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APRIL 2012

“Think about doing something with your life bigger than yourself.” —Mario Cuomo


Full of Grace

Maria Cuomo Cole

NY’s First Sister is changing the world

The Artists of Real Estate Portraits of Manhattan’s property pros

Filmmaker and Philanthropist Maria Cuomo Cole

Where was Woody?

Peggy Siegal reveals Oscar secrets Plus: Red Carpet Jewelry Who wore it best?


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letter from the president

Dear Readers,

President, Randi Schatz

Randi Schatz


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We have a new and talented team, with new energy, ideas and a laser-like focus on making AVENUE the best it has ever been.

I am delIghted to be joining the team at AVENUE magazine, a luxury title with 37 years of rich tradition covering and partnering with New York’s elite residents and the businesses that cater to them. I have worked in various parts of the mediascape over the years, both digital and print, and coming to this venerated upscale property feels a little like coming home to me. I am coming on as President at an exciting time in AVENUE’s history. We have a new and talented team, with new energy, ideas and a laser-like focus on making AVENUE the best it has ever been. to that end, I look forward to partnering with the world’s most luxurious brands to help create the highest caliber of reading and viewing experiences in the market. Our new team gives us the opportunity to take a fresh look at our business—which has expanded to include not only the magazine, but a website and events that we hope will entertain and thrill our community. Since any enterprise is served by being a group effort, I also invite readers to give me feedback and welcome them to reach out directly to me. I’m available and I’m interested in hearing from you. In the past couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of watching our exceptional real estate photo shoot the results of which appear in these pages. the subjects of this fabulous photo essay are happy to report that business is robust in New York City luxury real estate. luxury never goes out of style, and we plan to keep covering it. this month’s feature on Red Carpet jewelry is just another example of our commitment to the best of the best. In the end, it is the people who make up the world of AVENUE, and who make this city tick, and our magazine will continue to celebrate excellence. With your support, I know we can make AVENUE’s future as bright as its past, a jewel with a 21st-century sheen.


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letter from the editor

IT’S APRIL, SO IN KEEPING with the season, this month we are showering you with page after page of great stories, photos, and fun, thoughtprovoking reads. On our cover this month is New York State’s First Sister, Maria Cuomo Cole, who is also the woman behind the man who makes the trench coats, bags and boots we all die for, and whose clever ad campaigns always give us pause for reflection. But enough about Kenneth. Maria, the younger sister of Governor Andrew Cuomo is a force in her own right, having followed in the footsteps of her public-minded mother Matilda Cuomo and lent her voice, her time and her resources to important causes

Real Estate Editor,

Michael Gross

like helping at-risk youth, housing the homeless, and fighting for sensible gun laws. The busy mother of three produced the documentary Living for 32, about Colin Goddard, who survived the Virginia 6 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Tech massacre after being shot four times. Her second film, The Invisible War recently won accolades at the Sundance Film Festival. Mrs. Cuomo Cole is introduced and interviewed in these pages by her sister-in-law, Cristina Cuomo, who has been editor in chief of regional magazines for the past 20 years and is now at work on her first novel. “When we found out about Maria’s Sundance Festival win we didn’t even know she had embarked on another advocacy film,” Cristina says. “She is the most humble accomplished woman I know. I was so thrilled to sit with her and discuss the trajectory of her esteemed career and Editor, Janet Allon hear how doing for others is really what makes her tick.” Model, 740 Park and Unreal Estate has Also featured in this isjoined the AVENUE team as real estate sue is a time-honored tradition in AVENUE, AVENUE the inimitable Peggy editor. Starting next month, he will Siegal’s Oscar Diary, her seventh be writing a column revealing the if you’ve been counting. The provenance and the secret history of tromovie-loving publicist-extraordi- phy real estate properties in Manhattan. naire’s stamina for Oscar parties “I’ve been reading AVENUE since I first and celebrity encounters is still went to work at the Times in 1985, when going strong. Read and find out it served as an indispensable guide to what Meryl Streep said, who uptown society,” he says. “Nowadays, up George Clooney partied with, why may be down and down up, but AVENUE Woody wasn’t there to pick up his is still a must-read for anyone who statue, and where exactly he was cares about who wields real power and influence in New York and I’m thrilled when his name was called. Speaking of the Academy to join and play a part in continuing its Awards, this issue features an great tradition.” So, stay dry and out of those April Oscar-worthy photo shoot of the showers reading every page of AVENUE city’s real estate power elite. If you saw The Artist, you will recognize this month all the way to the end. On the theme. We are convinced the backpage, hilarious former SNL that “The Real Estate Artists” is comedian Rachel Dratch will reward your efforts. Next month, flowers aplenty. destined to be a classic. The shoot kicks off more luxury real Janet Allon estate coverage to come. You may have heard through the grapevine (or the New York Post) that Michael Gross, the premiere real estate journalist in Editor the country, and author of best-sellers,


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this page Writer Cristina Cuomo with her subject of this month’s cover story and sister-in-law Maria Cuomo Cole. Top Maria’s own. Gold and Coral earrings by Jill Heller Fine Jewelry. jillhellerdesigns.com. Photographed by Bryan Doben. Fashion stylist Rory McDonough. Fashion Assistant Michelle Tashjian. Hair by Jared Riccardi. Makeup by Nancy Sprague.

on the cover Maria Cuomo Cole wears a beaded top by Naeem Khan, available at Bergdorf Goodman. Earrings by Joan Hornig Jewelry. joanhornig.com. Ring by Jill Heller Fine Jewelry. jillhellerdesigns.com. Gold bracelets by Sidney Garber Jewels. Available at Barney’s New York. Photographed by Bryan Doben. Fashion stylist Rory McDonough. Assistant stylist Michelle Tashjian. Hair by Jared Riccardi. Makeup by Nancy Sprague.


Maria Cuomo Cole, First Sister and wife to social entrepreneur and designer Kenneth Cole, is the living embodiment of the philanthropic and public-spirited legacy of her prominent family. Now, she is saving the world one award-winning documentary at a time. by cristina cuomo photographs by brian doben Behind the scenes at the Academy Awards with Peggy Siegal, who gets the scoop on Woody Allen, Uggie and the pet wars, Meryl v. Viola, George v. the French version of George, Iran v. Israel, and so much more. by peggy siegal photographs by patrick mcmullan and billy farrell agency Greta Gerwig is poised to be the defining actress of her generation, with leading roles in new films by two of New York’s most beloved filmmakers. by mara Siegler An up-close look at the Oscar-worthy gems and jewels that made stars like Cameron, Gwyneth and Meryl sparkle at the movie business’s most glittering night. by mara Siegler The stars of Manhattan luxury real estate appear in AVENUE’s take on the Academy-Award-winning French silent film. photographed by sophie elgort


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The best parties of the month. Expanded listings of what’s on view at auction houses, galleries and museums.


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Neon Indian Kicks Off The Armory Show


The Armory Show kicked off with a VIP Preview at Pier 94. Terence Koh, Anh Duong, Spencer Tunick, Lisa Anastos and other art aficionados stopped by to look at the work by modern and contemporary artists. Afterwards, guests headed to MoMa to enjoy a party benefitting the museum. Guests had a chance to view the Cindy Sherman exhibit, drink champagne, enjoy mapleflavored bacon, and create digital cartoon heads that flashed on the walls and surrounding columns. Electronic band Neon Indian performed, announcing, “Just like when you make a new friend we take some getting used to.”


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TO PENGUINS Celebrities and Their Winged Friends Take the Red Carpet





1. Lisa Anastos and Zev Eisenberg 2. Krista Schulz and Christina Gerber 3. Anh Duong 4. Suzanne Murphy 5. Emma Snowdon Jones 6. Neon Indian 7. Terence Koh 18 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Peggy Siegal Company had a busy month. They hosted a screening with James Schamus and Jane Rosenthal for Being Flynn, the new film based on author Nick Flynn Flynn’s book Another Bullshit Night in Suck Flynn City. The film’s stars Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, and Olivia Thirlby all turned up Dano at Pulqueria to celebrate. Game Change, HBO’s new film about Sarah Palin’s Vice Presidential run, brought stars Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson 6 to the Ziegfeld Theatre along with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, former Governor George Pataki and Arianna Huffington. Glenn Close was also out and about this month, hosting the screening for Discovery’s new show Frozen Planet at Alice Tully Hall. Guests were greeted by large penguin ice sculptures and four live penguins flown in from Sea World. After, everyone took home a stuffed animal version. Adorable.


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Play Time at the Annual Bunny Hop

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Tiffany & Co. held its 21st annual Bunny Hop at FAO Schwartz. New York Giants’ Ramses Barden, Alexandra Edwards, Michael Kennedy, Eleanora Kennedy, Claudia Overstrom, Courtney Arnot, Anne Keating, Kelly Rutherford and others stopped by as kids played around the store, bouncing on the famous floor piano and hung out with stilt walkers. More than $320,000 was raised.



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The Cinema Society & People StyleWatch hosted the screening for Jennifer Westfeldt’s new film Friends with Kids. The party, held at the Boom Boom Room, brought out stars like Jon Hamm and Adam Scott. Kristen Wiig held court in one of the sunken banquettes for a number of fellow SNL castmembers like Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen as well as fellow comedians Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and Aziz Ansari. 1. Anglea Martini 2. Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm 3. Alan Cummings 4. Adam Scott 5. Megan Fox 6. Nicole Miller 7. Courtney Love


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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM The Whitney Biennial Opens Its Doors

Martha Stewart Stewart, John Studzinski, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Brooke Garber Neidich, Neidich Diana Taylor and others stopped by the Whitney Biennial “First View” to get a preview of this year’s selection of sculptures, paintings, photos, and performances. And when the museum opened its doors to the public the first night, even the Teamsters protesting outside couldn’t put a damper on things. Guests like Chuck Close, Close Parker Posey, Matthew Blank, Paul Dano, Werner Herzog, Amanda Hearst and Yvonne Force Villareal were all greeted by the museum’s Director as they head inside for the evening.




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WORTHY The New York School of Interior Design Warmed Up for It’s Spring Benefit With a Chic Soiree at The Metropolitan Club

The New York School of Interior Design will honor Jack Lenor Larsen with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Thomas Woltz with the school’s first Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design at the upcoming annual Spring Benefit taking place at The Metropolitan Club. Art connoisseur Jill Dienst hosted a kick-off celebration at her stunning new gallery, Dienst + Dotter. Guests included Martha Stewart, Mario Buatta, Ellie Cullman and of course, the honorees. 1. Laura Rothfuss, David Stockard, Vyna St Phard 2. Michael Sovern, Janet Green, Pat Sovern and Mario Buatta 3. Marilyn White and Monica Cheslak 4. David Scott and Lindsey Taylor 5. Jack Lenor Larsen, Jill Dienst and Thomas Woltz 6. Jill Dienst 3 and Martha Stewart



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ave you noticed that our friends on South Ocean and the El’s have been spending more time up here this winter? And why wouldn’t they? It’s just about as warm here, the winter groaned with options and parties that even offer up an occasional new face. I like that in a hamlet. Fashion Week flashed her runway leg (much like Angelina), and lured the East Side girls west to Lincoln Center. They should’ve projected an opera while they had us. I learned something this year—you can go to a few shows, for good friends who make clothes you will actually purchase, and feel quite sated. Just before she hit the runways, interviewing and commentating, Judy Licht gave her annual Valentine’s Day Lunch, for ladies who don’t. No kidding. Judy toasted Dr. Ruth, whose play All the Way just debuted, along with her new book. Dasha Epstein accepted kudos for producing the smash play, Chinglish, Fern Mallis was lauded for her new QVC collection “Fern’s Finds” (in answer to those of us who maul her, wanting to know the origin of every fab accessory she sports), and Lynn Scherr shared her swimming accomplishments, culminating in her new book, Swim: Why We Love the Water, out this month. Judy said it was nice to see me. Nicole Miller somehow saved enough energy, post show, to celebrate her and husband, Kim Taipale’s, 4th Anniversary Dinner. These smarty-pants pals (she regularly wallops me in Words With Friends, and he does Internet terrorism strategic analysis while waterskiing), are actually celebrating their 16th, but it was in a leap year. You do the math—my husband had


to do mine. More than 100 pals poured into Indochine (where happily, they always throw this dinner), and all 100 or so, received a shout out from Kim in his long, but touching toast. All but Jay McInerney, one of their very best friends, which of course, gave reason for . . . another toast! The vibe was wonderful as these are undeniably two of the most beloved folks in our midst. Among the love festers: Jill Fairchild and Bobby Fomon (engaged, and gaga), Dennis Basso and Michael Cominotto (still on their honeymoon—are you queasy yet?), Laurie Durning Waters (newly wed to Rogers Waters), Beth DeWoody and Firooz Zahedi (our newest couple), Karen Duffy, Debbie and John Loeffler (peeled away from their hot spot-Desmond’s), Richard and Marcia Mishaan (making Cartagena the new St. Barths), Helen and Tim Schifter, Ivana Lowell, Will Cotton, Candace Bushnell (wrapping up her latest novel and beginning filming of The Carrie Diaries for TV), John McEnroe and Patty Smyth, Patricia Duff (remarkably maintaining objectivity at her non-partisan Common Good panels), Bud Konheim, Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein, Anne Marie and Eric Sevin, and Alison Price Becker (who is receiving raves for her new restaurant, Alison Eighteen), and more love bugs, just like them. And did I mention that almost all were in their Nicole’s, even the gents. Ties, silly. Mary Boone was there too, hearing raves for the Eric Fischl show she just opened, in both her Chelsea and Fifth Avenue Galleries. From my novice point of view, I love his work and the dinner party that his portraits made. You entered


