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LOUISE Roe: A FASHION STAR IS BORN!

DESIGNER JEREMY SCOTT HEADLINES THE SEASON’S STYLE SCANDAL / NEW YORK’S TOP TASTEMAKERS TALK PLUS: SCENE’s List of the Social Media Elite and the Debut of Annelise Peterson’s Advice Column

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CONTENTS | April 2013

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Dress by Diane von Furstenberg, dvf.com; jewelry by Samira 13, samira13.com

08 EDITOR’S LETTER 10 SCHOOL DAZE Charlie Campbell’s latest shenanigans. By Peter Davis.

88 ASK ANNELISE Dating guru Annelise Peterson answers our readers’ questions.

FEATURES 44 A FASHION STAR IS BORN British export Louise Roe wants to be America’s fun and fashionable older sister. By David Yi

54 MONSTER’S BRAWL Things are heating up for designer Jeremy Scott, accused of ripping off graphics from, renowned skateboard artist Jimbo Phillips. By Zandile Blay

It seems you can’t turn a corner these days without running into a tastemaker. But in a city full of stylish innovators, what makes some qualify as a trendsetter? By Delphine Barguirdjian and Peter Davis

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CONTENTS | April 2013

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Living room designed by Miles Redd.

16 INFLUENCER We caught up with the founder of Intermix, as the store celebrates an important annversary.

18 JEWELRY Everyone needs a little cuff love.

20 THE CUT Kyle DeWoody shares her style and beauty must-haves.

22 INSPIRED BY Power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

SOCIETY 26 TED ON THE TOWN Birthday bashes made this month one to remember. By Ted Gushue

28 HOT SPOT From the men who brought you The Windsor and The Crown comes Bill’s Food & Drink. By Carson Griffith

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NIGHTLIFE 30 TIME TRAVELER A look back at Café Tabac. By Beth Landman

32 SOCIAL CALENDAR The social scene ahead. By Eliza Krpoyan with Guest of a Guest

HOME 36 PRODUCTS These stylish office pieces are sure to perk up even the most glum Mondays. By Eliza Krpoyan

80 PARTIES This month’s hottest happenings.

86 BEST DRESSED Our picks for this month’s most stylish party-goers. By Eliza Krpoyan

Editor’s note:

COURTESY OF MILES REDD

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Correction to credit of the Sergio Rossi sandal on page 48 of last month’s issue (inset Zagazig in pastel pink) sergiorossi.com. SCENE apologizes for the error.

38 MILES REDD The designer dishes on his must-have pieces for every room in the house. By Eliza Krpoyan

40 ART CALENDAR This months art auctions and exhibitions.

42 WORK OF ART A studio visit with Joyce Pensato. By William Corwin

ON THE COVER

LOUISE ROE wears a dress by Reem Acra, reemacra. com, a blazer by Amen, amenstyle.com; jewelry by Samira 13, samira13.com. Photographed by NJONAS MOHR ; styled by STACEY KALCHMAN .

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liant work with Jean-Michel Basquiat to Marc Jacobs’ recent prints with The Chapman Brothers for Louis Vuitton menswear. But Scott had crossed a line and his constant “no comment” didn’t cut it. On the flip side, editing a magazine also lets me celebrate talent and I am thrilled to have my pal Louise Roe, a TV star and style icon, on our cover. SCENE’s new Fashion News Editor David Yi’s candid conversation with the charming Brit expat reveals why Roe is not only the host of NBC’s Fashion Star but also one in her own right. I am also very excited to premiere “Ask Annelise,” the first column by another friend, Annelise Peterson, who will be doling out dating and modern manners advice every month. For her first back page column, Peterson advises on whether to Google or not to Google a potential love match. And with that, I am off to Google Jeremy Scott, once again.

Peter Davis, Editor in Chief 1. COREY TENOLD; 2. & 3. PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM

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ixing friendships and editing a magazine is sometimes a sticky situation. In SCENE’s debut issue, I ran an investigative piece about Andrew Albert, who was the husband of a friend. Mr. Albert was on trial for stealing a lot of money to fund what turned out to be a phony luxury e-commerce website. His wife asked me to kill the story, despite Mr. Albert wanting at first to speak to the writer to proclaim his innocence. I had to decide whether to run an article that got the whole town talking or listen to my friend, who professed the whole thing a “witch hunt.” I published the story and weeks later, Mr. Albert was found guilty, sent to jail and his wife immediately filed for divorce. I face a similar dilemma this month. During Fashion Week, I sat front row at Jeremy Scott’s always wacky, fun show. Editor friends nearby “oohed” over the cartoon monster graphics Scott sent down the runway. But I felt I had already seen the gruesome glamour that Scott was claiming his own. Afterwards, I immediately Googled away and discovered that Scott had ripped off both the Phillips family, who are legends in the skateboarding world, but also Mike Roman whose stenciled skulls I had always loved when stomping around the East Village as a teenager. I first met Scott in Paris over a Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s apartment. We have been friendly since, but I just couldn’t ignore his cavalier attitude towards creative license. I assigned my star reporter, SCENE’s Editor at Large Zandile Blay to dig deep and get the story. Blay always gets the scoop, but she also examines the business of inspiration versus artistic thievery in the world of art and design. I have always admired collaborations— from the neon camouflage of the late, great minds of Andy Warhol and Stephen Sprouse to Valentino’s bril-

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always imagined I’d either be a rock star or a movie star. There really was no middle ground. With these reasonable ambitions in mind, I was obsessed with the Academy Awards. I knew one day I would have a row of gold Oscars. I planned to store them on a shelf in my guest bathroom where it would seem like I didn’t care, but would guarantee that every guest had to notice my accolades and pee while green with envy. Since my parents refused to let me even attempt to be a child star (I just knew family TV sitcoms were desperate to cast me as the cute son next door), I had to take matters in my own hands. Barclay School put on plays—but I was too busy skateboarding to bother with snoozefests like The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, especially because I knew that, once in Hollywood, I wouldn’t have to memorize monologues and most of my roles would be the young heartthrob who gets addicted at 12 to vodka or causes havoc in the suburbs with a gang of ruffians who wear jean jackets cut off at the sleeves and chain smoke Marlboro Reds. Those were the juicy parts I was born to play. But I craved an Oscar and my parent’s mantra of “nice people are not in movies or television” was as infuriating as their other favorite maxim: “You’re in the papers when you’re born, get married and when you die.” Hello? I was so ready to be the youngest person ever on the cover of Vanity Fair, shot standing shirtless on top of a skyscraper by Annie Leibovitz. And I would confess to writer Nancy

Jo Sales how I had overcome an overbearing family to win my first Oscar. Sorry, Tatum O’Neal. To speed up the process, I decided to host the first ever Barclay School Awards Show. I quickly drafted up nominees for Best English Student, Best Math Pupil and other boring categories that let my sweet sixth grade teacher Ms. Quigley grant me permission to hold the awards during homeroom. Everyone in my class—especially the pimpled, nerdy math students—wanted to bring home the gold. So all the awards were given out—things like Best Science Student (the equivalent of Achievement in Sound Editing at the Oscars… dull!) and then the final award “Most Popular Student” was ready to be handed out. My best friend Steven was the presenter. This was like Best Picture, the only Oscar that anyone really cared about. I had kind of tabulated the votes, but got restless after counting around six ballots, so I scribbled the winner on a paper and shoved it into a Barclay School envelope. Steven stood by the blackboard and announced to a hushed room: “And the Most Popular Student Award goes to…” Well, if you can’t guess who won, you really must have no idea how the game of Hollywood is played.

NEXT MONTH: CHARLIE CAMPBELL TRANSFORMS HIS BEDROOM INTO A HIGH-PRICED STORE AND HIS FAMILY MUST PAY THE PRICE. 10

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YOUR FASHION FORECAST AND UP-TO-THE-SECOND STYLE SCOOP by Eliza Krpoyan

OH MY MOD!

We’re green with envy for CHANEL’s geometric collection of colorful clutches

CHANEL plexiglas clutch in green 2013 Spring/Summer, chanel.com PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CHANEL

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FASHION | Influencer

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Celebrating two decades of Intermix

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We’re all about collaborating with great designers to create unique pieces. We do this every season—it’s part of our DNA. To celebrate the anniversary, it was a perfect time to make 20 special pieces. HOW DID YOU PICK THE DESIGNERS FOR THE CAPSULE COLLECTION? We are known for curating a mix of the most soughtafter styles from fashion’s top designer labels and emerging talent. For this collection, we thought about what would be the most compelling items and which vendors are the best at creating complete styles. Then we worked closely with the designers to get the pieces just right. We have strong partnerships with the designers we carry—they look to us for feedback because we know what our clients wants and what excites them. So, collaborating is something we do often. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW

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DISCOVERING FRESH BRANDS. ARE THERE ANY NEW LINES WE CAN LOOK OUT FOR THIS MONTH?

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1. Leather jacket by Iro 2. Peplum top by Robert Rodriguez 3. Scalloped dress by Hervé Léger 4. Nude sandals by Jerome Rosseau 5. Coated jean by J Brand 6. Mirrored flat sandals by Guiseppe Zanotti 7. PS1

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Elongated Cuff by Maiyet, maiyet.com 3. Mullroy Cuff by Nicole Romano, modaoperandi.com 4. Large Axis Cuff by Eddie Borgo, eddieborgo.com 5. Old Gold Warrior Cuff by Fallon, barneys.com

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KYLE DEWOODY

Named as one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30”, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Grey Area shares her style inspirations and must-haves

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1. 1097 Matt Dark Turtle by Cutler and Gross, cutlerandgross. com 2. Jett, Gold Metallic Kid by Esquivel Shoes, esquivelshoes.com 3. John Gordon Gauld: Bunnies, shopgreyarea.com 4. Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford, bergdorfgoodman.com 5. Toned Day Cream by Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, drhauschka.com 6. Maison Martin Margiela, Fall 2013 Readyto-Wear, maisonmartinmargiela. com 7. Diane Keaton who played the role of Annie Hall

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FASHION | Inspired By

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01. CATHERINE MALANDRINO NUDE TOP AND MATCHING PANT FROM FALL/WINTER 2013 COLLECTION

catherinemalandrino.com The megastar wears lots of head-to-toe prints. In 2011 she wore a printed Catherine Malandrino dress on Access Hollywood.

02. NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD PUMP IN OCEAN BLUE SUEDE WITH PURPLE FRILL

nicholaskirkwood.com Even while she was pregnant, this stylish celeb was wearing skyhigh heels.

03. ARE THOSE REAL? BY VELOUR

velourlashes.com Beyoncé loves her mink lashes! Her makeup artist Wei Lang uses strips by Velour.

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available at select Louis Vuitton locations, louisvuitton.com Inspired by a Spring 2009 LV handbag the songstress coveted. CELESTESE

05. JAFFA NAIL LACQUER BY BUTTER

LONDON butterlondon.com Dressed in a long black gown, the star wore a bright orange polish for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

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MIST gloprofessional.com A beauty trick that the superstar has learned from makeup artists is to use a spray to set makeup. The beauty says she won’t wear powder without it!

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jacobandco. com The star loves wearing chandelier earrings and pieces by this jewelry designer. On the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary, Jay-Z was spotted leaving Jacob & Co.

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“I LOVE KATE MOSS. I THINK SHE HAS GREAT STYLE. AND I ALWAYS ADMIRE VICTORIA BECKHAM AND GISELE [BÜNDCHEN]. THEIR STYLE IS MODERN BUT ALWAYS CLASSIC.”

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paulsmith.co.uk This megastar is not too cool for large, black-framed hipster glasses. BY PAUL SMITH

02. FLY IN BLACK AND SILVER BY SAMA

samaeyewear.net It’s a rarity to spot this rapper without his dark shades on. Here—a pair he’s been seen sporting.

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03. SATIN MICRODOT SLIPPER BY CHARLES PHILIP SHANGHAI

charlesphilipshanghai.com Jay-Z keeps his kicks casual.

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SUMMER 2013 COLLECTION THREE BUTTON NOTCH LAPEL JACKET AND CARGO PANT IN OLIVE/PURPLE/NAVY

BEYONCE PHOTOGRAPH BY JUN SATO/GETTYIMAGES.COM; QUOTE FROM HARPER’S BAZAAR

CAMO michaelbastiannyc. com Whether it’s on a jacket, hoodie, pants or button-up, this celeb loves camouflage. The rapper wore a Michael Bastian cotton camouflage shirt for a benefit concert in 2010.

05. JACOB & CO AUTOMATIC DIAMOND BAGUETTE WATCH FROM THE

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It’s easy to become jaded as a young man in a town where a few C-List celebrities know you by name (looking at you STEPHEN BALDWIN ), which is why seeing this side of New York through my mother’s eyes—eyes which have been out of the game for longer than they’d care to admit—is so refreshing. We Manhattanites have been living in the center of the universe, the eye of the storm, the nexus of nightlife for so long that we forget how truly lucky we are. Think about it: I am at a party with BILLY ZANE ! He was in Zoolander people! Onwards and upwards as always: it is time to celebrate a real anniversary, the 25th of its kind for our illustrious parent company, The New York Observer. I’m always a little suspect of any party whose host committee reads like a banner day of boldface names in Page Six (LARRY GAGOSIAN , KATIE COURIC , DONALD TRUMP , HARVEY WEINSTEIN , KATIE HOLMES , RON PERELMAN , COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY , PETER KAPLAN ) but obviously not so suspect that I won’t turn up for my alma mater’s big night out. Checking my coat at The Four Seasons I’m immediately privy to the brainy back and forth of Observer alums PETER STEVENSON and PETER KAPLAN : “Christ, 25 years… would you believe it?” Stevenson queries Kaplan. “I don’t know what to believe anymore, although you can be damned sure I’m gonna make [GEORGE ] GURLEY fetch my drinks,” Kaplan retorts as Self Appointed Mayor For Life MICHAEL BLOOMBERG saunters in sipping on a big gulp. He later makes a typically terrific speech, congratulating Mr. JARED KUSHNER on his 25th birthday, by which point I am fully engrossed in the wit and charm of legendary painter CHUCK CLOSE , “Who I don’t mind telling you is officially drunk,” he confesses to me in the third person, bourbon in hand, beautiful blonde at his side: “It’s a miracle that I haven’t been pulled over in my Jetson’s chair—I really shouldn’t be driving.” As we shake hands and part ways I can overhear him describing just how limber his chair is before attempting a speedy 360 turn. The night continues on handsomely as supermodel SCENE cover girl HILARY RHODA can’t help but show off her cover story caricature (all of the best Observer illustrators are on hand to sketch our party guests)—same story with our fearless leader PETER DAVIS and his studly visage. DJ CHELSEA LEYLAND blares out a Beastie Boys hit as we saunter off into the evening, unaware that she is providing a top notch transition into a book party that we’d be attending just a few days later. Braving very Scottish weather I land at the home of Moneyball producer RACHAEL HOROVITZ for her younger brother OLIVER HOROVITZ ’ first book, An American Caddie in St. Andrews. It is tough to tell what was more impressive, that Oliver was even allowed to caddy on the old course at St. Andrews (where he’ll be returning for his eighth season this summer) or that his family is a hodge-podge of hyper achievers: his brother ADAM HOROVITZ AKA Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys fame, his playwright father ISRAEL HOROVITZ , and sister-in-law KATHLEEN HANNA whose bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre shaped my hipster years, are all in attendance. Ultimately though it is the fresh haggis that catches my attention, but only after I Googled what it actually was on my cell phone. Last on my docket for the month, but certainly not least is the one-year anniversary of this very magazine. We take over our favorite little fancy hole-in-the-wall at the Woolworth Building: The Wooly, and dance the night away with some of our favorite people: designer MONIKA CHIANG , ANDREW SAFFIR , DANIEL BENEDICT , TOPPER MORTIMER , STEVEN ROJAS , DAVID RABIN , and JESSE and STEPHANIE NEWHOUSE , just to name a few… The night waxes and wanes beautifully as the Alacrán Tequila works its magic and DJ SEAN MARCH serenades us with a sinfully SCENE-y soundtrack. All in all, one of the best first birthdays that I’ve ever been to. Here’s to many, many more.

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rnest hemingway is often said to be the paramount chronicler of the prohibition era. There is no doubt that the martini-loving man’s-man would have found more than one fond word to pen about the midtown restaurant, Bill’s Food & Drink, had he the opportunity to pull up a stool at the townhouse bar. The 54th street eatery was previously the home to the original Bill’s Gay Nineties from 1924 until Crown Hospitality Group took it over in 2012. The townhouse was first a functioning restaurant and bar for patrons starting in the turn of the 20th Century. Traditionalists can take note that maintaining this history was important to its new owners, who opened the restaurant’s doors this past fall. While the team brought in their regular designer Meg Sharpe, who worked with them on their other properties (The Lion, The Crown and Windsor), they kept the aesthetics of the 19th century property that made it so appealing in the first place. “There are not that many places you can walk in and hear a piano player singing,” says John DeLucie, chef proprietor of the restaurant (along with others partners), who notes that even on that particular Friday at 5:30pm, the bar is already bustling. “It’s just a very elevated old school bar experience which I imagine was what it was like to go to a bar back in the day.” The trapdoors that were originally built into the restaurant for Prohibition alcohol shipments are particularly beguiling for DeLucie, and they remain in use in the kitchen but for something a little less illegal. “They’re in the back by the kitchen and the basement,” DeLucie’s partner, Sean Largotta says, explaining that the trapdoors are used for kitchen deliveries. The property has definitely seen its share of changes since falling into the hands of DeLucie, Largotta and their partner Mark Amadei. During the renovation process, an original mural hidden behind drywall since the 1940s was rediscovered on the first floor, and was incorporated into the restaurant’s design. “The stuff in this restaurant is from literally all over the world,” says DeLucie about added personal touches the partners contributed in Sharpe’s decorating process. “We travel to Sicily, we travel to London, Paris, Indonesia, Bali. 28

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So there’s stuff from all over the world in this room.” Remnants from the old décor, such as a mammoth second-floor fireplace, phone-booth entrance, and silver-dollar “Bill’s” sign glued onto the floor in the hallway, were kept amongst the current gentleman’s smoker’s club meets-Ralph Lauren-at-home interior. In fact, first-time customers may experience somewhat of a déjà vu moment because of these holdovers—and George Clooney. “I was always fascinated with this place because of Michael Clayton,” says Largotta, referring to the 2007 flick, in which they filmed several scenes in the bar of the midtown eatery. “They made you believe a lot of it was downtown, but it was downstairs here.” And Clooney isn’t the only big name to have graced the antique bar area, or the restaurant. “We have a very loyal fan base,” says Largotta. “A lot of fashion people, a lot of bankers and celebrities. Some nights you feel like you’re in The Lion [their West Village property] because of the clientele.” Largotta says these loyal clients include big names such as Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa, and have also brought big events such as a Carolina Herrera dinner with Eva Longoria, and an after-party for the Oscar-nominated The Impossible with Naomi Watts. Bill’s, however, still maintains a different air than the Crown Hospitality Group’s other properties, potentially due to its location. The restaurant serves lunch, which DeLucie and Lorgatta point out their other properties do not, but it seems to be an essential, and busy time of day in Midtown. As for getting a table, “there really is no policy in this place,” says Largotta. “It’s not like The Lion or Crown. It’s probably the least restricted door we have.” The partners won’t be able to say the same for their next project, a private lounge on the Westside Highway. “The lounge we’re doing on 22nd street is going to be the real differencemaker for us,” hints Lorgatta. “Our private rooms do very well Top: Dining rooms at Bill’s and we have so many VIPs Food & Drink; Bottom, clockwise from left: Jamie every night.” Let’s hope there Tisch, Eva Longoria, Petra is a trapdoor or two to get Nemcova, Ewan McGregor, George Clooney past that door.

