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Alliance for the Arts Friends of the Arts Party

By Tia Walker
Monday, 11/30/2009 4:36 PM
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Patrick McMullan

The Alliance for the Arts Annual Friends of the Arts Party 2009, proved to be a wonderfully insightful evening.  On Friday the 13th, Christie's opened its first floor galleries in celebration of Latin American Art.

The Friends Party began in 2003 as a way to support the Alliance's work as a leader in arts advocacy and to engage artists, policymakers and patrons in conversations about the arts.  This year, the Friends of the Arts Party incorporated the artwork of KiptonArt artists in its display, providing for fuller, richer program.

Before becoming completely engrossed in Uruguayan artist Ignacio Iturria's Somos todos brilliant oil-on-canvas that was part of the Latin American Collection, we came upon Stardust. A darling diptych, by German-based KiptonArt artist Tina Buccholtz. Stardust was an eye-catcher due to its densely crisscrossed strands interspersed with translucent glaze, giving it a three-dimensional effect. BRILLIANT!



Peter Stern and Tom Smedes

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Alternative Apparel

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Wednesday, 11/25/2009 3:07 PM
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Alternative Apparel is exactly what its name implies — an alternative to the conventional clothing company. The brand jumped on the green wave when it was a mere trickle, and it’s now on the front lines of the organic revolution. And the young people are getting the message — they were out and dressed to kill for Alternative Apparel’s party at the Hudson Hotel last Tuesday.

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AMERICAN FRIENDS of the PARIS OPERA and BALLET 25th Anniversary Dinner and Recital

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 11/25/2009 1:45 AM
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On Monday, November 23, 2009, The American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet (AFPOB) held its 25th Anniversary Dinner and Recital at the Consulate General of France in Manhattan. The evening, hosted by Philippe Lalliot and Laurence Folliot-Lalliot and the Board of Trustees of the AFPOB, gathered a distinguished crowd for a special recital by Jason S. Bridges, accompanied on piano by Kevin Murphy. Special thanks to Resa and Heiner Sussner for their generous gift, which initiated a fund to train and develop young singers such as Bridges.


A wonderful French meal featuring langoustines, veal and an assortment of pastries paired with two wines, Chablis Domaine Lamblin 2008 and Medoc Chateau de Laujac 2005. Guests complimented both Chef de Cuisine Stephane Verdille and Maitre d'Hotel Xavier Thibaud on the enjoyable presentation.

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Grand Opening of the 2009 WIRED STORE

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 11/25/2009 1:14 AM
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On Friday, November 20, 2009, Wired Magazine opened the doors to its newest Wired Store in Manhattan's Meatpacking/Highline District. More than 1400 people arrived to celebrate the opening including Chris Noth, Alexis Bledel, Anthony Mackie, Ben Lyons, Gavin DeGraw and Scott Adsit.


The store offers guests over 250 items on display such as tech, home goods, clothes, toys, and games, and will be host for a number of unique social events. It also boasts a one-of-a-kind interactive mural designed in collaboration with Moby. He played DJ for the opening party, a "green section" curated by Adrian Grenier,  a gaming area curated by Tony Hawk and the debut of the "One Wired Wish" program, which displays holiday wishes from a number of celebrities.


Moby

The marquee "gallery-meets-retail experience" is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm - 9pm through December ... Read More


LITTLE BABY FACE FOUNDATION 7th Annual Fall Benefit, BELIEVE IN MIRACLES VII, Honoring Dr. Deborah Pilla

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 11/25/2009 12:45 AM
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On Thursday, November 19, 2009, the Little Baby Face Foundation held its seventh annual benefit, "Believe in Miracles VII" at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South in Manhattan. More than 300 guests gathered for cocktails and a buffet dinner to honor Dr. Deborah Pilla, a dedicated member of the foundation's Medical Advisory Board. A video was screened highlighting her work providing dental evaluations to the children at the foundation. Many of the foundation's patients attended including some from Morocco, Greece, Ecuador and Staten Island, NY.

The Little Baby Face Foundation provides corrective surgery for children born with facial deformities, nationally and worldwide, regardless of a family's ability to pay. For more information, visit www.littlebabyface.org.


New York City Ballet Opening Night Benefit

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 11/24/2009 7:38 PM
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On Tuesday, November 24th, the New York City Ballet (NYCB) celebrated the start of the 2009-2010 season and the opening of the newly renovated David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The performance featured the world premier of the ballet by Peter Martins to John Adams' Naïve and Sentimental Music. The piece featured twenty-six principal dancers with costumes by fashion designer Liliana Casabal of Morgane Le Fay. The supper ball following the 7:00PM performance featured a gourmet meal from Glorious Food. Guests in attendance were David Koch, Julia Koch, Mila Kunis, Darren Aronofsky, Talicia Martins, Elise Overland, Fe Fendi, Gillian MiniterDiana Picasso, and Natalie Portman.


David Koch, Julia Koch, Talicia Martins, Peter Martins


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY INDOCHINE!

By Sammy Dwenzington
Tuesday, 11/24/2009 4:57 PM
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Indochine Restaurant celebrated their 25th anniversary on Friday night and I have to say that anniversaries always make me sentimental. Very rarely are we given the opportunity to celebrate anyone or anything's longevity, especially here in New York. I think the rule of thumb is anything that's great has a life span of about a month and a half before it becomes, well, bridge and tunnel. (a.k.a. Jersey, if I need to spell it out for you).  So anytime I have the opportunity to celebrate anything that has held up for a while, I'm just at a loss of words.

Before Friday, the last anniversary I celebrated was for my friend Jacob's parents. It was kind of an anniversary. See, it was the 25th anniversary of the renewal of their marriage vows. In the early eighties, Jacob's dad, Joseph, had a split with Jacob's mom ... Read More


HELP ME OPRAH I’M CRAZY

By Anita Antonini
Tuesday, 11/24/2009 12:37 PM
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graffiti found on Lafayette (off Bleecker Street) by HACULLA
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November 21, 2009
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TOMS Shoes/One For One

By Anita Antonini
Monday, 11/23/2009 5:02 PM
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Exclusive Collection at Bergdorf Goodman
NYC, November 19, 2009


Back in 2006, Blake Mycoskie thought to himself, “I'm going to start a shoe company, and for every pair that we sell, I'll give a pair to someone who needs them”. An earnest thinker and doer, Blake became the founder of TOMS Shoes, that has given away more than 150,000 pairs of shoes to date. The company name is derived from the word tomorrow: As in, taking steps towards building a better tomorrow. The initiative named One For One started giving in Argentina and has expanded to areas in South Africa and most recently Haiti.

