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Head to The Museum of Arts and Design For The Fabulous World of Anna Sui

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The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) celebrated the opening of its latest exhibition, The World of Anna Sui, during New York Fashion Week on September 10, 2019.

Anna Sui Photo by David X Prutting

The major retrospective of iconic American fashion designer Anna Sui features seventy-five looks from the designer’s archive – from her groundbreaking inaugural fashion show of 1991 to her Spring 2019 collection – and illuminates Sui’s creative process and influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. What is here is a marvelous retrospect of styles, making you crave yesteryear.

Terry Skoda, Alyson Cafiero 

Hosts Michele Cohen (MAD’s Board Chair), Chris Scoates (MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director) and Jane Holzer welcomed guests. “We are thrilled to present The World of Anna Sui at MAD,” said Scoates, “Anna represents the best of American design and this exhibition of her work epitomizes the Museum of Arts and Design’s vision of pushing forward new multidisciplinary interpretations of craft, design, culture and technology.”

LaVon Kellner and Anna Sui’s fabulous personal assistant Thomas Miller

Sui, surrounded by friends including Zandra Rhodes, Garren, and Fern Mallis said “It’s great that the exhibition is now in New York, my home town!  It’s wonderful that all the people I’ve been working with over the years can come together and reminisce about the body of work we’ve produced.  The experience is very emotional for me.”

Hundreds filled the Museum for the opening including Chairmen Emerita Barbara Tober MAD Board Members Michael Dweck, Jerry and Simona Chazen, Laura and Lewis Kruger, Linda Plattus, Andi Potamkin, Malini Shah, and Barbara Waldman as well as guests Mickey Ateyeh, Andrew Bolton, Brian Bolks, Bob Gruen, Alva Chinn, Francisco Costo, Karen and Eric Erickson, Jesse Frohman, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Michele Hicks, Susan McKagan, Thomas Miller, Bill Mullen, Brenda Vaccaro, Stuart Vevers. 

But make no mistake is Sui’s amazing collection that takes up two floors.

Sui is one of New York City’s most beloved and accomplished fashion designers, known for creating contemporary original clothing inspired by in-depth research into vintage styles, cultural arcana, art history, graphic design, European and Asian decorative arts, film, and more. Sui joined New York’s creative cultural underground at a rich time in the 1970s, forging important, lasting relationships in the worlds of fashion, photography, art, music, and design. 

The World of Anna Sui will be open at The Museum of Arts and Design, in New York City’s Columbus Circle, from September 12, 2019, through February 23, 2020. Arranged thematically, The World of Anna Sui is driven by Sui’s thirteen design archetypes—Rock Star, Schoolgirl, Punk, Nomad, and Surfer, to name a few—that are infused with seemingly incongruent influences, including French interior designer and antiques dealer Madeleine Castaing, the London boutique Biba, pirates, pre-Raphaelite maidens, Yves Saint Laurent, and Minnie Mouse. The garments, sketches, mood boards, videos of runway presentations, and cultural ephemera on view trace Sui’s eclectic career and illuminate her creative process.

On view will be fashions worn by Sui’s personal style icons Anita Pallenberg and Jane Holzer, as well as favorite inspirational clothing designed by Zandra Rhodes, Norma Kamali, and Betsey Johnson.

Hallmark outfits from Anna Sui collections also will be represented in the exhibition, from the “Backless Chaps” worn by Naomi Campbell in the Fall 1992 runway show to the “Silver Peruvian Ensemble” from Spring 1994 to one of the iconic “Babydoll Dresses” worn by Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington. All looks featured will be shown in context with the original backdrops from Oliphant Studio used in Sui’s arresting fashion shows. Mood boards from Anna Sui’s Fall 2019 “Poptimistic” collection, direct from the designer’s studio, will illustrate Sui’s creative process and give visitors an insider’s view of how each collection is developed.

