Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mr. Lauren and Mr. Broadway lead the way

L’Art de l’Automobile: chefs-d’oeuvre de la collection Ralph Lauren
Last Thursday night in Paris at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs on the Rue de Rivoli, Mme. Helene David-Weill and Mr. Ralph Lauren hosted a dinner to celebrate the opening of L’Art de l’Automobile: chefs-d’oeuvre de la collection Ralph Lauren. 

The exhibition showcases a selection of 17 classic sports cars from Ralph Lauren’s personal collection of beautifully designed European automobiles created between the 1930s and the 1990s. With this collection Mr. Lauren shows that the automobile is a major art form created by the European automobile industry’s biggest names: Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche and the highest point of this unique collection, the Ferrari.
The exhibition which was curated by Rodolphe Rapetti and displayed by sceneographer, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, runs through August 28th, Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm; Thursdays until 9 pm.
Andrew Lauren, Ricky Lauren, Ralph Lauren, and David Lauren
Michelle Yeoh and Jean Todt
Mollie King and David Gandy
Ricky Lauren, Ralph Lauren, and India Hicks
Jean Reno and Zofia Borucka
Mélanie Thierry
India Hicks
Jefferson Hack
Zhang Ziyi
Lambert Wilson
Bentley Blower, 1929
Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi,” 1930
Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé, 1938
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, 1960
Ferrari 250 LM, 1964
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupé, 1955
Stewart F. Lane is Mr. Broadway these days, with a lot to celebrate: his shows for this season; Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The Palace Theater, War Horse at Lincoln Center and the recent sold out-production of Merchant of Venice are thrilling audiences and pulling in lots of nominations.

His new book, Jews on Broadway, about the history of the Jewish contribution to American Theatre (which is beyond vast), is being released by McFarland Publishing.

Several years ago, Mr. Lane received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is listed in the Congressional Records, and this coming Saturday he will be among those present at Ellis Island to watch as his father–in-law, James Comley, receives the 2011 Ellis Island Award.
Last Saturday night, however, Stewart Lane’s wife (and producing partner) Bonnie Comley threw a black tie dinner dance at Doubles as a “surprise” for her husband.

The champagne was flowing, Broadway legends Tommy Tune and Leslie Uggams sang for the birthday boy, and the crowd of Broadway luminaries toasting included: Tovah Feldshuh, David Zippel, Ervin Drake, Marilyn Sokol, Amy Nederlander, Jerry Frankel, Harriet Leve, Jamie DeRoy and Robert Nederlander. Also in attendance were: former Senator Roy Goodman, Felicia Taylor, Rod Gilbert, Alex Washer, David Steiner, Donald and Barbara Tober, Lee Harris, Mark Simone, and Hunt Slonem.
Elie Lane, Leah Lane, Stewart Lane, Bonnie Comley
Elie Lane, Leah Lane, Stewart Lane, and Bonnie Comley
Dave Chippendale, Barbara Tober, Donald Tober, Laura Fazio
Dave Chippendale, Barbara Tober, Donald Tober, and Laura Fazio
Tommy Tune
Tommy Tune
Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
ChristineTobin, Dan Tobin, Bonnie Comley , Amy Nederlander
ChristineTobin, Dan Tobin, Bonnie Comley , and Amy Nederlander
Virginia Comley, James Comley
Virginia Comley and James Comley
Elie Lane, Leah Lane, Stewart Lane
Elie Lane, Leah Lane, and Stewart Lane
Judy Gilbert , Rod Gilbert
Judy and Rod Gilbert
Ervin Drake,  Edith Drake
Ervin and Edith Drake
Alex Washer, Marilyn Sokol, Bonnie Comley & Isobel Konecky
Alex Washer, Marilyn Sokol, Bonnie Comley, and Isobel Konecky
Jeffrey Slonem , Fiona Moore
Jeffrey Slonem and Fiona Moore
Barry Klarberg & Sara Herbert-Galloway
Barry Klarberg and Sara Herbert-Galloway
Virginia Comley, James Comley, Joe Pizza, Alex Washer
Virginia Comley, James Comley, Joe Pizza, and Alex Washer
Barbara Tober,  Donald Tober
Barbara Tober and Donald Tober
Jean Shafiroff,   Martin Shafiroff
Jean and Martin Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff, Cece Black, Doris Schecter, Katlean deMonchy, Peggy Hill
Jean Shafiroff, Cece Black, Doris Schecter, Katlean deMonchy, and Peggy Hill
Liz Lewis & Alan Donenfeld
Liz Lewis and Alan Donenfeld
Iris Smith
Iris Smith
Stewart F. Lane, Tovah Feldshuh, David Zippel & Andrew Levy
Stewart F. Lane, Tovah Feldshuh, David Zippel, and Andrew Levy
Robin Cofer & Dominic DíAlleva
Robin Cofer and Dominic DíAlleva
Robert Nederlander, Suzanne Nederlander
Robert and Suzanne Nederlander
Alex Washer, , Carol Washer,   Cliff Washer
Alex Washer, , Carol Washer, and Cliff Washer
Grahame Pratt , Leslie Uggams
Grahame Pratt and Leslie Uggams
Robert Epstein , Debra Halpert
Robert Epstein and Debra Halpert
Ed Roberts, Elaine Krauss & Stewart F. Lane
Ed Roberts, Elaine Krauss, and Stewart F. Lane
Lenny Lane, & Stewart F. Lane
Lenny Lane and Stewart F. Lane
Dave Chippendale , Laura Fazio
Dave Chippendale and Laura Fazio
Dick Soloway,   Donna Soloway , Stewart F. Lane
Dick Soloway, Donna Soloway , and Stewart F. Lane
 Liz, Will & Ward Morehouse III
Liz, Will and Ward Morehouse III
David & Sylvia Steiner
David and Sylvia Steiner
Elie Hirschfeld & Sarah Schlesinger
Elie Hirschfeld and Sarah Schlesinger
Rusty Cloud, Senator Roy Goodman & Claire Goodman Cloud
Rusty Cloud, Senator Roy Goodman, and Claire Goodman Cloud
Felicia Taylor , Hunt Slonim
Felicia Taylor and Hunt Slonim
Joe Benincas & Ken Denison
Joe Benincas and Ken Denison
Stewart F. Lane, Shari Adler, & Ed Adler
Stewart F. Lane, and Shari and Ed Adler
Randy Donaldson, Randi Mollo
Randy Donaldson and Randi Mollo
Bonnie Comley & Joyce Brooks
Bonnie Comley and Joyce Brooks
Mark Simone, Bonnie Comley, & James Comley
Mark Simone, Bonnie Comley, and James Comley
Lee Black,  Cece Black
Lee Black and Cece Black
Lee Fryd, Bonnie Comley & Debra Halpert
Lee Fryd, Bonnie Comley, and Debra Halpert
Frankie Lane
Frankie Lane
The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation drew more than 250 guests to its spirited New York Bag Ladies Luncheon and Handbag Auction at the stylish 583 Park Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Thursday, April 14th. Many walked away with new designer arm candy while helping to raise over $200,000 for research and support services for lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans.

