August 30 2014

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10 posts tagged "Jonathan Adler"

SCAD’s Night Of The Stars—Give Or Take One Or Two


That volcano in Iceland has been cramping everyone’s style lately, and the Savannah College of Art and Design is no exception. Two of the recipients of last night’s 2010 SCAD Style Étoile Awards, Catherine Deneuve and Sir David Tang, had to cancel their trips. But the show went on. Luckily for Tang, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (pictured, with Michael Douglas), was in town and perfectly willing to accept on her half brother’s behalf—although even she nearly didn’t make it. “I’ve run down the street,” Fergie explained from the podium, where she was still catching her breath.

Once she did, she quoted Lord Chesterfield from Tang’s speech: “Style is the very clothing of thought”—an appropriate sentiment for a small-scale evening devoted to celebrating, in SCAD president Paula Wallace’s words, innovators “who change the way we walk, we talk, we think.”

Among them: Graydon Carter, Peter Arnell, and decorators John Rosselli and Bunny Williams. The well-connected design school is also gearing up for the ten-day series of lectures and events it will be hosting later this month on its Georgia campus, an annual meeting of fashion minds that has introduced the likes of Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, and John Galliano to home-fried Southern hospitality in the past. “It’s always inspiring. I love the questions and also to give those kids a bit of hope and some realness,” Ruffian’s Claude Morais explained. “We also get a lot of our interns from SCAD, too,” his partner, Brian Wolk, added. So does interior designer Jonathan Adler: “I have a whole cadre of them working for me,” he said.

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Jonathan Adler’s Credit Crunch


Thought those folding chairs in the Bryant Park tents were uncomfortable? Well, maybe you should try wrangling a spot on one of the plush velvet sofas in the American Express card member-only Skybox. Back for its fourth season, AmEx has recruited design expert and ceramicist extraordinaire Jonathan Adler to give the lounge an overhaul. “I wanted to brighten up the space since it felt dark, so I rocked out the orange because it’s the happiest color. It’s like sunshine!” Adler proclaimed when we caught up with him yesterday in the lounge. With sofas and benches in burnt orange and the bar in a classic Tic Tac shade, it certainly feels zesty. Drawing on his inspirations of “seventies’ Saudi Arabia” and “ecclesiastical vibes,” he added opulent touches such as his classic giant Lantern vase in a gold luster. At the end of the week, all Jonathan Adler furniture and home accessories from the lounge will be donated by American Express to charity. (Adler addicts, take note—if you haven’t maxed out your card, the same items are available in his Soho store.) The Skybox overlooks both the Tent and the Promenade so guests will be granted bird’s-eye views of Michael Kors, William Rast, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others. Can’t get enough of Diane von Furstenberg? She’s presenting a second show exclusively for those with the right plastic. And while eating front-row can be career suicide, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are catered by ‘wichcraft, meaning lunch can be nibbled in semi-privacy. Sounds like our kind of fashion bunker. Want to hang out? AmEx Platinum and Gold card members only, please. As they say, membership has its privileges.

Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler

the candle with a higher power


Don’t know what to get the stoner in your life? We suggest Jonathan Adler’s hash-scented candle, the latest (Fresh and Malin + Goetz have versions out, as well) and best-packaged in a line of illicitly themed home fresheners. Jonathan Adler Hashish candle, $68, available at Jonathan Adler stores in November, (212) 941-8950,

Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Adler

in god’s love they trust


Fashion showed its charitable spirit on Monday night as Gods Love We Deliver brought boldfacers like Vogue‘s Anna Wintour, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Simon Doonan, and Jonathan Adler to the IAC building for the Second Annual Golden Heart Awards. Over grilled figs, wild mushrooms with black truffles, and short ribs, guests celebrated Harry Slatkin, 7th on Sale, and Roz Gilbert and their generous contributions to the charity, which provides nutritious meals for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-altering illnesses. Tommy Hilfiger presented the award to his old friend Slatkin, who humbly said, “This is a big honor, but it’s really about the 3,000 volunteers that help all year long.” Mayor Bloomberg arrived a half-hour after dinner began—in the midst of a campaign to extend term limits, he presumably has other things on his plate—but he stopped to sing the organization’s praises. “Our company supports them; I think they do great things.”

Photo: Matt Carasella/

in with the new at pucci


Pucci has a new print master: Peter Dundas, formerly of Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix, and Roberto Cavalli, among other labels, will take over from Matthew Williamson when Williamson’s contract ends next month.

In wedding news, Barneys creative director Simon Doonan tied the knot with longtime partner Jonathan Adler in San Francisco yesterday. Congrats!

What’s a Broadway debut without a few Scientology protesters? Masked objectors greeted the Cruises outside of All My Sons last night, but Katie and Tom, who must be used to this kind of thing, seemed totally unperturbed. Hey, all press is good press, right?

Photo: Marcio Madeira