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The Fashion Issue

“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren

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New York’s 100 Best Dressed Brad Goreski’s favorite New York Spots Fashion Blogger Leandra Medine

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Leandra Medine, whose quirky fashion blog has become the darling of the fashion world, opens up about her upcoming book, going from Man Repeller to engaged to wed, and who might design “The Dress.” by carson griffith photographs by aram bedrossian

Our panel of 12 fashion experts and insiders scoured the city to help create the definitive list of the 100 most style-savvy New Yorkers. photographs by patrick mcmullan and billy farrell agency

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Peggy Siegal screened Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, Coriolanus, at The Paris Theater with the film’s stars Vanessa Redgrave and Jessica Chastain. After viewing the updated version of William Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy, guests including Patti Smith, Susan Sarandon, Liam Neeson, Bob Balaban and Trudie Styler headed to Forty Four at the Royalton to sip Dewar’s at the Chopard-sponsored bash. Peggy Siegal also helped “Glee” star Darren Criss celebrate his Broadway turn in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” with a star-studded bash hosted by Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, Lily Rabe, Andrew Rannells and along with the Calvin Klein Collection. Criss showed off his singing skills by performing five songs, including a cheeky rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”

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Fashion Week saw the passing of 95-yearold Zelda Kaplan on Wednesday, February 15 when she collapsed in the front row of the Joanna Mastroianni runway show. The always-stylish socialite and arts-scene icon was known for her zest for life, dancing at clubs into the wee hours, and her charitable works. Supporting African villages by purchasing their local clothes to create her wardrobe, she also spent time campaigning against female circumcision in remote areas of Africa. During her last moments she was seen posing for photographers at Lincoln Center, smiling as she showed of her red, Africanprint outfit and oversized glasses, soaking it all in for what would be the final time. She went out like she lived, in the glimmer of the spotlight and forever in fashion.

“I want to be an example for young people so they aren’t afraid of growing old and a lesson to old people that you can be productive. You don’t have to sit around and wait for death.” —Zelda Kaplan, New York Times, 2003 26 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MARCH 2012


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n an interesting twist, I had a call from a friend in Palm Beach, last week. “I’m looking at the sun dappled ocean and sipping a Mai Tai, poolside. What are you doing?” she somewhat smugly, inquired. “Well actually, I’ve got to hop over to The Temple of Dendur, after I salute my pal’s new book, and have to forage through my spring closet as it’s 60 degrees here!” I equally smugly responded. Recitals, screenings, new books and shows, and all of that in our spring-like, vital, vibrant mecca . . . hold the Mai Tai, sister. Starting this ‘Winter Renaissance,’ was a petit concert by the ‘poet of the violin,’ Joshua Bell and his pianist collaborator, Jeremy Denk, given by the über philanthropic Kochs, Julia and David, in their beautiful home. Joshua and Jeremy mesmerized the audience with an hour of sonatas

George Gurley and Hilly Heard

from their new album, “French Impressions,” while French impressions in the Renoirs and Vernets smiled down upon us. Joshua admitted his 300-year-old Strad was usually worth more than the homes he performed in “. . . till tonight.” David commented on the amount of effort Joshua put into his sonata. “We have a shower upstairs, if you’d like to use it!” And Joshua noting the esteemed audience, said “What a crowd—I’m amazed I made the list!” In the power pow-wow: Barbara Walters, Carolina Herrera, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Christine Schwarzman (with the best commute, up the elevator), Tory Burch, Christine Baranski, Brad Comisar, Gayle King, Bronson Van Wyck, Nicole Miller, Frédéric de Narp, Amy Fine Collins, Collins Kinga Lampert, and not many more, compounding the loveliness. Still humming Ravel, I made my way to Tina Brown and Harry Evans’ chic maisonette, to toast Bill Bratton (the formidable ex Police Commish of NY, Boston and LA) and Harvard Prof, Zachary Tumin’s Tumin book, Collaborate or Perish! As Bill’s great pal, Leonard Stern says, this book shows us, through example, “that we can no longer, go it alone.” Harry Evans noted, “technology counts, but people talking to people counts for more.” I agreed, and spoke to Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, Hilary Geary Ross (whose own book was the holiday hit, and keeps going!) and Wilbur Ross, Allison Stern and Robert Zimmerman. Zimmerman Those of us who loved reading George Gurley in The Observer and Vanity Fair are thrilled we have his new book, George & Hilly: An Anatomy of a Relationship to sate us. The release of his uncensored, unselfconscious examination of a man on the brink of matrimony was apparently both cathartic and inspirational. George got down on his knee, midway through his Doubles’ book party, and proposed to Hilly. “No big deal”, she told us, “It’s not the first time, and probably won’t be the last.” Surprised, but jubilant witnesses included: Katherine Bryan (George’s beautiful mother, who saw George’s dad, George Jr., there for the first time in over 25 years), Annette Tapert, Jong-Fast Nick Denton, Duane Hampton, Sharon Molly Jong-Fast, Haynes-Dale Chris Tennant, Shelby Bryan, Hoge, Amanda Haynes-Dale, McFadden C.S. Ledbetter, Peter Kaplan and Bartle Mary McFadden, Bull, who is working on his new novel and just became a grandparent to a baby girl—“Will you make her call you Uncle?” I asked—a tried and true method of sounding young(er). “Brother,” he said. My screening spectrum this month took me from a movie about a powerful, cage-fighting gal, to toe-tapping Broadway boys, and don’t we love a little of both?

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Andrew Saffir’s Cinema Society introduced us to Gina Carano, ex-cage fighting acting novice and star, along with Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender in Steven Soderbergh’s exciting new movie, Haywire. Think female Jason Bourne. She thanked me for my praise and said, “It’s so nice hear that from another woman. We can be so hard on each other.” And she wasn’t quite sure who made her dress when a big fashion writer inquired. Never change. Joining the stars, were stars in their own right: Graydon Carter, Calvin Klein, Blake Lively, Reed and Delphine Krakoff, Shala Monroque, Elizabeth Banks, Tony Danza (who gave me a lift to the after party at Sons of Essex and told me he’s producing and starring in a new musical about Las Vegas), Stefano Tonchi, David Maupin and Debra Winger. By now, you are probably already addicted to Smash, Steven Spielberg’s new NBC series about the making of a Broadway hit. Imagine it on a big screen at The Met with hundreds of Broadway babies interrupting every scene with mad applause and then toasting it all in the Temple of Dendur. That’s what the Cinema Society and NBC did. Michael Mayer, Theresa Rebeck and the glittering cast, including Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty (who musically battle for the lead role in a show based on Marilyn Monroe), Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing received kudos from their fellow thespians, including Sarah Jessica Parker (chewing gum, which I just learned helps you think, so I have stopped clucking), Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, and Uma Thurman lovingly tucked in with her daughter, Maya. And if we all like the TV Broadway production, guess where it will go? Yup, Broadway. Now that’s a reality show I’ll watch. ✦

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Dreading another $50, four-mile cab ride due to weather conditions, I snuck out the back-door of Tepperberg’s dark and ravey Tao before closing on Saturday, but found I wasn’t the only one with what had seemed like a wise idea. “We can share a cab, although I’m not quite sure where I’m going,” said a tall man, with longer dreadlocks. The producer with a now forgotten name turned out to be a friend of the singer Drake’s, who filled my friend and me in on the singer’s plague: Due to the weather conditions, Drake’s plane had gotten stuck at the airport and he was more than three hours late for his performance at the Bing Bar, leaving Aziz Ansari to do stand-up in his stead. “I don’t even know if he ever made it to Tao!” laughed his friend. Alas, we didn’t either. ✦

