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TATIANA AND CAMPION PLATT KICK OFF THE HAMPTONS SOCIAL SUMMER SERIES AT LILY POND

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 7/12/2010 1:28 PM
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The annual Best Buddies Gala is not until August 21st but, in reality, that date will be here before we know it. So, what better way to build buzz for the event than with a kickoff party, food courtesy of Phillipe Chow?

Last Friday, Unik, Jay Norris and Frank Cilione kicked off the Hamptons Social Summer Series at East Hampton's Lily Pond. The Social Series will continue throughout the summer and, each week, will benefit a different organization. The inaugural event honored Best Buddies and two of its board members, Tatiana and Campion Platt.

Guests were escorted through the kitchen to the outdoor tiki-esque patio and bar for cocktails served in long vase-like glasses. That caused a little confusion among the wine and champagne drinkers, but no matter. Everyone was merely happy to have made it out East on time, and in one piece.

When the Phillipe Chow-catered dinner arrived, guests, the likes ... Read More


SPRING INTO STYLE

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 3/25/2010 1:12 PM
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Thursday marked the first day of true Spring weather and, not surprisingly, that evening brought out the fashion crowd en masse for the first time in… well… a while.

However, it was more than the mere lack of hurricanes or blizzards that coaxed this crowd out of their Netflix and reality-TV addicted cocoons. Indeed, there was much to celebrate this evening: From Jason Wu's studio-warming, to Akris's 20th anniversary with Bergdorf Goodman, to Stacey Bendet's brand new boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue. With Spring officially knocking at everyone's door, the evening could not have been a more appropriate nod to things old and new.

My first stop was at Jason Wu's spiffy new digs on West 35th Street. Upon entering the bright, recently renovated building on what is an otherwise rather dismal block, I knew that Wu's new pad would live to the hype that is now routinely expected of the designer. ... Read More


LET THEM EAT... EVERYTHING!! THE SUPPER CLUB AND ORSAY PAY AN APPROPRIATELY DECADENT HOMAGE TO MARIE ANTOINETTE

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 3/25/2010 1:12 PM
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"We're gonna boogie like it's your best friend's bat mitzvah," declared event designer Adam Aleksander, who transformed the upstairs of UES staple Orsay into a Baroque boudoir for The Supper Club hosted evening of decadence and desire. Supper Club PR directer Dara Levine and the Orsay owners personally escorted members and close friends to the bistro's second floor space, where they were immediately greeted with French Chardonnay (bien sur!) and Bulldog Gin cocktails. Citrus fruits were stacked on tiers of plates, resemblant of an 18th century still-life.

Once the intimate group of guests had time to recognize each other underneath the dusty Baroque wigs and face powder, they took a chance to indulge in many of the restaurant's signature dishes, like steak and tuna tartare, cheese souffles, Alsatian tarts, and mini-Napoleons. Then, they were treated to a surprise: a six-tiered white fondant cake, baked and decorated by the ... Read More


SPRING INTO STYLE

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 3/22/2010 8:03 PM
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Thursday marked the first day of true Spring weather and, not surprisingly, that evening brought out the fashion crowd en masse for the first time in… well… a while.

However, it was more than the mere lack of hurricanes or blizzards that coaxed this crowd out of their Netflix and reality-TV addicted cocoons. Indeed, there was much to celebrate this evening: From Jason Wu's studio-warming, to Akris's 20th anniversary with Bergdorf Goodman, to Stacey Bendet's brand new boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue. With Spring officially knocking at everyone's door, the evening could not have been a more appropriate nod to things old and new.

My first stop was at Jason Wu's spiffy new digs on West 35th Street. Upon entering the bright, recently renovated building on what is an otherwise rather dismal block, I knew that Wu's new pad would live to the hype that is now routinely expected of the designer. ... Read More


REBEL WITH A CAUSE: THE ASSOULINE FAMILY TOASTS ESQUIRE COVER ARTIST GEORGE LOIS

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Tuesday, 3/16/2010 2:01 PM
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"I have a great story for every one of them." The legendary George Lois told me of the covers he shot for Esquire from 1962 to 1972.

