Friday, November 14, 2008

Design for a Cause at the Market Place - It's Only Open to the Public Twice A Year - Friday 11/14/08 10 - 3PM Furniture Design Shopping at it's Best

Did you ever wonder what was in that gigantic building at 2400 Market Street? I always did and when I heard they were having their bi-annually Design for a Cause which opens the building to the public for a two day event, I immediately made plans to cover it for PCC.The region's most creative interior designers and florists will transform the Marketplace Design Center into delicate and unique environments showcasing the latest trends in home design and décor. On November 14 for $20 per person, tour the Marketplace Design Center and Design for a Cause vignettes for ideas and inspiration. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health. Please call 215.732.2300 for tickets. Hours are 10 - 3PM

Pictured here is artist Moe Brooker and Barbara Eberlein, Interior Designer (The flowers were done by artistic visionary Brian Kappra of Evantine Design )
The Marketplace is housed in a former Hudson Motor Car Co. assembly plant, which was built in 1920. From 1945-65, it was a Sears Roebuck warehouse, then served the same purpose for Gimbels Department store. By 1972, however, the property, which fronts the Schuylkill River, was vacant. Michelle Smith, Barbara Jackson and Bill Armstrong Bill is the Robert Allen Showroom manager and Barbara is the Robert Allen Regional Director.
Gary Roebery did the decorations in this room, Mark Mainville did the gloral arrangments and it's Patrick Egan's showroom. (I used to know Patrick Egan in my former life, and haven't seen him in 15 years.) Gary said the event's theme was Holidays and he went for the Harvest and Thanksgiving feel with the checkerd pattern on the walls, the light blue seashore feel place settings. Mark's floral arrangements are free of flowers, but are made up of vegtable's kale and fruit.
Eric Rymshaw and James Fulton of Fury Design;
Enjoy the hybrid environments with themes in fabrics, lighting, flowers and accessories.
Ida and Mac McCausland and their daughter Rachel.
Michelle Borden Bridget McMullin and Kristi Winninger
What you can't see easily in this photo is the wall art, which is made up of guns, knives, and other weapons, things that you can literally find under the Christmas Tree.
Jane Corbman, Marc Phillips and Jill Braunstein
Greg Oosterhart, Alan Scott & Chuck Soldano
The event, sponsored by the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health, is a fund raiser for the foundation and a great way for non-designers to get a first-hand look at the showrooms of the Design Center.

Founder of Charity Shelly Schwartz and husband Gordon Schwartz
Enjoy the hybrid environments with themes in fabrics, lighting, flowers and accessories.
Pastry Chef Peri Anderson with owner Amy Edelman of Night Kitchen Bakery

Bobbie Brodsky, Pedro Rodriguez arrived in the United States from Havana, Cuba in 1962. Having graduated from the American Design Institute in Havana, he entered the family interior design business which was concerned mainly with residential interiors and the decoration of yachts. After a brief stay in Miami he stopped in Philadelphia on his way to visit friends in New York and the rest, as they say, "is history". Only three years later he was heading his own firm. and Thema Dubin and Babe Gnollman
Christina Price, Main Line Window Decor and Ida McCausland, Interior Design
Ashley Schaeffer and Kayce Cashman of Cashman & Associates

Patricia Crane, ASID, who designed this precarious chair display titled "In a perilous world, we are reaching for a cure"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Philadelphia Magazine’s Singles Event

I'm flattered that Philly Magazine reads my blog and has reported it in their latest issue in the gossip Brooke de la Villanova section that maybe Nina Tinari and Stewart Bradley are an item as I questioned on an entry I made a few days after this entry at the Philadelphia Style Magazine party where I took a photo of them together here:

Nina assures me they are just friends and really who wouldn't want to be friends with either of them, they are both so hot.
Publish Post

