Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tea Party at Debra's

They should bottle this...
What do you get when you combine a group of women "of a certain age," in one room, add large dollops of creative energy, smarts and fashion sense, stir and voila! You get a Tea Party at Debra Rapoport's pied à terre, which is actually her boyfriend's apartment in the storied Westbeth.

It's dangerous to get so many women (and a few men) together, who are all creative, makers, artists, free spirits -- mainly released from the saddle of corporate life, or a life in which they were beholden to something else, probably a career. Now they are free, and the cat is out of the bag, and they can create, and dream and think and do. It's dangerous because they may become drunk on creative energy and do something crazy like jump out the window.

We had no window jumping yesterday at Debra's Tea Party which was in honor of two new friends who Debra has befriended on Facebook and on her film tour of London for Advanced Style, the movie. Debra is the kind of person who attracts people like a magical magnet as she trails her crinolines along the curb.

But thank you, Mark Zuckerberg, for making it possible for we ladies to connect across continents and states within the U.S. If no one else will, we are creating a club of like-minded, creative thinkers who appreciate each other and want to be FRIENDS!
 What I am wearing:
Hat of my own design, Tucker dress, blue, silk
jacket (probably handmade) and coat
repurposed by Madame Matovu.
 The inimitable Sue Kreitzman, of London and New York.
Necklace by Anothai Hansen.
 Debra's wilted Rose centerpiece.
 Sue Kreitzman and a friend catching up.
Claudia Bergs, a visitor from Australia.
Debra met her at the Easter Parade!
 Nonnie Balcer and Richard.
They complement each other.
 The Countess of Glamour, Lynn Dell Cohen.
 Richard choosing a maccaron from the Meow Parlour.
He took the purple fig one.
The Meow Parlour is a place on the Lower East Side
where one may interact with cats.
 Mary James, of Maryland, with her friend, Janet.
Mary is Debra's Facebook friend.
The party was in honor of Mary
and Monica Boxley of London.
 Mary James and Monica Boxley of London.
Monica is a jewelry designer and you can
see her work here.
Artist Shelita Birchett Benash 
 Debra in motion.
 Monica Boxley's daughter, Martha.
She lives in Berlin.
Wonderful Elke Kuhn.
We went around the room and each person
told who they were and what they did.
Here I am listening intently to the introductions.

Creativity Rules!

À Bientôt!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In Your Easter Bonnet...

I got frills upon it...
My friends, the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, Valerie and Jean, called last week to invite me to participate in a photo shoot for the New York Post. "Moi?," I said. Bien sûr. Explanation mark, explanation mark, explanation mark!!!

Jane Ridley, Senior Features Writer for the Post, was preparing an article about New York's Fifth Avenue Easter Parade. She asked for color, and I can do color.

Joining Valerie, Jean and me for the shoot were Lynn Dell Cohen, Xtine Baczewska and Cigmond Meachen. We started at The Modern, the beautiful restaurant overlooking The Museum of Modern Art's sculpture garden. Soon we moved on to St. Patrick's Cathedral for more photos.
Photo by Zandy Mangold for The New York Post
What I am wearing.
The hat: A fine brown straw by Quina Fonseca purchased at The Smiths, a shop in Soho, sometime in the 1980s. For this photo shoot, I trimmed the hat with artificial flowers purchased at a little Chinese shop at Ludow and Delancey streets. Each bunch of flowers cost 99 cents.
The Coat: A multi-striped wool by the brilliant colorist and designer, Alpana Bawa.
The Bag: A handmade straw from Italy, purchased at Adresse, a shop in Philadelphia. I also put bunches of the flowers in the bag.
Standing across the street from the Cathedral are (left to right)
Cigmond, Xtine, Lynn, Valerie, me and Jean.
Photo by Zandy Mangold for the New York Post
At The Modern:
L-R, Valerie, Xtine, Jean, Lynn, me and Cigmond.
Jean and Lynn. Lynn is the owner of the
famed Off Broadway Boutique.
The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas:
Valerie and Jean.
Lynn's outfit is from her shop,
Off Broadway Boutique.
I look like Eliza Doolittle at
Covent Garden.
"Ooo 'enry 'iggins."
The Parade Itself...
On Easter Sunday we reconvened, among a sea of tourists, for an endless routine of selfies with said tourists. There were people wearing huge platters of eggs and flowers on their heads, and many scenes of millinery carnage on the Avenue.
L-R: Valerie, Debra Rapoport, me and Jean.

