Cover Girl Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff is many things: a philanthropist, humanitarian, wife, mother, author (“Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give”, Hatherleigh Press/Penguin Random House), AND cover girl. The busy mogul ( has not only been featured in several magazines; she has graced their covers.

Editor-in-chief Christopher A Pape
Photo: Marilyn Kirschner

Mrs. Shafiroff, who always stands out in any crowd (she not only does good – she looks good), opted last evening for a dramatic asymmetrical red Oscar de la Renta gown which she accessorized with a Judith Lieber minaudiere, Van Cleef & Arpels earrings and bracelet, and then proudly admitted that her ‘diamante’ necklace was by J. Crew. High/Low, there you go. You could have fooled me. Of course on Jean, it all looks real.

Joy Marks
Photo: Marilyn Kirschner

She was the July 2015 cover girl for 25A Magazine, and just appeared on their March cover (along with an attending story, “Jean Shafiroff On Successful Philanthropy”). Last evening, she was feted by 25A’s Publisher, Chase Backer, and Editor-In-chief Christopher A. Pape who hosted an invitation only cocktail party in her honor at the soon-to open Venetian restaurant Sant Andrea Cafe, 40 Central Park South.

Nicole Dicocco & Jane Pontarelli
Photo: Marilyn Kirschner

25A is the premier luxury magazine for the Gold Coast; the “ultimate guide to the sweet” life covering art, design, fashion, food, shopping, automobiles, travels, etc. It is named after the 73 mile long road which extends across Long Island’s North Shore. It caters to those with a “fine-tuned taste for luxurious treasures”. While they are based on Long Island’s North Shore, they are not limited to just that area. They are also a presence here in Manhattan, as well as the Hamptons (“seasonally”), in the words of Mr. Pape who also offered, “We’re the only magazine that covers all three”.

Pamala  Morgan, Jean Shafiroff, Lucia Hwong Gordon & Katlean De Monchy

Among those toasting Jean and sampling the food: Lucia Hwong Gordon, Nicole Dicocco, Jane Pontarelli, Katlean de Monchy, Montgomery Fraser, Lauren Day Roberts, Dr. Xiao Meng, Carmen Delessio, Pamela Morgan, Tracy Stern and Chiu-Ti Jansen in head to toe red. Also, Rosemary Ponzo was in in a purple dress and matching gloves as were several others dressed in purple who attended.  (I assume as a tribute to Prince).

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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