|On Thursday, May 7th at the David H. Koch Theater, the New York City Ballet held its annual Spring Gala, attracting over 800 guests. The event raised $2.3 million for the Company. The special gala program marked a significant milestone for New York City Ballet as the Company presented its premiere of Peter Martins’ staging of August Bournonville’s Danish classic La Sylphide, one of the world’s oldest surviving Romantic ballets. Martins, who was born in Denmark and began his ballet career with the Royal Danish Ballet, had long dreamed of adding La Sylphide to the Company’s repertoire. The gala program also featured the return of Bournonville Divertissements, a celebration of some of Bournonville’s most popular works.
The evening featured champagne by Ruinart, the official champagne of New York City Ballet, catering by Glorious Food, décor by Carmona Design + Events, and music by DJ Omari. Lead Corporate Sponsor Vacheron Constantin had timepieces on display in the theater, and numerous dancers from NYCB wore watches from the Vacheron Constantin collection.
Additional Guests Included: Ansel Elgort, Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Carlos Souza, Olivia Palermo, Patti Smith, Andrew Rannells (Girls) & Mike Doyle, Megan Boone (The Blacklist), Mischa Barton, Jill Hennessy, Elettra Wiedemann & James Marshall, June Ambrose, Julie Henderson, Jon Kortajarena, Emily Senko, Michelle Smith, Adolfo Mendez Nouel, Lesley Stahl, Rachel Roy, Andrew Litton, Violetta, Indré Rockefeller, Jill Kargman, Nick Loeb, Marc Chamblin, B Michael, Robert Kraft and Ricki Lander, Barbara Cirkva, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Wendy Whelan, Jacques D'Amboise, John Rando, Lindsay Ellingson, Murray Miller, Carol and Earle Mack, Kirstin Kennedy and John Clark, Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone, Donya Bommer, Emily Blavatnik, Maria-Cristina Anzola, Adrienne Arsht, Amy Herzig, Shawuan Johnson, Mariel Osborn, Meredith Melling, Robert Pullen, Luke Frazier, Rambert Rigaud, Peter Copping, Joel Grey, Anna Ponder, Jay and Randy Fishman, Barry Friedberg, Michele and Lawrence Herbert, Darcy Nussbaum, Marie Nugent-Head, Denise Saul, Patricia Shiah, LeeAnn Black, Debra Martin Chase, The Honorable Gale A. Brewer, Tom Finkelpearl, Jed Bernstein, Peter Hatch, Timothy Thayer, Andy Frankenberger, Jordan Roth, Richie Jackson, Peter Martins and Darci Kistler, and the dancers of the New York City Ballet.
In honor of the evening’s Danish connection, guests also included Ambassador Jarl Frijs-Madsen Consul General of Denmark in New York, and Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of the City of Copenhagen.
|On Monday evening, May 11th, the New York kick-off reception for the 6th edition of Masterpiece London took place at the residence of Alexa Hampton, which was recently featured in Architectural Digest, a supporter of Masterpiece London.
Joining Alexa were Masterpiece London masterminds Nazy Vassegh and Philip Hewat-Jaboor and the International Patrons Committee co-chairs Ellie Cullman, Jamie Drake, Audrey Gruss, Margaret Russell, and Scott Snyder.
|Also in the crowd were Vicente Wolf, Matthew Lee, Bruce Bierman and William Secord, Rod Keenan, Pavlos Papageorgiou, Penny Drue Baird, Sam Allen, Christopher Spitzmiller, John and Elizabeth Murray, Jeff Lincoln, Roger Dragsic, Mitchell Owens, Carlos Picon, Andrew Kepler, Amanda Nisbet, Jacqueline Terrebone, Randall Beale, Brett Beldock, Carrie Barrett, Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide, Lee Cavanaugh, Alyssa Urban, Harry Van Der Hoorn, Joanne DePalma, Ilene Wetson, Brian McCarthy, Daniella Ohad, Lillian and Lee Siegelson, John Barman, Kelly Graham, Debare Saunders, Ronald Mayne, Christopher Mason, Karen Clarkson, Meredith Pearson, Julia Noran, Stacy McLaughlin, Philip Thomas, Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz, John Yunis, Bruce Budd, Ronald Wagner and Timothy Vandam, Shelly Farmer, Elizabeth Held, Ronald Bricke, Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide, Ellenor Allcorn, Louise Nicholson and Nicholas Walsh, Michael James, Marcy Masterson, Dennis Rolland, Judith Dobrynszki, Katie Lydon, Wendy Moonan, Brook Mason, Susan Zises Green, Daisy Hill Sanders, Eileen and Fred Hill, Elle Shushan, Michele Beiny, Franck Laverdin, Harry Heissmann, Marilyn White, James Andrew, Sandra Nunnerley, and Lulu Lytle.
