennet Conant and Steve Kroft, Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Anne Eisenhower and Wolfgang Flottl, John and Sharon Loeb, Nicole Miller and Kim Taiple, and Melissa and Chappy Morris also prove that love endures–even through the holiday silly season. 

Even rivals air-kiss and coo in this congregation.  From the Hearst universe:  Jay Fielden and Stellene Vollandes.  From Conde Nast:  Amy Fine Collins. From the Social Register: Barbara Bancroft, Gigi Mortimer,  David Mortimer and Shelly Wanger and a raft of Rockefellers rub shoulders with, well, relative rabble.  

And then, there were Anne Dexter-JonesMarc Gilbertson, Milly de Cabrol, Mark and Nina Magowan, Anna Rothschild, C.C. Goldwater, Robert Zimmerman, Diandra Douglas, David Patrick Columbia, Annette Tapert, Nina Griscom, Bill Boggs, Bettina Zilkha, Jeanine Plepler, Liliana Cavendish, Debbie Loeffler, Janna Bullock, Alison Spear and Alex Reese, Katie Ford, Kim Heirston Evans, Jeanne Lawrence, Jennifer Creel, Alex Papachristidis, Rena Sindi, Dayssi Olarte de Kavanos, Sana Sabbagh, Sharon Bush, Dottie Herman, and on and on, into the starry, starry never-silent night.  


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