This Chief Shoe Giver, makes the phrase, “put your best foot forward” seem simple. TOMS is a proud member of the Clinton Global Initiative and now has, Friends of TOMS, the non-profit arm of TOMS Shoes. The man, himself, also has eco-friendly good looks and a charismatic ... Read More


FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION Annual Gala Dinner 2009

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 11/23/2009 4:14 PM
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On Thursday, November 19, 2009, The French American Foundation held its annual fund raising gala at Manhattan's debonair Capitale. The event was hosted by Ambassador of France to the United States Pierre Vimont, Consul General of France Philippe Lalliot and the foundation's Board of Directors. This year gathered an accomplished crowd of international liaisons, business leaders and social authorities to honor Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault Nissan Alliance, and Arthur A. Hartman, former US Ambassador to France and the Soviet Union, for their efforts to strengthen French-American business relations.



Drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served including delicately smoked salmon dolloped with a dreamy cream sauce on thinly sliced cucumber. Following the reception, TV host and emcee for the evening Kate Snow invited guests to join her in the reception hall for Dinner.

Among the destinguished guests were ... Read More


Invisible Children

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Monday, 11/23/2009 3:13 PM
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Gallery season is upon us, and last week I went to one of the first in what I am sure will be a long procession of well-curated shows. This particular show has a larger purpose than just displaying art. The PARC Foundation presented an exhibition by Invisible Children called INVISIBLE: FROM DARKNESS TO SIGHT. It was a walk through what it's like to be a child soldier in Uganda, where Africa's longest-running war still rages.

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Moon Struck

By Sammy Dwenzington
Monday, 11/23/2009 1:26 PM
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The last thing I remember was losing myself in Robert Pattinson's eyes. He arrived at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, Thursday evening; with that "a stiff breeze is perfectly shaping my beautiful mane" look. He had just a kiss of scruff on his chin and when the cameras started flashing things started getting a little fuzzy.
The next thing I knew, I was in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of a thunderstorm playing baseball. It all seemed strange but oddly familiar, and I was just happy to be with Robert again, whom I had seen only moments before at a premier in New York. How had I gotten here? Maybe he carried me on his back? I sure hope so.

A moment later I awoke (apparently I had been dreaming) back in New York amongst the flash of the cameras, but this time ... Read More


An Autumn Affair with the YOUNG PATRONS OF THE LOUVRE and ELIE TAHARI

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 11/20/2009 8:03 PM
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On Thursday, November 19, 2009, The Young Patrons Circle of American Friends of the Louvre held an event with Elie Tahari under the elegant chandelier in their Soho location. Guests were treated to champagne and white wine along with a selection of delectable hors d'oeuvres made specially by Tahari's private chef.


Anne Huntington, Elizabeth Grimaldi

Special guests included Alixe Laughlin, Larissa Whitney, Anne Huntington, David Chines, Daniel Colon Jr., Sean Stevens, Elizabeth Grimaldi, Jennifer Collins, Carolyn Cass and Tracy Stern.


Alixe Laughlin, Sean Stevens

Designer Elie Tahari believes that "the individual should speak louder than his or her clothes and creates fashions to accent personal character." For more information visit www.elietahari.com.


21 Destinations to Discover hosted by WALDORF=ASTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 11/20/2009 7:39 PM
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On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, Waldorf=Astoria Hotels & Resorts Global Head of Luxury and Lifestyle Brands John Vanderslice hosted a celebration of 21 Destinations to Discover and to welcome the newest member of their elegant family, Waldorf=Astoria Orlando, in a suite high above Manhattan at the Waldorf Towers. A well fashioned crowd in dress, suits and a few ties arrived for signature cocktails and a buffet of hors d'oeuvres with citrusy Floridian flair. To the delight of all, each guests was presented with one two-night, weekend getaway for use at one of the Florida Waldorf=Astoria Hotels & Resorts.




John Vanderslice, Jennifer Hoffman Jones



MINNIE MORTIMER's Spring 2010 Collection Launch Party hosted by Peter Davis, Olivia Palermo and Patrick McMullan

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 11/20/2009 7:05 PM
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On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, Olivia Palermo, Peter Davis, and our own Patrick McMullan  hosted a celebration for Minnie Mortimer's Spring 2010 collection in Manhattan's new hot spot yet to open at The East Side Social Club, no one can get in without an invite it opens Monday, November 23, 2009. Minnie arrived in style with a handful of her closest friends wearing some select pieces of her new bright and beachy spring collection.


Olivia Palermo, Minnie Mortimer


The select few invited to the intimate dinner were Lauren Remington Platt, Bettina Prentice, Rachelle Hruska, Carlos Souza, Valerie Boster, Serena Nikkhah, Topper Mortimer, Annelise Peterson, Gigi Mortimer, Ally Hilfiger, Andrew Saffir, Johannes Huebl, Happy Massee, Ali Wise, Hayley Bloomingdale, Richard Johnson, Elise Overland, Jackie Astier, ... Read More


LOUIS VUITTON HOSTS RECEPTION AFTER LIGHTING OF UNICEF STAR

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 11/20/2009 6:49 PM
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Louis Vuitton hosted a reception following the lighting of the UNICEF snowflake on Thursday evening, November 19th at the Louis Vuitton flagship store.


Caryl Stern, Lucy Liu, Daniel Lalonde

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the snowflake which has become an iconic fixture in New York City during the holiday season. This particular snowflake was donated by the Stonbely Family Foundation in 2002, and features more than sixteen thousand Baccarat crystal prisms. The event kicked off with a recital by Broadway Kids Care, a group of children from current and past Broadway shows whom come together to participate in a number of charitable works, and was followed by the lighting of the snowflake by Lucy Liu, Caryl Stern (President & CEO of the US Fund for UNICEF) and Daniel Lalonde (President & CEO of Louis Vuitton North America). The UNICEF ... Read More


AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY FALL GALA

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 11/20/2009 6:32 PM
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The Museum of Natural History History held its fall gala on Thursday, November 19th, with more than five hundred guests in attendance. The highly anticipated gala, hosted by Tom Brokaw with the auction over seen by Jamie Niven of Sotheby's, is the museum's largest benefit. Guests at the event enjoyed a gourmet dinner and a live performance by Dave Matthews in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Auction prizes included front row seats at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, tickets to a recording of Saturday Night Live and dinner with the cast and crew afterword, coffee with Brian Williams and many more. Guests in attendance were Bono, Kathy FrestonAlec Baldwin, Ellen Futter, Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jenny Slate and Lorne Michaels.