But his greatest story may literally have been about "the greatest." "Everybody hated Muhammed Ali after he became a Muslim." Lois explained. Yet all of that changed upon the publication of Lois's most famous cover, featuring Ali with six arrows in his body. "I called him a martyr, and it literally changed the country's view of him overnight."

Ali's cover may have been the most notorious, but nearly all of George Lois's covers courted controversy in some fashion. This was the 60s, after all, and there were big name issues to be tackled, from Vietnam to Civil Rights to feminism to a string of devastating political assassinations.

In April of 2008, The Museum of Modern Art set up a year-long exhibit that featured 32 ... Read More


A ROOM WITH A VIEW" AT THE STANDARD: ASSOULINE FETES CONDE NAST TRAVELER'S NEWEST TOME AT THE HIGHLINE ROOM

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 3/11/2010 3:06 PM
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The 18th floor of The Standard may have the panoramic views, but the hotel's 3rd floor - that sits atop of the Highline - boasts a slightly more unique vision. It is here, the aptly named Highline Room, where Martine and Prosper Assouline hosted an intimate group of travel enthusiasts and industry types (like Jetsetter.com founder Peter Manice) to celebrate Conde Nast Traveler Editor-in-Chief's Klara Glowczewska's A Room With a View, an offshoot of one of the magazine's most popular columns.

The book contains 140 picture-perfect photos of hotel views ranging from cityscapes to mountaintops to pristine beaches. Incidentally, the Standard's Room 1211 graces the book's cover. When asked to choose a favorite, Klara demurred and remained diplomatic. However, she did let me in on her upcoming travel plans: First Berlin, then Anguilla. Research for her next book, perhaps?


VINYL BY STARLIGHT: THE ROYALTON GETS A ROCK N' ROLL MAKEOVER

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Sunday, 3/7/2010 10:44 PM
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It looks like mid-town really is the new downtown. To the Breslin, the Gramercy, and Monkey Bar, we can now add The Royalton to the ever growing list of hotel lounges that double as destination nightlife spots. This latest incarnation, however, owes its debt to Lady Gaga - at least indirectly. Her best friend and stylist, DJ Lady Starlight, kicked off what is to be a weekly event this past Tuesday night, spinning vintage vinyl records (some of which were her father's) to a crowd of downtown fixtures including Becka Diamond and Nylon's Faran Krentcil.

From 8 to 12 every Tuesday, Starlight, along with host Chris Shipps, promises to bring back an "authenticity and realness that nyc nightlife hasn't seen since the 1990s." For those who crave a scene, but could do without the deafening hip-hop that usually comes along with it, Royalton Tuesdays are now THE destination. The rock and ... Read More


ZAC AT SAKS: FRIENDS AND FAMILY TOAST HIS EXCLUSIVE Z SPOKE LINE

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 3/4/2010 1:34 PM
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Just a week after Zac Posen showed his fall '10 line to a who's who of top fashion editors and writers, the beloved - and prolific - designer attracted a bevy of friends, supporters, and assorted scenesters for the launch of his new collection, Z Spoke, available exclusively at Saks.

Alexandra Richards and Rose Byrne - who was in her native Australia during Fashion Week but stunned in a red Posen design - sipped on specialty Ciroc Z Spoke cocktails while perusing the racks of body hugging knit dresses and chic separates.

As for the inspiration for his latest line? "Utilitarian, American sportswear chic, all of those things," Posen laughed. I pointed to some of the lady-like blouses that caught my eye. "That's exactly it," he declared excitedly, "I wanted this collection to be versatile. I have some tougher pieces and I have some feminine pieces. I wanted to speak to ... Read More


SUSAN WOO AT THE LOFT

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 2/15/2010 6:48 PM
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"What is black, white, and red all over," could easily have been the riddle du jour at Susan Woo's intimate presentation Saturday afternoon. A small coterie of friends and editors gathered at the LOFT penthouse of the Bryant Park Hotel to sip some Belvedere Rasberry infused cocktails, and, of course, view the red-hot designer's Fall 2010 collection.

