Yesterday at lunch, eight uptown ladies gathered at Michael’s to celebrate the 39th birthday of Kathy Lacey Hoge, whom New York Social Diary once described as a "prominent communications consultant" in New York.
Seated at a round table not far from Jane Fonda, columnist Liz Smith, and Hearst editorial director Ellen Levine were women who can often be spotted on the charity circuit: Katia Mead, Linda Janklow, Betsy Lack, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Kienan Lacey, Sherrie Westin, Dr. Sarah Simms Rosenthal and the birthday girl herself, Ms. Hoge. The eighth guest was none other than former governor Eliot Spitzer‘s wife, Silda Wall Spitzer. (A photo of the smiling party can be found on New York Social Diary.)
Mrs. Spitzer has made few appearances since March of this year when she had to stand near the podium at which Mr. Spitzer announced his unfortunate resignation. There was the time she arrived looking stunning in a red tulip dress at the Children for Children benefit on May 21 of which she was the chairwoman and which had been planned for months in advance. And on October 17, the New York Daily News spotted the Spitzers lunching at a Madison Avenue deli to celebrate their 21st anniversary. But little has been seen or heard from Mrs. Spitzer in the social world.
Judging from the photo, she seems to be doing just fine. And it’s nice to see that her old friends from the philanthropic social circuit haven’t shunned her and continue to extend invitations to luncheons such as this one. We’re looking forward to Mrs. Spitzer eventually making a full high society comeback. After an appearance at Michael’s, galas and benefit attendance must be close behind.