Friday, December 14, 2007

Office Party Season

Thursday 13th - Thursday 20th December 2007

The office party season kicked off it's Christmas countdown for me on Dec 13th with the Starworks ( my PR company) Christmas dinner at the Little Inn on W12th, followed the next week by the Createthe ( responsible for my website) Christmas do at Soho House, then back the Little Inn on W 12th on Thursday 20th for the Lipman party. What a blur...

Jauretsi at the Starworks party. What an enviously little waist!

Me with the mastermind couple behind Starworks, Alana Varel and James Grant.

Lovely Leigh Lezark

Melissa Lun and Kate Bartle from Starworks; Eskimo kissing I think.

Paud and Lyle Maltz, (wearing one of of my cashmere chequerboard scarves!)

Kelly Penford, cheeky chappy.

Amir Zia and Tony King from Createthe at his party.

A hot chick from Createthe and Kevin Robinson from Kevin Krier.

Amir, Drew Cramer and James Gardner, the other host.

DJ Honey Dijon doing her thing

David Lipman trying his hardest not to notice the burlesque stripper next to him at his Christmas party.

Quynh Mai from Lipman and her photographer boyfriend Nick Heavican.

Milana Lipman, Amir and her friend from school.Too cute.

The world record holding sword swallower , who after stealing my champagne whilst talking to me in a thick Turkish accent, turned out to be from exotic Bromley in Kent.

Mark Meyer, me and Jack Flannagan

Amir with the gorgeous Tina Lipman.

Miami Art Basel

I was there from Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th December 2007.

Along with friends James Gardner, Drew Cramer and Massimo Cuviello, I went to Miami Art Basel for a few days and nights of sun, sand and art along with half of New York. And the fun!So much to do and see in such a small time, here are my highlights....

Outside the Bridge art fair.

Art writer Nev Wakefield with girlfriend Lisa at the Tokion party at the Standard on Thursday night.

Emma Snowdon-Jones looking sultry at the Standard.

PR girl Jen Talbott, Mark Meyer from Lipman and David Gruning from Swarovski, not looking sultry all.

Maya Camin with new friend.

Later that evening was the Agent Provocateur party at Lenny Kravitz's new Florida Room lounge in the Delano. London nightclub legend Phil Dirtbox with Agent Provocateur's Joe Corre.

Phil double fisting before his performance.

The Paper magazine tent outside the Raleigh.Here are some celebrity portraits by the Creative Growth Art Center curated by Cheryl Dunn.

Balloon art.

Massimo, myself and James at the Raleigh.

On Friday we had lunch with the godfather of modern skateboarding Tony Alva and his girl Katy Rodriguez from the vintage treasure trove Resurrection.That evening Tony performed at Art Positions with some local skate kids and Assume Vivid Astro Focus created the sounds and visions revolving around the 70 ft skate ramp.
Tony Alva in action.

Tony up close with the kids.

Jessica Joffee with British gallery owner Chris Taylor of Museum 52.

Mandie Erickson poolside after dark.

The Purple party at Le Baron.Stylist Haydee Finley Levin manages to keep her lippy on!

My New York girlfriends hit the dance floor. Graphic designer whizz Prim Chuensumran and stylist Susan Joy.

Me with James Kaliardos from Visionaire.

The ever glamourous Mandy Brooks from the Soho Grand.

Assume Vivid Astro Focus at Le Baron.

Purple's Olivier Zahm.

The lovely Rebecca Guinness, my partner in crime for the night, with London art boy Elliot McDonald.

Swimming at sunrise with Rebecca and co.

That night was the Accompanied Literary Society and Swarovski's party for the launch of the book "The Worth of Art" published by Assouline at the Raleigh.There was dinner and a panel discussion which was then followed by an afterparty, phew!
NY artist Drew Cramer with one of the back-up singers from the Voluptous Horror of Karen Black.

Tamsin Lonsdale from the Supper Club, me and David Gruning.

Leigh Lezark DJ-ing at the Raleigh with the MisShapes.

Getting blown away on the roof, Massimo, me and James.

Twin cheerleaders wearing matching tracksuits and turquoise glitter eyeliner having Sunday brunch at the diner. Miami!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Nights at Norwood

Friday 30th November and Monday 3rd December 2007

The new members-only arts club, Norwood House on W14th Street has rapidly become my favourite new hang-out. The landmark 4-story mansion, built in 1845, still maintains many of it's original features,but has been re-decorated and designed exquisitely by Simon Costin.I had a couple of really good fun nights there this week, entertaining friends who were in town was the excuse!

Paud Roche and me at Kevin Carrigan's boyfriend's birthday party ( photo by Mark Borthwick!)

My friends Patrick Grant from Saville Row tailors Norton and Sons with British designer James Abbott over from LA.

Photographer Mark Borthwick and Zero designer Maria Cornejo.

A few days later my old friend Amie Witton, London PR girl, was over with new hot shoe designer Jonathan Kelsey. We had dinner in the Norwood restaurant, and James Gardner showed us his napkin folding party trick.....
Me, James Gardner from Createthe, Jonathan Kelsey, Kristen Alexander and Amie Witton-Wallace.

Kristen and Amie paying attention to the folding technique.

Things then went a bit awol with over excitement, and we all ended up at the Beatrice Inn close by.
Kristen, Amie and me.

Oh look natural boys. Kristian Laliberte, James and Jonathan at Beatrice.

Derek Blasberg and Lyle Maltz from Starworks.