Reknown opera soprano and Foundation board member Jessye Norman hosted the festive affair, which honored Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, and accessories designer Mary Norton, creator of the “MooRoo” evening bag line and “Frosting by Mary” for the Home Shopping Network.
Blake Lively’s Chanel Madamoiselle handbag
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Golf Bag
“Diagnosing lupus is like hunting a panther in the dark,” said the statuesque Ms. Norton upon accepting the Foundation’s “Woman of Achievement” Award. “Now a wife and mother, Norton recalled years of struggling with such problems as depression, rosacea, and pregnancy loss before finally being diagnosed with lupus.

If you think you might have lupus, “take your pit bull friend—the one with the biggest mouth—to the doctor with you,” said Dr. Snyderman upon accepting her award. A powerful advocate for the health of women and girls, she movingly described the first young woman she ever diagnosed with lupus, a “textbook case” out of central casting. “This [cause] means the world to me.”
Courtney Cox handbag
S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Executive Director, Margaret Dowd, also welcomed such guests as Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, who will be honored along with her husband, U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), at the Foundation’s November 21, 2011 Gala. Foundation board member Betsey Selkowitz co-chaired the event with Bloomingdale’s Elizabeth Schweitzer Miller.

The luncheon’s lively “silent” auction found bidders competing for bags donated by luxury brands such as Chanel, Burberry, Valentino, and Prada, as well as bags once owned by such celebrities as Liza Minnelli, Heidi Klum, Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively, Beyoncé, Courtney Cox—and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who contributed a golf bag.
Celebrity bags
All proceeds from the winning bids will support the lupus cause.

Founded in New York City in 1970, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is the only organization solely dedicated to providing education, social services, and research support for lupus in New York City. An under-publicized yet widespread and potentially life-threatening disease, lupus primarily targets women between the ages of 15 and 44, among whom it is a leading cause of premature heart attack, kidney disease, and stroke.

The luncheon is a lead-up to May’s Lupus Awareness Month activities in New York City, during which the Foundation will host several education and awareness events across the five boroughs, including a two-day stop at Grand Central Station.
Amanda Schweitzer and Kate Kelly
Carol Weisman and Judith Ripka Burke
Clockwise from top left: Jessye Norman and Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg; Richard K. DeScherer, Jennie DeScherer, Susie Klein, and Shelley Mendell; Marty Cokin, Betsey Selkowtiz, and Jennifer Lapine; Gari Dansky, Rachel Frankel, Mary Belle, and Lyssa Weiss; Peggy Dowd.
Margaret Cuomo Maier and Matilda Cuomo
Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Mary Norton

Photographs by Rob Rich (Broadway); Pierre Olivier Deschamps (Ralph Lauren).
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