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2009 December 9

Cheers or Fears?

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(NEW YORK) Changes are, you need glühwein now more than ever. While the Boom Boom Room is a bit hors prix for most recession-addled mags--sorry, André!--there are plenty of other Manhattan venues scrambling for a buyout. The Daily investigates...

The festivities kick off tonight, when Jim Nelson and Pete Hunsinger will toast le tout GQ at 675 Bar, a B.R. Guest restaurant located in the former Level V space. (Daily money was on Co., a Nelson fave, but hey.) Also this evening, Muse is taking over Armani/Ristorante on 5th Avenue. Tomorrow, Marvin Scott Jarrett and the Nylon crew will ring in the season at a Becka Diamond-hosted bash at the Swarovski flagship in Soho. The New Yorker is having an in-office gathering on Monday night for the second consecutive year, while Amy Astley is hosting a small dinner at a TBD location for the editorial team at Teen Vogue next week.

On the abstinence front? Nothing planned--so far--at T. InStyle is not having a party this season, but Ariel Foxman et al. did enjoy a "holiday toast" last week. Staff members also donated to The Fashion Group International’s 19th Annual Santa Claus Club, which provides holiday gifts to children in need. The Wall Street Journal's spokesperson was not aware of any official fetes; ditto with Hearst. "While we are not hosting a company-wide holiday party this year, Hearst continues to match employee donations and offer days off as part of our annual holiday charity drive for the United Way--a way for us to give back to our employees who give back to their communities," said a corporate spokesperson. Cheers?

At least Nick Denton is keeping things lively. On December 17, he'll host the Gawker crew at Bacaro--"in a cosy cellar protected from outside world," he wrote in the email invitation. "We're taking over the whole space and this time it's just for us: staff, contributors and significant others. Because, this year, our success had nothing to do with a buoyant market or a fad for blogs; it was just down to us."
ASHLEY BAKER & VALENTINE UHOVSKI




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