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EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO BENEFACTORS DINNER AND CELEBRATION

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 10/28/2009 6:20 PM
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On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, El Museo Del Barrio held a dinner for their benefactors to celebrate the grand opening and preview of their inaugural
exhibitions. An elegant and colorful crowd gathered at long tables in their Fifth Avenue location for cocktails, dinner and entertainment.
 

Ruben Toledo, Isabel Toledo
 
Guests were treated to a live Spanish guitar performance and, also, a full band. Bacardi drinks were plentiful with a large selection of their various spirits available at the bar. At dinner, guests were also addressed by Dr. JuliánZugazagoitia, director and CEO of El
Museo del Barrio, and Tony Bechara, Chair,
Board of Trustess, El Museo del Barrio, who thanked all for their support.
 

Carmen Ana Unanue, Julian Zugazagoitia, Tasha Zugazagoitia
 
Among the numerous guests were Tasha Zugazagoitia (wife of Dr. JuliánZugazagoitia), Mary Wallach, Philippe de Montebello, YazHernández, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, El Museo del Barrio, and husband ValentinHernández, Carolina Herrera, Rubén and ... Read More


PHYSIQUE 57 DVD LAUNCH PARTY

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 10/28/2009 6:00 PM
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On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, Calypso St. Barth and Physique 57 celebrated the launch of their new Physique 57 DVD workout series. A well-toned crowd gathered at the Calypso St. Barth Flagship Store in New York City to support health, fitness and fashion.


                                          Betsy Vaughan, Jennifer Maanavi


The youthful crowd was treated to snacks and drinks by caterer Chef’s Agency and sponsor, health-conscious newcomer to the snack world, Pop Chips.  DJ Jesse Felluss spun beats.
 

DJ Jesse Felluss



The event was hosted by Jennifer Foyle, President, Calypso St. Barth, Jennifer Vaughn Maanavi, Founder and CEO of Physique 57, Tanya Becker of Physique 57 and Shelly Knight of Physique 57.


Tanya Becker, Shelly Knight, Jennifer Maanavi

Entertainment and magazine world V.I.P.swere ... Read More


Lights; Cameras; Fashion!

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 10/28/2009 5:31 PM
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Bloomingdale’s teams with Young Indies Films, LLC to create BFLIX, a new and innovative approach to advertising through short films. Young writers and directors take center stage this fall as Bloomingdale’s commissioned five filmmakers to show their shorts throughout the store’s retail locations.


Stephen Lin, Andrew Hunt, Amy Redford, Antonio Campos, Emily Abt

The films, all three to five minutes in length, were all shot in New York and cover generational relationships and romance. They are a way to supplement Bloomingdale’s Fall fashion campaign entitled “Light’s; Cameras; Fashion”. In its partnership with Young Indies Films. LLC, Bloomingdale’s is taking steps to nurture independent films, up and coming directors and reach out to its customers through a different artistic medium.

Andrew Hunt

Guests in attendance were, Amy Redford, Andrew Hunt, Tara Griffin, Antonio Campos, Brandon Beilis, Nancy Schafer, Anne Keating, Ana Cruz Kayne, Emily Abt and Hina Abdullah.

To find out more ... Read More


Shop, Cure Cancer

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 10/28/2009 4:57 PM
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Saks Fifth Avenue CEO Steve Sadove and Evelyn Lauder hosted an intimate luncheon as Café SFA to kick off the Key to a Cure Shopping Weekend. The shopping weekend takes place from October 15th to the 18th at all Saks retail stores nationwide and online at saks.com.  


Dr. Asa Abeliovich, Erica Klauer

The purpose of this event is to raise money for women’s charities, both nationally and locally. A percentage of the weekend’s sales will be donated to various charities and Saks will also donate $500,000 to Evelyn Lauder’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Since the shopping weekend’s inception in 1999, Saks has donated over $32 million to women’s cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States.


Betty Sherrill, Anne Sherrill Pine, Kitty Sherrill

The kickoff welcomed such guests as Emmy Rossum, Becki Newton, Sela Ward, Lauren Bush, Olivia Chantecaille, Marjorie Gubelmann, Lizzie Tisch, Suzy Johnson, Anne Grauso, Jennifer ... Read More


HEARST MAGAZINES LAUNCHES “DESIGNER VISIONS: CINEMA STYLE”

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 10/28/2009 5:02 AM
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On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, Hearst magazines launched their third annual “Designer Visions” program in Manhattan with renowned townhouse designers Thom Filicia for “House Beautiful”, Richard Mishaan for “Town & Country” and John Saladino. At this year’s opening, the designers transformed the contemporary condominium space, Soho Mews, into a cinema-inspired wonderland based upon the films “The Big Chill”, “Dinner at Eight”, and “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.

