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• ussia Samovar. the elegant, include appetizers like Olivier Salad, and
100-sea t eatery in the heart Eggplant Caviar; entrees such as Roasted
of the theater district, has Duck, a nd Beef Stroganoff. and a choice of
been distinguishing itself as Smetannik Cake or Ice Cream for dessert.
one of New York's premier You can a lso enjoy an expertly p repared
nightspots for over three pre-d inner cocktail at the bar such as the
decades. Founded in 1986 and previously Russian Beauty, featuring raspberry puree
co-owned by ballet legend, Mikhail a nd crisp Prosecco or a martini made with
Baryshnikov, and Nobel Prize winner for any flavor of Russian Samovar's house-
poetry, Joseph Brodsky, its 19th-century infused vodkas.
feel, complete with Russian folk prints and
green and red shades, has become an Currently owned by Roman Kaplan and
epicurean epicenter for discerning patrons managed by his daughter Vlada Von Shots
from every wa lk of life, along with many and her two sons. another major draw of
famous Russian poets and w riters who Russian Samovar's 256 West 52nd Street
keep coming back for an exceptional location is its deeply ent renched show
d ining experience second to none. business roots. Besides currently being
a mecca for Russian writers and poets,
Russian Samovar is well-known for its it was also the former site of Jilly's- the
25 flavored vodkas, including ginger, eponymous celebrity watering hole once
horseradish, lemon. and cranberry owned by Fra nk Sinatra's friend and former
along with mouthwatering appetizers. bodyguard, Jilly Rizzo. In fact, the Chairman
Selections range from Beluga and Ostera of the Board held many personal concerts
caviar, Blini (crepes) filled with salmon or there, along with spending time w ith the
caviar, the Assorted Fish Platter (in-house Rat Pack and playing countless games of
cured Salmon Gravlax with dill, Smoked baccarat.
Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Butterfish),
Vol-au-Vent (a wild mushroom puff pastry), These days. this tradition continues thanks
traditional Borscht, and Pelmeni Stroganoff to singers like Liza Minnelli and Cyndi
(veal a nd chicken d umplings with sirloin Lauper who still occasionally drop in for
tips in a creamy mushroom sauce). an impromptu performance. Since Russian
Samovar also attracts many m usicians,
The restaurant a lso serves a theater pre- actors and writers from Russia and all
fixe menu, available Monday th rough over the world, a classically trained pianist
Friday until ?pm. The ideal spot before or performs nightly a nd poetry readings held
after a show, you can get a 10% discount throughout the year.
on all food items simply by presenting your
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uthentic French Bistro meal. The traditional French menu is paired On the weekends, diners can enjoy a cla ssic
Demorchelier, owned by artist perfectly with a wide range of predominantly French a la carte brunch. Dishes include
Eric Dem orchelier (brother of French wines. Organic Eggs Benedict w ith Hollandaise
famed fashion photographer sauce served with a choice of ham or salmon;
Patrick Demorchelier), celebrated Diners w ill find many familiar dishes on the Pancakes served with maple syrup and a
its 25-yea r anniversary in classic b istro fare menu, which are coupled choice of blueberries; and Steak Tartare w ith
2017. Eric opened the very first location of his with daily organic selections. Demorchelier a side of pommes trites.
eponymous restaurant the same year he first provides an array of a ll natural, gross-fed,
moved to New York City, in 1978. After having organic options b rought directly from nearby Born and raised in Normandy, Eric Demarchelier
moved from its original location on Lexington farms, which ore sure to suit even the most has received additional recognition as a
Avenue, Demarchelier re-opened in 1992 on health-conscious d iner. painter. Eric's artistic style encompasses
86th street, still frequented by its regular d iners. figurative, geometric abstraction and abstract
More bourgeois than bohemian, Demorchelier's Signature dishes include the Moules Moriniere expressionism, as well as landscape and
lively and cozy locale also showcases a rota1ing au Vin Blanc served in a rich b roth; Duck portrait painting. He began painting in the
collection of paintings by the owner. Confit served over a hearty mix of toma to 1990s and has been rotating the art exhibited in
and tarragon scented flageolets; and Sole the restaurant every year since. Aside from the
Demorchelier brings a little p iece of France Meuniere, flour covered and pan-fried in rotating artwork, Demorchelier has remained
to New York City. Every meal tha t leaves butter, a ccompanied by a g rilled lemon half consistent throughout the yea rs, both in
its kitchen a ims to capture the essence of and wedges of boiled potato, tossed in a mix terms of ambiance and menu, though part
a uthentic French bistro fair. The family owned of b utter and chives. Demarchelier's decadent of the responsibility of running the restaurant
a nd run Upper East Side restaurant radiates dessert menu features flavorful d ishes such as has been pledged to Eric's daughter Em ily
a comfortable, colorful, warm and familial Tarte Fine Au Pommes, a flaky tort filled with Demarchelier.
spirit that has made it a neighborhood fixture warm apples a nd served with fresh vanilla ice
for a q ua rter-century. Ideal for a quick bite to c ream; and Crepe Suzette, a classic French demarchelierrestourant.com
eat, a romantic rendezvous, or a simple family pancake drizzled w ith Grand Mornier.

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his year we lost the creme

de la creme of fashion. Karl
Lagerfeld passed away a
few doys right ofter New York
fashion week concluded. Not
only was Mr. Logerfeld the
creative d irector of his brand, but he was
a lso well-known for his work with Chanel
and Fendi. Logerfeld's genius even led to a
colloborotion w ith Rolls Royce. His exhibit "A
Different View" revealed a passion for fashion
and automobiles. Lagerfeld once told Rolls
Royce, "This opproach serves me more than
I had ever thought possible in my view of
reality. Eoch of my shots of the Rolls-Royce
is the abstract representation of a concrete
reality. The technical medium of photography is
o welcome means for my a rtistic work, creating
my different view."

The winter months can be cruel with the frigid

weather; however, the Runways worm our hearts
with the latest trends and fashions. Designers
such as JYU RI RI, Jisu Lim, Ron Romos, Quaint,
Afffoir, and the unique style of Pheren Couture
showed off their 2019 Spring I Summer collections.

Thank you to our resident fashion experts Jaime

& Jillian Bocker, and o ur d irector of social media
Nancy Molino. Head over to www.metmogny.com
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yu Ri Ri's 2019 FW collection is titled "EGO-
FRIENDLY". It will represent the opposition
from family in order to pursue fashion, she
respects women who fight for what they wont.
"EGO-FRIENDLY" is on ode to the strong-willed
women, and is meant to be a gear for the
warriors in their daily lives. However, she does not
"gear" in harsh way. She serves it with materials
like Mohair, Velvet, Embroidery, ExtroFine wool. It is
designed to serve female warriors' self-esteem, so
that they can be ready for any struggle everyday.
he collection of jisu
Lim is conceptual;
reflecting the
desig ner's own
interpretation of
every object within
a concept w ith modern, edgy and
trendy aesthetic. "My collection is
inspired by the 'Post No Bill' sig n
a round construction a rea. This
sign is the most familiar thing
that I o m exposed to in my doily
life, as a New Yorker." soys the
designer. "The phrase refers to
many cities' lows which forbid the
posting of hondbil Is, o r any type of
advertisement on the construction
walls in order to keep the walls
clean. However. I a lways think it is
such on irony that the construction
walls itself ruin the beauty of this
city." j isu Urn's collection is about
recreation, circulation, and the
beauty inside of the ug liness.



esigner, Ron Ramos,

connected his aesthetic
of Iuxury and tailoring
by playing with the
idea of soft ond hard.
The collection used on
opposition of heavy and light textiles
from leather to georgette to crepe to
crepe back sotin, resulting in sultry-luxe
workwear that transitions from day
to night. For this FW19 collection, the
pieces are interchangeable, additive,
and layered amongst the collection
itself or from within your existing
closet. The ideologies of this collection
genuinely convey the designer's
principle of dressing; embodying
effortless luxury and strength.

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heren Couture AIW19 collection is entirely inspired by noture and
the Royal palace interior. This collection is called LACRIMOSA. Most
of this entire collection used lace, crystals, pearls, metal. 24k gold
leaves and tulle. The headdresses and accessories will be a cross
culture between European and Indonesian Mojopohit Empire. The
colors will be gold, green, and dork red.
FFAIRwas the show
by designer Rufat
l smayilov a l so
held at lndustria
Studios. The theme
of the show was
"Power of Fire from The Land of
Fire" that featured elegant Haute
Couture creations made in "The
Land of Fire". Azerbaijan.

The collection had some stunning

pieces with plunging necklines,
detailed embellishments,
statement bejeweled shoulder
pads and sexy cut-outs. Affair's
collection also had a variety of
luxurious fabrics such as silk. crepe
chiffon as well as semi-precious
gemstones in natural tones. Three
of my favorite pieces from the
collection are as follows:
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hristian Siriano, who exploded

into the p ublic consciousness at
age 22, is now at the pinnacle at
Christian Siriano the design world celebrating the
launch of Bravo's Project runway
this month! Siriano mentors the
BRAVO'S PROJECT RUNWAY IN STYLE new fresh talent of the show, and the celebrity
BY RACHE L VAN CE LETTE designer known for dressing Whoopi Goldberg,
Laverne Cox. Molly Shannon, Meg Ryon, Angelino
Jolie and more had amazing success of his book,
Dresses to Dream About, a collaboration with
noted photographer Brad Walsh, revealing his
design process start to finish. The book tokes the
reader from simple sketches through his most
private studio practices and amazing designs.

This master craftsman artistically creates

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sumptuous couture designs weaving fa ntasy, an 'all size' inclusive designer in his runway costing. inspired even som e of my collections. I g et inspired
old Hollywood glamour and the desire to d ress Each runway shaw he a lso odds some celebrities by photographs, paintings, architecture, interiors,
women of a ll shapes, sizes and social s1otus in his to walk on his runways such os Selma Blair who furniture and really they o re all art in their own
work. 11 hos pu1 him ot the top of every woma n's has walked in a stunning sul1ry skin·1ight catsuit way.
fashion w ish lis1 worldwide, movie stars and and fur for his 101h·onniversory catwalk for the
homemakers a like. After s1udying in his younger celebro1ion. Your book Dresses to Dr eam About, can
years with the likes of Alexander McQueen and you speak to how lon g it took you to execute
Vivienne Westwood, his collec1ions hove now Christian sa1 down for o rare intimate following the book, process for the book and what one
added him 10 the rorified lis1 of top designers the launch of his popular book for on in1erview thing you wish for the reader to remember?
poS1 and present. No matter who1 age or body discussing art + fashion influences, d esires and CS: It took abou1 a year or so to come together.
type, he will dress you. dreams: It was hard 10 choose wha1 pieces I wonted to
showcase, and the timing was hard because
Not many designers con soy they have dressed Art and fashion have had a relationship I wonted to odd so much more. The entire
the likes of Lady Gago, Kate Perry, Rihanna, Kate for many generations, what or who have book was done so beautifully. I really wonted to
Hudson and mare! Siriano dressed Whoopi influenced you over the years? highlight my work over the loS110 years and really
Goldberg for the Tony Awards in 2008, and she CS: I'm inspired by Ar1 every day. There ore so show people what goes into making clothes from
among the ton followers who praise him for being many new young artists I love and whom hove sketch to finished piece. I think that's the magic

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of fashion, the transformation is exciting to see. CS: I hope I have evolved. As my company has it perfection. Don't try too many things at a time,
I hope when everyone opens the book up they grown, we a re able to do so much more than that is often when things get lost.
fall into a dreom-like world and escape for a few I was able to do in the beginning. But still some
minutes. of my fovorite p ieces a re from early shows, and Are you influenced by any designers of the
they were just simply overlooked because I was past?
Your inclusivity and breaking barriers in a young brand. I think clothes evolves every day CS:I try not to be but of course, yet everyone is
the fashion world has been a great creative because the customer is changing every day. influenced because it is so hard not to remember
force in making change, can you speak to your Right now fashion is so accessible and in your iconic pieces of history. A famous red-carpet dress
message on championing diversity? face a ll the time. So I try to create things that are o r famous first lady's dress so in that regard
CS: I think we need to empower women who are dramatic and emotional but still wearable for yes.... I also of course admire so much what b ig
buying our clothes. They should be able to shop my customer. She is the driving force and I like to houses like Chanel and Dior have done. They have
no matter what size, color, where they came from keep her guessing but keep her happy. created such a world that is untouchab le.
who cores. If they love a dress we should offer it
to them. Getting d ressed should be the fun and What would you say to a young designer As a fashion leader what future direction
exciting part of the day not the hard part. So I'm starting out fashion? do you see fashion heading?
trying to prove that it can be done because I'm CS: Find o ut what you really love about fashion CS: It is hard to soy where fashion is going. I know
doing it and will continue to do it o nd hope others first, do you really wont to be a designer is always it's becoming more d iverse than ever and I hope
follow a long. my question? Do you love making clothes because it's returning back to the days of g lamour and
if not there are so many other professions in the experimentation. That is what I love'
How has your fashion evolved since your industry that are g reat' But if you love making
very first fashion show? clothes then find the style you love and really make

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Eugenio Kuzm ino

Happy 2019! It's a year of many significant

changes in the world. What does this year
signify for you as a woman, international model,
comedian, actress, mom, etc.?
2019 is a year af many revelations. No doubt that in
such industries as fashion, film and comedy- well, and
motherland. which isa career- the last few years have
been an incredible expansion of diversity, authenticity
and truth. When I started modeling, there was still a
very limited perception of what a fashion model can
be. Our career was over at 25.1 had a joke, "Recently
I had a mid life crisis. I turned 25... Russians don't live
long ..." and at the time it was true. If you were not
financially ready to retire at 25 in modeling, it was
over. Now there are all kind of models and role models
who have careers.