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could you walk in and see Keith Richards shooting pool or Bono singing acapella with Paul Simon when the speakers blew? There were nights when Tabac set the stage for private events. Bridget Hall celebrated her deal with Ralph Lauren (the designer’s crew was not thrilled that she showed up wearing head to toe Calvin Klein); Jon Bonjovi helped throw a birthday party there for photographer Herb Ritts, and Madonna teamed with PR guru Kelly Cutrone to toss a birthday bash for Truth or Dare director Alec Kesheshian. “Café Tabac had the feeling of a community; you could go by yourself and know you would run into friends,’’ says Jason Weinberg, who was Cutrone’s partner at the time, and is now president of Untitled, the agency that manages Naomi Watts and Penelope Cruz, among others. “If you showed up at 10, it was still going strong. People who normally had their guards up, let them down. It felt like a safe haven and everyone table-hopped. You could be sitting with someone like David Lee Roth and the table would just grow as people joined the conversation and pulled up chairs.’’ While regulars ran into old friends, new relationships were also formed at Tabac. Peter Brant, who dined there regularly with Robert De Niro and Tony Shafrazi, met wife Stephanie Seymour, and the romance between Johnny Depp and Kate Moss was first sparked at the bar one evening. Of course, there were those moments you would run into people you didn’t necessarily want to see. “Everyone stopped into Tabac, including my ex husband,’’ says Cutrone. “It was the first time I got to exercise my restraining order against him by calling the police and having him escorted out.” Café Tabac lasted seven years, finally shuttering in 1998, but Liebenthal says people still approach him to say it was their favorite restaurant of all time, and two women just contacted him because they are making a film about it. “Tabac was about the crowd,’’ says Liebenthal. “It was a moment in time with so many memories: unfortunately I smoked a lot of pot then, so many of them are lost.’’

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Themed after The Frick Collection’s Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches exbition, the 14th annual black tie ball will include cocktails and dancing. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Frick’s education program which serves New York City’s public schools. Funds raised will also provide support to the Frick Art Reference Library. The event, titled “Dance of Time,” is sponsored by Donna Karan New York. 8:30pm-12am, tickets: $325-$500, available to Young Fellows only. at The Frick Collection, One East 70th Street. become a young fellow and purchase tickets at 212.547.0706 32

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COCKTAIL RECEPTION, DINNER AND AUCTION BY CHRISTIE’S TO SUPPORT OCEANA’S MISSION TO PROTECT AND RESTORE THE WORLD’S OCEANS. 6:30pm, Tickets $1,000. at Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, theoceanaball.com

APRIL 8TH NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART'S TRIBECA BALL

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An evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and live entertainment. This year’s ball—sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels—will honor Bob Colacello for his contributions to the arts and to the Academy. 6PM, Tickets start at $175. At New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street, tribecaball.com

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This black and white themed gala will honor visual artist and composer, Christian Marclay. Guests will be served cocktails and a seated dinner, enjoy tunes by DJ Brendan Fallis and a live musical performance. 6:30pm, tickets start at $2,500. at Cipriani, 55 Wall Street, newmuseum.org WEEKEND WITH HISTORY GALA DINNER

A kickoff celebration for Weekend with History, a series of intimate, informal presentations by top-notch historians, scholars and newsmakers. The evening will also feature a presentation of the American History Book Prize of $50,000 awarded to Roger Hertog. 6PM, invite only, cost to join the Chairman’s Council is $5,000. at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, nyhistory.org

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THE 12TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE APRIL 17-28. THE FESTIVAL SHOWCASES INDEPENDENT FILMS FROM BOTH AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS. IT WILL INCLUDE PANEL DISCUSSIONS WITH DIRECTORS, ACTORS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS, FREE “DRIVEIN” MOVIES ON THE HUDSON RIVER AND, OF COURSE, THE STREET FAIR! times vary,

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Barbra Streisand’s life and film career will be honored at this annual gala with the Chaplin Award presented by Bill Clinton. 7:30PM, TICKETS $175-$500. At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, filmlinc.com THE SOCIETY OF MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER’S 6TH ANNUAL SPRING BALL

The evening will include dinner, dancing and musical entertainment sponsored by Harry Winston. All proceeds from the event will benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s kidney cancer department. 7PM-12am, Tickets: start at $1,500. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, thesocietyofmskcc.org For more event listings please visit the website of our co-writers at guestofaguest.com

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CHRISTIE’S april 18 The Opulent Eye

april 23-24 A Palladian Villa By Michael S. Smith

540 West 26th Street 212.255.2923

april 29 19th Century European Art

GLADSTONE GALLERY

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JOYCE TO THE WORLD A STUDIO VISIT WITH BROOKLYN-BASED ARTIST JOYCE PENSATO

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of long tables are stacked high with paint pots and brushes, and everywhere are stuffed animals, spattered and coated with black and white enamel. Plush Cartmans and Stans slouch on shelves, Sylvesters and Tweeties are splayed out on tabletops and Elmos mill about on the floor. The whole scene has a joyous but frighteningly chaotic atmosphere. Occasionally, Charlie will reposition an Elmo in the room, dragging it by the neck like a dead rabbit, and the relative quiet of the studio will be disturbed by the maniacal laugh of an animatronic doll. But this sudden chaos has become a key element of Joyce Pensato’s appeal. For the February cover of Art in America, she spattered a photograph of Abraham Lincoln, “this was [made] before that stupid movie came out” Pensato notes, and when asked about her method of spattering photographs, for which she’s known almost as well as her Mickeys and Homers, she describes a strategy for creating these manipulated works— they’re placed next to the works-in-progress in order to receive the excess dots and drips that are the byproducts of her lively style of painting. Though it’s not a precise science “I’m aware of what the splashes can do,” says Pensato. But back to Robert De Niro. Pensato was the second recipient of the Robert De Niro Sr. Prize in painting. The actor’s father was a well-known School of Paris painter who worked in New York from the 40s through the 70s and taught at the New York Studio School. The elder De Niro studied under the famed Hans Hoffman and then at The Black Mountain College with Josef Albers, and was in Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery, exhibiting with contemporaries Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. It’s an award that carries a $25,000 check, but more importantly some one-to-one face time with the star. Pensato has found herself the guest of honor at several luncheons for this year’s upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, and is even helping De Niro Junior out on one of his upcoming film projects—fittingly, a documentary about his father.

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hings have changed for joyce pensato recently. The Brooklyn native, who spent most of the 80s and 90s struggling to make ends meet, is now jet-setting to Rome and London where she will have exhibitions in 2014. Her museum show “I killed Kenny” opens at the Santa Monica Museum of Art on June 1 in Los Angeles, where she can be seen rubbing elbows with “Bobby” De Niro. Other artists of her generation are becoming more well known—fellow painters such as Marilyn Minter and Christopher Wool gained prominence quite a while back, while contemporaries such as Mike Ballou, Holly Zausner and Anne Ferrer are starting to have their own museum shows as well. Still, these things haven’t changed Joyce at all: she’s still to be found wielding a camera at her own openings and snapping pictures of friends and well wishers, doting on Charlie, her American Spaniel, and seemingly endlessly appreciative that people actually want to come look at her work. It doesn’t seem so much a question of “What do I get out of a Joyce Pensato painting” than “What is Joyce getting out of it?” Her Mickey Mouse, Batman and Homer Simpson paintings expose something more about these characters that we know and love, than we ourselves are willing to admit. Her glossy enamel canvasses are portals to a set of desires that never seem to go away—a fascination with animal spirits, transmigration of souls, and bizarre interspecies hybrids that seem normal to us after a lifetime of Saturday cartoons and “must-see TV,” but in their candy coatings cover a far more carnal and primitive meaning. Stepping into Pensato’s studio for the first time brings to mind the famous words of the archaeologist Howard carter peeping into King Tut’s tomb “I see… beautiful things.” But very similarly to the tomb of Egypt’s best known Pharaoh, Pensato’s studio is a royal mess: paintings are leaned against the walls and stacked on the floor, interspersed with magazine clippings and photographs pinned up on every available inch of wall space. A series

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND PETZEL, NEW YORK. PHOTO BY LAMAY PHOTO

BY WILLIAM CORWIN


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COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND PETZEL, NEW YORK. PHOTO BY LAMAY PHOTO

Joyce Pensato, Installation View, Petzel New York, 2012

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Jacket (worn as a dress) by Basler, basler-fashion. com; wedge sandals by Donna Karan, donnakaran. com; rings and earrings by Kimberly McDonald, kimberlymcdonald.com

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IS BORN REPLACING SUPERMODEL ELLE MACPHERSON ON TV IS NO EASY FEAT, BUT BRITISH BEAUTY Louise Roe HAS THE BRAINS, STYLE—AND FABULOUS EYEBROWS—TO TRANSFORM THE REALITY COMPETITION FASHION STAR INTO THE SEASON’S MUST-DVR SHOW. THE RECENTLY ENGAGED FASHION ICON TALKS TO David Yi ABOUT HER FAMILY, BONDING WITH GWYNETH PALTROW AND HOW TO BE RED CARPET AND CAMERA READY AT ALL TIMES. DAVID YI PHOTOGRAPHED BY JONAS MOHR STYLED BY STACEY KALCHMAN STORY BY

