The Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education's “Fiesta 2016” presented their Gold Medal of Honor to Marcelo Claure (President and CEO of Sprint Corporation), Joanna Fisher (noted arts philanthropist), and Hutton Wilkinson (interior designer) on Tuesday, October 18 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. As is Fiesta’s tradition the gala co-chairs were Jacqueline Weld Drake and H. R. H. Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.Cocktails began at 7:30PM followed by dinner and dancing with music by the Bob Hardwick Sound. 


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Every year we look forward for the month of August asTaste of Tennismakes a comeback in New York City with an array ofevents to attend and this year they've added a few more options for tennis and food enthusiasts alike to experience.


We are excited to announce this year’s marquee Taste of Tennis culinary demo will feature James Beard Award winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson and 14X Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal! This unforgettable experience is brought to you by Olive Oils from Spain, the world’s leading olive oil producer and exporter. 

     

This year attendees can look forward to the following slated events:

  • Wednesday, 8/24: Meet and Greet with John Isner at The Benjamin
  • Thursday night, 8/25: Taste of Tennis Gala at W New York
  • Friday, 8/26: Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge at World Team Tennis Finals
  • Friday 8/26: Taste of Tennis Pavilion at World Team Tennis Finals
  • Friday Night, 8/26: Meet and Greet at The London NYC
  • Saturday, 8/27: Party with the Stars at Knickerbocker Hotel
    

The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. AYS created the Taste of Tennis in 2000, to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in New York. The event, featuring food prepared by top chefs and appearances by the world’s top tennis players was an immediate hit and has become one of the most anticipated events on the tennis calendar. Since its founding, AYS has produced the Taste of Tennis in New York for 16 consecutive years. They have also produced the event in Australia 4 times to kick off the Australian Open, and most recently they brought the experience to Miami in March 2015.


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Here at the VIP Dinner and After-Party with Paris Hilton at the Philipp Plein NYFW at The New York Public Library.

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.

Johny Dar Spring 2017 Collection - Jeans For Refugees

A combination of Art / Fashion / Charity

Sushi by Bou

Sushi lovers in New York City to experience David Bouhadana’s new omakase destination, Sushi by Boū bringing the 12-piece, 30-minute, $50-omakase with his own signature style to a 4-seat venue at Gansevoort Market.  Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Sushi by Boū features the same high-quality, quick-service format that Bouhadana’s fans know and love, enhanced with new experiences to offer what the sushi chef states is his “best omakase yet.”  


He is recognized as one of the most innovative sushi chefs in New York City today. His story begins in Florida where, at the age of 18, he began waiting tables at Yokohama Sushi, a local spot in his hometown of Boca Raton.  It wasn’t long before he found himself in the kitchen, and his unbridled passion for sushi was discovered.  Bouhadana trained incessantly, working incredibly hard to hone his skill and learn everything he could about the restaurant industry.  By the end of the year, he had assumed the position of head chef. 


Knowing there was more for him to learn, Bouhadana then spent his early 20s studying and perfecting his craft in Japan.  He worked admittedly-exhausting 14-hour days under a rigid Japanese sushi master in a restaurant outside of Osaka, where he also taught himself the language.  When he returned to the U.S., his next destination was New York City. Bouhadana landed at some of the best sushi restaurants in Manhattan, such as Morimoto, and designed his own menu at Sushi Uo before moving on to open the highly successful Sushi Dojo in the East Village.  There, Bouhadana began developing his own omakase experience, pairing expertly-prepared sushi with a lively atmosphere and aesthetic. 


Since then, Bouhadana has made a name for himself by recreating Japan’s authentic fast-casual omakase concept with his own signature style in New York.  He was named one of the top chefs in the country under 30 by Zagat, and recently won a New York Emmy Award for his web series Shokunin: An Eater Series hosted by David Bouhadana.  Above all, Bouhadana’s passion and energy make him a force to be reckoned with.  The Sushi by Boū omakase is both refined and creative, offering pieces such as toro with a touch of truffle salt and Three Amigos, combining ikura, quail egg and uni.  Those who complete their omakase journey within their 30-minute reservation will be invited to continue sampling off-the-menu chef specials such as the Big Mac – a triple stack of toro, scallop and uni, and the Waguni Handroll, among other pieces.  The concept also features a pop-up guest chef omakase station, offering customers access to two entirely different menus and experiences in one action-packed space. 