There a re models like Maya Musk who is in her

70s, Ashley Graham who is a super-star, and who
l remember was working very hard at a time as a
catalog plus size mod-el, w ith no opportunities from
the industry. There are models like Winnie Harlow who
can't be stereotyped by their skin color. It's an exiting
time in the industry1

The movie industry has been changing a lot too-

more voices are heard due to the many diverse
channels, and I feel it's a time of a creator. If you have
a story, there a re many avenues for it to be heard, as
opposed to the o ld-fashion studio system with lim-
ited and controlled content. Well, in comedy, all I can
say is that I can do a show at The Laugh Factory in
a dress and not be bullied- and if people laugh, it's
authentically funny.

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What is your idea of perfect happiness? opologizing for being authentic-I wish to do pure Being married for JO years- you cant un-see the
Being completely p resent in this moment in the art without consideration of judgment. reflection ofter that many years.
heart, because the past and the future are the
illusion of the mind What is the most thing you don't like in Which living person do you most despise?
others? I have to say no one ... every connection has a
What is your greatest fear? Haha, judgement! I think we form relationships meaning.
I have abandonment issues, and it's something based on what we need to learn in life.
I've been working on. Which words do you most overuse?
What is your greatest extravagance? I love you. Maybe it can't be overused ...
What is the one most thing you don't like Time.
about yourself? eugenia-kuzmina.com
People-pleasing tendency, self-depreca tion, What is your favorite journey?

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Who Wore It Best? NYC

Fashion Designer Morgon

C ifford s Foux-Fur
organ is a veteran in the fashion
industry having worked at
major fash ion houses such as
A lice & Olivia and Calypso.
She began designing her own
statement coats in 2008 when
she found a need for a festive jacket that can be
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line of women's coats then expanded to feature
little girl's jackets after Morgan welcomed her very
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Popular judge of The People's Court has the Final Word


hen Judge Marilyn Milian walks into the courtroom, School, where she earned her low degree and graduated cum laude at
everyone rises. Charming and witty, Judge Marilyn the age of 23. Judge Milian served as an Assistant State Attorney from
holds court weekdays on WNYW/FOX5 at 3 p .m. 1984-1994, appointed by Miami-Dode State Attorney Janet Reno. In 1994
EST. Milian has been on the bench at "The People's she was appointed to the County Court bench, and in 1999 Governor
Court" since March 2001. Originally from Queens, jeb Bush elevated her to the Circuit Court bench, where she handled
New York, Milian moved to Miami w ith her family complex criminal cases, including death penalty litigation.
when she was eight years o ld . Milian received her undergraduate
degree at the University of Miami, where she graduated summo cum Judge Milian is honored to be the first Latina judge to host a notionally
laude with a 4.0 grade overage. She then attended Georgetown Low syndicated television court show. In the courtroom, Milian often offers

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pearls of wisdom recalled from her Cuban mother and

grandmother when addressing litigants. When her robe
is on and she is on the bench, her whole heart goes into
her work. Milian draws on life experiences as a mother,
daughter, wife, and a sister, in all of her rulings.

When asked about her motivation to transition to T\I, Judge

Marilyn laughed and replied, "They parked a truckload on
money in front of my house. just kidding. The motivation
within me thought, this could be fun. They were looking
for a Latino Judge; this opportunity kind of come my way
out of the blue. At first, I was told that the producers of The
People's Court were looking to do a second show, come to
find out it was The People's Court I was auditioning for. "

Judge Milian soys her tough but fair style in the courtroom
is all her own.

· 1do not really hove a style, nor do I think the other Judges
do. I believe we all roll with our personalities. Depending
on the case, I handle it the way I approach life. If someone
needs ta be scolded because they ore treating others
poorly that is what I do. If a case is tunny, I react with
humor. If it is a serious matter, I treat it as such.

Milian readily admits that all judges hove mentors.

"My mentors ore the people when I first started working.

Other judges, both men and women, who hove hod the
knowledge and humor to handle coses in front of them.
And to this day I om still friends with many of them. I om
honored to know so many people who hove inspired me
throughout my career."

Over the course of her long and distinguished career as

a judge in the Miami Court system, Milian hos ruled on
serious legal coses involving everything from domestic
violence to murder. On the bench of "The People's Court"
Judge Milian presides over small claims coses. Milian is

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proud to treat her TV courtroom and litigants Fans of "The People's Court" a re curious to know "One has to go through college, law school, a nd
with respect. about Milian's life outside the courtroom. How having a lot of experience dealing with d isputes;
does she juggle her personal life as a mother and it is a long process. Other people may not think
"To be honest, it is the same thing. I know there are wife with her demanding career? these small claims a re important, however, the
cameras around, but I do not feel them. I hand le people involved in the lawsuits - that is all they
the courtroom the same way as I did in my real "Poorly' (You are getting my humor) My philosophy have. Most people will learn how the justice
courtroom." is to stay present where you are. lfyou are at work; system works based on their contacts in small
be present at work, if you are at home; be present claims courts. You are the one making the grand
For Judge Milian, the opportunity to teach at home. I think if you are worrying about work decision."
television viewers the various nua nces of the law while you a re at home, and vice versa. you a re
a re a responsibility that she takes very seriously. going to mess everything up. You have to know Even though Judge Milian realizes that "The
Milian's effortless ability to communicate is just what your priorities are though. My priority is People's Court" can be incredibly entertaining,
one of the reasons "The People's Court" is so a lways my family. My kids come first. • In her free she realizes that she is dispensing justice for those
popular. Milian has her own theory on the time. Milian stays active. " When I am not on the who have been wronged. In these cases, it's not
popularity of the show. bench, I enjoy boating, kayaking , and paddle- just business as usual, it's persona l.
"Well, the court shows. in general, are well liked "What I get angry about are the cases where
because a lot of people want to see j ustice served. When asked if she had a most memorable case. someone is hurting someone else who is
The People's Court is popular because we have Judge Milian replied, " the most memorable cases vulnerable. I have been doing th is a long time,
been doing this the longest of anyone. This year usually involve family conflict. This season we so I know it is a marathon a nd not a sprint; you
we are going on our thirty-fifth year. We have had a father sue his ex-wife over the ashes of his cannot take all of them to heart, but some cases
a n amazing group of people w hose job is to sift deceased son. That is a case I w ill never forget'" do stick with me a little longer because of the
through all the cases filed in courthouses across circumstances."
the country to find the best cases with the right As for the b iggest mistakes that litigants a lways
blend of education a nd entertainment. If we give seem to make, Judge Milian smiled, "they Milian hopes that viewers of "The People's Court"
our audience the steady dose of both, they keep constantly come in unprepared. It is one thing will take away knowledge of the law and strive
watching." for a defenda nt to wait for a p iece of evidence, to make the world a better place by doing what
however, when the plaintiff who is the o ne filing is right in their own lives.
Despite her travel back and forth from Miami the lawsuit comes in empty handed; it is hard to
Milia n says she really loves her job. do my job." " I would like people to be kinder to each other. I
spend all day watching what people do to one
"The litigants, they a re a scream. Every day that What advice does Judge Milian offer to viewers another and the negative psychological impact I
I go to work, I get a chance to listen to these wild who dream of becoming a judge one day? You observe. They are either obsessed a bout it or hurt
stories a nd find justice for them." need to work hard a nd pay your dues! by it; It is so much more than the money involved."

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School while driving by on the golf cart and became the official
"Mock" Wedding Photographer.

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La Minerva Capri estled in the heart of the magical isle of Capri, La Minerva
Hotel is a charming and intimate boutique that epitomizes
CAPRI'S BEST KEPT SECRET: the ultimate romantic escape. This multi-generational
family-run gem is one of the most beloved hotels on the
LA MINERVA HOTEL Italian island- a luxurious blend of whitewashed walls,
BY KARINA Y. SOT ELO classic nineteenth-century architecture a nd contemporary

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punctuations of artisan-crafted ceramics,
spacious walk-in closets, and luxe bathrooms
w ith jetted-tubs generously stocked with
Capri's famous Carthusia fragrances and
bath products. Warm hospitality begins the
moment guests arrive the island-the Esposito
family and their amazing team cater to
guests' every whim, providing an unparalleled
over-attentive service and an array of first-
rate amenities. For a hotel this size, it has
Mediterranean-influenced design, lined with everything you could possibly d ream of
secret lemon-scented paths and bougainvillea- and expect from a honeymoon getaway:
laced gardens. Each of the 19 rooms and suites a hedonistic spa, a serene pool reminiscent
are elegantly appointed and locally-sourced, of the garden of Eden, and private terraces
featuring plush beds clothed in silken Italian beholding the most captivating views of the
linens, custom majolica-t iled floors, colo rful stunning coastline and sea.

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...ETSETSnuggled between the winding paths of posh
boutiques and cofes of Via Camarelle and the
picturesque views of Via Tragara, La Minerva-
unlike its luxury rivals-is quietly perched high
on the cliffside away from the bustling historic
town center and pulsating nightlife, w ith only
breathtaking views of Capri's scenic beauty to
take in. Here, guests w ill find it easy to spend
most of their day canoodling in their little love
nest, but are encouraged to wander out and
enjoy everything the enchanted islet has to offer.
For a taste of the island's glamourous n ight
scene, guests can easily slip out to La Piazzetta,
where celebs, socialites, and the fashionable
flock to cocktail-sip and mix and mingle under
the glimmering Mediterranean sky. Famous
coves and private beach clubs are a lso in the
immediate proximity of the hotel. But, if haute
couture and upscale shopping is more of your
thing, high-end fash ion houses like Gucci,
Hermes, and Prada (to name a few) are only
few stylish footsteps-or catwalk-away for your
dose of retail therapy. As for unforgettable views
(though, the most incredible seascapes can be
seen from just about every angle of the hotel),
guests should be forbidden to leave the island
without taking the little stroll up to Via Tragara,
where only mind-b lowing vistas of the turquoise
waters clashing against the famous Forogoloni
rocks can be seen, the perfect backdrop for those
ready to pop the question.

High-class service is the heartbeat of La

Minerva experience. Voted Travellers' Choice
2019 #J Best Small Hotel in Italy, this family-
run boutique sets the bar for superlative and
hyper-personalized service. Pampering begins
the moment you set-foot on the island, the
three Esposito brothers (Luigi, Antonino, and
Marco), their mother Giovanna, as well as
their devoted staff, will go far beyond than just
providing d irections to the hotel and delivering
your luggage. At Lo Minerva, even the smallest
gestures and details are not forgotten, guests are
treated to the utmost and spoiled w ith all its luxe
amenities. Greeted by name upon arrival and
welcomed w ith the lobby bar's best aperitifs-
your choice of a handcrafted cocktail or minted
lemonade refreshment naturally squeezed from
the citrus fruits of their garden trees, coupled
with lightly salted snacks and olives. His and hers can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own room. or candlelit dinner reservations (as the hotel does
bathrobes and slippers are delicately folded in And to unwind, therapeutic massages and facials not have an in-house restaurant) at your very
your room and patiently anticipate your long- can be experienced at the hotel's decadent spa. request. Whatever it is that your heart desires, the
awoited embrace. Fresh garden flowers are There are few reasons to leave this dreamy place. Espositos will make you feel as if you have entered
picked and delivered to your room daily along but if you're feeling a b it more energized rather a family member's home, genuinely pandering
with a menu of the hotel's signature drinks and than in complete zen, a well-equipped gym is only to your every need and ensuring that your only
a thoughtful itinerary of Capri's outdoor secrets. a short five-minute walk from the hotel. And for concern is to fully succumb to all the indulgences
If your sheets hug you tight in the morning those looking for something more lovey dovey, and luxuries that this valentine destination has
(because of how snuggly they are), breakfast the Espositos w ill arrange for private boot trips to offer.
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Legendary and authentic hospitality is not became an exclusive place for the who's who of hopeless romantics who desire to feel like kings
just one of La M inerva's greatest offerings- it the world-accommodating royal guests including and queens even just for a weekend.
flows through this hotelier's veins. Inherited as the Duke of Windsor, Edward the VIII, formerly
a wedd ing g ift from their parents in the early the King of the United Kingdom. Today. with the A timeless capsu le the moment you enter its
twentieth-century, La M inerva hotel was once same gracious, warmhearted, and world -class opulent sugarcoated g lassed doors and tranquil
the humble home of Luigi and Lauro Esposito. service that their great-grandparents established a iry lobby, La Minerva evokes period g lamour
Originally made to warmly welcome tourists and this majestic hotel on. the Esposito brothers and chic contempora ry design at every turn
visitors in two dedicated rooms in the newlyweds' and their mother continue to host regal guests, and in every detail. Recently renovated and
home, the Esposito's little token of love quickly celebrities, and jetsetters alike, as well as the designed by Giovanna Esposito (the hotel's third-