HAIR BY LUKE CHAMBERLAIN MAKEUP BY MATHIAS ALAN PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE THOMPSON BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

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“LOUISE IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. SHE IS WARM, ARTICULATE, HUMOROUS AND ENGAGING. YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR MORE. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE HER.” —JOHN VARVATOS

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Dress by Diane von Furstenberg, dvf.com; jewelry by Samira 13, samira13.com

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ou can achieve anything for which you have unlimited enthusiasm,” Louise Roe muses of the motto that’s written on a bookmark. Her father gave it to her years ago. The TV host, model and journalist is unwinding in her clothing-filled West Hollywood home after a much-needed ski trip she took with her fiancé, model Josh Slack. If there ever were an All-American British girl next door, Roe would certainly fit the bill: the 31-year-old is known for her inviting, ear-to-ear smile, dreamy, almondshaped eyes, healthy sun-kissed complexion, and head full of long, luscious locks. Her speech is as posh as it is peppy—a perfect mélange of a cosmopolitan Londoner with a laid-back Californian vibe. She giggles at times mid-sentence, but speaks directly. Her voice is smooth, a rich alto. “My father told me early on that if you wake up in the morning and you’re excited about the work you’re doing and you enjoy it then you’ll never work a day in your life,” she adds. These days, Roe is taking that sentiment quite literally, running full speed ahead as one of the hardest working—and overachieving—television personalities to hit Hollywood since Ryan Seacrest. As the current host of NBC’s Fashion Star, Roe has successfully filled some large stilettos, replacing supermodel Elle MacPherson who reportedly was ousted from the role last summer. She is also co-hosting the Style Network’s first-ever live show, Pop Style about all things fashion, debuting in May. This comes on the heels of the CW’s makeover reality show Plain Jane—now in its fourth season— where Roe takes one insecure young duckling each week and transforms her into the swan she was always destined to become. The show—now playing in 66 countries under distribution from MTV International—takes her to Istanbul, Paris, London, among other cities, where she closely mentors each girl. On Fashion Star she’s the shoulder to cry on for contestants who are under high stress. On Plain Jane she’s the ultimate role model playing the much cooler older sister whose advice is always spot-on. “Louise is absolutely amazing. She is warm, articulate, humorous and engaging. You couldn’t ask for more. Love, love, love her,” gushes returning Fashion Star on-camera mentor and designer John Varvatos. “I want to be perceived as the bigger sister who steers someone in the right direction, that’s the perfect way to describe me,” she says. “I have two older sisters and came from a very girly family. I have a great group of friends. I want to share what I know.” Roe belongs in the British hosting sorority along with expats Cat Deely and Alexa Chung—two successful imports from London who’ve had stellar careers stateside. Deely hit it big with Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance while Chung, now a host on Fuse News, became a street style darling. Roe seems to be a little of both, pairing a natural knack for interviewing with an innate fashion sensibility. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s so relatable. “Not being grounded is not an option,” she says. “You have to have great people around you and good friends who would be like ‘Oh, shut up you sound like an idiot’ if you started to change.” In addition to her many television projects, Roe is also an ambassador for Maybelline and Express. She has a fashion line with London-based Stylepicks, offering affordable and on-trend items geared toward teens. And she is still on-hand as she continues to be a correspondent for E! and Access Hollywood during the awards season in addition to her position as Editor-at-Large for Glamour. Exhausted much? “I have moments, definitely,” she admits of her brutal schedule. Plain Jane in particular can be a draining experience. Roe explains that filming lasts 16 hours a day, seven days a week for three months. “I handle [the schedule] by being extremely healthy,” she says. “I go to bed really early, I don’t drink, and I feed myself the most healthy of foods.” Roe’s steely discipline wasn’t sharpened overnight. She developed her work ethic at an early age growing up in a sleepy suburb of Surrey while observing her

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Opposite Page: Dress by

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni, chiaraboni.com; ring by Wetherly. This Page: snakeskin jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo, ferragamo.com; top by Joy Cioci, joycioci. com; ring and earrings by Kimberly McDonald, kimberlymcdonald.com; bracelets by Samira 13, samira13.com

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father’s successful career as a travel journalist. “Seeing him create something out of words and painting a picture out of them and entertaining people with what he created—that I found very inspiring,” she recalls. And whenever she had any questions about journalism, her father was an arm’s length away, explaining how to craft a piece, where to start an article, and how to get to the crux of the story. It was at 16 that Roe began her first internship at Condé Nast Traveler, training in and out of London for a week. Every holiday from then on she was constantly interning or working at monthlies. After graduating with honors from Durham University with a degree in English, Roe immediately started interning full-time at ELLE UK. While her friends were off on holiday or celebrating their graduation, Roe was busy photocopying documents, researching for interviews, and going on the occasional coffee runs. It was while working at ELLE that Roe got, what she calls, her first light bulb moment. “I remember the day when this amazing editor who believed in me said, ‘You’re going to London Fashion Week and you’re going backstage on your own and interviewing Linda Evangelista!’” Only 21-years old, fresh out of school and green, Roe recalls being backstage at the first Giles Deacon show held at an old building in Chelsea, her notepad and pen shaking furiously in her hand. She noticed there was a pecking order with the models— established on the left, the new girls on the right. Music blasted in her ears as the hustle and bustle of backstage left her feeling bewildered. And then, there standing in between all of the chaos was She, the ultimate: Linda Evangelista. Terrified, Roe went up to her and introduced herself. “I’m from ELLE magazine,” she said sheepishly. Evangelista proceeded to look her up and down, letting out an “ugh.” “But then she smiled and it was cool from then on,” Roe recalls, chuckling. It was a defining moment for Roe, who realized that fashion journalism was exactly where she wanted to be. After a few months at ELLE she went to InStyle, then to Weddings magazine. While there, an editor pushed Roe to be her replacement for a segment on BBC Breakfast News, her first television appearance. The night before her TV debut, Roe says that nerves kept her awake and she couldn’t sleep. “It was this moment when everything clicked and I was like, ‘Oh this is quite cool and this is fine!’ It was fun!” Another light bulb moment: “I knew this was what I really wanted to do.” While at Vogue.com as the fashion news editor, Roe launched a web TV series, which had her traveling back and forth from London to Los Angeles to cover award shows, such as the Oscars. “I thought, ‘what if I could just move here for TV?’” After securing a small gig as a fashion expert for E!, she packed up her belongings and made the move. “After Christmas four years ago, I said good-bye to London and I really haven’t looked back.” Her first big break came when she covered the Oscars for Access Hollywood four years ago. It was here that she first rubbed elbows with the Hollywood elite like Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Gwyneth Paltrow—an experience she’ll never forget. “It was my idea to test [Gwyneth Paltrow] on her Cockney slang because she’s married to a Brit,” she recalls while covering the Oscars for ABC a few years back. “Okay, so in the East end of London they have their own language in a way. Most people in London know a few phrases. I wanted to see if she did too and she totally played the game. She knew the answers to all the questions and we high-fived.” It’s this zest for life that initially attracted Roe to her fiancé, Slack, who’s six years her junior. The two first met in New York about two years ago during fashion week. They were introduced via a mutual friend and, Roe says, it was love at first sight. The two instantly hit it off during their first date at the New York City Zoo, where they had hot dogs for lunch and ended the night with cocktails at the Mandarin Oriental, overlooking upper Manhattan. Slack eventually proposed to Roe just before this past Christmas, on her birthday in Bora Bora. “It was really, really amazing scenery; it was dreamy with all this white sand everywhere. He did a good job!” In terms of her professional life, the future has always been carefully curated and planned every step of the way for Roe. So is motherhood in the works? “Definitely want to be a mother,” she says with a giggle. “No plans for that just yet. I love being an auntie.” So what’s next? “I would love to host a talk show,” she says. “Life-wise my dream is to have a nice house on the beach and a big family and doggies and barbecues. That’s what I aspire to because that’s what life’s all about at the end of the day.” And with this next chapter closing, that bookmark—the same her father once gave her—is sure to guide her to the next.

“IT WAS MY IDEA TO TEST [GWYNETH PALTROW] ON HER COCKNEY SLANG BECAUSE SHE’S MARRIED TO A BRIT [...] SHE TOTALLY PLAYED THE GAME. SHE KNEW THE ANSWERS TO ALL THE QUESTIONS AND WE HIGHFIVED.”—LOUISE ROE 51

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Sandals and sequin caftan by Diane von Furstenberg, dvf.com; ring and earrings by Kimberly McDonald, kimberlymcdonald.com; bracelet by Samira 13, samira13.com; sunglasses by Oliver Peoples, oliverpeoples.com

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COURTESY OF JIMBO PHILLIPS

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MONSTER

BRAWL JEREMY SCOTT VERSUS JIMBO PHILLIPS

COURTESY OF JIMBO PHILLIPS

FASHION DARLING Jeremy Scott DRESSES PALS LIKE KATY PERRY AND KELLY OSBOURNE IN HIS LOUD, CARTOONESQUE CONFECTIONS THAT HAVE RIFFED ON EVERYTHING FROM BART SIMPSON TO THE FLINSTONES. BUT LAST FASHION WEEK, SCOTT CROSSED THE LINE FROM POP CULTURE PROVOCATEUR TO ALLEGED PLAGIARIST WHEN HE BLATANTLY COPIED THE WORK OF A FEW VERY ANGRY ARTISTS WHO FEEL ROBBED. Zandile Blay TALKS TO THE ARTISTS SCOTT HAS INFURIATED AND EXAMINES WHERE THE LINE IS DRAWN IN THE OFTEN-BLURRY WORLD OF ARTISTIC LICENSE.