Dave Matthews, Alec Baldwin


PREVIEW AND AFTER PARTY FOR "THE PEOPLE SPEAK"

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 11/20/2009 4:56 PM
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THE HISTORY CHANNEL hosted the preview and after party for the documentary The People Speak at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater on Thursday, November 19th. The documentary, executive produced by Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, features readings and speeches that have had an indelible mark on American history. The movie also features speeches from everyday Americans who would no longer accept or support the powers in place whom continually failed to recognize those at the mercy of their legislation. The movie celebrates democracy in its purest form and those who stand up for what they believe and refuse to be silenced. Guests in attendance were Howard Zinn, Wally Shawn, Viggo Mortensen, Abbe Raven, Lola Schnabel, Chris Moore, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

Chris Moore, Matt Damon, Howard Zinn, Nancy Dubuc, Abbe Raven, Anthony
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TERENCE KOH LECTURE ON ART

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 11/20/2009 4:39 PM
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On Thursday, November 19th, contemporary artist Terence Koh gave a lecture on the history of art as an original art performance at the National Arts Club. The event, presented by PERFORMA and in association with the NAC's contemporary art department's on going PERFORM series, will feature historical art images from around the world in an "evening salon style" format.
The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by New York Times literary and art critic Charles de Kay and is run by volunteers. It is their mission to foster and promote public interest in the arts and to educate people in the fine arts. Guests in attendance were Griffin Frazer, Eliza Ryan, Vito Schnabel, Kyle DeWoody, Jennifer Wright, Klaus Biesenbach, Linda Zagaria, Sophia Lamar ... Read More


HELP USA 2009 Scholarship Awards

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 11/19/2009 6:57 PM
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On Wednesday, November 18, Marcia Gay Harden and HELP USA chair Maria Cuomo Cole hosted the 2009 HELP USA Domestic Violence Survivor Scholarship Awards at Tavern on the Green (Central Park West and 67th Street, NYC, 10023, 212.873.3200). The award ceremony honored Ken Downing (SVP & Fashion Director, Nieman Marcus), Dorothy Hamilton (Founder & CEO, French Culinary Institute) and Deborah Roberts (Correspondent, ABC) for their work to raise awareness around the issue of domestic violence. The event also paid tribute to fifteen HELP USA clients who are domestic violence survivors and this years scholarship recipients. HELP USA provides housing for individuals in need and takes an active role in securing resources to assist them along the way. Guests in attendance were Ann Curry, Anne Keating, Matilda Cuomo, Al Roker, Paula Zahn, Sam Champion and ... Read More


CHARM & CHAIN ANNIVERSARY

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 11/19/2009 6:17 PM
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On Wednesday, November 18th, Charm and Chain held their one year anniversary party at Paris Commune. Charm & Chain, founded by Alexandra "Ali" Galgano, connects fashion-forward shoppers with the world's most exciting jewelry brands. Galgano's site features over thirty designers from across the globe with a mix of established and emerging brands. She launched the site a year ago, after leaving a career in the financial services industry to follow her passion for providing a dynamic collection of designs with a wide range of styles, wearing occasions and prices. Guests in attendance were Holly Galgano, Julia Topolski, Mona Choy, Marie Robinson and Beth Thomas Cohen.


Holly Galgano, Ali Galgano


CREATIVE TIME CELEBRATES WILL COTTON EDITION PAJAMAS

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 11/19/2009 5:34 PM
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Creative Time celebrated the launch of the limited/artist edition pajamas by Will Cotton, produced by Exquisite Apparel in association with Phillips-Van Heusen. The November 18th party at Ace Hotel featured a live performance by Patrick Cleandenim, music from DJ Matt Creed, tarot card readings by Jacob Ireland and drinks and midnight snacks from The Breslin.


Anne Pasternak, Will Cotton, Katzy Guy-Hamilton
Since 1974, Creative Time has been at the forefront of public art, working with artists to create new and experimental models for art in the public sphere. Guests in attendance Anne Pasternak, Katzy Guy-Hamilton, Cecilia Dean, Terry Richardson Bear, Anne Christensen, Kyle DeWoody, Carlton DeWoody, Vito Schnabel, David Foote, and Brian Wolk.

Kyle DeWoody, Carlton DeWoody


The 12th Annual 'Collaborating For A Cure' Dinner and Auction to benefit The SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 11/19/2009 4:37 PM
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On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, Elin and Michael Nierenberg celebrated the 12th annual Collaborating For a Cure dinner and auction to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. Guests were treated to a special musical performance by Grammy Award Winner Steve Winwood and after party concert with the killer southern rock band The Lost Trailers.
 

Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg


Special Guests included Dale and Peter Claman, Kristin Fizulich, Alyssa and Cliff Greenberg, Mara and Barron Silverstein, Patti D'Arbanville, Susan Meisel, Peter Tunney, Samuel Waxman M.D., and Susan Meisel. And nobody was unhappy to see Victoria's Secret Angles Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lindsay Ellingson and Candice Swanepoel either.


The live auction, led by C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby's, items ... Read More


Rita Hazan And Bobbie Thomas Host The RITA HAZAN SALON Three Year Anniversary

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 11/19/2009 3:49 PM
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On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, celebrity hair colorist Rita Hazan and Bobbie Thomas co-hosted a celebration for The Rita Haazn Salon's third anniversary at the salon's Manhattan location. Guests mingled with Amanda Hearst, Tinsley Mortimer, Shannon Elizabeth and Sara Gore as they nibbled on a variety of adorably decorated mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa and sipped Rated X and other beverages provided by Skyy Vodka.

The decor of the salon pans from warm amber to cool aqua creating a visually stunning and comfortable atmosphere that feels more like a sanctuary  than a salon. Each hairdresser and colorist is hand selected by Hazan for their unique talent and ability to cater to every client's desires.

Additional event sponsors included Exclusive Resorts.


For more information about the salon, ... Read More


MAD's Visionaries! 2009 Gala

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 11/19/2009 2:36 PM
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On Tuesday November 17, 2009 The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) held Visionaries! 2009, its Annual Gala and Award Ceremony to celebrate outstanding individuals in the arts, at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan. This year, longtime patron of the arts and MAD's Chairman of the Board Barbara Tober, Chairman of Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide Shelly Lazarus and Eva Zeisel, one of the foremost designers of the 20th century, were honored for their extraordinary achievements and contributions to arts, design and industry.


Barbara Tober, Eva Zeisel, Shelly Lazarus

500+ guests gathered at 6:30pm to sip cocktails in the indochic event hall overlooking central park and Manhattan. Following the awards ceremony and dinner, those feeling hot-to-trot hit the dance floor to work off the delectable fare.


Holly Hotchner, Barbara Tober


To heighten the evening, Eva Zeisel, who arrived with her daughter and grandchildren, had just celebrated ... Read More


NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN HOST "WRAP TO RAP"

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 11/18/2009 9:11 PM
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On Tuesday, November 17th New Yorkers For Children and Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees hosted "Wrap to Rap" holiday gift wrapping event to provide gifts for young children in foster care in New York City. The event at the Club Terrace at Madison Square Garden was presented by Delta Airlines and featured music by DJ D-Nice and a special performance from Kerry Butler and Constantine Maroulis of Broadway's Rock of Ages. Guests in attendance were Allison Aston, Susan Magazine, Alina Cho, Alison Harmelin, Abby Labius, Alexandra Diaz, Amy McFarland, Gail Grimmett, Marisa Noel Brown and Zac Posen.


