Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera are giving a cocktail reception to honor John Stefanidis, who’s publishing his new book, "Stefanidis Designs." This will all happen on Oct. 23 at Carolina’s chic and stunning design studio on Seventh Avenue. Alexis Gregory is another one celebrating Stefanidis’ book at a lunch on Oct. 24 at his smashing, totally European apartment. And that’s not the end of book parties.
Hilary and Joe Califano, Louise and Henry Grunwald, Nicole and Derek Limbocher, Elise Lufkin and the Russell Munsons are requesting the pleasure of friends’ company to celebrate Diana H. Walker and her book "Public and Private: 20 Years of Photographing the Presidency." That happens Oct. 29 at Orsay on Lexington Avenue.
Sotheby’s auction house is so very busy with all sorts of things on the block. They are inviting those who they think they should invite to a reception and private viewing of magnificent English furniture and related decorative arts from the estates of Ogden Phipps and Esmond Bradley Martin, held on Oct. 27. Maybe Esmond Bradley Martin doesn’t ring a bell with many people today but in his day, he was a towering figure of high society. On Oct. 21, Sotheby’s is requesting the pleasure of this one and that one’s company for a reception and private viewing of the decorative arts of England and Europe that they are calling "Renaissance to Revolution." This will include property from the estate of Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post who became a legend in her lifetime. On Thursday, Ward Landrigan, the president of Verdura, and Jamie Niven, a vice chairman of Sotheby’s, are inviting a select group to the private viewing of the Verdura museum collection and "Verdura: A Designer Perspective" at Sotheby’s. Designers who will participate with creative works inspired by the master jeweler’s most noted pieces are Albert Hadley, Alexa Hampton, Bunny Williams, Eugenie Niven, Even Robinson, Joanne de Guardiola, Mario Buatta, Miles Redd, Susan Zissess Green and Timothy MacDonald.
Albert Hadley has done a sketch of the cigarette case the jeweler made for Babe Paley. Bunny Williams has built a miniature forest to showcase a diamond pinecone brooch, Mario Buatta assembled a sandbox to hold a bejeweled compact made of clamshells and Joanne de Guardiola will pay tribute to the tiara he made for Betsey Whitney for her presentation at court when her husband, Jock Whitney, was made ambassador to England. She’ll use six photographs from the Whitneys’ lives including two by Cecil Beaton taken from the archives of the legendary interior designer Sister Parish, for whom she worked for many years.