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EYES ON FASHION

By Michèle Gerber Klein
Sunday, 2/28/2010 7:21 PM
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A SNAPSHOT OF ZELDA

With her unique mix of ebullience, sincerity and style, ninety-three-year old Zelda Kaplan, has been known to observe, "It takes courage to be who you are."

Kaplan has, for some years now- as her profiles in New York Magazine, The Times and the HBO documentary, "Her Name is Zelda", attest -captured the hearts and imaginations of her fellow New Yorkers. A popular peripatetic in the nightlife of the city that doesn't sleep, she’s Manhattan’s cool club matriarch. She is always (even if it's a private party night) welcomed at Bungalow 8, Double Seven and the other exclusively trendy Manhattan hot spots where, because of her insomnia, she prefers to sip champagne and dance a slow fox trot 'till dawn. Says one nightclub owner: “Zelda’s got juice.”

During Fashion Week, when she is not striding down the cat walk ("She has the soul of a ... Read More


The JUNIOR LEAGUE of the CITY OF NEW YORK celebrates the 58th Annual Winter Ball

By Rylan Soref
Sunday, 2/28/2010 3:26 PM
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The Junior League of the City of New York invited guests to join them in celebrating the 58th Annual Winter Ball on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the Grand Ballroom in the Plaza Hotel (Central Park South & 5th Ave. NYC 10019, 212.759.3000). "A Winter Palace" welcomed guests for cocktails and a silent auction at 7pm before a dinner, awards presentation and live auction. The event honored Helen Vearn Pennoyer and Pamela Bimson Reade as "Outstanding Sustainers" and Christine Drinan, Fiona Grant, Amy Phelan, Jill Ferrari Rosen and Saundra Smith as "Outstanding Volunteers." Following the formal program, New York City Swing turned up the volume and dessert was served while the black tie clad crowd broke it down on the dance floor. The affair was supported by Saks Fifth Avenue, Bonhams and Gotham Magazine.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed ... Read More


20th Annual Benefit Concert For the Tibet House- After Party

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 2/26/2010 6:09 PM
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The Tibet House held their 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday evening. The benefit repeatedly offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo performances featuring up and coming talent along with legends in the music industry. This year proved to be no exception with perfomances by Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Gogol Bordello just to name a few. Tibet House US aims to preserve Tibetan culture by serving as a cultural center in New York City and an online global resource for those interested in Tibetan culture.  The house was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dali Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 state his wish for a long-term culture institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan Civilization and culture. Since it's inception is has done just that, actively participating in  a worldwide network of Tibetan Institutions committed to ... Read More


Last night at the tents!

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Friday, 2/26/2010 4:11 PM
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The Bryant Park tents are now a thing for the history books, but they went out with a bang at last night’s closing party. The party was full of fashion people who had been working nonstop for Fashion Week and were ready to let loose. And let loose they did!

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Rachel Roy collection

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Anita Antonini)
Friday, 2/26/2010 3:59 PM
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Rachel Roy was my Valentine this year, not only because she is smart and beautiful but also because she has a really big heart. Cleopatra, the queen of the Nile, symbolically carried Roy’s fall/winter 2010 collection; Roy went to North Africa in her mind and unveiled a collection of moody, deep river hues cut with a sense of mystery and exoticism. If ever there were a strong woman who was Cleopatra in another life, it would be Roy. The runway was dabbled with sandalwood oil to complete the mood — talk about attention to detail.

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J.Mendel Fall 2010

By Tia Walker
Friday, 2/26/2010 2:15 PM
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Opting to show his Fall 2010 collection as a presentation at the Bryant Park Tents, J.Mendel captivated the audience with a stunning collection of 28 key looks. Color and texture were combined in lush sensuous combination.



Models in dresses



Giles Mendel and Brooke Shields

"It always starts with color and texture." shares Giles Mendel, who was inspired by photographer Ryan McGinley's Moonmilk Series, as well as various elements in nature. Think elements of nature brought to a downtown scene--dark crystallized landscapes reinterpreted in the form of textured metallic tweeds.

Comprised of twelve clearly defined fur pieces and sixteen evening dresses, Fall 2010 promises to be a special one. The legendary design house presented lightweight and decidedly delicate day to evening looks with an understated sense of drama. Standouts included a pecan-honey combed beaver donut over a black silk organza and chocolate ribbon tweed dress with cascading ruffles--offering a hint of playful ... Read More


Fashion Frenzy

By Rose Hartman
Friday, 2/26/2010 12:58 PM
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Greg Lauren (Photo by Rose Hartman)


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Counter-culture couture

Life size, hand-sewn men’s suits and accessories meticulously made from pristine treated white Japanese paper fill the gallery at the French Institute, in a show aptly titled “Greg Lauren: Counter Culture.” A dance sequence from Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” featuring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is projected onto 10 unique paper sculptures of iconic menswear. It’s hardly surprising that these fabulously elegant actors ... Read More


Young Fellow's Diamond Deco Ball at The Frik Sponsored by Tiffany & Co.

