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summer 2013 no. 17

14 Editor’s Letter 16 School Daze

Charlie Campbell’s tye dye disaster. By Peter Davis

96 Ask Annelise

Our dating guru on how to avoid beach bummers. By Annelise Peterson

Features 56 What Becomes a Legend Most

The smooth-talking singer dishes on everything from feminism, gay mar- riage and why he ditched the Met Gala for a pizza party with his fiancée, Chrissy Teigen. By David Yi

The renowned director opens up about putting film aside as he ventures into the music world with the release of his second album. By Shana Nys Dambrot

72 Dear Amanda Bynes


Unsolicited but wise advice for the child star turned trainwreck. By Michael Musto

John Legend wears a black plaid suit by tommy hilfiger,; cardigan by black fleece by brooks brothers,; white tee-shirt by vince,; glasses by ksubi,

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Style 22 The Wire

A designer DJs and summer shops pop up. By David Yi

24 Winner’s Circle

We catch up with the newest CFDA winners—Suno, Pamela Love and Public School.

30 The Cut

Star stylists Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski each give us their style and beauty must-haves.

34 Inspired By

A look back at scandalous French singer Serge Gainsbourg and style icon Jane Birkin.

Scoop 38 Ted About Town

Hitting the party circuit with Madonna, Peter Beard and Pedro Almodóvar. By Ted Gushue

42 Hot Spot Part restaurant, part private club, Omar’s La Ranita opens on 9th Street. By Carson Griffith

David Lynch talks to Shana Nys Dambrot, page 66.

44 Up Next

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50 Work of Art


We trade in the paintbrushes for cake molds with a visit to Brooklyn baking studio, Flour Shop. By Delphine Barguirdjian

Voyeur 92 Parties

Who went where. By Delphine Barguirdjian

54 Art Calendar

94 Social Calendar

This month’s must-see art auctions and exhibitions.

Where to go and what to see. By Eliza Krpoyan

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On The Cover

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Contributors summer 2013

Alexander Thompson is a freelance photographer based in NYC. He loves documenting the Rockabilly scene. His work has been published in ID, WWD, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Nylon and V magazine. Hot Spot: Surf Bar in Williamsburg. They make an amazing Zombie! Work of Art: Deceased fashion photographer Chris Von Wangenheim’s archives. Time Traveler: CBGB’s, the birth of New York City punk/new wave.


Styling team Kemal and Karla use their unique bi-coastal partnership to bring the best of New York City and Los Angeles fashion to their clients. Working together on every project, they draw on a New York City fashion forward sensibility, while bringing a relaxed California cool to the table. Their editorial work has been featured in Nylon, Lula, Rolling Stone and Interview. Hot Spot: Barrio Chino on the Lower East Side for their fish tacos and grapefruit margaritas. Get Out of Town: Tofino in British Columbia, Canada for surfing, whale watching and visiting our families. Have To Have: A print by Joseph Szabo.

Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Los Angeles. She is currently LA Editor for WhiteHot magazine, Contributing Editor for Art Ltd., Art Editor for VS. magazine, a featured arts writer and blogger at LA Weekly. She has written essays for scores of exhibition catalogs and artist monographs, curates a handful of exhibitions each year, and speaks in public with alarming frequency. A full account of her activities is sometimes updated at Work of Art: Walton Ford. I bet his collection of botanical and zoological source materials, artifacts, books and props is mind-blowing. Time Traveler: I miss the old Barney’s on 17th Street and Jackie 60 in the old-school Meatpacking District. Get Out Of Town: I tend to pick my travel destinations out of books I’ve read. So that’s Istanbul thanks to Orhan Pamuk, Prague thanks to Milan Kundera, Venice thanks to Thomas Mann, or Trieste thanks to Jan Morris, and currently, Aix-les-Bains thanks to Gertrude Stein.

Drambot: By Jennifer Everhart

Alexander Thompson Kemal and Karla Shana Nys Dambrot

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tweets, has said—or rather tweeted—that she is giving up acting to record a rap album. Bynes was arrested this summer for hurling a bong out the window of her Midtown West apartment, just blocks from my office. Giving Lindsay Lohan a run for her title as scandal starlet du jour, Bynes showed up in court wearing a blonde fright wig. Bynes’ erratic, eccentric behavior has ramped up her Twitter following to over two million and kept the onetime Nickelodeon star in the news. But social media stardom is not really a career, so I asked Michael Musto, who met Bynes back when she starred in the movie Hairspray, to give the troubled entertainer some tips on how to make a real comeback. I hope you take Michael’s advice, Amanda. So crank up Legend’s new tunes on your iPod as you hit the beach and enjoy our double summer issue. See you in September.

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Born John Roger Stephens, our cover star John Legend has lived up to his stage name having already won nine Grammy Awards. We meet up with the smooth-singing, charming Legend just as he releases his new album “Love in the Future,” embarks on a major tour and marries his fiancée, model Chrissy Teigen in Italy at the end of the summer. An Le, who photographed Thom Browne for SCENE, captures Legend in shots so beautiful, they could easily be album covers. In a candid interview, Legend opens up about his romance with Teigen, working with the controversial and very outspoken Kanye West and his feelings on gay marriage, which is very much in the news after the Supreme Court’s recent historical rulings. In Los Angeles we visit another maestro, David Lynch, who has switched creative gears from movies to music. Like Legend, Lynch is releasing a summer album; his second, called “The Big Dream” which includes a single with Swedish singer Lykke Li called “I’m Waiting Here.” Writer Shana Nys Dambrot visits Lynch at home in the Hollywood Hills where the man of many talents reveals why he hasn’t made a film in years, what his far-out music means and his belief that Transcendental Meditation will bring both peace to those who practice it and peace to the planet. Actress Amanda Bynes, now most famous for her headline-grabbing

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School Daze summer 2013

Make Dye, Not War Charlie Campbell’s summer activism by peter davis One summer in Southampton, I decided to become a hippie. I made mixes of bands and singers like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin. I grew my bowl cut from Paul Molé on Lexington Avenue into a shaggy Jim Morrison mane. I worshipped Jane Fonda and the anti-Vietnam war film Coming Home played in my bedroom at all times. When adults asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I proudly answered “political activist.” But it was frustrating not to have any wars to protest against. I kept busy prepping to demonstrate against hotdogs and hamburgers outside our beach club. An older girl named Aurora, who listened to Peter Tosh and loved to bead, was eager to join me. My father would antagonize me at dinner by making outrageous, hurtful statements like “Jane Fonda should have been tried as a traitor and then hung.” I would run from the table to my room and play Joni Mitchell’s “California” until I had calmed down.


For my anti-hamburger protest I needed new clothes. The polo shirts and khaki shorts my mother bought me felt like a straight jacket. One day, Aurora was braiding my hair when she suggested I tie-dye all my tennis whites. It was the perfect way to transform a uniform of conformity into an expression of my new life as a free spirit. I bought over 20 boxes of tie-dye in every color and peddled home on my bicycle. My mother was at the club playing tennis, so I lugged every salad bowl to her rose garden and dyed everything I had; from shirts and shorts to my boxers and towels. To dry my beautiful pieces, I laid them on the rose bushes that my mother loved. Checking on a swirly purple and green shirt, I noticed that the dye had stained the white rose. Whoops. I could always get white paint and touch up the roses later. I stood in my mother’s garden admiring my new wardrobe. I had on a complete tie-dyed outfit, socks included. Jane Fonda would want to adopt me. As I imagined Jane and I strolling arm in arm through the Haight-Ashbury on our way to meet Joan Baez, my daydream was interrupted by a screech. “My roses!” My mother yelled, waving a tennis racket above her head. “They are ruined. Misty Swanson from Elle Décor is coming over tomorrow to see them. What have you done Charles Campbell?” I raced to grab my tie dyed masterpieces before they could be confiscated. My mother ran back to the house, probably to replace her tennis racket with an axe. Taking a deep breath, I gathered up everything and realized that I must accept that political activists are always met with resistance. The fight must go on.

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Winner’s Circle

Public School takes the CFDA award for menswear

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Clockwise from top: Ancient Greek Sandals for Carven; Dannijo Elena necklace and Margaux bracelet; rendering of Valentino storefront; designer Nicki Cozzolino


Monkey Business Parisian fashion house Carven and Ancient Greek Sandals collaborate on a collection of sandals for Spring/Summer 2014. The sandals come in flat, mid-height and high styles and will be available in three colors including natural, black and, of course, yellow since, after all, the collection is inspired by bananas.

Sibling revelry Sisters Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel celebrate five years since launching DANNIJO from their NYC apartment. The pair, who did not have a background in jewelry design, received their first order from Bergdorf Goodman in 2008. To celebrate the birthday, the duo created a six-piece capsule collection available only online. The brand has a celebrity following which includes Blake Lively, Beyoncé and Cameron Diaz.

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In August, fashion designer Nicki Cozzolino will launch contemporary womenswear line NICOLINO. The bubbly New Yorker designed for Richard Chai’s high-end collection before launching his contemporary line, Richard Chai LOVE. Cozzolino’s designs are tailored to offer structure—even the harem pants are made in a silk stretch fabric to provide a put-together look. Pieces in her collection range from $250 to $1,400 and will be available at Elements, Satine and Swank as well as online at

This summer, Valentino opens a new 5,295-square-foot store on Madison Avenue. The four-storied shop is designed by architect David Chipperfield and will include a VIP salon on its top floor. The Italian fashion label will also unveil four more boutiques in the U.S., including two in Las Vegas, one in San Francisco and another in Aspen. 821 Madison Avenue


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Style — The Wire

La Dolce Lido

DJs by Design

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Before Lena Dunham camped-out in Greenport earlier this summer to shoot Girls, Heidi Kelso and Fran Lombardi-Reilly had opened a pop-up shop called Eureka Beach in the soon-to-be madly popular summer spot. Back for another summer, their pop-up shop—a curated mix of global glamour, bohemia luxuria and California cool—has a new name, Lido Beach, and a special capsule collection. “Lido Beach in Venice, Italy evokes an old world charm and was described as an under the radar gem,” says Kelso. “We relate to that. We think of ourselves as a bit under the radar, a bit old world—no glitz.” The Lido resort line is inspired by regular trips to countries like Turkey, India, Thailand and Spain amongst other exotic locales. The capsule collection, which reminds us of Talitha Getty in Marrakesh, is designed with natural-fiber textiles that can be worn at the beach during the day and at hot spots at night. Like the artisan goods they carry in the store, the Lido line is test driven by the girls who are as comfortable in Bali as they are at the Boom Boom Room. “We always try to discover new things we haven’t seen before,” Kelso says. “Above all else we have to want to wear it ourselves or put it in our home, otherwise we don’t buy it.”

