After six years and $60 million, the Fisher Island Club finally revealed the long-due restoration of its historic Vanderbilt Mansion and its club amenities with a 1940s-themed party that nodded to the estate’s storied past and legacy.
Fisher Island Club CEO Bernard Lackner, alongside representatives from Van Cleef & Arpels (which co-sponsored the evening), welcomed more than 400 Fisher Island Club members and assorted VIPs for an evening that celebrated the Vanderbilt family’s glory days, when the clan would lavishly entertain the luminaries of the era in the secluded enclave.
As models walked about the party showcasing carats and carats of Van Cleef & Arpels baubles, attendees enjoyed all varieties of social pleasures: a big band performance, synchronized swimming numbers at the Vanderbilt Mansion pool, a vintage car showcase featuring restored Rolls-Royce models and a strolling magician. Sustenance was kept in check with an etched ice table featuring an array of caviars and hors d’oeuvres, and a scotch tasting station with Prohibition-era cocktails. Past perfect, indeed. –Photography by World Red Eye