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 2/26/2010 12:48 PM
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I think anyone would throw a ball if Tiffany & Co. offered to frost the chairwomen in an selection of shimmering jewels and other pretty things. Speaking of which, The Diamond Deco Ball kicked off the 75th anniversary of The Frick Collection last night, Thursday, February 25 at The Frick Collection on the Upper East Side (1 E. 70th St NYC 10021. 212.288.0700). This keenly anticipated event was the eleventh annual fundraiser hosted by the museum's Young Fellows and Tiffany & Co. indeed provided glamorous jewelry to the committee members. Six Tiffany & Co. Models wore over $15 million worth of diamonds as well as the famed Lucinda Star Necklace (made from 94 carats of diamonds and retails for $10,000,000. Can you say FABULOUS!?!?), which was on display throughout the evening. The Marquise square link diamond bracelet contains over 650 fancy shaped diamonds and an 8 carat Tiffany diamond celebration ... Read More


J.Crew's Nine Muse-Worthy Women

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 2/26/2010 12:41 PM
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J.Crew welcomed guests to salute Nine Muse-Worthy Women whom are featured in the March 2010 issue. The concept of the issue and event, hosted by Jenna Lyons, was to recognize and celebrate some of the women who inspire so many everyday. J.Crew handpicked the nine women whom are friends and acquaintances whose style and creativity provides a supreme example of beauty through originality and elegant confidence. The nine women selected were Naomi Beckwith, Ellen Bar, Amanda Brooks, Molly Carey, Celerie Kemble, Lily Koppel, Dianna Lunt, Carolina Palmgren and Mei Tao.



Amanda Brooks, Jenna Lyons, Celerie Kemble


USA Network & VANITY FAIR Celebrate Character Approved 2010 Honorees

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 2/26/2010 12:12 PM
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USA Network and Vanity Fair celebrated the Character Approved 2010 Honorees last night, Thursday, February 25 with an exclusive cocktail reception highlighting a select group of characters helping to shape American culture. The evening featured a live performance by the cast of Green Day's new Broadway show American Idiot, a musical inspired by the band's award winning album. The IAC Building (555 W. 18th St NYC 10011) was packed with celebs for the multimedia campaign inspired by USA Network's Characters Welcome brand to recognize honorees Green Day, Kathryn Bigelow, Nora Ephron, Narcisco Rodriguez, Angela Brooks, Kehinde Wiley, Yves Behar, Dan Barber, Jessica Jackley and Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, considered true trailblazers across a variety of disciplines such as art, philanthropy, new media and film. Introductions were made by Mark Feuerstein of the USA original series Royal Pains. ... Read More


New York Foundation for the Arts HonorsYun-Fei Ji and Anita Durst

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 2/25/2010 6:25 PM
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The New York Foundation for the Arts honored Yun-Fei Ji and Anita Durst at a benefit Thursday evening, at James Cohan Gallery. Yun-Fei Ji, who has been awarded a litany of grants and fellowships over the years including the NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking and also received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Anita Durst is the founding artistic director of chashama, which has converted more than 40 locations, giving 7,500 artists access to subsidized space, which supported approximately 10,000 public presentations for over 500,000 viewers. The benefit is NYFA's most important fundraising event of the year and was held at the James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea during an exhibition of Yun-Fei's work. Guests in attendance were Michael Stipe, Bettina Prentice, Timo Weiland, Antonia Thompson, Michael L. Royce and Lara Meiland-Shaw just to name a few.
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Hedge Funds Care Hosts 12th Annual Benefit

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 2/25/2010 6:10 PM
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Hedge Funds Care, a global non-profit organization which raises funds and awareness with in the hedge fund industry for programs that work to prevent and treat child abuse,  hosted their 12th annual New York Open Your Heart to The Children Benefit, Thursday evening at Cipriani 42. Since the first benefit in 1998, they have awarded over 600 grants totaling $21 million, and last years benefit raised $1.3 million that went to support 30 grants in New York City, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey. Dean C. Backer, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, stated, "We view the work of Hedge Funds Care as extraordinarily vital, and we encourage our peers throughout the financial community to continue to support the hedge fund industry's efforts to positively impact the lives of others."



Rob Davis, Leah Kebede, Michael Novogratz, Dean Backer


Cinema Society Presents a Screening of GREEN ZONE

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 2/25/2010 5:21 PM
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The Cinema Society hosted a premiere of the new Matt Damon film, Green Zone, at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square and the after party at Nobu 57. The Universal Pictures and Working Title feature, directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) depicts the story of one soldier risking his life to uncover a conspiracy that extends throughout an unstable country on the brink of war.