Anna Sui’s collections take people on a creative journey that is unparalleled in the world of fashion. Mixing vintage inspiration with current cultural obsessions, she effortlessly designs hip and exuberant original clothing. Anna Sui’s first fashion show in 1991 earned her international acclaim. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) recognized Anna Sui with its Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent in 1993, and honored her again in 2009 with the prestigious Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. Anna Sui’s products are sold in over 300 stores in 30 countries. The Anna Sui line also includes her very popular fragrance and cosmetic collections, as well as successful footwear, eyewear, and jewelry licensees. Anna Sui designs and manufactures directly from her New York City studio. Her runway shows continue to inspire and set trends through her signature lens. The Anna Sui brand has been independently owned since its inception in 1981.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. For more information, visit madmuseum.org.

The outfits I covet.

The “Backless Chaps” worn by Naomi Campbell. Thomas Miller, Anna Sui’s personal assistant, told me a hilarious story about how Anna wanted butterfly tattoo’s on all the models that year. Tattoo’s were not popular back then and these were the press on type. Anna not wanting other males to touch her models, had Thomas apply them. When the picture of Naomi and her tattoo made the fashion magazine, Thomas’s father saw it in the barbershop and told all who were there, that his son was responsible.

The elevator

The museum has gone all out for this exhibit with painting the elevators to match Anna’s logo, to a gift store filled with wonderful gifts.

This is one exhibit that will have you dreaming of fashion. Or at least pick up one or two of her newest designs.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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March Baby Madness

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Six March Baby birthdays were celebrated together on St Patrick’s Day Eve.

The celebrants included actress, singer, dancer, Quinn Lemley, Health and Wellness entrepreneur, Women’s Health and Veterans Advocate, Anne Akers, Good Will Ambassador, Errol Rappaport, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Judy Gilbert, entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist, DeCosta Headley and executive director, psychotherapist and columnist, Lorraine Silvetz, MSW.

Robert Silvetz and Lorraine Silvetz Photo by Jeff Smith

Cherie Corso and Lorraine Silvetz Photo by Jeff Smith

A large circle of dear friends joined them for complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Sandbar Rooftop at the Chelsea Hilton and then all attendees were gifted tickets to attend Randy Edelman’s performance at the Chelsea Table and Stage. Randy’s show was sold out being one of the most accomplished and world renowned musicians and composers of our times with over 100 film and television soundtracks, a Golden Globe nomination (Last of the Mohicans), and a multitude of awards. He is also recognized for writing some of the most popular songs covered by some of the most popular artists (Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Patty Labelle, Olivia Newton John, among others. His music enchanted the crowd.

Liza Pllumaj, Nicota Hawkeye, Lorraine Silvetz and Flora Pllumaj Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

The 6 March Babies don’t just share birthdays in March but a passion and commitment to philanthropy.

Lorraine Silvetz, David Sexta, and Flora Pllumaj Photo by Jeff Smith

Ralph DePalo, PhD, Lorraine Silvetz, MSW and Robert Silvetz, MD Photo by Jeff Smith

Dear friend and spokesperson for Global Stress Initiative (GSI), 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Anchor and 2 Time NY Times Best Selling Author, Rita Cosby has served as spokesperson for Lorraine Silvetz, MSW’s GSI since she founded it in 2010. GSI focuses on research and treatment of veterans, domestic violence and human trafficking survivors with PTSD.

March Babies and friends Photo by Jeff Smith

Anne Akers, Lorraine Silvetz and Jane Pontarelli Photo by Jeff Smith

The Six March Babies are a very accomplished group of entrepreneurs, writers, actors, dancers and philanthropists. As a group they support and serve as Board embers on several foundations including Lou Gehrig ALS NYC, Ronald MacDonald House, St Francis Food Pantry and Shelter, The DREAM Foundation, Career Bridges, Daisy Jopling Music Mentoring Foundation, Portrait of Freedom, Mommy’s Heart, The Veterans Association of NY, National Meningitis Association, The Skin Cancer Foundation, Ovarian Cancer at Mt Sinai, Tournesol Wellness, David Lynch Foundation, Operation Warrior Wellness, among others.