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The culprit: designer Jeremy Scott

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JEREMY SCOTT PORTRAIT AND RUNWAY SHOTS: GETTY IMAGES; WORKS COURTESY OF JIMBO PHILLIPS

“I THINK ALL ARTISTS ARE INFLUENCED BY OTHER ARTISTS THEY LIKE. BUT WHEN YOU DIRECTLY COPY ANOTHER ARTIST’S BODY OF WORK FOR YOUR OWN FRAME OR MONETARY GAIN, WITHOUT ANY ACKNOWLEDGMENT, YOU’VE CROSSED THE LINE!” —JIMBO PHILLIPS

ere moments after the show ended, it was clear what resonated most with reviewers of Jeremy Scott’s Fall 2013 collection: monsters. “Club kid Jeremy Scott did the monster mash for fall...” wrote Women’s Wear Daily. Style.com added, “This [Jeremy Scott show] had cohesion, and not just because little bulging-eye-print bucket bags matched little bulging-eye-print dresses.” And New York Magazine’s influential fashion blog, The Cut, chimed in describing the entire collection with one witty sentence: “If the Disney team animated Monsters, Inc. after a three day-long bender.” But it was Fashionista.com that summed up the industry’s prevailing take on Scott’s efforts, describing the collection as “Yeti Punk” and announcing, “Clearly skate punks are having their fashion moment.” So too was Jeremy Scott. The monster faces which dominated his collection had connected with critics and ensured that for his 32nd season in 13 years of business, fashion insiders saw, once again, a fun, irreverent, creative genius in his milieu. Yet, miles away in New Mexico, when skateboard artist Jimbo Phillips got a glimpse at Scott’s Fall 2013 collection online, all he saw was a thief. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Phillips told us in an exclusive interview with SCENE. “If it had been one or two pieces it maybe could have passed off as inspiration, but it was more than a dozen pieces, colored the exact same ways.” Turns out those “Yeti Punk” monsters that had come to define Scott’s Fall 2013 collection, had already defined another popular artist’s career almost 30 years earlier: his fathers.’ In skateboard circles Jim Phillips, the iconic artist, along with his son Jimbo are closely identified with the figures, called “Roskopp Monster.” The figures are a staple on skateboards produced by the Santa Cruz Skateboard company since the late 80s. Decades after its production, Jim Phillips still holds vivid memories of the process his father took to create it. “When I was 14 I had a blank skateboard, so I drew this aggro face on the bottom and showed it to my dad. He was stoked,” recalls Phillips. “The next day I got home from school and my dad says ‘Check out mine.’ I looked at the paper and saw the Roskopp Face graphic inked out in black and white. That became the Roskopp street model. I was blown away! Then a few years later, I started working for my dad, doing graphics for Santa Cruz Skateboards and it was time to update the Face graphic. So I had the idea to rot the face out like it was falling apart. My dad liked the idea so he let me run with it. The Face 2 was one of my first graphics.” They’ve also become a first for Jeremy Scott, as they’ve launched the first public allegations of plagiarism against the designer. Take one look and you’ll see why. The droopy, dynamic monster faces that Scott sent down his runway look so similar to the Roskopp Monster attributed to Phillips that’s it impossible to compare both without calling foul. Predictably, that’s exactly what happened in the wake of Scott’s show, when members of the skateboard community started buzzing about the similarities. Soon after, Jim and Jimbo Phillips began receiving emails, calls and alerts from friends inquiring about the collaboration. Surprised and confused, Phillips plotted his next steps. “I wanted to clarify that this is not our stuff, not authorized, licensed or endorsed by me, my dad, or Santa Cruz Skateboards,” said Phillips, “So I posted some side by side comparison photos with the simple letters ‘WTF?’” Those three tiny letters triggered an avalanche of comments. The majority of which confirmed what was obvious to even the least trained eye: Scott’s furry faces did not seem inspired by, interpreted by, or even informed by the original—it just seemed blatantly copied. Color for color, stroke for stroke, the face appeared and re-appeared on a plethora of skirts, crop tops and signature sweaters. Cynical posts followed outraged comments on Facebook then on Tumblr, which inspired angry collages on Instagram. In the space of a few hours the digital battle between #TeamScott and #TeamPhillips was fully on. In fact, the only sound louder than the snowballing social media response to Scott’s alleged plagiarism of Jimbo Phillips’ work was the sound of silence from Scott himself. When asked if Scott had reached out to him, his father Jim, or Santa Cruz Skateboards, Phillips says: “Not one word.” Likewise, when SCENE reached out to Scott’s long time publicist at People’s Revolution, we were greeted with a terse “No comment.” Even more curious, Scott’s personal, constantly updated online Twitter account, which has remained active during and after the eruption of accusations on social media, has never once referenced the allegations. “I’m not sure how Jeremy should respond to this,” weighs in noted art critic Carlo McCormick, “Other than that he should and should have already. I suspect an apol-

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JEREMY SCOTT PORTRAIT AND RUNWAY SHOTS: GETTY IMAGES; WORKS COURTESY OF JIMBO PHILLIPS

Looks from Jeremy Scottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fall 2013 Collection alongside the graphics by Jimbo Phillips that the designer allegedly copied

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ogy, a meaningful mea culpa to not only Santa Cruz skateboards but the entire culture of skateboarding is due.” But, if Scott has yet to publicly speak on this issue through the proper channels, so too has the aggrieved parties of Jim and Jimbo Phillips and Santa Cruz. While Santa Cruz Skateboards released a statement against Scott, at press time none of them have legally filed suit or complaint against Scott. We asked Jim Phillips twice via email why they have yet to take legal action and received no response. “I have no idea of why Jimbo and Santa Cruz have not pursued this through legal means,” says McCormick, “I’d guess that like many of us they have no natural desire to get litigious, and probably hope that at some point embarrassment will compel Scott to rectify the situation.” But it’s not likely he will. At press time—nearly two months have passed since the allegations erupted on social media—Scott has remained mum. Whatever explanation for his silence, it speaks volumes about the evolution of the centuries old tradition of collaboration between fashion designers and artists. Historically, designers have collaborated with artists since the late 1800s. Notable early collaborations include iconic designers like Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli both of whom produced collections inspired by artists (and personal friends) like Leon Bakst and Salvadore Dali, respectively. The modern day fashion industry has formalized this link between art and commerce, yielding collections that boldly state and capitalize on the artist’s involvement with the brand. Successful examples include Valentino’s latest collaboration with Liu Bolin and a previous one with the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, Patricia Field’s long-standing collection featuring work by the late Keith Haring, Marc Jacobs’ latest collaboration with the controversial, London-based Chapman Brothers for Louis Vuitton menswear and Cynthia Rowley’s collaboration with noted artist Richard Phillips (no relation to Jim and Jimbo Phillips). The majority of these creative endeavors are cemented in contract, in consent and in the true spirit of collaboration, a point Phillips makes about his work with Rowley. “Cynthia and I worked closely together in selecting and styling works of hers for my films,” says Phillips. “We also have collaborated on creating custom cloths for artworks. So in each case it was more about our creative discussion rather than that of appropriation.” The nuances of this could not be possibly lost on Scott himself, a seasoned designer, who is not new to working with artists or harnessing his inspiration from established works. For one, his Fall 2012 collection, which referenced

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Bart Simpson of the famed cartoon series The Simpsons, secured rights to the artwork in advance. Similarly his Keith Haring collection for Adidas, which debuted in 2006 also utilized proper licensing channels prior to design. “I remember him visiting our offices and checking out the archives. He made sure to get all the proper licensing for the collection,” shares Matthew Barolo, Operations Manager for the Keith Haring Foundation. “He was a pleasure to work with.” This track record makes it all the more surprising that for his latest collection Scott would eschew formalities and proceed with collaboration without consent. Could this have been a matter of inspiration and less one of appropriation and collaboration? It’s a possibility Richard Phillips finds improbable. “If Mr. Scott had not set a precedent by previously seeking a license with Fox for The Simpsons imagery,” says Richard Phillips, “Perhaps he could have made that claim. [But] any argument at this point regarding how inspiration ‘played out’ could read as disingenuous.” A history of blurring the lines between inspiration and appropriation is nothing new for Scott, according to those in New York City’s creative community. One member who asked to speak off the record revealed, “I know artists who have had him over to their studio only to see work remarkably akin to what they were doing as part of Scott’s next season.” Not all were privileged by a visit before the alleged plagiarism. Acclaimed stencil artist Mike Roman, now based in San Francisco, is a staple of 80s era New York City who’s worked with designers such as Betsey Johnson in the past. Roman’s signature skulls, which played a huge visual role in the Madonna movie Desperately Seeking Susan, were also referenced quite literally in Scott’s Fall 2013 collection, something that Roman discovered online. “When I look at what he did,” says Roman “It’s clear he has invested a lot of time and money and the atmosphere looks good, but it is lacking in individuality.” Like the Phillips family, Roman too has yet to file suit citing a lack of time, but his anger is real and present. “Yes I am mad,” said Roman by phone. “To me, art is a heritage and it seems like a lot of people [like Scott] can go pillage it for profit.” Arguably, that Scott would appropriate others’ work seems unnecessary. As the resident upstart of the American fashion scene, he has achieved an enviable status: cultivating world-renowned reputation for being maverick genius. In a field where even well-known designers grasp to create something new every season, Scott seems to effortlessly re-invent the wheel show and after show with an endless parade of creative couture which garner him praise and profit in equal measure. Editors respect him, consumers applaud him, and celebrities adore him. Scott’s closest celebrity client and friend, Katy Perry, captured what sets him apart in the firmament of celebrity designers: “A lot of designers are scared and try to please their audience,” Perry told The New York Times in a 2011 profile of Scott. “Jeremy designs to please himself.” It’s that brand of gravitas, which has attracted long-standing and lucrative contracts with corporate brands like Adidas, Swatch and Longchamp. Undeniably, the young boy from Kansas City, Missouri has grown into a very successful man. Ultimately, it may be this very success that protects Scott from ever having to be accountable to Phillips, Roman or Santa Cruz Skateboards. “Scott has a loyal following,” says a Senior Account Executive for a leading Fashion PR House in New York City. “If his team is good enough, they won’t focus on the negativity, but promote the cool things that his customer obviously loves him for.” So far, it’s a strategy that has worked and will continue to for Scott. A quick scan of the latest news on the designer points to any and everything but the substantial allegations against him—from news on his Adidas collection to a photo shoot with K-Pop icon, CL. For the celebrity designer it’s business as usual, but silence doesn’t negate the fallout in terms of pride and profit for the smaller artists he may have taken advantage of. “The real insult,” says McCormick “is the way that Jeremy has gotten this so wrong. Skate culture is all about DIY ethos. It’s never been about perfection, but about making it one’s own, on one’s own. Whatever tribute he may have meant—and that is generous since this has come without credit or even a response to everyone’s general outrage over this—he has missed the crucial point of what this subculture is about.” Even more, he may have missed the human point of what true artistry and collaboration is all about. “I’ve felt everything from flattered to furious over the course of dealing with this,” shared the younger Phillips. “It bothers me to think people who are not familiar with skateboarding would associate some of that style to his fashion and not our graphics. I think all artists are influenced by other artists they like. But when you directly copy another artist’s body of work for your own fame and monetary gain, without any acknowledgment, you’ve crossed the line!”

