I have been all over lately. I mean its been a while since I posted because I am, like most people, affected by the economy and the global shift in power from the “1st World Economies” to developing nations such as Venezuela, China, India and several African nations. I’ve been confused by the increasing gap between the extreme wealth of some based mostly on an insider’s knowledge on how to beat the markets by gambling against the success of markets and the United States over all. This is not propaganda and no I haven’t drank the cool aid.
The world is so much smaller and growth is occurring at a slower rate mostly because jobs, employment and unemployment, are making people nervous. The desire to spend and have fun is palpable. I find that people are still spending but a lot are just standing around and just looking.
Fashion Week New York style, was a diverse course of smaller parties and a draw down on the high profile. The few things that stood out are the premier of the Coco Channel movie, The Cult’s performance at Rose Bar at the Gramercy Hotel and the Last Magazine party which moved from Thomas Hayo’s loft to the Submercer. Yes the Boom Boom Room hosted some great parties but they weren’t the highlights.
The battle of the new spaces Abe & Arthur’s and Simyone Lounge (SL) vs. Avenue wasn’t much of a to do. Both venues hosted fashion events and people were pretty much just going through the motions attending with no major appearances of celebrities. Actually, Rihanna, who’s the shizzle, was the biggest name out and about and the big night was Jay-Z’s party at 1Oak where she co-hosted the event. Of course there is always the adventurous LL, Lindsay Lohan, making the rounds preparing for her big show with fashion label Ungaro in Paris.
Paris fashion week, Prete Porte, was fun, exciting and was just simply… Paris. New York was well represented in the Parisian Night life. I hosted my “Made In NYC” party at Sens with Cyril Peret, the owner of Sens and had DJ Sinatra and Paris’ DJ Magnum compete for the cheers of the packed house. Model high lights included Giedre Dukauskaite, Eniko Mihalik, Zuzana Gregorova, Laura Blokina, Ginta Lapina and Egle Tvirbutaite. Richie Akiva came to support and I returned the favor the next evening at his 1Oak party at the VIP club with the owner Jean Roc as they celebrated a joint birthday. Sunday Regine was the party. I co-hosted with Derick Blassberg, Tommy Sahleh, Paul Sevigny, the Misshapes and Steven Rojas called New York New York. Everyone in fashion and its periphery was there. Party went until 6am.
The Plaza Athenee, 25, Avenue Montaigne, was the party before the party on each nigh and regardless as to the featured party of the night the it crowd ended each night at BC, Black Calvados 40, avenue Pierre ler de Serbie Paris VIII, the sexiest lounge in Paris. The darling of Paris fashion week? Rihanna! She was the “it” in Paris and believe me i tried to get her to come out and support my events but She was doing shows during the day and working on completing her album at night. Yep! She’s was killing it in the studio. Who knew Paris was the place to be to make hit records!
Well I opened Greenhouse for Jon B and Barry Mullineaux. I can’t argue with the concept: Green is the new Black. As the world latches on to the concept of being environmentally conscious why not a night club that reflects this initiative in its design. It sounded gimmicky but I believe in the idea behind it. The catch was to work on this project meant working with the king of 27th Street. In New York City that means commercial crap lining the couches and bar. Its not crap… It’s just not my idea of a good crowd.
Greenhouse opened with tremendous fan fair and rightly so. The timing, concept and team was perfect. But that’s all that was right about Greenhouse. The underlying theme in marketing management was a race to the bottom: let in the masses. I’ve never been one to enjoy big spaces and too many people. Call me a snob but having space and surrounding yourself with friendly familiar faces has always been more fun to me. Don’t get me wrong. Greenhouse is fun. It’s just not for me.
The new club/lounge I’m involved with is Southside (great name no?) It’s a speakeasy type basement club at the crossroads of Soho and Nolita, just around the corner from La Esquina. It’s a mix of Hipster, celebs, socialites and models with a heavy Aussie influence. The music is noticeably not like every other club. Dee Jays spin rock, mash up, oldies all within upbeat remixes that has the entire club singing and dancing with minimal hip hop. It’s a refreshing change from the same sets you’ll hear in almost every club. Reservations recommended 1 Cleveland Place NYC (212) 680-5601
Ranked fourth by Black Book’s best lounges in NYC. Above Allen is located on the 7th floor of the Thompson Hotel LES. It has the most remarkable view of Manhattan. The space is actually situated on a terrace that has a retractable roof that allows 90% of the space to be outdoors in the summer and cozy and warm in the winter months. With really tasty specialty cocktails a small but fun food menu of sushi rolls, cheese burger spring rolls and salads among the menu items. Cute and sexy Above Allen is another installment in the Thompson Hotel Group’s growing list of “Above” themed spaces both in NYC and LA. Hotel Guests, reservations and guest list to gain access. Bottle service, cocktails and appetizer menu. 109 Allen Street (btn. Houston and Stanton) 212-460-5300
What you may not know about Gerard Butler‘s new film Law Abiding Citizen is that he almost single handedly rescued the movie. If you remember back after NYE I wrote about Gerry’s gushing about his movie with Jamie Foxx. Well his excitement was coupled with anxiety. He explained that the film was terribly written and he took over the producer’s role and brought in a new team of writers (and money) to make this project work and right the ship. It was funny because he told me the story about scene he’d shot with Jamie Foxx wherein Jamie was feigning punching him, Gerry, in the face. He said they shot it so many times his neck was killing him and he needed a deep tissue massage. They must have shot it 60 times. I wish him the best on this project. I’m going to see it today.
I cant wait to see Where The Wild Thing Are. Spike Jones has amazing vision and if anyone is familiar with the book by
Maurice Sendak you know you’ll be touched and blown away by this film.
I’m intentionally ignoring comment on Health Care and Afghanistan. I’ll call ’em as I see ’em when we have laws and a strategy. Why get ahead of myself.