Friday, October 26, 2012

Opening nights and anniversary events

Roric Tobin, Helena Lehane, and Geoffrey Bradfield in Geoffrey's designer room at Holiday House.
The Fifth Annual NYC Holiday House, chaired by founder Iris Dankner, a fifteen-year breast cancer survivor, and Christopher Hyland, held its Opening Night Gala on the evening of October 24th at the Academy Mansion on East 63rd Street.  Leonard Lauder is the Honorary Chairman.  This year’s Holiday themed Designer Show House benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder, the late style setter and philanthropist.  Hyland believes, "Iris is a visionary, a tenacious New York treasure, committed to continuing Evelyn Lauder's legacy through Holiday House."  Alexa Hampton and Charlotte Moss are serving as Design Chairmen. 
Stephen Javaras, Meagan, Kennally, Christopher Hyland, Iris Dankner, and Vincente Wolf
Notable designers in attendance included Alexa Hampton, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman, Thom Filicia, Stephen Fanuka, Amy Lau, Charlotte Moss, Vicente Wolf and Ann Omvig Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home magazine which sponsored the show and Kyle Marshall, Editor of HYLAND Magazine which sponsored the catalogue.  The Holiday House will remain open to the public through November 18. 

Steve Bastone, Beth BrennerThom Filicia, Sarah Gore and Ann Maine are serving as Vice Chairmen.  Platinum sponsors are Leviev Diamonds, and Aslihan Sabanci, author of Gluten Free Mediterranean Gourmet Cookbook. Gold sponsors are the Design & Decoration Building, Lladro, and Pratt & Lambert. Silver sponsors include: One Kings Lane, Roche Bobois, and Christopher Hyland Inc. Bronze sponsors include: Nook by Barnes & Noble, J.Pocker, Kravet, Sferra, and the 5th Avenue Millennium Aesthetic Surgery.
Roric Tobin, Justin Bova, Jenny Gonzalez, Geoffrey Bradfield, Tina Krivoshein, Justyna Watorec, and Ted Kim
Jaime Jimenez, Mario Buatta, Christopher Hyland, and Vincente Wolf
Both prominent designers and rising stars were on hand to unveil their exquisite rooms for the 2012 Showhouse. Highlights include:  Geoffrey Bradfield, an elegant black and white Proust inspired salon; Charlotte Moss, a feminine bedroom for an adventurous young woman; Ally Coulter, playing on the theme of Father’s Day, a modern update of an old English gentlemen’s club; Tobi Fairley collaborated with Traditional Home on a sitting room for a fashionista; Inson Dubois Wood paid homage to Daphne Guinness and Hermes with a “Carnival” inspired dining room; Roger Thomas “decked the halls” with his dramatic new wallpaper for Maya Romanoff; Baccarat illuminates the house with stunning chandeliers.
Aslihan Sabanci, Iris Dankner, David Klein, and Culuhan Koruyan
Randall Tarasuk, Beth Haridopolos, Eileen Boyd, and Charles Pavarini III
The Opening Night Gala was the kickoff to an array of exciting events that make this showhouse like no other, upcoming events include: “Meet the Designers Hosted by The Monacelli Press,” celebrating the design industry’s biggest icons: Eric Cohler, Vicente Wolf, Geoffrey Bradfield, Campion Platt, Heiberg Cummings and more! November 1st, from 6pm – 8pm. Public admission $30.

“Cabaret Night,” featuring food, drink, and the music of Ellen Kaye and Moscow 57 Entertainment. November 9th from 7pm – 9pm. Tickets $100.  “How to Turn Your Personal Style into a Business,” a panel discussion hosted by Susanna Salk, featuring distinguished female designers: Amy Lau, Charlotte Moss, Stephanie Odegard, and Amanda Nisbet. November  13th from 6pm – 7pm. Public admission $30.
Richard Kaplan, Barbara Ripp, Edwina Sandys, Christopher Highland, and Patricia Fisher
Catherine White, Else Rahn, Burnt Heiberg, William Cummings, and Lilielle Bucks
The Honorary Design Circle includes Robert Couturier, Steve Bastone, Jamie Drake, Victoria Hagan, Alexa Hampton, Charlotte Moss, Mario Buatta, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, and Bunny Williams.

