August 30 2014

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15 posts tagged "Christian Cota"

The Winter Wonderland Ball’s Greenhouse Effect


Perhaps it was the late-arriving chill or the lush setting, but some at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Winter Wonderland Ball were already plotting their escape from the city. Yigal Azrouël was looking forward to his Costa Rica surfing trip in a week and a half, while Brian Reyes was longing for London, which he visited recently for his line’s debuts at Harvey Nichols and Matches. Reyes will settle for that other famously rainy city, Seattle, come Christmas. For the moment there was plenty of New York to look at. The black-tie event, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue, brought out old-school glamour—as in plissé bodices, estate jewelry, metallic lamé, tuxedos, and plenty of décolleté. “We have to make sure we sit up straight,” Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock laughed. “We don’t want any wardrobe malfunctions!” Formalwear didn’t impede this set for long. Post-dessert, a raucous crowd led by Christian Cota and Moises de la Renta took to the dance floor. What with the verdant hothouse surrounds, it was just the kind of warming everyone could support.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

Christian Cota’s Cups Runneth Over


The most wonderful time of the year? Ha! Holidays, as we all know, are the most multitaskingest time of the year. E-browsing while on conference calls. Booking travel while baking cookies. Squeezing in visits to the gym between shopping for the New Year’s dress you’re hoping to squeeze into. Thank goodness, at least, for libation. There was plenty of wine, for example, at the multitasking holiday party thrown last night by Christian Cota. The designer was ticking several to-dos off his list with the fête—launching his first holiday collection, which includes the dress above and is available exclusively through his Web site; introducing e-commerce on that site; and kicking off a collaboration with the nonprofit Wine to Water, purveyor of the aforementioned wine.

Doc Hendley—the founder of Wine to Water, who was recently anointed one of this year’s”Heroes” by CNN—was on hand to celebrate the debut of the $60 tee Cota has designed to raise funds for the organization, which leverages vino into clean water for communities in the developing world. “I saw something about Doc on CNN and was really moved,” explained Cota of his involvement with Wine to Water. That involvement quickly became multidimensional: Along with the benefit T-shirt, Cota will donate 25 percent of the profits from sales of his holiday collection to the group. He is also working with Hendley to set up a Wine to Water initiative in rural Mexico. (Cota is from Mexico City.) “I want to help however I can,” Cota said. “I’ve put Doc together with Taittinger, which sponsors my shows, so they can work on distribution for his wines, too.” Way to multitask.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Cota

Christian Cota Reminds You to Read Your Invitations Carefully


All indications to the contrary, El Museo del Barrio’s Friday night Día de los Muertos gala—the first at the museum’s newly renovated galleries—wasn’t a costume party. Looks like Christian Cota missed that memo. The designer turned up in full Day of the Dead makeup and skull necklaces that could have passed runway muster for Alexander McQueen. Well, no harm done. Halloween is Cota’s favorite holiday, and he assured us he was still going to dress up. (His costume? “I plan on wearing less clothing than usual.”) Other attendees took the cocktail dress code more literally. The ultra-coiffed trio of Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez, Miss USA Kristen Dalton, and Miss Teen USA Stormi Bree Henley wore pageant-worthy gowns with jeweled accoutrements (including a set of crystal-encrusted horns for Henley). Those no doubt caught the eye of the cameramen present; three different crews were on site, including one filming attendee Tinsley Mortimer’s reality show. “It’s about life in New York,” Mortimer said. Or afterlife in New York, perhaps? No word on whether any muertos rose for their chance at cameo stardom, but a troupe of samba dancers did kick up their heels for a mid-party performance.


A Night At The Museo


El Museo del Barrio threw a fiesta for its patrons last night to unveil its new renovation, a year and a half in the making. “It’s great to have the lights back on and the art back up,” wrote The New York Times yesterday about the dusted-off and expanded Fifth Avenue space, and partygoers like Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Christian Cota looked inclined to agree. The museum is reopening with a pair of exhibitions, Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis and Voces y Visiones. The former—which includes this painting, Fourteenth Street, 1920, by Joaquín Torres García—is a chronological history of Latino art in New York in the first part of the last century. The latter show features highlights from the museum’s permanent collection. The official ribbon-cutting is tomorrow morning; after that, El Museo is hosting another party, this one open to the public and free.

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104 Street;

LITTER On The Runway


Christian Cota managed a neat little double play Sunday night, when Leighton Meester and Eva Longoria Parker were snapped rocking Cota on red carpets on either coast. And when we say “either coast,” what we mean—obviously—is that Leighton was in Manhattan and Longoria Parker was in L.A. Are there any other places that matter, style-wise? Rachael Mann and Mackenzie Burdick are currently making the case for the Bay. The San Francisco-based sisters design the line LITTER, launched last year, which includes headpieces and body jewelry made (primarily) from secondhand jewelry the designers pick up at thrifts and flea markets. The sisters’ chains that go over boots and shoes have already earned their brand some chatter. This afternoon, the buzz is due to rise to a roar, as new LITTER pieces make their appearance on the girls at the Christian Cota presentation. As Cota explained between fittings, his show stylist happened upon LITTER on a trip to San Fran a few months back, so she did the natural thing and coaxed the designers back to New York. Congrats, girls: Now that you’re here, you matter.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Cota