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Kevin Spacey Museum of The Moving Image

By Matthew Leeb
Monday, 4/14/2014 4:13 PM
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“You’ve been making us laugh, making us cry, and, at times, terrifying the sh--… ever living daylights out of us,” opened Carl Goodman, Museum of The Moving Image Executive Director, on the career of their 28th annual salutee, Kevin Spacey; setting the tone for a colorful evening uptown for Museum of The Moving Image Salutes Kevin Spacey.

A multitude of Mr. Spacey’s friends, peers and past co-stars came out to the decadent 583 Park Ave, praising him in as wide a range as his acting talents.

To Samuel L Jackson, “[Spacey’s] career stands alongside Bogart, Cagney and a young Brando.” To Chazz Palmintari, “it’s impossible to turn away when he’s on screen.” To Beau Willimon, House of Cards creator, he’s, “a moving force of nature…”. And to President Bill Clinton (whom wrote a letter read by Co-Chair Ivan Lustig), he’s “cherished for his friendship, kindness and generosity.” But with all the kind ... Read More


The ACE Committee Soiree - April 10th

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Wednesday, 4/9/2014 5:19 PM
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Holly Peterson Book Party

By Matthew Leeb
Sunday, 4/6/2014 11:25 PM
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Among a wealth of writers, influencers, family and friends, Holly Peterson, Author of New York Times Bestseller The Manny, and her father, Pete Peterson, presented her latest novel, The Idea of Him, at the storied Four Seasons Hotel.

“It was a three year battle with publishers, agents and manuscript rewrites,” said Ms. Peterson, looking as radiant as ever, to her guests of getting The Idea of Him off the ground, “But I knew what I wanted to tell, and with your help, I worked on it until it was right.”

“And I want to apologize to my father,” continued Ms. Peterson, “if I was a major pain in the ass while getting this done.” Mr. Peterson, sitting at her side in admiration, then called for the mic, sharing their loving banter, “Calling yourself a major pain in the ass is an understatement.”

Ms. Peterson carried on to directly thank the many ... Read More


Guggenheim Works & Process

By Matthew Leeb
Thursday, 4/3/2014 8:52 PM
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With delightful excerpts from two recent pieces and a 20ft. tall, awe inspiring balloon installation, New York’s culture elite decorated the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in celebration for the 30th Anniversary Gala for Works & Process. A cultural touchstone since 1984, pioneer of the arts, Mary Sharp Cronson, has built her Works & Process series into one of the leading programs that provide access to internationally renowned performance artists, writers, choreographers, composers, scientists and directors.

The evening invited the elite crowd into the Peter B. Lewis Theater, treating them to not only a retrospective film of the last 30 years – colorfully narrated by Mary Sharp Cronson – but to two wonderful performances from recent seasons.

After remarks from both Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum Director, Richard Armstrong, 30th Anniversary Chair, Caroline Cronson, introduced Bach Interpreted (2014), a beautifully graceful dance choreographed by Emery LeCrone to J.S. Bach’s Partita No. ... Read More


New York Observer New Look Party

By Matthew Leeb
Thursday, 4/3/2014 8:45 PM
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The New York Observer has new clothes, and last night, let America’s most visible faces see their sharp, new style; bringing together a deep collection of media magnets to midtown’s lavish Casa Lever for The New York Observer’s New Look Hosted by Jared Kushner and Joseph Meyer. Yes, the pink pages are no more for the New York hallmark, moving over to a more traditional, magazine style look, and thereby bringing it to, as expressed by publisher Jared Kushner, “What a New York paper should be in the 21st century".

The whitewash of flashes started promptly at 7pm, with elite after elite pouring in to get a glimpse at the contemporary makeover, still hot off the presses from its first issuance on March 19th. This new Observer couldn’t have been paired better with the modernly sophisticated Milanese restaurant, Casa Lever. And sophistication always brings out the sophisticated.

Martha Stewart popped in early, ... Read More


Friends In Deed

By Matthew Leeb
Friday, 3/28/2014 4:13 PM
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A decorous evening of art and auction brought out many key voices, and paddles, to downtown’s Dream Hotel for Friends In Deed – Photographers for Friends 2014 Benefit and Auction, where several of today’s most influential photographers donated works for the charity auction. Hosted by co-chair Andy Cohen (Anderson Cooper being unable to attend), the auction managed to raise over $125K in proceeds for Cynthia O’Neal’s and Mike Nichols’ co-founded charity, Friends In Deed.

The photographs, ranging in all forms, from abstract and conceptual to still and portraiture, scenic and cultural, were beautifully exhibited in a collective harmony; allowing each its own respective frame of focus to appreciate and appraise. Some early favorites in the bidding were works by Stewart Shining, Brett Weston, Ed Ruscha and David Croland. At least that was until Mr. Cohen, upon entry, made evident his fancy for Flag by Jack ... Read More


Hillary Clinton Award Dinner

By Matthew Leeb
Monday, 3/24/2014 4:31 PM
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“As we walk the road ahead there’s one thing to never doubt, and that’s America’s support and friendship to Israel,” said the former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in closing as she accepted the American Jewish Congress’s Stephen S. Wise Award for Lifetime Achievement. Never one to hint too soon at what we all want to know, but tonight the support of the American Jewish Congress she surely gained.

In front of dinner audience decorated with ambassadors, dignitaries and political leaders from around the globe, the Honorable Mrs. Clinton spoke at length about her, and President Obama’s, focused and nuanced talks with Iran in preventing its nuclear aspirations. The other key topic at hand was her solidifying support and efforts towards the creation of a free and peaceful Israel and Palestine nation, gaining unanimous applause from the honored guests.

After a rousing performance from Israeli born singer ... Read More


Vs Mag Better Photography Party

By Matthew Leeb
Friday, 3/14/2014 3:54 PM
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Beautiful art of beautiful people for beautiful causes with beautiful guests was the theme for last night’s Vs. Magazine and Helena Christensen Celebrate the Opening of BETTER: Fashion Photography Exhibition hosted at Chelsea’s Dillon Gallery. The one night exhibition, featuring many single prints for auction from Vs. Magazine’s BETTER Issue, was held in benefit for Christy Turlington Burns’ “Every Mother Counts”, Adi Roche’s “Chernobyl Children International” and David Lynch’s “David Lynch Foundation” with many of fashion, film and art’s elite turning out to show their support.

The evening’s host and current cover girl, Helena Christensen, arrived looking as flawless as the cover and print she graced; showing her support for not only the causes at hand, but St Patrick’s Day as well, donning an eye catching emerald green top. Ms. Christensen played the tireless host for the evening’s entirety, welcoming and thanking everyone who showed in ... Read More


Dienst + Dotter Party

By Matthew Leeb
Thursday, 3/13/2014 4:55 PM
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Tonight marked the first public viewing of “a collaboration that will truly wow the world,” said Dienst + Dotter Antikviteter owner, Jill Dienst, whose NoHo based Scandinavian antiques and interiors gallery hosted renowned artist, friend and new found collaborator, Joseph Ari Aløi aka JK5, for Dienst + Dotter Antikviteter Host Book Launch for JK5 Sketches, Tattoos, Drawings, Paintings & Objects.

The undeniably talented (and charismatic) JK5 certainly tattooed his mark on the gallery, bringing his book title to life with several paintings, dozens of sketchbooks and objects, countless drawings, and many many tattoos as guests proudly displayed their JK5 pieces; but most importantly, on display were the freshly unveiled, and wildly creative, collaborative pieces between him and Mrs. Dienst.