Corina Cortenescu, Rose Billings, Lorraine Silvetz and Guiseppe Signorinni Photo by Jeff Smith

Cherie Corso, Sara Johnson Kaplan, Flora Pllumaj, Abe Shainberg and Liza Pllumaj
Photo by Jeff Smith

Several notable guests were in attendance including PEP real estate owner and Tribeca Records founder, Johnny Pasquale aka “Soho Johnny”; fashion designers, Guiseppe Singorinni, Daniela Reginato and Diana Mahrach; clinical scientist, Robert Silvetz, MD; psychotherapist and professor, Ralph DePalo, PhD; brain upgrade expert, Paul Oleska; comedian and author, Jeffrey Gurian; former opera singers and Career Bridges’ founders, Barbara and David Bender; celebrity photographer, Rose Billings; artist and Portrait of Freedom co-founders, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera and Alexandr Sasha Gegera; best selling author, Tom Avitabile; PR Guru, Eileen Shapiro; artist, Cherie Corso; oil painting artist and tech innovator, actress/model, Sara Johnson Kaplan, actress/not for profit founder, Julianne Michelle; Purple Runway founder, Gigi McMillan; Rosalind Panda; entertainment correspondent, Jan Mercer Dahms; politician, Jude Elie; artist/actor; Nicole Leigh Morris; inventor/scientist, Nicota Hawkeye; author, Robin Lieberman; entrepreneur, Jessy Moya; Luce Foundation founder, Jim Luce; musician and filmmaker, David Sexta; artist, Tony Silber-Delerieve; President Actors Temple, Carol Ostrow; creative director and founder, makeup artistry, Donna Sousa; health/wellness expert, Judi Hellman, MD; author, Gay Rosen; real estate expert, Marcia Minassian; health wellness expert, Deborah Farkash; publisher and journalist, Suzanna Bowling; entrepreneur, Margarita Parlionas; psychologist, artist, actor, Nicole Leigh Morris; health/ wellness expert, Barbara Bartlik, MD; psychotherapist, Beatty Cohan, LCSW, author; cabaret singer, Carol Sue Gershman; and author Magda Katz.

Sasha Gegera, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera, Danielle ? and Soho Johnny Photo by Jeff Smith

Marcia Minassian and Gay Rose Photo by Jeff Smith

Amazing artist and friend, Tatyana Horoshko Gegera, along with her husband, Alexandr Sasha Gegera, gifted her amazing drawings to several of the March Babies in her signature style. The portrait artist has donated her art to many foundation heads and their honorees including Southampton Animal Shelter, Operation Warrior Shield, Global Stress Initiative, Mommy’s Heart, Doodles for Hunger Drive among others.

Rosalind Panda, Jane Pontarelli, Gay Rosen, Marcia Minassian, Judy Gilbert, Susan Anderson, Joe Pontarelli and guest Photo by Jeff Smith

The March Babies birthday wish was to have as many of their beloved friends, old and new, celebrate their birthdays together since life is too short. It seems they got their wish and then some!

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Looking Your Best With Morphe

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For awhile now I have been looking for a make-up brand I could count on. The bases I tried were thick, heavy, never the right color and didn’t make my skin glow. Then I was introduced to Morphe. First I tried their Lightform Extended Hydration Foundation ($20), weightless, long lasting and corrects imperfections instantly with undetectable coverage. My skin also stayed hydrated and radiant.
I also use the Jumbo Bake & Set Soft Focus Setting Powder ($19). This sets my makeup with a soft, natural finish, that lasts.

Their makeup brushes apply everything with a smooth texture and the base. I love the Lightform Dual Ended Complexion Brush ($15) which just makes my life a lot easier. Also the Three-In-One Brow Sculpting Brush ($9)

Another great item is the Continuous Prep & Set Mist+ ($19) and Continuous Setting Mist ($17). What these products do is prime and keep your make-up lasting all day. Infused with vitamin E, vitamin B5, and fruit extracts—sets liquid and powder makeup, enhancing its look and performance all day.

