By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
The Society Literary Salon
The Society Literary Salon featuring Vogue contributor/Huffington Post columnist and author Lesley Blume’s latest book Let’s Bring Back took place at the library of the Soho House last Thursday, to celebrate the book launch. Blume’s most recent work presents “a sophisticated, stylish cultural encyclopedia of nostalgia celebrating forgotten objects, curiosities, pastimes, fashions, words, landmarks, and personae from bygone eras.” Read the rest here »
by: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
There are kick-offs and there are kick-off bashes, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, a.k.a. MOCA, knows a thing or two about the latter. Although the big event is less than 3 weeks away, MOCA threw a preview for its upcoming “Surf’s Up!” gala just last week at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club for 400 guests. The party featured free flowing Grey Goose cocktails, beach grub, dance music and discounted tickets to the gala to be held on February 19th. The gala is a bargain, at only $150 per ticket. As anyone who’s been to a MOCA Bash will attest, this is one of the highlights of the social season every year, as the museum is transformed to fit the theme- a casino one year, a bohemian pad another, a Bollywood stage set another- and the artsy guests dress to fit the theme. Read the rest here »
By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore and Maryanne Salvat
Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour and Coral Gables joined forces on Thursday, January 20 to host iconic designer and philanthropist Donna Karan, who celebrates 25 years in the fashion industry this year. Over 150 guests gathered at the Coral Gables location for this highly anticipated event, as the Donna Karan Spring 2011 Collection was showcased, with each piece being described and highlighted by Karan and Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing. The entire Fine Apparel area of the store was transformed into a runway set-up, complete with a built-in Donna Karan shop featuring the latest pieces. Karan, ever the picture of coolness, fresh from a trip to Australia where she broke her arm, donned a stylish black leather cast lined with cashmere, yoga pants, a bathing suit, stunning scarf, leather beaded necklace and Lanvin flats.
As gazelle-like models sashayed down the runway in beautiful nude silhouettes and body revealing drapings in beige and tan, Karan spoke to clients about her inspiration for the spring collection. During the intimate presentation, she mentioned that her father was a custom tailor and so she has that in her blood- her reason behind starting every collection with a perfect jacket. Karan commented how the fabric has a way of speaking to her and how a tailored look should compliment a woman’s figure. Soft neutrals, muslin, and silk creations inspired by natural elements that transcend from day to evening were featured throughout the collection, which is about “laying down and being the woman that you are, celebrating femininity and sensuality” she explained. The much sought-after red carpet styles are intended to be naturally comfortable without sacrificing glamour and elegance.
Karan spent quite a bit of time discussing her global initiatives, including Urban Zen, which was inspired by her late husband’s struggle with lung cancer. “I’ve spent years dressing people on the outside, I want to dress people inside.” In her intimate and moving conversation with the audience, Karan spoke about the current voids in health care and education. She explained that Urban Zen seeks to create calm in chaos and that more care needs to be given to the nurses. “Nursing is everything we are…as women, as mothers.” She went on to say that people care for disease not patients and that we must look to cultures and wisdom all over the world to make changes in health care and education. A basic tenet of Urban Zen is that when you buy a dress- you help all of the people involved in its creation-it is much deeper than just fashion but an understanding of what clothing means- the preservation of cultures- artisans -working
with hands- indigenous cultures, all of which lead to empowerment. “The goal is to collaborate, communicate and empower.”
Following the fashion presentation, fashion aficionados swarmed the runway to snap shots and meet the designer. Throughout the afternoon guests were treated to a champagne reception and scrumptious lunch bites by Thierry’s Catering, while continuing to shop and mingle. Guests included Sue Miller, Mari Alarcon, Alexia Echevarria, Annelies de Costa Gomez, Yolanda Berkowitz, Debra Scholl, Andria Holtz, Elena Baronoff, Terry Jove, Fernanda Cisneros, and Cheryl Stephenson.
**photo credit: Manny Hernandez
“Cosmic Island” Exhibition at the Copper Gallery
On Friday, January 28, join Copper Gallery for a intimate and unique first look at Adrian Pelligrini‘s “Cosmic Island” Exhibition. The Opening Reception/Launch will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at this exceptional new gallery, one of Miami’s most distinctive and promising new destinations for appreciating art and life. The event organized by gallery director, Geo Darder, will feature enticing food, drinks, and wonderful company. To R.S.V.P. call 305.891.8293 or email GeoDarder@aol.com. Copper Gallery is located at 13151 West Dixie Highway in North Miami.
