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Sunday, April 30, 2017



Jean Shafiroff In 25A

Glamorous Jean Shafiroff graces the covers of the April 2017 METROPOLITAN MAGAZINE issue and the April 2017 25A MAGAZINE issue. Mrs. Shafiroff was profiled for her philanthropic work.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015



Story By: James Edstrom

Tom Gates With Friend Liz Derringer And Mitch Douglas

I am very sad about the passing of Tom Gates, a New York legend and Icon.

Before I print the obit below, I just wanted to say something about this great person. When I first started in the business, it was not always easy. When I met Tom Gates the business was rough and hard. But in Tom, I found a friend right away. If I was at some boring event and the people were not so nice, when Tom walked in, the room lit up. Right away I knew a friend had arrived. Tom would walk in with his big smile, let you know you were his friend and look around the room and always had some funny comment on the party. He sized up the room right away.

I loved walking around a event with Tom Gates. He knew everyone, and had the best funny gossip on just about every person in the room. He loved turning to me and pointing out some crazy guest and always had a huge joke to go along with his comments. Tom would talk about his partner Mitch Douglas and had such love in his eyes when he did. He would talk about their getaway home In Pennsylvania and his trips across the world. He really loved NYC and Palm Beach. 

I am really going to miss Tom Gates. His illness came so quick and he wanted to live. He tried experimental treatments for the Leukemia which had him sitting in a chair almost all day long. His partner Mitch was at his side day and night. I made daily calls to mutual friends asking how Tom was doing. I did not want to burden Tom or Mitch, so this is how I found out how he was doing. Tom put up a fight and I am sure he is in heaven society writing and doing what he loved best, talking, writing and making everyone laugh. Farewell my friend.


Tom Gates, a journal-photography who was a fixture at New York society and entertainment events for more than 25 years as author of “Tom Gates’ Manhattan” for Palm Beach Society Magazine in Palm Beach, Florida, died in New York at Calvary Hospice on February 17, the day after his 72nd birthday. The cause of death was leukemia, according to his agent and companion Mitch Douglas.

Gates was known for his lively writing style and quick wit. While interviewing Phyllis McGuire, Gates learned she once dated John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and quipped, “Well if you had played your cards right, you could have been Phyllis McGuire Kennedy Onassis!”

He was born in Astoria, New York on February 16, 1943, and as a teenager discovered “the land of Oz” his name for Manhattan. At the age of sixteen with his first camera, he captured images of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Elizabeth Taylor. On meeting Taylor, he introduced himself by saying, “Excuse me. I just got my first camera. I wonder if you would mind if I practice on you?” A bond was formed when Gates refused to photograph Miss Taylor as she left her limousine in tears a several weeks later. A few minutes later, he was approached by Miss Taylor’s driver who said, “Miss Taylor wanted me to thank you for not taking her picture when you saw how upset she was. She also thinks it’s late for you to be out and wants me to take you home.” This began a fifty year friendship. Gates would meet Taylor at the garage exit of the Regency Hotel and they would roam New York disguised as a teenage couple, Gates joined Taylor, Richard Burton and Michael Caine at a screening of X, Y AND ZEE in Rome. When Taylor noticed Gates in the crowd at the fabled Malcolm Forbes party in Tangier, she shrieked, “What are you doing here?!” Gates replied, “Now I get paid to stalk you.” Many of Gates’ unpublished photographs were used in the best selling biography ELIZABETH by J. Randy Taraborrelli.

Gates became the New York editor and columnist for Palm Beach Society Magazine when owner/publisher James Sheeran, came to New York to get recommendations for the job. When three press agents in a row suggested Gates, Gates was offered the job. Later he would become Travel Editor as well roaming the world as author of “Tom Gates’ Travel”. His favorite destination was India which he visited more than ten times. He completed one of the last trips on his bucket list, a safari to South Africa, weeks before his leukemia diagnosis. He also contributed material to TravelSmart, The New York Times, Quest, Newsweek, the New York Post, and the New York Daily News.

He is survived by his companion of twenty-five years, Mitch Douglas of Mitch Douglas Literary and Theatrical. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Douglas requests that donations in Mr. Gates name be made to The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor, New York, NY 10019. 

Monday, May 26, 2014



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Susan Allen With Peter Stolt

Nick Epley With Marianne Epley And Southampton Mayor Mark Epley

Aviva Drescher

Nicole Noonan With Consuelo Vanderbuilt Costin And Lucia Hwong Gordon

Edward Callaghan With John Wegorzewski

Jean Shafiroff With Jonathan McCann And Susan Allen

Jean Shafiroff With Katlean de Monchy

Joy Marks And John Wegorzewski

NancyJane And Jeffrey Loewy

Marcia Schaeffer With Will Kahn And Georgina Schaeffer

Chele Chiavacci And Richard Farley

Southampton was super hot this weekend. Jean Shafiroff and Southampton Animal Shelter Hosted a Wine tasting Kick-off Party for the July 19th Gala Honoring Georgina Bloomberg. Many Hampton notiables were there to help a great cause.

