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Emilio Pucci and Jean Shafiroff Hosted “Design the Dream”

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Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and renowned Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci hosted “Design the Dream” on Thursday, October 23, 2014, as part of Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week, benefitting the Museum at FIT through the Museum’s Couture Council.


PARTY CIRCUIT: Scenes from New York

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Turf to Surf

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By Rory Winston It seems almost sacrilegious to settle for terms like ‘surf and turf’ when referring to the non-plus ultra in steak and seafood fare. Distinguished establishments like Benjamin Steakhouse and its illustrious spinoff, The Sea Fire Grill, have earned culinary reputations the likes of which are usually reserved for haut cuisine. This is […]


Mala Mala and its Land of Wonder

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By Christopher A. Pape Africa is big. Breathtakingly, ground-shatteringly big; and it’s giant in more than just the incredible expanse. The ruggedly charming continent encases history of thousands of years like fine wine with each sip revealing more secrets; along with cultures so diverse and rich it’s practically dripping in elegance. Africa is still the […]


Deron Williams On Point

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By Rory Winston Photos by Andrew H. Walker for Getty Images Larger than life: for both a literal and figurative translation see under ‘Deron Williams.’ Entering his high ceilinged Tribeca home is like walking onto an installation by Jeff Koons where a contemporary god wrought of cast iron and aluminum stoically stands with hands extended […]


Charles James Beneath the Dress

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The Designer’s Never-Before-Seen Drawings on display at The National Arts Club By Joe Alexander “I don’t believe in homosexuality. I believe that people are sexual or they’re not,” said designer Charles James in a 1977 documentary conducted by writer R. Couri Hay and filmmaker Anton Perich. The statement is a fitting lead-in to a surprising […]


Margo Manhattan Celebrates Her New Collection

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By W. A. Muller Celebrity jewelry designer Margo Manhattan is excited to announce her ‘Warrior’ collection, designed in collaboration with fashion designer Nicole Miller, will soon be available in stores and online. The fierce and fabulous range of jewelry debuted at Miller’s showing of her Runway Fall 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week, which […]


Coolest Way To Lose Weight

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By W. A. Muller CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, clinically proven procedure to selectively reduce fat layers in problem areas using a patented cooling technology. It is a safe procedure cleared by the FDA and CE marked in Europe that gently cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat […]


Playing The Percentage Game In Personal Investment

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By Larry Greenfield For the retiree and personal investor alike there is a shared problem when approaching one’s ability to maximize their potential return – the search for yield. By this I mean the return, be it an interest or regular dividend payment from an investment expressed as a percentage of the purchase value. Year […]


The Alt Alternative

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By Rory Winston Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images Eliana and Luisel Ramos, Ana Carolina Reston, Isabelle Caro: While the list of renowned models succumbing to anorexia has become all but too familiar, it wasn’t all that long ago when most of the media was oblivious to the damage elicited by the fashion industry in their […]


In Bed with Pop

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By Rory Winston Photos by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images As the mellifluous voice of Ariana DiLorenzo nonchalantly scampers across the unmistakably jagged line “Just because I’m in your bed doesn’t mean I’m yours”, one suspects that the identity of the culprit being addressed could as easily have been all of pop music as the lover alluded […]


Shed Inches in Minutes

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By W. A. Muller Body Contouring by The Lila® Strawberry Laser, a non-surgical and pain-free treatment that can shed inches off the body using low-level (cold) laser technology to melt fat within the fat cells, has been available in London UK for more than a decade, but is relatively new to the U.S.


The Promised Land or Paradise Lost

By Larry Greenfield Puerto Rico is a beautiful Island with some of the most picturesque beaches in the Northern Hemisphere.  Having visited there I can tell you this first-hand the weather is beautiful and the hotels offer a place in the sun unrivaled in the United States. I can also tell you that when visiting […]


THE INDELIBLE DEL

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By Rory Winston Although you may have heard the legendary skull allegory, few people today working outside the field of comedy are familiar with the name Del P. Close. Yes, he’s the guy who on his deathbed bequeathed his skull to be used as a credited prop in the Goodman Theater’s upcoming rendition of Hamlet. […]


A Force of Nature: Alix Astir Reigns as NYC’s Rose Queen

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By Lucy Dotson Photos by Michael Loccisano for Getty Images 2 am, Chelsea. A taxi grinds to a halt, circled in streetlight. Alix Astir, the strikingly beautiful CEO of Trellis Fine Florals, steps out, her signature moto jacket draped across slim shoulders. She’s here to buy flowers, a morning ritual, and one she insists on […]


Feast between the Lines

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By Rory Winston “I had not understood Parisians until crossing the Pont-Neuf’, wrote Benjamin Franklin. Of course, he failed to mention that to really understand Pont-Neuf would demand an understanding of four hundred years of cultural history. As for trying to understand Les Bouquinistes, the little French restaurant draped alongside the Pont Neuf, well, I […]


A Sleeper Hit

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By Rory Winston Without warning, the baritone voice had gone off in my head: “From the People who brought you Cannes Jury Prize winner, Queen Margot, and the Academy Award winner A Man and a Woman, comes an all new rollicking adventure for cinephiles and travelers alike: Sebastopol 123. With a cast of thousands, this […]


Bubbles Set in Stone

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By Rory Winston “Come meet me in the sky”, sings Lily Allen in her recent hit single Air Balloon – an escapist anthem that asks us to enter an alternate universe in which ‘monkeys run off from zoos’ and ‘ceilings turn into floors’. Reveling in a host of exotic images, the song entreats us to […]


Nell’s Bells

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By Rory Winston ‘Luxurious?’ Not in that typically gauche way. ‘Opulent?’ –Wrong track; nothing vainglorious. ‘Posh?’ Well, for a five star hotel with the finest design and amenities it’s actually more friendly than snobby. Elite…? Yes, certainly; but not in that trying-hard-to-make-an-impression kind of way – nothing parvenu about it.


A History of Hedonism

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By Rory Winston Ensconced within a muted realm of marble busts and ivory floors, one can still hear the faint sound of muffled tittering and languid sighs. Perhaps, Philippe the First is at it again – still wandering down a nearby corridor in a lady’s dress while watching Antoine Coypel redecorate his palace; or, perhaps, […]


Wall to Wall: New York, Paris & Helsinki

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Sampsa’s Street Art: a genre 70 years in the making By Rory Winston It was in 1944 at the height of the holocaust when a locally renowned actor staged a performance in Budapest’s largest theater – one regularly frequented by Nazi officials and soldiers alike. The event took place just a few weeks after the […]


Head over Heels for Hedwig

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch : Theater Review / NY / Broadway / Time : 2014 Spring By Rory Winston What would I be writing if Hedwig and the Angry Inch was the name of a real band rather than the fictitious one in the play of that title? Since suspension of disbelief rarely gets […]


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WEEKEND EVENT: JOIN THE CAVE

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The odd juxtaposition of ‘early man’ and ‘young man’ was bound to happen. Years of parents asking, ‘why are my kids running about like cavemen banging tables with spoons and wreaking havoc’ have finally been addressed in the only rational way possible. Our city’s finest higher education facility, NYU Skirball Center – in conjunction with […]


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