Monday, September 5, 2016

Volkswagen #PinkBeetle Cocktail Reception

Volkswagen USA, in collaboration with Giuliana Rancic and The Pink Agenda held a special cocktail party to showcase the NEW limited-edition 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle. It's currently being auctioned off for charity at, where bidders will have the opportunity to become the first owner of the new model in the United States before it hits dealer showrooms in October.

Proceeds from the winning bid will support Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH and The Pink Agenda to raise money for breast cancer research and care, granting wishes to women undergoing breast cancer treatment, and to increase awareness of the disease among young professionals. The winning bidder will also have the exclusive opportunity to fly to New York City to attend The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala on October 13, 2016 and meet Giuliana Rancic.

“The timing of the launch of #PinkBeetle makes it a natural tie-in to support the fight against breast cancer. We are proud to team with The Pink Agenda, FAB-U-WISH and Giuliana Rancic for this cause,” said Vinay Shahani, senior vice president, Marketing, Volkswagen of America. “Volkswagen is committed to being an active member of the communities where we sell and service products; we hope that auctioning the #PinkBeetle will not only raise awareness for the cause, but also provide much needed funds to help find a cure.”

I had the immense pleasure of being invited by Volkswagen USA to cover this special evening, and as always it turned out to be quite a fun story.

One of my favorite things about themed events is the opportunity to pick out the right outfit for the occasion, and ambience. I’ve become very keen on selecting the right looks that fit within the context of all of the above, and this time was no exception when I chose a matching pink Eliza J dress to match the #PinkBeetle!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Holiday Lookbook Preview With 3d Public Relations & Marketing at Eventi Hotel

Wearing a faux fur vest from Belldini's new collection!

3d Public Relations & Marketing invited me to preview their fabulous holiday product offerings from their robust list of brands. The preview was held at one of my favorite hotels in NYC, the Eventi. This year’s featured brands included: 
Belldini, Dr. Carmen & Alexandra Harra, American Hearst Assocaiton, Ace and Everett, Dry Divas, Fabulous Gifts, Hawaiian Tropic Apparel, Happiest Tee, Healing Saint by Dr. Jane 360, Keep Healthy, Millianna, Modern Vice, Oxygentix, Shout Out Clothing, Simone I. Smith, Slimware, Woosh Beauty, Niall, Everly, Strikefroce, Tribute, Teapigs, True Eagle and Oliver. 

I almost didn't make it that day as my schedule filled up quite fast, and I had another social obligation right after, but I'm so happy that I did! I had the opportunity to be introduced to so many incredible new brands, and have a chance to meet a lot of the great people behind them. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Seventeen Magazine Fall Preview of The Edit Fashion Capsule Collection

This Summer was full of epic fashion adventures, but one of my favorites was definitely being invited to visit Seventeen magazine HQ to celebrate the launch of The Edit by Seventeen capsule collection. Executive Fashion Director Aya Kanai hosted this memorable event at Hearst Tower.

I wore my favorite Michael Kors dress, and teal heels for the occasion. I absolutely love planning my looks for events, and constructing a well thought combination. Although to be completely candid I didn't have much time that morning, so this look took me around 5 minutes. Luckily, I've developed an innate sense of what works to quickly pull something together!  

Saturday, August 6, 2016

My Best Friend Robyn's Wanderlust Themed Birthday: Caravan Stylist Studio with World Famous Mentor Doron Libshtein, Le Marais and Venetian Mask Party

This year for my best friend Robyn’s Birthday I threw a Wanderlust themed Birthday, creating destinations for her to visit throughout the day. 

This included a trip to New York City, Paris, and finally Italy for a Venetian themed after party. Deep within Robyn’s soul there is always an urge to get up and go, an innate fondness to journey, and not be mundane. She’s constantly seeking new adventures, and has an acquiesce desire to visit and explore new places like journeying all over Europe, living in Miami, and many other far away places.

