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t’s hard to believe that 2018 is coming to a close, it feels like the year passed in the blink of an eye. As we say goodbye to this year there are many things worth celebrating as we usher in 2019- our family, healthy, friends, and freedom. For December we featured the colorful larger than life artist- Christo whose celebrated body of public artwork with his late wife Jeanne Claude has touched millions of lives around the world through a visceral connection. His gifted artistic vision and colorful life has been shaped by war and revolution, political uprising and asylum which has given him the strength and fortitude to overcome the impossible.

Though temporary, his large scale artworks can take decades before they are actually realized and Christo candidly discusses the real stories behind creating his massive public projects. December is a time to celebrate the arts with Art Basel Miami kicking off this month. The impressive Warhol retrospective at the Whitney on display through the end of March was the inspiration for our Nod to Mod fashion shoot that channels Edie Sedgwick and The Factory Girl. As holidays are all about a whirlwind of parties, we also shot our gorgeous holiday fashion spread at the $39 Million Holiday House that has been meticulously designed

by some of the leading interior designers around the country. Of course with the holidays, winter travel and New Year’s Eve destinations are on our minds. Our eye candy destinations this month feature the warm climes of the Caribbean and Mexico, sophisticated cities of Europe, and the splashy destination of Las Vegas. Whether you are home for the holidays or jetting off to an exotic locale, take the time to celebrate life as we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019 with open arms. Follow me on my adventures @hillarylatos

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The joy one feels after giving the perfect gift can be as strong as joy one feels when opening the perfect gift. The ideal present is both unique and personal, letting the recipient know how deeply you care. From the style expert and fashionista to the wine and cocktail connoisseur, here are our picks for the top holiday gifts of 2018.

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his season the Holiday House has opened in a luxurious, new eight-bedroom limestone townhouse at 118 East 76th Street on one of New York’s most beautiful blocks. Founded by 21-year veteran breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner, Holiday House NYC donates all gala and ticket sales proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), and has become one of the City’s leading interior design events. Over 20 talented design firms transformed each room of the newly-built 32-foot-wide mansion, creating luxuriously appointed spaces and innovative designs loosely inspired by “holiday” themes, such as a “Getaway in Paris,” the

“Crysthanamum Festival” and the “Modern Royal.” “We are delighted to be honoring our dear friends and colleagues Design Chairs Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Vicente Wolf and our inspiring Honorary Chair Tracy Anderson. We are incredibly grateful to Richard Steinberg and Douglas Elliman for providing our gifted designers with such a marvelous canvas on which to work for the 11th edition of Holiday House NYC. Together we are building awareness about and funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,” says Ms. Dankner. For the first time this year, Holiday House NYC will feature fully “shoppable” rooms. Everything - including furnishings, lighting, and accessories

– from a living/dining room will be available for sale on One Kings Lane. The house’s library will be transformed into an on-site shopping experience with an array of 20th Century vintage furnishings, home décor and jewelry from Deluxe NYC. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women’s empowerment, Holiday House is delighted to launch a series of womenbased/run initiatives and programs which include panel discussions and lectures, book signings, the debut of a new design podcast series, and a young designers’ event.




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BERENICE S. ROTHENBERG Become Your Best Self at Berenice Electrolysis & Personal Beauty Center By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By Evan Guttman


hey say less is more, but while that might be true regarding their top-of-the-line laser and electrolysis treatments, which effectively get rid of unwanted hair, that’s definitely not the case when it comes to the personalized services offered at Berenice Electrolysis & Personal Beauty Center, where you get more individualized care and attention than ever before! Every since getting bit by the beauty bug, Berenice S. Rothenberg, Certified Clinical Electrologist and licensed cosmetologist, has been bringing her magic

touch to the tri-state area, especially the upper east side. For over four decades, Berenice has gained a loyal multi-generational following. Before becoming the beauty guru to even the most demanding Manhattanites, Berenice, who is originally from South America, became one of the first in the field of electrolysis to be nationally certified and has since helped thousands of clients achieve their desired body image. With Berenice, you will get the most comprehensive treatments designed just for you in elegant and calming surroundings.

Her desire to please others in all things beautybased came from her own unsatisfactory experiences. Berenice explains, “I decided to start my own business in Manhattan because beauty is my passion. I wanted to make a pleasurable difference for people who needed services and treatments since I was displeased with my own personal experiences. I knew there needed to be a place where you could come out feeling happier.� This laser legend came to the U.S. as a teenager. She wanted to open her own business and vowed | 23



to “learn it better than anyone else.” Not only did Berenice become the best in her field, she also keeps it in the family – two of her sisters currently work with her at the center. Whether you come in to get rid of unwanted hair and/or even out your skin through laser or electrolysis, Berenice and her team ensures all their treatments provide high-quality results. Berenice uses only the most advanced methods for the longest lasting results in addition to offering soothing treatments, so any hair removal experience is as pain-free as possible. Electrolysis utilizes a short-wave frequency to destroy the root of each hair for the most permanent hair removal option. Laser is also a safe and effective method, using a high energy alexandrite current that travels along a light beam to treat the hair follicle at the root. As long as the equipment is in Berenice’s hands, you’re sure to be in good hands! Want to wear that short new dress for an upcoming holiday party or special occasion? Cellulite treatments like Velashape, are also at the forefront of firming and smoothing out the skin by promoting an increase in circulation, lymphatic drainage, cellular metabolism and collagen depositing. Berenice also uses laser for skin tightening, rosacea, sun spots and hair removal. Aside from her expertise in permanent hair removal, Berenice and her team are known for their personalized care and service; after all, everyone is different, therefore their treatments should be too. While Berenice has over 40 years

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of experience in the business, this beauty entrepreneur, who uses only state-of-the-art technology, still attends seminars in order to stay on top of the changing treatment trends in the industry. Her clients have come to appreciate her unparalleled precision and quality standards and she even provides services to third and fourth generations of the same family. “Clients come to expect a level of service and resolve, so we always have to be effective here. If you’re good to the clients, they’re good to you. I see everyone from grandmothers to millennials and sometimes those as young as 11 or 12 years old, depending on what they need.” In addition to hair removal procedures, which also include waxing and sugaring, her other popular services include facials, massages, airbrushing, makeup and of course, customized treatments in a comfortable atmosphere so you can relax while waking up to a revitalized version of yourself. As with all services, Berenice makes sure each and every person leaves feeling fresh inside and out. Berenice is in the business of confidence building and she can take all your unwanted hair off with laser or she can ease you into temporary hair removal before you decide to take the permanent plunge! Looking for smoother skin or more chiseled cheekbones? This skin savior steers her clients towards the best treatments suited just for their skin. Using the most advanced techniques available, she will save you from pulling and shaving hair yourself,

which can cause bumps and stimulate the growth of even more unwanted hair. Berenice also works with many doctors who send their patients to her from all over the world. When clients get worried she’s going to become too busy for them because of her demanding schedule, she jokes, “I always have time because I do each person one at a time! At the end of the day, I care about improving people’s lives and how they feel about themselves.” While Berenice can make you look and feel as perfect as possible with her top-notch treatments, keep in mind only surgery can take away all your wrinkles permanently. Nevertheless, her signature facials will have you glowing and looking youthful, especially during the winter months when skin becomes extra dry. Whether you do a facial once a month or a clean-up every change of season, she can customize a skincare program in the gentlest way possible in order to allow pores to breathe more freely. If your body is starting to feel itchy, professional exfoliations can also have you feeling rejuvenated in the rigid weather. Before you pick up that razor, call Berenice to get a complimentary consultation so you can start feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world one electrolysis treatment or hydrafacial at a time! Berenice and her team are committed to bringing out the best with their personalized treatments and will leave you feeling more beautiful and confident than when you first walked in. | 27

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jitrois. When It Comes to Leather, There’s a New Leader in Town By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By Udo Spreitzenbarth


f you like your leather, you’ll love Jitrois, an under the radar cult-fashion brand, known for bringing revolutionary designs to the runway. The only thing that could possibly be better than the brand itself is Lewaa A. Khalek, the president and the personality behind the fierce, fashionforward label which has many famous fans including Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Kylie Jenner, Beyonce and more.

leather look anytime! Lewaa, who took the reins of the company in the United States market in 2013 has given new life to the luxurious Parisian label. He also sells the collection to other high end shops and department stores in multiple cities throughout the country. Jitrois, which introduced its original designs to the world in the 70s, is now a well-known brand in the states thanks to their leather and more importantly, Lewaa!

Lewaa is currently the owner of Jitrois boutiques across the USA, a portfolio which includes stores in posh places such as Aspen, the Bal Harbour Mall in Miami, and of course, their flagship store on Madison Avenue, so you can update your

This suave businessman, who started his fashion career working for Gucci in Kuwait in the late 90s, credits his mom as being “an inspiration for me growing up. She had a love for fashion. When I started working with Jitrois a few years ago, it was

an untapped luxury brand unknown to the American market. It was an exciting opportunity to build the business and create a following. Of course, the quality, taste level and artistry of the pieces are top notch. For all of those reasons, there couldn’t have been better match for me. I have been able to develop a huge loyal following including top celebrities as well as extremely prestigious clients.” Don’t like the length or color? No problem! At Jitrois, you can customize any piece to fit your personal style, so you are sure to find your dream dress for any occasion. While fashion might be big business, this leader in leather is all about adding personal touches to not just the designs, but also | 39


when it comes to his relationships with his clients. Whether it’s hosting dinners or taking the time to catch up in the store’s downstairs lounge – yes, each store has a lounge where you can relax with a glass of champagne or Jitrois labeled wine – Lewaa brings back old-school service which his clients have come to appreciate in this fast-paced, social media driven world. From the moment you walk into a Jitrois shop, you will be instantly transported to a world where you can redefine and transform yourself. The brand was founded by Jean-Claude Jitrois who based his designs on the philosophy that wearing leather, which he defined as a second skin, is how we break out of our shells and harness our true, powerful selves – our very stylish selves! “When a client comes to New York or Aspen, they don’t just come to shop at Jitrois, we plan the whole trip for them, or we might go hang out with them on their yacht in Miami, we form personal relationships. We might send a client flowers on their birthday and they know that it’s genuine. Building personal relationships is part of our philosophy here and it always pays off. We are very flexible, we open our hand to our clients, and a huge part of our business

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is special orders. The big fashion houses aren’t custom making anything anymore, especially in a short time frame, it just isn’t cost effective for them anymore, but we want to ensure every woman who comes through our door receives exactly what she wants. Our first shop in Aspen was super successful because everyone there is from different parts of the country, so it was an amazing marketing window for us to connect and make friends and build clients nationwide and they know we’ll bend over backwards for them. For example, nobody wants to see someone else wearing their same dress, so I’ll never sell a piece to someone if I know their friend has the same design or if I know someone else already planned to wear a certain dress to the same event. That’s also why I’m very particular about who can carry our brand, I want our designs to remain exclusive.” While women of all ages appreciate the leather label’s sleek and sexy designs, the target Jitrois client is in her 40s, 50s and 60s. “Jitrois is geared for a woman who is educated, sophisticated and chic,” added Lewaa. “If she’s a lawyer she can wear our skirts to court, and then can dress it up for a night out. Our woman works out and is confident, and wearing our clothes is the cherry on top for

her. When she puts a Jitrois piece on, she looks sexy and more importantly, feels sexy. We have a permanent collection with everyday pieces featuring leather skirts and leather jackets as well as a seasonal, more embellished line.” This customer relations oriented company also supports many charities and enjoys being able to give back. While Lewaa and his team are constantly traveling to meet with clients, exhibit trunk shows or put on events, including an upcoming show in St. Louis where they will show off their pieces with a full-piece orchestra playing, Lewaa also knows when it’s time to take a step back before moving forward. “We don’t rush to do things, I feel my way in business like a blind person. With every step I take, I make sure I’m putting my foot in the right spot. I have been offered many amazing opportunities, but I don’t do anything until I know the time is right.” In addition to opening a Jitrois shop sometime next year in Los Angeles, the face of this beloved brand will soon have his own namesake store which will be connected to the new Aspen location. Lewaa

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K. will be a place where men can shop Lewaa’s favorite looks, from designers he likes to wear including John Varvatos, Belstaff, as well as an accessories and belts line from J.W. Cooper. The stylish executive of this equally stylish label explained that the latest Jitrois collection “explores the roots of humanity, art and Mother Earth. The suede and leather evoke the nuances of the city of Paris’s unique soul beneath gray skies. Beautiful embroideries sparkle like the lights of the Seine, emphasizing the prevalence of women in modern time. This season, the Paris based design team built each piece around what is called the high profile – long skirts unzip to the thigh to reveal provocative miniskirts beneath. Jitrois’ expert tailors carved the second-skin leather jackets, dresses and pants while the soft suede pieces swirl in movement like clouds scudding across a Parisian sky, creating pure couture magic that sets the bar for perfection.” Wearing stretch leather, which the brand is responsible for creating, is like wearing a second skin. The pieces accentuate the wearers underlying sexiness in a way that is unique to the Jitrois experience. For Jitrois, leather is a material that protects you but also puts you in the limelight. The future of Jitrois will remain stylish – and sustainable – as they will continue making dynamic pieces from their signature high quality leather, while further exploring the deep connection between leather and

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skin. The fashion house, known for its craftsmanship and materials, also stands for empowerment and sustainability, which is why “Jitrois is in the process of exploring the use of leather alternatives and is already discussing these possible new materials with leaders in the bio-fabrication of animal free leather.” According to Jitrois “all industries must evolve and strive to be more sustainable at a time when it’s of the utmost importance to reflect on one’s footprint on the world.” Lewaa also believes that “French women have a way of putting themselves together effortlessly. They look great with a less is more attitude. American woman tend to want to show what they’ve got. It’s a different kind of confidence. The attitude of the American woman ranges, but here, there are no limits.” While the Jitrois standards have remained the same, social media has played a huge part in changing fashion trends. “Some young consumers are probably more likely to buy an item they've seen on a reality star or on Instagram via their phones, rather than from a shop window,” said Lewaa. “Still, nothing can replace an in-store experience when it comes to creating real brand understanding. Before the rise of the Internet, the only way to see a fashion show was with a ticket, but with all of this online streaming, the customer can now partake in the experience and view new collections at the same time as editors and buyers. Consumer's interaction

with the industry is so fast forward and quick. We at Jitrois are using social media platforms on a daily basis to create content about our collections. Showing details of our pieces through imagery and videos is a creative process and has given us a new way to share the Jitrois vision with our followers. As a result of this dynamic interaction, the trends are also changing throughout the industry.” Lewaa doesn’t just bring style, he also sticks to his principles, and demonstrates that you always have to “do what’s best for your clients, even if it may not seem to be what is best for you. That mentality will build a solid base for the business in the long term. Being able to introduce the Jitrois brand to a new market in the United States over the last five years has been a career highlight. I know that I have a long road ahead of me, in terms of my career, but I will look back at this time as being a pivotal point in my life.” When he’s not welcoming customers at his Madison Avenue boutique, Lewaa likes to spend time in Aspen, one of his favorite places, as well as where he opened his first Jitrois location. His vision has breathed new life into the brand, which is only getting bigger and better with every beautiful and unique piece. Just step inside one of their stores to see for yourself – just be warned - you might leave feeling more confident in your new luxurious leather!


