Friday, April 3, 2015

The Art of Fashion

The reception before lunch at FIT Couture Council's annual luncheon.
This past Tuesday, FIT Couture Council held its annual luncheon, hosted by Lisa Klein, Kamie Lightburn and Audrey Gruss.

Couture Council Members were treated to a private tour of the YSL + Halston: Fashioning the 1970s exhibit and luncheon, which was given in an effort to raise awareness and garner support for the Couture Council, a philanthropic organization that supports The Museum at FIT. Notably, the only museum in NYC that is dedicated to the Art of Fashion.
YSL + Halston: Fashioning the 1970s
The luncheon followed the tour at the Americano on West 27th. Guests included Hilary Geary Ross, Kate Davidson Hudson, Stefania Allen, Sharon Bush, Jamee Gregory, Stephanie Foster, Kim Heirston-Evans, Yaz Hernandez, and Danielle Hirsch.
Fit Couture Council
Lisa Klein, Kamie Lightburn, and Audrey Gruss
Sharon Bush and Jamee Gregory
Valerie Steele
Kim Heirston-Evans and Yaz Hernandez
Patricia Mears
Stefania Allen and Kate Davidson Hudson
Shirin Christoffersen
Karen Sherry and Julie Jereissati
Lily Hoagland and Berdie Brady
Kate Hemphill and Elizabeth Belfer
Hilary Geary Ross
Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan and Julia Weld
Sharon Jacob and Claudia Overstrom
Lisa Klein, Kim Heyman, and Stephanie Foster
On April 1, an elite crowd of interior decorators, fashion designers, philanthropists and socialites gathered at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s annual President’s Dinner, helping to raise a nearly $900,000 to fund critical afterschool programs for over 11,000 children the Bronx Club supports.

The gala, which celebrated the organization’s 43rd annual Show House and 100 years of service for children, was chaired by Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell and celebrated designer Bunny Williams. Vice-Chairs included acclaimed designers Jamie Drake, Alexa Hampton, Victoria Hagan, Richard Mishaan and Christopher Spitzmiller. The black-tie event honored the Kravet Family of Kravet Inc., the leading distributor of fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories.
Simon Doonan with Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club
During the evening’s program, Kips Bay Clubhouse alumna Jennifer Lopez left a powerful video message for the crowd, crediting the Club with helping her get started in the entertainment industry.

“The staff recognized a spark of performing potential in me, and brought that spark alive.” she said.

Tables were draped in vibrant Jonathan Adler fabric by Kravet, while Barney’s Creative Ambassador at Large Simon Doonan was put to work as Master of Ceremonies, introducing James Druckman, President of the Board of Trustees, Daniel Quintero, Executive Director and Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President to the stage. Doonan rallied the eager crowd which included Martha Stewart, Aerin Lauder, Linda Fargo, Dennis Basso, Bunny Williams, Thom Filicia, Richard Mishaan, Jamie Drake and Dayssi Kanavos.
Kips Bay Presidents Dinner 2015
With each trip to the stage, he introduced a few new members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to the nearly 700 guests, calling the children his "spiritual advisors.” The crowd was on their feet as children from the performing arts program performed highlights from “100 Years of Music.”

As a prelude to Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Decorator Show House, the President’s Dinner raises money to provide more than 12,000 young people at ten locations throughout the Bronx with essential after-school and enrichment programs. Since the organization was established 100 years ago, they have grown into a recognized leader among the 4,500 Boys & Girls Clubs nationally.
Kips Bay Presidents Dinner performance
The internationally recognized Kips Bay Decorator Show House invites the country’s premier interior decorators and architects to transform a luxury Manhattan space into a month-long exhibition of awe-inspiring design, attracting more than 20,000 visitors each year. This year’s Show House will take over the Arthur Sachs Mansion at 58 East 66th Street in Lennox Hill.

Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York City’s children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged.  Each year, Kips Bay offers innovative programs to more than 11,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations throughout the Bronx, with essential afterschool programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For more information, visit
Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology.  This event began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children.  Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.

