Is there still such a thing as a socialite? The answer is complicated, according to Tinsley Mortimer.
“The term might be a bit dated today, but I have come to embrace it,” she says, sipping Pinot Noir at Harry Cipriani on Fifth Avenue. “If it means a woman who is ... More
Tony Abrams has reinvented Gilded Age society. Will you get in?
Four hundred might be one of the only numbers that has a place in the dictionary. Its definition reads: "The social elite of a community." But it wasn't until the late 1800s that 400 had any real value.
Before The Real Housewives of NYC, Mrs. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor dominated Gilded Age New York society, throwing ... More
Sip champagne while circumnavigating the globe on a massive 52-person private plane
The next time you fly commercial—say, on a transatlantic flight from the U.S. to Europe—imagine what it would be like to completely gut renovate the plane and bring it back to life as a luxurious private jet.
Well, that’s exactly what TCS World Travel did to its newly launched Boeing 757, ... More
Jonathan Adler is as candid as he is colorful. The potter turned furniture designer and author describes his career as an “accidental creative odyssey.” Adler sold his first collection of pots to Barneys New York in 1994. Now, the mutli-hyphenate has over 25 stores worldwide. His line includes decorative ... More
Amid California’s drought woes, some of the state’s wealthiest residents have uncovered ways to have their water and drink it, too
The California drought has affected more than just the Golden State’s landscape. These days in Beverly Hills, watering your grass, washing your car and filling your pool are all restricted activities, and at restaurants from Spago to Sqirl Kitchen, water for the table is available only upon request. Since ... More
The women behind Lady Sheila Stable Two are turning horse racing into the Sport of Queens
Sheila Rosenblum doesn’t like to take no for an answer. “It may be the death of me in the end,” the Manhattan social fixture says. “Life should be about calculated risks, and not all of mine have come with calculation.”
As the founder of Lady Sheila Stable Two, an all-female horse-racing group ... More
Here, the story of the suspect who got away, the policeman son who proved his guilt and the hidden legacy of his daughter, the girl who knew too much
Tamar Nais Hodel, the girl on the witness stand at Hollywood’s criminal court, was 14 years old in December 1949, but she seemed older. Involuntarily worldly. A photo taken soon after reveals a kind of Beat Generation Marilyn Monroe: unsmiling, lush-featured, with a platinum blond beehive, big, red lips and ... More
Subsidizing a “failure to launch” child can prove the riskiest of businesses
Lisa Smith (not her real name) had to pull over to the side of the road because she couldn’t see through the tears while thinking about Thomas Gilbert Jr. “When I heard the story about the adult son who killed his father over his allowance, I had a sick feeling,” ... More
In his new book, Richard Kirshenbaum takes a polarizing perspective
Richard Kirshenbaum might have made his bones in advertising—he’s the man behind firms including Kirshenbaum Bond + Partners and NSG/SWAT—but his reputation has come entirely from his writing. As a columnist for the New York Observer, Kirshenbaum’s gained acclaim (and ruffled a few feathers) thanks to his gimlet-eyed look at the ... More
Odd Mom Out star and creator Jill Kargman on her unique series
In her new Bravo series Odd Mom Out, Jill Kargman plays a woman who’s not entirely different from her real-life self. After all, Kargman is an Upper East Side mom, a successful writer and a familiar face on the New York social scene—and so is the TV Jill. ... More