Beth Stern, Howard Stern

Based on the 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, the film tells the story of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of inspectors whom are dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction that are supposedly stock piled in the Iraqui desert. As the plot thickens the men stumble upon evidence of a cover-up that subverts the purpose of their mission. Roy Miller then ... Read More


MUSICAL OLYMPUS FESTIVAL Presents SIX RISING STARS After-Party

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 2/25/2010 4:58 PM
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The Musical Olympus Foundation, led by Irina Nikitina, presented an international festival at Carnegie Hall (881 7th Ave. NYC 10019, 212.247.7800) on February 24, 2010 featuring six International Music Competition winners. Johannes Fischer, Jaesig Lee, Ning Feng, Istvan Vardai, Julia Novikova and Ayyub Guliyev along with the Olympus Chamber Orchestra performed to a sold-out audience at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. The performance was followed by a cocktail reception at the Helen Yarmak studio, where guests toasted the young musical prodigies. Friends, colleagues and guests including Jackie Drexel, Anait Bian, Michael Arguello, Alexander Shedrinsky, Graciana Del Castillo, Aspasia Zoumas, Jamie Drake, Michael Siegel, Michelle Marie and John Heinemann, Rona Landman and Dr. Kevin Plancher, Joseph Saline, Samir Tehan and Timothy John congratulated the musicians over cocktails amongst a display of ... Read More


SHOPBOP.COM Party to Celebrate the Launch of BARLOW

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 2/25/2010 4:28 PM
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Molly Girard Coonan's new BARLOW line (inspired by her friend Alice Barlow) launched last night with a party thrown by ShopBop.com at Los Feliz in the LES (109 Ludlow St. NYC 10002, 212.228.8383). The line plays with "contradictions in style" and draws upon her own personal experiences. Among the crowd of a-listers who gathered to sip Red Bull cocktails and talk fashion were Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley, Melissa George, Max Minghella, Gideon Yago, Abigail Lorick, Neel Shah, Harley Viera-Newton and Kerin Rose among many others. For more information visit www.shopbop.com.


Molly Girard Coonan, PJ Faulstick, Alice Barlow


Hello! Skinny Jeans

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 2/24/2010 6:42 PM
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Hello! Skinny Jeans celebrated the launch of their two new jean lines: Stellar & Green Jeans, Wednesday evening at the Juliet Supper Club. For those of you who are not familiar with Hello! Skinny Jeans, you are probably familiar with the concept of the skinny jean. If you are still drawing a blank go to Williamsburg and just open your eyes. What you'll notice is that the traditional skinny jean is about as flattering as open boils on the majority of women, giving most of them the shape of a bowling pin, by widening the hips and thighs. A bowling pin that will also fix your plumbing. The tragedy in this is that they are insanely popular, it seems like 90% of the jeans in Williamsburg are in fact skinny jeans, but then again no one faulted the hipsters for breaking out of any mold. Regardless, ... Read More


WHITNEY Biennial 2010 Preview

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 2/24/2010 5:29 PM
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Tommy Hilfiger celebrated the opening of the Whitney Biennial, 2010 with the first official opening after-party. The Whitney Biennial, 2010 opens to the public on Thursday, February 25, 2010 and will remain on display through May 30, 2010 (945 Madison Ave NYC 10021, 212.570.3600). The party was rockin' late night at the Tommy Hilfiger fifth avenue store (681 5th Ave. NYC 10022) on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 and gathered a number of a-listers to celebrate including Tommy Hilfiger, Rosario Dawson, Bob Colacello, Adam D. Weinberg, Ari Marcopoulos, Adam Lippes, Allison Aston, Amanda Hearst, Brooke Garber Neidich, Charlotte Ronson, Jason Binn and Haley Binn, Jillian Demling, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Kipton Cronkite, Lisa Anastos, Roopal Patel, Yvonne Force Villareal and many others.


Rosario Dawson

At the party, Hilfiger  introduced a limited-edition tote bag ... Read More


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY honors TORY BURCH and DR. DEBORAH AXELROD as Mothers of the Year

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 2/24/2010 5:28 PM
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The American Cancer Society cordially invited guests to gather for the Youth Against Cancer Mothers of the Year 2010 Award Luncheon on Tuesday February 23, 2010 at Le Caprice's The Pierre (795 5th Ave. NYC 10065). A delightful group convened for cocktails at 11:30am before being treated to a delectable meal and some rather elegant company. The event was held to honor Deborah Axelrod, MD and Tory Burch for being exemplary mothers. Among the crowd were many well known names including Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Max Axelrod, Paula Zahn and Vera Wang among many others. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering. For more information visit www.cancer.org.


