Harlem's Herb Alpert Center kicks off spring dance performance

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 6/17/2013, 5:05 p.m.

Happy birthday, Elaine Griffith, whom I recently ran into at Chez Lucienne. The last time I wrote in-depth about Griffith, it was about her fabulous wedding. Well, sadly, she is now divorced but "looking." She was with her good friend Sheryl and having a really good time, but how could she not? Dining outdoors on a really nice day always sounds like a good time to me.

With the weather going from one extreme to the other--torrential rain storms one day, bright sunshine the next--you will want to have your itinerary well thought out in advance. For sunny days, a trip to Four Freedoms Park on the southernmost tip of Roosevelt Island can be quite enjoyable. You remember that you first read about the inaugural opening of the park here this time last year. Going there is like a step back in time; the pillars representing the four freedoms remind you of all the things that are good and right about being an American. If you stand in the park, in the middle of the East River, and gaze upon the isle of Manhattan, you'll be treated to an awesome sight. Further south is Governor's Island, a serene little island that is just a short ferry ride away (I believe it's about 15 minutes). It is going to be the city's next Randall's Island, with all sorts of fun things to do outdoors on a beautiful day.

I am a true believer that a lady should wear stockings between Labor Day and Memorial Day, so you know I am in heaven now that the "no-stocking" season is upon us. I am always taken aback when I see the rich and famous sans stockings during the aforementioned months. This even includes Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, whom I happened upon downtown one day while in between errands. She was walking in front of me and I knew it was her even from behind. Her hair was perfect, and she wore Chanel sunglasses and a Chanel suit, and the scent of Chanel No. 5 flowed through the air. Imagine my surprise when I looked down at her feet and--the horror--she wasn't wearing any stockings.

On another occasion, I saw Kimora Lee Simmons (Russell Simmons' former wife), who is especially tall and leggy. She was wearing a fabulous gown with a split up the side, strappy sandals and again, no stockings. I found that she looked not fully dressed and funny because it was the middle of March and freezing outside. My only thought was, aren't her feet cold?

For those of you who think I'm stuffy, you will be glad to know that I am not alone. Seems as though Pamela Joyner, a founder of Avid Partners (a strategic marketing consulting company that is a trustee of the New York City Ballet and Asian Art Museum) who is on the acquisitions committee of the Tate Americas Foundation, agrees that "quality stockings are necessary to give an outfit discrete polish." You're off the hook for now ladies, but remember: After Labor Day, wear stockings!

Until next week ... kisses