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Christian Louboutin quipped, “I’ll do shoes for the lady who lunches, but it has to be, a really nasty lunch, talking about men.” Bergdorf Goodman’s impossibly stylish ambassador Linda Fargo, sporting a sexy flapper dress by Naeem Khan and a sleek silver coiffure by Edward Tricomi welcomed a dazzling battalion of fashionistas to the store to mark the designer’s 20th anniversary. The magical “Look” of the Red Fete made you feel you were dancing in the store’s legendary windows. Making its debut was Louboutin’s Capsule Collection of 20 iconic styles from the past two decades. “Christian’s shoes clearly ignite fantasies in the women who buy them,” laughed Fargo. Five Parsons alumni each created a dress inspired by the shoes. “It is in the natural order of things for a mature designer to help a younger one,” said a gracious Louboutin. Among the devotees were: Cece Cord, Patricia Field, Tinsley Mortimer, Alina Cho, Ashley Turen, Michelle Field Harper, and Wendy Williams. www.bergdorfgoodman.com Harper

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Karen and Richard LeFrak gave a swanky party at Doubles for Harry Benson and Hilary Geary Ross to celebrate the publication of their coffee table book New York New York. Jay McInerney, who penned the introduction, said, “Some of the best images in the book are of women at the apex of NY’s social life, those goddesses who live on the best-dressed list as they conspire to raise money for Sloan Kettering, the Met and the Library.” The city’s beautiful CEOs of Good Works came out to have Jean their books signed: Kimberly Rockefeller, Blaine Trump, Shafiroff and Michelle Jamee Gregory, Deborah Norville, Amy Fine Collins, Lisa Gregory Williams at Cecconi in Perry, Janna Bullock, Rachel Hovnanian, Daisy Soros, Perry Hollywood Gillian Miniter Miniter, Wendy Carduner, and the men who adore them, Wilbur Ross, Steven Rockefeller, Mario Buatta, Jamie Niven Niven, John Loring and designer Peter Marino in full leather biker gear, a satirical first for the posh private club. Have you ever? www.rizzoliusa.com/bookstore

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Patricia Clarkson Clarkson, who has been going to Harlem to read stories to children at Hale House recently joked, “The big fight is over who gets to sit on my lap.” The Six Feet Under star, Alexandra Lebenthal and Frederick Anderson gave a dinner at Crown to kick off the organization’s June gala which they will co-chair. Guests included Douglas Hannant, Felicia Taylor, and Jennifer Creel. www.halehouse.org Taylor

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David Rockefeller has picked up the philanthropic torch that his friend Brooke Astor carried into our neediest neighborhoods. Serving alongside him as Honorary CoChairs of the Winter Antiques Show were Mark and Charles Rockefeller. The opening at the Park Avenue Armory benefited Rockefeller


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Marjorie Merriweather Post hosted the first Red Cross Ball at her fabled estate Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach fifty-five years ago. www.redcross.org. This year’s benefit chair Mary Ourisman welcomed 450 guests and raised 500k including 50k from Donald Trump. Trump JFI Jets owner Arik Kislin generously flew down ten Ambassadors from Washington for the benefit on one of his jets. It’s the only way really. www.jfijets.com

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Oscar-winning producer Marty Richards should be eligible for the Guinness Book of Records for giving the most glamorous parties in NYC. His plays have won 36 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who starred in Marty’s movie Chicago and his cousin Michael Douglas spearheaded his 80th birthday party at the Rubin Museum. Among the 400 congratulating “Mr. Broadway” were Robert DeNiro and his ever-chic wife Grace Hightower, Clive Davis, Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas, Robert Zimmerman, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Rob Marshall, Christopher Robbins of Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs, who created the lavish buffets, Chita Rivera and plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Grant. The night raised 500k for the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Research Institute named after Marty’s beloved wife who was an heiress to the Johnson and Johnson fortune. www.surgery.med.nyu.edu/transplant

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Michelle Williams mesmerized guests at a lunch given by Jean Shafiroff and the Weinstein Company in honor of Kenneth Branagh and their film My Week with Marilyn at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. Congratulating the stars were Harry Hamlin, Diane Cannon, and Jane Seymour. Blade Runner star Sean Young,, whose gift bag included an iPad featuring the world’s top esoteric app Oranum.com, said she would use Oranum, “To look into my future.” Shafiroff told Williams about her work with the New York Women’s Foundation and invited her to their upcoming 25th anniversary gala in New York. www.nywf.org. Also in Hollywood was Frances Hayward,, who was taking meetings to turn her late beloved Bahamian Potcake Amigo into an animated character. www.bekind.org FIT’s Couture Council is giving a series of events for their members. Michele Gerber Klein hosted a lunch at Tiffany’s and Yaz Hernandez invited the ladies to meet Gemma Kahng at her atelier. In the fall, the group will salute Oscar de la Renta. www.fitnyc.edu Who else would tell you these things? ✦

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n some states a 16-year-old can marry a man who is her senior by, oh say, 40 years if she gets consent from her parents. You are probably thinking about some D-list movie star and his child-bride. Shhh. We’re not talking about that. We are imagining what it would have been like for multi-millionaire real estate tycoon Edward West Browning if he had lived today. His penchant for young women would have been A-OK in the eyes of the law as long as he found parents willing to sign on the dotted line and lived in the right state. Remember Browning? He was the guy who graduated from Columbia Law School and amassed a fortune before marrying his first wife in 1915. He was 41 and adopted two daughters, moving the family to a huge West 81st Street and Central Park West apartment that had a roof with a lake on it. Then, there was the 1923 divorce where he accused his wife of falling in love with the dentist and she accused him of having a fondness for little girls. Ooof. So Browning placed an ad in the Herald Tribune seeking to adopt a 14-year-old girl who was, “pretty and refined,” garnering responses from 12,000 who thought they’d meet his criteria. Browning sifted through the applications to choose Mary Louise Spas. Hailing from Astoria, she called him “Daddy” and he took her on shopping trips and they went out dancing until it was revealed that Mary was 21! The old hag, how dare she trick him? The adoption was voided. Daddy Browning just found another little lady, 15-year-old Frances “Peaches”


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To Stay or To Go? Whether you are vacationing or staycationing this month, there are plenty of choices around the city, or around the world

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hen the Rolling Stones asked, “Should I stay or should I go?” they weren’t discussing whether to take a vacation or a staycation. But March can either be a lion or a lamb, so staying in New York or going elsewhere can be as angst-ridden as any rock-and-roll romance. It is tempting to flee the tempestuous weather and visit the world’s most untapped hotspots. Life is short and vacations are healthy. But if the angel on your other shoulder suggests you should stay local this month, there are plenty of hidden wonders right here. Sometimes the best vacations are right outside your door, or in our case, around the AVENUE.

If you stay Crown 81 This Upper East Side establishment has old-guard allure and is consistently packed with young it-girls and the most successful New York Ivy grads. 24 E. 81st Street 646.559.4880 www.crown81.com son of Essex With celebrity chef Seth Levine at the helm, this latest Lower Eastside “man cave” is complete with an impressive list of crafted beer. 133 Essex Street 212.674.7100 www.sonsofessexles.com Windsor Custom at the ainsworth Get a custom shirt that everyone will covet, even your girlfriend. 122 W. 26th Street By Appointment Only www.windsorcustomnyc.com

Richard Meier Model Museum Instead of looking up at the Manhattan skyline, take a look across the “pond” and down on the mini cityscapes in Long Island City’s one-of-a-kind architectural model museum. Open to the public on Fridays only by appointment. 212.967.6060 modelmuseum@richardmeier.com the New york City opera at Brooklyn academy of Music Make a date to share in the abundant NYC culture by attending a performance of “La Traviata” or “Prima Donna” in this 19th-century acoustic venue. 30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 718.636.4111 www.bam.org Hudson Clearwater What looks like a simple office door hides the unmarked dining room of this secret restaurant, serving the freshest farm-to-plate menu in the West Village. 447 Hudson Street 212.989.3255 www.hudsonclearwater.com

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Be tulum in tulum, Mexico This boutique hotel is for those seeking total relaxation while surrounded by a tropical rainforest and unparalleled beaches. www.betulum.com Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, Mexico This exclusive resort offers services from their Department of Romance to make your couples vacation a memorable one. www.rosewoodhotels.com Il san Pietro di Positano, Italy Enjoy superior luxury by staying at Carlo “Carlino” Cinque’s dream hotel, which was created as an emblem of refined Italian hospitality. www.ilsanpietro.it