Constantine Maroulis, Rock of Ages, Joba Chamberlain, Gail Grimmett


15TH ANNUAL ARTWALK NY HONORS PAT STEIR

By Sammy Dwenzington
Wednesday, 11/18/2009 8:48 PM
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ARTWALK NY held a beautiful and successful cocktail party and silent/live auction Tuesday, November 17th,  combining two of my very favorite things: art and food. Three of my favorite things if you don't technically consider cocktails a food group. I do but for the sake of argument I guess we can say that they had three of my favorite things.

Alec Baldwin, Pat Steir
Skylight Studios (275 Hudson St, NYC, 10013, 212.367.3730) was buzzing with excitement as the art world came together and took part in the 15th annual auction which honored Pat Steir. Guests also participated in the five million dollar legacy that helps provide support to the 37,000 homeless, including 16,000 children, who sleep in emergency shelters. Proceeds from the auction went to the Coalition for the Homeless, which is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and ... Read More


ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS Friends of The Arts Party, Preview of CHRISTIES Fall Sale of Latin American Art

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 11/18/2009 4:04 PM
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On Friday, November 13, 2009, The Alliance for the Arts partnered with the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) to host the Friends of the Arts Party at Christie's in Manhattan. The elegant affair gathered some of the city's most heralded art aficionados to celebrate art with an exclusive preview of Christie's acclaimed Latin American Art show.


Guests were treated to music and cocktails provided by City Winery and Diamond Standard Vodka as they perused the galleries. Other event sponsors included Eni, ForbesLife, KiptonART and NYCharities.org.
Among the crowd were Alliance for the Arts President Randall Bourscheidt, NYLPI Executive Director Michael Rothenberg, Ashton Hawkins and John L. Moore III, Paul Beirne, Kipton Cronkite, Jane Gregory Rubin, Joe Versace, Betsy Gotbaum, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, State Senator Liz Krueger, State Assemblyman Johnathan L. Bing, Cornelia Guest and Tor Seidler. ... Read More


Harry Connick Jr. Stole My heart, and Then Sang to It Like a Beautiful Southern Dove

By Sammy Dwenzington
Wednesday, 11/18/2009 2:01 PM
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Where was I when I first heard Harry Connick Jr.? That's a hard one. If I had to take a guess, and let me remind you that it's only a guess, I'd have to say it was November 26, 1992, which was a Thursday. I was about seven years old and I had just gotten out of school for the day. I was at my girlfriend Bliss' house playing fashion show, and after I screamed at Bliss and told her that she would never make it in this industry, which was true she never did, her mother, who adores Harry almost as much as I do, played Stardust, off the album 25, as I walked down our makeshift runway.  I almost fainted.

 Harry
I had never heard such beauty. I couldn't get enough. When I went home that night I ... Read More


The Red Book Dialogues

By Anita Antonini
Tuesday, 11/17/2009 4:38 PM
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Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Billy Corgan + Morgan Stebbins
November 14, 2009


Musician and Poet Billy Corgan, best known for his Smashing Pumpkins fame and his collected poetry in Blinking With Fists, took the hot seat at the Rubin Museum of Art along side the Jungian Analyst, Morgan Stebbins.

This therapy session with an audience begins with, what Carl Jung called, “Hot Lava”: To look at the unknown parts of ourselves; to understand yourself through that exploration; and to live it.



Billy Corgan
Photo: Marie Havens

Quickly describing the mandala put in front of him, Mr. Corgan, who (shockingly, considering his boyish looks) is now 42, explained that he is a Pisces with a Virgo rising. so he cannot help but seek the truth. And, despite the personal nature of the conversation, he remained open and charmingly funny.

Having to overcome abuse growing up and battling depression most of his life, ... 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


In Stiches

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 11/16/2009 8:47 PM
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IN STITCHES OPENS AT LTMH GALLERY

On Thursday, November 12, LTMH gallery (39 east 78th Street, NYC, 10075, 212.249.7695) held the opening reception for In Stitches curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody. The exhibit, which runs through December 19th, is a play on the Shakespearean idiom, laugh until it hurts. It features works by a number of well-known and emerging artists who incorporate stitching and thread in their pieces and explores themes of humor as well as the role of women in society. Guests in attendence were Frederick Anderson, Felicia Taylor, Douglass Hannant, Jackie Weld Drake, Yaz Hernandez, Henry Heller, Sebastian Piras, Gabriel Byrne, Richard Mishaan and Holly Hotchner.

Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, Beth Rudin DeWoody, George Farias


Soma Girls and Sixteen Blades of Grass

By Anita Antonini
Monday, 11/16/2009 3:54 PM
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Soma Girls- World Premiere
Directed by Nandini Sikand and Alexia Prichard

Sixteen Blades of Grass
Directed by Sweta Vohra

Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival
Nov 11-15, 2009

The two short documentary films screened together Soma Girls, and Sixteen Blades of Grass have similar themes of education and confidence building in India.

Soma Girls follows the lives of young daughters of sex workers in Kolkata. This affecting, yet short film is about Soma Home, the group home where they live. The girls… lovingly feisty and playful… are taught what they could never learn in a brothel. It’s also the story of inspired people making a difference in the lives of compromised children…people simply raising the confidence in others.



The New Light Center, run by Urmi Basu, provides shelter and health care in a nurturing environment to these girls, one where they begin to learn and make a better way of life. The girls learn English, while their ... Read More


RON ENGLISH OPENING

By Sammy Dwenzington
Monday, 11/16/2009 3:08 PM
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RON ENGLISH MAKES COWS SEXY, REALLY SEXY

I consider myself an artist. Do I paint? No. Can I create a masterpiece in the traditional sense like Monet, Rousseau or van Gogh? Yes, but not with paint. See, I am my own medium. I evoke emotion through action and expression. I am traditional art through a non-traditional avenue. But what does tradition have to do with true art anyway? Andy Warhol sold cans of soup to the world at a more than modest mark up. I wonder what a can of tomato soup went for in 1964? Compare that to what the picture of tomato soup went for in 1965. Just genius. That's it though isn't it? Sell people what they're already familiar with but make them want it more.