Every year we always create special themes for each others Birthdays. It was a challenge to top the epic selfie themed Birthday she threw me last year, but I think I did a pretty good job this year. :) 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

TWELV Magazine "Tanabata" Soiree: Kimonos, Star-Crossed Lovers & Wishes!

Twelv Magazine hosted an outdoor ‘Tanabata” party at Laduree Garden in Soho. Tanabata is the Japanese traditional star festival to celebrate the meeting of the stars Vega and Altair. 

According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the 7th day of July. 

Guests were encouraged to wear a Yukata (Kimono) or border stripe clothing.
My last minute quest to find a Yukata (Kimono) was almost in vain, until my lovely friend Hiromi offered to lend me one that her grandmother had brought for her sister from Japan. 

It was such an honor to wear it and I couldn’t have been more thankful for the opportunity. It was definitely up there with those rare, special moments in life that make for one epic story!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ballet Hispanico 'Carnival' Gala at The Plaza Hotel

Dress by Cynthia Rowley

Ballet Hispánico held a Carnival themed gala which dreams are made of at the Plaza Hotel. In fact, a lot of dreams will in fact come true as it raised more than $1 million in support of the company's artistic and educational work in New York City and around the country. 

Attended by 325 guests, this year's Gala, themed "Carnaval" was a Latino celebration of life through music and dance, featuring performances by the Ballet Hispánico Company, the rising stars of second company BHdos and students of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, along with live music by Latin band Los Hacheros.

Ballet Hispánico honored Richard E. Feldman with the Civic Inspiration Award and Linda Celeste Sims with the Nuestra Inspiración Award. The evening's festivities were hosted by Univision personality Lili Estefan, co-host of the network's "El Gordo y La Flaca." Proceeds from the evening will benefit the creation of new Company works, need-based financial aid and merit scholarships in the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and community arts education programs.

"We are thrilled to announce that we exceeded our goal of $1 million," said Kate Lear, Chair of Ballet Hispanico's Board of Directors. "The overwhelming generosity of our attendees and donors, along with the breathtaking talent of our professional and student dancers, made for a fantastic event with which to celebrate Ballet Hispánico's 45 years of changing lives."

Celebrating 45 years of sharing and reflecting the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, Ballet Hispánico is the new expression of American contemporary dance. Led by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the Company has produced world-class, multifaceted performances that have featured master works by Nacho Duato, cutting-edge premieres by Cayetano Soto and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and live music collaborations with renowned artists such as Paquito D'Rivera and Ruben Blades-to name a notable few. Ballet Hispánico has performed for audiences totaling over 3 million, throughout 11 countries, and on 3 continents. Through the work of its professional company, school of dance, and community arts education programs, Ballet Hispánico celebrates the dynamic aesthetics of the Hispanic diaspora, building new avenues of cultural dialogue and sharing the joy of dance with all communities. 

For more information, visit 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Euro Optix Photo Shoot On The Upper East Side

Taxi please! What better way to hail a cab on the upper east side, than in my favorite Euro Optix sunnies, and a Cynthia Rowley hot pink dress! Summer just started, and I couldn’t be more excited to do a special photo shoot for Euro Optix, a fabulous new venture from my friend and Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Lauren Rae Levy! Euro Optix has a wide array of sunnies/optics, but my favorites were these gold-rimmed aviators. 

Euro Optix are the most advanced aviator sunglasses available. The light weight, carbon fiber glasses have transitional lenses adapt in sunlight, making them the perfect shades to sport day to night! The universal aviator style looks great on any face shape (male or female). Euro Optix are available in readers with an invisible bi-focal as well as non-readers.

Check out to see more styles. Congrats Lauren on your awesome new venture! xx

Sunday, May 29, 2016

37th Annual Russian Nobility Ball At The Pierre Hotel

I had the honor of attending the 37th annual Russian Nobility Ball at the magnificent grand ballroom in the Pierre Hotel. 

Since 1933, the Russian Nobility Association has exemplified the spirit of generosity in providing invaluable aid to orphanages, children’s hospitals, homeless shelters, and schools around the globe, as well as supporting Russian cultural and educational institutions. 

