Our heroine Frances Hayward continues Big Edie Beale's love of animals by hosting a benefit to raise money for the Humane Society.
From Papermag, by Rebecca Suhrawardi Austin, on 31 July 2008
About Last Night...Frances Hayward Hosts Dinner for Russell Simmons and Wayne Pacelle at Grey Gardens
Not sure what the city was like on Sunday, but the East End was like a scene from the Wizard of Oz. Imagine live power lines laying across Montauk Highway, the wooden fence around my pool swept to the ground, tree limbs, flooding, and danger -- oh my! But that did not stop me, and countless others, from braving the elements and finding our way to Grey Gardens to fete Russell Simmons. A small gathering of about 30 thrown by hostess extraordinaire Frances Hayward for the hip-hop impresario Simmons and Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society. The event was called "Art for Animals," combining two of Frances' most beloved passions. Our host and the chief guests talked a bit about the importance of the plight against animal cruelty while we nibbled on a light, vegan dinner.
Ann Dexter-Jones (my new favorite person!) showed off her self-designed jewelry pieces and I talked a lot with the University of Illinois student who started the infamous blog, Park Avenue Peerage. I shut down the party, yes, typically a social faux pas, but this time it was for a great reason because Robert Wilson showed up towards the end. So Frances, he, I, and four others chatted in the living room of the famed residence. Wilson, who had just thrown his own party at the Watermill Center the night before, talked about his early work with dogs and using them in a hospital setting, and being one of the first to do so. But I loved his anecdotes about Pierre Cardin best, who he said always spoke in the third person! "Why does Pierre's dog hate him so," recalled Wilson. We couldn't help but laugh as he recollected and impersonated, lovingly, the fashion icon.
When it was time to go, we gave our air kisses good-bye, promised Frances we would fight against animal cruelty, and made our way back in to the eye of the storm.