On Thursday nights fashion designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein are the music maestros of the Jane Hotel’s penthouse, once the crash pad of RuPaul. Weiland and Eckstein are not only rising stars in the sartorial world, but are very in-demand DJs, invited to play at events for Vans, the Gramercy Park Hotel, the Whitney Museum and Milk Studios, to name a few. On this particular Thursday night, I have been called upon by the duo to help DJ. The day before, Weiland and Eckstein give me a private lesson. “It’s all about the music, really,” instructs Eckstein. “You really have to know your music; when it ends, the BPM and how it’ll go with the crowd you’re DJing for.” Sure, got it. So it is a relief that fateful night at the Jane when only a handful of devoted patrons trek through the hurricanelike conditions to the party. For once, this kind of disastrous weather saves me. As I grab the mixer, Eckstein lends me his Pioneer headphones with an encouraging smile. Somehow, I am able to transition The Cure’s “Lovecats” with Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” successfully, Weiland cheers me on. Mission accomplished.

Amanda Hearst spent three years writing about ethical fashion. Now with designer Hassan Pierre, she has opened the third installment of the pop-up shop Maison de Mode at The Shops at Crystals in La Vegas. After sell-out successes in Miami at Soho House and in New York at The Hole Gallery, Hearst and Pierre are continuing to sell and champion over 30 environmentally responsible brands like Osken, Suno, Libertine and accessory lines Edie Parker, Lulu Frost, Westward Leaning sunglasses and Maiyet to name a few. Expect more Maison de Mode pop-up shops as well as a permanent location in Manhattan in the future. “I could definitely see Maison de Mode having a home base,” Hearst says. “And online retail as well as brand collaborations are other ideas we are toying with. We are beginning to dream big.”


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Style — CFDA Awards

The Suno Also Rises Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty bring home the gold by delphine Barguirdjian

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“Losing that award twice definitely made winning this year even sweeter—and less expected,” admits Suno designer Erin Beatty of the CFDA Swarovski Award for Women’s Wear. A high-end collection with a conscience, Suno was born out of violence-ridden Kenya when Beatty’s partner, Max Osterweis sensed that the county he called his second home was headed for precarious economic times and began to produce Suno’s collection in Kenya. “Initially we started with a mission to create jobs and help communities in need by producing clothing in Kenya and New York’s Garment District,” Osterweis explains. “But over the years we’ve grown to include India for our beaded and embroidered pieces, Peru for many of our knits and we’re now working out of Turkey.” The CFDA Award has focused more eyes on Suno. “I’m of the belief that as a designer you’re really only as good as your next collection,” Beatty says. Stay tuned.


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In the Name of Love Metal and rock star Pamela Love by Eliza krpoyan

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Third time’s a charm for jewelry designer Pamela Love who won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessories after being nominated twice before. “It was an amazing honor and something that I wasn’t expecting at all,” Love says. “This award is particularly special because I was nominated and chosen by peers.” Born and raised in New York, Love started making her jewelry, inspired by American folklore, symbolism and architecture, in her Brooklyn apartment in 2006. “I’m always inspired by my surroundings, whether it’s traveling through the southwest or just wandering around Brooklyn.”


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Style — CFDA Awards

Public Service

Class is in session for Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne by peter Davis

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After winning the CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the designers of the New York based brand Public School, both called their mothers. Their actual CFDA trophy will split its time between their two apartments. The designers, who spin tailored clothing with a dark, streets of New York edge, had not prepared a speech as they say they were not planning to beat fellow nominees Tim Coppens and Todd Snyder. “Everything we wore that night will be forever good luck going forward,” Osborne says. “So don’t judge us when we show up in the same outfits every year.”


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Style — The Cut

From left: vintage taupe boucle zip jacket by CHANEL ,; Santal Blush eau de parfum spray by TOM FORD BEAUTY ,; rouge volupté shine in Prune in Fire by YVES SAINT LAURENT ,; So Kelly bag by HERMÈS , Available at Hermès, 691 Madison Avenue; Maniac in black/gold shimmer leather by BRIAN ATWOOD ,

Rachel Zoe The stylist-turned-designer has a penchant for Chanel and all things vintage BY ELIZA KRPOYAN



Who is your favorite designer? I will always idolize Coco Chanel. Who is your style inspiration? Brigitte Bardot—she was effortlessly sexy and the most glamorous. What is your go-to shoe for a night out? It really depends on what I’m wearing. In general I’m all about my Givenchy booties, Brian Atwood Maniacs and the Valentina pumps from my collection. What is your most prized piece of clothing? I have the most beautifully detailed Jean Patou dress from when Karl Lagerfeld was designing for the house in the 1960s—it’s covered in mirrored paillettes. Do you collect anything? Vintage everything, especially Chanel jackets.

What do you never leave home without? My wedding ring and my son. What items are you coveting right now? An Hermès So Kelly Bag. Describe your style in three words: European, glamorous and polished. What perfume do you wear? Tom Ford Santal Blush eau de parfum. What’s the one beauty item you can’t live without? Lipstick! I never leave the house without it. If you could live in another decade, which would it be? The 1970s, of course! Everything that I love and most of my muses come from that decade—from the fashion and films to the music and Studio 54! Address Book: Restaurants: Babbo, Waverly Inn, Morandi, Coles. Bars: Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel. Hotels: The Carlyle. Stores: Fisch for the Hip, Decades, Resurrection. Hair salons: DreamDry.


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From left: complete look by THOM BROWNE ,; CREED Aventus,; Illumino face oil by COLBERT MD ,; Damier Infini Keepall bandoulière 45 by LOUIS VUITTON ,; Rollerboy Spikes in tartan blue, khol and gun by CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN ,

Brad Goreski The celebrity stylist and reality star gives us a page from his address book BY ELIZA KRPOYAN



Who are your favorite designers? Ricardo Tisci, Thom Browne and Christian Louboutin. Who is your style inspiration? David Beckham. He always looks masculine, sexy and fashion forward—whether he is in jeans and a tee-shirt or a three-piece suit. What is your go-to shoe for a night out? Anything by Mr. Louboutin. What is your most prized piece of clothing and what is the story behind it? A Thom Browne coat my boyfriend gave to me for Christmas. It’s perfect in every way and even more special because it’s from Gary. What do you collect? Shoes. I can’t stop. I’m also starting to

collect art, which has been fun. I recently bought a Roxanne Lowit photograph from 1990 of Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell in a bathtub from Hamburg Kennedy Photographs. It makes me so happy. What do you never leave home without? My iPhone. What items are you coveting right now? A Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket, a neon yellow Louis Vuitton Keepall and anything Givenchy. What fragrance do you wear? Aventus by Creed. What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without? Illumino face oil by Colbert MD. If you could live in another decade, which would it be? The 1970s. I am dying to go to Studio 54. Who are the most stylish people in your book, living or dead? Marilyn Monroe is the epitome of glamour and will always be. Describe your style in three words: Showgirl geek chic. Address Book: Restaurants: ABC Kitchen in NYC and Craig’s in L.A. Bars: The Boom Boom Room. Hotels: The Mercer. Stores: I shop online—Mr Porter and One Kings Lane. Hair salons: Byron Williams in Beverly Hills. Gyms/Fitness: Equinox.


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02. Tiffany Keys mini three-key pendant in silver, 18k rose and yellow gold David Bailey’s 1969 photograph of

Birkin wearing a key necklace is one of the most iconic images of the actress.

03. Women’s Kitsune Marinière in heavy jersey by Petit Bateau When the label underwent an overhaul and

04. Handmade basket with cover by Alexandra Melo

Before the Birkin bag, Jane would carry around a Portuguese fishing basket as her purse. 05.Vintage Birkin bag by Hermès The bag was designed in 1984 after Birkin sat next to Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight. He noticed her struggling with items falling out of her bag and she mentioned that Hermès should make a bag to fit all of her belongings. The Birkin bag was born and remains one of the most sought-after handbags in the world. 06. Leica X2 A La Carte with titanium front and calf leather in lemon Birkin—who has been photographed

taking photos—loved to capture the world around her.

07. Ballerina Cendrillon in distressed goatskin and tee-shirt black by Repetto Jane adored Repetto ballet flats and

convinced her then-husband, Serge Gainsbourg, to buy a pair of the brand’s jazz shoes, since he would always complain of uncomfortable feet.

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Birkin has been photographed in everything from large hats to men’s shirts, solidifying her as the style icon of an era defined by effortless chic. Her famous floppy hat has also inspired collections by Jason Wu and Rachel Zoe.

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changed the iconic logo of their collection, Birkin adopted the newly styled shirt, and instantly gave Petit Bateau new notoriety.


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Gainsbourg loved a simple, collared leather jacket. 02. Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano

Serge Gainsbourg’s father was a classically trained musician who played the piano in casinos and cabarets and because of that, all of his children learned to play piano at a young age. The piano that Gainsbourg used to play and rehearse on remains in his mother’s home. 03. Model AF0007 in black by Cutler and Gross

Gainsbourg’s laid-back style included loosened ties, Gitanes cigarettes and his trademark sunglasses.

04. Graphic Sailor Coat by APC

Gainsbourg was constantly seen in his black peacoat, a style of jacket that worked with anything from his elegant suits to his unbuttoned white shirts. 05. Oxford Shoe Zizi for men by Repetto Gainsbourg would wear his white Repetto jazz shoes sans socks. He loved them so much that he later became an ambassador of the brand. 06. Over ear headphones by Grain Audio

Gainsbourg wrote more than 550 songs for 20 albums, numerous movie scores and TV commercials. He is regarded as one of the best (and most provocative) French musicians of all time. 07. Executive USB portable turntable by Crosley

Gainsbourg’s song “Je t’aime. . . moi non plus,” released in 1969, brought him huge success and became the number one song throughout Europe. Although the song gained much notoriety, it was considered too explicit for the radio to play.