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Celebrity Philanthropist On Holiday Giving By Christine Stoddard Photographed By MICHEAL PANICCIA


ovies, music, and advertisements can give us a false impression of the holidays. Manhattan philanthropist Jean Shafiroff warns against buying into the sugarplum fairy hype. “You have to manage your expectations,” says Shafiroff. “If you’re a person of privilege, be grateful for what you have, even if it doesn’t match the fantasy. A lot of people are lonely and in great need around the holidays. Be compassionate and give what you can.” Shafiroff has made her mark as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the charity sphere. She came to philanthropy after earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, working in a hospital and finance on Wall Street, and raising

two daughters. With an MBA in Finance, Shafiroff has chaired countless galas, such as ones for Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, United Negro College Fund, NYC Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, American Cancer Society, Couture Council of the Museum of F.I.T., and other respected causes. One of her chief accomplishments includes fundraising $5.4 million for Southampton Hospital, in addition to giving generously to the institution. Shafiroff has been honored by the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the Surgeons of Hope, Dominican Women’s Development Center, Southampton Animal Shelter, and various other

organizations. The list goes on and on. What drives her need to serve? A sense of purpose coupled with passion. Identifying Your Causes Everyone of financial means should donate money to charities. Shafiroff firmly believes that all privileged people have that obligation. She gives her time, knowledge, and money. Since she often hosts charity events at her home, she believes in giving her home, too. She explains that your “mere presence at an event is not enough.” Shafiroff thinks that anyone with financial assets should donate to important causes. Right now, she hopes that the people of our nation will come together to aid California as the state has battled major fires. | 55


“This is very important and can be done through the American Red Cross and the Humane Society, just to name a few organizations,” she says. “When you donate, you can specify that your gift should go to California relief efforts.” In other words, if you can give, you must give. Shafiroff points to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” “You have to look deep inside yourself and ask if you’re doing enough to help better society,” says Shafiroff. She is particularly concerned about championing women’s rights, working with underserved populations, promoting quality healthcare, giving animals a place of dignity in society. She chose these causes and associated organizations based upon her upbringing and personal values, not because of popularity. She also sees these as areas where there is great need. “It’s ideal to have a meaningful connection to your charities, but what matters most is that you give,” she says. Shafiroff explains that you are much more likely to advance a cause and make an impact if you are passionate and sincere about it, but that giving is what actually inspires change. “The value of society is woven into the very fabric of American life. It’s not an exclusive club open to a very few. Gifts of all sizes are needed.” In fact, Shafiroff believes that the American value of philanthropy is a seed that should be planted early. “Philanthropy is a lifelong commitment,” she says. “Giving back to society should be an integral part of our lives. Parents must teach their children to give from an early age so that it becomes a healthy habit for them—almost an instinct. Parents can teach their children to become philanthropists by first teaching them to share and to be kind to others.” Shafiroff realizes that getting started in philanthropy can feel overwhelming at first. She urges beginners to take it step by step. “It’s a process,” she says. “But there is great need in this world. It is crucial to be kind. When you give, you feel great. Giving is a very rewarding experience.” Selecting Your Holiday Season Charities Once you have pinpointed your causes, it’s time to do a little research in order to make an educated decision. In her book,

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Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give, Shafiroff goes into detail about how to sift through the many non-profit organizations biding for your time and money. You can focus on one organization or on several in different capacities and degrees. However, your choices must be informed ones. You will enjoy learning about all of the various choices that exist. Learn about different charities related to the causes that interest you and study their track records using tools like Guild Star, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau. Note whom the charities serve, how they serve them, and where their finances lie.

a lot of attention. You might discover a hidden gem.”

“Pay attention to what the organization is spending, how they are spending it, and what they are paying staff,” says Shafiroff. Other words of advice: Read the organizations’ mission statements carefully and ask yourself if they appear to live by their promises. But Shafiroff also advises you to read press about the organizations.

Before donating a large sum, Shafiroff suggests delving deep into the charity’s finances. Any 501c3 organization must make their financial information public. This information is often available in the charity’s annual report, which you may be able to download from the organization’s website. (Often annual reports exist as PDF documents.) If you cannot easily find the annual report on the organization’s website, send the staff an email. They can email you the PDF or mail you a hard copy. Once you’ve seen the numbers, you can evaluate what kind of impact your dollars will have. Then you can decide which charity or charities will receive your donation and how large the amount should be.

“Remember—what’s on their website is what they have written about themselves,” she says. “You need to see what others have written about them.” That means finding newspaper articles, blog posts, online reviews, and more. Almost every organization has an online presence beyond its official website. “Some organizations are smaller and might not have had their chance in the spotlight yet,” says Shafiroff. “It’s fine if an organization hasn’t gotten

As you delve deeper in your research, you will be astonished by all of the amazing work done by charities in New York City and beyond. The Final Choice Which charities make your short list for larger sums is ultimately up to you. Values and priorities are personal. After you have narrowed down your charities, consider where your dollars will have the most impact for people and animals in need.

“The biggest organizations with the most dollars coming in from major donors might not need your gift in the same way that smaller, more niche organizations might,” says Shafiroff. “That doesn’t

mean you shouldn’t donate to bigger organizations. You might simply adjust the amounts for organizations of different sizes and operating budgets. Think about where there is a great need. Do your part to fill that need.” The Bottom Line “I mention in my book that selfishness does not bring happiness,” she says. “Few of us will ever be remembered for the businesses we created or the vacations we took. Through the act of giving, we ultimately come closer to understanding the meaning of life.” Shafiroff wants to be clear: She wants people to have fun, but she also wants them to give back to society. Shafiroff herself is known for her stunning ball gowns and cocktail dresses, which she wears to fundraising events. While she believes dressing up helps elevates an occasion, she is careful to reign in her spending. “I buy my gowns and dresses on sale and wear them to multiple events,” she says, adding that she hopes to donate her collection to a museum one day. Shafiroff hopes that this holiday season you remember to look outside yourself. “All of us should strive to be kind not just to loved ones but to those who have so little. Make it a family activity to think about others, give to others, and just better society in general.” | 59

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DINING OUT: NYC By Hillary latos & Elizabeth Schulke


Bustan NYC

to food and drink. Bustan, meaning “garden” or “orchard” in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ancient Aramaic has an eclectic gastronomic style complemented by the hospitality of Israel, which blossoms with a contemporary Mediterranean vibe and realizes the vision of owner Tuvia Feldman.

Bustan has brought the flavors from Southern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa to the Upper West Side for the last four years. Bustan stands out in a sea of Mediterranean restaurants with their palate enticing multicultural approach

Many of the restaurant’s signature dishes and breads are made in a Taboon oven; a rare find in the city, creating dishes that can’t be replicated. Tuvia Feldman recently hired new Executive

aving access to some of the world’s finest ethnic cuisines is one of the many reasons that makes New York a culinary destination.

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Chef Eli Buliskeria and pastry chef Shir Rozenblat to re-invent his restaurant’s menu with a focus on Israeli cuisine. Chef Eli Buliskeria served in the Israeli Army at as a cook in the Combat Engineer Unit, serving Kosher meals for the Army for over 3 years. Soon after he got a job at Choelys in Israel where he cooked for Politicians, Ambassadors and Presidents. Pastry Chef Shir Rozenblat met Chef Buliskeria in the kitchen and soon after they were

Bustan NYC enticed to come to America to work at the Paper Factory Hotel. Restaurateur Tuvia Feldman, a former fashion designer, hired the two to join his team at Bustan as Executive Chef and Pastry Chef respectively. Menu highlights include Smoked Eggplant Carpaccio, Organic Faroe Islands Salmon and the Nemesis is a must for a decadent dessert. 487 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY 10024 212.595.5050

Toriko NY Japanese yakitori has long been one of the favorite styles of serving every part of the chicken on skewers that combines the techniques of charcoal grilling served with in an izakaya style to capture the delicate nature Japanese cuisine. Toriko NY is the first U.S. location serving upscale Japanese yakitori and resides under the Tokyo Restaurants Factory umbrella, which also has Mifune New York and Sushi Amane stateside. Executive Chef Shinji Odahara has crafted a menu that features different skewers seasoned with varieties of shio (Japanese sea salt), tare (soybased sauce), and fresh ground wasabi. The best way to experience this tasting flight is through the omakase that features skewers of the chef’s choice along with smaller versions of the top dishes on the menu. For those feeling adventurous order off of the a la carte menu with familiar and exotic options such as Sabiyaki (tender loin with wasabi), Seseri (neck), Maruhatsu (heart), Sunagimo (gizzard), Yagen (soft bone), Furisode (drumette),Bonjiri (tail), Kawa (skin) and Tsukune (chicken meatball) as well as a selection of nonpoultry and grilled vegetable skewers. Large dishes that use classic Japanese techniques are deliciously prepared such as the Oyakodon (Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl) or the Toriko Bento Box. Small plates include Foie Gras & Truffle Chawanmushi, Chicken Liver Mousse, Grilled Wagyu, and the delicious house specialty Toriko Wonton Shio Ramen, made with chicken bone broth, house made wheat noodles, chicken wontons, boiled egg and microgreens. Pair with a custom Japanese shochu cocktail or dry Japanese sake for a sublime experience. 76 Carmine St. New York, NY 10014 646.596.8198



DEMARCHELIER Authentic French Cuisine with a Modern Art Ambience By Peter Elston


uthentic French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier (brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier), celebrates its 25-year anniversary this 2017. Eric opened the very first location of his eponymous restaurant the same year he first moved to New York City, in 1978. After having moved from its original location on Lexington Avenue, Demarchelier re-opened in 1992 on 86th street, still frequented by its regular diners. More bourgeois than bohemian, Demarchelier’s lively and cozy locale also showcases a rotating collection of paintings by the owner. Demarchelier brings a little piece of France to New York City. Every meal that leaves its kitchen aims to capture the essence of authentic French bistro fair. The family owned and run Upper East Side restaurant radiates a comfortable, colorful, warm and familial spirit that has made it a neighborhood fixture for a quarter-century. Ideal for a quick bite to eat, a romantic rendezvous, or a simple family meal. The traditional French menu is paired perfectly with a wide range of predominantly French wines.

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Diners will find many familiar dishes on the classic bistro fare menu, which are coupled with daily organic selections. Demarchelier provides an array of all natural, grass-fed, organic options brought directly from nearby farms, which are sure to suit even the most health-conscious diner. Signature dishes include the Moules Mariniere au Vin Blanc served in a cream-enriched broth; Duck Confit served over a hearty mix of tomato and tarragon scented flageolets; and Sole Meuniere, flour covered and pan-fried in butter, accompanied by a grilled lemon half and wedges of boiled potato, tossed in a mix of butter and chives. Demarchelier’s decadent dessert menu features flavorful dishes such as Tarte Fine Au Pommes, a flaky tart filled with warm apples and served with fresh vanilla ice cream; and Crepe Suzette, a classic French pancake drizzled with Grand Marnier. On the weekends, diners can enjoy a classic French a la carte brunch. Dishes include Organic Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce

served with a choice of ham or salmon; Pancakes served with maple syrup and a choice of blueberries; and Steak Tartare with a side of pommes frites. Born and raised in Normandy, Eric Demarchelier has received additional recognition as a painter. Eric’s artistic style encompasses figurative, geometric abstraction and abstract expressionism, as well as landscape and portrait painting. He began painting in the 1990s and has been rotating the art exhibited in the restaurant every year since. Aside from the rotating artwork, Demarchelier has remained consistent throughout the years, both in terms of ambiance and menu, though part of the responsibility of running the restaurant has been pledged to Eric’s daughter Emily Demarchelier.