The Russian Nobility Association in America began in late 1933 when a group of Russian noblemen in New York headed by Prince Alexis Obolensky decided to open an American branch of the French “Union de la Noblesse Russe”. The French group, founded in Paris in 1925 and at that time headed by Prince Vladimir Troubetzkoy, sought to fill the role formerly held by the regional Nobility Unions of Imperial Russia. The primary purpose of the Union in emigration was the assembly of correct genealogical information about the members of the nobility who had escaped Russia, and to keep a careful registry of their further births, marriages, and deaths abroad.

The early social events of the Association were reflective of New York’s “Café Society.” They were a real mixture of the ancient Russian titled nobility and aristocracy, New York Society, and a smattering of famous performers and artists. The earliest locations for events were the Hampshire House, the Ritz Towers, the St. Regis, the Sherry-Netherland, and the many Russian nightclubs and cabarets that dominated New York nightlife, including the “Russian Eagle” at the Sherry-Netherland, and “Oussadba” on East 57th Street.

The Russian Nobility Association in America, Inc. (RNA) is a not for profit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the RNA are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. There are no donation limits or restrictions on contributions to the RNA.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Google Executive Shannon Snow's New York Launch Party For Namesake Tech x Fashion Collection + Exclusive Interview!

I was so excited to meet and interview Google Executive, and newly minted fashion designer Shannon Snow and her co-designer Rik during their exclusive launch party at the Jimmy James hotel in New York.  

Shannon is a Silicon Valley business executive. In her ten year career at Google, she has advised hundreds of start-ups, built international teams, and led business units responsible for up to $250M in annual revenue. She is passionate about education, and founded the first team at Google dedicated to helping EdTech companies grow and succeed. Shannon inherited her love of fashion from her mom and grandmother, who taught her that what you wear has the power to transform who you become.  

Based in California, Shannon launched her namesake dress collection inspired by the lives modern women lead. Her collection includes: being work friendly, easily transitional from day-to-night, jet-set + fitness ready, and of course super tech savvy! Essentially, everything a modern day working, multifaceted fashionista would need in her dresses!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The 61st Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf Hotel

I had the grand pleasure of covering the 61st Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf Hotel in New York. The words “Viennese Opera Ball” have long been synonymous with international glamour, romantic elegance and prestige. The earliest Viennese Opera Balls can be traced to the late 18th century and reached their zenith in the brilliant balls and receptions held during the 1814 Congress of Vienna. They were commemorated in history with the observation that “The Congress didn’t sit, it danced.” 

The Austrian court hosted international leaders and crowned heads of state at Viennese Opera Balls. In 1854, the young Emperor Franz Joseph decreed that Vienna, the seat of his court, would be newly laid out; he added the proviso: “…the new opera house should be used for the performance of operas and ballets as well as for the celebrations of opera balls..” 

Until the early 19th century, the waltz, a dance in which the partners touch and swirl together- was considered too erotic and exciting to include in events where propriety was in order. But when the great composer and orchestra director Johann Strauss was named Dance Music Director of the Imperior Court in 1835, the waltz received formal approval as an official dance in Vienna. 

Johann Strauss went on to compose over 150 waltzes and did concert tours with his orchestra, introducing Viennese music to Europe. His son, Johann Strauss, Jr. became known as the “Waltz King,” as he wrote over 400 waltzes, including “Tales of the Vienna Woods,” Songs of Spring, and “Emperor Waltz.” 

The waltz and the Viennese Opera all became an important Austrian Cultural phenomenon. Over time, the concept of the ball was refined to ensure that the ambiance remained true to the tradition. Thus, in 1877, the first of the “court opera soirees” (known as the “Hofopern- Soireen”) was staged. The Strauss orchestra performed under the direction of Edward Strauss (Johann, Jr.’s younger brother). 

