The Posse Foundation held its 2016 Spring Gala, entitled “An Evening of Stars,” on Wednesday, May 25th at 6:30 PM at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street. Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. The Gala was Emceed by Harry Smith, Correspondent, NBC News with a special Performance by Trevor Noah, Comedian, Actor and Host, The Daily Show. 

Posse Star Honorees:
·        Rana Abdelhamid, Middlebury College Posse Alumna; CEO, Women’s Initiative For Self Empowerment
·        Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte LLP
·        Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, President, Kalamazoo College
·        Susan Winokur, Chef and Founder, Class Cooking
·        Bart Winokur, Former Chairman and CEO, Dechert LLP; Trustee, Cornell University; Trustee and former Chair, Brandeis University

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Be on the lookout for our full coverage of the enchanting evening at Cipriani Wall Street. For more information about The Posse Foundation click here.

New York was the first city in America to host Le Dîner en Blanc. The legendary French-inspired secret pop-up dinner party is among the most coveted events of the year, bringing together food lovers, cultural enthusiasts, and fashionistas. On August 22nd, 2017 over 5,000 people dressed in elegant head-to-toe white will descend upon a secret outdoor location in the city that is revealed at the last minute – last summer 45,000 people were on the wait list.


​Members (those who are  registered and have attended in previous years) of last year’s event will automatically receive an invitation to attend this year's event and will have the privilege of registering in Phase 1 set for Tuesday, August 8th. Please note that your guest from last year is not a member, so if he/she is not accompanying you this year, you have the option to sponsor him/her, or another friend or family member, so they will be invited during Phase 2 (Sponsored friends from Phase 1 Members).


To get a sense of the incredible visuals and how the evening unfolds, here’s the official 2016 Dîner en Blanc New York video:















Guests bring their own gourmet picnic, fine china and silverware, white table settings, white tables and chairs. Once all 5,000 guests are seated, at approximately 7 PM they will wave their white linen napkins in the air to signal the beginning of the dinner festivities. Visuals include all-white fashion ensembles , with a few masks, angel wings, Marie Antoinette wigs and white headpieces thrown in to spice things up; sumptuous food; and elaborate decorative table settings like caged white doves as a centerpiece, candelabras and  flowers. There is entertainment and dancing once dinner concludes.

Dîner en Blanc will be hosted on a secret landmark outdoor public site in New York where diners can “see and be seen.” Groups of several hundred people first gather at 24 meeting points across the city and are guided by local volunteers, either on foot or by other organized means of transportation, to the location, which remains secret until minutes before the event is slated to start.  

Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this magical event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces. Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in 79 cities in 28 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.

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THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS 2018 AWARDS Rita Ora, Naomi Campbell, Nina Dobrev, Morena Baccarin and Josephine Skriver Feted the Year’s Top Fragrances


The 2018 winners of The Fragrance Foundation Awards were announced last night at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The iconic, star-studded event, hosted by award-winning actress Jane Krakowski, celebrated fragrance at its finest and paid tribute to legends of the fragrance world.


“Tonight’s winners, finalists and honorees represent the very best of the fragrance industry,” said Linda G. Levy, president of The Fragrance Foundation. “They bring to life the artistry and passion that makes fragrance so transformative and inspiring.”


In total, nineteen winning fragrances were announced, showcasing the richness and diversity of today’s fragrance industry. Winners represented the best in women’s, men’s, home and bath & body fragrance.


Ann Gottlieb, celebrated perfume strategist and founder of her eponymous consultancy, became a Hall of Fame honoree. “To receive this award recognizing my contributions to the world of fragrance is a validation of my work and is absolutely thrilling,” said Ms. Gottlieb. “I’m truly honored and poised to continue for the next 50 years!”


Firmenich Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Perfumer Award. “To start from scratch and have maybe the highest award that one can receive is really incredible,” said Mr. Cresp. “It’s something I never expected and I’m very honored.” Frédéric Malle, known for his groundbreaking Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, received the Foundation’s Game Changer Award, which was presented by the incomparable Leonard Lauder.


