Beauty Tips From Designer Rachel Roy

Designer Rachel Roy has built a following for not only her beautiful designer and diffusion collections but also her amazing personal style and beauty that can been seen as she sits in the front row during Fashion Week as well as in her own creations on the catwalks. Rachel gave us the scoop on how she expresses her Indian ancestry through her makeup, and as well as her personal tricks to looking bright, fresh, and flawless.

Have you picked up any great beauty tips or tricks that you can share?

Rachel Roy: I feel a great mascara can open the eye and instantly make you look as though you've have a good night's sleep, even when that is not the case. I use two to three coats of Lancome's Fatale on the top, bottom, and also on the back of the top lashes.

Do you have a beauty signature? A fragrance or a lip color that you just love to wear?

RR: Because of my Indian ancestry, I love darkly rimmed eyes - a messy eye adds a sexy yet natural look to a classic outfit. To make the eyes smoky, I use Revlon's Luxurious Color Kohl eyeliner in Black Truffle on the inside of the lids.

What about a lip color that you just love to wear? What do you put on to achieve your favorite look?

RR: Bright lipstick is a way to quickly pop an outfit and freshen up a look a la Ava Gardner in "The Barefoot Contessa." My favorite bright is MAC's Morange lipstick - it's a great way to add a twist to a classic look.

Any last bits of advice?

RR: Another way to make your face pop is to fill in the eyebrows. I use Bobbi Brown's eye shadow in Navajo.

Stepping Out And Stepping Up To Benefit The New York Women's Foundation

Cathleen De Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Nicole B. Brewer - Photos by Patrick McMullanOn a brisk autumn night in the Big Apple, Gotham Hall, a converted bank, opened its massive brass and glass doors to welcome the members of the New York Women's Foundation for their annual "Stepping Out and Stepping Up" awards dinner to celebrate the lives of hard working women across New York City who serve as "role models of courageous leadership, vision and commitment to women and families as individuals and as partners." The evening was a celebration of the investment this group has made in the community for the past 22 years through over $20 million in grants and educational programs to bolster the dreams of over five million women. The simple idea that if you invest in a woman you invest in the community resonated throughout these marble lined halls.

Cocktail hour was a whirl of networking as elegantly attired Board Members greeted guests and regaled listeners with stories highlighting the achievements of the evening's honorees - Elizabeth and Herbert Sturz and Pulitzer Prize winning couple Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof. Co-Chairs Hyatt Bass, Sayu V. Bhojwani, Aiyoung Choi, Susan R. Cullman, Grace Hightower De Niro, Somers Farkas, Carolyn Buck Luce, Margaret Munzer Loeb, Jean Shafiroff, Diana L. Taylor, Jacqueline P. Togut, and Barbara Brizzi Wynne worked hard to make the evening a success and their passion for the cause was evident as they made their way into the hall as the program began.

ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts hosted the evening and began by introducing Diana L. Taylor, Vice Chair of the organization. Taylor greeted the guests and extolled the virtues of the group, and how together they had made strides in the development of women and communities across NYC. Ana Oliveria, President and CEO, introduced notable guests in the room, including Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Mary J. Blige, then spoke passionately about the future of the organization and the new program for the New York Women's Foundation where it will work in conjunction with the Mexican Embassy, represented by a beaming Ruben Beltran, Counsel General of Mexico.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Diana L. Taylor, honoree Herbert Sturz, and host Deborah Roberts Amid bites of delicious beet salad and sliced fillet of beef, the honorees sat humbly as the introduction began, starting with Samuel Peabody who brought the lifelong work of honoree Elizabeth Sturz and her Argus Community in the South Bronx to life. Taylor introduced the inspiring Herbert Sturz to the stage where he explained that a life lived searching for justice for all was more than worth the adventure. He is the founding chairman of The After-School Corporation which works to see that all children have access to quality, free after school programs.

Abigail Disney reflected on the work of Pulitizer Prize winning married couple Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof and their book, "Half The Sky" that opened the worlds' eyes to the terror of human trafficking. In her written notes she remarked, "Thank you for all that you've both done to take us to a whole new level and into another dimension of possibility." While Nicholas delivered his appreciation via pre-recorded video, Sheryl took the stage and challenged the assemblage to look to the heart and act against mistreatment of women across the globe.

Standing ovations followed each of the honorees and the room hushed for Roberts introduction of the evening's performer, none other than the Queen of Hip Hop, Mary J. Blige. A passionate Blige, a victim of abuse herself, performed her chart-topping "No More Drama" from her soul. It was raw and powerful and rocked the room to the core.

Guest included Sharon Bush, Steven Schott of the New York Junior Tennis League, portrait artist Zita Davison, author of "Houses of the Hamptons 1880 - 1930" and architect Gary Lawrance, Guy Robinson, Elizabeth Stribling, Gayle Atkins, Anne Bass, Elizabeth Cho, Gene Schwanke, Aiyoung Choi, Felicia Taylor, Denise Rich, designer Catherine Malandrino, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Brooke Beardsley, Tuhina Day O'Connor, Muffie Potter Ashton, Bana and Faisal Hassan, Larry Kaiser, and Ann Rapp to name but a few.

A passionate Mary J. Blige, a victim of abuse herself, performed her chart-topping 'No More Drama' from her soul and rocked the room.