Regarding the collection's color scheme, Ms. Woo confides, "I love black and white. It's my favorite. It's my go-to. I love the contrast. It is so simple, yet dramatic." The body slimming dresses, studded skirts, zippered jackets, and the Michael Antonio bondage shoes added an extra degree of edginess to the 18 looks that rotated throughout the presentation.

As for that other primary color, red, Woo opines: "I want colors that pop; colors that compliment women." Yet, what sets Susan Woo apart from many other young designers is her ability to yield dramatic show-stopping effects ... Read More


THE RYKIELS IN THE WEST VILLAGE: SONIA RYKIEL DEBUTS HER H&M KNITWEAR LINE AT BOBO

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Wednesday, 2/10/2010 4:52 PM
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Last Thursday marked a first of many sorts. For some, it was the unofficial beginning of fashion week, replete with scenesters attempting to juggle several events in one evening (a first for 2010). For model Chanel Iman, the evening was her debut as a bold-faced DJ. For the Rykiel family, it was celebrating the unveiling of their first knitwear line exclusively for H&M.

Celebrities and socials, including Leighton Meester, Kelly Rutherford, Michelle Williams, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Amanda Hearst, and Mark Indelicato, supped on Bobo delicacies and perused the collaboration that marks the first H&M designer series to create looks for both women and girls. In a corner booth of the cozy boite, Nathalie Rykiel explained the inspiration for her line: "I wanted to offer the maximum essence of the Rykiel Parisienne chic in one collection, to all women." Indeed, on February 20th, the signature knits will reach 20 U.S. stores ... Read More


YOUTH FOR YOUTH: DIANE von FURSTENBERG AND THE CFDA TOAST THE LIZ CLAIBORNE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AT DVF’S STUDIO

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 2/8/2010 4:07 PM
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The CFDA has always prided itself on discovering and supporting young and upcoming design talents, but their latest design award program takes this dedication one step further. The Liz Claiborne Fashion Scholarship program, made possible by the generous donation of the late designer's husband and business partner, Art Ortenberg, awards $25,000 to a full-time senior student in fashion design. A merit-based award (judged by a prestigious panel of industry experts), the scholarship is put towards the lucky winner's second semester senior year tuition.

This newest of the CFDA design awards takes Liz Claiborne's "fit the way you live" maxim straight into the 21st century. CFDA Associate Executive Director Lisa Smilor said that the program "recognizes the very important contribution that designer Liz Claiborne made to the fashion industry, and it brings her design aesthetic into the classrooms at the country's leading design colleges and universities."

After looking at 20 submitted portfolios, the ... Read More


Douglas at the Plaza: Douglas Hannant and Avenue Magazine Celebrate the Decade

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 1/25/2010 1:14 PM
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It is hard to get people out and about in January. The first month of the new year is typically reserved for detoxing, hitting the gym, and catching up on award season films…or simply hibernating. So. it is always a bit of a guessing game as to which event will be the first of the year - or in this case, decade - to draw a crowd. However, for those who know Douglas Hannant and Frederick Anderson, it should come as no surprise that they can attract the city's tastemakers and fashion-setters in droves. After all, this is a designer who has built his success and maintained his longevity not on hype or promotional tie-ins, but from a thoroughly loyal client base. That is no small feat these days.

Hundreds of guests, the likes of Alexandra Lebenthal (in sunset orange Hannant), Gigi Stone (just back from Jackson Hole), Alina Cho, Leslie ... Read More


New Yorkers at the Soho House: In-House and FilmAid Premiere "An Englishman in New York"

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Friday, 12/4/2009 9:47 PM
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On December 1st a VIP Screening of "An Englishman in New York" invited some of NY's favorite Englishmen to enjoy the festivities. Quentin Crisp famously declared that if one could live on "peanuts and champagne," then one could survive quite easily by attending every cocktail party and premiere to which one was invited. To be sure, there was far more than "peanuts and champagne" at the intimate dinner/screening for Crisp's new made-for-television biopic "An Englishman in New York". Yet, the atmosphere of the Soho House's main dining room remained giddy with the spirit of the famed raconteur.


Hamish Bowles and Antony Todd


"I actually had Quentin Crisp over as a guest for dinner in 1986," event-planning maven Antony Todd told me. "A friend of mine advised me that, provided I sent over a car for him, he would be willing to come, so that's exactly what I did."