The teaming of Mrs. Dienst and JK5 brings his trademark talents to a whole new canvas: that of Mrs. Dienst’s rarefied collection of Scandinavian objects. Mrs. Dienst offered up select ... Read More


The Armory Show China Focus Celebration Party

By Matthew Leeb
Sunday, 3/9/2014 9:36 PM
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High above the lights of Times Square, a collection of China’s most celebrated artists, aesthetes, appreciators, dealers and galleristas involved with The Armory’s China Focus sampled the midnight fruits of Manhattan for The Armory Show China Focus Celebration Party. Not a glass was left empty, nor a good moment wasted as The Skylark Lounge kept at capacity for the evening’s entirety with everyone late in the know lobbying for admittance in hopes of feting at the A-list art affair.

After a touch of confusion – or the execution of a classic club trick – the growing line patiently waiting at street level was ushered in; and rush to the roof they did – that is after the much coveted step-and-repeat press shots by Mr. McMullan were snapped. Once atop the 30th floor, guests found themselves comfortably nestled within the arms of the ultra-swanky midtown lounge and without any desire to leave. ... Read More


Whitney Biennial

By Matthew Leeb
Sunday, 3/9/2014 9:27 PM
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The Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2014 Biennial – the last at its current location – was unveiled Tuesday evening in front of a collection of VIP from Sotheby’s, BCBGMAXAZARIA, press, The Whitney, its artists and trustees. “It’s an incredibly exciting moment,” expressed Sotheby’s President and CEO, William F. Ruprecht, to those in attendance, “It’s the first year we have three curators all working independently... showcasing unbelievably fresh, exciting thinking.”

Since 1932, The Whitney Biennial has been the forefront exhibition of contemporary art in America; presenting many of the most important works from today’s artists. Now in its 77th turn, the Whitney again tackles the difficult task of deciding what is contemporary art in America today. For that, Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, tapped three curators from outside the Museum to define the answer – Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle ... Read More


Julianna and Keith's Max Raabe afterparty

By Matthew Leeb
Thursday, 3/6/2014 4:41 PM
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Freshly out the Carnegie Hall doors from the Max Raabe & Palast Orchester show, and all dressed to the nines, an eclectic collection of New York’s top stars and starmakers decorated the Viceroy Hotel’s Kingside Restaurant for the ultra-exclusive and hush-hush Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal’s After Party Celebrating Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.

With tonight being Max Raabe & Palast Orchester’s first stop of their week long US Tour, and with them being Julianna Margulies and husband Keith Lieberthal’s newest fancy – as effusively proven on Julianna’s recent David Letterman appearance – Julianna and husband had to make wise their closest friends to Max Raabe’s music; and the old New York décor of Kingside proved the perfect setting to host the 1920’s German swing/dance revival group’s after party.

The room just hummed with such Gatsbian like revelry that you wouldn’t believe it was only a Monday night. Everywhere you looked you ... Read More


Blonds After Party

By Matthew Leeb
Friday, 2/14/2014 8:33 PM
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The room was palpably writhing with New York’s sexiest club-goers, fashionistas and club cult stars as a plumply pregnant Lil Kim announced her comeback, performing her classics for MAC Invites You To The Blonds AW 14 Fashion Week After Party at Meatpacking’s exclusive new Gilded Lily nightclub.

It was difficult to find an inch of space, let alone entry for the many outside, in what felt like a basement speakeasy where the only entry is its inconspicuous street level elevator; but once descended and the doors open, we found ourselves in an anything-goes glamour grunge atmosphere of pure midnight reverie. In the keyhole shaped space, complete with a sunken dance floor left over from its former days as the 1970s Crisco Disco, all the familiar faces of Manhattan’s club cult coterie were peppered about: Phillipe Blond in a definably characteristic gem-encrusted gold body suit complete with his ... Read More


Donna Karan 30th Anniversary

By Matthew Leeb
Friday, 2/14/2014 8:09 PM
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Bold furs, striking trenches, thigh high boots and elegant, to near liquid, evening gowns pouring down the body were the focus for Donna Karan’s latest collection as the fashion elite and celebrities alike descended upon Wall St. for Donna Karan’s 30th Anniversary Fashion Show. Set in an interior stripped bare to its steel structure, the three power colors – black, white and red – dictated the night’s powerfully dramatic mood, evoking a sexy, totalitarian like fantasy world.

Newcomer Kate Grigorieva frontlined the show, leading Devon Windsor and Nastya Sten as the three marched single file, abruptly stopping halfway down the runway, arresting their authority over a sitting mass that included, Katie Holmes, Hugh Jackman, Rita Ora, Rachel Weisz, Grace Coddington, Bernadette Peters, Deborra Lee-Furness, Eva Hermes and Tatiana Sorokko. This militia of three then promptly marched on, followed directively by an army of femme fatales with the likes of Karlie Kloss, ... Read More


The Daily Front Row's celebration of their first Model Issue

By Matthew Leeb
Saturday, 2/8/2014 3:31 PM
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There wasn’t a sore eye in the room as a who’s who of top models beautified Midtown for The Daily Front Row’s Celebration of their First Model Issue. It was the party of the hour everyone had to be at – and be photographed at – and those who were lucky enough to be present were privileged with a groundbreaking announcement from the popular publication.

The in-demand invitees descended upon the elegant and trendy Harlow restaurant and bar, being captured first by the always desired lens of our Patrick McMullan – whom earlier went to task offering his keen event design sense, rearranging the room into its perfect feng shui. The red carpet was naturally the next step and with an endless list of flawless, photogenic faces, the paparazzi and their strobing flashes transformed the room into a rave-like experience. Gracing the carpet and crowd were the gorgeous Jessica Hart, ... Read More


Condé Nast Traveler's celebration of Pilar Guzman

By Matthew Leeb
Saturday, 2/8/2014 3:07 PM
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Neighboring the soon-to-be new Condé Nast headquarters, international impresarios of fashion and culture joined the kings and queens of Condé for Anna Wintour and Christy Turlington Burns’ hosting of an evening of cocktails celebrating the new Condé Nast Traveler and Editor-in-Chief, Pilar Guzman. From the Publishers, editors and models all the way down to the friends and well-wishers, not a single hair was out of place or color mismatched as everyone in attendance dined on delicates, conversation and cocktails in the sharply modern space overlooking the future World Trade Center site in World Trade Center 7.

Donned with the woman of the evening, Pilar Guzman, Condé’s Queen Bee herself, Anna Wintour, arrived early bumping into our own Patrick McMullan in the lobby. Patrick graciously – and wisely – allowed the pair the first elevator up, intentionally avoiding any awkward elevator talk with one Mrs. Wintour, “With [Mrs. Wintour] it’s best saying ... Read More


MICHELLE-MARIE HEINEMANN BIRTHDAY PARTY

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Monday, 1/27/2014 11:52 AM
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Saturday, January 18, 2014 was a night filled with love and fun as friends and family celebrated the birthday of Artist and Philanthropist MICHELLE-MARIE HEINEMANN at The Pratt Mansions on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Birthday Girl, resplendent in a violet organza and velvet Yves Saint Laurent dress, welcomed guests, from all over the US and as far away as Monte Carlo, Rome and Gstaad.