Hotel de la Paix in Luang Prabang, Laos Set in an exclusive southeast Asian paradise city, this sleek boutique hotel is built on the former royal grounds of Laos. www.hoteldelapaixlp.com

Villa D’Este in Cernobbio, Italy Hailed as one of the most magnificent destinations in the world, this perfect Renaissance hotel sits overlooking Lake Como. www.villadeste.com

the tree House in Punta uva, Costa Rica Play Tarzan and Jane in this romantic hideaway of eco-friendly treehouses, complete with your own private beach. www.costaricatreehouse.com

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man repeller opens up Leandra Medine, the 23-year-old behind the fashion worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most influential blog, gives the inside scoop on her engagement, wedding dress, upcoming book and all things fashion

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F Her popular blog garners 2M hits a month and helped her top Adweek’s “Fashion’s Power 25 list” last September, beating out Lady Gaga, Anna Wintour, Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton.

or maybe the first time in her career, Leandra Medine is showing signs of opening up. The 23-year-old blogger, known to readers of her site as “The Man Repeller,” has followed a strict mantra of being “personable over personal” that has made her irresistible, if not entirely accessible, to her fans. But with a recent engagement and an upcoming wedding at the St. Regis, she’s slowly coming out of her Thakoon cocoon. Over a latté at The Smile in NoHo on the Friday before Fashion Week, Medine almost looks like she’s wearing a disguise. Having made her living for over the past two years on the promotion of fashion-forward, often wacky attire, it’s slightly disappointing to find the native New Yorker in an over-sized sweater and scarf. But a large sparkly engagement ring and an “arm party” of bracelets—a term Medine herself has coined—make up for the lack of a tufted skirt with multiple layers or high-waisted shorts. The Upper East Sider has made time for me in her morning between a flurry of meetings that include styling a Lila Horn show for Fashion Week and working on her popular blog, which garners 2M hits a month and helped her top Adweek’s “Fashion’s Power 25 list” last September, beating out Lady Gaga, Anna Wintour, Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton. “I’ve RSVPed to like 50 shows,” she admits, when I ask her for her Fashion Week schedule. Amongst them, Calvin Klein and Derek Lam, both coveted first-year invites for the blogger, but she did not attend the show of one of her favorite young designers, Alexander Wang. Strangely enough for Medine, she missed the hot-ticket taking place on Saturday, February 11th to attend her own engagement party. Donning a short white Marchesa dress at 583 Park, Medine’s friends and family came to celebrate her engagement to her long-term, on-and-off boyfriend, whom she keeps anonymous on her blog, and won’t name here. When I ask what he does for a living, she says, “We’re fulfilling all the New York stereotypes, which means . . .” she trails off. “Finance,” I say. But getting back to fashion, the open-faced, long-legged brunette will not be slipping into a dress designed by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig for her nuptials. While her millions of readers and 60K Twitter followers have waited with bated breath to hear who will be designing her wedding dress, it sounds as if she’s narrowed it down to one hot designer, whom she also considers a friend: Prabal Gurung.

Opposite page: Leandra hits the Meatpacking District in black high-waisted jeans by BLK DNM, wool and fur coat by Elizabeth and James, turquoise printed PS1 satchel by Proenza Schouler, black graphic tee by Proenza Schouler and suede and leather Bekket sneakers by Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton orange cuff. 54 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MARCH 2012


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“Leandra reminds me of what Katharine Hepburn was to fashion in a time when women only wore skirts and she wore pants. She stood for the modern woman in an era of glamour.” —Rebecca Minkoff

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“We’re actually talking about the prospect of him doing my wedding dress,” she smiles, almost shyly, at the thought of a custom-made gown on a girl’s biggest day by one of fashion’s most popular men. “I think Prabal Gurung is probably going to be the most relevant and important designer in fashion five years from now. His collections are insane.” As it is for any woman who has made her career in fashion, it is easy for Medine to tick off a litany of favorite designers. The difference, however, is a number of them, such as Gurung, are personal friends with the famous blogger. Last fall, Medine walked the cat-walk for Rebecca Minkoff ’s Fashion Week show, after, Minkoff tells me she challenged Medine to a walk-off after dinner on a rainy night. Medine concluded her audition runway strut with a funny routine from “Saturday Night Live,” which she watches regularly. It sealed the deal. “I love Becky,” Medine says, calling the designer by a pet-name when I inquire about the relationship. The feeling is mutual. “Leandra reminds me of what Katharine Hepburn was to fashion in a time when women only wore skirts and she wore pants. She stood for the modern woman in an era of glamour,” Minkoff enthuses. “I appreciate her singular point of view; women love the trends men hate. She’s fearless and empowers other people to be the same.” Minkoff keeps Medine on her mind in the workplace as well. “We consider her part of the brand’s family. Our barometer. We always ask ourselves: “How would the Man Repeller wear this?” Danielle Snyder, of the jewelry line Dannijo created with her older sister Jodie, has developed an almost sister-like relationship with Medine since meeting her a year ago at a party for the blogging forum Tumblr. “It was love at first sight,” Snyder says, adding she thinks they’ve spent “364 out of the 365 days” that they’ve known each other together. “She’s like a fox on oversized clogs,” she says about the blogger’s ability to actually not repel men. “I never tease her because just when I think she’s looking too hot, I realize she hasn’t shaved her legs in way too long.” “I feel so blessed I’ve become so close with (Danielle and Jodie),” Medine says earnestly, despite Snyder’s joking commentary, and despite the fact that she has never in her life owned a pair of clogs. Medine helped host a dinner with the sisters the night before Fashion Week last season, and has another collaboration with Dannijo due out next month, called Mr. Dannijo’s Eye Spies, a take-off of their original Mr. Dannijo collaboration.

“I think Prabal Gurung is probably going to be the most relevant and important designer in fashion five years from now. His collections are insane.” —Leandra Medine

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She admits not everyone is singing her praises though. The “haters,” as she calls them are still lurking on the internet, ready to pounce on her every move, due to her quick, yet not unwarranted, success. Despite receiving lengthy and numerous congratulations upon posting news of her engagement on her website, other sites condemned her for it as if it were a kind of betrayal. “I didn’t mean for the ‘man repeller’ to be me (initially),” she says, explaining that the name of the site and on-line persona was about making a “social comment about fashion.” That social comment—basically that the higher the fashion, the more likely it is to totally turn off the opposite sex—and that some cutting edge fashion can act as a kind of “sartorial contraceptive,” has spawned collaborations with Gryphon, Six, and numerous other projects, including a book with Open Road due out in April of 2013. The non-fiction book will delve a little further into her personal life, a topic Medine struggles to pen. “It’s been a battle. It’s been very hard to write,” she admits, due to the lack of photos which drive the content currently on The Man Repeller. “I think it’s probably going to read like a Jen Lancaster book,” she adds referring to the witty author of Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass. The transition from blogging with photos to book-writing may seem like a hefty task, but Medine is no dummy. She discussed the feat of graduating from The New School last May with a journalism degree while balancing a full-time career during her last semester, but she pulled it off - with a 3.6GPA. She cites Stephanie LaCava as someone she admires in the industry for “having a good handle on fashion writing but yet being very intellectually driven.” The two share a love for The Year of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights author Joan Didion. “Every now and then, if my days are too ‘fashion,’ I’ll come home and read a chapter of Joan Didion or Hunter S. Thompson,” Medine confesses. “It’s really hard to take yourself out of the world of ‘Pleats are having such a moment’ or ‘This gold lamé is everything!’ The quirky yet eloquent blogger is not sure exactly when or even if she will actually take herself out of that world, but there seems to be some sort of end in sight. “I can’t imagine I will be blogging forever. It’s not totally feasible,” Medine shrugs. “I’d assume I have a good year under my belt of success.” And despite being only 23, the wise New Yorker has some advice for those looking to get into her profession. “I always tell people who are starting blogs, if you are doing it to become famous or in the public eye, don’t do it. People can smell desperation.” As well as spot success. ✦

“Every now and then, if my days are too ‘fashion,’ I’ll come home and read a chapter of Joan Didion or Hunter Thompson. It’s really hard to take yourself out of the world of ‘Pleats are having such a moment’ or, ‘This gold lame is everything!’”

