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Party Pics: Ageless Bride Book Signing

Brides are fabulous at any age! Just ask superstar designers Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Ellen Christine, Vicky Tiel, Angel Sanchez, Betsey Johnson, Hal Rubenstein, Jeannie McQueeny, Amy Zerner, Ines Di Santo, Jeff Mahshie and Guo Pei. They all are featured in Gigi’s Schilling’s pioneering new book,  Ageless Bride: Famous Designers Dress, Inspire & Celebrate Brides Over 50!

Schilling asked designers to share their fantasy looks for the over-fifty bride. Jane Wilson-Marquis, who has designed dresses for everyone from Rory Kennedy to Wyclef Jean’s sister, Melky, hosted the book launch shindig at her glamorous new duplex boutique, oliver + jane.  Guests sipped cava and nibbled grapes while perusing through passages from the book.

As Zac Posen said in Ageless Bride, “”We are living in a moment that is ageless. With bridal right now, almost anything goes.”

How cool is that! (Amazon Link: bit.ly/AgelessBride Gigi’s website: http://soageless.com/

Party Pics: Engel Exhibition

Eternity, By Nissan Engel​

Eternity, By Nissan Engel​

On Tuesday evening on Manhattans Upper East East, over 250 specially invited guests attended an exclusive art exhibition and sale held at the sumptuous townhouse of the distinguished Kenneth Laub. The event was to introduce New Yorkers to the life and work of Nissan Engel, an internationally acclaimed, Bezalel-trained Israeli artist who died this past fall at the age of 85. 

Organized by Michael Bolla and Engel’s widow Micheline (Micky) — a former Chanel model with a prominent and far-flung social circle– together with the Israeli Consulate in New York, Cunsul Aviad Ivri, and a worldwide group of influential friends and collectors, the event celebrated Engel’s work in advanacing his global legacy. Locally, Engel’s stained glass windows adorn several synagogues in America. Having spent most of his life in Normandy, France, where Micky still lives in a home that includes his gallery, he was a fixture on the European art scene for decades.

For an at-a-glance overview of his rich career, please visit www.nissanengel.com.

​Consul Aviad Ivri, Micky Engel​

​Consul Aviad Ivri, Micky Engel​

Micky Engel’s determination to keep her husband’s artistic legacy alive has inspired this exciting task of cataloguing his work,. Though Nissan Engel’s worldwide collectors are fiercely devoted to his work, outside of art world denizens, knowledge of Engel’s work is understated. This event marked the beginning of a multi-phase effort to change that, bringing awareness and acclaim to this important contemporary Israeli artist. 

​Stacy Engman​

​Stacy Engman​

The event was held at the home of the distinguished Kenneth Laub – a former professional tennis player, musician, composer and real estate world legend. Mr. Laub’s family are the patrons for the world-famous stained-glass windows by French Jewish artist Marc Chagall which grace the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Nissan Engel’s life paralleled a remarkable epoch in contemporary and Jewish history and his art is inextricably bound with the events of his time. Whether the Shoah, establishment of the State of Israel or the Six Day War — whose 50th anniversary will be marked this upcoming June — the story of a nation can be understood through the work of this Israeli artist.

Derby Day Fundraiser – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Saturday, May 6 from 3 to 8 pm
63 Gansevoort Street, New York

Ladies dust off your hats and get your party dresses on. Men, the bow ties are coming out!
Come join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on May 6 for the ultimate Kentucky Derby Party at 63 Gansevoort. The fun begins at 3 PM kicking off with 2 hours of Processco, Vodka Drinks, and a speciality cocktail, light bites and desserts. Mint juleps will be available from the bar!

Hamptons Cigar Manufactury and Museum is proud to be our sponsor with Cigars available for purchase that will support our charity!

We will have the big screen set up so you can watch the premiere race as if it was live, a betting station where you can win prizes, and a few surprises!

Get your ticket early for just $45.

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

 

New Amsterdam Circle Benefit

Thursday, May 11, from 8 to 11 pm
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.

The Museum of the City of New York invites young professional New Yorkers to celebrate springtime at the Museum’s first ever New Amsterdam Circle Benefit party. The New Amsterdam Circle is a membership group for young professionals aged 25-40 who are interested in exploring and celebrating the vibrancy, diversity, and energy of the cultural capital of the world: New York City. Members get a first look at Museum exhibitions and attend exclusive events where they meet fellow New Yorkers who share similar interests in everything from architecture and design to graffiti and activism.

