|Jean Shafiroff & Rep. Carolyn Maloney
All photos Lieba Nesis
Jean Shafiroff held her fourth annual luncheon at Michael’s beginning at 12:30 PM. Despite the brisk weather Jean attracted an extraordinary crowd including: Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Lady Liliana Cavendish; Rep. Carolyn Maloney; socialites-Lauren Roberts, Francine LeFrak, Margo Catsimatidis, Edgar Battiste, Matt Rich, Paola Bacchini, Janna Bullock, Lauren Lawrence,
|Randi Schatz and Margo Catsimatidis|
Randi Schatz, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Margo Langenberg; architect extraordinaire Geoffrey Bradfield; famous Nigerian artist Ike Ude; top fashion designer to the stars – Victor dE Souza; celebrity publicists Norah Lawlor and Couri Hay and magazine owners, David ben Hooren, Joyce Brooks, Michael Travin and Melissa Battaglio; and Lookonline writers: Laurel Marcus, Rhonda Erb, and the owner Mr. Ernest Schmatolla.
|Lauren Lawrence, Edgar Battiste and Margo Langenberg|
Moreover, Diane Clehane who usually writes a column called Wednesday at Michael’s joined in celebrating the season at her favorite lunch destination. There were more than 45 people who attended the beautiful event with 15 bottles of wine consumed by the holiday happy bunch.
|Victor de Souza and Laurel Marcus.|
Shafiroff looked stunning in a white and black Oscar de la Renta cruise collection dress and was a magnificent hostess as she thanked everyone for joining her, announcing she would be making a large donation to the New York City Mission Society in honor of this luncheon. The New York City Mission Society helps the most underserved youth and Jean has been active since 2012.
|Lucia Hwong Gordon and Janna Bullock|
Jean continues to put charity at the forefront of her agenda by taking out time from her busy schedule to feed the homeless or visit an animal shelter. This is a lady who rarely lunches because she is too busy trying to make a difference in the world.
|Prince Dimitri, Janna Bullock and Lee Fryd|
Another aristocrat doing incredible things is Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia who epitomizes old world elegance and refinement. The Prince comes from lineage that would make Prince Charles blush (or perhaps just pause), and has the manners of royalty with the knowledge of an intellectual. He is humble, kind and worldly and I am continually amused by his intelligence and savoir faire. Moreover, he was recently made Knight Grand Cross of the order of the Saints Mauritius and Lazarus and is an incredible jewelry designer.
At the late hour of 2:30 PM the crowd began rushing off to attend their next events; Paola Bacchini was heading to the Anne Hearst Christmas party and Couri Hay was preparing for the upcoming Trump inauguration – all in a day’s work for New York’s elite.