Start Accessorizing!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is all about the fabulous clothes on the runway, but what makes these clothes really work...and makes them personal is how they are accessorized! The most important element to a flawless ensemble is the bold necklace, the earrings...the all important handbag. This season Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is pleased to present an exclusive preview to all the hot new trends in accessories for Spring/Summer 2010. Featured designers in the 'Accessories Exhibit' taking centerstage under the tents this week include accessory veterans and some fresh new faces such as…

Ambrosi Abrianna - Blending Ambrosi and Abrianna's individual tastes and creativity, their first handbag collection presents quality products built from a range of truly distinctive designs and materials, including crocodile, python and ostrich leathers that are collected from around the world and sent to Paris and Milan for handmade construction.

W Hotels The Store - Inspired by the design of five new international watches, these new W boutiques present a unique collection which exemplifies the fashionable spirit of the W Hotel franchise around the world. It features exclusive items from such acclaimed designers as Rachel Leigh, Lauren Merkin, Alex and Ani, and Foley & Corrina.
Lisa Kornman Luxe Lisa Kornman's collection began in 2000, crafting handbags from the finest Italian vegetable tanned leathers, exotic skins and unique hardware. Each piece evokes both individuality and a ladylike sensibility with its signature clutches and satchels.

Subversive Jewelry - Subversive introduces the new diffusion line inspired by the New-Dadaist Memphis Design movement of the 1980's and created for those with an eye for proportion and balance. The collection explores a wide variety of materials such as gold toned metals, semi-precious stones and rhinestone chains.

Isharya - The hot up-and-coming designer draws influence from the Indian royalty and the International Art Nouveau style of the early 20th century. Every season the sister-in-law duo never fails to create luxurious collections with original materials and global appeal.

Bindya NY - Bindya NY's effortlessly chic and luxurious wearable art is styled for every personality and inspired by the designer's trips to Paris and India. The collection is most famous for their tie-dyed cashmere scarves, gauzy shawls and fabulous wraps made from the finest quality blends of cashmere, wool and silk.

Judith Ripka - This line of fine jewelry makes a woman feel beautiful in either blue jeans or a little black dress. Two distinct collections, the 18k Couture Collection and Silver Collection are celebrated by the red carpet elite for it modern elegance and sophistication.

Lulu Frost - This fashion forward collection presents a fusion of old and new. Lulu searches for one-of-a-kind period antiques and reinterprets these rare finds by combining them with unexpected modern elements and stylistic treatments to create the most interesting and beautiful collection possible.

Alex Soldier - This magnificent collection is a work of art, representing a constantly evolving combination of shape, color and texture. His designs reveal a true passion for distinction and introduce innovative techniques for decorating metal surfaces and pushing the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship.

Carlos Falchi - In 1979 Carlos Falchi made his first deconstructed bag, the unlined buffalo satchel, that launched his career as a distinctive and detail oriented designer dedicated to the quality of the products and how the colors, styles and shapes make a woman feel. His revolution in handbag making has catapulted his career into the big leagues, designing for runway collections, celebrities, television, and major motion pictures.

Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Collection - For over a decade, Mercedes-Benz has offered an exclusive collection for the vehicle enthusiast. The collection includes fashionable women's and men's apparel, accessories, luggage and watches designed by Tourneau. Signature pieces include the "Seatbelt Bag", made from genuine seatbelt material and Mercedes-Benz pedal cars. Beginning fall 2009 they will also be partnering with Nike Golf for a series of new accessories.

Check them out this week or in stores near you soon.

You’re Invited To Fashion's Night Out

The fine, fashionable, and utterly fabulous folks behind Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week are proud to bring the fashion loving masses Fashion’s Night Out on Thursday, September 10th. They’ve invited every fashion retailer across the five boroughs of Manhattan to encourage the fun of fashion again—flagships, tiny boutiques, massive department stores, young designers, mainstream chains, and niche luxury names alike—by keeping their doors open late on the evening of September 10th and to implement creative customer experiences welcoming all.

Over 700 retailers and designers across New York City are confirmed participants in Fashion’s Night Out. Most events will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. On Fashion’s Night Out, every participating location is open to anyone and everyone so grab a friend or two and go for it. Neither tickets nor invitations are required to join in the Fashion’s Night Out festivities.

And what’s a big event without a commemorative t-shirt? You can be sure that the very cool tee (shown here) created for this event rocks. At only $30 for short-sleeve and $35 for long-sleeve, made of pima cotton/modal and available in unisex sizes XS through L, they are a bargain with 40% of retail proceeds from the sale of the Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt to be donated by the retailers to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.