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Été makes a splash with polished Parisian swimwear

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In Praise of Black Tie Nights

Dancing with Madonna and boozing with Peter Beard by TED GUSHUE

the height race at Tommy Hilfiger’s table, but it is Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” who receives all the attention on stage. I’d like us to take a moment of silence for Sofía Vergara and her groundbreaking research in the field of anti-gravity. Also a quick nod to Constance Jablonski’s ever rising cheekbones. Impressive feats, ladies. Snapping back to reality I polish off my fifth martini only to discover that Peter Beard is way ahead of me. The septuagenarian silver fox needs a bit more than a few doses of liquid courage to take the stage, understandably as he spends five minutes bringing the audience to the brink of tears while he recounts the life and times of the larger than life Gordon Parks. I don’t know how else to say it, but the night is just special. Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Karlie Kloss, Estelle and Lauren Hutton, everyone is present and in the best of spirits at The Plaza. Changing gears I find myself at the Lapham’s Quarterly Decades Ball, another not-to-be-missed event that shines on my calendar every year— this one honors everything great about the 1950s, including a stellar gourmet interpretation of my favorite dish: meatloaf. While the meal is of the period, the night carries with it a cast of characters that is decidedly modern: Tom Hanks and Patricia Clarkson perform a reading from the train scene in North By Northwest, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Martha Plimpton colorfully act out a scene from The Honeymooners, and comedienne Nellie McKay perfectly simulates Doris Day at the height of her vocal prowess. For the second night this month, this time in the Bowery Savings Bank (a.k.a. Capitale) I find myself smiling at what a beautiful city it is we live in. Fast forward what feels like 5 minutes and I’m in the back of Eric Javits’ Jeep with Di Mondo and society stylist (and fabulouslydressed date) Lauren Powell as we bound northward to the

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June is one of those months that slips away before you had a chance to actually enjoy it, slapping you in the face with the sweatbox that is July which is fine so long as you’re able to squeeze in a few quality black tie nights—which I mercifully do. I begin the month however with a more casual affair alongside Anglo power couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz who are out in support of S.A.F.E., a leading Kenyan NGO that focuses on ending female circumcision in the region—a worthy cause if I’ve ever known one. The humble power couple proves infinitely grateful for the opportunity to support the charity, and I incredibly lucky to be there on its inaugural presentation in the U.S. The next night I toss on my penguin suit and black bow tie. I sally forth into the month stopping off first at the FIT Gala to check in on Stefano Tonchi, a man whose fashionability can never be questioned. It must be said that I am an absolute sucker for any event that takes place at Cipriani 42nd street, and for good reason—it’s one of the most beautiful spaces in New York City. Little surprise that a stellar event is attended by the likes of Alber Elbaz, Hamish Bowles, Yaz Hernandez, Karolína Kurková (whose silk dress from LOFT drives me up a wall) and Liz Peek, to name a few. Mercifully I get to see a breadth of Kurkova contemporaries again, this time at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gala, which I don’t mind telling you is routinely my favorite party of the year. I weasel my way into a table with the Glaister family, longtime patrons of the cause, and settle in for a typically terrific evening. Chuck Close is on hand, carrying his signature small bourbon and increasingly attractive companion. Close may very well be one of the most charming people I’ve ever met. Carmelo Anthony the anti-diminutive baller is leading

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“Coming down from my high society high, I am relieved to find myself in the midst of a full on dance party with Madonna and Italian tax evaders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna.”

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Conservatory Ball at the New York Botanical Gardens. Rarely do I find the time to make it up to the gardens, which is a shame because even in a total downpour they’re magical. The scent of frangipani wafts past as I approach the grounds, champagne in hand, to the sound of brass horns. Around me are women dressed in exotic fabrics, animals, and jewels from Marina B scurried about. Gillian Miniter approaches out of the throng with her typically perfect smile and welcomes us to her territory. While Lauren and I are dressed to the nines, she and the crowd that frequent these things made us feel dressed to the eights. These Botanical people know how to dress. Coming down from my high society high, I am relieved to find myself in the midst of a full on dance party with Madonna and Italian tax evaders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabanna at the sprawling midtown manse Harlow to celebrate the new Epix film The MDNA Tour. The room is electric, and if you ask John Travolta, it was positively magical. That is undoubtedly because Travolta is under the spell of master magician David Blaine and his slippery deck of cards. Continuing into my Cinema Society rabbit hole, I wind up at the (semi) surprise birthday bash for blonde babe (and Andrew Saffir partner in crime) Daniel Benedict. The throng ends up at the hot new supper club Omar’s with Clive Owen. The cast is all on hand to wish him well on what I suspect might not be his first “21st” birthday. And can I just quickly mention how epic Dolph Lundgren is? We bump into him at the Pedro Almódovar screening with the boys from Girard-Perregaux and DeLeón Tequila. Apparently his family was once the victim of a home invasion while he was traveling, up until the thieves saw the family pictures above the fireplace, at which point they thought it better not to cause any harm to the 6’5’’ Swede. I can only hope to leave one-tenth the reputation in my wake someday. I’m jetting off to Switzerland to hang out with Prince at the Montreaux Jazz festival. I will tell you all about that adventure and more in September. See you then. Opposite page: Girard-Perregaux and the Cinema Society with Deleón, Host the After Party for Sony Pictures Classics' I'm So Excited: Rachel Roy

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Scoop — Hot Spot

Neighbors mingle with A-listers at Omar’s La Ranita by carson griffith

When masterminding Omar’s La Ranita, a subterranean supper club located in a Greenwich Village townhouse, Omar Hernandez wanted to create an eatery that provided great dining in a luxurious, yet homey environment. “What would it feel like if I lived on 9th Street? What kind of lifestyle? What kind of space?” asks Hernandez. “The elements of luxury I personally like are geared towards beautiful seating, art, leather and so forth.” These aesthetic elements combined with a private brownstone feel have secured Omar’s, which is split into the public restaurant La Ranita and a members-only private dining room, an impressive guestlist since opening in the onetime Hotel Griffou space. Karlie Kloss hosted her Frame Denim Forever dinner with guests Anja Rubik, Constance Jablonski, stylist Giovanna Battaglia, and modeling mogul/Hole drummer Scott Lipps while the Shadow Dancer after-party, hosted by the Cinema Society had Clive Owen, the star of the film, entertaining a group including Russell Simmons, Paul Haggis, Sarah Paulson and Zachary Quinto. “The space speaks for itself, so they come and feel comfortable,” Hernandez explains. “It has that European feel to it.” Hernandez adds he thinks the “international club” vibe makes the restaurant seem as

if “it could be London, it could be Paris” and makes the jet-set feel at home. But when Hernandez says club, he’s not talking about late night dance-floors or the models and bottles crowd. “We didn’t make it feel like a nightclub, or a speakeasy,” he explains. Instead, Hernandez is referring to the private club variety. “The private dining club is by invitation, so we have a core of founding members.” The $1,000-a-year, invite-only membership to gain access into the private dining room, which has unmarked door as its entrance, is capped at 300 people. The eatery is strict about protecting their members’ privacy, but names like Hannah Bronfman, Annabelle Dexter-Jones and John Leguizamo have made the cut, the latter having frequented the location’s predecessor, the iconic ‘90s Italian restaurant Marylou’s, which pre-dated Hotel Griffou. Memories of Marylou’s, which was run by Marylou Barrata and her brother Tommy, a friend of Jack Nicholson’s, has been a recent conversation topic as of late in certain circles despite closing in 2001. While also being a haunt of Oliver Stone, Robert De Niro, James Toback and Jay McInerney (who fictionalized it in his book The Good Life), it was a favorite of the late James Gandolfini. Expect the same star wattage at Omar’s. While one half of the restaurant is reserved for those who are members of the private dining club, the other half is open to the public, and for reservations—a policy Omar’s is strict in upholding. “My core business is neighbors,” he explains. “It’s a local spot. It’s not a trendy spot. I have always walked away from the trendiness. I prefer the chicness. We do have reservations on the public side and we also make sure to always have room for walk-ins and neighbors. Even if we are busy, we are always going to have room for our neighbors.”

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To The Nines

Above: Omar’s, 21 West 9th Street, New York NY 10011, 212.677.5242


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Scoop — Up Next

Art and Soul


Allison Brant gives the art world a home at The Brant Foundation


by Zachary Weiss

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Allison Brant has spent the past three months alongside her father, billionaire-publishing magnate Peter Brant, curating an exhibit of works by Andy Warhol for The Brant Foundation Arts Study Center, on her family’s 200-acre estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. The family’s collection has grown to over 15,000 works, which include a massive sculpture by Urs Fischer, aptly titled Big Clay, which sits towering over the foundation’s converted stone barn. Brant grew up knowing this building as the clubhouse for her father’s polo club. It once housed both a tennis and a basketball court until construction on the gallery began in 2007. The Brant Foundation is growing steadily under her direction. “We started our focus on education, and we’re building on it,” she says. On top of formal partnerships with the Manhattan Apparel Project and the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, local high schools have integrated regular visits to the foundation into their curriculums to work in conjunction with scholarship and internship opportunities offered by the family. At home, Brant likes to display works from a younger crop of artists, including pieces by her 5-year-old daughter who recently offered to sell one of her drawings to her grandfather under the condition that it be displayed in his foundation. In addition, Brant says, “My older sister, Lindsay, is an artist. My house is filled with a lot of her work. David Altmejd is another favorite of mine. His work is hard to put in your home, but I love it.” Brant’s love for art is palpable. “It’s always been a huge background in our family. I remember going to The Met a lot. There was never any value assigned to anything,” she says, standing in a room full of works valued in the hundreds of millions, “We would look at different works, and just tell him what we liked.” Some of the notable Warhol works on display are signature portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor, as well as the famed Campbell’s Soup series. Come October, these will move on to Milan’s Palazzo Reale and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to make way for an exhibit of old and new work by Julian Schnabel, a longtime friend of the Brant family. This September, the family will host a series of panel discussions focusing on the artists displayed in the foundation, the first of which will take place at Columbia University on the life of Andy Warhol.

