The Society at Vicky + Lysander's

Last night, a few key members of the The Society allowed themselves to be hosted by Vicky & Lysander, one of New York's key faux power couples (actors) who love trust funds as much as they love their good friend Tinsley Mortimer (never met her). Porter was on photo duty, while I sat the table in the temporary dining room at the Lower East Side storefront (Grand Opening, 139 Norfolk Street).

We rented the petal plates, the flatware and glass from the great Party Rental Ltd. and I filled the center of the table with collard greens, artichokes and purple cabbage candle holders (just cut off the bottom, tie some twine around and use an apple corer to make the hole). Leif Sigersen, Helena Christensen’s friend and Butik co-owner did this cabbage thing for a dinner party featured in a magazine years ago and I’ve always loved it.

We ate food from Mama's Food Shop and drank Zacapa rum neat.


  1. Laura says:

    That veggie as centerpiece idea is full on genius!

  2. Unknown says:

    What an awesome idea - this looks like it would've been so much fun. I'd love to be one half of a faux power couple! How does one fake their way into that?

  3. Unknown says:

    Having just read the website for "The Society," I am honestly shocked that the two of you would go in for this sort of thing. It's a bit desperate, no?

  4. jones says:

    The table is fantastic. What a fun night.

  5. I love the website for "The Society"! Nicely done...
    And the dinner party looks like it was super fun!

  6. Gorgeous table setting, even a toasted cheese sandwich would be elegant at that table!

  7. Unknown says:

    Hilarious and beautiful all at once. Sounds like such a fun night!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh Jesus. The Society looks like a collection of totally insufferable people who are full of shit -- people who care more about looking smart and sophisticated than actually having anything interesting to say.

    What's with all this image whoring and tropism towards culture of elite cool that is so popular nowadays?

  9. The Society members aren't insufferable at all. In fact, they all seem quite smart with serious, non-hipster jobs. While I'm not actually member, the organizers have invited me to a few of the recent events, and I've gotta say, it's all nothing I would have thought of doing on my own. A speech/cocktail hour discussing modern German architecture and the work of Jurgen Meyer? Shooting rifles? Interactive performance art? It's all kinda cool - and must help get even the most cultured people get out of their comfort zones. (And it's something like $100 to join, so we're not talking hideous exclusivity).

  10. Anonymous says:

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  11. Bailey says:

    This is so fun I cannot even handle it

  12. Anonymous says:

    Oh give it a rest. Just look at the people who attended, and the pictures of the "faux power couple" you linked. If that's not insufferable, I don't know what is.

    Look, these people are obviously way self conscious and really, really concerned about image and looking cool. It's so affected and insincere. Drop the kitschy image and the fake sophistication. People who actually have interesting things to say spend a lot of time developing those ideas, and probably don't have time to cultivate this image of faux-sophistication.

    Serious, the "power couple" you linked look so obnoxious.

    I like this blog (honestly do). But sometimes, I think there should be some moderation with this stuff before it spirals out of control, totally ungrounded, and without any sense of reality.

    $100 to join a bunch of pretentious people (and I mean pretentious in the real definitional sense) seems like a lot. I'd rather hang out with actually interesting people who obviously don't have enough time to look so contrived and affected.

  13. Anonymous says:

    If you think of people who are actually interesting - Bertrand Russell, Francis Bacon, Richard Feynman - do you think they would have attended something like this? Probably not. They would be at a casual dinner and pick topics they have interesting comments for, not topics that would make them seem sophisticated. They certainly wouldn't pay $100 to go to something called "The Society," or a dinner hosted by two people who call themselves a "fake hipster couple."

  14. Why such anger?

    Hipsters and their ironic moustaches are not bothering you. As long as they are not all using food stamps to throw the dinner parties, as the WaPo seems to claim, who cares?

    Looks like fun, douchey fun to be sure, but fun.

  15. Cat says:

    Oh dear. I have to admit, the Society does look dreadful. But to each his own, yes?

  16. Cat says:

    (Vicky and Lysander, on the other hand, look delightful.)

  17. Q:What's wrong with a sense of humor?

    A:Not having one.

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