Tory Burch


The CW: It's a Reality

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 2/24/2010 1:58 PM
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The CW celebrated the launch of two new reality shows, Tuesday evening at Simyone Lounge. The first is High Society, starring Park Avenue superstar Tinsley Mortimer along with Dabney Mercer, Dale Mercer, Alexandra Osipow and Paul Johnson Calderon. The show follows the group to some of New York's most prestigious black-tie events, outrageous parties and fashion exclusives. The next show, Fly Girls, follows five beautiful Virgin America flight attendants as they jet from one glamorous location to the next, including Las Vegas, South Beach and NYC. Las Vegas actually is that glamorous, regardless, the show follows the group as they pursue good times, great parties, adventure, and "love." High Society premieres march 10th and Fly Girls on March 24th. Get ready people! This is really happening!



Dabney Mercer, Tinsley Mortimer


Museum of the City of New York's Winter Ball

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 2/24/2010 12:55 PM
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The Directors Council of the Museum of the City of New York welcomed guests Tuesday evening for a black tie affair at their 25th annual Winter Ball. Guests were treated to cocktails, dinner and a chance to get loose on the dance floor. The annual Winter Ball is a way for the museum to raise the necessary funds to support the mission of the museum. Of the many sponsors who give to the museum, they were especially grateful this year for the generous contributions of  Asprey, 1stdibs, J. Mendel and The Plaza who's continued involvement with the Museum makes so much of it's accomplishments possible.
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APRIVATECLUB.COM Hosts Decodence

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 2/23/2010 6:55 PM
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APRIVATECLUB.COM welcomed over 300 stylish young New Yorkers to Decodence: Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie at the South Street Seaport Museum, Tuesday evening. The event, sponsored by Lalique, transformed the historic museum into a luxury cruise liner with complementary cocktails and a music spun by DJ Bobby Nourmand. APRIVATECLUB.COM, a membership-based city guide, offers exclusive access to culture and entertainment in New York. The site features the latest an most exciting places to go and experience, and provides curated content that is available to both members and non-members. While the content can be viewed by the public, only members can log in to the interactive social network and access invitations, user profiles and reviews. Laligue, a renowned jewelry designer, also created a limited edition incarnation of its famed Cabochon ring, which was worn by a few select members of APRIVATECLUB.com at ... Read More


Central Park Conservancy 30th Anniversary

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 2/23/2010 5:19 PM
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Tuesday evening marked the 30th anniversary of the Central Park Conservancy, and brought together over 350 of it's supporters, made up of past and present trustees, city leadership and major donors. The event, at Loeb Central Park Boathouse, will honor Founding Trustee and Lead Benefactor, Richard Gilder, and all benefits will go to maintain and preserve the Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1980 under a contract with the City of New York/Department of Parks and Recreation. Since its inception it has raised over $500 million and provides more than 85% of Central Park's annual $26,000 operating budget.



Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Dick Gilder


Cocktail Party to Celebrate LUCY DANZIGER & CATHERINE BIRNDORF's new book THE NINE ROOMS OF HAPPINESS

By Rylan Soref
Tuesday, 2/23/2010 1:35 PM
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Lucy Danziger and Catherine Birndorf new book The Nine Rooms of Happiness has received raved reviews from some of the country's most revered health experts including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Jillian Michaels and Deborah Roberts. To celebrate, the ladies held a cocktail party on Monday February 22, 2010 where guests raised a glass to health, happiness and wellness. The event gathered a-listers at The Monkey Bar (60E 54th St NYC, 212.486.2408) including Laurie Dhue, Agyness Gund, Bill Keller, Hoda Kotb, Evelyn Lauder, Dylan Lauren, Bill McCuddy, Charlie Rose, Paula Zahn and many more. The book hopes to help people learn to love themselves, find purpose and get over "life's little imperfections". To purchase the book online, visit www.amazon.com.


Lucy Danziger, Catherine Birndorf


Whitney Museum Artist's Party

By Danny Fields
Tuesday, 2/23/2010 12:28 PM
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Last night, the Whitney Museum of American Art, celebrated their 2010 Biennial Artist Council Artist's Party at MxCo. The party commemorated the 75th edition of the Whitney's signature exhibition. This years exhibit, titled "2010" embodies a cross section of contemporary art production rather than a specific theme. The idea is to underscore the idea of time as an element of the Biennial and to demonstrate the influence of the past on 2010. The exhibit runs from February 25th to May 30th.



