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With only seven minutes left in the silent auction, Sybil Yurman rushed from Ross Bleckner’s meditation on poppies to Peter Halley’s peaceful color fields to Toland Grinnell’s crystal-studded bone and on to the other lots on display at the Ingrao Gallery. After all, Sybil and David Yurman had commissioned the artwork, all musings on the notion of time, to benefit ACRIA. “I’m on a mission,” Sybil cried, snapping up work to fill the company’s new 6,400-square-foot office.

Later at Mr. Chow, guests including Serena Boardman, Rena Sindi, Nina Griscom and Helen and Tim Schifter, as well as Bleckner, Grinnell and Halley, celebrated the Yurmans’ various victories at a dinner hosted by W.

This story first appeared in the November 18, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Over on Fifth Avenue, Coco and Arie Kopelman hosted a party to show off Chanel’s latest fine jewelry Collection Privée in the Chanel Suite high above the 57th Street boutique. To make it a special night, the Kopelmans and Venetian Heritage flew in Michel Roth, the chef of the Ritz Hotel in Paris. “This is the last party that we’re going to hold in this space,” Arie told a captivated audience that included Olivia Chantecaille, Jamee Gregory, Muffie Miller and Mary McFadden, adding that once the store was gutted, the floor would be used for retail.

A troupe of ballerinas clad in black bodysuits showed off the jewelry, taunting guests with baubles on their fingers, wrists and necks. Though she was ashamed to be carrying a clutch made by another brand, Bettina Zilkha felt secure in her devotion to Chanel. “The dress is Chanel, the earrings are Chanel, even the scent is Chanel,” Zilkha giddily exclaimed.

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