Jean displaying JCPenney Marchesa dress
Her signature look, and the one she feels the most comfortable in, is hair in a bun piled on top of her head, gloves in varied lengths and designs and a perfectly tailored ball gown in a bright color. Jean likes to buy one of a kind dresses so that her look remains unique. This is the only woman I know who feels more comfortable in a petticoated ball gown than in a pair of jeans or sweats - this over the top elegance just suits her. When she finishes with her clothing she either gives them to her housekeeper, who I am sure is the best dressed cleaning lady on Park Avenue, or she donates them to Lighthouse International, so those who are less fortunate get the chance to enjoy a Balenciaga dress.
She acknowledges that she often gets criticized for dresses that are too big, or for attending too many charity events - sometimes attending three or four events a night. However, her presence at these galas lends import to the cause and her formal attire raises the level of the event which is what is most pivotal to her. Jean has no trouble attending events sans husband and will occasionally bring a single female or male friend to accompany her.
Jean has a fan club amongst many varied groups in New York; it is not only socialites such as Mercedes Bass and Audrey Gruss who enjoy her company, she also counts Patrick McMullan, the photographer, Ike Ude, the artist, Michael Gross, the author, and Victor de Souza, the designer, as close personal friends. Jean enjoys collecting eclectic friends, the same way her husband, Martin, enjoys collecting master artworks.
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