Where's their book?%0D %0D [italic]Four years ago, Gawker wrote:[/italic]%0D %0D [bold]Power Top, Power Bottom: Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict[/bold]%0D %0D %0D Today's New York Social Diary exists solely to pay reverence to the set's most polished poufs, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict (you can call them "AND," darling). Together for the past 8 years, AND flit about Manhattan, the Hamptons and Palm Beach, sharing their love of bespoke suits, Greta Garbo, and scented candles with their many friends.%0D %0D The two are very savvy navigators of the upper strata of the New York social scene. They could write a book on how it is done successfully. %0D %0D They are one of the few examples of two people who move comfortably in all environments both singly or as a couple.%0D %0D Over/under on how long until these boys sign with a publisher: 3 weeks.%0D
WEHT Daniel Benedict and Andrew Safir - polished poufs
|by Anonymous||reply 40||01/09/2013|
The many shades of Daniel Benedict
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/15/2010|
Benedict and Safir
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/15/2010|
I was always fascinated by the very orange Daniel Benedict. His facial expression is the same in every one of those photos, too. I bet he practiced that good and long in the mirror for hours at a time!
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/15/2010|
shiny, shiny, bad times behind me!
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/15/2010|
From FNO last week
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/15/2010|
It looks like Daniel got his new teeth and can smile again.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/16/2010|
They are gay in only a secondary or tertiary sense.
They are *homosexuals* in the traditional sense.
They make rich socialites feel good about having gay pals outside of the service and hair/make-up industries.
But they are in way members of the LGBT community.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/16/2010|
[quote]they are in way members of the LGBT community.%0D %0D %0D [italic]in way members[/italic]? Is there a translation available?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/16/2010|
I wonder why they're so successful at getting themselves invited out every night in NYC but are unknown in Palm Beach. Don't they go south for the Winter?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/10/2010|
Did they head to Palm Beach for the winter?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/08/2011|
I can't imagine a pair I would less like to meet.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/08/2011|
I'm assuming Safir is the one with the money, because there's no way Benedict would be with a guy who looks like that otherwise.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/08/2011|
They and Mark Gilbertson are the heir to Jerry Zipkin and other walkers who preceded them. They are somewhat more publicly out then Zip, Bill Blass and other walkers (bachelors) of an earlier time.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/08/2011|
I thought "walkers" were at the parties with females as their gay dates. These two seem to attend everything as a couple. %0D %0D Martha Stewart's ex-broker, Peter Bacanovic, was a popular walker.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/08/2011|
Yes they are a bit more out- but they often go to events, each, with a date (female). And my guess is they go to dinner parties matched with females.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/08/2011|
I love that Cityfile website. All of NY Society is listed there, and the categories are funny.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/08/2011|
Cityfile description of Mrs. Farkas is a hoot.%0D %0D Somers is the skeletal, overly tanned, on-again/off-again wife of Jonathan Farkas and a regular at black-tie events around town.%0D %0D Backstory%0D %0D A Virginia native (her real name happens to be Virginia Somers White), Somers arrived on the scene when she hooked up with Jonathan Farkas, an heir to the Alexander's department store fortune and a longtime playboy. Somers played hard to get initially%E2%80%94she reportedly turned down his first marriage proposal in 1998%E2%80%94but she eventually gave in and tied the knot with Farkas in 2001. Fifteen years his junior and his third wife, Somers also agreed to an unusual stipulation in a pre-nup%E2%80%94that she bear no children. "I get two wonderful stepchildren, and I have more time to spend on Jonathan. This way, we get to be kids together," she cheerfully told the Times. Unfortunately, while Somers never violated the no-child rule, Farkas decided to divorce her anyway in 2005 to ensure, the tabloids speculated, that she couldn't lay claim to half his fortune after the pre-nup expired. The story got stranger when they remained a couple even after divorce papers had been filed. And things got stranger still when Somers agreed to remarry Farkas in 2006.%0D %0D %0D Charity circuit%0D %0D %0D Farkas is gala chair of the annual Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala, and active with the Strang Cancer Prevention Center, Environmental Defense and the New York Botanical Garden. %0D %0D If you have trouble finding Somers and Jonathan in the crowds, just look for the Humpty Dumpty-esque man accompanying a lady who resembles a stick of beef jerky.%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 17||02/08/2011|
And here is Somers in all her cryptkeeper glory. She honestly could scare children.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||02/08/2011|
"in way members? Is there a translation available?"%0D %0D "In no way members of the gay community."
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/08/2011|
The blonde is a grifter.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/08/2011|
R20, do you mean the blonde woman with Somer Farkas? She's Chris Cuomo's wife.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||02/08/2011|
r21, r20 meant Daniel Benedict. He is/was caught up in a lawsuit that indicated grifting.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/08/2011|
Maybe they're lovely people, but I always get a creepy vibe from them.
Like I wouldn't be surprised if I one day read a long story in New York magazine about how one killed the other in a rage with a hair straightener. I don't know, maybe I have a weird imagination.
Do they have jobs, other then "putting" together the celebrity filled movie screenings? I imagine they spend a lot of time plotting how to become more famous.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/08/2011|
A good many of those NY Society types would stab their own grandmothers in the back if it suited them for some kind of personal gain. It's a very fucked-up world they live in.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/08/2011|
[quote]I just find it hard to believe she would deliberately walk off with the necklace %0D %0D Interesting, r22. They used to be in the NYSD every week and suddenly they were gone for awhile. Maybe that's when he got in trouble. I didn't hear anything about it. Do you have any more details?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/08/2011|
Oops! Wrong quote. Should be: Daniel Benedict. He is/was caught up in a lawsuit that indicated grifting.%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/08/2011|
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/09/2011|
Here is a link to a story in the New York Post which is a shit rag mag, I know, but it does give you the gist of the lawsuit details. Benedict appears to have pissed off his business partner royally.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/09/2011|
Thanks R28. A Google search didn't turn that up, however it provided a link back to this thread. %0D %0D Basic info is: The four-year partnership in a scented candle business between socialite Marjorie Gubelmann and interior decorator Daniel Benedict has ended in a bitter legal battle over money. Gubelmann put up all the money to start the company and covered its losses over the years. %0D %0D %0D %0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/09/2011|
White people's problems.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||02/09/2011|
I love Marjorie Gubelmann. She's very fat and rich. NCR cash register fortune.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/09/2011|
Marjorie Gubelmann is the nastiest, back stabbing bitch in Manhattan. Nobody could stay in business with her.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/25/2011|
Marjorie Gubelmann is so dreadful!
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/25/2011|
Any updates on the infamous Benedict?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/13/2011|
Who's had them?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/11/2011|
You would never guess from looking at her that Marjorie Gubelmann was from a wealthy blue-blood society family. She looks like your typical American Wal-Mart shopper.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||04/11/2011|
They look creepy.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||04/11/2011|
[quote]Daniel Benedict. He is/was caught up in a lawsuit that indicated grifting.
Did he have to keep a low profile for a few seasons?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||01/08/2013|
Marjorie Gubelmann, NY Society's "Big Girl" married & divorced a homely Iranian, not before pumping out a kid.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||01/08/2013|
[quote]If you have trouble finding Somers and Jonathan in the crowds, just look for the Humpty Dumpty-esque man accompanying a lady who resembles a stick of beef jerky.
Best description of her, ever!
|by Anonymous||reply 40||01/09/2013|