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Opposite page: Engaging presence: Leandra hits the cobblestone streets in white floral applique micro-gown by Marchesa Fall 2011 Collection, red python bow-detail sandal by Louis Vuitton, black moto-jacket by Rebecca Minkoff, denim and silk oxford shirt by The Kooples, bracelets vintage Rolex, Jennifer Fisher, Finn, rings by Mark Henry. MARCH 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 61


The front rows of the world’s hottest fashion shows have been taken over by a pack of sartorial superstars, making waves on the world wide web. Following the lead of our “Man Repelling” cover girl, these five fashion bloggers are making the fashion world sit up and take notice, one web post at a time. by Amy Michelle Smith

Style By Kling Who: Elin Kling, 29

This Scandinavian bombshell has taken the fashion world by storm with her modelesque good looks and impeccably chic style. An entrepreneur at heart, Kling has her hands in a number of start-ups including fashion collective The Fashion Network and the aggregating blogging site Nowmanifest. Kling recently collaborated on a line for Swedish megastore H&M, becoming the first blogger to do so in the history of the company. Kling also recently began publishing the magazine Style By, available in the iTunes app store. Gabi Gregg

Advanced Style

GabiFresh

Quite possibly the most charming style website out there right now, fashion fan Ari Seth Cohen takes a slightly different approach to the art of style blogging. Turning the camera on an older demographic generally left untouched by the fashion world, Cohen focuses his attention on the fabulous silver-haired women of New York. With fans like the incomparable Iris Apfel, Cohen has quickly become a darling of the online fashion scene.

Previously titled Young, Fat and Fabulous, Gregg launched her site in 2008 and was instantly embraced for her fearless fashion and her take on the oh-so-taboo weight issue plaguing the industry. In 2011, Gregg became the first Twitter correspondent for MTV and continues to maintain her site, inspiring women all over the world to feel confident and chic, no matter what size they’re pulling off the rack. ✦

Who: Ari Seth Cohen, 30

Who: Gabi Gregg, 24

Bottom: Women chosen and highlighted by Ari Seth Cohen on Advanced Style

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Leaders in the Fashion Blogosphere Bryan Boy

Rumi Neely

Who: Bryan Grey Yambao, 26 After making a name for himself in his native Philippines, “Bryan Boy” has quickly risen to the top of the style ranks with his exuberant personality and fearless style. Garnering the attention of high-profile fashion folk like Marc Jacobs, who went so far as to name a bag after him, and named one of New York Post’s “hottest internet celebrities,” Bryan Boy is the cream of the sartorial crop.

Fashion Toast Who: Rumi Neely, 28

“Fashion Toast” was launched in 2008 and since then, this bi-coastal beauty has garnered the attention of fashion enthusiasts worldwide, with high profile campaigns for Forever 21, Rebecca Minkoff and Free People. Neely has designed a number of capsule collections for it-designers like Dannijo and RVCA, and was named 2011 Blogger of the Year at the Bloglovin’ Awards, a title now held by Leandra Medine.

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New Yorkers AVENUE’s much-awaited, always enlightening, rarely predictable,veryinspiring,terriblychic,highlyopinionated, annual list of the city’s most stylish men and women (chosen with the help of our all-star judging panel) photographs by Patrick McMullan and Billy Farrell Agency

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Hamish Bowles and Daphne Guinness

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the judges

Diane von Furstenberg

Karen Erickson

Erin Fetherston Muriel Brandolini James LaForce

Charlotte Ronson

Lisa Perry Vena Cava

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Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff Lucy Sykes Rellie


The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers Muriel Brandolini Designer and decorator Muriel Brandolini is known for breaking from tradition and constantly reinventing her work. Her first book The World of Muriel Brandolini: Interiors has just been published by Rizzoli; her furnishings, photography and objects were auctioned at Phillips de Pury; and she had a pop-up store in Barneys showcasing her items from Vietnam. Style philosophy: You should wear the clothes, and not let the clothes wear you. To be chic is to be simple, and secure with yourself, possessing your own aura, rather than having fashion dictate who you are.

Karen Erickson Karen Erickson is one third of the creators of Erickson Beamon jewelry. The 29-year-old company is known for its handcrafted aesthetic and has dressed everyone from the First Lady to Lady Gaga, and has a pair of chandelier earrings permanently on display in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Style philosophy: Style should be timeless, effortless.

Erin Fetherston Erin Fetherston first presented her eponymous label during the Paris haute couture shows in 2005 and debuted her ready-to-wear line in 2007 in New York. Last year she launched her new contemporary offering ‘Erin.’ Her feminine, romantic looks earned her the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, and she was a finalist for the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, and has been inducted as a member of the CFDA. Style philosophy: It’s fantastic to experiment with trends, but know your body. It serves every woman to be her own style icon.

Diane von Furstenberg Diane von Furstenberg has made a lasting mark in fashion history, bursting onto the scene in the 1970’s with the now-iconic knitted jersey “wrap dress.” A winner of CFDA’s Lifetime Achievement award and the Council’s current President, she is an influential force shaping the industry, nurturing talent and taking a stand on important issues like protecting under-aged models. Style philosophy: To be stylish means to be well in your skin, to move effortlessly through life. It is an attitude that makes allure.

James LaForce James LaForce is a highly-regarded media and communications consultant representing some of the world’s best-known brands. He has guided and shaped media campaigns for Gianfranco Ferré, Yves St. Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Tracy Reese, and Swarovski, to name a few, and is currently a judge on Alexa Chung’s “24 Hour Catwalk.” Style philosophy: I think a stylish woman is one who dresses for herself and can show the courage to go her own way. She lets her freak flag fly.

Lisa Perry Fashion designer Lisa Perry’s whimsical clothes are instantly recognizable. Drawing on the minimal lines, geometric shapes and pops of color popular in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, she creates collections that are both retro and thoroughly fresh and modern.

Style philosophy: I define ‘style’ as being a person who is willing to be unique and take risks. Someone who mixes things that are unexpected, is not following trends and marches to her own beat.

Charlotte Ronson Charlotte Ronson launched her first collection in 2000 and attracted instant recognition. She has since become a fixture in the fabric of New York life, opening stores, and going international with business partner Aaron Nir. She has attracted celebrity fans such as Blake Lively and Kirsten Dunst and collaborated with family members, mother Ann Dexter-Jones, and friends including Nicole Richie. Style philosophy: Having confidence and embracing your individuality is the key to personal style.

Lucy Sykes Rellie Lucy Sykes Rellie worked as the fashion director at Marie Claire magazine prior to jumping on board as fashion director of Rent the Runway where she leads the brand’s styling, serves as a designer liaison, and as a company spokesperson. She has appeared regularly as a fashion commentator on the “Today” show, CNN, CNBC and Full Frontal Fashion. Style philosophy: I love a Euro-American-glossy-chic, pulled-together look. If I could live during one time it would be Julie Christie in a black cut out gown in the movie Shampoo—feminine, cool and edgy all at the same time.

Vena Cava The design duo behind Vena Cava, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, created Vena Cava on their living room floor in 2003 and have been displaying their keen eye for detail and prints ever since. They have been nominated twice for the coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and have collaborated with brands such as Gap and Converse. Style philosophy: Dress in whatever works for you, that makes you unique, happy, and comfortable. Style comes from within.