This year’s Holiday House Designers include: Ally Coulter Design, LLC, Archives ID, BG Studio International Inc., Brett Design Inc., Charlotte Moss, LLC, Claudia Giselle Design, LLC, Dineen Architecture + Design, DiSalvo Interiors, Dyfari Interiors, Eric Cohler Design, Geoffrey Bradfield Inc., Heiberg Cummings, Huntley & Co. Interior Design, Inson Dubois Wood, LLC, Janet Rice Interiors, LLC, Javaras Kennally Associates, Lee Najman Designs, Mr. Call Designs with J. Pocker & Son, Paul + Martha, Robyn Karp Design Inc., Schermerhorn Interior Design, Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suzanne Eason Interiors, The Lee W. Robinson Company, The Roger Thomas Collection for Maya Romanoff, Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Vicente Wolf for Anthony Lawrence Belfair.

Holiday House is open to the public from Thursday, October 25 - Sunday, November 18th. General admission price is $30.

For more information, please visit, call 212-472-3313 or follow on Facebook (Holiday House NYC) and Twitter (@HolidayHouseNYC).
Geoffrey Bradfield, Aslihan Sabanci, and Roric Tobin
Di Mondo and Eric Javits Jr
Barbara Tober and Donald Tober
Delah Brucelli and Helena Lehane
Deborah Krulewitch and Jane Hudis
Carol Wilkinson
Monique Van Vooren; Atmosphere
Maurice Dubois and Andrea Dubois
Sandra Long; Atmosphere
Al-Nasser, Greg Kan, and Roric Tobin
Sara Gore and Stephen Fanuka
Stephen Javaras and Meagan Kennally
Alexa Hampton and Christopher Hyland
Geoffrey Bradfield
Lisa Kanning and Laura Kirar
Leonard Lauren
Eleanora Kennedy and Lee W. Robinson
Peg Mastrianni
Thom Filicia and Laura Beck
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Charlotte Moss, Kamie Lightburn, and Webb Egerton
Dakota Jackson and Ally Coulter
Last Tuesday night over in the Waldorf-Astoria, they held the 29th annual Alzheimer’s Association’s New York Rita Hayworth Gala.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan began this event in honor of her mother, actress Rita Hayworth, who died as a result of Alzheimer's. Under Princess Yasmin Aga Khan's leadership, over $57 million has been raised through the Rita Hayworth Galas. These funds, combined with other donations, have helped the Alzheimer's Association make significant progress toward its mission to eliminate Alzheimer's disease.
Harry Johns, Robin Meltzer, James Keach, Jane Seymour, Trevor Albert, and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Trevor Albert, Jane Seymour, James Keach, and Robin Meltzer
Charlene Haroche, Ms. Brewer, Michelle Herbert, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
This year's Corporate Award went to David Cordani, President and CEO of Cigna. Champion Awards went to James Keach, Jane Seymour and Trevor Albert, PCH Films.

Held annually in October and attracting more than 700 guests, the New York Rita Hayworth Gala celebrates and honors individuals who are dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease through their fundraising, care and volunteer efforts. The evening includes a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, program, auctions, live music, entertainment and dancing.
Hilary Gumbel, Bryant Gumbel, and Robin Meltzer
Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek
Margo MacNabb Nederlander, and Nicole Sexton
Brooke Shields, John McEnroe, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, and Patty Smyth
Paul Sterman, Marlyn Sexton, and Harry Johns
Larry Herbert and Judy Etzin
Richard and Lily Birnbach
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Liliana Cavendish
Anne and Jay McInerney
Blaise Labriola, Anejade Vaccarella, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, and Nicholas Luchsinger
Michelle Smith, Richard Ziegelasch, and Judy Poller
Barbara Tober
Andrea Stark, Sharon Bush, Alisa Rover, and Michelle Herbert
Somers Farkas, Brooke Shields, and Muffie Potter Aston
Liliana Cavendish, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, and Suzanne Murphy
Anne Hearst McInerney, Candice Bushnell, and Bettina Zilkha
Lucia Hwong Gordon and Paola Bacchini
Hilary Gumbel, Louis Robbins, Alexandra Lebenthal, and Claudia Lebenthal
Daryl Simon and Margie Loeb
Hayden Hosford
Elana Chernousoba and Linette Semino
Jana Bullock
This past Tuesday night, October 23rd, the New York Women’s Foundation held its 25th Anniversary gala honoring Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond, and Ginny and Sean Day. The theme of this important anniversary was “Improving the Lives of Women and Families In New York.”

