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Party Pics: Works & Process at the Guggenheim Young Friends

On Friday, March 10, 2017, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presented ISAAC MIZRAHI and the Ben Waltzer Quartet, hosted by Works & Process Young Friends in Café 3, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue and 88th Street, NYC. The sold-out evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 8pm, followed by a performance at 9pm.

Direct from his sold-out Café Carlyle run, Isaac Mizrahi performed a number of his favorite tunes and told (mostly) true stories in his quest to be loved by the audience. He also re-gifted items he had picked up from overzealous fans, business associates and gala dinner swag bags.

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for 30 years – not merely for his work as a designer but also for his crossover presence into pop culture. He was the subject and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Unzipped, trailblazed the concept of masstige through a groundbreaking partnership with Target, has hosted his own television talk show, written two books, and has made countless appearances in movies and television. Currently he serves as a weekly judge on Project Runway: All-Stars and is at work on a memoir due
out in 2017. He has designed costumes for prestigious ballet and opera companies and Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Mizrahi has performed cabaret at Café Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, West Bank Café and City Winery.

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For over 31 years and in over 400 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Each performance takes place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by the New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson.

For more information visit http://www.worksandprocess.org

Party Pics – Epson Digital Couture


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Epson, the leader in global textile printing innovation, hosted its third annual Epson “Digital Couture” Fashion event on Feb. 7th, 2017, leading up to New York Fashion Week. Celebs and notables such as actresses Kelly Rutherford and Dove Cameron, “Real Housewives of New York City” star Dorinda Medley, jewelry designer Karen Erickson, “Project Runway” season 1 winner Jay McCarroll, rapper Luz Wang, furniture designer Marc Englander, and socialites Chelsea Leyland, Chloe Norgaard, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Haya Maraka, Stacy Engman, and Cory Kennedy flocked to Chelsea’s Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building for a night of high fashion and innovation in technology with special guest DJs ASTR (Zoe Silverman and Adam Pallin). Built around the theme “Textile Stories,” 13 design teams from North and Latin America leveraged Epson’s world-class textile printing solutions in a one-of-a-kind fashion presentation.

Designers included: Alexandra Polo and Miguel Moyano from Ecuador, Carlos de Moya from Dominican Republic., Daniel Barreria from Brazil, Daniela Hoehmann from Chile, Leonardo Mena from Mexico, Lindsay Degen from United States, Philadelphia University from United States, Ricardo Pava from Colombia, Sarah Richards from United States, Sarah Stevenson from Canada., Sonia Chang and Daniel del Barco from Costa Rica, Susan Wagner from Peru, and Venesa Krongold from Argentina.

Guests enjoyed cocktails from Devotion Vodka, Hottie Tottie, Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita, and Zamaca as well as water from Sparkling Ice, Sixpoint Beer, and wine from Voga Italia.
Digital dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment technologies, a relatively new trend in the textile industry, allow designers to alter textile designs, make color selections with the click of a mouse, and hone in on the fine details of their creations. Epson’s SureColor® F-Series printers give fashion and textile designers alike an accessible means to bring their ideas and inspiration to life, with the signature quality that distinguishes the Epson brand. The SureColor F-Series printers are high-speed, low-cost solutions that produce sharp, vivid images and offer an abundance of rich colors, intense blacks, and smooth gradations onto fabric.

Special thanks to Erickson Beamon, Fine Jewelry by A​ntandre​, MakeUp Pro New York, Yukie Beauty Spa, and Hair Lounge.

Party Pics – Dressed to Kilt

Returning from a two-year hiatus, Dressed to Kilt came back with a bang to kick off New York Fashion Week 2017, January 27, 2017. Considered the largest and most prestigious Scottish Fashion Event in the world, Dressed to Kilt once again lured celebrities and world-class athletes from both sides of the Atlantic including Real Housewives of New York cast members Luann D’Agostino, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill and Ramona Singer. Other celeb guests included Miss Scotland, Lucy Kerr; Mr. Scotland, Tristan Cameron-Harper; Model and America’s Next Top Model Alum, Renee Bhagwandeen; NFL Superbowl Champion, Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos; former Navy Seal and star of CBS’ The Hunted, Andy Stumpf; Former Bachelor Contestant Olivia Caridi; Real Housewives of New Jersey Star, Delores Catania.

