Monday, September 8, 2008

Fashion Rocks with Patrick McMullan

Hilary Swank
Kid Rock
Leighton Meester
Last Friday night Conde Nast Media Group kicked off Fashion Week by celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall, benefiting Stand Up To Cancer.

Justin Timberlake performed, paying homage to the great Etta James, and performing “Just Stand Up” with a group of female singers including Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna. Kid Rock also performed with Mary J. Blige and Rihanna sang her rendition of Madonna’s “Vogue.” The entire two-hour show was taped and will air tomorrow night at 9 on CBS.

After the show, there was a private afterparty in the Rainbow Room 65 stories above the theater.
Elizabeth Banks
Max Azria and Taylor Momsen
Tyra Banks
LL Cool J
Miley Cyrus
Mary J. Blige
Natasha Bedingfield
Justin Timberlake, Marcella Lindeberg, and Johan Lindeberg
Richard Beckman and Justin Timberlake
Nicole Scherzinger
Paula Abdul
Chace Crawford, Fergie, and Taylor Momsen
Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer
Emily Procter, Mike B., Siggy Sjursen, and Tom Meadows
Devin and Dennis Leary
Charlize Theron
Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs
Pussycat Dolls
Sosie Bacon and Kevin Bacon
Lydia Hearst-Shaw
Chris Cornell
Donna Martigliano
Hayden Pantierre
Kate Mara
Antonio LA Reid and Babyface
Molly Sims
Solange Knowles
Tyra Banks
Taylor Momsen
Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake
Vanessa Arevalo and Cameron Mathison
Tommy Hilfiger and Elizabeth Hilfiger
Friday night at Phillips de Pury on 450 West 15th Street, there was an opening for an exhibition of paintings, photographic collage, furniture and ceramics by the artist Grillo Demo, which will be on view and for sale through September 27.

Grillo is an Argentinian artist who lives in Ibiza. He’s what my friend Charlie Scheips calls “a neo-Bohemian -- rich Bohemians – fab people who have fab houses. Grillo does portraits of artists’ studios, such as Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Philip Taaffe.
He also does rendering/portraits of people’s house interiors on commission. He also paints portraits on commission superimposing his favorite flower – white jasmine over the imagine.

David Gill, a leading London dealer in decorative arts and furniture, is Grillo’s dealer in London. To look at him, you’d think the artist just lives the good life in Ibiza. Then to see his output, you realize this is a man who’s always working.
Brook and Erin Hazelton
Cebel Gilberto, Simon de Pury, Olatz Schnabel, and Grillo Demo
Elizabeth von Guttman and Tatiana Santo Domingo
Frances Sultana and Alexander Montatue Sparey
Andreas White, Grillo Demo, and Mandelina Theodora Kopolos
Aina Grio and Anna Menendez
Rachel Andersen and Vanessa Kramer
Mike Morkin, Beatrice Poschel, David Pullman, Krista Wu, Flew, and Abel Yee
Yi Hiang and Cynthia Leung
Nadja Solovieva
Tim Malyk, Flex, and Gregory Gorin
David Glackin
Jay Johnson and Tom Cashin
Pablo van Dijk
Charlie Scheips
Steven Gan
Nick Boston
Anne Huntington, Stephine Max, and Christina Scheublien
Erin and Giotannt Gattaglia
Mandelina Theodora Kopolos and Andreas White
Sarah Dooley and John Thies
More than one dozen tennis Hall of Famers with a combined 178 Grand Slam titles (singles/doubles/mixed) attended the 28th annual "Legends Ball" to benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame last Friday night at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Led by Martina Navratilova's 59 Grand Slam titles, the Hall of Fame guest list also includes Billie Jean King (39), Pam Shriver (22), Vic Seixas (15), Tony Trabert (10), Mats Wilander (8), Stan Smith (7), Virginia Wade (7), Jim Courier (4), Guillermo Vilas (4), Richard "Dick" Savitt (2), and Michael Chang (1). These legends have also combined to capture more than 500 singles titles and 500 doubles championships.  

