“Jacqueline de Ribes – The Art of Style” at The Met


This year’s fall exhibit at The Met’s Costume Institute, “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style,” is an illuminating look at the wardrobe and designs of Countess Jacqueline de Ribes of France. She was born to aristocratic parents in 1929, who defied her privileged, old-fashioned upbringing and became an anomaly of her time: a socialite who designed clothes and the muse of many haute couturiers in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Not content to simply wear the designs of others, she often had dressmakers make her own designs for her, and in the 1980s she came to New York and launched her own design business, despite the perception that aristocrats like her didn’t get involved in commerce.

She was famously photographed by Richard Avedon and termed a “swan” by Truman Capote.

“Style is what makes you different; it’s your own stamp, a message about yourself.”

“Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style,”  The thematic show features about sixty ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes’s personal archive, dating from 1962 to the present. Also included are her creations for fancy-dress balls, which she often made by cutting her haute couture gowns designed by others to create a personal nuanced expressions of her own aesthetic.

De Ribes, who was supposed to attend a Met dinner celebrating the show has canceled her trip to New York given the recent events in Paris. In a statement released by the museum shares “Comtesse de Ribes also knows how much Americans share the deep sadness felt in France, which confirms the enduring bond between the two countries. She hopes the exhibition will represent the joy associated with the freedom of creation.”

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Jacqueline de Ribes

The Art of Style

November 19, 2015–February 21, 2016


“Brilliant Holiday” Bergdorf Goodman Windows 2015


The start of the holiday season for me is when Bergdorf Goodman unveils their amazing holiday windows. Each year, the biggest retailers in Manhattan show their magical window displays, filled with fantastical themes and dazzling details—and this season’s storyboards certainly don’t disappoint.

Bergdorf Goodman, renowned for its stunning window displays, has once again outdone itself on their “Brilliant Holiday”. Awash in more than seven million Swarovski crystals, Bergdorf’s 2015 holiday windows along Fifth Avenue celebrate Swarovski’s 120th anniversary and the release of a lavish monograph from Rizzoli documenting the company’s history and its far-flung collaborations in fashion, jewelry, performance, and design.  David Hoey, senior director of visual presentation, and his team work all year on the windows and the effort is greatly appreciated. Definitely you must stop by when you are in town.

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 The Crystal Ball

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The Crown Jewels

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Bergdorf Goodman Halloween Windows : Crimson Peak


Just in time for Halloween Bergdorf Goodman has revealed its newest windows, which were created in collaboration with oscar-nominated Guillermo del Toro’s new Gothic film Crimson Peak. Each window was inspired by a moment in the horror movie, which takes place in an ornate but crumbling haunted mansion. And to top it off, the ghostly mannequins are all dressed in designer clothes with styles by Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, Tom Ford,… would you expect anything less? The horror film starring Jessica Chastain, opens in October 16th, and if it looks anything like the windows we can’t wait to see it.

The design team led by David Hoey, Senior Director of visual Presentation, in association with designer Douglas Little, created the window displays.

Window imagery by Ricky Zehavi.

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Lupulo – One of the Hottest Restaurant in Manhattan Right Now


Something different that is going to surprise you …

8-16-2015 9-15-47 PMMuch has happened in the dining world since George Mendes who grew up in a Portuguese-American family in Connecticut and trained with a fighter pilot’s intensity under some of the great chefs in Europe (Alain Ducasse, Martín Berasategui) opened his discreet, Michelin-starred restaurant, Aldea, in the big city six long years ago, and you can tell that his newest venture, Lupulo, has been designed, for better or worse, to keep up with these rapidly changing times.

Mr. Mendes’s basic idea for Lupulo, which opened a few blocks south of Herald Square in April, was straightforward enough. The name means “hops,” and the place is his take on the beer-centered Portuguese taverns called cervejarias. The nearest American equivalent is probably a brewpub, which Lupulo resembles with its hard, low wooden chairs, its high ceilings and its U-shaped dining bar stretching off into the distance.

Drawing on his heritage and travels throughout the country, Mendes has put together a menu of Portuguese comfort food to pair with the beers including a small plates menu of items like crispy shrimp turnovers, chicken liver pate, artisanal meats and salt cod croquettes with piri piri mayo. For mains, the focus is seafood — shrimp porridge, oven-baked octopus, and salt cod casserole for two (my fave). You’ll also find sections with veggies and meat with items like dry-aged beef rib cooked on an asador and a mushroom and tomato stew.

