Thursday, September 7, 2017

Putting their best foot forward

The full moon above Park Avenue. 10:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, September 7, 2017.  The weather yesterday was grey and rainy-ish. Everyone’s got hurricanes on their mind. Heavier rain moved in last night, as well as cooler temperatures.

Daisy from the front.
Today is the birthdays of Joy Ingham and Daisy Soros who are famous in the neighborhood, and live just up the street from each other. When they’re home.

Joy from the back.
They both go to Nantucket in the summer too. Virgos. Formidable. Quite serious, no-nonsense and like a good laugh.

Short week but the feeling that people are back in town. Yesterday at noon the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT held their annual lunch on the Promenade of the David Koch Theater, and honored designer Thom Browne. This is a benefit for the Museum at FIT, started by Liz Peek and friends thirteen or fourteen years ago. This year there were several hundred attending and they raised $950,000 for the cause.

It is also a luncheon that began a tradition of opening Fashion Week in New York. Up until last year, much of it was centered in the tents at Lincoln Center. Each year they honor a designer. This year Whoopi Goldberg, a friend of Thom Browne presented the award. Ms. Goldberg, dressed by Mr. Browne praised him generously for his innovations in fashion.
Whoopi Goldberg wearing Thom Browne, introducing Thom Browne.
Whoopi and Thom.
Thom thanks the council.
Thom Browne, Whoopi Goldberg, and Valerie Steele
This is one of the few fashion lunches in New York these days, when women put their best foot forward fashion-wise, for the occasion. It’s a pleasure to see no matter the weather or the state of things. The menu was light but excellent. The first course was called a “Wedgeless Wedge” ice berg slice with blue cheese dressing , heirloom tomato, and Applewood smoked bacon. The second course was a “Tasting Plate”: Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Chile Lime Yogurt, Lobster, and corn and Cucumber Salads. A tasting. Delicious. The champagne was Louis Roederer, wines from Delas Freres, and Domaines Ott rose.  Then there was the desserts called Mignardises, those little one bite numbers where you can eat a half dozen of them before you begin to realized your devouring.
Nicole Mancini, Felicity Kostakis, Kamie Lightburn, and Yesim Philip Ralph Rucci and Fern Mallis
Joanna Coles Tyler Givens, Matthew Foley, and Daniel Roseberry
Dr. John Mesa, Yaz Hernandez, Leticia Presutti, and Susan Gutfreund
Marigay McKee and Clara Viale Bridget Beggans, Julie Winter, Kathie Beggans, and Ann Ruane
Liz Rose, Suzanne Colodny, Lesya Yanush, Laura Nicklas, and Carola Jain Taylor Oliver and Merri Smith
Marva Smalls, Andrea DuBois, Karen Phillips, Barbara Culmer-Ilaw, Marilyn Booker, Tonya Winfield, Jeannette Chang, Serri Blount, Gwen Adolph, and Coco Cocoves
Karen Frank, Cameron Silver, and Elyse Newhouse Gordon Kendall and Dr. Evelyn Holman
Joanne Arbuckle, Victoria Wyman, and Liz Peek Fern Mallis, Emme, and Emily Rafferty
Kathy Prounis, Julie Macklowe, Thom Brown, Kamie Lighthburn, and Sharon Jacob
Glenda Bailey, Alexandra Parnass, and Julie Macklowe Karen Phillips and Tonya Winfield
Marigay McKee, Liz Peek, Glenda Bailey, Yaz Hernandez, and Linda Fargo
Joyce Green, Jamie Thurman, and Barbara Cirkva Audrey Gruss and Margo Langenberg
George Mickum and Nicole Salmasi Joan Hornig, Jacqui Jenkins, Loreen Arbus, and Beverly Camhe
Martha Stewart and Dr. Joyce Brown Brooke Shields and David Kratz
This past Tuesday night,  I went over to the Café Carlyle for the opening night of Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall who will be appearing nightly at 8:45 (except Sunday and Monday) through Saturday, September 16. There will be two performances on Saturday at 8:45 and at 10:45.

Over the past five decades, Herb Alpert has sold 72 million albums and 29 of his records have reached the Billboard 200, and on his own label (A&M Records). But if you’re a Herb Alpert fan, you know all that and/or it doesn’t matter because his work gets to you.  It was like that Tuesday night at the Café Carlyle. Despite his astounding success, his artistry (painter, sculptor, musician), his vast ongoing philanthropy, it’s like going over to the Alperts’ living room and the man and his wife and their pianist Bill Cantos, Bass Guitar Hussain Jiffry, and Michael Shapiro on drums start to make music and takes you with them.
The Cafe Carlyle with its original Vertes murals on Tuesday night before the Herb Alpert performance. By showtime at 8:45, the place was packed.
Among the songs which he played or she sang while he played, or we all sang (“This Guy’s In Love With You”), were “What Now My Love,” “I’m Yours,” “Michelle,” “Coney Island,” “Something,” “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “C’est Si Bon,” “Tijuana Brass Medley,” “Brasil ’66 Medley,” Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley,” “Begin the Beguine/I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

The Alperts, he told us, have been married for 43 years now, and have known each other for quite a bit longer – Lani was the vocalist on the Brasil ’66 album. They played and sang and celebrated and by the time it was over (8:45 to 10:15) you could have gone on all night Anybody who’s ever liked Herb Alpert should make sure not to miss it. Good for your own head in many ways and a great pleasure filling the room.
The man and his wife ...
Lani, who debuted on the A&M label as the vocal in "Brasil 66", is right at home with Jobim, Cole Porter, the Beatles and Irving Berlin.
Pianist Hank Costos with Hall and Alpert.
Good night, farewell until tomorrow. Photo: David Andrako
Photo: David Andrako

Photographs by Samantha Nandez/ (FIT)

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