Miami, FL – February 11, 2017 – New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, held its highly anticipated annual Gala in celebration of the organization’s 29 years of community engagement. The gala paid tribute to its Founder and Artistic Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, with a special appearance by six-time Tony Award-winner and recent National Medal of Arts honoree, Audra McDonald. Sponsored by Volvo, Bacardi and Total Wine & More, the evening began with a cocktail reception where guests toasted to the organization’s innovative accomplishments. Volvo, the new Official Automobile of the New World Symphony, presented an impressive display of their luxury vehicles. The marquee moment of the evening was the performance by the New World Symphony Fellows, Audra McDonald and MTT himself. Following the performance, Gala Chairs Stephen and Sabine Bittel joined guests for a seated dinner staged throughout the New World Center. To top off the affair, gala patrons continued the evening at an exclusive late night after party with musical guest Michael Andrew Big Band. All proceeds from the 29th annual Gala benefit New World Symphony’s mission to provide meaningful cultural programs to the South Florida community, while preparing young musicians for careers in the world of classical music.
Craig Robins, Jessica & Franklin Sirmans
Marvin Ross Friedman & Edward Shumsky
Edward Shumsky & Susan Kronick
Sarah Arison & Susan Kronick
Tui Pranich, Petra Levin, Diane & Alan Lieberman
Saskia French & Petra Levin
Suzy Buckley Woodward & Luis Rigual
Rita & Ron Magill
Stephany Kim & Iva Kosović
Iran Issa Khan & Tui Pranich
Stephen Bittel, Monica Russo, & Sabine Bittel
Stephen & Sabine Bittel
Sara Solomon, Tracey Corwin, & Kellen French
J Alford Flippin & Rosemarie Metzger
Jill & Eric Barton
Mark Niehaus & Lisa Voyapek
Pablo & Christina Estades
Deniz Dosdogru, Amelia Perea, & Samantha Bravo
Thomas & Saskia French
Linus Ilario Spano & Marina del Rosario Huang
David Himmel, Elizabeth Ferritto, Tripp & Jen Davis
Kim, Brian, & Rose Kabot
Patricia Kleh, Patrick & Camille McDowell, & Willam Kleh
Sheryl Larchu, Alison Cooper, Jennifer & Abel Aluart, Nina Wood Charles, & Nathan Charles
Susan Kronick, Edward Shumsky, Franklin & Jessica Sirmans
Miami, FL – February 4, 2017 – Housing Works, a leading AIDS-service and advocacy organization, hosted its highly-anticipated fundraising event, Design on a Dime, at the Moore Building in the heart of the city’s Design District. The two-day, star-studded benefit raised $320,000 in support of the organization’s mission to end AIDS. For the second year in a row, participating interior designers and influential tastemakers created over 25 one-of-a-kind room vignettes with designer furniture, art and home décor merchandise, which was donated directly from top brands and sold for up to 80% off retail during the ticketed “VIP Cocktail Hour & Sale” on Saturday, February 4th. The cocktail reception and preview sale were followed by the “Chairman’s Dinner” where philanthropist and socialite Criselda Breene and celebrity photographer Iran Issa-Khan were honored. Event guests included James Huniford, Barbara Becker, Christina Getty, Sam Robin, Blaine Trump, Michael Boodro, Criselda and Jonathan Breene, Fabian and Martina Borgomanero Basabe, Elaine Griffin, Martin Amado, and Dana and Gary Shear. Honorary Chairs included Andy Cohen, host of “Watch What Happens Live!,” Cristina Saralegui, journalist, actor and talk show host, and tennis player and entrepreneur Venus Williams for V*Starr Interiors.