"He was ... Read More


Levity at Leviev: Friends and Supporters Toast Rita Hayworth Gala Chairs at Jewelry Boit

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Friday, 12/4/2009 9:31 PM
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This year's Rita Hayworth Ball - "So Near & Yet so Far" - may have boasted performances by Roger Waters and The Pointer Sisters, but its post- fête at Leviev was all about the Gala's honorees - and, of course, the jewels.

When an event raises $1.9 million in one evening, what is there not to celebrate? On Monday, November 16th, an intimate group of friends that included Somers Farkas, Felicia Taylor, Rachel Hovnanian, Kim Hicks, Janna Bullock and Peter Lyden gathered at the Madison Avenue flagship to toast the Gala's chairs and honorees who spearheaded one of the season's most successful and glamorous evenings.

Among those honored for their outstanding contribution to the field of Alzheimer’s were: Muffie Potter Aston, who received the Rita Hayworth Award; Lonnie Wollin, Esq., who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; John, Margo, Andrea, and John Jr. Catsimatidis, who received the Family Philanthropy Award; Gala Chair Alexandra ... Read More


Garden of Vuitton: Saks Launches Louis Vuitton's 2010 Cruise Collection

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Tuesday, 11/17/2009 4:10 PM
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Party-goers were in for some unexpected treats at Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday evening. Upon entry, each guest was given an ID bracelet - except that this was no ordinary wristband. "These were made especially for the event," a gracious lady at the door assured us, as she adjusted the black leather LV keepsakes to our wrists.



Maggie Gyllenhaal and Daniel Lalonde

So, which revelers will be adding this accessory to their collection? "It's slightly S&M, but I like it," scribe Douglas Marshall offered. Indeed, it fits in well with the current hard-edged 80s aesthetic. Snap this baby on, alongside a sharp mini-dress and a pair of ankle boots, and consider yourself set for the evening.

Once properly LV-ID'd, guests were wisked to Saks's third floor. Designer mainstays, such as Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana were supplanted by a virtual Vuitton wonderland - a jardin ... Read More


The Rag & Bone Industrial Complex: David Neville and Marcus Wainwright Toast Their New Soho Digs...

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Tuesday, 11/3/2009 2:15 PM
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With the Help of Longtime Pal Sienna Miller.

Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright already have two shops downtown (a men's and a women's store, both on Christopher Street in the West Village). Nonetheless, their latest Mercer Street outpost (119 Mercer Street NYC 10012 212.219.2204) represents a coming home of sorts for the design duo.

"Denise Williamson, who represented the designers when they were first starting out, has her offices upstairs in this building," explained Rag & Bone womenswear director Scott Allgauer, at the store's opening fete last Monday. "So you could say that, with the opening of this latest outpost, the brand has come full circle."

The party drew loyalists like Euan Rellie and Sienna Miller, who is in town for her Broadway play ("After Miss Julie") until December 20th. Miller "has known these boys since they were 15. In fact, David was my first boyfriend." ... Read More


Interview Magazine Kicks Off Halloween a Week Early with Their Russian Masquerade Ball

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Tuesday, 10/27/2009 10:50 PM
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With the Standard and now the latest hotspot SL Lounge, it looks like the Meatpacking district is regaining much of its scenester cred. The former Lotus club has been fully revamped (complete with chic eatery Abe & Arthur's upstairs)and last Thursday, played host to Interview Magazine's annual Masquerade Ball.

But first, a pre-party was to be had. Hostess Fabiola Bercasa, dressed in a full length black and red gown that she deemed "Russian princess by way of Tim Burton," welcomed Sophia Lamar, Genevieve Jones, Eugene Remm, Scott Buccheit, and Interview's Susan Kilkenny to Milk Studios(450 W 15th St NYC 10011 (212) 645-2797) for the proper preparation. The VIPs glammed up for the main event with the help of MAC makeup artists and Alex and Ani jewelry, whilst sipping specialty concoctions created exclusively for the event by Stoli.