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facing a portrait of Anh Duong draped, Pietà-esque, but naked, on the lap of her then beau, Simon de Pury. Where does it go after the break? It’s for sale. Other portraits, many whose subjects where there, in paint and flesh, including Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Mike Nichols, Christy Ferrer, Chuck Close, John McEnroe, Ross Bleckner, David Salle, Bryan Hunt, Ralph Gibson. Then the subjects and future subjects moved on to The Top of The Standard (I so miss saying Boom Boom Room), including Bob Balaban (fresh from filming the Oscar’s ‘focus group’-funniest part of the show), and Lynn Grossman, Calvin Klein, Nathan Lane, Lorinda Ash, Clifford Ross, Willem Dafoe, Jane Buffett, Jane Rosenthal, and more subjects and subjects to be. 28 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Perhaps our newest artist, is someone known more for her collecting, curating and donating . . . Janna Bullock. Our intrepid friend debuted her show, Allegories & Experiences, at a Beaux Arts mansion on 82nd and Fifth. Portraying politicians, businessmen, lawyers, journalists, tyrants, criminals, and victims (sounds like a co-op board I know), she featured pictures of Russian power players and those they affected, swathed under a deliberately obscuring gauzy veil. Each of the 24 found images was accompanied by their stories in Russian and English. “She’s so brave!” whispered a viewer. Why whispered? I thought more about it, checked my back, the door, and made a quiet exit, congratulating her softly, all the way. ✦

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here’s a great divide in the world of music and fashion: Those who understand why Kate Moss married Jamie Hince, the scruffy English guitarist for The Kills, and those who find themselves scratching their heads at the somewhat aesthetically mismatched couple. Until, that is, he takes the stage. The lip-curling, the devil-without-a-care ensemble, the master guitar-twirling: Who says there are no rock-and-roll s tars anymore? I witnessed this first-hand at the DeLéon Tequila fashion week kick-off event, part of their Rock Lounge series, close enough that the spotlight on the makeshift stage where the piano normally stands in the Top of the Standard reflected off Alison Mosshart’s ombre hair. To every little girl who ever wanted to be Kate Moss, (or any fashion-forward embattled supermodel), Hince became a household name in the second most famous wedding in 2011 involving a woman named “Kate.” But for those who have never blasted “Heart is a Beating Drum” around their room and sung along with band-mate Alison Mosshart, Hince became the name on everyone’s lips this past February when the musical duo appeared at a handful of the hottest parties. Starting with the first night of New York Fashion Week. In true rock-star fashion, the band kept the increasingly star-studded crowd waiting for their performance. Zoe Kravitz and boyfriend Penn Badgley waited patiently at stage right, dancing together before the band even began their warm-up, and Alexander Skarsgaard was a gentleman as nearly identical-looking female fans swapped places at the front of the bar to chat with him over and over again. When Mosshart and Hince finally did hit the stage, the deafening roar was as if the city of New York really had worshiped them since day one. Alexandra Richards head-banged in a corner with friends, and Lindsay Lohan, complete with an entire entourage, had slipped by in a huge hat to a back booth, where she seemed nearly oblivious to the fact there was indeed a band playing in the front of the room. Also obscured from the band’s view were Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. Sudeikis Getting some relief from the pulsating crowd in front, I saw the normally private couple, clad in casual clothes, lean in for a kiss, as Wilde kept her hand sweetly clamped on Sudeikis’ thigh. A song off the band’s most recent album, “Blood Pressures,” acted as the soundtrack to their three-month romance. The Kills would pop-up repeatedly throughout the next week—hosting a Lovecat Magazine party in the Gallery of the Dream Hotel, at the Vs. Magazine party in the Electric Room, and even performing at the Marc Jacobs private dinner after his show, but this night left every music-savvy party-goer wondering: “What’s there to come that will top this?”


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The answer to that question depends on your musical tastes. But a week later, I found myself secured in a house booth at the Hiro ballroom in the basement of the Maritime Hotel with Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, my fur vest covered with tequila from an eager patron in the packed room, as a pulsating crowd of some of New York’s youngest and most powerful waited to see one of the few bands they could sing along with, along with their parents: Guns N’ Roses. DeLéon Tequila had opened the doors to the crowd—which included Matt Damon, Justin Timberlake, and Chelsea Clinton—at 9 p.m. But those not overly eager to imbibe free tequila were smart enough to realize that Rose is of the old-school set. He keeps his fans waiting for what they want, and even what they don’t know they want. After midnight, he finally took the stage to an uproar that made girls climb on top of banquettes and guys ready themselves with another drink. To the right of me, Nur Khan had climbed back into his table after introducing the band. A pregnant Sienna Miller was not far in front of him in the VIP section, and the table where Jimmy Fallon once sat was now vacated. His loss.

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The band did not disappoint, as they played all their greatest hits: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Patience” and “Paradise City.” They played for so long, by the time a crowd traveled to the after-party next door at the Electric Room, it was after 2 a.m. There, Guns N’ Roses and Nur Khan took the seats of honor in the center of the room, with Axl Rose trickling in later. With the music still ringing in my ears, I sat at a table next door with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss Winklevoss, as Amy Sacco swanned in like the belle of the club-room. I sought DJ Ashba out one evening at the Electric Room, to ask him what his past three years playing guitar for Guns N’ Roses has been like. Clad in a Mad-Hatter style get-up, he was gracious and laughed when I said if I ever get married, I want to walk down the aisle to an orchestra playing “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” “That’s f***ing awesome,” the rocker smiled. I should have inquired about booking fees when I had the chance. ✦ For Carson Griffith’s latest nightlife coverage, visit www.avenueinsider.com



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you don’t want to mess with,” said Robert De Niro before he presented his glamorous wife, Grace Hightower, with the American Cancer Society’s Mother of the Year Award. The Raging Bull went on to say, “I noticed Grace was out of the house a lot so I thought she was off having affairs; in reality she was out doing good things to help other women. I’m very proud of her; she’s our Mother of the Year every year.” Grace said, “I want to thank my 13-year-old son Elliot for giving me the courage to have our new three-month-old baby girl Helen Grace at a time most people our age are planning cruises.” Oh hahaha. The other honorees were Dr. Emily Sonnenblick and the alarmingly attractive Dr. Diane Reidy Lagunes who had treated the late writer, actor, painter and bon vivant Roger Webster during his last illness. Roger’s friend Muffie Potter Aston who co-chaired the luncheon presented a heartfelt tribute to the much-cherished Roger who was a long time supporter of the ACS. “My twin daughters adored and loved their ‘Uncle’ Roger and you can’t fool little children. I will miss him dearly forever,” said Muffie. Me too! FYI the chicken at the Plaza Hotel now has the distinction of being the worst cold bird I’ve ever tried to stick a fork into. The day’s best-dressed ladies included charming Tribeca Film Festival founder Jane Rosenthal, Cynthia Lufkin, Donna Karan, Wendy Carduner, Rosenthal Diana Feldman, Anne and Charlotte Ford, Jean Shafiroff, Rachel Roy, Cece Black, Karen Klopp, Paula Zahn and Jennifer Maguire in a chic dress by Kathryn Bohannon. www.cancer.org.

SOCIETY GOES DANCING. New York Times best-selling author and attorney Mark W. Smith gave his annual toast to the Humane Society of New York. www.humanesocietyny.org. Smith and his partners Tim Valliere and Noelle Kowalczyk always find time for their four-legged friends. The love fest was emceed by CNBC’s Mandy Drury and hosted by animal advocates CeCe Cord, Frances Hayward, Sharon Bush, Nancy Silberkleit, Robin Cofer and Leesa Rowland to draw attention to the needs of adoptable pets. www.svlaw.com. HOE DOWN WITH DANA. Over the last decade

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Annenberg heiress Dana Hammond has established herself as one of the city’s reigning hostesses. From beach parties in Southampton for her dashing son Oliver to her own birthdays where she’s brought rap stars to Nobu; nobody sane says no to Dana. This year Hammond invited the “400” to celebrate her natal day at a Texas hoedown with all the trimmings including a drag queen dressed as Dolly Parton and the infamous Naked Cowboy who really should not be allowed out of Times Square, except in handcuffs. Guests donned denim, diamonds, Stetsons and boots and line danced their way into the wee hours after

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POLITICS HEATS UP MUSEUM MILE. Janna Bullock took a leave of absence from the board of the Guggenheim Museum to turn art maker. Days after her critically acclaimed show opened in a Beaux Arts mansion steps from the Metropolitan Museum of Art there are plans for her politically charged installation to go to Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in the Hamptons, Miami Art Basil and the Venice Biennale. Among the art world luminaries congratulating the artist were composer Karen LeFrak, gallerists Alice and Paul Judelson, Janis Cecil and Vered and Janet Lehr, Andrew Freund, Hunt Slonem, Kim Heirston, Jonathan Becker and Robert Couturier to name a few of the 500 cognoscenti that have made Bullock’s show the talk of the town. www.jannabullock.com. GIRL PANIC @ SAVOIR SOHO. Duran Duran’s sexy “Girl Panic” video, which stars Naomi Campbell as the lead singer Simon Le Bon and Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford and Eva Herzigova as other members of the band was recreated in the windows of Savoir Beds in Soho. A bevy of top models in lingerie, stilettos, bondage gear, and Swarovski jewelry had a pillow fight in a replica of the Savoy Hotel suite in London where the original film was shot. It’s the only way really. www.savoirbeds.com.

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WHAT’S DOING IN BRUSSELS & PARIS. Raul Higuera,, the edgy photographer who shows at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton opened exhibitions in Manhattan’s luxury boutique hotel The Sanctuary and in Paris. The lensman celebrated at the Plaza Athénée’s Le Relais Plaza, which is frequented by Penelope Cruz, Emanuel Ungaro, and Kate Winslet. Try chef Philippe Marc’s’s delectable warm foie gras. The Ritz’s chef, Michel Roth has published ‘ Ritz Paris: Haute Cuisine’ that features 60 of his top recipes. Lunch at the Ritz is still de rigueur but remember the hotel is closing for a two-year renovation. I spotted George Clooney dining at Le Pur’, the heavenly Michelin starred restaurant in the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Chef Jean-François Rouquette’s tasting menu is memorable. www.paris.vendome.hyatt.com. After the fashion shows the fashionistas headed to Brussels to check out haute couture chocolates paired with vintage champagnes. The city’s hottest new hotel is the charming Dominican. Ask to stay in the studio of Louis XVII favorite painter Jacques-Louis David. The artist spent his last years in exile in Belgium and died in this stunning duplex steps from the famed Grand Place. www.thedominican.be. Who else would tell you these things? ✦

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Why The Help Makes Me Want to Shout Hollywood depictions of African-American women’s lives stubbornly refuse to evolve

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Viola Davis deserves more than to amble across our screens in the latest iteration of that ubiquitous black female archetype: the noblehearted, long-suffering, yet dignified domestic who serves as a moral touchstone and conscience for the glamorous Caucasian characters.

y late mother, Josephine Premice, was an ebony-skinned black woman who wore false eyelashes at breakfast, could speak and sing in five languages, dance in any medium, and had by age 32 toured Europe and South America as a chanteuse, brought Calypso to the United States, been nominated for a Tony, and become a muse to couturier, Jacques Fath. When I was growing up, she would walk around the house wryly belting out a song whose lyrics went, “Can’t you see the Bergman in me, and you want me to play Topsy?” It was a way of scoffing at the daily slights she received going out on auditions and being told variously that she was too black (because of her complexion,) not black enough (because of her chiseled features and glamorous image,) or that she could, “Be as black as she wanted,” when she spoke the King’s non-ebonic English she, a child of Haitian immigrants, had learned at public school in her middle-class black neighborhood in Brooklyn. Watching Oscar-nominated The Help, the reductive film version of the layered, megahit novel set in Alabama at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, I wanted to stand up in the theater and yell, “Can’t you see the Bergman in Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson and the other fine women in the cast?“ (One cannot blame these actresses for accepting some of the only roles available to them, incredibly, in the year of our lord 2012.) Tony Award winner Viola Davis has a body that weds Sophia Loren’s hourglass curves to Angela Bassett’s sculptural

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in a scene from The Help

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As a little girl, I wondered not only why my mother and her gifted friends did not have more acting jobs, but also why her friends in more traditional professions, lawyers, judges, activists, writers never seemed to be depicted on screen.

groups of black and white women meeting in secret to challenge segregation, the women of “Wednesdays in Mississippi,” and they were led by the formidable Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women. Daisy Bates, mentor of the Little Rock Nine and Fannie Lou Hamer also come to mind as women whose stories are yet to be told. While claiming to look unblinkingly at our “shameful past,” The Help is as cowardly as a Jefferson apologist in sidestepping the central fact of Southern American history: miscegenation, the “segregationist by day integrationist by night” reality of the culture. The book has the courage to allude to this “original sin.” Constantine is the daughter of her mother’s Of Life, 1959. up at lana turner in a scene from Imitation white employer. Her daughter is so fair it raises Juanita moore holding a child while looking questions of her paternity. Yet, in the scene in the film in which the maids share their “true” stofor her portrayal of a strong-willed maid in Claudine in 1974. In ries, not one has been raped or harassed, a fact of daily life for The Long Walk Home, in 1990, Whoopi Goldberg played what? African-American women from the Middle Passage onward. A maid working in a white Southern household at the start of As Mary Chesnut wrote in her Civil War Diary, “. . . our men the Montgomery bus boycott and, lo and behold, she played live all in one house with their wives and their concubines and one again in 1994’s Corinna, Corinna, opposite Ray Liotta. the mulattoes one sees in every family exactly resemble the As a little girl, I wondered not only why my mother and white children.” One of the striking features of the photographs her gifted friends did not have more acting jobs, but also why of Rosa Parks’ arrest is how closely her skin tone resembles her her friends in more traditional professions, lawyers, judges, jailor’s, underscoring the truth in Mary Chesnut’s words that we activists, writers never seemed to be depicted on screen. That all hail from “one house” and are inextricably bound by blood. was in the sixties and seventies. How sad to be asking that “Change begins with a whisper,” declares the poster for The question at 49, in 2012, in the new millennium with Michelle Help. I would submit it begins with accepting the truth of Obama as First Lady, Susan Rice our ambassador at the UN, our common humanity and having the courage to allow the and Ursula Burns running Xerox. The Help’s bestseller status images of African-American women on screen to reflect the rich notwithstanding, could Hollywood not find a new story to variety of their experience. Change begins with not reducing tell about the African-American experience? And if we are to talented actresses to “playing Topsy.” ✦ return ad nauseum to the annals of the Civil Rights movement, can we explore some of the true stories as opposed If you have an idea for a “First Person” essay, please email to trotting outmore fictionalized domestics? There were real jallon@manhattanmedia.com. 44 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