Here's a sneak peek at some scheduled events:
  • The Oscar Blandi Salon will offer an exclusive Blowout Lessons and Bellinis Master Class at 9:00 p.m. This service teaches clients the necessary skills to style and maintain the look of a salon blowout at home. Customers can sign up in advance to participate. Bellini’s, champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
  • The Laura Mercier counters in Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Bloomingdale’s will be hosting “Lash Out” events where consumers can receive complimentary lash application with a lash purchase.
  • Molton Brown will bring a bit of London to the Big Apple to celebrate the launch of the new men’s range. All Molton Brown emporia locations will be transformed into British pubs serving pints of British Ales with traditional salted snacks.
  • At the Saks Fifth Avenue ReVive Skincare counter top skincare expert and facialist, Teresa Celsa will host a “Get the Glow Head to Toe” event, where she will give complimentary skin-care consultations and mini facials. Shoppers will also be eligible to receive a complimentary 1oz. Moisturizing Renewal Cream (a $95 value) with the purchase of a full-size Moisturizing Renewal Cream for the face and a Moisturizing Renewal Cream for the body.
  • Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at the brightest store on the block. Get complimentary Stila makeovers while sipping champagne and previewing Betsey Johnson’s latest collection at her chich boutique.
  • Immediately following the fashion show, the Julie Haus Pop-Up store will open its doors to the public in celebration of Fashion’s Night Out from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The first five customers to spend $500 at the Julie Haus Pop-Up Store will receive a $100 gift card to, the world of beauty online.
There will be great sales, plenty of celebrities, and over-the-top fashion experiences to be had in every neighborhood so check out the website at and pick a spot nearest you. Happy shopping!

Art Aficionado Hugh Grant In Southampton

Jamie Grant, James Grant, Hugh Grant - Photo by John Wegorzewski
Actor Hugh Grant and his brother Jamie Grant hit the streets of Southampton on Saturday night to cheer on their dad, James Grant, who was exhibiting some 80+ watercolor paintings at the Keszler Gallery on Main Street, Southampton. The exhibition benefited the Southampton Fresh Air Home which treats physically disabled children to a vacation at their camp each summer.

Despite a "no photographs" rule, Hugh was cheerful, warm, and friendly to the guests and happily posed to help his father's efforts. You can soon see this lovable leading man opposite the Hamptons (and NYC's) own Sarah Jessica Parker in the upcoming flick, "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" out in December 2009. Cheers to you Hugh!

Red Carpet Interviews At The Art Of Fashion In The Hamptons Opening Night

Talk about star power – Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Donna Karan, Reed Krakoff of COACH, Tory Burch, and Ralph Lauren were under one roof celebrating fashion and art merging with their vignettes curated by two people who really know their fashion - Pamela Fiori, Editor in Chief of Town & Country magazine, and Stan Herman, artist and former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Chatting with these designers was a sweet deal for the fashion junkie in me. How often can you put your arm around Calvin Klein and ask about fashion trends or talk inspiration with Donna Karan? The designers, who had worked on the project for some six months in conjunction with the curators and Guild Hall to choose inspiration art, milled about happy to discuss their inspiration and talk fashion.

The exhibition is open until October.

Sweet Bonus For Beauty Junkies At

Calling all Beauty Junkies - fabulous bonus from online shopping mecca! is at it again, this time offering a one-of-a-kind gift with purchase this fall, continuing its popular designer bag series. Beginning September 1st, shoppers who visit and spend $100 or more will receive an exclusive, limited-time sample-stuffed gift with purchase travel bag from the award-winning fashion label Zero + Maria Cornejo. Filled with prestige beauty samples, the exclusive set is valued at over $140.

The newest designer bag collaboration from highlights a travel bag trio featuring zippered compartments in three shapes: a triangle, square, and circle that can be carried individually or as a set. The circle is a solid black case lined in Maria Cornejo’s signature Mad Shapes print and is outfitted with elastic supply straps for brushes, tools, and breakables. The triangle and square are made of durable black mesh, perfect to stash in a purse for easy access on the go. Clip the three compartments together to triple the portable space for your beauty must-haves.

The Zero + Maria Cornejo for bag is valued at over $140 comes packed with SIXTEEN deluxe samples from some of the top prestige brands in makeup, skin care, bath + body, and hair care:
1. NICK CHAVEZ® Beverly Hills PLUMP ‘N THICK® Thickening Spray Gel with Collagen
2. Origins Modern Friction™ Nature’s gentle dermabrasion
3. BORBA GUMMI BOOSTERS Açaí Skin Balance Confections
6. TALIKA PARIS eye therapy patch
7. DIANA B. scented candle
9. Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara
10. paula dorf Perfect Primer®
11. RareMinerals™ Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer
12. dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleanerTM blackhead extractor
13. PHYTO phytodéfrisant
14. BVLGARI Omnia Green Jade Body Lotion
15. Arcona Night Breeze Heal/Protect PM
16. Urban Decay Lipstick, Sellout

"This bag is based on the three shapes that always inspire the collection – a circle, a square, and a triangle,” says Cornejo. “When I was designing the bag, I was thinking of busy women like myself who, when they travel, need maximum flexibility. I love the idea that each separate compartment snaps apart so that you can separate your products and just grab one item and go!"

Ladies, you should change you routine each season as your skin changes and make-up breaks down over time too. Here's the perfect opportunity to go out with the old and in with the new you!

Calling All Fashionistas: W Hotels Catwalk Package

This just in from the fabulous folks at W Hotels of New York who are proudly announcing their most fashion-forward offer, the Catwalk Package. This limited-time, exclusive package offers style aficionados the opportunity to view a runway show at Bryant Park, relax in style backstage at the W Hotels VIP Backstage Lounge, and enjoy the best of Fashion Week in true W Hotels style. In addition to these benefits, a portion of all proceeds from the sale of each package will be generously donated to Dress for Success.