Today, the Viennese Opera Ball remains an international social landmark. The February 28, 2016, Ball in New York marked the 61st consecutive Viennese Opera Ball held under the auspices of the U.S.-Austrian Chamber of Commerce. It has become the perfect way for transplanted Austrians to celebrate their culture with their many international friends. This year’s charity beneficiaries included: Ronald McDonald House of New York and New York Rotary Foundation. To learn more visit:

Sunday, January 24, 2016

150th Anniversary Harvard Gala

I had the absolute pleasure of attending Harvard’s 150th annual dinner gala at the historic Harvard Club in New York City. It was a surreal, magical experience that is hard to put into words, but I’m certainly going to try… 

Like with all fairytales, it includes a ball gown, dapper date and an evening with all the decadence befitting the Ivy League elite.  

I wore a brilliant off the shoulder floral jacquard high-low ball gown by Cynthia Rowley for this momentous occasion. I’ll never forget walking into the Harvard Club main room and hearing the audible comments about my gown. I felt like Cinderella in every sense of the word, and it was thrilling to know that I had chosen the right gown. 

Adam Kaplan, a Harvard grad that I had met a few days earlier through mutual friends had invited me to the Harvard gala. Adam was equally well dressed in his black and white suit, bow tie and matching pocket square. We looked like the King and Queen of the Harvard gala that evening. 

The Harvard Club of New York, the city’s most exclusive private club, is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Opened in 1894, the original three-story Neo-Georgian landmark preserves Harvard’s traditions and timeless legacy. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

New Year New Hair: Blonde Ombre Makeover At Christo Salon Fifth Avenue

Celebrity Stylist Ivan Torres and me
New Year new hair! I was so excited to get an ombre hair makeover at the famous Christo Salon on Fifth Avenue.
For the past few years I’ve been dreaming of getting this done, but couldn’t quite do it because my hair was not long enough to achieve the look that I wanted. When I first met Christo at his Birthday/Holiday party a few weeks ago I knew that I wanted to get my hair done at his salon. Aside from being one of the nicest, most welcoming people I’ve ever met, I was also incredibly in awe of his decadent salon from the plush leather waiting coaches to the enchanting chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The ambience was the epitome of Hollywood glamour, and I couldn't wait to treat myself to the experience.
Just a few days before the New Year I emailed Christo to see if there were any appointments open in the near future, and to my luck there had been an opening a day after the new year! I was so excited to find out that Celebrity stylist Ivan Torres was going to be doing my hair that day. Ivan was the incredible stylist who created the black swan inspired updo for me when I attended New York Fashion Week a few months ago in September. The paparazzi absolutely loved that look, and now I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have Ivan create an ombre masterpiece for me.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christo's Birthday/Holiday Party At His Glamorous Fifth Avenue Salon

I had the absolute pleasure of attending Christo’s Birthday/Holiday party at his namesake salon, Christo Fifth Avenue. It was certainly a fête fit for a star and with all the trimmings! (Pun intended.) 

The evening included decadent guests in formal attire, open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ Angelo and gambling.

Christo is one of the most extraordinary people that I’ve ever met. Dubbed “The King of Curls” by The Wall Street Journal and Women’s Wear Daily, Christo approaches curly hair with revolutionary Diametrix cutting and styling technique. His philosophy centers on healthy, gorgeous hair, and his luxurious line of Curlisto® products focuses first and foremost on nourishing hair with ingredients that specifically remedy curly hair challenges.

His styling has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, American Salon, Modern Salon, Glamour Magazine, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Family Circle and countless more. Christo has been featured as hair expert for many news segments including PIX11, ABC, CBS, FOX 5, and Telemundo. Christo was also invited to transform hair color and style for TLC’s “Date Patrol,” HBO’s “Fit Club,” Bravo’s “Guide to Style” and Reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson from “Kendra On Top.”

Christo works closely with top designers for major fashion events, including New York and San Francisco Fashion Week, the Latin Grammy and Billboard Awards, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival to name a few.