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muscle tone, a beautiful face, and eyes as expressive as Bette Davis’. She deserves more than to amble across our screens in the latest iteration of that ubiquitous black female archetype: the noble-hearted, long-suffering, yet dignified domestic who serves as a moral touchstone and conscience for the glamorous Caucasian characters. Several critics hailed the movie as groundbreaking because it showed the maids’ point of view. One wondered if said critics had spent the last three quarters of a century living in exile on Mars. Such characters are as old as celluloid. Let us roll the Technicolor tape: Louise Beavers in Imitation of Life, 1934, Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life, 1959, Ethel Waters in Pinky, 1949, Estelle Evans in To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962, all had a say about their plight. Diahann Carroll won her Oscar nomination

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Leo Tolstoy and wife Sophia standing in garden, circa 1910.

a goat.” Yuck! At the dinner table his family chowed down on hearty Russian fare, while he abstained and stuck to humble vegetarian meals. On the night of October 28, 1910, Leo once again heard Sophia rustling through his papers. Enough was enough! Once she was asleep he took off by train with no definite destination. But Tolstoy enjoyed his freedom for only a day. He did not throw himself on the train tracks, Anna Karenina-style,

but rather he developed pneumonia on the train and was forced to get off at an obscure station, Astapovo, where he was set up on a cot in the stationmaster’s living room. Soon, journalists from all over the world poured into the station. There, surrounded by doctors, Tolstoy complained bitterly of not being allowed to die like a peasant. On Nov. 20, 1910, when he was already past saving, Sophia was allowed to see him. He died shortly thereafter. ✦


f you thought Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries had some sticky problems, listen to the tale of Count Leo Tolstoy, his wife Sophia, and their 13 (count ‘em!) children. Things got so bad the famous Russian writer left, sneaking out under the cloak of night into the cold Russian air at the age of 82! Tolstoy had become world-renowned for preaching universal love, chastity and a virtuous, peasant lifestyle—he even inspired Gandhi. But still, the scribe and his wife were more at war than peace. In keeping with his newfound oath of celibacy, the author asked his wife to sleep in a separate bed. She refused and alas, on many nights he betrayed his monk-like principles, writing guiltily in his diary: “The devil fell upon me. . . it was so loathsome as after a crime.” And later that same day, “Still, more powerfully possessed, I fell.” But too much sex was not the only problem. Sophia had taken advice from Anna Dostoevsky and had started managing Tolstoy’s literary business. She made her husband’s writing into a profitable enterprise, which irked him to no end. He went so far as to write a new will, placing his writing in the public domain. Those on Sophia’s side of the argument, all but one of the 13 children—hunted for that will every night, to destroy it perhaps. Furthermore, Count Leo had taken to dressing like a peasant and his wife went on record saying he “smells like



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“Maria’s film career is just another example of her running fast and committing herself on levels far beyond the mortal man.”

—Kenneth Cole

When Cuomo Cole began her stewardship of HELP, she broadened its agenda. “The HELP model addresses the underlying factors of homelessness in a holistic way,” says her husband who is also a founding board member of the organization. “HELP’s programs and services such as job training, domestic violence, substance abuse, counseling and youth mentoring help individuals and families gain self-sufficiency. Above and beyond that Maria has layered in these other programs and services.” Cuomo Cole went on to open the first HIV AIDS center and the first homeless center for veterans in the country. Her sense of social commitment and obligation and perhaps serendipity lead her down another career path to documentary filmmaking. “Maria’s film career is just another example of her running fast and committing herself on levels far beyond the mortal man,” her husband says. In 2009, Cuomo Cole made her first documentary film, Living for 32, about the 32 people who were gunned down on Virginia Tech’s campus by a fellow student as seen through the eyes of one of the survivors, Colin Goddard. The film continues to air on Showtime and is licensed by BBC worldwide and was short-listed for nomination in 2010 by the Academy of Motion Pictures for an Oscar. More importantly, the film helped moved the needle to not allow guns on campuses in some states. “Maria typically gets involved in a project and then she gets drawn into it on a level she did not anticipate and she becomes more than just another member of the team,” says her husband. “She is smart and insightful and assumes a lot of the oversight and becomes the inspiring part of the process. She was the driving force for Living for 32 and took it to a level that one couldn’t believe.” This year, Cuomo Cole embarked on her second social documentary, The Invisible War, which uncovers a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. Military. Directed by Kirby Dick, the film won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed in major markets by early summer. Not bad for a tertiary career alongside HELP and motherhood. 50 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

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Cristina Cuomo: How did your career as a public advocate begin?

on developing specialized services with an emphasis on employment and job training.

Maria Cuomo Cole: My involvement began when Andrew started HELP in 1986 and I wanted to tell the story of the constituents he was serving. He was creating a new system to address the needs of homeless families. The model was to build new construction which the city would ultimately own—clean attractive safe housing for 25 percent less than what is was costing the city to pay welfare hotel landlords to warehouse homeless families. Mayor Koch agreed to give Andrew a try and gave him some land in East New York, Brooklyn. I developed an awareness campaign with the brilliant photographer Mary Ellen Mark which resulted in a book featuring men and women and children residing at Andrew’s NYC shelters and their personal stories. That served as a catalyst to document and share HELP’s residents’ stories. Their stories were important to convey to the public why whole families were becoming homeless. This collective campaign resulted in increased attention by policy makers and change in Washington and on the state and city level.

CC: How did you share the HELP model with other cities outside of New York?

CC: Why was homelessness becoming such a big issue? MCC: In the late 1980s it was at an all time high. It was a time when cities across the country were faced with a barrage of serious and difficult issues such as declining economy, high unemployment, high use of crack, criminality and AIDS. CC: Why did you decide to take over as Chairman of HELP USA when Andrew went to Washington? MCC: When Andrew was asked to join President Clinton’s administration as an under secretary at HUD in 1992, I had two small children and was preparing to leave the marketing firm I was working with to pursue documentary filmmaking. He asked me to help him with the transition at HELP immediately. The organization was operating the family shelters that Andrew had created in NYC, Suffolk and Westchester. CC: What did you do to take the organization to another level? MCC: When I stepped in the organization was burgeoning. It was at a transition. The pioneering system Andrew created of caring for homeless families with quality transitional housing by this time had become a best practice system throughout New York State. However, services needed to be expanded. In addition, permanent housing was in tremendous demand. We concentrated

MCC: Besides developing more permanent housing in New York, the natural direction for HELP’s growth was national expansion. The first community we ventured out to was Philadelphia in 1994. We developed a beautiful complex of both family transitional apartments and permanent, town-house style homes. We wanted to do something in the West and during a business trip with Kenneth, I met the Mayor of Las Vegas, Jan Jones, and her leadership team. The city was trying to address the increased number of chronically homeless individuals living on the streets at a time when the strip was booming and plans for revitalizing the downtown area were underway. CC: How many cities are you in today? MCC: Today we have 31 residences in seven states and multiple cities. And in East New York Brooklyn where Andrew opened HELP 1 transitional family shelter, we’ve developed several hundred more units of housing and a residence for homeless veterans which has just opened. CC: You work closely with your mother and the Mentoring USA program she implemented when she was first lady. MCC: My mother’s youth mentoring program came under the umbrella of HELP youth services in 1994. It too has grown to become a vibrant national program in cities across the country and in five countries. My mother continues to be very involved with the program—there is no slowing her down! Just recently, she released a third edition of The Person Who Changed My Life, a compilation of personal stories about mentorship by renowned personalities like President Clinton, who will be honored at the HELP Tribute Awards Dinner benefit on June 5th at the Waldorf Astoria. This will be a memorable event as we will also be honoring my parents too, and it is the date of their 59th wedding anniversary! CC: What compelled you to make a film about gun violence with Living for 32? MCC: Through my experience with HELP and the D.C. based nonprofit organization, the Brady Campaign to end gun violence, I felt strongly that the personal stories of victims and family members of victims needed to be shared with the American public. Although New York has strong

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gun laws and committed political leadership, there exists still a proliferation of illegal handguns and the devastating price of innocent lives. That’s really what motivated me to get involved with the gun issue . . . and meeting Colin Goddard. CC: Tell me about meeting Goddard. MCC: When I heard Colin share his devastating account of being shot four times while sitting in his French class at Virginia Tech, I knew the story needed to be told in a very personal way. This horrific tragedy left 32 people dead. And the most shocking thing is that 32 people die from gun violence every day in America. Virginia Tech is unfortunately no longer such an unbelievable story—the recent Ohio tragic episode is another reminder that until federal strict gun laws are created and our violence-obsessed culture changes, we will continue to suffer these devastating acts. Colin miraculously survived and has worked as a courageous advocate for safer gun laws since. What began as a brief video to be used for public awareness and advocacy developed into a documentary. With the national attention the film and Colin received we have tried to influence policy makers around the country on the most serious issues of the day regarding gun control including the controversial debate of guns on campuses. In the same way that telling the story of our residents at HELP USA worked, sharing Colin’s personal story and that of other victims of Virginia Tech served as a tremendous social advocacy tool. Living for 32 is currently touring colleges and communities across the country with the goal of educating as many people as possible on this important issue. CC: This month on April 16th is the fifth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting. What will you do to further spread awareness? Dress, Kenneth Cole. Earrings, Christina Addison Jewelry Designs. christinaaddison.com.

“When I heard Colin [Goddard] share his devastating account of being shot four times . . . at Virginia Tech, I knew the story needed to be told in a very personal way.

—Maria Cuomo Cole


MCC: Virginia Tech was the largest gun shooting on a college campus in the world—and it is estimated that 34 people in America are killed each day by illegal guns. We are continuing now with a new tour underway to visit additional schools and communities. CC: How did you get involved with The Invisible War documentary? MCC: Through the process of touring and marketing the film I met a courageous film team en-

gaged in a documentary about rape and sexual violence in the military and the experiences of women and men in the US Military. The filmmaking team, director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering, were committed to exposing the injustices and to using the film as a social advocacy tool to help promote changed policy. As it is now, the military has the discretion as to whether or not to try cases of sexual misconduct. They determine whether or not a case should be investigated. I got involved in the same way as Living for 32 and we are using it to promote change in federal policy. We are shaping a tour to communities and colleges with this film as well.

Maria’s Top Ten Favorite Things: New York City Restaurants: Michael’s, where we can count on seeing friends, and any of the great New York chefs; Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch, Mario Batali’s Babo, Tom Colicchio’s Craft and David Burke’s Park Avenue Café. New York Department Stores: Bloomingdale’s because they sell HELP Comfort Foods, like Salty Turtles. Home Design Store: Mecox Gardens

CC: You will be receiving a Matrix award in December. That is the highest professional women’s honor. How does it make you feel?

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MCC: I am so touched and honored because so many of my friends and women whom I have looked up to throughout my career and in my personal life have received this award. I feel in many ways like I’ve come full-circle.

Book on Giving Back: President Bill Clinton’s book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World

CC: What role does “philanthropy” play in your lives? MCC: Philanthropy is part of the way we live as a family. Ken and I have always been committed to giving and we are blessed that we are able to do what we are passionate about. We’ve really been able to shape our careers around it. Kenneth was able to build it into his career path as an innovator of social entrepreneurialism and I have been able to build my career and family life around doing the service work I am passionate about. We also find new ways all the time of addressing those issues—always looking for a fresh approach on how to create the most impact and drive social change. It’s been a 25-year journey.

Must-Have Spring Accessory: Kenneth Cole’s faux crocodile tote bag in a bright, Spring blue.

Film: A Place in the Sun (1951), Big Night (1996) Motherly Advice: Stay true to your intuition and principles. Secret to Marital Success: Patience, understanding and a good dose of humor! Political Moment: 1982 and 2010 Gubernationalelection days! Maria Cuomo Cole and Kenneth Cole

CC: How has being a mother made it difficult or easier to affect social change? MCC: It is hard being a mom with high degrees of responsibilities. Raising our three daughters has been our greatest joy. As a family unit we’ve grown up together, living and building businesses and addressing issues that are important to us. We included our children at very young ages and they grew up highly sensitized to the challenges in the world around them. We’re very proud that each of them in their own way has had opportunities to serve and act as change agents. ✦


ViVe L’OScarS Winner Woody Allen may have missed Hollywood’s biggest lovefest, but intrepid über movie publicist Peggy Siegal was there for every single party and every single step of the red carpet way. This year, her exclusive Oscar diary chronicles close encounters with Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Harvey Weinstein, Nancy Reagan, Elizabeth Olsen, George Clooney and his French doppelganger Jean Dujardin and, of course, Uggie. photographs by Patrick McMullan and Billy Farrell Agency


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Octavia Spencer, The Help Director Tate Taylor,, Viola Davis and George Clooney


avigating our presidential campaign was a piece of cake compared to understanding the nuances of the 2011 Oscar race for the most revered artistic honor in the world. This is how nine films fell into the big picture. Three premiered in Cannes mid-May, a distant nine months ago, creating an Oscar campaign as long as any human pregnancy. At the Palais, the first inkling of Oscar buzz was born as the reclusive Woody Allen premiered Midnight in Paris. PBS later aired a documentary of Woody discussing his forty-four films showing the astonishing depth of his talent that made you want to immediately hand him the Oscar for Best Picture. Academy rules and Woody forbade marketing this gem. Woody is not a member of the Academy because he doesn’t feel that films should be in competition. He told me, “A statue does not change your life. You still get a cold. You can’t get a date. 58 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