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Launched after a successful Young Collector’s Exhibition of 119 works by 47 artists at No. 8 this past December, The Committee is the creation of Laura Mintz, Alexandra Wagle, Diana Burroughs and Ricky Lee who have re-imagined the way art and artists are presented. The art aficionados create pop-up exhibitions in spaces not limited to the conventional white-walled gallery. Just last month they showcased Pamela Sztybel at the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel and have another pop-up art show at the Montauk Beach House on the Fourth of July. “They’re great social spaces to bring art in,” says Mintz who explains the challenges and fun that comes with showcasing art in spaces that aren’t designed for that purpose. When setting up at the Thompson Beverly Hills, they hired a set designer to build a contraption for the art to hang from since they weren’t allowed to hang anything on the walls. The Committee also hosts monthly intimate interviews with experts from varying industries— anywhere from graffiti art to fashion to music. They’ve hosted, Paz de la Huerta, Los Angeles-based fashion designer Barbara Tfank, Dave Matthews (of the Dave Matthews Band), DJs Mick Boogie and Brendan Fallis, among other notables. Wagle explains, “We are reaching [audiences] who maybe aren’t as familiar with the art world or don’t have an access point into the art world so we’re trying to break down that wall and make it a little less intimidating and also intellectual and exciting for them.” The Committee will also inaugurate artist studio visits, where intimate groups of five to 10 people will be invited to look at works they wouldn’t ordinarily find in galleries. By giving the chance to speak directly to (and buy from) the artists themselves during the studio visits, The Committee hopes visitors will feel prompted to familiarize themselves more with both the artists and their work.

The Committee presents a new way to view art and access artists by Eliza Krpoyan

Ward Roberts, Court 17, 2012, Hahnemuhle archival rag paper, 40 x 40 inches

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Scoop — Up Next

Summer Loving by Peter Davis

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After having children, two young, pretty Upper East Side mothers, Laura Poretzky-Garcia and Lily Maddock, got their beach bods back and decided to start a swimwear collection. Été, which means summer in French, reinvents classic, retro shapes with basic prints like candy stripes and gingham and modernizes them with the latest swim construction and technology. The women say that they are their own best customers and are inspired by famous bathing beauties like Brigitte Bardot, Romy Schneider and Veruschka. The Été girl is undeniably a fashion plate between the ages of 19 and 50 who may live in a city, but travels to places like St. Tropez, Ibiza and St. Barths on vacation. Think Sofia Coppola at Hotel du Cap during the Cannes Film Festival. Poretzky-Garcia and Maddock are about to majorly expand their company. “Soon you’ll be seeing Été on every sexy bum, and every sexy beach from Southampton to the Mediterranean,” Poretzky-Garcia promises. été

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A Swim Line for the Style Set

Designer and artist Jason Laurits started selling his graphic, silkscreened tee-shirts on the street. His bold prints were soon everywhere and Laurits added bathing suits to his line. Paste’s prints are eye-catching, but the monochromatic swim trunks that have a slim, retro fit (and bring to mind JFK) are in our beach bags. “I have no interest in designing around trends,” Laurits says. “Unless it comes naturally and remains true to the brand.”

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Get Pasted Men’s swimtrunks get a solid update by Peter Davis

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Scoop — Up Next

When September Ends Pop-up eatery Gilligan’s brings the beach to the city


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The Soho Grand hotel and chefs Nick Hatsatouris and Lincoln Pilcher—the names behind last summer’s Moby Dick pop-up restaurant in Montauk have created outdoor eatery, Gilligan’s. Picnic tables and pebbles in The Yard—the hotel’s open-air space—set the summer scene at this temporary restaurant (open until September). Offerings created by Chef Gary King, change daily and include crudo appetizers, wood-fire pizzas, whole fish and vegetables—all sourced from Long Island. The menu, written on a chalkboard, changes daily. Even better are the summer inspired cocktails; think frozen margarita concoctions created by mixologists from Dram and Donna in Williamsburg and beers served by the can. Pastry Chef Emily Wallendjack, bakes up a chocolate pot de crème with whipped Pisco Cream that has now become a favorite among patrons. Complete with a brunch and dinner menu, Gilligan’s is one place you won’t mind getting stranded.

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A wink and The Smile Setting the summer scene in Montauk

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by Jacqueline curley The A-Frame cabin warmly welcomes guests as they approach The Smile at Ruschmeyer’s. Upon entering, the open dining room sets the vibe for an experience that’s bohemian chic with a crowd to match. Setting up camp in Montauk, Matt Kliegman, Carlos Quirarte and Melia Marden teamed up with Executive Chef, Brian Loiacono to take over this summer’s menu at Ruschmeyer’s. Chef Brian’s creations offer a taste of summer with the seafood-themed menu. The restaurant uses local produce and freshly caught fish for dishes that are both light and satisfying—perfect for a post-beach day supper. We start the evening with a couple of the specialty cocktails and found the Ruschmeyer to be a thirstquenching, sweet and spicy concoction of watermelon, jalepeno and vodka—having just one was not an option. We’re ready to dive into our dinner when Chef Brian surprises the table with the tuna tartar—a staple when it comes to summer menu starters. To follow, we stick with a pescatarian diet and sampled a few different fish entrées: a fresh lobster salad and The Smile’s own twist on Ruschmeyer’s clam pizza, and it would be a sin to resist the jar of s’mores in a camp like setting, especially when it’s delivered by one of the summer crush-worthy waiters. Leaving The Smile at the end of the night feels like leaving summer camp, but at least we don’t have to wait a year for another visit. Refreshing summer beverages, mouth-watering seafood dishes and a cabin full of sunkissed faces who all have the same mind set for an exclusively hip weekend in the Hamptons—needless to say, we left with a grin. Bikini body? That starts on Monday.

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Flour Girl

Baker Amirah Kassem caters to the art and fashion crowds with cakes that are as tasty as they are creative by Delphine Barguirdjian Photography by Alexander Thompson

I hold out my hand for the conventional “Nice to meet you” handshake when Amirah Kassem pushes it aside and goes all in for a hug. “Welcome to my baking studio!” she says with a laugh. The owner of Flour Shop, a small baking company based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kassem is a friendly, fun-loving and energetic kid in a grown-up’s body. A few glances around her kitchen would have you think you’re in a child’s playroom: oven mitts are shaped as Mickey Mouse’s gloves, giant lollipops are propped inside even bigger bowls of multi-colored bubble gumballs, and The Lion King’s “Hakuna Matata” is playing in the background. “I have three obsessions,” says Kassem, “Barbie, Disney, and Warhol.” The Mexican native launched Flour Shop less than a year ago and it has only become more and more popular. So popular in fact, that Kassem almost has trouble keeping up with the growth of her own business. “I had clients before I even had a real business,” she says, “I get requests for photoshoots and interviews and I don’t even have a website yet!” But that’s set to change soon—her website is slated to launch this September and she’s hired an assistant to help keep up with the orders. Website or not, Kassem has already made a name for herself. “‘The cake girl’ is what they all call me now. When I meet new people, they say ‘Oh! You’re that cake girl!’ and I love it! Yes, that’s me!” says Kassem, who has social media to thank for helping spread the word about her baking successes (she counts over 4,000 followers on her Instagram and updates her blog regularly). She has no formal training in baking; instead, she credits her mother for teaching her everything she knows about working in a kitchen. “I don’t make gluten-free cakes or kale salads or any of that kind of stuff,” Kassem says. “If someone asks me to make something like that, I send them to [the vegan bakery] Babycakes.” Because, even though her main audience consists of artists and fashionistas, Kassem’s cakes are made with traditional ingredients—that is to say, butter, and lots of it. She also bans any use of fondant (that waxy, icing-like ingredient popular with wedding cakes) in her kitchen, stating that, while it can help make a cake look impeccable, it tastes like cardboard.


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“When I meet new people, they say ‘Oh! you’re that cake girl!’ and I love it! Yes, that’s me!”

Kassem is just as strict about refrigeration: all her cakes are made the day of, since prolonged refrigeration can alter the taste. A previous career in fashion—working for brands like Fred Segal, All Saints, Blk Dnm, 7 for All Mankind and Interview Magazine—also helped Kassem gather the right connections. She is well-known in the fashion and art worlds, where she gets most of her orders from. The site Refinery29 hired her to make 700 mini-cakes for their recent 30 Under 30 party, Warby Parker asked for 1,000 cake pops and chocolate sunglasses, networking site ASmallWorld commissioned miniature cake-globes for its relaunch dinner, and even Olivia Wilde called in to request a Nike shoe-shaped cake for the Saturday Night Live finale party (Wilde’s fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, is a regular on the show). When she isn’t dousing her cakes with edible glitter (her favorite ingredient to use), you’ll find Kassem hanging out with artist pals like designer Johan Lindeberg (“He’s been like my mentor. He helped me see New York,” she says of Lindeberg), Oliver Clegg and Richard Phillips. “We are all as much a part of artist’s lives as they are of ours,” she tells me as she’s frosting a rainbow cake, bobbing her head to the tune of “The Bear Necessities” from The Jungle Book. She also counts Terry Richardson as a friend and will occasionally show up in his photographs. “I don’t take my clothes off though, so. . . he doesn’t photograph me as much as other girls,” she adds. Kassem’s personality is as irresistible as her cakes and her infectious, happy-go-lucky attitude seems almost partially responsible for Flour Shop’s success. It’s no wonder she is constantly asked to come along to present her cakes at parties. “My favorite part is watching people’s reactions when they see the cake. I get to see everyone’s good, happy side. People come to me when they want to celebrate, when they want something fun,” says Kassem. “It’s like going to Disneyland: you can’t be in a bad mood at Disneyland!” Eating the cake is only half the fun—she is the other half. So, have your cake, and eat it with Kassem.