Following the four honorees, Sarah Jones, Tony Award® Winning Playwright and Performer was then introduced by Connie Chung. Ms. Jones brought a coat rack with her onstage, putting different items on and portraying different ethnicities, ages and types of women, all speaking about The New York Women’s Foundation®. While portraying a Jewish grandmother, quick-talking Latina woman, Chinese immigrant, Indian woman and young feminist, Ms. Jones covered many topics affecting women including diversity, education, and investing in the future and cited the “importance of The NYWF on the history of New York City.”
Jean Shafiroff, Diana Taylor, Hyatt Bass, Susan Fulwiler, Sarah Jones, Soledad O'Brien, Ginny Day, Helen LaKelly Hunt, and Ana Oliveira
Cecilia Raymond, Sofia Raymond, Jackson Raymond, Brad Raymond, Charlie Raymond, Soledad O'Brien, and Connie Chung
Over the past quarter century, the NYWF has invested $33 million in funding to more than 280 women-led, nonprofit organizations, improving the lives of 5.4 million women and girls in New York City.  81% of those nonprofits have succeeded and are still thriving today. In 2009, the NYWF responded to the economic crisis by launching RISE-NYC!, a 5-year partnership initiative that increased its grant-making by more than 20% in focused areas including economic security, anti-violence and safety, and health and reproductive rights. 
Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Yaz Hernandez, and Valentin Hernandez
Eboni Gates, Ana Oliveira, Ruth Burgos, and Jennifer Davis
Dawne Marie Grannum and Dr. Penny Grant
Ginny Day, Helen LaKelly Hunt, and Connie Chung
Dr. Penny Grant and Britnee Bryan
Susan Cullman and Connie Chung
Eboni Gates, Ruth Burgos, Gordon Hazel, Jennifer Davis, and Connie Chung
Merilee Bostock and Kate Bostock-Shefferman
Julian Lethbridge and Anne Bass
Ana Pincus and Hyatt Bass
Lisa Holton, Kathryn Weill, Diana Taylor, and Aiyoung Choi
Joan Roth, Sherri Sandler, Diane Koones, and Joan Davidson
Scores of high-heeled Central Park supporters hit the paths of Central Park for Madison Avenue's Walk in the Park on Saturday, October 20. Members of The Central Park Conservancy joined Walk In The Park Ambassador Amy Freeze, popular WABC-TV meteorologist, 6-time marathon runner, and 15 shoe-related boutiques on Madison Avenue: Bally, Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, Charlotte Olympia, CH Carolina Herrera, Devi Kroell, DKNY, Fogal, Galo Shoes, Jimmy Choo, Longchamp, Max Mara, Porsche Design, Stuart Weitzman, and Stubbs & Wootton. The walk was presented by Madison Avenue BID.

Shoppers and supporters had the exciting, fun-filled opportunity to get a little exercise and make a contribution by registering and donating $25,000 to walk in the Park!

The mission of The Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public. A private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 by a dedicated group of civic-minded and philanthropic leaders, the Conservancy provides 85% of the Central Park's $46 million park-wide budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park.
Walk in the Park participants
Hannah Parker and Terri Coppersmith of The Central Park Conservancy
Maggie Norris
Madison Avenue BID President Matthew Bauer with Fogal girls
Amy Freeze
Brittany Sellers
Walk in the Park participants with Amy Freeze of ABC News
Martha Stewart and NBC’s Willie Geist hosted Martha’s inaugural American Made awards ceremony on October 16th in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. The star-studded evening included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Calvin Klein, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, Thom Browne, Colin Cowie, and the White House’s Small Business Administration. The event saluted and highlighted 11 up-and-coming entrepreneurs who have shown innovation and creativity in their respective fields. Brian Howell of The Bee Man Candle Company won the Audience-Choice Award, receiving $10,000 to further his business as well as a feature in the December issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Guests enjoyed American-Made cocktails and artisanal foods from celebrated purveyors including Momofuku Milk Bar, Russ & Daughters, Murray’s Cheese and Bouchon Bakery. Throughout the evening, guests shopped a curated selection of handcrafted goods from around the country, including products made from the American Made honorees.
/Willie Geist and Martha Stewart
Pilar Guzman, Editor in Chief of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia gives opening remarks at Martha Stewart's American Made
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, speaks about the importance of small businesses
Martha Stewart with Award Winners
Martha Stewart and Calvin Klein
Kira Faiman and Ghislaine Maxwell
Jed Walentas, Andrew Tarlow, Peter Lawrence (Wythe Hotel – American Made honoree)
Alexandra Lebenthal
Alina Cho, Colin Cowie, and Susan Magrino
Jeffrey Bilhuber, Martha Stewart, and Sirio Maccioni
Marjorie Gubelmann and Darcy Miller
Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administratin and Willie Geist
Muffin Dowdle, Thomas Joseph, and Sarah Carey
C. Devone
Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in the US, celebrated the 46th annual National Arts Awards a week ago this past Monday, October 15, at Cipriani 42nd Street. They raised more than $800,000 in support of the arts and arts education.The black-tie affair was chaired by Maria Bell with co-chairs Jody Allen, Sarah Arison, Edythe and Eli Broad, The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Isabella and Theodor Dalenson, and Julie and Edward J. Minskoff.

