Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween: A Remembrance of Things Past

Almost half of New York is without power, flooded, damaged, RARE vintage is closed and many people are homeless.  My family included.  We were comfortably waiting out the storm in our apartment when we heard a loud boom!  It was the crane on One 57th Street.  A short time later, a fireman banged on our door and were evacuated.  We were fortunate that the London Hotel took us and our two dogs in.  Many people were unable to find a hotel and wandered the streets rolling small suitcases.

For the first time in its 39 year history the annual Halloween Parade in the Village had been cancelled.  Heidi Klum cancelled her Halloween party.  My daughter is desperate because she has been practicing her make up all week for her zombie/bride of Dracula costume.  Her twin brother was planning on being a cyclops monster. When kids turn ten out go the adorable princess and Star Wars costumes and in come the monsters.  But they are still pretty cute monsters (just don't tell them that!)

So amid uncertainy a remembrance of a costume ball past...

Truman Capote in Black and White

Candice Bergen at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball.  Photo by Elliot Erwit

Lee Radziwell adjusting her mask.  Photo by Bettman

Penelope Tree

Oscar de la Renta and his first wife Francoise

Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra

Truman Capote

I had never seen this photo before from Magnum - the photographer must be Elliot Erwit. LOVE the guy with the paper plate mask!

Happy Halloween!!!


  1. I admire your spirit for what must be a very anxious time for you, to quote Churchill (at least I think it was Churchill) "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". I hope things are restored to normality as quickly as possible for you.

    Love the pictures of the black and white ball and the man with the paper plate mask made me smile!

    I happened across your blog via Little Augury and I am so glad I did.

  2. Thank you so much for your kind note - we really consider ourselves lucky - a friend of my daughter's came up from downtown last night to trick or treat and they have had no electric,no water, no internet. They also have a house near Fire Island and have no idea how things are with their house.

    So you and Churchill are right "when the going gets tough, the tough get going." Because, really, what else is there to do?

    I am a big fan of Little Augury too!!



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