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Scoop — Art Calendar

Cut ’n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City at MoMa

MUSEUMS METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART THROUGH SEPT 8 Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints 1000 Fifth Avenue 212.535.7710 MUSEUM OF MODERN ART JULY 10-DEC 1 Cut ’n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City

JULY 19-JAN 26 Walker Evans American Photographs 11 West 53rd Street 212.708.9400 WHITNEY ONGOING In Parts 945 Madison Avenue 212.570.3600

AUCTIONS HOUSES CHRISTIE’S JULY 16: First Impression Prints and Multiples JULY 17: First Open: Summer Edition JULY 23: Interiors AUG 27: Interiors AUG 28: Interiors 20 Rockefeller Plaza 212.636.2000 DOYLE NEW YORK JULY 16: Provident Loan Society: Jewelry, Watches, Silverware & Coins JULY 18: Doyle at Home Sale AUG 14: Doyle at Home Sale 175 East 87th Street 212.427.2730


by Eliza Krpoyan

GALLERIES GAGOSIAN GALLERY THROUGH AUGUST 2 Renzo Piano: Building Workshop: Fragments 522 West 21st Street 212. 741.1717 DAVID ZWIRNER JULY 8-AUG 9 Robert Arneson: Early Work 537 West 20th Street 212.517.8677

Metropolis by Paul Citroen

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The summer’s art exhibitions and auctions

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“Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy

“GREY GARDENS” The history of an East Hampton family “I only mark the hours that shine” —“Little Edie” 1929 Diary

Grey Gardens, the Broadway Musical, starring Christine Ebersole

Lois Wright, her book “My Life At Grey Gardens”

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John Legend is wearing a pepperoni pizza on his left shoulder. A respectable slice—about four inches wide—pepper flakes gently sprinkled across the top, ample cheese oozing down his formfitting black shirt. “John, who are you wearing?” “Pizza,” he replies, in his gravel-like, sleepy baritone voice, with a devious smirk. “From La Mirano’s, or something. . .” “You’re clearly making a statement. What is it about this pizza that just drew you to it?” Legend—with that same smile painted across his face, one that could be likened to a schoolboy who looks at you innocently while crossing his fingers behind his back—doesn’t respond, and instead, takes a giant lick at that thin crust. “Oh my God, stop it!” the person behind the camera exclaims, laughing hysterically. Of course, that person is none other than his fiancée, the outspoken model-cum-television host Chrissy Teigen who’s been having a moment in pop culture as of late, thanks to her popular social media presence. And this video, taken by the 27-year old and posted onto Viddy, captures just how the couple spent the night while their peers were busy air-kissing one another at the Met Gala. “We really thought we weren’t going to be in town so we didn’t pursue going. We stayed home,” Legend explains. “We kind of made a joke about it since everyone else was out at the event and we just ate pizza. Lots of pizza. That was fun!” Pizza over the Met Gala? It’s good to have such options. And Legend has many of them these days. The Grammy-award winning R&B soul singer is finally at a plush place in his career and lately, everything for the 34-year old seems to be falling into place: a highly anticipated new album, Love in the Future, which just debuted to rave reviews; a beautiful bride-to-be who’s as sassy as she is sexy; a brand new tour launching later this year; multiple television series in the works. “It’s good, it really is,” the multitasking artist quips. He seems unfazed by any of the impending chaos that’s about to ensue in about an hour. He’s shooting his next music video in Williamsburg for two full days for the album’s second single, “Made to Love.” “I am constantly amazed by John’s work ethic,” Teigen tells me. “In all the years we’ve been together, I don’t think he’s ever, ever complained that he’s exhausted—which can be really frustrating when someone like me, who has half his work schedule, always

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feels dead tired! He doesn’t half-ass anything.” On top of his new album, Legend is busy attempting to change the world. A social activist, he’s passionate about fighting for equality for all, championing issues like women’s and gay rights. Last month he performed in London for the charity Chime For Change, alongside Beyoncé. “It’s fighting for women’s justice around the world where girls don’t get the same opportunities as boys do,” Legend says. “I am a feminist. Women are discriminated against in so many ways and they make up half of the population.” “If you believe in human rights you can’t pick and choose which human rights you believe in,” he says about gay rights. “I think that the people on the wrong side of history will have some shame that they held onto these conservative definitions of what marriage should be and they don’t acknowledge the humanity of our gay brothers and sisters.” When asked about hip-hop and the acceptance of homosexuals Legend is optimistic, but realistic as well. “Clearly we’ve had Frank Ocean come out. I really think it’s close, the culture is moving. The culture is moving to a more accepting and loving culture. Obviously hip-hop is lagging behind. As more and more kids grow up in a world where they feel like they shouldn’t discriminate against one’s sexuality, I feel that the vast majority of young people can agree with that.” “When you see your friends get joy from being with each other and it’s not different from the joy that me and Chrissy have when we will marry each other, why would you deny the right to do that? It’s just cruel.” Legend says that such passion was instilled in him at a young age when both of his parents taught him about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the importance of education. “Very early on [my parents] taught me how to read. They used to do math flash cards with me all the time,” he recalls of his childhood in Ohio. “They took me to the library a lot. They were really hyper-focused on getting an education at home and making sure we were prepared for whatever we were going to do in school.” Along with being enthused about excelling in his studies, he was drawn to music, having first played the piano when he was four years old. “I always wanted to do music. I always wanted to be a star,” he says. “I used to watch Star Search and the Grammys and watched people perform and thought that I could do it too. I thought it was in my future.” After graduating salutatorian in his high school class, he rejected schools like Harvard to study at the University of Pennsylvania where he would graduate with a degree in English. But music was still something Legend passionately pursued. In college he participated in a successful award-winning co-ed jazz and pop a capella group called the Counterparts. “It was really fun,” he recalls. “I was watching Pitch Perfect on the plane and I reminisced about a capella in college. It’s a fun movie, it’s cheesy but it’s really fun. A capella is very cheesy too,” he admits, bashfully. “But it’s cool.” After graduating he worked full-time at the Boston Consultancy Group getting gigs here and there, performing at clubs and bars. One job led him to play the piano on Lauryn Hill’s track, “Everything is Everything.” “At the time it didn’t feel like a huge deal because you don’t know if it’s going to make the album and it was something I did all the time,” he says.

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“I am a feminist. Women are discriminated against in so many ways and they make up half of the population.” Eventually his roommate from college, DeVon Harris, introduced him to Harris’s cousin, Kanye West, one night while Legend was performing at Jimmy’s Uptown in Harlem. “He said we should collaborate,” Legend remembers. The two immediately had good synergy, and a decade, nine Grammys (one for “Ordinary People,” still Legend’s favorite song) and five albums later, the songwriter still attributes his success to having worked closely with West. “We share with each other and we learn from each other,” he says of West. “I think he’s really honest. That portrayal in the New York Times of him is very accurate,” Legend says of the eyebrow-raising article, which quotes West’s many self-praises. “The things that he says in interviews are what he says to me in private. I think people can have their own opinions about him but when you listen to what he says it’s pretty representative of what he is.” Which is understandable. After all, West is arguably a musical genius and his gravitas is showcased throughout Legend’s album, namely, “Made to Love,” which he co-produced. The track is as cool as it is seductive. Legend, in a near whisper coos throughout the track over a guitar, strumming simpatico. He’s direct, but coyly so, purring into the microphone: “Oh, I was never sure of a God before/But I know he must exist/He created this.” One of his favorite singles from the album is “All of Me,” a track he wrote for Teigen. “The theme is universal—loving someone totally, even in their imperfections,” he says of the track. “I think when you’re with someone for a long time you see every part of them. I think that the relationships that work are the ones where you love throughout all of that, no matter what part you see.” It was love at first sight for Legend on the set of his video for “Stereo” in 2006. His friend had recommended he cast this model he knew who was perfect for the part. Legend agreed and in came a then unknown model named Chrissy. “I was like, ‘Oh wow, she’s beautiful,’” Legend remembers. Their very first encounter is captured in the video, awkward moments and all. “There are always nerves the first time you meet, especially when you’re grinding in front of the camera,” he says. “That’s not a normal way to get to know someone. But it is a great way to get to know someone faster!” he laughs. “I remember standing outside of his dressing room with one of his friends who’d taken me by to introduce us, and when John opened the door he was standing there in his underwear, in the middle of ironing his pants,” Teigen recounts. “My first words to him were, ‘You iron your own pants?’ But spending that entire


day together helped lay the foundation for our eventual relationship. I guess having to pretend to be attracted to each other is easy when you really are attracted to each other!” Legend eventually asked Teigen to come to one of his concerts and to drinks afterwords. Fast-forward seven years, the two seem to be inseparable, spotted together everywhere from the Inaugural Ball to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Today, the couple enjoys most of their time lazy-ing around in bed watching South Park and The Office, cooking (Legend makes a mean fried chicken), while making each other laugh. “I think what makes her cooler and what separates her from other people is that she has such a distinct voice and a distinct sense of humor and is genuinely entertaining,” Legend says of his fiancée. Legend popped the question during a recent trip to the Maldives. He had been nervous about the engagement and wanted to make sure every moving piece was in the right place and that everything was perfect. And at that beach where the two stood—when all did come together so magically, the ring coming out on a silver platter, he dropped down on one knee. Was he nervous? “No,” he says, chuckling. “You don’t propose to someone if you don’t know that they’ll say yes.” But did he cry? “I’m not a happy crier. But Chrissy did.” The two are set to marry in Italy this summer. Soon enough, Legend says he’ll be adding mini-Legends and Teigens to the household. “I really can’t wait to be a father,” he admits. “Chrissy as a mother will be fun, funny, a great cook. She might be stricter than I am. I’m more laid back,” he explains. “I’ll be strict enough. Part of my goal is to make the smartest kid on the planet. Make sure they study hard and all that stuff. I’ll probably be less strict in other areas.” Which means that he probably won’t mind if the house gets a little messy from, say, a pizza party on any given night, or when the kids someday decide that they, too, for whatever reason, want to wear their food. After all, with parents like theirs, it seems they’ll always have options, many, many options.

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David Lynch

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“I started off only wanting to be a painter—since the 9th grade,” says David Lynch, sitting in an open air art studio perched atop his Hollywood home on a steep canyon hillside. The view is commandingly pastoral, and there are several paintings out on easels, which I am not supposed to look at because they aren’t done yet. Lynch is preparing for a September show of new paintings, and possibly sculptures, at his longtime gallery, Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles. It’s the house from Lost Highway, the concrete one with the rectangular windows. And there’s a fully equipped recording den called Asymmetrical Studios on the ground floor, where he recently completed production on his second album of original music, The Big Dream, slated for a mid-July release. Claiming to have abandoned cinema in favor of more satisfying pursuits, these days the Oscar-nominated director of The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet splits his time between the studio above and the studio below. That’s in between running an internet-based music and art archive and pursuing the Transcendental Meditation practice and advocacy that has changed his life. So just how does one of the world’s most prolific, influential, and iconic filmmakers end up turning to painting and recording music instead? “Painting will never die. Cinema will never die. All these things are magical. There are all these different mediums, and each is unique and beautiful and infinitely deep. Painting led to film, and film led to sound, and sound led to music. You know the thing they say about cinema is that it contains lots of individual art forms within it.”