“This recognition is like an Oscar for your career, so it’s humbling,” said Mr. Malle. “Since my mother and her father both worked in the industry, this award is very moving for me. It’s like an accolade from someone very close to me recognizing that I maybe contributed something too.”


Other awards presenters and attendees included, models Chanel Iman, Hari Nef and, stylist Olivia Palermo, actors Ben McKenzie and Rick Gonzalez, designers John Varvatos and Jason Wu, dancer Derek Hough, Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles, ELLE Magazine Editor in Chief Nina Garcia, founder and CEO of Glossier Emily Weiss, founder of Huda Beauty Mona Kattan and more.


The winners of The Fragrance Foundation 2018 Awards are: 


THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION 2018 AWARD WINNERS FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR:

WOMEN’S LUXURY TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty; Givaudan; Perfumer: Shyamala Maisondieu

WOMEN’S PRESTIGE GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.; Firmenich; Perfumer: Alberto Morillas

MEN’S LUXURY TOM FORD OUD MINÉRALE – Tom Ford Beauty; Givaudan; Perfumer: Shyamala Maisondieu

MEN’S PRESTIGE Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté; IFF; Perfumer: Dominique Ropion

POPULAR GLOSSIER YOU – Glossier Inc.; Firmenich; Perfumers: Frank Voelkl and Dora Baghriche


PERFUME EXTRAORDINAIRE OF THE YEAR

ROBERTET – Atelier Cologne Café Tuberosa; Perfumers: Jerome Epinette and Sylvie Ganter


BREAKOUT STAR

MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK – Maison Margiela Fragrances; Firmenich; Perfumers: Jacques Cavallier Belletrud and Marie Salamagne


INDIE FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR

MAISON TRUDON PARFUM BRUMA; Takasago; Perfumer: Antoine Lie


PACKAGING OF THE YEAR:

WOMEN’S: CAROLINA HERRERA GOOD GIRL – PUIG Packaging & Bottle Designer: Carolina Herrera de Baez

MEN’S: JOHN VARVATOS ARTISAN PURE – Revlon Package & Bottle Designer: John Varvatos & Paul McLaughlin


MEDIA CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR:

WOMEN’S GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.

MEN’S ETERNITY CALVIN KLEIN – Coty, Inc.


HOME COLLECTION OF THE YEAR DIPTYQUE 34 BOULEVARD SAINT GERMAIN – diptyque Paris; Givaudan; Perfumer: Olivier Pescheux


BATH & BODY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR AROMATHERAPY COLLECTION FROM BATH & BODY WORKS – Bath & Body Works; Givaudan and Firmenich; Perfumers: Michael Carby, John Gamba, Adriana Medina, Caroline Sabas and Harry Fremont


HOME HOLIDAY/ SEASONAL FRAGRANCE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR DIPTYQUE LES CONSTELLATIONS – diptyque Paris; Givaudan; Perfumer: Olivier Pescheux


CONSUMER CHOICE: WOMEN’S AT THE BEACH – Bath & Body Works; IFF; Perfumers: Jerry Caiazzo and Jean-Marc Chaillan MEN’S COACH FOR MEN – Interparfums; IFF; Perfumers: Anne Flipo and Bruno Jovanovic


HALL OF FAME CUCUMBER MELON- Bath & Body Works; Givaudan; Perfumer: Kari Arienti


VLOG 5 REASONS TO WEAR FRAGRANCES - Jeremy Fragrance


THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION 2018 AWARDS WERE PRESENTED BY:

COTY       FIRMENICH INSPIRING     GIVAUDAN     HEARTS MAGAZINES      IFF


ABOUT THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION: For nearly seventy years, The Fragrance Foundation has served its member companies as a resource for industry expertise, innovation and education. The Foundation is passionately devoted to nurturing talent in the industry, as well as engaging consumers to increase awareness and appreciation for the world of fragrance. For more information, please visit wwww.fragrance.org and follow The Fragrance Foundation on social media. Connect with The Fragrance Foundation: Instagram: @fragrancefoundation Twitter: @FragranceFDTN Facebook: @TheFragranceFoundation Youtube: FragranceFoundation 