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson Alexandra Wilkis Wilson spent over 12 years working in the luxury retail market overseeing such brands as BVLGARI and Louis Vuitton before founding Gilt Groupe with partner Alexis Maybank in 2007. The site is a daily go-to for well-dressed women, offering deals on everyone from Christian Louboutin to Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino. Style philosophy: A woman who is well-dressed and stylish exudes an air of self confidence, grace and effortlessness while always allowing her inner self to shine.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff The former special events director for Vogue has been overseeing Fashion Week’s latest incarnation uptown since taking the helm in 2009 as the founding director of fashion at Lincoln Center. Style philosophy: Truly memorable personal style belongs to people who exude confidence in whatever they wear. Style is less about comfort and more about feeling comfortable—owning it! MARCH 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 67


Daphne Guinness

Karen Elson

Iris Apfel

the front row

Ten New York Chicsters Who Top the List

Iris Apfel

The Original Avant Garde “Iris inspires us all with her strong statements of personal style. She clearly loves whatever she loves and has no problem wearing it all at once.” —James LaForce

Amanda Brooks Barneys Visionary and Author “Very stylish.” —Diane von Furstenberg

Alexa Chung Street Stylish Br-It-Girl, TV-Host and Designer “Alexa dresses in a way that suggests she does not think or care about clothes when in fact she is very knowledgeable about fashion. She also celebrates her inner dork with Sarah Jessica Parker

pilgrim pants and Peter Pan collars and funny proportions.” —Charlotte Ronson

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The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers

Amanda Brooks Sarah Sophie Flicker

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The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers

“Confidence is EVERYTHING!” —Diane von Furstenberg Lauren Santo Domingo Vogue Star and Designer Champion “Lauren is so enthusiastic about fashion. She nurtures and inspires so many designers, I feel like people send things down the runway with her in mind.” —James LaForce

Karen Elson Flame-haired Chanteuse, Strummer, Model “Karen has remarkable style. She is so striking and I love her penchant for glamour.” — Erin Fetherston

Alexa Chung Michelle Harper

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Sarah Sophie Flicker Citizens Band’s Multimedia Performance Artist “Sarah has amazing personal style that reflects her work as an artist and her sparkling personality. She is a muse to many.” —Erin Fetherston

Daphne Guinness Muse, Collector, Heiress, Icon “Daphne may be the most stylish woman I have ever seen. She is a living fashion icon and risk taker. As a true collector of haute couture, her style is unique, original and enviable.” —Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Michelle Harper The Wild One. Daphne 2.0?

“Always wild, never boring.” —Alexis Wilkis Wilson Ashley Olsen Sophisticated Sister “What can we say, she always looks good and comfortable.” —Vena Cava

Sarah Jessica Parker The Icon Next Door “You can’t really have a ‘Best-Dressed’ list and not include Sarah Jessica Parker. Whether you love her outfits or hate them, she takes risks and owns them.” —Muriel Brandolini

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The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers Wes Anderson

Tory Burch

Hannah Bronfman

Adrien Brody

the ones who wow us These New Yorkers dazzle us daily with their sartorial smarts

Waris Ahluwalia

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Waris Ahluwalia

Mary Alice Stephenson

Jewelry Designing Man-About-Town

Lisa Airan Socialite with a Glow

Mary Alice Stephenson A-List Style

Wes Anderson Director with a Singular Style

André Balazs Setting a New Standard

Ellen Barkin #TwitterQueen

Giovanna Battaglia Original It-Girl

Andrew Bevan Teen Vogue’s Trendsetter

Alexis Bittar

Andrew Bevan

Distinguished Jeweler

Hamish Bowles

Georgina Chapman

Modern Dandy

Adrien Brody Slick Screen Star

Hannah Bronfman Young Entrepreneur

Thom Browne Style Arbiter

David Byrne New Wave Pioneer

Tory Burch Maker of Must-Haves

Ann Caruso Super Stylist

Graydon Carter

“Wes Anderson dresses like a professor who does archeology on the side and collects rare insects.” —Vena Cava

Media Monarch

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Adriana Cisneros de Griffin Media Heiress

Anderson Cooper “Silver Fox” of the Small Screen

Sofia Coppola Indie Darling

Virginie and Claire Courtin-Clarins Beauty Brigade

Ann Curry Brightening up the Morning

Cecilia Dean Cutting Edge Editor of Visionaire

Carmen Dell’Orefice Eternal Beauty Virginie Courtin-Clarins and Claire Courtin-Clarins

Simon Doonan Anh Duong

Simon Doonan

Cecilia Dean

Style with a Sense of Humor

Anh Duong Artist About Town

Amy Fine Collins Vanity Fair’s Tastemaker

Linda Fargo Bergdorf Babe

Hailey Gates Downtown Ingenue

Ramya Giangola Gogoluxe Girl

Adam Glassman Oprah Mag Style Guru

Agnes Gund Art’s Grande Dame

Deborah Harry The Original Blondie

Dree Hemingway All-American Model

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The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers Adam Glassman

Linda Fargo

Carmen Dell’Orefice

Amy Fine Collins Hailey Gates

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Carolina Herrera Forever Elegant

Julia Starr Jamois Wonderland’s Wonderwoman

Jane Keltner de Valle Teen-spiration

Julia Koch Chic Philanthropist

Terence Koh Avant-Garde Artist

Marie-Josée Kravis The Power Player

Lily Kwong Model Muse

Aerin Lauder Beauty with Brains

Alexandra Lebenthal Brainy Risktaker

Lucy Liu Charlie’s New York Angel

Blake Lively Chanel’s Sweetheart

Jenné Lombardo W Hotel Style Star

Jenna Lyons

“Lily Kwong’s home base may be the Upper West Side where she is earning her degree at Columbia University, but her aesthetic and her reputation are nothing short of global.” —Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

J. Crew’s Savior

Madonna Pop Icon

Rooney Mara The Year of the Dragon

Gillian Miniter Charmingly Charitable

Margherita Missoni House Muse

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“Pop” Star


Julia Koch

The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers Terence Koh

Jenna Lyons

Carolina Herrera

Dree Hemingway

Blake Lively Lily Kwong

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The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers

Mia Moretti

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn

Ms. Mix-A-Lot

Olivia Palermo Blogger and Stylista

Sean Parker Tech Bad Boy

Ana Pincus Stylish Sophisticate

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Art Ambassador

Julia Restoin Roitfeld French Fashion Royalty

Isabella Rossellini Marcus Samuelsson

Ageless Elegance

Samantha Boardman Rosen Classic and Clever

Rachel Roy Accessible Style

Margaret Russell Architectural Wonder

Marina Rust Timeless Chic

Marcus Samuelsson Chef with Flair

Allison Sarofim

“Marina Rust is the greatest story of personal style—rebelling against her hippie upbringing to go all Connecticut prep.” —Alexandra Wilkis Wilson 78 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MARCH 2012

Downtown Diva

Elisa Sednaoui Reigning on the Runway

Chloë Sevigny Edgy Actress Designer

Richard Steinberg Warburg’s Well-Dressed Man

Andy Spade Progenitor of Prep

Rachel Sterne Marina Rust

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Mia Moretti Elisa Sednaoui

Rachel Roy

Allison Sarofim

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The 100 Best-Dressed New Yorkers Brian Williams

Yvonne Force Villareal

Michelle Williams Tennessee Thomas

Kate Young

Olya Thompson

Annabel Tollman


Tilda Swinton

Lindsey Wixson

Eccentric Elegance

Diana Taylor New York’s First Lady of Fashion

Tracey Taylor Fashion Phenom

Ann Tenenbaum Patron of the Arts

Olivier Theyskens The New Theory of Fashion

Tennessee Thomas Hip-Star

Olya Thompson Fabric of New York

Annabel Tollman Starry-Eyed Stylist

Victoria Traina Gal-About-Town

Yvonne Force Villareal

Anna Wintour

Contemporary Art Maven

John Waters Connoisseur of Camp

Michelle Williams Pixie-Cut Dream Girl

Vera Wang Say Yes to the Dress

Brian Williams The Top of the Rock

“Kate Young is like a modern Brigitte Bardot meets Karl Lagerfeld meets Marianne Faithful.” —Vena Cava

Anna Wintour Living Legend

Lindsey Wixson Rising Runway Star

Kate Young Black Swan’s Go-To-Gal ✦

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Inspiring Women Crystal McCrary talks about her

latest labor of love, a coffee-table tome celebrating women of color who set the bar high for the whole world. Interview by Janet Allon Photos by Lauri Lyons

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all, gorgeous, gracious and smart, Crystal McCrary always has several balls in the air. She trained as a lawyer then practiced entertainment law long enough to figure out that she was more interested in entertainment than law. Since then, she has produced television documentaries, written novels, and is working on her first feature length documentary, Little Ballers, which explores the impact of sports on urban youth as a pipeline to opportunity. This month, her non-fiction coffee-table book celebrating remarkable and accomplished African-American women like Michelle Obama and Gayle King, plus many more, Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World, is being published by Abrams. A star-studded party at the International Center for Photography will launch it. We sat down to talk about her latest project and the women she met and profiled.


