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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Vanderbilt Museums

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, a direct descendent of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who amassed one of the greatest fortunes in American history, filmed a video for a song from her new album “I’m Just Me” at the Vanderbilt Museum on Long Island. Consuelo’s great-great-grandfather, William K. Vanderbilt, built this summer “cottage” in 1910. Now open to the public, the cottage follows in the footstep of other visiter-friendly family mansions in Newport, Rhode Island including the Breakers and Marble House, also owned by Willie K., who commissioned Grand Central Terminal. “The museum has been preserved as it was when my family lived there, and it provided a

striking backdrop for the video and struck many personal chords for me,” Consuelo muses. The album made its debut in New York and

Europe in June, where it’s climbing the charts. This pop star, whose namesake was the legendary beauty Consuelo Vanderbilt, the ninth Duchess of Marlborough, will follow in the designer footsteps of her cousin Gloria Vanderbilt, mother of Anderson Cooper. This fall, Consuelo will launch a pearl collection called Homage for HSN, inspired by the ring that her great-grandmother Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl inherited from the Duchess. “She was 107 when she died and she gave me her pearl and diamond engagement ring that inspired

the line,” Consuelo remembers. “I wanted to pay tribute to the magnificent Vanderbilt jewelry of the past century by recreating pieces that reflect the timeless elegance of the Gilded Age.” Ten years ago, Jonathan Becker notoriously photographed Consuelo in a black satin sheet at the family’s estate, Pine Tree Point on Upper St. Regis Lake in the Adirondacks for Vogue.  This “cottage,” which has 24 bedrooms, remains in the family and is where Consuelo spends her weekends walking her Pomeranian, Bugsy Malone, and writing new songs.

Hearst Castle

Every year, Anne Hearst and her husband, Jay McInerney, host an intimate weekend for 60 friends at Hearst Castle for its Preservation Foundation. Laura and Harry Slatkin, who summer in East Hampton on Lily Pond Lane, gave a cocktail party to kick off this year’s benefit. Guests included Anne’s sister Patricia Hearst Shaw and her daughter Gillian Hearst-Simonds, Sharon and John Loeb, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, William Rudin, Ann Dexter-Jones, Diandra Douglas, Milly de Cabrol, Robert Zimmerman, Candace Bushnell, Dana Hammond, Felicia Taylor, Alina Cho and Sharon Bush. Anne said that this year’s black tie dinner in the Castle’s Refectory—where Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Howard Hughes, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford and Winston Churchill once flirted with each other—would feature a performance by Judy Collins. Among those who have joined Anne and Jay in the castles historic Neptune Pool during these now-legendary bacchanals are Brooke Shields, Rufus Wainwright, Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Jon Lovitz. The Hearst family gave the castle and all its treasures to the state of California in 1957. Although this landmark receives a million visitors a year and generates significant funds for the entire state parks system of California, money is still needed for the preservation of the castle’s twenty-five thousand artifacts collected by Anne and Patricia’s grandfather William Randolph Hearst. This year’s junior chairman are Anne’s children, Amanda Hearst and Randy Harris.

West Kill Farm

Susan and David Rockefeller saluted Andy Sabin for his philanthropic work at the 20th Anniversary of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation Gala, where he was honored. Emily Levin and Julie Ratner founded the organization to help cancer patients and opened the Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. The evening, chaired by Jean Shafiroff, was held at photographer Steven Klein’s West Kill Farm in Bridgehampton. His horses encapsulated the pastoral mood as they preened and pranced in the paddock to the beat of Tito Puente Jr.’s orchestra. Homeland star Amy Hargreaves, who plays Claire Dane’s sister on the irresistible show, and Louis Coraggio, who trains Uma Thurman and Naomi Watts, kicked off the dancing that ended with Amy being hoisted in the air a la Dancing with the Stars. Lighting artist Bentley Meeker, who is exhibiting his piece Flame to Now in the Southampton Arts Center’s East to West show, illuminated the enchanting evening.

Safari Summer Roundup

Alexandra Lebenthal, who has been dubbed “the Queen of Wall Street,” and her husband, financier Jay Diamond, threw open the doors of their farflung waterfront home to celebrate the Boys & Girls Club of Bellport Area’s 12th Annual Beach Ball. Committee members included Amanda Burden, Isabella Rossellini, Bob Morris, Dana Buchman and Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa. The Club serves disadvantaged young people from ages 5 through 19. The evening, which was chaired by Barry Podgorsky, climaxed with a Fireworks by Grucci show. . . . The Hampton Classic Horse Show opens on August 23 and draws world class equestrians to its $250K Grand Prix Jumper Championship and the elegant lunch that attracts everyone form Georgina and Michael Bloomberg to Katie Couric and Calvin Klein. The Classic is a family affair and attracts future Olympians as young as 3. Artist Michelle-Marie Heinemann and her husband Jon will be cheering on their 4-year-old daughter Hyacinth in the Lead Line Class and their son Hudson, 9, who is returning from a summer semester at Le Rosey in Gstaad to compete in the Short Stirrup category. . . . Marina Brandolini, Lord and Lady Liliana Cavendish and NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton and his wife, Rikki Klieman, all have homes in the Southampton hamlet of Hampton Bays, which is being called the new Montauk. Designers Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler unveiled nautically themed model homes at Ponquogue Point, a new luxury waterfront community with its own boat

slips over the 4th of July. . . . Carolina Herrera and Gillian Miniter were among the chairs of the New York Botanical Garden’s Conservatory Ball. Among the guests wandering through the wondrous gardens designed by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were Sigourney Weaver, Rudy Giuliani, Fe Fendi and Di Mondo. . . . Miley Cyrus and Andy Cohen were honored at amfAR’s Inspirational Gala. Leading the applause was Kenneth Cole, Heidi Klum, Alexander Wang and Sandra Bernhard.


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