50 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028 212.249.6300


An exceptional example of old world craftsmanship and details not found in comparably priced homes today. This Zaveta masterpiece was built with the concept of “green” construction and sophistication as a fusion of the best of both worlds. Sited on 3.8 Solebury acres, Wynfield Hall is over 7,000 square feet of luxurious living space that offers 4 bedrooms and 4.2 baths. The nucleus of the home is the Artisan crafted staircase that leads to the rotunda and sleeping quarters. $2,049,000

iMPROved PRiCe

CURl CReeK FARM This stucco over stone home, on 10 plus acres, has been totally renovated by the current owner. The banquet sized dining room, with fireplace, can easily seat 20-24. The stunning and published kitchen has been totally renovated. Over the garage, there is a cozy one bedroom apartment. Beautiful landscaped grounds feature an in-ground pool, an outdoor patio area and a pavilion. The Barn roof has been refinished. $1,995,000

SHeeP HOle FARM One of the most magnificent properties in the whole of Tinicum Township. Sited on 82 plus acres, Sheep Hole Farm, in its entirety, is comprised of a stunning renovated barn, a stone farmhouse as a guest dependency. Pool, Tennis Court, Children’s cottages and power stand for your electric car and a unique aviary used for al fresco dining. There are no comparables for this stellar family compound. An additional 12-acre parcel, contiguous with the main estate, featuring a second guest house, mid-century, and pond are available. Price upon request

SKYevieW The exterior of Skyeview resembles the facade of a proper Bucks County stone farmhouse. However, the interior space reflects the sensibility that exudes the strategic use of materials for visual interest, texture and personality. Once you enter the front door, past the powder room, the expansive Great Room, with double height atrium, explodes in all directions. The large tile flooring, with radiant heat, makes the room feel even more majestic. $1,275,000

For more property information contact Art Mazzei direct at 610.428.4885

550 Union Square, New Hope, PA 18938 • 215.862.5500



A Modern Twist on Classic Dishes By Salome Langvin


pper East Side hotspot T-Bar Steak & Lounge, which has been warmly embraced by New Yorkers since it first opened its doors in 2007, is noted for its perfect execution of classic dishes. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, previously of the Four Seasons, Aureole and Petrossian, makes T-Bar’s classic steakhouse fare relevant and exciting, while also putting his unique twist onto other classic dishes. Owner Tony Fortuna celebrated 20 years of owning the space on the corner of 73rd and 3rd Avenue in April 2015, previously known as The Lenox Room. T-Bar is a well-loved mainstay, still buzzing with its loyal following night after night. Fortuna says there is no magic formula to achieve this sort of long-running success. “I think guests trust our kitchen and love our relaxed but vibrant atmosphere.” Diners are able to begin a meal at T-Bar with its unique spin on chicken wings Angel Chicken Wings with a Tamarind Glaze, or enjoy its classic take on Guacamole to split with the table. T-Bar also redefines the classic Kale Salad by including apple and sesame into it while drizzling it in a sumptuous chili-lime vinaigrette. Also available on its delectable appetizer menu are the popular Seared Spanish Octopus, Yellowfin Tuna Tartar, and Vietnamese Shrimp Roll. A meal at T-Bar Steak & Lounge would not be complete without ordering a favorite from The Steak Bar, which features an impressive range of superbly-cooked Certified Black Angus Cuts of beef including its Black Angus Porterhouse for two served with your choice of Steak Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce or Poivre Sauce. T-Bar offers wealth of additional American classics including its signature Crusted Tuna served with Soy, Wasabi Rémoulade and Seaweed Salad or its Roast Free Range Chicken with truffle jus. Cap the evening off with irresistible desserts like the must-have Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles, with coconut and caramel sauce or the decadent Chocolate Sundae served with brownie, chocolate sauce and cream. 1278 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10021 212.772.0404

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An exceptional example of old world craftsmanship and details not found in comparably priced homes today. This Zaveta masterpiece was built with the concept of “green” construction and sophistication as a fusion of the best of both worlds. Sited on 3.8 Solebury acres, Wynfield Hall is over 7,000 square feet of luxurious living space that offers 4 bedrooms and 4.2 baths. The nucleus of the home is the Artisan crafted staircase that leads to the rotunda and sleeping quarters. $2,049,000

iMPROved PRiCe

CURl CReeK FARM This stucco over stone home, on 10 plus acres, has been totally renovated by the current owner. The banquet sized dining room, with fireplace, can easily seat 20-24. The stunning and published kitchen has been totally renovated. Over the garage, there is a cozy one bedroom apartment. Beautiful landscaped grounds feature an in-ground pool, an outdoor patio area and a pavilion. The Barn roof has been refinished. $1,995,000

SHeeP HOle FARM One of the most magnificent properties in the whole of Tinicum Township. Sited on 82 plus acres, Sheep Hole Farm, in its entirety, is comprised of a stunning renovated barn, a stone farmhouse as a guest dependency. Pool, Tennis Court, Children’s cottages and power stand for your electric car and a unique aviary used for al fresco dining. There are no comparables for this stellar family compound. An additional 12-acre parcel, contiguous with the main estate, featuring a second guest house, mid-century, and pond are available. Price upon request

SKYevieW The exterior of Skyeview resembles the facade of a proper Bucks County stone farmhouse. However, the interior space reflects the sensibility that exudes the strategic use of materials for visual interest, texture and personality. Once you enter the front door, past the powder room, the expansive Great Room, with double height atrium, explodes in all directions. The large tile flooring, with radiant heat, makes the room feel even more majestic. $1,275,000

For more property information contact Art Mazzei direct at 610.428.4885


BONㅡThe Christmas Ornament Holiday Collection VIVANT NEW YORK By W. A. MULLER


his year, we’ve been inspired by the celebrated royal Fabergé eggs to design our Christmas Ornament holiday collection.

ue this tradition for his beloved wife, which later his son Nicholas II also continued for his own wife. These imperial eggs became more elaborate and innovative in their design, with intricate details and mechanisms, vibrant colors and precious stones.

is adorned with a pearlized sugar flower or golden snowflake for a festive holiday touch.

The Christmas Ornament collection will be available to preorder online at starting November 15. The These majestic creations are known all over Christmas Ornament Petit Four flight will the world for their unique artistry and exquisiteness. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III com- Our Bon Vivant Christmas Ornament col- be available starting Thanksgiving at The missioned the House of Fabergé, to design lection is a romantic and whimsical tribute Regency Bar & Grill at Loews Regency New the first ornamental egg known as the Hen to the magnificent beauty of these treasures. York. Egg, for his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna Our handcrafted petit cakes are created in as a gift to her for the Easter holiday. the most decadent flavors of Rose Petal, 231 E 58th St. Lemon Zest, and Bourbon Vanilla, featur- New York, NY 10022 Each year after that, Fabergé would create a ing luscious fondant in rich jewel tones of 646.481.4044 new ornamental egg for the Tsar to contin- amethyst, gold and turquoise, and each cake

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dining Fur Jacket: Son Jun Wan

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The Empress of

Chocolate By Julie Sagoskin Photographed By udo spreitzenbarth


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rom New York to Japan, Maribel Lieberman has built an edible empire with her cherished chocolate company, MarieBelle, along with her more rustic brand, Cacao Market. Her gourmet chocolates are not only delicious, they’re also designed to be a work of art, which comes as no surprise, as Maribel studied fashion before following her passion for food and most importantly, chocolate – and she has been satisfying many people’s sweet tooth ever since! The mother and chocolate master explained she found out after going to fashion school at Parsons School of Design that her “real love was for cooking and experimenting with different ingredients and creating new dishes, and New York City was the perfect place to introduce new cuisine as a chef.” While she had no formal training, this Honduran native, equipped with a perfect palate, learned everything she needed to know while experimenting in her kitchen and putting different ingredients together. After entertaining in her home for so many years, Maribel decided to open a catering company, Maribel’s Gourmet Cuisine. Before long, Maribel was cooking international cuisine for ambassadors from all over the world at the United Nations, where she would incorporate food from a particular country or culture. While her friends encouraged her to use her culinary talents to open a restaurant, Maribel was more interested in constantly creating new menus as well as new experiences through lighting and presentation with each unique event she put together. Rather than selling the same dishes every day from the same menu, she wanted to be able to “change the colors of the food and the atmosphere depending on the occasion.” This culinary creative, who lives with her artist

husband and teenager daughter in Soho, is truly living the sweet life while making sure you can savor all the sweets you can handle! Whether you visit her deliciously designed shop in Soho or Kyoto, you will be in for a real treat – literally! MarieBelle, or the more artisanal Cacao Market shops, will transport you to a fantastical world of flavor, intoxicating aromas and innovative displays. You can even sip on their heavenly hot chocolate or bite into some handcrafted tantalizing truffles in their cozy salon cafe for the ultimate elevated chocolate experience. “At the end of the day, I am an artist, and there are many mediums you can paint with. You can paint with flavor and you can paint with food and presentation – the taste is just as important as the presentation, but when you’re feasting the eyes, you’re feeding your brain with good thoughts and good energy, and it brings a smile and a real appreciation. You will get much more satisfaction than just from eating when something is presented beautifully, as you’ll be able to contemplate it even before the first bite.” In addition to delighting customers with her fresh bean-to-bar sweets, this entrepreneur also enlightened chocolate lovers by introducing chocolates from countries such as Africa and Latin America, where cacao originates. “I wanted to incorporate ingredients from different cultures, but 20 years ago, very few people knew that chocolate comes from cacao,” said Maribel. “A lot of people were saying the best chocolate comes from Belgium, Switzerland or France, but while they know how to produce great products, the original cacao growers were from Latin America.” After five years of cooking up innovative dishes with her highly sought-after catering company, this

chocolate connoisseur decided to open a gourmet store with one ingredient: chocolate. The store, called Lunettes et Chocolat, which she opened with a friend, focused on both designer chocolates as well as glasses. However, after September 11th, the downtown area was suffering and many places were going out of business, so Maribel decided to take a new space for Christmas, which she only expected to be open for a few weeks. This pop-up shop, which opened in Soho in December of 2001, did so well that you can now buy your luxurious MarieBelle chocolates in that very same spot! If you have dietary restrictions or just want to do chocolate on a diet, Maribel is going to be your new goddess of chocolate-y goodness. Willy Wonka has nothing on this chocolate wizard who is currently working on a new sugar-free chocolate using only natural sugar, so it has no chemicals, zero calories and still tastes amazing. She is attempting to make chocolate, which already has a lot of antioxidants, even stronger by adding blueberries or other fruits that are also rich in antioxidants. According to Maribel, “Mixing these fruits with sugar-free chocolate makes it even more powerful.” Problems digesting milk? That’s no problem at MarieBelle, where you can also delight in dairy-free chocolate bars. What’s better than MarieBelle chocolates? MarieBelle chocolates inside a Nutcracker box! That’s right—if you’re on Santa’s nice list this year, you might just find yourself opening a whimsical box filled with hot chocolate, pistachio toffee and dark chocolate almonds – bite into that! With specialized gift boxes and limited-edition packaging available in all price ranges, you will find the tastiest treats for everyone on your gift-giving list – just make sure you don’t eat them all first! Maribel, whose chocolates are | 71


MARIEBELLE New York(Soho) 484 Broome St. New York, NY 10013 212.925.6999 x1

Cacao Market by MARIEBELLE (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) 67 Guernsey St. Brooklyn, NY 11222 718.388.5388

MARIEBELLE at the Kitano Hotel (Midtown Manhattan) 66 Park Ave. New York, NY 10016 212.885.7177

MARIEBELLE Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan) 83 Tsuchiya-cho,Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 604-811 075.221.2202

Cacao Market by MARIEBELLE Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan) 165-2 Tokiwa-cho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto, Japan 605-0079 075.533-7311

bringing magic back into the holiday season with each mouthwatering morsel, believes that “baskets are so thirty years ago. I do beautiful blue boxes for gift sets, but the idea to put chocolates inside books that people could carry was inspired by those big coffee table books.” From the signature panache ganache of MarieBelle to the more rustic and casual pieces of the Cacao Market brand, you will soon be able to watch where all the chocolate magic happens when their factory moves to the Brooklyn Navy Yard next year. The new space will feature a first floor showcase where you’ll be sure to get a good look at those beautiful bars being brought to life. With another store, which just opened on Park Avenue this year, plus their Cacao Market in Green Point, Brooklyn, a store in Dubai and four shops in Japan with another one opening next year, there is no shortage of Maribel’s heavenly hot chocolate! Maribel described the Japanese as a “very demanding culture, and they are very picky about taste and are very much into presentation,” two of the things that this unstoppable chocolate-making force does best! Maribel doesn’t just give back by giving customers the gift of her ganache; this charitable chocolate master also helps women in her native country of Honduras. “Since 2015, I have been traveling to Honduras, where I meet up with women farmers and I buy their cacao from them. I’m supporting about 60 women at the moment and doing a lot of trading with them because a lot of these women have never tasted chocolate, so I often go over to teach them how to process the cacao and make chocolate out of it. Cacao is a plant like anything that we eat and consume. I go back about two to three times a year, and I have a company that collects the fruit for me and also does the fermentation.” She has done so much to help promote products from her homeland, that Maribel was recognized by the government for her contributions and is now a brand ambassador representing Honduras.

Cacao Market by MARIEBELLE Ginza (Ginza, Japan) Tokyu Plaza Ginza 5F, 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 104-0061 03.264.5122 Cacao Market by MARIEBELLE Ishigaki (Ishigaki Island, Japan) North Court 1F, 5-730 Okawa, Ishigaki Island Okinawa, Japan 907-0022 0980.82.2206

MARIEBELLE at Boutique Le Chocolat Dubai (Dubai, UAE) 16 Al Safa St. Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4.590.5075

From double chocolate bacon pretzels to lemon blueberry shortbread balls, MarieBelle and Cacao Market are bringing bites of bliss to people around the world. With a passion for delicate and designer chocolates and inventive recipes, Maribel is continuing to ensure the future of her brand is as delicious as ever! ㅡ | 73


AN AUTHENTIC KENYAN EXPERIENCE The Insider’s Guide To The Ultimate Safari Experience By Norah Bradford


he famed Maasai Mara National Reserve to the West of Nairobi, capital of Kenya, is one of the best places in Africa to enjoy a safari experience. Adjacent to the Reserve is the Olare Motorogi Conservancy which boasts the lowest vehicle density in the whole Maasai Mara region whilst also being home to largest concentration of big cats anywhere in Africa. Once you have arrived in Nairobi, what are the best ways to achieve one of vacation travels bigger

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challenges – to see the big five in style; Lion, Leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Here are the best ways to truly enjoy the safari experience WHAT TO SEE Olare Motorogi Conservancy The Olare Motorogi Conservancy has a strong research program based at the Tony Lapham Predator Hub, the flagship Mara Cheetah Project and Mara Lion Project have been at the

forefront of predator conservation in the Greater Mara region for several years. The research and monitoring work contribute to both local and national strategies for protecting these magnificent predators, as well as conservancy management decisions. In addition, the Conservancy has a limit of 94 tourists at any one time staying on the lands.

of the African bush why not travel to the coast and enjoy some relaxation at the Alfajiri Villas. Dining is a rare experience and one to remember. Fresh seafood is brought daily to order from the beach and includes some of the best shellfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado and snapper. Our menus have a Mediterranean influence, salads and fresh vegetables come daily from local farms where fruits are hand-picked from trees and bushes.

