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Max Raabe’s Carnegie Cabaret

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Alan Cumming, Max Raabe, Julianna Margulies

“We must seem very exotic,” said retro pop singer Max Raabe of his and Palast Orchester’s performance at Carnegie Hall last night. “The audiences in America have discovered that we have humor, despite being German.” He delivered the line with the same dry, dry, dry—did we mention dry?—wit as the one-liners he offered between songs. Last night he sang a selection of classic German 1920s pop songs—”It’s…in German,” he wryly warned the audience—in addition to stateside favorites from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

Despite the deadpan—or perhaps because of it—Raabe has a knack for filling concert halls. Only visiting New York every couple of years, there was something refreshing about his soigné performance, which recalled a Weimar-era German cabaret. He doesn’t move excessively around the stage, he doesn’t have backup dancers, and he certainly doesn’t use auto-tune. Even his coattails are made in the 1920s style by a custom tailor in Berlin. Keeping the production streamlined helps the music shine through. “For two hours, we take the audience away from reality, which is what this music was made for,” Raabe told Style.com. “It is unpolitical music, written to entertain an audience.”

When Julianna Margulies heard Raabe was coming to Carnegie Hall, she insisted on throwing an after-party at the Viceroy’s newly opened Kingside restaurant just a few doors down. “I can’t believe it, but I’m officially a groupie! I never thought I would be one, but when I heard Max’s voice…” Margulies isn’t the only fan: Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, and Joshua Bell all turned out to toast Raabe. As Amy Fine Collins put it, “Max’s perfectionism and discipline is just everything.”

Photo: Mina Magda/BFAnyc.com 

‘Tis The Season: Celebrating Resort Fashion

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The dress code was “Endless Summer” at last night’s party for the new book Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-Drenched Climates, a collection of vintage fashion photos spanning the history of the tweener season. With chapters like “Stripes,” “Playclothes,” and “Polka Dots,” flipping through is as fun as a frolic on the beach. Well, almost. “Resort fashion expresses the id being revealed,” said Costume Institute curator Harold Koda. “Look at the clothing—it’s all about a fantasy inner life that’s allowed to express itself.” That was just what author Caroline Rennolds Milbank had in mind. “People can’t travel as much,” she said. “I thought this would be a great escapist book—an armchair holiday kind of thing.” Some of the fashion folk in the crowd do get away now and again. “I lived in Brazil for five years, and I love to go to this fishing village outside of Rio called Paraty,” said The Wall Street Journal‘s Teri Agins. “I bring great printed sundresses from Tracy Reese.” Also at the party was Amy Fine Collins, who wrote the foreword, in a dramatic look from Geoffrey Beene’s 1969 Resort collection, though the getup was atypical of her personal resort style. “I am always made fun of in Palm Beach because I wear black and white almost exclusively and everybody else is in color,” she said. “I think the book will inspire a lot of designers. Everything looks so modern and everybody looks like they’re having a great time—young, happy, and rich!”

Photos: Jonathan Ziegler/PatrickMcmullan.com