On The Avenue

Farias, McInerney and Hearst’s Marching Orders

Friday, December 16, 2016

“There’s no getting out of it now,” Anne Hearst was saying mid-way through the annual holiday party she hosts with husband Jay McInerney and their investment banker friend George Farias. “It’s a commitment.” A moment later, resplendent in a green velvet smoking jacket and bright red bow tie, Hearst’s novelist husband got a faraway look in his eye as he guessed the party—first held at 24 Fifth Avenue, then the 21 Club, and lately, Doubles—is now an eight-year-old.

More than a commitment, the fête has become a holiday tradition, and the unofficial start of Manhattan’s mad dash to the end-of-year holidays. It also serves as a gathering of the city’s clan of social and media elite, or at least those who have survived their bright lights, big city youth but still have some bright, precious days before them. In the throbbing room, it seemed everyone was there from decorators to the decorative; Bancrofts to Zilkhas with Rockefellers in-between; Secretary of Commerce-designate Wilbur Ross and wife Hilary Geary Ross; the ink-stained wretched likes of Gay TaleseRichard Johnson, Taki Theodoracopulos, and Candace Bushnell; television’s Steve Kroft (with wife, author Jennet Conant), Alina Cho and Felicia Taylor; fashion’s Nicole Miller, Dennis Basso and Zang Toi, and on and on into the endless bright nights of the stellar city.

Photos by Patrick McMullan.


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