In that light, Ron English has officially brought the cow back. Look at a
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I MEAN...WHAT?!? BEST DRESSED OF THE EVENING AWARDS AT THE APOLLO CIRCLE BENEFIT

By Abe Gurko
Monday, 11/16/2009 3:06 PM
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Welcome to the softer side of "I Mean...What?!?" By Abe Gurko. When I was invited to join the Patrick McMullan family of bloggers, I thought it would be fun to fill the Mr. Blackwell void and determine the I Mean...What?!? Best Dressed of the Evening Awards. Since I don’t get invited to these glammy evenings (hence I do not own any gowns or a tuxedo for that matter), why not just pay homage to the people who go to great lengths to be lovely; especially those that make it look effortless. This is my first stab at being nice about these things, I normally have the Not Best Dressed List, and I must say, it’s almost fun. Anyhoo, here are my five favorite ladies of the evening...oh, you know what I mean.



Kate Lanphear

The fifth runner up is Kate Davidson Hudson. Not be be confused with Kate Hudson (actress), who ... Read More


COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY, DOUBLE HELIX MEDALS DINNER 2009

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 11/13/2009 3:59 PM
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On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory President Bruce Stillman and the Members of the Board of Trustees  held the 4th annual Double Helix Medal Dinner at the indochic Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Colombus Circle (80 Colombus Circle NYC 10023, 212.805.8800). 400 of New York's scientific, business and philanthropic elite gathered high above the city in a breathtaking ballroom overlooking Central Park and Manhattan to raise awareness for the important biomedical research currently underway.

There is something special about this event that separates it from similar occasions with equally significant causes. Even world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell noted that his appearance at the ceremony topped his invitation to perform last week for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House.

Indeed, as in prior years, the room was filled with many of the world's finest hearts and minds, including 2009 NOBEL PRIZE winner Carol GreiderPhil Donahue ... Read More


MARGARET RUSSELL, EDITOR IN CHIEF OF ELLE DECOR, CELEBRATES THE BIG, BEAUTIFUL NEW BUCK HOUSE

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 11/13/2009 1:32 PM
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On Thursday, November 12, 2009, Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Elle Decor Magazine hosted the launch of the Buck House, its newest location (1318 Madison Ave. NYC 10128, 212.828.3123). The renovation of the space incorporates Buck House and the gallery at Buck House into one BIG, glorious space.



Eddie Ross

Champagne flowed and hors d'oeuvres were passed to guests touring the halls, among the likes of Margaret Russell, Charlotte Moss, Eddie Ross, Alex Pappacristidis, Carolyn Englefield, Douglas Friedman, Charlie Scheips, Sam Bolton and select others. The Editor at Large TV interviewed 14 of the designers who worked on the rejuvenation and were invited as guests.



Eddie Ross, Deborah Buck

The Buck House is "a turn of the century, four story house with a wonderful wrought iron awning extending onto Madison Avenue and a tented garden in back. The building combines contemporary art and antiques in a ... Read More


Fashion for dummies

By Sammy Dwenzington
Thursday, 11/12/2009 10:16 PM
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FASHION FOR EVERYONE BUT ME

What can I say, I'm a model. I, like everyone else I am closest with, feel most comfortable on the runway. I tell my parents sometimes that I swear I was born on the runway. My mother says I was born in a bathtub on the Upper West side but I could never accept that. There is something about a thousand light bulbs flashing in a beautiful chorus of snapping colors that almost brings me to the point of ecstasy. My heart flutters with every sporadic snap, flash and plea from every photographer "please look my way!" Common folk.  But It goes far beyond that, it is the ability to, with a few confident strides, express myself to a room full of admirers where I yell, wait, exclaim through my saunter, "Hey un-fabulous! I bet you wish you were wearing the Tommy
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VLADIMIR RESTOIN ROITFELD & RVCA PRESENT NICOLAS POL's "The Martus Maw"

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 11/12/2009 6:33 PM
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On Monday, November 9, 2009, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, in association with RVCA (Artist Network Program) unveiled "The Martus Maw", an exhibition of new works by emerging French artist Nicholas Pol, in an old meat market turned gallery in downtown New York. (80 Essex Street, NYC 10002, 212.228.5555). The raucous 3 hour opening featured 16 never before seen paintings, on display until December 10th.




Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

Guests were pleasantly affronted with the raw works strewn about the space. Pol's mixed media projects have a wild nature created from an experimental process he describes as "conceptual thoughtlessness".


Nicolas Pol, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

Among the guests were fashionistas, artists, and society's finest such as Carine Roitfeld, Sisley Restoin, Tom Sachs, Mary Kate Olsen, Alberto Mugrabi, Aby Rosen, Larry Gagosian & Shala Monroque , Stavros
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Indochine’s 25th anniversary book party

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Thursday, 11/12/2009 5:03 PM
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'Tis the season to start loading up on books for Christmas presents, apparently, as I went to yet another book launch party last week. However, Indochine's 25th-anniversary book (Indochine: Stories, Shaken and Stirred) launch wasn't your average little cocktail party. What do you expect from a party in honor of Jean-Marc Houmard's Indochine?

Read More at Sundance Channel…


Looking In: Robert Frank's “The Americans”

By Anita Antonini
Thursday, 11/12/2009 4:47 PM
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With the holidays coming up, if you happen to have family and friends in town, do them and yourself a favor by going to see Robert Frank’s exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Making its way to NYC via Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, the exhibition is on a road trip of its own in honor of the 50th year anniversary of the iconic book, The Americans.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is to look at the black and white contact sheets. In our digital age, contact sheets have become such a thing of the past. Mr. Frank took a more careful portrait of a nation, as seen in the images that made the cut, encircled with a grease pencil. In addition, one is awed by the fact that, by just turning around, he snapped the cover photograph with a click of the ... Read More


Majestic Metropolitan Living

By Sammy Dwenzington
Thursday, 11/12/2009 1:12 PM
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THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE

On a daily basis, today being no exception, I am constantly tormented by a quandary that eats at me like the fear of one day having to step foot in Brooklyn. While my 2,000 square foot closet of an apartment on the Upper West side suffocates me, I am far too isolated by my 20,000 square foot Huntington, NY estate (North of 25A of course). What do I do? I just wish that I could take my conservative and cozy farm-style house out in the country, with its "Christmas morning" feel and just drop on top of a beautiful building where I live now. Or maybe the East side of the park I guess. Not too high though, but at least above 62nd (don't get me started).