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On Sunday night February 26th, Fashion Designer FAVIANA celebrated the 2017 Oscar Red Carpet with the most exclusive names in fashion along with host, weWoreWhat's Danielle Bernstein. The East Coast's premier Oscars Red Carpet Viewing Party on the rooftop lounge at 75 Wall Street was quite a success. Attendees included America’s most eligible bachelor and bachelorette’s including; Stassi Schroeder (Bravo's Vanderpump Rules), Kristen Teakman (Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City), Sonja Morgan (Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City), Violetta Komyshan (Ballet Dancer with BalletNext) , Elisa Johnson (E!'s EJNYC), and Samaria Smith (E!'s EJNYC). The Bachelor franchise made an appearance with Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, along with former contestants Olivia Caridi, Izzy Goodkind, Leah Block, and Danielle Lombard. Travel bloggers "Thetravelinbum" Jeff Perla and Alex D’Alessio were also caught flirting with former contestants over pink Faviana cocktails.
 
The question no longer stands, "What do fashion's influencers do on Oscar's night" because they all gathered at the Faviana Clubhouse to chat about the trends and who they can't wait to see on the red carpet! Influencers received custom-made flower crowns by Rachel Cho Floral Design.
 
These fashionista’s snacked on custom treats like decadent cake pops, gold dusted popcorn, and sipped on signature cocktails, wine and Champagne. These signature treats were created by Magnolia Bakery, Dylan’s Candy Bar, and 16 Handles. In the midst of all the snacking and photos, influencers were discussing all the new style trends that hit the red carpet. This included off the shoulder styles, midi length gowns, and an old Hollywood glamour gold color story. 


Check out Faviana.com to see some of the best looks from the Oscars!


​Event Hashtag:  #FavianaClubHouse​​

DÎNER EN BLANC in New York City  /  Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

OVER 5,000 FOOD LOVERS, CULTURAL ENTHUSIASTS, AND FASHIONISTAS WILL GATHER AT A FABULOUS SECRET LOCATION TO DINE AND DANCE UNDER THE STARS...

Four-Time James Beard Winner Todd English Returns to Curate Special Dinners

THE POSSE FOUNDATION Annual Spring Gala "An Evening of Stars" 

at Cipriani Wall Street

The red carpet at The Beacon Theatre. Photos by Nick Ford from 40 Visuals.

Versaille's TV Show New York Premiere

Citi Taste of Tennis NYC is Coming in Hot This August

Get Served like a Pro by tennis and culinary rock stars like Chef Masaharu Morimoto, April Bloomfield, Jonathan Waxman, Alexander Zverev, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Gael Monfils and many more.


Masaharu Morimoto –the Iron Chef, James Beard Award winner, and Citigold Lounge Host – will lead the roster of world class culinary masterminds for Citi Taste of Tennis’ 18th year. Citi Taste of Tennis is an unparalleled Food and Tennis Experience produced by AYS that will take place at W New York on Thursday, August 24th . Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer will be hosting this year’s soiree, where NYC’s top chefs will showcase their culinary skills with some of world’s best tennis players serving the attendees. We are excited to announce that Citi is the Title Sponsor of this year’s event in New York.

    

“After 3 successful years of partnership, we are excited this year to become the title sponsor of Citi Taste of Tennis New York, a marquee event in one of our most important markets” says Will Howle, Citi U.S. Retail Banking President. “New Yorkers are passionate about their goals and dreams and they work hard to make it here. Citi is glad to be a partner on that journey.”


Serving first at Citi Taste of Tennis is Dynamic Duo Bob and Mike Bryan, who will be facing off in a Sushi Challenge alongside Morimoto during the exclusive VIP hour. The appetizing affair then begins at 7:00 p.m. when guests will enjoy tastings from leading chefs, sip on signature cocktails, and escape to destination-themed lounges. The Citi Taste of Tennis is a one-of-a-kind experience where guests have watched Rafael Nadal fry catfish, been served tacos by Genie Bouchard, and danced with Venus Williams at the DJ booth.


