Monday, April 16, 2007

OATH for Darfur, Dress for Success, Free Arts, Bentley unveils

Downtown at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, OATH hosted an evening benefiting the civilians of Darfur.
Last Thursday OATH hosted a very special evening benefiting the civilians of Darfur. OATH is a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. It was borne out of President Clinton's message to encourage a platform where moderate Muslims and Jews should foster dialogue thus promoting religious reconciliation.

Last Thursday OATH united the diverse people of New York City through music and art. This unique event featured a wide range of eclectic entertainers: world renowned ballerinas, international circus acts, rockbands, dj’s, saxophonists and more filled  the historic Angel Orensanz Foundation center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Among the special guests attending: Denise Rich, Anne Hathaway, Ambassador Hayford, and Dean Morton. There were performances by DJ Mel DeBarge, The Public Dance Theater, the internationally acclaimed Amstel Quartet, platinum selling Pakistani rock band Junoon, Ballerinas from the Rebecca Davis Dance Company performing to the tune of George Clooney’s UN speech (!), and performers from the SCI-FI Circus including fire eaters, palm readers and trapeze artists.
Jennifer and Matt Antilla
Jack Rosen and Phyllis Rosen
Sci-Fi Circus
Russell Simmons, Rena Sindi, Nayrouz Tatanaki, and Denise Rich
Denise Rich
Elizabeth Ayoub
Father and Mrs. Morton
Brian Feit and Angela Salomon
Vanisha Mittar Bhatiou and Anjani Vasson
Rena Sindi and friend
Dirti Martini and her partner in crime
Nancy Kagan and Patricia Assouline
Alona and Leanne Tal
The table settings
Jamie Gingerelli and Danielle Yanatta
Junoon "The Pakistani Rock Star Professor"
Public Dance Theater
Paul Kaplan, Miriam David, Yalmez Tatanki, and Roxanne Tatanaki
Sci-Fi Circus
Nayrouz Tatanaki and Kojo Annan
Jack Zack, Joe Giorgdina, Kieron Kawall, and Mark Eishner

Thursday not only marked the 10th anniversary of Dress for Success' annual gala, but it also marked event chair Bobbi Brown's 50th birthday.

“Well, technically, I have until Saturday, so I will still be 49 at the gala," Brown said. Giving back to her favorite charity was how Brown decided to spend her big day.
Bobbi Brown with Dress For Success Honorees
"A year ago, I looked at the calendar and realized this April I would be turning 50 and on a book tour for 'Living Beauty,' and I thought, How do I want to celebrate? I wanted to do something good."

Her goal is to raise $1 million, more than the event has raised before and an amount Brown thinks will be surpassed once they’ve tallied the total from 1,000 guests who bought tickets for  "Suits, Strength & Success" at the Marriott Marquis. Auctioned items — included Brown's beauty kits decorated by designers such as Tory Burch and Cynthia Rowley also added to the total. Isaac Mizrahi emceed the evening, which recognized 10 honorees including Peter Nordstrom, Damon Dash, Rachel Roy, Andrew Rosen and Paula Sutton.
Andrew Rosen and Meredith Melling Burke
Bobbi Brown and Joi Gordon
Bobbi Brown and Issac Mizrahi
Lorraine Bracco and Margaux Guerard
Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale
Wendy Finerman
Carmen and Yogi Berra
Steve Green and Marilyn Crawford
Richard Moody, Vallnex Mozell, and Unik
Joi Gordon, Damon Dash, Andrew Rosen, Paula Sutter, Rachel Roy, Peter Nordstrom, Bobbi Brown, Gerri Warren Merrick, Yogi Berra, and Richard Moody
Ken Greenfieeld and Lavelle Olexa
Cindi Leive
Russell Simmons and Soledad O'Brien

Which pose works best?
Tory Burch
Somers Farkas
Celerie Kemble
Ivanka Trump
Lydia Hearst
Tinsley Mortimer
Zani Gugelmann
Olivia Palermo

Tinsley Mortimer
Zani Gugelmann
Olivia Palermo
Tory Burch
Somers Farkas
Celerie Kemble
Ivanka Trump
Lydia Hearst

Last Tuesday night, Bentley Motors hosted a private event at The Boat House in Central Park to celebrate the North American Debut of the Bentley Brooklands, the world’s most exclusive coupé.  Meaning even if you could afford it, there aren’t going to be enough to go around; so get in line.

A high profile crowd of New York’s leaders in luxury and style were shuttled in Bentleys from the entrance of the park to the Boat House where the long-awaited Brooklands was unveiled.

The new Brooklands will have a worldwide volume limited to 550 cars over its three year lifecycle.  Several orders were placed that night. You’re not surprised, are you?  Alongside the coupé was a Bentley craftsperson hand stitching a steering wheel, a Breitling for Bentley craftsperson assembling a watch, and a Tibaldi for Bentley pen engraver.    

On hand to watch the astonishment: Stuart McCullogh Board Member Sales and Marketing for Bentley, Tom DuPont, Philip Warner (aka Mr. Luxury), Luke Parker Bowles, Amy Fine Collins and Flora Collins, Laura Dowling, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Ed Pantzer, Tom Farley, Christine Goppel, Dana Beth Hagendorf, Michael Heitner, Chris Meigher, Marc Hruschka, Ross Klein, Nicholas Luftsinger, Nico Landrigan, and Janet Ngyuen.
Alejandro, Marc Hruschka, and Jyarland Jones
Bonnie Abrams, Breanna Buhr, and Julian Jenkins
James Kemp-Potter, Amy Fine Collins, Flora Collins, and Luke Par
Keith Naughton and Dave Reuter of Bentley Motors
Nico Landrigan and friend
Philip Warner and Christine Gaskell
Mike Espindle
Stuart McCullough
David Goggins, Rod Moore, and Ted Schloz
Somers Farkas and friend
Richard Charlesworth and Ambassador Jaidi
Ted Schloz, Ed Panzer, and Don Heditsian
The Brooklands - Unveiled
Azure and Arnage outside The Brooklands
Dior and Vanity Fair hosted a kick off party for Free Arts NYC 8th Annual Art Auction Benefit “Portraits & Polaroids to be held April 23rd, from 6 to 9 pm at Milk Gallery. The event will be hosted by board members Amy Sacco and Mary Alice Stephenson alongside honorary chairs Scarlett Johansson and Liv Tyler. Polaroid 20x24 images by artists such as Christopher Burden, Chuck Close, Adam Fuss, Barbara Kruger and Christopher Wool will be sold in an exclusive live auction by board member Simon de Pury. The event will also feature a silent auction of artworks loosely based around the theme of the portrait. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, Amy Sacco, and Jeremy Blake
Kristina Westerby, Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, and Liz Hopfan
Kris Norman and SunHee Grinnell
Pajt Dower and Peyton Cochran
Anthony Roth Costanzo and Matthu Placek
Jeremy Blake
Felicia Taylor and Katherine Leahy
Anthony James and Lawrence Benenson
Celesa Moran and Michael Muller
Benjamin Amos and Katarzyna Pintek
Anisha Lakhani, Jason Tepperman, and Kristian Laliberte
Sana Rizvi and Taylor Spellman
Jaci Reid and George Wayne
Victorine Deych and Ellen Lee
Paud Roche, Kitty Roche, and Sue Stemp
Nick Samartis and April Greaves
Pat Malone and Jim Shi
Eric Archibald and Tony Alcindor
Kristina Westerby and Liz Hopfan
Emma Snowdon-Jones
Tamara Ara with Somers and Jonathan Farkas
Terrence Charles and Jennifer Orr

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