After the show guests were treated to whiskey tastings from Usquaebach Scotch Whisky, delectable bites and more Scottish and contemporary dancing in the High Line Hotel’s gorgeous old-world setting complete with stags and a Scottish bagpiper.

The evening was a celebration of the “Special Relationship” that has existed between the USA and the UK for over 100 years and raised funds for the Navy Seal Foundation. Cisco Co-founder Sandy Lerner sought to shed light on an additional cause by auctioning off an antique Scottish Wildcat Pin to raise money for the Scottish Wildcat Foundation aimed at helping to save the feline creatures, of which only 35 are left. Dressed to Kilt has raised significant funds for wounded Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, and this year’s proceeds will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. The Foundation is committed to America’s elite warriors, supporting U.S. Navy SEALS, their community and providing critical support to their families.

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Party Pics – Brooklyn Black Tie Ball

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On Thursday, October 6, 2016 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) held its fourth annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball and After Party. The sold out event hosted over 800 guests and raised $1.1 million, a new record for the Conservancy. In 2015, the event raised $1 million.

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The event took place on Pier 2 of the Park and included a cocktail reception on the promenade and a seated three–course meal. Guests enjoyed the magnificent Manhattan skyline and sweeping views of New York Harbor, which served as the backdrop for an evening celebration of one of New York City’s most spectacular waterfront parks. After the Ball, the Conservancy Currents, the Conservancy’s young professionals group, hosted a ticketed after party where guests participated in a high-energy gathering. It included an open bar, snacks and dancing under the stars with DJ Herbert Holler from the Freedom Party.

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Fulfilling the Conservancy’s vision for turning a neglected strip of waterfront into a verdant public space over 30 years ago, Brooklyn Bridge Park has provided New York City with an extraordinary place to play, learn, connect, and be inspired.

Proceeds from the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball will help keep the Park vibrant, beautiful, and growing; directly supporting the Conservancy’s over 500 free and low cost activities and events. Over one million Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s education, cultural, fitness, recreation, and arts programs. In 2016 alone, more than 170,000 individuals enjoyed Conservancy events including kayaking, waterfront workouts, and environmental education classes, as part of its extensive lineup.

At this year’s Ball, the Conservancy honored noted humanitarian and business executive, Barry S. Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group and the founder of SH Group and 1 Hotels. With a commitment to changing the standard for socially responsible hospitality, Mr. Sternlicht will debut 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge early next year. The Conservancy celebrated Barry S. Sternlicht’s personal and professional commitment to sustainability, environmental responsibility, and design excellence and honors his leadership in the philanthropic and civic life of New York City.

The Conservancy also paid tribute to Regina Myer, the outgoing President of Brooklyn Bridge Park for her years of service and vision that helped to establish the Park as a world renowned destination. Under her leadership, the 85 acres were transformed from an inaccessible waterfront into a world-class park that now receives over 4 million visitors annually.

“The annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball has become a hallmark event for the Conservancy.” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We were elated to honor Barry Sternlicht and his philanthropic generosity and commitment to sustainability. His support will help ensure Brooklyn Bridge Park remains a world class waterfront public space filled with first-rate programming that all ages can enjoy. Additionally, we were delighted to pay tribute to Regina Myer’s transformative vision in bringing the Park to life and we wish her great success in her next endeavor.”

“The Brooklyn Black Tie Ball has become a wonderful autumn tradition at the Park and a great way to support the Conservancy’s programs that make BBP such a special place,” said Regina Myer, outgoing President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “We congratulate honoree Barry S. Sternlicht, whose 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is going to be a great addition to the Park and to the neighborhood, and are grateful to everyone for their commitment to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Conservancy.”

Party Pics: FCancer

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On Thursday, May 5, FCancer, a cutting edge non-profit organization dedicated to early detection, prevention and providing support to those affected by cancer, hosted FCancer NYC #FCENYC at Marquee New York. The party, sponsored by Moose Knuckles, featured musical lineup headlined by Justin Bieber’s official tour DJ, DJ Tay James, with early sets by THE WIG, Nimo Lero, and Sted-E & Hybrid Heights. Proceeds from the event benefitted FCancer programs and the HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Due to generous support and success of fundraising efforts, FCancer NYC raised $20,000 for FCancer programs and the HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation.
  • DJ Tay James stole the show spinning crowd-pleasing hits by Justin Bieber for 500 fans during his 2-hour set.
  • Entrance to the event was in the form of FCancer t-shirts, rather than tickets. FCancer shirts come in a variety of colors, each of which represent a specific cancer ribbon.
  • For those that missed out on the event, donations can be made online directly to FCancer’s digital initiatives, programs, and support tools at http://bit.ly/FCdonations.