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generational owner and current proprietor). the where guests con enjoy o luscious buffet breakfast
hotel's newest makeover features o clean palette under the radiant Capri sun or, by evening, lovers
of pearly white and rich royal blues, modern con stargaze and profess their adoration for one
furnishings and sophisticated decor. The property's another over o candlelit gloss of wine. Whatever
architectural heritage is preserved in its century- you choose, the snapshots token at the terrace will
old vaulted ceilings and dramatic arches, and replay in your mind for o lifetime. And, of course.
island tradition is honored in the old-fashioned who could forget the views from the suites, as most
touches and custom Italian upgrades: Sorrento- capture the some eternal portrait of Capri. All of the
imported handcrafted ceramics and antiques superior rooms and deluxe suites ore charismatic
that ore mindfully sprinkled all throughout the with jacuzzi tubs, walk-in closets, comfy beds, and
hotel, and hand-pointed majolica tiles th at private canopied balconies with sea views.
o re immaculately spread across the floor with
its vibrant colors echoing the azure of the sea. But, the shining star here, is the ultra-exclusive
The hotel's unique family post is a lso recorded in cottage-like suite that is gently sequestered in the
the vintage monochromatic photography that bock of the hotel. To find this hidden gem, you'll
adorns the layered-white walls, but the deluxe need to wa lk down o sweet discreet pathway
sofas. swank gloss tables, and g lom coffee table paved with colorful marine-inspired ceramic
books in the lobby, give this nineteenth-century tiles bordered by o pebbled wall with climbing
old jewel a snazzy modernized flair. flowering vines. Covered by fringing plants and
multi-hued florets and caged by o garden gate
Other major renovations include the installation that intimately separates it from the pool, is where
of a pool-a whisper-quiet oasis built on the
grounds where the fruits of Mr. Luigi Esposito's
odored garden used to grow. Though the majority
you'll finally see the beautiful Caso di Emma
sparkling like a jewel box. The premier suite inherits
its name from one of the hotel's most cherished

of Mr. Esposito's precious nursery was replaced, generational owners-Emma Esposito-as she once
the wooden-deck pool is in perfect harmony occupied this iconic guest space. Caso Di Emma
with nature, surrounded by a row of pillowed currently reigns as the largest suite at Lo Minerva
sunbathing beds shaded by o grove of lemon trees and sets the tone for sheer luxury and intimacy.
and violet bougainvillea blossoms. An amazing Key features include: a separate cozy living room
unobstructed view of the sea con be witnessed oreo, a dazzling bathroom with o walk-in rainfall
here (with o fizzy mimosa in hand, of course), all shower complete with flower and lemon-perfumed
the while hearing the melodies of tropical b irds, Corthusio both soaps and beauty kit, a grandiose
tree leaves rustling against the wind, and feeling closet space w ith o minibor curated with your
the balmy island breeze softly brushing against preferred alcoholic beverages and cocktail mixers,
ones skin. o king-sized bed topped w ith extra-fluffy jumbo

The garden pool, however, is just one

pillows, and two sets of sliding g loss doors veiled
by cream-colored curtains that allow for the
kaleidoscopic peek at the many astonishing glittering sunlight to illuminate the entire suite.
scenic d isplays Lo Minerva hos to offer. Inside this The best feature about this suite is what is behind
treasure chest, is on atmospheric and convivial the curtains and gloss doors: o private terrace
lobby area featuring a cozy living room space, overlooking the infinite horizon shadowed by a
cocktail bar, and gloss doors that open up to two foirytole-esque bougainvillea wrapped pergola.
intimate balconies with a JOW·dropping panorama Though the suite includes two large screen TVs, you
of Capri's natural wonders. A quick lift up (or flight will forget that they even exist as most of your time
of stairs) from the lobby, is on open-air terrace with will be spent with your other half on the terrace
o bird's eye view of the rocky coostline and sea marveling at the most gorgeous sunsets.

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jetset Hotspots in the City of Ange s

hroughout Awards Season, t he of new Wellness Rooms. Culina restaurant offers not compromising the character of such on iconic
spotlight shines bright on Hollywood a wide menu of culturally inspired d ishes and a b uilding. The d ining arrangements focus on two
as the city prepares for the year 's sumptuous Sunday brunch. The Vinoteco lounge d istinct options, the Tower Bar and the Terrace.
biggest events - from Television is on Italian inspired wine and espresso bar ideal The Tower Bar is very grown-up with walnut
Academy's Emmy Awards, to the for either a fine coffee experience to start the day paneling, a fireplace a nd classic bar - located in
Golden Globes. Grammy Awards or a sensual g loss of wine to end one. what was formerly the room of a gangster at the
and Oscars! We invite you to experience the Tower. Bugsy Siegel. Moitre'D Gabe Doppelt is at
excitement and glamour of Awards Season at 300 South Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA the helm of this luxurious restaurant.
these luxury destinations. fourseosons.com
8358 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles Sunset Tower sunsettowerhotel.com
Given the d iverse nature of Los Angeles it makes A little over decode ago, owner Jeff Klein first
perfect sense to experience it from a luxury hotel reinvented the landmark Sunset Tower. creating Number 850 Hotel
located centrally. The newly-renovated Four what is known today as the unofficial epicenter The newest addition to hotelier and
Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is hidden of Ho llywood. Klein embarked on a refresh of the restaurateur Jeff Klein'sJK Hotel Group, Hotel 850
in plain sight offering a g lamorous. while low-key hotel a nd common areas with his personal touch; Bis is a new hotel concept inspired by European
oasis at the heart of the City, with the addition w ith the goal of restoring its heart and soul while residentia l-style properties where the comforts

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and accoutrements of home blend seamlessly with
the luxury and service of a contemporary hotel.
Nestled on a beautiful street in West Hollywood,
the historic buildings circa 1918 bungalow fo~ode
leads to a newly d esigned property developed
by architect More Appleton and designer Rita
Konig in partnership w ith Klein. Hove b reakfast
in the Living Room or enjoy the Rooftop deck with
outdoor seating and a fireplace and toke in the
Los Angeles landscape.

850 N. Son Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA


Beverly Hilton
Opened in 1955 by distinguished hotelier Conrod
Hilton, The Beverly Hilton, a Forbes Four· Star hotel, is
nestled a t the crossroads of the iconic Wilshire and
Santo Monico Boulevards. The hotel combines the
excitement and entertainm ent of Hollywood with
the prestige of Beverly Hills. The 569-room hotel
features IOI suites including nine private luxury
suites within The Penthouse Collection. With more
than 60,000 square feet of indoor and open-air
event space, The Beverly Hilton boasts the most
technologically advanced meeting space of its kind
in the country. The hotel's renowned International
Ballroom plays host to glamorous a nnua l events
including the Golden Globe Awa rds Show, Oscar
Nominee Luncheo n, Pre-GRAMMYs Gola , and the
Milken lnstitute's Globa l Conference. The legendary
Aqua Star Pool is Beverly Hills' largest pool and is the
setting for numerous recognizable photo shoots.
Circa 55 restaurant entices guests with locolly-
sourced cuisine in a stylish setting overlooking
the pool.

9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA


Choteau Marmont
It doesn't get much mo re Hollywood than the
Choteau Marmon! hotel o n Los Angeles' iconic
Sunset Boulevard, a luxury retreat built in 1920
with plans from a Loire Valley castle. Between its
kitted-out poolside and hillside bungalows and
the decadent main chateou, the architecture and
grounds make quite a first impression. The hotel
hos a beautiful heated outdoor pool surrounded
by gardens and a large sun pa tio. Indulge yourself
with Choteau Marm ont's intim ate dining room
a nd garden terrace serving b reakfast, lunch, a nd
d inner, or enjoy a cocktail at Bar Marmon!.

8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA


The She bourne Distinguished Luxury

in the Heart of Dub in

he Shelbourne is a timeless landmark

in the heart of Dub lin. Magnificently
renovated and the largest 5-star
hotel in Dublin. The Shelbourne
overlooks the city's grandest square,
St. Stephen's Green, located w ithin
a few m inutes' walk from Dublin's most famous
landmarks as well as the key shopping and cultural
areas of the city.

The Shelbourne has for nearly two centuries,

played a significant role in the literary, social,
political, culinary and artistic traditions of Irish
society. In 1922 the Irish constitution was d rafted
at The Shelbourne, chaired by Michael Collins, a nd
one of the two original copies a re to be found in
the Constitution Room. The luxury 5-Star Dublin
City Hotel is an iconic landmark in Dublin, well
known for its fine dining, elegant Afternoon Tea
and gracious surroundings. Their restaurants are
some of the finest in Dublin City, and offer luxurious
and gracious fine d ining venues. throughout the bar, including historic p rints, Chandelier. Guests can delight in the collection
elegant engravings and framed litera ry works. of special licensed paintings from The National
The Shelbourne is currently in the middle of a multi- Irish m aps, scenes of Dublin life and musical Gallery of Ireland a nd complete your afternoon
phase restoration project. Some of the highlights scores related to the city also dot the walls. tea experience.
are the newly refurbished Lord Mayor's Lounge Bespoke mural-like paintings of a whimsical
and the addition of 1824 Bar, the hotel's resident- Irish landscape, created by artist Paul Slater, One of the uniq ue elements of The Shelbourne
only bar. are a lso on d isplay. experience is their retained Genealogy Butler,
Helen Kelly, an expert accredited genealogist
The 1824 Bar is filled w ith classic charm and The Lord Mayor's Lounge, Dublin's most historic who can work w ith g uests during their stay, and
sophisticated style. 1824 Bar brings an exceptionally Drawing Room, has been home to one of empowers them to delve into their ancestral
stylish bar to Dub lin. Designed by internationa lly the most elegant and timeless traditions of history and learn more about their past in the
renowned designer Guy Oliver, this elegant Afternoon Tea. Enjoy the luxurious surroundings, emera ld isle.
space complements the tradit ional nature of The loving ly restored in t he color scheme of a
Shelbourne while overlooking the hotel's spacious trad itional 19th Century Irish country house,
outdoor terrace. Additional artworks can be found illuminated w ith a g littering Waterford Crystal shelbournedining.ie

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Gi ion Greene

What it was like growing up with a famous actor as a

dad (Lorne Greene)?
I honestly did not know my dad was a famous actor until I
was in my teens. My parents wisely sheltered me from that
part of his career for many years. so as a little kid, all I knew
was that my dad was a hard working guy who sometimes
came home late (be-cause of a long shoot day an set). As I
got older. I was a lways very proud of him be-cause he was
so loved and respected for his accomplishments on stage.
screen. and radio. But at the end of the day, he was just dad,
and he was always there for me.

At what age did you discover your dad was famous?

Do you have o story?
I don't think there was a particular age-and it definitely wasn't
something I was preoccupied with. or even aware of, really-as
a kid. The talk at our dinner table was probably like the talk
at a ll other dinner tables: he would ask me about school, my
horseback rid ing. things like that. Thinking back on it, I guess
when he was on a po-rode float at the Rose Bowl Parade one
year, and I was standing next to him on it, I no-ticed the crowd
was really excited to see him; they cheered like crazy. That's
when I realized he was so well-known and so widely loved.

What did you take with you growing up in the

entertainment indus-try?
That fame is an illusion; what matters most is family.

Your husband (Sam Raimi) was the director for some of

the largest and known films in the world that are global
box office hits. How did you meet him? Did he have an
ego? When did you know he was the one?
I met Sam at a bowling party in Santa Monica. I knew right
away I was going to marry him because he was the kindest,
funniest. most interesting person I had ever met. He has never
had any ego whatsoever. which is one of the reasons I fell in
love with him.

