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Social Life Heats Up The Winter Chill

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Martha Stewart, CeCe Cord, and Arie and Coco Kopelman lead the parade of the cognoscenti to the opening of the Winter Antiques Show, which benefits the East Side House Settlement.  The show, featuring a billion dollars’ worth of collectibles from 73 exhibitors, was held at the Park Avenue Armory, which has become one of the city’s most interesting art and cultural centers. In the eclectic mix were Hilary and Wilbur Ross, CeCe and Lee Black, Peter Brant, Jill Kargman, Christopher Forbes, Donald and Barbara Tober, Jerry Lauren and David Ford. Among the rare finds for admirers of Winston Churchill, whose War Rooms in London are celebrating their 50th anniversary, were signed first editions of his six-volume masterpiece The Second World War and a handwritten letter of condolence to Lady Anne Cave written in 1928 that said in part, “When the

allotted span has been accomplished, it is vain to rebel against the fulfillment of life,” both from Bauman Rare Books. Over the course of its 61 years, the show

has been supported by America’s top interior designers, including Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, Alexa and Mark Hampton, Bunny Williams and John Rosselli, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Robert Couturier, Celerie Kemble, Nate Berkus, Campion Platt, Ellie Cullman, Richard Mishaan, Amy Lau, Jon Call and Alex Papachristidis.  e show also featured a popular

Young Collectors Night sponsored by Brooks Brothers and Farrow & Ball.


Ambassador Mary Ourisman and her husband, Mandell, hosted a reception at their home in Palm Beach in honor of Dina Merrill’s longtime support of the New York City Mission Society. Among the attendees were Dina’s son Stanley Hutton Rumbough and her grandchildren Allegra and Cole Rumbough, as well as Pamela O’Connor, Tommy Quick, Christine Schott and George Ledes, Anka Palitz, Sharon Bush, Geo rey Brad eld, Mai Harrison, Somers Farkas, designer Megan Tierney, and Martin Shafiroff and his wife Jean who will chair the organization’s annual Champions for Children Gala at the Plaza on April 1. The Mission Society was founded 203 years ago and provides programs that help families break the cycle of poverty. As a young

bride, Dina was told by her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Colgate, “Every bride needs a charity,” and thus began Merrill’s six decades of patronage.


Andre Balazs has conquered London’s nightlife, taking over where Annabel’s, the Ivy and Soho House le off. The Chiltern Firehouse’s de ning moments have included Samantha and David Cameron on a dinner date and Kate Moss frolicking with a flock of fashionistas including Poppy and Cara Delevingne in the Ladder Shed, the hot spot’s uber lounge that has an edgy Palm Beach–y feel, what with its seductive ambience of wicker and chintz. This is also where Bill Clinton played DJ spinning songs by Billie Holiday and where Naomi Campbell jumped on her table (built around one of the building’s original fire poles) to do a sexy pole dance.  e American menu by chef Nuno Mendes delights Bono, who reserves one of the two chef ’s tables by the kitchen. I sat up front next to Roberto Cavalli and a table of models. The art crowd, including Philippe Starck, Marina Abramovic and Larry Gagosian, love the design details, while Dakota Johnson, Gerard Butler and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley add their pizzazz to the room. Not since Studio 54 has such a diverse crowd been spotted playing regularly under one roof. chiltern


Elizabeth Hurley swanned into the elegant Rosewood Hotel on High Holborn Street in London’s West End for photographer Richard Young’s party for his book Nightclubbing. “I wanted it to be all about dancing—it’s a very real expression of yourself and you’re not focusing on the camera,” confided Young. Among those caught cutting a rug were Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Claudia Schi er. Dipping ripe strawberries into the chocolate fountain that centered the room o the dance  oor were Jack Guinness, Amanda Cronin, Jo Wood, Henry Conway, Jane Asher and noted British caricaturist Gerald Scarfe. The hotel’s Scarfes Bar, a lively lounge with a library and  replace, features his drawings of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Queen Elizabeth I and others of that ilk and stripe.  The Rosewood was built within a grand Belle Époque building designed in 1912 by H. Percy Monckton. Since the hotel opened in 2013, it has attracted aristocrats and moguls from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as Taylor Swi , John Mayer and Katy Perry.  They all like the privacy a orded by the majestic carriageway entrance leading into the central courtyard, which allows you to drive up to the door whilst leaving the paparazzi on the sidewalk.  The most dramatic architectural tour de force of this  five-star English Heritage hotel is the Renaissance-style seven-story marble staircase valued at $60 million. Why not skip the lift and climb to the Grand Manor House Wing: it’s only $30K a night and is the only suite in London with its own postal code. It’s also a good way to work o the calories after dipping into that chocolate fountain. [Read more about my trip to England in Avenue Insider at end of article (]


Daniel Boulud traded his chef ’s hat for that of a diplomat as he declared a tie during a meatball throw-down between Rao’s Dino Gatto and the Red Rooster’s Marcus Samuelsson at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem. A dazzle of top chefs and restaurateurs, including François Payard, Elizabeth Falkner, Scott Conant, Frank Pellegrino and Alex Guarnaschelli, led the applause for

food and wine guru Herb Karlitz as he made a donation to Citymeals-on-Wheels to celebrate his culinary marketing agency’s 25th anniversary. As corks on a bar of 25-year-old vintage wines were popped, Karlitz announced that this spring’s Harlem EatUp! Festival, which he cofounded with Samuelsson, will also benefit Citymeals and Harlem Park to Park. Guests included Robyn Stein, Ray Isle, Allen Salkin, Steve Aiello, Steven Knobel and Nicole Noonan, the CEO of Novitas US, the matrimonial funding company.


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