It seems like now Lynch is going through a creative passage where instead of putting all of them together, he’s pulling them all apart—the better to explore each element à la carte and with more fullness of attention. Asked how he came to focus on music specifically as being worthy of its own devoted pursuit, he says, “That’s a damn good question. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but it happened in stages. Working [on Twin Peaks] with Angelo Badalamenti brought me into the world of music, but I came into that world as a talker with lyrics. I wasn’t a musician.” Then somewhere along the line, maybe while working with Jocelyn West on the 1998 Hildegard von Bingen project Lux Vivens, things started to change. “I wanted to make sound effects with a guitar. There are very few things in the world more beautiful than the sound of an electric guitar, but I don’t play it in a normal way. I like to think of it as a motor or an engine, rough-running and gasoline-powered engine that coughs out smoke and fire but purrs like a kitten sometimes too.” Lynch uses the unusual voice of this “reverb-drenched guitar” to great effect. Coupled with the voice filters he applies to his own spoken-word vocals, as well as guest singers like Chrysta Bell and Lykke Li who are gifted with soaring, unsettling soprano skills, his music has an eerie, romantic, graceful strangeness and an undercurrent of enigmatic tension that places its aesthetics squarely along his familiar artistic continuum. Like his cinematic vision, his songwriting is haunting, and it takes you to a place, or rather a series of places, that are every bit as affecting and evocative as his moving images. Lynch enthusiastically describes his style of music as “a hybrid, modernized form of low-down Blues,” and his liner notes certainly bear that out. “It’s about a guy coming to grips with losing his girl and drinking and going a little bit crazy. It deals with lost love and a man who feels like he’s the loser. When things go bad, you go to the wishing well to make a wish that things get better. This guy is in love with a girl who broke his heart, and she’s the only one that can mend it.” And certain lyrics from individual tracks tell the stories of love, loss, and fugue-state poetry familiar to fans of both Blues music and his films. Love is the name/In the wind/The wind blows through/The trees and stars. This night/ When we dream/Together/We’ll remember. The line it curves/A certain way/Bend back to the start/Cause you’re the woman/Who broke my heart. Except for the cover of the Bob Dylan-penned/Nina Simonecovered hard-luck classic “The Ballad of Hollis Brown,” Lynch wrote 11 out of the album’s 12 tracks and directed the music video for the 13th, a bonus song by Lykke Li. What’s the difference between song writing versus dialogue or story treatments? He describes an intuitive process whereby the song lyrics are born out of the music. “As it starts coming together in the experimental jamming phase, the sounds signify a mood which signifies the words, and you keep working until you get something that’s married to the music. A character enters your mind and starts talking, and all you’ve got to do is write it down. People say the music sounds like different characters are singing and I think that’s true. A personality gets born, you figure out what they say and how they’d say it, and it’s the same in cinema.” And it’s the same when he paints. “You need an idea to get you out of the chair. Then after that it’s all action and reaction, because the painting talks to you just like the music talks to you, and one thing dictates the next thing and you go on like that.”

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When Inland Empire came out in 2006, it was the first major feature that had been shot all on digital, and everyone pretty much freaked out about the death of film. Lynch, who had also at around that same time embraced the website as a pioneering and unprecedented evolving creative platform, realized that it was up to him to use it wrong, to work in its uncomfortable places, to make it into something new on its own terms. “The digital has its own quality, and its own tools to help make a world that people can go into.” Yet still, he has understood that “the digital also makes you crave, yearn for, something you can hold onto.” Around this same moment he launched the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to promote the techniques of Transcendental Meditation among at-risk populations like inner-city school students and teachers, or soldiers with posttraumatic stress disorder, or really anyone who is suffering, which is most of us. And after all, along with painting, meditation is just about the most analog thing in the world. He was somewhat surprised and extremely thrilled to see people embracing his work in T.M. right from the start, and it’s only grown since. “Things are going well; a lot of people are getting happy! There’s been a huge shift in receptivity. T.M. as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is more and more being proven to be a mediation that truly takes us to that place we all yearn—there’s that word again—to experience, which is the eternal level of life, unbounded consciousness, unbounded love, peace, energy, intelligence, creativity, and the base of all matter and mind. It’s easy and effortless because the nature of the human mind is to seek greater happiness. And then you hit the border of the intellect and whoosh, you transcend! You are in the big reality, the eternal reality, the source, the course and the goal of human life and you are there. You unfold more and more of your potential as a glorious human being every time you experience that field.” Lynch doesn’t hesitate to credit his own T.M. practice with allowing him to work in the fearlessly intuitive mode that has liberated his creativity. “Sure! Look at what intuition is, it’s a knowingness. There’s this field called the Absolute, it’s a field of being and pure consciousness that grows and grows and grows. It’s a problem-solver, it lets you see solutions, it’s a treasury of knowingness that’s within every person. The full potential of a human being is supreme enlightenment. That’s in every one of our futures.” With the triumph of The Big Dream and its passion for the beautiful, mysterious, and the essentially, fundamentally, wonderfully human, he has clearly seen that future up close. As he asserts regarding the album’s title track, “The big dream has got to be love, that’s what it’s all about.” When he says it like that, you believe him.


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Dear Amanda Bynes text by michael musto

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No one has doled out more unsolicited advice to troubled starlets throughout the years than I have. Of course all of it has gone completely ignored, but that makes it even more imperative that you be the first to buck up and actually listen to me. It’ll make you extra special, and besides, my generous pearls of wisdom might actually help you to survive. And deep down, I have a feeling that you wanna! First of all, let me say I enjoyed meeting you a few years ago, around the time you appeared as the bratty girl in the movie Hairspray. You were having a press event at Sushi Samba here in New York, and when I approached to say hello, you told me you liked my commentary, which made me think you’ve got amazing taste, or at least are a savvy enough star to know how to stroke the press. It certainly beats calling people “ugly” the way you’ve been doing nonstop lately. (But I’ll get to that in a second. It’s an ugly habit, by the way. Really gross! Blech! Hideous!) At the time, I admired the fact that you were the rare former child star to not turn into an axe murder and/or crack addict—yet. I’d enjoyed you on Nickelodeon (which I never admitted to anyone that I watched) and was glad when you transitioned with ease into filmdom. But now you’ve become the reigning show biz outlaw, devoured by the media for every DUI, bong hit (or bong throw), wacky tweet, crazy claim, bizarre department store shtick, and nasty hit-and-run. Your parade of antics has been more relentless than the Fast and the Furious franchise, and the press has eaten it up because, frankly, they’d gotten a little tired of watching Lindsay Lohan self-destruct, especially since she always manages to get propped back up and start hobbling again. So we—I mean, they—are thrilled to have a brand new Lindsay to follow and gnash their teeth about, one with even more promise of ghastly headlines. And you seem to be enjoying this role a bit too much, playing up the image of the reckless bad girl while fueling the publicity with contrived feuds and fashion choices. “All I’m becoming is more famous!” is one of your already legendary statements, as if there really is no such thing as bad press. But Amanda, doll, there really is. (And that comes from someone who even gives my real age sometimes.) Law breaking isn’t cute. It threatens your well-being, plays havoc with your credibility, and endangers, you know, other humans. And lashing out at those who try to rein you in is just plain spiteful. You’ve been calling everyone you have any kind of run-in with “ugly”—from Lance Bass to Courtney Love to Jenny McCarthy to your dad—and that says a lot more about you than it does about them. It shows that you’re so weak of character these days that you’re capable of being a walking billboard for the “It gets bitter” campaign. I hope you’re doing a Joaquin Phoenix and hoaxing us all, but I suspect that your meltdown is very real and only just beginning. Lord knows what craziness you’ve cooked up since this article went to press. Smoking your wigs? No, let me not give you any bright ideas. So, hons, listen to Mikey. I suspect you’ve been hurt—by some lover, by the business, by lots of things—and don’t feel quite as special as you used to. You’re aching and unsatisfied and furious at the world, and that’s resulted in your hostility-based outbursts and bad hair. And not to sound like RuPaul, but you need to dig down and love yourself before things get any worse. You’re Amanda Bynes, someone who’s done good work and entertained millions. You’re a decent person, not this bewigged harridan throwing things out of windows and locking herself in bathrooms. The girl who likes my commentary has to be a good person! And she needs help! I demand that you stop blaming others for your problems and instead look for solutions based on your own choices. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that you need rehab, not to mention some serious consultation on your mental health. Once you’ve chosen the road to recovery, you can work yourself back to some employment and self respect. Let Lindsay grab the headlines while you nab a life. And feel free to call me any time—but not too late. And don’t call me ugly!!!


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On Real estate the east village

Bordered by Third Avenue/Bowery and the East River between 14th Street and Houston Street, the East Village is known for the tangible vibrancy of its streets. Locally owned small businesses, diverse community, energetic nightlife and artistic sensibility are the essence of the East Village. Famous for its unique array of restaurants, the East Village is by far my favorite neighborhood for amazing food in the city. The East Village began as farmland, owned by the Dutch Governor until 1651 when ownership passed to Petrus Stuyvesant. His family held part of the land until 1970, probably the longest record of continuous family ownership in New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Many local community groups work to gain landmark designations to protect and preserve the architectural and cultural identity of the East Village. Examples include the Great Hall of Cooper Union, well-known for historic speeches, notably Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union speech. Also St. Marks Place which once rivaled the cachet of Sutton Place. Tompkins Square Park enhances the quiet enjoyment of the East Village with its collection of venerable American Elm trees with their towering canopies. The East Village has an exceptionally wide range of residential real estate. Known for its walk-ups and Brownstones, there are also numerous new luxury condominiums including several along the Bowery, as well as the highly sought after handful of larger, older Art Deco luxury buildings of the early 20th century.