Aurel Schmidt


VANITY FAIR & The FEED Foundation Launch the Hungry in America Project hosted by Natalie Portman and Tom Colicchio

By Rylan Soref
Tuesday, 2/23/2010 12:13 PM
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Vanity Fair and the FEED Foundation invited guests to join them in launching the "Hungry in America" Project: an awareness campaign to end hunger in the United States on Sunday February 21, 2010 with co-hosts Tom Colicchio and Natalie Portman. VIPs gathered early for a special cocktail reception in the Meatpacking District's staple, Colicchio & Sons (85 Tenth Ave NYC 10011, 212.400.6699) before the benefit began. The evening honored the work of Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole, two architects in constructing our nation's original food safety net. The crowd comprised many celebrities from sports, music and media interested in raising funds for the project and a documentary film and a multimedia campaign to raise awareness of hunger in America and its solutions (the film Hungry in America by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson is slated for release this November). Among the well known faces were ... Read More


LANCOME CELEBRATES LATINA MAGAZINE’S MARCH COVER STAR ARLENIS SOSA

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 2/22/2010 6:03 PM
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On Monday night, Lancôme USA president Serge Jureidini and Latina magazine's editor-in-chief Mimi Valdés joinined forces to toast the magazine's March issue. Why the excitement? The brilliantly-hued cover features none other than supermodel and Lancôme spokesmodel Arlenis Sosa. It's the Dominican beauty's debut in Latina magazine and the entire package—from the sultry cover to the pitch-perfect story inside—perfectly capture Arlenis’s charm, generosity and inner and outer beauty. Joining the celebration was a slew of Lancôme favorites, such as legendary makeup artists Sandy Linter and Scott Barnes, and a who’s-who of Latin luminaries. Congratulations, Arlenis!


Arlenis Sosa


EYES ON FASHION

By Michèle Gerber Klein
Monday, 2/22/2010 3:33 PM
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CHRISTIAN COTA

Christian Cota has just entered his late twenties and exudes, at first glance, a faintly dangerous, Mephistophelian allure.  Tall, slender, with blue black hair, twinkly blue green eyes, high cheekbones, an aquiline nose and an aristocratic slouch, he could easily be mistaken for the spoiled boy star of one of Visconti’s historic Italian epics.

However, when he starts to speak, his soft, well-bred Spanish lisp is immediately apparent. So there’s nothing Italian about him after all. And in about five minutes, one can’t avoid realizing that there’s nothing even remotely decadent or wicked about Christian either. On the contrary, as Ana Oritz recently noted, he’s a really, really “good soul”, and, fortunately for female fashion followers everywhere, he’s currently one of the most talented, forward-looking young designers in America.

Some facts: Christian was born, bred, and still vacations (at Playa del Carmen) with his family in Mexico. He traveled ... Read More


62nd Annual Writers Guild Awards

By Danny Fields
Monday, 2/22/2010 12:12 PM
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On Saturday evening, the Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. The Ceremony, In it's 62nd year, recognizes writers in TV, news, radio, promotion and graphic animations. The award ceremony was also being held simultaneously in Los Angeles. This years celebration was hosted in New York by Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm, with awards going to Mad Men, for drama series, 30 Rock, for comedy series, Modern Family, for new series, The Young and the Restless, for day time serial and Frontline's "The Madoff Affair", for documentary-current events, just to name a few.



Susie Essman


Mind Body Spirit

By Aesha Waks
Sunday, 2/21/2010 6:49 AM
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I am very interested in the art of conversation being that I am a writer, communications major and just a social person. I feel it is important to first ask questions before responding to what was said. Finding out why a question was asked and where a person is first coming from gives background on why something is being discussed. Not everyone is intuitive enough to know what you mean, so explaining yourself along with your statements could also be important to showing a person where you are coming from instead of giving a blanket statement. Certain people do not feel the need to explain themselves because they are either trying to remain mysterious, think they are being obvious or so popular that everyone should already know who they are. In my opinion we as humans are constantly getting to know ourselves in a changing world as well as ... Read More


Guerlain Hosts The Premiere of Mean to Me

By Patrick Kelley
Friday, 2/19/2010 6:21 PM
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On Friday evening, Guerlain sponsored the premiere of McDermott & McGough's short film, Mean To Me, at The Bowery Hotel. The thirteen minute short, a 1930's period piece, chronicles the end of an affair in which a kept women (played by British supermodel Agyness Deyn) discovers that her lover (Played by Linus Roache), is about to marry a wealthy heiress in order to "stay afloat" during the depression. The film was a collaborative effort between a number of different people and organizations, with Zac Posen providing gowns from his archive, Mikimoto providing pearls and make-up artist Nick Barose recreating a period visage using products provided exclusively by Guerlain.