You still have everyday things to worry about.” The Academy learned to love him from a distance and gave him Best Original Screenplay as a consolation. Terrence Malick’s long-awaited, esoteric The Tree of Life was unveiled at Cannes and won the coveted Palme D’Or, positioning it for a nomination. The Artist, created by the French, shot in Hollywood and about Hollywood was the festival surprise. This charming and oddly original black-and-white silent entry was introduced by the ringmaster himself, Harvey Weinstein. No one could pronounce or spell director Michel Hazanavicius’s name. Jean Dujardin could not speak a word of English and neither could his 10-year-old co-star, the Jack Russell Uggie who had been rescued from the pound after two adopters found

him too wild. Tragically Uggie developed an undisclosed neurological disorder during production, forcing him to retire at the height of his popularity. No slam dunk Oscar winner emerged in Cannes. Any future film could easily win. DreamWorks’ The Help premiered in LA in August and distributor Disney began propelling the politically correct and socially significant film to box office heaven of $200 million. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were forecast to win Oscars. In September, the Toronto and New York Film Festivals and Fox Searchlight presented Alexander Payne’s Hawaiian family saga, The Descendants, which broke out of the pack with whispers of winning. Beloved George Clooney, playing a father for the first time was hailed as a shoo-in for best actor. Directing Ides of March added momentum. Also at New York’s festival Marty Scorsese and Paramount sneaked an unfinished cut of Hugo in Alice Tully Hall, built for concerts but converted into a 3-D theater. Marty was christened the visionary genius of an innovative, costly 3-D masterpiece. Director Bennett Miller’s highly anticipated Moneyball for Sony hit a grand slam at its west coast premiere in

Oakland putting the film, its heart throb star Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and seasoned writers Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin in play. Spielberg’s epic War Horse for Dream Works came thundering down the pike with a huge premiere back at Alice Tully Hall, with posters of Lincoln Center’s Tony winning theatrical version and their indelible puppets in the background. Steven paid homage to legends John Ford and David Lean and the country fell in love with a horse named Joey and his 14 stand-ins. Studios worked their stars to the bone. Ironically, Harvey Weinstein’s independent French talent who lived in Paris were not as available as their competitors, therefore Uggie became a superstar igniting a pet war. Christopher Plummer, who had Best Supporting Actor in the bag promoted his Jack Russell, Cosmo. Diminutive Scorsese was seen on TV on a small couch with his large Doberman, Blackie, drooling on his suit. Spielberg never got a chance to trot out his lead horse Joey, previously seen in Seabiscuit because his ravishing reddish coat was now darkened for another role. By December, as film critics bestowed their own awards upon many films, Stephen Daldry struggled to finish Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close with a new score. There was buzz Daldry could be editing the winner. Producer Scott Rudin juggled his astounding three films in one year from Daldry, Miller and David Fincher directing Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Daldry has received three consecutive directing nominations. In January, for his fourth film, he received a Best Picture nomination, for a boy’s emotional journey dealing with 9/11, and the nine films were officially off and running. Forty-five film and media groups handed out awards leading up to Oscar night.

Martin Scorcese

Lily Collins

Meryl Streep

Berenice Bejo and Michel Hazanaviciu

Michelle Williams

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco


My airplane seatmate to LAX was Sony Classics Michael Barker.. The night before Woody Allen had shown Michael To Rome With Love, his new film shot in Rome and rumored to be his best. When Woody won the Oscar Sunday night, for a record breaking 23rd overall nomination, he had just finished pasta at Sette Mezzo on Lexington Avenue with art dealer Lorinda Ash and Soon-Yi. He went home and watched the N.B.A. All-Star game. Soon-Yi watched the awards show on a TiVo delay in another room.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

David and Victoria Beckham

By the time Woody won, he had fallen asleep and Soon-Yi didn’t want to wake him. The next morning he went to the breakfast table alone and read in The New York Times that he had won. He had to think it was a good omen and he would not catch a cold that day. Before Michael and I flattened our recliner chairs for the big sleep, I told him I felt confident his Iranian film A Separation would win Best Foreign Film. He told me The Artist would take Best Picture and Director. Actor was a tight race between Brad Pitt, Jean Dujardin, the “Clooney of France” and the real George Clooney. George was essentially running against a version of himself, which only slightly amused him. The biggest dilemma was Viola vs. Meryl. Michael picked Meryl as New Yorkers did. The Help had taken on a life of its own lead

Jane Fonda and Richard Perry

Billy Crystal Scarlett Johansson

Salma Hayek

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Jessica Chastain

Emma Stone


Meryl’s publicist Leslee Dart whispered to me. “She is dressed like an Oscar. What do we do if she loses?” by vivacious Viola in LA. The Iron Lady, a much criticized film, showcased Meryl’s tour-de-force performance. Few knew at the last minute, on President’s weekend, Harvey’s shout out, “She hasn’t won in 29 years!” resonated. An androgynous driver named Monica greeted me at the airport in a black tuxedo that would make Albert Nobbs weep for joy, prompting me to devilishly think of her as “Nobbs” all weekend. She barely recognized me sporting a new Sally Hershberger hairdo, “the yenta with the dragon tattoo.” Checking into the Beverly Hills Hotel I bumped into Best Actress nominee, Golden Globe and Spirit Award winner Michelle Williams with her daughter Matilda Ledger headed to the swimming pool. Innocently standing there with no makeup she was remarkably the antithesis of Marilyn Monroe Monroe. I told her she so deserved the Oscar for her mesmerizing transformation which did not cheer her up knowing the gold was going to Viola or Meryl.

This year there seemed to be more parties than ever. Vanity Fair publisher Edward Menicheschi staged a staggering six nights of “CAMPAIGN HOLLYWOOD.” Ermenegildo Zegna and Colin and Livia Firth hosted an intimate dinner at the Chateau Marmont to benefit Oxfam America, Colin’s pet charity. Editor Graydon Carter and Edward greeted Cameron Diaz, Kristin Davis, Gary and Alexandra Oldman and Mia Wasikowska. In addition, Livia spoke about her ‘Green Carpet Challenge’ which uses eco-friendly fabrics for “wear it once” gowns at awards shows. Get it? Go green on red.


Thursday night boasted 15 events causing party panic. Here is a brief rundown of seven. At The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominee Night, editor Janice Min and publisher Lynne Segall greeted the power brokers. With ballots in, competing studios cordially mingled in the Mayor’s backyard. Owen Wilson slipped in the back door and hung with Michael Sheen and producer Letty Aronson.. Producers Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall chatted with DreamWorks’ partner Stacey Snyder, producer Graham King and Emily Mortimer. Fox’s Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos compared notes with Focus’ James Shamus.. Young directors Drake Doremus (Like Like Crazy), Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) Martha and Oscar nominee and Spirit Award winner J.C. Chandor (Margin Call)) drank at the bar. Breakout directors Nick Jarecki (Arbitrage), Zal Batmanglij (Sound Sound of My Voice and The East) and Jay Duplass (Jeff Who Lives at Home) dreamed about their future nominations. Aaron Sorkin, Piers Morgan and Lawrence O’Donnell handicapped Romney vs. Obama as Brooklyn Decker sashayed by. Urs Fisher’s exhibition Beds & Problem Paintings featured two bed sculptures at Larry Gagosian’s Gallery followed by his private dinner at Mr. Chow’s. Art lovers Vera Wang, Russell Simmons, Steve Martin, Jean Pigozzi and John Waters attended. The US-Ireland Alliance honored nominees Hugo screenwriter John Logan, Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy and Michelle Williams at Bad Robot. Logan also wrote Rango, Coriolanus, 007’s Skyfall and Jersey Boys for the big screen.

Diane Kruger

Jennifer Lopez

Rooney Mara

Terry Richardson

Graydon Carter and Anna Scott


Fran Leibowitz

Michael Douglas and Kirk Douglas

Wendi Deng Murdoch

Woody is not a member of the Academy because he doesn’t feel that films should be in competition. He told me, “A statue does not change your life. You still get a cold. You can’t get a date. You still have everyday things to worry about.” Alfre Woodard hosted a down and dirty girls night out in a rented house above Sunset for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Universal honcho Ron Meyer hosted a civilized private buffet at his Malibu home for Graydon Carter with Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks and Michael Douglas. Stunning socialite Betsey Bloomingdale gave a seated dinner at her Holmby Hills home for best friends Nancy Reagan, Wendy Stark, Bob Colacello, Joan Collins and fashion icon Lynn Wyatt. 62 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Tobias Meyer, auctioneer for Sotheby’s and art dealer Mark Fletcher hosted an open house at their Mulholland Drive home for American avant-garde photographer Terry Richardson. This is the only pre-Oscar party where a guest dropped his pants and mooned the red carpet and Terry signed a fans breast. Art collectors Bill and Maria Bell, Todd Eberle, rock singer Jack Donahue and Francesco Clemente schmoozed.


At the BHH I ran into David Heyman, English producer of the Harry Potter

Abbie Cornish

Bar Refaeli

franchise who was honored at the Publicists Awards lunch at The Beverly Hilton. “Motion Picture Showman of the Year” was the consolation prize for being snubbed by the Academy for visualizing a publishing miracle for children around the world. “Nobbs” whisked me off to the British Film Reception hosted by Jeremy Hunt, UK Secretary of State for Culture and Olympics and the British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay, in her Hancock Park residence. Upon introduction, I blurted out that my friend Lord Astor was interested in having L.A. people get to know his son-in-law, Prime Minister David Cameron. As an appointed diplomat she was horrified by my indiscretion and turned to greet the next American idiot. I was just making conversation. Daldry told Sony’s Sir Howard Stringer and astute film CEO Michael Lynton, Kenneth Branagh, Janet McTeer and Gary Oldman that he, as executive producer of the Olympics, was headed back to London to oversee special events, including the opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle. Victoria Beckham made a dramatic, sullen, last-minute

appearance looking perfectly skinny in a dress from her eponymous collection. At the Women in Film cocktail party at Cecconi’s, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shailene Woodley, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens networked with Jessica, Octavia and Viola now of social stamina fame. Blythe Danner kissed me at the door as a military-type looked on. I kept saying to him, “Where have we met?” Nowhere. He was astronaut Mark E. Kelly who came with Blythe and is married to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords,, Paltrow’s second cousin. Only I could mistake an astronaut for a movie marketing guy. Vanity Fair fêted Scorsese and The Film Foundation, which has saved 555 films in 22 years. Cocktails were at the restored Bel-Air Hotel. Honorary Jewess Lorraine Bracco ran past me yelling that she was late for Ronald Perelman’s’s Shabbat dinner. Three, three-time Oscar winners: composer Howard Shore, costume designer Sandy Powell and editor Thelma Schoonmaker were honored. Sir Ben Kingsley, Danny Huston, Patty Clarkson, Irwin Winkler and Giorgio Armani’s niece Roberta Armani with Wanda McDaniels debated best director: Marty or Michel? “Nobbs” delivered me to WME’s Party at kahuna Ari Emanuel’s Brentwood estate, where NFL quarterback and new client Tim Tebow was the toast of the party, especially to Taylor Swift who made $35.7 million this year. Michael Douglas gave me a kiss… doesn’t get any better. Longtime lovebirds Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart made a rare appearance, glued to each other’s hips. They mingled with co-star Taylor Lautner, Miley Cyrus, and her Hunger Games beau Liam Hemsworth Hemsworth. Meanwhile Charlize Theron eron, Jack Black Rooney Mara, Ben Black, Stiller Barry Sonnenfeld Stiller, and Larry David talked business with moguls Les Moonves and Viacom’s Zoe Dauman Philippe Dauman. Saldana Next was UTA Chairman Berkus soiree that Jim Berkus’

Felicity Jones

Brooklyn Decker

police almost shut down because the DJ got carried away impressing Harrison Ford, Channing Tatum, Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Freston, Disney’s Rich Ross, SNL’s Lorne Michaels and Oscar show producer Brian Grazer. Sunset Tower Hotel owner Jeff Klein and producer John Goldwyn hosted a secret dinner for Anna and Graydon Carter at their Hollywood Hills home with Tom Ford, Mitch Glazer, Fran Lebowitz, Vito Schnabel, Denise Hale, Lisa and Eric Eisner and VF’s Punch Hutton, who is Tim Hutton’s sister. Last stop was CAA Byran Lourd’s “Friday Night Party”. “Nobbs” was instructed to drop me off at a neighborhood school where a luxury van transported guests to the stone and glass Bel-Air estate situated on a narrow street. I knew that guests Colin Firth, Penelope Cruz, Sofia Vergara, Salma Hayek, Sandra Bullock, and Glee’s Matthew Morrison did not arrive by bus. Once inside the playing field leveled out and pound for pound there was more famous flesh per square inch than the Oscars themselves.

Miley Cyrus

I huddled with Meryl on the couch and we talked about her race. She thought Viola. I thought Meryl. She didn’t know about Harvey’s last-minute “29 year” shout out. I hugged Bette Midler and flirted with Jim Sturgess and Bennett Miller. Universal’s Donna Langley, who is overseeing Tom Hooper’s production Les Miserables, mentioned Hugh Jackman’s impeccable manners should insure best behavior from Russell Crowe. I introduced HBO’s Game Change director Jay Roach, who is an authority on Hitler, to George Clooney who is writing a thriller about the Nazis stealing art. Clooney whispered, “The Frenchman is winning.” I thanked Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane and Richard Lovett, got on the bus and prayed that I get invited back.


