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SIT, STAY AND STAND-UP!" Comedy Show to Benefit The ASPCA

By Tia Walker
Wednesday, 9/30/2009 4:43 PM
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Comedy for a cause is ALWAYS a good thing, isn't it? Well, when veteran comic and PMC shutterbug Jimi Celeste has anything to do with it, it’s ALWAYS good.  Last night, New York City animal lovers united to “Sit, Stay and Standup” at Chelsea's Comix, hosted by none other than Jimi Celeste.

Beginning with a rather generously timed cocktail reception, guests familiarized themselves with the ASPCA's dog and cat related info, calendars, and other fundraising items. By 7:30 pm, everyone made their way to their tables to take in the show.

This evening, a reasonably-priced fundraiser, contained a HOT bill showcasing the talents of comedians Jim Norton, Nick Di Paolo, Amy Schumer, Pete CorrealeLynne Koplitz, Marc Maron, Seth Herzog, Ben Bailey and Robert Kelly. Music came courtesy of the Enablers (featuring Adam Roth, Musical Director of “Rescue Me”)

We rocked the front table with Jamie McCarthy and Dimitrios Kambouris of Wireimage, along ... Read More


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

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

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

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


Tommy Hilfiger and Sam Haskins Celebrate Fashion Etcetera

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 9/29/2009 2:16 AM
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Tommy Hilfiger and iconic 20th century photographer Sam Haskins celebrated their joint book publishing project, Fashion Etcetera by Sam Haskins: Tommy Hilfiger Special Editions, at Milk Gallery.

Ally Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Ocleppo
 

The Tommy Hilfiger-hosted opening for photographer Sam Haskins at Milk Gallery Thursday evening, September 24, 2009, welcomed a large party of artists, socialites, and models as the two celebrated their release. Milk Gallery’s vast showroom was lined wall-to-wall ... Read More


New Yorkers for Children Hosts 10th Annual Fall Gala

By Patrick Kelley
Tuesday, 9/29/2009 1:49 AM
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New Yorkers for Children (NYFC) hosted their 10th Annual Fall Gala to benefit NYC’s youth in foster care. The dinner and auction, held Cipriani 42nd Street, featured host Anderson Cooper and Honoree Mary J. Blige.

Steve Stoute, Mary J. Blige, Kevin Liles

 

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Head Over Haskins

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

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


Greg Lauren's "Alterations" Opens at 28 Wooster Street

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 9/28/2009 4:44 PM
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Greg Lauren presented "Alterations”, a new exhibit of works on paper and fabric, yesterday evening at 28 Wooster Street. The artist's 3rd solo exhibition in New York displayed an array of drawings and sculptures depicting different types of clothing from elegant robes to boots and

 jackets.

 

 

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“The Invention of Lying” After Party

By Patrick Kelley
Monday, 9/28/2009 4:11 PM
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The Cinema Society, Links of London, New York Comedy Festival and Three Olives Vodka present the screening and after party for Ricky Gervais’ newest film, “The Invention of Lying”.

 

Simone Sestito, Mena Suvari, Andrew Saffir (Founder of the Cinema)

 

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RAGE premiere at The Box

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Monday, 9/28/2009 2:59 PM
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New York Fashion Week has only been over for a few days and I already find myself watching a movie about a fashion show. The movie, RAGE, is a fashion show "murder mystery," with the movie consisting solely of talking head interviews occurring just off the runway. Not quite like any fashion show I have ever been to, but hey, this is cinema.

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Chadwick Bell Does Well-Heeled Eel – Wasabi Not Necessary

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

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


Sit, Stay and Stand-Up!

By Jimi Celeste
Friday, 9/25/2009 5:27 PM
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Sit, Stay and Stand-Up!

An all-star comedy show to benefit The ASPCA.