Iran Issa Khan & Criselda Breene
Tui Pranich, Criselda Breene & Iran Issa Khan
Richard Gray, Criselda & Jonathan Breene
Christina Getty, Sebastian Mueller-Soppart, & Heather Kleisner
Fabian Basabe, Martina Borgomanero Basabe, Silvia Karman Cubiñá & George Lindemann
Miami, FL – January 20, 2017 – In keeping with Forte dei Marmi’s Arts Club agenda to promote the art of intelligent conversation, internationally acclaimed fashion designer Naeem Khan engaged in a Q & A with cultural entrepreneur Cathy Leff. The topic of conversation, of course, was the intersection of fashion and politics. Khan, one of former First Lady Michele Obama’s favorite designers, reflected on his experiences designing for Mrs. Obama. He also shared his views on the role of the designer and fashion in the broader culture, how fashion reflects and shapes individual and collective identity, and the multiple meanings and messages conveyed by fashion and its wearers. The event was hosted by Tatyana Silva, FDM’s founder with Sarah Harrelson and Cultured Magazine. Prior to the talk, guests enjoyed Forte dei Marmi’ signature cocktails and “marble” bites and a very appropriate, specially curated “Americana” playlist, featuring everything from jazz to rap, anthems and marches, and protest songs. Following the talk, guests enjoyed a culinary experience downstairs at the restaurant with a menu created by Forte dei Marmi’s Michelin-star chef Antonio Mellino.
Naeem Khan & Cathy Leff
Naeem Khan & Cathy Leff
Paul Cejas & Sam Robin
Oscar Carvallo & Jessika Angarita
Oscar Carvallo, Jessika Angarita, & Elysze Held
Susie Wahab, Princess Firyal, Criselda & Jonathan Breene
Sarah Harrelson & Alison Pincus
Susie & Walid Wahab, & Princess Firyal
Naeem Khan, Tatyana & Riccardo Silva
Naeem Khan, Tatyana Silva, Cathy Leff, & Riccardo Silva
Sam Robin, Naeem Khan, & Cathy Leff
Sam Robin, Heather Kleisner, & Tatyana Silva
Criselda Breene & Sam Robin
Paul & Trudy Cejas
Yolanda Berkowitz & Suzy Buckley Woodward
Yolanda Berkowitz & Elysze Held
Elysze Held & Naeem Khan
Anick Vorbe & Andreea Baclea
George Lindemann & Riccardo Silva
Sarah Harrelson, George Lindemann, & Yolanda Berkowitz
Suzy Buckley Woodward, Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz
Sam Robin, Elysze Held, & Gigi Ganatra-Duff
Ali Mahallati & Jeff Berkowitz
Lori Warriner & Anil Kakar
Carlos Betancourt & Alberto Latorre
Naeem Khan, Alberto Latorre, Carlos Betancourt, Sam Robin, & Iran Issa Khan
Miami Beach, FL – December 17, 2016 – Tatiana Silva, Heather Kleisner, and Terry Zarikian previewed Two Michelin-Star Chef, Antonio Mellino’s cuisine at Forte Dei Marmi, the new restaurant and Arts Club situated in the renovated Italian oceanside villa by Chad Oppenheim located South of Fifth on Miami Beach. The intimate group of friends, who came together from different parts of the world, celebrated with organic wine and cocktails and a multi-course tasting menu, highlighting signature dishes created by Chef Mellino for this occasion as a “preview” of what’s to come. New York based composer Ricardo Romaneiro created the mood with his unconventionally melodic recorded sounds as the group continued partying back upstairs at the Arts Club after dinner. While Forte Dei Marmi restaurant and Arts Club gets ready to officially open on January 17, 2017, a “preview” opening period starts December 21, 2016, offering an opportunity to enjoy, explore and share sophisticated epicurean experiences. The New Year’s Eve party will be a unique soiree featuring an unlimited flow of 2007 Vintage Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, Forte Dei Marmi’s specialty organic cocktails, a Bronze “Frutti De Mare” experience composed of seasonal oysters, Maine lobster, Petrossian organic caviar, Alaskan king crab, and a variety of inspired seafood salads. A live “fireworks” curated performance by resident artist Ricardo Romaneiro featuring Sandbox Percussion, Hannah Summer, Ramin & Justin Abrams followed by live DJ set by David Sisa. For more information regarding New Year’s Eve and other inquiries, please call 305.815.4360 or e-mail NYE2016@fdmmiami.com.