When switching roles on your husband, how was it

working with him on set? Was he difficult to direct? Did
he play both roles actor and co-director? Did he give input
& what was it like?
He was purely an actor on the set of Fanboy, and only for
two out of our II shooting days. He was very flexible as a

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performer, and did whatever I asked him to do. My dear friend, actor Bill Paxton, who tragically Who inspires you as a d irector?
The problem, however, is that he is not a trained passed away a couple of years ago-he was the Sydney Pollack (Tootsie, Out of Africa, Three Days
actor, so he never gave the some per-formonce nicest person, and I never got a chance to say of the Condor) is one of the names at the top
twice-so while he would always ad-lib something goodbye. He came to the set of Fanboy to support of my list because he was a tra ined actor who
hysterical, it was a bit of a challenge to cut me. and I will forever m iss him. studied with Sandy Meisner and a lways got
together his scenes in the editing room. excellent performances out of his actors.
What sets you apart from other d irectors?
Did your dad, husband, and family I'm a mom of 5 kids, that's definitely one thing, and You have quite an all-star cast in Fanboy. How
contribute or play a role in your success? If I suppose I have what it takes to corral everybody was it working with all the d ifferent personalities?
so, how? on a set when it's time to get down to business It was not challenging at all because a ll of our
Behind the scenes, Som was instrumental in and shoot a scene haha. But seriously, I feel that actors are wonderful, sparkling people who are
helping me prepare for Fonboy. He in-spired I have a uniq ue and irreverent sense of humor professional in every way, and everyone delivered
me and helped me bring it to life. He is a master that comes through in Fanboy and my other film terrific performances. It was my honor and
director who understands story and character like Murder of a Cat; this is because I believe there is privilege to work with each and every one of them.
no one else, so anytime I hod a question, he was humor in even our darkest moments. I a lso think
there to answer it. He was incredible at identifying I have a knack for casting ac-tors in roles. Fran Do you get star struck? If so tell us a story of a
when an element needed tweaking, whether it Kranz, the star of Fanboy (and Murder of a Cat), time you got star-struck?
was a line in the script. a storyboard, or the way is an extraordinarily talented and versatile actor When I was 12, I was completely starstruck by- and
a scene was cut together. who easily carries both movies - he is on absolute had a huge crush on-my dad's young and very
delight to watch. And several years before that, I handsome co-star on Battlestar Galoctica, an
Your family has been heavily involved in the identified and pushed for Tobey Maguire for the actor named Richard Hatch. He was so charming
film industry, so when your children expressed role of Peter Porker in Sam's Spider-man movies. and such a gentleman'
interest in acting did you have any hesitation? The studio was very reluctant about him initially,
If so, why and how did you get through it? but I knew he was the one... Fanboy hits Amazon March 22nd. What can
Som and I did not hesitate to support more than viewers expect?
one of our kids when they expressed an interest Going to red carpet events. movie premiers, etc. You can expect a fun ride through the Hollywood
in the movie business. but we d id not ga out of how do you pick the perfect outfit? Do you feel trenches with an endearing lead (Fran Kranz). a
our way to help them. He and I wonted them to like you have a good sense of fashion (colors, lot of comedy, and on uplifting ending! Anyone
pay their dues so that any successes that came what to wear, what not to wear, etc.)? Who do who has ever been an actor in Hollywood-or at
their way felt earned. We also wanted to make you look to for advice on fashion? least thought about doing it at some paint- will
sure they chose those paths for the right reasons- At events like those, I wear whatever I will feel most definitely re-late to what our protagonist Jeremiah
that they were passionate about performing and comfortable and confident in. Oh, I enjoy fashion goes through'
telling stories- not for fame o r fortune. tremendously-I follow certain designers closely,
like Saint Laurent and Prada, and occasionally, I'll How con people stay in contact w ith you?
Do you feel that being so well connected is a splurge on something from them. But I a lso love Great question! They can follow me on @
double-edged sword? to buy things from Reformation because their pyewacketpictures on lnstagram!
No, not at all. It is an honor and p rivi lege to pieces tend to be less expensive and they often
have the opportunities I've had because of my have super cute designs. I a lso love jewelry, and What advice would you g ive young actors,
connections. There is no negative whatsoever. I'm a big fan of both Irene Neuwirth and Jen Meyer, producers. o r directors that you feel can really
Everybody should be so lucky. whose pieces are classic, unique, and beaut iful. help them?
Fashion is an art form, and the thing about art is Persevere through the rejection- which is what
Is there anyone in the entertainment industry that it's subjective, so at the end of the day, you Fanboy is about - because what's im-portant is
whom you would like to sit down with, and if so, have to go with what YOU love and what YOU the journey, not the end result. If you enjoy what
why? feel confident wearing! you're doing, you'll have no regrets'

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Cath ene Miner


ith 27 years of experience

in personal training women
from the inside out, I know
a bit about how to achieve
long-term results w ith your
physical body and spirit-
and it's not all about cardio.

Here are some of my tips that have guided men

and women over that dreaded plat-eau, and there
is no better time than right now, SpringII

Great posture and strong abs may look awesome,

but it goes so much deeper than that. It has a
much more significant effect in and on our lives.
Everything you do-walk, bend, sit, stand, reach,
and lift-involves your abs and back. It a lso has
a d irect effect on how we look physically, what
exercises we can do, our body posture, our confi-
dence, and our and Self Perception, which all lead
to how we are creating our life.

Muscles that 1nake up your middle

don't only make_your bra Look
amazing ...
It allows for better alignment through your entire
body, therefore a perfect base for those toned
muscles and the healthy weight that you're after.
Grab a friend, if need motivation, and let's go'!

Do these moves 3 times a week, doing 3 sets of


I. Twist Bend (works back, abs and hamstrings)

·Stand with feet hip-width apart, place your hands
behind your head w ith your el-bows out to the side.
·Keep your back straight and bend forward from
the hips until your upper body is parallel to the floor.
· While your body is in the lowered position, rotate
your torso to the right, pause, and then left. That
is I rep.
·Complete 10 reps.

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2. Plank (works abs, back, and shoulders) hamstrings) 5. Walk
·In a push-up position, balance on your forearms · Lie on your bock w ith your knees bent and your · Get out and walk.
(you may wont a thin cushion or towel for comfort feet about hip-distance apart. ·Aim for 10, 000 steps a day or more.
under your arms), your toes ore slightly w ider than · Keep your feet about a foot away from your hips. · If you're more experienced bring it to a jog for 30
your hips, be sure your pelvis is neutral (no butts · Rest your arms alongside your body with your minutes 3 times per week.
in the air). palms facing down. ·It's best to track your steps.
· Keep your glutes and obs tight. Hold this position · Lift your pelvis up and squeeze your glutes at the · These days you con even track w ith your phone or
with glutes and obs tight. top. invest in a pedometer of some sort.
· Hold for 30 seconds. Tip: Do not hold your breath ·Hold this position for 10 seconds and return to the
starting position. Tools for Success
3. Reverse Crunch (works abs) · This is I rep . (odd a weight if you need to be · Eat healthfully junk on the inside will equal to junk
· Lie on your bock and place your hands palms down challenged) on the outside.
under your bu tt. ·Complete 16 reps. · Put your weekly workout schedule on your calendar.
· Extend both legs in the air so your body is in a · One of the best times to do this is while you ore Hoveo pion.
90-degree angle. Keep your legs slightly apart so watching a show. Start at the first exercise and · Set goals. Example: I will exercise with the above
they ore in a sma ll V, contract your obs. Exhale, continue on until you hove completed each rep routine 3 times per week for a month and then
Tighten your obs and lift your hips a few inches off range. reevaluate.
of the ground. Lower bock to starting position. · Do as many as you can do for the commercials or
· This is l rep. 3 minutes (Set a timer on your phone). Pick up where You will open your flow to creating your desired life
· Complete 20 Reps. you left off during the next break. on purpose just by paying attention to your posture.
· Then repeat 2 more times More on that in the 30 Doy Self Perception Makeover
4 . Glute Squeeze (works butt, lower back, and ot www.cothleneminer.com

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Peter j. Curti

s a young boy, Peter j. Curti was always fast-Track forward

fascinated by fashion, elegance. fabrics, Today. Peter is about to launch the second of his collection
textures, movement, vibrance, and how of luxury women's evening wear known as the House of Peter
simple accessories and colors can enhance Jomes, with the first collection debuted in NYFW in 2016. He hos
a women's outward beauty-and more also been featured in Teen Vogue, E• TV Network, WEtv, VHl
importantly-a women's sense of self and Network, Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, Million Dollar Matchmaker,
confidence. Botched, Candidly Nicole, and more.

Destiny for Design Helping luxury companies, professionals, and A-list celebrities
From playfully exploring in his mother's closet to dedicating with their brand development, personal image, fashion styling,
his free time to learning about a ll elements of fashion, Peter photography, and visual storytelling hos proven a notable
soon began sketching and constructing designs of his own asset for that hos garnered center stage at a wide- range of
and then pairing it w ith accessories for a complete look. red carpets, reality tv series, and on a private consulting basis.

Perhaps the most intriguing of his history is that Peter is almost Here's a reflection of Peter's journey and personal testament
entirely self-toughtl With having no fashion design background to his innate talent and love of fashion and authenticity...
or schooling other than having attended the School of Visual
Arts for his BFA, this designer's eye for precision, style, and I hove mastered in design since a very young age, and it's
empowering appeal is toking strong notice, on- and off- what I truly love.

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It's a port of me and who I have been created to Real beauty is about loving yourself, being
become. I feel that everyone is unique, and we confident in your own skin, curvey, b ig breasted,
should all really represent our own 'real beauty' no breast, cake bottom, no bottom, nice thighs,
and authentic self. thick thighs ... it doesn't matter. Simply love
Beauty comes in a ll shapes and sizes.Fashion can
either make you soar or make you not confident Look for colors that make you feel excited, happy,
and want to hide. So many women today know beautiful, and joyful. Seek out outfits that you get
their flaws-in fact, they can tell you everything you excited.
they don't like about their body their face, their
hair, etc. However, if you ask a women to name Tips for Fashion
10 things they DO like about themselves, you will · Dress to impress yourself.
see them really have to think. · If you like it rock it.
· Don't compare your body to others.
For decades, women have been comparing · Be you, love you, and be kind to yourself.
themselves to the so-called 'perfect' women that
the media has falsely portrayed. Trying to look The House of Peter Jomes is designed for
the port, and even go as for as not enjoying life everyone-no specific size, shape, body type,
or starving to reach o certain weight that they skin color, mold, trend. This collection is a lifestyle
ore never meant to be, is just wrong and sad. about embracing your own inner beauty- feeling
good, loving yourself, and rocking in confidence.
Women need to realize that we are
alf,flawless diamonds- and no two
are the same. That is what makes us
unique special, d?lferent, and bold.

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Acqui ring the ''Cogn itive Too kit for Success"


AK: Nice to have you here today. "Executive Functions" have

become a ubiquitous buzzword in our culture and, in fact, were
just last week mentioned in a piece in the New York Times.
Can you help us understand what executive functions are?
SR: Executive functions ore a collection of abilities that a llow us
to begin with a thought, turn it into an intention, and carry it out
within a given time frame. even in new or changing circumstances.
Neuroscientists agree that there ore three core executive functions.
The first is called inhibitory control, which is the ability to focus and
not be distracted from the matter at hand. The second is working
memory, or the ability to put information to work in the present
moment - for example following multi-step directions. carrying
on a complex conversation, or doing mental math. The third is
cognitive flexibility, which is the ability to see things from different
perspectives and approach problems in new ways. These core skills
give rise to the higher order executive function skills of reasoning,
problem solving, and p lanning. collectively referred to as fluid
intelligence. Executive function skills ore essential for success in
school, work, and relationships. Experts in the field have referred
to executive functions as a "cognitive toolkit for success."

AK: What does that mean on a practical basis?

SR: Let me answer that by talking about children who don't
have strong executive functions. Parents generally come to learn
about executive functions when their child constantly loses things.
can't keep track of time. can't organize their desk or backpack,
and turn every night's homework time into a bottle. Sometimes
the challenges are more evident in school work. other times the
bigger toll is token at home. ff left unoddressed, executive function
challenges con wreak havoc on learning, family relationships, and
the child's self-este·em.

AK: This brings us to the Executive Function Center of New

York (EFCNY). How do you work with students?
SR: We formed EFCNY w ith Dr. Adele Diamond, the world's leading
expert on executive functions. as our founding advisor. Our mission
is to provide transformational executive function mentoring
for students of a ll ages. We employ a unique. multi-p ronged

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approach that addresses academic and self- them about executive functions and related skills,
esteem cha llenges while helping student s including mindfulness and self-regulation. We
become independent thinkers and problem also educate parents about the importance of a
solvers. We also build emotional intelligence growth mindset, which means believing that you
by practicing m indfulness skills and mentoring can change if you work, practice, and try new AK: What is a typical schedule for a student
students on how to manage stress and take solutions to the things you couldn't accomplish being mentored at EFCNY?
care of their physical and emotional health. before. With this information, his parents can SR: Most students work with our mentors twice per
We simultaneously work w ith parents to help support the student's skill-building at home. week for ninety minutes, plus short digital check-ins
them create a home environment that supports three days per week to reinforce the work from the
b uilding strong executive function skills. In this hypothetical case, our work with the sessions. We generally work with students in this
student would begin by using his interest in intensive way for a semester or about four months
AK: Can we hear how this process works music to engage him in a d rumming practice in order to make significant progress in improving
more specifically? with our talented musician mentor. Drumming is their academic performance and building the
SR: Suppose we were talking about a child who an excellent mindful movement activity that can foundational skills for independent, successful
experiences d ifficulty o rganizing h is space, build executive functions while helping students navigation of schoolwork and life in general.
remembering th ings. and managing his connect with others. As he immerses himself in
time. As a result, he struggles in several of his this creative and fun practice, he is building the AK: Where do you work with students?
classes. including w riting, history, and science. three core executive function skills that w ill then SR: Our main learning center is located in the
He experiences anxiety both in class and while transfer to other areas of his life. Flatiron District of New York City, we have a satellite
doing homework. Suppose also that there are learning center on the Upper West Side, and we
areas wherein the student excels, including math The second part of o ur student intervention is also mentor students in the tri-state area, across
and music. academic support. Since the student enjoys the US, and virtua lly anywhere in the world using
math, we can use skillful reflections to show digital technologies such as Zoom, Skype, WeChat,
First, we would meet with the student's parents him the connection between executive function and WhatsApp.
to learn everything we could about his strengths strengths and high levels of achievement. In
and vulnerabilities, completing an individualized the a reas where he struggles - writing, history, AK: Thank you. How do we learn more about
assessment to help them understand more about and science - we wou ld p rovide content- EFCNY?
their child and his executive functions in general. specific support and strategies to help develop SR: It's been a pleasure. Our website is www.efcny.
The parents would leave our consultation with necessary executive function skills. This academic com. We can be reached directly by phone or text
a summary of our assessment and an executive mentoring addresses gaps in knowledge a nd at 917-575-9662. There is also an EFCNY YouTube
function primer. In follow-up meetings and skills while reducing stress and building self- Channel, which can be accessed through our
discussions, we would continue to educate esteem. website.

