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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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The Museum of the City of New York’s Winter Ball celebrated its 30th anniversary, and its creator, nurturer and grand poobah, Mark Gilbertson, reminded us that 30 years ago people would find nooks, crannies and utility rooms around the museum to smooch in. How divine, and why doesn’t that happen now? I wondered. “We were 30 years younger,” Mark reminded me, again. Spoilsport. It continues to be a great party: intimate, cozy, populated with familiar and gentle souls, with nary a personal publicist in sight. The Pierre’s ballroom hummed with efficiency and elegance, when suddenly, as Mark finished his (mercifully short) speech, out burst a madly frugging Madonna impostor, followed by equally energetically gyrating Diet Coke can–clad dancers. Vice Chair Kathy Prounis had planned this as an anniversary surprise for Mark, and surprise him it did, as we witnessed his loss of color as he mouthed “What the hell . . . ” before he realized it was a loving prank, one intended, with the light sticks passed around, as a way to get us 30-year-anniversary folks up and dancing. It worked, and among the revelers were Chairs Tara Rockefeller, Burwell Schorr, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Andrew Roosevelt, Allison Rockefeller (uber glam in a sparkling Oscar), Sara Ayres, Sloan Overstrom, Calvert Moore, Nicole Mellon and Celerie Kemble; Vice Chairs, including Dana and Larry Creel, Kathy and Andrew Thomas, Heather Mnuchin, Anjali and Prakash Melwani, Mary Kathryn and Alex Navab; and committee members Chappy Morris, George Farius, Jamie Tisch (who won the trip to Cap Juluca), Christopher Johnson, and Fashion Week darling Peter Copping, Oscar de la Renta’s new creative director, who also, along with Taffin, sponsored the event, and arriving with the always chic Eliza Bolen.

Several of these same lovely ladies headed down to Palm Beach the very next week for the annual Women’s Board of Boys Club of New York’s fashion show, this year featuring Michael Kors and his Spring 2015 collection. New York’s very own Boys Club, of course, helps countless boys at their three locations, through effective programs and its supportive community. Amy Griffin, president of the Women’s Board, told me: “The lunch was gorgeous and elegant, and having Michael there made it all the more more special. It was stunning seeing the models come up the stairs and into the house. I’m so proud of our board and the turnout, as great things are happening for our boys.” As most had left the frozen tundra of New York, and rain was forecast for Palm Beach, all were especially cheery that the sun shone all day. Among the ladies, relishing wearing their sunny, spring frocks were Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Jo Carole Lauder, Victoria D’Agostino, Betsy Pitts, Lourdes Fanjul, Hilary Geary Ross, Emilia Fanjul, Muffy Miller, Kelly Klein, Carol Mack, Grace Meigher, Pauline Pitt, Karin Luter, Beth Blake, Sydie Lansing, Audrey Gruss and Eleanor Dejoux.
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