Tatyana Silva & Martina Navratilova
Tatyana Silva & Antonio Mellino
Tatyana Silva, Heather Kleisner, & Nick Fielding
Criselda Breene & Barbara Becker
Julia Lemigova, Martina Navratilova, & Criselda Breene
Julia Lemigova, Barbara Becker, Heather Kleisner, Martina Navratilova, Juan Lopez Salaberry, & Caroline St. George
Amaris Jones & Fernanda Domit
Tatyana Silva & Barbara Backer
Tatyana Silva, Barbara Backer, & Iran Issa Khan
Fernanda & Pedro Domit, & Sam Robin
Heather Kleisner, Nick Fielding, & Jennifer Massolo
Jonathan Breene & Heather Kleisner
Lydia Martin, Crispy Soloperto, & Elizabeth Schwartz
Iran Issa Khan, Criselda Breene, & Walid Wahab
Criselda Breene, Jonathan Breene, & Tatyana Silva
Criselda Breene, Suzy Buckley Woodward, Ali Mahallati, Walid Wahab, & Barbara Becker
Juan Lopez Salaberry, Amaris Jones, & Barbara Becker
Jennifer Massolo, Barbara Becker, & Heather Kleisner
Christian Gibbon & Susie Wahab
Walid & Susie Wahab
Iran Issa Khan & Tatyana Silva
Alex Thermiotis, Mercedes Gonzalez de Herrera, Corina Thermiotis, & Terry Zarikian
Christian Gibbon, Iran Issa Khan, Lydia Martin, Sam Robins, & Elizabeth Schwartz
Erin Newberg, Crispy Soloperto, Tatyana Silva, & Amaris Jones
Suzy Buckley Woodward, Erin Newberg, & Elysze Held
Devonie Nicholas, Terry Zarikian, & Jackie Olensky
Tatyana Silva & Amaris Jones
Erin Newberg & Typoe
Elysze Held & Ana Quincoces
Elizabeth Schwartz & Martina Navratilova
Terry Zarikian & Erin Newberg
Tanya Brillembourg Capriles & Erin Newberg
Suzy Buckley Woodward & Erin Newberg
Jose Herrera & Mercedes Gonzalez de Herrera
Ana Quincoces & Ken Kodish
Paolo Lubello & Nick Fielding
Heather Kleisner & Debra Lair
Pierre Elkiner, Iran Issa Khan, & Nounouche Elkiner
Jill Fitzgerald, Noah Fox, & Ashley Rebstock
Iran Issa Khan, Christian Gibbon, & Susie Wahab
Pedro Domit, Fernanda Domit, Sam Robins, & Susie Wahab
Fernanda Domit, Sam Robins, Criselda Breene, & Susie Wahab
Manuel Martínez-Fresno, Tanya Brillembourg Capriles, Corina & Alex Thermiotis
Debra & John Lair, Victoria Moore, Crispy Soloperto, Elizabeth Schwartz, & Lydia Martin
Crispy Soloperto, John & Debra Lair, & Victoria Moore
Miami Beach, FL – December 15, 2016 – Blaine Trump and Lee Schrager celebrated the recent launch of God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook: Nourishing Stories and Recipes from Notable Friendswith a reception at The Setai. Compiled by Jon Gilman and Christopher Idone, in celebration of more than 30 years of service, God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook: Nourishing Stories and Recipes from Notable Friends is an illustrated cookbook like no other, packed with family recipes and personal anecdotes from 75 supporters of this NYC non-profit fixture. Born of the idea that the sharing or preparing of a meal is among the greatest acts of love, this intimate and exquisitely photographed compilation reaffirms and reminds us that many of our most precious and cherished moments occur around the dinner table and in the kitchen. From Alan Cumming’s Stovies and Jennifer Hudson’s Feta-Stuffed Chicken Burgers to Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey and Michael Kors’s Grandma Bea’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, each superb and sometimes hilarious (Roz Chast, for example) contribution offers a glimpse into the home of the recipe-giver and is certain to inspire the making of new memories. God’s Love We Deliver cooks and home-delivers more than 1.5 million meals each year for thousands of New Yorkers living with severe illnesses. The meals are individually tailored to meet clients’ medical needs. All of their services are free of charge. There is no waiting list. They do this all with the help of 10,000 volunteers each year.