Once sufficiently adorned for a night on the town, guests proceeded one block south to ... Read More


THE TIRELESS AND 'TIMELESS' NAEEM KHAN

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Tuesday, 10/27/2009 12:36 PM
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October has been a busy month for designer Naeem Khan. He spent the first two weeks in India, designing a wedding dress for the December San Francisco nuptials of Google Vice President Marissa Mayer. His return stateside has found him no less busy. On October 13th, he played host to a bevy of his favorite women to kickoff the Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala at his new boutique in Saks Fifth Avenue.

Muffie Potter Aston, Andrea Stark, Hilary and Bryant Gumbel, Somers Farkas, Gala Chair Alexandra Lebenthal, and Gala founder Yasmin Aga Khan were among the ladies who toasted the designer and the charity. "I love these women," gushed Khan, who has been involved with the Gala for over 5 years and counts Aga Khan as one of his "best friends." The event, themed "So Near & Yet So Far," will take place this Tuesday in the Waldorf=Astoria Grand Ballroom.

As ... Read More


From the Silver to Silk Screens: Hearst and Gilt Groupe Host a Sparkling Evening at Soho Mews

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Wednesday, 10/21/2009 1:07 PM
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Movies were the most popular form of escapism during the Great Depression. So, it was only appropriate in these oft-discussed challenging economic times, that three of our most celebrated interior designers have found inspiration in the world of cinema.

Last Tuesday, Gilt Groupe partnered with the Hearst Corporation to host the third annual Designer Visions program at the brand new Soho Mews townhouses. Hundreds of guests, the likes of Jonathan Adler, Sela Ward, Pamela Fiori, Lloyd Boston, Douglas Hannant, Frederick Anderson, and Christian Leone, held court in the central garden whilst perusing and admiring each of the three cinema-inspired townhouses.

They were all quite different, really. Thom Filicia collaborated with House Beautiful to create a modern, warm, and, ultimately, inviting home that was inspired by the 80s classic "The Big Chill." The closet was filled with Gilt clothing and accessories and, as in all of the townhouse models, a large flatscreen projected ... Read More


Back to the Maine: Alex Carleton Debuts His New Signature Collection for L.L. Bean

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 10/19/2009 9:58 PM
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PLUS: “Quest” Toasts "The Trump Card"

"I went through 98 years of L.L. Bean history, archives, and catalogues and cherry-picked references that were relevant for today's girl and today's guy," said Bean Signature Creative Director Alex Carleton at the preview party for his Spring '10 collection last Tuesday.

The Cape Cod and Boston native, who has lived in Maine for the past 11 years, "grew up wearing L.L. Bean and it is a brand that is close to my heart and has always been part of my vocabulary." It is only natural, then, that the Rogues Gallery founder was chosen to oversee creative direction on the iconic brand's new Signature Collection. At 98 years, L.L. Bean is on the eve of its centennial. Nonetheless, Carleton "did not want this to be a vintage brand. I needed [the collection] to work for today."

To that end, there are plenty of great new classics, ... Read More


CAN WE REPAIR THE SEAMS? : A PREMIERE OF THE HBO DOCUMENTARY "SCHMATTA: FROM RAGS TO RICHES TO RAGS"

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 10/15/2009 2:59 PM
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"The only thing I am wearing tonight that is manufactured in the USA is my underwear," declared "Schmatta" producer Sheila Nevins to an audience of fashion designers and insiders, including Anna Sui, Nanette Lepore, and Mickey Boardman. Bold a statement though that may be, it set the tone perfectly for Emmy Award winner Marc Levin's documentary, that premieres Monday, October 19th at 9pm. The eye-opening documentary depicts a bygone era (perfectly captured by George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"), where the garment industry was not only the largest single employer in New York City, but also provided an opportunity for immigrants (mostly of Jewish and Italian descent) to hone their craft and create their own middle class. To quote former CFDA president Stan Herman, "the garment district was a community and felt like a small town" and the Garment Unions helped foster this feeling of camaraderie.

