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Friday, November 17, 2017


Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction

 Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Chris Wragge

Marion & Samuel Waxman

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation(SWCRF) celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, posthumously honoring William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc., and featuring a musical performance by The Avett Brothers. The gala also introduced SWCRF’s new Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research Program, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.

This year’s event was attended by about 800 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells, and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.

Robin Lathrop

Hugh Hildesley
Notable attendees included Marion Waxman and Dr. Samuel Waxman; Elin and Michael Nierenberg; Chris Wragge; William T. Sullivan; The Avett Brothers; Jody, Matthew, and Allie Gorin; Julie and Scott Waxman; Bettina and Spencer Waxman; Hugh Hildesley; Robin Lathrop; Maria and Kenneth Fishel; Nancy, Howard, Charles, and Emma Kurz; Barry Cohen; Phyllis and Gary Gladstein; Louis Perone; Jeff Gladstein; Mary Kantor; Dena K. Weiner; Sandy, Marc, Jake, and Chloe Taub; Tom Marano; Marc Toscano; Greg Overlander; Peter Cherasia; Chris Arlotta; Mario Pecoraro; Greg Schwab; Naira Velumyan; JK Sezlik; and Samantha Santiago-Jones and Steve Jones.

After a cocktail reception and silent auction, SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host Michael Nierenberg thanked the foundation’s board, staff, and the evening’s guests before introducing Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge. Mr. Wragge welcomed SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman to the stage. Dr. Waxman thanked the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Nierenberg, along with all of the donors, for more than 20 years of giving, and outlined some of the organization’s major achievements before providing an update on the SWCRF’s Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research program, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging that will add more partners. Research funded by the program, which launches officially next year, will study the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. Dr. Waxman announced that the partnership has a goal of building a $20 million fund.

The Avett Brothers

Following Dr. Waxman’s announcement, Mr. Nierenberg introduced a video tribute to Mr. Gorin, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 2017. In the video, Mr. Gorin’s family and friends, including his widow Jody Gorin, reflected on his legacy, painting the picture of an optimistic, driven, and family oriented man who never let the disease get in the way of his enjoyment of life’s moments. After the video, Mr. Nierenberg and Dr. Waxman presented Mrs. Gorin with the William S. Gorin Memorial Award, which marks the introduction of an annual grant to fund research by a special investigator working in pancreatic cancer.

Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, then introduced the first auction of the night, in which donors bid at three high levels—$10,000, $25,000 and $50,000. SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan then introduced the gala’s Text to Pledge, a mobile fundraising technology through which guests texted their donations accompanied by messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared on large screens in the venue in real-time throughout the evening. Afterwards, Mr. Nierenberg welcomed Mary Stone of Bank of America on stage to share a heartfelt remembrance of her colleague Sonia Chun, who passed away in August after a battle with Triple-Negative breast cancer.

The evening’s live auction was led with lively enthusiasm by Mr. Hildesley. Guests bid on exclusive items such as: A ten-course meal with wine pairings for eight guests at Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s exclusive kitchen table, which sold for $9,000; reservations for six at Rao’s, featuring a hand-picked, Chef prepared menu including appetizers, entrees, desserts, and wine, which sold for $21,000; and the evening’s highest bid, a Palm Bay International Spanish vineyards, castle, and wine package which sold for $36,000. Other auction items included two house seats to the sold-out Springsteen on Broadway (sold for $17,000) and a private wine tasting for 25 at Italian Wine Merchants, which went for $14,000.

Silent auction items will be available for bidding at until November 30th, 2017, and include: An opportunity to see one of Bette Midler’s final performances in Hello, Dolly!; Tickets to The Dr. OZ Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show; a caviar luxury spa package at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City; signed jerseys from New York Jets legend Joe Namath and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Franco Harris; hotel stays including the Club Barbados Resort & Spa, the Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua, and the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, California; dinner gift certificates to top New York City restaurants such as Cipriani, Casa Lever, Delmonico’s, and La Masseria; a painting by artist Alexey Klokov; and four front-row tickets to see the New York Jets play the San Diego Chargers, among many other exciting offerings.

After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive concert by folk rock band The Avett Brothers.

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is one of the top fundraising events in New York City. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


A Memorable Feast

 Thanksgiving 2017
New York Restaurant Guide

T-Bar Steak & Lounge

T-Bar Steak & Lounge

T-Bar Steak & Lounge is as much an Upper East Side mainstay as Saks Fifth Avenue or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The restaurant is famous for always having something to satisfy even the pickiest of diners, as exemplified by its robust prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu ($78pp).

The meal begins with appetizers including pumpkin soup served with croutons; a chopped salad with hearts of palm, beans, tomato, and cucumber; yellowfin tuna tartare with soy, ginger, and sesame seeds; a foie gras and chicken parfait with cherry compote served on toasted baguette; and cheese and pear strudel with honey vinaigrette and mache.

