Euan Rellie’s Happy Birthday Bunch

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Handsome Euan Rellie is one of The AVENUEinsiders absolute favorite people on the planet. So when we were invited to a dinner for his 43rd birthday (even though he looks younger than 33) we were there in a heartbeat. Confession: The AVENUEinsider has an equally major crush on Rellie’s beautiful wife Lucy Sykes Rellie – doubling our pleasure.

Held at hot new UES restaurant Desmonds (run by the handsome Richard O’Hagan, the sleek restaurant was a Euan-o-rama. We ran into Vanessa von Bismarck and husband Max Weiner, Boykin Currie and Celerie Kemble, Mickey Boardman, Lana Ogilvie, Grant Hailey, Deborah Sankey, Douglas Hand, Kim Vernon, Jim Shi, Jeffrey Podolsky and Milly de Cabrol, Nathaniel KramerRett Wallace, Pamela Berkovic, Kristian LaLiberte and dapper dude Tyler Thoreson. The Rellies are true Brits and British dinners are always a bit more amusingly naughty than American evenings. Before dinner even started, a random man at the bar insisted on licking the very fashionable heels of Ann Caruso – who after wondering who the guy was (he was not a dinner guest) caught all the action on her Blackberry. Tweet time!

At dinner, Rellie stood on the banquet and gave one os his now-famous birthday speeches, thanking his wife. This was followed by great toasts by Mary Alice Stephenson and Merrie Harris who captivated us with both her model-looks and her tales of growing up all over the globe from Morocco to Jamaica to Spain. The AVENUEinsider was also happy we sported our Thom Browne jacket as the designer himself was just one beautiful girl away from us at dinner. Phew!

The always fashionable Amanda Ross arrived tardy but made it just in time for the first course. But being as stylish as Ross is – she was completely forgiven  – being fashionably late only works when you are a fashion queen.


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