My muse, Sue Hostetler
Just as my dilemma started to rack my brain so much
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Louis Vuitton Opens At Saks

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 11/11/2009 11:14 PM
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LOUIS VUITTON OPENS STORE AT SAKS

Saks Fifth Avenue transformed their third floor with a vibrant array of colorful flowers and other plant life on Tuesday, November 10th, and invited guests to experience a journey through Le Jardin Louis Vuitton, which showcased one hundred and fifty-five years of craftsmanship and heritage. The celebration was held in honor of the world wide launch of the 2010 Louis Vuitton Cruiser Collection, as well as the new Louis Vuitton boutique at Saks, the first location within a leased department store to carry a women's ready-to-wear collection.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daniel Lalonde

The opening at Saks had a mysterious and playful Alice in Wonderland feel to it with models lounging amongst hanging trees and elaborate floral decorations. Throughout the showroom, display cases showed off many of the beautifully crafted handbags that have made Louis Vuitton such a revered brand over the years.
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Platimun Jewels In Bloom

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 11/11/2009 9:42 PM
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PLATINUM JEWELS IN BLOOM

On Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, Elizabeth Stribling hosted a reception to celebrate the announcement by Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) for Platinum Jewels in Bloom. The event, which runs from April 8-17, 2010, will benefit the Central Park Conservancy.

Gillian Miniter, Douglas Blonsky, Elizabeth Stribling

The April celebration is sponsored by the Platinum Guild International U.S.A with W magazine and features more than twenty luxury jewelry stores between East 57th and East 86th Streets. The stores will showcase floral arrangements curated by the horticulturalists of the Central Park Conservancy and will have exquisite pieces of jewelry (with platinum as the focus) strategically placed throughout.

Kamie Lightburn, Jennifer Scheucher, Michelle Peranteau, Bill Gould

For Tuesday's event, the floral display was curated by Marian Kelly Fine Flowers and complimented with a ninety-five carat platinum and white diamond brooch from GRAFF. Pianist Ron Oswanski
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TWENTY8TWELVE

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 11/11/2009 7:55 PM
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TWENTY8TWELVE SPRING 2010 RELEASE

On Monday, November 9th, sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller hosted a dinner party at the Royalton Hotel penthouse (44 West 44th Street, NYC, 212.869.4400) to celebrate the release of their Spring 2010 Twenty8Twelve collection. Their new line, which has roots in the Southern United States, has a certain Daisy Duke charm with a slight rock 'n' roll edge and was hailed at Fashion Weeks across the Globe. There to celebrate with the Sisters was Jane Keltner, Gloria Baume, Lyonel Tellemache, Meredith Melling Burke, Mazdack Rassi, Zanna Rassi, Nish Soneji, Inky Son, Sheila Harris, Sari Sloane and Hally Toia.

Savannah Miller, Sienna Miller


10th Annual Sustainable design Awards

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 11/11/2009 7:27 PM
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10th ANNUAL SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AWARDS

On Monday, October 9th, Global Green U.S.A held their tenth annual Sustainable Design Awards at Pier 60 (W. 23rd Street at the Hudson River). The event honored individuals and companies who have taken steps to make significant advances in the area of design in order to minimize their environmental impact. The award ceremony, hosted by Brian Cox, with featured presenters Miles O'Brien (host of PBS'Blueprint America)and Daniel Brancaccio (host of PBS' Now), honored such recipients as Ceres(Mindy Lubber, President), for the Organizational Design Award and explorer Sebastian Copeland, for the Founders Award.


Brian Cox, Nicole Ansari-Cox, Tony Plana

The Sustainable Design Awards raise the funds needed to support Global Green's many initiatives, including the environmentally friendly rebuilding of New Orleans, the Global Green Schools Initiative, Global Green's efforts to combat global
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Fashionable Eating

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Wednesday, 11/11/2009 4:16 PM
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Right on the heels of last week's Teen Vogue book launch, CFDA hosted a party at Saks for its new American Fashion Cookbook, stocked with recipes from some of the biggest designers in the game.

Read More at Sundance Channel…


Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

By Anita Antonini
Tuesday, 11/10/2009 3:06 PM
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Lee Daniels, not afraid of controversial subject matter, has directed the must-see film of the year: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

The title character, brilliantly played by Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, carries a less-than-likely name, considering the hand life has dealt her and the treatment by those closest to her. Outcast by her extremely dysfunctional family, society and, ultimately, herself, Precious has much to overcome in her world.

Nevertheless, in her fantasies, Claireece “Precious” Jones is not worthless. In one daydream, she walks a red carpet in a flowing gown and, in another, pretends to be loved by her mother in an adaptation (a film within in a film) of a black & white Italian drama with Sophia Loren.

Taking place in Harlem in the 1980’s, this is the story of child abuse, incest, illiteracy and despair. Where this all leads...well…you’ll just have to see ... Read More


Second Time Around Upper Eastside Opens

By Tia Walker
Monday, 11/9/2009 1:15 PM
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Second Time Around Storefront

Looks like the Second Time Around is going to be a charm--an Upper East Side charm that is. On Tuesday, November 3rd, Alex McCord of the Real Housewives of New York City and Gotham Magazine celebrated the launch of the new location (1040 Lexington Avenue, NYC).



Alex McCord, Jeff Casler and Susan Casler

Retail Goes Upscale is what the invite read and the newly opened 74th and Lexington location brimmed-over with happy new shoppers. While guests sipped on sparkling white by VOGA and nibbled on tiny bite sized cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, the cameras flashed.



Jennifer Gilbert, Alex McCord, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Ramona Singer

Alex McCord modeled two very different designer looks for attendees, each by Christian Dior. The real power ensemble was a lime green silk jacket, over a cream silk shift --a testament to the amazing finds to be had at the Boston-based retailer. ... Read More


The Red Book Dialogues

By Anita Antonini
Monday, 11/9/2009 12:45 PM
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Rubin Museum of Art, NY
November 5, 2009
Albert Maysles + Laurie Layton Schapira

It was the world-renowned documentary filmmaker (and my friend) Albert Maysles’ turn to take the stage at the Rubin Museum of Art to meet a Jungian Analyst, Laurie Layton Schapira. It is not common practice for an analyst to talk in public, but Ms. Layton Schapira, also a filmmaker, proceeded to engage him in discussion in the spirit of finding the truth.

Carl Jung was of the belief that there are many truths; that we create the truth by living it and that it only exists for a certain amount of time. Much like how a documentary film encapsulates the truth as you see it to be, for your own mind to decide what is real.

What you may not know is that Albert Maysles, creator of such films as Salesman, Gimme Shelter, and Grey Gardens, made his first film ... Read More


FRENCH INSTITUTE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE’S (FIAF) TROPHEE DES ARTS GALA

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 11/9/2009 2:20 AM
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On Monday, November 2, 2009, the French Institute Alliance Française held its annual gala at the iconic Plaza Hotel (Fifth Ave. at Central Park South NYC 10019 866.707.8229). The evening, hosted by Chairmen Alain Coblence, Lorenzo D. Weisman and Vice-chairman David Braunschvig, was held to present the 2009 Trophée des Arts to theater and visual artist Robert Wilson and the 2009 Pilier d’Or to Wyeth Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Poussot.
 



