July 31, 2013

Cocktails with Bebe Berard

A friend just acquired this wonderful oil painting by artist and fashion illustrator Kenneth Paul Block*. It depicts a fantasy cocktail party with glamorous jet-set guests. We know for sure that the bearded man on the left is Christian Berard, but are mystified by the others. Perhaps the gentleman with the red carnation is Cole Porter, who was never without one as a boutonniere - unless going to court? I know you, well-informed and omniscient readers, will crack the mystery!

*For all fans of fashion illustration, the book Drawing Fashion: The Art of Kenneth Paul Block by Susan Mulcahy is a must.
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Saying Goodbye to one of the Finest Rooms in America

When asked to select my all-time favorite American interior, one room has always sprung to mind first and foremost: Mr. and Mrs. John Gutfreund’s “winter garden” sitting room at 834 Fifth Avenue. In this lush oasis of fresh lettuce greens and delicate pinks, the hustle bustle of New York’s concrete streets outside those silk -festooned windows melts away.