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There's A Pole SuperStar In All of US

By Sammy Dwenzington
Saturday, 1/30/2010 5:42 PM
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BY Sammy Dwenzington

I can always appreciate a good performance. Art is Art. But it has to be real art, none of this interpretive dance or painting a wall orange and then watching the beret army stare at it for hours trying to figure out why no one in high school liked them. I need something substantial, something that grabs me in its muscular grasp and shake me like a can of lavender paint. I don't need the flash bang of pyrotechnics but something that shows expertise and real emotion.


Barbara Dial

Art and performance is like a fix that I need to survive, like the way James Belushi needs the memory of his dead brother to get pity laughter, the way Cher needs to continually introduce herself as Cher so people don't just think she's a tranny street walker and the way Suzanne Somers needs infomercials ... Read More


TOCAR Interior Design 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 1/29/2010 5:36 PM
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On Thursday, January 28, 2010, Tocar Interior Design celebrated 10 years of being absolutely fabulous. To commemorate their decade of design, they hosted an event in the Library Room at Manhattan's infamous Core Club with a select group of friends including designers, writers, artists, editors and producers, among other creative gurus.


Christina Sullivan, Susan Bednar Long

The space was sprinkled with flowers in Tocar's signature black and ivory, designed by Taskashiyama. As guests mingled, waiters passed Canapés prepared by Core Club's signature chef. Among the elite crowd were Neda Armian, Tracy Bahl, Annie Block, Carrie Deane, Frank Delaney, Ereka Dunn, Sophie Donelson, Julie Noran, Sophie Sutton, Bruce Glickman, Wilson Henley, Jane Greenberg, Eric Gartner, David Harris, Roger Hirsch, Nagham Hilly, Amy Hockenbrock, Kemper Hyers, Joseph Klaynberg, Steven Laitmon, Winston Miller, ... Read More


SCALAMANDRE and ELLE DECOR co-host Kips Bay Show House Designer Party

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 1/29/2010 5:20 PM
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On Thursday, January 28, 2010, Louis Renzo, owner of Scalamandre, and Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Elle Decor, co-hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Show House at Scalamandre's newly renovated townhouse showroom in New York City. During the event, Renzo presented Debralee Nelson, VP and Treasurer of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Board with a $10,000 check to support the organization, which has served children in the New York Metropolitan area since 1916.


Margaret Russell

The warmly lit space was comfortably packed with many of the country's top designers, including many Kips Bay Show House alums. Among the group of the design world's rising stars were Benjamin Bradley and David Thiergartner, Meg Braff, Mario Buatta, Jesse Carrier, Etienne Coffiniere and Ed Ku, Maureen Footer, Brad Ford, Tori Golub, ... Read More


VANESSA NOEL Hosts a Fundraiser for Hanover Charities

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 1/29/2010 4:44 PM
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On Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Vanessa Noel hosted The Hanover Charities Sugar Cane Ball at her lux New York Townhouse.  As a longtime homeowner at the Round Hill Resort, one of Jamaica's premiere vacation destinations, Noel was honored to chair the event, which is Jamaica's largest fundraising gala.


Lynn Whitfield, Vanessa Noel

Waiters sporting Jamaican themed beanies passed guests hors d'oeuvres featuring a delectable selection of tropical fruits and exotically spiced savories. Among the guests were Lynn Whitfield, Kim Taipale, Nicole Miller, Nicole Sexton, Peter Lyden, Chele Chiavacci, Veronique Pittman, France Choe, Diane Passage, Ken Starr and Penny Davidson among many others.


Nicole Miller

Raffle tickets were sold at the event to raise funds for the organization. Among the enticing prizes was a chance to win a long weekend at the Vanessa Noel Hotel. Hanover Charities has been aiding ... Read More


ERWIN OLAF: HOTEL & DAWN

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 1/29/2010 3:16 PM
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On Thursday, January 28th, Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery celebrated the opening of Erwin Olaf: Hotel & Dawn. Olaf, who lives in Amsterdam, created Dawn as a response to Dusk, where he inverts its dark tones and composes similar images in white, with accents of flesh. As Dawn and Dusk are concerned, they are impressively composed with immaculate attention to detail. While, as a collection, I don't think it needed to be that large to get the point across, in the end I was satisfied based on how dramatic the pieces were, individually and as a collection.

