Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tom Gold Dance at Kykuit

Last night was the most perfect evening.
I jumped on the train with Bill Cunningham and Dan Dutcher and headed up to Kykuit, the historic Rockefeller Estate in the Pocantico Hills just an hour from Manhattan for the Tom Gold Dance performance.
The weather was amazing and so was the location.When I first arrived Tom was in the garden warming up with one of the dancers.
As we walked over to the lawn where the stage had been set we passed the Brancusi Bird in Space and at Bill's request Tom leaped into the air.
The program was made up of a combination of classic and fun dances set to the music of Faure, Satie, Poulenc and Gershwin and - in his newest creation - classic songs by Noel Coward and Ivor Novello which were sung live by vocalist Sasha Weiss while Susan Walters played the piano.
It was still light at 8pm when the performance came to an end and everyone headed up to the terrace for cocktails. The view was breath taking.
Then it was time to head over to Stone Barnes for the 5 course dinner and the chance to dine with the dancers.
Many thanks to Gillian and Sylvester Miniter who found a spot in their car and saved me from the midnight train. Also thanks to the talented PR man Dan Dutcher who helped make sure I got photos of all the right people and most of all thanks to Tom for inspiring us all to smile with his joyful dances and wonderful choreography.

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The guests walked through the gardens and were met by by 2 smiling future dancers who handed out programsThe light was so beautiful as it shone on the leaves
The guests walked up to the terraceStone BarnsAmazing foodConversations with friends

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Instagram travels

I love traveling and taking photos with my iphone. It becomes my diary.

I just got back from a trip to Morocco where I visited my best friend from childhood, Rebecca Raft and her partner PC. This amazing couple are the creators and owners of Bouvier, an artisanal jewelry studio located in Palm Beach just outside of Sydney. 

Rebecca and  PC bought and renovated a riad in the medina of Fez a few years ago after they fell in love with the people and the soul of the place. It is magical .
They are always surrounded with artists and creative people where ever they go and staying in their home is the most inspiring time for me.

Fellow house guest was the very talented Maryam Montague who was visiting Fez for the Sacred Music Festival. She has a great blog where you can find out all about her life in Marrakesh and beyond.

Surrounded by treasures that Rebecca has designed or they have found together on their adventures into the souk that is right out side their door I always come back to NY feeling like my creative vision has been given a polish.

It starts with instagram and catching little moments of time without fussing as I wander the ally ways.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Black Alumni of Pratt Event at the Four Seasons

The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) celebrated its 22nd anniversary with “Celebration of the Creative Spirit,” a scholarship benefit dinner honoring creative individuals in the arts that raises funds for talented minority students at Pratt.
The first Presenter was Georgette Mosbacher, CEO, Borghese Cosmetics. She cried as she described her friendship with Bill White the CEO of Constellation Group and his good deeds. Bill received the Creative Spirit Award.
Next Barbara Walters presented Pete Peterson the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The second Creative Spirit Award went to Edward Enninful, Fashion & Style Director at W Magazine. Martha Stewart presented the Creative Spirit Award to Stephen Sills, Founder and President, Stephen Sills Associates.
The Pinnacle in Art and Design Award was given to Chuck Close. He was unable to attend so Carrie Mae Weems presented it to Dr. Thomas F. Schutte.

 To view all the photos  please click on this link BAP

Prince and Princess of Asturias visit New York City and IESE was the first stop.

Yesterday I was on site when Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia visited IESE´s NYC Center for the “Global Business Colloquium”.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Renny and Reed celebrate their new website.

Last Wednesday night Renny and Reed hosted a cocktail party in their store at 505 Park Ave to celebrate the launching of their new website.
Despite the rain all of their friends showed up to celebrate with them. The fabulous location showcased beautiful flowers.
The shop glowed thanks to friends from Frost Lighting and guests nibbled on those wonderful appetizers catered by my favorite person Olivier Cheng .
To view the new website please click on this link Renny and Reed

Photos By Thelma G. for Julie Skarratt Photography Inc

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Museum of the City Of NY Leadership Dinner

Last night was the Museum of the City of NY's 2012 Chairman's Leadership Award Dinner held up town at the Museum.
This year the honoree was Vikram Pandit the CEO of Citigroup.
After cocktails and delicious appetizers on the tented terrace guests moved inside for dinner.
Olivier Cheng and his staff served up a wonderful meal.
The main exhibition at MCNY now is called Capital of Capital and it tells Citi Bank's history in NY.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ellie's Birthday

When Jessica called me to tell me she was having a party for Ellie's first birthday I was really excited to go out to their home and take photos.
The grass was covered in rugs and there was a tent for the tables. There were hotdogs and hamburgers and lots of great food. The cake was an elephant and the theme was carried over to the little gift bags for the guests , a big elephant ballon sculpture and elephant pop cakes.
After helping her parents blow out her candles ( yes there were many on her cake) she was given her own cake to eat. I do not think she liked getting her fingers sticky until she realised it was yummy.
To view all the photos please click on this link Ellie's Birthday

Friday, June 1, 2012

Peace Love and a Cure, Triple Negative Breast Cancers Foundation's Annual Cocktail Party

Last night was Peace Love and a Cure, Triple Negative Breast Cancers Foundation's Annual Cocktail Party.
The foundation was founded in 2006 at the request of Nancy Block-Zenna, a young mom living in New Jersey who was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2005 and who lost her battle 2 and a half years later. A group of her friends banded together and made it happen.
Malaak Compton-Rock called me and asked me to photograph the first event that she held at her home in 2007. This year she called me again.

It is amazing to see what a group of women can achieve when they get together.

Last night the Champion Award went to Robin Roberts presented by Deborah Roberts for her bravery in going public and taking us with her as she faced Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
The Vanguard Award went to GE and was accepted by Michael J Barber and presented by Tonya Lewis Lee.
The Hero Award went to Dr Lisa Newman, MD who researches breast cancer and high risk patterns in African Americans and was presented by Soledad O'Brien.
Cristy Norwood was given the Courage award by Stephen Kandel. As Cristy told her story of overcoming breast cancer which she was diagnosed with when she was pregnant with her 5th child, it was impossible not to cry. With her faith in god and the love and friendship from family and friends she told how valuable it was have TNBC as source of information and support.
Today with more awareness and early detection women have a place to get information and support and as a result they are surviving this form of cancer. To find out more go to

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