“Pretty much every gay man in fashion is here,” a guest remarked at the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America’s “Cocktails at Sunset” benefit on Saturday evening.
And so it seemed. The air was heavily perfumed, and well-fitting white jeans abounded in the backyard of Ross Bleckner’s Sagaponack residence. Despite some wild weather earlier in the week—a smothering heat wave followed by a severe summer storm—the sky had cleared and the beach breeze was cool.
Photographer Stewart Shining expressed his relief at this, telling The Observer that, as the vice president of ACRIA, he’d been running around all day getting things ready and having nightmares about the rain. And with good reason—Kelly Klein told us that she’d attended the annual kickoff at the Bridgehampton Polo Club earlier that day, only for it to be canceled because of Friday’s harsh weather. “But everybody still showed up, so it was a bunch of people with nowhere to go,” she explained, a little exasperated.
But the grass was dry as Jeffrey Bilhuber, Tomas Maier and David Kleinberg milled around the tented lawn, sipping champagne and taking in the silent auction featuring Robert Mapplethorpe’s Fang (1987) and a Robert Longo portrait of Cindy Sherman, which sold for $9,000 and $11,000, respectively.
A good party is all about the mix and Sotheby’s had it just right at its Take Home a Nude Party on Monday night. Flamboyant artists in leather jackets and pearl necklaces mingled well with society beauties in designer dresses and vertiginous heels. Unusually for a Monday night uptown, the drink of choice for the Read More
Last fall, Vanity Fair writer Bob Colacello decided to sell a portrait that Andy Warhol made of him in 1980, when Mr. Colacello was working for Interview, and decided to take along a Vanity Fair camera crew to document the experience. The video was just released and, boy, is it good!
The painting was Read More
Publicist Peggy Siegel’s Aug. 15 screening of My One and Only, a film about extremely tanned actor George Hamilton’s childhood, starring Renée Zelleweger, was hosted at a beautiful private home in Bridgehampton. Outside, guests were ushered down a stairwell and to a large screening room with a concession stand, which many seemed to find more Read More
Sure it’s October, but there’s an extra chill in the air around East 63rd Street between Park and Lexington avenues. That’s because the war between two of that block’s neighbors, billionaire mogul Ron Perelman and the popular boîte Le Bilboquet, just keeps escalating. Mr. Perelman, who has long complained about the restaurant’s noisy crowd, has Read More
Boy, you go to the beach for a few days in August and while you’re there, news happens, the lights go out and the Mets put together a winning streak. We have some catching up to do:
· The Vatican says it will intercede with Catholic politicians around the world in hopes that they will Read More
The memorial at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 16, was strangely ungrand for a man as grand and theatrical as Frederick W. Hughes. For whatever reasons, Mr. Hughes’ Texan mother, Jennie Hughes, his brother Thomas, and his sister Mary-Beth Hansard, had decided to very quickly and quietly call viewing hours for Read More