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Nichols. Tom held court at the next table with the entire Iranian cast of A Separation, which won. Tom almost had a heart attack when I threw my arms around Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, which in Iran is unacceptable behavior, Natalie especially by a Jewish American Princess. Portman Tom wished I had gone to the crowded champagne brunch in honor of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene at the BelAir Hotel where Montblanc launched Grace Kelly watches. Simultaneously, TV producer Gary Pudney hosted another secretive, lunch which Albert and Charlene actually attended with Graydon Carter, Carolina Herrera, Annenberg Bobby Shriver, Wallace Annenberg, Bobby Marx Marx, Kathy and Ricky Hilton and Lynn Wyatt. Wolfgang Puck joined them for dessert. “The French,” as the The Artist gang was nicknamed, had won C six Césars, France’s version of the Oscars, in Paris the night before. They flew all night and Harvey’s chauffeur arranged a police escort from LAX just in time for them to win four Spirit Awards, cementing the Oscar win. Back at the BHH, Spielberg was the first to arrive at the tenth annual “Night Before” fundraiser in support of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Jeffrey Katzenberg had already secured $200 of a $350 million fundraising goal that included money from him, Tom Cruise Cruise, Steve Bing, Casey Wasserman Wasserman, Clooney Olivia Wilde and Spielberg. Every nominee showed up. Chanel and Charles Finch cooked up their chic soiree at Madeo, where a mariachi band Colin Firth and Livia Giuggiolo enthusiastically announced everyone’s arrival. Bedecked exclusively in Chanel were Diane Separation Kruger, Elizabeth Olsen, Rose Byrne, from Iran. From the other s i d e Ginnifer Goodwin and Rachel Bilson. of the world both governments monitored Also air kissing were Rachel Zoe, their directors as the Sony boys kept the Rosanna Arquette, Alice Evans and peace. Ioan Gruffudd, Zachary Quinto, Julia Michael and Tom Bernard invited me Ormond and Dustin Hoffman. to the Independent Spirit Awards at the My Week With Marilyn’s English Santa Monica Pier. Michael hosted his director Simon Curtis insisted we join Take Shelter nominees Jessica Chastain, Kenneth Branagh at The Weinstein Michael Shannon and director Jeff Company’s bash at the Soho House in 64 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

time to hear Tony Bennett sing “Autumn Leaves” to Harvey’s surprised 86-yearold mother Miriam, Madonna and Meryl. Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Michel Hazanavicius and producer Thomas Langmann staggered around completely jet lagged, too tired to speak English. Uggie on the other hand was the absolute star of the evening as his trainer placed him in everyone’s arms for photos. W.E’s Andrea Riseborough and Abbie Cornish sat next to baseball cap-clad Leonardo DiCaprio as his ex, Bar Refaeli, kept her distance across the room. Zoe Saldana walked in holding hands with Bradley Cooper. Scarlett Johansson introduced me to her boyfriend Nate Naylor. Katy Perry, Felicity Jones and Malin Akerman circled a refreshed Gerard Butler. The two daughters of New York slain hero cop Peter Figoski, Corrine, 14 and Caroline, 16 who had also been Harvey’s guests at the Super Bowl stood in the middle of this circus and just fainted.


I met interior designer Nicky Haslam in the Polo Lounge and found Nancy Reagan brunching with Bob Colacello and Carolina Herrera. Nancy knows me as “The DVD Lady”. I promised to send her The Iron Lady. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that her late husband, who was Margaret Thatcher’s best friend, was barely mentioned in the film. In a Marchesa gown, Dennis Basso fur and Iradj Moini necklace, I collected Simon Curtis and headed to the Hollywood & Highland Center. Simon, who has never been to the Oscars before, miraculously scored a front row seat between Michelle Williams and Clooney. We pulled up to screams of hysteria at the mother of all red carpets. Meryl’s publicist Leslee Dart whispered to me. “She is dressed like an Oscar. What do we do if she loses?” Sacha Baron Cohen hilariously guilted the Academy into letting him wear his costume from The Dictator and, after soiling Ryan Seacrest, he went directly to dinner at Vanity Fair. Gwyneth Paltrow won the style award in Tom Ford’s white column and Angelina Jolie so successfully invented a new one legged pose in a thigh high slit gown on the red carpet she repeated it for 39.3 million people onstage.

I introduced HBO’s Game Change director Jay Roach, who is an authority on Hitler, to George Clooney who is writing a thriller about the Nazis stealing art. Clooney whispered, “The Frenchman is winning.” Tickets were so tight that I gave my plus one to Penelope Ann Miller because she promoted The Artist every day for four months. Seated next to us were co-stars James Cromwell and Missi Pyle. Billy Crystal made us laugh, Cirque de Soleil made us gasp and most of the wins were expected. Colin Firth crowned Meryl her third win on a record 17 nominations and Harvey beamed. The Academy was so confident The Artist would win, they invited Uggie, who waited in the wings and ran out as Tom Cruise announced the film. Once the show was off the air, I followed my seatmates to the stage loaded with their programs, wraps and handbags and led the French to the press rooms. The Governor’s Ball was the next stop where the winners got their Oscars engraved. Everyone paid respects to the Academy’s Tom Sherak and Dawn Hudson. Stars headed to the Sunset Tower to Graydon’s glittering Vanity Fair Oscar bash and their militarized security with micro chipped cards. If your name was not on the list and you were carrying an Oscar, you could walk in. Billy and Janice Crystal were mobbed with well wishers. Elton John made $5 million dollars at his 20th AmFar event which also auctioned off two tickets to Vanity Fair’s party for $230,000.Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were thrilled to talk to George Lucas. Gwyneth snuggled with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jennifer Lopez brought boy toy Casper Smart. Every major actor previously mentioned is standing in the room. Spotted in a sea of celebrity were Tina Fey, Glenn Close, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Terry George, Jane Fonda, Demian Bichir, Claire Danes, Meryl’s daughters Mamie Gummer with husband Ben Walker, Grace Gummer, Salma Hayek, Brit Marling, Natalie Portman, Sofia Coppola, Peter Brant,

Stephanie Seymour, Ryan Kavanaugh, Ingrid Sischy, Sandy Brant and Wendi Murdoch with Bingbing Li. George Clooney threw his own exclusive after party at Craig’s in West Hollywood for close friends Bryan Lourd, Grant Heslov, Stan Rosenfield, Brad and Angelina, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Cindy Crawford, Jimmy Kimmel, Ryan Seacrest and best adapted screenplay winner Alexander Payne. Jean Dujardin George and Brad cancelled each other out with two great performances. Clooney immediately returned to his best role as humanitarian, flew to the Sudan, met with Obama and was dramatically arrested at a protest. “The French” threw a wild celebration at the Chateau Marmont, poured champagne down their throats and threw each other in the pool at 3:00 a.m. Nobody spoke English. By 4:00 a.m. Harvey rounded up his artists for a Woody Allen live broadcast on The Today Show from The Four Seasons lobby. In disheveled black tie, five Oscar winners, all total unknowns a year ago, made Oscar history with the first silent film to win since 1927. It wasn’t God, but 5,800 Academy voters who said they won. This had to be the most exciting night of their lives. The glory and memories live forever. The next day they went back to reality . As Woody says, “A statue does not really change your life. You still get a cold.” Uggie was invited to the White House correspondent’s dinner as a guest of the Washington Times in April. He hopes to Claire Danes meet President Obama. ✦

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Woodyand Whit’s Muse Greta Gerwig Emerges as the Go-to Actress for Two of New York’s Most Beloved Directors by Mara Siegler


ctress Greta Gerwig got her start in the mid-aughts as the sweetheart of the awkwardly dubbed ‘mumblecore’ movement, a low-budget film genre marked by stripped-down realism, trailing sentences, and a doit-yourself ethos. Slowly evolving into more mainstream fare, the 28-year-old has impressed even the toughest critics with The New York Times speculating she “may well be the definitive screen actress of her generation.” It’s a grand statement, but with upcoming roles in films by upper crust chronicler Whit Stillman and New York’s hometown auteur Woody Allen, she seems poised to prove it true. Working with such quintessential New York directors seems a perfect match for Gerwig. The sandy blond Sacramento, California transplant came east to study English and philosophy at Barnard, graduated in 2006 and decided to call the city her home. “New York gave me my direction and purpose,” she gushes. “This city lit me on fire! My dad spent some time working in New York when I was a child and on one of my trips to visit him I saw 42nd Street on Broadway. That was it for me. Nothing else would compare. Acting and New York were tops.” Being the type of woman who can say “tops” with no trace of irony is part of what makes Gerwig so endearing. Whether she is sitting in a bathtub with a friend wearing goofy goggles in the relatively obscure cult film Hannah Takes the Stairs, receiving the most uncomfortable oral sex ever filmed from


Ben Stiller in Greenberg, or playing across Russell Brand as the quirky girl with an unabashed love for Grand Central in the big studio remake of Arthur, she exudes a sort of nuanced innocence and authenticity. She has brushed off the ‘It Girl’ label confessing, “I don’t even really know what that means,” and remains nonplussed about the recent attention she’s getting for her upcoming roles and new leading-lady status. “I feel pretty good in general,” she says. This month, Gerwig takes the lead and shows off her comedic and tap dancing skills in director Whit Stillman’s Damsels in a Distress, his first film in 13 years. Known for focusing on the “urban haute bourgeoisie” with Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998), his new movie focuses on a group of preppie women promoting hygiene and dancing at a suicide prevention center as they desperately try and cope with the male population at their cloistered college. Later in the year she will follow in the footsteps of Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow and Scarlett Johansson and many other beauties in the role as Woody

Allen’s muse in To Rome With Love, playing alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz. Fresh off Allen’s Oscar-winning and box office success, Midnight in Paris, the film was shot in Rome and is set for theaters this June. The roles are a perfect fit for Gerwig. “In a way, New York City is the reason I wanted to be an actress. I was in love with the city through films—Woody Allen especially,” she exclaims. “I adore them both [Allen and Stillman]. I want more. If I could, I’d spent a few years making films only with them—perhaps alternating.” It is sure to be a whirlwind year for the rising star who is already signed on for the 2013 HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, but we are convinced she won’t let fame get to her head. When asked what she loves in the city, she told us unaffectedly, the subway. “Especially where all the subways converge at Times Square. There is an area where everyone is running from the NRQ to the 123 to the Shuttle – it is my favorite. It makes me feel alive and calm and part of something just by living here.” ✦

Gerwig has brushed off the ‘It Girl’ label confessing, “I don’t even really know what that means.”

Clockwise From Top: Greta Gerwig stars in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, Greenberg, Portrait of Greta Gerwig, Hannah Takes the Stairs and in Arthur alongside Russell Brand



by Mara Siegler

Left: Penelope Cruz’s Chopard earrings done in Oscar-worthy fashion APRIL 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 69


he 0scar’s red carpet is perhaps the world’s largest and most drool-inducing display case for sparkling, drop-dead gorgeous jewels. Stars spend months searching for the perfect pendant, chandelier earring or jewelencrusted cuff and the viewing public tunes in breathlessly to watch the glittering spectacle. The event is meant to award movie talent, but let’s be honest: A golden statuette does not always determine the real winner. The point of this showbiz lovefest has always been the razzle-dazzle itself. Sure, the dress is important, but the jewels catch our eye and hold it there, mesmerizing and reminding us of what true Hollywood glamour is all about. Nothing twinkles on Oscar night like diamonds. “The brilliance of diamonds and platinum are always exaggerated when the cameras are flashing, that’s why they are the go-to for experienced starlets,” says an expert from CIRCA, leading global buyer of fine jewelry, diamonds and watches from the public. “The best example is Elizabeth Taylor. No one really remembers what she wore, but everyone still talks about her diamonds.” Actresses can turn into style icons overnight with the right sartorial choices, imprinting their image as the epitome of glamour in the minds of millions. Who can forget Gwyneth 70 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Paltrow’s’s pink dress with the 40-carat diamond necklace from Harry Winston? Or the fact that after she won best actress for Shakespeare in Love,, her father, Bruce Paltrow,, bought it for her. This is the stuff dreams are made of, and not just in Hollywood. Harry Winston was the first to lend celebrities jewels, starting with Jennifer Jones in 1944. Since then, it has become common practice amongst the biggest names in the jewelry industry. “For events of this magnitude and given the myriad of options Hollywood stars have to choose

from today,” says Steph Leke, spokesperson for David Webb, “we try to anticipate any last minute wardrobe changes by providing a well-edited, yet diverse selection of options from our vast collection. For instance, if an actress has decided on a black gown option, we’ll send both accented color suites (emeralds, rubies, coral, etc . . .) and more classic styles (platinum, gold, crystal, diamonds, etc . . .) in case a “must-wear” rainbow gown option magically appears in the eleventh hour.”

Top left: Chanel ring worn by Rose Byrne Middle: Graff multi shape diamond Art Deco earrings Bottom Right: Elizabeth Taylor.


Top left: Harry Winston earrings worn by Natalie Portman

Cocktail rings, dainty earrings, classic diamond drops, and large cuffs shone on Oscar night, but the choker was the main attraction. After a few seasons of bare necklines, the short necklace made its way back in a big way. Natalie Portman drew attention to her beautiful face with a platinum and diamond v-shaped cluster necklace and platinum and oval diamond drop earrings measuring 5.76 -carats each, both by Harry Winston. Miss Piggy, always the trend-setter, went vintage with a Fred Leighton diamond and platinum swirl necklace from the 1950’s and a pearl choker. Enhancing this look was a 40-carat 1950’s diamond and platinum swirl bracelet, a 1940’s ring, a diamond and platinum headband with approximately 10 carats of diamonds and a 1940’s diamond and platinum clip brooch, another trend of the night. Michelle Williams, a Best Actress nominee for the movie My Week with Marilyn, wore similar styles from the brand. She matched her coral Louis Vuitton with a 30 carat Fred Leighton for Forevermark diamond choker set in silver on gold. Paired with a vintage 19th century Fred Leighton bow brooch, she reached perfection. “The necklace added the right amount of sparkle to her strapless, coral dress,” Sally Morrison, chief marketing officer of Forevermark US tells us. “It was really exciting to see the re-emergence of necklaces on the red carpet at the Oscars. At the past few awards shows, celebrities have worn more subtle jewelry, so it was fun to see them choose more bold styles. There are no rules when it comes to selecting your style, but celebrities want to be sure their diamonds are beautiful, rare, and responsibly sourced.”

Cocktail rings, dainty earrings, classic diamond drops, and large cuffs shone, but the choker was the main attraction. SCENE STEALERS Jennifer Lopez was anything but subtle in her plunging Zuhair Murad gown paired with diamond drop earrings and platinum and diamond rings, all by Lorraine Schwartz. The amount of attention showered on Lopez was only surpassed by Angelina Jolie who sparked a commotion and subsequent Internet meme with her leg awkwardly posed in her slit-cut Atelier Versace. Decked in $2 million in Neil Lane jewelry, she shone in 20-carat cushion-cut diamond and platinum earrings, a 15-carat diamond ring and the pair of platinum and diamond pins worn on the back of her waist and measuring 25-carats.

Middle: Crossworks for Forevermark pink diamond ring worn by Zoe Saldana, Fred Leighton for Forevermark diamond choker worn by Michelle Williams

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Above: Cameron Diaz’s David Webb earrings

Cameron Diaz took the stage to present the Best Costume Design and Best Makeup wearing a white floor length Gucci gown and nearly $1 million in Tiffany jewelry including a very on-trend platinum and emerald-cut diamond choker paired with a signature David Webb rock crystal and diamond bracelet and earrings. Gwyneth Paltrow also wore white, making her mark in a cape by Tom Ford and bold cuff by Anna Hu. “The simplicity of the dress enhanced the ‘Wow’ factor of her jewels and didn’t fight with what she was wearing,” DeLaneau Boutique Director Janet Simonian notes of Paltrow’s look. “I definitely think that less is more especially when you are wearing high-wattage diamonds. It’s important to keep your look streamlined and elegant in order to carry off big pieces without looking garish. This is an absolute MUST when it comes to maintaining an elegant pulled-together look on the red carpet.”