This year, over a dozen prominent American galleries head to London to join the ranks of the other 155 international exhibitors who are offering a massive array of fine and decorative arts and other high-octane trinkets from Monets to Maseratis -- all under one roof for the uber-sophisticated connoisseur. The fair opens with their preview on June 24th through July 1st at the South Grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea. This year's principal sponsor is the Royal Bank of Canada.
|On May 7, 2015 at Center548, Pratt Institute presented a sold out runway show to nearly 400 guests from the fashion industry who gathered to see curated looks by graduating senior fashion students, where actress Rose Byrne presented Calvin Klein Collection's Women's Creative Director Francisco Costa with the 2015 Pratt Fashion Visionary Award. In addition to Byrne and Costa, Fern Mallis, David Yurman, and Barry Schwartz were among the notable attendees.
Two students' collections were highlighted during the Fashion Show. Sophie Andes Gascon, who was awarded a scholarship from Cotton Incorporated as part of a junior design competition, debuted the senior thesis collection that the scholarship helped to support. Titled "Miss Coari 1969, 1993," the inventive collection explores different ways of working with cotton and found materials through the cultural lens of Gascon's hometown of Manaus, Amazonas.
Graduating senior Claire McKinney was recognized with the "Liz Claiborne Award – Concept to Product," a $25,000 award that is funded by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation that will support McKinney's creative entrepreneurial activities and help cover the costs of developing a collection after graduation. McKinney's collection was inspired by nostalgia for the past and desire for the innovative and fresh, which she represented by using denim and unconventional materials to create oversized smock dresses, deconstructed jeans, voluminous white shirts, layered aprons, and jumpsuits.
Gascon and McKinney were among the group of 16 graduating students who were chosen by a panel of industry experts to present their cohesive and progressive collections for the show, titled Laboratory. The designers showed eight to 13 looks per collection, putting their distinct voices on display. A common thread that ran through the collections was student experimentation with unconventional draping, cutting, and construction techniques.
|On April 28, 2015, close to 500 friends, volunteers and supporters gathered at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan for Project Sunshine's 12th Annual Benefit Celebration, "Heart of Gold," an evening of inspiration to benefit children and families facing medical challenges. Damaris Lewis was recognized for her dedication to the organization and received the Project Sunshine Ambassador Award. WNBC's Cat Greenleaf and David Ushery were emcees for the event. Grammy Award-winning songstress Estelle gave a special featured musical performance. The event raised over $900,000 for the nonprofit.
"Heart of Gold" kicked off as a galaxy of stars walked Project Sunshine's "Yellow Carpet," including Project Sunshine Founder Joseph Weilgus, Damaris Lewis, Estelle, Clive Davis, Cat Greenleaf, David Ushery, Maurice DuBois, Madeline Wong, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Mr. G, Magee Hickey, Tamsen Fadal, Natan and Jessica Bibliowicz, Alexandria Morgan, Sharon Washington, Miss USA Nia Sanchez, Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham, Palak Patel, Mary Ann Jarou, Steve Lavin, Wendi Murdoch, Kara Ross, Joshua Gruss, Emilio Delgado, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe and Kimberley Orman.
Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming – recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) – to over 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 major cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel and Kenya. Project Sunshine is dedicated to bringing a ray of hope to these hospitalized children. For more information and ways you can get involved, visit www.projectsunshine.org.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (NYC Ballet); Annie Watt (Masterpiece London)|