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Kimber y Gu i foy e

hen America First Vice this earth, my mother held herself bock, and he
Chairwoman Kimberly didn't want that to be my experience too."
Guilfoyle tokes the stage--
any stage, it is hard to Guitfoyle's skills, talents, and determination hove
keep your eyes off her. driven her to become a successful prosecutor,
On this evening, Guilfoyle. First Lady of Son Francisco, Fox News Anchor and
resplendent in a checkered Koren Millen dress, now the Vice Chairwoman for America First--one
rallied the adoring crowd behind her vision of of the Republican Party's rising stars.
Guilfoyle believes in hard work and being a low-
Guilfoyle describes herself as a mother, sister, obiding citizen, "We ore a nation of honor, we ore
patriot, and grateful American. The popular not people in this country who cut the line and
political activist and Donald Trump Jr's "better expect things to be given to them while others
half" and "not-so-secret weapon" is the proud follow the low."
product of first-generation immigrants. Her
father Anthony was from Ireland and her mother Not surprisingly, one of the major topics of
Mercedes from Puerto Rico. Coming from a the night was President Trump's controversial
home where her parents were so appreciative proposal on building a wall to keep out illegal
and proud to be Americans. made a lasting immigrants.
impression on Guilfoyle.
Guilfoyle, a former Deputy District Attorney of Los
"My father wanted to provide for his children, for Angeles, brought up the tragic case of Kathryn
us to get the best education, and follow the law." Steinle who was shot to death by Jose Ines Garcia
Zarate while she was walking with her father
In her book, "Making the Cose" How to Be Your a long Pier 14 in Embarcadero, a district of San
Own Best Advocate," Guilfoyle reveals how at Francisco, also known as "Sanctuary City:• Zarate,
the age of eleven, she lost her mom to leukemia. on illegal Immigrant, was previously deported
The death of her mother would forever change on five separate occasions for multiple offenses.
the young Kimberly's life. Already recognized as
a gifted student, Kimberly took a major role in Other h igh profile luminaries in attendance
raising her younger brother while also pursuing included Barbaro Winston, President of the UN
her own goals. Her father instilled in his young Women for Peace Association, Attorney Robin
daughter the importance of always going the Weaver, President of the Woman's National
extra mile. Republican Club and Jone Pontarelli, another
prominent member of the Woman's Notional
"My dad often thought that in her short time on Republican Club.

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Sara Brooke

Let's get you introduced to everyone, shall to have my book accepted by a publisher Any advice for other writers?
we? Tell us your name. who was w illing to toke a r isk on a brand just write. Don't get distracted by social media,
Soro Brooke. I write horror, paranormal new w riter. how many books you have sold, your reviews ...
roma nce and suspense novels. just focus on your story and enjoy the journey.
What inspired you to write your first book? Remember, you ore creating something brand
Tell us your latest news, we hear you have I had always wonted to write stories but felt new - it is a privilege and a g ift. Enjoy your
a fi lm on t he horizon? like they would never get published. With the talents and let them take you on new travels.
Yes, I om very excited to shore that my short advent of electronic publishing, many barriers
story Stairwell will be adopted into a short film were removed and it truly opened the door for Anything specific you want to tell your
by award-w inning producer Hugo Teugels. And the release of a bevy of different novels by less readers?
I've got a new book called The Inn coming out well-known authors. Thank you for reading my toles. I have sold more
later this year. This w ill be my 11th novel to dote! than 100,000 books because you have token
I've been very busy. How much of that book is realistic and are the time to read me. And I appreciate all of you.
experiences based o n someone you know, More than you will ever know.
When and why did you begin writing? or events in your own life?
I've always been a writer, but was firs t My first book is very realistic and actually What makes you laugh/cry?
professionally published in 2012. happened to some degree, years ofter I wrote Life. The past and my mistakes. My loves and
it. Many people wondered how I could hove those who love me.
When did you first consider yourself a predicted the water crisis in Michigan. I really
writer? don't know. But there was always the potential Do you have any hobbies?
I guess the f irst time I really felt like a for lead in the water, and it become the impetus Reading, watching horror movies and p loying
professional writer was ofter the publishing for my first book. with my dog, Buster. I'm a simple gal with a very
of my first book Still Lake. It was amazing vivid imoginotionl

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A isso Carpenter

illennials currently make up Alissa Carpenter founded Everything's Not Ok and

over 30% of the workplace That's Ok Coaching in 2015 to help organizations
and by 2025 will make up effectively communicate and identify individ uol
75%. At the same t ime, and team strengths in multi-generational
about 10,000 Baby Boomers workforces. After more than a decode in higher
retire daily leaving more and education at top-tier instit utions, including the
more open leadership positions. Due to the Whorton School, she uses her unique sightline
shift in leadership, millennials are taking on into the young professional mindset, shedding
higher level roles f aster and earl ier than ever light on the widespread need for relationship
before. Organizations and their leaders, now building and interpersonal communication skills.
more than ever, have a need to develop clear
communication strategies across generations Now as on organizational trainer, consultant,
to ensure a strategic succession plan and and speaker, Carpenter works d irectly with
open communication among employees, their o rganizations and their leaders to bridge
managers and the organization. communication barriers between tea ms,
generations, geography, and job functions;
As a retention, recruitment, and engagement p roviding her clients w ith a strateg ic
strategy, C-Suite executives can offer millennials communication plan. Her insider knowledge
the opportunity to learn and grow. By providing spans industries from broadcasting, medical,
this generation with a clea r leadership ladder manuf acturing, pharmaceutical, industrial,
and access to internal and external professional education to government; working w ith non-
development programs they can see a future at profits to Fortune 500 companies.
your organization. Reverse mentoring programs Her expertise has been featured on NPR, ABC,
between millennials and baby boo mers have also FOX, CBS, and quoted in various media outlets
proven to be successful where both parties can including CNN Money and Moneyish (a Dow
share the skills and experience with one another. Jones Sit e). She was also a Forbes Contributor
This allows baby boomers to give m illennials and is cu rrently writing a book focusing on
access to meetings and individuals they may communication and relationship building in
not work with and for millennials to share their the workforce.
expertise in other areas. It helps to enhance
community and build one-on-one relationships.

March 2019 I 87

Ta yn Fiore

ometimes reaching a professional and interior designer who settled, like most, for She finally left her job on a leap of faith and began
goal is not as up lifting as envisioned... easy money. Trapped by low self-esteem and to trust the p rocess.
Sometimes we become slaves to work. self-doubt, Talyn lived this life for years.
We hate what we do, bu t yet we She allowed herself to accept d iffe rent
continue doing it, day of-ter day. In Life took a different turn, however, when she met opportunities. Even though she was taught to
fact, it becomes such a robotic reflex a roommate who moved from Russia to become avoid background work, the opportunity arose and
that over time we often lose the sense for our own an actor. He ultimately served as her valuable instead of turning it dawn, she was thankful and
sense of self and identity. The doily grind becomes teacher in the manner that he questioned her gained knowledge, lessons. as well as a few miracles
a b lur of living for the weekend. career motives. trying to understand why this that came from it. her perception changed, her
young, beautiful girl was other people's critical happiness elevated for her everyday, she attracted
We miss out on so much of life not really living thoughts and even money to hold her bock from everything she wanted in life- from friends and
bu t simply st riving to fit the mold, keep up pursuing her dream. family relationships to auditions and paid g igs.
w ith everyone else, w inding up in debt, foiled
marriages. and dull routines. So many people seek Hungry for a better life, Talyn picked up the Most recent ly, Talyn was featured in an
temporary happiness- whether it be shopping, "Power of Now" by Abraham Hick and "The 30 international digital commercia l for one of the
on affair, eating. drugs, spending money, etc. Day Self Perception Self Perception Makeover" by largest automotive companies globally. From
Then one day, we woke up for a brief moment Cathlene Miner, reputed Life Cooch and author self-sabotage to a renewed faith w ith positive
when someone posses. and we soy things like who promises a change life w ithin 30 days. and uplifting self-talk- believing in herself and
"life is short." Best of all, Cathlene was accessible. Talyn soon the universe.
began speaking to her, watching her videos.
How can we start thinking our way out of and carrying out her concept. That's when Talyn "No matter zuhat ,your ~rean:- is, )1ou
this cycle without getting pulled back into the began to change her destiny. can reach zt, achzeve zt,
commonplace, everyday schedule? and it's not going to be fro1n working
Talyn's journal entries were filled with Cathlene's tirelessly-
Tolyn Fiore knew this life all to well. Stuck working wisdom: but m.ore fi·om your inner se(f
long days, waitressing at a high-end Japanese Stop faczng outwards ancl seek help,
restau rant in downtown LA, she catered to people ·Changing our Statements because J1ou are facing the zurong way
w ho felt superio r and entit led because of their · Go to Vision Turn inwards ancl be kind to yourself
income or a lucky break, etc. She was consistently · Feel it, Smell it, Taste it, See it Treat your self with respect, Love, and
judged for being a waitress- little did people · Finding things you love about yourself, etc. watch .rour world chan,ge."
know, she was actually a highly talented actress

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Through t he actions of its n on-profit, Coeu r de Gazelles, th e rally also
The U timate Mo rocca n respects its scen ic host country a nd its people. Coeur de Gazelles w orks
on projects that meet the need s of Morocco's remote popula tions: med ical
Adventure care. education, the environment and sust ainable develop ment, job training
for w omen, imp roving living condit ions, a nd a desire to spread joy by
THE 29TH ANNUAL RALLYE A.ICHA DES dist ribut ing donations.

The Gazelles' goal is to d rive the shortest p ossible distance to reach a series of
BY ELI ZABETH DARWEN p redefined checkp oints. Free to choose their ow n route, they face a challenge
each day: to stud y the map and the day's g eographical coordinates, a nalyze
the risks a nd difficu lties of the terrain and choose th e shortest p a t h. They
ear after year, the Roi lye Aicha d es Gazelles du Maroc has been have the choice of driving arou nd a mountain o r crossing over it, d riving
a pion eer, never cea sing ta g row, consta ntly developing and through the d unes or avoiding them ...
evolving w ith the t imes, a lwa ys faithful to its founding va lues:
courage, the d esire to push one's limits, loyalty, solidarity and A COMPASS AND SOME COMMON SENSE
socia l com mitment. Th e 29t h a nn ual even t w ill take p lace Every m orn ing the Gazelles receive a «Road Book». This document
b etween March 15-30, 2019 among the ro lling d un es of t he contains only th e geog ra phic coordinates or headings a nd distances of
stu nning Morocca n desert. the day 's in itial checkp oint s. Forget ab out GPS, pho nes a nd o ther modern
comm unica tion tools: u sing a compass, a navigational plotter and maps,
A u niqu e con cept with thoughtful a nd imp eccable execut ion, th e Rallye they plot their rout e a nd plan t heir itinerary.
Aicha des Gazelles du Maree is the first international off-road rally race of
its kind excl usively for w omen. Since 1990, it has brought together w omen TO WIN THE COMPETITION
b etween the ag es of 18 and 71 from more t han 13 different countries, w ho will The rankings are determined by calculating the extra kilometers driven
emb ark on an adventu re of a lifetime from Nice in th e South of France on (distance driven b etween check points m inus crow flies distance) and
March 15th, 2019 and onward to the beginning of a nine-day rally compet ition p enalty kilometers for any check points no t reach ed. The w in ning team
in t he Morocca n d esert. is the one that finds the greatest number of checkp oints w hile driving th e
least number of kilometers.
Each vehicle is equipped with sa tellite tracking system, pow erful enoug h to
p rovide minute by minute tracking, so even w ithout seeing a vehicle for hours. EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF AFRICA
the w omen a re never alon e. By th e end of t he experience, participant s- Morocco, host country of th e Ra llye Aicha d es Gazelles since its inception.
known as "Gazelles"- have created a dventure-filled n ew m emories, Gazelles in search of challenging terrain and the g reat outdoors will be
d eep ened th eir bon ds w ith t heir team mat es, and p ushed them selves sed uced by the magn ificent a nd varied landscapes of Morocco, w it h its
further than t hey ever thought t hey could. sand dunes, rocky mountains. green valleys, fertile p lains, arid p lateaus and
lush oases. The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles du Maroc takes p lace under th e
The rally also f eatures an elect ric vehicle "E-Gazell e Vinci lmmobilier" High Patronage of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, w ho has a uthorized
category, w ith p articipants called "E-Gazelle." Officially launched by HSH the use of th e Royal Coat of Arms on the Ga zelles' vests. This is the only
Prince Albert II of Monaco. the Rallye Archa des Gazelles d u Maroc boasts event that has ever b een g ranted th is honour. Many Morocca ns come out
a n ISO 14001 Environ ment Mana g ement System (EMS) certification, an to w elcome and a ssist the competition at every step of t he w ay, from th e
internat ionally recognized environmental management standard ta king dunes of Merzouga to Essaouira.
into consideration the immed iate and long-term environ mental impa cts
of an organization's products, services, and processes. rallyeaichadesgazelles.com