Top: Work by Jimbo Phillips;

Left: a look from

Jeremy Scott’s Fall 2013 Collection

“ART IS A HERITAGE AND IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE [LIKE SCOTT] CAN GO PILLAGE IT FOR PROFIT.” —MIKE ROMAN 59

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what makes a TASTEMAKER?

THE TERMS TASTEMAKER AND INFLUENCER ARE BANDIED ABOUT A LOT IN NEW YORK, SO WE DECIDED TO ROUND UP THE TOP TRENDSETTERS AND FIND OUT HOW THEY STAY STYLISHLY AHEAD OF THE CURVE WARIS AHLUWALIA

actor, jewelry designer

PMc 1081 BFA 1090 Fan Page: 911 likes @house_of_waris: 1,148 ABOUT: Alhuwalia appeared in several Wes Anderson films, including The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Darjeeling Limited, and the short Hotel Chevalier. A fixture on the social scene, his line of jewelry, House of Waris, is sold at Barney’s.

FIONA BYRNE

founder and editor in chief of the byrne notice

ERIKA BEARMAN

director of communications at oscar de la renta

PMc 111 BFA 270 @nycfiona: 1,148

PMc 76 BFA 69 @oscarprgirl: 193,390

ABOUT: A former fashion journalist, Byrne is the brains behind the site The Byrne Notice, which covers fashion, beauty, travel and nightlife in NYC. Pals Chelsea Leyland, Stacey Bendet and Rebecca Minkoff are all fans of the site.

ABOUT: Profiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2010, Bearman is more commonly known by her twitter handle, @oscarprgirl. She made headlines when she went blonde (even Vogue covered the transformation). Responsible for seating the Oscar de la Renta show, she decides who sits next to Justin Timberlake and Ashley Olsen.

MICHAEL MACKO

stylist, consultant, editor-at-large for VALET

PMc 135 BFA 7 @michaelmacko: 1,789

PMc 64 BFA 67 Fan Page: 6,985 likes @tavitulle: 136,462 ABOUT: Seventeen year old Gevinson has already been on the cover of L’Officiel and counts Sofia Coppola and Jon Hamm as fans. The giant bow on her head was the scandal of the Paris couture shows where, sitting front row, it blocked the view from the boondock rows.

BRYAN BOY

fashion blogger

PMc 1081 BFA 1090 Fan Page: 911 likes @house_of_waris: 1,148 ABOUT: Filipino fashion junkie Bryan Grey Yambao travels constantly and receives more swag from fashion houses than any other blogger. He even has a Marc Jacobs bag named after him: the BB ostrich bag.

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ABOUT: A consultant on menswear brands like Burkman Brothers, Macko styles shoots and is a constant street style subject on menswear blogs.

founder and editor in chief of rookie mag

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JENNÉ LOMBARDO

stylist

founder of made fashion week and marketing firm the terminal presents

PMc 31 BFA 100 Fan Page: 911 likes @logandoesnttweet: 20,625

PMc 264 BFA 1,177 @jennelombardo: 3,604

ABOUT: When he’s not styling, Horne can usually be seen making the rounds on the party circuit with models and actresses in tow. He counts Lindsay Lohan, Leighton Meester and supermodel Jessica Stam as friends, all of whom can be seen on his Instagram feed.

“True style comes from knowing what works for you and wearing it with confidence.”

ABOUT: Jet-setting Lombardo was the brains behind the M.A.C. and Milk collaboration which spurred MADE fashion shows that lure top edtiors away from Lincoln Center to the Meatpacking district.

BRAD GORESKI stylist

PMc 418 BFA 554

Fan Page: 34,236 likes

@mrbradgoreski: 247,335

ABOUT: After a much-publicized feud with his former boss Zoe, Goreski scored his own Bravo reality TV show; the second season of It’s a Brad, Brad World starts this month. He is also the Creative Director of Kate Spade and a lover of leopard, neon and bowties. His book, Born to be Brad: My Life and Style So Far was published in 2012.

—Tina Craig

RACHEL ZOE

stylist, designer

PMc 1889 BFA 554 Fan Page: 3,213 likes @rachelzoe: 1,534,470 ABOUT: Zoe keeps herself busy styling celebrities, designing for her line (picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue, among others) and filming for her smash-hit realty TV show The Rachel Zoe Project, now in its sixth season.

JUNE AMBROSE stylist

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PMc 356 BFA 135 Fan Page: 32,279 likes @juneambrose: 551,816 ABOUT: Dubbed “the Architect of Style” by friend and client Jay-Z, Ambrose is also a budding accessories designer, having collaborated with Selima Optique for a sunglass line and with HSN for a shoe collection. Her kids are never far and have enough style to rival their mother.

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“Style happens when you mix great clothes with a healthy dose of devil-may-care attitude.” —Tyler Thoreson

DANI STAHL

consultant, stylist, style editor at large at NYLON, designer for lia sophia jewelry

PMc 1,076 BFA 433 @danistahl: 26,157 ABOUT: Perpetual It-girl, Stahl is constantly cited as a style inspiration by the fashion elite. Pieces from her jewelry line for Lia Sophia have been spotted on Olivia Palermo, Emma Roberts, and childhood friend Charlotte Ronson.

SUSIE BUBBLE (NÉE LAU)

blogger, photographer, writer

PMc 66 BFA 45 @susiebubble: 187,655 ABOUT: This London-based fashion blogger always makes a statement with her pattern-on-pattern style. Her sharp insight on the industry has earned her accolades from fellow fashion journalists; Suzy Menkes mentioned her in the now notorious New York Times article, “The Circus of Fashion.”

executive editor at HARPER’S BAZAAR

PMc 269 BFA 66 @laurabrown99: 15,841

executive merchandising stylist at GQ, editor for styleledger.com

PMc 121 Fan Page: 911 likes @bretfahlgren: 1,314 ABOUT: Known as “the Gentleman’s Stylist,” Fahlgren started out as a receptionist for Calvin Klein and as special events director for Prada. These days, you’ll find find hosting parties for Jack Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue and GQ.

TYLER THORESON

vice president of editorial, creative and customer experience at gilt

PMc 113 BFA 51 @tylerthoreson: 3,161 ABOUT: This tall, blonde, chick-magnet helped launch Men.style.com, where he served as Executive Editor, before he was recruited as the head of editorial and creative for both Gilt Man and Park & Bond in 2010.

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ABOUT: Before joining Harper’s Bazaar in 2005, Brown held positons at Details and W. She was a judge on Bravo’s The Fashion Show and has collaborated with directors Martin Scorcese, Tim Burton and Pedro Almodovar on film projects.

BRETT FAHLGREN

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STEPHANIE LACAVA

GLENN O'BRIEN

writer, editor at large at THE

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AMERICAN READER

PMc 695 BFA 217 Fan Page: 474 likes @lordrochester: 4,131

PMc 602 BFA 313 @stephanielacava: 12,424

ABOUT: A former editor at Interview (Andy Warhol was a close friend), O’Brien has been a tastemaker since the 80s, when he starred in his own TV show and wrote and produced a movie in which Jean Michel Basquiat was the star. The prolific writer is also featured as “The Style Guy” in GQ.

“My stlye has mostly been influenced by my travels rather than any individual. I get inspired by other cultures and the locals of wherever I happen to be.”

ABOUT: LaCava published her first book this year, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects (and graced our January cover for the occasion), in which she recounts her childhood in France. Close friends with Shala Monroque, she is also a contributor to Vogue and Vanity Fair.

MICHELLE VIOLY HARPER

brand consultant, entrepreneur

PMc 824

BFA 819

@michellevioly: 22,183

ABOUT: A fixture on American and European fashion scenes, Harper’s eccentric and daring style always catches photographers’ lenses. She was recently profiled by the New York Times, in which publicist Nadine Johnson proclaimed her as the “DNA of cool.”