DUSK & DAWN

The strongest part of the exhibit, however, was titled "Hotel." Olaf, once again, showcases his impeccable ability to compose an image, and place a subject within a setting that defines the piece as much as the subject itself. In this collection, which he based on ... Read More


Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond Makes First Public Appearance in 50 yrs.

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 1/29/2010 1:18 PM
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The historic Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond, in all of its wonderful glory, is on display for the first time in fifty years at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The now 31.06 carat diamond's history dates back to 1664 when Philip IV of Spain gave it to his daughter, the Infanta Margarita Teresa, upon her engagement to Emperor Leopold I of Austria. In 1722 the diamond was passed to the Wittelsbachs of Bavaria, where it got its name, and after WWI was auctioned off when Bavaria became a republic. Well, it wasn't actually auctioned off as much as a worthless piece of cut glass was in place of it. The actual diamond, however, did resurface in 1951 in Belgium and was finally displayed in 1958 at the Brussels World's Fair. In 2008 the then 35.56 carat diamond was acquired by Laurence Graff for nearly ... Read More


THERE'S A STATE OF THE UNION IN THE U.S.A.!

By Sammy Dwenzington
Thursday, 1/28/2010 1:09 PM
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By Sammy Dwenzington

To me, politics is like a second language. Not like Latin or French, but like "House Keeper" or "Cab Driver." I get the gist of it, I make assessments, but in the end, do I really care whether my Club Monaco shirts go to Majestic Cleaners on 75th or Dunhill a few blocks north?  So I get politics, I just feel that there are more pertinent things in my life, and I can't get all worked up about them like the angry guy in Union Square who said that Barack Obama was like Hitler. And I'm like, "Wow! Haven't the Jews been through enough!?" Then the guy said Obama's health care plan was 'Hitler-esque'. "Ohhhhhh," I said, "Well, what was Hitler's heath care plan like?" Because I've never ever read about his heath care plan, just that he was so mean to everyone in Europe. Except Switzerland, ... Read More


CFDA celebrates Fashion Week at Lincoln Center

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Wednesday, 1/27/2010 3:56 PM
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This Fashion Week (a mere three weeks away!) will be the last held at Bryant Park. I have been shooting at the tents since its inception and will miss those raised white canvas walls and roofs, but last night’s CFDA party celebrating Lincoln Center as the new home of Fashion Week has me excited for September.

Read More at Sundance Channel…


SIMON KNEEN CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF BANANA REPUBLIC'S SUMMER COLLECTION

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 1/27/2010 1:02 PM
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Simon Kneen, creative director of Banana Republic, celebrated the release of his summer 2010 collection on Tuesday, January 26th, with a private dinner at Indochine Restaurant. His new line focuses on American work ware as the foundation, heavy with blues and denims that according to Kneen, were inspired by the "American" blue skies (eat it France). It is almost painful to think of those blue skies right now as it is only January and who really knows when summer will finally set in. Last year I think there were two weeks in late July that seemed to feel like summer, but the jury is still out on that one.


Jack Calhoun, Catherine Sadler, Simon Kneen

The second part of the show focused more on themes of Khaki as a base for work shirts, silk capris and day dresses. The new line is refreshing and gave ... Read More


EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 1/26/2010 11:38 AM
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Education Through Music teamed up with Music Unites and Grammy Award winning violin sensation Joshua Bell, on Monday, January 25th, to celebrate "At Home with friends," an intimate cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres prepared by award wining chef, Brian Lewis (Bedford Post Inn).  The event, which featured a performance by the acclaimed Joshua Bell, also took place at his New York Residence.