Photo by Ari Seth Cohen

À Bientôt!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sue's Stupendous Artist Meetup

Like-minded Spirits Meld
Minds at Sue's Open Studio
Put together a group of artists who think more is never enough, led by the Queen of More, Sue Kreitzman, and what do you get? An afternoon supplying enough inspiration guaranteed to last months, if not years.

Sue Kreitzman divides her time between two cities: London and New York. She has just arrived in New York, and hosted an Open Studio in her way-uptown aerie, which included the charming idea of each invited artist doing a "Show & Tell."
I am ready to take the A train to Sue's studio
wearing a Madame Matovu dress.
 Sue with a gift from me.
It's an Easter Egg from DiPalo's decorated
with a Barbie doll and images of Sue.
Sue made the fantastic necklace that she is wearing.
 Jeweler, Wendy Gell, models examples of
the cuffs that she makes.
 Erica Savage and tattoos.
 Wendy and I in Sue's studio
jam packed with her
paintings and sculptures.
 Debra Rapoport poses next to
her doppleganger by Sue.
 Doll goddesses by Sue.
 Anothai Hanson with a necklace
of her own design.
 Michah Moore with her friend,
Ms. Mer-Maid.
Michah is a photographers and lover
of all things Mermaid.
 A corner of Sue's studio displays
her work.
Sue's fantastic dolls.
Ari Seth Cohen, photographer and blogger at Advanced Style
and creator of the book, Advanced Style with
his friend, Joanna Lily Wong.
 Sue's anthropomorphic red chairs.
Renown outsider artist,
Malcah Zeldis
 Joseph Gagiano with
his Lolly Pop girls.
 Quimetta Perle holds a bead
portrait of her son.
 Erica with her mermaid painting.
 Archana Santra shows us one of
her paintings.
After such an afternoon, who could blame
a couple of girls for being pooped as we schlep
back to Manhattan.

Photo by Ari Seth Cohen

À Bientôt!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In the Heights with Cinderella

When you wish upon a Star....
This week it was off to the boroughs. Brooklyn to be precise. I love exploring the neighborhoods of Brooklyn. My grandmother, Sara, owned a building in Flatbush, and we used to go there for Thanksgiving dinner. I remember climbing the stairs to her apartment and smelling the fragrant turkey and the world's best stuffing.

I went to Brooklyn Heights to meet Elke. We were to take in a movie, Cinderella, and have lunch.
Cinderella is a gorgeous fairy-tale production by Disney, directed by Kenneth Branagh. It stars Lily James (Rose in Downton Abbey) as Cinderella, who suits the role perfectly. Yes, she is beautiful, but she also has a soft, delicate quality which meshes with her character who must be brave and kind, no matter what.

The No Matter What is her cruel stepmother, played by Cate Blanchett, and her two stupid stepsisters. Drisella, and Anastasia. Sophie McShera (Daisy, the kitchen maid on Downton Abbey) plays Drisella. There was indeed a vortex from DA to Disney.
It's Joan Crawford's 1940s style for Step Ma-Ma.
The Stepsisters' costumes are a crazy
mash up of vintage, historic and Japanese teenage fashion.
The colors are intense.
Kudos to Sandy Powell, costume designer for the film.
Stepsisters and cruel ma-ma
from original 1950 Disney movie.
 Prince Kit is so princely and handsome.
 Helena Bonham Carter is a perfectly dotty 
Fairy God Mother.
A step sister trying on the glass slipper.
I told you the color was fantastic.

I was six when I saw the original Disney animated version of Cinderella. I still remember the scene when the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella's rags into a fabulous ball gown, and blue birds pull ribbons out of an old sewing box to adorn the new gown.

 I shared this day with friend, Elke, 
wearing Cinderella blue in front of
Seaport Flowers.
 We strolled through Brooklyn Heights
looking at the great architecture,
like these Brownstones.
 An elegant colonnaded building.
 The charming jewelry studio of
Marissa Alperin.
 Pistachio, chocolate and raspberry pastry
disguised as a house.
 Pansies ready for planting.
The Little Lost Mittens
of Brooklyn Heights.

I bid you...
À Bientôt!