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KePy Styne, Pink Lady, 2016, mixed media, 31 x 25112 inches Kelly Styne, True SIOly, 2016. mixed meda, 41 x 31lndles

elly Styne is an emerging Los Angeles based abstract and pop

Ke y Styne artist. Her career in creative industries, including film, editorial,
and fashion, has coincided with her passion for art. Her work
is inspired by the colors of her California surroundings and
artists such as Ed Ruscha and Gerhard Richter. "Painting is
both a challenge and an o utlet, a d iscipline and a passion,"
she says. In 2016 she began painting a series of layered artworks which
contain words associated with the pop culture and her life in Los Angeles.
She uses text as a central communication vehicle in her artistic expression,
pushing forth words as her primary way to get out her message.

A persistent theme in Kelly Styne's work is the attempt to evoke an

emotion in viewers. Styne primes her canvases w ith carefully selected
colors and then adds several layers of acrylic paint until the final image
appears, leaving her thought-provoking messages exposed.

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Bent ey Meeker

arveylSimon is pleased to present Exploring Light,

o new series of illuminated, sculptural works by
Bentley Meeker. The exhibition will take place
during Armory week at 517 W. 37th Street NY, NY
10018, a street level gallery space in the Hudson
Yards district in close proximity to the fairs. The
show will be open and on view Tuesday - Saturday, llam-6pm,
and by appointment. An artist talk will be held in the gallery on
Saturday, March 16, at lpm.

This new work is the result of Meeker's observations and research

into visible light and its impact on the human psyche. The artist's
expertise comes from decades of experimentation, study and
use of varying light frequencies via his studio practice, as well as
his commercial career as a renown lighting designer.

Meeker's work is primarily focused around the essence and

exploration of light's nature, its meaning to us, and the changes
in our collective use of light. His mission is to create reactions and
relationships between light sources and the human experience.
Exploring Light consists of forty contemplative installations

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that create a unifying tableau and invite the With "Weedworld," his 2017 installation at
viewer to immerse themselves in a collective Canada's Penticton Public Art Museum,
perception. These meticulously constructed Meeker paid playful homage to marijua na,
sculptures comment on the intersection of creating an installation comprised of four
human culture and the natural world. separate pot-leaf imprinted glass wa lls
w ith light projecting through each to create
Meeker's works scrape down our experience a transporting experience for the viewer.
of artificial light to its rawest components. Additionally, he was a featured a rtist twice
Using contrasting light frequencies and their at the Southampton Arts Center, once for
resulting hues as observable springboards the opening exhibition in 2014 and has p ut
for contemplation, Meeker nudges the up multiple solo shows at the National Arts
observer toward a new awareness about Club, the CORE: club, as well as at galleries
our environment by creating perceptional in Chelsea a nd SoHo.
effects that a re felt by the viewer long after
the show is over. In 2012, Meeker created a solo light installation
in five ports, "Flame to Now IV," at the Whitney
About Bentley Meeker Museum of American Art's Breuer building,
New York City-based artist Bentley Meeker's and, later, in collaboration with performance
practice is concerned with the component artist Carolee Schneeman. was the first
properties of light and how light affects the artist to have a work of any kind grace
overall human experience. the museum's building downtown in the
Meatpacking District.
In 2014, he created "The "H" in Harlem," a
large-scale public art installation suspended In 2016, Meeker was d irectly commissioned by
under the !25th St and 12th Ave viaduct in Michelle Obama to create a light sculpture for
Harlem, NYC in conjunction with the New the Nordic state dinner at The White House.
York City Department of Transportation's art Outside of his a rtistic endeavors, Meeker is
initiative and the 125th Street BID. He has been the founder of Bentley Meeker Lighting &
a multi-year featured artist at Burning Man Staging, Inc., a lighting company known
festival in Nort hwestern Nevada, creating for creating unique light environments for
the lighting for the Temples of Transition. many important gala. corporate and cultural
Whollyness, and Promise in 2011, 2013, and events throughout New York City.
2015 respectively. Meeker lives in Spanish Harlem.

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Christo pher Makos Magic

ith all the buzz a round town as an almost modern day contemporary oracle, providing
about the Wh itney Museum timeless and intimate views that captivate audiences
exhibition, Andy Warhol- From moving viewers to continue to want something more.
A to B Again, and the 350 works
curated by the brilliant Donna So you worked with Warhol between 1976-1987 for
De Salvo, we all needed to stop nearly a decade?
and take in the amazing works including photographs, Yes this is correct. Peter, who manages all the archive can
canvases and films by the late artist this past w inter confirm because I can't live in that time frame, you know
season. Artist on the Rise shines the light on other great what I mean. I can't live there. And this was hard to live
artists who surrounded Warhol during this period, one there. I'd prefer now.
being well known American p hotographer and artist,
Christopher Makos. How did you become a photographer? What was
the interest?
Makos is noted for introducing Warhol to the works of Someone gave me a camera as a gift because I was
famous artists jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, dabbling in drawing and electronic m usic and making
and also for giving Warhol his first camera! The a rtist a ll kinds of experiments. I just liked to explo re and to
chronicles his close friendship and extensive international get straight to the point of what you wanted to do, one
travels with Andy Warhol (including the famous Concord') didn't have to be involved with a lot of other people like
Their journey is published in multip le books, including his in the music industry or other creative forms. You took
own book, Warhol: A Photographic Memoir. The artist first pictures, you develop them, and you were in control.
apprenticed with noted photographer Man Ray, and now You were the d irector. And also, it was a language that
has a major career traveling the world contributing to I liked immensely.
publications such as Interview, Rolling Stones, New York
Magazine and many more. Makos photographed many Have people always been your subjects? Was it
celebrities incl uding the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor, Calvin about your relationship with the subjects?
Klein. Liza Mellini and many celebrated contemporary
artists like Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Yes. I mean, the subject matter sort of emerges through
Haring, all of whom have visited him over the yea rs my personality, because my personality has always
wanting to be touched by Makos' magic and raw talent. been sort of outgoing, happy and friendly person. And
hoping to stay connected to this special man who taught so whether it's my first meeting with Warhol or Tennessee
Warhol to take his first photograph' Williams or all the people that I've known throughout my
career. I speak to them, talk to them, and say, "Oh, let's do
I had the privilege of spending some time with the artist, your portrait." It would just come about naturally, unlike
and his raw, candid. captivating and deeply personal today they don't come about naturally. If you go around
photographs surrounded us during the private studio today and want a photograph of a famous person, there
visit. The experience was as if you were in the room w ith are many layers of press or PR people and so on. You can't
all of his subjects looking down on you. Makos continues simply get to that person very easily. It's a very d ifferent
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things like that anymore. Well, and being part my influence on him. These stone photographs Day, and so I said, "Andy, when John comes over
of their intimate life. I guess. and spending time which I had been doing for years, and I gave or Liza. I want you to kiss them. and then I'm going
with them, I mean they gave you that access to that idea because he was looking for something to publish them in the February issue." So there is a
truly. I was thinking when I was coming up to the sculptural, and I thought, "You all have multiple story behind all my pictures. and they speak to my
elevator today. I'm kind of like a historian more shows. Let's just take the same thing and do it autobiography. The neat thing is a lot of people
than even a photographer. over and over." write their au tobiography, and then they've got
to go find the pictures. I a lready hove the pictures.
I just spent some time with Jane Goodall because How do you feel about photography today, You just needed to tell the stories.
the weekend that our show opened up, the next and how to limit the editions? How you do feel
weekend Jane Goodall was in giving a talk about about the use of images, social media and Can you speak about the image with Andy
the environment and animals and that whole lnstagram of today? Warhol with a red clown nose on?
thing. When she talked about how she has been WeiI, it's a real d ilemma for me because I'm often That one with the red nose. Well, that is when we
documenting the history of animals - and we doing things like I'll take a picture with my phone. were going to-- that's p ictures from Switzerland
are animals too - and I started thinking about then I'll take it with a little small camera, and then during Lent, and of course this was like all
basically that so much of my work is about because I'm not really sure if my pictures w ith Catholics during Lent. They celebrate this episode
documenting a time frame in the world, but most my phone are really sketches for something that some sort of wait, and we were at some party,
specifically a very strong moment in the cultural I'm going to do later. If it is a project because I and that's a red plastic nose
history of New York. This time frame ultimately always feel the phone pictures are such small files
become the cultural history of the world. When that I can't really do anything. But it goes back With the new series of Hilton Brothers Mako-
all the arts collided. Warhol was hanging around to my feelings about being in the moment that Solberg and the series and the collaborations,
with Holston which w as fashion and Debbie Harry sometimes the phone is so accessible because I for are you digitally enhancing, or using traditional
and the music scene was involved with Andy. We the longest time sort of resisted that. I didn't think techniques. Can you speak about your process?
have music, art, f ashion, a ll the arts all colliding. that phone pictures were really pictures, but they
The arts were sort of coalescing at that time. and are. They are capturi ng moments, I appreciate the One that they start at is single images a nd then
you don't see that today because people are their way that David Hockney plays with imagery now. because Paul Solberg was involved and I'm
own tribes. They go, " This tribe is here," a nd none He's a ll over the map with all of this lnstagram. I involved, we kind of mashed them up together. We
of them mix. I mean, it's not only political, but in like a ll the new things that have come about to have dialogue, and the images back and forth.
a ll the arenas I think today. push the artistic scope. I mean, I was read ing We will sit in front of the computer together, and
about 5G, and that'll change everything because he will sit and play and do something. We've been
Did your subjects and friends shift or information w ill move so much faster than it is collaborating for about 13 years, and our book the
influence your way of looking through the now. which means that there'd be more time to Tyrants and Lederhosen provide an inside view. It
lens? be even more creative. I often talked about how is much fun for me, and it's so enjoyable because
Well, I think typical influences would really be Man having a big printer and digital cameras. The lag it has nothing to do with Andy. I mean, yeah, I do
Ray and Warhol at that time period because it time between an abstract idea and something still sometimes bring him into the narrative.
was less about editing and more about capturing that you can actually touch is so much shorter.
everything you see. Because now a lot of people You now have some many options because you What are your thoughts about the Whitney
edit in the camera, or they spend a lot of time can take a picture with this IPHONE or a camera. exhibition on Andy Warhol? Do you feel it
editing. And I was kind of taught or inspired not honors him?
to edit so much but just be here then or be there So tell me a little bit about the drawing I think it's an amazing show. Yeah. Oh yeah. He'd
at the moment and capturing. You wanted to be show that you're doing that is coming up in love it. I a lways tell people to get on the elevator.
p resen t and know what w as going on there a nd California? go to the top floor, and walk down. But the thing
worry about it later. Yeah, being present. Andy taught me how to draw-It will be a drawing about the Whitney it's so distracting, --with their
show. beautiful outdoor verandas, there's something
Did you teach Warhol how to use the d istracting. Architect Renzo Piano's buil ding, is
camera? Drawings ore a narrative outside of your great. I love the building. It shows that people
I pretty much taught him how to take pictures. photography completely... or are they informed get to take a break from looking at art on those
I mean how to focus. I mean, we hove a whole by your photography? verandas, but sometimes I prefer the whole
group of p ictures. Tha t if you look at my contact It is informed by my photography because all immersion. I know so much of Andy's work - I
sheets and then you look at his, it's the same these ore photos that I then drew. love it. I have sent all my friends who don't know
picture. The show we are considering doing everything about Andy because the exhibition is
this year is an exhibition called "Double Take." Can you speak about your many celebrity so comprehensive. Drawings. videos. field clips,
It's called "Double Toke" because we're talking images and what surrounds us here in the and they did a good job. I mean, it's hard to-- I
about that I taught Andy how to take pictures. studio? think for that kind of o show you have to do all
On our whole trip to China I would say, "Take The material isfrom when I worked for Interview the hits for sure, then you have to notice the works
this picture." And we both have the same exact Magazine. And so that material you see on the that are not seen as the hits and then you see even
pictures. We hove that access to that archive a nd w all comes from this period. Every month I hod the obscure. And then Andy has a lot of grand
will create this dialogue. I gave him the idea about two pages to do whatever I wanted, and so with work like the Chairman Mao painting which stand
a ll the stone photographs. The exhibition titled that, I'd always be looking to do something like to take over a whole room. Andy simply lives on
"Contact Sheets" in Berkeley w ith a catalogue what would be the theme of the month. These with all of us now.
where Richard Meier and Peggy Fallon discussed were published in February which is Valentine's

