Although my bohemian society rejecting parents vehemently opposed the idea of me being a debutante – and really, after acknowledging the reality of wearing a gigantic poof wedding dress and square dancing with my dad as he gives me and my virginity away to society, I thank god this never happened – I still passionately love those women who bite and claw their way up the social ranks of 5th Avenue, attending every party, gala, fashion show, and door opening with wild abandon in the hopes of some titillating Page Six write up, or better yet, a mention in Vogue, or, having failed at the fashion glossies, a runner-up mention in Quest. These women are like Olympic athletes. Using their beauty, social charms, and family money they battle it out night after night in New York’s never ending popularity contest. In recent years, thanks to websites like the notorious and scandalous SOCIAL RANK and the phenomenon – love her or hate her – of Paris Hilton, and Tinsley Mortimer, New York society’s answer to the Paris problem, the socialite popularity contest continues to roll on unabated, each year bringing out a new bumper crop of hopefuls.
My favorite socialite of the moment, wacky head-band wearing, “crack-pipe” smoking,and sometime Look Book Model, ARDEN WOHL, is really my kind of girl.
Her grandparents, Ronne and Joseph S. Wohl, were known to the Manhattan society scene mostly for their incredible art collection that included Matisse, Monet, Braque, Modigliani. Arden, for better or worse, was thrust into the golden spotlight after the sale of her grandparent’s collection for a rather hefty sum at Sotheby’s. Sometimes described as a filmmaker (she had something to do with arthouse horror flick Coven), the “head-band socialite” gained Page Six notoriety for multiple scandals. One such boldface item from last year claimed she was sleeping with the same director as Scarlett Johansson (She denied the affiliation). But my favorite item, and perhaps why I love her so much, involved her getting charged last summer in East Hampton for “making graffiti and petit larcency,” after she scrawled “Ralphy Lip-Shits” on Ralph Lauren’s East Hampton boutique (Ralph Lauren was really born Ralph Lipschitz) and also, according to cops, stole “several small hand-held American flags that the store had on display for decoration.” Arden, whatever you’re doing, keep doing it and seriously, while you’re at, don’t be shy, keep the good times rolling.
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