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All That Glitters

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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No city dazzles like ours. The sparkling chandeliers at the new Baccarat Hotel, city lights twinkling outside the new Rainbow Room’s windows, and the golden glimmer of Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer at the Neue
Galerie: all venues that made recent parties that much more special.

The lavender orchid centerpieces on the Rainbow Room’s tables were elegant perfection, and they needed to be. Many of NYC’s design gurus gathered for the New York School of Interior Design Annual Benefit Dinner, and there was nary a napkin out of place. Bunny Williams and John Rosselli, the legendary designer and antique dealer couple, were honored with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award. Alexa Hampton presented John with his Lalique Royal vase, and Betsey Ruprecht presented Bunny’s, about whom she said, “She represents the best of American spirit and aesthetic, with the European and modern world thrown in.” Their résumés could fill this issue, and there is more to come. Bunny’s newest book, On Garden Style, comes out, fittingly, this spring.

The Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design went to Edmund Hollander, and Bette Midler’s Restoration Project won the NYSID Green Award, created by the late Michael Graves. Newell Turner gave the final toast and offered thanks to the sold-out room, for creating scholarships for tomorrow’s designers. Other chicsters included NYSID president David Sprouls, Michael Bruno, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Charlotte Moss, Richard Keith Langham, Margaret Russell, Carol and Philippe Delouvrier, Bill Ruprecht, Ann Pyne, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey.

We were invited to Swim with the Sharks (isn’t Bear Stearns gone?) at John Demsey, Alina Cho and Marilyn Gauthier’s 6th annual Pisces birthday party. Because these consummate hosts can’t do enough for their guests, they also treated us to a sneak preview of the yet-to-opened Baccarat Hotel and Residence. Crystal glistened from above, and in our paws . . . yes, we were served in Baccarat glasses. Andrew Andrew spun, and among the glam guests swirling in birthday cheer were Paula Zahn and Paul Fribourg, Zac Posen, Anne Hearst McInerney, Bobbi Brown, Cornelia Guest (whom we saw later at that other hot newish spot, the Polo Bar), Linda Wells, Barry Sternlicht, Sandra Lee and Charles Masson, whose eagerly anticipated Chevalier has just opened here, and of course, it is sublime.

The Cinema Society hosted the premiere of The Woman in Gold at MoMA, followed by a party at the Neue Galerie,
which proudly owns the painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the focus of the movie’s story of Maria Altman’s valiant
struggle to reclaim Klimt’s portrait of her beloved aunt. The film’s star, Helen Mirren, was in both rooms, and
really, do we care if anyone else was there?


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