Tickets are available from: Comix's Website




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

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

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


“V “MAGAZINE AND MARC JACOBS CELEBRATE LADY GAGA AT HIRO BALROOM

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 9/24/2009 9:33 PM
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Dan Caten, Marc Jacobs, Dean Caten, Esteban Cortazar

 

“V” Magazine and Marc Jacobs celebrated Lady Gaga and the launch of ” V61” at the Hiro Ballroom. Belvedere Vodka and MAC co-sponsored the packed Monday night after-party. Lady GaGa, “V” Magazine’s cover girl, performed for an energetic crowd of models and celebrities just one day after her memorable performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. ... Read More


“Another” Magazine Dinner Party At The Jane Hotel and Ballroom

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 9/24/2009 8:58 PM
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Frances Bean Cobain, Courtney Love

 

On Monday, “Another” Magazine threw an exquisite dinner party at the Jane Hotel to celebrate Fashion Week. The exclusive hotel, restaurant and ballroom provided an extravagant dinner buffet and featured entertainment by Paul Sevigny and The Horrors.

 

 

Bjork

 

Considering the Jane’s reputation as one of the more difficult venues to gain admittance to, the event had a surprisingly relaxed feel to it. There were a number of celebrities present, such as Bjork, Kirsten Dunst and Courtney Love, to name a ... Read More


Quest 400 Party

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


Fashion WEAK Already?

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

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


Douglas Hannant Spring 2010 Presentation

By Patrick Kelley
Thursday, 9/17/2009 3:44 PM
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Beverly Johnson and Guest

The Plaza hotel’s Terrace room was transformed Monday For Douglas Hannant’s Spring 2010 collection, as well as the opening of his new boutique one floor above. The Terrace Room’s already Roman/Art Deco décor was complimented by the Venus-inspired Spring collection.



Douglas Hannant Presentation

Transparent white drapes hung from the ceiling, sectioning the showroom into thirds. Hannant’s dresses were elevated above the crowd, displayed on mannequins atop Roman-style pillars.



Douglas Hannant Presentation

Upstairs, the Geoffrey Bradfield-designed boutique is located. The Plaza Hotel’s retail location places Hannant’s store conveniently close for his devoted Park Avenue crowd. The store features the ready-to-wear collection, along with such accessories as jewelry, shoes, hats and evening bags.



Douglas Hannant and Jennifer Creel

Among the guests in attendance were Angela Chen, Beverly Johnson, Annie Churchill, Barbie Bancroft, Douglas Friedman, Douglas Marshall, Montgomery Frazier and Cece Cord with dog Tiger. For more information on Douglas Hannant and ... Read More


From MOMA to Armani - An evening of art

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Thursday, 9/17/2009 3:10 PM
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Midway through Fashion Week, my crew and I decided to have a evening filled to the brim with art. My first stop was MoMA, where supermodel extraordinaire Linda Evangelista and Notify Jean’s Maurice Ohayon hosted a party to celebrate Ron Arad’s newest exhibit, “No Discipline.” Read More at Sundance Channel…


Dennis Hopper’s, “Sign’s of the Times"

By Patrick Kelley
Wednesday, 9/16/2009 7:27 PM
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Dennis Hopper’s, “Sign’s of the Times,” opened Saturday at Tony Shafrazi Gallery to coincide with the publication of his new, fully illustrated book, Dennis Hopper Photographs: 1960-1967. Hopper’s Exhibit features an extensive collection of his acclaimed 1960’s photographs, twelve never-before-seen “billboard paintings”, and various clips from his half-century long career as an actor and director.



Peter Brant, Victoria Hopper and Dennis Hopper

Saturday evening, when the doors opened to Tony Shafrazi Gallery, a gentle buzz quickly filled the spacious reaches of the show room. What began as a relatively modest gathering rapidly grew to a vibrant crowd when, around 7PM, Dennis Hopper appeared with his wife Victoria Duffy and their daughter Galen Hopper.

Hundreds of black and white photos lined the various rooms, from floor to ceiling. One wing of the exhibit was dedicated solely to Hopper’s film career, showing excerpts from such classics as “Apocalypse Now”, “Easy Rider”, and “True ... Read More


Paper Magazine’s 25th anniversary party – photos and more

By Patrick McMullan (as told to Jackie Snow)
Thursday, 9/10/2009 4:58 PM
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Fashion Week is always an exciting time, with the stylish masses descending onto the city like a 10 day long hurricane. Ten days, however, isn’t always enough time to fit in all the parties that people want to throw, so there tend to be preemptive events that still attract all the big names who are in town.

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

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

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


REBECCA TAYLOR INTERVIEW

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

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

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


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

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

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


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