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Anything Goes Jan31

Anything Goes

Set aboard a 1930s ocean liner, Anything Goes is Cole Porter’s masterpiece – a super fun romp of a musical, starring Tony Award winners Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. I’ve been dying to see this show for months, and finally have tickets for tomorrow night. Sutton Foster is positively divine in everything that she does, and her performance as the fabulous Reno Sweeney is no exception. In preparation for tomorrow, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack. Here’s a little taste… 11 – Anything Goes Anything Goes took home three Tony Awards this past June – winning Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, and Best Actress in a Musical for Foster. Check out this video of their awards show performance of the title song –...

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Carmen Dell’ Orefice Nov02

Carmen Dell’ Orefice

Before there was Linda, Naomi or Gisele, there was Carmen. She graced the cover of Vogue 6 times, appeared in countless beauty campaigns, and was photographed by many of the greats – including Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Norman Parkinson, and Lillian Bassman. The veteran model and style icon celebrated her 80th birthday this past June, and as an octogenarian, continues to maintain a hectic modeling schedule. She regularly appears in pictorials, and ad campaigns, and even walks the occasional runway (as she did for Adrienne Vittadini earlier this year). And dare I say that she is more beautiful now than ever before! I’ve seen Carmen Dell’Orefice around town on a few occasions, and I truly cannot think of a more exquisite woman in all of New York. Her beauty and grace are absolutely arresting. With her shock of white hair, and those incredible cheekbones, she reminds me of a fairy tale queen – but one with a sense of humor. A few years ago Ms. Dell’Orefice told The Telegraph, “How many other ladies … can say that the snapshot on their senior citizen’s card was taken by Norman Parkinson?” Recently Carmen shot this short video / commercial for El Palacio de Hierro, an upscale chain of department stores in Mexico. The name of the video is “Plenitud” – which translates to “the prime of life”. How apropos for a woman who, 67 years into her career is still going stronger than ever!   Enjoy these simply stunning photographs (from past and present), as well as some fabulous illustrations from David Downton…                                                      ...

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Straight Sets Serena Sep04

Straight Sets Serena

There was a time when either Venus or Serena Williams won nearly every Grand Slam tennis tournament. In recent years though, the talented sisters have seemed to be unfocused and more interested in other pursuits. No one can argue that when the sisters are both focused and healthy, they are pretty much unstoppable! Last week Venus withdrew from the US Open, citing a recent diagnosis with an autoimmune disease known as Sjögren’s syndrome. Serena, though, has been in top form over the past week – and has seemingly breezed into the fourth round of the tournament. In fact, it wasn’t until the second set of yesterday’s match against Victoria Azarenka, that Serena really had to work at all. In the first round of the tournament, Serena took down Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 6-1. Two days later she wiped the floor with the Netherlands’ Michaella Krajicek 6-0, 6-1. And yesterday afternoon she beat the Belarusian Azarenka 6-1, 7-6. When she’s on, she’s on! Here are some photos of Serena from the first week of the US Open.                                       Photos via...

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Wonderful Roger Sep03

Wonderful Roger

Once a year, during the two weeks that straddle Labor Day, New York plays host to the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year – the US Open. First played on the grass courts of tony Newport, Rhode Island, the tournament is now played on the hardcourts of Flushing Meadows in Queens. We look forwarding to visiting the US Open each year, and this year plan to spend our Labor Day there. On the men’s side, so much of the buzz has been surrounding current number one, Novak Djokovic – but for me, the buzz will always be about Roger Federer. Earlier today he cruised through to the fourth round, and looked every bit the gentleman and master that he is. In the first round of this year’s Open, Roger took down Colombian, Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Next he ousted Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. This afternoon, in the third round of the tournament, he downed Croatian, Marin Cilic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Here are some photos of La Roger from the first week of the 2011 US Open.                                                 Photos via...

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Book of Mormon Aug03

Book of Mormon

This past Saturday we were fortunate to have caught a performance of what is easily the hottest ticket in all of New York – The Book of Mormon. It has been sold out since it opened this past Spring, and following its massive success at the Tony Awards (where it won 9 awards, including Best Musical) it has been the absolute talk of the town. South Park’s Trey Park and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez (of Avenue Q fame) to create this original new musical – a deliciously salty, religious satire about a group of young Mormon missionaries who travel to a remote village in Uganda. It’s heart warming, super smart, and rip-roaringly hilarious! Run don’t walk! Here’s a little taste of the fantastic soundtrack – which is insanely catchy, and available here. Book of Mormon –...

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War Horse Jul26

War Horse

Set during World War I, and based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the story of a British boy, Albert, and the extraordinary bond that he shares with his horse, Joey. When Britain goes to war, Joey is sold to the calvary. Distraught, and determined to save his horse, Albert enlists in the army – and begins the treacherous journey to find Joey and to bring him home. War Horse is nothing short of remarkable – from the drama and heartache, to the magnificent staging and haunting score. What is most astonishing about this play, however, are the horse puppets – created by South Africa’s venerable Handspring Puppet Company. To say that this play has been a huge success would be an understatement. Since its 2007 London premiere, War Horse has received numerous accolades – including 5 Tony Awards at last month’s awards show (including the Tony Award for Best Play). Hollywood also took notice of this special story, and a Steven Spielberg directed film version will open later this year. Check out the trailer here. War Horse – Only Remembered...