While everyone dined on such delicacies as deviled quail eggs, filet mignon, Carpaccio, Duck pâté, herbed-cured Scottish salmon, salt-crusted sea scallops, glazed butternut squash, sunchoke ravioli with roasted chestnut and peekytoe crab salad…all prepared by the Heinemann's personal chef, Joel Trocino, the children got busy on the dancefloor. Having earlier gifted his Mother a bouquet of beautiful yellow roses, Hudson Heinemann gave his Calvin Klein tuxedo a workout as he and his friend and Justin Zullin busted some very impressive breakdancing moves to the ... Read More


ArtNet 25th Anniversary Party

By Matthew Leeb
Friday, 12/13/2013 7:17 PM
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Fresh off the tarmac from Miami’ Art Basel, many of New York’s groundbreaking Artists, Collectors, Impresarios, Dealers and Gallery Owners and Employees kept the energy going, lofted high above downtown New York in The Standard Hotel’s infamous Le Bain nightclub for ArtNet’s 25th Anniversary Kick-Off and Holiday Party.

Three weeks shy of its 25th anniversary, ArtNet has grown into the world’s leading online source for researching, buying and selling fine art online – basically the art aficionado’s eBay – and have just launched the ArtNet Interview Series, with many of the artists interviewed present for the festivity. Seen among the room were internationally renowned artists Kehinde Wiley, Kim Soo-Ja, Andres Serrano, Irina Movmyga Serrano, Wangechi Mutu, Marcia Grostein and Wang Quin Song.

Le Bain had to clean up its infamous act for the evening, dressed in its best suit and tie and minding its manners; though many of those in the ... Read More


FRIGO Exclusive Pop-Up Shop Launch

By Matthew Leeb
Monday, 11/25/2013 4:32 PM
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It was a wild, sexy party in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District for the FRIGO Exclusive Pop-Up Shop Launch, where RevolutionWear unveiled to New York their new, state-of-the-art, supportive Frigo underwear... and many celebs in attendance seen getting a personal impromptu demonstration of the yet-to-be-released Google Glass.

The evening began with an unsettlingly calm air; rumors being whispered about the room, trickling down from store staff to the event staff about which A-listers were coming – stemming from the conspicuous red carpet laid in front. Then seemingly as soon as the final glass was set a frenzy took over the red velveted entrance. It was star after star, rolling up in their black cars, getting ushered through the paparazzi, gawkers, fans, guests barking their name for entry and everyone else hugging the ropes into a white-wash of flashing cameras. And just as soon as one finished, the next arrived. There were actresses, musicians, ... Read More


Park Avenue Garage Sale

By Matthew Leeb
Wednesday, 11/20/2013 8:17 PM
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It may have been a chilly night in Manhattan, but it was certainly a hot party uptown for the opening night celebration of Park Avenue Garage: The Ultimate Luxury “Pop-Up” Sale! The exclusive guest list was populated by everyone and anyone with style, taste and influence to revel in its luxurious four floors of haute artisanal fashion, beauty and home merchandise housed in the glamorous, uptown townhouse once owned by the Elizabeth Taylor. Needless to say, the walls were dripping with decadence.

This first night of the five day pop-up sale benefiting The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center had a bevy of co-hosts mixing about all four floors. You could find Chairman Hilary Dick alongside Jennifer Creel, Martha Glass and Valesca Guerrand Hermes chatting with friends and supporters at the Society Boutique: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Supporters’ Thrift Shop (Park Avenue Garage’s second floor); Alexandra Lebenthal perusing the elegant ... Read More


Legends 2013: A Pratt Institute Scholarship Benefit

By Matthew Leeb
Wednesday, 11/13/2013 12:53 AM
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Perched high above Columbus Circle, Pratt’s most celebrated decorated the halls of the prestigious Mandarin Orient Hotel, mixing with titans of art, design and film for the 2013 Legends Ball: A Pratt Institute Scholarship Benefit Honoring Icons of Art and Design, together raising nearly a million dollars, vastly surpassing the benefit’s goal of $750K.

Dressed in tony fall fashions, the evening’s guests and benefactors began with cocktails and conversation, overlooking an autumnal Central Park in the Mandarian’s sleek Sky Lobby, as stars and honorees Martha Stewart, James Turrell, Margaret Russell, Pete Hamill, David Rockwell, David Easton, Bob Giraldi, Ted Allen, writers Kurt Andersen, Barbaralee Diamondstein-Spielvogal, fashion designers Carmen Marc Valvo and Jeffery Banks, interior decorator Mario Buatta, singer Judy Collins, and actresses Margo Bingham and Christine Seidel turned out to grace the red carpet.

Ushered up for the festivities into the Mandarin Ballroom, everyone found their seats among candle-lit tables, creating an ... Read More


RH CONTEMPORARY ART Opening and Dinner

By Matthew Leeb
Saturday, 11/9/2013 5:02 PM
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Restoration Hardware has entered New York’s art world with not a whimper but a shout, unveiling its new five story gallery planted in Chelsea’s art district, RH Contemporary Art, to the city’s powerplayers, social and art elite; and judging by their flawless execution of simplicity and taste overshadowing the excess, this marks the beginning of not a name but a brand in art. Each floor held its own solo exhibition with all demonstrating a clear cohesion of theme, style and aesthetic, bringing all five floors into compliment of each other.

The artists exhibited – Natasha Wheat, Peter Demos, Samantha Thomas, Toby Christian and Nathan Baker – along with the owner and curator, Gary Friedman, were on hand to revel in the crowd’s positivity towards all their hard work and vision. Guests began the journey on the first floor, greeted by a red carpet, champagne, wine and delectable hors d’oeuvres before being ... Read More


AREA 1983-1987

By Matthew Leeb
Wednesday, 11/6/2013 8:07 PM
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Look no further. New York’s hottest new exhibit is AREA: The Exhibition, a full gallery installation featured at The Hole recapturing the nightclub that defined New York’s 1980s exotica nightlife, AREA, to celebrate the launch of Jennifer Goode and Eric Goode’s comprehensive new book: AREA 1983-1987. It has EVERYTHING, living portraits, naked human doll dancers, invisible sculptures, bondage victims in the floor, a faux bodega, bathroom sink bar, soap vodka shots, a money box, topless dominatrices, The Factory room, a faux functional bathroom, and that thing where live Andy Warhols stand as window dressings. The palpable exhibit makes our current club culture feel as exciting as a Kansas state cornfield.

The scene was a veritable reunion for many of those among AREA’s close-knit community, including Calvin Klein, Chuck Close, Jennifer Goode, AREA’s original owners Eric Goode, Shawn Hausman, and Darius Azari, Glenn O’Brien, Serge Becker, Steven Saban, Jeffery Dietich, Susanne ... Read More


Highlines What's So Bloody Funny

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Thursday, 10/31/2013 11:57 AM
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The Highline Ballroom was transformed into a spooky auditorium of playful horror, with skeletons dancing on the rafters, spider webs crawling over the walls and a creepy fog suffusing the room for What’s So Bloody Funny Evening of Comedy, hosted by Alex Borstein, the voice of ‘Family Guy’s matriarch, Lois Griffin, in benefit of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Many in attendance came out in full costume for the costume contest, with memorable costumes including Wednesday and Pugsly Addams, Captain Morgan, Walter White, Betty Davis, Princess Leah & Han Solo, Charlie Chaplin, and the winner(s) of the night, a Knife Thrower and his brave ‘Wheel of Death’ Assistant. The Highline Ballroom’s staff even got into the spirit, collectively dressing up as ‘Shark Week’, with staffer representing a day of the week as bloodied shark food.