About FCancer

FCancer is dedicated to the prevention and early detection of cancer; it is a movement that creates a raw and authentic space by harnessing the cumulative experience of their community, Generation Connected.  Gen-C is defined by a behavior rather than a birthdate, they consume digital content as their main source of information and may span across traditional generations. With wit, edge, and humor, FCancer is changing the way people talk about cancer. Through digital media, programs and events, FCancer believes its community will be the generation that ultimately improves health outcomes. FCancer is a tax-exempt 501(c) 3 registered charity co-founded by Yael Cohen Braun and Julie Greenbaum. For more information, visit LetsFCancer.com or follow @letsfcancer.

About Moose Knuckles

Moose Knuckles is premium Canadian sportswear by and for the True North Strong & Free. We create time honored Canadian garments tailored for the contemporary living. We build Canadian know-how, grit and heritage into every fibre, stitch and zipper. We are a family, a tribe, a pack and we wear it on our sleeves, whether it’s a wild night or the wild country, we’ve got you covered….

Welcome to Canada…Welcome to Moose Knuckles.

About Marquee New York

Marquee New York, the legendary Chelsea nightclub that defined a generation of New York nightlife, is an internationally acclaimed music destination attracting the most in-demand DJs and live acts. Designed by Josh Held, the designer of W Hotels and Bar Americain, Marquee has transformed into a tripped out warehouse with 28 foot ceilings and industrial design accents including chandeliers constructed from functioning microphones, exposed equalizers, walls covered in recycled leather belts and welded rebar handrails. The venue also includes jaw-dropping sound and visual elements including a Funktion-One sound system, floor-to-ceiling LED feature wall and computerized moving light system, engineered to feel like an indoor music festival experience. Marquee also has locations in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and at The Star Sydney in Sydney, Australia. For more information, please visit www.marqueeny.com.

 About HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation

The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation is a donor-supported research, support and advocacy organization with a mission to empower anal cancer patients and accelerate prevention and treatment methods that eliminate anal cancer and the virus that causes the majority of cases, HPV. The Foundation achieves this mission by accelerating a cure for the 5% of all cancers that are caused by HPV, improving prevention and screening methods to prevent these cancers, and providing peer support and educational forums for patients. In addition, the Foundation’s NOMAN is an Island Campaign raises awareness and funds to fight the HPV-related cancer epidemic in men and women while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world. The organization was founded in 2010 by Justine, Tristan and Camille Almada, then 22, 24 and 26, after the devastating loss of their mother Paulette to Stage IV HPV-related anal cancer. The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. For more information, visit www.analcancerfoundation.org or @hpvanalcancer.

Party Pics: Face Africa

March 26, 2016 New York, NY United States: FACE Africa Wash Gala in New York.

March 26, 2016 New York, NY United States: FACE Africa Wash Gala in New York.

FACE Africa hosted its 7th Annual WASH, (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Gala on Saturday March 26, 2016 at NeueHouse Madison Square in New York City. The Gala took place on the heels of World Water Day, (March 22nd) and aimed to bring awareness to the growing clean water epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. 700 million people globally lack access to safe water supply sources, with 300 million people in Africa alone affected everyday.

Over 300 guests stepped out in sparkling gowns and dapper suits in support of FACE Africa’s work and mission and helped raise $165,000, including $10,000 pledged during a live auction. Proceeds from this year’s WASH Gala will be used to expand FACE Africa’s mission beyond Liberia as well as support the organization’s WASH in Schools (WinS) Program.  The WinS program is an initiative in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Education that aims to improve the future of school-children across Liberia through the provision of safe water and hand washing and sanitation facilities in schools.

“As always, we were so touched and humbled by the outpouring of love and support from our sponsors, donors and the hundreds of guests who came out in support of our work and mission,” said Saran Kaba Jones, Founder and CEO of FACE Africa. “It was truly a magical evening of celebration, giving and inspiration.”