About the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

The Southampton Animal Shelter was operated as a municipal shelter by the Town of Southampton until January 2010. Due to budget cuts at the time, the Town eliminated the shelter. A concerned group of locals citizens banded together to save the shelter and created the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. The mission is to provide for the welfare of the ever growing number of homeless animals, and, in turn, to place them in permanent caring homes.

The Shelter is primarily dedicated to caring for homeless animals in the community of twenty-two towns–but they do not stop there. They rescue dogs from “kill shelters” from across the country and they have also partnered with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find loving homes for adult dogs from puppy mills.

Thursday, November 07, 2013



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Virginia Postrel

Liz Peek With Jean Shafiroff And Virginia Postrel

To celebrate the new book The Power of Glamour by author, columnist and speaker Virginia Postrel, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted a private champagne reception for members of The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT at a private residence on the Upper East Side on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Those in attendance included Melissa Berkelhammer, Jeffery Bradfield, Alyson Cafiero, Bonnie Cantor, Alva Chinn, Suzanne Chute, Victor de Souza, Katlean DeMonchy, Alexis Doyle, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, Patricia Falkenberg, Joseph Fichera, Joele Frank, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Dawne Marie Grannum, Lisa Hoenshell, Sharon King Hoge, Lucia Hwong Gordon, James Kaplove, Rod Keenan, Celerie Kemble, Michele Gerber Klein, Bonnie and Michael Koblenz, Joan Kron, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Loeffler, Judy A. Lockhart, Elizabeth Musmanno, Leiba Nesis, Maggie Norris, Liz Peek, Janis Savitt, Jody Schwartz, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Laren Stover, Patricia Shiah, Randall and Lewen Stempler, Steven Stolman, Sophia Tzelepis, Iké Udé, Jessica Wade, Rich Wilkie, and Yliana Yepez.

Jean Shafiroff graciously gave each guest a copy of the book The Power of Glamour, which Virginia Postel signed at the event. The two-hour reception was catered by Cornelia Guest Events.

About The Power of Glamour: 

The Power of Glamour is the very first book to explain what glamour really is—not a style or personal quality but an imaginative phenomenon that reveals our inner lives and shapes our decisions, large and small. From vacation brochures to military recruiting ads, from the Chrysler Building to the iPad, from political utopias to action heroines, Postrel argues that glamour’s magic stretches far beyond the stereotypical spheres of fashion or film, influencing what we buy, where we live, which careers we pursue, and how we vote. The result is myth-shattering: a revelatory theory that explains how glamour became a powerful form of nonverbal persuasion, one that taps into our most secret dreams and deepest yearnings to influence our everyday choices.

About Virginia Postrel:

Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, concentrating on the intersection of culture and commerce. Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus described her as "a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources." Postrel is the author most recently of The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, to be published in November by Simon & Schuster. Her previous books are The Substance of Style (2003) and The Future and Its Enemies (1998). She is a regular columnist for Bloomberg View. A popular speaker for business, design, and university groups, she teaches a five-day seminar on "Glamour: Theory and Practice" in the Branding MPS program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her corporate speaking venues have included Nike, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, 7 for All Mankind, Target, Liz Claiborne, Sony, and IDEO. Postrel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a degree in English literature, specializing in the Renaissance, and a heavy concentration of economics coursework. She is married to Steven Postrel, an economist and business strategy professor, and lives in Los Angeles.



Photos By: Patrick McMullan & Rob Rich

Michele And Larry Herbert

Arthur And Liana Backal

Heidi Walker With Peter Sinell

Michael Mailer With Marla And Alan Helene

After nearly two years involvement as producers of “Seduced and Abandoned,” Larry & Michele Herbert and Alan & Marla Helene toasted the success of the film with a private party at The Top of The Standard on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in New York City.

Following a screening of the documentary at the IFC Center in New York City’s West Village, guests of the Herberts and the Helenes, including fellow producer Michael Mailer, director James Toback, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and wife Kory Apton, author and journalist Taki Theodoracopulous, Broadway producer Jonathan Farkas and celebrity event planner Arthur Backal, arrived at the Top of the Standard for the exclusive party.

“Seduced and Abandoned,” starring Alec Baldwin, premiered as a Special Screening in the Official Selection at the 66th Festival de Cannes in May 2013, and debuted on HBO as part of the network’s fall 2013 documentary series.