—J. Logan Horne

JENNA LYONS

president and executive creative director at j. crew

PMc 248 BFA 171 ABOUT: Though Lyons is relavtively absent in social media (no twitter or instagram), she is arguably one of the most powerful tastemakers, dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “The Woman Who Dresses America,” from the First Family to the soccer moms. She has been the subject of numerous profiles and many credit J. Crew’s success to Lyons’ talent. “Jenna’s Picks” on jcrew.com has a cult following.

NICKELSON WOOSTER creative director for jc penney's men's department

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PMc 56 BFA 12 Fan Page: 25,805 likes @nickwooster: 20,712 ABOUT: Recently named the main man at JC Penney (which is vying to become the next Target), Wooster is known for his dandy style. He is also a street-style star: The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman seems obsessed with him.

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MARY ALICE STEPHENSON stylist

PMc 1,695 BFA 689 Fan Page: 234,000 likes @maryalicestyle: 15,195 A charity powerhouse for Love Heals, Free Arts NYC, and Glam4Good, Stephenson is also the national fashion ambassador for the Make-a-Wish foundation; that is, when she isn’t stlying bold-faced names like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez.

ABOUT:

KELLY FRAMEL

stylist, creative director and editor of theglamourai.com

PMc 132 BFA 232 @theglamourai: 39,149 ABOUT: A former dress designer for Naeem Khan, Framel’s career took off in part thanks to the success of her sleek fashion blog, The Glamourai. She consults and styles for brands like Erin Fetherston and Club Monaco and can always be spotted front row at Fashion Week.

ATLANTA DE CADENET TAYLOR model, dj

PMc 31 BFA 111 @atlantabean: 11,776 ABOUT: Daughter of photographer Amanda de Cadenet and Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, Atlanta is somewhat of a newcomer on the scene. De Cadenet Taylor has modeled in campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Neta-Porter and has a clothing line in the works. Stay tuned for more!

LINDA FARGO

senior vice president of bergdorf goodman

PMc 1,825 BFA 805 ABOUT: Known as the gatekeeper of highend American fashion, Fargo was the star of Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. Her trademark silver bob has its own following: “Give me the Fargo” has been heard more than once at John Barrett.

PMc 363 BFA 111 Fan Page: 193,104 likes @alexa_chung: 1,102,594 Britain’s unofficial poster child, Chung’s first book is due out in September 2013. She’s won the British Style Award three years in a row and in 2011, the New York Times declared her “the Kate Moss of the new generation.”

TINA CRAIG

founder of snob global media

PMc 62 BFA 26 Fan Page: 28,626 likes @BagSnob: 81,598

ABOUT:

ABOUT: This tongue-in-cheek blogger started Bag Snob back in 2005, offering analytical reviews of high-end accessories. Since then, the site has grown to include six different web properties, and partners with brands like Net-a-Porter and Shopbop.

SOCIAL MEDIA KEY PMc: Number of photos on PatrickMcmullan.com BFA: Number of photos on Bfanyc.com Fan Page: Number of likes on Facebook Fan Page @twitterhandle: Number of followers

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WE CATCH UP WITH OUR FAVORITE STYLE-SETTERS TO GET THE LOW-DOWN ON WHAT THEY THINK MAKES THEM WORTHY OF THE TASTEMAKER TITLE

FIONA BYRNE:

and true style comes from knowing what works for you and wearing it with confidence.

WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOUR SENSE OF STYLE AND TASTE THE MOST?

WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING MOST THIS SEASON?

I have always liked the same things: utilitarian style, leather, stripes and denim. That’s how I dress now and I think it stems from my grunge phase as a teenager; only instead of wanting to dress like Courtney, I wanted to dress like Kurt. I also really liked Meg Ryan’s look as Pamela in The Doors movie. That beachy California thing was so alien to me growing up in Ireland. The idea of a tan was also alien.

I grew up in the 80s and lived for checkered Vans and striped mini dresses—which is why I want everything striped and checked from Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton this season. WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?

WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING MOST THIS SEASON?

For spring, Korean brand Fleamadonna did these amazing sailor tunics and shirts. I need one. There are also these white oxfords with mesh and hearts by Rachel Antonoff for Bass that I am excited to get when they come out in May.

Brigitte Bardot

BRAD GORESKI: WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOUR SENSE OF STYLE AND TASTE THE MOST?

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?

Brigitte Bardot in the 60s—unbelievably chic. I loved her in her most mannish looks. Current day, I really like how Jenna Lyons puts pieces together.

J. LOGAN HORNE:

David Beckham

WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOUR SENSE OF STYLE AND TASTE THE MOST?

My style has mostly been influenced by my travels rather than any individual. I do a majority of my shopping when I travel because I get inspired from other cultures and the locals of wherever I happen to be. WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING MOST THIS SEASON?

Brown suede Saint Laurent Chelsea boots. I love the idea of wearing an all black outfit with brown suede shoes. For some people, mixing black and brown may be a faux pas but I find it to be very sharp and unexpected.

Gwyneth Paltrow

PRINTS! I am mad for prints. Raf Simons florals are amazing. I am also loving the Burberry metallic pieces as well as the exquisite tailoring and luxury of Saint Laurent. WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?

I love David Beckham because he is stylish, but remains masculine at the same time. He also looks modern but with classic elements. His grooming is always impeccable. He’s definitely a hairspiration for me!

Gwyneth Paltrow is hands-down my biggest style icon to date. Before making most decisions I like to consult GOOP or ask myself W.W.G.D.? (What would Gwyneth do?) Her approach to style and love of life are exactly on point.

WARIS AHLUWALIA:

TINA CRAIG

WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOUR SENSE OF STYLE AND TASTE THE MOST?

WHO HAS INFLUENCED YOUR SENSE OF STYLE AND TASTE THE MOST?

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My biggest influences are my favorite designers. When Raf Simons presented the super colorful collection at Jil Sander in the summer of 2011, that really had an influence on my style and the colorful direction it ended up taking. Thom Browne has also had a huge impact. I love the way he completely changed the way the modern man wears suits. Simon Spurr, Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian are all staples in my wardrobe. I can’t forget Dean and Dan from Dsquared. Their designs are perfection to me. The fit is incredible and clothes are vibrant and sexy. It’s hard to get that combination right and for me they do. I always feel so sexy when I am in Dsquared. WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING MOST THIS SEASON?

WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?

My grandmother. She grew up in Shanghai during its height of chic in the 1920s and 1930s and wore red lipstick every single day of her life, even in an ambulance after having a stroke—she clutched a CHANEL red lipstick in her hand and whispered to me “don’t let me die without lipstick on.” She had a distaste for any fabric that was not silk or cashmere. If I wore jeans, she’d wrinkle her nose, grab an Hermès scarf and toss it around my neck before letting me out of the house. She didn’t follow trends or worship name brands. She wore the same style of dresses her entire life, and would just get different variations of them every season. She taught me that money was not indicative of good taste,

I don’t really have style icons but if I had to choose, I’d say Kate Moss because she loves diamonds as much as I do and Tilda Swinton because the sight of her in Haider Ackermann suits makes me want to marry her.

David Nevin as Phileas Fogg

I’ve always been influenced by my mother’s grace— not just in her sense of style but in her way of being. WHAT ARE YOU CRAVING MOST THIS SEASON?

What I’m always craving—sunshine, sand between my toes, a palm tree swaying overhead, a warm breeze, turquoise water, mischief, more suits from Doyle Mueser and Esquivel shoes. WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS?

Tilda Swinton

David Niven’s character in Around the World in 80 Days, Phileas Fogg. He was sharp, in dress and wit, no matter what corner of the world or situation he ended up in. And Kris Kristoferson in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore—who doesn’t love a bit of denim. Or a lot of denim for that matter.

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On REAL ESTATE FIRST QUARTER 2013 NYC RESIDENTIAL MARKET SUMMARY Pending tax law changes at the end of last year led to a surge in high-end closings in the fourth quarter of 2012. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt many of these sales would have closed in the first quarter of 2013, but were moved forward so their sellers would pay lower capital gains taxes. This led to a decline in high-end closings in the first quarter compared to a year ago. At $1,252,081, the average price for a Manhattan apartment was 16 percent lower than in the first quarter of 2012. The median price, which measures the middle of the market, fell at just a 5 percent rate due to the fact that it is not as impacted by high-end activity. These figures should not be viewed as a sign of softness in the market, but as a reflection of the rush of high-end closings at the end of last year taking sales away from the beginning of 2013. This is evident in the fact that the number of sales over $10 million fell 47 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012. One very positive statistic was despite all the fourth quarter 2012 closings, and the fact that inventory was 30 percent lower than last year, the number of sales actually rose 3 percent from 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first quarter. The strong rate of growth in the local economy, an 8 percent increase in Wall Street bonus money and continued low interest rates have kept demand for apartments strong at a time when the supply of apartments for sale remains at very low levels.

HALL F. WILLKIE President Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales hwillkie@bhsusa.com

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THOROUGHLY MODERN

MANHATTAN Two newly renovated townhouses marry classic architecture with sophisticated modern living

URBAN VILLA 45 EAST 74TH STREET Featuring a new Caliza Capri limestone façade with Doric columns and limestone sills imported from Italy, the magnificent residence at 45 East 74th Street is being offered exclusively by Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens. A modern classic, it presents a masterful blend of the finest finishes, expertly sourced and executed, together with the architectural mastery of renowned architect and conservationist Joseph Pell Lombardi. The parlor floor entryway introduces the cerused oak flooring and paneling that characterizes the overall aesthetic of the townhouse. Flooded with light, the entry hall presents the rebuilt main stairway, two substantial coat closets, a powder room, and access to the elevator. Double doors lead to the living room, which features an oversized wood-burning fireplace, soaring ceilings, and views of the rear garden which can be accessed via a circular stair. The garden level includes a magnificent chef’s kitchen adorned with the finest modern fixtures such as SubZero, Viking, Miele, and a beautiful La Cornue range. The planted rear garden is decked in Brazilian ipe wood. A full height cellar level encompasses a large gym, wine storage with travertine flooring, a steam sauna, and a luminous Bisazza Mosaica-tiled pool. A second entertaining level above the parlor floor features a large living room, wet bar, powder room, and formal dining room with pantry.

