Meryl Gordon’s diligently researched and well-written biography, Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend, led me to lunch recently with longtime Tiffany executive Pierce MacGuire, who over four decades oversaw sales for Elsa Perretti’s, Paloma Picasso’s, and Jean Schlumberger’s collections at the fabled store. Thus, he was in frequent contact with Paul and Bunny Mellon, who were Schlumberger’s leading customers for decades.
April, according to the poet, is the cruelest month, and it got crueler 106 years ago when the Titanic hit the iceberg, and Hollywood the jackpot after the sinking.
Rachel Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon, the second Mrs. Paul Mellon, was known to her friends as “Bunny,” which seemed such an unlikely nickname for someone so restrained and elegant and camera-shy.
In the span of 40 years (from the early 1930s to ’70s), Norman Norell helped reshape American fashion, creating pieces that were both beautiful and comfortable—a duality that was largely unavailable to women of that era. Now, nearly 50 years after his death, Norell is having a moment.
Our editor in chief remembers the inimitable Anne Slater, a fixture on the New York social scene in her signature cobalt blue glasses.
Considering the cost of love for the couple who gave up a kingdom in order to marry.
Jeannette Watson Sanger and her husband, Alex, were neighbors of mine for the first couple of decades I lived here. They moved to a new apartment in Madison Square just a few years ago. They had lived around the corner on Gracie Square in an apartment overlooking Carl Schurz Park. We’d see one another on …