 

Thom Filicia


 

This was the first of a number of events to be held throughout December, including the presentation of “Esquire” Magazine’s “Esquire Apartment”. Within a vast crowd of designers, socialites and various others were a number of special guests including Sela Ward, Pamela Fiori, Jonathan Adler, Lloyd Boston, Ted Gibson, Joyce Varvatos, Ann ... 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.

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Dyson Blows Away The Competition

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 10/22/2009 5:41 PM
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James Dyson, vacuum aficionado for the last thirty-odd years, has shifted his focus from the wonderful world of vacuums to the exciting world of fans.  For your cooling enjoyment, the engineers at Dyson have created the sleek and innovative Dyson Air Multiplier™ fan. The bladeless fan transforms the experience of sitting in front of a fan, usually burdened by turbulent air buffeting, into a serene and relaxing alternative.


James Dyson

The reception, held on the ninth floor of a converted warehouse, provided guests with wine and hors d’oeuvres from Creative Edge Parties. As guests arrived, they had the opportunity to enjoy the food, music and viewing a peaceful sunset through the showroom’s floor to ceiling windows that looked out over the Hudson.


James Dyson, Nasir Kassamali

The event featured James Dyson himself introducing the world to the future of fans, a future uninhibited by cumbersome blades chopping the ... Read More


“Vanity Fair” Launches Proust Questionnaire at Clic Bookstore & Gallery

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 10/22/2009 5:31 PM
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Vanity Fair and T-mobile celebrated the launch of “Vanity Fair’s” Proust Questionnaire: 101Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life. The reception, held at Clic Bookstore & Gallery featured the book’s illustrator and “Vanity Fair” contributing artist, Robert Risko.


Robert Risko

Marcel Proust, French essayist and novelist, believed an individual’s answers reveal who they really are as a person. In that spirit, “Vanity Fair” compiled 101 questionnaires from the world’s most prominent figures and personalities and the result is an enlightening, thoughtful and very often hilarious peek into the minds of those who have influenced us over the years.


Flavia Masson, Robert Risko, Christiane Celle, Antoine Verglas

Illustrations by Robert Risko accompany the questionnaires. The artist’s portraits have shaped the unique look of “Vanity Fair” and have appeared in almost every magazine imaginable. Since his first assignment handed to him by Andy Warhol in 1978 for ... Read More


CASITA MARIA FIESTA DOS MIL Y NUEVE, OLE!

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 10/22/2009 5:15 PM
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The Casita Maria Center for the Arts and Education hosted Fiesta 2009. The black tie dinner/dance at the Mandarin Hotel honored Adrienne Arsht, Lorenza Dipp de Torres-Lample and Nancy Gonzalez for their continued involvement in the organization and their dedication to strengthening Hispanic communities in New York.


Nancy Gonzalez, Jacqueline Weld Drake
Lorenza Dipp de Torres Lample, Adrienne Arsht

Casita Maria is a non-profit whose mission is to provide youth with the tools they need to achieve academically, become artists and creative problem solvers, provide families with the opportunities to explore their communities with the visual and performing arts. Currently, the organization’s programs include a wide range of in-school and after-school programs, a community referral center, special summer camps and internships for predominantly Hispanic communities in the South Bronx and East Harlem.


Lorenza Dipp de Torres Lample, Nancy Gonzalez, Adrienne Arsht

This year’s Fiesta 2009 Dinner celebration, chaired by Jacqueline Weld ... 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


HAIR FOR HEALTH

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 10/20/2009 11:06 PM
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Rodolfo Valentin, Founder of Sophia’s Hair for Health Foundation, welcomed guests to the annual Pink Ribbon Fundraising Event at Rodolfo Valentin Salon and Spa.


Rodolfo Valentin

Valentin’s foundation provides customized hair prostheses to low-income New Yorkers fighting cancer. Family, friends or cancer care specialists nominate the recipients. Rodolfo’s first custom-made wig was created for his mother who had lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Since then, the foundation has assisted in helping men and women take positive steps forward on their journey to recovery.