The show kicked off with Alex Borstein making light of the oddly ... Read More


New York School of Interior Design Spring Benefit Honoring Geoffrey Bradfield and Laurie D. Olin

By Tia Walker
Tuesday, 5/14/2013 9:44 PM
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Geoffrey Bradfield


The cocktail party was nearly packed upon early arrival to The Asia Society on Tuesday, April 30. The soiree? The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), a private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines, honored two industry luminaries, Geoffrey Bradfield and Laurie D. Olin. Alexa Hampton, a renown interior designer and NYSID Trustee, served a Benefit Chair.

The event, attended by industry guests and supporters of the college, was a virtual who's who of New York's interior design world. Over cocktails and hors' d'oeuvres, one could hear riveting conversations and congratulations to the honorees. Following the cocktail hour, VIPS ascended to the rooftop terrace for an elegant seated dinner and the presentation of awards.



Laurie D. Olin


Geoffrey Bradfield is an Architectural Digest Dean of American Design. On this night, he was the recipient of ... Read More


Seen Heard Known Magazine Spring Launch

By Tia Walker
Wednesday, 5/1/2013 10:53 PM
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Chelsea Leyland and Rachel Sutton


What a party! "Seen Heard Known" or "SHK", if you prefer, celebrated its Spring launch on Wednesday, April 24th, at Le Baron Chinatown. The launch was hosted by Rachel Sutton, Emily Marucci, Liz Vap, Tommy Saleh and Alex Catarinella.

The party, to celebrate DJ Chelsea Leyland as SHK's latest cover girl, drew downtown hipsters who were ready to party hard! Upon our early arrival, the velvet rope suddenly went up, courtesy of Tommy Saleh. The timing couldn't have been better, as a single-file line began literally snaking down the narrow street.



Michael Cummings and Joshua Hubbard


Early on, the drinks flowed. The first floor lounge was neatly set with each table sporting a few cans of Mercy and a reserved seating sign. Timo Weiland was DJing effortlessly against the flash of photographers. The flash was so rapid it ... Read More


BoConcept SmartCar Breakfast

By Tia Walker
Monday, 4/15/2013 9:13 PM
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It all began at about 8:30AM on Thursday morning at the Madison Avenue location of BoConcept, NYC-- a BoConcept SmartCar Breakfast, celebrating a new design collaboration. it was a lovely breakfast, the spread supplied by acclaimed Danish restaurant Aamanns-Copenhagen. Michael Schaller, Head of Marketing Communications and Brand Management for Smart Car, and Claus Ditlev Jensen, Collection and Visuals Director for BoConcept, presented the inspiration behind the design collaboration to journalists and interior designers at the standing-room-only event.



Claus Ditlev Jensen and Michael Schaller


Highlights of the morning included: breakfast and networking, a short slideshow presentation by Claus Jensen and Michael Schaller elaborating on the current BoConcept and SmartCar collaboration inspiration and post-demo discussion on the new items developed by BoConcept and the SmartCar on premise.



Niki Cheng and Shaokao Cheng


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Eighth Annual CASTLE CONNOLLY National Physician of The Year Awards

By Tia Walker
Wednesday, 3/20/2013 9:04 PM
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Honorees


The Eighth Annual Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards took place on Monday evening, March 18, 2013 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. The Awards recognized and honored five exemplary physicians, as well as the many thousands of other excellent physicians practicing in communities throughout the United States. A generous cocktail hour was followed by dinner and the awards presentation.

During the cocktail hour we spoke with two of the five awardees of the evening. The first was a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dr.Sterling Williams. The other was Dr. Jerry A .Shields, a recipient of a Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. Jerry A. Shields attended the evening's event supported by his wife Dr. Carol Shields. He happily shared a little about his work with me: "I have an unusual specialty, I'm an opthamologist who specializes in cancer ocular oncology. I ... Read More


Forty-Seven Women at the 58th International Debutante Ball

By Tia Walker
Wednesday, 1/9/2013 6:04 PM
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Presenting the Debutantes


2012 ended with a affair to remember at New York City's famed Waldorf=Astoria. The 58th International Debutante Ball took place on the evening of Saturday, December 29th. The 2012 Honorary Chairmen were Mrs. David Hamilton and Mrs. Julia I. Kauffman. The Ball Chairmen included Anne Eisenhower, Susan Eisenhower, Mrs. D. David Eisenhower and Princess Chantal of France.

The International Debutante Ball, founded in 1954 as a charity event, presented a full evening of the finest pomp and circumstance. Upon arrival, attendees were ushered to the receiving line where 47 eagerly awaiting debutantes warmly greeted each guest. The young ladies were from the countries of China, Australia, England, France, the Netherlands and the various parts of the USA (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas).



Jessica Jones and Suzy Kjorlien
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JEAN SHAFIROFF Hosts Party For ROSE HARTMAN'S Book "Incomparable Women of Style" Benefitting The Couture Council

By Tia Walker
Tuesday, 11/20/2012 3:36 PM
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Jean Shafiroff and Rose Hartman


It was a year ago, November, that the artistically edgy, long time photographer Rose Hartman held her initial showing of classic black and white photos via an exhibit in NYC, entitled "Incomparable Women of Style". Hartman's black and white photos of yesteryear are now on the printed page via an exquisite coffee table book bearing the same name. This past Tuesday, November 13th, a book signing for "Incomparable Women of Style" took place at Haven, the rooftop lounge of Midtown West's Sanctuary Hotel, welcoming a stellar crowd.

The evening was an instant success. The savvy Ms. Hartman enlisted friend and philanthropist, Jean Shafiroff (whom Hartman has done several commissioned portraits of), to host the first official signing of her book. The signing, a true charitable endeavor, meant proceeds from the evening's book sales will benefit The FIT Couture Council, a ... Read More


Kitchit & Boconcept host birthday dinner for Geoffrey Bradfield and Shaokao Cheng

By Tia Walker
Wednesday, 10/3/2012 8:28 PM
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Geoffrey Bradfield, Sharon Bush and Liliana Cavendish


The affair also celebrated the birthday of BoConcept owner Shaokao Cheng, who supplied the venue for the evening. "Intimate" and "in grand style", best describes a very special birthday soiree held on Tuesday evening September 25th, for internationally acclaimed Interior Designer Geoffrey Bradfield, at the Chelsea location of Bo Concept. A riveting cocktail hour, that included a specialty gin drink along with select red and whites, quelled the small crowd of Bradfield's personal friends. Pre-dinner photos were snapped by Patrick McMullan, followed by guests sitting down to a formal dinner. All were surrounded by several of Bradfield's own African inspired black and white tapestries.



Geoffrey Bradfield's African inspired tapestries


Kitchit New York, home of Bespoke dining, the provided world-class fare. A delicate three course dinner, courtesy of Kitchit's Chef Kevin Lasko, consisted of chicory, heirloom grapes, and Bayley ... Read More


Swimwear 2013 Miami Fashion Week Coverage

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Monday, 7/23/2012 2:57 PM
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Photo by Adriana Kaegi


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ROBIN COFER Hosts A Summer Bash at STITCH The Custom Chic Boutique of ROSE DIOS Stitch Store

By Tia Walker
Wednesday, 7/18/2012 11:21 AM
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Stitch


Stitch Southampton, located in Southampton Village, provides expert tailoring, custom clothing, plus shoe and designer bag repair, it also provided one of the sweetest summer parties of the weekend on Saturday, July 7th.