AVENUE: What inspired you to write this book? Crystal McCrary: As a woman—particularly as an AfricanAmerican woman who grew up in Detroit, Michigan raised by strong women—I have always been drawn to the stories of ladies who have triumphed “in spite of ” the odds being stacked against them. When I graduated from high school, I received a copy of Brian Lanker’s book I Dream a World as a gift and this was my first time seeing a book with such a dignified image of a black woman (ironically, all these years later, I have the same editor and publisher as Brian Lanker – serendipity). In Lanker’s book, I discovered photos and stories of 75 extraordinary women who were all living meaningful lives, and giving back to their communities despite seemingly insurmountable roadblocks. As a 17-year-old about to go off to college, I found within those pages a road map of possibility for me as a young woman looking to find my way in the world. Flash forward to my life now as a mother, an author and a producer, one of the television shows I created, “Leading Women,” profiled women who have impacted the world socially, politically and culturally. I wanted to expand on this concept of exploring the journeys of extraordinary women and capture their inspirations in photos and in their words in hopes of it reaching a new generation of young women looking to find their way in the world – thus Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World was born. AVENUE: How did you choose the women you featured in the book?

AVENUE: What was the most surprising thing you learned in the process of researching these women’s lives? C.M.: It shocked me to learn the devastating statistics and facts about the cradle to prison pipeline that Marian Wright Edelman is committed to combating through the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. I was transfixed to hear Judith Jamison’s recollection of the first time she performed Alvin Ailey’s “Cry” for an audience after having the now iconic white leotard and skirt sewn on her body moments before the curtain rose. I was completely motivated and inspired by all of these women’s journeys to self-awareness and ultimate fulfillment in not only their dreams but their life’s purpose. Each woman shared kernels of knowledge about perseverance, self-belief, instinct, magic of creativity, and passion that have left an indelible imprint upon my life.

“I was transfixed to hear Judith Jamison’s recollection of the first time she performed Alvin Ailey’s “Cry” for an audience after having the now iconic white leotard and skirt sewn on her body moments before the curtain rose.”—Crystal McCrary

C.M.: I brainstormed with several people including my editor, and initially had over one hundred women on the list. Of course, that had to be narrowed down but the criteria was to have women who are leaders in their fields representing a range of professions from fashion to art to politics to dance to business to music to medicine. We are so multi-faceted as women, mothers, career women – I wanted to canvass it all. It was also important to me that the women profiled be multi-generational. In Inspiration, they range in age from 18 years old to almost 90 years old. My main criteria, however, was that all of the women needed to have a seriousness of purpose and to be committed to excellence.

AVENUE: Is there one story in particular that really moved you and expanded your sense of what is possible?

C.M.: If I had to narrow it down, I could maybe get it to three women’s stories: Debra Martin Chase because she not only had the courage to leave a secure position as a top lawyer (after graduating from Harvard Law School) but she brilliantly charted a path for herself as one of the top producers in Hollywood in a man’s game, Shonda Rhimes as one of the most prolific television writers of our time because she lived her life by the principle of a true writer—you must have the discipline to sit and write every day. Shonda has thus created some of the most compelling and complex characters ever seen on television with her “Grey’s Anatomy” characters, plus she is prolific and profound all at once. Bethann Hardison has had a dozen lives and has been such an original her whole life from being in a gang as a young girl to jitter bug dancer to track runner to model to modeling agent/manager to documentary filmmaker. Through it all she always remembered to “not look back and to run her own race.” But there is so so much that these women taught me. I owe them, truly.

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Iman, supermodel, cosmetics pioneer—“The thing about Iman that most people do not know is that not only is she stunningly gorgeous but she is an incredibly astute businesswoman. Iman has always known her value even when she was a college student in Nairobi and Peter Beard approached her on the street about photographing her. She was always thinking strategically. She was raised in a Muslim country but was always taught that she could do anything a man could do and more. This early support by her parents ultimately translated into her commanding respect as a woman and a model/businesswoman. Iman is not afraid to ask for what she wants—and she usually gets it.” —C.M. 84 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MARCH 2012


Misty Copeland, soloist American Ballet Theatre—“Misty is like an angel to me. Once you get past the fact that she is breathtakingly gorgeous with this exquisite body that was kissed by God, she is this deeply humble ballerina with a tremendous work ethic that has brought her from the Boys and Girls Club of Costa Mesa, California dancing in sweat pants and socks to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera—I can’t help but marvel at her talent and inner-beauty. And, her perseverance as well—to perform and compete at the level she has on a stage with very few people with her skin has been no less than remarkable and challenging.” —Crystal McCrary MARCH 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 85


Soledad o’Brien, CNN Anchor—“Soledad is superhuman and incredibly smart about all aspects of her life. She is a woman with vision, extreme organizational skills, and this joie de vivre that translates on camera. What I appreciated most about her was her commitment to accuracy as a journalist and commitment as a mother. She has been obsessive about making sure her facts are straight her entire career. I also marvel that she manages four children, a husband and such a demanding career that has spanned from journalism to philanthropy to being a documentarian. Soledad personifies the fact that hard work does indeed pay off.” —C.M.

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Thelma Golden, director/chief curator The Studio Museum in Harlem—“I find her brilliance to be not only be her encyclopedic knowledge of African-American art but also in her passion for art that developed as a young girl. “My arguments with my mother as 12-year-old girl weren’t about wearing lip gloss but about why I couldn’t take the train by myself into the city to visit museums.” Thelma told me. Her dream as a child was not going to Disneyland but to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. What impresses me most about Thelma is her complete and total devotion to art and the development of artists. She lives and breathes art. Her passion is infectious and inspiring.” —C.M. MARCH 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 87


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The State of Real Estate Town’s Lucas Nathan talks about the 2012 market

What distinguishes Town Residential from other firms? Town has this incredible energy that I have not experienced elsewhere. It is a great feeling to know that the company I work for cares as much about my business as I do.

What distinguishes you from other brokers? Success in this business is determined by customer service and marketplace knowledge. I believe my clients trust me because I am able to successfully anticipate and marry their needs with the most appropriate properties. Additionally, I strive to build long-lasting relationships so my clients feel confident and comfortable referring my services to their contacts.

What do you see for the year ahead in your real estate market? I see another very positive and fast-paced year ahead in New York City real estate. There are several amazing projects coming in 2012, mortgage rates will remain at record-low levels and international buyers are helping to fuel the continued strength of our market. If you are not already invested in the New York City real estate market, now is the time!

What are most of your clients looking for? I have clients looking for virtually every property type and the consistent variable among all those in this group is a desire for the highest quality product available. Buyers today are smarter, savvier and more educated than ever before. They do not want to compromise when it comes to quality and it is my job to exceed their expectations whenever possible. ✦

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Is there anything new and exciting you are working on? Everything that I work on is exciting! The great part about this business is working with some of the world’s most fascinating people and introducing them to New York City’s most incredible properties.

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Fashionable Addresses Some of the hottest and most stylish properties available

Top: The townhouse at 400 West Street has views of the Hudson River. Bottom: The penthouse at 900 Fifth Avenue spans three exquisite floors.

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uxury is an essence, but there is no denying it can also be a geographic location. Certain areas and buildings will always be in high-demand. Neighborhood character, the ease of a central location, top tier services, world-class amenities, spectacular views, proximity to water as well as a host of other things draw people to certain places. From the UES to locations beyond the city, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our list of some of the most fashionable addresses currently on sale.

manhattan VinTage MeeTs Modern Designed by renowned architects Bob and Cortney Novogratz, 400 West Street is a brilliant blend of vintage and modern in the heart of the West Village. An elegant testament to flawless design and skilled craftsmanship, it features a basketball court, private screening room, incomparable entertaining spaces and a garage. The 7,200 square foot townhouse boasts 1,900 square feet of outdoor space. The crowning glory is its perfect position overlooking the Hudson River with glamorous sunset views from all floors. Please contact Susan Green, Town Real Estate, at 646.998.7428. CenTral Park Views Make your home at 900 Fifth Avenue. This stunning Candela penthouse triplex on the 12, 13, 14 floors features 5 fireplaces with beautiful carved mantels, a private

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elevator to all floors, single pane windows and handcarved moldings. Four exposures and a magnificent terrace offer dazzling Central Park views. Please contact Lois Nasser, Sothebys, at 212.606.7706.


