Monday, September 25, 2017

Opening nights

The dinner scene at the New York Philharmonic’s Opening Gala. Van Vliet & Trap provided the decor.
On Tuesday night at New York City’s Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, celebrated the 106 virtuosos who together make up the magnificent New York Philharmonic. The concert featured Mahler’s emotionally powerful Fifth Symphony, a work closely tied with the Philharmonic’s lineage that showcases the individual musicians of the New York Philharmonic. Throughout the evening the Empire State Building was lit in the New York Philharmonic’s signature red for the occasion.

Following the concert, Gala attendees crossed Josie Robertson Plaza to the lavishly decorated Tent at Lincoln Center. Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, President and CEO Deborah Borda, and Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden toasted new beginnings at the start of the 2017–18 season, as did the 700 guests at the event, which raised more than $2.1 million for the beloved New York cultural institution.
The New York Philharmonic takes a bow
Attendees included: Alec and Hilaria Baldwin; Adrienne Vittadini; Joshua Bell; Itzhak Perlman; Fran and Barry Weissler; Phoebe and Bobby Tudor; Karen and Richard LeFrak; John and Jenny Paulson; Ann and Charles B. Johnson; Emilia Saint-Amand; Yue-Sai Kan; Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda; Philharmonic Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje; Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and his wife, Didi; Vice Chairman Peter and Leni May; Chairman Emeritus Paul and Diane Guenther; James L. and Margo M. Nederlander; Kenneth A. and Noreen Buckfire; Mary J. Wallach; Joel and Joan Smilow; Toos N. and Hira Daruvala; Honey M. Kurtz; Elihu and Susan Rose; Charles and Carol D. Schaefer; Ronald J. and Christine Ulrich; Shirley Young; and Stanford and Sandra F. Warshawksy.
Gala Co-Chairs Jariya Wanapun and Arthur Chu, President and CEO Deborah Borda, Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, Didi Schafer, and Gala Co-Chairs Frank and Elizabeth Newman
Gala Co-Chairs: Elizabeth and Frank Newman, Klara and Larry A. Silverstein, Maggie Ueng Tsai and Richard Tsai, Jariya Wanapun, and Arthur Chu.

Underwriters: BNY Mellon, Elizabeth and Frank Newman, Didi and Oscar Schafer, Klara and Larry A. Silverstein, Maggie Ueng Tsai and Richard Tsai, Jariya Wanapun, and Arthur Chu.

Citi. Preferred Card of the New York Philharmonic.
Emirates is the Official Airline of the New York Philharmonic.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin Mary J. Wallach
Gala Co-Chairs Frank and Elizabeth Newman, and Chairman Oscar S. Schafer
Beth Jacobs and Emilia Saint-Amand Ann and Charles B. Johnson
George Van Amson, Michael Littlejohn, and Bill Lewis
Christian and Heidi Lange Debra and Demos Parneros
Joshua Bell, Chairman Oscar S. Schafer, Vice Chairman Peter May, and Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden
Yue-Sai Kan, Adrienne Vittadini, and Allan Pollack
Alec Baldwin and President and CEO Deborah Borda Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden and his wife, Aaltje
Fran and Barry Weissler
Ivan Cheah and Hsiu Ling Lu Gala Co-Chairs Klara and Larry Silverstein
Larry and Sharon Hite
Gala Co-Chairs Arthur Chu and Jariya Wanapun Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, President and CEO Deborah Borda, and Chairman Oscar S. Schafer
Oscar S. Schafer and his wife, Didi Jing Wang and Angela Chen
Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden, Concertmaster Frank Huang, and Itzhak Perlman
Philharmonic musician George Curran, Arnold Chavkin and Laura Chang, and Dr. Kathryn and Bruce Beal
Richard LeFrak, Jenny Paulson, Karen LeFrak, John Paulson, and Daisy Soros
Susan Rose, Jamie Bernstein, President and CEO Deborah Borda, and Elihu Rose
Trevor Gibbons, Philharmonic musician Sumire Kudo, and Sarah Jane Gibbons
Yoko Nozaki, Emanuel Ax, Coralie Toevs, and President and CEO Deborah Borda
hope – the Uplifting Fragrance was launched at a ladies’ luncheon hosted by Marc Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Audrey Gruss, Founder, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), on Tuesday, September 19that Café SFA at the New York flagship store. The fragrance is now available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Saks.com, and for the first time in the history of fragrance marketing, 100% of net profits will be donated to a major charity cause – depression research.

Lorraine Bracco, Audrey Gruss, and Candace Bushnell
Notable guests including Lorraine Bracco, Candace Bushnell, Nicole Miller, Hilary Geary Ross, Veronica Webb and Jamee Gregory posed in front of a floral wall and tested the fragrance samples before being seated for lunch.

hope will set a precedent by donating 100% of its net profits to Hope for Depression Research Foundation, which will use the funds to support cutting-edge, neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders.

As guests including Karen Lefrak, Dayssi Kanavos and Susan Gutfreund sat at tables decorated with the flowers that make up the perfumes primary notes — gardenia, tuberose, lily-of-the valley and jasmine — Mr. Metrick welcomed guests by saying, “Partnering with Audrey and the Hope for Depression Research Foundation to launch hope was a natural fit, and we’re proud to give our customers the opportunity to support such an important cause.” He continued by announcing, “Saks will donate $10,000 to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.”