Blaine Trump & Lee Schrager
David Ludwigson, Jon Gilman, Karen Pearl, Blaine Trump, & Lee Schrager
David Ludwigson, Jon Gilman, Karen Pearl, Blaine Trump, & Lee Schrager
Jon Gilman, Blaine Trump, Karen Pearl, & David Ludwigson
Yoav Suprun, Blaine Trump, David & Lisa Desmond
Jon Gilman, Blaine Trump, & David Ludwigson
David Desmond, Kinga Lampert, & Blaine Trump
Lisa Heiden-Koffler, Lisa Desmond, Kinga Lampert, & Blaine Trump
Marisa Toccin Lucas, Jennifer Valoppi, Madeleine & Micky Arison
Craig Lamont & David Ludwigson
Farid Moussallem, Blaine Trump, Julio Gallo, & Iran Issa Khan
James Davis, Micky & Madeleine Arison, Blaine Trump, & Steve Simon
Madeleine Arison, Lee Schrager, Blaine Trump, Micky Arison, & Chris Riley
Miami, FL – November 22, 2016 – The legendary Susanne Bartsch brought her nightlife magic to El Tucán for an over the top cabaret extravaganza, titled, “Bareback Follies.” Guests enjoyed eclectic and eccentric acts by guest performers like Amanda Lepore, Joey Arias, Boylesque, Dirty Martini, and more. Susanne Bartsch is New York City’s patron saint of transformation and inclusion. The parties she’s thrown for three decades—from Paris to Tokyo—have provided a venue for countless creative souls and “creatures” to express themselves, come together and forget the hum-drum of the everyday. Susanne has become notorious for the beautiful, strange, and outlandishly dressed people who flock to her events.
World Red Eye caught up with the nightlife starlit, who gave us a closer look into how she began her career in the entertainment industry and what goes into all of the incredible, over-the-top costumes and performances.
WRE: You’ve been coined as a New York nightlife icon, how did you first get involved in this industry?
SB: I owned a fashion store selling clothes that were designed by young people from London, which was where I had moved from. There was a thriving nightlife culture in London and it had an element of dressing up that I felt New York was missing when I came here. So, I decided to throw a party that had that element – bright lights, high energy music where people go see and be seen in their finery.
WRE: How did owning this boutique play into your nightlife career and looks?
SB: I started the parties as a cross-promotional tool for the boutique, and I think it played into my nightlife career by launching me into the fashion world becoming known as someone in the fashion business. Also, the first big event I produced was a fashion show for my store at the Roxy, showing the designers what I sold. It was a big, fabulous, chaotic revelation and I think I definitely said to myself, “Wow! I think I’m onto something here.”
Expressing your self freely with fashion is really just having a visual conversation with the world.
WRE:What should someone expect to experience when attending one of your parties?
SB: I always encourage people to come in a “look”…that doesn’t mean you have to have a birdcage on your head, but putting energy into what you’re wearing is step one for YOU to have a great special time, at least for me. I also think the guest list is much more interesting if it’s a mix of people. For music, I love it to be festive and happy. I’m not really into dark, druggy, droning thumping, depending on the event as well. There may be performers doing things throughout the night. I prefer to spend my decorating budgets on say, one girl in a latex bodysuit sitting on a ladder and knitting a sweater rather than on balloons, but ideally the budget allows both.
WRE:How do you come up with these various looks? Do you have help creating them?
SB: The looks are usually a collaborative effort between the designers and myself. I style myself mostly along with the hair and makeup I work with. I’m inspired by everything!
WRE: Why is it important to you that your guests can express themselves in however they please?
SB: It makes me happy to see people expressing themselves. I also think there’s a certain liberating sense of freedom that comes from wearing something outside of the norm. Dressing up is a high! It really is. If I feel worn out and a little low energy and the day of an event I’m like, “Ugh, how am I going to get through this?” I know that if I just show up and go through the process of getting dressed up, that I will feel better and have more energy for the party.
WRE: Why was El Tucán the perfect spot to bring your show to Miami?