Social Robin Coffer, best known for her commitment to animals and their related causes, her love of dance and her ownership of the so-hot-you-had-to-know-someone-to-get-in nightclub Sway, hosted a Summer Bash that combined good friends and good fashion. Co-Hosts of the event included Pamela Johananoff, Michelle Rella, Laura Niklas, Liliana Cavendish, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Alisa Rover, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Leesa Rowland, Joe Alexander, Lisa Simonsen-Phillips, R. Couri Hay, and Liz Derringer.



Katlean de Monchy, Sharon Sager, Rose Dios and Robin Cofer


Within 2 hours, Rose Dios' Stitch store quickly filled up with those eager to view the latest summer items--mainly light-weight dresses and handbags, while staying cool via cocktails and light bites courtesy of Season ... Read More


13th Annual Love Heals

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Monday, 7/9/2012 8:30 PM
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DJ Kiss


New year, new crowd for the 13th Annual Love Heals at Luna Farm. The event, benefiting AIDS education via the Alison Gertz Foundation, took place on Saturday, July 7th in Sagaponack and drew an eclectic crowd. The large tent loomed over the crowd of 650 people with a fresh new set-up that allowed guests easier access to the intimate dance floor.

The Saturday night soiree raised $300,000.

Hosts Hilary Rhoda, Charlotte Ronson, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict were front and center. Early on, we spoke casually with Andrew Saffir, who beamed that he has attended the event over the years as a guest, but as a host, he had the honor of extending the invite to many, many friends.

What an evening it was! Those who came with their checkbooks and credit cards took advantage of the silent auction, that offered items such as a Wolfer Estate Vineyard Package, ... Read More


Jean Shafiroff and MacKenzie-Childs Host Cocktails for Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

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Sunday, 7/8/2012 10:55 PM
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Chuck Scarborough and Felicia Taylor


Socialite Jean Shafiroff and Luxury Home Decor Retailer Mackenzie-Childs,(Southampton location), hosted a packed kick-off event, Saturday evening , June 30th, for the July 21st Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's 3rd Annual UNCONDITIONAL LOVE benefit. The event will honor Ellen & Chuck (NBC 4, News Anchor) Scarborough and be chaired by Jean Shafiroff at Sandra McConnell's Southampton home.

Notables at the pre-party included CNN Anchor correspondent Felicia Taylor, Martin Shafiroff, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Robin Cofer and Dawne Marie Grannum, amongst so many others. Representing the Shelter were the Shelter's founder and "ANGEL", Susan Allen,, Board President Jonathan McCann, Board Executive V.P. and former co-founder of ARF, Sony Schotland and Board member Joel Cooper. In addition, they will all serve as Vice-Chairmen for the Unconditional Love benefit. Sharon Kerr, NancyJane Loewy and, Raya Keis Knight, Vice-Chairmen for the July 21st event, were seen, along with husbands, Jeffrey ... Read More


"STARRY NIGHTS"

By Rose Hartman
Friday, 6/29/2012 1:13 PM
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Madison Square Park Conservancy Benefit Celebrates Martin Friedman's 60-Year Career In the Arts:
Some 300 art stars including David Hockney , Chuck Close in his brilliant African-patterned cloth suit, Christo, John Currin, John Baldessari, Lawrence Weiner, wife of John Currin, a smiling, platinum-haired Cindy Sherman, the always chic Yvonne LaForce in sequins, the Whitney's Adam Weinberg, Arnold Glimcher, Frank Gehry, Frank Stella, (to name just a few) toasted the legendary Mr. Friedman and enjoyed a marvelous dinner at the St. George Ballroom (a hidden gem). The money raised supports the park's pubic art program.



Cindy Sherman at the MADISON SQUARE PARK Conservancy Benefit by RH




John Baldessari, Chuck Close and Lawrence Weiner



El Museo del Barrio GALA AT CIPRIANI, a Salute to Narciso Rodriquez:
A gorgeous, energetic crowd gathered at Cipriani to honor the multi-talented designer, Narciso Rodriguez and philanthropist ... Read More


THE ASIA FOUNDATION'S Second Annual LOTUS LEADERSHIP Awards Luncheon

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Tuesday, 6/19/2012 4:45 PM
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Carol Yost and Ida Liu


On the lovely late Spring day of Thursday, June 7th, The Asia Foundation held Second Annual Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon at Central Park's Loeb Boathouse. The afternoon kicked off at 11:30 am with crisp light cocktails and a viewing of various works of fine art. As attendees slowly arrived the allure of select paintings, courtesy of event partner National Geographic, became an instant draw.

The luncheon, which recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that have made major contributions to the well being of women in Asia, began promptly at 12:00 noon. Following a brief welcome by The Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold, Event Chair Ida Liu took the helm as Mistress of Ceremonies. Liu, the VP of North America Asian Clients Group at Citi, a recognized and prominent member of The Asia Foundation, was the consummate host.

Shortly following her greeting, Liu introduced ... Read More


Cocktails at the 29th Annual Calvary Hospital Gala Awards

By Tia Walker
Tuesday, 6/19/2012 4:25 PM
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Melissa Errico


As every year, the Pierre Hotel was the perfect setting of the Calvary Hospital Gala Awards-- the 29th Annual Calvary Hospital Gala Awards. This year's honoree was American Express Vice Chairman Ed Gilligan with Mary and William Buckley, Diahn W. and Thomas McGrath, and Kathleen and Stratford Wallace are Gala Co-Chairs. John A. Decina, AIA, Chief Executive Officer, Barr & Barr, Inc. and Dennis M. Schneider, President, Transervice Lease Corp. as Journal Co-Chairs.

The cocktail hour meant a grand ballroom that was quickly filled by Calvary Hospital sponsors, workers, and supporters all dressed in near black tie regalia and happily enjoying the delicious hors d'ourveres ranging from chilled shrimp and sushi to a lavish charcuterie accompanied by a multitude of cocktails. In the background the sounds of Straight Ahead Jazz lead by Guitarist Jeremiah Crowley filled the air.

During cocktails we spoke with Ed Gilligan, Vice ... Read More


Memorable Events Day & Night

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Tuesday, 6/5/2012 9:40 PM
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The Youth America Grand Prix saluted legendary prima ballerina Natalia Makarova at Lincoln Center. In addition to films that highlighted Makarova's extraordinary career, some of her most memorable roles were performed by today's leading dancers. Like fellow ballet aficionados, I was delighted to meet her during a festive, champagne-fueled dinner.



YAGP Gala honored Natalia Makarova at Lincoln Center



Peripatetic Artist Colette:
A lively crowd of art aficionados filled the Gershwin Hotel to preview "A Pirate in Venice", a beautifully-photographed film of Colette's recent journey/exhibits to Venice. Swathed in her signature flowing white clothes and fantastic hats, director Fredericke Schaefer showed the artist at her very best.



Colette at the Gershwin HOTEL



Ivy Brown Gallery Must-See Show:
In an unfortunate bit of coincidence, the innovative Ivy Brown GAllery exhibited Sunny Bak's three-decade photo tribute to the Beastie Boys a ... Read More


Technofashion

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Thursday, 5/3/2012 11:22 PM
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Ever wonder what might be in fashion 25, 50, or even 100 years from now when some of our most leading edge technologies are built right into what we wear?

When I wrote my novel, Glide, I was confronted with the challenge of creating a character who was not only a genius but THE genius inventor of the next century. For us non-geniuses and genius-wannabes it’s tough enough to imagine the kinds of thoughts a true genius might have, but it’s even tougher to translate those thoughts into realistic inventions. Still, it’s a lot of fun to think about. Kind of like imagining life forms on other worlds.

