Friday, November 13, 2015

First Position

YAGP's Sergey Gordeev introduces Gillian Murphy and American Ballet Theatre dancers at the launch event for Youth America Grand Prix's First Position Club.
This past Tuesday night, Youth America Grand Prix launched its First Position Club at the home of Caroline Hyman with her children Mac and Prue Hyman by her side.

Guests included Sarah Arison, Peter Bacanovic, Barbara and Gary Brandt, Elizabeth Camp, Suzanne Dance, Beverly D'Anne, Ann Dexter-Jones, Judith M. Hoffman, Elizabeth Kurpis, Jared Longhitano, Margot and Allen London, Tara Milne, Linda Morse, Gillian Murphy, Richard Osterweil, Elizabeth Papadopolous and John Sills, Howard Paley, Emily Reifel, Joy Sabella and Konstantin Dolgitser, Sarah Stavrou, Irene and Fred Shen, George Van der Ploeg Darren Waterston, Doug Wurth, and Terry Zucker.
Blair Hartley and Irene Shen
YAGP's Sergey Gordeev, alongside American Ballet Theatre dancers and YAGP alumni Katie Williams, Gabe Stone Shayer, and Jamie Kopit who were joined by fellow ABT dancers Gillian Murphy and Fang Zhongjing, thanked guests for coming and spoke about First Position Club before a cake was brought out in honor of Irene Shen's birthday.

Guests gazed at the collection of over 40 theatrical design artworks, including many from Leon Baskt, Alexandre Benois, Natalia Gontcharova and even a couple Andy Warhol costume designs from The Frogs.
A drawing by Alexandre Benois
Lev Samoilovich Bakst, Ballet Russes drawing
With the name taken from the award-winning documentary, First Position, YAGP's First Position Club provides members an exclusive "Behind the Scenes" view into the world of dance. Members can choose events from the YAGP Behind-the-Scenes Series where they interact and share intimate experiences with the artists, directors, educators, and other celebrated leaders of the dance community.
Beverly D'Anne and Caroline Hyman
Christine Augustine and Gloria Fu
Steven Limmer, Shelley Limmer, Gillian Murphy, and Irene Shen
Allison Derusha and Elaine Brownstein
Beverly D'Anne and Barbara Brandt
Caroline Hyman, Mac Hyman, Anne Dexter Jones, and Sarah Stavrou
Elizabeth Purpose, Fisher Cherry, and Sarah Arison
Gary and Barbara Brandt
Konstantin Dolgitser and Joy Sabella
Darren Waterston, Tara Milne, and Jonathan Marder
Fang Zhongjing, John Sills, Fred Shin, and Elizabeth Papadopolous
Gabe Shayer and Katie Williams
Doug Wurth and Sarah Arison
Jared Longhitano, Emily Reifel, and Andrew Mikhael
Guy Mognaz and Beverly D'Anne
Chris Ann Ernst and Richard Osterweil
Judith M. Hoffman, Irene Shen, and Fang Zhongjing
Linda Morse, Richard Osterweil, and Gabe Shayer
Margot London and Mikaila Koenig
Peter Bancanovic
Mikaila Koenig, Jared Longhitano, and Emily Reifel
Steven and Shelley Limmer
Shannon Caspersen
Sarah Stavrou, Mike Ellenbogen, and Jamie Kopit
Sergey Gordeev, Anne Dexter Jones, Elizabeth Papadopolous, and John Sills
Phoenix House held its 2015 Fashion Award Dinner last Wednesday, a week, at the Mandarin Oriental. They honored Chief Executive Officer of Barneys New York, Mark Lee; Co-Chief Executive Officers of rag & bone, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright; Founding Editor in Chief of Allure, Linda Wells. Alina Cho emceed the event.
Alina Cho
Notable guests in attendance include Rose Marie Bravo, Andrew Rosen, Francesca Amfitheatrof, Design Director of Tiffany & Co.; Caroline Brown, CEO of Donna Karan International; Frédéric Malle; Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue; Gucci Westman; Ed Filipowski, President of KCD; Jacquie Storch, CAO of Storch Advisors; Tony Spring, CEO of Bloomingdales; Roopal Patel, Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue; Brigitte Kleine, President of Tory Burch; Jim Gold, President of Neiman Marcus Group; Johanna Murphy, Global Chief Marketing Officer of rag & bone; Stefano Tonchi, Editor of W Magazine; Paul Cavaco, Creative Director of Allure; Donald Kohler, President of Burberry; Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchant of Saks Fifth Avenue; Honor Brodie, Creative Director of Tory Burch; Tatiana Boncompagni, Food and Travel Editor of Self; Peter Som; Deborah Lloyd, Chief Creative Officer of Kate Spade; Michelle Smith, Designer for Milly, Jacqui Lividini, Founder and CEO of Lividini & Co.; Molly Howard; Tracy Dubb; Nancy Mahon, SVP Global Philanthropy of The Estee Lauder Companies; Charlotte Blechman, EVP Marketing and Communications of Barneys New York; Dennis Freedman, Creative Director of Barneys; Jennifer Sunwoo, EVP & GMM of Womens Barneys New York; Tome Kalenderian, EVP & GMM of Menswear Barneys New York; Jim Gundell, Co- COO of EILEEN FISHER and Jonci Cukier, Co-COO of EILEEN FISHER.
The Fashion Award Dinner is Phoenix House’s largest annual fundraising event and honors leaders in the fashion, beauty, retail, and media industries. This event raises awareness about substance abuse and addiction and will benefit Phoenix House’s pioneering treatment and recovery programs.