The event, coined by guests as the “Diasporan Oscars,” was hosted by celebrated journalist Zain Verjee and guests included celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, Grammy nominated artist Jidenna, Entourage star Adrian Grenier, actors Gbenga Akinnagbe and Adepero Oduye​ as well as Opal Tometti, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matters movement.

“It was an incredible feeling to see such a diverse group of community-spirited people, mainly young Africans in the diaspora, coming together for a great cause and I was extremely pleased to serve on the Host Committee again this year,” said OkayAfrica CEO Abiola Oke.

The Broadway play Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong’o, is partnering with FACE Africa and donating 10% of all ticket sales generated by ECWASH322 code to support the organization’s WASH projects in Liberia. During the evening, a special message from Eclipsed star Saycon Sengbloh was played for WASH Gala guests to announce the partnership. Patrons can use the promotion code until the end of show’s production in June.

Photos by Keiko Hiromi, Cali York Photography & Aida Malik Photography.

Party Pics: FJK Dance

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Ballet lovers Amy Fine Collins, Cathy Hardwick, Michele Gerber Klein and dancer Ethan Stiefel trudged over to the DANY rehearsal studio to preview FJK Dance’s upcoming 2016 season. Founded by the Iraqi born Fadi J. Khoury, who explained the uniqueness of his company which mixes classical ballet with ballroom dancing and Middle Eastern influences. The theme of his season is to bring people from different backgrounds together thorough art and beauty.  His company includes dancers from Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Iraq, Spain, and Switzerland, with  musicians from the US and Israel — Jonathan Rodinelli on piano and Elad Kabilio on cello perform with the group. FJK Dance’s upcoming 2016 season at New York Live Arts running April 6 – 9.

Party Pics: Quoz Arts Fest

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The Dubai Patron of Arts, Abdelmonem bin Eisa Alserkal, (pictured on the left in the second picture) is the founder of Alserkal Avenue Arts District where the annual Quoz Arts Festival was held this weekend to much success.

 

Party Pics: Audrey Bernard Tribute

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President Obama sends personal regards to Audrey J. Bernard at her Tribute at JALC

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It was a tribute fit for a Queen and my Godmother Audrey J. Bernard, International Society Columnist and Photo Journalist and the New York Beacon’s esteemed Society Editor, deserved EVERY majestic minute of it!!!   Looking regal in a b michael design from his celebrated couture line, the “Always Just Beautiful” tribute/birthday brunch that took place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11:30-2:30 was a STELLAR affair.  Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC ), Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, NYC was set-up beautifully and NO expense was spared in putting this event together!!!   Florist to the stars and beyond Saundra Parks of Red Maple Leaf filled the room with Audrey’s favorite flower, Calla Lilies.

The afternoon was full of love, gifts, musical tributes, proclamations, declarations, commendations and libations (compliments of Moet Hennessey USA) in front of 120 of her closest family and friends, who all left with Henri Bendel magazine tote bags FILLED to the top with FAB-U-LOUS gifts that included earphones, charger, candle, and $20 splurge card from Henri Bendel; Bergdorf Goodman/Lancôme gift certificate; chico’s fashion necklace; Ciara CD; Macy’s gift card; and artwork by Mira Gandy !!!

NBC4 News Anchor David Ushery was a true MASTER of Ceremony for this very special tribute/birthday celebration.   He kept everyone in stitches as he led us through the jam-packed program that included well wishes and “Congratulations” from President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor David N. Dinkins, NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and more. While guests enjoyed fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and Bellinis, Mimosas and “The Audrey Martini,” from the stage, her immediate family Sister Marilyn Mosley, Nephews NYS Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, III, and Dr. James Jennings Jr. brought everyone to tears with their expressions of love…including a citation from Assemblyman Mosley, as nieces Dr. Janice Carrero Mosley and Sameita Jennings, grandnephew Sebastien Alexander Carrero Mosley and grandniece Allyson Eh-Suk Mosley lovingly looked on.

During the celebratory toast and dessert, the always dapper Congressman Charlie Rangel presented the beaming tributee with a declaration proclaiming December 7th “Audrey J. Bernard Day!!!”  She was also presented with an original painting from the original fine art collection of M. Gasby Brown and a beautiful black bag from Henri Bendel’s West 7th Street Turnlock Satchel collection with her initials inscribed on the front in gold lettering, presented by HB’s Vice President of Marketing, Jessica Dennis who also brought greetings from her boss, Henri Bendel’s CEO Chris Fiore. Entertainment was provided by Alyson Williams who performed a show-stopping Diana Ross medley from “Lady Sings the Blues” (Audrey’s favorite artist) and jazz vocalist Camille Thurman. Vivian Reed led everyone in singing Happy Birthday while presenting her with a cake.