Above: Cameron Diaz’s Tiffany ring

“Celebrities want to be sure their diamonds are beautiful, rare, and responsibly sourced.” —Sally Morrison, Forevermark IN LIVING COLOR

Above: Gwyneth Paltrow in Anna Hu Right: Lorraine Schwartz ring and earrings worn by Viola Davis 72 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

There were a few colorful standouts on the carpet. Bérénice Bejo went green with a mint Elie Saab and a pair of emerald and diamond drop earrings. They featured two pear-shaped 20-carat emerald drops suspended from two three-carat emeralds and two pear-shaped white diamonds set in both platinum and white gold. Viola Davis also went for green with green, pairing her bright Vera Wang strapless gown with Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings. Emma Stone also did her part to turn up the heat, pairing her red dress with rubies from Louis Vuitton. Meryl Streep dressed the part of the winner in a gold Lanvin dress matched with antique gold Fred Leighton earrings.

UNIQUE CHIC Kristen Wiig’s champagne-colored J.Mendel dress got mixed reviews from the fashion set, but there were no complaints about her Neil Lane jewels. She wore gorgeous wide diamond and platinum bracelets, platinum chandelier earrings and a unique cocktail ring. Jessica Chastain showed off her individuality with a black and gold Alexander McQueen and $2 million in Harry Winston baubles. Her grandmother, who was there as her date, couldn’t have said it better when she told TV cameras, “She’s a starlet now.”

Top right: Jessica Chastain’s Harry Winston earrings

Left: Kristen Wiig’s Neil Lane ring

Above: Cameron Diaz in Tiffany

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO . . . Since 2004’s Best Actress win by Charlize Theron, the top winners have been decked in jewelry from the haute house of Chopard. Michel Hazanavicius, winner of Best Director for The Artist, wore a watch from the Geneva-based brand. He wasn’t the only one from the French silent film to dazzle in their jewels. Uggie the dog wore a hand-crafted bowtie made of 18-carat yellow gold and satin, which will be auctioned off to benefit The Amanda Foundation, an animal rescue organization. When it comes to dressing those without fur, Chopard’s Prerna Balani explains, “Different dresses call for various jewelry motifs. For example a very modern dress may require angular jewelry pieces and emerald or baguette cut stones, whereas a classic look is more suited towards softer shapes such as marquise and pear cuts. Gowns from a previous era are best paired with vintage pieces, typically crafted in yellow gold. Having the sense for which styles fit with a dress requires an eye for style, and of course, numerous fittings!” ✦

Above: Uggie in his Academy Award bow tie, hand-crafted of 18kt yellow gold and satin by Chopard

Left: Chanel Bracelet Pluie de Cristal worn by Rose Byrne APRIL 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 73

Artists The Real Estate

It couldn’t be more black and white, Manhattan’s real estate superstars always know how to play their roles as market movers and shakers to the hilt. Real estate is the language that these leading lights speak. In any era-silent or talkie, and they all deserve an Oscar for their performances in the most exciting market in the world. Here they are, in AVENUE’s own take on the Academy Award-winning film presented to you . . . with pleasure. And now we present them to you . . . with pleasure. Photographed by Sophie Elgort Styled by Jules Wood

Hair by Yamasa Hiroshi and Christine Valentin ■ Makeup by Latisha Nicole and Cheyenne Timperio ■ Fashion assistance by Candice Bendetto ■ Photographer assistance by Brendan Stumpf ■ Production assistance by Amy Michelle Smith All cigars from Nat Sherman Inc. (12 E. 42nd St. New York, NY) 74 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Prudential Douglas Elliman Howard Lorber, Chairman Susan de Franรงa, President and Chief Executive Officer---DE Development Marketing

Susan is wearing necklace and earrings by Sam Lehr. Headband by Colette Malouf APRIL 2012 โ ข AVENUE VENUE MAGAZINE | 75

Glasses by Warby Parker 76 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012


Prudential Douglas Elliman Steven James, President of Manhattan Brokerage Howard Lorber, Chairman Stephen Kotler, Chief Operating Officer



Prudential Douglas Elliman Dottie Herman, President & CEO Steven James, President of Manhattan Brokerage

Dottie wears a bejeweled Headband by Colette Malouf 78 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012


Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group Kelly Kennedy Mack, President

Kelly wears a sequined shift dress by Manish Arora. White Gold and Diamond Earrings by Sam Lehr APRIL 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 79


THE SHOWSTOPPERS Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group Kelly Kennedy Mack, President Beth Fisher, Senior Managing Director James Lansill, Senior Managing Director Elaine Diratz, Managing Director Tricia Hayes Cole, Executive Managing Director

From left to right: On Kelly Mack: Dress by Manish Arora, Diamond Earrings by Sam Lehr On Beth Fisher: Diamond Necklace by Sam Lehr, Fur Jacket Stylists Own On James Lansill: Glasses by Warby Parker, Hat by Kangol On Elaine Diratz: Sequined Cardigan by Jaunt, Diamond Necklace and cuff by Sam Lehr On Tricia Hayes Cole: Jacket Stylists Own, Diamond Necklace by Sam Lehr



CORE Shaun Osher, Founder and CEO Tom Postilio, Founding Member and Managing Director

Tux in background from Screaming Mimi’s 82 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012


Sotheby’s International Realty Nikki Field, Senior Vice President

Nikki wears a sequined jacket by Brochu Walker, fur stole by Joie, bejeweled headband by Colette Malouf, necklace Stylists Own APRIL 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 83



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Town Residential Nicole Oge, Senior Vice President of Marketing Reid Price, Managing Director of New Development Wendy Maitland, Managing Director of Sales Matthew Van Damm, Director of Operations Andrew Heiberger, Founder & CEO

On Nicole Oge: 8k yellow and white gold necklace by Sam Lehr and Dress by Bill Blass, Necklace belt by Zoe Chicco. On Reid Price: Glasses by Warby Parker, Bow tie, stylists own. On Wendy Maitland: Sequin Blazer by Heidi Merrick. Diamond necklace and earrings by Sam Lehr. On Matthew Van Damm: Glasses by Warby Parker


Richard wears a vintage bow tie from Screaming Mimis 86 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012


Warburg Realty Richard Steinberg, Executive Managing Director



Stribling & Associates Center: Elizabeth Stribling, President Left to right: Elizabeth Ann Kivlan, EVP, Director of Marketing & Business Development Christopher Wilson, EVP, Director of Operations Kirk Henckels, EVP, Stribling Private Brokerage Kenneth Schef, EVP, Managing Director Steven Rutter, EVP, Managing Director, Stribling Marketing Associates Rebecca Mason, EVP, Director of Sales, Chelsea and Tribeca Offices

All diamond jewelry by Sam Lehr, all glasses by Warby Parker. Elizabeth Stribling’s headband by Colette Malouf 88 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012


ALWAYS PICTURE PERFECT Stribling & Associates Elizabeth Stribling, President

Beaded headband by Colette Malouf 90 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

WORKING THE ANGLES Warburg Realty Frederick W. Peters, President

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Brown Harris Stevens Hall F. Willkie, President



Brown Harris Stevens John Burger, Senior Vice President, Managing Director Hall F. Willkie, President Cathy Franklin, Director Erin Aries, Senior Vice President, Director Joan Goldberg, Vice President, Director Kathryn Steinberg, Senior Vice President, Managing Director Lisa Lippman, Senior Vice President, Director

All fine jewelry by Sam Lehr, beaded headbands by Colette Malouf 94 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012


Sotheby’s International Realty Ellie Johnson, Senior Vice President/Brokerage Manager, East Side Manhattan Kathryn Korte, President and CEO Diane Levine, Senior Vice President/Brokerage Manager, Downtown Manhattan

On Ellie Johnson: Diamond Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet by Sam Lehr. On Kathryn Korte: Yellow sequined dress by Bill Blass, Earrings and Necklace by Sam Lehr. On Diane Levine: Tiger Fur Jacket Stylists Own, Diamond Necklace by Sam Lehr, Fascinator Stylists Own APRIL 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 95

On Bess Freedman: Sequined Jacket by Reformation, Hat Stylists Own, Diamond Necklace by Sam Lehr. On Elizabeth Henry: Bejeweled Headband by Colette Malouf, Diamond Earrings and Necklace by Sam Lehr 96 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

MAKING THE NEWS Corcoran Bill Cunningham, Executive Managing Director, East Side Bess Freedman, Senior Managing Director, East Side Pam Liebman, President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Henry, Senior Managing Director, East Side


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Pam Liebman, President and Chief Executive Officer



Sotheby’s International Realty Roger Erickson, Senior Managing Director




Halstead Diane M. Ramirez, President, with Joey the Dog

Diane wears 18K White Gold and Diamond Earrings by Sam Lehr, Necklace (worn as belt) by Zoe Chicco 102 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012


THE PERFORMERS Halstead Property Diane M. Ramirez, President Jim Gricar, General Sales Manager Louise Phillips Forbes, Executive Vice President Brian Lewis, Executive Vice President

THE PERFORMERS UP CLOSE . . . Halstead Property Diane M. Ramirez, President Jim Gricar, General Sales Manager

On Diane Ramirez: Skirt by Heidi Merrick, Accessories Same as previous. On Louise Phillips Forbes: Sequined Dress by Jaunt 104 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

HEAD CASTING AGENT The Villani Group Teresa Villani, President

Teresa wears Stylist’s own fur jacket, Sequined Jacket by Reformation, Diamond Earrings and Necklace by Sam Lehr APRIL 2012 • AVENUE MAGAZINE | 105



Gumley Haft Kleier Laurel Rosenbluth, Senior Vice President Samantha Kleier-Forbes, Executive Vice President Ian Kleier, Co-President Michelle Kleier, President and Chairman Isabel Solmonson, Associate Broker Sabrina KleierMorgenstern, Executive President Laurel Rosenbluth wears a Flower pin by Alexis Bitter, Samantha Kleier-Forbes wears a vintage dress stylist own, diamond necklace by Sam Lehr. Ian Kleier wears a vintage bow tie from Screaming Mimis,Isabel Solmonson wears a skirt by Bill Blass, and Belt by Carolyn Curtis, Earring by Sam Lehr, and necklace by Sam Lehr



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mbrace the weather and step into the light of one of Manhattan’s finest terraces. Located on the top floor of a coveted building in an unbeatable location off Park Avenue, this elegant penthouse commands four open exposures and overlooks the city skyline from every window. Take in the views as you enter the gracious foyer, while relaxing in your living room by an art-deco inspired marble fireplace or while feasting in your grand corner dining room. Step out onto your terrace through a set of triple French doors, or access it through any other major room. The bedroom wing includes a grand master suite with three exposures, walk-in closets and windowed bath, and a second bedroom suite with upholstered walls, a windowed bath and customfitted dressing room. Grow your own fresh green spices on the window sill of your chef’s kitchen with top of the line stainless steel appliances. “Forget the Hamptons and enjoy your luxurious, yet serene outdoors in the city, throughout the year,” says Tristan Harper, Senior Vice President of Prudential Douglas Elliman, who represents the property together with Rick Friedberg. A favorite among the city’s elite home-buyers and home-sellers, Tristan Harper is recognized among the country’s topmost brokers. He is trusted and cherished for his command of the market, sensitivity to customers’ needs and skillful negotiating expertise. His gracious demeanor and eminently refined European background add up to what has been dubbed in the media as “The Harper Factor.” For more information about this property and other comparable homes please call 917.697.7845 or email tharper@elliman.com ✦ —Mara Siegler 108 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Above: Relax by the fireplace in the comfortable living room Below: The serene views from the terrace are perfect anytime of day

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Minimally Invasive Surgery The art of performing orthopedic and arthroscopic procedures

Dr. Harr

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r. Haar offers nearly 30 years of experience at performing orthopedic and arthroscopic procedures. An astute diagnostician on the cutting edge of his field, his office functions as a state-of-the-art, office-based surgical facility, allowing patients to be operated on in a safe, friendly environment in a convenient location. Patients come to Dr. Haar for his advanced training in the field of orthopedic surgery and to get a skillful, experienced opinion for what their problem is and how to treat it. Each plan is carefully and specifically tailored to the individual. Attending lectures and staying up-to-date with the latest advances, the doctor has stayed current on such things as cartilage preservation, joint adjuvants and the latest arthroscopic techniques. “There are advances in arthroscopic techniques and we are certainly moving towards the most minimally invasive techniques” says Dr. Haar. “I attend a lot of seminars, and talk to a lot of vendors and equipment manufacturers who create these devices and instruments in an effort to enhance our abilities with more predictable results.” Arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery in highly active patients is the most popular treatment for Dr. Haar’s patients. The recovery time depends on the procedure, age of the patient and level of fitness. “With newer innovations, we are able to decrease the recovery time exponentially faster than when you compare it to 10 or 15 years ago,” states Dr. Haar. Patients always come first and are treated with care and understanding. “I’m passionate about what I do to help patients non surgically and as a last resort surgically. I control and supervise the entire outpatient surgical experience to enhance patient satisfaction,” Dr. Haar says when asked what he loves most about his work. “There’s absolutely a sense of pride over what I do and what I’ve accomplished. It’s extremely rewarding to be able to perform procedures in a way that I know will benefit my patients. I’m at the stage in my career where I know that I’m very skillful, without putting a feather in my own cap. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years, and the procedures I do, I know I do well. ✦

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TRUMP INT'L HOTEL & TOWER: Best view & price! Highly

apartment, this prewar ±5,200 sq ft 5 bedroom duplex is grand and gracious. $10,750,000.WEB: A0017605

coveted 2 bedrooms with Park views. $5,750,000. WEB: A0017992


212.606.7612 | www.roger-erickson.com

EAST SIDE MANHATTAN BROKERAGE | sothebyshomes.com/nyc 38 EAST 61ST STREET NEW YORK, NY 10065 T 212.606.7660 F 212.606.7661 Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. is owned and operated by NRT LLC. Sotheby’s International Realty® is a registered trademark.