However, with each succeeding decade, cheaper ... Read More


YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 10/5/2009 2:08 PM
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DONALD, MELANIA and FRIENDS TOAST the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION -- WITH a LITTLE HELP FROM GRAFF and MICHAEL KORS

"Remember, red wine is best for your heart, but all liquor will help raise your HDLs," said Mount Sinai Hospital's Mary Ann McLaughlin to an audience of American Heart Association friends and supporters the likes of Douglas Hannant, Frederick Anderson, Felicia Taylor and Campion Platt. And with that mandate, the official kickoff to the 55th Annual Palm Beach Heart Ball had begun.

Hosts Andrea and John Stark graciously welcomed guests to their stunning midtown penthouse in celebration of the occasion. Honored were co-chairs Petra Levin, Melania Trump and, of course, The Donald himself, who received a special thank you for giving the lead $100,000 gift to reach the Heart Ball's $2 million fundraising goal.

For Andrea Stark, the festivities were joyous, but also slightly bittersweet: "I became involved in the American Heart Association ... Read More


Kipton Conquers All Media, One Web Entry at a Time

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 10/5/2009 1:37 PM
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Entrepreneur and philanthropist Kipton Cronkite has carved more than a niche for himself over the past several years. In 2002, he founded KiptonART, a private establishment dedicated to promoting up-and-coming artists to the ultimate tastemakers and influencers in art, entertainment, society, and business. These past few years have seen both Kipton and his organization cut a swathe through virtually all mediums, promoting not only artists but also musicians, filmmakers, and fashion designers.

Hollywood actors, international socialites, and cultural dignitaries flock to Kipton's coveted showings, that are held either at private residences or in conjunction with uber-luxury brands, such as Asprey, Van Cleef and Arpels, and LVMH. It should be noted that, in the midst of all of these accomplishments, Mr. Cronkite also had a day job as Director and Head of Investor Relations for Bank of America's Alternative Investment Advisors division. Whew! I guess this is what they like to call ... Read More


World Party: Sundance Channel and Anthropologie's Keith Johnson Celebrate Premiere of "Man Shops Globe"

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 10/1/2009 3:28 PM
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I was probably more sympathetic than most who read about Mischa Barton's alleged red-carpet mix up at last week's Metropolitan Opera gala. The thing is, even for this native New Yorker, Lincoln Center often throws me for a loop, specifically when there are two events happening at once.

A couple of years ago, on my way to a benefit for The School of American Ballet, I lost my bearings somewhat. I eyed a festive looking crowd across the way at the Metropolitan Opera House. But, when I looked to my left at the New York State Theatre where the SAB fundraisers are regularly held, I saw no one. Perplexed, I wandered toward the Met. Perhaps the SAB had decided to move their event to a different venue? No, they had not, as it turned out. Upon realizing that I had nearly waltzed into the wrong party, I headed back to the ... Read More


Francophiles Unite!: The American Friends of the Louvre Kicks Off the Fall with a Chic Gramercy Soiree

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Tuesday, 9/29/2009 8:53 PM
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"Welcome to Paris in New York," declared National Arts Club president Aldon James, as he addressed a chic crowd of young patrons who gathered at the fabled Gramercy landmark last Monday night.

L'occasion pour l'amour de la France?: A "Welcome Back to New York" cocktail fete for the Young Patrons Circle of the American Friends of the Louvre. Hosts Genevieve Bahrenberg, Eleanor Banco, David Chines, Genevieve Jones and Arden Wohl welcomed their friends and fellow French enthusiasts to the club's second floor salon for a mini-reunion, some classic cocktails and conversation.

While I have always adored the NAC, as well as the Gramercy neighborhood for its Edith Wharton-esque environs, it turns out that the club has some pretty strong ties to France, as well. "A number of our board members are Parisian," James offers. In fact, he continues, it was here where Jackie Onassis was awarded the French Legion of Honor back ... Read More


Head Over Haskins

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 9/28/2009 5:31 PM
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Photo retrospectives were seemingly the order of the week, as Thursday evening saw the celebration of yet another photographic book, Fashion Etcetera, the first joint publishing project from photographer Sam Haskins and his longtime friend, designer and fellow art enthusiast Tommy Hilfiger. Artists, models, actors and designers came en masse to Milk Studios to toast the photographer's body of work and to take in the exhibition of over a hundred of the artist's prints.