Joshua Bell

The evening was held to benefit Education Through Music, which makes music education available to thousands of at-risk children who would otherwise have limited or no access to the arts in school. Now more than ever, as schools are being shut down and cut backs are more the norm then the exception, programs dealing with the arts are the first to go, and once they are eliminated it is increasingly difficult to get them back. The educational benefits ... Read More


FLAVIA MASSON'S "A TOUCH OF PINK" BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION La Grenouille, NYC, January 22nd 2010

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 1/25/2010 6:05 PM
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On Friday, January 22, 2010, comedian Flavia Masson celebrated her 2010 birthday at a Manhattan classic, La Grenouille, her father's restaurant. Guests came pretty in pink to toast the birthday girl who chose "Touch of Pink" as the appropriate theme for her special night... and what a night! La vie en rose indeed. The lights were dim and the room glowed like a fairytale cottage, highlighting the fragrant roses, camellias and candles sporting la colour de la nuit.


Alexa Wilding, Flavia Masson, Keren Eldad

Among the crowd of Flavia's pastel clad friends were a number of notable faces including Robert Risko (who designed the birthday invitations), Alexa Wilding, Cristina and Francesco Civetta, Keren Eldad, Charles Masson, Charlotte Chapman, Miles Hammond, Katherine Boudria, Alexa Wilding, Roberto Bentivegna, Stefania Palandjoglou, Michael Stillman, Benjamin Feldman, Lea Guberina-Sulc, ... Read More


Mind Body Spirit

By Aesha Waks
Monday, 1/25/2010 4:23 PM
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Hello, My name is Aesha Waks. I just graduated form NYU with a BS in communications, and I have always wanted to do something with my life that would help people. My friends are always asking me for advice and I figured that since some questions come up time and time again it would be good to have a place people could go for 24 hour advice, and I figured it might as well be found in a place people go everyday anyway (patrickmcmullan.com).
          
          
All of our emotions and issues stem from our surroundings and as we are all constantly surrounded by the Rich and Famous (If not at a gala then on the cover of a magazine). I felt it necessary to approach these issues from a certain stance. Being both an Actress and a Musician... 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


Haitian Relief

By Patrick
Saturday, 1/23/2010 7:22 PM
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PMc is committed to supporting our communities by sharing our time, talent and resources.  This commitment is particularly strong in difficult times and many are now working to help those that are dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake that devasted Haiti.  PMc would like to donate 10% of every print order received through February 14, 2010. 

Please use the promotional code:  Haitian Relief upon checkout of all print orders and PMc will donate this to The Clinton Foundation Haitian Relief Effort.  The Clinton Foundation Haitian Relief effort is designed to accept monetary donations that can be allocated to aid organizations working on the ground in Haiti.

If you would like to contribute directly to this fund please view this link:  https:re.clintonfoundation.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=3882&gclid=CJ7tsvWUuZ8CFYNo5QodA1Pg3Q


56th Annual WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW opening night

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 1/22/2010 3:23 PM
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On Thursday, January 21, 2009, Arie L. Kopelman, Lucinda C. Ballard, Michael R. Lynch, Karen Kemp Glover, Leslie Keno, Stephen J. Ketchum, Grace Baxter Lamour, Ruth H. Smithers and Peter M. Brant hosted the opening night party for the 56th Annual Winter Antiques Show at the stunning Park Avenue Armory. The highly anticipated event began in the early evening and guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres, delicate as fine art as they perused the galleries. Among the elegant company were many well known faces including Martha Stewart, Pamela Fiori, Chairman Sallie Krawcheck and Vice-Chairmen Susan Baker, Jamie Drake, Andrea Henderson Fahnestock, Liz and Jim Jessee, Donald E. Newhouse, Lily Safra, Peter and Lenore Standish and many others.

