A New York State of Mind

A Pair of Celebrations for God's Love We Deliver and Acne Paper


Michael Kors and Bette Midler   
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The cycle of charity events is almost nonstop in Manhattan, but when the beneficiary is a Manhattan institution—in this case, God's Love We Deliver—the stars really come out. The nonprofit's Golden Heart Awards celebration drew Robert De Niro, Bette Midler, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the evening's Lifetime Achievement honoree, Michael Kors. Along with Kors (who announced a $5 million donation to God's Love), Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and powerhouse volunteer Cindy Little received nods for their work with the organization, which has been providing meals to people homebound with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses for over 25 years.

But the night's unofficial award went to Bette Midler, for being the biggest ham in the room. Discussing the man of the hour, she said, "I've been asking him all night to tell me the winner of Project Runway—I'm addicted. Thank God I'm finally in a room with people who understand and also did not watch the vice presidential debate. Actually, I have a really hard time watching the news these days because every story is about the debate and every commercial is about Viagra, so it's election, erection, election, erection…Either way, I'm getting screwed." By the time she called "the adorable, naturally blond genius we know as Michael Kors" to the stage, the crowd was in hysterics. Murphy even made a plea: "Bette, will you please be on Glee?" he asked during his speech.

Meanwhile, at another New York institution—the Four Seasons—Manhattan itself was being celebrated. The Swedish label Acne took over the space to launch the new issue of its biannual Acne Paper, dedicated to the island and its denizens. While the Blue Velvet Latin jazz quintet played New York-y tunes from above—yes, it suddenly dawned on you, that was the Sex and the City theme music—New Yorkers new and native milled about. Clémence Poésy is one of the new ones; she's currently in the city performing in Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, and sighed happily to be staying in New York during, for the first time, its famously beautiful fall. "My parents are coming," she said, "so I hope it stays this way." Her fellow nouveau New Yorkais, Olivier Theyskens, was there, too, as were Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, and a runway's worth of models. Soon it would be back to adopted-hometown London for the mag's NYC-loving, Norway-born editor (how's that for international?) Thomas Persson and his team, but first, that most Manhattan of desserts: the Four Seasons' famous cloud of cotton candy.

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