5 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, 2 Half Baths 8,900 ± sq. ft. WEB: 0075676

7 Bedrooms, 8 Baths, 5 Half Baths 17,113 ± sq. ft. WEB: 0075170






$17,900,000 6 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, 2 Half Baths 8,574± sq. ft. WEB: 0075470

$11,200,000 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, 3 Half Baths 9,316± sq. ft. WEB: 0075514



$11,900,000 7 Bedrooms, 7 Baths, 3 Half Baths 8,665± sq. ft. WEB: 0075516

$9,450,000 5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths 6,579± sq. ft. WEB: 0075474

BANYAN ROAD ESTATE $7,995,000 6 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths 7,581± sq. ft. WEB: 0075442


$8,495,000 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, 3 Half Baths 8,432± sq. ft. WEB: 0075437

$4,700,000 5 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths, 11,070± sq. ft. WEB: 0075689



$2,950,000 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths 3,013± sq. ft. WEB: 0075092

$5,350,000 6 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, 2 Half Baths 6,960± sq. ft. WEB: 0075175

PALM BEACH BROKERAGE | sothebyshomes.com/palmbeach 340 ROYAL POINCIANA WAY, SUITE 337, PALM BEACH, FL 33480 T 561.659.3555 F 561.655.2359 CRISTINA CONDON T 561.301.2211 | www.cristinacondon.com Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. is owned and operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, LLC. Sotheby’s International Realty® is a registered trademark.





BREAKERS ROW DIRECT OCEANFRONT $8,995,000 Rare Opportunity! Spectacular Direct Oceanfront residence totally renovated and impeccably designed. Exquisite details throughout. Private cabana included and all the amenities and services in this most desirable address. For Appointment Call Carole Koeppel 561.329.0019.



Grand waterfront estate. Exceptional clubhouse and private Beach Club. $5,200,000 WEB: 0075616

Exquisite restoration of original 1918 estated. Located in the new desirable “So So” Location. $2,900,000 WEB: 0075258



Grand residence with spacious floor plan. Overlooks the intracoastal waterway and Palm Beach. $3,250,000 WEB: 0075627

Classically designed and lives like an oceanfront home, direct views and wrap around terraces. Cabana included. $2,895,000

PALM BEACH BROKERAGE | sothebyshomes.com/palmbeach 340 ROYAL POINCIANA WAY, SUITE 337, PALM BEACH, FL 33480 T 561.659.3555 F 561.655.2359 CAROLE KOEPPEL T 561.329.0019 | BRETT KOEPPEL T 561.310.8494 THE KOEPPEL TEAM carole.koeppel@sothebyshomes.com brett.koeppel@sothebyshomes.com Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. is owned and operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, LLC. Sotheby’s International Realty® is a registered trademark.


GWATHMEY MASTERPIECE, DEEDED OCEAN ACCESS SAGAPONACK Custom Built Modern I 7 Bedrooms I Pool House I Tennis $24,000,000. WEB: 0036413 Bridgehampton Brokerage, Beate V. Moore, SVP, 631.613.7316

EXQUISITE ESTATE, EXPANSIVE 3+/- ACRE GROUNDS SAGAPONACK 11,800+/- sq. ft. I 7 Bedrooms I Pool House I Tennis I Basketball $19,500,000. WEB: 0036510 Bridgehampton Brokerage, Dana Trotter, SVP, 631.613.7346

OCEANFRONT PERFECTION IN WAINSCOTT 3.25+/- acres I 3 en-suite bedrooms I 2 living rooms I tennis $16,250,000. WEB: 0055559 Southampton Brokerage, John McHugh, VP, 631.227.4937

HISTORIC RESTORATION - PRIVATE SOUTHAMPTON ESTATE Impeccable I 3.5+/- acres I 8000 sq. ft. I 6 bedrooms I 5.5 baths $6,975,000. WEB: 0055723 Southampton Brokerage, Harald Grant, SVP, 631.227.4913

STRIKING AND SOPHISTICATED, EAST HAMPTON 1.4+/- Acres I Reserve on 3 Sides I 5 Bedrooms I 3 Baths $2,650,000. WEB: 0045334 East Hampton Brokerage, Bill Williams, SVP Marcia Miller, 631.907.8465/8482

WATERFRONT COTTAGE ON THREE MILE HARBOR EAST HAMPTON Stylishly Renovated I 3 Bedrooms I 3 Baths I Pool I Dock $2,995,000. WEB: 0045191 East Hampton Brokerage, Rylan Jacka, SVP, 631.907.8475


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BRIDGEHAMPTON 2446 MAIN STREET, BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY 11932 T 631.537.6000 F 631.537.1876 EAST HAMPTON 6 MAIN STREET, EAST HAMPTON, NY 11937 T 631.324.6000 F 631.324.3558 SAG HARBOR 7 SPRING STREET, SAG HARBOR, NY 11963 T 631.725.6000 F 631.725.0862 SOUTHAMPTON 50 NUGENT STREET, SOUTHAMPTON, NY 11968 T 631.283.0600 F 631.283.0921 Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Downs farm used with permission. Sotheby’s International Realty does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage or other information.


Roles Professionals with a Passion for Giving Back

For Manhattan’s leading professionals it’s not enough to just be at the top of their fields. They are as deeply invested in giving back through charity as they are at excelling in their career. We gathered a few of them to discuss the work they do at the office and for the causes closest to their hearts.

We were inspired and think you will be too. If you would like to get involved: The Skin Cancer Foundation The leading skin cancer prevention and information organization. 212.725.5176 www.skincancer.org/

Community Options Provides housing, support services and advocacy assistance to help empower people with disabilities. 212.227.9110 www.comop.org

The Animal Medical Center An academic veterinary clinic & national leader in comprehnsive pet care. 212. 838.8100 www.amcny.org


Supporting roleS

Dominic Paolillo

Brown Harris Stevens Sales Associate

Tell us about a cause you are passionate about and why it is important to you. I’m a big supporter of The Animal Medical Center, which became important to me personally about 4 years ago when at 9pm my new puppy got injured. I took him to AMC and they treated him like royalty. I realized in an instant how special a place it is. What is your greatest success story? Anytime I accomplish my client s goals I consider that a success. I’ve had many successes throughout my career. One of the reasons is discretion. During this very important, private and personal journey of buying or selling I make a pact with every customer and client that I will keep their transaction in the utmost confidence. I am never at liberty to discuss details of any particular sale or “success.” It’s why people like to work with me. What sets you apart as a broker? Professionalism and being informed. My foundation is one of fiduciary responsibility. I will do anything and everything in the interest of my client or buyer. I pride myself on that approach. This is an information and service-oriented business. I am up-to-date on all inventory and pertinent information to help people achieve their goals. I have a solid network in place that allows me to be successful and enables my buyers and sellers to make informed decisions, as well as be the first one in an apartment as it hits the market. What are the current trends in the residential real estate market? There is good activity in the market due to no excess of inventory. The economy is doing well in the city. New York is the capital of the world, which equates to a high demand. However, buyers are still price-sensitive at all levels and require that anything they pay is justifiable. Well-priced apartments sell quickly and as new product comes on, particularly in the upper end of the market, there is a “buzz.” When is a good time to buy? The best time to buy is when you have a need. Residential real estate is primarily shelter. The demand is driven by someone selling another property or moving due to a lifestyle change for either more or less space. It is always necessary to address these issues or else the next time it rains they are going to get wet.

Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate 445 Park Avenue, 11th Floor 212.906.9307 DPaolillo@bhsusa.com www.bhsusa.com



Brown Harris Stevens, LLC

Dr. Deborah Sarnoff

Cosmetique Dermatology, Laser & Plastic Surgery, LLP Tell us about a cause you are passionate about and why it is important to you. I serve on the Board and am Senior Vice President of The Skin Cancer Foundation, which was founded by Dr. Perry Robins in 1979. I’m passionate about the work we do to save lives. Many people don’t know that one person dies of malignant melanoma every hour. Skin cancer, the world’s most common cancer, is now occurring at epidemic levels. Yet with early detection, melanoma is entirely curable. Since 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, you could say that skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease. Our goal at The Skin Cancer Foundation is to spread the gospel about the dangers of the sun and educate the public about prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. What procedures can help correct sun damage? The rate of skin cancer in young women is increasing at an alarming rate. Much of this is due to young women patronizing indoor tanning salons and sunbathing because they think they look better with a tan. But what they are not thinking about is the premature aging and damage to their skin – i.e., the age spots, broken blood vessels and wrinkles. The good news is that with the right combination of lasers, peels, fillers and Botox®, a lot of that photodamage can be reversed. I tell my patients, fine leather belongs on your handbag – not your face! What sets you apart from others in your field? In my private practice, I specialize in cancer and cosmetic dermatology. Although these might seem like polar opposites, in reality, I bridge two worlds of medicine whose goals are the same: to help people stay healthy and to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. I specialize in treating skin cancer with a precise technique called Mohs surgery, which provides the highest cure rate and the best cosmetic result. Sharing an office and being married to a plastic surgeon for many years, Dr. Robert H. Gotkin, I have


Dr. Deborah S. Sarnoff Board Certified Dermatologist 625 Park Avenue 212.794.4000 www.cosmetiqueMD.com

developed a keen aesthetic eye. As a woman of a “certain age,” I truly relate to my patients and feel I have my finger on the pulse of what women want. My philosophies regarding anti-aging and nonsurgical rejuvenation are expressed in my books Beauty and the Beam: Your Complete Guide to Cosmetic Laser Surgery and Instant Beauty: Getting Gorgeous On Your Lunch Break (St. Martin’s Press). What are the new trends and innovations for 2012? I’m currently writing a book, entitled “How to Never Need a Facelift,” which describes my 9-step PHACELIFT program combining photoprotection (the right sunscreen); hydration (the right moisturizer); antioxidants; cosmeceuticals; exfoliation; lasers; injectables; fillers; and, tissue tightening to delay the facelift . . . in some cases, indefinitely. Every day, I try to practice what I preach. After all, as the plastic surgeon’s wife I’m still not ready to go under the knife!


Supporting roleS

Karen Stone

Town Residential Representative

What distinguishes Town from other real estate firms? Town was built around an unwavering commitment to customer service, both to its representatives and to its clients. This means providing exceptional service and dynamic resources unlike anything our industry has ever seen. One small example is the dedicated hotel-style concierge in each of our six offices, who is specifically there to help our clients with everything from their moves, storage, travel accommodations, and even tickets to the hottest shows in town. Also, face-to-face communication and good old fashioned customer service has often been neglected in this fast-paced world of technology. At Town, our clients cannot only expect to be greeted in our exceptional state-of-theart offices but also be offered little things such as a cold drink or hot coffee the moment they get there. Also, while Town may only be 16 months old, there is nothing new about the industry leaders who make up our team. From management to the representatives, our professionals have been in the industry for many years and have extensive experience in multiple different facets of real estate. What was your biggest deal or most successful project? My most successful transaction was helping a truly great couple from Mozambique relocate to this big city of ours. They didn’t know the city very well, including which neighborhood to live in, what type of building would suit them best, what options were out there, etc. I enjoyed listening to their needs and felt very gratified when we eventually found them the perfect home on the Upper East Side. They had heard stories about how hard the process is and I was excited to help educate them about the process, negotiate on their behalf, navigate through the obstacles, and eventually hand them the keys to their very own piece of Manhattan. It was rewarding to realize that I wasn’t just finding them an apartment or roof over their head — I was helping them find a new home. Are there any client stories you can share? Every client I work with has an interesting story to share that’s what keeps my job interesting. I recently worked with an Academy Award nominee actress looking for her second home. I was introduced to her by an onsite salesperson at a building where a few of my clients have ended up. We actually became friends and I now see her more than almost any other client. I’m waiting for her to invite me to an award show! Another memory that stands out is a couple that was moving to New York from

California. The husband mentioned in passing that they wanted to see War Horse, but it was sold out. I got on the phone with our concierge service and they got him tickets for a showing that night. He was pretty floored. What are most of your clients looking for? [Laughs] A good deal! They’re obviously looking for the best bargain, but they also want to make sure they’ve done their diligence, which means working with a broker who’s patient and resilient. They are looking for someone that stays in touch with them and doesnt make them feel like just another number. It all comes down to hiring someone who’s knowledgeable about the process and inventory. I also find that the relationship I have with my clients is not just during the search, the negotiation process, or showing up at the closing. It’s actually most important to keep in touch with them after they get the keys, following up to make sure they are settled in. What do you see for the year ahead in your real estate market? The Manhattan market is extremely tight, which means there’s a lot less out there than even a year ago. Some people are still worried about losing their jobs, which means fewer New Yorkers are moving around. Ultimately this leads to limited inventory and a more competitive market, both in rentals and in sales. On the rental side vacancy is extremely low and continues to decrease, which increases rents on available inventory. With sales, we see more and more people exploring purchase options as they get discouraged by increasing rents, especially those paying over $4,000 per month. I have also seen a lot more activity from foreign buyers in the high-end market and from families looking to stay in the city versus moving out to the suburbs, all of which further increase demand in the sales market. Tell us about a cause you are passionate about and why it is important to you. I am the President of the metro New York chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association and support the community of alums through social and professional development, and community service events. One of the most rewarding aspects of this role is when I can connect current students and/or alums when it comes to job opportunities. With over 13,000 alums in the area it's amazing how easy it is to connect.

