Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Starry Nights

Donna Karan
Eric Zinterhofer and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer
Fred Schneider
This was one of the starriest nights for the already starry-eyed and stars-in-their-eyes nights when the Cinema Society and Piaget screened Guy Ritchie’s Revolver. It was standing room only and the room was so full of so-very-VIPs that you could hardly stand it.

The director’s wife, the living cultural pop icon Madonna, arrived for the screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, and arrived again for the packed to the rafters party at the Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop afterwards. The paparazzi were practically passing out from excitement.

Mr.  Ritchie’s film is an edge-of-your-seat plot-twisting gangster mystery, which stars Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Andre Benjamin, and Vincent Pastore.
Madonna and Steve Klein
Andrew Saffir and Madonna
That consummate and accommodating host, Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir, New York’s man who knows the gold in a  guestlist, was there to greet every one of the endless array of stars who came to praise and pat Mr. Ritchie and his not-just-your-average-missus with their raves.

In the stellar array: Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Stipe, Donna Karan, Zac Posen, Calvin Klein, Liza Minnelli, Barbara Walters, Josh Groban, Christopher Meloni, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Ingrid Casares, Tina Brown, Glenda Bailey, Alan Cumming, Eva Amurri, Michael Patrick King, Guy Oseary, David Blaine, Damon Dash and Rachel Roy, Steven Klein, Daphne Zuniga, Heather Matarazzo, B-52’s Fred Schneider, Rachel Dratch, Kelly Klein, Aerin Lauder, Hana Soukupova, Nicole Miller, Frederic Fekkai and Shirin Von Wulffen, Ivanka Trump, Sante D’Orazio, Maggie Rizer, Ross Bleckner, Ann Dexter-Jones, Frederique Van Der Wal, Sandy Gallin, Daniel Benedict, Marina Rust, Meredith Melling-Burke, Ghislaine Maxwell, Zani Gugelmann, Amanda Brooks, Marjorie Gubelmann, Rufus Albemarle, Derek Blasberg, Eleanor and Jon Ylvisaker, Peter Davis, Allison Sarofim, Helen and Tim Schifter, Liz Rosenberg, and Piaget North America President Larry Boland.
Vincent Pastore, Guy Ritchie, and Jason Statham
Piaget (North America) President Larry Boland and Guy Ritchie
Barbara Walters
Daphne Zuniga
Eva Amurri
Frederique Van Der Wal
Alex Rodriguez
Vincent Pastore
Guy Ritchie
Laurie Durning and Roger Waters
Damon Dash and Rachel Roy
Liza Minnelli
Steve Buscemi
Zac Posen
Daniel Benedict and Larry Boland
Calvin and Kelly Klein
Heather Matarazzo and Caroline Murphy
Ivanka Trump
Maggie Rizer
Marina Rust Connor
Nicole Miller
Frederic Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen
Alan Cumming
Christopher and Sherman Meloni
Josh Groban
Michael Stipe
Rachel Dratch
Sarah Jessica Parker
Griffin Dunne
Sante D'Orazio and Zani Gugelmann
Hana Soukupova
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce
Tina Brown
Stephen Sumner and Glenda Bailey
Guy Oseary, Ingrid Casares, and David Blaine
Ross Bleckner and Alan Slatas
Last Wednesday night CHANEL Fine Jewelry hosted Nuit de Diamants — A Night of Diamonds in the newly renovated Plaza Ballroom. This was in fact the first event to be held at the Plaza since they closed down three years ago to become condominiumized.

Nuit de Diamants was designed as a celebration of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s love for diamonds. The evening provided guests a good glimpse of 20 one-of-a-kind diamond pieces from the CHANEL archives and for the first time the Vendome Collection will travel to the United States for Nuit de Diamants.

Chanel first introduced her collection of Fine Jewelry in 1932, unveiling Bijoux de Diamants with a dramatic presentation in her flat at 20 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore.  Her apartment, with its high ceilings and golden wood paneling, best suited her collection. Mademoiselle Chanel chose all diamonds for her designs because she believed “they have the greatest value in the smallest volume.”