"I have been a fan of Sam's since the 70s," the disarmingly soft-spoken Hilfiger told me. Indeed, he referenced Haskins' work in both his spring and fall 2008 collections, using famous shots from the artist's 1962 book Five Girls as inspiration for his collections' underlying style. But it is this retrospective, which takes the reader through five decades of Haskins' photography, that Mr. Hilfiger hopes will finally cement Haskins' iconic status. "Until now, I do not think ... Read More


Chadwick Bell Does Well-Heeled Eel – Wasabi Not Necessary

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 9/28/2009 12:51 PM
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As any PR will tell you, a plus one is not good form for fashion shows given the chess-like precision of a seating chart. But designer Chadwick Bell graciously made room in his front row for modeling great Veronica Webb’s adorable little daughter when he debuted his Spring 2010 collection on September 11th. Between her mother’s genes and experiences like this, she is sure to be one fashion-savvy beauty when she grows up.

Chad’s circle of friends and fans hail from the worlds of both fashion and art, including Lydia Fenet of Christie’s, ArtNet’s Nazy Naland, art PR maven Bettina Prentice – all kitted out in Chadwick Bell, natch. Discriminating buyers, such as Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo and Vivre ‘s Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti looked on as dreamy looks, inspired by Miro’s studio on Majorca, drifted down the runway. The winners were a light-as-air ivory silk caftan that floated out like a summer ... Read More


Photo Gallery of the Stars: “Elle Décor” and Ron Galella Fete Their Latest Coffee Table Reads

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Friday, 9/25/2009 2:06 PM
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PLUS… A Special Sneak Preview of Todd English's Picture Perfect Juliet

In the wake of the demise of home decor stalwarts like “Domino” and “House and Garden”, a celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Elle Décor” seemed appropriately timely. To that end, Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell honored the magazine's milestone with the retrospective Style and Substance: The Best of “Elle Décor”. On September 22nd, over 600 fashion and interior design luminaries, the likes of Richard Mishaan, Catherine Malandrino, Antony Todd, Bronson Van Wyck, Andrew Fry, Lisa Jackson, Cynthia Rowley, Mario Buatta, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and India Hicks, braved the UN gridlock in order to access Bergdorf Goodman's 3rd floor to toast the tome along with Russell and Bergdorf President/CEO Jim Gold. They sipped champagne and nibbled on pulled pork sliders while touring the gallery of framed prints that featured many of the timeless interiors that have graced the pages of ... Read More


Quest 400 Party

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Monday, 9/21/2009 5:28 PM
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While much of the fashion flock - those who deem The Tents "uptown" - closed out the week safely below 14th Street, the above 59th Street crowd held court at Doubles to toast “Quest's” annual "400 issue." To be sure, fashion devotees were well represented. Alexandra Lebenthal, in a black satin ChoCheng pantsuit, arrived directly from said designer's show, and a J. Mendel clad Elizabeth Meigher closed out her fashion week with the Ralph Lauren show. But the event, hosted by “Quest” editor Christopher Meigher and New York Social Diary's David Patrick Columbia, was a decidedly uptown affair. It was also a family one. "I can't get over how many parents are here with their children, it's pretty amazing," one guest enthused. Among the family members who played together were Anne and Elizabeth Pyne, Katherine and Jack Bryan, Marcia and Georgina Schaeffer, Allie and Nicole Hanley, and, ... Read More


Fashion WEAK Already?

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Friday, 9/18/2009 1:06 AM
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The shows had barely begun when some of our better-heeled fixtures were already looking forward to some much-needed rest. Following the dearth of shows and parties last February, fashion and PR houses have certainly been making up for lost time. And, as I discovered at the Diane Von Furstenberg/Vanity Fair exhibition to benefit Brandaid Projects, even some of our most seasoned party goers have begun to feel overwhelmed. Enthusiastic, but overwhelmed. And the unprecedented gridlock in virtually every area of the city (even uptown!) does not exactly encourage party-hopping.