Friday, September 27, 2013



Photographs By: Patrick McMullan

Troy Curtis

Jerry Kremer With Arnie Rosenshein And Bruce Lipnick

Royce and Donna Poyiardjis

Glenn And Jennifer Myles

Hana Bisceglie With Lauren Day Roberts
And Lucia Hwong Gordon

Bonnie Pfeifer Evans And Grymes Cannon

Asia Dyrkacz And Colin Cowie

Andrea Wernick And Ramona Singer

Michele Rella

New York City based entertainment company Troy Curtis Group and Michele Rella celebrated their new partnership with their first Supper Club and Cabaret at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in New York City. Sixty guests including Ivana Trump, Colin Cowie, Dr. & Mrs. Larry Rosenthal, Ramona & Mario Singer enjoyed a sold-out evening of entertainment, fine dining and cocktails hosted by Michele Rella and Troy Curtis.

In collaboration with Troy Curtis and Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Michele Rella imagined the concept for the evening as a celebration of summer’s end and of New York society’s return from the Hamptons to the city.

“We wanted to celebrate the end of summer and keep having fun in style,” explains Michele Rella “It is back from the Hamptons -- Let’s embrace Autumn in New York City; let’s dine, party, and dance!”

The show featured entertainment provided by Troy Curtis Group, which consisted of a live saxophonist and the Troy Curtis Group five-piece band. In addition, guests enjoyed special performances by Carla Rhodes, a side-splitting ventriloquist seen at the Cutting Room; Tamango, a tap-performer seen at the legendary Cotton Club; and Solomon, whose guitar solo was made legendary at the Cotton Club.

Friday, June 07, 2013



Dr. Karyn Gordon With John F. Prato

Annique Leman With Alex McCord And Sarit Chamamise

Alexis Benson With Laurie Gelman, Carla Wood And Michael Gelman

John F. Prato, Consul General of Canada in New York, honored Canadian relationship and parenting expert Dr. Karyn Gordon at Canada’s official residence on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m. The evening was held as part of an ongoing “Women in Leadership” series honoring noteworthy Canadian women. Dr. Karyn, an educator, speaker, and media personality, was acknowledged for her wide-ranging work with families and professionals.

To begin the evening, guests mingled in the lovely Park Avenue residence formerly home to Ken Taylor, who was instrumental in the covert “Canadian Caper” operation depicted in the Oscar winning film Argo. Among those in attendance were Hon. Vice Consul Steve Acunto, Honorary Vice Consul of Italy, Michael Gelman, Executive Producer, Live! with Kelly and Michael and wife Laurie Gelman, Television Personality, Melissa de Roquebrune, Director, UNICEF Quebec, Melinda Estabrooks, Producer/Host, CTS Television, Pamela Falk, CBS News TV & Radio, United Nations Resident Correspondent, Michele Wucker, President of World Policy Institute, Anne-Marie Mediwake, CBC News, anchor, and Nicholas Mellamphy, Vice President and Buying Director, The Hudson's Bay Company. In addition, Dr. Karyn’s husband and Vice President of Operations at dk Leadership Brent Penner, father Grant Gordon, and aunt Janis Dixon made the trip to New York from Canada to celebrate the evening.

Thursday, December 20, 2012



Mario Buatta

Lauren Remington Platt

Jason And Haley Binn

Jacqueline Weld Drake

Barbara Hemmerle Gollust With Adrienne Vittadini
And Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio

Barbara Cirkva-Schumacher And John Schumacher

Alessandro And Fe Fendi
Recently Jacqueline Weld Drake, Ernica Arengi Bentivoglio, John Bernbach, Mario Buatta, Fe Fendi and Kalliope Karella hosted over 200 guest at Casita Maria’s Holiday Cocktail Party at Roberto Cavalli, 711 Madison Avenue at 63 Street. Guests who attended the gathering included:  Edgar Batista, Haley & Jason Binn, Liliana Cavendish, Ann Dexter Jones, Paula Fendi, Anges Gund, Susan Gutfreund, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Maria Eugenia Haseltine & William Haseltine, William Ivey Long, Kalliope Karella, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Sandra Landy, Carmen Lambari, Cristiano Mancini, Daisy Olarte de Kanavos, Lauren Remington Platt, Michael Rena, Barbara Cirkva-Schumacher & John Schumacher, Daisy Soros, Stephanie Stokes, Christine Schwarzman, Felicia Taylor, Adrienne Vittadini and Cipriano Zabbos & Alexandra Zabbos.

An interesting note, the design industry came out in full support to support the event : Michael Rena is President of Chanel SRL; Barbara Cirkva-Schumacher is a Division President of Fashion, Watches and Fine Jewelry at Chanel; Cristiano Mancini is the Director of Public Relations at Roberto Cavalli; Adrienne Vittadini is a fashion designer; and of course Susan Gutfriend and Mario Buatta are both interior designers. 