After three quiet years, the Plaza Hotel ballroom has been restored to its 1929 grandeur, retaining its neoclassical décor, original design and landmark characteristics.
Amy Fine Collins and Susan Fales Hill
Blake Lively
Fabiola Beracasa and Barbara Bush
Drew Aaron and Hana Soukopouva
Ed Burns and Christy Turlington
Jessica Joffe
Julia Stiles
Alexis Bryan, Amy Sacco, and Dr. Lisa Airan
Andrew Saffir, Zani Gugelmann, and Daniel Benedict
Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Lady Liliana Cavendish
Cristina Greeven Cuomo and Rufus Albemarle
Isabel and Ruben Toledo
Coralie Charriol Paul and Dennis Paul
Christy Turlington, Ellen Pompeo, and Audrey Gruss
Stella Schnabel and Terence Koh
Samantha Boardman Rosen, Sandy Brant, Ingrid Sischy, and Bronson van Wyck
Marjorie Gubelmann, Amy Astley, Kathryn Neale, Tory Burch, and Amanda Brooks
Kate Mara
Mary Alice Stephenson, Margherita Messoni, Amy Sacco, and Stella Schnabel
Selma Blair
Jamee Gregory
Marie Josee Croze
Candace Bushnell and Charles Askegaard
Minnie Mortimer and Stephen Gaghan
Chiara Clemente, David Hershkovits, and Poppy de Villeneuve
Stuart Parr, Larry Gagosian, and Alberto Mugrabi
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ American Songbook kicked off its 10th season with a New Year’s Gala last Wednesday night, in the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The New Year’s Gala is a principal fundraiser for supporting Lincoln Center’s fantastic array of fantastic programs.

The evening honored John J. Mack, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley, in recognition of his and Morgan Stanley’s ongoing support for Lincoln Center and its constituents. Two-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara performed for the gala audience.

Frank A. Bennack, John J. Mack, and Ralph Lauren
Since it was launched in 1998, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today’s singer-songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song.

These Lincoln Center Galas are the Rolls-Royce of cultural galas here in New York because you know that no matter what the evening’s entertainment, it will be world class and brilliant. So the guests get to spend an evening graced by the giants of this great world cultural center. In order to pull this off, of course, it takes vast sums to pay for the vast expenses, talent, administration and genius.

Last Wednesday night’s underwriters were: Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, Hearst Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert.  The evening’s Chairs were Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Sir Deryck and Lady Va Maughan, Tishman Speyer. Its Vice Chairs were Robert J. Alexander / CB Richard Ellis, Jennie and Richard K. DeScherer, Anne and Joel S. Ehrenkranz, Frieda and Roy Furman, Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, Gail and Carl Icahn, Suzie and Bruce Kovner, Betty and John Levin, Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Malkin, Cheryl and Philip Milstein, Amy and Joseph R. Perella, Pfizer, Inc., Prudential Financial, Inc., Kara and Stephen M. Ross, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich, Alice and David M. Rubenstein, Laurie M. Tisch, Ann Ziff.

This is a list that when seen on the program is of little to no interest to members of the audience, save those individuals themselves who might get a pang of pleasure out of seeing their name in such prominent New York company. For that’s the catch: an association with one of the greatest cultural institutions of the Western Civiliation is ... well, at least a lump in the throat. And why not ...? The money goes to damned good use. And it’s not that the money is easy to come by despite the wealth of the committees. A cadre of men and women work 24/7 figuring how and where and from whom to find it. So the above list is more than just a list of names of prominent New Yorkers; it’s someone else’s list of found gold. And New York’s list of helpers. Of whom many have a wide variety of agendas motivating. In case you think a list is boring.

Ronnie and Sam Heyman
Here’s more: Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2008 is sponsored by Pfizer. Major support for American Songbook is provided by Amy and Joseph Perella and Sara and Maury Rosenberg. Corporate support is provided by Merrill Lynch. Additional support is provided by Jill and Irwin Cohen, The DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., The Shubert Foundation, The G & A Foundation, Inc., Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center and American Songbook. Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc. WNBC/WNJU are Official Broadcast Partners of Lincoln Center, Inc. Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center, Inc.Nokia is the Official Mobile Equipment Provider of Lincoln Center, Inc. MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center, Inc. Every penny counts.

Proceeds from the gala will support the more than 400 performances produced and presented annually by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts through such series as Great Performers, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Lincoln Center Festival, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. In addition to the superb offerings of all performing companies and educational institutions on the campus, Lincoln Center showcases performance achievement of the highest caliber spanning a diversity of repertoire and disciplines, with a special emphasis on music. Other activities of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts include national telecasts through the Emmy Award winning Live From Lincoln Center, arts and education through the Lincoln Center Institute. So you see, it all adds up to a smashing finale called Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts.
Lillian M. Vernon and Paolo Martino
Frank A. Bennack and Dr. Mary Lake Bennack
Cindy Kurtin and Nancy Fisher
Jerry Speyer and Honoree John J. Mack
Suzanne Plotch, Christopher J. Williams, and Janice Williams
Roy L. and Frieda Furman
Ricky and Ralph Lauren
Nancy Lane and Phyllis Mack
Christy Mack, Dr. R.V., and Judy Fulk
Jessica and Winston Fisher
Lady Va Maughan and Rosalind Myerson
Raymond Kelly
Honoree John J. Mack with LC Chairman Frank A. Benack
Alice and David A. Hunt
Catia and Schuyler Chapin
Renee and Robert Belfer
Bill Mack and Burt Manning
American Songbook supporters Maury and Sara Rosenberg
Photographs by ©PatrickMcMullan.com

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