Guests Will Enjoy:

 Ø  DJ Yah Supreme spinning

Ø  Live music by Afro-beat band Armo (featuring members of Antibalas)

Ø  Real time portraits created by the artists of Drawn Together NYC & Lola Serano

Ø  Mixed drinks by New Amsterdam Vodka

Ø  Burgers and shakes from Harlem Shake

Ø  Authentic Neapolitan pizza by Neapolitan Express

Ø  Exclusive after-hours access to New York at Its Core, the first ever Museum exhibition to explore all 400 years of New York City history and offer an interactive look at the future

 Details:

Festive attire
Ages 25-40
$75 for members
$100 for non-members

 Click here for more info.

 

Housing Solutions Gala

Tuesday, May 16 from 6 to 8 pm
The Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th Street, New York

A cocktail reception to honor Rita Zimmer and the 15th Anniversary of Housing+Solutions, as well as Founding Board Members Bonnie Bach, Phyllis Chillingworth, Annabel Davis-Goff, and Alexis Perrotta, whose enduring commitment has been invaluable to its success.

“For me, doing something from the heart is the best way to be a force for change.” 

Rita Zimmer founded Housing+Solutions in 2002 to provide safe, supportive housing for women, including women with children, with a promise to guide and support them in overcoming homelessness, trauma, addictions, poverty, and the effects of incarceration in order to build lives of stability and to define and realize goals for themselves and their families. Rita also founded Win (Women In Need) in 1983 and was its President until 2000. Over the years, Rita and the organizations she has led have received numerous awards, including the Robin Hood Foundation Heroes Award and the Brooke Astor Award for Public Service.

“We are always looking for new opportunities to bring about real changes that will improve the lives of women and women with children whose needs have been overlooked for far too long.”

More info and tickets here: housingplussolutions.org/15th-anniversary-gala/

 

Flower District Gallery Tour

Saturday May 6 at 1pm
Garden District (Chelsea) Gallery Tour

On the Flower District gallery tour in Chelsea on Sat. May 6 at 1:00 PM, meeting at 247 W. 29th St. near 7th Ave., celebrate springtime as we visit galleries in New York’s newest emerging art neighborhood.  You’ll see vibrant paintings by an artist whose active brain tumor affects his work, aerial photography of hundreds of miles of pristine African coast, a group show of wearable fabric art, and much more.  In between exhibits, we’ll stroll through fragrant plant- and flower-laden sidewalks in this remarkable commercial floral area!

Sat. May 6 at 1:00 PM: Flower District gallery tour
Purchase discount tickets to this tour.
This discount is $8 off through Thur. May 4 at 11:55 PM, then it reverts to full price.

Party Pics: Love Parade

Philanthropist, activist, filmmaker and fashion designer Arden Wohl headlined The ZIRKOVA ONE+TOGETHER LOVE PARADE and AFTERPARTY.

A noted socially conscious Renaissance girl, and famed as muse to numerous design houses – including her collaborations with ethical contemporary accessory line, Cri de Coeur (French for “cry from the heart”) – Arden was on hand to spread love in the form of giving by handing out Wildflowers among the crowds.

Described by Vogue as a “what to wear” renaissance girl, Arden’s collaborations with Cri de Coeur, Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur, have quickly catapulted the brand into pioneer status in the eco-fashion industry. Using only the most low-impact materials (reclaimed wood, organic hemp, and Ultrasuede made from recycled plastics) as well as fair-wage work conditions, Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur offers chic loafers, open-toe booties, and elegant flats, and seeks to create green and gorgeous must-haves that are highly desirable and cruelty-free.

The Love Parade took place this Sunday, April 30th at 1pm in Union Square, with the final stop at the High Line. The official after party and fundraiser, CHOOSE LOVE at HOUSE OF YES (in Bushwick, Brooklyn) included an excellent and eclectic night of international and local DJs, incredible artists, art installations, and performers. The Zirkova One+Together open bar ran from 6-8pm, along with drink specials throughout the night.

Attendee’s enjoyed giving gifts in the form of flower’s to new friends on the streets and at House Of Yes.

HFC Spring Event

Wenesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm
Mason Jar – 43 E. 30th Street

Help For Children: NY Young Professionals Spring Event

$50 per ticket. Hosted by the New York Young Professionals Committee.

For more information, click here.

 

Gallery Walk by Art News

Saturday, April 29
Madison Avenue

On the Saturday preceding Frieze New York and the TEFAF New York fairs, the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk will give the public time and space to visit the many galleries located on Madison Avenue and its adjacent side streets from East 57th St. up to East 86th St.

