By Michael Gross
The Opening Night Party of the Winter Antiques Show Thursday night attracted nearly 2,000 souls, including notables from the worlds of arts and antiques, government, design, business and philanthropy. The glittery evening offered an opportunity for guests to get first crack at coveted museum-quality objects before the show opened to the public on January 19. Proceeds from the Opening Night Party, and all net proceeds from the Winter Antiques Show, benefit East Side House Settlement—a community-based organization in the South Bronx and surrounding communities.
Arie Kopelman, a member of the group’s board of managers and Chairman Emeritus of the evening was given the first East Side House Settlement Heart In Hand Award honoring his 25 years running the show. That attracted not only his family, including wife Coco, former daughter-in-law Drew Barrymore, and daughter Jill Kargman with her whole brood, but also Barbara Cirkva-Schumacher, his long-time colleague at Chanel. The noted design editor Wendy Goodman, Thomas Jayne and Gil Schafer were the design co-chairs and Fran O’Brien of Chubb insured the party got started as its new chair. Zac Posen will chair a young collector’s party on January 25.
Other notable attendees included Democrats like David Geffen, the Republican Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross with wife Hilary Geary Ross, the independent former mayor, Michael Bloomberg with Diana Taylor, designers Bunny Williams, Rose Tarlow, Peter Marino, Alex Papachristidis, Duane Hampton, and Jamie Drake, Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild, Martha Stewart, Mary McFadden, Thom Browne, Richard and Maureen Chilton, Friederike Biggs, Lee and CeCe Black, Stephanie Clark, Debra Del Vecchio, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Emily Frick, Thomas Remien, Philip Yang, Jerry Lauren, Wendy Holmes, Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder, Lucinda May, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Nina Griscom, and Audrey Gruss.
The show features seventy top dealers of fine and decorative arts dating from antiquity to today.
Image: Arie L. Kopelman receiving the Heart in Hand Award.
Images courtesy of the Winter Antiques Show