Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What to Wear at The Winter Antiques Show

It's official: The banners are up, and the exhibitors move in tomorrow.
by Karen Klopp & Hilary Dick

Nothing captures the eclectic elegance of New York City in January
like the The Winter Antiques Show, a fixture firmly imprinted on the city’s wintry designscape. The exterior of the Park Avenue Armory may be icicled and sprinkled with snow,  but that won’t stop devotees from descending in droves. For once inside, they eagerly are treated to assemblage of the most important pieces in the world,  as well as access to the knowledgeable tastemakers that seek and collect them.  
Architect Gil Schafer, one of the 2018 honorees and Design Co-Chair, observed, "I love the Winter Antiques Show because it's where you always see the best of the best. And because I have a love of Americana, this show in particular is outstanding for seeing what's out there. The other thing I love about this show is that it's a great chance to learn from dealers. In this day of shopping for antiques on-line — where you don't get much one-on-one contact with dealers‎ — shows like this give you the rare chance to see an extraordinary group of dealers and hear directly from them about what makes a particular piece special. Don't miss it!”
Arie Kopelman, Miles Redd, Caleb Anderson, Lucinda Ballard, Celerie Kemble, Jamie Drake, and Anna Brockway
Miles Redd, Celerie Kemble, Stephanie Clark, Fred Clark, and Mathew Cowles
Peter Pennoyer, Katie Ridder, and Miles Redd
Will Kopelman, Jill Kargman, Coco Kopelman, and Arie Kopelman
Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor
Once a bastion of Americana and Old World European antiques, WAS now boasts a complement of mid century treasures as well as contemporary design and photography. Lucinda Ballard agrees: “The Winter Antiques Show has stayed relevant even as the business has changed enormously. We have expanded our datelines and subscribe to eclecticism. Our exhibitors are the best of the best; a wonderful, eclectic, interesting group.”
Lucinda May, Lucinda Ballard, and Karen May Tom Israel and Valaer van Roijen
Jamee and Peter Gregory Jerry Lauren
Barbara Kates, Helen Kippax, and Peter Lang Barbara de Portago and Russell Grant
Genevieve Wheeler Brown, Chappy Morris, and Melissa Morris Gus Christensen, Courtney Christensen, and Lucinda Ballard
The Show began in the 1950s as fundraising event for East Side House Settlement a philanthropic tradition which continues today.  It quickly grew to be one of the leading art, antiques and design fairs in the country. A committee of experts from Europe and the United States vet the pieces for authenticity, age and condition so buyers can purchase with confidence.
Every object available for purchase at the Winter Antiques Show is vetted for authenticity, date and condition by a committee of 160 experts from the United States and Europe.
Since 1995, Arie Kopelman has been at the helm of this great institution. This year he is stepping down and will be feted as Chairman Emeritus at the Opening Night Preview Party. With his fantastic eye  for design and impeccable taste, he is credited with bringing the show into the present  high level of  credibility and relevance. And he won’t be going far from it, “I care deeply about the show and about the charity that it supports. I’m available as a friend and advisor. And frankly, the show has a pretty great foundation on a number of levels. It can go from strength to strength as a result of how we have planned its future.”
Coco Kopelman, Arie Kopelman, and Jill Kargman.
The baton wil be passed onto Lucinda Ballard and Michael Lynch, who will bring about some exciting changes ahead. “The changes we are making will be more visible in 2019, which happens to be our 65th anniversary. I can’t say much more because the changes are all in progress.”
Robby Frolick and Emily Frick Sam Dangremond
Barbara and Donald Tober Courtney Booth Christensen
The Kick Off party was held in December at Macklowe Gallery, known for the finest museum-quality 20th-century decorative arts.
Kamal Agrawal, Danielle Magidov, Benjamin Macklowe, Hillary Macklowe, Larry Matlick, Carol Federer, and friends at the WAS kick off party.
Opening Night and Young Collector’s Night are two events worth dressing up a bit. I shopped SAKS.com to find two frocks with enough festivity for les deux soirées. Honorary Chair of the Young Collectors Night Zac Posen designed the chiffony creation, reminding me of a fabulous “Mad Men” party frock. Brocade fabric is another throwback to the '50s and a winter favorite of mine. The chic bell shaped sleeves creates an updated look, and with the ladylike silhouette, I hemmed it in photoshop to show a little more leg.  If you have stunning gems and jewelry, this would be the time to open the vault, otherwise Oscar de la Renta designs the best statement jewelry. Party shoes and a small clutch complete these luxurious looks.
Sam Dangremond, Stephanie Clark, Wendy Goodman, Courtney Booth Christensen, and Nate Berkus
Alex Read, Mary Nelson, and Sam Wharton
Merrill Brady, Tracy Dana, and Carter Bassett
Hilary lends her chic style. I agree with Karen that these events call for a bit dressier look. And the cold weather in January lends itself to sumptuous velvets and rich fabrics. I went to Bergdorfgoodman.com and fivestoryny.com to find my picks. An off-the-shoulder piece is always flattering and lightens this navy velvet Self-Portrait frock. I am partial to halter tops because they also spotlight a woman’s shoulders and are very feminine. And I love a winter white, the white and black lace one here has coverage but is sexy with its short length highlighting your legs. But a high heel is a must. Accessories are always important and adding bling to your look brings it all together. These pieces will carry you through the aisles of the show in style.
In addition to the glamourous evenings of the Opening Night and the Young Collectors Night, there are so many other ways to take advantage of the offerings of this 10-day extravaganza of design and style. We usually go to the opening and return once or twice for lectures or to have lunch and stroll with friends. The Design Tours and Lunch offer a great opportunity to see the show through an expert's eye. The lectures are as varied as the objects d’art on display.
East Side House believes that education is the key that enables all people to create economic and civic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their community. All ticket sales benefit East Side House. To order your tickets, visit winterantiquesshow.com or call (718) 292-7392.

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