I had another parameter to work with. I wanted the inventions to be “green.” I’m one of those crazy authors who believes that Art Inspires Life just as much as Life Inspires ... Read More


The Food Allergy Initiative Spring Luncheon

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Thursday, 5/3/2012 2:55 PM
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Atmosphere at Cipriani 42nd Street

The Food Allergy Initiative's Thirteenth Annual Spring Luncheon took place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Cipriani 42nd Street. An estimated 550 supporters came out for event. The fundraiser, a popular, much anticipated annual event, raised $784,000 to date. Proceeds will benefit the Food Allergy Initiative’s research, education and advocacy programs, all aimed at finding a cure and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies.

2012 Co-Chairs Abbey Braverman, Roxanne Palin and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were each in attendance, taking and detailing their dedicated involvement to FAI. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff explained, "I have a husband with peanut and tree nut allergies and two kids with tree peanut allergies. It's a wonderful, close community and I was very happy to be involved in doing great things, like research and awareness. I just felt this is what I needed to dedicate myself to."

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MY FAVORITE MARCH ART EVENTS

By Rose Hartman
Wednesday, 4/11/2012 2:33 PM
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I joined a group of illustrious art collectors, dealers and aficionados at the Art Show VIP gala, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, at the Park Avenue Armory. The Art Show looked especially elegant this year, because of its carefully-chosen range, from 19th and 20th century masterpieces, to cutting- edge art works. Metro Pictures showed Cindy Sherman's handcut black and white collages (featuring Sherman playing 13 different Hollywood-style characters), a striking counterpoint to her enormous color prints on view at MOMA.



Armed with energy bars, attired in strong walking shoes, I attended the VIP opening at the Armory Show (Contemporary & Modern), on cavernous Pier 92 and 94. To really appreciate this mammoth fair,several visits are recommended. In between chatting with international dealers, there's always the champagne bar for a quick sugar fix. Collectors at each of these fairs support the Henry Street ... Read More


SAVE VENICE INC. A Night On The Lido

By Tia Walker
Wednesday, 4/11/2012 2:16 PM
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Mark Badgley, Olivia Chantecaille and James Mischka

583 Park Avenue was a true vision on Monday, April 2nd, as the entire main floor and balcony were transformed into "A Night on the Lido". The annual Supporters of Save Venice gala fundraiser, this year entitled "Un Ballo in Maschera", perfectly celebrated the organization's mission of preserving the cultural and artistic heritage of Venice. The spectacular evening was sponsored by Badgley Mischka and de Grisogono and chaired by Olivia Chantecaille, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Amanda Hearst, Mary Kathryn Navab, Alexandra Lind Rose, Beatrice Rossi-Landi, Luigi Tadini, and Matthew White.

Cocktails throughout the evening came courtesy of Pernod Ricard USA with water from Voss. Masks and Venetian-inspired costumes were the incentive for attendees to spare no expense on their creative process for the event. Prizes were awarded for: Best Female Mask (a couture gown of the winner's choice by ... Read More


Fashion Institute of Technology 2012 Annual Benefit Gala

By Tia Walker
Thursday, 3/22/2012 10:21 AM
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Carolyn Murphy

It was a grand Thursday evening at Cipriani 42nd St. as William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of the Estee Lauder Companies Inc. and William T. Willard III, VP of Dillards Inc. was honored by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the FIT Foundation at the college's annual benefit gala.

Celebs, who came out in support, dazzled the red carpet affair. They included supermodels Carolyn Murphy and Constance Jablonski, as well as Recording Artist Natasha Bedingfield.

Attending the cocktail hour afforded several hundred in attendance the opportunity to meet fellow supporters of the FIT Annual Gala and FIT Educational Development Fund as well as enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.



William T. Dillard II and Tabietha Dillard

The educational aspect of the evening was personified by the distinct presence of three FIT Packaging design students, winners of a recent Estee Lauder competition for the re-design of ... Read More


FIGURE SKATING IN HARLEM CELEBRATES 15TH YEAR AT 2012 SKATING WITH THE STARS GALA

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Sunday, 1/8/2012 11:57 PM
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Star-studded event honoring Vera Wang and Rhonda Ross features skating champions and celebrities on the ice with guests at Wollman Rink

Figure Skating in Harlem (http://www.figureskatinginharlem.org) is excited to announce its Annual Skating with the Stars gala honoring international fashion designer Vera Wang, dynamic Figure Skating in Harlem patron Ellen Lowey, and artist and entrepreneur Rhonda Ross. This one-of-a-kind benefit event will be held on Monday, April 2, 2012, from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the famed Wollman Rink in Central Park. This fantastic evening raises critically-needed funds for Figure Skating in Harlem’s (FSH) innovative fitness and academics program for underserved girls, while offering guests the unparalleled chance to skate side-by-side with some of the greatest names in modern skating history.

An inaugural gala dinner celebrating 15 years of Figure Skating in Harlem will be held at The Central Park Boathouse following the skating portion of the night.

Donald Trump and ... Read More


Delectable Dining

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 1/3/2012 3:27 PM
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On a cold winter evening, there is nothing more pleasurable than reserving a table at Bistro Chat Noir, a relaxed dining room filled with an UES crowd. Located just off Madison Avenue, in a landmarked townhouse, my art dealer friend and I enjoyed an ecclectic menu of baby ravioli, Chat Noir salad, succulent sea scallops mixed with a melange of vegetables and anchovies, truffle-flavored french fries, and an incomparable merengue-topped bagatelle, washed down with Prosecco.

We certainly plan another visit soon for the Sunday brunch of buckwheat crepes filled with French ham and gruyere.

When the weather warms, there is also outdoor dining.



Photo by Rose Hartman

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The French Institute's Trophee des Arts Gala

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 1/3/2012 3:24 PM
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Descending the staircase into a sea of French bluebloods and Francophiles, chatting in French and English, who had gathered to honor businessman Paul Desmarais Jr. and sublime chef Alain Ducasse, I spotted Sirio Maccioni, Michele Gerber Klein, Daniel Boloud and Stanley Tucci with his friend and fellow-actor Patricia Clarkson. They were all enjoying a champagne and foie gras canapé reception.

During dinner, the glittering crowd enthusiastically bid on trips to France, Morocco and the Dominican Republic. The lucky winners are packing as I write.



Michelle Gerber Klein, photo by Rose Hartman



Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson, photo by Rose Hartman



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THE BEST OF THE BEST in 2011

By Rose Hartman
Tuesday, 1/3/2012 3:18 PM
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2011 NYC FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL:

At the annual NYC Food and wine festival festival housed in a huge tent fronting the Hudson River, delectable food and alcohol tastings prepared by the country's best chefs make this 4-day event a must for gastronomic adventurers and, most importantly, the Food Network benefits. Save the dates, Oct. 11-14, 2012 so you won't miss the often sold-out culinary offerings.

ARTBASEL MIAMI ANNIVERSARY:

Flew south to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ArtBasel Miami along with some 50,000 collectors, art lovers and world travelers, whose art awareness is less than zero, but their need to socialize knows no bounds.