MiJa, Valerie Bauer, Maria Aronova, Rodolfo Valentin, Franka Cappella, Serene Aabahl, Katy Scrinavko

Guests in attendance were MiJa, Franka Cappella, George Perez, Valerie Bauer, Eva Martinez, Serene Aandahl and Maria Aronova.


Valerie Bauer, Rodolfo Valentin, Serene Aanbahl, MiJa

To find out more about Sophie’s Hair for Health Foundation go to rodolfovalentin.com


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


MOSCHINO VOGUE & WHITNEY CONTEMPORARIES HOST and exclusive Preview of the Moschino Spring 2010 Collection

By Tia Walker
Monday, 10/19/2009 2:44 PM
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The fusion of art and fashion is always a HOT one and last night Moschino & Vogue previewed their Spring 2010 collection in conjunction with the Whitney Young Contemporaries.

The event meant a mixed crowd of art denizens, fashion aficionados and, of course, “Vogue” girls.  Hosted by Allison Aston, Maggie Betts, Coco Brandolini, Melissa Gellman Weiss, Adam Lippes, and Hanley Newton. attendees enjoyed a little art world folly, with the help of white wine and glimpses of Moschino., before the upcoming Whitney Fall Gala.

Executive Board Member Melissa Weiss was enthusiastic about it all:  "We're really all excited to be here. It’s an amazing affiliation for the Whitney and it's a natural partnership for the Whitney and Moschino because there is an emphasis on supporting young artists. We're all just really excited, of course, to meet the artists."

Artist Ryan Humphrey's large colorful installation graces the Moschino Boutique for the month of October; a perfect ... Read More


The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Monday, 10/19/2009 12:25 PM
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I thought the Teen Vogue Handbook launch party at Rose Bar would sadly be missing its target audience - primarily young teenage girls. It was a Tuesday-night party at a bar, after all. But there they were, teens and tweens, sucking down glasses of soda and flipping through the stacks of handbooks that the publisher had so graciously donated. The budding fashionistas were all decked out in their best outfits in hopes of impressing the equally well-dressed Teen Vogue staff, especially Amy Astley, the founding editor in chief of Teen Vogue.

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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


Mariane Pearl Raises Money For “Resilient”

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 10/14/2009 12:34 AM
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Mariane Pearl hosted a private fundraising party, with support from Gucci, to raise money for ... Read More


Tell Them Anything You Want

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 10/13/2009 11:07 PM
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At the private residence of Allison Sarofim in New York, a party was held to celebrate “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak.” The Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze documentary takes an intimate look at children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

 


Hunter Hill, Julianne Moore, Perry Moore

 

Sendak is possibly one of the most influential children’s authors to date. His career has stretched over sixty years and produced over fifty books; most notably of which is Where the Wild Things Are. The documentary is an open discussion with Sendak that uncovers who he is and what has shaped him as a man and an artist.

 


Spike Jonze, Allison Sarofim

 

Jonze’s interviews with Sendak uncover his obsession with death ... Read More


TAKE HOME A NUDE BENEFIT AUCTION

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 10/12/2009 5:01 PM
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The New York Academy of Art celebrated its 18th annual "Take Home a Nude" benefit auction at Sotheby's. The event honored artist John Currin and treated guests to cocktails, music and dinner. The auction, both silent and live, featured works from both up-and-coming and leading contemporary artists including Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, Kehinde Wiley, Jeff Koons, James Nares and many more.

 

 

John Currin, Eileen Guggenheim, Rachel Feinstein

 

The New York Academy of Art, located in TriBeCa, was founded in 1982 and was the first graduate school in the United States dedicated solely to the study of the human figure. Their benefit auctions feature drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures.  These pieces are used to raise money for the school and to continue the institution’s mission of fostering values and skills intrinsic to the creation of significant contemporary ... Read More


KATIE LEE’S BOOK RELEASE PARTY FOR “THE COMFORT TABLE: EVERYDAY OCCASIONS

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 10/12/2009 4:53 PM
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Lee Brian Schrager hosted the launch party to celebrate the release of Katie Lee’s new cookbook, The Comfort Table: Every Day Occasions, at Hill Country restaurant.

 

 

Fabiola Beracasa, Katie Lee

 

 

Katie Lee, food and lifestyle contributor for “The Early Show” and frequent guest on such programs asExtra”, “The Martha Stewart Show” and “Iron Chef America” celebrated the release of her second book. Her new book touches on a number of different holidays from Thanksgiving to Mother's Day to Chrismukkah taking new approaches to spice up old family favorites.