WHERE TO STAY Mahali Mzuri Mahali Mzuri (meaning ‘beautiful place’ in Swahili) is a luxury 12 tent safari camp located close to the renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve to the West of Nairobi created by Sir Richard Branson. The camp itself sits within some 13,500 hectares of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy and offers an ideal base from which to observe the outstanding natural beauty of the area. The

tents are well appointed with a private deck and ensuite bathroom and can accommodate a total of 24 guests at a time guaranteeing an exclusive safari camp experience in the African bush. WHERE TO EAT Alfajiri Villas Providing a contrast with searching for the royalty

HOW TO GET THERE… Kenya Airways Kenya Airways brings safari experiences closer for New Yorkers well versed with the Urban safari that is the Big Apple. Recently Kenya Airways inaugurated a direct flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy airport direct to Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi. At slightly under 7,400 miles and several time zones from New York the direct trip brings you into the capital of one of Africa’s leading nations within less than 15 hours. Scenic Air Safaris will then transport you in ultimate style aboard their Luxury Cessna Grand Caravan, flying low over the landscape past lakes of flamingos and wildlife quietly ambling through the plains below. | 75


THE COSMOPOLITAN Living It Up at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas By Camille Daniels


he Cosmopolitan drink may have been rediscovered through the Sex & the City franchise, however living like a city dweller while on vacation is defined by the hotel of the same name in Las Vegas. From the moment you open the door to your palatial sized room you realize that this is no ordinary hotel and neither will your experience be while there. The rooms have unique

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names like City Studio, Lanai Suite, and The Chelsea Penthouse to name a few. Every room is themed for a city slicker with big city dreams. Rooms reflect a modern dĂŠcor accented with unique art hanging on the walls, and attention to detail making them high end with a hint of that city edge. There are plenty of opportunities to get a great view of the Vegas strip either from indoors or while out on the terrace making one

feel like the strip is in their private backyard. Relax from the excitement of Vegas in the generously sized soaking tubs in the luxuriously appointed bathrooms. If preparing for an extended stay, the Bungalow may be the right choice with its multiple floors and butler service included. For business travelers there are also suites with ensuite conference spaces. Depending on one’s taste buds and sched-

ule there is something for everyone. Food is available 24/7 with room service and 24 hour restaurants as well as the Block 16 URBAN FOOD HALL at your disposal. Red Plate by Chef Yip Cheung is the newest example of original, contemporary haute Chinese. Here guests can expect both a delicious meal and memorable experience. There are also international dining outlets that span the globe like Mexican, Japanese and other multicultural dishes. In this 24 hour city, there are plenty of outlets to keep guests entertained. After trying your luck on the floor grab a cocktail at one of six bars and lounges that each has a distinctive flair and atmosphere in places with chic names such as The Chandelier, The Clique and The Study. For those looking to party day and night visit the high energy clubs and lounges such as The Chelsea, Marquee Night/Day Club, and Opium. This holiday season the Cosmopolitan is a Vegas destination with a variety of holiday events happening throughout December. Get into the holiday season with the tree lighting ceremony that on December 5th, or take pictures with Santa on December 12th. The New Year’s Eve Experience has a variety of concerts from Dec. 29- Dec. 31 including Ariana Grande and Imagine Dragons. Ice skating is also available with fireworks at midnight on NYE. Dance into the New Year at their not to be missed NYE party at The Chandelier. Beat the heat and relax poolside at one of their four pools. Identity is a rewards points club by The Cosmopolitan for frequent visitors of the hotel. Points earned be converted to stays at nearly 3,800 Marriot Hotels through Marriot Rewards while traveling all around the world. The hotel is also dog friendly for those looking to bring their favorite four-legged friend along for their stay. Art lovers can also purchase any prints of the pieces in the rooms at The Cosmopolitan has the ability to be the perfect treat no matter what time of the year but especially during the holiday season.


THE VENETIAN HOTEL AND PALAZZO A Glamorous Escape to Las Vegas By Camille Daniels


reak out the sunglasses and be prepared to hear the sounds of the flashing lights upon arriving at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Here guests are treated like celebrities by being provided with the best. There’s no such thing here called a “hotel room” instead every dwelling is called a suite with a bedroom and ensuite living room. The reason for that is simple because space at the Venetian is a luxury and therefore twice the amount is provided. Luxurious touches such as Italian Marble and soft lighting reflect the Old World elegance of the hotel. The anchor suites are Luxury, Bella and Grand. Under Grand there are three spe-

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cific suites are Rialto, Prima, and Piazza. For an even more VIP experience, the Venetian Tower suites are the exclusive offerings located in the corner section of the hotel that provide solitude and peace. Food choices are in abundance at the Venetian with cuisines that appeal to a variety of tastes. For those looking to dine like Hollywood’s elite there are world class restaurants created by celebrity chefs including John Kunkel, Emeril Lagesse and Wolfgang just to name a few. There are also five bars and lounges like The Dorsey and the Electra Cocktail Club that have an intriguing décor matched with a variety of potent libations to get the party

started. Nightlife is covered at The Venetian from TAO Nightclub to Rosina, which continue to be hotspots on The Strip. There are numerous shows that are always playing at The Venetian. While it may be known for its glitz and glamour, the holidays are not forgotten. A highlight for the holidays is the Rockin’ Holiday Jukebox by Human Nature which a series of shows celebrating the holiday season from November 27th to December 23rd. The Palazzo hotel, a neighbor of the Venetian, gives the sense of sophistication based

on the architectural layout and dĂŠcor of each suite. Just like the Venetian every hotel room is a generously sized suite of varying sizes. There are the Luxury, Bella and Grand suites. Under the Grand Suites branch there are the Fortuna, Siena, and Lago suites. The Penthouse Suite confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt the definition of what it means when luxury and elegance are intertwined. The colors are rich making each room appear fuller to the eye. Each suite has a fabulous dĂŠcor along with panoramic views of the strip seen from the large windows. There are also suites designed specifically with business travelers in mind such as the Presidential and Chairman Suites.

There are plenty of places to dine while staying at the Palazzo. Be the first to taste and experience The Factory Kitchen which is the brainchild of two friends Restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi and Chef Angelo Auriana. If you are looking for Asian cuisine, be sure to visit SUSHISAMBA or Mott 32. Carnivores can get their steakhouse fix at Cut or Morels Steakhouse & Bistro. As the Venetian and Palazzo are connected, guests of both hotels are able to meet in the shared spaces of the 10 swimming pools and as well as the bars & lounges and shops just to name a few. For the art and architecture

lover there are curiosities to keep a connoisseur’s interest. When it comes to games there are more than enough ways to gamble in style that meets your needs whether you are looking to go solo or with friends. Both hotels have the ability to cater to all your needs to make a fulfilling trip and it may all begin with requesting concierge for assistance. Because from the moment you arrive you are more than simply a guest, you are a headliner. | 79




nce a year is probably a good time to try something different. Why not experience five-star luxury at sea with Silversea on a cruise. Some particularly exciting cruise experiences are to Alaska and the Mediterranean, the latter on board the latest addition to the Fleet, the Silver Muse. Delivered in spring of 2017, the new ultra-luxury ship was built by Fincantieri and at 40,700 grt accommodates 596 guests. Representing an exciting evolution of Silver Spirit, Silver Muse redefines

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ultra-luxury ocean travel - enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience. The addition of Silver Muse expands Silversea’s fleet to nine ships, and once again significantly raises the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market with a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience, while satisfying the uncompromising requirements for comfort, service, and quality of the world’s most discerning travelers.

the pinnacle dining experience is La Dame. La Dame features a bespoke menu by top chefs, and is the highest expression of excellence of French dining on the five-star Silversea cruise line. The ambience is that of chic contemporary style combining a bespoke French dining menu with white glove service and a voluminous wine cellar. The gourmet restaurant is unsurpassed in their belief in standards of hospitality, personalized service and outstanding cuisine.

The Silver Muse, has eight restaurants of which

History. Legacy. Luxury. Rich history, warm hospitality and undeniable luxury have made Round Hill the destination of choice for discerning travelers 60 years and counting. Our enclave of private villas and oceanfront guestrooms keep guests returning year after year, and award-winning dining and a transformative spa allow guests to experience the best in Jamaican cuisine and true relaxation. Whether celebrating family events or escaping on a romantic getaway, Round Hill delivers authenticity and creates lasting memories. | 1.800.972.2159




ravelers who want to savor the sun this winter can immerse themselves in luxurious adults-only comfort at Mexico’s award-winning Viceroy Riviera Maya all-villa resort. Boasting 41 private villas, each with its own patio and plunge pool, the resort offers gracious living in a serene hideaway. Named by Travel + Leisure as the #1 Resort Hotel in Mexico, the Viceroy Riviera Maya makes visitors feel as if they are staying at an exclusive private refuge. Located near Playa Del Carmen, most guests fly into Cancun International Airport and make the 35-minute trip to the resort by rental vehicle, taxi, or private roundtrip transportation. Upon arrival, they are greeted with a traditional Mayan blessing for peace and serenity.

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Situated on seven miles of the pristine white Riviera Maya sands, this Mexican luxury resort is nestled in a lush tropical forest setting, guests can choose from well-appointed private villas offering ocean or beachfront views. 500-thread Egyptian cotton sheets and plush down pillows grace the beds along with oversized bath towels and a private outdoor shower. The resort’s Mayordomo team pampers guests with personalized attention and an array of butler and concierge services. Dining options are supervised by Executive Chef Carlos Zamora Larios, with the signature restaurant, La Marea, proudly leading the gastronomic adventure with its open-air appeal. Guests will also enjoy dishes highlighting local ingredients that express the bounty of modern Mexican cuisine. More casual dining options and creative libations are available at the seaside

Coral Grill & Bar with its aromatic wood-burning grills. The resort boasts a 500-bottle cellar with a wide selection of both noted wines from around the world and acclaimed wines from boutique Mexican wineries. Energetic guests may choose to utilize the fullyequipped Fitness Center, while those favoring pure indulgence may opt for world-class pampering at the signature full-service Wayak Wellness Spa. Its circular structure echoes the holistic philosophy of the Mayans, with Mayan healing techniques and traditions infused throughout every aspect of the spa experience. A slice of paradise, the Viceroy Riviera Maya is the perfect place to find sunshine and serenity.


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he tropical island of Aruba is many things, including, a destination for couples looking to spark romance, and ignite passion. This “one happy island” invites visitors to bask in sunshine and the sublime pleasures of one another’s company. Aruba enjoys near-perfect weather all year long. Guests can expect nearly endless sunshine, low humidity and cooling trade winds with average temperatures of 88°F during the day and tropical nights at 78°F. Most major airlines offer direct flights to the Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba. From there, rent a car or take a taxi (cash only) to two unique resorts; each delivering the perfect romantic experience, providing barefoot luxury at its best that includes well-appointed accommodations, fine dining and activities designed to encourage spending quality time together.

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With unrivaled customer service, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is Aruba’s only boutique-style resort catering solely to the needs of adult guests 18 and older. With an idyllic location on Eagle Beach, TripAdvisor consistently names Bucuti as one of the world’s most romantic resorts. The 104 European-inspired rooms include garden view and ocean view guest accommodations, bungalows, suites, penthouse suites and deluxe rooms. The oceanfront Elements restaurant delivers exceptional culinary experiences featuring fresh ingredients and the very best in European and Caribbean cuisine. Couples can also enjoy a private romantic dinner in their own beach cabana sharing it only with a moonlit ambiance. Health options include a couples’ wellness program and relaxing spa treatments including a couples’ massage or the signature Purun in Love massage with tea service and champagne. Twice a week, guests can also enjoy a complimentary movie night on the beach under the stars.

In contrast, but equally intriguing, The Old Man and the Sea Ocean Villas offers the island’s only Tahitian-style overwater bungalows and beach villas. This boutique-style resort has six luxurious villas designed to embrace comfort and encourage intimacy. The restaurant offers inspired cuisine, or guests may opt for a romantic dinner served on their own private deck. Surrounded by the crystalclear waters of the Caribbean, couples can enjoy the sun on pristine blonde beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving with bragging rights that include some of the island’s most stunning sunsets. As captivating as it is charismatic, Aruba is a “must visit” when romance is the goal and with the help of a Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba Ocean Villas, couples will no doubt fall in love with love.

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ONLY THREE HOURS FROM PARADISE Non-stop flights to Nassau, Bahamas Experience everything that paradise has to offer when staying at Sunrise Beach Villas. Located on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, our property ensures privacy & security, which presents the perfect getaway for all. Come visit’re welcome to stay. | TOLL FREE: 800.451.6078 | DIRECT: 242.363.2234 |




ost travelers would describe the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s balmy Caribbean coast as a destination filled with sun-drenched beaches and lazy snorkeling treks around exotic coral reefs. But, hidden in the jungle once inhabited by the mighty Mayans, is one of the Top 10 adventures in the world – Selvatica, The Adventure Tribe. Literally translated, “jungle,” Selvatica is an adventure park like no other, providing guests with adrenaline pumping experiences. Centrally located about a half-hour drive from Playa del Carmen or Cancun, Selvatica holds a special spot in the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame, having earned the Certificate of Excellence more than six years in a row. Getting there is easy, as Selvatica offers round-trip transportation from local resorts, hotels,

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and centrally located “pick-up points” included as a part of its many packages. Upon arriving, guests become part of a “tribe” that is safely chaperoned by an expert guide, offering them the ability to fully immerse in the adventure. Attractions include ten zipline circuits, Tarzania – The Human Roller Coaster, Superflight – The Super Man Zipline, a wild Jungle Coaster Ride, bungee jumps, four aerial Skywalk Bridges, and ATV tours on a blazing Polaris. There are three tour options, starting with the allday “Gimme All” package for patrons who want to experience everything the park has to offer. The 3-4 hour “Extreme Canopy” tour includes the zipline circuit, a swim in the private cenote - a natural underground pool, and Tarzania. The

“Offroad Polaris” adventure allows the true thrillseeker the opportunity to explore the depths of the jungle aboard a Polaris RZR buggy and also enjoy the zipline circuit, Skywalk bridges, the cenote, Tarzania, and a parachute jump experience. Each option includes a guide and all necessary safety equipment. Authentic Mexican food and beverage options are available, as well as vegetarian meals. After their voyage into uncharted fun, guests can cool off and relax with a refreshing swim in the park’s private cenote with a zip line. The last activity of the day includes participating in the “Seed of Life” program where each guest plants a seedling to help restore the earth’s ecosystem and personally thank Mother Nature for a day well spent.


Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort Whether traveling for a week-long tropical escapes to paradise, a romantic rendezvous or a trip with the family, this is the perfect Fall + Winter – Holiday Escape to THE ISLANDS. The Barceló Bávaro Palace hotel offers a choice of up to 11 specialty restaurants, 7 of which require prior booking and have a formal dress code. The luxury hotel has 4 swimming pools, including pools for children, a pool for adults and a semi-Olympic swimming pool. The swimming pool area offers all types of amusement and possibilities for relaxation, such as sun loungers, water jets and lots more. There is also the Barcy Water Park, where children can enjoy the castles, slides and waterfalls inside the pool. For the whole family to have fun, the luxury hotel in the Dominican Republic now has its own water park, Pirates Island Water Park, as well as a pool with waves and slides for the more adventurous members of the family to enjoy. Barceló Bávaro Beach Adults Only, perfect for couples and romantic getaways, including 1 pool, and 3 restaurants - 2 a la carte (prior reservations and formal dress code). To view all upcoming packages / special offers, seasonal promotions, luxurious beachfront accommodations and everything that is BARCELO [both Barceló Bávaro Palace and Barceló Bávaro Beach Adults Only] visit us at



MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MUNICH A Luxurious Getaway By Nava and Michael Raviv


he Mandarin Oriental, Munich is a world class hotel where luxury and elegance are matched by impeccable service and attention to detail. It is no wonder that this was the first hotel in Germany to be awarded a Five-Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide. LOCATION The hotel is tucked away on a quiet street in Munich’s old town, in a NeoRenaissance building dating back to 1880. It is within walking distance to the city’s heart, Marienplatz, and a block away from the swank Maximilianstraße, the city’s shopping Mecca. It is also adjacent to Hofbräuhaus, the city’s renowned beer garden, and is close to the magnificent National Theater. The hotel is surrounded by fine restaurants, gourmet markets and bustling pedestrian streets. ACCOMMODATIONS The Mandarin Oriental features 48 luxurious guestrooms and 25 sprawling suites — no two alike. The rooms are decorated with an East-meets-West flair combining sleek Neo-Biedermeier style furniture with Asian touches and accent pieces. Room amenities include Bang & Olufsen flat screen TVs, push-button window blinds and sheers, complimentary minibars, down comforters and crisp linens. The large marble bathrooms are appointed with walk-in showers, soaking tubs, bidets and plush Egyptian cotton bathrobes. DINING The hotel’s main restaurant is the trendy Matsuhisa, Munich by world-renowned Chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. For breakfast the

restaurant offers a lavish buffet spread with made-to-order eggs and traditional weisswursts presented in a bowl of hot water. For lunch it features a selection of bento boxes with delicious tastings from the famous Nobu menu. At dinner Matsuhisa serves Nobu’s signature dishes including the legendary black cod and yellowfin tuna sashimi with jalapeños, grilled lamb cooked over tealeaves with Peruvian Anticucho sauce, as well as traditionally prepared sushi. During the summer, guests can also dine al fresco on The Terrace, a newly redesigned rooftop restaurant at the hotel overlooking the twin domes of the Munich Cathedral and the city skyline. The menu features a mix of Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean dishes. WHAT TO DO IN MUNICH •Visit a Biergarten. The Hofbräuhaus in the old city, and the Hirschgarten near Nymphenburgh are two iconic examples of this German institution. •See an opera or ballet. Check out the schedule at the National Theater and attend a performance of the Bavarian State Opera or the Bavarian State Ballet. •Discover the city’s historic heritage. Visit the Residenz and the Nymphenburgh palace, the winter and summer homes of Bavarian rulers throughout the last centuries. Treat yourself to a Five-Star experience at the Mandarin Oriental, Munich.






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MONTREAL When Paris Meets New York – Montreal Was Born By Kenza Salahdine


s a native Parisian living in New York, I can ensure you that my trip to Montreal was undeniably one of my biggest city crushes! After 18 months away from home I felt so close to this city but not only because most of the natives speak French but because of the richness of it’s habitants, as well as the art, history, culinary scene, festivals, culture and nightlife. The hospitality of its inhabitants really makes the difference and you feel so comfortable there that the stress of your daily life just melts away upon your arrival.

staying at the AC Hotel Montreal Centre-Ville, a lifestyle brand from Mariott that reflects a modern decor with a European flair. Perfectly located in the dynamic and vibrant heart of downtown Montreal, the hotel is located only few minutes away from some of the major cultural monuments such as: Montreal’s Convention Center, The Quartier des Spectacles, Old-Montreal and more but also in close proximity to some of the best culinary restaurants, boutiques, hidden speakeasies and other exciting scenes to discover.

Montreal is the biggest town in the province of Quebec, Canada. It is located on an Island of the Saint-Laurent’s River which has been named after the Mount Royal, the iconic hill with the three peaks overlooking the city. The « arrondissements » of the city used to be indepedent cities that are now characterized into different neighborhoods, such as: the French Old-Montreal, Notre-Dame’s Basilica, and the bohemian Plateau-Mont-Royal.

The AC Hotel Montreal is perfect for both leisure and business travel. This stylish hotel offers 169 very comfortable and oversized guestrooms and suites with unlimited and powerful 24/7 wifi access. The Hotel is perfect and has everything you may need. There is even an AC Store where guests can find light snacks, essential amenities and refreshments. The AC lounge is also a communal space where you can meet old and new friends, order a drink and some snacks. The hotel also offers 5,900 square feet of meeting space that can

Discover the wonderful city of Montreal while

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accomodate between 10 to 150 guests depending on the event. The modern and contemporary atmosphere will leave you speechless. After a long day of meetings and visits in the beautiful city, I enjoyed a relaxing moment in my room with a plush bedding and pillows. Take some time to enjoy the quiet indoor pool located at the 12th floor of the building overlooking the city. For dinner, head down to La Palma and indulge an exquisite Mediterranean inspired food experience created by talented Chef David Capel that serves an incredible tapas-inspired menu along with very unique cocktails. After a night on the town, enjoy a wonderful European-inspired breakfast at the AC Kitchen, located between the lobby and mezzanine level of the hotel. Enjoy a taste of Europe with the croissants of France and the artisanal La Quercia Prosciutto from Spain.



Getaway in an Old City at the Luxurious Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel By Kenza Salahdine


hiladelphia, or Philly for short, is located between New York and Washington DC. As the main metropolis of Pennsylvania it played a pivotal role in shaping the United States to what it is today and remains a dynamic and cultural city that offers a large choice of museums, events, arts, music and even culinary creativity. Looking for your next weekend getaway? Check out what Philadelphia has to offer and start at the centrally located Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. After undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation it has been designed by the awardwinning firm Campion Platt. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is perfect for both personal and professional stays and is only steps away from some of the most important monuments of the city such as: the Independence Hall, Franklin Square, the Liberty Bell and Philadelphia Convention Center.

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After a long day of walking around the city, guests will enjoy retiring to their rooms and taking time to relax in the plush beds and fluffy pillows that await. Every room offers a 42inch flat-panel TV if you need to catch up on the news or just stay home for a cozy night in your home away from home. The hotel is also pet friendly so you won’t have to find a sitter and your furry friend can also enjoy a vacation. The rooms are very modern and include a specific local touch with decor sourced from local artists. Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel offers innovative services in an environment filled of history and offers four spaces to accommodate different types of events including weddings and meetings, along with a fitness center, an indoor pool. Foodies will love Chez Ben Bistro Restaurant, which is a French inspired Bistro that offers exquisite French classics with

a contemporary American twist. Ben wanted to offer a free « trip » back to Paris for Americans that already have travelled to Paris (or for those who haven’t yet) by enjoying some of the « joie de vivre à la française » with a delicious French culinary selection in a convivial atmosphere. Head down to the lobby to check out the impressive cocktails created by M. Brown’s that embodies that histircal feel of Philadelphia with a belief that beverages improve with age. The Brown’s team is very welcoming and makes you comfortable right away and can create tailor made cocktails according to your individual preferences.

Together is a great place to be!




Join us this winter for a little getaway so close to home and bring your family a bit closer together. Titled Tripadvisor’s #1 Resor t for families in America.



THE PENINSULA NEW YORK An Oasis In The Heart Of Manhattan By Peter Elston


deally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, The Peninsula New York is in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment and cultural district. The hotel is within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums and exciting Broadway theatres. The Peninsula New York is honored to be the recipient of some of the most prestigious accolades in the hospitality industry, including the Forbes Five Star rating and the AAA Five Diamond awards for 2018. The Peninsula New York is an oasis in the heart of Manhattan with luxurious apartment-styled rooms and suites offers guests a quintessentially New York experience and a perfect respite from the city that never sleeps. Some of the suites and rooms include: The Superior Rooms with interior courtyard views, an oversized executive desk, a king-size bed, and a marble, three-fixture bathroom; The Deluxe Room with an interior or exterior view, and stunning marble bathrooms offer the ultimate in modern comforts with a walk-in shower, separate deep-sunken tub with television and hands-free telephone; or really bask in the luxury of The Peninsula New York’s The Peninsula Suite featuring stunning cityscape

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views of Fifth Avenue and comprises six rooms, including a spacious master bedroom and bathroom, dining room with adjoining kitchen, elegant living room, study, second bedroom and bathroom, and guest powder room. For guests wanting to enjoy exquisite cuisine, tempting cocktails and stunning views of Fifth Avenue, The Peninsula New York delivers. Clement restaurant offers notable American Fare cuisine designed to highlight an approachable sensibility to midtown dining. Salon de Ning is a favorite amongst New Yorkers and travelers alike for its enchanting setting and world-class cocktails. Featuring dramatic skyline views over Fifth Avenue, Salon de Ning is a chic rooftop bar featuring two outdoor terraces complemented by an intimate interior bar. Lounge seating areas allow for an exclusive, relaxing experience while overlooking the bustling city below. The newly renovated Gotham Lounge is reminiscent of a chic townhouse with a geometric theme in vibrant sapphire, rich chocolate brown and molten chrome. Ideal for small business meetings or personal gatherings, this comfortable lounge is renowned for legendary Afternoon Tea. Want to celebrate a glamourous event or the

wedding of your dreams? Director of Catering Lesley Blackburn and The Peninsula New York play the perfect hosts for a supremely memorable wedding. Experience personalized five-star service with our dedicated team which specializes in allinclusive wedding planning. With one of the few, luxury outdoor rooftop venues in midtown Manhattan, this unique and distinctive feature provides extraordinary possibilities for your special day. The rooftop’s stunning views and its close proximity to the nature and beauty of Central Park lend the perfect backdrops for distinctive photo opportunities, only found in The Big Apple. The Peninsula New York is the perfect escape from the hustle and the bustle of New York City offering innovative treatments and luxurious facilities for the ultimate retreat. The awardwinning Peninsula Spa provides luxurious spa treatments that are therapeutic and timeless. The bright and spacious Fitness Centre provides the ultimate urban workout location by combining stunning city views with cutting-edge training equipment and group fitness. Guests can also an enjoy a relaxing swim in The Peninsula New York’s glass-enclosed, indoor swimming pool.


RONIAfrica WILLETT House By Bennett Marcus


oung philanthropist and art collector Roni Willett co-hosted the closing reception for Second Generations, a non-profit art show at Africa House, a pop-up members club that coincided with the UN General Assembly. The club was dedicated to officials from 27 African delegations and their guests including heads of state, ambassadors, business executives and art world luminaries Naomi Campbell and Alexandre Assouline.

therapy for families with children who have conditions such as autism and Down syndrome. For both organizations, Willett is instrumental in organizing fundraisers. “There are constant events that we’re hosting to try and raise money and awareness for these great organizations,” she says. The Hamptons Roni supports multiple events in the Hamptons’ including Michael Milken’s

Jean-Michel Basquiat Willett was introduced to the project by her co-host Walid Layadi-Marfouk, a Moroccan visual artist. The creative duo curated the exhibition which featured contemporary African artists and artists of African descent, including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kehinde Wiley. “The exhibition highlights how the long shadow of colonialism is no longer the sole foundation upon which art is based for these African artists.” Says Willet. Oprah’s School In a Manhattan mansion owned by billionaire Carlos Slim, Africa House offered a space for the African delegation to hold meetings during the U.N. General Assembly. Highlights included panels with several first ladies, and ARTnews with speakers from the first graduating class of Oprah’s School in South Africa. “It is important to explore and bring to light different cultures through art, especially the art of emerging artists as they have a contemporary view of their society” Willett says. Willett’s successful Africa House project is just the latest of the 23-year-old’s accomplishments. A financial analyst in New York, she graduated from USC, and is now enrolled in a graduate program as part of USC’s Iovine and Young Academy, founded by music industry moguls Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. United Hatzalah Willett is actively involved in several philanthropic causes, including United Hatzalah, which provides “specially equipped motorcycles in Israel that allow a trained medical professional to get to an emergency situation in 90 seconds,” says Roni. “They end up saving 100 lives a day and respond to any call from a bomb going off, car accidents, to baby deliveries and anything in between.” At a recent benefit she hosted for the organization, Willett took one of the powerful vehicles for a spin. “It’s not easy to ride,” she laughed. Her sister, actress and comedian Renée Willett, is a global ambassador for the organization. Shalva Shalva, another charity she supports, provides educational services and

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Prostate Cancer gala for which she hosted a lunch for her young friends and Ron Perelman’s annual benefit for the Apollo Theater, which she attends with her parents. Currently, Roni is designing her family’s new house on the East End, which contains a historical site, the Old Wainscott Schoolhouse, which educated students in the town during the 1800s.

Giving back to families


*A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will be donated back to Folds of Honor.