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top: The Volney Penthouse’s dramatic loft-like qualities. Bottom right: “The city’s best kept secret” is 130 East 63rd Street. Bottom left: The 5-6 bedroom at 535 West End Avenue has a custom kitchen.

Duplex penthouse loft The spectacularly chic and modern Duplex set high atop a legendary cooperative redefines magnificence. The Volney Penthouse has all new contemporary renovations that make this dramatic loft-like residence a rare find with expansive 360° views. The grand upper level features a 35 foot Great Room adjoining an elegant formal dining room with floor to ceiling accordion windows opening to two expansive terraces. The dramatic glass sculpted staircase descends to the sprawling lower level with adjoining living room, white lacquer kitchen and dining. A private wing hosts a Master bedroom suite with 2 spa baths and 5 additional bedrooms with baths. Please contact Nikki Field, Sothebys, at 212.606.7669. the epitome of elegance The 16th floor of 535 West End Avenue is the epitome of elegance. This fabulous 5-6 bedroom home is perfect for comfortable living and grand entertaining with over 6,600 interior square feet and a 1,800 square foot wrap terrace. There is a custom kitchen with La Cornue,

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Miele and Subzero appliances, a WBF, hardwood floors, traditional moldings, and high ceilings. The new, full service condominium includes a pool, gym, playrooms and garage. Please contact Lisa Lippman, Brown Harris Stevens, at 212.588.5606. elite elegance & serene style Located just steps from Park Avenue is 130 East 63rd Street, an elegant red brick, white glove full- service building catering to both international and New York elite. Often referred as “the city’s best kept secret” for its prestigious and convenient location, it has an open financing policy, minimal board approval process and almost unrestricted subleasing options. Enter the serene world of high style in this sunny, high floor unit with three open exposures and views of the city’s landmark skyline. The home recently underwent a stunning designer’s renovation to the highest standards and everything is brand new. Please contact Tristan Harper, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, at 917.697.7845.


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THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL: Extremely rare, penthouse with 4,825± sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 5½ baths. $42,500,000. WEB: A0017969. Elizabeth Lee Sample, 212.606.7685, Brenda S Powers, 212.606.7653

765 PARK AVE: This 5 bedroom, 6½ bath sun flooded residence in a Candela building is superbly renovated. $27,000,000. WEB: A0017353. Mary Kent, 212.606.7705, Leila C. Stone, 212.606.7663

RIVERSIDE DRIVE MANSION: Famed architect Clarence True’s 26’ wide masterpiece overlooking the Park and Hudson River. Mint condition. $12,500,000. WEB: A0017528. Roger Erickson, 212.606.7612

812 PARK AVE: Beautifully renovated 10 into 9 room duplex offered in truly triple mint condition. 3 bedrooms with ensuite baths. $11,000,000. WEB: A0017380. Serena Boardman, 212.606.7611

2 EAST 88TH STREET: One of Fifth Avenue’s most distinguished co-ops. Rarely available, unique full floor with beautiful Central Park views. $10,500,000. WEB: A0017937. Jerry Miller, 212.606.7712

149 E 38TH ST: Behind the flamboyant Dutch Revival style façade is a 3 story contemporary space suitable for a residence, art gallery, event space, etc. $10,200,000. WEB: A0017803. Louise Beit, 212.606.7703

730 PARK AVENUE: Highly desirable, prewar 8 room with open floorplan, 3 bedroms, 3½ baths, 2 fireplaces and custom finishes. $9,000,000. WEB: A0017886. Valerie Sherman, 212.606.7684

150 CENTRAL PARK SOUTH: Spectacular 1,800± sq ft, 37th floor penthouse apartment with breathtaking views. $7,950,000. WEB: A0017515. William Hilliard, 212.606.7689, Donna Senko, 212.606.7785

1725 YORK AVE: Triple mint with spectacular river and city views from all rooms and balcony. 3 bedrooms, 2½ baths. Full service building with tennis courts. $2,400,000.WEB: A0017961. P. Gallaway, 212.606.7678

21 E 90TH ST: Classic 6 room in full service white glove prewar building on the 12th floor with open city views. $2,925,000.WEB:A0017917. Mon Ling Landegger, 212.606.7665, Christine Mouterde-Berk, 212.606.7642

250 WEST 89TH STREET: Recently renovated 2 bedroom with gourmet kitchen, 2 baths, 1,350± sq ft. Investor friendly full service building. $1,395,000. WEB: A0017966. Michael Pellegrino, 212.400.8731

470 PARK AVENUE: Elegant Classic 6-into5 room with 10’ ceilings, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, windowed kitchen. Ideal as a pied-á-terre. $995,000. WEB: A0017700. Heléne Warrick, 212.606.7701

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top: This Bridgehampton estate has a one-of-a-kind pure glass facade.

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Bottom: Enjoy formal entertaining at 44 Meadowmere Place.

OceanfrOnt architectural Masterpiece Corcoran is offering a stunning 9,500 plus square foot residence, which includes a unique rooftop terrace with fireplace, full bar and incredible views of the ocean and Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton. Brand new, the one-of-akind modern architectural masterpiece with pure glass faรงade features an interior space with soaring 10 ft. to 15 ft. ceilings, exotic wood and radiant heated limestone floors throughout. It has 7 bedrooms, 10 baths, a media room and living room with bars, full gym with sauna, steam and plunge pool and more. The outdoor living space

includes 2 full outdoor kitchens, pool house, infinity edge pool and spa plus exterior deck space for the most amazing oceanside entertaining. Please contact Susan Breitenbach at 631.875.6000. cOMfOrts Of hOMe The only new construction in Southampton Village on an acre, 44 Meadowmere Place is located on a quiet lane, with views of Halsey Neck Pond and the ocean. This is the house you would build for yourself, the highest quality and the best finishes, the kitchen thoughtfully planned for informal and formal gatherings and plenty of entertaining space throughout the home. Please contact Mark Greenwald, Saunders & Associates, at 917.596.4426.


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MIXED USE TOWNHOUSE Sutton Pl Excl. Unique 3-story, 20’ wide, 3,800SF. Dental office, 2,000SF, ground floor, skylights, residence above: 3BR, 2.5 baths, 2 wbfps, terrace. Delivered vacant. $3.999M. Web#1975895 Cindy Van Dorn 212.381.3253

LOFT-LIKE 5BR CONDO 60s/E Excl. Top bldg. 5BR/5BA. Mint cond, 3,500SF, chef’s kit, W/D. City views, fitness & playrm, rfdk. $3.995M. or rent: $21,500/month. Web#2220165 Eloise Johnson, EVP 212.381.3224

CALM AND SERENE RIVER VIEWS 99th/W Excl. Once in a lifetime. Sunny, above the Hudson. Wrap windows, high flr 4BR/3.5BA triple mint, stunning kit. $3.85M. Web#2254753 Amelia Gewirtz/AndrewPhillips, EVPs 212.381.2219/2227

LUX LIVING AT ITS BEST 90s/W Excl. Grand home w/PW charm & contemp details. Lrg LR w/wbfp, FDR, renov EIK, 3BRs, md’s, 3 full baths. Grt clsts. $3.15M. Web#1812388 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329

SPACIOUS LIVING ABOUNDS 70s/W Excl. Lrg LR opens to FDR, 3 gracious BRs, 2.5 baths, den/opt 4th BR & EIK w/ lots of cabs. WICs, custom built-ins. $3.15M. Web#2240152 Louise Phillips Forbes, EVP 212.381.3329