Furthermore, Sushi by Boū has what is soon to be known as the city's best omakase-in-a-box.  The signature omakase (12 pieces) will be expertly packaged in a custom box and available for take-out ($50 a box + $12 for an extra roll) and delivery exclusively via Caviar.

 












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Suicide Squad World Premiere after-party at Skylight at Moynihan Station. Photos courtesy of an invited guest.

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This fall 2017 during New York Fashion Week #NYFW Johny Dar is launching his newest exhibition in New York City to an invitation only crowd. Jeans for Refugees is an art collection supporting refugees worldwide. The jeans used in the exhibition are donated by various celebrities and personalities from the film, art and music industries. 


The participants contributing their jeans to the project, include Alicia Vikander, Anna Wintour, Annie Lennox, Behati Prinsloo, Bella Hadid, Benicio del Toro, Brian May, Bryan Adams, Camille, Cameron Diaz, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevingne, Carl Cox, Carla Bruni, Cat Stevens, Chanel Iman, Charlotte Church, Christina Ricci, Christine Taylor, Claudia Schiffer, David Copperfield, Daniel Bruehl, Daniel Radcliffe, Dannii Minogue, Elle McPherson, Elton John, Emma Watson, Eva Herzigova, Fearne Cotton, Florence Welch, Geri Horner, Heather Graham, Helena Christensen, Iris Berben, Isabelle Adjani, James Norton, Jamie Theakston, Jane Birkin, Jaoquin Phoenix, Jessie J, Jim Broadbent, Julianne Moore, Julio Iglesias, Karlie Kloss, Kate Moss, Lars von Trier, Lily Allen, Linda Evangelista, Macy Gray, Marianne Faithful, Melanie C, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Hoult, Nina Hagen, Naomi Campbell, Ozzy Osbourne, Peaches, Pedro Almodovar, P!nk, Roger Waters, Ryan Gosling, Sadie Frost, Salma Hayek, Selah Sue, Sharon Osbourne, Sharon Stone, Sofia Coppola, Tinie Tempah, Tom Waits, Toni Garrn, Tuppence Middleton, Twiggy, Usher, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, Woody Allen and many more.

Come and see these historic and wearable works of art live, and participate in this creative, collaborative and constructive platform in aid of refugees worldwide.

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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!


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

at Cipriani Wall Street

The Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education's 

“Fiesta 2016” at The Plaza Hotel

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

Versaille's TV Show New York Premiere

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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Sushi Lovers to experience Omakase Sushi with a twist at Sushi by Bou

located at the Gansevoort Market in the West Village, NYC

Philipp Plein's NYFW Runway Show & After-Party at

The New York Public Library...

Written by Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo


One of the hottest tickets during NYFW FW17 was Philipp Plein's Runway Show at The New York Public Library. 


The library was transformed to accommodate VIP guests including socialites and celebrities such as Madonna, Tyga, Kylie Jenner, Dascha Polanco, Paris Hilton, Nikki Hilton Rothschild, Olivia Culpo, Corinne Roitfeld, Young Paris and Tiffany Trump.


Due to one of the attendees, whom we may say needed to Express Herself pushed the show to start after 10pm which is the time the party was supposed to start. The show included models such as Sofia Richie, Young Thug, Pete Wentzas and let's not forget to include the hot felon turned model Jeremy Meeks. The show was hot, the clothes perfectly raw and the vibe a roughness chic with music from Nas to start the show.


Afterwards the party continued at the Library where guests stayed and the after-party invitation-only crowd arrived to enjoy the festivities, food and drinks. You would think the after-party was good enough at the NY Public Library, but no to our normal despair; the true after-party was a seated private dinner on the third-floor guarded heavily by security guards where invited guests attended with performances and exquisite food for them to savor upon. Guests which included celebrities got on-stage with Philipp Plein and danced till the end of the party.


Check out the photos below from the evening.