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Arriana zu Hohelohe Boardman,
Pamela Fiori, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos,
and Grace Hightower.

Town & Country
Essential to Our Times

Story by Roger Webster
Photos by DMI

OME of New York’s most well-mannered and well-heeled citizens filled the classic and classy gray and white salon of the House of Harry Winston on Fifth Avenue for Ronald Winston’s cocktail party to launch Town & Country’s new book, Social Graces, edited by the magazine’s editor-in-chief Pamela Fiori.

The swells included Grace Hightower, Lisa Jackson and Catherine Aaron, decorators to the rich and famous; Muffie Potter Aston and Ashley Schiff, co-chairs of the Penguins and Pearls Gala in the Central Park Zoo; Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and her husband Paul Kanavos, Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown, who both have essays in the book.

Anne Slater, Mike Cannon, Gigi and Adrienne Vittadini, CeCe Cord, Joy Marks, Arriana zu Hohelohe Boardman, Susan Fales Hill, Joanne de Guardiola, Helen and Tim Schifter, Jill Kargman, Vera Wang, NBC’s Felicia Taylor, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Dylan Brown were also there, as well as Winston’s president, Patricia Hambrecht.

Helen Gurley Brown and
David Brown

When he was a boy, Ronald Winston’s family lived in a townhouse opposite St. Patrick’s Cathedral that had a grand sweeping staircase.

One day, his father Harry greeted John D. Rockefeller, Jr. at the front door and proceeded to walk with him up the staircase to the drawing room where he showed jewels to his elite clientele.

He was particularly excited and distracted this day as he was going to unveil a fabulous newly acquired blue sapphire. The stone was later known as the Rockefeller, and sold at auction.

The townhouse also had an elevator, and as the gentlemen reached the top of the staircase, Ronald’s mother stepped out of the elevator.

“Harry,” she said. There was no reply. She called his name two more times and got no response. Finally, she stepped right into a position so that they could not ignore her and said, “Harry, aren’t you going to introduce me, I’m the woman you slept with last night?”

Catherine Oliver and
Lisa Jackson

Mr. Winston went on to tell how the extraordinarily well-mannered Duke of Windsor went so far as to not only to keep his shoes shined but his soles polished as well.

Guest of honor Pamela Fiori piqued interest with the mention of her book, which deals with new rules of social grace pertaining to email and cell phone etiquette.

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