Phoenix House offers special programs for at-risk youth, mothers with infant children, veterans, and individuals with behavioral health needs. Phoenix House clients receive counseling services, medical care, career training, and continued support upon returning home to help maintain their recovery.
Paul Andrew and Alina Cho
Linda Wells and Gucci Westman
Katie Cherchio, Leslie Chen, and Mariel Kriss
Michelle Smith and Ann Bray
Sarah Flint
Melissa Belte and Kate Oldham
Jacqui Lividini and Pamela Fiore
Dr. Punyadech Photangtham and Bruce Karp
Lydia Forestmann, Rebecca Bagin, Paul Davies, and Ann Marino
Maryanne Grisz, Margaret Hayes, and Rose Marie Bravo
David Rosenthal, Jane Rosenthal, and Dr. Mitch Rosenthal
Marla Sabo and Chris Stadler
Charlotte Blechman and Tony Melillo
Tom Jasper
Donna Nadler and Tom Mingone
Michael Ciancio, Vanessa Montenegro, and Michael King
Eric Seven and Anne Keating
Takuya Suzuki, Aaron Duncan, and Peter Som
Deborah Lloyd and Lalena Luba
Alexi Gablin, Robert Tagliapietra, Jeffrey Costello, and Alexandria Nahlous
James Huniford and Marie Jones
Andrew Rosen and Marc Metrick
Francesca Amfitheatrof, Stefano Tonchi, and Caroline Brown
George Kolasa, Paul Cavacco, and Elizabeth Luby
Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, the duo behind San Francisco's much-loved tabletop shop, Hudson Grace, joined forces with designer and party wizard Ken Fulk to celebrate Steven Stolman's new book, "Confessions of a Serial Entertainer."
Doug Piper, Rich Wilkie, and Steven Stolman
Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton
Drew Poling
Piper Cole and Kennedy Brooks
Sandy Sherman and Stephen Elrod
Joe Kowalke and Stephen Bowden
Ken Fulk and Michele Healow
Lucy Shelton, Coralee McDermott, and Marcy Potter
Renee O'Neil and Mary Ochs Unsworth
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (YAGP, Phoenix House); Liz Caruana for Drew Altizer Photography (Stolman).