Some of the guests in attendance included Ambassador Suzan “Sujay” Johnson Cook who delivered an inspiring invocation, Reginald “Reggie” Van Lee, Dwayne Ashley, Gasby & Kenneth Brown, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Alma Rangel, Annette Gibbs, Carole Munroe, La’Verne Perry-Kennedy (who designed the “Always Just Beautiful” artwork), Sandra & Robert Tate, Jeanine Tate, Robbie Tate-Brickle, Katie Jones​, Jim & Joanne Skeete, Ruth Sanchez, Susan L. Taylor, Khephra Burns, Sherry B. Bronfman, Jean Wells, Audrey Smaltz, Barbara J. Harris, Ruth Inniss, Veronica Jones, Connie Thomas Staton, Ruth Clark, Sylvia Rhone, Mae Attaway, Vivian Scott Chew​, Ray Chew, Harriet Michel​, Jeanne Parnell, Carmen Barnes, Karu F. Daniels​, Wilson Morales, Diane Clear​, Steve Manning, Pat Stevenson, Ruth Clark, Robin Verges, Ruth D. Hunt​, Winnie & Mapple Walker, Cynthia Horner, Patricia Hinds, Candice Jacko, Vanessa DeLuca, Sheila Harris, Dana Baxter, Cynthia Horner & Ken Harris, Irene Gandy, Mira Gandy, Thomasine Barton-Gangadean​ and from the New York Beacon — Walter & Miatta Haj Smith, Don Thomas, Edna Sarr, and Audrey Adams.

There was even a video tribute sent in from Walt Disney World Public Relations team; a special message from Disney’s first African American doll, Princess Tiana; and greetings from Disney Dreamer’s Academy representative Mikki Taylor; followed by a special presentation by two of Disney’s top executives Annette Gibbs and Carol Munroe who presented her with a limited edition Princess Tiana basket filled with Disney treasures and their coveted “Mouscar” award which is their equivalent of the “Oscar!”

Then it was Audreytime. Ravishing from head to toe, the radiant tributee thoughtfully thanked the event’s Presenting Sponsors Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Reginald Van Lee Foundation and The Gasby Group, Inc; Contributing Sponsors (Henri Bendel New York, NBC4-New York, Moet Hennessy USA, Red Maple Leaf, The Williams Capital Group, Viacom, chico’s, Epic, Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, William Wolf and Lancome Cosmetics); her guests; and gave HUGE KUDOS to Event Chairs Reginald Van Lee, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Washington DC location where he leads the firm’s commercial business, and JALC Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis; Co-Chairs Dwayne Ashley, Vice President of Development at JALC, and M. Gasby Greely Brown, CEO, The Gasby Group, Inc.; Guest Chefs Melba Wilson, Melba’s Restaurant, and Norma Jean Darden, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, for the delicious menu; and the FAB-U-LOUS host committee with special mention to JALC’s Divya Kantamneni, La’Verne Perry Kennedy, Rachel Noerdlinger, Robin Verges and Diane Thompson whose generous b’day gift to her friend was roving photographer Tone Fleming who captured precious guest moments throughout the event and presented the photos to each guest. No one wanted to go home so JALC’s top executive Dwayne Ashley extended the fun and invited guests to join him at the spotless steak restaurant Porter House on the 4th floor of the luxurious Time-Life Building. And a merry good time was had by all! (Photos by Tone Fleming)

 

Party Pics: Diademas Cigar Party

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Care for a extremely rare $600 stogie on your way to the next best thing?

You’ll find it, among other cigar rituals, at the most posh address for the discerning aficionado:

The Diademas Cigar Lounge at the H-Hotel in Dubai.

Named after an extremely rare, and sought after Cuban blend, The Diademas Cigar, the lounge is the newest addition to the burgeoning cigar scene in Dubai.

However, be forewarned, this Lounge is not for a beginner or a cigar wanna-be.

But first more about the Diademas, as explained to us by the F&B Manager of the H Hotel, Matthew Randall:

“Wrapped in the trappings of heraldry, a Diademas cigar comes individually coated in their own aluminum armour. Some seek these cigar simply for their knightly guise but the Diademas are an enticing Figurado with a complex and multi faceted smoke,” he says.