In- between visits to endless galleries and a dozen satellite fairs offering works in every style, quality and price range, I managed to attend "Interview" Magazine's screening of Warhol's "San Diego Surf", a never-before-seen film at a V.I.P.cocktail party. The crowd of internationals, including the Warhol Museum's Eric Shiner, the ... Read More


Scalamandré Hosts Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Party

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Friday, 12/2/2011 4:36 PM
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New York, NY… Scalamandré the legendary decorative fabric, wallcovering and trimmings house, rolled out its zebra carpet for a holiday party to celebrate the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club’s Showhouse benefit committees, designers and friends. Over 200 guests were there to support this beloved organization and to toast the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Decorator Show House.

Steven Stolman, Scalamandré’s president, welcomed guests to the company’s iconic East Side townhouse, where everyone was literally surrounded by extraordinary prints, damasks and brocades. Dan Quintero, executive director of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, spoke movingly about Kips Bay’s mission and introduced its new president, Jim Druckman, the popular and highly regarded president and CEO of the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue.

Among the guests were a host of friends, design luminaries, press and industry insiders, including Alexandra Lebenthal, Jay Diamond, Sylvester and Gillian Miniter, Margaret Russell, Mario Buatta, Gary ... Read More


LOVE HEALS, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS 20th Anniversary Gala

By Tia Walker
Sunday, 11/20/2011 9:03 PM
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On, Thursday, November 9th, Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, raised over $675,000 at its 20th anniversary gala event at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. The evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner and program at which Julianna Margulies, Cristina Greeven Cuomo and Michael Lorber were honored. The evening was emceed by "InStyle" Editor Hal Rubenstein.


Juliana Margulies and Dini von Mueffling

We spoke with Rubenstein during the cocktail hour and he shared how he became involved in the cause. "What brought me here is the ongoing surge of HIV and AIDS. It's been going on for 30 years and, unfortunately, I think people have gotten a little bit complacent and a little bit careless in thinking about AIDS because now there are some kinds of treatments, but there is no cure. As long as there is no ... Read More


Women of Style/Rose Hartman Photography Exhibition Opening Reception

By Tia Walker
Sunday, 11/20/2011 8:43 PM
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The much anticipated Women of Style event took place on the 5th floor of the museum at F.I.T. on Thursday night, November 3rd. The black and white photographic retrospective, that had tongues wagging for weeks, was a indisputable success.



Rose Hartman

A mix of admirers, colleagues, fans, supporters and former subjects of Hartman's work were all present to view iconic moments from New York City nightlife, fashion shows, parties, clubs and openings, from Studio 54 to Mudd Club, to the art galleries of Chelsea today. Hartman's career has yielded a treasure trove of material that portrays incomparable women in high fashion, street style and New York City society through the eye of a social documentarian.



Georgianna Robertson

Excitement was in the air from the moment guests arrived and the cameras flashed early-on for the likes of socialites Jean Shafiroff, Michele Gerber Klein, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Lucia Hwong ... Read More


NEW YORK SPACES and SAVOIR BEDS Present New Bed Designs by Matthew Patrick Smyth, Carl D'Aquino and Helen Amy Murray

By Tia Walker
Friday, 10/14/2011 11:21 AM
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The large in-store sign read "Savoir Beds since 1905". The Soho showroom, which sits on the corner of Wooster and Grand, has been open since 2010. The cost of bedding at Savoir Beds? Prohibitively expensive. The feeling one gets while reclining on said bedding--PRICELESS.



Patrick Michael Smyth, Alistair Hughes and Carl D' Aquino

A select number of guests were invited to the New York Spaces and Savoir Beds, New Bed Designs by Matthew Patrick Smyth, Carl D'Aquino, and Helen Amy Murray on Tuesday, Ocotber 11th. Not only were the world's finest beds for the world's finest hotels accessible, but so were the evening's sponsor and featured designers, Editor-in-Chief of "New York Spaces Magazine", Jason Kontos, along with Savoir Beds President Alistair Hughes. Also present were Interior Designers Matthew Patrick Smyth and Carl D'Aquino.

Originating from the legendary Savoy Hotel in London, Savoir Beds boasts quite a history. We ... Read More


The 4th Annual Journey of Hope Gala

By Tia Walker
Friday, 10/14/2011 10:50 AM
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On Wednesday evening, October 11th, upon entry to the World Monuments Fund Gallery of the Prince George Ballroom, the 4th Annual Journey of Hope Gala opened with an uproar of both conversations and laughter. The Brain Injury Association of New York State, supported by Honorary Co-Chairs Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco, welcomed guests to the cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by an award presentation and dinner.



Ira Goldberg, William Novak, Rene Tapin, Edgar Caballero, Michael Blake, Eliseo Salas, Jim Seaman and Al Cavallo

At the onset of the cocktail hour, we spoke with Bracco, who explained her personal tie to the organization: "Penny Marshall and I have a friend who was in a hit-and-run accident, and had a terrible brain injury. We helped him through it, and we met a bunch of people in the hospital and one of those young men is here. Penny ... Read More


Roger Webster's Funeral and Reception

By Tia Walker
Friday, 10/14/2011 10:24 AM
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It was Monday afternoon, October 10th and an unusually temperate day. New York City's Cathedral of the Holy Trinity swelled from the presence of the city's most prominent members of society who came to pay their respects to their beloved Roger Webster.



Jason Grant

New York Social and Journalist Roger Webster, a Greek American hailing from Minnesota (Webster was his nom de plume) was a greatly loved and cherished man. His funeral service, candid and steadfast, unearthed the breadth and depth of not only his accomplishments, but also of his life of tireless philanthropic commitments and selfless interactions with others.

A brief and poignant Greek Orthodox service allowed long time Business Partner and friend Jason Grant to speak and tell the brave story of Roger Webster, who, in 2007, was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. Webster, a friend and collaborator with much of New York society, including R. ... Read More


Tabber Benedict and Tia Walker Host First Annual Pre-Walk Luncheon to Benefit Victims of Breast Cancer

By Tia Walker
Monday, 10/3/2011 3:37 PM
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On the afternoon of Saturday October 1st, the First Annual Pre-Walk Luncheon to Benefit Breast Cancer Hosted by Tabber Benedict & Tia Walker got under way. A select crowd of hipsters descended to the Soho residence of, Entrepreneur and former Classical Musician, Edward Scott Brady for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fundraiser.



Tabber Benedict and Tia Walker

For several weeks Tabber Benedict, a New York based M& A Attorney, had planned the benefit luncheon to raise additional monies for the upcoming Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, slated for the upcoming weekend of October 15 & 16th. The inspiration for Benedict's involvement in the cause? The loss of his Aunt Sheila to cancer after it metastasized and claimed her life in 1997. Close friend and Breast Cancer Survivor Tia Walker served as Co-Host and Guest Speaker at the luncheon--speaking on early detection and awareness. Walker, Founder of ... Read More


Scalamandré Celebrates the Irish Georgian Society

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Wednesday, 9/28/2011 3:24 PM
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New York, NY… Scalamandré the legendary decorative fabric, wallcovering and trimmings house, rolled out its zebra carpet in support of the Irish Georgian Society-–those lovely folks who raise funds and awareness to restore and preserve the great architectural treasures of Ireland.

Steven Stolman, Scalamandré’s president, welcomed guests to the company’s iconic East Side townhouse, where everyone was literally surrounded by extraordinary damasks, brocades and prints as waiters passed spectacular hors d’oeuvre from King’s Carriage House courtesy of Liz King, an IGS board member. IGS president Peter Haveles fondly remembered Desmond FitzGerald, the Knight of Glin, who died recently, while Sheila O’Malley Fuchs announced that the society’s upcoming gala would be a tribute to The Knight’s lifetime commitment to the Irish Georgian Society.