Alina Cho, whose fashion show roster thus far includes DVF, Tuleh, Rachel Roy, J. Mendel, Marchesa, and Tory ("all pending breaking news," natch), nonetheless has her eye on September 18th, "when it will be nice to be able to get a cab again." Molly Sims's schedule is decidedly less ambitious; her agenda includes Calvin Klein and possibly “The Burning Plain” premiere. Like ... Read More


The Night Before the "Night Out:” Editors, Fashion Muses and Gossip Girls Toast Cindy Crawford, Keith Lissner, and Anna Sui

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 9/10/2009 3:20 PM
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Today marks the beginning of Fashion Week: the tents are open for business and this evening's much anticipated Fashion Night Out - with upwards of 700 stores participating in what has now become a global celebration of fashion - could prove daunting for even the most seasoned of party-goers. Yet that did not seem to deter the usual crop of celebrities, editors, buyers, and social fixtures from hitting the town yesterday evening - and indeed there was a lot to choose from.

I briefly stopped by the Soho House rooftop and pool deck - to which I should have brought a jacket - for the launch of Cindy Crawford's new home line, exclusive for JC Penney. Looking as gorgeous as ever in a curve hugging leopard print dress, Miss Crawford will be making a personal appearance tonight at Penney's Herald Square store, starting at 6pm. You can even have your photo ... Read More


REBECCA TAYLOR INTERVIEW

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 9/10/2009 12:01 PM
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September is here and the tents are up in Bryant Park. In anticipation of Fashion Week, I caught up with the ever-popular New York-based designer and celebrity staple Rebecca Taylor. Taylor’s playful looks and feminine silhouettes have long attracted loyal fans, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Rachel Bilson, Eva Amurri, and Liv Tyler. The New Zealand native discusses the inspirations for her Spring '10 collection (showing this Sunday, September 13th, in the Tents) and tells us what trends we can expect to continue into Fall and beyond (hint: it's all about the shoulders this year).

Melissa Berkelhammer: I can't believe it is already Fall! What trends can we expect to see this season?

Rebecca Taylor: Spring 2010 encompasses playful use of colors, prints and textures. The palette is intense with shades of big apple reds, shocking pinks, electric blues, and retro jades contrasted with desert tans and soft peachy ... Read More


Kicking off Fall with a 'Passion': Philanthropists, Designers, and "Housewives" Fete filmmaker Robin Baker Leacock

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 9/10/2009 11:52 AM
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"The most sexy thing you can do is help other people," declares Robin Baker Leacock in her new documentary “A Passion for Giving”. Guests at the Ross School special screening held Thursday night, which includied Donna Karan, Lady Lilliana Cavendish, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Debbie Bancroft, Jeff Slonim and his wife, Fiona Moore, may want to adopt that mantra, come Fall, when charities beckon, fashion fetes call, and no one seems to have enough time to do anything. "Sometimes it is easier to shut down in this city because we are so busy and we can't help everyone," the film’s editor, Jeff Oppenheim, told me at the cocktail pre-gathering. But rather than feel overwhelmed, Oppenheim suggests that one "finds a niche that speaks to you."

Mrs. Baker Leacock echoes this sentiment. "It's not about writing a check," she says emphatically. We chatted outside the School, savoring the last moments of summer (which, ... Read More


"Wrestler" scribe opens "Big Fan"

By Melissa Berkelhammer
Thursday, 8/27/2009 11:08 AM
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Post-Premiere party at HeadQuarters

"Just watch the damn thing!" was how writer-director Robert D. Siegel introduced Big Fan, his latest big screen effort (and directorial debut) about a self professed "world's biggest Giants fan" named Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) whose life takes an unexpected turn upon a chance encounter with the team's star quarterback. In a strip club called HeadQuarters.

And really, what more of an introduction do you need from the screenwriter of The Wrestler? The likes of director Amy Heckerling, comedian Todd Barry, NHL Stanley Cup winner Jim Dowd, former Giants players Howard Cross, Superbowl MVP OJ Anderson, and "The Touchdown Maker" Stephen Baker packed the theatre to capacity, eager to watch this budding auteur's latest ode to misfits, loneliness, and alienation.

And the result did not disappoint. Like Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, Big Fan is an intimate character study more than anything else, filtered through what I ... Read More


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