On Wednesday, November 5, 2008, Philadelphia magazine celebrated the launch of its November “Singles” issue. The event, which took place at 10 Arts in The Ritz-Carlton, featured Philadelphia's most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Our first single, Kenneth, was one of the handful of people found on the street to be photographed for either the cover or the random people inside mag. I know Kenneth a tad, he's intellectual, loyal to his college, an idealist and is a nice guy. He's one of my Facebook Friends so if you want him befriend him.
In Michael Kleins column on Sunday there was this:
Eagles linebacker Stewart Bradley got much attention at Wednesday's Philadelphia Magazine singles-issue launch party at 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton. Bradley, who just turned 25, told photog HughE Dillon that he's looking for a woman who not only has common interests but also can cope with his travel schedule and what he called the groupie effect. Must be something like a West Coast offense.

Not single Matt Vlahos, Single, but dating Diane Johnson, single Jennifer Karwoski, Single Stewart Bradley, married Chrissy Schaeffer, Jimmy "I'm No Longer Single" Contreras, Single Lauren Jacobsen, and Nina Tinari (who won't be single long, I mean look at those legs)

This has nothing to do with this post, but as I write this I am watching "Wife Swap", I have five episodes in my Tivo, I'm up to the 2nd one, anyway I love this show. It almost motivates me to pick up my socks and empty the dishwasher.

Anyway here is Carrie Nork Minelli, NBC10's Mac Francis who tells me that he would never hit on a women at the gym, and probably not the first time he met her. He likes to take it casual and doesn't believe in love at first sight. (I do if you were curious) and then there's Matt Vlahos who has de-singled oh wait Michael Klein broke that story too on 10/30/08

Briefly noted

November's Philadelphia Magazine is out with a photo spread of eligible singles. Those darn deadlines. Jimmy Contreras, co-owner of Kimberly Boutique, recently became ineligible after setting up house with publicist Matthew Vlahos. They're now "out" on their Facebook profiles.

Deputy Mayor Frank Aiello of East Greenwich Township. Single Italian, looking for a girl that would get along with mom.
Melissa Sanns and Gavin Waters like to meet dates through friends, and believes that Parc is a good place to meet someone
Kristen Johanson, Pat O'Neill, single Torrie Williams and Mike Walsh, all these folks work with Good Day Philadelphia
A Philly Mag Reviewer states: 10 Arts is a great place for every day casual dining. The food is some of the best in Philadelphia and priced reasonably. The global wine list has something to please every palate. The scene in the lobby is vibrant and sexy. Eric Ripert has created a Philadelphia dining destination!
After a few drinks, I think Melissa Sanns and Gavin Waters think the 10Arts is a good place to meet someone
Val Yeager and Ashley Primo
Carol Tinari, Holly Kinser, Nino Tinari, Molly McNtess (OK I realize there's some kind of misspelling there) and Nina Tinari. (I do believe black is still in, good for Holly Kinser venturing out in red. I have photographed Tina in Tibi yellow Tibi Cocktail Dress)

OK I am up to the 4th Wife Swap. This show must be the idea of women, because it's the men who seem to learn a lot and end up helping with the dishes in the future.

Beth Ann Platt with brother publisher of Philly Mag Larry Platt and Meryl Adis, of Lagos

Chef and my new facebook friend, Jill Schoenfeld, married NBC10's Jayne Laychak, StudioTEN's Megan Stecher and Stewart Bradley. The girls divert their eyes from Stewarts baby blues to see something interesting on his blackberry, hopefully its his phone number, as two of these girls are single and mingling.
L-R Dawn Hood, Angela Miles and Amanda Ashley. Dawn just moved here from Florida, and although she's not a big fan of the cool weather, she does love Fairmount Park and believes she will meet the man of her dreams along the drives.

