The Jewel of Palm Beach
My typical weekend routine of casual relaxation was put to an end this past Saturday when I was lovingly invited to House of Lavande’s Centennial Celebration in the warm (well, warmer than New York) glossy and always glamorous Palm Beach. House of Lavande founder Tracy Smith welcomed her guests (a slew of editors including Marie Claire’s Amanda Hearst and Paper’s Mickey Boardman) to Florida in her amazing boutique full of vintage jewelry treasures — like those from the 1930s, vintage Chanel accessories, and a great selection of 60’s and 70’s mod jewelry.
From left: House of Lavande’s founder, Tracy Smith; Paper’s Mickey Boardman.
In a girls dream come true, we were able to pick out a few select pieces to wear to the evening’s celebration at Tracy’s beachside bungalow. While meeting the Lavande team and sipping champagne, I was overwhelmed by the choices in the endless number of drawers (a scene best illustrated by fashion blogger and downtown casting agent Natalie Joos on her website, Tales of Endearment.) I finally opted for a Cartier-esque jaguar bracelet, Art Deco style crystal earrings and a 70’s gold chocker necklace to pair with my black and white Thakoon dress.
The evening was wonderfully orchestrated by brand consultant Kate Schelter and produced by Mimi Van Wyck, who decorated the bungalow with chic seaside décor and beautiful arrangements of violet flowers that lit up after the sun went down. The night ended with hours of dancing to DJ Chelsea Leyland’s crazy yet wonderful mix of beats — everything from Coolio to Talking Heads — and everyone joined in dancing (including the waiters), making it a fun night to remember.
From left: W‘s Lindsey Gathright, Elle’s Kyle Anderson, Teen Vogue’s Andrew Bevan and Marie Claire’s Amanda Hearst.
From left: Judy and Jane Aldridge and Garance Doré
Natalie Joos and Kate Schelter
Photos: Billy Farrell Agency