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Daphne Guinness Jun05

Daphne Guinness

Dinner at the Waverly Inn always includes a covert game of I Spy. On any given night you might see Madonna, Gwyneth, or quite possibly Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Last week we were there with friends, and as one extraordinary creature passed by us, my friend Thomas turned to me and said “WHO is that?” He knew that he had spotted someone, he just wasn’t sure who. The extraordinary creature, that someone, a blur of sparkles and signature sky-high Noritaka Tatehana shoes, was Daphne Guinness. Before there was Gaga, there was Guinness – and Daphne is an absolute legend in fashion circles, an icon among icons. As a member of the prominent Guinness clan, and a granddaughter of Diana Mitford, she has an almost preternatural fierceness and a beauty that is otherworldly. The artist-heiress has a habit of making fashion headlines – most recently when she dressed for the Costume Institute gala, in the window of Barneys New York. Daphne was a close friend of both Alexander McQueen, and Isabella Blow – so I have no doubt that the past couple of years have been difficult, to say the least. Last year Ms. Guinness swooped in, and bought / saved the entirety of Blow’s wardrobe – putting a halt to the Christie’s auction that had been previously planned. A beautifully written essay, her explanation of the Isabella Blow saga, appeared in the Financial Times last July – and it is most insightful. While Daphne has not decided exactly how to showcase the Blow collection, she is currently working with Valerie Steele – on an exhibition that will showcase pieces from her own, cavernous wardrobe. The show opens at the FIT museum in September, and is said to include pieces from the likes of McQueen, Balenciaga, Azzedine Alaïa,...

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Go Roger! Jun03

Go Roger!

It’s the start of the championship weekend at Roland Garros (The French Open), and while things have played out in weird and interesting ways on the women’s side of the tournament, the top men have been outstanding. Today marked the men’s semi-finals – with Rafael Nadal taking down Andy Murray in straight sets, and Roger Federer defeating Novak Djokovic in a positively epic match. In winning today’s match, Roger put an end to Novak’s perfect season – a 41 match winning streak. Had Djokovic been victorious, he would also have taken the number one ranking from Nadal. Many agree that Roger Federer is the greatest player in the history of the sport, but for the past year, so many of the commentators and experts have started to put nails in his coffin. At twenty-nine years old, he’s hardly a grandpa – although he is five / six years older than the other top men. If anything, his confidence has seemed to be a bit shaky recently – but he has certainly been in top shape for the past two weeks. And today was classic Roger!                           Photos via Roland...

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Giselle May30

Giselle

In the world of ballet, the role of Giselle is perhaps the most coveted. It’s a role that requires both technical and dramatic genius – not to mention one that has been danced by the likes of Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, Margot Fonteyn, and Gelsey Kirkland, to name a few. Needless to say, it takes a special ballerina to step into those pointe shoes. On Friday night we saw the current American Ballet Theatre production of Giselle, and with Diana Vishneva (of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet) in the title role, it was an extraordinary experience! Of the handful of truly exceptional ballerinas – those whose sophisticated technique set them apart, Vishneva is a true star – and her Giselle, the most revered. In a review from last year, The Washington Post said “But ask me to break down what exactly Vishneva does to bring that about, dancing the same steps thousands of ballerinas have danced before her, and I’m at a loss. Better to ask by what measure of glue, wood and design a Stradivarius gets its tone, or how that famous blue of Chartres’ stained-glass windows can spill out such transcendent light. I can point only to Vishneva’s obvious talents: her platinum technique, the balances that lift and lift, the turns that spin effortlessly out of thin air…” American Ballet Theatre’s Giselle continues in repertory through Thursday, with Diana Vishneva dancing again on the closing night. If you’re in New York, and have the inclination and the opportunity, I highly recommend trying to pick up tickets for the Thursday performance! Diana Vishneva (Giselle) & Marcelo Gomes (Count Albrecht)   Diana Vishneva dances Giselle   Diana Vishneva (Giselle) & Marcelo Gomes (Count Albrecht)   Diana Vishneva (Giselle) & Marcelo Gomes (Count Albrecht)   Diana Vishneva (Giselle) &...

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Roland Garros May25

Roland Garros

When it comes to sports like football and basketball, I really couldn’t care less – but give me a tennis match to watch, and I’m positively glued to the television. For tennis fans, the summer schedule is particularly busy, and the start is always marked by Roland Garros (The French Open). It’s actually my least favorite of the four Grand Slam tournaments, but I think that’s just because of the clay courts. The red clay is so beautiful in these photos, but it gets all over the players – especially when they roll around in it (à la Rafael Nadal). Is it too much to ask that things be kept neat and tidy? Say what you will about Nadal, but with five Roland Garros titles, he is the undeniable king of clay! He’s also the current world number one, and as always, is favored to win this tournament. Like any Grand Slam, play is scheduled over a fortnight – and today was just the fourth day of play. Things have been progressing smoothly on the men’s side, with the usual cast of characters dominating in these early rounds. In order for Nadal to win his 6th French title (which would tie him with Björn Borg for open era wins), he needs to get past quite a few exceptional players – including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. Aside from his 2009 win, Roger Federer has never really felt at home on clay – but as the all-time greatest in the sport, he is always a formidable opponent. Andy Murray is currently the world number four, and could be poised to finally break through, and get a Grand Slam title – but the talk of this tournament seems to be Novak Djokovic. If he makes it...

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