The evening paid tribute to six honorees: Microsoft co-founder, Paul G. Allen; co-founder of YoungArts and the Presidential Scholars in the Arts Program Lin Arison; Tony Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell; multiplatinum recording artist Josh Groban; the painter James Rosenquist; and AXA Art Insurance Corporation.
James Rosenquist, Lin Arison, Harry Hersh, Sarah Arison, Paul Lehr, and Mimi Thompson
The cocktail hour featuring artwork by visual artist Julie Mehretu. Artists Committee member and Vanity Fair Photographer at Large, Todd Eberle was taking one-of-a-kind Polaroid portraits of special guests with proceeds benefiting Americans for the Arts. Dinner featured a 3-course meal followed by presentations of the awards, video tributes to the honorees, and musical performances by YoungArts. Arranged by the evening’s Musical Director, YoungArts alumna Kate Davis, guests enjoyed a compilation of music from Broadway as well as original compositions by Duke Ellington and singer/songwriter honoree Josh Groban including his 2007 hit, “February Song.”

Artist Richard Serra presented the Eli and Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts to Allen, followed by a presentation of the Corporate Citizenship in the Arts Award to AXA Art Insurance Corporation by Miami collector Martin Z. Margulies. Actress Bebe Neuwirth paid tribute to Brian Stokes Mitchell as recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award while. Renée Fleming honored Josh Groban with the Bell Family Foundation Young Artist Award. Lin Arison received the Arts Education Award from choreographer and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Agnes Gund presented James Rosenquist with the Isabella and Theodor Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lisa Reinhart, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Mikhail Baryshnikov
Richard Serra
More than 400 guests attended, including: John Baldessari, T. R. Ericsson, Julie Mehretu, Sarah Morris, Walter Robinson, Richard Serra, and Frank Stella; Kulaput Yantrasast; China Chow, Liz Margulies, Allyson Tucker, and Charlie Rose; Amanda Beall and Marla Kanelos; Sam Bonnier, Edward J. and Julie Minskoff, and Jonathan and Wendy Spector; Pierre Dulaine, Graham Lustig, Yvonne Marceau, Lisa Rinehart and Heather Watts; Moisés Kaufman and Abel López; Anna-Johanna Bonnier; Herbie Hancock and Lee Rocker; and Collectors, Dealers, and Art World Luminaries: Alexander, Nicholas, and Travis Acquavella, Douglas Baxter, Jamie Bennett, Irving and Jackie Blum, Mary Boone, Ted and Isabella Dalenson, Jeffrey Deitch, Jenny Dixon, Richard Edwards, Brian J. Ferriso, Christiane Fischer, Eleanor Flomenhaft, Yvonne Force, Casey Freemont, Larry Gagosian, Lance Goldsmith, Marguerite Hoffman, Justine Koons, Raymond Learsy, The Honorable Kate D. Levin, Margo Lion, Paul Morris, John and Amy Phelan, Doreen Remen, Scott Rothkopf, Tony Shafrazi, Carol Stringari, Liz Swig, Phillipe Vergne, Adam Weinberg, and Ari Wiseman.
The goodie bags, one of the better ones of the season, came complete with individually boxed Sprinkles Cupcakes topped with the Americans for the Arts logo and illycaffè cans in honor of James Rosenquist, who designed the illy logo in 1996, and from YoungArts, a group of DVDs including HBO’s MasterClass featuring Renée Fleming. In addition, each guest received an ArtsVote2012 poster by Julie Mehretu which was produced in conjunction with Americans for the Arts Action Fund events at both the Republican and Democratic conventions.

The event was generously supported by sponsors: Acquavella Galleries, AXA Equitable, The Bell Family Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, The Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, Isabella and Theodor Dalenson, The Herb Alpert Foundation, Gagosian Gallery, Julie and Edward J. Minskoff, and YoungArts.

For more information of upcoming events and programs hosted by Americans for the Arts, visit
Paul Allen and Herbie Hancock
Tony Shafrazi and China Chow
Jim Orphanides, Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Nora Orphanides, and Graham Lustig
Travis and Nicholas Acquavella
Richard Lovejoy and friends
Mort Gleddrman, Robert Lynch, Rona Sebastian, Steven Spiess, Ken Ferguson, and Nora Halpern
Robert Lynch, Maria Bell, and Josh Groban
Harriet and Frank Stella
Edward and Julie Minskoff
John Silberman, Jeffrey Deitch, Larry Gagosian, and Martin Margulies
Deborah Rocker, Lee Rocker, and Yvonne Force Villareal
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