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by R. Couri Hay Photographed by Gillian Miniter, Anne Harrison, Sharon Jacob, Stephanie Shuman
Friday, January 1, 2016

Warhol Wins

The Andy Warhol Museum held its first fundraiser in NYC. Among the 140 people at the memorable happening were Warhol superstar Baby Jane Holzer, Michael Chow, Peter Marino, Julian

, and Ruben and Isabel Toledo. The dinner was followed by a sizzling after-party at the late Halston’s townhouse, which has remained virtually untouched since its original ’70s design during the decadent disco-glamour era. The fete flashed back to Warhol’s golden age when Liza Minnelli would lead sing-alongs here with icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Bianca and Mick Jagger. On this night, Debbie Harry, Justin Vivian Bond and Thomas Lauderdale belted out a

series of songs. David Lindemann, Bob Colacello, Johnny Dynell and Patrick McMullan also joined in during this festive evening of surprise karaoke. This, along with the party’s never-used location, gave the event an edgy and personal twist, making it this season’s best benefit, the lead sponsors of which

were Ask the Monsters. The museum, which has the world’s largest collection of Warhol’s work, is located in the Pope of Pop’s hometown of Pittsburgh. The museum plans to make this an annual affair and revisit Warhol haunts. Andy would have loved it.

80 Years of Film at MoMA 

Karl Lagerfeld, Martin Scorsese, Cindy Sherman and Graydon Carter cochaired the Museum of Modern Art’s 8th annual Film Benefit, which honored Cate Blanchett. “This feels a bit like an

obituary—I hope it’s not a death knell,” joked the always charming Cate. Quentin Tarantino, Tilda Swinton, Tim Burton, Kathryn Bigelow, Baz Luhrmann, Alfonso Cuarón and Pedro Almodóvar are all previous honorees. “I’m gobsmacked by the lineup of people who have come before me,” she told me, adding that two of her personal film icons were Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart. After articulate tributes by such luminaries as Woody Allen and Ralph Fiennes, Cate purred, “It’s enough to make my mascara run.” The swanky crowd, which included Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Rooney Mara, Lizzie Tisch, David Geffen, Diane Kruger, Stavros Niarchos, Jamie Niven, Bill Sclight, Cheri Kaufman and Georgina Chapman, chuckled when Cate affectionately called Harvey Weinstein “both an accomplice and an adversary.” The evening was sponsored by Chanel.

Ambassadors of Hope 

Rarely do you hear as honest an acceptance speech as the one delivered by Mariel Hemingway for her Hope for Depression Research Foundation honor. Presented to her by founding chair Audrey Gruss, Mariel spoke movingly of dealing with seven members of her family’s suicides, including her sister Margaux and grandfather Ernest Hemingway. “I was so terrified living in a house with a family where people said we were cursed. I was terrified that one day I was just going to wake up and be crazy. I literally thought that it was like a virus and I would wake up and be crazy.” Luckily, Mariel conquered her own demons and is a happy, healthy mother of two and author of Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction and Suicide in my Family. In addition to acting, Mariel promotes awareness of depression across the country. The luncheon seminar’s co-chairs included Jackie Drake, Peter Gregory, Margo Langenberg, Sylvia Martins-Niarchos and Coralie Charriol Paul. Chuck Scarborough was the master of ceremonies. 

Royal Lifeline

HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia continued the celebration of his 70th birthday at a benefit luncheon for Lifeline NY hosted by his wife, Crown Princess Katherine. The princess, who raises money to improve the lives of children and the health of women facing breast cancer, said, “When orphaned children ask where my crown is, I reply, ‘The crown is in my heart.’” She said “it’s not easy to be a princess,” but stated that the title is “explained by the work you do, not what you are called.” Leading the applause were the royals’ cousin Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Susan Gutfreund, David Hryck, Elizabeth Kabler, Ivana Trump, Elisabeth Thieriot and former New York governor David Paterson.

Safari Roundup

Vera Wang was among the shoppers at jeweler Lisa Jackson’s Madison Avenue boutique during a benefit for the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) of the Hamptons.……Lauren Bush Lauren

founded FEED in 2007 to provide meals for hungry families around the world. Event planner Sofia Crokos hosted a FEED Supper that honored Lauren’s mother Sharon Bush at Sonnier & Castle.……Gillian Miniter served as a co-chair of the Central Park Conservancy’s Autumn Gala. She said, “We raised $1.1 million to beautify and preserve our city’s greatest treasure.” The elegant

night was enhanced by members of The Chosen Few, Harriette Rose Katz’s elite event collective. Decor master DeJuan Stroud created breathtaking gardenscapes on tables covered with cloths printed with abstract leaves and gray and white faux bois. STARR Events served up a tasty feast, and Stamford Tent erected a magnificent marquee with a clear ceiling that brought the park’s stately illuminated trees into view. Among those dancing to the big band were Judith Giuliani, Laura and William Zeckendorf,

Fe and Alessandro Fendi, Deborah Roberts, Fiona and Eric Rudin, Somers Farkas, and board chair Tom Kempner.…..Campion Platt and Ellie Cullman were the design chairs of the New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Palm Beach Show Group CEO Scott Diament said more than a billion dollars in collectibles, including a rare 18.50 carat blue sapphire

ring and an Enigma machine from M.S. Rau Antiques, produced record sales. His next show opens on February 10 at the Palm Beach Convention Center.…..The French Heritage Society honored interior designer Juan Pablo Molyneux and Champagne Taittinger, which was represented by Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, at the Pierre Hotel. FHS chairman Elizabeth Stribling recalled “our countries’ historic friendship,” and FHS president Comte Denis de Kergorlay said we were “brothers in arms.” Co-chairs Cece Black, Jean Shafiroff and Liz McDermott led the applause after Mr. Taittinger pledged to be an “ambassador for fidelity and friendship between our two countries and a faithful son to these two ideas.” Later in the night he told me, “Champagne is incomparable. It’s a way to drink the Eiffel Tower all over the world.” N’est-ce pas? 


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