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The Sexiest Millennial Alive

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kennedy Commotion

In elite Millennial circles, John “Jack” Kennedy Schlossberg, the 24-year-old grandson of President John F. Kennedy, has already assumed his uncle JFK Jr.’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title. “Jack likes being compared to John,” say friends. This summer, the recent Yale graduate will be splitting time between the family’s compound in Hyannis Port and his grandmother Jackie’s 272-acre estate on Martha’s Vineyard, and hostesses are already busy lining up their daughters. He’s not just handsome—along with his sisters Tatiana and Rose, Jack is heir to a $300 million fortune. Although he’s been vague about his political ambitions—“stay tuned,” he typically says—he has told friends that he’s interested in entering into the “family business.” In May, he presented the JFK Profile in Courage award to President Obama, saying “Without Barack Obama I might still be sitting on my couch, eating Doritos and watching sports.” He considers himself a student of JFK’s “life, legacy and administration,” and has penned a slew of political essays, including one lambasting Senator Ted Cruz. 

Jack’s mother, Caroline Kennedy, pledges that she will support her son if he decides to enter public service. He says the same of her. Caroline, who insiders say has her eye on political race of her own, followed in her mother’s footsteps as the honorary chairman of the American Ballet Theater Spring Gala. Caroline told friends, “I remember all the times my mother brought my brother and me to the ballet when we were young.” The former U.S. ambassador to Japan took to the Met stage to introduce the night’s honoree, Blackstone CEO Hamilton James, and sat at his table. Could James become a key financial supporter of her campaign? Watch out, Nita and Kirsten.

Also leading the applause for the brilliant new Alexei Ratmansky ballet Whipped Cream were Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, Hilary Rhoda, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Laine Siklos, artist Anh Duong, attorney Nancy Chemtob, Larry and Toby Milstein—she was one of the night’s chairs—and ABT dancers Isabella Boylston and Marcelo Gomes. The night raised $3.4 million.

Hostess with the Mostess

Both sides of the aisle and pals from NYC, Southampton and Palm Beach came together at the christening of Hilary Geary Ross and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ new house in Washington, honoring their dashing interior designer Scott Snyder. Among those oohing and aahing over the green and white solarium, red lacquered library and blue and white living room punctuated with paintings by René Magritte, Picasso and a huge apple sculpture by Claude Lalanne were Senators Bill Nelson, Amy Klobuchar, Roy Blunt and Ed Markey, as well as Lally Weymouth, Blaine Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Woody Johnson, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, UK Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch, former Washington Post owner Don Graham, Kellyanne Conway, former ambassadors Mary Ourisman and C. Boyden Grey, Congresswoman Debbie Dingel, House Foreign Relations Chair Ed Royce, Reince Priebus, former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein and Politico owner Robert Albritton. Snyder said “I want to make a toast to my friend and hostess, I am able to say this because I am a creative, passionate, freewheeling, verbose man. When I think of Hilary I see bundles of fresh, fragrant peonies and baskets of delicious raspberries; it’s all the same in my description. Hilary is delicious.”

Take My Nose…Please

Jackie Hoffman, who costarred in the campy FX series Feud, has a new starring role in Joan Kron’s Take My Nose…Please! The film explores the relationship between women in comedy and plastic surgery (think Joan Rivers). In the documentary, Jackie confesses to wanting to fix a nose she describes as “just too much,” but worries that if she also gets a face-lift she will end up with “that done look.”

In the end, she decides to go ahead with both procedures, saying “it couldn’t get much worse.” Hoffman chose Dr. Sherrell Aston, the surgeon said to have worked on Anna Wintour, Carolina Herrera and Catherine Deneuve, to wield the scalpel. Dr. Aston suggested that Hoffman also have a chin implant, but she demurred. At the end of the movie, she shares how she feels about the procedure. “I’m thrilled,” she says, “but I should have had the chin implant.” You can judge the results yourself by seeing her on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Dinner at Lincoln Center

The Philharmonic screened Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a full orchestra and a large chorus performing Henry Mancini’s Academy Award-winning score. Mancini once said, “It took me a long time to figure out what Holly Golightly was all about. One night after midnight I was still trying. I don’t drink much, but I was sipping. And it came to me. I wrote ‘Moon River’ in half an hour.”

Among those donning pearls and sunglasses for the fun night were Ginny Mancini, 175th Anniversary chair Daisy Soros, Liz Peek, Margo Nederlander, the Honorable Colleen Bell, Fran Weissler and special event chair Karen Lefrak.

“The Sexiest Bar in Town”

The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Station has long been a secret spot for the stars, welcoming everyone from Frank Sinatra to George Clooney. Proprietor Scott Gerber brought in interior designer Randy Kemper to refurbish the space that has been rechristened the Campbell. “As soon as you enter, the sense of history is palpable,” Kemper said. He has big plans for the space; he hopes to bring in a professional “burglar” to crack open the massive safe in the bar’s enormous fireplace to see what’s inside. At the opening were jeweler Lisa Jackson, who just opened a pop-up in Copious Row in Southampton, and designer Tony Ingrao. who called it “the sexiest bar in town.” 


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