Isabelle Huppert, Robert Wilson, Isabella Rossellini

 
Guests, including Isabelle Huppert, Isabella Rossellini, French Ambassador to the United States Pierre Vimont, French Consul General of New York Philippe Lalliot, Françoise Gilot, Christine Cachot, designer Amanda De Montal, MuffyFlouret, Nathalie Kaplan, Marie-Noëlle Pierce, Eric and Charlotte Mourlot, Clémence von Muefflingand Tinsley Mortimer were seated about tables in the elegant event hall.
 
Tinsley Mortimer


Pierre Vimont
 
The celebration raised more than $650,000 USD to support the cultural ... Read More


2010 KIPTONART RISING FINALISTS PARTY HOSTED BY SAKS, LONGCHAMP AND “THE NEW YORK OBSERVER”

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 11/9/2009 2:12 AM
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On Monday, November 2, 2009, KiptonART held the second annual KiptonART Rising Finalists Party at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (611 5th Ave NYC 10022 212.644.1704). The evening, hosted by His Royal Highness Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Gillian Hearst Simonds and Catherine Forbes, who donned Asprey jewels, showcased fabulous works from the top 19 artists in the KiptonART Rising program.
 

Tatiana Boncompagni, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Crown Princess Katherine & Prince Alexander of Serbia, Kipton Cronkite

 
Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine of Serbia arrived early for a special tour of the exhibition with guide, KiptonART Founder Kipton Cronkite,. Guests sipped Bombay SapphireGin cocktails throughout the awards ceremony, where this year’s winners were announced. Marti Carroll, President, CEO at Longchamp USA, presented Kiritin Beyer, Julie Combal, Bon Duke, Emily Korman, Avery McCarthy and Matthew Satz, with crystal statues.
 

Kipton Cronkite, Olivier Cassegrain, Princess Katherine, Serbian Crown Prince Alexander
 
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BLOOMINGDALE’S HOSTS THE SOCIETY OF MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER’S “PARK AVENUE POTLUCK CELEBRATIONS” LAUNCH PARTY

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 11/9/2009 12:59 AM
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On Thursday, October 29, 2009, Bloomingdale’s hosted an exclusive party to celebrate the launch of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s new cookbook Park Avenue Potluck CELEBRATIONS: Entertaining at home with New York’s Savviest Hostesses at Bloomingdales in Manhattan (1000 Third Ave NYC 10022 212.705.2000).  
 

Anne Keating, Heather Leeds, Michael Gould
 
Michael Gould, Chairman and CEO Bloomingdale’s,and Anne Keating, Senior Vice President of Bloomingdale’s Public Relations, invited Heather Leeds, President of The Society of MSKCC, and guests to anevening of tasty potluck delights, including Tate’s Wheat-Free Brownies, from the recipes in the new cookbook.
 

Coco Kopelman
 
Four decorative holiday tables from the book were set, including Halloween by Coco Kopelman, Christmas by Muffie Potter Aston, Mother’s Day by Jessie Araskogand Kathy Thomas and Fourth of July by Stephanie Loefflerand Kelly Forsberg. Guests perused the spaces to celebration-themed tunes selected by DJ David Chang.
 

Kelly Forsberg, Stephanie Loeffler
 
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LEGENDS 2009: A PRATT INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT

By Rylan Soref
Monday, 11/9/2009 12:19 AM
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On Thursday, October 29, 2009, Pratt Institute held Legends: 2009, its largest annual scholarship benefit, gathering over 400 guests at a space in lower Manhattan’s 7 World Trade Center (250 Greenwich St. NYC 10007). Fashion designer Marc Jacobs, who donned a red plaid kilt, architect and designer David Rockwell and artist Patti Smith were honored for representing Pratt’s values.
 


 
Patti Smith treated guests to a special performance during the reception, that included cocktails provided by Brooklyn Brewery and Maker’s Mark.  This was followed by dinner and a presentation ceremony.
 

David Rockwell, Kurt Anderson, Patti Smith, Marc Jacobs, Amy Capellazzo, Marjorie Kuhn, Mike Pratt
 
The evening, hosted by Mike Pratt, with co-chairs Kurt Anderson, Amy Cappellazzo and Marjorie Kuhn, raised $400,000 through ticket sales for student scholarships. The honorees were presented with awards designed by Kyle Sola, a current Pratt undergraduate in industrial design.
 
Anne Kramer, Kurt Anderson

 
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LET’S PUT ON A SHOW!

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 11/9/2009 12:10 AM
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The Drama League hosted a lecture with a book and DVD signing for Tony Award winning producer Stewart F. Lane at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway NYC 10036 212.730.8200). Lane’s book and DVD titled Let’s Put on a Show, is a guide to producing a Broadway show, from its inception to raising the money and building an audience. Currently, ... Read More


URS FISCHER TAKES OVER THE NEW MUSEUM

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 11/9/2009 12:04 AM
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Interview Magazine hosted the launch for Urs Fischer’s new exhibition Marguerite de Ponty at the New Museum (235 Bowery NYC 10002 212.219.1222) and subsequent after party at Civetta Restaurant (98 Kenmare St,  NYC 10012 212. 966.9440). The exhibit is Urs Fischer’s first solo presentation in an American museum and has taken over all three of the museum’s gallery floors.


Nate Lowman, Leo Fitzpatrick

The Zurich-born Fischer “creates a series pf environments featuring towering aluminum sculptures, objects that appear to melt and a labyrinth of more than fifty silk-screened chrome boxes that turn an entire floor into a dazzling cityscape of mirrored Images.” The exhibition, running from October 27th through February 7th, is accompanied by a full-color 480 page illustrated catalogue co-published by the New Museum and JRP|Ringier titled, Urs Fischer: Shovel in a Hole.


Peter Brant, Sante D'Orazio

Guests in attendance were Nate Lowman, Leo Fitzpatrick, Tony Shafrazi, ... Read More


GEORGINA CHAPMAN AT GARRARD

By Patrick Kelley
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:51 PM
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Georgina Chapman, co-founder of the fashion label Marchesa with Keren Craig, celebrated the launch of her collaboration with acclaimed jewelry brand Garrard at their SoHo showroom (133 Spring St. NYC 10012, (212) 688-2209).

 

Georgina Chapman, Mischa Barton, Stephen Webster

 

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RELICNY.COM LAUNCH IN TRIBECA

By Patrick Kelley
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:44 PM
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RelicNy.com, the premier destination for online vintage shopping, held a launch party at the TriBeCa Lofts with drinks provided by Cognac Tesseron and presented by master mixologist Alex Ott. The woman behind RelicNY, Janel Molton, comes from LA, where her persistence and dedication to vintage couture found her sifting through endless clothes racks in Southern California, snatching up as many lightly worn vintage gems that she could get her hands on.