The Show House receives as many as 15,000 guests annually from across the nation. Since its inception, the Show House has raised over $19 million for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
Aerin Lauder
Celerie Kemble
Jane Pauley
Bunny Williams and Jamie Drake
Nathan Turner
Cary Kravet
Martha Stewart
Dayssi Kanavos and Linda Fargo
Thom Filicia and Allie Martin
James Druckman, Richard Mishaan, Bunny Williams, Christopher Spitzmiller, Simon Doonan, and Jamie Drake
James Druckman, Simon Doonan, Bunny Williams, Cary Kravet, Lisa Kravet, and Daniel Quintero
Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) held its Inaugural Chairman’s Council Dinner to honor its top donors on Saturday, March 21 at the home of Palm Beach residents Martin and Audrey Gruss, who is HDRF Founder and Chair. 

The dinner for 50 guests was held in the atrium of the ocean-to-lake Italianate villa.  A special feature of the event was that a leading neuroscientist or psychiatrist was seated at every table and fielded guests’ questions about depression and its related mind-brain issues. An ongoing major benefit of Chairman’s Council membership is that each member is given insider access to the acclaimed doctors and researchers affiliated with HDRF. Chairman’s Council members are also invited to visit laboratories to see research in action. 
Susan Malloy, Martin Gruss, Audrey Gruss, and Tim Malloy
Denis and Annabelle Coleman
Audrey Gruss thanked Chairman’s Council Co-Chairs Scott Snyder and William Flaherty for creating such a special evening.  Starting at 7 PM, guests enjoyed cocktails in the living room, filled with Italian old master art, and on an ocean-side terrace.  For dinner, guests moved into the adjoining atrium transformed by ceiling-high silver-grey gossamer curtains.  The organization’s signature colors of grey and yellow seemed to float within the space, with tables covered in grey silk and towering yellow bouquets of roses and calla lilies.  The menu featured crab cake with heirloom tomatoes, followed by pistachio-encrusted Colorado rack of lamb, and finished with a dessert of a chocolate tart with coffee ice cream and mixed berries.
Lynne Wheat and Thomas Peterffy
Martin Gruss, Audrey Gruss, and Scott Snyder
The program consisted of a five-minute video overview of the breakthrough research of the Depression Task Force (DTF) that HDRF created in 2010.  The DTF is a unique collaboration of seven world-renowned brain scientists who share ongoing research at the HDRF Data Center.  Dr. Eric Nestler, a world figure in molecular psychiatry and a member of the DTF, spoke briefly about new research developments.  HDRF is the most advanced non-profit organization focused solely on depression research in the country today.

On a perfect Palm Beach evening, the group then moved for coffee outside to the west terrace overlooking the intra-coastal waterway and three levels of exquisite peach, yellow and white flowering gardens.  Each departing guest received a box of HDRF custom M&Ms in bright yellow. 
Geoffrey Bradfield and Audrey Gruss
Jana and John Scarpa
Members of the Chairman’s Council who attended were: Geoffrey Bradfield, James Borynack, Denis and Annabelle Coleman, Mary and Marvin Davidson, Gillian Fuller, Josh Gruss, Mariana and George Kaufman, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Susan and Timothy Malloy, Sam Michaels, Lynne Wheat and Thomas Peterffy, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Jana and John Scarpa, Edwina Sandys and Richard Kaplan, and Lis Waterman.

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Adolfo Zaralegui and James Borynack
Campion and Tatiana Platt
Eleanora and Michael Kennedy
Edwina Sandys, Richard Kaplan, Nancy Schaffel, and William Schaffel
Louisa Benton and Audrey Gruss
Mariana and George Kaufman
Scott Snyder with Mary and Marvin Davidson
Sam Michaels and Martin Gruss
Terry White and Lis Waterman
City College Center for the Arts gave its regards to Black Broadway on Tuesday evening March 10th as several hundred guests came out to celebrate the publication of six-time Tony Award winner Stewart F. Lane’s new book, Black Broadway: "African Americans on The Great White Way", at Aaron Davis Hall at The City College of New York. Black Broadway chronicles the journey of black theatre in America.  In this remarkable and carefully researched book Black Broadway provides and preserves the entertaining, poignant and rich history of African-Americans in the theater. 
Stewart Lane
The evening ramped up with a high-energy dance performance by the Sho-Off Dance Company, featuring Victor Sho, Leah Lane, Garrick Footman, Chelsea Harold, Luanne Harris, Jenae Harrison, Takae Kawabe, Osmeily Luna, Ianthe Mellors, Tatiyana Miles, Tatiyana Rudisel, Robert Taylor, Jordan Washington,  DaShawn C. White and Mea Wilkerson. This was followed by an exuberant performance by cast members of the highly acclaimed musical revue, On Kentucky Avenue, Ty Stephens and Renee Ternier, accompanied by Frank Owens, musical director and pianist.
Ty Stephens from On Ketucky Avenue
City College Center for the Arts Board Member Stephen Byrd thanked Mr. Lane for writing Black Broadway, and for “telling our stories and place in the history of Broadway” and calling the book “nothing less than awe inspiring”.