Town Residential 239 East 79th Street New York, NY 10075 917.858.1261 kstone@townrealestate.com

VILLA CLAIRMONT Magnificent Hilltop Home in St. Croix with 360 Degree Views

This newly-restored vintage villa sits on the highest hilltop in St. Croix, rewarding guests with unobstructed panoramic views of the entire island. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite the gentle Trade Winds to stream through the main lounge, and a state-of-the-art outdoor bar and veranda provide one of the best outdoor dining and cocktail settings on the island. This highly-anticipated, new construction offers relaxed comfort amidst the finest quality furniture, appliances and amenities. A total of four separate villas make this property the perfect retreat for couples or large families. Our concierge service provides transportation, kitchen provisioning and access to the Carambola Beach Club as well as any other service guests might desire. Please call Tom Pinchbeck at 340.277.1976

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TOWN Residential, LLC is a licensed real estate broker and proud member of REBNY. Town Residential LLC is a partnership with Thor Equities LLC. We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

Carol Cohen

Randi Greene




East 60s. 49th flr. Outstanding views. 5,678SF. 11 rooms, 4BR. Chef’s eat-in kitchen. Luxury condo, parking plus health club. Available for rent $70,000/month. $20M. WEB# 1549684. Margery R. Hadar 212-906-9314 John Burger 212-906-9274

CPW. Only duplex in 1 CPW. Sitting on the 49th and 50th fls with 4,266SF and 4BR/4.5BA. Gorgeous Western exposure of the river. Triple mint. 5- star service. $18M. WEB# 1557703. Kyle Blackmon 212-588-5648

West 86th St. Classic 25’ wide, 6 story elevator bldg circa 1905. 14 units, high ceils, wbfp, orig details. 9,200+SF. Can be delivered vacant. Rarely available. $8.495M. WEB# 1530340. Gerald Crown 212-906-9319 Burt Savitsky 212-906-9337

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Beth Hirsch

Jennie Holman




East 60s/Park Ave. Expansive 12 rooms into 11 w/prvt elev. All major rms (80+’) on Park Ave. 4BR, 4.5 bath, libr, media room, FDR, EIK, 2 staff rms, 2 wbfp. FS. $7.9M. WEB# 1556060. Leslie W. Singer 212-588-5675 John Venekamp 212-588-5619

Chelsea. Dramatic apartment with 3BR and 3.5 baths, LR w/20’ ceils, open chef’s kitchen, gas FP, oversized MBR with private balcony, direct river views, pets OK. $7.25M. WEB# 1541344. Nancy Candib 212-906-9302 Dominic R. Paolillo 212-906-9307

Carnegie Hill. Most desirable 4BR, 4 bath FS Co-op, grand rooms throughout, FDR, LR w/ wbfp, eat-in kitchen, and 2 maid’s converted to office and media rooms. SW exposures, fitness room, pets OK. $6.25M. WEB# 1557541. Elayne Roskin 212-906-9336

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Vince Mauro




W 57th St/Columbus Circle. 52nd flr, 1,573SF, 2BR, 2 bath condo. 32’ long LR w/2 balcs,180 degree views incl all of CP, Midtown, bridges, Hudson River, WTC. $5.1M. WEB# 1568723. Drew Glick 212-396-5883 Richard F. Ferrari 212-396-5885

Sutton Place. Superbly renovated large, high floor, 6 room apt in top Sutton Place building. Fine Georgian paneling, stone fireplace and oak floors. Incredible kitchen, maid’s room and bath. $4.25M. WEB# 1554106. Armin B. Allen, ELC Div 212-396-5851

Fifth Avenue. An enchanting ‘big small’ maisonette with perfectly scaled high ceilinged rooms in the most prestigious Candela prewar Co-op. Food service. 4 rooms. $3.5M. WEB# 1559532. Caroline E. Y. Guthrie, ELC Div 212 396-5858

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Elsie C. Nelson

19 East 72nd strEEt Rarely does an apartment become available in this exquisite 1936-1937 limestone faced building on the northwest corner of Madison Avenue at 72nd Street. Designed by not only one but two premiere architects of their day, Rosario Candela and Mott Schmidt, this building is considered one of the top ten buildings in Manhattan. Apartment 11A initially was 11 rooms with 3 bedrooms and bathrooms en suite. There is an enormous reception hall, a corner 30 foot salon bathed in sunlight and an adjoining library also with a wood burning fireplace and a full bath. Off the reception hall there is a proper powder room with its own anteroom. The dining room is baronial and is also flooded with sun light. The butler’s pantry and kitchen have been meticulously restored to the original 1937 St Charles cabinets and kitchen yet with all the state of the art appliances of today including a fabulous wine cellar. The original owner of this apartment moved in 1937 and stayed for nearly 50 years. The current owners are only the third family to live there- a rarity in the Manhattan of today. The apartment has been meticulously renovated twice by the current owners during their 20 years there who left no stone unturned. In addition to the interior magnificence the view from every window from every room is a treat. From the 11th floor you see the view down Madison Avenue and there is not one unpleasant outlook. Cast your eyes downward from the salon and three bedrooms and you see not only the beauty of the Ralph Lauren buildings but the grass roof garden as well. 19 East 72nd Street is an architectural masterpiece in the middle of one of the most beautiful blocks on the Upper East Side. Web# 1537113.

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Samuel Thomas Milbank

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Properties of the Month A selection of deluxe residences

sotheby’s Palm BEaCH luxury Breakers Row, one of the most desirable residences in Palm Beach, is situated directly on the ocean and next door to the Internationally renowned Breakers Hotel. The oceanfront residence, complete with poolside cabana, has undergone a complete renovation and reconfiguration by Los Angles designer Roy Sklarin. Grand in proportions with direct ocean views, this is truly a one-of-a-kind residence for the discriminating few. Please contact Carole Koeppel at 561.329.0019.

Corcoran EntErtainEr’s DrEam HomE Return to the good life of glamorous lawn and pool parties in this 1850’s carriage house, brilliantly re-mastered to the highest standards of detail with stateof-the-art technology. This beautifully manicured 6,000 square-foot country home sits on a private lane in the Estate Section of Water Mill. With a heated Gunite pool and pool house, it packs a major-wow factor for the consummate host. Please contact Tim Davis at 516.356.5736.







duplex penthouse 2BR, 3 bath. Giant living room and huge studio, 672SF private roof decks, 44 windows, 4 exposures. Part-time doorman, video security, key-lock elevator. $4.25M. Web#1846494 Joel Stanger, VP 212.381.6509 Emily F. Kingston, SVP 212.381.4242

LOFT-LIKE CONDO 60s/E Excl. Top bldg. 5BR/5BA. Mint condition, 3,500SF, chef’s kit, W/D. City views, fitness, playrm, rfdk. $3.995M. Also for rent $19,995/month. Web#2220165 Eloise Johnson, EVP 212.381.3224

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Eastside Excl. Perfect views of the park from LR, MBR & terr of this lrg 2BR/2BA in prime 5th Ave bldg with garage, gym & storage. $3.75M. Web#1949143 Sharon Bergh, SVP 212.381.2211

STUNNING 2BR PENTHOUSE Times Sq Excl. 2BR/2.5BA PH w/prvt terr. Watch the world from high above in this F/S condo. Amazing home or investment. $2.9M. Web#2262933 Joe Monteleone, SVP 212.381.2490

MAGNIF SUTTON 7 57th St/E Excl. Classic 7 to 4BR, white glove co-op, gracious rms, EIK, DR, 3BA, laundry room. Entry hall LR w/wbfp, views of river and bridge. $2.7M. Web#6654 Lily Wong, SVP 212.381.2256

YOUR LIFESTYLE 70s/East Excl. White glove co-op. Split, corner 2BR/2BA w/balcony. Triple mint, high flr, stunning views, no detail overlooked. $2,191 mt. $1.845M. Web#2258545 Lisa Holland Davis, SVP/Bruce Davis 212.381.3380/3331

CARNEGIE HILL 3 BEDROOM 90s/East Excl. Sunny mint condo w/3 full baths. Tasteful renov w/customized built-ins, sunny WEIK. Sep DA, W/D. F/S bldg. $1.65M. Web#2254427 Barbara Good, EVP 212.381.2237 cOnnEcTicUT

LIGHT AND VIEWS 70s/E Excl. Estate cond 2BR/2BA has been beautifully kept. Large LR, sep DR, MBR w/en suite bath and balcony. W/D. F/S, 24hr DM. $1.449M. Web#2257375 Mark D. Friedman/Robert Cabrera, SVPs 212.381.2379/2281

GORGEOUS 2BR ALL NEW 80s/W Excl. Stunning all new 2BR (conv 3) in a F/S co-op. Prewar character meets ultra chic modern. Chef’s kitchen, new baths. $1.35M. Web#2256493 Jeffrey Tanenbaum 212.381.3308

INTRODUCING NOROTON GREEN Darien, CT. 1st of eight 3BR/3BA homes in planned Green certification development w/assoc. Minutes to shops & train. $1.395M. Web#98516207 Joan Waggner/Hawes Team 203.962.5907/5538

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real estate Brown Harris stevens specTacular candela duplex on park aVenue This distinguished prewar co-op was designed by renowned architect Rosario Candela in 1927. The classic 12-room duplex commands over 100 feet of Park Avenue frontage and features grand scale rooms with a graceful layout accentuated by magnificent original architectural elements. Soaring ceilings are enhanced by traditional moldings and pristine original herringbone flooring is found in the public rooms. There is a grand 31’ living room, a 25’ formal dining room, a handsome paneled library, a vast Chef’s kitchen, 5 bedrooms, including a large master suite, and 4 fireplaces. Two outside staff rooms are also available for sale. Please contact John Burger at 212.906.9274.

klemm sTylisH counTry Home Introducing a very chic, understated traditional home on 3+ high open acres. It features an extraordinary gourmet kitchen/family room and a fabulous first floor master with luxurious twin baths. There are three ensuite bedrooms upstairs, one with a sleeping porch. Very high-end finish work accentuates the rooms and there are elegantly appointed rooms ideal for entertaining. Furnishings selected and assembled by noted designer-owner John David Hunter are available for purchase separately. Please contact Beverly Mosch at 860.868.7313.

Halstead Visionary TownHouse Located in Greenwich Village, this brand new, exquisite 9,000-squarefoot, 5-story elevator townhouse rental was conceived and designed by visionary Timothy Barry in partnership with SPaN Architects. Boasting 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths, this chic minimalist residence features a stunning spacious kitchen, front and rear parlors, a private terrace, full screening room, gym, wine storage room and enormous staff kitchen. Please contact Chris Pomeroy and Richard Orenstein, 212.381.2531 or 212.381.4249. 128 | AVENUE MAGAZINE • APRIL 2012

Full Floor 5th Avenue Prewar Condo

Mint & Remarkable 5-story East 75th TH

Grand 13 Rooms on the Upper East Side

Elegant Prwr 11 Rm Riverfront Masterpiece

Faces CP & Met Museum, pvt elev landing, grand, grac rms w sweeping CP views. Hi ceils, 4BRs + libr, 5 bths, 3 fplcs. $22M. Web #1286950. M.Grau 212-452-4361

Builtin2000toclassicTHstandards.5BRs,7fplcs,S-facing grdn, 2 balcs, elev. State-of-art plumbing, wiring & radiant flrs$11.9M.Web#1294509.K.Henckels212-452-4402

6BRswensuitebths;pristineprwrdetails,2WBFPs;LR& DRwPark&EastRiverviews.$9.45M.Web#1294317. A.Lambert 212-452-4408 /M.Achilles 212 452 4396

LR,libr,MBRdirectlyonE.Rvr.FDR,4BR,5bth,2WBFPs,2 staffrms.TopFSbldgwgym.$7.395M.Web#1295394. B.Evans-Butler 212-452-4391/C.Kurtin 212-452-4406

Sunny Mint Classic 7 on Park Avenue

7 Gracie Sq: Views! East River + CS Park

Renov 3BR, 3 Bth Emery Roth E 52nd Co-op

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Renov, 80+ft looking W on Park Ave. LR & DRs perf for entertaining. EIK w top applis. MBR w mrbl bth, 2BRs w bth.$4.19M.Web#1295748.D.Benedek212-452-4455

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At whAt Address would you like to live?

Maybe right on Gramercy Park, with a key to the park so I could stand inside and look at passers-by through the fence and say “Mwah ha haaa! You can’t come in here!” when did you first feel like A new yorker? whAt hAppened?

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I like Good in the West Village for brunch. (Does this mean I get free lemon ricotta pancakes next time I go in there?) For dinner I always love going to Supper in the East Village. Love the vibe in that place as well as the food. whAt pArt of the new york lifestyle cAn’t you live without?

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Walking out of my apartment door and seeing a completely naked homeless man getting ready for his day in the driveway next door. Oh, is this is supposed to be a good memorable moment? Umm - my debut on SNL? whAt is your fAvorite new york sound?

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That time I got to that place in a cab without having an anxiety attack.

whAt do you wAnt to be when you grow up?

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Tyndal Point. $44.99M* Top Sale In 2011 LISTED & SOLD 11/11

East Hampton. $6.295M* LISTED & SOLD 5/11

East Hampton. $5.95M*

SOLD 11/11

Southampton. $26.9M* SOLD 5/11

Southampton. $7.95M*

SOLD 11/11

Wainscott. 8.25M* SOLD 4/11

Sagaponack. $9.95M*

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Sagaponack. $15.9M* SOLD 1/11

Sag Harbor. $7.9M*

2012 Off To A Good Start IN CONTRACT 2/12

Bridgehampton. $19.75M*


Amagansett. $1.895M*


Amagansett. $7.9M*

Southampton to Montauk... Sagaponack to Sag Harbor With over $150M sold in 2011, Gary DePersia has shown why buyers, sellers, renters and investors continue to contact him for all their needs in the Hamptons. In just sixteen years on the East End, Gary has participated in over a billion dollars of real estate transactions with more than 200 of his exclusive listings sold and closed, as well as matching hundreds of his own buyers and renters with the right properties. Benchmark 2011 sales included the 55 acre bay front estate Tyndal Point ($44.99M*) and the 2+ acre oceanfront residence Meadow Lane Development ($26.995M*) to two of his own buyers. His inventory of sensational exclusive listings from Quogue to Montauk and from Sagaponack to Sag Harbor includes such standouts as Bridgehampton’s record setting Sandcastle, the 40-acre enclave known as Sagaponack Greens, the incredible EdgeďŹ eld, now in contract for the highest price ever achieved on Highland Terrance, and over a dozen new construction projects. With four licensed assistants Gary easily covers over $400M worth of properties he has currently listed. Contact Gary DePersia to explore the full range of services available to sell, buy rent or invest in the Hamptons today.

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SOLD 1/12

East Hampton. $7.25M*



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