“The blend of the bunch stabs out herbaceous tendencies and then parries these with slashes of mocha, coffee and caramel,” adds the suave Brit. “Tending to the Diademas bawdy variations in the burn will take advanced smoking skill so make sure you know how refined your skills are!

The cigars are no longer in smoking circulation and hence rare. Randall picked up a few on one of his many business jaunts and the moment he saw them he knew he had hit a pot of gold and endless cigar destiny. He bought as many he could lay his hands on and they are now displayed for sale with pride at the Lounge.

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If you would like to smoke one of his very few Diademas’ (pictured here) it will put you back a mere $600USD.

And last week, to celebrate the lounge and post-Holiday stress, his bar manager, the effable Vasco Edgar (seen in the pictures cocktailing) invited a group of cigar aficionados to a cigar party replete with a cigar roller (a female one at that!) at a prix-fixe bash featuring libations and a hand rolled Cuban.

There are many cigar lounges in Dubai but none that takes itself more seriously than this one. The pace is relaxed, but the attention to detail, quite unimaginably, is right down to the the last puff.

There are no “cigar sommeliers” or bartenders or servers with a Cuban degree and recitation here, but a staff of two extremely dedicated, and vigilant, Vasco and Mahesh, that work in tandem like a chef and his lieutenants except nobody is barking orders.

The focus, unlike other cigar venues in Dubai, is not to rush you a bar tab billed to your room, but rather let the smoke take you places you have been before and want to return over and over again.

The Lounge plans to open a members club with regular events and parties so that once the ash is settled you are ready to puff away to glory, so let cigar bygones be bygones and enjoy your next stogie here.

Vasco and Mahesh will be there when you cross the cigar shores.

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Party Pics: A Date with Dubai 2015

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With this year’s event on the horizon, let’s look back at last year!

On January 16, 2015 was held “A Gala Day in Dubai” with Golf and Tennis in the Morning, Boat Cruise with Culture, Fun, Open Business Bar in the Afternoon, Arabian Gala Night with Entertainment in the Evening.

Join up in time for this year’s event! Visit http://activitydate.com/

Party Pics: The Good Life

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VIRTUOZITY HOSTED AN EVENING of cigars at the trendy, Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Lounge at Le Royal Meridien Hotel. The venue was the perfect location to sit back and relax on its outdoor patio and escape the rush of the bustling city life with a selection of cigars. Guests enjoyed sipping on a range of wines and spirits while enjoying the smooth chill-out beats. The restaurant offered a culinary mix of Mexican cuisine from shrimp ceviche, queso fundido and their signature Maya nachos with guacamole and salsa dips, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Guests were offered two cigars, a Por Larranaga regional edition (Asia Pacific) and a Bolivar Belicosos Finos. The Por Larranaga Robusto is hand-made in Cuba and was released in 2007. It measures 124 x 20mm and has a shiny, oily natural brown wrapper with small veins. Pre-light, the cigar has notes of spice with hints of sugar detected. Once lit, the first draw is flavourless but soon it has a combination of spice and sweetness. Flavours of caramel, honey and black pepper start to form but change at the second third. The sweetness remains but flavours of cedar start to emerge. The last third becomes quite heavy as the sweetness is overtaken by earth and wood.

The second cigar was a handmade Cuban Bolivar Belicosos Finos. A classic torpedo, this cigar is known for its full-bodied mix of flavours and it is known in Cuba as a campana in cigar factories. It has a plump 52 ring gauge with a well-detailed band which is removed easily. The wrapper was a shiny chocolate brown and it had a solid construction. The pre-light draw was nothing special but once lit flavours of wood and roasted spice came through. The second third was thick and creamy with hazelnut while the last third became extremely powerful and strong. To celebrate Virtuozity’s fifth anniversary guests were treated to champagne, the Glen Grant 1992 Cellar Reserve and the Glen Grant 10. The delightful canapés and drinks complemented these cigars perfectly. Al Nabooda Automobiles displayed one of their cars, the Panamera 4s Executive for all to see. After a wonderful evening guests were treated to gift bags from the sponsor of the evening, Porsche Dubai and the partner, Perfume Holding. Ladies walked away with a bottle of La Perla perfume while men were treated to the Ducati fragrance.

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