There was sipping and schmoozing in true Irish style. Among the guests were Joe Fuchs, Kay and John McEnroe, Ambassador Anne Anderson, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Jean Hutar, Louise Peabody and ... Read More


August Sweets

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Sunday, 9/4/2011 2:32 PM
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Returning from an unforgettable 17-day trip to London to sultry NY, several events attracted my interest.

The first, a benefit for the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, featured a star-studded lineup of Broadway actors who sang and danced ( “Billy Elliott’s” star Tade Biesinger mesmerized the audience at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.As an admirer of the legendary, soulful Roberta Flack, I was especially delighted to see her honored with the organization’s first Ambassador of the Arts award. In addition, $50,000 in college scholarships raised for promising dancers made the evening even more memorable. Bravos to Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster and Robin Cofer, who co-chaired the event, which ended in a lively champagne reception!!!

Last weekend, I joined a bevy of collectors and art aficionados who East Hampton’s famed Guild Hall museum, to celebrate Richard Prince’s exhibit “Covering Pollack”. Using black and white images of ... Read More


Caitlin and John Tashjian host the 5th Annual Hamptons Hoedown to celebrate Caitlin’s 40th birthday

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Monday, 8/15/2011 3:52 PM
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On Saturday, August 13th Caitlin and John Tashjian hosted the 5th annual “Hamptons Hoedown” at their home in East Hampton to celebrate Caitlin’s 40th birthday. Guests sported their best western duds and rode dueling mechanical bulls, played beer pong, and danced under tent decorated with red, white and blue lanterns. The hotly-contested annual “bull riding championship” was won by Liv Odegard, a native Texan, who used her Lonestar State riding skills to take home the Hoedown Trophy. Guests dined on a southern hoedown menu featuring pulled pork barbecue, ribs, smoked sausages and fried chicken all prepared by barbecue pit-master Rich Chinitz. After wishing Caitlin a happy birthday with a beach-themed cake, John (DJ Tash) took his place behind the turntables and spun tunes as guests danced the night away.


LOVELY LOVELY LONDON…and a Masterpiece Theatre-like Side Trip

By Rose Hartman
Friday, 8/5/2011 3:29 PM
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My recent trip to London was nothing less than memorable, from dinner on exuberant Zandra Rhodes' terrace in the East End, to photographing and lunching with the delightful Lady Kingsley (wife of the legendary Ben Kingley) in their charming Spelsbury home (unfortunately, Sir Kingsley was in NY shooting his latest film), catching a Yohji Yamamoto retrospective at the V&A, seminal images of Hungarian photographers (Capa, Brassai, etc.) at the Royal Academy, Toulouse-Lautrec at the Courtauld, Cy Twombly at Tate Modern (highlighted by a small glass vase of white roses to memorialize his passing), securing the last ticket to an Arnold Wexler play at the Royal Court theatre, visiting the witty and brilliant hat designer Stephen Jones in his exquisite boutique, strolling through historic Brick Lane with its sari-filled Indian shops and endless restaurants, enjoying delectable guinea fowl in a quintessential English pub, visiting privately-owned 187-room Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire ... Read More


2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse

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Sunday, 7/31/2011 8:59 PM
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Atmosphere at the 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse

1224 Scuttlehole Rd. in Bridgehampton is the location for the 2011 Hampton Designer Showhouse. The Gala Preview Cocktail Party took place on Saturday, July 23rd, a perfect summer evening. The presenting sponsor was Traditional Home and all proceeds are set to benefit the Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York.

This year's showhouse is a 12,000 ft. newly constructed residence designed with a distinct 'south of the highway feel'. It is situated on an oversized 2.4 acre parcel overlooking expansive protected reserves and horse riding fields. Mindful of the pristine state of the property, guests were whisked to the grounds by shuttle bus. Upon arrival, they were given full access to the 7 bedroom suites, 9 full baths, 3 half baths, a 2 story living room, and a traditional Bakes and Company kitchen, with butler's pantry. The estate also ... Read More


PARRISH ART MUSEUM MIDSUMMER GALA BENEFIT

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Tuesday, 7/12/2011 2:52 PM
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Atmosphere at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY

The Parrish Art Museum's Midsummer Party rarely disappoints. This year’s party honored the Parrish’s Founding Partners, an illustrious group of leading art patrons deeply committed to making the vision of the new Parrish Art Museum a reality. The Midsummer Party is one of our most momentous events and the highlight of the Hamptons social season. Co-chairs of this dazzling evening were Parrish trustees Deborah Bancroft, Etta Froio, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Adam Sender, and David Wassong. After Ten Co-chairs were Josh Gaynor, Anne Huntington, Carolina Portago, Theodora Portago, and Serena Tufo.


Rick Hilton, Debbie Bancroft, Kathy Hilton, Patrick McMullan, Tiffany Dubin, Lisa Dennison and Gabriella Palmieri

The annual gala benefit was successfully capped of with After Ten, a 4 hour after party that began promptly at 10 PM. After Ten was literally the icing on the cake, ... Read More


The 12th Annual LOVE HEALS AT LUNA FARM, hosted by Hilary Rhoda, Mary Alice Stephenson and Peter Davis

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Tuesday, 7/12/2011 2:43 PM
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Mary Alice Stephenson, Peter Davis and Hilary Rhoda

Sporting Coney Island Comes to the Hamptons as its theme, the 12th Annual Love Heals, hosted by Hilary Rhoda, Mary Alice Stephenson and Peter Davis, was decidedly different this year. No stone left un-turned, this annual true labor of love offered dinner, dancing and excitement, all rolled into one. With 600 guests and 300,000 dollars raised this year, the fundraiser is one of the most significant Hamptons summer events. Love Heals honors the memory of Allison Gertz, who fell victim to AIDS in 1992. Via the Allison Gertz Foundation, millions of children are educated and empowered in the fight against HIV. This evening, guests arrived at the giant tented venue promptly at 7:30 pm and were welcomed by chilled flutes of Moet & Chandon Rosè. To the right of the entrance was a simulated photo booth for authentic ... Read More


"FOUR ART PICKS: "Disco Darlings" at the Tea-Set Cafe

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 6/2/2011 4:54 PM
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My photos of Studio 54, the glamourous, never-to-be duplicated hot spot of the late seventies, are on view at the Tea-Set cafe at 235 West 12th St, an intimate cafe run by a charming Frenchman who will make you want to wile away several hours enjoying sangria, a wide assortment of exotic teas, organic salmon, etc.



Jerry Hall and Andy Warhol at Studio 54, photo by Rose Hartman



Mick Jagger at Studio 54, photo by Rose Hartman



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Art Picks: International Center of Photography Infinity Awards Gala

By Rose Hartman
Thursday, 6/2/2011 2:05 PM
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What better way is there to spend a gala evening than joining photo collectors, art dealers, former ICP recipients and this year's ICP honorees at the Chelsea Piers? I especially enjoyed meeting 99-year-old photojournalist Helen Gruber and lifetime achievement ICP Infinity Award winner Elliott Erwitt, who has focused his camera on Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe and all those canines for six decades.

Even if you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket for the sold-out benefit, photo lovers should dash over to the ICP to enjoy Erwitt's huge, black and white retrospective, aptly entitled "Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best", along with Gruber's color images of Alaska's natives and Jewish communities throughout the world.



Monique Knowlton and Elliott Erwitt, photo by Rose Hartman



Glenda Bailey, photo by Rose Hartman



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