If you are looking for great make-up that doesn’t cost a fortune Morphe is the one to try.

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And Oh What A Party It Was As Randy Edelman Sang Out

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The March Babies Birthday Party on St. Patty’s Eve was held at Sandbar Rooftop and Chelsea Table + Stage celebrating hostess Lorraine Silvetz and her March baby frends; Anne Akers, Judy Gilbert, DeCosta Headley, Quinn Lemley and Errol Rappaport. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a good time were had by all before heading down to Chelsea Table & Stage.

Birthday babies Judy Gilbert, Errol Rappaport and Quinn Lemley Photo by Jeff Smith

Birthday baby Lorriane Silvetz and Rita Cosby Photo by Jeff Smith

Birthday girl Quinn Lemley with painting by Taty Photo by Jeff Smith

Margarita Parlionas, Rita Cosby, Suzanna Bowling

Sandbar Rooftop is a truly magical place for a party and hostess Lorraine Silvetz made sure that everyone was in the mood for this joint celebration.

Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

Ask for the fabulous manager Kea Chan, who is a performer in her on rights. She served me a Pina Colada that was really unique and rimmed with toasted coconut.

At Chelsea Table & Stage guests were treated to a concert by Randy Edelman, who gave an amazing performance.

Randy Edelman Photo by Jeff Smith

You can hear him play here.

Randy’s magical melodies can be heard in films that transport such as Twins, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop, Drop Dead Fred, Beethoven, The Distinguished Gentleman, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, and more.

Guests dined on the fare by Chef Kimberley Vega , which was really well done. My Table had the sliders which were plump juicy and plentiful. 

The sliders

We also had the baby spinach and artichoke pinsa with mozzarella.

Both were delightful and easily shared.

Designer Daniela Z. Reginato and Jessy S. Moya Photo by Jeff Smith

Artist Taty and her photographer husband Sasha Photo by Jeff Smith

Photo by Jeff Smith

Here is a toast to all the March Birthday babies. Here’s to life!

 

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Fashion icon Iris Apfel Brings Her Style To Heaven

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Portrait of Iris by tatydesignstudio.com

Iris Apfel was born August 29, 1921 in Astoria, Queens. I had the pleasure of meeting Iris, through Errol Rappaport. His mother Francesca had been one of the first people to bring Iris to recognition and had at one time had a lot of her work in her houses. The two of them had been friends for over 70 years.

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfel

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfal friends for over 70 years

Iris started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson.

Carl, Errol Rappaport and Iris

Errol Rappaport and Iris

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later.  Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including the White House.

Errol and Iris

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Iris at 90, she began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. At 94, she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles, simply titled “Iris”. At 97, she became a model and modeled for Vogue Italia, Kate Spade, M.A.C. and many others.  Iris was also the oldest person to have had a Barbie doll made by Mattel in her image. In addition to modeling, she also designed her own clothing and accessories line for HSN and published a book in 2018. It was then she became a fashion icon and self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet”, at the age of 102. Sadly she passed away on Friday in her Palm Beach, Florida, home.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Apfel was known for chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, and those iconic heavy-framed glasses – she nicknamed eyebobs. She came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird).

Albert Maysles, Iris Apfel

Albert Maysles and Iris Apfel

Iris’s style, creativity and joy of life will be missed.

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Shani Grosz, Dee Rivera, Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. We will run the video on our site every Thursday and then it moves onto the podcast networks.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Dee Rivera, Shani Grosz, Daniela Reginato and Jane Elissa. This show was all about women entrepreneurs and empowering women. 
We were so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

I am so grateful to my guests Dee, Shani, Daniela and Jane for joining me. Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison  for their kindness and hospitality.

We hope to see you there on February 28th. We will announce our guests shortly.

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