McDermott & McGough have been working together since 1980 and were central figures in the East Village art scene. When discussing his ... Read More


DOM PERIGNON Private Unveiling of DOM PERIGNON WEDDING

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 2/19/2010 3:05 PM
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Everyone already knows that champagne necessary for all important celebrations, but just to make sure it is present at the most important celebration, Dom Pérignon hosted a private lunch in the Magic Room of the LVMH Tower (21 E. 57th st NYC, 10022) to unveil Dom Pérignon Wedding on Thursday, February 18, 2010. The occasion gathered some of New York's most important people including Georgina Chapman, Karen Craig, Reem Acra, Raul Avila, Marcy Blum, Laurent Boidevezi, Daniel Boulud, Colin Cowie, Peter Davis, Mark Ingram, Jeff Leatham, Katie Lee, Darcy Miller, Nicole Miller, David Monn, Grace Ormonde, Cathy Riva, Antony Todd, Sylvia Weinstock, Samantha Marcus Yanks and Suzy Menkes who were delighted to sip on Dom Pérignon Vingage 2000 for the afternoon. Although Claudia Schiffer (who is featured in la ... Read More


TAILS Celebrates "I Love NYC Pets" Month

By Rylan Soref
Friday, 2/19/2010 2:47 PM
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On Thursday, February 18, 2010, at a private residence in Soho, TAILS of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals celebrated "I Love NYC Pets Month," with cookies, prosecco and of course, cats and dogs. The event educated guests about the Mayor's Alliance life saving initiatives and encouraged attendees to sign up to be TAILS 'Litter Mate' (think steering committee/board, only cooler). A cross section of creative NYC: artists, financiers, fashion insiders (but above all animal lovers) learned what they could do to save lives and move animals towards loving spaces.


Aiming to build a network for compassion, TAILS is bringing together animal loving businesses and individuals in all the boroughs to help the Mayor's Alliance move NYC towards 'no-kill' by 2015. To learn more about TAILS, the Mayor's Alliance ... Read More


The Cinema Society Celebrates the Premiere of The Ghost Writer

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 2/18/2010 6:42 PM
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The Cinema Society and Screenvision celebrated the premiere of Roman Polanksi's The Ghost Writer, Thursday evening at the Crosby St. Hotel. The film, an adaptation of Robert Harris' Thriller novel about a British Prime Minister and the turmoil around him, stars Pierce Brosnan as the Prime Minister and Ewan McGregor as a scribe called upon to help finish his Prime Minister's memoirs after the previous ghost writer dies under questionable circumstances. The movie is packed start to finish with suspense as the scribe sees more and more of the man he is profiling. The more he finds out, the more dangerous it gets.



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RICHIE RICH FASHION SHOW

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 2/18/2010 4:26 PM
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There are some things in this world that are just meant to be. Maybe it's the way the planets align, or maybe it's just the will of the gods, but it seems sometimes that certain people and their rise to fame, was just bound to happen. And so is the Case with Richie Rich. Where does one begin? Richie came from Northern California, was a nationally ranked figure skater, trained alongside Kristi Yamaguchi and Rudy Galindo, toured across this great land with the Ice Capades and then emerged as a club kid in the early nineties. It seemed that no matter where he was a crowd followed, and that fact still holds true today for Richie Rich. His fashion label Heatherette, whom he started with Traver Rains, embodies the varying and dynamic past of Rich along with his continued presence in the fashion industry.


Richie Rich, Amanda Lepore

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LVMH And Parsons Celebrate "The Art of Craftsmanship Revisted: New York"

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 2/18/2010 3:14 PM
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LVMH and Parsons celebrated the launch of The Art of Craftsmanship Revisited: New York and their shared commitment to support artisanry , innovation and opportunities for the next generation of design talent in New york.  The celebration at Milk Studios, commemorated the projects mission to bring together Parsons students and New York Artisans to create original fashion ensembles and short documentary films both inspired by and responsive to the work of local artisans and the work of LVMH



BRIAN REYES and ZORYA FINE ART Debut "ZORYA" Print Collection with OKSANA MAS

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 2/18/2010 2:39 PM
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Fashion watchers were delighted Wednesday February 17, 2010 as Brian Reyes presented fall looks with his Colombian sensuality-meets-American-moxie style. The "Invierno 2010" runway show at Fashion Week's Bryant Park tents was a success and unveiled a refreshingly witty Ukrainian sensibility created in collaboration with contemporary artist Oksana Mas, who revealed his "Zorya" print collection. The creative duo announced their plans to work together last fall and hope that their focus on Ukrainian Art will introduce a bold new perspective to the art world. For more information, visit www.zoryafineart.com.


Brian Reyes


Launch of ART & CRAFT and Afterparty

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 2/18/2010 2:06 PM
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Everyone knows that cupcakes go best with a tall glass of haute couture, and that is exactly what guests were treated to at the launch of Art & Craft on Wednesday February 18, 2010. Chambers Fine Art (522 W 19th St NYC 10011, 212.414.1169) was packed with 200+ fashionistas, press and select VIPs including Melissa Chu, Caroline Elizabeth Palmour, Bianca Pratt and Sumi Trenholme were treated to the debut of Sally Wu's collection, Act I, as they enjoyed baked goodies by NY's Tawny Ong Bakery and homemade gingerale from Spice Market. 22 looks later, the room was buzzing with adoration and excitement for the designer. Special thanks to Marcos Diaz of Ion Studios for the hair team for their contribution to creating the dramatic looks. As folks departed they were handed special gift bags courtesy of Chambers Fine Art.


