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11 posts tagged "Amy Sacco"

Socializing, Salon-Style

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A modern-day salon (à la Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group or Gertrude Stein and her crew of artists and expats) may seem a lofty concept. But new cultural group The Committee is out to create just that. Well, something like that—based in New York, the organization caters to creative individuals on the prowl for engaging, interdisciplinary dialogue. “Between hectic work schedules and usually packed social agendas, young people in the city are hungry for intellectually stimulating experiences that take place within a social context,” explain The Committee’s four founding members, Laura Mintz, Diana Burroughs, Ricky Lee, and Alexandra Wagle, all of whom met while producing last year’s Young Collectors Exhibition and currently work in the art world.

Via a series of talks, art shows, and studio and gallery visits, The Committee is working to “produce unique events for New York City’s arts community” and bring together “intriguing, contrasting individuals or groups” in order to explore the overlap in different creative fields. Their first attempt takes place this Thursday. Hosted in collaboration with Amy Sacco and Bobby Rossi at No. 8, the event will feature graffiti artists Zac Buehner and Jason Castro (one of their site-specific installations is pictured above) in conversation with curator Miguel Benavides, as well as a short film by Paris-based directors Sanford McCoy and Sabine Bally of TwoSa Productions. Other upcoming experiences include an evening with fashion designer Barbara Tfank (February 19) and a night of readings and discussion with the editors of the new literary magazine The American Reader. As of now, The Committee’s carefully curated gatherings are for members only—but you don’t need to be an artistic savant (per se) to attend. For more information, e-mail The Committee at TheCommittee@TheCommitteeNYC.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Leila Heller Gallery, New York

Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Support Art—Even When They Don’t Win It

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On Friday night, it was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen vs. Amy Sacco vs. Mary Alice Stephenson in a bidding war to the finish. The prize: Dan Colen’s One of Everything, a hotly contested lot at Free Arts NYC’s annual benefit auction. It had all the potential for a social throw-down of epic proportions—except that (we like to think, for the cause of party peace) a mysterious fourth bidder ended up taking the cake. Ah, well. The Row designers were hosts as well as bidders for the evening, and drew guests like Hilary Rhoda, Jason Wu, John Varvatos, and even third sister Elizabeth Olsen (namesake of Elizabeth and James). More than a few came away with a new acquisition, like Evan Yurman (whose company, David Yurman, co-sponsored with Vanity Fair) and benefit committee member Stephenson, who snagged a stencil-scrawled photo by Luca Babini. “This is New York, the cultural capital of the world, and 400,000 kids don’t have access to after-school art programs,” she said. The attending culturati did what they could to remedy that: The evening raised $550,000, and the hostesses Olsen donated enough between them to fund two days of after-school programming.

Photo: Will Ragozzino / Patrick McMullan

Sophie Dahl: Happiness Is A Warm…Cup Of Tea

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What makes Sophie Dahl happy? A quiet cup of tea. For Alice Temperley, it’s luxuriating in a warm bath. Christian Slater is partial to watching original Star Trek reruns while Vivienne Westwood loves a good laugh with her husband. And photographer Lorraine Goddard has photographed each of them doing just that, all in the name of a good cause: She’s shooting joy to help create it, donating profits to Young Minds, a children’s mental health charity.

Goddard, the ex-wife of Adam Ant and PR maven to Dame Westwood, knows a thing or two about depression; her ex suffered from it in a very public way. Undaunted, she set her lens on the flipside—joy and comfort—and rounded up a group of high-profile friends, including Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Amy Sacco, and Dita Von Teese, to sit for her. The private view of her Out of Context exhibit at London’s Getty Images Gallery last night brought many of her subjects, including Mary McCartney, Alice Temperley, Bella Freud, and Joe Corre. (Many later decamped to the Sanderson Hotel courtyard to continue the party.) “Lorraine asked me to be photographed and of course I said yes,” said jeweler Stephen Webster. “I didn’t know what it was for, but it didn’t matter—whatever she does, I would back. Anyone who knows her would.” That’s the kind of support that should make the photographer pretty happy herself.

For more information or to donate, visit www.lorrainegoddard.co.uk.

Banana Republic Launches Something Old, Something New

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At Banana Republic’s refurbished and relaunched Soho flagship last night, the digs were new, but the look of the clothes was decidedly older. “We’ve been relooking at our heritage and old sportswear and we have a lot in our archives that we’re going to rework,” creative director Simon Kneen said. While going vintage is nothing new—the retailer recently featured a Mad Men campaign, after all—the airy, bi-level space turned out quite the mix of pieces inspired by eras past, from little eighties-esque downtown leather jackets to shawl-collar college sweaters fit for a fifties collegian.

Dressed in head-to-toe BR, Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker said she appreciates the retailer’s wallet-friendly price points now but confessed her own past style was more limited. “I went to drama school and we only really wore vintage clothes; we couldn’t afford Banana Republic,” the actress explained before heading upstairs for boyfriend Charlie Mars’ performance. With a crowd that included Amy Sacco, Amanda Ross, and Vanity Fair‘s Alexis Morgan Bryan looking on, Mars performed a few of his own songs before launching into a rendition of “Stand By Me” in honor of Banana Republic’s One + All program, a new national effort to link Banana Republic customers with volunteer opportunities.

Blasblog: Post-Met Delirium At Bungalow 8

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With Harvey Weinstein’s help, Amy Sacco made the Bung the official post-Met late-night hot spot. Josh Hartnett boogied with Lily Donaldson, Kerry Washington swung on palm trees with Rachel Zoe, Agyness Deyn holed herself up in conversation with Giambattista Valli, and Kate Hudson petted the feathers that Daphne Guinness left in her wake. Things only got serious when it was time to leave. The choreographed VIP exits from both doors were something to see, especially when Mary-Kate Olsen and Jessica Alba busted out at the same time, creating a paparazzi frenzy. (Guys? Didn’t you get enough at the museum?) But one must pay a price to keep the party going: This picture of Natalia Vodianova was taken after a drunken reveler stomped on the hem of her vintage Fortuny dress, a gift from her husband seven years ago. “It made it all these years, but not out of Bungalow,” she sighed.

Photo: Derek Blasberg