8-16-2015 10-32-08 PM The corner space is dominated by a long, three-sided bar.

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8-16-2015 10-34-21 PM Açorda de camarão: shrimp porridge, egg, parsley, and chile pepper.

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8-16-2015 10-34-48 PM Ervilhas com chouriço e ovo: green peas, choriço, and sunny-side-up egg.

8-16-2015 10-13-26 PMBacalhau a Gomes de Sa: Salt Cod Casserole of potato, olives and eggs.

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My favorite dessert Pasteis de Nata

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Lupulo is now offering lunch and breakfast items to-go at a new counter operation on the corner of 29th Street and Sixth Avenue called BICA. The menu features drinks made with Coffee Labs Coffee, plus pastries, and breakfast sandwiches filled with linguiça, Jorge cheese, and Benton’s bacon.

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Comfort Food as it’s Best …


Legendary Rizzoli Bookstore Reopens at NoMad, NYC



11745476_10153225995781130_8985001097476869570_nRizzoli has opened its new flagship bookstore at 1133 Broadway in the heart of New York City’s NoMad district. Just three blocks north of Madison Square Park and steps away from myriad cultural destinations, the 5,000 square foot space occupies the ground-floor level of the historic St. James Building, dating back to the early 19th century. The newly envisioned Rizzoli Bookstore captures the classic architectural experience for which the former bookstore locations were celebrated, integrated into a new vision that matches today’s tastes and the energy of its new location.

rizzoli-exterior-2Nationally recognized design firm Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects led the creation of the bookstore’s interiors under the helm of partner and co-founder Thomas A. Kligerman. Inspired by the grandeur of the building and the neighborhood’s modernity, the new Rizzoli boasts an imposing 18’ tall by 34’ wide glass façade that showcases the interior’s eighteen-foot ceilings, a dramatic peaked skylight, and an expansive windowed salon entered via an striking red mullioned pivot door. Many of the classic fixtures from the 57th Street store have been preserved and re-introduced in the new space, including its cherry wood bookcases and grand brass and iron chandeliers.

rizzoli22n-2-webDSC7423-copy_cDaniel-Melamud-525x350Fornasetti Milano designed wallpaper exclusively for the Rizzoli flagship, custom-made by Cole & Son, manufacturers of fine printed wallpapers since 1875. The designs run as a frieze above the bookcases to the ceiling in all three grand rooms of the store, and feature surreal motifs of Italian cities floating in the clouds, hot air balloons, Zodiac figures and the classic Fornasetti collage of newspaper fragments overlaid with colorful butterflies.


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The store will be open seven days a week. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays store hours will be from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM. On Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM, and on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Please note: Rizzoli Bookstore will be closed on Sundays during the month of August


The New Whitney Museum of American Art


The Whitney Museum of American Art is one of the preeminent institutions devoted to modern and contemporary art of the United States,with a special focus on works by living artists.

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Positioned at the foot of the High Line in the Meatpacking District, the new Whitney Museum is New York City’s newest world-class cultural destination in one of the city’s most dynamic and distinctive locations.

The building, which was designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano and has 50,000 square feet of galleries, (nearly three times the size of its former home) opened to the public on May 1. The museum, which was founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, was previously located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art with a permanent collection of more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and other media.

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5-2-2015 12-14-20 AM  A greatly increased space filled with Rothkos, Pollocks, Warhols, Hoppers, and other prized works from the museum’s vast collection.

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 Rückenfigur (2009) by Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), part of the Whitney’s exhibition, “America Is Hard to See.” Neon and paint.

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 A woman looks at a Chuck Close painting in a gallery at the relocated Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan’s meatpacking district in New York City.

5-2-2015 12-15-56 AMAlexander Calder’s “Calder’s Circus,” in front of George Bellows’s “Dempsey and Firpo.”

4-27-2015 12-21-28 PM The museum also features 13,000 square feet of outdoor galleries and terraces.

5-2-2015 12-15-35 AMRobert Henri’s 1916 portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the museum’s founder.

The Whitney first opened its doors in 1914, in nearby Greenwich Village as the “Whitney Studio.” It was originally just a simple gallery space for neglected American artists, founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (above), of the famous Vanderbilt family. She was a sculptor and serious collector of American art.