“The Catwalk Package is a unique way for W Hotels to set itself apart from other luxury hotel brands by offering our guests the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to be a part of Fashion Week. With the Catwalk Package, our guests are able to enjoy Fashion Week as celebrities and models do-in the lap of luxury,” says Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels.

Glam out and be W Hotels' VIP guest at New York's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with their exclusive Catwalk Package:

- Go Trendsetting - Be the first to see this season's fashionable offerings with 2 invitations to a Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway show at Bryant Park. This season, tickets to the following shows are available: BCBG, Nicole Miller, Lacoste, Herve Leger, Custo Barcelona, Carolina Herrara, Tracy Reese, Badgley Mischka, Max Azria, TIBI, Nanette Lepore.
- Party - Hang out with "Who's Who" in the invitation-only exclusive backstage tour in the exclusive W Hotels VIP Backstage Lounge, which will offer a sneak peek at new W properties such as W South Beach, W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island and W Barcelona.
- Live Large - A fabulous night in your Fantastic Suite
- Indulge - BLISS’s Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
- Give Back - 10% of your VIP Catwalk package proceeds will benefit Dress for Success.

Tickets are subject to availability. Pricing starts from $969 per night based on double occupancy. To book, call Sasha Proano at 917-534-5946. For more information, visit Tres jolie!

The Hampton Classic – Classically Hamptons Style Defined

Caroline Lieberman, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Adriana Kaegi, Lucia Hwong Gordon - Photo by Rob RichEvery year an article or two (or ten) comes out that attempts to define “Hamptons Style” for men and women. It extolls the virtues of light fabrics, bright colors, and of course wedge shoes for all those garden parties. However at the annual Hampton Classic Horse Shows’ Grand Prix Sunday style watchers saw a parade of colorful frocks, fabulous hats, and wealthy gents and dolls dressed to the nines. It was summer style as it should be – chic, effortlessly unique, and personal.

Michelle Paterson and Debbie Bancroft - Photo by Patrick McMullanLooking fabulous at the Classic was easy for legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, New York’s First Lady Michelle Paterson, Rudy and Judith Giuliani, Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa, designer Nicole Miller, "NYC Prep" stars Sebastian Oppenheim and Hillary Saunders, Rick and Kathy Hilton, and social circuit luminaries Lucia Hwong Gordon, Adriana Kaegi, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Somers Farkas, Jamee Gregory, Audrey Gruss, Coleen Rein, Debbie Bancroft, Donna Soloway, Joy Marks, Caroline Lieberman, Joanne de Guardiola, and James and Whitney Fairchild.

Enjoy these shots by Rob Rich/ and!

Bruce Springstein and Patti Scialfa - Photo by Rob Rich
Kathy Hilton, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Somers Farkas, Nicole Miller - Photo by Patrick McMullanMark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa - Photo by Rob RichDonna Soloway and Coleen Rein - Photo by Patrick McMullanKathy Hilton, Rick Hilton, Joanne de Guardiola - Photo by Rob RichCassandra Seidenfeld and Paul Howe - Photo by Rob RichRingmaster Alan Heeley - Photo by Rob RichDan Gasby and B Smith - Photo by Rob RichJamee Gregory and Somers Farkas - Photo by Patrick McMullanJean and  Martin Shafiroff - Photo by Patrick McMullanJewelry Designer David Yurman - Photo by Rob RichJudith and Rudy Giuliani - Photo by Rob RichLeif Bringslimark and Joy Marks - Photo by Patrick McMullanSebastian Oppenheim and Hillary Saunders - Photo by Rob RichStewart Lane and Bonnie Comley - Photo by Rob Rich

Celebrity Sightings

Sir Ivan and Bunny Mina at Castlestock - Photo by
Unlike Las Vegas where what happens in Vegas, well, never gets repeated, what happens in the Hamptons gets reported everywhere case in point Sir Ivan’s Castlestock 2009 to benefit the Peaceman Foundation. Hundreds dropped by his fantastic castle, seriously a castle complete with a moat and drawbridge, for a night that, a few guests reported, could have been a scene at the Playboy Mansion. Over the top décor and outrageous costumes made for a night that will long be remembered. Spotted enjoying the frivolity were Bunny Mina, Sharon Bush, Dr. Howard Sobel, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” actor and activist Donegal Fitzgerald, Social Life magazine's Justin Mitchell and Devorah Rose, Plum TV’s Nick Leighton, and scores more.

For more stately affairs, Anne Hearst McInerney and author Jay McInerney hosted the annual Best Buddies benefit at their Water Mill home with guest of honor, and New York Governor, David Paterson. Also in the western-themed mix were Kathy and Rick Hilton, Holiday Hayes, Jason Binn of Niche Media and Hamptons magazine, Ralph Lauren model and polo player Nacho Figueras with his wife Delfina Balquier, Amanda Hearst, Broadway producers Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Sarah Herbert-Galloway, Marty Richards, and Somers Farkas.

Hello entourage! Finally someone, in this case music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons, brought a full-fledged entourage to the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Blue Star Jets Field. Also in attendance and looking fabulous was Serena Altschul, far from her days as an MTV News reporter and now with CBS News, who watched the match side by side Ramona Singer and Bethenny Frankel of “The Real Housweives of New York City.”