Melissa Chu, Sally Wu, Caroline Elizabeth
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Ceremony to Honor MEERA GANDHI as RNID's Centenary Councillor

By Rylan Soref
Thursday, 2/18/2010 1:44 PM
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A ceremony at Clodagh Designs (670 Broadway NYC 10012) was held on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 to celebrate the appointment of Meera Gandhi as a Centenary Councillor for the UK's Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). The occasion was hosted by Philip Bonn, RNID's Centenary Director, who made a special trip to the US from England for the occasion. RNID is currently the UK's largest charity with many honorable partners. Meera Gandhi recently founded The Giving Back Foundation and completed a film called "Giving Back" featuring Patricia Valazquez, Kerry Kennedy, Clodagh, Vikram Gandhi, Steven Rockefeller and Viveck Vaswani. The film, along with a CD and coffee table book (featuring RNID) and body and bath products, will be released with 100% of the proceeds going to support the foundation. For more information, visit www.rnid.org.uk


Meera Gandhi


Cocktails in Honor of W HOTEL's Newly Appointed Fashion Director

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 5:45 PM
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The designer chain W Hotels is about to get a boost into hi-fashion gear because on Tuesday, February 18, 2010, they held an event to celebrate their newly appointed Fashion Director, stylist Amanda Ross. Daniel Benedict hosted la grande fete, which gathered some of the world's most recognizable faces from the worlds of fashion, style, design and hospitality including Eva Ziegler, Lauren Santo Domingo, Lucy Sykes, Milly deCabrol, Jennifer Creel, Michaelangelo L'Acqua, Tory Burch, Stefano Tonchi, Miguel Fabregas, Catherine Piercy, Kelly Cutrone, Suze Yalouf Schwartz, Peter Davis, Sam Shaffer, Leigh Lezark, Kelly Talamas, Nicole Fritton, Gillian Hennesy, Kristina O'Neil, Carlos Souza, Valentine Uhovski, Anamaria Wilson, Christina Brinkley, Roxanne Lowitt, Tinsley Mortimer, Richie Rich, Sandra Beck, Jeff Beck, Julia Kristin and many others. Guests were wined and dined ... Read More


G-STAR RAW Presents NY RAW Fall/Winter 2010 Collection

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 4:56 PM
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When lux brand G-Star Raw throws a party, you don't have to think too much about it. You get excited you were thought of, quickly accept the invitation and show up looking good. On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, G-Star presented their men's and women's NY Raw Fall/Winter 2010 collection at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 W 34th St. NYC 10001).


Liv Tyler

Among the collection of A-listers were Liv Tyler, Adam Lambert, Shannen Doherty, John Legend, Agyness Deyn, Kelly Osbourne, Mena Suvari, Adrienne Bailon, Estelle, Natasha Bedingfield, Nate Parker, Robert Buckley, Miss J., Peaches Geldof, Shaun Sipos, Toby Kebbell and Tyson Beckford. The show displayed G-Star's signature denim craftsmanship coupled with elegant, tailored pieces in vibrant colors creating a collection that exudes 'Raw' Luxury.


Anton Corbijn (G-Star Raw Designer)

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Narciso Rodriguez 2010 Fall Collection

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 4:43 PM
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Narciso Rodriguez, the only son of Cuban immigrants who grew up in Newark, celebrated the release of his Fall 2010 collection at the Boom Boom Room Tuesday evening. When looking over his start in the fashion industry it is not difficult to understand how Rodriguez found himself in the position he is today. After finishing at Parsons the New School for Design and doing freelance for a stretch, Rodriguez joined Ann Klein as Women's Design Director under Donna Karan. Later he moved to Calvin Klein where he worked on the Women's collection and in 1997 launched his own label. His first major mention came when he designed an instantly famous dress for Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, for her wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr. Since then, Narciso has created unique lines with his distinctive stamp of originality which has made him the success he is ... Read More


BERGDORF GOODMAN Hosts the Launch of VICTORIA BEKHAM DENIM

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 3:04 PM
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What would look better in Bergdorf Goodman (745 Fifth Ave. NYC 10019, 212.753.7300) than Victoria Beckham in a skin tight pair of jeans? ... I can't think of anything either. On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, the former Spice Girl debuted her signature denim line proving that she has fully outgrown her girl-group roots and moved seamlessly into the "posh" world of fashion design. Beckham appeared at Bergdorf's to adoring fans and fashion/style icons who were served champagne as they perused the sleek new collection on racks, tables and models. Among the notables were Jim Gold, Cecilia Walsh, Drue Kataoka, Sunshine Bertrand, Jason Weisenfeld and many others. For more information, visit www.victoriabeckham.com.