 

 

Giada De Laurentiis, Katie Lee... Read More


SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL SKIN SENSE AWARDS

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 10/12/2009 4:44 PM
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Sam Campion Hosted the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Annual Skin Sense Awards Gala at The Pierre Hotel. The evening’s events were held to honor David Greenberg, President and CEO of Mabelline New York-Garnier and Mary Simmons, Chairwoman and CEO, Rite Aid Corporation.

 

 

David Greenberg, Bernadette Peters, Mary Sammons

 

 

The Skin Cancer Foundation, celebrating their thirtieth year, has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer:  Skin cancer’s prevention, the need for early detection and prompt effective treatment. This year, the Foundation honored Garnier, which has taken a leadership role in the development of new technologies in sun protection. The Foundation’s “Seal of Recommendation”, that is prominently displayed in Garnier’s print and TV advertising campaigns, has reached out to and educated ... Read More


THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK PRESENTS “NEW YORK AFTER DARK"

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 10/12/2009 2:09 PM
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On Tuesday October 6, 2009, The Director’s Council of the Museum of the City of New York invited guests to join them for “New York After Dark”, a party to benefit the museum. The event was held at the sumptuous Palm Court and Terrace Room in The Plaza, where guests were treated to cocktails, a buffet supper and dancing.





Director's Council

Among the 450 guests sporting dresses and dinner jackets (and ties if they desired), many chose to wear attire fashioned by event sponsor Fendi including Zani Gugelmann, Somers Farkas, Stephanie LaCava, and Director’s council Chairmen Cynthia Lufkin, Allison Rockefeller and Shafi Roepers.



Zani Gugelmann



Somers Farkas, Jonathan Farkas


Allison Rockefeller

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NE-YO, ALFANI RED AND GQ Magazine BENEFIT FOR THE COMPOUND FOUNDATION

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 10/12/2009 1:42 PM
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On Monday October 5, 2009 Ne-Yo, Alfani Red and “GQ” hosted a benefit for The Compound Foundation. A stylish crowd packed the Stephen Weiss Studio in the West Village around 7pm and kept kickin’ into the early evening.


Ne-Yo, Performance

Served during the lively night were fancy hors d’ouvres, including tuna tartar, thai beef spring rolls and chicken satay, washed down by enticing cocktails provided by Asian-inspired TyKu liquor. The overall feeling was more like a club than a benefit.





The red carpet was packed with celebs, including Adrienne Bailon, Tiki Barber, Marc Bouwer, Vivica A Fox, Lydia Hearst, Damaris Lewis, Angie Martinex, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jessica White. Guests entered to tunes provided by DJ Miss Saigon.


Vivica A. Fox


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MICHELIN GUIDE NYC CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 10/12/2009 12:39 PM
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On Monday October 5, 2009, Michelin Guides Director Jean-Luc Naret hosted an event for the 5th anniversary of the Michelin Guide New York City, which was launching its 2010 edition on October 6. Some of the world’s top chefs and culinary inspirations gathered on a garden terrace high above Rockefeller Center, overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral, to celebrate.

Bibendum, Jean-Luc Naret



The scene was an iconic New York-inspired blend of haute fashion and street couture. Though the guests sported such finery as cocktail dresses and silk ascots, sipped top shelf cocktails and chatted in French-accented English, the tables were topped by candleholders fashioned like blue paper coffee cups, the DJ was sneaker-clad and a real Nuts 4 Nuts stood across from the terrace bar.

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CINEMA SOCIETY PRESENTS THE SCREENING OF Chris Rock’s “GOOD HAIR”

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 10/12/2009 12:16 PM
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The Cinema Society & Target hosted a screening of Roadside Attractions & HBO Films’ “Good Hair”, the new Chris Rock produced documentary, at the IFC Center and also the subsequent after party at the Standard Hotel.

 

Rev Al Sharpton, Chris Rock

 

In “ Good Hair”, Rock Investigates the hair/beauty salon industry in relation to the African-American community and its many influences from around the world,  i.e. India, where much of the hair for weaves is harvested.

