Since Thanksgiving Eve, when Jean Tailer sent out her invitation — “Don’t Unpack, Proceed Directly to Jean Tailer’s for Drinks, Food and Jazz” — Palm Beach has been in full swing. Brian and Mila Mulroney, Carroll Petrie, Minot and Victoria Amory, Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, Chris and Grace Meigher, designer Steven Stolman, Frayda and George Lindemann, Alfie Fanjul, Andy King, Ambassador Nancy Brinker and Neville and Lana Marks all did as they were told and headed to Tailer’s, where the high-tide view from the terrace is not to be missed.
In December, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and of Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, along with chairwoman Ellen Jaffe of the Bal des Arts for the Norton Museum of Art, Susan Keenan, Nancy Tsai and Andrea Stark, invited the PB crowd to Club Colette for a peek at the baubles showcased in the house’s jewelry sale.
For the first time the oldest and most prestigious American horse show — the National Horse Show — moved to Florida, a cause for celebration among the social set. Fifty-thousand spectators made their way from ring to ring, some turning up at a black-tie gala chaired by noted equestrians Beverly Lake Wilkes and Mason Phelps Jr.
A few nights later, the memory of architect Maurice Fatio brought the group to Club Colette again for a dinner dance in his honor to benefit the Historical Society of Palm Beach. Guests included Whitney Baldwin, Ed Eubanks, Lisa Erdmann, Scott Snyder and Stolman, who chaired the event.
The next night, the whole crew, including Bill and Maura Benjamin (who declined every other invitation and showed up with her injured arm in an Hermès sling) also made their way to Verdura to toast Patricia Corbett’s new book, “Verdura: The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler,” a history of the house and its jewels.
All along, the crowd was younger and more high-spirited than usual. “Having the mix is new and wonderful for us,” remarked Sandy Krakoff. “It’s almost Europe!”