A Brush with a Brant
Despite that Harry Brant has barely cleared puberty, the social-buzzing, babygay spawn of model Stephanie Seymour and billionaire media/art/real estate tycoon Peter Brant, has a busy schedule that rivals those of Paris Hilton and Olivier Zahm. This past Friday at Emporio Armani’s 601 Madison Avenue boutique opening, we approached the 16-year-old high school sophomore to find why is he out socializing with Roberta Armani, Luigi Tadini, Ms. Hilton, Ricky Martin, Ryan Lochte, artist Rashaad Newsome, Anna dello Russo and Kate Lanphear, when he should probably be cracking those Algebra books.
“What have you been up to today?” we asked.
“I went to Rag & Bone. I liked it,” replied Mr. Brant, smiling profoundly.
Can nothing be done, once and for all, to get rid of Evita? Here it is again, worse than ever and revived on Broadway for no logical reason except to cash in on Ricky Martin’s fame as a pop star, just as the 1996 movie cashed in (without much success) on Madonna’s celebrity as a prehistoric Lady Gaga. Haven’t we outgrown this bloated extravaganza? Evita is not much of a show, and Eva Duarte Peron, in retrospect, isn’t exactly an original one-woman success story. Today the press sells Evitas for a dime a dozen. They keep the New York Post in business.
But, ah, the spicy meat-pie sturm und drang surrounding the rise and fall of the one from Argentina—an ambitious slut who slept her way up from lower-class country roots through a minor career as a third-rate radio actress to the loftier ranks of society, the military and politics, and became, at 26, the wife (and power behind the throne) of South American dictator Juan Peron. Ruthless and aggressive, she saw what she wanted and wasted no time taking it, emptying the coffers of the country she pretended to love and raping the peasants who adored her while they looked the other way. Today, they’d yell “You go, girl!” and give her a reality show.
Spring Arts Preview
Newsies (Nederlander Theatre, March 29)
The next crop of child actors on par with the Billy Elliott kiddos or whoever’s riding the War Horse may be the early-edition-toting stars manqué of the season’s first movie adaptation. (They’ll be helped along by a Harvey Fierstein book and the direction of Jeff Calhoun, fresh off Bonnie and Read More
Fashion Week Observed
Last night, we watched a group of young women get down to Missy Elliott’s music as they waited for a newer rap diva to appear. Nicki Minaj, fresh off a not-widely-appreciated exorcism/performance at the Grammys, and Ricky Martin, fresh off something, were to appear in order to promote MAC’s “Viva Glam” line of cosmetics, which Read More
What would Sandra Lee cook if she were catering the GLAAD Media Awards? The gubernatorial girlfriend, best known for her open-up-a-can recipes, didn’t hesitate. “I would do a Burrata cheese, heirloom tomato, an amazing olive oil, crispy pancetta … right next to a big, beautiful Bellini.”
Ms. Lee was on the blue carpet at Times Read More
Ricky Martin is writing a memoir, to be published in November by Celebra. According to the release, it deals with “his experiences in the renowned boy band Menudo, the challenges of increased fame that came with the Livin’ La Vida Loca phenomenon, his continued growth as a musician, and Read More
Stephen Colbert, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann provide the best moments from TV last night. Read More
From the Clinton campaign just now:
Today, the Clinton campaign announced the endorsement of Puerto Rican artist Ricky Martin.
"These elections will have historic repercussions both in the United States and the world. Senator Clinton has always been consistent in her commitment with the needs of the Latino community. Whether fighting for Read More
The Time Warner Center condo that pop throb Ricky Martin sold last year for $9.75 million is back on the sales market, according to today’s Wall Street Journal.
The condo’s current owner, an art collector, is listing it for $18.9 million. Mr. Martin bought the condo from the developer in 2004 for about Read More
At 1040 Fifth Avenue, the former home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is about to change hands.
Hedge-fund manager Glenn Dubin has recently signed a contract to buy the $32 million apartment from billionaire David Koch, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Mr. Dubin—who currently resides at nearby 1010 Fifth—is managing partner Read More