Edgar Batista With Michael Rena

Kalliope Karella With Jacqueline Weld Drake
And Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio

The evening celebrated the work of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, located in one of the poorest neighborhoods of the Bronx, which supports young people and their families through high quality social, cultural, and educational opportunities. Casita Maria was founded in 1934 by Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan, two schoolteachers in East Harlem.

Guests were served special cocktails made with Roberto Cavalli Vodka. Event shoppers received a special gift, a Casita Maria tote that was inspired by Roberto Cavalli. The production of the tote was part of an educational project endowed and directed by the Roberto Cavalli Company. Many different members of the Roberto Cavalli staff explained their roles inside the fashion house --- showing the ‘interns’ all kinds of different careers that happen behind the scenes. 

Friday, November 16, 2012



Anne Dopffer With Kalita Doolin, Alan Governar
And Sonja Tremont Morgan

Recently the American Friends of Blérancourt, a non–profit that supports the expansion and gardens of the Franco‐American Museum, Chateau de Blérancourt in Picardy, France, founded by Anne Morgan, daughter of J.P. Morgan. Late Saturday afternoon, November 10th, high atop the Trump World Tower and overlooking the United Nations, Francine du Plessix Gray, author of “The Queen’s Lover,” read excerpts from her book and signed copies in the private home of art collectors Robin Cofer and Dominick D’Alleva. Guests included Baroness Bernard d’Anglejan‐Chatillon, Founder of the American Friends of Blerancourt, Eugenie Anglès, President of AFB, Sonja Tremont Morgan, Miles Morgan, and Mary Jane Pool.

A private social at the residence of the acclaimed interior designer Juan Pablo Molyneux, acknowledged the benefactors and patrons of the gala. Guests were privy to a tour of this exquisitely designed home.

Saturday, August 04, 2012


Sonja Tremont-Morgan:

Everyone’s Favorite Housewife

 Sonja Tremont-Morgan

The new favorite on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York City,” Sonja Tremont-Morgan runs in social circles that include European royalty and New York society. A single mother of a 10 year-old daughter, Tremont-Morgan loves art, decorating, gardening, skiing, and visiting France every chance she gets, be it for her charity work or just for pleasure. Her ethos is, “to live each day as if you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

This past June, Tremont-Morgan partied for three days and four nights into the wee hours of the morning in Venice, Italy where she joined best friend Carol Asscher and 500 close friends to celebrate the diamond diva’s 45th birthday with a lavish multi-million dollar cocktail party at the Terrace of Hotel Bauer complete with mermaids, a grand masquerade Bal Masque’ ball at Scuola Grande della Misericordia, where Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie’s The Tourist was filmed, with Venetian stilt walkers and beats by Donna d’Cruz and concluded the affair with a brunch at the Hotel Danieli. Other guests included Minnie Osmena, media tycoon Allan Block and wife Susan, Christine and Steve Schwarzman, Ivana Trump, Count Gianni Volpe, Pantone’s Michele Herbert, Janna Bullock, Lucia Wong Gordon, Giuseppe De'Longhi, jewelry moguls Laurence and Anne Marie Graff seated at separate tables, and Alfonso Telese.

Friday, June 29, 2012


 Friends & Philanthropy Mix

Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Alicia And Daniel Bythewood

Valentin Hernandez With Yaz Hernandez And Valentin Hernandez Jr

Lisa Evers With Steven Schutzer And Ramona Singer

This past week, Jean Shafiroff and her husband, Martin Shafiroff, hosted a Summer Kick-Off Cocktail Party to celebrate the beginning of the Hamptons summer social season. The Shafiroff’s celebrated with 175 friends at a private club in Southampton, NY. Guests in attendance included Fox 5 Assignment Reporter Lisa Evers, composer Lucia Hwong Gordon, Valentin and Yaz Hernandez with their son, Valentin Jr., Town & Country senior editor Georgina Schaeffer, Alex and Kate Donner, Sandra McConnell, Christopher Obetz, Alicia and Daniel Bythewood, Bill Finneran, Carol Rohrig, designer Victor de Souza, Larry Kaiser, Gregory D’Elia, Steven Stolman, James La Force, and Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer.

Actively involved in the philanthropic world, Ms. Shafiroff loves giving back and is currently working on various charity events in the Hamptons. Ms. Shafiroff is set to chair the Southampton Animal Shelter Gala on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Gala, honoring Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, will raise money to benefit the shelter, ranked among the top ten in the US. Tickets are available at 631-728-7387, extension 243. On Saturday, August 4, 2012, she will be a Vice Chair of the Southampton Hospital Gala; as the former chairwoman of this gala in 2010 and 2011, the gala raised $1.75 million dollars and $2 million dollars, respectively.

Photos By: Patrick McMullan