This event is free and open to the public, and features over sixty curator & artist talks where you can hear from experts about collections on view.

To learn more and register, visit www.artnews.com/MadAveGalleryWalk/ where you can click their Calendar to RSVP for curator and artists talks at the galleries of your choice.

Madison Avenue Gallery Walk is organized by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. For more information, kindly visit www.madisonavenuebid.org

Chelsea Gallery Tour

Saturday, April 29 at 1pm and 3:45pm
526 W 26th St near 10 Ave

New York Gallery Tours presents the Chelsea gallery tour which will be their most extraordinary of the month, as we have 300 contemporary art galleries to choose from there.

Highlights: (1) a European artist who employed 8 designers (lighting, set, make-up, etc.) to create photos unlike any you’ve ever seen, (2) a young female artist’s inventive stop-motion video installation that humorously comments on the chaos of modern life, and (3) the single most SHOCKING action an artist took to produce the stunning work you’ll see, in the 15 years we’ve been leading tours! These are just 3 of 7 eye-opening shows.”

Discounted ticket links:

The $8-off discount ticket links (below) enable you to pay just $17 admission (instead of the regular $25 admission). This discount is $8-off only when you use it at least two days in advance by credit card. After that, when the discount expires, you can still attend the tour by paying the regular admission of $25, either by credit card online, or with cash at the door.

Sat. April 29 at 1:00 & 3:45 PM: Chelsea “Best Exhibits” tour
Purchase 1:00 PM discount tickets to this tour, or
Purchase 3:45 PM discount tickets to this tour.
This discount is $8 off through Thur. April 27 at 11:55 PM, then it reverts to full price.

Read more about New York Gallery Tours at
www.nygallerytours.com

 

 

Helping Homeless Women – NYC

You see them. You may look the other way, cross the street so you won’t go near them, or avoid them in some other way, but the chances are you do your best to ignore them.

Astoria resident Mickey Zezima doesn’t do that. Quite the opposite. For the last 6 months he’s been doing daily rounds, visiting homeless women and giving them the things they need to get by.

It’s a fascinating story, and it’s attracted some attention; he

Pix 11: Queens man changes lives of homeless women … donating minor essentials

NY1: Queens person of the week helps homeless women

Mickey wrote an article for Countercurrents back around Christmas:

As you all know, I tried the “activism” thing. I really tried.

But now, I’m ready to focus my energies on two things desperately needed in the Trump Era: cultivating serious resistance and providing support for the most vulnerable. I also want to do something specifically for the largest oppressed group on earth: females.

With those last two goals in mind, I created Female Oriented Relief (FOR). The aim of this project is fundamental: I’m raising money to buy supplies I can hand out in person to homeless women in NYC. I’ve done it before on a smaller scale out of my own pocket, but now I want to help as many women as possible. To do that, I need your help. Even one dollar can make a difference! All funds donated will go directly towards to purchasing supplies and durable bags for those supplies. I call these bags “FOR packs”!

Woman are most often victimized. Homeless people, in general, are ignored or dehumanized. Homeless women? They might as well be invisible. 

Some women want to talk. Others keep our interactions to the minimum. Some decline the offer. Others take the bag but make it clear that they want me to leave afterwards. I recall a woman who would not make eye contact. I walked up slowly and tried to explain what was in the bag. She cut me off and asked: “Is that for me?” I nodded and handed it to her. I tried to ask if there was anything she needed but she cut me off and said firmly: “Have a nice day.” The whole time, no eye contact. I hate to think what may have happened to inspire such dread on her part but I’m glad I was at least able to offer her something useful. 

Read the whole article here.

Donate at gofundme or patreon.

Mickey Z’s blog is here.

Fortune Society Spring Benefit

Monday, April 17, doors open at 6pm
6:15pm The Castle Performance and Award Ceremony | 7:30-9pm Cocktail Reception
City Winery, 155 Varick Street NYC

The Fortune Society’s 50th Anniversary Spring Benefit will feature a performance of The Castle play, directed by Fortune Society Founder David Rothenberg.

Honoring Neil Barsky, Founder and Chairman of The Marshall Project, and Richard Feldman, President of the SHS Foundation.

Pictured are Angel Ramos, Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan and Casimiro Torres, the 2008 “Castle” cast. That production was also directed by David Rothenberg and was reviewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/theater/reviews/28cast.html.

For more information visit https://fortunesociety.org/springbenefit2017/