Inside Jean Shafiroff’s Annual Bastille Day Luncheon
It was just another Wednesday afternoon on the Upper East Side where 46 socialites, politicians and even royalty gathered at the request of Upper East Queen, Mrs. Jean Shafiroff. The red-hair beauty donned a red Louis Vuitton dress which was accessorized with white Oscar de la Renta earrings.
Shafiroff managed to keep a smile and her composure despite a moody guest who was unhappy with her seat assignment (she ultimately left the luncheon early). Jean didn’t let that spoil the afternoon and she mingled with guests and given the intimate venue at Ristorante Morini, she personally introduced all of her guests, which allowed for some funny one-liners.
Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, NYS Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Greg Kelly, Jason Binn, Susan Gutfreund, Sharon Bush, Jeanne Lawrence, Rodolfo Vera Calderon, Ariadna Vera Bustindui, Margo Langenberg, Lilah Ramzi, Ann Rapp, Maria Fishel, Larry Kaiser, Ray Bouderau, Lieba Nesis, Ernest Schmatolla, Marilyn Kirchner, Laurel Marcus, and Roy Kean.
Shafiroff has served as a board member of the French Heritage Society for approximately eight years. A strong supporter of the nonprofit organization, Jean Shafiroff is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of French heritage in America and France.
The French national holiday, Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution, which took place on July 14, 1789. The Bastille prison was a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI’s Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king’s authority should be limited by a separation of powers.