L-R Allison Boswell, Staci Zemble, Robert Winn, Jacqueline Boswell, Nicole Greene and Carlos Melendez
Torrie Williams checking out which singles might be hanging out at 10 Arts that she could meet and introduce to her mother in one fell swoop
l to r : Valerie Yaeger, Corie Moskow, Melissa Bizzak, Tracy Seng, Christy Speer (editor who did the whole Singles package in magazine – also wrote story about 15 dates), and Zoey Sless-Kitain (Thanks for letting me come by and shoot your event Philly Mag girls)

On Friday, October 31, 2008, the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health held its 14th-annual Give the Shirt Off Your Back fund-raiser at the Rittenhouse Hotel. The event was a black-tie, Venetian-masked ball with dinner, drinks and dancing. Proceeds benefited the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health. Photography By Hugh E Dillon (**I have to say it was one of the hardest shoots for me, but I can't give away Philly Mag's secrets to good photos, and I have to say these photos were some of my best. Now going forward we will all benefit)

Check out the Photos here: Philly Magazine Party Photos

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Andre Leon Talley at the Art Institute of Philadelphia

Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley came to Philly for a chat at The Four Seasons hotel with fashion students and patrons of the Art Institute of Philadelphia. When I arrived he was in an incredibly hurry to get his lecture on, and the hosts were very accommodating, even starting a few minutes early, as Andre was in a hurry to get back to NYC. (Behind him were four striking screens, which featured portraits of him by artist and illustrator Denise Fike, a friend of DeJohn’s who had offered to do a portrait for the event, then found so many photos of Talley online that she decided to do several.)

In one of many self-deprecating moments, Talley told the audience, “People think I am all that and a bag of chips, and I am not sure why.” He peppered his speech with anecdotes.
After his hour long talk, he presented the Emil DeJohn scholarships to students Carl Hildenbrand (pictured) and Kevin Coleman.
He enjoyed himself so much he asked to speak for another hour but the room was not available, so he continue to answer questions from the students, reviewing their portfolios and posing for photos for an additional hour in the lobby. (These were the students he said had a flair in style)
Lesson One: “Remember where you came from and how important that is, and that will sustain you,” he said. He was raised in North Carolina by his grandmother, who worked as a maid at nearby Duke University, but always dressed to the nines for church. “She didn’t have a lot, but she had remarkable style,” he added. (L-R Sokanavy Tim, Lizhen Mei, Ling Lin, and Yink Wu)
Lesson Two: “Always be curious and do your research.” While he was working for Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975, she handed him a dress Claudette Colbert wore in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1934 screen version of “Cleopatra” and asked him to style the mannequin appropriately. He went to the library and decided that Cleopatra should be sunkissed and got special permission to have his model painted gold. “It matched the dress,” he added. “Mrs. Vreeland loved it.” (Co-Host Professor Emil DeJohn, Dr. William Larkin, President of The Art Institute of Philadelphia, President of Art Institure, Nicole Cashman, co-host of event, André Leon Talley)
Lesson Three: Travel and find beauty and style where you go. (Nicole Schmidt and Megan White)
Lesson Five: Fetch coffee if you have to. “When you are lucky enough to land an internship or get your first job, do not be offended when someone asks you to make a Starbucks run,” he noted. “At my first job working for Andy Warhol, I answered phones, ran the stamp machine to the post office, made $50 a week and had to live at the YMCA. But I was literally introduced to the world through that job. Mr. Warhol encouraged me with enthusiasm. He thought everything you did was great.”
Lesson Six: Find a mentor. Vreeland, he said, was his most important. “She taught me everything. Anna Wintour is now my mentor. She is not that person in ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ She is like Catherine the Great of Russia. She has kept that magazine on top, raised money for the Met and for the Democratic party.”
Marketa Richardson, Lauren Thorne, Kenvada Kitchen, Anthony Washington
Brandon Davis and Donte Livingston (Their names already say fashion success)
After an hour I left Andre still signing and giving advice to all of the students.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Meet the newly appointed Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada to Philadelphia, Mr. David Marshall

They walk among us, they champion us, they are our friends to the North, and last Thursday a whole bunch of them got together to welcome a new friend to Philadelphia - Mr. David Marshall, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada in PhiladelphiaEver since the Kimmel was built, I imagined how beautiful a party would be in the Hamilton garden, underneath the big arched glass ceiling with the sky as your roof, plus the view of Broad Street. It lived up to everything I imagined. It's a beautiful space, and I appreciate

Daniel Tremblay, Director of Public Relations/Directeur des Relations publiques

Consulate of Canada/Consulat du Canada for inviting me to cover it.

