With all the talk about Kimye’s weekend nuptials in Florence, I was reminded of an equally publicized (albeit arguably more chic) event, Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.
Still enjoying his meteoric rise to fame after the success of In Cold Blood, Capote decided to throw a lavish masquerade fête to be held in honor of Katharine Graham (then owner of The Washington Post) in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel.
Invitations were coveted and if you weren’t invited you simply left town. Attended by his famed swans–Lee Radziwell, Gloria Guinness, Babe Paley, and C.Z Guest to name a few–on November 28th, 1966 everyone who was anyone was at the Plaza.
Halston and Kenneth Jay Lane crafted fanciful masks for the attendees and the media fueled the frenzy by covering every last detail leading up to the event. Sound familiar?
If you’re interested in reading more, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Party of The Century or reading this Vanity Fair article. Oh to have been a fly on the wall!
P.S that’s Billy Baldwin in the unicorn mask in the last photo!
Bunny Mellon, second wife of the late Paul Mellon, passed away yesterday at the age of 103. As a philanthropist, avid horticulturalist and botanist (Jacqueline Kennedy tapped her to design the White House Rose Garden and her Oak Spring Garden Library is one of the largest collections of horticultural books and manuscripts in the world!), Mellon will be remembered for far more than the scandal that dragged the famously private heiress into the spotlight in recent years.
I for one, will be remembering her for her immense contributions to my own design inspiration. The photos above are of her Upper East Side townhouse which was put on the market in Fall 2013. It’s hard to imagine such a palatial home smack dab in the middle of NYC, right? I’d also recommend this 2010 Vanity Fair tour of her Virginia estate, Oak Spring Gardens.
Rest in peace Bunny, and thank you for a lifetime of inspiration.
Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures was released last year but I’m just now adding it to my bookshelf. The model/actress exudes glamour and her life as a seventies ‘It Girl’ certainly seems like a charmed one. Photographed by virtually every famous photographer of the last few decades, I’m sure the editors at Rizzoli had no shortage of material in putting this book together! Here are a few interesting tidbits I picked up while reading up on her amazing life:
- Legendary fashion designer and rival of Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, was her grandmother
- Her christening photo appeared in Vogue
- Diana Vreeland discovered her at age 16
- Yves Saint Laurent called her “the girl of the 1970s”
- She was also known as “Queen of the Scene”
- Andy Warhol photographed her wedding
Ohh to be so stylish!
I’ve posted about Viviana Volpicella in the past, but since she continues to be one of my style icons and since I can’t stop adding photos of her to my fashion inspiration folders and pinterest board, I knew a second post was merited.
What I love most about her style is that it’s completely accessible. She wears classic pieces like the chambray shirt in the first photo, or shift dress in the third, but shakes things up by mixing bold colors, patterns, textures and layering accessories. The epitome of effortlessly chic!
What do you think, will you be counting Viviana as one of your style icons?
I always look forward to emails from 1st Dibs. They have the most fascinating articles on my favorite tastemakers and truly do showcase “the most beautiful things on earth.” Style Compass is always the highlight for me.
Recently, India Hicks, one of my personal style icons, was featured. I’ve posted about her charmed life before and you’ve likely seen her Harbour Island home in Lonny but I just can’t get enough.
Her easy, breezy coastal style is equal parts classic elegance and island charm. A winning combination in my opinion. Her custom colored coral faced Rolex is the perfect example. Oh what I’d give for that beauty..