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Go er1s·1Wendy Fritz is

reach ing new horizons

endy Fritz has been shaking up the Palm

Beach Art scene this season, with a newly

\ ' launched gallery space, a former 1920's

ballroom renovated by The Frisbie Group.
She is dancing her way to now owning
one of the largest gallery spaces for
exhibition on the island. With 26 foot ceilings and 3 times the
space as her former gallery she has taken the island by stormI

The gallery, only established in 2017, started as a by

appointment-only space for clients to view such masters as
Tom Wesselman, Paul Jenkins, Stanley Bazer, Kori Appel, Robert
Raschenberg to name a few. The expansion and move have
allowed for the winter p lay grounders and snowbirds of New
Yorkers, Bostonians, Canadians and more to explore this new
art-destination during season, and all year round. This year she
has noted she is looking to program established and mid to late
career artists, who have museum and international recognition
and during the summer season w ill incorporate emerging artists
both local and from the New York City area. The course on b lue
chip and private sales in the gallery ore fundamental in her
b usiness model. Fritz is clear that she does not feel she needs to
exhibit at the arts fairs but is not against considering LA or San
Francisco, her home town.

The new addition to the Norton Museum is a major bonus to

West Palm Beach as is the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden which
recently acquired new leadership and has b reathed new life
into the gardens and their programming. Many young New
York a rtists ore moving to West Palm Beach for the affordable
housing and to be port of the art scene that West Palm Beach
supports. The new high speed Brightline train connecting Miami
to West Palm Beach makes for a pleasant one hour train ride. This
convenience hopefully w ill increase the attendance to cult ural
events between the cities. We sat down to get an insider look at
the latest growing art scene shaking up Palm Beach.

What inspires you?

Artists who have the passion and dedication it takes to
put all their energy into their craft. Great dancers, musicians.
visual artists, film makers, singers must have the passion and
dedication to be successful. It's in their heart and soul. There are
many who have the passion and excellence in their work but will
not be recognized for their t alent due financial restrictions, lack
of connections or a lucky break. I commend all artists who live
and breathe to present their art. These are the was a silent movie star and my great grandfather, Where do you predict the art market will
people who inspire me. Samuel Rork was a Hollywood producer. I hove be in 10 years?
many of their movies and photographs with I feel that the trophy paintings will continue
How has your personal taste changed over famous stars of the early Hollywood era. to escalate in value regardless of the global
the years? economy. The mid-market and emerging market
I have learned to look at everything that comes What inspired me to open my gallery? w ill fluctuate with the global economy. If people
my direction. New and fresh, even if not pleasing The art work of my mother, Donna Long have money to purchase art and feel that it is on
is a lways welcome. inspired me to open a gallery. She began pointing a lternative asset, then the art perceived to have
in her 60's at the Armory Art Center in West Palm value w ill be strong in ten years from now.
What did you want to be when you were Beach. She quickly won top awards in student
a child? shows and soon after hod successful shows in San What advice would you give to new gallerists
An Olympic Equestrian. I wonted to have a Francisco, Napa Valley and Cortona Italy and the and artists starting out today?
horse farm and ride and train grand prix jumpers. Coral Springs Museum. After the museum show, I would say, be prepared to work many long
I lived my dream from age 4 to 45 by growing most of her work went into storage. I was inspired hours and be p repared for the digital world. The
up on a horse form and showing hunters and to show her work and thought I would open a gallery must have on line soles venues as well as
jumpers across the country. I loved the life of gallery and give my mother a show in her home gallery sales.
horse show gypsy. I enjoy going to The Winter town. This quickly evolved into showing many
Equestrian Festival in Wellington to visit my friends talented local artists a long with some blue-chip Your work with both emerging artists and
who continue to live my dream. art that I hove been collecting. the concentrate on blue-chip work from the
70s onward, could you provide to our reader
Has art always been in your life as an With the 20th Century season totals at the any advice on artists to keep our eye out for?
influence? auction houses reaching 1.1 billion USO in sales Pat Lipski is one of my favorite artists with
My grandmother, Ann Light who was married in November, as a gallerist how do you view her color field, stain paintings from 1968-1 975.
to JPaul Getty was a strong influence on me from these results? She was given a solo show by Andre Emmerich
the time I was a young girl. Her homes in NYC, The results are strong, and I believe the top Gallery when she was in her early twenties. I
Nashville, Palm Beach and San Francisco were tier of painti ngs will continue to rise as these also like Miro Leh r's current environmental work;
like museums. My grandmother had impeccable paintings are a scarce commodity. I th ink that it is amazing. Both these women artists ore in
fashion and decoration style. She had couture the contemporary market w ill flow as the stock their late careers (in their 80's) and have been in
Valentino, Dior, Jomes Galonos, Norman Norell. Bill market a nd economy flows. If the stock market numerous exhibitions. museums and in major
Blass. Mory McFadden and many other designer remains high, so will the contemporary market private collections. Both hove been overlooked
dresses in her closet. I was fortunate to travel with and if it hos a correction. then the art market w ill and I feel are a great value.
her to Paris, London and Milan. She was, and follow.
a lways will be my style icon. Ann Rork Getty Light

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Hong Kong

ong Kong's art scene is far from a recent

phenomenon, even if the city's dazzling cultural
transformation - catalyzed by the transition of
Art HK in to Art Basel's Asian flagship in 2013 - has
somewhat eclipsed the story of this city's a rtistic
evolution. The first art gallery operated here o n
Chatham Road between 1962 and 1966; run by schoolteacher
Dorothy Swan, it was where artists could exhibit beyond the City
Hall, one of the few exhibition spaces at the time. In 1974, a crew
of University of Hong Kong students and graduates registered as
the Visual Arts Society, among whom was Gaylord Chan, who
had switched to art after working as a telecoms engineer for
Cable & Wireless. Most a rtists had day or night jobs back then.
Hon Chi Fun, the celebrated Circle Art Group co-founder, who
recently passed away, worked for the Post Office - a remarkable
fact, g iven the momentum of the group at the time. Between 1958
a nd 1971, members 'showed over 40 times within and outside
Hong Kong', including at the 1961 Sao Paulo Biennale and the 1971
India Triennial in New Delhi, wrote Fionnuala McHugh in theThe
South China Morning Post in 2016. Last year, Hon was celebrated
in the Ben Brown Fine Arts booth in the Kabinett sector at Art
Basel Hong Kong, and is being honored this year w ith 'Story
of Light', a retrospective exhibition at Asia Society that will run
from March 12 to June 9.

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Jomes lshCfWOOd, Reoehot Horizon. 2018 • 20l9, Ac:rylk on ponet, 14x1525

Jomes tshetwood. The Ycorning Sc!oson, 2018, Acrylic on poper, 22.75 x 30 inches

Rochel Bur91!$S. Icy Down. 2018. Monoprint, 37 x 26 iOChC$

A Sense of Pace usan Eley Fine Art is pleased to present A Sense of Place: New Work by Rach el Bu rgess &
James Isherw ood, open ing on Thu rsday, February 28, w ith a reception from 6-8 pm, and
remaining on view through April IL The exhib ition featu res monotypes by Rachel Burgess
NEW WORK a nd pa int ings on w ood p anel a nd p ap er by James Isherw ood.

BY RACHEL BURGESS Th is exhib ition is Burgess's second on e a t SEFA, following the success of In the Meeting
& JAMES !SHERWOOD of Rock a nd Sea (2017). Her work has b een feat ured w it h SEFA at the REVEAL Art Fair in Saratoga
Springs, NY (2018); a nd a t Art Toronto (2018).

Ish erw ood, a Gallery Artist since 2008, has been fea tured in many group a nd two-person exhibit ions
at SEFA, including Finding Arcad ia (2008), Architectural Musings (2012) a nd Elements of Domesticity
(2014), a long with a rt fairs in Miami, To ronto and New York. Most recent ly, a suit e of h is p a int ings
h ung in Winter Select s Silvermine, a g roup show guest-cu rated by Susan Eley a t th e Silvermine Arts
Center, New Can aan, CT (2019).

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lzabe a Goa

za bela Gola is a Brooklyn based visual a rtist and landscapes, a re being fractured by mirror a special performance, sculpture, pointing and
and an independent curator. reflections or a re illuminated by LED lights. The video a rt by Katya Grokhovsky, new paintings
sculptures are in result materia lized memories by Sarah Nicole Fuhrman and lzabela's new
lzabela works with multimedia narrative mediated through objects and narratives. porcelain sculpture.
environments which explore ideas revolving Consequently, Gola points toward an agonized,
around memory and identity displacement constantly negotiated representation, a container lzabela works for the Polish Cultural Institute
evoked by a relation between a figure and a for memory, or its absence thereof-its vacuum New York as a curator of Visual Arts and Design
la ndscape. The fragility of porcelain represents or negation. lzabela's selected exhibitions include p rogramming, where she operates in the
the ephemerality of remembering, making the MoMA (New York, NY), Hudson Valley MOCA field of public and cultural d iplomacy in close
object into a surrogate for memory, while the (Peekill, NY), Peninsula Art Space (Brooklyn, NY), collaboration with cultural institutions like Hudson
ideas of a sequence and repetition references or One Art Space (TriBeCa, NY). Valley MOCA, WantedDesign, Frieze Art Fair, the
its fluidity. Armory Show, The Kitchen, or city institutions like
lzabela is a lso an independent curator of visual NYC Parks.
The images on porcelain, narrating desires and arts. Her upcoming show will open on April 5 at
anxieties associated with events, characters, One Eyed Studios in Bushwick, and w ill feature

SoteUlte 01-0310 The etue Kid: for Thol Which is Not There. 2015.

Porceloin., gkx!e. mirrOC", merol, COt"l"lbined medio. ffom pei-sonol orchives.

C>Pho10 cour1esy of Atiyeh Sadeghi

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Terri Kahan

erri Kohan Fine Artis a private a rt advisory Ms. Kahan received her B.A. from Brandeis University,
firm based in the heart of Manhattan's studied a rt history at N.Y.U. and spent many years
upper east side, specializing in Modern working for a number of leading auction houses
and Contemporary Art. The firm was and galleries. including Christie's, Jane Kahan Gallery,
founded in 2001 by Terri Kohan and Alexan-der Kahan Fine Art s and Gagosian Gallery.
p rovides advisory services for private She then went on to obtain her MBA from Columbia
and corporate clients, including architects, decorators, University and subsequently founded and la unched
designers. real estate developers, family of-fices and one of the first online art businesses called Onview.
a rt funds, working w ith seasoned and em erging com, which worked with 300 of the most globally
collectors alike. prominent fine art galleries. The site was ranked by
Forbes magazine as its "Fa-vorite" in its Best of the Web
Terri's interest in the art world started at a very early issue. She also completed the certificate program from
age. A native New Yorker, she grew up surrounded NYU in Fine and Decoro-tive Arts and is an a ppraiser
by art. Both parents have been prominent dealers qualified in the Uniform Standards of Professional
and avid collectors. Alexander Kohan dealt in Post- Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
Impressionist a nd Modernist work for over sixty years.
He was involved in publishing the g raphic works of Ms. Kahan launched TKFA in 2001 out of a desire
Karel Appel, Alexander Calder, Matto and others, to assist collectors in what can often times be the
served as the exclusive North American agent for the intimidating and difficult process of navigating the
prints or paintings of numerous a rtists including Marc complex international art market. Her goal has been
Chagall and was instrumental in p utting together a to make the process of learning about and collecting
number of important collections. in-elud ing the The art both enjoyable and easy.
Armand Hammer Collection. Jane Kahan runs the Jane
Kahan Gallery. Founded in 1973, the gallery specializes Ms. Kahan keeps abreast of the market by visiting
in Modern master tapestries, paintings and prints, and galleries and dealers, traveling to art fairs and
is a member of FADA (Fine Art Deol-ers Association). attending auc-tions. bringing this wealth of knowledge
IFPDA (International Fine Print Dealers Association), and gained to her clientele.
CINOA (Confederation Internationale des Negociants
en Oeuvre dArt).

