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2011 January 19
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What can you possibly buy a woman who, A, is the fabulous Betty White and B, has experienced almost a century on earth? Not to fret! We quizzed a slew of party revelers at White's 89th birthday soiree for some creative picks, both real and imagined. Although we're not sure what could top Betty's favorite birthday loot to date: a Pekingese puppy. "I named him Bandit because he stole my heart," she remembers.
"I was gonna get her a fifth of vodka, but the roads were so bad that my husband was like, 'we've got to keep going!'" ---Ana Gasteyer, SNL
"I did not get Betty a birthday gift, but I got like four really great dirty jokes I want to tell her. It’s hard with Betty, she knows all the body jokes, so I think I’ve got some zingers." ---Sherri Shepherd, The View
"The Hot in Cleveland cast adopted a baby elephant in Africa. The elephant is named Murka, and Betty will be getting monthly and weekly updates as Murka grows up." ---Jane Leeves, Hot In Cleveland actress
"I would buy Betty a sleep mask so she can really sleep at night. I've explored sleep masks, and I've found they really work. Because there's nothing more important than a good night's sleep." ---Arianna Huffington
“I’m gonna get her this risotto I’m eating right now. This is amazing, oh my God! I’ve gotta start hanging out here!” ---Judah Friedlander, 30 Rock
"A vibrator would be a great gift for her. I didn’t get her one, but I can still send it over. I’ll order it. When somebody can buy anything they want for themselves, you have to give them something that’s an experience." ---Robert Verdi, Stylist
2011 January 19
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Jessica White has nabbed her own reality show on Oxygen, sharing the network with fellow firecracker Janice Dickinson. Based on the concept of HBO's Entourage, cameras will follow the Naomi Campbell doppleganger, along with a band of glammed-out hooligans, from now through the glitzy mayhem of Fashion Week. And she's no stranger to the spotlight: the leggy stunner was arrested last October for her alleged participation in a club catfight. It doesn't hurt that she's dated the who's-who of Hollywood, Sean Penn compris. Can't wait to watch!
2011 January 19
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After celebrating his massive 25th anniversary in September, Tommy Hilfiger is changing up his game by separating his men's and women's runway offerings. Page Six reports that Hilfiger will present his men's collection, which Simon Spurr is now consulting on, at the Lion on February 11. His women's collection, on which Peter Som serves as a consultant, will be shown at Lincoln Center on Feb 13. Discuss!
2011 January 19
What made fashion news in the early sixties? Lean tailored suits! Permanent press clothes! "Astro" fashion! We're living for this retro vid of a fashion newsreel featuring the top headlines from one of our favorite decades. The commentary is hilarious, albeit slightly sexist: "There you have a preview of all that's new and chic in Fall wardrobe, except a slimmer wallet for father."
2011 January 19
"White is a shade, the perception of which is evoked by light that stimulates all three types of color-sensitive cone cells in the human eye in nearly equal amounts, and with high brightness compared to the surroundings. A white visual stimulation will be void of hue and grayness. White light can be generated in many ways. The sun is such a source, electric incandescence is another, and the most recent source is no other than the playful and provocative Beth Rudin DeWoody at her most recent show,January White Sale, at Loretta Howard Gallery. This marks the second of her color-themed exhibitions, the first of which was “Think Pink” at Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach. When we asked her why she chose white for this show, in her signature wit she said, 'I love the cleanliness of white. It evens the odds and one could look at shape, texture and design without the distraction of color. I am spiritually linked to white. I’m sure and that’s why I keep going there.'
The eclectic mix of uptown and downtown, artists and art lovers at her opening night was reflective of Beth’s inclusive world and generous spirit. Kyle DeWoody, Beth’s daughter, our very close friend and a muse of Ruffian, shined at the opening with her singular style and effervescent spirit. Kyle’s event décor and interior work is making her one of the most sought-after designers amongst the most toniest of Manhattan and Hamptons clients, not to mention a de rigueur aesthete at the Ruffian Studio. We were also excited to see Joanne Cassullo at the opening. Joanne is not only enchanting and lovely, but a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge of contemporary art.
Just a few days later, we were lucky enough to be invited to Beth’s Gracie Square home for a luncheon in honor of Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor to the French Embassy in the United States. It is always a treat to go up to Beth’s place. It is an electric stimulation for all of the senses; a visual and culinary feast. The luncheon menu included salmon a la planche and shaved chard and pine-nut salad. It was so delicious it even tempted Martha Stewart to have seconds! Other notable guests included the sculptor Christo, interior designer Jean-Paul Beaujard, French cultural academic Annie Cohen-Solal, and James Lipton of the Inside the Actors Studio. We were also enchanted to make the acquaintance of Frederique Thiollet, Carin Goldberg of The New York Times and the lovely Berenice Vila Baudry (the very chic and intelligent wife of Antonin Baudry). Weeks like this filled with inspiration make us truly appreciate living in New York with its great diversity. It is so very important for artists to have people who believe in their work and support them. Beth and the family DeWoody not only patronize art, they live and breathe it.
In honor of our new French Cultural Counselor, we asked Beth to name a few of her favorite French things.'
Favorite artists: Jean Tinguely, The Lalannes, and Tatiana Trouve.
Favorite destination: Paris, Provence, Côte d'Azur.
Favorite Pastry: pain au chocolat.
Favorite chateau: The one belonging to Diane de Poitiers.
Favorite singer: Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier.
Favorite icon: The Hermes Kelly Bag.
THE DETAILS: January White Sale, Loretta Howard Gallery, January 13 to February 12, 2011.
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2011 January 19
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It's a shame that we moved to Midtown, because now we actually have to travel to hit up Nuela, the Adam Platt-approved addition to the Flatiron district designed by none other than fashion's Angel Sanchez. Executive chef Adam Schop's "Nuevo-Latino" spot is a welcome antedote to the ultra-salted, heartily meat-centric dishes found in most of NYC's restos du moment. Whether you're angling for ceviche or brisket-stuffed arepas, rest assured that you won't leave hungry. As winter Restaurant Week approaches, a deal for vous: Nuela's entire menu will be offered for the $35/person rate. This means one appetizer or ceviche, one main course, and one dessert. See you on the F train...THE DETAILS: 43 West 24th Street, near Broadway, 212-929-1200, nuelany.com
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