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1095 Park Avenue Price: $7,000,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Apartment perks: This high floor residence is designed by the world-renowned firm of Hariri & Hariri and was featured in Architectural Digest. The unit has a semi-private elevator landing and a stunning entrance gallery that leads to the expansive living room with three oversized picture windows facing west onto Park Avenue. Also off the gallery is an elegant space for formal dining and a library with custom built-ins and open views. This classic eight offers three-bedrooms plus a study/bedroom. Translucent glass sliding panels in the entertaining spaces allow for both casual open living and formal entertaining. The chef’s kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances including a Thermador double oven, Thermador Professional six burner range, Best by Broan hood, Subzero refrigerator/freezer, two additional Subzero refrigerator drawers, Subzero wine refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, built-in microwave and Franke sink. A laundry area with a Miele washer and a Maytag Drying Center complete this incredible kitchen. Neighborhood perks: This 1930 pre-war building is located at the southeast corner of 89th Street and Park Avenue in the Upper East Side’s Carnegie Hill neighborhood. The Dalton School is nearby, as well as, the world’s top galleries and museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum and the Frick Art Collection. Chef’s kitchen with marble countertops, center island and backsplash

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Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker;; 212.317.3672 Years of experience: I have seven years of experience as a real estate broker and 13 years as a talent agent. Greatest accomplishment: I sold a home on Park Avenue that was once in a terrible fire. My seller lost her husband and all of her belongings including their home of 40 years. We had it partially re-built and I had over 100 showings of the unit until I sold it to a lovely couple. Specialty: My specialty is working with first time buyers, estates and apartments with outdoor space. Best Advice: Do what you love. Motto: Be nice—respectful and professional manners go a long way. Treat people how you hope to be treated.

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Seeking a BBF: Best Broker Forever


We spoke with several brokers and sales associates to seek insight on the early and tumultuous period of finding the right broker, especially the boundaries of the broker-client relationship, like wining and dining and cheating on your broker with another one.

Finding the right broker may not be easy, but it can pay off by Michael Ewing

Finding a broker "I think one of the main problems is that people don't go about it in the right way," explained Jacky Teplitzky, a managing director at Douglas Elliman. "I think when choosing a broker, you should go about it in the way that you choose a lawyer or a doctor. It's not about a doctor who is your friend. It's about their qualifications." "The criteria should be: who is knowledgeable about your building, your neighborhood, and has an effective marketing plan. The best pricing evaluation, too," Ms. Teplitzky further added. Stephen Larkin, a salesperson at the Corcoran Group, concurred the points and noted, "You don't want someone wasting your valuable time showing you two bedroom properties on the Upper East Side when you asked to see four bedrooms in TriBeCa."

With over 30,000 real estate brokers in the city, finding the right broker can be as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. It's a rough and time-sensitive market, but once you find your perfect broker— and have a strong relationship based on trust—you are set for life in your real estate endeavors.

Befriending your broker Once you found the right broker, where is the line drawn? Can you befriend your broker? "No two relationships are alike," said Henry Hershkowitz, senior vice president of Douglas Elliman, of the diversity of client-broker relationships. "Some customers are all business and numbers. Some are loads of fun and meetings can include lunch, gossip, advice, even shopping." Others, however, can favor a more corporate

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approach. "We prefer a friendly, professional relationship," added Lois Planco, a broker on the luxury loft team at Douglas Elliman. "But why not have dinner or drinks with your customer?" said Mr. Hershkowitz. "After an especially harrowing deal and closing, I took my sellers of a SoHo loft (and the attorney!) out to the Oyster Bar at Grand Central. We stayed for hours and we all had a blast and blew off steam. Those sellers have since become good friends." Wining and dining doesn't have to be the extent of the relationship, either. Wendy Jackson, an associate broker at Nest Seeker, notes that she is often "not only invited to dinner and drinks, but to their children's graduation, wedding, walks in the park, and weekends in the Hamptons." Cheating on your broker With a market as huge as New York City's, it comes as little surprise that people enlist the help of several brokers—but, is it bad form? "It's not cheating if all parties are aware," responded Mr. Hershkowitz. "Some brokers are fine with that. I personally do not take on clients who are looking with multiple brokers. I know I am a great broker and my time is valuable." "I wouldn't call it cheating," said Mr. Larkin. "But I think if you're using two brokers, it's probably because you don't have complete faith in one or both of them. It may be time to cut bait and find a broker you truly trust." Mr. Planco further elaborated on the trust component saying that "Yes, [it is cheating]. A broker is one member of a team to help with your real estate needs. Getting their loyalty is a two-way stream."

BBF: Best Broker Forever It takes time to develop a strong relationship with a broker, but once you have reached that point, you can think of them as a broker for life. "Almost all of my clients are repeats and incredibly loyal," said Karen Kelley of the Corcoran Group. "I have clients that I met from the moment they were engaged, to being married and now having children." Power of the Referral The referral—recommending family and friends to a real estate broker —is one of the most important aspects of a broker's career. "Most successful real estate careers are built by a stream of steady referrals that often lead to a lifetime relationship from the starter apartment to the family home to the retiree's pied-a-terre," said Mr. Larkin. You can even think of it as spreading your good fortune of finding a great broker with your friends and family. "I have worked with clients, brothers, sisters, mothers and children, not to mention business partners," added Ms. Kelley. "It truly is a family affair."

Left: 144 Duane Street; Right: 270 Broadway; For more information, please contact Leonard Steinberg, Douglas Elliman, 212.727.6164

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The Best of Both Worlds Two magnificent homes—an exclusive Upper East Side townhouse and a spacious Tribeca condominium— offer the finest in modern living in a comfortable and alluring environment 48 East 74th Street East 74th Street near Central Park is among the most coveted addresses in Manhattan. The street is anchored by 927 Fifth Avenue, an exquisite neo Italian Renaissance apartment house designed by Warren and Wetmore in 1917. Passing a signature Beaux Arts beauty at 4 East 74th built for Stephen L. Stetson (designer of the renowned hat brand), 74th Street between Madison and Park offers an abundance of Italianate and neo Renaissance styles. The residence at 48 East 74th Street presents a neoGeorgian façade, beyond which lies a modern townhouse resplendent with light and space. The 20-foot building comprises approximately 7,375 square feet above grade with an additional 2,000-square-foot basement fully built and finished. Entering the house, the eye is drawn from the front door straight through to the garden. A four-story atrium brings light from the parlor level and soars to the top floor skylight. Dramatic entertaining spaces exist throughout, particularly in the living room where 20-foot ceilings and a rear wall of glass create a modern, downtown expressiveness. A grand stair and elevator ascends from the basement level to the sixth floor addition. Unique features that enhance not only the light and grandeur of the house, but also its functionality, include a rear stair from the garden eat-in kitchen down to the basement level, which houses a gym, recreation room and staff suite. A brilliant south-facing terrace on the sixth floor off the solarium offers an exceptional entertaining space or a quiet respite from the day. 101 Warren Street Located within the award-winning Skidmore Owings Merrill condominium at 101 Warren Street, this elegant three-bedroom home situated one floor below the penthouse is replete with sunlight and offers stunning panoramic views to the south and west. The residence features an open living room and kitchen positioned in the southwest corner of the building. Stunning western panoramas of the Hudson River continue to the south towards the Financial District, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and New York harbor beyond. Facing west is a library or guest bedroom with a full bath en-suite. 101 Warren Street offers an array of outstanding private amenities including a fifth floor outdoor space and public event area, full-time concierge, doorman, fitness center and spa, garage, and a breathtaking elevated pine forest designed by renowned landscape architect Thomas Balsley.

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$5,499,000 This unique Riverfront home with panoramic Hudson River views has every amenity possible. Includes separate 5 room living quarters for extended family, guests, or live in help. Floor to ceiling windows with views from all angles within the home. Lower level has an antique bar from an original tavern. Hot tub for 6, inviting fireplace, in-ground pool with waterfall. This home has it all. No need to use the stairs in this multi-level home, just take the elevator. The views are forever, the opportunity is not!

$1,367,500 This impeccable Mid-Century home offers all of today’s amenities plus. Perfect for entertaining, sits on over 1.20 acres with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. This is the home you’ve been waiting for, just unpack and relax!

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spotlight: Upper West Side This month, Scene takes a look inside some of the most impressive Upper West Side homes on the market for under $3 million. 220 Riverside Boulevard, 40B $2,750,000 This high-floor, corner-unit at Trump Place—one of the most elegant condo buildings on the West Side—boasts fully-protected, breathtaking views spanning the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River all the way to the George Washington Bridge. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, custom-built closets, a washer and dryer, hardwood floors, beautiful wall coverings and abundant natural light. Trump Place provides white-glove service with a 24-hour doorman, concierge, reading lounge, health club, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and spa. Other amenities include an English garden, common event space, billiard room and on-site parking with valet service. Michael Graves, CORE, 212.932.2222

18 West 74th Street, #3 $2,495,000 This five-room listing offers turn of the century elegance with modern conveniences. A rare mansion, the unit is in move-in condition and features a chef’s kitchen with a washer and dryer. The bright two-bedroom, twobathroom apartment also includes two-zone central air conditioning, three wood-burning fireplaces and 10-foot tall ceilings with original details intact. The entrance to the unit is by private elevator and a spacious storage space comes with the apartment. Harriet Kaufman, Warburg Realty, 212.439.4575

171 West 71st Street, 4C $1,795,000 Meticulously restored by its owners, the 1,375-sqaure-foot unit is in The Dorilton, a building recognized on the National Register of Historical Places. This Edwardian five-room apartment has been returned to its original splendor with beautiful details, hardwood floors and high ceilings throughout. Generously proportioned rooms offer many possibilities for layouts and each room provides natural light exposure. The unit includes marble bath, in-unit washer and dryer and outdoor space. Edith Nanazia, Bond Real Estate, 212.792.9274 James Massenburg, Bond Real Estate 646.666.2249

212 West 85th Street, 4E $1,195,000 This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is exceptionally priced and completely renovated. The pre-war, three-flight walk-up is located close to the subway, restaurants and transportation. It is also very well maintained with extremely low maintenance charges. The apartment includes an in-unit washer and dryer, 9-foot high ceilings, exposed brick walls, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout and a decorative fireplace. The unit is very bright with three exposures from the North, South, and East and is extremely quiet. John Gomes, Eklund-Gomes team at Douglas Elliman, 212.727.6178

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RESIDENCES AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL | $50,000,000 7 rm, 4 br, 5 ba, 1 hlf ba | Web ID: 0017969

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Juliette R. Janssens, 212.606.7670 | Allison B. Koffman, 606.7688

Stanley Ponte, 212.606.4109 | Randall G. Gianopulos, 606.7622

28 E 10TH ST, DEVONSHIRE HOUSE | $2,150,000 3 rm, 1 br, 1 ba | Web ID: 0018758 Gary Kabol, 212.606.7606 | Lisa Maysonet, 212.606.7603

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111 EAST 75TH STREET | $950,000 4 rm, 2 br, 1 ba, 1 hlf ba | Web ID: 0018913 Jeanne H. Bucknam, 212.606.7717

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Scenesters take a stroll in Random Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rain Room at the MoMA PS1 MoMA PS1 Benefit Gala 2013: Anastasia Rogers

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Voyeur — Parties

Let It Rain While it was pouring outside, it was also raining inside at the MoMa’s PS1 benefit gala, where guests enjoyed the sights of Random International’s Rain Room. Honoring David Hammons and Alanna Heiss, the event benefited the museum’s exhibition fund. Klaus Biesenbach, Courtney Love and Cindy Sherman all came to show their support. Clockwise from left: Terence Koh, Jackie Arnett, Tory Burch, Jeff Koons, Dustin Yellin

Target Practice Lauren Bush Lauren celebrated her charity, Feed USA and Target’s collaboration with a dinner party at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Feed and Target joined forces to create a line of products, the proceeds of which will help fight hunger across America. Clockwise from top: Shala Monroque, Lea Michele, Michael Musto, Lynn Yaeger, Mickey Boardman, Mary Alice Stephenson.

