David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

8 October 2008

Advancing the children and the arts

A couple of weeks ago at the lunch hour, a stellar selection of the social set turned out at the Metropolitan Club for the 3rd Annual Purses & Pursenalities Luncheon, a silent auction of designer handbags benefiting Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.

This year, Purses & Pursenalities featured bags from Alberta Ferretti, Badgley Mischka, Bergdorf Goodman, Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Cartier, Coach, Cole Haan, Dennis Basso, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, Elliott Lucca, Eric Javits, Fendi, Ferragamo, Ghurka, Gucci, Hollywould, J.Crew, Jill Stuart, Jimmy Choo, Judith Leiber, Kara Ross, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Spade, Lambertson Truex, Lilly Pulitzer, My Flat In London, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Roger Vivier, Samantha Thavasa, Tod’s, Tory Burch, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent—just to name a few. 

The afternoon was emceed by Eric Javits. Attendees included honorees Mark Badgley, James Mischka, Monica Botkier, and Judith Leiber; the latter received the Living Legend Award for a lifetime dedicated to design.

Also attending were Rachel Hovnanian, Somers Farkas, Mark Gilbertson, Tara Rockefeller, Muffie Potter Aston, Whitney Fairchild, Avril Graham, Cynthia Lufkin, Sharon Bush, Alison Minton, Mark Gilbertson, and Tory Burch.

Alison Minton and Kathleen Giordano