Over the past 20 years, Christo has styled and recommended products for many V.I.Ps and celebrities such as Princess Lalla of Morocco, the First Ladies of Cyprus, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as Nia Long, Kelly Preston, Jamie Shimizu, Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls, Adrienne Bailon, Matthew Modine, and Marcia Gay Harden. Other celebrities include Debra Messing, Olympia Dukakis, Rosanna and Patricia Arquette, Katherine Waterston, Andrea Powell, Angelica Vale, Christian Siedel, Sofia Milos, Tony Trucks, and various cast members from the popular Twilight Saga, TV series Gotham, Orange Is The New Black, and many more.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin's New Jewelry Collection 'Homage', Inspired by America's Royal Family

Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin hosted a launch party for her new jewelry collection called “Homage” with the support of friends including Avenue's Randi Schatz, Tracy Stern, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Nicole Noonan and Lindsay Stokes from TOWN ResidentialI unfortunately had a scheduling conflict the evening of the launch party but was thrilled to receive a post recap from Consuelo's PR team.

I’ve considered Consuelo the epitome of style and grace ever since we met two years ago at the Raine Magazine soiree at the Pierre hotel. With a lineage of a Vanderbilt it’s quite natural that Consuelo launched her own collection of socialite worthy jewels. 

The dazzling new line was inspired by the jewelry worn by five generations of Vanderbilt's, one of America's Royal Families. Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin developed a range of pearl and diamond fashion jewelry that is exclusively sold at HSN. A direct descendent of railroad tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Marlborough, Consuelo appeared on air on December 21st to tell the historic and romantic stories behind the pieces.

The luxurious and sophisticated 24-piece collection was created after Consuelo inherited an engagement ring from her great-grandmother, Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl, which according to family lore belonged to the Duchess of Marlborough. That ring was the catalyst to the creation of the personally crafted ‘Homage” collection. The range includes pieces that reflect the historic jewelry worn by her family, and the contemporary reflections of styles Consuelo wore during important moments in her own life.
Consuelo, a lifestyle entrepreneur, is cousin to Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper, and has had a successful career as a Billboard Recording Artist. In several pieces, you see an edgier design reflective of her personal style. The Tempest Ring and Cuff features a 'diamond' pave pattern in a zigzag style. The Society Earrings feature clusters of white pearls and was worn by Consuelo in her latest music video that was filmed at The Vanderbilt Museum in Long Island, the former home of her great, great grandfather, Willie K. Vanderbilt Jr.

Ranging in price from $29.95 to $199.95 the collection is now available on

Congratulations Consuelo on your stunning new jewelry collection. Hope to see you again soon! xx

Check out exclusive pictures from the launch party as well as a few shots of my favorite pieces below!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Holiday Makeover At Caravan Stylist Studios + Dita Von Teese Book Launch!

I had a chance to get glammed by the incredible team at Caravan Stylist Studios for Dita Von Teese’s book launch.

The Caravan team put together a special Healthy Essentials beauty lounge for influencers to get ready for Holiday parties. The lounge was filled with amazing beauty and health essentials from Johnson & Johnson.

Caravan Stylist Studio is an influencer hub with a full service hair, makeup and styling wardrobe studio. By pairing designers with celebrities, artists, and influencers through creative events, photo shoots, and more Caravan creates buzz and grows recognition for unique brands. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

My Incredibly Epic Selfie Themed Birthday Party!

My 29th Birthday was quite literally the best Birthday I’ve had so far. Split into two parts, the first included a nice sit down dinner with my family at my favorite restaurant. My best friend Robyn coordinated the second part of my Birthday which she hysterically themed “Selfie” because of my insatiable knack to take every possible kind of selfie picture. 

For the second part of my Birthday I wore the above THEIA ivory beaded art nouveau cocktail dress, which I chose because it reminded me of something Daisy from the Great Gatsby would wear. 