FAMED POLICE BLDG SoHo/Little Italy Excl. Gorgeous, quiet & mint 2BR/2.5BA dplx w/17’ ceil & huge wndws E. Rare chance to live in finest Dwntwn FSB. $2.495M. Web#1986086 Barbara Godson, EVP 212.381.4238

3BR PH DUPLEX GV Excl. Sophisticated & stylish 3BR/2BA has wide open S expos & 500+SF wrap terrace. F/S condop on finest Village block. No brd apprvl. $1.895M. Web#2254665 Barry Silverman, EVP 212.381.6574

CARNEGIE 3 BEDROOM 90s/E Excl. Close to 92nd St Y. Tasteful renov has customized built-ins, sunny WEIK, separate dining area, 3 baths. F/S condo. $1.65M. Web#2254427 Barbara Good, EVP 212.381.2237

RARE CHIC CONDO LOFT 15 E 26th St Excl. Across from Madison Sq Pk. 1BR + office, 1,200SF, 12’ ceils, 2 mrbl baths, chef’s kit, walnut flrs, CAC & W/D. $1.55M. Web#2254948 Zoraida Morales , VP/Lisa Rose, SVP 212.317.7818/381.3262

MINT 2-3BR PREWAR GEM 70s/E Excl. Fab 5 rm w/2BA. Entry gallery leads to LR w/oak flrs, 9’ ceil, moldings & gas fplc, renov EIK. DR/3rd BR. FS co-op. $1.18M. Web#2239886 Monica Podell, EVP 212.381.3231

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Top: Hop in the outdoor Jacuzzi and salt water pool at the Clarke Avenue estate.

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Bottom: Roll over to the Carnegie Abbey Club on your golf cart to hit a few rounds.

Palm Beach elegance Located on one of the most desirable streets in Palm Beach, this Clarke Avenue estate built in 2000, has only the finest finishes. The 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 3 half-bath

residence features high ceilings, beautiful moldings and built-ins, wood and marble flooring and hurricaneimpact doors and windows. The lovely covered loggia, resort-style salt water pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor dining areas provide a relaxing oasis and are a perfect place for entertaining guests. Please contact Cris Condon, Sothebys, at 561.301.2211.

rhode island new england Beach cluB The Newport Beach Club is a short drive from Manhattan and features world-class amenities including a private beach, resort-style pool with cabanas and sunset views of Narragansett Bay. There is also a tennis pavilion, Har-Tru and paddle tennis courts, and a brand new equestrian center with stables for 19 horses, an indoor and outdoor riding ring and 7 miles of waterfront trails. The Marina offers 110 slips and charters can be arranged. Championship links golf course at The Carnegie Abbey Club is just a short golf cart ride away. Please call Nina Beacher, the Newport Beach Club, at 866.606.1111. â&#x153;Ś 98 | AVENUE MAGAZINE â&#x20AC;˘ MARCH 2012


Congratulates

Lisa Lippman on a stellar 2011 • Most Cooperatives and Condominiums Sold • West Side Broker of the Year • West Side Listing Broker of the Year

Lisa Lippman, Senior Vice President and Director, has over 14 years of experience selling real estate. Lisa specializes in the sale of high end cooperatives, condominiums and townhomes throughout Manhattan. As is clear from her record, even in tougher times, Lisa excels at both selling and finding homes for her clients. A New York City resident for 25 years, Lisa offers impeccable knowledge of the market as it applies across all neighborhoods. She has lived downtown, on the Upper East Side, and now resides on the Upper West Side. Additionally, as the mother of three, she is actively involved in her childrens’ school and the surrounding New York community – she serves on two charter school boards and is active at UJA.

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535 West enD aVenue, apartment 3a CD 07-0536 • $8,950,000 • WEB# 1161207

160 West 86tH street, 14tH Floor $6,999,000 • WEB# 1532336

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ou’re losing hair. Looking into the mirror and seeing the hair you once took for granted disappear can be devastating. More than 50% of men are affected by hair loss. It affects 30% of women and approximately 50% of women after the age of 50. Drugs such as Rogaine, Propecia and treatments such as hair lasers and hair transplants are a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. When it comes to hair, “greed is good.” Numerous psychological studies have shown that a full head of hair makes you look younger, energetic, and even more trustworthy. Having hair is a sign of strength and power. Unfortunately, drugs like Rogaine work only on some men and have limited benefits for women. Women can’t take Propecia. Recent concerns about sexual side effects have limited use of Propecia. Hair transplant surgery has come a long way but the procedure still carries the stigma of the “pluggy look”. Dr. Gary Hitzig, a hair specialist for over 35 years, has developed the first successful “hair cloning” procedure which he and his partner, Upper Eastside Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad have named “Hair Rescue™.” Dr. Hitzig has developed a process using an FDA cleared material called “ACell” which activates your own adult stem cells. ACell is currently being used to help U.S. soldiers with major injuries and has even been shown to grow back an amputated finger- including the fingernail and the fingerprint! Dr. Hitzig was the first hair specialist to investigate ACell after the FDA allowance for human use in 2008. Drs Hitzig and Prasad have developed systems of combining ACell with a concentrated part of the blood rich in growth factors called “platelet rich plasma” (PRP). This treatment uses the patients’ own platelets and combines them with the Before

Drs. Gary Hitzig and Amiya Prasad

ACell, activating malfunctioning adult stem cells in areas of hair loss and rescuing thinning hair. “In contrast to a surgical procedure, men and women with thinning hair can come in and have the treatment the way you do for Botox or Restylane”, comments Dr. Prasad. People have come for the treatment from all over the world from places such as Australia, Italy, India and New Zealand. Does it last? “At this point, we haven’t had to repeat a treatment for 2 years. We treat our clients on an individual basis and customize their treatments. Keeping your hair from thinning further is in itself a success. Call it a ‘vaccine’ against hair loss.” explains Dr. Hitzig. As Dr. Prasad discusses, “In a world where we are living longer, working longer, having children at a later age and participating in online dating, looking your best is more important than ever. We have made a major advance in the battle against hair loss. At this point, the only thing you have to lose . . . is hair.” ✦

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At whAt Address would you like to live?

147 Mercer Street in room 214.

when did you first feel like A new yorker? whAt hAppened?

When I interned at Vogue. I was 24 and living in the West Village down the street from Sarah Jessica Parker. It was all very Carrie Bradshaw. whAt is your fAvorite wAtering hole for lunch? for dinner?

Lunch at Fred’s, Dinner at ABC Kitchen.

whAt newspAper column do you reAd first in the morning?

WWD.

who is the smArtest new yorker you know?

Anderson Cooper . . . even though I don’t know him. I think he’s smart. who is the funniest?

My boyfriend Gary Janetti. who is your fAvorite dinner pArtner?

My girls: Danielle, Tracy, Annebet, and Casey.

whAt’s your fAvorite new york sound?

Good music in a club. I love a dance party.

whAt’s your most embArrAssing new york moment?

Being told I couldn’t come into the club Avenue because I was wearing shorts. They were Thom Browne! whAt’s your worst-dressed new york moment?

Setting sail on the Queen Mary 2 wearing a full Tom Ford for Gucci western look including GG logo belt and silk neck scarf. whAt’s your fAvorite trAnsportAtion moment in the city?

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rad Goreski has been captivated by the world of fashion since picking up his first issue of Vogue at the age of twelve. Decked in a signature blazer, bow tie and Oliver Peoples frames and muttering catchphrases and unforgettable one-liners, he was the breakout star of Bravo’s “The Rachel Zoe Project,” working as her good-natured assistant. After a highly publicized split last year, Brad has struck out on his own picking up celebrity clients like Jessica Alba, styling magazine photo shoots, and starring in his own show, “It’s a Brad, Brad World” on the same network. Whether it comes to doling out style advice or walking the red carpet in sequin shoes, he is constantly proving that taking bold risks is always in fashion, on and off the runway. 104 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • MARCH 2012

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How expensive it is to live here on a daily basis. who do you most Admire?

James Lescene. He is one of the founders of the Trevor Project and I admire how much he does for other people. He’s a true living angel. whAt brought you to new york?

Desire to work in fashion.

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A back up dancer for Lady Gaga. ✦

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