The Blue Parrott in East Hampton is cultivating a fabulous flock so to speak as Tory Burch, Veronica Webb, hair guru Frederic Fekkai, leading man Alec Baldwin, Harvey Weinstein with designer wife Georgina Chapman, Larry Gagosian, Ron Perelman, and rock music legends Jon Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters all popped by for a Tex Mex nibble.

Countdown To New York Fashion Week

In just a few weeks, fashion industry professionals from around the globe will convene in the iconic Bryant Park Tents to preview the Spring/Summer 2010 Collections. The runways will showcase the most inspiring new looks worn by top models, as they present the Collections from many creative designers never before seen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, alongside some of America’s most established names in fashion.

These newcomers and first-timers who include David Elfin, Cesar Galindo, Erin Wasson x RVCA, Vassilios Kostetsos, Toni Francesc, Tory Burch, Trias, and the Argentinean Designer Collections, will show their collections on the same runways as designers as Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Max Azria, Dennis Basso, Badgley Mischka, Tracy Reese, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others who hail from all over the world including Brazil, China, Nigeria, Korea, Japan, Israel, Spain, France, Germany and Australia.

"We are always pleased to embrace new designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” said Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion. “We know this platform provides ample opportunities for these designers to do business in the market and to generate maximum publicity."

Some of the inspirations which have influenced these newcomers to the tents are:

- David Elfin - His designs have an artistic aesthetic that bestrides androgynous and the suggestive, with added geometric prints and a classic, original flare.

- Cesar Galindo - The Texas native began as an assistant designer in the 1980s before designing his own signature label which sells to upscale designer boutiques and department stores.

- Erin Wasson x RCVA - Leading model, Erin Wasson has graced the covers of countless magazines and in the spring of 2009 launched her womenswear collection in collaboration with surf and skate lifestyle brand RCVA. The line embodies Wasson’s signature low-key style and edge and mixes with RCVA’s roots in action sports, introducing a fresh outlook on fashion to the international marketplace.

- Vassilios Kostetsos - Well known and loved in Greece, fashion designer Vassilios Kostetsos has been a leader in the fashion industry for the past 15 years. He is known for his divine designs, indulging our fashion expectations and dreams.

- Toni Francesc - A Catalan designer, Toni has shown his designs all over the world.

- Tory Burch - Launched in 2004, Tory’s classic American sportswear line brought together an eclectic sensibility with her unique personal style and spirit. Tory Burch is a lifestyle concept with multiple product categories including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry – while not new, is she showing at the Tents for the first time.

- Trias - Spanish designer to present his first Collection of crisp, radical apparel with modern classism influence paired with exaggerated detail shown through bold shape, lines and overall construction.

The official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule kicks off with Michael Angel followed by BCBGMAXAZRIA, David Elfin, Duckie Brown, Ports 1961, Rosa Chà, Cesar Galindo, Cynthia Steffe, Yigal Azrouёl, Twinkle by Wenlan, Charlotte Ronson, Monarchy Collection, Nicole Miller, ARISE African Promise Collective, Erin Wasson x RVCA, Venexiana, Lacoste, Georges Chakra, Andy & Debb, Academy of Art University, Christian Siriano, Chado Ralph Rucci, Vivienne Tam, Lela Rose, Derek Lam, Toni Maticevski, DKNY, Thuy, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rebecca Taylor, Y-3, Tuleh, Custo Barcelona, Vassilios Kostetsos, Carolina Herrera, Carlos Miele, Jill Stuart, Tracy Reese, Yeohlee, Tadashi Shoji, Tony Cohen, Gottex, Badgley Mischka, Brian Reyes, Pamella Roland, MAX AZRIA, Dennis Basso, Willow, Tibi, Narciso Rodriguez, Toni Francesc, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Milly by Michelle Smith, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Anna Sui, Maria Pinto, Doo.Ri, Ralph Lauren, Allude, Isaac Mizrahi, Trias, Calvin Klein Collection, Chocheng, Argentinean Designer Collections, and Tommy Hilfiger.

The Bryant Park Tents’ three venues include the Salon, the Promenade and the Tent. Over the course of eight days, approximately 100,000 people will pass through these venues to attend shows, meet and greet the media, retailers and fashion professionals - each doing their business from morning to night.

Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express, Maybelline New York, W Hotels Worldwide, TRESemmé, Palm Inc., McDonald's McCafé, LU Biscuits, Peroni, Chambord and O.N.E.™ One Natural Experience as well as the following media outlets The New York Times, Women's Wear Daily and Getty Images. Each of these sponsors will be providing hospitality, services and amenities to make the hectic week of shows as effortless and pleasurable as possible for all attendees.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an IMG owned and produced event. The Spring/Summer Collections will be held September 10-17, 2009. For more information visit

Beauty Buzz: Hair Goes Fabulous For Fall

I try hundreds of beauty products and love to pass on the scoop of the few great ones that top my list. These have all been tried, tested, and thoroughly put through the beauty wringer not just by me but my team of beauty junkies. So trust me when I tell you to try something, you will love it because if I didn’t I’d never mention it. Just this week in my beauty bag I found a hair care system that will restore any damage the summer did on your tresses that you simply have to have.