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U WEN is the Co-Founder of the Ireland, France and Korea incorporate cultural with the opportunity to engage in cross-border
Creative Culture innovation imprint the poetic sensibilities of the era. We hope cooperation between finance and art.
project w ith EU-China, Partner that by hosting this exhibition, more Chinese
of the Chinese National Institute contemporary art lovers can get a close look at If a visitor is unable to view the exhibition
of Cultural Development and a European contemporary art and feel the charm in person, what do you want people to know
member of Culture-Medic Europe. of the b irthplace of Western culture and art. about your mission?
She is deeply committed to promoting integrative If important factors such as the intellectual
development of creative cultural industri es. What are the future missions and goals of property rights of the work are abandoned, from
promoting multiple projects between Chino and this exhibition? the reprinting of magazine books to the Internet
Europe. She serves on the boo rd of the "16+1 China Shanghai is flourishing with creative energy and VR and live broadcast technology, the exhibition
with Eastern Europe" in the creative 'think tank.' cultural fusion, revealing a unique b lend of East site may be the only way to see the works of art.
and West that matches the city's unique history. We hope more people can experience the creative
Can you talk about the common mission and The main topics of the exhibition include the culture through this exhibition.
theme of the cultural and creative industries? integration of art and science and the relationship
UNESCO defines "culture" as a set of unique between individuals and p ublic spaces. What do you want the audience to leave
spiritual, material, intellectual and emotiona l with when visiting the exhibition in person?
characteristics of a social or social group, Can you discuss your role in guiding "Feeling with heart"- Sometim es, people
including creative g roups from radio, film, financial investment and provide some tips think that they can' t understand the current
animation, audio and video, media, visua l arts, on what Chinese artists audiences should contemporary art exhibition because the art
perform ing arts, crafts and design, sculpture, pay attention to during each exhibition, of our time has gone beyond the aesthetic and
environmental art, advertising and decoration, since many artists may be unfamiliar with styling issues, and more focused on showing the
fashion design, software and computer services. international audiences? a rtist's views and th inking. etc. The interaction
Market and capital are very important for between art and the audience becomes less
The bridge between Europe and China the sublimation of art and art values; whether intuitive than "beauty". But in the final analysis, art
brings 27 artists from over 15 countries and is it is Paris in the 1930s or New York in the 1960s always needs to be conveyed through the senses.
a considerable achievement. How is this new and 1970s, without the involvement of capital,
cultural exchange gathered? academic art that cannot become world art. I creativeculture.eu
Chinese artists combine t raditional art with think the art industry must be supported by the Globetrotter Travel Series Tip: TBD
modern and contemporary paintings to give their national tax system, in order to establish a system lnstagram: @rvancelette
work a deeper artistic appeal. Artists from Spain, of a rt finance. Chinese artists are now p resented

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onsuelo Vanderbilt Costin is creating change

with her latest venture. SohoMuse. a private
invitation network. Forging her own pathway
to assist creatives in the inspired industries she
loves. stems from a long career as a singer and
songwriter. When meeting Consuelo one finds a
very down to earth, approachable and very genuine creative
mind whose ambition is to originate space for both aspiring
and influential p rofessionals in the entertainment. fashion. and
arts communities.

One con sense the spirit and d rive of the bloodline continues
today, as she forges new pathways and innovation in the virtual
world. A seventh-generation descendant of shipping and
ra ilroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt and th ird-degree g reat-
niece of the Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough.
Consuelo continues to forge ahead. Her father. a consultant
and life coach to professionals in the entertainment industry, her
mother. a photographer specializing in family portraiture and
her husband Rafael Feldman, known for his film and television
work, all propel her creativity which can be seen from the get-go.

Launched in 2017, SohoMuse aims to become the first and

foremost trusted community and portfolio platform for creative
professionals. Celebrities and noted stars including actresses.
makeup artists and even the fomous lnstagram cat Chopupette
Lagerfeld(Ka rl Lagerfeld's cat) have graced the platform; a lso
includ ing, of course. human member Ashley Tschudin, known
for creating the viral sensation I

Consuelo is in the works to produce a new TV show called

"Autograph" featuring the members and their work. up close
and personal. The show will be focused on speaking to creatives
about their path to success and their top influences. mentors and

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inspiration. We sat down with the entrepreneur themselves can be very private, what is the With the digital landscape of social
to gain some insight into SohoMuse process to join? networking changing and expanding, what
Artists are invited to join by other members. is your long-term mission for Soho Muse?
SohoMuse is noted as a trusted online SohoMuse is a community for creative Our long-term goal is to become the hub for the
platform and community for creative professionals, and we rely on and ent rust our g lobal Creative Industry - the go-to resource for
professionals to connect with one another members to be selective in those they invite to Creatives from a ll eleven verticals. We want our
to seek present and newly discovered talent. join. When a member invites another to join, members to feel inspired to create new work, to
Can you discuss your inspiration for creating they are forever identified as the person who procure new job opportunities and build projects
the platform? invited that new member, so there is a measure while SohoMuse helps to promote their work.
The idea was really born from a need. I was of accountability as well. Artists may also request
working on an a lbum in London ond commuting a n invitation d irectly through our website. They Multiple creative specialties and industries
to Germany to perform in a rock bond. My must complete an on line form a nd p rovide links work and use different ways of presenting
schedule was all over the place and I was getting to their work for consideration. artwork, portfolios, music etc., what tools
home very late at night, completely w ired and on your platform differentiate it from other
wanting to create, looking for inspiration and Is there a vetting committee that reviews platforms?
dying for someone to collaborate with. It was so the applications? When one is accepted, is it First of all, since many creatives work in more than
obvious to me... we needed a place where artists the platform subscription based? one specialty, SohoMuse enables members to list
could find that inspiration and collaborate with Yes, for artists who request an invitation through m ultiple occupations. They can then be searched
other artists at all hours of the day and night. our website, we do have a committee that reviews for under any of their professions. Same goes for
And not just other musicians and songwriters, their work and vets the candidates to ensure multiple locations, as many creatives work as
b ut choreographers and dancers, painters and they are working professionals. SohoMuse is local hires in more than one city or even country.
writers, actors a nd filmmakers ... everything all in a 'freemium' subscription model and we are Members can also have multiple portfolio
one online space! currently in BETA. going live in January. Moving galleries to showcase their various types of work.
forward, there w ill be a free basic membership, For example, a director can have a gallery for
The allure of an invite-only and a referral- as well as upgraded premium memberships commercial work and another for feature films.
based invitation-only process to be a part w ith additional features, higher storage limits, A visual artist can have separate galleries for
of the Soho Muse exclusive membership is unlimited media and portfolio galleries with sculpture, landscapes and abstracts. A doncer-
an exciting idea to creatives. Most potential d istribution of content. choreographer can hove separate galleries for
members come from industries that both, and so on. This way they can be everything

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they are in one place... one profile. With our instrument so that you get an understanding of critical as a tech company to stay ahead of the
custom privacy settings, members have melody and structure. Become a true master of curve and so we are constantly monitori ng the
complete control over each piece of media your croft, because that is the only way you will tech sector for new methods that w ill benefit our
within their portfolio and who is able to view have the confidence to stay true to yourself and members in a variety of ways.
that content. It's also fully mobile, making trust your instincts in a world where everyone has
it very easy for members to create and on opinion and will try and shape you and your What do you hope a member gains by being
organize their portfolios from anywhere and career in one way or a nother. part of the Soho Muse community?
on a ny computer or mobile device. We also
hove a concierge service providing industry With the changes in technology, do you see We hope members gain a real sense of community
trade-rela ted information and that makes blockchain and other technologies integrating a nd belonging . We want them to feel when they
introductions for our members and helps into SohoMuse and being part of the future of log in that they ore coming home to a p lace where
to b uild their teams and projects. your platform? they are safe and free to create and to express
Absolutely. We see many practical applications themselves, where they con find other artists for
Are there different layout tools for b lockchain technology. artificial intelligence, inspiration and collaboration, and w here they can
for visual artists, designers, artists, machine learning and more. We have formed a expand their network, increase their exposure a nd
musicians, fashion designers, stylists strategic partnership in China w ith a blockchoin d iscover new opportunities.
etc? Can you speak about the tools on company called Primas to help battle d igital theft ...
the platform? something that has been a huge problem within the If you have one word to describe Soho Muse,
There are not presently different tools for Creative Industry since the dawn of d igital. Also, we what would it be?
d ifferent types of artists. We hove created ore investigating blockchain companies focusing Creativity.
the bones in the platform so that any on residuals and royalty tracking. We believe it's
creative can showcase and build their profile
in the most powerful way truly representing
their artistic sensibility. Creatives do multiple
different things. SohoMuse is a p lace w here
they con be all of those th ings in one
p lace. The full suite of tools is available to
all members, b ut certain features will not
appear on a member's profile when left
blank because they don't apply to that type
of artist. For example. if a member does
not have a need for a portfolio, they simply
do not upload any media and no portfolio
tab w ill appear on their profile. Even our
custom resume b uilder has, for example,
standard 'experience' or 'product ion
experience'. We have more ground to cover
but we have focused heavily on versatility
to accommodate all of the various creative

You are an entrepreneur who began

your career as a singer-songwriter with
great success and have landed major
record deals while travel worldwide
performing to audiences. What advice
to do you give to people just starting out
in their career?
Do it for love, and not fame or fortune. Keep
a journal. Write down all of your thoughts
as though nobody will ever read them. All
art is creative expression and you need
those detailed records of your experiences in
order to share your life - your soul - through
your art form. If you're in music, master an

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ore than 100 simu lated simulated businesses around the world. VE is part careers, VE's apprenticeship model helps students
businesses created by nearly of a g lobal network of 7,500 virtual, student-run identify a career path, experience 21st-century
2,000 high school students in businesses in more than 40 countries that train business. and management skills first hand, and
over 80 schools will compete an average of 200,000 people per year. shape their college journey. When compared to
for the best business pion. other high school students throughout the U.S..
showcase their companies and VE solves one of the biggest challenges facing VE students reported a higher likelihood of going
vie for business owards during Virtual Enterprises' education and the economy today: providing to college, feeling better prepared for it, and were
Long Isla nd Regional Conference and Exhib ition and prepari ng students w ith the best career able to identify possible future career interests.
at Long Island University. and college-read iness experi ence possible.
Many students don't feel prepared for the High school students who have created simulated
Virtual Enterprises International (VE) is a national working world. Students who do feel prepared businesses throughout Nassau and Suffolk
educational nonprofit that annually provides for work may be less ready than they realize. counties. A few from New York City and Bermuda
more than 15,000 students w ith the opportunity Alternatively, they may be p repared for work w ill be in attendance as well. Attendees Nick
to create and run virtual business ventures in that no longer exists. At a time when only 43 Chapmon, President, Virtual Enterprises, Event
430 schools across the country. Through the percent of employers surveyed in the NACE Job judges and VE teachers, Ellen Palazzo. Regional
program, students take on corporate titles, create Outlook Study feel students are prepared with Director of Virtual Enterprises.
a business. and conduct transactions w ith other the professionalism and work ethic needed for

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The European Group Travel Awards


he biggest names in digital travel come Beautiful people from Expedia, Translations.com, Hotels.
out in Berlin on Thursday night, Morch com. Tripodvisor, Booking.com and Ctrip, among others
7th. Everyone assembled a t the 5 sta r attended the annual event hosted by Meetings.com and
Intercontinental Hotel over the worl d's Hotelplanner. Clever and witty MC, Dylan Ratigan, lead the
biggest travel event, ITB, to raise money charge in this celebratory night offering art, neon, dancing
for charity and celebrate the best in the and their hallmark lineup of musical entertainment. Guests
group travel space. Thousands of Euros were raised were entertained till the wee hours by The Skating Penguins,
and donated to Terre Des Hammes, EGTA's 2019 charity Stars in Concert, DJ Toll Poul, and the event's headliners:
partner, who aims to save children around the world. eledropop duo, Breathe Carolina.
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INTERNATIONAL On International Women's Day, a curated group of celebrities, artists, photographers, art dealers and collectors, and
designers celebrated the launch ofART SHE SAYS, the first online magazine for women in the arts, at Space Gallery St
(WFWI) Barth. The debut issue features 16 emerging and established female artists in an effort to make noise in a traditionally
male-dominated industry. A portion ofall art sales from the evening benefited Women for Women International, a
non-profit humanitarian organization that supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflicts
and war.
Founded in 1993, WfWI helps underserved
women affected by war and conflict rebuild
their lives throug h a year-long tiered p rog ram artshesays.com
that begins with d irect financial a id a nd
emotiona l counseling a nd includes life skills
(e.g ., literacy, numeracy) training if necessa ry, Julianne Michelle is on award-winning actress
rights awareness ed ucation, health ed ucation, whose career began ot the oge of5. She is currently ploying Mox
job skills training, a nd small b usiness in the new Amazon series. New Dogs, Old Tricks.

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Photo credit: David Warren


ARTSHE SAYS founder/Ediror-in-Chief Eliza Sora Ali (center) wirh guests

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