• Family friendly bootcamp Olympics • Military-Themed Baking Wars • Woodloch’s Broadway-style Theme Show • Zip-lining, climbing wall, go karts, bumper cars, and more • “A Night of Heroes” cocktail party featuring a special Folds of Honor guest speaker


Hear what Major Dan Rooney, Founder of Folds of Honor Foundation, has to say about Woodloch.


JEFF LIMA Talent Unlimited By Bennett Marcus


hen Jeff Lima was in high school, he would sometimes play hooky but for a good reason. Students at Talent Unlimited, a prestigious performing arts high school in New York City, were forbidden to audition for professional. “But there were a few of us who would leave school to audition,” the 28-year-old confessed.

short film called “Gowanus, Brooklyn,” and got the part. That short was developed into a featurelength film called “Half Nelson,” for which Ryan Gosling earned his first Oscar nomination. “It was great to be 12 and be in a film that was nominated for an Oscar,” Lima says.

“Jane the Virgin” After one audition, someone followed him to the elevator, introduced herself as a talent agent. The person who followed him to the elevator was Gina Rodriguez, Golden Globe-winning star of the hit TV show “Jane the Virgin.” (Yes, she was working for a talent agency in those days).

Chicago Fire, Show Me a Hero Lima has since had roles in TV series like “Taxi Brooklyn,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Get Down,” and HBO’s “Show Me a Hero” alongside Oscar Isaac, Alfred Molina and Catherine Keener. His “Chicago Fire” character, Leon Cruz, originally scheduled for two episodes, has become a recurring role over several seasons.

Guiding Light Signed by Gina Rodriguez while in high school, he was cast in some roles, including soap operas like Guiding Light. “Gina’s been a real sweetheart to me. If I have a question regarding casting or just need advice she still picks up my calls. And you know, this woman’s busy,” Lima says.

Rising Star Award Tony Lo Bianco, the legendary star of The French Connection, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at this Fall’s inaugural NYC TV Film Festival, while Lima received the Rising Star Award. Giving out the honors were festival founder Roberto Rizzo and Jury President R. Couri Hay.

Ryan Gosling movie in Jr. High While still in junior high school at the Tito Puente Performing Arts Academy, Lima auditioned for a

Anti-bullying activism It’s amazing that at the age of 11, Lima had the courage to audition for that competitive performing

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arts junior high – because as a child he was mercilessly bullied about the poor appearance of his teeth; to this day, he’s inclined to cover his mouth when speaking. Lima has put that unfortunate experience to good use as a founding member of the Achievement Lab After School and Summer Camp, which serves 150 at-risk children annually, offering tutoring, chess, sports and performing arts. Bullying is a big issue in underserved communities, he says, and staff members are trained in prevention. Lima also works with Audrey Gruss’ Hope For Depression Research Foundation doing youth outreach and education. Innovative Pictures Lima has a degree in finance, and he’s founded a production company, Innovative Pictures, to finance short films by filmmakers and take them through the film festival circuit, in hopes of developing them into full-length features. He plans to start working with students from NYU’s graduate film and television program. “As an artist, this is the most meaningful thing I can do in between my acting gigs.” As an actor, he’s represented by Michele Peacock of Andreadis Talent Agency.


HELEN YARMAK Designer & Jeweler By Bennett Marcus


esigner Helen Yarmak’s luxurious furs, original jewelry and accessories have been featured in iconic movies and television shows including The Devil Wears Prada, Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, and Empire. Superstars Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce, Cardi B and Kim Kardashian are all clients. Yarmak was the first Russian designer whose pieces appeared on a Vogue cover.

“We don’t do anything to get somebody to wear our pieces. Stylists come to us by word of mouth, or from seeing us on Instagram.” The same goes with movies and television shows. “The door opened one day, and it was

Yarmak has ateliers in New York, Milan and Moscow. There’s a boutique in the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, which is where Lady Gaga bought her sable coat while staying at the hotel. “She never went through the lobby, but her stylist did,” Yarmak says. “He loved our clothing, and he called her.” Gaga came right away and bought a pricey statement piece. “I’m so proud of that, she’s a really special and talented person.” Yarmak says.

Yarmak, who has a PhD in mathematics, was born in the Ukraine and moved to Russia after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster hit her homeland in 1986. “At that time, the government didn’t have money for science, and some scientists became taxi drivers and some became oligarchs. I became a fashion designer.” “I started with underwear,” she jokes. To make a dress for someone who had little money, Yarmak found inexpensive fabric at a factory that made underwear. The owners of the factory loved the dress, and proposed a joint venture. “So I wrote my name in English because nobody did Russian fashion at that time, and it became our brand.”

Her shows during New York Fashion Week are legendary. U ㅕ ntil recently, Yarmak’s company occupied the penthouse of the Crown Building on Fifth Avenue, one of the most spectacular spaces in Manhattan. The building is being converted to an Aman Hotel, and the penthouse, used as a party space for Hugh Hefner, has reportedly been sold for $180 million. All of Yarmak’s pieces are one-of-a-kind. “We are a luxury lifestyle and fashion house,” she explains. “We have children’s clothes, exceptional fabrics, home accessories and bags. But everything is unique, and very personal.” Even after decades in business, the brand does not advertise, and they do not chase after celebrities.

It’s not only celebrities who wear Helen Yarmak; she has loyal clients who are true collectors. “Some have more than 200 of our pieces, collected over years.” Everything is made in Italy, and Yarmak uses the world’s best stones in her jewelry, and the finest skins in her furs. “We use only wild skins, never farmed. By using wild skins, you help keep balance in nature. And it’s totally different quality.”

Patricia Field, the stylist from Sex and the City,” Yarmak says. She never knows in advance that her work will appear on hit shows, and her name does not appear in the credits, because the wardrobe consultants either buy outright or pay a fee for photo shoots. If Yarmak lends her clothing to a production, then it’s noted in the credits.

Eventually Yarmak had over fifty different joint ventures in the Soviet Union. Her business grew organically – she made a fur for herself, and customers asked for them. After she wore a ring she’d designed, the same thing happened. “Because I was a scientist, I have a different way of creating style,” Yarmak says. “And I’d say that all of our pieces are for intellectual people, for people who appreciate quality and style.”

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CHRISTO & JEANNE CLAUDE: THE MONUMENTAL ARTISTS Conquering Impossible Feats for the sake of Art By hillary latos Photographed By Udo Spreitzenbarth Imaging | Lorraine Baker Photo Assistant | Richard Baranya Tania Guerra for Angelo David Salon | Chanel Beauty


raconteur of life, Christo Javacheff has led a colorful journey of life that is as large as the monumental works of art he has completed that have left an indelible mark on each visitor who has seen his work. Perhaps it was fleeing the Bulgarian revolution as a teenager on a freight train heading to Austria filled with defectors to living stateless in Europe for 17 years that inspired his works of art to have political undertones. Using fabric and industrial materials in urban environments he has wrapped the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin. His works have spanned the globe with The Umbrellas in Japan and California, The Gates in Central Park, Floating Piers in Italy, and the Surrounded Islands in Biscayne Bay. His controversial yet ephemeral projects that are all completely self funded can take decades of planning due to many layers of opposition only to have a life for days or weeks. It’s perhaps his innate instinct for survival learned at an early lifealong with the support of his partner the late Jeanne Claude that gave him the perseverance to see his artistic vision to fruition. A genius and visionary, here Christo recounts the history and story behind each of his larger than life projects with his dear friend of over 40 years, RoseLee Goldberg, the Founding Director and Chief Curator of Perfoma who was honoring Christo and Jeanne Claude in their 2018 Gala. Performa is a multidisciplinary non-profit arts organization

dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Part of Performa’s mission is to present a biennial of visual art performance in New York City that illuminates the critical role of performance in the history of art as well as its enormous significance in the international world of contemporary art. Early Years as an Artist Many people from the Soviet Block escaped to the West in tanks to Austria and Vienna. I became stateless and renounced my nationality while I was an artist and the Austrian government took my Bulgarian passport and gave it to the embassy. I was a man with no passport, but I got a white passport for 17 years and needed a visa to visit any country until 1974. When I was in Vienna I was doing all sorts of odd terrible jobs because I could only speak Russian and Bulgarian and we were not permitted to speak any capitalist languages during the time of Stalin. Fortunately I was a gifted painter and did portraits on canvas. When I escaped from the border of Czech and Austria I arrived at the home of my father’s friend in Vienna. I had my student card and wrote a letter to rescind my citizenship and became a refugee. While I was in Vienna I did portraits of all the officers in the United Nations who were from distinguished families around the world, who helped me get to Paris. My biggest

supplier was a hairdresser who had rich clients including Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Dessange. Coincidentally I just repurchased my portrait of Bardot at an auction in Paris. While in Paris I rented a maid’s room on the top level on Blvd Haussmann. I had to create smaller size barrels to the upper floors and then did sculptures in the outer boroughs of Paris. This was the real fabric wrapped around the barrels which eventually inspired my later works. The first project for the wrapped buildings was in 1961 and the message was that the real buildings that should be wrapped would be Parliament or prison. In 1962 after the Berlin wall was built we did the Iron Curtain. The first exhibition was in Cologne when the wall was built in Germany and I was so afraid the Soviet Union would march all over Germany again. I returned to Paris closing these barrels on the rue Visconti. We tried to get permission and we did the installation illegally in 1962. It was up for 10 hours because people couldn’t pass through the street, one of my barrel sculptures is in the Kroller Muller in Amsterdam. In In 1965 I became very friendly with John and Dominique de Menil, who became collectors of mine and they saw the barrels proposals and we tried to The Mastaba between Galveston and Houston. I did scale models and drawings, one of which is on display at the Serpentine Gallery in | 103


London. In 1972 we had the drawings for The Mastaba in Holland and we had a visit by the French United Nations officer who was a collector and eventually became the foreign secretary for France. He suggested to do this in a new nation that formed in 1971, the United Arab Emirates. At the time we were finishing the Pont Neuf and the Reichstag, and The Umbrellas. It was very difficult to do The Mastaba in the Middle East, so we decided to do this in London this past summer because it’s full of people at Kensington Garden. Choice of Location Whether it is urban or rural, we always do art near where people live by houses or telephone poles because we need to have a scale of the project. Each project was designed for a particular place like the Reichstag. But also they are designed for different seasons in the year. The Gates was designed for the winter because Central Park was like a forest, and Miami it was during the late spring. In 1972 we just finished The Valley Curtain, a giant 400 meter long orange curtain in Colorado, across Rifle Gap. Over the last 22 years we realized 22 projects and we failed to get permission for 47 projects which meant that we always have to have something going ahead because they overlap. Once we get permission we left other things aside and we concentrate our resources, money, and energy work to make something happen. From these 47 projects that were refused after a while we didn’t want to do them anymore. Three times the Reichstag was refused, in 1972, 1974, and 1981. In 1995 we were just realizing the wrapping of the Reichstag. Meanwhile we did many other projects over those years such as The Umbrellas in Japan and California. Originally we wanted to do the floating piers in Tokyo Bay because it has so much water around the lakes and bays and we needed to have calm water. We almost did the project in 1998 but we had a huge fight with the governor of Tokyo. But eventually we moved the project to Italy and spent time in the North near the lakes and alps between 1968 and 1970 by Lake Iseo near Brescia. In 1974 we had a connection with many Italian people and collectors who can buy works of art. The lakes were not normal lakes, they were glacial and ranged from 300-700 feet deep with a mountain in the center as high as Manhattan’s Liberty Tower. Only 2,000 people who lived on this island and could only access it by boat. For 16 days I allowed them

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to walk on the water and we created a 3 km pier. To undertake this we needed to get permission from 3 entities- the lake, the mayor of Sulzano and the mayor of the Monte Isola. So we decided to go from the bottom and started with Monte Isola first. Then we would go to Rome after we got permission from the 3 entities. When we got all of these agreements and did the press conference in Rome, the government was incapable to stop this, and that’s why it took under 2 years to do this project. Because it was in a small place very few people knew. Overcoming Obstacles and Costs Each of these projects is built like a highway or bridge and you need to organize and hire specialists and engineers and the technology isn’t complicated as there are floating piers and marinas around the world. The law is the most difficult part. Nobody understands that. This was above 300-700 feet of deep water. We were renting about 10km of water so that no one could use it. This project ended up costing $22 million Euros. We rented Central Park for $3 Million so we could have it for 3 months. The biggest amount of work was the Reichstag. It took us 25 years to get the permission and 3 refusals, there were over 600 pieces of work. During this time I really learned what the Reichstag was, but that’s what creates the power of it because it’s beyond a painting or a sculpture. The most expensive part of The Umbrellas was that it was in 2 parts like a diptyque or painting, and it was done in the richest countries of the world- Japan and the United States. But the most difficult part was that it was in a very busy area of metropolitan Tokyo. That project cost us nearly $600 Million. We had to pay the highway patrol and every service non stop. It spanned 16 miles long in California and 12 miles in Japan. There was a moment when we had to stop the project because people couldn’t walk in the streets. This is something we are always facing and try to manage. There was no way to move the project.

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Work Process All of the drawings reflect the evolution of the project done in the studio since 1964, I cannot decide how the project is done from the materials or how it is built. We have to make small models first. Near the German and Danish border there was a lake and we did the first version of the Reichstag. For the Floating Piers we needed to test the anchors under the water it used 150 anchors which were 5 tons each with special divers. For this purpose we needed to do underwater tests so we went to Bulgaria underneath the Black Sea to see how it could be done and connected. All of the projects go through that. We’re borrowing public spaces. Humans move through this space its part of their everyday lives. We inherit all of the activities of these humans to work, go to school. Sometimes it’s very complicated and difficult, you have all of these services and governments that you have to negotiate with. But our projects are very much under the domain of architecture and urban planning. Ask many architects how many are really building, most of them are just drawing sketches. Each project has a software period when its only in sketches and in the mind, thousands try to help us and thousands try to stop us and we discover what the project really is. After the permission stage then we have the hardware period with real elements, the wind, people, traffic, kilometers. This is why we have specialists who work in these types of engineering projects. People protest why you do this by a water or a bridge. You cannot make these decisions in the studio or on the computer. I don’t understand computers, I cannot open one and I don’t like to talk on the telephone. I like real things. I am absolutely drunk on the real thing. Real sun, real wind, real kilometers, real fear, no TV, I’m very compulsive. I am even drunk with working with so many professional people to go in their head and find out how things can be done, convince them to get on this project. This is the energy and why we don’t do commissions.