After a long summer in the pool or at the beach your hair might be a little, how can I say this nicely, crunchy. If you look like you’ve been stuck in the Sahara without a mirror try HerCut, a line of shampoos, conditioners, and catalysts that will treat the specific needs of your haircut.

For those of us with long layers I use the system made for my cut and it really adds bounce and shine that I couldn’t get before even with styling products. And heat damage, well simply disappears, it really does, it’s amazing.

First, the HerCut Normal to Oily Shampoo ($19) has a very light fragrance that won’t overwhelm and a rich lather. Somehow it even brings out the color of my hair – highlights are more vibrant even after they are way past their prime. The HerCutLight Conditioner ($19), again lightly scented, doesn’t weight down my hair even after a longer treatment I still get great results. Now for the best part, HerCut Long Layers Catalyst ($22) – a styling serum/leave in conditioner that separates each strand of hair adding fullness and movement.

Finally I can wash, dry, and go looking fabulous.

· HerCut is available online at and starting September 1st.

Celebrity Sightings

If after all these weeks you haven’t gone to Blue Parrot in East Hampton, if not for the delish food and great drinks but for the celebrities, where have you been going? They have A-List owners and investors who like to use the joint as their private lounge each weekend. For example, Oscar winner Renée Zellweger, the restaurant’s rumored investor, hosted a dinner party in celebration of her upcoming film, “My One and Only.” On Renee’s guest list were such names as designer Marc Jacobs with fiancée Lorenzo Martone, designer Tory Burch, polo player and model Nacho Figueras and wife Delfina Blaquier, rockstar Jon Bon Jovi, laughing lady Joy Behar, and reality star Bethenny Frankel. One name absent from the list was Renee's rumored boyfriend Bradley Cooper. Earlier in the week, other diners included heavy hitters Harvey Weinstein, Jeff Gordon, and Alec Baldwin.

PR guru and confidant of the Kardashian clan, Jonathan Cheban, can now also add animal defender to his resume. Jonathan was spotted making a brief escape from The Social Life Art Show this past weekend with Social Life Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Devorah Rose to come to the rescue of an injured dog. The reality TV regulars returned the wounded pup to its owner after an unknown driver hit the animal on the road, leaving it to suffer. Jonathan and Devorah returned to the Social Life Estate after ensuring that the dog was in good hands, and would make a full recovery.

Maggie Wheeler, aka Janice, Chandler’s girlfriend on "Friends," was spotted at Turtle Crossing on Thursday night enjoying the Laughing Pizza performance with friends while enjoying some classic BBQ – ribs, brisket, corn bread and more. The next night Tony Award winning actress Joan Allen (most recently seen in "The Bourne Ultimatum") was spotted sitting at the bar at Turtle Crossing with friends listening to Mama Lee Rose & Friends sipping pellegrino.

Vince Papale, a former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and who the 2006 movie the Invincible was based on, he was played by Mark Wahlberg, was spotted having lunch on Saturday afternoon at Rowdy Hall with kids and a friend.

The weekly roll call at Nick & Toni’s included Richard Gere and GE Smith who enjoyed a quiet meal in the back room with their wives, Steve Spielberg and Kate Capshaw who dined with Ed Burns and Christy Turtlington, designer Betsey Johnson, finally a large group of 14 sat outside on the patio including rock promoter Ron Delsener, Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel following her performance at The Stephen Talkhouse.

Dance To The Music At "On Our Toes in the Hamptons"

Ecidence Dance Company
Bernard Jackson and Joyce Mullins_JacksonBreak out your dancing shoes and get ready to be moved by the music! One of the end of summer highlights is back this weekend as "On Our Toes in the Hamptons," the annual performance and fundraising gala featuring Evidence, A Dance Company one of the world’s premier professional dance companies, returns for the sixth year.

Founded by Ronald K. Brown, Evidence, A Dance Company is rooted in African dance fusing Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet with the rhythms and sounds of the African Diaspora and Caribbean cultures. The late afternoon gala will take place at the Water Mill residence of The Honorable Bernard Jackson and Joyce Mullins-Jackson this Saturday, August 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Former CBS’ “The Early Show” co-anchor and best-selling author Rene Syler will be the event’s emcee.

Alicia and Daniel BythewoodAlicia Bythewood, of Sag Harbor and New York, is Chairman of what has become the premiere African American cultural event of the season. Her committee includes fashion designer b Michael, Gail Monroe Perry, Harriet Michel, Brian and Mira Mullins, Donna Williams, Neil R. Lowe, Reggie Canal, Leslie Mays, Zaid Abdul-Aleem, Dwayne Ashley, Monica F. Azare, Joanne E. Hill, Andrea Hoffman, Sandra D. Jackson-Dumont, James Sullivan, Jocelyn Taylor, Dr. Ancy Verdier, Lisa B. Walker, and Reginald Van Lee.

The late afternoon event will take place on the spacious poolside decks and under a tent designed by noted interior designers Anthony Bell of Interiors by Anthony Bell and Deanna Annis of the Furniture Garden. The late afternoon fete will feature 10 Cane Rum cocktails courtesy of Moet Hennessey, abundant hors d’oeuvres and several paella stations from The Seafood Shop of Wainscott, and silent and live auctions of luxury items and one-of-a-kind packages and performances by the company.

