Catherine Saxton has been a part of the New York
social and celebrity scene for the past 25 years.
She has worked with Presidents, Kings and Princes,
plus celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey
Hepburn, Grace Kelley, Donald & Ivana Trump,
Madonna, and on, and on.

Catherine Saxton

Georgiana Bronfman,
Hobbs, Steinberg
Photos by Patrick McMullan

John Hobbs, Ghislaine Maxwell,
Rupert Hobbs

Georgiana Bronfman
and Mica Ertegun

Luciana Morad

Introducing John Hobbs

IFE is always the most glamorous when you’re invited to one of the show homes of New York.  You know you’re going to see one of the most beautiful apartments, and that champagne (Verve Cliquot) and caviar (Beluga!) will flow freely.   

That’s how it was to the “introducing John Hobbs to New York society” that was planned by two great young hostesses – Laura Steinberg and Georgiana Bronfman.  It was in Georgiana’s home and la belle monde was there.  Large, spacious, elegantly decorated, with more than100 orchid plants abound, the apartment waited to impress its visitors.  And impressed they were.

John Hobbs is one of London’s esteemed art and antiques dealers on the venerable Pimlico Road.  After 40 years in the business (he started at 13!), John is an expert in the field, but only buys “when an object moves me.”  He’s sold to some of the greatest stylemeisters in the world – Givenchy, Valentino, Mercedes Bass, and Saul Steinberg to name but a few of his renowned clients.

John is making the move to New York to develop his business here.  Son Rupert will be handling all day-to-day matters in London. 

To make his debut on the New York scene auspicious, Laura and Georgiana threw wide their rolodexes and Palm VIIs, and everyone came!  The elegant “A” list giant Mica Ertegun stopped by early.  Writers Anthony Haden Guest and Taki came by to get the latest gossip.

And most of the gossip was about the divine Luciana Morad.  “Is it her?” or “Is she the one?” and for the not-in-the-know, “Who is she?”  As you’re all up-to-date on your gossip you’ll know that Luciana is the mother of Mick Jagger’s latest offspring.  Looking svelte and delectable, Luciana was like honey to a lot of male bees in that room!

Luciana’s been quite busy lately. According to the New York Daily News, the Brazilian model was in a New York family court pleading for $35,000 a month to cover expenses for raising one-year-old son Lucas. Daddy Mick was absent from the proceedings, but sent word he'll top out at $5,600.  Mick is known to have seven kids and two grandkids.


Cindy Crawford

Dr. Stephen Nimer, Cindy Crawford, Felicia Taylor

Dr. Ian Smith, Tova Borgnine, Randolph Duke

Hands Dig Deep

HE Leukemia & Lymphoma Society spirit of discovery ball was another star-studded confection on top of the world – Rockefeller Center, that is.  The recently voted No. 1 Supermodel of all time Cindy Crawford wowed all with her simple elegance and easy approachability. 

Cindy was one of the night’s honorees and reminded people again that life doesn’t pass anyone by because one’s rich and famous.  She spoke about losing her brother to leukemia many years ago and what that did to the family, especially her mother.  As a new mom, Cindy has a heightened awareness of how close the mother-child relationship is. 

The divinely handsome Rande Gerber accompanied his wife and they snuggled peacefully during the ceremonies.

Tova Borgnine, who was the evening’s chairwoman, worked hard to get the crowd to dig deep for the auction.  Designer Randolph Duke was celebrity auctioneer, but it wasn’t until Cindy, Tova and Felicia Taylor (honorary chair) joined in to pump up the donations that lively bidding came into being.  The ever-gracious Tova ended up bidding on almost everything – even walking away with four prime Yankee tickets.  If she’s not in town, perhaps we can share them?

Dr. Stephen Nimer, head of Hematologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, has authored more than 100 scientific publications.  He’s won many awards and his latest from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presented that evening was another way of a grateful public to say thanks.


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