Coach hosted a carnivalthemed party on the highline to toast the arrival of summer. Reimagined by event designer extraordinaire Bronson Van Wyck, the Highline was outfitted with dunk tanks, fortune tellers, performers and games. Guests included Katie Holmes, Naomi Watts and Anna Kendrick. Coach announced at the event that it would make a $5 million donation to the Campaign for the High Line.



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Summer in the City

Madonna’s Moment Madonna premiered the film version of her MDNA tour at the Paris Theater with a screening and party at Harlow hosted by the Cinema Society with Dolce & Gabbana and Epix. While crowds gathered outside to get a glimspe of the material girl in the flesh, bold-faced names also came out to get the first look at the movie: John Travolta, Martha Stewart, Will Cotton, Sky Feirerra, Riccardo Tisci and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir were joined by Madonna’s children, Lourdes Leon and Rocco Ritchie. Left to right: Jenna Lyons, Kelly Osbourne, Matthew and Allison Mossheart, Madonna.

AmFAR, the foundation for AIDS research, hosted its fourth annual Inspiration Gala at the Plaza Hotel. This year, the event honored Alan Cumming, Jennifer Lopez and Valentino for their work and commitment to fighting AIDS. The evening included a performance by Carly Rae Jespsen; a men’s fahsion runway show, featuring looks by Thom Browne, Michael Bastian, Band of Outsiders, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Lanvin, amongst others; and live and silent auctions, which helped raise over $1 million for AIDS research. Supporters of the cause at the event included Liza Minelli, Iman, André Leon Talley, Dree Hemingway, Olivier Theyskens and Ireland Baldwin. BFANYC.COM


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Voyeur — Social Calendar

July Midsummer Party July 13th The Parrish Art Museum’s most important fundraising event of the year will include music by David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. This year’s expected attendees include Beth Rudin DeWoody, artists Chuck Close and Josephine Meckseper among other art aficionados.

Shark Attack Sounds July 5th Photographer Ben Watts will host this annual Fourth of July weekend beach bash. The festival-like event (5,000 people attended last year) will feature DJs Chelsea Leyland, Zen Freeman and Carl Kennedy. Last year’s attendees included Charlotte Ronson, Dree Hemingway, Waris Ahluwalia and Jenné Lombardo. 6p.m. Tickets $46. At Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina, 32 Star Island Road, Montauk.

6:30p.m.-1a.m. Tickets start at $1,500. Tickets for dessert and dancing (after 10p.m.): $225. Parrish Art Museum, Herzog and De Meuron Building, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill. 631.283.2118,

Chefs and Champagne July 20th An evening of tastings to benefit the James Beard Foundation. Over 35 chefs will be participating, including Markus Glocker and Michel Richard, who will soon open restaurants Pomme Palais and Villard Michel Richard at The New York Palace. 6-8:30p.m. Tickets start at $275. At Wölffer Estate Vineyards, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, 212.627.2308,

Super Saturday July 27th Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan will host the 16th annual fashionable fundraiser. The daylong event includes a designer garage sale of over 200 labels. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. 12-6p.m. Tickets start at $450 for adults and $150 for children. At Nova’s Ark Project, 60 Millstone Road, Watermill.

6p.m. Tickets: cocktails (from 6-8p.m.) start at $500, dinner starts at $1,000. At The Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Towd Road, Watermill. 212.253.7484, 94

Clockwise from top: Shark Attack Sounds: Alessandra Ambrosio, Maryna Linchuk, Chelsea Leyland with Ben Pundole; The atmosphere at last year's Big Bang: The 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit

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Southhampton summer hospital party photo by Blanche Williamson; Simon Doonan photo by Albert Sanchez; Sienna, 2013 © Chuck Close, Photograph courtesy Magnolia Editions and Pace Gallery

Founder Robert Wilson’s annual benefit will span across eight and a half acres and include installations and performances by participants from the International Summer Program. Proceeds from the event will support The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Programs. Last year’s party goers included, Brendan Fallis, Hannah Bronfman and Michelle Harper.

Shark attack photo and image of red shoes by Billy Farrell/; star image by the watermill summer center program

Devil’s Heaven: 20th Annual Summer Benefit July 27th

August 55th Annual Summer Party August 3rd “Forward to the Future” will be emceed by Chuck Scarborough and feature music by the Alex Donner Orchestra. The evening will benefit Southampton Hospital’s Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department and the new Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center.

Fashion Insiders with Fern Mallis August 4th Fern Mallis will interview Simon Doonan, the Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York. Doonan is also an author, fashion commentator and writer for various publications including The New York Observer.

6:30-11p.m. Tickets start at $750. At Art Southampton Pavilion, Elks Grounds, 605 County Road 39, Southampton, 631.726.8700,

11a.m. Tickets start at $15. At Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. 631.324.0806,

Let’s Misbehave August 10th Love Heals’ 17th annual summer Hamptons benefit will include supper and dancing in the vineyard. The organization’s committee chairs include Hilary Rhoda, Alina Cho, Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir.

Southhampton summer hospital party photo by Blanche Williamson; Simon Doonan photo by Albert Sanchez; Sienna, 2013 © Chuck Close, Photograph courtesy Magnolia Editions and Pace Gallery

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7-11p.m. Tickets start at $500. At Wölffer Estate Vineyards, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack.

Clockwise from top: Under the tents at last year's Southampton Hospital's Summer Party; Simon Doonan; Sienna, 2013 by Chuck Close

Summer Gala: Celebrating The Chuck Close Exhibition August 9th

65th Annual Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game August 17th This annual fundraiser, with alums including Alec Baldwin and Bill Clinton, raises money for East End Hospice, East Hampton Day Care Learning Center, Phoenix House of Long Island and The Retreat. This year’s players will include Carl Bernstein and Matt Lauer. 2p.m. At Herrick Park, East Hampton.

The Hamptons Party for Pink August 17th

The event will include a tented sit down dinner, dancing, a live art auction and a preview of the Chuck Close: Recent Works exhibition feauturing over 20 new works at Guild Hall.

A cocktail reception will follow the morning’s paddleboard races at Havens Beach, Sag Harbor. The two events will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer.

5-11p.m. Tickets start at $500 for cocktails and $1,200 for dinner. At the estate of Louise and Leonard Riggio in Bridgehampton. 631.324.0806,

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Ask Annelise summer 2013

Dear Annelise, My fiancée is terrified of the sun. At the beach, she hides under a straw hat with tons of SPF 1000 slathered all over her face. She won’t go near the ocean or even walk on the beach. Her fear of aging (she is 23) makes her very anti-social. My friends and their wives and girlfriends all play volleyball, swim, and generally enjoy the beach while my fiancée does nothing but complain about how dangerous UV rays are. How can I convince her that the beach is fun?

Dear Engaged and Restless, If you really enjoy the beach as much as you say you do, you may have to leave your ivory princess to hide in her covered castle. You cannot fault her for wanting to take care of her skin. She is entitled to her no solar policy. Although it is a shame that you cannot enjoy the summer sand ensemble, there are plenty of other things that the two of you can do as a couple out East. Focus on the activities that work. Those same girls who rock a beach volleyball bikini may refuse to ski in the winter, hit a treadmill at Barry’s, or clip-in at SoulCycle —all things that you and your fiancée excel at! Not all activities have to include the beach in order for you to play well in the sandbox of happily-ever-after.

Dear Annelise, My boyfriend and I rented a house in Southampton for the summer together and I just found out he can’t drive and doesn’t have a license! He says he grew up in New York and never had to deal with cars. Well, I am a great driver—I mean, I was raised in Los Angeles. But it is becoming a drag to haul him around the Hamptons, especially when he gets tipsy at every party and I am forced to be the designated driver. Should I make him get a license? Pay for a car and driver all summer? I am fed-up!

Dear Designated Driver, Sounds like you forgot to ask a few critical questions before committing to a summer share with your unlicensed live-in. Although I can imagine the frustration of having to haul your hunny around the Hamptons, I do not think it is worth fighting about at this point. Remember, you get more with honey than you do with vinegar—and men don’t respond well to ultimatums. Perhaps you can use subtle hints to suggest driving school as part of his Spring 2014 repertoire. For example, book your favorite restaurant for dinner. If he prefers Nick & Tony’s to Tutto Il Giorno—you are ecstatic! That means date night for the two of you and a car service to compliment the new reservation for his Southampton princess, no? Fly Wheel when you prefer Soul Cycle? Sag Harbor versus the Barns in Bridge means a few more miles as his chic chauffeur. Again, you are delighted to accommodate as the two of you can go health food shopping at Provisions immediately following and enjoy a smoothie for lunch as a reward for your extra effort! (I am assuming he’s like most men and prefers a hearty sandwich to green love.) If you leverage your power over the accelerator, you may get your point across more effectively than slamming your foot on the brake. And next time, do your due diligence. Please make sure he has a passport before booking a trip to Bermuda.

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SCENE Magazine Summer 2013  

John Legend covers the 2013 summer issue of SCENE Magazine

SCENE Magazine Summer 2013  

John Legend covers the 2013 summer issue of SCENE Magazine