15 posts tagged "Christian Cota"
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.
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; elmuseo.org
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.