The robust selection of entrees includes Amish roasted turkey with sage gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry; Chilean sea bass served with snowpeas, shitake, and ginger soy glaze; grilled Irish salmon with zucchini and honey mustard; a lobster risotto with Parmesan and parsley; and braised short ribs served with fall vegetables and smashed potatoes.

For dessert, guests have the option of pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry compote; warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream; a strawberry sundae served on shortcake with meringue and cream; and Payard chocolate mousse.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: Seatings at 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and 7:00 PM only
Location: 1278 3rd Avenue, New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit

Bobby Vans CPW

Bobby Vans Steakhouse—Central Park South

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse’s Central Park South location epitomizes the dining room with a view. Diners take in a stunning view of Central Park while enjoying selections from the traditional steakhouse menu, surrounded by sleek marble and glass accented décor. Open seven days a week, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For Thanksgiving 2017, guests can look forward to traditional holiday dishes a la carte, as well as the restaurant’s standard menu.

The meal begins with a selection of appetizers including butternut squash soup with crème fraiche; an autumn salad with greens, craisins, and goat cheese raspberry vinaigrette; or baby kale bresaola with kale cured meat figs, pecorino pisatchios, and citrus dressing. The entrée selection consists of Thanksgiving favorites, including a traditional turkey dinner; oven roasted bronzini with fingerling potatoes and broccoli rabe; and slow roasted prime rib au jus with haricot vert and horseradish. The meal concludes with desserts including apple pie with pumpkin gelato, New York cheesecake, and chocolate mousse.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 10:00 AM-11:00 PM
Location: 40 Central Park South, New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit

Other locations open on Thanksgiving Day:
Bobby Vans Steakhouse—Times Square
Open on Thanksgiving Day: 3:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location: 120 West 45th Street, New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse—West 50th Street
Open on Thanksgiving Day: 3:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location: 135 West 50th Street, New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit

Mamo Restaurant


Sister restaurant to French Riviera favorite Le Michelangelo, MAMO’s trendy environs and prime SoHo location have made the Mediterranean restaurant a choice eatery for New Yorkers in the know. New Executive Chef Salvatore Marcello is putting a stateside spin on the restaurant’s signature French and Italian fare for an $88pp prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu.

The meal begins with a beet salad consisting of mixed greens, hazelnuts, truffle dressing, and pecorino, followed by homemade butternut squash ravioli with butter and parmesan sauce. The entrée consists of stuffed turkey breast and braised leg, sweet potatoes puree, roasted root vegetables, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, the restaurant will be serving pumpkin pie with toasted marshmallows and vanilla ice cream. Side dishes of creamed spinach and corn pudding (not included in prix-fixe) will be available, and the restaurant will also be serving its regular dinner menu.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 12:00 PM-11:00PM
Location: 323 W Broadway, New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit

Il Gattopardo

Il Gattopardo

Located in the historically landmarked Rockefeller Townhouses in Midtown, Il Gattopardo offers authentic Southern Italian cuisine for the most discerning of diners, augmented by a robust list of Italian wines and an unmatched level of hospitality and service.

For Thanksgiving, guests can anticipate a menu of both classic Italian fare and home-style American classics. Specials begin with an appetizer of sautéed Sicilian sweet shrimp with braised artichokes, organic frisee, and oven-dry cherry tomatoes, followed by a country legumes and chestnut soup. The restaurant is offering homemade ravioli with butternut squash, sheep’s milk ricotta, and parmesan cheese served with walnut and cinnamon sauce, as well as a mixed winter mushroom and stracchino cheese risotto. Entrees will include roasted Dover sole served with baby Brussels sprouts and pork cheeks, and a traditional Thanksgiving roasted turkey filled with chestnuts, breadcrumbs, and Italian sweet sausage, served with Idaho and sweet mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Dessert options include apple pie with walnut crust and artisanal vanilla gelato, and pumpkin pie with maple gelato and caramel sauce. In addition, the restaurant will be serving its a la carte menu.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: Lunch (Noon-3:00 PM) and Dinner (5:00 PM-10:00 PM)
Location: 13-15 West 54th Street New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit

The Leopard at Des Artistes

The Leopard at Des Artistes

The Leopard at Des Artistes, located in the Hotel des Artistes in the Upper West Side, possesses the same elegance as its sister restaurant Il Gattopardo, but trades the mid-century modern décor for romantic murals and a Sylvan vibe.

Dinner begins with an appetizer of Thanksgiving crab cake served with arrabiata sauce and wild organic greens, followed by a soup of country legumes and chestnut. Homemade ravioli with butternut squash, sheep’s milk ricotta, and parmesan cheese served with walnut and cinnamon sauce, and a wild mushroom and Italian hazelnut risotto are next on the menu. For entrees, guests have the option of broiled Dover sole, braised escarole, Gaeta olives, and raisins, or a traditional Thanksgiving roasted turkey filled with chestnuts, breadcrumbs, and Italian sweet sausage, served with Idaho and sweet mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Apple pie with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, and pumpkin pie with maple gelato round out the menu. Additionally, the restaurant will be serving its a la carte menu.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 11:30AM-10:00 PM
Location: 1 West 67th Street, New York, NY
Reservations not required, but highly recommended. For more information, visit

La Pulperia

La Pulperia

La Pulperia offers a modern, trendy spin on Latin American food at its three locations in the Upper East Side, Hell’s Kitchen, and Midtown. This Thanksgiving, the Hell’s Kitchen and Upper East Side locations will bring the restaurant’s uniquely modern take on cuisine to the traditional dinner.

La Pulperia will offer a special prix-fixe menu along with a la carte offerings. The $49pp Thanksgiving menu features three courses: Appetizers include pumpkin empanadas (roasted pumpkin, hutlacoche mushrooms, cream cheese, cilantro, and truffle oil); cauliflower-fennel soup with ginger-cranberry confit, sweet potato croutons, and sage; and chipotle turkey chili made with Mexican chorizo and ground turkey, with avocado, crema, cilantro, and crispy tortilla. For main courses, the offerings are roasted turkey breast, whole roast suckling pig, and whole bronzino (deboned). Each main course is accompanied by a variety of five different cazuelitas: Chorizo-apple-cranberry stuffing, grilled broccoli rabe, caramelized Brussels sprouts, sweet potato puree, and chimichurri sauce. Pumpkin cheesecake and sweet potato apple crumb round out the menu as dessert offerings.

La Pulperia Hell’s Kitchen

Open on Thanksgiving Day: Dinner, 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location: 371 West 46th Street, New York, NY

La Pulperia Upper East Side

Open on Thanksgiving Day: Lunch and Dinner, 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location: 1626 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

For reservations and more information, visit



This year marks the 18th Thanksgiving dinner for Amaranth—a testament to the quality, service, and warm ambiance found at this upscale Mediterranean restaurant, opened in 1999. Guests can look forward to the restaurant’s signature Italian and French a la carte menu, as well as popular Thanksgiving fare including a special turkey dish with traditional trimmings. Embracing tradition the dining room will feature festive holiday décor and it is ideal for family gathering; and for convenience, will cater to those who want to savor Amaranth food in their own dining room with family and friends.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 12:00 PM-12:00 AM
Location: 21 East 62nd Street, New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit


Demarchelier Restaurant

A cozy bistro located just east of Central Park, Demarchelier, which celebrate its 25th anniversary this 2017, serves lunch and dinner comprised of both French and select American dishes. Equally suited for a romantic date night or dinner with the family, Demarchelier’s traditional French menu is complemented by a robust selection of predominately French wines. For Thanksgiving, the restaurant will be offering its menu of classic French dishes a la carte, as well as the traditional turkey dinner. Art lovers, take note: the paintings lining the colorful restaurant’s walls, the work of owner Eric Demarchelier, are available to own.

Open on Thanksgiving Day: 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Location: 50 East 86th Street, New York, NY
For reservations and more information, visit

Southampton Inn

Southampton Inn

For those looking to escape the holiday crowds of the city, autumn in Southampton provides the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle. For November, cozy boutique hotel Southampton Inn will be offering a Midweek Special, during which guests can stay Sunday through Friday (five nights, six days) for $650; throughout the month room rates will begin at $160. The Inn’s 90 guestrooms are mere steps away from the restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and museums that make the scenic Village of Southampton a top spot for vacationing, no matter the time of year. Seasonal activities will include the Southampton Village Annual Parade of Lights and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 25th, and Southampton Cultural Center’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol beginning on the 24th.

For Turkey Day, the hotel will serve its “Best of the Best” breakfast in Claude’s restaurant 7:00 AM-11:00 AM; they will also assist guests in making reservations at the local restaurant of their choice for Thanksgiving dinner.

For more information and reservations, visit

Photos Courtesy of: Lawlor Media Group

Thursday, November 09, 2017



Photographs By: Patrick McMullan

Jennifer Lopez With Alex Rodriguez

Jennifer Hudson And Michael Milken

Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization founded by Michael Milken dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs, hosted the 2017 New York Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street New York. Legendary actress, comedian, and television host Whoopi Goldberg served as guest host for the event. The evening concluded with a stunning performance by Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson. Proceeds from the event will support the partnership between the PCF and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide precision oncology to all veterans by establishing eleven centers of excellence. By providing access to their more than 9 million patient records, PCF researchers will be able to discover new and better treatments that will impact all prostate cancer patients.

Peter Grauer And Laurie Grauer

Notable attendees included: Michael and Lori Milken, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Laurie and Peter Grauer, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Dr. David Shulkin, Julia and David Koch, Spencer Segura, Candace Bushnell, Jim Coleman, Debra and Leon Black, Seth Bernstein, Nina Grauer, Plum and Dr. Jonathan Simons, Andrew von Eschenbach, Toni and Dr. Stuart Holden, Tina Storper, Larry Leeds, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Kristen and David Steinberg, Mitchell Modell, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Debbie and Cliff Robbins, Camille and Larry Ruvo, and Tammy and Keith Frankel.

 Jennifer Hudson

Whoopi Goldberg
The evening kicked off with Michael Milken and guest host Whoopi Goldberg outlining the evening’s three themes: Women in Science, Big Data, and Family. (“What do you think of Big Data?” asked Milken. “I don’t know, maybe I should spend some time with him,” quipped Goldberg). After a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by army veteran Constance Campbell, guests learned about the ways PCF supports young female researchers through the PCF Young Investigator program. The Big Data portion of the evening included a speech by Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veteran Affairs, who was presented by Dr. Jonathan Simons, PCF President and CEO. Dr. Shulkin spoke on the VA’s commitment to transformation and modernization, including aggressively attacking prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer among veterans. The theme of Family was exemplified by the night’s honorees, Peter and Laurie Grauer, who were recognized for their commitment to cancer research and dedication to increasing the number of women in leadership positions, both in science and beyond. The evening concluded with a rousing performance by Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson, who sang hit songs including “Love You I Do,” “Spotlight,” “And I am Telling You,” and a Whitney Houston medley that got the crowd to their feet.

Mitchell Modell

Julia Koch
Live auctions for the evening included the Home Run Challenge, a national baseball tour with Michael Milken in his private plane, and the Party Like A Rockstar package, including four tickets to the Billboard Music Awards, access to the event’s rehearsal and after party, and a two-night stay at the Wynn Las Vegas. Silent auction items and events included Coachella 2018 as a guest of Beyonce; two tickets to the Super Bowl; accessories by Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton; dinner with George Clooney and more. Throughout the evening, military veteran guests in the audience were recognized. Additionally, seven of the organization’s VA Network Centers of Excellence received funding through the generous donations of attendees. AllianceBernstein CEO Seth Bernstein’s table, which included guests Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, donated a total of $1 million to the PCF Young Investigator program.

PCF’s Board of Directors includes business leaders such as Andrew J. Astrachan, James Blair, Steve Burd, Peter Grauer, David H. Koch, Honorable Earle Mack, Neil Rodin, Andrew von Eschenbach, MD; Drew Pinsky, MD; and radio and television host Clark Howard.

Sunday, November 05, 2017


Manners That Matter Most

Norah Lawlor
Manners That Matter Most – the Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World – published by Hatherleigh Press, researched and written by June Eding, with a special foreword by Norah Lawlor – recently featured in the New York Times, is now in its third printing. Etiquette is one of the most valuable assets a person can Possess: knowing how best to present yourself, and how to deal with others in a direct, effective manner, is paramount in all personal, professional, and social relationships. Manners That Matter Most,is a part of the “Little book, Big Ideas” series, which was created to provide everyday people with useful wisdom to improve their lives, seeking to resurrect the custom of good manners and graceful style; all while updating and applying them to the modern age.

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
- Emily Post

Covering topics from introductions, greetings and thank-you’s, to the etiquette of modern technology (including the appropriate places and times to call and text message), Manners That Matter Most is a valuable resource and much-needed guide for our fast-paced world. Suitable for readers in every social situation, Manners That Matter Most contains both the information and the support you need to gain and give more consideration in your social encounters. With an emphasis on graciousness and chivalry that lends the book its authoritative tone, Manners That Matter Most is the essential companion for anyone looking to put their best foot forward.

The book also includes inspirational quotes on the importance of courtesy, respect and dignity; 25 essential lessons everyone should learn to cultivate better manners; and tips for more effective interaction with family, friends and co-workers. Taking an old subject and presenting it in a fresh and accessible way,Manners That Matter Most reminds us why good practice in etiquette not only makes the practitioner look good, but enhances society as a whole.

Manners That Matter Most features a special foreword by Norah Lawlor, the founder and principal of Lawlor Media Group Inc. (, a New York-based boutique PR firm focused on a luxury lifestyle clientele.

Available on and in Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Distributed by Penguin Random House

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Saturday, November 04, 2017


Martha Stewart

Amanda Lindroth With Alexandra Angle, Bennett Leifer And Sophie Donelson

New York’s Decoration & Design Building hosted the design industry’s leading tastemakers and influencers during their two-day Fall Market this month. The wealth of knowledge and panelist expertise inspired audiences. The event’s Keynote speakers covered pertinent topics centered around the theme “The Power of Storytelling,” sharing the ways in which they harness the power of their unique tales to evolve their craft and infuse richly layered romanticism into their projects.

Brian Sawyer With Amy Astley And Monique Gibson

Charlie Giannetti
The two-day market kicked off its Keynote events with AD Editor in Chief Amy Astley moderating a tell-all conversation between designers-to-the-stars Brian Sawyer of Sawyer|Berson and Monique Gibson in “Telling Tales,” held in the Cowtan & Tout showroom. The day’s second Keynote, “The Power of Experience: Enhancing the Five Senses in Design” moderated by DEPARTURES Home + Design Editor Dan Rubinstein, hosted Martha Stewart and designers Shawn Henderson and Stephen Sills in a discussion regarding the ways in which they leverage the senses to create the ultimate design. The event reached full capacity of guests, who stood among the stunning chandeliers and light fixtures of the Baccarat showroom. The day’s final Keynote, “Wright for Our Time,” moderated by Metropolis Senior Editor Samuel Medina and held in the sleek and modern Vondom showroom, featured a conversation surrounding the ways in which the spirit of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright lives on in design, sustainability and culture. The panelists included Jennifer Gray, co-curator of Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive at the MoMA and Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Charles S. Cohen With Amy Astley, Brian Sawyer And Monique Gibson

Day two began in the new Kravet showroom, where ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief Whitney Robinson was joined by legendary designer Bunny Williams with Brian Sawyer and Guy Regal, a dealer and advisor of decorative and fine art, who discussed the ways in which designers act as conductors of an orchestra. This designer’s orchestra consists of architects, landscape designers, art consultants and antiques experts that compose stunning spaces. In the day’s second Keynote, “Interior Dialogues: Rooms That Speak Volumes” held in the STARK showroom, Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful, and designers Amanda Lindroth, Alexandra Angleand Bennett Leifer spoke about creating rooms with compelling narratives, and shared a sneak peek into Sophie Donelson’s brand new book, Style Secrets. VERANDA Editor in Chief Clinton Smith was joined by Steve, Brooke and Charlie Giannetti in the newly re branded Style Library showroom for “360-degree Design,” the last Keynote of the market, in which the quartet discussed Brooke’s popular blog Velvet & Linen and the evolution of the Giannetti brand. Guests enjoyed cocktails and viewed new collections from brands such as Harlequin and Anthology following the conversation.

Samuel Medina With Jennifer Gray And Stuart Graff

Keynote participants included: Amy Astley, Monique Gibson, Brian Sawyer, Martha Stewart, Shawn Henderson, Dan Rubinstein, Stephen Sills, Samuel Medina, Jennifer Gray, Stuart Graff, Whitney Robinson, Bunny Williams, Guy Regal, Sophie Donelson, Bennett Leifer, Amanda Lindroth, Alexandra Angle, Clinton Smith and Steve, Brooke and Charlie Giannetti.

In addition to the Keynote events, the market’s multiple in-showroom programs welcomed participants to view collections, share in the excitement of future ventures and get inspired. Wednesday’s programs included “First You Dream,” during which interior designer Victoria Hagan discussed the creation of her newly released book Dream Spaces in the Holland & Sherry showroom. Standing-room-only audiences got an education fit for the digital age at Domino magazine’s “Storytelling Through Instagram” with Real Houses of Instagram creator, Kate Rumson, Bright Bazaar’s Will Taylor and Beacon Hill’s Alexis Audette at the Robert Allen showroom. In “Exploring the Story: Designing Meaningful Spaces” Maya Romanoff CEO Joyce Romanoff and designers Amy Lau and Marshall Watson discussed the creation of emotionally resonant spaces for living, working and playing. The panel, held in the Ferrell Mittman showroom, was moderated by Business of Home Executive Editor Katy Olson. Wednesday evening concluded with cocktail parties hosted in the Lladró, Gloster and Élitis showrooms as well as a prestigious book signing by the iconic Vogue Editor Hamish Bowles, held at Schumacher.

Thursday, November 02, 2017


Opus Hotel

United Kingdom-based YOO Hotels and Resorts and Canada’s Opus Hotel Corporation are delighted to announce an exciting brand partnership and 10-year expansion plan to develop and operate a series of OPUS by YOO Collection and OPUS by yoo2 hotels across Canada and Mexico, as well as in select U.S. markets.

This exclusive international partnership will allow both globally recognized boutique hoteliers to explore ground-up development, repositioning, and management opportunities in North America’s key urban and resort destinations. The deal also includes an exclusivity arrangement for Opus Hotel Corporation within Canada and Mexico.

The YOO Group was co-founded by world-famous designer Philippe Starck and property entrepreneur John Hitchcox over 15 years ago and has made its mark in international property design and development. YOO Hotels and Resorts is the hotel venture of the YOO Group, which operates and develops hotels around the world from its headquarters in London. The group’s luxury hotel brand, the YOO Collection, combines world-renowned Creative Directors and the YOO Design Studio with some of the world’s most sublime destinations. The yoo2 brand offers an eclectic collection of boutique lifestyle hotels, each one a striking expression of local soul.

Opus Hotel Inovative Style

OPUS Hotels is the inspiration of founder John deC. Evans, one of Canada’s foremost urban and resort real estate developers. Canada’s first truly boutique brand, OPUS, was established in 2002 in recognition and response to the global travellers’ already apparent demand for more intimate, lifestyle oriented hotels. Opus Hotels has received national as well as international attention for its fashion-forward properties and guest-centric service culture. OPUS Hotel Vancouver will not be included within the OPUS Hotels and YOO Hotels & Resorts partnership.

The first OPUS by YOO Collection hotel, the 110-suite Versante, is scheduled to launch in early 2019 at the Vancouver International Airport. Other OPUS by YOO destination properties slated for development include both Canada’s as well as Mexico’s Pacific West Coast.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Margo Manhattan

Avanti Gupta And Carrie Preston

Anne Leamy With Marion Waxman And Aviva Drescher

Courtenay Hall
Angelo David Salon, New York City’s leading luxury hair salon for Couture Hair Extensions, Wigs & Additions, partnered with New York radio station 95.5 PLJ for the 3rdAnnual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), an international research organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The popular event continues to grow, and is now adding participating salons; this year, Gumdrop Hairdressing, located at 46 Church Street, Montclair, NJ joined the cause. Attendees at the Gumdrop Hairdressing event included Nicole Coultas, VJ Moscaritola, and Jeanna Sheridan.

Carrie Preston And Angelo David Pisacreta

Attendees at this year’s event included: Carrie Preston, Aviva Drescher, Marion Waxman, Angelo David Pisacreta, William T. Sullivan, Courtenay and Daniel Hall, Margo Manhattan, Avanti Gupta, Kelly McCarthy, Lud Merka, Joanne Martin, Gerijo Matyka, Robyn Pisacreta, Valeri, Pam Kosove, Carol Sue Gershman and 95.5 PLJ personalities Annie Leamy, Joe “Monk” Pardavila, John Mingione, and Ralphie Aversa.

For the event, Angelo David Salon offered a special $25.00 price on blowouts, from which 100 percent of the proceeds will go to SWCRF. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’Oeuvres as their hair, nails, and makeup were transformed by Pisacreta’s team of beauty experts in the festively decorated salon. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Angelo David Salon is also offering a limited edition Pink Wet-&-Dry Pocket Hair Brush, which is available for $18.00 at Angelo David Salon and $4.00 of the proceeds will be donated to the SWCRF.

Lud Merka  And Joe Monk Pardavila

Additional thanks to the 2017 event sponsors BELLA Magazine, Popchips, Elchim Milano, Benjamin Prime Steakhouse, 95.5 PLJ, and SWCRF. Attendees were gifted exclusive gift bags which included Hamptons Salt Himalayan Pink sea salt; Popchips; Redken hair products; an Angelo David Flex Brush and VOL hair masque; the most recent issue of BELLA Magazine; and Illy Italian espresso-style coffee. Guests were also treated to red chocolate chip cookies from Baked in Color.

Joanne Martin And Gerijo Matyka

Ralphie Aversa
A silent auction was also held at the event, with items such as an Angelo David Salon customized couture clip-in bang; a signature facial and skincare products from La Prairie; two tickets to Off-Broadway shows Drunk Shakespeare, Hot Mess, This One’s For the Girls, and 20th Century Blues and four tickets to Off-Broadway show Gazillion Bubble Show; a gift box from Hamptons Salt; women’s sunglasses designed by MODO; Molami headphones; a gift certificate to Exhale Spa; a gift certificate to Advanced Derma Laser; a pair of sterling silver and pave rhodolite earrings by Margo Manhattan; at-home makeup application by celebrity artist JP Ramirez; a one hour styling consultation with celebrity style expert George Brescia; and dinner for two gift certificates from New York City restaurants including T-Bar Steakhouse and Lounge, Benjamin Steakhouse, La Pulperia, and Primola in New York City and Union Cantina and 75 Main in Southampton, New York.

Angelo David Pisacreta and his team of top-tier beauty specialists at Angelo David Salon are known for completely transforming fine, thinning hair for men and women through “The Consultation,” a highly customized treatment plan that takes into account the client’s specific desires and lifestyle. Clients are then provided with custom locks through Angelo David Couture Extensions & Additions, designed on-site to match hair texture, type, and color, and specifically selected to blend seamlessly into a day-to-day routine. Receding hairlines can be corrected, bangs can be added, and thinning hair can be made to look fuller than it ever was—all with the aid of 100-percent genuine human tresses. Angelo David’s Couture Hair can solve any hair challenge and meet any need, be it volume, length, color, styling control, bangs, or medical considerations.

Photos Courtesy Of: Steve White/Staten Arts Photography and Teresa Pyskaty/Lawlor Media

Friday, October 27, 2017


Dina Hansen With Laurie Gelman

Laughing Affairs, founded by comedian Felicia Madison, presented Laughercise, an innovative lunchtime comedy show, at the West Side Comedy Club located at Playa Betty’s restaurant in New York City. The afternoon’s lineup included Felicia Madison and fellow comedians Liz Miele and Carmen Lynch.

Mara Landis With Felicia Madison And Tara Lipton

Guests enjoyed lunch as the talent took to the stage. Felicia performed after an opening act, sharing her irreverent take on marriage, motherhood, and life in Manhattan. “My husband wouldn’t divorce me,” she quipped. “He couldn’t bear to part with… half of his money.” Liz offered anecdotes on dating as a comedian (“His eyes are broke, my face is broke… is this what soulmates are?” she joked about dating a color blind suitor while dealing with an acne flare-up) and Carmen’s routine touched on everything from dating an older man to goat yoga.

Notable guests included Felicia Madison, Carmen Lynch, Liz Miele, Belinda Boxer, Laurie Gelman, Deana Hanson, Tara Lipton, Kory Apton, Carol Lister, Mara Landis, Nina Ashe and Gina Savage.

The Laughercise series eschews the traditional late night environs of comedy clubs, instead treating guests to a one course meal, dessert, and glass of wine in the afternoon as both up-and-coming and veteran comedians take to the stage. Laughercise’s times and locations are perfect for comedy fans seeking laughs outside of the traditional late night, male-dominated clubs. Laughercise is a production of Felicia’s Laughing Affairs, which also produces daytime and evening comedy events for birthdays, showers, corporate gatherings and charitable causes.

Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Friday, October 20, 2017



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Carl Zachs With Beck Brittain

Julia Johnston And Jesse Carrier

Jenny Wolfe With Kate Rumson And Bennett Leifert

The Decoration & Design Building and the Cohen Design Centers honored 12 of the design industry’s most illustrious talents during the 10th Anniversary Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise Awards. The event was held at the Decoration & Design Building’s restaurant Upper Story by Charlie Palmer on the 14th floor during DDB Fall Market 2017.

Charles Cohen And Clo Cohen

Janice Parker
This invitation-only event saw luminaries from the worlds of interior, landscape, product and graphic design, as well as art, photography and architecture recognizing and honoring their peers in an intimate ceremony. Established at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles more than 20 years ago, the Stars of Design Awards are among the industry’s most prestigious events. Recipients were selected for their contributions to and achievements in their respective fields: Lifetime Achievement, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Art, Photography and Stars on the Rise.

This year’s winners included architect Lee F. Mindel; interior designer Victoria Hagan; architects Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian; landscape architect Janice Parker; product designer Bec Brittain; graphic designer Jon Contino; fine artist Marc Dennis; photographer Nori Inoguchi; and interior designers Rajni Alex, Dani Arpsand Virginia Tupker.

Rajni Alex With Virginia Tupker And Dani Arps

Notable guests included Charles S. Cohen, Clo Cohen, Lee F. Mindel, Victoria Hagan, Mark Ferguson, Oscar Shamamian, Janice Parker, Bec Brittain, Jon Contino, Marc Dennis, Nori Inoguchi, Rajni Alex, Dani Arps, Virginia Tupker, Sotheby’s, Bennett Leifer, Kate Rumson, Jessie Carrier, Mara Miller, Jenny Wolf, Julia Noran, Philip Gorrivan, Scott Salvator, Linda London, Lee Kavanaugh, Alyssa Urban, Anne Bower, Carolyn Englefield, Ashley Whittaker, Anne Foxley, and Marianne Howatson.

Lee Kavanaugh With Alyssa Urban

DDB Fall Market 2017 featured two information-filled days consisting of six Keynote events—including panelists such as Amy Astley, Brian Sawyer, Monique Gibson, Martha Stewart, Stephen Sills, Shawn Henderson, MoMA, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Whitney Robinson, Bunny Williams, Guy Regal, Sophie Donelson, Alexandra Angle, Amanda Lindroth, Bennett Leifer, Clinton Smith and Steve, Brooke and Charlie Giannetti—as well as 20 in-showroom programs, two Special Events, one Special Program, three Cocktail Receptions and 114 Open Houses.

This year’s Stars of Design and Stars on the Rise winners:

Lifetime Achievement—Lee F. Mindel

Architect Lee F. Mindel is principal of the New York-based SheltonMindel. The firm, which provides services in architecture, interiors and product design for residential and commercial clients, has received numerous awards, including 28 AIA architecture awards, seven Interior Design magazine Best of Year awards and recognition from Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 design firms of the last century. Mindel is an Interior Design Hall of Fame inductee, as well as a Dean of American Design.

Interior Design—Victoria Hagan

A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Victoria Hagan launched her eponymous, New York City-based firm 25 years ago. Her projects have included a Central Park penthouse on the top floor of the Plaza Hotel and the official residence of the Vice President of the United States of America.

Architecture—Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian

Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian established Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP, in 1988. Specializing in residential architecture, Ferguson and Shamamian have designed homes in New York City, Los Angeles, Greenwich, Connecticut and Martha’s Vineyard, among other locations. The firm’s work has been published inArchitectural Digest, ELLE Decor, Vogue and VERANDA, among many other publications.

Landscape Design—Janice Parker

A winner of the 2012 National Palladio Award for Landscape Architecture, Janice Parker launched Janice Parker Landscape Architects in 1984. The Connecticut-based firm, which primarily works with clients in New York City, the Hamptons and the Sound, has had its work appear in The New York Times, Metropolitan Home and Vogueamong others.

Product Design—Bec Brittain

Working primarily in centerpiece lighting, Bec Brittain served as design director for the Lindsey Adelman Studio before opening her own studio in 2011. Best known for the critically acclaimed SHY Light, Brittain works with top designers and architects on commercial and residential projects around the world.

Graphic Design—Jon Contino

A native New Yorker, Jon Contino is the founder and creative director of the Contino Brand, and co-founder and creative director of CXXVI Clothing Company. His designs, illustrations and typography have appeared on everything from magazine covers and national advertising campaigns to movie posters and food trucks.

Art—Marc Dennis

Born in Massachusetts and currently residing in Brooklyn, artist Marc Dennis’ hyper-realistic paintings are influenced by the works of the Southern European masters, and have been showcased in group and solo exhibitions across the country. His work can be found in private collections such as those belonging to Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Larry Gagosian and Nancy Rogers, among others.

Photography—Nori Inoguchi

Still life photographer Nori Inoguchi was born in Japan and educated in New York. His work focuses on fashion, cosmetics and electronics, and includes commissions from L’Oreal, Samsung and L.L. Bean, among many others. Inoguchi’s Studio Lx, located in the Financial District, opened in 2013.

Star on the Rise—Rajni Alex

Rajni Alex, founder and principal of Rajni Alex Interior Design, works on both commercial and residential projects. Alex works to create spaces rooted in her clients’ lifestyle and personality but influenced by her own aesthetic: intricate patterns and details, color and sculptural form.

Star on the Rise—Dani Arps

The designer of start-up spaces including Venmo and Gilt, Dani Arps, who works on both commercial and residential projects, creates spaces with an industrial yet eclectic feel. Her work has appeared in publications such as Essence and Business Insider. Additionally, Curbed Young Guns named Arps among the Class of 2016.

Star on the Rise—Virginia Tupker

Virginia Tupker launched Virginia Tupker Interiors after more than a decade as a magazine editor, covering homes for publications such as Vogue and House & Garden. Working on both residential and commercial high-end properties, Tupker’s first project was published in Vogue.

About the Decoration & Design Building

The Decoration & Design Building is located in Manhattan, on Third Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets, diagonally across from the flagship Bloomingdale’s department store. Known nationally and internationally as the world’s most important home to over 130 showrooms, the DDB represents over 3,000 leading manufacturers dedicated to the very best in residential and business interior furnishings, educational opportunities and resource information. The D&D Building is open exclusively to the trade and welcomes design industry professionals from all over the world. The building also incorporates Upper Story, situated on the 14th floor, which is the building's scenic events venue, conference center and restaurant, with cuisine by celebrity chef and culinary icon, Charlie Palmer. The DDB is owned and operated by Charles S. Cohen.

The DDB hosts two major Market events each year; one in the spring and one in the fall. The Markets, which are often held in partnership with the world’s top editorial voices and industry trade organizations, examine all aspects of design and the decorative arts. Over 2,000 design professionals and industry leaders attend these Market events, with over 150 in attendance at each of the DDB keynote presentations.

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