I don’t like to sit, I like to move all the time, sitting immobilizes my relationship with the world. Choice of Colors and Renewable Resources The fabric is the principal material to translate the nomadic character of the project. Like Bedouins who build their tents then take it away that is like our projects. We use different types of industrial fabrics for each project. Color is also one of the special things. The Umbrellas had two colors- blue in Japan as it’s the rainy season with flowing rivers and lush vegetation and yellow in California as the sun burns the grassy landscape to gold and brown. The Gates started in 1979 and was realized in 2005. We chose a saffron color because it was going to be done during the autumn or winter. The structures were not designed as an arch but instead they represent a footprint of the buildings that surround Central Park. The biggest amount of fabric we used was 6.5 million square feet for the Reichstag. Material is the least expensive thing, the labor is the most expensive. For The Gates we used 5,000 tons of steel, almost 2/3 of what comprises the Eiffel Tower. We bought the steel from Pennsylvania to make the 7,503 gates and each base was a different size of weight depending on the size of the gate. That cost $5 million and before we even used the steel we sold it to the Chinese who used it for building a skyscraper. Much of the materials are resold in advance. Like the project in Australia, we used a mesh that was also used by South Pacific farmers to grow crops. Everything we do we try to do it wisely and inexpensively. This is very dialectic by sheer necessity. The same energy exists in other professions and why it’s very normal and what makes the project important. We do many different things and we have so many problems but that journey is so incredible. This is very ordinary. ㅊ

Christo's works have spanned the globe with The Umbrellas in Japan and California, The Gates in Central Park—several rare sketches of which were on view this December at Art Basel Miami Beach at Isabelle Bscher’s Galerie Gmurzynska, Floating Piers in Italy, and the Surrounded Islands in Biscayne Bay.” Christo has long worked with art historian and gallerist Bscher, who is opening a branch of the Swiss based gallery in New York City later this month (Saturday, December 15th) with a show by Wifredo Lam. Bscher pictured with Christo | 107


ANNABEL ANDREWS ă…ŒAvant Garde Abstract Artist By w. a. muller Photos By Manuel Bonilla


ell us how you got into art? I started drawing and painting very young. Living in the natural environment on the Isle of Wight (England), there was no TV, internet, iPhones or iPads. Our toys were the trees and animals in the fields, and curiosity was focused on nature, observing things very closely, or looking out to the sea and sky. At school, at a very young age, we received classes of drawing and painting, and every year, we were examined by the Royal Drawing Society. The teacher was from the famous London Slade school of Fine Arts. She motivated us through her teaching, and I did well in the exams, obtaining an honors certificate. After leaving school, I intended to study art but was offered a good job in London, which I accepted. The work was interesting, learning at the same time orthopedic radiography and attending operations at the London Clinic. Some of my work was used to illustrate Sir Reginald Whatson Jones books.

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In London, I shared a flat with a friend who had finished art school and worked for an advertising company. My friend taught me many things during the weekends, and the Australian artist Brian Robertson also lived upstairs. Brian later became well known as an art critic and author. Where did you study? Years later, I went to live in the Canary Islands. I attended a municipal workshop with a sculptor, Abraham Cardenas, and I started doing sculpture while taking the Parramon correspondence course from Barcelona, which was interesting and lasted three years. It was very exciting to send my work and wait for the results and the corrections. I learned all the techniques and started to paint Canary Island landscapes. There, I won a local prize, and started painting portraits in the British Club in Las Palmas. There were always plenty of volunteers to sit, including the British Consul.

On coming to live in Madrid, I attended the prestigious PeĂąa Academy in the Plaza Mayor, where I learnt many techniques and live model painting. The following years, I attended two important workshops in the Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid. The first was with Jose Guerrero, who had recently returned to Spain from New York where he was part of the New York school of Abstract Expressionism. He made a great impression on me, inspiring me to try minimalism and abstraction. Unfortunately, he had to return to New York. I then started another workshop with Pablo Palazuelo who was geometric and constructivist; he had an interesting group of friends around him. He also greatly influenced my work. The two workshops were a bit antagonistic: Guerrero was very emotional, very visceral and intuitive and Palazuelo was logical and very cerebral, so everything was very rational and structured. Both have marked the path of my artistic work.

What are your inspirations? Fundamentally, it is the landscape of the forest that

surrounds me, here in the Sierra de Madrid. The backlight between the trees is what fascinates me most, as a desire to go towards it, to an unknown place. A yearning to get there, but I do not know where. Walking through nature nourishes me unconsciously. On waking up in the morning ideas are swarming into my head, and I like to start working before they vanish. I paint landscapes, but my concept of landscape is broad, as wide as the world around me. What form of painting would you say your art is? My love of drawing pulls me towards a figurative representation of the model. I am interested in drawing something as it is to me. When making collage, geometry is the main idea, being totally abstract, but when painting, I try to combine all, but always with a reference. I would define my work as total and colorful minimalism on the border between figuration and abstraction. Who are your clients? My clients are worldwide, but I do not know them. Some are large companies like Citibank of Manhattan and also collectors like Agnes Gund and great decorators. Have you done many art shows? I have had many exhibitions and now feel ready for a large retrospective. What is your next series? A continuation of the last series of minimalist colour fields, but each work is an adventure that can take me anywhere. Which series are you the most proud of ? Always the one in the making. It would be paralyzing to think it was worse than the one before. But I do like the black and white series. Which artists inspire you the most? Starting with Friedrich, the romantics and Nordic expressionists. Nolde, Munch, Van Gogh and the Americans Newman and Rothko. And of course, my teachers Guerrero and Palazuelo.


PRIMA BALLERINA DIANA VISHNEVA Bringing Ballet Back By Julie Sagoskin


atching Diana Vishneva dance is a truly divine experience. The 42-year-old Prima Ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre was also the Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre until 2017 and will soon be bringing her effortless talent to Miami and New York’s Beacon Theatre in December in a technological production of Sleeping Beauty Dreams before touring in 20 additional cities. Since giving birth to a son in May, this ballerina who balances it all, returned to the stage in late September for the Paris Opera Ballet’s gala performance. A graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St Petersburg, Vishneva is not only an accomplished classical dancer, she is also passionate about experimenting with new techniques and technologies. In 2010, she established the Diana Vishneva Foundation, aimed at increasing access to ballet for those of all backgrounds who don’t have professional dancing experience. In addition to promoting dance as a modern art form and providing support to young and retired performers,

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Vishneva also founded Context, an international festival giving the Russian audience access to new contemporary dance companies from around the world. Diana will be on stage with the production of Sleeping Beauty Dreams December 7th and 8th in Miami at The Adrienne Arsht Center before returning to New York at The Beacon Theatre December 14th and 15th. Why did you want to be involved in Sleeping Beauty Dreams and what makes this such a unique production? Art and dance performance is a brand new genre for me, I have never worked with it before, so it’s very exciting. The performance itself is a symbiosis of music, dance, and state-of-the-art technology. There is a digital projection of the dancer alongside me on the stage, and it responds to my moves. This projection constantly changes, visually adapting different fantastical guises. My character conducts

the moves of her avatars and interacts with them during the performance. Sleeping Beauty Dreams is a journey into the inner world of the main character and we use a real-time digital avatar to illustrate the inner struggle and transformation of her soul. This story is about an encounter of a personal inner dark side and how it can be overcome, a theme which remains as relevant as ever. How are you preparing for your upcoming performances? How does the technology in Sleeping Beauty Dreams influence how you will be dancing? The preparation process for Sleeping Beauty Dreams differs dramatically from other productions, though of course, we still rehearse in the studio and Edward Clug became the choreographer of the project. Most recently, Ed has created new works for one of the leading dance companies, The Netherlands Dance Theatre, and has choreographed a new interpretation of Faust in Zurich.

fascinating partner. Being next to him on stage makes me feel exactly the way I imagine it to be and offstage, we became close friends. I always look forward to working together, especially when we discover a new genre for both of us. What are your favorite things to do in New York? New York is an extraordinary city, with so many cultures and nations mixed together, and it is always a pleasure to stay and work here. New York has so many spectacular places for shopping and fantastic restaurants - I would not be able to name my favorite as I am keen to try them all and discover new places. With all the cultural events happening here all the time, there are so many things I get interested in as an artist and as a spectator and also as an artistic director. You recently had a baby, what was it like getting back into the dance world? And getting back into dancing form? Of course, returning to the stage after giving birth takes a lot of effort. Still, I had no fears about my ability to get back into shape, and my doctors

allowed me to partake in physical activities after a month and a half. I started with swimming and pilates and then I added exercises in the gym and only after that did I return to the studio. I stayed in New York and visited Steps on Broadway and worked with my body gradually. I thought the progress was slow but my instructors were amazed by my pace, and how the muscles remembered everything, and my body responded accordingly. What are you hoping to accomplish with your Context Festival? I founded the Context Festival in 2013 and we held our sixth Context Festival in November. We have reached our goal to provide support for modern choreography in Russia. Context Lab, the competition for young choreographers, sets a positive work environment for these young artists from different cities of Russia. This year we received more than 160 applications from choreographers from Russia, Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

After rehearsal, we put on the sensors and start to amalgamate the choreography with my avatars. It’s like I conduct my characters in different dimensions. Tobias Gremmler, our digital artist, is the one who creates and visualizes the characters. What was your experience like with American Ballet Theatre? Are you excited to be performing again alongside Marcelo Gomes? In June 2017, I bid farewell to the theatre as a principal after performing for 13 years of my 23-year career in American Ballet Theatre. No other period in my career seems as remarkable as being part of this theatre company. This period really facilitated my development as a contemporary dancer, and I had the privilege of working with amazing partners and enriching my repertoire with the masterpieces of the outstanding choreographers of past and present. My partnership with Marcelo Gomes has a special place in my life. Marcelo is a fantastic, reliable, | 111


THE CELLULOID CIRCUS Following the World’s Elite Film Festivals By Norah Bradford


ew York lovers of film and Industry watchers set your calendars – While there are over 2,000 annual film festivals in the world, only a handful remain truly renowned. Attendees have the opportunity to critique each film and gain insight on the latest developments in the industry. These elite festivals also provide access to financing, professional advice, and access to some of the world’s most famed celebrities and celebrations as well. Here are ten of the best to consider as destinations in the year ahead.

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Palm Springs Film Festival (January 3 – 14, 2019)

South by Southwest Festival (SXSW Film), Austin, Texas (March 8 –17, 2019)

Next year Palm Springs will celebrate the 30th year of this annual film festival. Some 135,000 attendees attend to experience the line-up of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The event in California is known as a good place to show foreign-language movies, with a history of screening the most foreign Oscar nominees. It’s also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett and George Clooney. Sundance Film Festival, Utah, United States (January

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A winter time classic, the annual Sundance Film Festival stands as an ideal way for attendees to catch up on the independent film scene – and for a break to ski on the empty slopes. The recent Sundance Film Festival saw 121 feature-length films selected from a record 12,218 feature-length film submissions, representing nearly every language known to man. Many different genres are put on display, from animation to indigenous works and cult films.

Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, inspire, and share the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow. Nearly 30,000 industry and media delegates, as well as thousands of fans attend the SXSW Film Festival to see big-budget film premieres like Neighbours and Veronica Mars.

The Cannes Film Festival stands as one of the most exclusive festivals in the world and recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Founded in 1946, this nonpublic festival is the most prestigious and publicised film festival in the world. Movie stars flock to Cannes each year, along with producers who hope to sell their films to global distributors. 76th Venice Film Festival, “La Biennale di Venezia“ (August, 2019)

The Venice Film Festival was originally created to raise awareness and promote all aspects of the film industry – offering retrospectives and reverence to major players throughout the history of cinema. This year’s event indicates the beginning of the festival season and awards calendar. It will include screenings, ceremonies and celebrations and on the final day a jury will award the Golden Lion for best film along with seven other prizes. 46th Telluride Film Festival (August, 2019)

72nd Cannes Film Festival, the Côte d’Azur (May 14 – 25, 2019)

The Grand Dame of Film Festivals - chic, international and very popular with celebrities and power players,

A short but prestigious film festival set in a tiny village in America’s Rocky Mountains, Telluride showcases some of the best in the industry. The bulk of the program is made up of new films, which

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has led to Telluride being associated with the discovery of a number of important new films and directors. The festival typically attracts some 4,000 film enthusiasts who enjoyed a 100 film program, representing 25 countries. Organizers do not reveal the program until everyone lands onsite – yet regular attendees trust that a unique experience will unfold.

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in mid-August, followed by the commencement of ticket sales near the end of the month. The eight films, accompanied by a delegation of filmmakers and festival organizers, will be screened at The Metroplex, a recently opened cineplex in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Bay. Hamptons International Film Festival (October, 2019)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) (September 5 – 15, 2019)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada is among the most successful public film festivals in the world. World premieres, galas and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry supremos make the rounds. If you are a cinephile or simply just love to experience new and innovative films, TIFF is the event to attend. Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong (September, 2019)

The famed Sundance Film Festival first expanded its global reach to Hong Kong in 2014, offering the premieres of eight new films from the sister Festival in Park City, Utah. The program will be announced

The Hamptons International Film Festival has become a fall weekend fixture, attracting roughly 18,000 visitors annually at the end of Long Island, some two hours from New York City, in theater venues from Montauk to Southampton. It was founded to celebrate independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary – and introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to audiences. It draws international filmmakers with global perspectives while still maintaining a local, small-town feel. Local resident, Alec Baldwin, has become a high profile fixture at the event. 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), Japan (October, 2019)

The only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations

(FIAPF), TIFF has played an integral role in Japan’s film industry and cultural scene. Established in 1985, TIFF aspires to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the world and in the same league as Cannes, Venice and Berlin, which now stand at the summit of the more than 2,600 international film celebrations. Events include openair screenings, voice-over screenings, and special appearances by filmkaers in focus Mamoru Hosoda and Shunji Iwai. 16th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (December, 2019)

Dubai International Film Festival stands as the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. DIFF’s pioneering initiatives such as the Muhr Awards, Dubai Film Connection and Dubai Film Market have enriched professional experiences in the region, while also raising the profile of regional works on the world stage. | 113


ANDY WARHOL ㅌA to B and Back Again By w. a. muller


ew American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with nontraditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society.