She never intended to build a museum, she actually offered her collection to the Met, but the Met wasn’t interested. They didn’t think American art was very interesting in the 1920s. And so the Whitney was born.

In 1930 the museum was first housed on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village (the present-day New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture). Artists like Edward Hopper, George Bellows and Georgia O’Keeffe all found a home at the Whitney before they were wanted anywhere else.

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Among the artists represented in the museum’s collection are Jeff Koons (“New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; Doubledecker”), Charles Ray (“Boy”), and Nam June Paik (“On View”).

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An elevator designed by Richard Artschwager.

5-2-2015 12-16-57 AMArtschwager elevators a uniquely memorable and unexpected part of the experience of coming to the Whitney.

5-2-2015 12-22-51 AMThe exterior of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, located on Gansevoort Street in Manhattan.

4-27-2015 12-20-29 PMArchitect Renzo Piano’s asymmetrical design creates a sculptural presence within the Meatpacking District of lower Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River and the adjacent High Line elevated park.

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Pierre Huyghe Designs Met Rooftop Installation in New York


French artist Pierre Huyghe has transformed the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art into what resembles an archaeological dig site.

A hunk of Manhattan bedrock rests among the roof as granite tiles, some removed to expose the Earth and activity underneath.

The focal point of the work is an aquarium that features a floating granite rock and ancient aquatic critters such as American tadpole shrimp a living fossils that have existed in nature for over 220 million years

“Part of this exhibition is about a history that extends far beyond our imagination, to something very distant in time.

Besides admiring the fabulous view of Central Park, you also can enjoy the always popular Roof Garden Cafe that reopens for the season, along with the martini bar on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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China: “Through The Looking Glass” at The Met


China: Through The Looking Glass at The metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Designed to explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries the show is spread over three floors. It fills both the basement-level Anna Wintour Costume Center and the Chinese galleries on the second floor, and claims a repurposed Egyptian space in between.  The show is one of the Met Museum’s largest ever with acres of objects, photographs, film clips and apparel punched up by perfect sound-and-light special effects to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.

The visual appeal of the exhibit is stunning, even the most jaded museum visitor would be floored at the sheer beauty of the sight. A Must See!


Projetado para explorar o impacto da estética chinesa sobre a moda ocidental e como a China tem alimentado a imaginação da moda durante séculos o show esta distribuído por três andares. Ele preenche tanto o nível do basement Anna Wintour Costume Center e as galerias chinesas no segundo andar, assim como um espaço egípcio reaproveitado no meio.

O show é um dos maiores ja apresentados no Museu Met com objetos, fotografias, clipes de filmes e roupa realcadas por perfeitos efeitos especias de Luz e Son revelando encantadoras imagens Chinezas. O apelo visual da exposição é impressionante.  Imperdível!

5-7-2015 11-04-21 AM The robe worn by China’s Last Emperor, Pu Yi when he was crowned at age 2.

O robe usado pelo Ultimo Emperador da China , Pu Yi, quando ele foi coroado com 2 anos de idade.

5-7-2015 11-09-31 AM A 1777 red lacquer screen for a birthday celebration for Gen. Guo Ziyi.

Tela de 1777 de laca vermelha para uma festa de aniversário do general Guo Ziyi.

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Yves Saint Lauren by Tom Ford, Dior by Galliano and Lauren Xu.

Yves Saint Lauren por Tom Ford, Dior por Galliano e Lauren Xu.

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5-7-2015 11-04-50 AM Dresses by John Galliano in the Astor Court.

Vestidos de John Galliano no Astor Court.

5-7-2015 11-10-03 AMDries Van Noten’s creation.

Criação de Dries Van Noten.

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Vestido de noite de Filigrana dourada pelo costureiro chinês Guo Pei.

5-7-2015 11-05-45 AM Alexander McQueen dress in silk brocade.

Vestido de brocado de seda por Alexander McQueen.

5-7-2015 11-06-32 AMAn Haute Couture creation from the House of Givenchy.

Uma criação Haute Couture da Casa de Givenchy.

5-7-2015 11-08-58 AMTwo dresses by Rodarte and evening gowns by Chanel and Guo Pei.

Dois vestidos por Rodarte e vestidos de gala por Chanel e Guo Pei.

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An ensemble by Jean Paul Gaultier in a bamboo grove of plastic tubing.

 Um conjunto de Jean Paul Gaultier em um bosque de bambu de tubos de plástico.