 

Chris Rock, Nia Long

 

The humorous investigation, inspired by an inquiry from Rock’s daughter, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”, takes a look into the culture around the beauty shops as well as underlying motivations that cause women ... Read More


BOOK LAUNCH FOR RESORT FASHION; STYLE IN SUN-DRENCHED CLIMATES

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 10/12/2009 12:02 PM
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Fredric Leopold, Celeste Ford

On Monday evening Ocotber 5th, Celeste Ford and Fredric Leopold hosted the release party for Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-Drenched Climates, by Caroline Rennolds Milbank with Foreword by Amy Fine Collins.


Harold Koda, Amy Fine Collins

 

In Resort Fashion, Caroline Rennolds Milbank, fashion historian and author of Couture, New York Fashion, and The Couture Accessory, discusses the love affair with resort fashion ware and the evolution of one of the most playful genres in clothing design: Summer/Swimwear.

 

Caroline Rennolds Milbank, Amy Fine Collins

 

Resort Fashion’s seven chapters break down the seasonal style into categories ranging from “Play Clothes” to “Bathing Suits” to quite simply, “White.” Throughout the publication, she nostalgically ... Read More


AMERICAN’S FOR THE ARTS AWARDS

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 10/12/2009 10:26 AM
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Alexandra Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, Bob Lynch

 

Americans for the Arts celebrated national leadership in the arts community Monday evening, October 5th with the National Arts Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street.  This year the organization honored Robert Redford for the lifetime achievement award and featured artist Kelly Richardson . Other honorees were Salmon Rushdie, Ed Ruscha, Sidney Harman, Rosario Dawson and Bank of America for their outstanding contributions to the world of art and its influence in local communities.

 

Amy Redford, Sibylle Szaggars-Redford, Robert Redford, Kerry Washington

 

Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading organization for advancing the arts in ... Read More


Opening of “Nimbus Vapor” at Opera Gallery

By Patrick Kelley
Sunday, 10/11/2009 11:34 PM
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Opera Gallery celebrated the opening of “Nimbus Vapor”, an exhibit curated by Ron English, that showcased street art inspired by the New York underground graffiti scene.

 

Anthony Lister, Brent Kerr, Marsea Goldberg, W.K. Interact

 

Ron English, a renowned pop artist who critically explores the use of brand imaging and advertising in his pieces, brought together a collection of works by some of the world’s most influential street artists. For English, street art represents an avenue for artists to interface with the public in a way that is unique to a generation. New York graffiti, specifically, made the ancient medium accessible to millions. It took the art of that moment out of the gallery and put it in a setting that spoke to a generation and continues to do so. In curating the exhibit, English took works by inspiring artists and brought it to a setting where ... Read More


Nancy Gonzalez Hosts Cocktail Party in Honor of Casita Maria

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 10/9/2009 9:05 PM
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Designer Nancy Gonzalez hosted a cocktail party Thursday evening, October 1st in honor of Casita Maria, as well as to celebrate the opening of their new building in the south Bronx.

 


Valerie Boster, Lauren Goodman, Dana Gers, Nancy Gonzalez

 

The Columbian-born designer of luxury handbags celebrated the mission of Casita Maria and their contributions to the community. The Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education aims to empower youth and their families by creating a culture of learning through quality social, cultural and educational opportunities.  Casita Maria provides the opportunity for Hispanic families who have just arrived in America to thrive in their new homeland.  The Upper East Side cocktail party welcomed such guests as Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Ann Dexter Jones, Douglas Hannant, Audrey Gruss, Valerie Boster, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Frederick Anderson, Santiago Gonzalez, Felicia Taylor, Lauren Goodman, Dana Gers, Paolo Costagli, Gino Ariani, Amanda Ross and ... Read More


The Hennessy Artistry 2009 Series

By Benjamin Lozovsky
Friday, 10/9/2009 5:17 PM
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The Hennessy Artistry 2009 Series made its fourth and final stop in New York on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, to a packed house at the Terminal 5 nightclub. Eclectic blends was the theme for the night, as the event brought together a range of celebrities, artists, athletes, executives, and socialites for a celebration of diversity in art, music, culture, and taste.

The heavy winds and sudden chills didn’t deter fans and VIPs from lining up around the block to get into the invite-only concert. The wait was well worth it because, once inside, guests were treated to a carnival atmosphere, replete with shining Hennessey bottles, aerial dance artists, and a bill that included some of the best talent in the hip hop world.

