A Los Angeles Social Diary

The Jewels of Betsy Bloomingdale

The private collection of a legendary hostess who entertained in couture and Harry Winston jewels, and who embodied the intelligence and verve of a new generation of American women, is to be offered in two parts at Christie’s — starting with Magnificent Jewels on 7 December.

Trump Taps Met Gala Mastermind For Inaugural Events

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former Vogue special events planner and Met Gala mastermind, has been tapped to plan Trump’s presidential inauguration. 

Wolkoff, who planned the glamorous gala for years and went on to orchestrate New York Fashion Week’s Lincoln Center expansion, is known in fashion circles as “General Winston” — a name bestowed by her mentor, Anna Wintour. Wolkoff, who, according to sources, “has all the designers on speed dial” and is also a longtime friend of Melania, was spotted at Trump Tower this week, along with Tom Barrack, who is chairman of President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. [Page Six]

Major Cognac Auction Last Night in in Cognac, France


Ever been to a Cognac auction in Cognac?


Twenty-four decanters and exceptional blends, offered by Cognac houses, and an art piece, were sold under the supervision of Laurie Matheson, Luc Dabadie and Marie Calzada – wine experts at Artcurial –, and the gavel of Artcurial’s auctioneer Maître Hervé Poulain, in presence of 700 French and international guests, to raise money for the Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil, an organization which has benefited underprivileged youth and the most vulnerable families for 150 years.