Victoria Beckham


Shutter Island Premiere

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 2:40 PM
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Martin Scorsese is back in the spotlight with a new feature. His latest work is an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby, Gone, Mystic River) novel of the same title, Shutter Island. The post WWII era mystery/psychological drama takes place in 1954, primarily at a prison for the criminally insane, on an island just off the coast of Massachusetts. Federal Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are investigating the mysterious escape/disappearance of murderess Rachel Solando o what appears to be an inescapable island. From the moment the two arrive on the island they are faced with a number of challenges, from the inmates not cooperating to the peculiar medical director Dr. Joseph Cawley (Sir Ben Kingsley).  As the story progresses they battle the difficulties that take place on the island as much as they battle to maintain sane in ... Read More


MAX AZRIA Fall 2010 Collection Dinner

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 2:17 PM
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Following the runway debut of his Fall 2010 collection on Tuesday February 16, 2010, designer Max Azria hosted a dinner to celebrate at the adventurously elegant Shang Restaurant in the Thompson Hotel (187 Orchard St. NYC 10002, 212.260.7900). Superstar Chinese Chef Susur Lee prepared a delectable menu for guests who spanned the gamut of social and cultural strata including Michelle Trachtenberg, Melissa George, Maggie Q, Lubov Azria and select others. His tasty selection featured "Singapore Slaw" with salted plum dressing, chicken shu mai, roasted scottish salmon with yuzu-taragon hollandaise, marinated skirt steak with crunchy hazelnut shallot brown butter and chili ponzu, shanghai bok choy with tofu and jasmine rice... and for dessert: dark chocolate truffles and an assortment of seasonal fresh fruit. Mmm, mmm good! Throughout the celebration, a photo booth from Polite in Public was available for the curious and indulgent to take ... Read More


EQUIPMENT Launch Party Hosted by BECKA DIAMOND and SERGE AZRIA

By Rylan Soref
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 1:19 PM
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Equipment held its launch party at Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 hosted by social butterfly Becka Diamond and Serge Azria. A fashionable crowd gathered to peruse the newly revamped line and socialize with other style minded folks. Among the guests were Krystal Simpson, Carine Roitfeld, Kelly Osbourne, Sue Stemp, Rebecca Minkoff and a group of downtown girls. For more information about Equipment, visit www.saksfifthavenue.com.


Becka Diamond, Serge Azria


Mind Body Spirit

By Aesha Waks
Wednesday, 2/17/2010 12:16 AM
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MIND/SPIRIT- Starting this week, I am going to be merging my ... Read More


Cinema Society Host a Screening of HAPPY TEARS With Sponsor Donna Karan

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 2/16/2010 7:13 PM
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The Cinema Society hosted a screening for Happy Tears at the MoMA, Tuesday evening, with a subsequent after party at Mr. Chow. The premiere, sponsored by Donna Karan, welcomed guests on the red carpet and led them to the screening room. The movie told the story of two sisters returning to the house of their childhood. The older sister Demi Moore wants to put her father Rip Torn into an "old people's warehouse" as she refers to it. While Parker Posey insists it is not necessary. Parker and Demi can't see eye to eye but, as the story progresses both sisters are able to examine the imperfections in their ways, in how they have dealt with life but also the situation at hand. One of these situation is the fathers new love interest, a shameless and racy nurse played by Ellen Barkin. But, ... Read More


NYC Young Patrons Circle Spring Shopping Preview

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 2/16/2010 5:17 PM
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Bianca Farrah Kawecki, chairperson of the Young Patrons Circle of the New York City Opera, hosted a spring shopping preview and reception at the City Opera Thrift Shop, Tuesday evening. The event was held to celebrate and welcome the New york City Opera's new membership group, the Young Patrons Circle. The Young Patrons are a group music lovers in their twenties and thirties whom share their enthusiasm for the opera with their peers and bring the art form to others who otherwise might not be informed to the full extent of the art. Also, their membership dues go to support the company's award-winning education and outreach programs. Guests were able to preview the City Opera Thrift Shop's newest spring merchandise while enjoying Bear Flag Wines provided by Hunter PR.



Anne Huntington, Dr. Erika Faust, Elizabeth Grimaldi



Baryshnikov Arts Center Celebrates the Grand Opening of The Jerome Robbins Theater

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 2/16/2010 3:51 PM
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The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) celebrated the grand opening of The Jerome Robbins Theater, on the evening of Tuesday the 16th, with a champagne toast, followed by a number of performances, and then a seated dinner. The Baryshnikov Arts Center was established in 2005 to house the core activities of the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, and has since proven to be a significant cultural and creative center for New Yorkers; presenting contemporary and innovative works at low or no cost to the public.