Nicole B. Brewer and Reginald Van LeeSelect auction items will be available for advance bidding on Charity Buzz. Among the fabulous items that will be up for bid are: a Quadruple Celebrity Makeover with make up, hairstylist, celebrity photographer session and a designer from H & M; sparkling watches from Christian Dior; a unique internship at the Basketball Academy; a private dance session and lunch with acclaimed choreographer/dancer Ronald K, Brown; an oil painting by celebrated artist Alvin Clayton; and glittering jewels from Judith Ripka, Emily & Ashley, Zales, and Jewels of the Ocean.

Generous sponsors of the event include HSBC Premier, Prudential, Continental Airlines and 10 Cane Rum/Moet Hennessey. Christian Dior will provide fabulous gift bags. The event is coordinated by The JFM Group.

There are a few tickets still available for this inspired event so hurry!

Fashion’s A-List Takes Over East Hampton

Nicole B. Brewer interviewing Calvin Klein - Photo by Lisa Tamburini
Over the years I’ve gone to some very fabulous parties with plenty of celebrities and business moguls but this past Friday night I was lucky enough to head over to Guild Hall in East Hampton for the opening party for the new “Art of Fashion in the Hamptons” exhibition.

Nicole B. Brewer and Betsey Johnson - Photo by Lisa TamburiniTalk about star power – Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Donna Karan, Reed Krakoff of COACH, Tory Burch, and Ralph Lauren were under one roof celebrating fashion and art merging with their vignettes curated by two people who really know their fashion - Pamela Fiori, Editor in Chief of Town & Country magazine, and Stan Herman, artist and former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Chatting with these designers was a sweet deal for the fashion junkie in me. How often can you put your arm around Calvin Klein and ask about fashion trends or talk inspiration with Donna Karan? The designers, who had worked on the project for some six months in conjunction with the curators and Guild Hall to choose inspiration art, milled about happy to discuss their inspiration and talk fashion.

Betsey Johnson came with a convertible wedding dress and tiara and explained with a giggle that she had been married two and a half times but loves weddings. Nicole Miller explained that for her the exhibit was an homage to her love of the sea and was comprised of blue party dresses on a shimmering blue mirrored floor. Designer Elie Tahari and wife Rory Tahari examined the vignettes holding hands and stroking each other like lovers all night as if they were alone at the museum. As each others’ inspiration they design their line together and each creation is a feast for the eyes. For fall, Elie says that black leggings are an essential.

Nicole B. Brewer and Donna Karan - Photo by Lisa TamburiniDonna Karan, who told me that she finds her inspiration working in her late-husband Stephen Weiss’ art studio, embraced the ideal of her Urban Zen Collection and showed off her new “Seven Easy Pieces” that should be in every woman’s wardrobe – pants, skirt, blouse, dress, jacket, jumpsuit, and great accessories. As the evening ended Donna was popping in and out chatting with friends clearly loving the night. She found a pair of sunglasses sitting on one the tables as she was leaving and asked around to find the owner after first looking to see if they were DKNY, they weren’t but mine were and she noticed with a quick, “Love that!,” as I interviewed her.

The exhibition is open to the public at Guild Hall, Main Street in East Hampton, until October.

Nicole B. Brewer interviewing Vera Wang - Photo by Lisa Tamburini

Sweet Endings: Blueberry Cosmo Is A Seasonal Smash

During the summer it's easy to go for the quick and easy margarita, mojito, or daiquiri but for a sweet, but not too sweet, change try a Blueberry Cosmo at Barristers Restaurant on Main Street in Southampton. This surprisingly refreshing concoction is a mix of Stoli Blueberry Vodka, Triple Sec, and a splash of cranberry and lime juices. Buy it by the glass for dinner or by the pitcher for a party. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Other fun cocktails on the menu include a Reggae Sunsplash (Bacardi Light Rum, Peach Schnapps, and cranberry and pineapple juice), the Strawberry Colada, and a Volcano (Southern Comfort, Vodka, Amaretto, pineapple and orange juice, and a splash of grenadine).

With this delicious Blueberry Cosmo I enjoyed lunch one afternoon with owner Michael Ferran in the outdoor back patio dining room. On a breezy summer day this space is a delight with natural light and side-street people watching. He said that the Memorial Day rush seemed as if, “a cargo ship unloaded at the end of the street." The crowd was a “mix of Europeans" he noted who were enjoying the exchange rate of the Euro and shopping like mad all over town.

We talked about the delicious menu available for lunch and dinner year-round here at Barristers. While Michael loves the BLT, he gives credit to the vegetable melt and calamari as close seconds. One of my favorites, the grilled peach salad will be back when local peaches come back in season at the end of the summer.

What to drink? He prefers wines instead of mixed drinks especially the Le Crema Chardonnay from California. All the wines on the list here are chosen by taste as well as ratings and he likes to keep the prices reasonable. Remember - a wine doesn't need a huge price tag to be good.

Barristers Restaurant is known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere that keeps people coming back week after week, year after year. Another thing that keeps them coming back are the burgers, made from freshly ground meat from Catena's Market every day, which some say are the best in town. Michael laughs, “I love the burgers when I'm not eating the BLT's."

Celebrity Sightings

The cast of Beautiful Life Nick Tortorella, Sarah Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth and Jordan Woolley - Photo by Wire Image
Seriously folks, if you aren’t hanging out in the Hamptons you must not be looking for celebrities. No need to travel to LA or NYC, they’re here by the beach.