Proceeds from the event went toward support of the ... Read More


No. 3 exhibit at Milk Studios

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Thursday, 1/21/2010 11:40 AM
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Imagine dreamy photos of a beautiful naked woman on a sultry summer beach that transport you away from a chilly New York winter night for even a few minutes. You really wouldn’t expect anything less from Milk Studios than a stunning — and nude-centric — exhibit, would you? “No. 3,” from the Saguaro Series, features 25-year-old Paz de la Huerta, an upcoming actress we will be seeing plenty of in the coming years.

Read More at Sundance Channel…


VITAL VOICES event

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 1/20/2010 4:30 PM
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On Tuesday, January 19, 2009, Anh Doung, Alexis Tobin and Samantha Thompson raised a glass to honor Vital Voices Global Partnership at the fashionable Bowery Hotel in Soho.  The evening gathered some of New York's most prestigious women including Nicole Miller, Nina Griscom, Miranda Brooks, Jennifer Creel, Cathy Hardwick, Sharon Hodge, Bettina Prentice,  Yvonne Force-Villareal, Valerie Zilkha and Lynda Johnson Robb to raise a glass, generously poured by Stoli.

The Vital Voices Global Partnership gathers extraordinary women from around the world in a variety of fields and encourages them by providing opportunities to creative positive change around the world. For more information, visit www.vitalvoices.org


JA APPAREL DEBUTES NEW SHOWROOM

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 1/20/2010 12:49 PM
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BY Patrick Kelley

On Tuesday, January 19th, the JA Apparel Corporation debuted their newly redesigned Joseph Abboud Showroom. The showroom and executive offices occupy the entire 27th Floor of 650 Fifth Ave with the design studio on the 23rd floor. The new showroom, designed by Michael Lopez of TPG Architecture, gives the space a industrial and loft-like feel, eliminating as much clutter as possible. The modern and open area is in stark contrast to their previous, more conservative look, and allows retail partners to view the wide range of products that work together as a collection, but also stand on their own in uniqueness and design. Guests in attendance were Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men), Steve Schirippa, Walt Clyde Frazier, Shaun O'Hara, Marty Staff, Michael Imperioli, and John Starks.


Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris (Boyz II
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Patti Smith and Steven Sebring: Objects of Life

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Anita Antonini)
Thursday, 1/14/2010 2:01 PM
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The place to be on this cold January night was the Robert Miller Gallery, where Patti Smith and Steven Sebring were celebrating their collaborative exhibit, “Objects of Life.” The gallery space overflowed with photos, paintings, sculptures, and installation pieces; Sebring said there was a lot in back that they couldn’t even fit in.

Read More at Sundance Channel…


NYE Parties

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Monday, 1/11/2010 5:44 PM
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I’ve celebrated pretty much every New Year at a party and thought now would be a great time to check out some of the best looks at NYE parties of the past decade (and there were quite a few). Here’s to another decade of fun times and lovely fashion!

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Boom Boom Room

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Monday, 1/11/2010 5:42 PM
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As always at this time of year, the best-of lists and awards are being bestowed all over the place. One thing I have not seen honored yet is the Boom Boom Room, definitely the best nightclub to open this year. It reminds me of Studio 54, but with windows (and what a view!). The space is cool: You feel like you’re in some stylish starship, with the staff as fashionable and attractive as any attendee. There are even smoking alcoves that make it easy for smokers to step around the corner with a perfect excuse to stretch their legs.

Read More at Sundance Channel…


Fashion Scholarship Fund roundtable

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Monday, 1/11/2010 5:38 PM
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A few months ago, I was asked to sit on a panel and talk about redesigning the rules of fashion in today’s media for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. As excited as I was to take part, I nearly overslept, since the night before was a bit wild — I had won Paper Magazine’s Nightlife Award for nightlife photographer, and in the spirit of the award, I was out very late. I rushed to the Times Center, where my fellow panelists were getting ready and talking in the green room. Dani Stahl and I discussed wearing our sunglasses onstage as we were wired for mics (I didn’t, but she wore hers on her head).

Read More at Sundance Channel…


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