An eclectic array of celebs and socials came to honor legendary photographer Gordon Parks. The Plaza Hotel’s soaring Grand Ballroom hosted the annual benefit organized by The Gordon Parks Foundation where everyone from Calvin Klein to Olivier Theyskens to Anderson Cooper, with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt in tow, and even Swizz Beatz came together to Read More
World Humanitarian Day
“Who doesn’t love World Humanitarian Day?” actress Julia Stiles asked rhetorically as we rubbed shoulders with VIPs in a roped-off, sequestered area of the United Nations. (Though it’s not as if there is some area of the UN that is not sequestered or roped-off.) We were mingling in the small atrium before being filed in to the General Assembly, where we were to watch none other than Beyoncé perform and shoot a video for her song, “I Was Here,” the official song for WHDay, August 19th.
Ms. Stiles told us that she and her friend had plans to celebrate the important day in their own way.
We strolled into the Museum of Modern Art last Tuesday, for a gala honoring the centennial of the birth of the renowned photojournalist Gordon Parks, who passed away at 93 in 2006.
A quick nod to the door guy, and then promptly to the bar. Still off the sauce, we grabbed a seltzer and turned around to survey the scene, only to be immediately interrupted by a bronzed figure that had surveyed our less than macho bar order. “Did you just order a sparkling water, m’boy?” photographer Peter Beard asked us.
“Regrettably so,” we admitted to the man whose legendary life-long bender makes Bowie’s Thin White Duke phase look like rehab.
As Seen in SCENE
It’s our big launch party for SCENE and Desmond’s, the chic spot on the Upper East Side that feels part Brit private club, part downtown lounge, is packed with PYTs like Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Dani Stahl, June Ambrose, David Lipke, Charlotte Ronson, Ali Wise, Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict, Anh Duong, Page Six’s Emily Smith and Erika Bearman(aka the prolific and much-followed Tweeter, “OscarPRGirl”) to name just a few.
Hot on the heels of the Oscars, the bon mots are all about the best-dressed, and really, this crew is a little better equipped to judge the sartorial prowess of Hollywood stars than say, Giuliana Rancic. Stacy Keibler‘s gold Marchesa? “A little too Oscar,” observes Bearman, and she wasn’t referring to her own boss, Mr. Oscar de la Renta.
Stand For The Silent
Celebs from Russell Simmons (in trademark Yankees cap, clutching a plastic bottle filled with healthful-looking green juice), Michelle Trachtenberg, and Carson Kressley to David LaChapelle, Andre Leon Talley and Rachel Roy turned out in droves for a Crosby Street Hotel screening of the hotly anticipated Lee Hirsch-directed documentary “Bully.”
Hosted by The Weinstein Company and Bing with Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa, the screening left a powerful impression on many in the all-star audience. Sitting in the safe space of a boutique hotel’s screening room, dressed to the nines while watching kids in the heartland suffer for the very uniqueness that might make them popular in a place like New York, was a bit jarring.