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Dresses by Chanel left and Dior.

Vestidos de Chanel a esquerda e Dior.

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Valentino evening dresses from Shanghai Collection 2013.

Valentino vestidos de noite da coleção Shanghai 2013.

5-6-2015 12-35-29 PM Artwork by Andy Warhol and a dress by Vivienne Tam.

Obras de arte por Andy Warhol e um vestido de Vivienne Tam.

5-6-2015 5-05-56 PMFestival robe worn by Emperor Qianlong, second half of 18th-century and Evening dress, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent.

Robe Festivo usado pelo imperador Qianlong, na segunda metade do século 18 e vestido de noite, Tom Ford para Yves Saint Laurent.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

May 7 – August 16, 2015

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

7 maio – 16 agosto, 2015


Lauren Lawrence – Dream Expert To The Stars


Dreams are to the mind what weightlifting is to the body! Get pumped on your dreams!

Lost something in a dream? Feel an inner conflict? Need to leave an impression?

Analyst Lauren Lawrence reveals the secrets behind your dreams….

Lauren Lawrence is a socialite dreams expert, author and dreams columnist of the NY Daily News; she hosted the show “Celebrity Nightmares Decoded” on BIO channel & has published many books.4-5-2015 3-34-21 PM

Ms. Lawrence has de-mystified the dreams of today’s most private personalities, including Stephen Baldwin, Paris Hilton, Kate Moss,  Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolyn Roehm, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Mario Buatta, Emanuel Ungaro, Luciano Pavarotti and Sophia Loren.

Lauren Lawrence has appeared on numerous TV shows including the Tyra Banks Show, E’s Star Treatment, CNN’s Money Line and Fox and Friends. Is it any wonder? Few can reveal their hidden meaning like Lauren Lawrence.

Bet we’d love to have her at a dinner party. In the meantime, you can send her your dreams directly.


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 Small dinner for friends!

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Peace and quiet in the library.

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 Where she dreams.

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With the Beatles in her kitchen. Harry Benson’s wonderful “pillow fight” taken in 1964.

4-22-2015 1-56-07 PM Panthere De Cartier in her Kitchen

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  At Doubles with Jane Pontarelli and Nicole Dicocco

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With Lucia Hwong Gordon pointing to a favorite Sandro Chia self portrait on paper.

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 In her living room with Carolyne Roehm and Sirio Maccioni.


 With Jane Pontarelli, Pilar Rossi, Adele Nino and Cassandra Seidenfeld at the book signing at her home for Elisabeth Thieriot.

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 With Geoffrey Bradfield at a party in her home.

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With Ann Nitze and Lynn Wyatt celebrating Casita Maria’s 80th Anniversary Fiesta Gala at the Plaza.

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  With Former First Lady Dewi Sukarno.

4-5-2015 3-00-24 PMWith Cole Rumbough on his break at Le Cirque with Nicole Dicocco & Michelle Gerber Klein.

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With legendary fashion designer Vicky Tiel at lunch at the Regency Hotel.


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 Being photographed for New York Magazine. Photo Credit: Frank Veronsky.

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Getting out of the BMW sports coupe used in one of the Bond movies, with a Kelly bag in tow. Photo credit: Ludovic Autet.

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At The New York Center for Children 20th Anniversary Spring Cocktail. Photos by: Rose Billings/

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Celebrating Easter Sunday with hubby David at Le Cirque.


Check out her coffee-table book “Private Dreams of Public People” published by Assouline in 2002.


For the first time, public figures like Madonna, Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Candace Bushnell, Kelsey Grammer, Chris Kattan, Paul McCartney, Juliette Binoche and a host of others confess their intimate dreams. Dream expert Lauren Lawrence dissects these dreams, giving us unprecedented insight into celebrities’ deepest thoughts and what makes them shine. From ancient times of Delphian oracles to present day psychoanalysis, dreams have always captivated, inspired and fascinated us. What secrets do we unlock when we close our eyes? We are in a constant search for meaning in our dreams, hoping to discover the mysteries of our unconscious. Private Dreams of Public People approaches the dream like never before, focusing on celebrity dreamers, and the expression of talen inherent within their nighttime journeys.

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 On the cover of the New York Daily News.

Lauren Lawrence dreams column runs every Sunday in the “Your New York” Life & Style section of the NY Daily News.

A dream of a shooting star points to a wish for empowerment.


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