Alongside Morimoto, the impressive lineup of notable chefs at the main event this year includes:  Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto)  Andy D’Amico (5 Napkin Burger)  Antoine Westermann (Le Coq Rico)  April Bloomfield (Salvation Taco, Salvation Burger)  Frances Tariga (Megu)  Istvan Toth (Davio’s)  John Mooney (Bell, Book & Candle)  Judy Joo (Jinjuu)  Kerry Heffernan (Grand Banks)  Oliver Lange (Zuma)  Roxanne Spruance (Kingsley)  Seamus Mullen (Lifeway)  Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE raw bar grill)  Andre Fowles (Miss Lily’s)  Catherine Medrano (Regency Bar & Grill)  Eleazar Estrada (Pampano)  Andy Ricker (Pok Pok)  Istvan Toth (Davio’s) The fun continues with Citi Taste of Tennis After Dark, a delectable dessert-tasting experience in the CitiGold Lounge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ticketholders can enjoy trendy treats from vendors like Wowfulls, I CE NY and Cookie DO, dessert drinks, and the company of top tennis players who also have a sweet tooth. Premier event sponsors include Citibank, Jamaica Tourist Board, Etihad Airways, Genesis Long Island City, Lifeway Foods, Campari America, Tropical Cheese Industries, Voss, Chef Works, and Volkl Tennis. Wellness In The Schools stands as the event’s non-profit partner.


For more information or to purchase tickets to Citi Taste of Tennis please visit http://www.cititasteoftennis.com

     

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As Summer is almost here, there are two (2) events not to be missed this Summer in Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy hosts every year an array of events. This summer the first event is a culinary experience with some of the best chefs in the city, Taste of Summer is being held on Wednesday, June 6th at The Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. General admission tickets are currently for sale at $500 per person but they also have table sponsorship opportunities. Tickets for Taste of Summer can be purchased here.


Taste of Summer brings together more than 800 friends and supporters for an unforgettable evening under the stars to kick off to summer in Central Park. This event features delectable food and seasonal cocktails from some of the city’s best restaurants, a luxury filled silent auction, music, and dancing. Held at the iconic Bethesda Terrace, this annual benefit for Central Park Conservancy supports the Conservancy's mission to restore and maintain Central Park.


On, Wednesday, June 20th The Greensward Circle, the Central Park Conservancy’s network of young professionals, presents the 13th annual summer benefit, Evening in the Garden. This social calendar staple takes place in one of New York’s most exclusive venues, the Conservatory Garden, located inside Central Park at Fifth Avenue between East 104th & 105th Streets. This event is rain or shine. Tickets currently on sale for $150 per person. For tickets purchase click here


​Attendees enjoy great food, cocktails and live music on the garden’s pergola beneath a canopy of wisteria, overlooking six acres of gorgeous fountains, blooms and lush landscapes.

This event is mainly attended by New York’s socially active young professionals.

Greensward Circle Dual & Ambassador members receive complimentary admission plus one guest. 
Greensward Circle Individual members receive complimentary admission with an opportunity to purchase a ticket for one guest at a discount rate.

Not a member? Become one by clicking here.


Don't miss out on two great events happening this month in Central Park and to support and maintain Central Park.

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 “Suicide Squad” opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters on August 5, 2016.


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​​​The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and

Atlas Entertainment’s “Suicide Squad” held at The Beacon Theatre and After-Party at Skylight at Moynihan Station

On Monday, August 1st, 2016 The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment’s “Suicide Squad” took place at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.  The film screening was an invitation only event as well as radio station winners and Midtown Comics guests. The after-party followed to an invitation only crowd at Skylight at Moynihan Station.


At the premiere's red carpet actors from the film included: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara, Jim Parrack, Ike Barinholtz, Common, director/screenwriter David Ayer; producers Chuck Roven, Richard Suckle; executive producer Geoff Johns and soundtrack music artists.

 
From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC, the film also stars Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Scott Eastwood (“Fury”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys & Aliens”), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment production, a film by David Ayer, “Suicide Squad.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters beginning August 5, 2016.

This film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.

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