Until the publication of Black Broadway, there has been very little coverage of the contributions that African-Americans have made to the evolution of Broadway, yet as early as the 1500s, their culture has enriched every aspect of American theater. 
Sho-Off Dance Company. Front row: Tatiyana Rudisel, Jenae Harrison, Chelsea M. Harold, Luanne Harris, Victor Sho, Leah Lane, Garrick Footman, Osmeily Luna, DaShawn C. White, Takae Kawabe. Front row: Robert Taylor, Ianthe Mellors, Mea Wilkerson, Jordan Washington, Tatiana Miles
This evening was also a kick-off cocktail for the May 4th Inaugural Awards Benefit "Celebrating the Arts and the Artists" at Aaron Davis Hall. The star-studded event will feature a special concert performance by two-time Grammy Award Winning artist Arturo O’Farrill, with his Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra, an awards ceremony to honor him as well as Carmen de Lavallade, the legendary actress, dancer and choreographer; film director and screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood; and singer-songwriter Alexa-Ray Joel, and an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. 

CCCA is dedicated to supporting talented and culturally diverse performances in music, dance, theater, film, art, and literature as well as students of the arts.
Anki Leeds, Gregory Hedberg, and Margaret Hedberg
Paula Hunnicutt
Caroline Ducrocq, Dean Irby, and Christine Campbell
Leah Lane and Victor Sho
Frank Owens and Christine Biddle
Dawne Marie Grannum, Randolph Sturrup, and Sophia Bishop
Mo Brown and Tasha Perri
Tia Walker and Brooke Laing
Robert R Blume, Ward Morehouse III, and Richard Cummings Jr
Tom Waters and Katherine Boynton
Claire Cloud and Stewart Lane
Jonelle Procope, Stewart Lane, and Alicia Bythewood
Stephen Byrd and Stewart Lane
Emery Westfall and Carole Bellidora Westfall
Barbara Ligeti, Keith Sherman, and Dolores Barclay
Dovanna Pagowski, Leonard Peters, and Hanna Munson
Antonio Arigibay and Kevin Gray
Anna Glass Cocquillot and Justin Emeka
Greg Shank, Bonnie Comley, Stewart F Lane, and David Covington
Jean Shafiroff hosted a celebration of photographer Rose Hartman's new book, "Incomparable Couples", at Upper East Side bistro, Swifty's, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Over 60 guests came together to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in Swifty's elegant private dining room. Author Rose Hartman signed selected snapshots from her book which highlights fashion's greatest couples over three decades—including Claudia Schiffer and Valentino, Bianca and Jade Jagger, Andy Warhol and Lou Reed, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley.
Jean Shafiroff and Rose Hartman
Michael Gross and Christopher Walling
Attendees included Martin Shafiroff, Robert Caravaggi and chef Stephen Attoe (of Swifty's), Roy Kean, Amelia Ogunlesi, Christopher Walling, Maggie Norris, Victor de Souza, Ike Ude, Edgar Batista, Roric Tobin, Jamie Colby, Randi Schatz, Ann Rapp, Geoffrey Bradfield, Michael Gross, Fabiola Aria, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Lauren Lawrence, Marc Rosen, Larry Kaiser, Craig Dix, Suzette Charles, and Rick Friedberg.
Greg Brown, Marc Rosen, and Rick Freeman
Amelia Ogunlesi and Geoffrey Bradfield
Richard Farley and Chele Chiavacci
Pat Attoe and Blaine Caravaggi
Flo Anthony and Shane Inman
Jamie Colby
Rose Hartman, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Randi Schatz, and Lauren Lawrence
Photographs by BFA (FIT); Barry Williams/, R.Cole/Rob Rich/, Matt Peyton/Invision/AP (CCCA); Patrick McMullan (Hartman)