David Molton, Janel Molton, Jared Molten

When Janel moved to New York City, she quickly realized the full extent of the demand for vintage goods and decided to open her closet to the public and let others share in her passion and expertise. With the Launch of RelicNY.com, the ever-changing pages of her website are filled with all the glorious vintage goods that she has come across. Guests in attendance were Debra Greco, Ariana Ornelas, Courtney Leonard, Blake ... Read More


SKIP OF NY CELEBRATES 25 STRONG

By Patrick Kelley
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:40 PM
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SKIP of New York celebrated their 25th anniversary at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway  NYC 10018 (212) 244-4300) with guest speaker Don Imus. SKIP is a non-profit advocacy and case management institution that helps fragile and developmentally disabled children receive proper care in the comfort of their homes. It is SKIP’s goal to provide these services because the healing process begins with being surrounded by those who care about you.


Don Imus, Deirdre Imus

Guests in attendance were Amy Putman, Bill White, Stacey Pagan, Mary Alice Williams, Jon Alter, Burt Henry, Marcia Henry, Josephine DiGuido, Lori Robb, Kara McLoughlin, Philip Lawrence, Tanya Orr and Rob Bartlett.


Amy Lopez, Stacey Pagan



HOUSE OF WARIS

By Patrick Kelley
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:35 PM
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Waris Ahluwalia, designer and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, celebrated the unveiling of the Spring/Summer 2010 jewelry collection by House of Waris at Phillips de Pury & Company (450 W. 15th St. NYC (212).940.1200).


Waris Ahluwalia

The House of Waris designer and actor, who appeared in his friend Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, has been an international success who combines Western and Eastern designs. Keeping with his crossover style, Phillips de Pury & Company’s studio was transformed with tents and plants to give it the eastern touch that defines so much of Waris’ work.


Dustin Yellin, Waris Ahluwalia

In attendance were Aslaug Magnusdottir, Johan Lindeberg, Marcella Lindeberg, Dustin Yellin, Jen Cohen, Kate Schelter, Meredith Darrow, Antonia Thompson, Sylvester Miniter, Gillian Miniter, Stan Tucker, Liz Goldman, Andrew Zuckerman and many more.  




VERDURA’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY

By Rylan Soref
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:28 PM
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On Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Verdura celebrated their 70th anniversary with an evening of cocktails and dazzling jewelry at The Verdura Salon (745 Fifth Ave. Ste. 1205 NYC 10151 (212) 758-3388) overlooking Central Park. The event was hosted by Nico Landrigan, Gilles Mendel, Mary Alice Stephenson, Ward Landrigan, Amanda Ross, and Annabel Tollman.
 

 
Guests were treated to a special presentation of Verdura’s Museum Collection, that includes Coco Chanel’s original Verdura Maltese cross cuffs. “Fulcotini-special” Verdura cocktails were served, along with Italian aperitivi, as STADJ Music’s DJ Adi spun tunes.
 

Susan Sokol, Gilles Mendel, Amanda Ross
 
Notable guests included Gilles Mendel, Amanda Ross, Annabel Tollman, Aerin Lauder, Jennifer Creel, Alina Cho, Olivia Chantecaille, John Barrett, Alexis Bryan Morgan, Annie Churchill,  Ann Caruso, Kara Ross, and Carrie Cloud.
 

Ward Landrigan, Kara Ross, Niko Landrigan, Andrea Karambelas
 
Since 1939, Verdura has created some of the finest jewelry for many of the world’s ... Read More


FAÇONNABLE & “VANITY FAIR” SHOPPING NIGHT FOR THE CHRISTOPHER REEVE & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION

By Rylan Soref
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:24 PM
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On Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Façonnable and Vanity Fair Magazine hosted an evening of in-store shopping at Façonnable in Manhattan (636 Fifth Avenue NYC 10020 (212) 319-0111) to raise money and awareness for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Matthew Reeve, Alexandra Reeve Givens, Francesco Clark and Elisa Lipsky-Karasz hosted the event elegantly fashioned by Façonnable.

 
Alexandra Richards, Matthew Reeve, Francesco Clark, Alexandra Reeve Givens, Kristen Dalton (Miss USA)
 
Svedka Vodka andMoëtetChandon Champagne treated guests to specialty cocktails (with creative titles like the “Façonnable Fizz” and the “French 75”). A selection of hors d’oeuvres was also passed, including seared tuna, steak au poivre, mini croque monsieur with sweet marjoram and other delights. Sweets followed the savories with a decadent assortment of chocolate truffles.

 
Bob Green, Alexandra Richards, Edward Menicheschi
 
The 150+ crowd was an assortment of friends, colleagues, supporters, customers, select subscribers and other VIPs.  They included Façonnable USA ... Read More


CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY’S TWILIGHT HALLOWEEN BALL

By Rylan Soref
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:18 PM
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On Tuesday, October 27, 2009, The Central Park Conservancy held their annual Twilight Halloween Ball in Mid-Central Park at 72nd Street. The highly anticipated “non-traditional black-tie” gala is the premiere celebration of the season, if not all seasons.


 
Freaks and freakettes arrived early in hauntingly fantastic costumes, many of whom hoped to be selected as finalists for the evening’s costume contest. Winners in various categories were awarded with luxury prizes by a panel of celebrity judges including Tory Burch, Lois Chiles, Harold Koda, Marina Rust Connor and Todd Alexander Romano. The evening was emceed by WABC’s Lee Goldberg.


Best Group Costume Contestants
 
Event chairmen Suzanne and Bob Cochran were joined by co-chairmen Judy and John M.Angelo, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Patricia and Shane Krige, John Stossel, Anita and StuartSubotnick, Patsy and Jeff Tarr and Julie Wurts.
 

Willem Kooyker, Judith-Ann Corrente
 
Junior co-chairs included Jennie Tarr Coyne, Kipton Cronkite, Corrente ... Read More


SUPERFREAKONOMICS

By Patrick Kelley
Sunday, 11/8/2009 11:09 PM
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Alfred Dunhill and the Wall Street Journal hosted a book signing for SuperFreakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, at Dunhill London, NYC (545 Madison Ave,. NYC 10222  212-753-9292).  Co-Author Stephen J. Dubner spoke at the event and discussed the follow-up effort to the hugely successful Freakonomics.



Freakonomics first hit bookshelves four years ago and has accumulated sales of four million copies since then. Levitt and Dubner’s second collaboration proves to be just as thought provoking and controversial as its predecessor. With the same in-depth analysis of behavioral patterns and insightful anecdotes, the two introduce a whole new laundry list of inquiries and case studies that would seldom be considered topics of conversation, let alone the seeds of debate.

Levitt and Dubner’s ability to address issues such as global warming and diminishing wages through the medium of Geo Engineering, as well as a case study in ... Read More


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