Tim George Jr and Heather Mills - Photo by Wire ImageOn the party scene, Heather Mills (Paul McCartney's infamous ex-wife) was seen chatting with race car driver Tim George Jr. at the Social Life estate celebrating his magazine cover with publisher Justin Mitchell. Out in Montauk, reality star ("The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" and "The Real Housewives of New York City") turned bestselling author Bethenny Frankel partied at the Montauk Yacht Club promoting her new Skinnygirl Margarita line. Over at the AXE Lounge at Dune in Southampton young and fabulous faces including Brittny Gastineau and the cast of “Beautiful Life” Nico Tortorella, Sarah Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth, and Jordan Woolley partied until dawn.

Just this weekend I heard that Nick & Toni’s was jam packed (as per usual!) with celebs including fashion designers Isaac Mizrahi and Shoshanna Lowenstein, Drew Nieporent, polo player and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras, Rory Tahari, "Shock Jock" Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky-Stern, Nobu’s Richie Notar, music mogul Tommy Mottola and wife Thalia, music diva Mary J. Blige dined with record executive L.A. Reid, Bob Balaban was in with Mort Zuckerman, Anne Heche, Nathan Lane, and Twitter-loving A-List couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore popped in during their Hamptons trip prior to the premier of his new flick, "Spread."

Christie Brinkley - Photo by Wire ImageAcross town, Watergate’s Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward had a BBQ lunch at Townline BBQ with their wives. Wonder what those two wordsmiths were chatting about, oh to be a fly on the wall sometimes. Meanwhile, designer Betsey Johnson dined with her family on Saturday night at Matto.

Other famous faces spotted out and about included Christie Brinkley who brought her famous Cover Girl smile to the 20th Annual Family Day Wild, Wild West Carnival for the Einstein College of Medicine. During the weekly schmmozefest also known as the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Blue Star Jets Field I spotted Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen as well as Ramona Singer of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” art dealer Vered, and NFL veteran Antonio Garay.

Great Chef’s Dinner = One Delicious Success

The Great Chefs 2009
What’s there to do on a Sunday night in the Hamptons, well plenty actually, but seriously when it comes to big benefits they’re usually reserved for a jam-packed Saturday night. The clever organizers behind the annual Great Chefs Dinner, namely event founder Lizz Salaway, think outside of the box and know that Saturdays are packed and plan their annual event to benefit Jeff’s Kitchen at the Hayground School for Sunday when social calendars are a bit lighter. Not only is the crowd fabulous but the guest chefs come from both the North Fork and the Hamptons bringing their scrumptious talents with them to share with the guests.

This year Chef Eric Ripert, famous chef/owner of Le Bernardin and guest judge on “Top Chef,” headed the team of chefs creating the special seated dinner with Joseph Realmuto (Nick & Toni’s), Christian Mir (Stone Creek Inn), and Miche Bacher (Sacred Sweets). Together these chefs put together a family style dinner of ceviche, striped bass, Hayground Salad, and tantalizing sweet endings each course paired with wines from Bedell Cellars. Eric explained that his ties to the Hayground School are pretty clear – his children “attend the summer camp and love to spend time in the kitchen and garden.” For the charming Eric, who does not make the social rounds and prefers to spend low-key time with family, being part of this event is “giving back.”

Chef Eric Ripert takes his bow in the kitchen.Another famously handsome “Top Chef” was on hand with a delicious bite during the cocktail party, Sam Talbot, as in the Season 2 winner and chef at Surf Lodge in Montauk. Sam brought a crab creation with blueberries, ginger, and crumpled popcorn – different and very tasty – and his sense of humor. He said that this was his “go-to” dish for big parties and that it’s “something that no one else ever does” so it’s become his “signature” cocktail party nosh. With his car, surfboards strapped to the roof of course, waiting and ready for the next destination, Sam told me that married life (to Columbian model wife Paolo Guerrero) was “wonderful” as he flashed his wedding ring. He also beamed when he talked about his restaurant, the Mondrian in SoHo, slated to open in 2010. Can’t wait to set that reservation.

Nearly 200 foodies dropped by for the cocktail party to sample tid-bits created by Kevin Penner (1770 House), Brian Futerman (Foody’s), Cheryl Stair (Art of Eating), Andrew Engle (The Laundry), Tom Schaudel (A Mano), Jason Weiner (Almond), Michael Domitrovich (Montauk Yacht Club), Gerry Hayden (North Fork Table and Inn) , Jesse and Reed Boone (Mark it with a G), Michael Osinski (Widows Hole Oysters), and Michael Cavaniola (Cavaniolas Gourmet). Cocktails came by way of Crop Vodka, Vine Wine + Café, Fire Island Beer, VOSS Water, TeaNY, and Thunder Island Coffee.

A birds eye view of dinner.One hundred lucky folks staying on for dinner including artist April Gornik and Eric Fischl, Toni Ross, Kelly Killoren Bensimon of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Southampton Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, event planner extraordinaire Jill Gordon, and Brenda Seimer Scheider. Between ticket sales and the evenings silent art auction to event raised well over $60,000.

Event founder Lizz Salaway (in black wiht glasses) celebrates the night with friends.