August 23 2014

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Summer Friday: Romping Around the Hamptons With Bettina Prentice and Her Son, Henry


bettinaprenticeblogLike the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

There are very few people who can seamlessly bring together the art, fashion, and social sets the way Bettina Prentice does. Maybe it’s because her company, Prentice Art Communications, throws some of the best parties in town—remember the Museum of Arts and Design 1920s gala a few months ago? But on summer weekends, this native New Yorker chooses not to roll with the city’s most-often-invited. Instead, you can find her at the family home in the Hamptons, spending time with the only VIP that matters: her toddler, Henry. Here’s how she spends her Summer Fridays:


“In a perfect world my husband would have Fridays off, but typically he can’t leave work early, so it is my day to pal around with my son, Henry. On summer weekends, I’m in my uniform of long boho dresses and sandals, with SPF head to toe. Henry’s up at 6:30 a.m., and after breakfast we go to Lake Agawam to feed the ducks or romp around the playground at The Little Red School House in Sagaponack. In the afternoon I love picnic lunches with my dear friend Casey Fremont and her adorable son, Rex, under a shady tree. We pull the kids around in a red Radio Flyer, much to their delight, and Rex, who is several months older, carefully holds on to Henry so he doesn’t fall out. Later, while Henry takes his nap, I read the Times‘ Weekend Arts section and tackle New York magazine’s crossword—good brain exercise. I haven’t made it yet this summer, but I am dying to go to sunset Fridays at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Bridgehampton to see my friend Joey Wölffer and some live music.”


The Life of the Party Throws One of His Own


Hanuk, in front of his work at his opening at The Line

If it was Monday night and you were in an apartment just like yours, only infinitely nicer and better situated, then you’d found yourself at the opening reception of Paintings by Hanuk (one name only, please). Because Hanuk is an inescapable enthusiast of the New York party scene, you were shoulder to shoulder with half of the people you’d find out on any given night: photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Vogue editor Sally Singer (cohosts, with art PR Bettina Prentice), designers Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Camilla Staerk, TV personality Bevy Smith, W‘s Vanessa Lawrence, and everyone else Hanuk has, by way of his party photos, made a momentary celebrity. (The artist, in fact, was flitting around, grouping portraits and snapping as usual—”It wouldn’t be a party without it,” one guest quipped—despite being the main attraction himself.) Hanuk is so well-known as a party documentarian—his signature shot includes him kissing his subject on the cheek, and he’s bussed everyone from James Franco to Philip Crangi to Mickey Boardman—that it might have been news to a few of the attendees that he paints at all. But there, on a large wall at The Line, Vanessa Traina Snow’s apartment-turned-store, were thirty canvases in not-quite-matching pairs. They are brightly colored flat planes with undulating shapes and dots, a bit like Miró filtered through pop. All around, would-be buyers were calling out the color combinations of their favorites.

Before painting, before photography, Hanuk trained as a fashion designer. (He once won an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation grant for his collection.) But life wended him away from toiles and toward canvas. “I didn’t want to make clothes anymore,” he said last night. “You know, I love making clothes. But that shit costs, like, $8,000. No one’s going to buy it. So I said, You know what? Painting.”

Those paintings, when sold as pairs, did in fact cost $8,000. But Hanuk loved the idea of them splitting up, having them find new partners and new homes, so they were sold individually, too. He was visibly energized by the prospect of new meetings and new acquaintances being made between them. Which, no coincidence, could also describe his entire social M.O., not to mention his party. (He is forever introducing one partygoer to another as he smashes them together to take a picture.) “Like with a key?” he said mischievously when the idea was presented to him. And with that, and camera held high overhead, he dove into a new crowd for the next photo op.

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Around The World In 80 Bags


For the first time ever, Roger Vivier is debuting a collection of bags and shoes without the brand’s signature buckle: Prismick. Instead, the label’s creative director, Bruno Frisoni, used leather-on-suede appliqués in a variety of colors for a 3-D effect, a look that was inspired by his passion for art and contemporary architecture. To show off the Prismick collection, Roger Vivier asked stylish women around the globe, including Amanda Hearst (top), Fernanda Niven (middle), and Bettina Prentice (below) to pose with one of the new pieces in the setting of their choosing. (Hearst opted for the Brooklyn Bridge; Niven for an organic garden in Brooklyn; and Prentice at Haunch of Venison Gallery). The three will be on hand tonight in New York to launch the portrait series at Vivier’s Madison Avenue store. Their compatriots from farther afield will be on display, too: Photographers also shot Marta Ferri, Fatima Bhutto, Harumi Klossowski, India Mahdavi, and more in the U.K., Italy, France, and the Far East. Continue Reading “Around The World In 80 Bags” »

Power To The Pythons


Jack Vartanian hadn’t been thinking of snakes, per se, when he began working on his Spring ’11 jewelry collection, the designer explained last night at an unveiling dinner at Le Charlot on the Upper East Side. But when he happened on a Brazilian rock, striated with epidote, which he turned into a chunky, faceted cocktail ring (above left), the combination of colors got him thinking. The stone resembled nothing so much as an abstracted python skin, and from it, the 25-piece Python collection was born. (Only part of it was on display last night, due to a customs snafu—snakes on a plane, indeed.) The pieces pick up on the theme of serpents—they’re prevalent in his native Brazil, Vartanian explained, where they symbolize the cycle of nature, birth and rebirth—in sapphire, black quartz, and that epidote stone. Snake heads became rings twining around fingers (above right), cuffs, earrings, and pendants, and the faceted cocktail ring found expression as a pair of dangling earrings, too. They were met with a hiss of approval by dinner guests like Zani Gugelmann, Bettina Prentice, and co-hostess Kate Young. But Vartanian’s best spokesperson has always been his wife, the gorgeous Brazilian model Cassia Avila. She sparkled in the new collection, looking every bit the serpentine beauty herself.

Photos: Courtesy of Jack Vartanian

Coalition Building In The Hamptons


While Lindsay Lohan turned heads at the HEAT benefit that our executive fashion director, Candy Pratts Price, co-chaired at Steven Klein’s place in Bridgehampton on Saturday night (click here for a slideshow of party pics), a twenty- and thirtysomething crowd gathered at Bettina Prentice’s Sagaponack family home for the Artwalk summer party to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless. “I wanted to put together something that people my age could take part in without it being unaffordable,” said the art public relations maven. With raffle tickets just $20 each and artwork prizes by emerging talents like Quentin Curry, Aziz + Cucher, and Torben Giehler, Prentice and her fellow co-chairs Liam McMullan, Peter Davis, and Kipton Cronkite didn’t have trouble convincing the crowd to part with their hard-earned cash. Prentice’s husband, Jamie, won the Aziz + Cucher (the crowd joked that the auction was rigged, but he joked right back that he’d bought 80 raffle tickets), and fashion week newcomer Timo Weiland, whose show is on September 16, went home with the Quentin Curry. The event raised $6,472 for the Coalition.

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan