Summer is finally here and the social calendar has been full of bright, sunny affairs. Coast to coast the party scene has been fabulous. From book launches to awareness campaigns there has been a non-stop whirlwind on the scene.
On June 5, Richard Kirshenbaum’s debut novel “Rouge” was celebrated at an official launch party at Pace Gallery. Hosts Marc Glimcher and Fairfax Dorn were on hand with some of New York’s biggest names in attendance including: Rosanna Scotto, Jason Binn, David Lauren and Fern Mallis.
It was recently announced that Sony Pictures has acquired the film rights to the book, which tells a fictionalized version of the real-life rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein in a glam, dramatic novel about the rise of the beauty business in 1950’s NYC. Wendy Finerman (Devil Wears Prada, Forrest Gump) optioned the novel as soon as she received the galley from St. Martin’s press.
New York’s most fashionable crowd came together at the Brooklyn Museum to celebrate the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards. The glittering affair was nothing short of spectacular, with notables including Anna Wintour, Jennifer Lopez, Winnie Harlow, Prabal Gurung, Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg, Emily Ratajkowski, Olivia Palermo, Amber Valletta, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, Heidi Klum, Shailene Woodley and more.
Guests were first welcomed into cocktails within the museum’s Egyptian Galleries and greeted with flowing glasses of Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
In Soho, InStyle hosted the launch of the modern Longchamp Monogram Collection. Hundreds of guests gathered at the stunning shop for cocktails and rooftop views of the sun setting over the skyline. The night was black and golden and one for the memory books.
New York City’s philanthropic community came together to celebrate the children of Culture For One at its Annual Benefit, raising over $315,000 to provide children in foster care access to the arts. Performances by youth in care studying dance, music and voice through the Culture For One Arts Scholarship and Creative Workshops Programs were highlights of the event.
Master of Ceremony Darla Miles, WABC-TV news reporter, led the evening honoring Dr. Arthur Pober, President and CEO of The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts and Executive Director of The Selene Project, with the Culture For One Inspiration Award for Education and Arts Leadership and Manuella Yushuvayeva, a Culture For One program alumna, with the Culture For One Inspiration Award for Academic Achievement.
Al Pacino received the American Icon Award in Beverly Hills. Robert De Niro presented the legendary acting co-worker at the gala that capped off with a live performance by Robin Thicke. Other Honorees of The American Icon Awards Gala included music industry icon Quincy Jones, sports icon Evander Holyfield, humanitarians Jonathan D. Fisher and Christine Avanti-Fisher and Still Strong Foundation founder NFL Veteran, Devon Still.
WE RISE took place over a 10-day pop-up immersive experience that explored mental wellbeing through a world-class art exhibition, live performances, workshops and powerful programming. The free, public event ran through May 27. Singer and activist Aloe Blacc gave an unplugged performance and actress Rachel Leigh Cook read books to kids attending “Mindfulness Story Hour.”
Bombay Sapphire hosted an immersive exhibit at Frieze New York. The brand is showcased the art of bath time as one of the most inspiring places to stir creativity through its experiential lounge. The retreat from the sensory overload of everyday life, the bath-themed lounge combined cocktail and bathing rituals to provide guests with a chance to unplug from technology, unwind, and awaken their inner artist. The space featured a range of alfresco bathing experiences including edible bubbles (flavored to evoke the feeling of a calm bath – sweet with a hint of berries), bath tubs to lounge in, and cocktails from a whirlpool bar including hot and cold tap cocktails and botanical bath tinctures.
And, finally coming up New York Women in Film and Television’s will present their “Designing Women” Awards on June 11. Honorees Include: Costume Designer Michele Clapton (“Game of Thrones,” “The Crown”); Hair Stylist Shunika Terry (“Atlanta,” “House of Cards,” “First Wives Club”); Makeup Artist Riccie Johnson (“60 Minutes”); and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Design Team Donna Zakowska, Patricia Regan, Jerry DeCarlo.
The 20th anniversary of Designing Women, co-presented by “Variety,” will take place for the first time at the prestigious Directors Guild of America Theater. Designing Women celebrates the alchemy of design, character and story by honoring distinguished costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in moving image media. The 2019 ceremony will also feature costume displays from Game of Thrones and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.