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This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities

about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. On display at the Whitney Museum of Art from now until March 31, 2019

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THE ILLUSIONISTS WORLD TOUR ㅌComing to Broadway for the Holidays By Kristen Oliveri


he latest installment of the smash-hit touring magic spectacular, The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays, has found its way to the bright lights of Broadway. Playing at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street) through December 30th, the show brings together everything from illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes, and technological spectacle. Producers Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, MagicSpace Entertainment, and Kilburn Live have taken the show most recently on a US tour, as well as wowing audiences globally with a variety of performances on multiple seasons of Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent.

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The holiday version of this production showcases five spectacular magicians including Colin Cloud (The Deductionist), Chloe Crawford (The Sorceress), Shin Lim (The Manipulator), Darcy Oake (The Grand Illusionist) and Adam Trent (The Futurist). Oake, who rose to fame by his performance on Britain’s Got Talent, is looking forward to this holiday Broadway run. “For any artist, Broadway is the pinnacle, a dream come true. To be recognized for your craft and the work you’ve put in is incredible,” he told Resident. But for Oake, all of his shows have been rewarding, most notably the recent US tour where the show played at much more intimate venues.

No matter where he’s performing, Oake is overjoyed that he and his fellow performers have the opportunity to bring a new era of magic to excited audiences around the world. “We’re a very young ensemble. We’re bringing a fresh approach to an old school art form,” he said. “It’s a whole new generation of magic.” While the show has a strong focus on its main performers, it also weaves in performances by Light Balance, a high-tech neon LED dance group from the Ukraine that consists of dancers, designers, programmers and choreographers. • 877-250-2929 Marquis Theatre, 210 West 46th Street • TheI



Modern Amenities, Dynamic Neighborthoods and Dramatic Views By GEORGE Cahn


0 Columbus has entered the downtown Jersey City residential scene with 539 rental residences and a full suite of modern amenities in one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Leasing is underway at the new 51-story tower which was developed by Ironstate Development Company and Panepinto Properties at the entrance to the Grove Street PATH Station, with convenient service to Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. The building is also just steps from an eclectic array of restaurants, shops, cafes and nightlife destinations, including the vibrant Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza.

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The overall lifestyle offering – which also includes dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty -- has quickly caught the attention of the marketplace, with more than 100 leases signed in the first three weeks and a number of residents already moved in. “90 Columbus reflects the evolution of Jersey City and our commitment to delivering a lifestyle experience that meaningfully connects with today’s urban renter,” said Michael Barry, President of Ironstate Development Company. “From modern design to innovative and thoughtfully-curated amenity spaces to an ultra-

convenient location, 90 Columbus is a great addition to the Jersey City landscape.” The new residential tower is the fourth and final phase of The Columbus Collection, a mixeduse offering jointly developed by Ironstate and Panepinto Properties that comprises 1,484 rental residences, a 152-suite Residence Inn by Marriot® hotel, an approximate 1,000-space enclosed parking garage, and street-level retail space housing Base Gym and Sprove Market Place. “The Columbus Collection has proven to be

a tremendous asset to Jersey City and has helped spearhead the proliferation of new lifestyle offerings throughout the Grove Street neighborhood,” said Joseph Panepinto, president & CEO of Panepinto Properties. “The amalgam of residential, retail and hospitality reflect the innovative lifestyle and culture of the city.” While a striking architectural addition to the Jersey City skyline from the outside, 90 Columbus’ interior social spaces illustrate the developers’ commitment to creating something that is both design driven and totally unique. The partnership tapped famed Parisian interior architect Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and internationallyrenowned landscape designer Bas Smets to create an oasis of calm set apart from the bustle of the city. Their embrace of nature, color and shapes can be found in the building’s intimate-but-grand lobby attended by a 24-hour doorman and fulltime porters, soaring two-story communal lounge

with a lush green winter garden, and expansive communal workspace, all featuring leafy green plantings that run wild throughout the spaces. Residents also have access to a 60,000 squarefoot outdoor landscaped roof deck with a pool, BBQ grilling stations, sport court, dog run, and children’s play area, and receive membership to the street-level, 30,000 sq.-ft. Base Gym. “90 Columbus provides a fresh and creative new lifestyle choice for residents in one of Downtown Jersey City’s most sought-after neighborhoods,” said Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, the building’s exclusive leasing and marketing agent. “Prospective renters are truly amazed when they tour the building and see how unique and well thought-out the design and amenities are, which is reflected in the early leasing activity.”

A collection of well-appointed studios, one- and two-bedroom residences was designed for 90 Columbus. Monthly rents currently start at $2,695, with immediate occupancy available. Living spaces feel intimate yet open with high ceilings and oversized windows that take in panoramic views while bathing the homes in natural light. Fixtures and finishes are thoughtfully crafted with organic materials, and hardwood oak floors double as natural soundproofing. Chef-inspired kitchens are adorned with grey custom cabinetry against white quartz countertops and tile backsplashes, while seamlessly integrating stainless steel appliances. Spa-inspired baths feature white ceramic tile and dark pewter porcelain tile flooring complemented by Kohler fixtures. 90 Christopher Columbus Drive Jersey City, NJ 07302 Agents: The Marketing Directors | 119


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The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) 21st Anniversary of the annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, featuring an exclusive musical performance by Dawes

Marion Waxman and Dr. Samuel Waxman ©Patrick McMullan

Christian Volpe, Richard Volpe, Alison Volpe ©Lenny Stucker

Michael Nierenberg and William T. Sullivan ©Patrick McMullan

Dawes performs ©Lenny Stucker

The John and Daria Barry Precision Oncology Center of Excellence at VA’s Manhattan Campus honored courageous veterans Battling prostate cancer with a VALOR Dedication Ceremony ©Patrick McMullan

John F. Barry III, Daria Becker Barry and James Barry

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Dr. Jonathan Simons

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CMX Cinemas celebrated the official launch of its first New York Outpost, CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd, with star-studded fête ©Patrick McMullan

Charlie Chaplin entertainer and Kiera Chaplin

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Paul Sorvino and Jose Leonardo Martí

Pamela Morgan and Lizzie da Trindade-Asher ©Daniela Kirsch /NameFace

The signature fundraising event of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, the Angel Ball, star-studded event boasted an audience of over 1,000 high-net-worth supporters, celebrities, influencers, executives and philanthropists ©Getty

Pamela Morgan

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Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley, Jill Zarin

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Harboring Hearts sold-out benefit evening to support heart patients and their families at The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center ©Jordan Rathkopf

Children’s Aid hosted its eighth annual Keeping the Promise Benefit to celebrate the organization’s history of service to NYC’s children, youth, and families, ©Lily Kesselman

Broadway Star Antoine L. Smith

Jane Goldman, Budd Goldman, Iris Abrons ©Lily Kesselman

The Foreign Policy Association celebrated 100 years with a Centennial Gala chaired by Sana H. Sabbagh, Dame Jillian Sackler, and Daisy Soros ©SJ Martinez

Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2018 NY Symposium & Luncheon at the Hilton, NYC ©Rob Rich/Society Allure

Daisy Soros, Sana H. Sabbagh, Dame Jillian Sackler

William Lauder, Camilla Olson, Dee Hilfiger, Victoria Silvstedt, Ulrika Johanssen, MarieClaire Gladstone, Norah Lawlor

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff honored as Woman of the Year at the Roshni TIA Awards Gala for Raising Awareness of Young Women with Autism ©Patrick McMullan

John Mahdessian of Madame Paulette held a star-studded fête at Russian Samovar Restaurant & Piano Bar ©Nancy Rivera

Jean Shafiroff

Dorinda Medley, John Mahdessian of Madame Paulette, Sonja Morgan

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6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence Wednesday, December 5, 2018 7:00–9:00PM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Capitol Hill 301 A St SE, Washington, DC Reserve your seat at The Newtown Foundation • Newtown Action Alliance • American Gun Safety Association • Amnesty International • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence • Center for American Progress • The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence • Community of Sant’Egidio • Community Justice Reform Coalition • Docs Demand Action • Everytown Survivor Network • Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence • Giffords: Courage To Fight Gun Violence • Junior Newtown Action Alliance • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America • #NoRA • On Earth Peace • Organizing for Action • St. Marks Episcopal Church • States United to Prevent Gun Violence • Survivors Empowered • Survivors Lead • Women’s March


Isabelle Bscher and Francesco Vezzoli @ Gallerie Gmurzynska

Diane Lane and Robin Wright in House of Cards

Anthoula Katsimatides and Susan Barron @ Depicting the Invisible

Amy Schumer is a fan of Art Miami

OUT & ABOUT By Joe Alexander with Photos by Patrick McMullan

Brooke Shields and Nick Korniloff @ Art Miami

Michele Peacock, Deborah Kuhn and Lisa Rosenbaum @ Depicting the Invisible

Ray Donovan, House of Cards & The Deuce House of Cards’ final season stars Robin Wright and Diane Lane who are busy trying to be bitichier then Kevin Spacey ever was as President Underwood. “I used to talk about playing a bitch but I don’t even know how I feel about that anymore because one person’s bitch is another person’s hero,” says Lane. Robin Wright, who plays the nation’s first women President promised, “No nude scenes. I want people to recognize me for my work, not just for being pretty.” Ok!…. Showtime’s Ray Donovan was shot in NYC and it’s fun to spot places you know, which also holds true with HBO’s sexy series The Deuce. Schreiber, who plays a fixer and is either beating people up, killing them or sleeping his way through each exciting episode said, “I remember finding ‘Harold and Maude’ strangely erotic. I’ve always had an octogenarian fetish.” One of his co-stars Susan Sarandon is only 72, but confessed, “I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and

what you are is the point.” That said she looks great and Liev, who is divorcing Naomi Watts is now single and living amongst us. NYC Television Festival Tony Lo Bianco, who co-starred with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider in The French Connection was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NYC Television Festival by founder Roberto Rizzo. In turn, Lo Bianco presented Chicago Fire actor Jeff Lima with the Rising Star Award. Brooke Shields @ Art Miami Amy Schumer and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor have adored unique handbags by artist Michele Pred. The purses feature phrases like ‘#METOO’, EQUAL PAY’ and ‘MY BODY, MY BUSINESS’ that light up on the side. The pieces are being shown at Nick Korniloff’s Art Miami.

The fair opened on December 4ㅅth and the bags will be exhibited at Nancy Hoffman’s booth. Brooke Shields will also be at the fair where she will help David Kratz curate their booth with work from Will Kurtz, Naomi Nakazato, Esteban Ocampo-Giraldo, Elliot Purse, James Razko, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Stephen Shaheen, Chie Shimizu, Kathy Stecko, Jiannan Wu and Gabriel Zea. Isabelle Bscher @ Art Basel Galerie Gmurzynska director Isabelle Bscher brought pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Yves Klein to her booth at Art Basel which opened on on December 6th before coming to Miami. Bscher was the talk of Paris with her scene stealing booth shaped like a fire station at French art fair, FIAC. During a party for her Isabelle’s show Black Swan star Vincent Cassel snapped selfies with the glamorous gallerist on a red fire truck on the banks of the Seine. The fete honored Alexandre de Betak and his fire-themed design for the gallery. Guests included hotelier Andre Balazs, photographer Ellen von Unwerth and Lancome muse Caroline de Maigret. Rita Hayworth & The Alzheimer’s Association The Rita Hayworth Alzheimer’s Association Gala celebrated the 100th birthday of the legendary Hollywood star. The benefit was chaired by her daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Anne Hearst. & The nights MC was the Today Show’s, Willie Geist. Other guests included David Hyde Pierce, John McEnroe and Patti Smyth, Martha Stewart, beauty expert Irene Michaels ㅅand Candace Bushnell. The night’s honoree was the Johnson family of Johnson & Johnson fame. The night was dedicated to the memory of Elizabeth Johnson who is the

Liev Schreiber and Susan Sarandon @ Ray Donovan

sister of Woody Johnson, our current Ambassador to England. Whoopi & The Better World Awards Whoopi Goldberg fans were disappointed when she didn’t make it to The Better World Awards at The Loeb Boathouse. Stepping into the spotlight was Prince Albert II of Monaco’s daughter, singer Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, who performed her song, “Fearless” to a cheering audience. The 26-year-old budding pop star, the daughter of an American waitress, was only officially recognized as the Prince’s offspring at the age of 14. Other performers included Jose Feliciano who sang “Light My Fire.” Kerry Kennedy presented photographer Harry Benson with his award; other honorees included Jean Shafiroff, Fred Schneider of the B52’s and Wyclef Jean’s wife Claudinette. Leading the applause were RHONY Dorinda Medley, Sharon Bush, and skincare mogul Peter Thomas Roth.

Peter Thomas Roth, Jean Shafiroff and Sharon Bush @ Better World Awards Cy Vance & Arthur Aidala Harvey Weinstein defender Ben Brafman and DA Cy Vance who is prosecuting the aberrant former movie mogul were seated at the same table between the police commissioner, James O’Neill, at the Police Athletic League lunch at the Mutual of Omaha conference room. Witty U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman who over for Preet Bharara quipped from the podium, “The people in this room have so much trust in the NYPD that they can seat two adversaries and titans of the law Cy Vance and Ben Brafman, at the same table.” Laughing were TV pundit and power attorney Arthur Aidala and former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis.

Attorneys Arthur Aidala and Marianne Bertuna

Jay McInerney, Anne Hearst McInerney and Yasmin Aga Khan @ Rita Hayworth Gala

Audrey Gruss and Hilary Geary Ross @ Hope For Depression Luncheon


Ivana Trump and Irene Michaels @ Angel Ball

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