Gloria Vanderbilt went to Newport over the weekend to speak at the Brown University seminar on "The Gilded Age in America" -- and, pray, who better? She spoke in the Great Hall of The Breakers, the magnificent...
Gloria Vanderbilt went to Newport over the weekend to speak at the Brown University seminar on "The Gilded Age in America"--and, pray, who better? She spoke in the Great Hall of The Breakers, the magnificent palace--they called it a summer cottage in the Gilded Age--her ancestor, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, built in 1895, a hundred years ago. She was a smash, a triumph. Before beginning her lecture, Gloria said a few very personal words to the audience expressing her deep feeling for her family past and present: "I kept wishing all day that my mother (Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt) and the father I never knew (Reginald Vanderbilt) would be here with us at The Breakers tonight. I kept wishing that my aunt Gertrude (Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney) and Aunt Gladys (Gladys Vanderbilt, Countess Szechenyi) and my grandmother and grandfather (Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt and Cornelius Vanderbilt II) and my sister Cathleen (Cathleen was Reginald Vanderbilt's daughter from his first marriage) were here. And my uncles, Neilly, Alfred and Willie. Wishing that my sons, Chris and Stan Stokowsi, Carter and Anderson Cooper, would be with us here tonight. And then as I walked into The Breakers I knew my wish had been granted. Because my cousin Sylvia is here and my cousin Paul is here and because I am here--the others are all here too." She brought down the house. Cousin Sylvia is Sylvia Szechenyi, Countess Szapary, the doyenne of the family, who lives on the top floor of The Breakers. Sylvia will be there with stars on when this great house celebrates its 100th anniversary at a grand ball July 22. And so will Gloria.
New York and Southampton are losing Elena Ford, Charlotte Ford's daughter and the late Henry Ford II's granddaughter, to Detroit where it all started in the first place when Elena's great-great grandfather, the original Henry Ford, invented the Model T and founded the great family fortune. Elena will join the Ford Co. in the public relations department. Uncle Edsel is a big shot in the company and lots of Elena's cousins live there so she won't be lonely. Besides hasn't she just about had it with Southampton for a while?For the Fourth of July weekend, Sandy and Bob Pittman are boarding the family plane for Nantucket with Hamish Bowles of the Vogue Bowleses in tow. They'll be guests of New York decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber at his island retreat called Candle House. Bilhuber's friend, Gerry Herrod, the British shipping tycoon, is sending his 131-foot sailing sloop, Philanderer, up from its summer mooring in Newport to keep the Bilhuber household entertained, the sweet thing. Philanderer is high-luxe with four staterooms, marble baths, a gym, a sauna, everything but the kitchen, make that galley, sink. Bilhuber plans to sail the seas around the island with 20 Nantucket swells, and bully for him. As for Gerry Herrod, he hopes to host the Clintons in Martha's Vineyard this summer aboard the Philanderer. Since the Clintons are supposed to be headed for California, what do you think his chances are? How about zilch?
'Tis the season to be social and London is atwitter with glamorous goings-on and big names, so Vanity Fair is taking advantage of it all. Graydon Carter, editor in chief, is giving a big dinner tonight to raise money for the Serpentine Gallery and guess who will be there? The Princess of Wales, who else? Would a party be a party without her? You needn't bother answering. The dinner will be held under a tent outside the gallery in the gardens of Kensington Park, and just everyone will be there--Viscount and Viscountess Linley, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Elle Macpherson and her hot number Tim Jeffries, Cynthia (Mrs. Graydon) Carter, Lee Radziwill and Herb Ross, Diane Von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Valentino, Heather Watts, Jack Soto, like that. The Prince of Wales? Don't be sil. It's Diana's night.
Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, whose fiancAe, Sophie Rhys-Jones, is now living with the royals in Buckingham Palace to get the hang of things before she marries into the family, is coming to New York in a couple of weeks to film a major TV documentary on his great-uncle, the Duke of Windsor--and the Duchess of Windsor, of course. The prince will interview those New Yorkers who knew the Windsors well. The program will be aired early next year, which marks the 60th anniversary of the duke's abdication.Priscilla Ulmann of New York and Southampton, the granddaughter of the march king John Philip Sousa, has joined McMillen Inc., the splendidly upmarket interior design firm headed by Betty Sherrill of New York, Southampton and Hobe... Sound. Is that prestigious enough for you?
Along those lines, the fall auction season at Sotheby's will star the collection of the late Sister Parish, the legend's legend in the world of interior design and a singular personage in her own right. The collection, the contents of Sister's Manhattan maisonette, includes a spectacular array of furniture, decorations, paintings, rugs, silver and porcelain. Famous for her timeless, handsome and low-keyed approach to decorating, it was Sister who was responsible for the original American version of the English country house style in design. She and her still-going-strong partner, the renowned Albert Hadley, counted among their clientele some of the most prominent of American exponents of taste as Jackie Kennedy, Brooke Astor, Enid Annenberg Haupt, Bill Paley and members of the Getty, Mellon, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Engelhard and Whitney families. She decorated Jackie and Jack Kennedy's Georgetown house when he was a senator and redecorated several rooms in the White House when he was president. Her work in Ann and Gordon Getty's San Francisco house is an outstanding example of Sister's style and flair. Still, she didn't need an extravagant house to show off her talents. The bedroom in her New York apartment, once the residence of silent screen star Gloria Swanson, was so tiny it was almost only big enough to hold her bed. Ah, but the chic of it! The auction takes place on Sept. 29, and many of her friends and clients are expected.
In the year since Jackie Kennedy has been gone, her beloved project, the Municipal Arts Society, has seen a number of changes. Last summer the Society awarded the first Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award to Brendan Gill, and this summer will add new names to the board, including Duane Hampton and Timothy Forbes, who will join the ranks of Gill, Philip Howard and Arie Kopelman. Also to be appointed to preserve and guard the city's treasures are Laurie Beckelman, the former chairman of New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission, and Sally Hernandez-Pinero.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye