Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Monday roundup

Monday at Capitale they staged the annual Dress to Kilt fashion show, produced by “Friends of Scotland,” namely Geoffrey Carroll, to promote a contemporary view of modern Scotland. It was certainly contemporary on Monday night with a big crowd gathered at the monumental former bank morphed into an event venue/ nightclub. There was the traditional, with some real Scotsmen, with bagpipes, with girls in the skimpiest tartan get-ups you’ve ever seen, as well as some of the more athletic (including Giants’ Mike Strahan) men stripping down as they moved down the runway. It was an evening of catcalls, whistled, laughter, stomping and applause. I started out with the Digital backstage watching everyone getting ready. Lots of hair and make-up. There was a bar set up there by Johnnie Walker (the show’s main sponsoer – Victoria’s Secret also sponsored a segment). New York’s most famous TV star, hotelier, developer and casino owner Donald Trump appeared (his daughter Ivanka was model) because he was one of the two dozen “judges” chosen to select the winning get-ups. That didn’t really pan out. Everyone was good and there really wasn’t a contest.

Georgette Mosbacher entertained the troops in her laid-back chic style on Monday night at her grand and elegant Fifth Avenue apartment with a book party for her friend Christopher Buckley and his hilarious new book Boomsday. Big crowd of friends, fans and well-wishers. Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Felicia Taylor, Patricia Patterson, Couri Hay, Taki Theodoracopoulos, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Chuck Pfeiffer, Benedetta and Marina Pignatelli, Betsy Perry, Virginia Coleman, Tina Brown, Nancy Collins, Lloyd Grove, Lisa Crosby, Lynn Paulsin, Catherine Saxton, Joan Collins and Percy Gibson.
Whitney Smith and Nicole Petty
Maria Boyazny and Judy Agisim
Percy Gibson and Joan Collins
Katherine Bryan, Taki, and Sharon Hoge
Keith Carroll, Monnie Begley, and Lynn Paulsen
Lisa Crosby, Chuck Pfeifer, and Pat Patterson
Taki, Lisa Crosby, and Chuck Pfeifer
Felicia Taylor and Joanne de Guardiola
Chuck Pfeifer, Lisa Crosby, and Betsy Perry
Cary Goldstein and Jolie Hunt
Pamela Keogh
Lloyd Grove and Grace Salie
Georgette Mosbacher, Umberto Musci, and Bennedetta and Marina Pignatelli
Betsy Perry, Nancy Collins, and Tina Brown
The malachite collection
More than 300 members of New York’s Russian Jewish social and philanthropic community honored Alexander Machkevitch, leading industrialist, financier, and president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, with the first Global Leadership Award at UJA-Federation of New York’s Russian Division 18th Annual Gala on March 25 at Cipriani Wall Street. Also honored was Gene Rachmansky, recipient of the Lydia Vareljan Humanitarian Award for his outstanding leadership in the Russian community and at UJA-Federation.

Mr. Machkevitch was presented with the Global Leadership Award for his support of UJA-Federation’s Russian Division. The award, given for the first time this year, denotes the global reach of Mr. Machkevitch’s philanthropic commitment.

Among those present were Ambassador Kanat B. Saudabayev of Kazakhstan; Senator Charles Schumer, Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Anthony D. Weiner; New York State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny; John S. Ruskay, executive vice president & CEO of UJA-Federation of New York; Lawrence Wajnberg, honorary chair of the Russian Division and editor-in-chief of the oldest American Russian daily newspaper Novoye Russkoye Slovo; Tamir Sapir, real-estate mogul and last year’s honoree; Tevfik Arif, chairman of the Bayrock Group; Mark B. Levy, National Conference for Soviet Jewry; Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and Lifestyles Publisher Gabe Erem.
Igor Litrovnik, Rita Litrovnik, Inna Litrovnik, Diana and Alexander Alperovich, and Roza Reizis
Lawrence Wajnberg and Alexander Machkevitch
Amb. Kanat Saudabayev and Tevfik Arif
Alexander and Larissa Machkevitch with daughter Anna, Elena and Tamir Sapir, Alla Machkevitch, and Julia Arif
Bella Zelkin, Sofya Volkov, Ludmila Risman, Jennie Bronstein, Lilly Wajnberg, Diana Alperovich, Dina Kislin, Galina Pincow, Yeva Rintel, and Sofia Garber
Cheryl Fishbein and Philip Schatten
Gene Rachmansky, Senator Charles Schumer, and Anna Rachmansky
Sofya Volkov, Jennie Bronstein, and Ludmila Risman
Alexander Machkevitch and Gene Rachmansky
Ariel Zaurov and Irina Roller
Galina and Robert Pincow
Aleksander Grinberg and Dr. Luba Chanina