Why is it that just as we seem to get into the groove of summer, Labor Day weekend looms on the not-too-distant horizon? The days of backyard barbeques and jaunts up to Nantucket will soon be filed away in our photo albums, the memories of them serving as something to look forward to next year.
But before you reach for your passport and book a trip to Bali, remember that fall does indeed have its upside—beyond the change of wardrobe. Friends reunite and reminisce about their summer adventures; the kids go back to school (we know you’re psyched about that one); and invitations for the fall galas, benefits and luncheons begin to fill your mailbox. The social season is upon us again.
Here at Greenwich magazine we’ve started a tradition of celebrating its return by taking a look at parties past. You’re a fashionable bunch and it’s always fun to check out the great ensembles caught on film, or more accurately, stored on a memory chip. This month our style and trend writer Carisha Swanson comments on what makes these fashions work so well (“Be Our Guest,” page 60). We know you’ll see a lot of familiar faces.
Also in this issue, Riann Smith chats with seven philanthropic folks who frequent the party circuit in a variety of capacities—from chairing major fundraisers to always being the perfect guest. They have a lot of fun anecdotes and good information to share about averted disasters (dinner for 300 with no ovens, for one), great touches to personalize a dinner party (creative place cards that get guests chatting), the perfect way to pose for a picture (we’re not giving this one away; you’ll have to flip to the story, “Survival Guide to the Social Season,” page 75) and so much more.
For all of its glitz and glamour, the thing that’s important to remember about the social season is that it’s about more than just a great party. It is about helping make the world better. We know of few other towns that can raise the money that Greenwich does in just one afternoon or evening. Think about it. In September and October alone, we raise millions of dollars for tremendously worthy causes (far too many to name here).
So as those invitations start coming in, don’t worry about what to wear. We’ve got you covered there. Just remember that someone somewhere will be very grateful for your attendance.