The holiday season is among us and at this point, any holiday shopping is last minute. It's hard enough to figure out what you're going to get those hard-to-please family and friends, but throw in the extra stress and anxiety from lack of time and you're officially in a disaster zone. Fret not, we've compiled a guide best suited for those who are the hardest to shop for, and hopefully it helps make your holiday shopping slightly more cheerful.
This year, NYC's Santacon collided with #MillionsMarchNYC Protests, one Santa showed up looking a little extra buff, puppies claimed their spot in the parade, and thousands of Santas flocked to Times Square and through the streets of NYC for one crazy celebration. Though there were talks of a more toned down event this year, the collision of Santacon and the crowded protests caused even greater attention. We rounded up our favorite Instagrams from the never-disappointing holiday, so be sure to check out our slideshow for more!
The holiday-centric events are in full gear! Tonight Artlist hosts a Christmas Carnival and Jo Malone hosts a private holiday shopping experience with our co-founder Rachelle Hruska MacPherson. As always for full details and more events, check out our calendar.
A traditional cookie swap was the hot ticket on Saturday night at the height of the holiday party season. Assembling a group of musicians, writers, lawyers, and bakers on Saturday afternoon at the Upper West Side's Fairway Cafe, Stephanie Nass, Founder of Victory Club, brought together her friends to celebrate the official launch of Folded Victory's Supper Club, which we reveal is now open for membership. Guests mingled, sipped champagne, and swapped over 300 (!) cookies under a 6-foot evergreen wreath. The Club's mission is to bring together friends of friends through events like this one: meals or talks in intimate settings, usually related to the culinary and visual arts.
On December 10th, Larry Gagosian, Harvey Weinstein and Christoph Waltz hosted a special screening of Big Eyes for art world luminaries, at the Crosby Street Hotel. The film, directed by Tim Burton, tells the true story of Walter Keane and one of the biggest art frauds in history. Notable attendees included Eileen Guggenheim, Jeffrey Deitch, Diana Picasso, Jean (Johnny) Pigozzi, Will Cotton, Adam Beale, Todd DiCiurcio, Arden Wohl, Anna Sui, Ann Dexter-Jones, and Stacey Bendet Eisner. Click through our slideshow for a look at the event!
On the evening of December 10, New York's elite real estate and art crowd visited the penthouse at 7 Wooster Street for the real estate and art collectors night hosted by Jared Seligman, Arielle Patrick, Kipton Cronkite, and Diana Burroughs. Guests including Nicky Hilton and Zac Posen mixed and mingled at the stunning location, which is one of Douglas Elliman's most coveted listings. Delicious drinks were provided by Drizly (the app that delivers alcohol to your door!) and were the perfect accompaniment for viewing pieces by artists Alexandra Posen and Zac Buehner.
Last night, footwear designer Paul Andrew celebrated his CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund win with a cocktail party at the newly opened Gordon Bar at Sixty Soho. The annual award grants talented, emerging US designers $300k to support their lines, which in this case is Paul Andrew's namesake line following designing stints at revered brands like Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein. The magnitude of such a prestigious award wasn't lost on the guests; dozens of Paul's close friends, fellow designers, and industry leaders were visibly excited for the British-born designer. Even during our interview with Paul, we were briefly cutoff for an immediate shoe request for a celebrity, something that's becoming increasingly ordinary for the brand. Nonetheless, the designer was totally humble, and more keen on enjoying the chic space and tasty cocktails with friends. Click through for our interview with the in-demand footwear designer and for an inside look at the exclusive event!
We are huge fans of trendy night spots with a low, subdued ambiance. We also love old school decor and staff that dresses black tie, specialty cocktails that take us back to prohibition, and the feeling that we're doing something wrong (even though it's right). We've compiled a list of our favorite trendy speakeasies, ones you have to go through a back door or know a friend of a friend to get into. Whether you're a tourist or a long time resident of NYC, you should get to know these hard to find places, as they'll serve you right after a long day of work.
Last night, Matt Levine brought back his LES Beat party in a major way. Partygoers walked down an unassuming Wall Street, showing little indication of what was to come in the underground space across from the New York Stock Exchange. It was clear that despite the neighborhood, the event vibe was far more Bushwick-warehouse than a Gilded-Age FiDi event space. Black-lit painting, a bouncy castle, an all-night open bar, and performances by throwback hip-hop stars Mystikal, Petey Pablo, as well as underground regular Scrap, made for one of the most unique parties of the year. Click through to take a look at the wildness that ensued throughout the LES Beat!