Geoff Collard, Eleanor Collard, and Tony Trabert
In addition to dining with Hall of Fame players, the more than 600 tennis aficionados were entertained by EMI/ERG recording artist Wendy Moten.

The Legends Ball, emceed by ESPN's Cliff Drysdale and held annually since 1980, brings the tennis world together to celebrate the history of the game and honor some of the sport's great contributors all while raising money for the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum.  

The event's Player Co-Chairs were Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Owen Davidson plus Co-Chairs, Phil de Picciotto, President of Octagon Athletes & Personalities, Alexander M. Seaver, Managing Director of Stadium Capital Management LLC, and Peter Palandjian, Chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

In addition to honoring the "Class of 2008"-- Michael Chang, Mark McCormack and Eugene L. Scott -- the event also featured Barbara Walters presenting the third annual Eugene L. Scott Award to Billie Jean King.  Previous honorees have included Andre Agassi (2007) and John McEnroe (2006).  Sony Ericsson was recognized for their ongoing contribution to tennis with the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award. Last year, Rolex was recognized with the Cullman Award and in 2006, the French company BNP Paribas received the inaugural award.

The mission of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, based in Newport, RI, is to preserve the history of tennis, inspire and encourage junior tennis development, enshrine tennis heroes and heroines and provide a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.
Minou Palandjian, Peter Palandjian, David Westin, and Barbara Walters
Chris Clauser, Patsy Broeg, Todd Clauser, and Brad Clauser
Billie Jean King and Monica Seles
Butch Buchholz, Collette Dillamizar, Nick Dillamizar, Tony Trabert, and Michael Chang
Tony Trabert, Felicia Daniels, and Clinton Haynes
Christine and Alex Seaver
Kol Naylor and Mark Stenning
David Benjamin, Tony Trabert, Sheridan Snyder, and Jerry Snyder
Marsha Roy, Tony Trabert, and Joan Norton
Thursday night at the Museum at FIT, they had a preview of “Gothic: Dark Glamour,” an exhibition. Gothic is a word that arouses many descriptions – from a style of architecture that flourished in the high medieval period, evolving from the Romanesque, to a contemporary term of abuse implying the dark, the barbarous and gloomy. From 18th century literature of terror to contemporary manaifestations in in vampire literature and film. The Gothic embraces the powers of horror and the erotic macabre.

Okay, leave all the heady stuff, the intellectualizations, the implications and manifestations aside and what the Museum at FIT has done is gathered together a fantastic array of garments, many of which were created by some of the leading contemporary international designers.
Pat Kerr
Shonda, Rain, Claudia Laufe, and Izile
Thom Brown
Although popularly identified with black-clad teenagers and rock musicians, gothic fashion is represented in this exhibition with looks by designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano of Christian Dior, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Anne Demeulemeester, Anna Sui, Olivier Theyskens, Ricardo Tischi of Givenchy, Jun Takahashi of Undercover, and Yohji Yamamoto, as well as sub-cultural styles, such as "old-school goth," cyber-goth, and the Japanese look of Elegant Gothic Lolitas.

The main gallery space was designed as a labyrinth, featuring iconic themes such as Night, with black evening dresses; the Ruined Castle, with fashion inspired by gothic images of the Dark Ages, ruins, and fragments; and the Laboratory, where futuristic fashion "monsters" are created. Other themes include Veils and Masks, Mirrors, and the Haunted Palace – the last of which draws on Edgar Allan Poe’s architectural metaphor for a disturbed mind.

The exhibition runs through February 21, 2009. It’s a Don’t Miss. The Museum is located on Seventh Avenue at 27th Street.
Karen Fleisch and Robi Diana
Andre J, Issac Dabibson, and Timothy John
Melissa May and Brittney Frady Williams
Michael Hansen, Wendy Hauteman, Renee Luthold, Danielle Martinetti, and Mark Barrett
Lynn Yaeger and Patrick McDonald
Dr. Valerie Steele
Robert Burke and Thom Brown
Leigh Redman, Michael Hansen, Renee Luthold, and Wendy Hauteman
Pandora Harrison

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