NEW YORK — From artsy gatherings to charitable shopping events, a round-the-clock schedule of lunches, cocktails and black-tie affairs last week kicked off the holiday party frenzy.
On Tuesday, Christy Turlington helped unveil a portrait of her by Alex Katz at the Visionaire Gallery on Mercer Street, which also drew Cecilia Dean, Jane Mayle, Alexis Bryan and Tina Lutz. The model liked being immortalized by the artist so much several years ago that she asked him to paint her again, this time for the spring Nuala ad campaign. And Katz gladly obliged with a painting that contains not one, but four images of the luminous beauty in Nuala gear.
“She just glowed,” Katz said of the burnished terra-cotta hue he gave to his subject’s skin.
And while four Christys might be better than one for Nuala, Turlington admitted she has her favorite — the one on the far right. “That’s the one I think most resembles me,” she said.
The following day, the uptown set battled the crowds to get to the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center on the very day of the Christmas-tree lighting. “I just saw Sheryl Crow outside,” exclaimed Joanne de Guardiola.
The lunch-cum-shopping event, in aid of God’s Love We Deliver, was hosted by Blaine Trump and Serena Boardman. Their pals and supporters included Jamee Gregory, Susan Fales-Hill, Cari Modine, Cece Cord, Heather Mnuchin, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Tory Burch.
The event raised upward of $50,000 by lunch’s end. “That’s a record,” Trump said proudly. The big hit gift, as always, was the brownies. “I like to give them to my trainer,” Gregory said mischievously. Muffie Potter Aston, however, admitted to her sweet tooth. “They have to keep me from eating all the ones on display.”
Meanwhile, downtown at Sant Ambroeus, Marina Rust and Amy Sacco were gobbling up bags and shoes, gifts from Ferragamo. Plum Sykes was busy tending to her hostess duties, ensuring everyone was introduced to guest of honor James Ferragamo.
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The ladies were all quite enchanted with the handsome Italian, the lone man at the affair, but Rachel Roy and Allison Sarofim managed to snag a seat on either side of him as they sat down to artichoke salad and spinach raviolis.
That evening, at the 25th anniversary dinner for the Central Park Conservancy at Tavern on the Green, it seemed some people were most taken with, well, themselves. “I take full credit for the Gates,” boomed Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he stared out at the crowd that included Jenny LeRoy, Karen LeFrak and Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Thankfully, he was kidding.
Thursday night, socialites-in-training flocked to the Hogan store in SoHo for a shopping party hosted by Teen Vogue, with a portion of the evening’s sales going to the Nick Traina Foundation founded by Victoria Traina soon after her brother’s death.
Decked out in printed dresses, knee-high boots and designer handbags the likes of which often grace the forearms of some of New York’s chicest ladies, the teenagers snapped up mini burgers and s’mores as well as some champagne for those, ahem, of age.
The main talk, though, was about holiday plans. Traina is heading to Mexico, where she and her sister are renting villas. Bee Shaffer will be in New York, but will head to New Zealand after Christmas for the wedding of her older brother.
There were a few surprises at the event, too. Ashley Olsen made an appearance, carrying a Birkin bag practically big enough to tote around her twin, Mary-Kate (though not as huge as the Hogan shopping bag with which she departed, carrying the chic, flat black boots she tried on). Margherita Missoni swooped in at the 11th hour, and budding starlet Camilla Belle, in town for the Gotham Awards, stopped by before jetting off to London for a couple of days.