This past Sunday we had the pleasure of attending a Tea Party, given by Debra Rapoport and Stan Satlin. Debra is a milliner and maker of jewelry and one of the stars of the new documentary, "Advanced Style." Stan is a musician. Stan was gracious enough to host the party in his apartment in the storied artists' housing, Westbeth, in the far West Village in New York City.
The occasion called for the utmost
in the utter ultimate of dresses so
I donned my new Alpana Bawa dress.
Alpana found this gorgeous embroidered fabric
and fashioned dresses and blouses with it.
I paired it with my Nuit et Jour beads
with blingy-bling, aka a huge faux diamond bauble.
Stan has the most charming apartment in Westbeth filled with art.
Richard is wearing his new Saint Laurie Madras jacket and blue pant
with a lime-green linen shirt.
Beautiful Elke Kuhn with her Bakelite and bangles.
Her jacket is from Gundrun Sjoden.
She collects the felt flowers which adorn her hat
on her trips to Copenhagen, where her son lives.
Objects of interests in Stan's apartment.
Debra made this mask of the Statue of Liberty
from a piece of metal found on the street.
Stan at left of Jimmy Carter.
Stan has been collecting Americana to honor Nelson Mandela's
birthday. Stan's "Auratorio Americana: Songs of Peace,
Love and Spirituality" will be performed at an event called
"Footsteps of Mandela" at Riverside Church on July 18 at 7 p.m.
A flying mermaid.
On the left, Vivienne Cable, a visitor from Australia,
next to Jean. Vivienne has a clothing boutique
called Image by Design.
The inner courtyard of Westbeth.
From 1868 to 1966, Westbeth's 13 buildings were originally the home of Bell Laboratories . Opened in 1970, Westbeth was one of the first examples of the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings for artistic and residential purposes in the United States. Now it houses 384 live/work spaces for artists. Westbeth also sponsors art shows, poetry readings, performances and concerts. It's a very arty place.
Stan with Jean and Valerie, the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas.
Lina Plioplyte, the director of the Advanced Style documentary.
Debra and her sister, Cydonia.
Nonnie Balcer and her husband.
After the party, we walked down Washington Street
to Wallsé for a delicious dinner.
Wallsé has a Viennese-themed menu.
The artist, Julian Schnabel's "Pink Palazzo" is
nearby, and several of his paintings
are displayed in the restaurant.
The Pink Palazzo
Pinot Noir for Richard and Rosé pour moi.
The server's nail color perfecting complemented my
Strawberry Rhubarb crisp.
It was yummy!
See the "Advanced Style" trailer here.