45 East 74th Street

A HOUSE FOR ALL REASONS 452 GREENWICH STREET

452 Greenwich Street

Positioned on the southwest corner of Debrosses and Greenwich Streets, 452 Greenwich was originally built in 1819 by Scottish architect Alexander Thompson. In 1903, the third owner, New York County Sheriff William F. Grell, would add a restaurant to the ground floor and use the upper levels as a residence. Nearly 200 years later, it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art single-family home with several uncommon characteristics, most notably a 25-foot width with a corner position facing north, a single-car garage with legal curb cut, and an extraordinary rooftop garden providing an urban oasis with open north TriBeCa views. 452 Greenwich Street is also available through Paula Del Nunzio, along with Shirley A. Mueller of Brown Harris Stevens. From the main entry on Desbrosses Street, a grand front hall of porcelain tile sets the tone of elegance and craftsmanship for this expertly renovated single-family residence. With brilliant oak flooring in the living and dining room and marble flooring in the chef’s kitchen, the open parlor floor is flooded with light from the 60-foot row of north windows and 25-foot row of east windows. Measuring approximately 1,200 square feet, the teak rooftop garden is a true urban oasis atop this townhouse, offering extraordinary natural light and open city views.

PAULA DEL NUNZIO Senior Vice President, Managing Director Brown Harris Stevens | 212.906.9207 | pdelnunzio@bhsusa.com

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ON THE MARKET BROWN HARRIS STEVENS John B. Glass jglass@bhs-elc.com 212.396.5862

863 PARK AVENUE Price: $6,750,000 Bedrooms: 4+ Bathrooms: 3 Apartment perks: This penthouse unit is a triplex apartment atop a pre-war, 1906 co-operative building. The unit offers lots of natural light to come in with its double-height and double-exposed living room. The apartment is ideal for entertaining. It features a woodpanelled library, gorgeous formal dining room, six wood-burning fireplaces, media center and study. It is owned by the estate of the step-daughter of socialite Brooke Astor, who was also the niece of Vincent Astorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first wife. Neighborhood perks: Located onn the Upper East Side this penthouse is right on the storied Park Avenue. Just three blocks north of the beautiful Carlyle Hotel and close to the infamous Mark Hotel and The Mark Restaurant. Also nearby is Lenox Hill Hospital, the Whitney Museum and luxury boutiques. Unlike Fifth Avenue, no bus lines run on Park Avenue which helps lessen the sound of traffic on this tree-lined street. The luxurious living room with wood-burning fireplace

SELLING NY

RAJAN D. KHANNA Brown Harris Stevens, Vice President/Director Associate Broker; rkhanna@bhsusa.com; 212.588.5625 Years of experience: 12 Greatest accomplishment: The sale of an apartment to a high profile buyer on Gramercy Park. It was a complicated and difficult transaction but with patience and perseverance it finally closedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after 12 months. Specialty: Gramercy Park and the Flatiron District. Best advice: If you absolutely must stick to your budget then sacrifice space for location and sacrifice condition for light and exposure. Mission Statement: I understand and address the needs of my clients and anticipate and resolve problems before they become an issue.

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A PIECE OF THE

BIGAPPLE The world’s greatest city calls for the most knowledgeable brokers in town

What area of New York real estate do you specialize in? People are no longer loyal to a specific neighborhood. I pride myself in having learned emerging, established and niche markets, and by being able to navigate the many geographical neighborhoods that New York City has to offer. How long have you been a broker? I have happily been a broker for over 25 years. For the last 15 years I have done residential real estate and in the earlier decade I did commercial and retail leasing. Have you noticed a significant change in the market? Since 2010 approximately 161,000 plus people moved into the city, putting pressure on the supply side of the market. The condominium market in particular is experiencing unprecedented momentum. What is your favorite part about your job? Creating a culture of loyalty; navigating the puzzle for all of my clients and then garnering the subsequent buyers/sellers referrals. Is there any advice you can give prospective buyers/sellers? Trust your broker and create an alliance. What is the most exciting thing about real estate? The experience–floor plans, buildings and history that in the end all boils down to a visual experience for all involved.

PAULINE EVANS Senior Vice President/Associate Broker Sotheby’s International Realty 38 East 61st Street Pauline.Evans@Sothebyshomes.com 212.400.8740 www.paulineevans.com

UPPER WEST SIDE STORY 390 WEST END AVENUE

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Price: $9,950,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 and a half Measuring approximately 4,200 square feet, this elegant duplex is located in the Apthorp, a storied Upper West Side landmark building. This residence has undergone a complete, never-before-occupied renovation, in which the home's numerous original details—including terrazzo floors, lighting fixtures and hardware, wood flooring, molding, paneling and detailing—have all been restored. This unit is a coexclusive with Brown Harris Stevens.

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THE NEW YORK OBSERVER CELEBRATES 25 YEARS From writers to actresses to politicians, New York’s elite gathered to toast the publication’s quarter-of-a-century anniversary at the Four Seasons. Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a speech both heart-warming and hilarious and didn’t skip a beat crediting his speechwriter. The evening consisted of drinks, a buffet style dinner, live music by the Julliard Jazz Quartet followed by DJ Chelsea Leyland on the turntables for the late-night party crowd.

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HERMÈS INTRODUCES THE DRESSAGE CHRONO Hermès debuted its new timepiece, the Dressage Chrono, with a specially choreographed dance piece, “Time in Motion,” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center followed by an intimate and intricate dinner just a few blocks away. Lamb chops were served with a stone slab of five different salts for each guest, dessert involved a slowly melting chocolate dome that was like food performance art. Despite soggy weather, the room was packed with socials like Olivia Chantecaille, Jamie Johnson and Jennifer Creel, to name just a few.

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RAF PACK DIOR AND BERGDORF GOODMAN TOAST RAF SIMONS’ COLLECTION

Christian Dior and Bergdorf Goodman came out to support the French fashion house’s designer, Raf Simons, and his debut ready-towear collection. Guests Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Olympia Scarry showed up wearing chic, menswear-inspired looks, no doubt in homage to Simons’ signature style. Appointed Creative Director of Dior only a year ago, the Belgian designer seems to have become a favorite among the fashion elite. 5

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CHLOÉ CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY Chloé continued its round-the-world celebration of the brand’s 60th Anniversary with a party at Barney’s New York. Mountains of bubble-gum flavored cotton candy melded with the pink and blonde balloons fashioned by artist Bob Racine (who also took to the Barney’s windows to display his hair-y masterpieces). Clare Weight Keller, the fashion house’s designer flew in just for the occasion and greeted guests as DJ Harley Viera Newton spun in the corner. 3 2

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HEALING POWER LOVE HEALS GALA

Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, hosted its annual gala at the Four Seasons, where Hal Rubenstein served as emcee and guests Dana Auslander, Richard Farley and Mary Alice Stephenson were honored, and guests were treated to a performance by Cheyenne Jackson. The evening raised $400,000 which will go directly to support the organiztionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AIDS education efforts throughout the city. Cofounder of Love Heals Dini von Mueffling was joined by Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle, Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie and Coralie Charriol Paul amongst others. 1

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MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK’S WINTER BALL It was the most elegant of evenings with the fabulous Pierre hotel as the backdrop of this annual ball. The queen of chic, Carolina Herrera played hostess. Guests including Tory Burch, Hilary Rhoda and Coca Rocha—many of whom were in Herrera gowns—enjoyed a three course meal, hosted bar and silent auction.

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I am going on a blind date, through someone my friend knows on Match.com and I heard that this guy, who is 44, is a super successful financier with offices all over the globe. All I know is that his name is Bill. Should I get his last name and start Googling him like crazy and stalking his Facebook profile like I usually do? Or should I just meet him at Da Silvano and see how dinner goes? Much thanks,

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First of all, cheers to your cyber approach to meeting Mr. Right. Internet dating offers an exciting solution to meeting New York’s most eligible outside our immediate social sphere. Although I advocate online dating, the Internet has the potential to destroy the old-fashioned process ANNELISE PETERSON of getting to know someone. When abused, Googling deprives both you and the Googled of the process of discovery and the exhilarating experience of falling in love! Beauty and the Beast did not begin with “Prior to meeting Belle, the Beast indulged in late night bottle service at Marquee.” What if I were to tell you to go ahead and Google Bill? Feeding your cat-like curiosity, you discover a Patrick McMullan photo from the opening of Tao. Surrounded by an orchestra of peroxide blonds with Juviderm™ smiles, the accomplished 44-year old loses his 740 Park status with the click of a browser. Reluctantly you agree to meet Bill for that drink at Bemelmans’ Bar, but you have already decided him unworthy of your Altuzarra skirt, Edie Parker clutch and Cartier time. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Let’s turn the tables. A well-intentioned shutterbug snapped and tagged you at your best friend’s bachelorette party five years ago. Double oops! You forgot to remove it from Facebook—your profile is open. Bill assumes the worst as he uncovers a giddy young girl sporting pink Hervé Leger and stilettosurfing a barstool. Yes, most of us have been there and it’s probably not the best first impression on a 40-something financier looking for the mother of his children. Your Linked-In profile may show that you graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke with a degree in Political Science and actively volunteer as a mentor for New York Needs You, but Bill doesn’t get that far. If this analogy doesn’t convince you to keep your 88

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