You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Charity Gala Gown

Last night, New York's upper crust donned ballgowns and tuxes for what is many a socialite's favorite cause: Operation Smile, the nonprofit organization that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to kids around the world. It was a Trump-heavy event, which included the whole family and a bunch of beauty queens… » 5/04/12 5:00pm 5/04/12 5:00pm

Where New York Sophisticates, Weirdos, and Paz de la Huerta Meet

Last night, the New York Academy of Art held the 2012 Tribeca Ball, which honored Robert DeNiro. While the party traditionally enjoys an interesting turnout—a mix of celebrities, socialites, and U.S. presidents—this year, attendees had very different interpretations of the dress code for a ball. » 4/17/12 11:50am 4/17/12 11:50am

Masquerade Balls Are Kind of Scary

This week, New York society stepped out for the Park Avenue event "Save Venice," a super-fancy masquerade ball to raise money for the restoration and preservation of Venetian artworks. The difference between big-time parties like these and the Academy Awards is that socialites actually pay for and own their couture. » 4/04/12 12:30pm 4/04/12 12:30pm

Palm Beach Story: Lilly Pulitzer Is Bizarrely Fascinating

"The 77-year-old designer and former grande dame of Palm Beach entertaining—in the Sixties and Seventies, her kitchen sat 26 for dinner—awaits guests perched on a chinoiserie-covered bench. She wears white slacks and a vintage Lilly shirt printed with white and yellow daisies, her feet bare but for the bright coral… » 12/02/08 2:20pm 12/02/08 2:20pm

How To Be An It Girl: October Nylon Explains It All For You

October plays host to Nylon » 10/22/08 3:00pm 10/22/08 3:00pm's second annual "It Girl" Issue and the IG's in question are about what you'd expect: lots of rich children and models and well-dressed scenesters. "It Girl" is itself such an amorphous concept, we wondered, what does it even mean? Well, from examining the It Girls profiled within (Zooey…

Sweatin' With The Oldies: NYC Old Guard Gathers in 100 Degree Heat for…

Full disclosure: I almost called this installment "Bar Mitzvah Disco." For some reason this collection of quietly-clad socialites and their dapper octogenarian escorts, who assembled last night mid-heatwave for the Museum of Modern Art's 40th Party in the Garden, took me right back to 1994, the year I threw on an… » 6/11/08 11:00am 6/11/08 11:00am

Mormon Former Hamptons Editor Bares Soul To Vogue

"I feel like a bad Mormon," Kristina Stewart Ward begins her first -person essay in this month's Vogue. See, she just hired a nanny. Mormons don't have nannies! But she is not just any Mormon; she's a former editor at Hamptons magazine! And most of her Upper East Side friends "average one nanny per child (no really:… » 11/30/07 2:40pm 11/30/07 2:40pm

Socialites Are Just Self-Involved Slackers In Pretty Clothes

Today's Wall Street Journal has a primer on New York socialites, for those of you who could never quite figure out how it was that you came to know names like Tory Burch, Tinsley Mortimer, Aerin Lauder, Fabiola Beracasa and/or Zani Gugelmann. The big takeaway of the story is supposed to be that today's socialites —… » 9/21/07 9:30am 9/21/07 9:30am

Kitty Carlisle Hart, Nights Of Coke-Fueled Debauchery, Both Dead

Kitty Carlisle Hart, a socialite before Paris Hilton defamed the term and an all-hours girl before Lindsay Lohan — and the good citizens of New Jersey — made clubbing gauche, died yesterday at a hearty 96-years of age. Kitty loved everything pretty and everything witty, and so we mark her passing by providing an… » 4/19/07 12:32pm 4/19/07 12:32pm