Ms. Sally Southey, Minister Counsellor Public Relations, Canadian Embassy Washington D.C; cheers the new Obama administration. Mr. David Marshall, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada in Philadelphia; Is happy to be here in Philadelphia, calling it a "culture shock" as we have so much culture.Lisa Brown, Jeff Guido, Amy and David Williams

David Marshall, and whom I would consider socialites Diane Dalto Woosman and Richard Woosman who are warm and friendly. Last week I photographed them at the "Give the Shirt Off Your Back" Mask Ball at the Rittenhouse. Those photos should be coming online at Phila Magazine any day now.Ms. Sally Southey, Minister Counsellor Public Relations, Canadian Embassy Washington D.C. ; Mr. David Marshall, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner of Canada in Philadelphia; Mr. Mervon Metha, VP, Programming & Education, Kimmel Center;
Ms. Rosemary McManus, Managing Director, Development, Kimmel Center; Mr. Jean-Dion, Cultural Attaché, Québec Government House, New York City; Ms. Fabienne Bilodeau, Director for Cultural Affairs, Québec Government House, New York City.
Sally Southey, Canada Embassy, Daniele Thomas-Easton, French Embassy, Vincent Finn, Consulate of Canada
Robert Yrigoyen, Pam Chapman and David B. Devan joined the Opera Company of Philadelphia in January 2006 after an extensive North American search for the Company's first Managing Director
Pamela Dollak, Joyce Dollak, and Elizabeth Perez-Luna enjoyed the chicken dish as much as I did.
Deborah Sacarakis,Director of Programs and Outreach Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, Edwin Easton and Janice Canfield, who is as equally nice, but softer on the eyes as her brother, Thom Cardwell who you can see in the background.
Claire Babanoury, a French native, Claire has lived and worked in Germany, Belgium and France before coming to the US where she is now at the Lauder Institute, which is part of Wharton; Andrea Townrow, Brenda Smith and Justin Martino

After about 90 minutes, the party moved downstairs to the Perlman to enjoy the Philadelphia premiere opening night performance of the La La La Human Steps.

La La La Human Steps is one of the top contemporary dance companies in the world and has been touring worldwide very successfully for the last twenty years. This is their first visit to Philadelphia and the Consulate is proud to be associated with this event. More information can be found on La La La Human Steps at the following website : L-R principal dancer Zofia Tujaka, choreographer Édouard Lock and the Opera Theatre and Kimmel Center Director of Programming Tom Warner leads the Q&A after the performance. Unfortunately it was a scheduled short run. The piece was abstract and over my head, but for the intellects, including Mike, they loved it. The sight of the ballerina's balanced on their toes high brought a grimace of pain to my high arches by just watching those talented folks.
Want to see a few celebrities in Philadelphia: Thursday night Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia - Red Carpet launch event on Thursday, November 13 at Ritz East Theatre in Philly from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Gamble & Huff , The Drifters, Jerry Butler, The O'Jay's Bunny Siegler and a few more of your favorites from the Philadelphia Sound will be walking the Red Carpet. Won't you welcome them? DID you know that PCC now has a calendar, I try and post things of interest ie things I would want to cover that are newsworthy, and also thing of the celebrity nature. Who doesn't want to see an Eagle, Flyer, Brandy or Demi Moore? SO check it out under the calendar tab.