SB: El Tucán is an absolute jewel of a space. The owners really created the perfect supper club with a show. The show I brought to El Tucán was sort of a remounting and retooling of a show I first developed called “Cabaret Rose” for Dom Perignon. It was basically my version of a classic variety cabaret from the days when that was actually something that people went to for entertainment, but I gave it my own modern twist. El Tucán is very throwback meets now, executed impeccably.
WRE:What are you hoping people take away from your parties?
SB: A renewed sense of the joy of living.
WRE:What do you think it is about your parties that have been such a big hit and keep people coming back for more?
SB: The energy. That is something that you can’t really explain or quantify but you know it when it’s there. Also, seeing things you’ve never seen before.
WRE:Why do you think this culture of being able to express yourself freely is becoming increasingly popular?
SB: I’m not sure why, but I think it’s only going to grow. What this question does make me think of it is the concept of community and tribes. Expressing your self freely with fashion is really just having a visual conversation with the world. If you wear something that is out of the realm of “pedestrian” you are really saying, “I have something different I want or need to add to this conversation.” It’s like everybody walking around wearing fig leaves and then all the sudden somebody shows up in a gorilla suit. Why are you wearing a gorilla suit? Well because that person wants to talk about the idea of evolution from primates as opposed to the accepted notion of Adam and Eve. Well that gorilla suit definitely shakes things up! It’s a bad example, but a basic one. Fashion can be a real catalyst for moving the culture and for shaking things up.
WRE: Tell us about what it was like having your own exhibition at The Museum at FIT?
SB: It was surreal, nerve-wracking, and wonderful. I didn’t “design” the clothes on display, a lot of them were a collaborative effort. I was very happy to be able to show stuff that a lot of my friends through the years designed, but it was also bittersweet because not all of the people whose designs were in the show are still with us. Having the clothes properly displayed in an exhibition kind of brought them and the time back to life, more so than when they are just in a box in storage. It was also an amazing, moving experience for me, and such an honor.
WRE: Where do you see yourself and your brand 10 years from now?
SB: Either six or two years into my new job as the first female president. I think that we’re going to be needing to inject a little fun into the world!
Iran Issa Khan & Criselda Breene
Criselda Breene, Susanne Bartsch, & Iran Issa Khan
Miami, FL – November 14, 2016 – Maman Fine Art in the Miami Design District hosted the kick off for this year’s MISO CHIC – The Miami Symphony Orchestra’s most coveted event by lovers of Music, Art & Philanthropy held at the Adrienne Arsht Center – Knight Concert Hall on Sunday, November 20th.The evening showcased works by Iran Issa-Khan, Nicolas Leiva, Julio Le Parc and Vik Muniz among others. Petit Pois Catering + Design provided equally artistic libations and a curated culinary experience. Notables gathered from near and far in support of this year’s concert which will benefit Voices for Children and No More Tears – a charities that support victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.
Eduardo Marturet, Sandra Moss, Nelson F. Hincapie, & Athena Marturet
Daniel Maman, Michelle Areces-Zandy, Nicolas Leiva, & Nima Zandy
Daniel Maman, Sandra Moss, Athena Marturet, & Carolina Lanao
Sandra Moss & Athena Marturet
Sissi Fleitas, Athena Marturet, & Siudy Garrido
Patricia Pacino de Maman, Daniel Maman, Iran Issa Khan, & Athena Marturet
Patricia Pacino de Maman, Lucia Maman, Daniel Maman, & Athena Marturet
Jonathan & Criselda Breene, Barbara Becker, & Tui Pranich
Judith Kamps Garcia, Luis Garcia Fanjul, & Patricia Pacino de Maman
Martin Gastelu, Mauro Gironi, & Mario Vergel
Martina Borgomanero Basabe, Fabian Basabe, & Michelle Areces-Zandy
Michelle Areces & Bronwyn Miller
Michelle Areces-Zandy & Iran Issa Khan
Nicolas Felizola & Danny Jelaca
Iran Issa Khan & Bronwyn Miller
Michael Shore, Iran Issa Khan, & Mary Jo Shore
Danny Jelaca, Iran Issa Khan, Athena Marturet, & Jeffrey Kljajich