GRAND HOTEL: "You can sit in the lobby of The Carlyle just for an hour and see the most interesting people walk through its doors," said socialite and philanthropist Lynn Wyatt at a party she cohosted in the Empire Suite at the Upper East Side landmark Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of "The Carlyle," written by Nick Foulkes with a forward by Wyatt. Guests took in views of the skyline while sharing some of their memories of the hotel.
Tory Burch remembered visiting The Carlyle with her father in her youth, while Michael Kors laughed over the memory of lying about his age just to see Bobby Short perform at the Cafe Carlyle when he was 14. "There is no place like it in the world," he said. Kenny Jay Lane was in a chipper mood, having returned from a Caribbean getaway, and Barbara Tfank, who held her first fashion show at Bemelmans Bar, flew straight from Paris Fashion Week to join in the celebration.
"I still come here all the time," said Barbara Walters. "Memories of the past are still in the present here."
LAMBIE'S LUXURY MOMENT: Scottish artist Jim Lambie, whose works are beloved of the Hollywood set, has employed posters, album covers and household items in his art. He's now moved into the wild world of luxury goods, and has just customized the latest Tod's D-Bag. The turquoise bag is now ablaze with colored leather and metal strips, and was set to be auctioned off Thursday night in London at the Whitechapel Gallery's annual Art Plus Film party and charity fund-raiser, hosted by Tod's. In addition to raising money for the gallery's education programs, the party was celebrating the reopening of the newly refurbished Tod's store on Old Bond Street. The new-concept store features the full men's and women's footwear and accessories collections in addition to ready-to-wear.