January 2012

INSIDE THE JANUARY ISSUE… AVENUEinsiderA PALM BEACH JEWEL A self-proclaimed “typical girl,” Tracy Smith knew she wanted to work in fashion, but wasn’t sure how. While sifting through junk for that perfect piece of jewelry, she found it! And so began House of Lavande. By Martin Marks Photographs By Juan Algarin THE PALM BEACH A-LIST The who’s who on the island of Palm Beach. Compiled By Avenue Introduction By Renée Morrison LIZ’S GEMS The who’s who on the island of Palm Beach. By Avenue Introduction By Caroline Birenbaum CHRONICLES Charitable bashes such as Love Heals, the ASPCA Annual Humane Awards Luncheon and Hope for Depression kept the spirits up and hearts warm. By Debbie Bancroft BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG PARTY One woman’s quest to rest in this city that never sleeps proves nearly impossible. Not with parties with Leonardo DiCaprio. By Carson Griffith KKB’S INSPIRATIONS Guest editor (and AVENUE December cover girl) Kelly Killoren Bensimon shares some inspiring stories and style tips—just in time for that New Year’s resolution. By Kelly Killoren Bensimon CRICKET’S CRUSH A parasol to brighten any rainy day. By Cricket Burns SCANDALThe ups and downs of silent film star Vilma Bánky. By Delphine Barguirdjian ON THE AVENUE The best parties of the month. ARTS CALENDAR What’s on view at galleries and museums.