Mrs. Gruss then addressed the guests to say, “I am so excited for you to be among the first to hear about hope. My mother, whose name was Hope, suffered from depression but loved white flowers and surrounded herself with them. She loved the pure and delicate essences and the sense of joy they brought her. I was inspired by her memory to create this fragrance, just as I was inspired 11 years ago to start Hope for Depression Research Foundation.” She added, “This glorious fragrance stands on its own, but the charitable message empowers you to give back with a product that keeps on giving.”

The fragrance was created in collaboration with Firmenich’s master perfumer Honorine Blanc, while the packaging was designed by Marc Rosen.
Stephanie Krieger, Karen LeFrak, and Margo Langenberg Jamee Gregory and Hilary Geary Ross
Additional guests included: Barbara Bancroft, Serena Boardman, Jean Doumanian, Jackie Drake, Nina Griscom, Margo Langenberg, Barbara Glatt, Jessica Gruss, Yaz Hernandez, Tania Higgins, Lisa Klein, Stephanie Krieger, Sharon Loeb, Muffie Miller, Coralie Paul, and Liz Peek. 

You can make a difference with every purchase of hope by knowing that the proceeds go to charity. Each purchase helps the world become a better place. Last October, the World Health Organization announced that depression is the number one reason for disability. Those are the people who can’t get up and can’t go to work. Depression is so prevalent that 20 million adults in the United States struggle with it each year, and 350 million people have it worldwide. Everyone is touched by it – directly or indirectly.
The product range consists of four products:

1. The 1.7 oz. or 50ml Eau de Parfum – MSRP is $115
2. The purse spray is 0.5 fluid ounces or 15 ml – MSRP is $45
3. The Hand and Body Crème is 4 oz. or 113 grams – MSRP is $40
4. The Scented Candle is 8 oz. or 225 grams – MSRP is $50. It is made of soy, coconut and beeswax.
100% of net profits will be donated to depression research!
The mission of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) is to fund cutting-edge, neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide. It was founded in 2006 by Audrey Gruss in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with depression for decades. More than a decade after its founding, HDRF has become the leading non-profit dedicated solely to advanced depression research. Its impact includes over 100 major research grants in 12 countries, 18 U.S. cities and 48 major universities, such as Harvard and Rockefeller University.
Muffy Miller and Jackie Drake Coralie Charriol Paul and Jessica Gruss
Lisa Klein, Liz Peek, Marc Metrick, and Yaz Hernandez Tania Higgins and Susan Gutfreund
Nina Griscom and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans Kim Charlton and Veronica Webb
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos Lis Waterman Nicole Miller
Honorine Blanc and Dara Quinlan Sharon Handler-Loeb
On September 21st at PH-D Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown, Cornelia Guest, R. Couri Hay, Anthony Haden-Guest, Carmen D’Alessio, Denise Chatman, Erik von Brook, George Wayne, Gail Evertz, Gordon von Broock, Mimi Leonard Fleischman, and Patrick McMullan hosted the launch party for former Studio 54 owner Mark Fleischman's Inside Studio 54 - The Real Story of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Mark signing books.
Click to order Inside Studio 54.
Friends including Carolina Herrera's husband Reinaldo Herrera, Nicole Miller, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, Luann de Lesseps, Randy Jones from The Village People, and George Ledes and Christine Schott Ledes with Meredith Schott and Whitney Schott, congratulated Mark as he signed books on the rooftop bar while watching a beautiful sunset, enjoying cocktails and dancing to throwback tunes from the disco era including Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’

Inside Studio 54 gives an unrestricted behind-the-scenes tour of the infamous club, through the crowd to a place where celebrities, and the beautiful people swilled champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled up $100 bills.
Mark Fleischman purchased Studio 54 when its original owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager , went to prison for tax evasion. Inside Studio 54 he gives an unrestricted behind-the-scenes tour of the infamous club where Andy Warhol, Liza Minelli, Mick Jagger, spent many an evening. This is an unfettered tell-all and will prove nostalgic for those who manage to remember being there and engrossing for readers wishing they were.

Mark successfully ran the club until 1986, before opening Tatou in New York and then LA, before eventually finding sobriety at Rancho la Puerta, and moving into the health field. Mark and his wife Mimi currently co-own and operate four Bar Method studios in LA and franchise 12 more studios in the surrounding area.
George Wayne, Christine Schott-Ledes, and
R. Couri Hay
Mariah Kennedy Cuomo
Anthony Haden-Guest Reinaldo Herrera and Carmen D'Alessio
Lee and CeCe Black Frank Cilione and Aisling Foley
Denise Chatman and Mimi Fleischman
Whitney Schott Chandler Swift and Meredith Schott
Donovan Leitch, Gail Evertz, and Mark Fleischman
Randy Jones and Mark Fleischman Nicole Miller and Carmen D'Alessio
Photographs by Julie Skarratt, Linsley Lindeken, & Chris Lee (NY Philharmonic); Patrick McMullan (Hope); Sylvain Gaboury/PMC (Studio 54)