My incredibly sweet friends coordinated such a thoughtful evening full of surprises for me that I can’t wait to tell you about the rest of this story. It made me realize just how lucky I am to have them in my life. This past year hasn’t been the easiest, but they’ve stood by my side through everything. Celebrating my Birthday with almost every single person I love meant the world to me, and was in itself the best Birthday gift I could possibly ask for. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bulova x InStyle Party At The Empire State Building

InStyle Magazine hosted an influencer event at Bulova’s showroom in the Empire State Building to celebrate their collaboration with renowned graphic artist Christopher Lee Sauvee for the company's Diamond Watch Collection for ladies. 

It was an intimate event, with a fun-filled evening of cocktails and personal styling sessions courtesy of InStyle's Executive Style Correspondent, Dana Avidan Cohn.

I was thrilled to join InStyle and fellow influencers at the iconic Empire State Building for an exclusive celebration of Bulova’s partnership and new collection.

My look for the evening was a black feather Cynthia Rowley dress. It probably wasn’t the smartest idea to wear a feather dress in the pouring rain, but somehow I managed to pull it off!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

H.U.G. 60th Anniversary Diamond Themed Gala With JCPenney, Hanesbrands & Intimate Apparel Square Club

Members and supporters of the prestigious Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC), the New York-based charity known for supporting pediatric treatment and rehabilitation, celebrated their 60th Anniversary with a diamond themed fête at the luxurious 230 Fifth in Manhattan. 

The “Who’s Who” of the intimates industry honored Hanesbrands and JCPenney in addition to presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Joan Gold.

Top apparel industry executives from the retail, manufacturing and supply sectors reunited to raise funds for Rusk Rehabilitation's pediatric programs and other children's services at NYU Langone Medical Center. 

I wore a THEIA jacquard ball gown with strapless crepe bodice and patent belt for the occasion. As with any THEIA gown, the moment I put it on I felt like a Princess. In fact, inspired by the Greek Goddess THEIA, this evening wear, bridal and day dress collection was created to bring out every woman’s inner goddess. One of the original Titans, THEIA who ruled during the Greek Golden Age, possessed the incredible power of light which radiated from her sparkling eyes.  

Established in 1955, The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Club’s annual fundraiser, which was renamed the H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Gala in 1998, honors well-respected, high-profile companies and individuals, and has generated more than $6 million in support of Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center.

To date, the H.U.G. Gala has raised more than $6 million for Rusk pediatric rehabilitation and Tisch Hospital programs. 

To learn more about the IASC, H.U.G. Gala or to donate, visit  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pier59 Studios 20th Anniversary Soiree With Prince Federico Pignatelli Della Leonessa

Prince Federico Pignatelli Della Leonessa held a star-studded soiree fit for a royal to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his Pier59 Studios at the Chelsea Piers.

The event was co-hosted by Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, and internationally acclaimed photographer Russell James. Over 200 top models attended the event to celebrate two decades of art and beauty at Pier 59 Studios.

Also in attendance were over one thousand people from the fashion industry that included elite guests like Ed Razek President of Victoria's Secret, Mario Sorrenti, Erez Sabag, Elie Tahari, Tiesto, Martha Hunt, Anna Cleveland, R.J. King, Lindsay Ellingson, Paul Haggies, Ymre Stiekema, Alex Von Furstenberg, Ty Hunter, Alex Lundqvist, Oda Marie Midboe, Viktoria Sasonkina, Bregje Heinen, Maxwell, Alina Baikova, Trevor Reckling, Elliot Tebele, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, Johannes Huebl, Maury Hopson, Ivan Bart, Jonathan Cheban, Countess Luann De Lesseps, Victoria De Lesseps.

Prince Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa was born in Rome, Italy in 1963. He hails from a family of ancient Italian nobles with roots dating back to 900 AD and direct Aristocratic ties to Pope Innocenzo XII. Pignatelli began his career in his home country of Italy as a real estate developer and leading financial journalist in monetary policy, before segueing into prominent careers in international finance in Switzerland and London. After several successful and rewarding years in the investment banking business, Pignatelli decided to follow his enduring passion for photography, leading him to the creation of Pier59 Studios.