A TREEHOUSE For Grownups
TREEHOUSE, a new Miami Beach nightclub, will celebrate its debut with a grand opening reception on Friday, January 28, 2011, 10 p.m. to midnight, featuring complimentary cocktails and music by DJ Troy Kurtz and Canadian DJ duo Ess & Emm. The warm and welcoming indoor/outdoor space will be an adult playground-of-sorts designed and owned by nightlife purveyor Jeremy Waks. Positioned at 323 23rd Street in South Beach, TREEHOUSE is smartly located among a bevy of hotels and clubs nearby such as The W, Gansevoort Miami Beach, and the Setai Hotel. To RSVP for TREEHOUSE’s soft opening reception, please email email@example.com. For more information visit www.treehousemiami.com or call 305.674.4478.
Miami Beach Clean Up
Vice Mayor Michael Góngora will be hosting a South Beach Clean Up on Saturday, January 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. As the founder of Miami Beach’s first Green Sustainability Committee, Commissioner Góngora makes environmental issues his top priority. “We are excited to be hosting a second beach clean-up. I urge you to bring your family and friends and help your community by participating in this event,” states Vice Mayor Góngora. Other organizations involved include ECOMB, Friends of South Pointe Elementary, Miami Beach Police Department, Opium Group, SofiK9, SOFNA Parents and Surfrider Foundation. The meeting point for the volunteers is at 3:00pm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park (2nd and Ocean Drive). The Opium Group will be hosting an afterparty for volunteers at Cameo located at 1445 Washington Ave from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. following the cleanup. For more information and to RSVP please contact Diana Fontani at 305.673.7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New World Symphony Grand Opening Gala
What’s sure to be one of the biggest events of the year takes place this Saturday, January 29, as the New World Symphony’s Grand Opening Gala celebrates the first black tie event in the New World Symphony’s Frank Gehry-designed campus (500 17 Street, Miami Beach). The opening gala will unlock this ginormous music box for its supporters, art and music lovers, business leaders and cultural dignitaries. The gala will begin with cocktails, then New World Symphony Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas will present a multi media concert, featuring the world premiere of stunning video art complementing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, followed by cocktails amid Gehry’s soaring shapes and then dinner under the stars on the Mary and Howard Frank Plaza and a late night after party and performance by Broadway star Audra McDonald. Gala guests will also take home custom-made Baccarat etched crystal gifts (valued at over $230). While the ticket prices are steep: single tickets cost $10,000 and tables go for $100,000, the gala’s net goal, which is set at $1.5 million will go towards the underwriting of NWS fellowships and community engagement programs, bringing free performances and music lessons to schools, retirement homes and hospitals. The gala committee has already raised $2 million for the community engagement programming. For more information, contact Rebecca Mandelman at 305-428-6733.
Late Night Breakfast Cravings at Vinyl & Kai Gastropub
Vinyl & Kai Gastropub & Rock Spot is bringing after hours back to South Beach. The Breakfast Club, taking place every Saturday from 3 a.m. to at least 9a.m., will offer a special breakfast menu along with a full liquor bar. The “early bird” feasting will be hosted by South Beach Legend — Adora and Newcomer Bird Sanchez. Chucky Brown makes his return to Miami, and will be the resident DJ for this weekly event spinning an eclectic mix, of electro, indie rock, house classics and a little hip-hop. Vinyl and Kai is located at 1131 Washington Avenue for more information visit www.vinylkai.com.
Starfest Worldwide, Duane Starks (NFL), singers Black Dada and Qwote along with DJ T-Vice hosted a remembrance event last Wednesday, January 12th, at the Raleigh Hotel for the one year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. A moment of silence was immediately followed by a screening of footage shot live from one year ago-as the earthquake was occuring.
On Thursday night, Lenny Kravitz and a lady friend dined at hotspot Zuma Miami where Lenny enjoyed the Wagyu Beef. He also took shots of DeLeon Tequila.
Gabrielle Anwar was the hostess for the International Polo Club in Palm Beach. Anwar was accompanied by Shareef Malnik, and kicked thing off by doing the coin toss.
NFL football player, Jeremy Shockey, played mixologist with a bottle of Corzo tequila in-hand at Tommy Pooch and Alan Roth’s table at Delano during TAI Entertainment’s Tuesday night party.