|The Merchant’s House Museum held its annual fundraiser on the roof of the Central Park Arsenal and attracted record crowds and revenues by looking to the year of its foundation – 1936 – and choosing the glamorous ‘30s as its theme.
The north and south terraces of the Arsenal were converted by Rusty Thomas of Rusty Thomas Event Design into the glittering “Cub Room” of the famous Stork Club.
Grey Goose created period martini bars (with a special cocktail based on the “Founder’s Punch” served at the Museum’s opening in 1936), and kept the shakers shaking all night.
Music was provided by the “Vicar of Vintage Vinyl” Danny Stiles, who kept the soignée crowd (many attired in vintage Chanel, Mainbocher, and Lanvin) dancing with rare recordings of Hal Kemp and His Orchestra, Lester Lanin, and Benny Goodman.
Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House Museum is New York City’s only family home preserved intact – both inside and out – from the 19th century. Visitors discover what life was really like in mid-19th century New York.
“Of the estimated 300 Federal houses in Manhattan, the best preserved is the 176-year-old Merchant’s House Museum.” The New York Times
Visit them on the web: www.merchantshouse.org
|High notes or high end, fashion and City Opera's DIVAS Shop for Opera event celebrates their unique partnership. Last Wednesday night, from 5 pm to 10, guests went to Industria Superstudio in New York’s Meatpacking District to shop from a diverse selection of deeply discounted alluring merchandise donated by a long list of fabulous designers.
Past donors have included Bill Blass, Nanette Lepore, Versace, Anna Sui, Chado Ralph Rucci, Manolo Blahnik, Tory Burch, Tuleh, Oscar de la Renta, Luca Luca and many more. While shopping, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by music and dancing as well as being treated to a spectacular performance by one of New York City Opera’s very own “Divas, Mezzo Soprano Heather Johnson.
Sample Items Included:
• Pesavanto Couture gold and beaded dress, retail price: $2,000, DIVAS price: $450
• Vintage Blackglama mink coat with hood, DIVAS price: $850
• Luca Luca orange clutch with leather details, retail price: $550 each, DIVAS price: $150 each
• Luca Luca turquoise handbag with leather details, retail price: $550 each, DIVAS price: $150 each
• Nanette Lepore purple brocade dress, retail price: $370, DIVAS price: $225
• Nanette Lepore purple brocade overcoat, retail price: $690, DIVAS price: $425
Besides being a fabulous party, all proceeds from the evening fund the design and creation of costumes for new productions at New York City Opera. All unsold items were made available the next day at the City Opera Thrift Shop, located on East 23rd Street, the only thrift shop in Manhattan that benefits a performing arts institution.
|Lorin Marsh hosted a kickoff party at her home for the Hampton Designer Showhouse Summer 2008 which officially opens on July 19 with a gala preview party in a lavish shingle style mansion donated by Richard Gherardi and William Landberg in Sagaponack, NY. The house will run for 6 weeks until Sunday, August 31, 2008 with proceeds benefiting Southampton Hospital.
Mrs. Alessandro di Montezemolo and Mildred Brinn are the Honorary Co-Chairs of the Showhouse. Mario Buatta is Honorary Gala Chair. Gary Crain is Honorary Design Chair and James Alan Smith is Decorative Arts Chair. Showhouse Management is provided by. Tony Manning, Journal Management by Ms. Kay Gilman, and Showhouse Operations by Ms. Mary Lynch.
|The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its eighth year, is a showcase for America’s premiere design talent. Approximately 25 top interior designers and decorative artists participated in a decorating masterpiece.
This year’s Showhouse (open to the public on July 20th) is located at 59 Farm Court in Sagaponack, NY. The house is co-brokered by Bonny Aarons and Janette Goodstein of Prudential Douglas Elliman and Andrew Saunders of Saunders & Associates. Prudential Douglas Elliman is the Real Estate Sponsor of the showhouse. Electrolux is the Design Sponsor of the showhouse.
|The Hampton Designer Showhouse hours will be: Monday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the Showhouse. Gala tickets are $250 each. Admission to the showhouse is $30 and includes the Showhouse Journal. For more information call 631 537-0455 or visit www.hamptondesignershowhouse.com.
Since its establishment in 1909, Southampton Hospital has remained faithful to the vision of its founders in its dedication to providing the very best medical care to the East End community. An affiliate of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, the nonprofit Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and offers a full continuum of ambulatory and inpatient services ranging from primary medical care to specialized surgical procedures. The only major medical facility on eastern Long Island's South Fork, the Hospital offers primary, emergency and specialty healthcare, extended service hours and community outreach programs to Southampton, East Hampton and Shelter Island towns. Southampton Hospital and its 11 conveniently located satellite care centers are staffed with dedicated and expert professionals and boast some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment available in medicine today. This outstanding combination makes Southampton not just an exceptional community hospital but one that compares very favorably with the area's top healthcare providers.
|"Dress in your best" said the invite to "Denim & Diamonds" a party to celebrate Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison’s new book "Party Confidential; New Etiquette for Fabulous Entertaining" this past Saturday at the home of Rita Schrager in Southampton.|
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