The World of Gloria Vanderbilt Launch Party

(New York City) Last night, dark clouds rolled over the evening Manhattan sky. A light drizzle followed.  A handful of handsome male models dressed in black + carrying umbrellas stood lined-up along the sidewalk of Madison Avenue, escorting guests from cars to the front of a Beaux-Arts limestone palace. A brief stop at the door to verify names on the list + then a step into pure elegance.

Champagne + hors d’oeuvres & light chatter swirled around the recently opened, ultra-luxurious Ralph Lauren behemoth boutique on 72nd Street + Madison Avenue as guests came to celebrate an all-American lady; an icon who transcends beauty + business. Gloria Vanderbilt. The star-studded launch party was for The World of Gloria Vanderbilt by Wendy Goodman, a book about Gloria bringing the family name out of the Gilded Age and into the Digital Age, reinventing herself over and over along the way. Hers is a story of charisma, glamour, and heartbreaking loss.

As guests mingled among the marble & the gigantic crystal chandeliers, Gloria along with Wendy sat at a table on the second floor autographing the book, smiling + shaking hands. An elite queen in a fashion chateau. Seemingly a fairytale, the event was quite the social reality.

And as male models dressed in white continued to serve, the night of aristocratic bliss ensued. Up + down the grand marble staircase high heels clicked, socialites laughed + champagne was enjoyed as everyone regaled in Ralph Lauren’s newest house. Yes, class still does exist after all. | Giuseppe 

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With good manners and even better taste, Gloria Vanderbilt took what the public longed for most from her and stamped it across the backside of America, giving everyone a little bit of Vanderbilt” -Blair Schulman

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Ralph Lauren + Gloria Vanderbilt

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Andy Cohen + Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Anderson Cooper + Gloria Vanderbilt

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Wendy Goodman, author of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

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Kelly Ripa + Mark Consuelos

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Uma Thurman + Camilla Belle

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Ralph Lauren + Ricky Lauren + Gloria Vanderbilt + Anderson Cooper

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The World of Gloria Vanderbilt book

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Ralph Lauren’s new Beaux-Arts palace

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|pictures of the guests via Bill Farrell Agency|

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