"Reflecting back on the past 20 years fills me with tremendous pride. I have been blessed with so many great experiences and have had the honor of sharing these moments with so many incredible people that have touched my life. Pier59 Studios started as a passion project and has manifested truly into an iconic space for creativity in all realization for fashion and advertising in over 50,000 photoshoots. I am thrilled that so many friends and people that are passionate about Pier59 Studios joined me in celebrating its 20th Anniversary, as well as the launch of my new book, The Great Beauty," said Prince Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa, CEO of Art and Fashion Group and Pier59 Studios the world's largest and most renowned photo studio complex.

At the climax of the evening, Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa staged a beautiful white Arabic stallion with a fully nude model perched atop, superbly holding a large white falcon, an homage to beauty and nature as symbolized in Pignatelli's new book The Great Beauty.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Yellowstone Park Foundation's 1st Annual Young Patrons Benefit

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Young, beautiful and charitable was the scene at Yellowstone Park Foundation's 1st Annual Young Patrons Benefit at the Bowery Hotel rooftop. I was thrilled to have a chance to attend and cover every exciting moment of this highly anticipated charity event, which ended up raising a grand total of $42,957.

I wore one of my favorite flower dresses from Teri Jon in the spirit of the evening’s nature conservancy theme. I loved everything about this dress, from its stunning jeweled neckline to its gorgeous painted flowers.  

Co-Chairs included: Arielle Patrick, Alice Ryan McCormack and Jackie Rooney.

Host Committee: Martin Ambrose, Eric Bicknese, Liz Bourgeois, Ben Bronfman, Alexander Cook, Kipton Cronkite, Peter Davis, Nell Diamond, Savannah Engel, Alexandra Fairweather, Juliet Falchi, Isabela Garcez, Sarah Hansen, Lizzy Harris, Patricia Ruiz Healy, Chance Tileston Heath, Michael Jaconi, Fifi Knott, Sims Lansing, Scott Manniello, Lansing Moore, Chelsea Mouta, Magan Munson, Maude Navarre, Philip Piro, Stephen Powers, Steve Read, Hilary Stingley, Curtis Young, Spencer Zakarin.

Sponsors: Punzoné Vodka, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Archer Roose, Wyoming Whiskey, American Juice Company and Luzzo's BK.

The Yellowstone Park Foundation is the official fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. In 1996, a group of concerned citizens, working with the National Park Service, started the Foundation in order to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone National Park.

The Yellowstone Park Foundation works to fund important projects and programs, many of which are beyond the financial capacity of the National Park Service. The Foundation receives no annual government funding; it relies instead upon the generous support of private citizens, foundations, and corporations to ensure that Yellowstone's great gifts to the world will never diminish.Since its inception, the Yellowstone Park Foundation has raised more than $85 million for Yellowstone National Park, and has successfully funded more than 300 Park projects.

You can find more information on the Yellowstone Park Foundation on the website:

William Banks-Blaney’s Launch Party For His New Book: Iconic Dresses: 25 Moments in Twentieth-century Fashion

I had the absolute pleasure of attending William Banks-Blaney’s launch party for his new book: Iconic Dresses: 25 Moments in Twentieth-century Fashion. The event was held at the Jonathan Adler store in Soho. 

Who better to help celebrate such a fashion icon than Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan?! I was so excited to join both of these legends in honor of William’s historic new book. 

The book begins with a lovely foreword by Rachel Zoe, as she describes how she first met William when he invited her to a private appointment at his store in London. She continues to describe William's brilliant work. "William possesses an insurmountable knowledge of vintage. He is truly an encyclopedia of couture."- Rachel Zoe

In this book, through his selection and description of 25 iconic vintage dresses, William Banks-Blaney tells the history of twentieth-century couture, the fashion designers who created the dresses and the women who wore them. It threads together what was happening socially, culturally, politically at the time and how it influenced designers including Fortuny, Chanel, Dior, Courreges, and Halston.