After an up-tempo tuba-sporting intro by house band The Roots, host and co-organizer Common roared on stage with a buoyant energy, ripping through classics like “The People” and “The ... Read More


Hearst Castle with Patrick McMullan

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Friday, 10/9/2009 5:01 PM
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As much as I love autumn in New York, I am always happy to head to the West Coast any chance I get. So when Anne Hearst McInerney invited me to the first annual Hearst Preservation weekend for the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, I jumped at the opportunity.

Read More at Sundance Channel…


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


Susan Collis Armory Party

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Monday, 10/5/2009 2:02 PM
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Although the Armory Show doesn't open until the beginning of March, there was a private cocktail party last night celebrating Susan Collis, the chosen artist for 2010's big event. The Armory Show is one of the biggest annual art events in New York, showcasing a carefully selected group of artists at Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan's West Side. Every year the show commissions an artist to create an identity to define the exhibit, and Collis's vision will influence everything from the layout to the marketing materials sent out.

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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


Stuart Weitzman Appears at Bergdorf Goodman

By Rylan Soref
Sunday, 10/4/2009 9:52 PM
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On Thursday, October 1, 2009 Stuart Weitzman appeared at Bergdorf Goodman for a meet-and-greet with the public. Weitzman, whose creations are familiar to any red carpet participants and viewers, spent over two hours at the Women’s Store on 5th Avenue chatting with shoppers and friends to present his most recent line of pied fashion.

 

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at West 57th Street by Hilton Club

By Rylan Soref
Sunday, 10/4/2009 9:32 PM
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On Thursday, October 1, 2009, Hilton Grand Vacations held its official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the site of their newest project, West 57th Street by Hilton Club. The ceremony was hosted by Mark Wang, Senior Vice President Hilton Worldwide and President of Hilton Grand Vacations, as well as the executive leadership team of Hilton Grand Vacations.

 

 

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Melissa De La Cruz Celebrates The Publication Of Her New Book “The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4)”

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 10/2/2009 6:23 PM
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On September 30th, “New York Times” best-selling author Melissa De La Cruz celebrated the release of her newest book in the Blue Bloods series, The Van Alen Legacy, at MEET At The Apartment in SoHo.  The launch, sponsored by Disney-Hyperion, Purple Lab and Crumbs Bakeshop commemorated the author’s fourth installment of the young-adult vampire series.

 

Jon Yaged, Melissa De La Cruz

 

MEET At The Apartment hosted the goth-glam party that featured Blue Blood Cocktails and catering provided by Cleaver Company. The ominous loft was clad in vampire-esque décor for this event. The walls were covered in black with blood-red flowers.  Shelves on the walls were lit with white long-stemmed candles that illuminated De La Cruz’s three previous novels in the Blue Bloods series.

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Launch of James Gardner’s Debut Novel “The Lion Killer”

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 10/2/2009 5:55 PM
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On September 30th, William Flaherty presented the celebration for James Gardner’s debut novel The Lion Killer at the Central Park Zoo. The elegant reception welcomed guests with hors d’oeuvres and live music performed by a spirited percussionist, aiding in the overall African-themed event.
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INA MEN Store Opening Reception on Prince St.

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 10/2/2009 5:55 PM
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INA Men, a designer consignment clothing store at 19 Prince Street, celebrated the opening of their men’s section Tuesday evening, September 29th. The high-end, secondhand store opened its doors for a reception complete with ultra premium Tequila Casa Dragones and hors d’oeuvres from Papatzul restaurant.

 

Ina & Bernsteins

Tuesday’s reception was filled with an exciting and intimate gathering of designers, photographers and thrifty shoppers anxious to sift through collections of gently used high-end fashion pieces. The newly expanded store offers fashion-savvy patrons a chance to find favorites from brands such as Gucci and Prada at reduced prices.

Khadejah Kesten, Squirrelly Milhorn, Ally Hantverk, Ruby Andreolli

INA Men’s unassuming storefront is both subtle and welcoming. It maintains the feel of an unpretentious, secondhand store and doesn’t rely on flashy displays to lure people inside. Elegant and to-the-point, you won’t find yourself wasting an entire day searching through ... Read More


“Whitewall” Magazine Celebrates Fall ’09 Launch With Host David LaChapelle

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 10/2/2009 5:22 PM
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David LaChapelle hosted the “Whitewall” magazine’s fall launch Thursday evening at The Royalton.  LaChapelle, along with Karl Lagerfeld, John Chamberlain and Peter Brant, is featured in this month’s edition of the quarterly publication.

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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


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