The co-op board at River House, once sufficiently exclusive to reject applications from Diane Keaton and Gloria Vanderbilt, has lately relaxed its standards in effort to attract more buyers amid an increasingly condo-friendly high-end market. (It also recently listed the River Club on the market as an ultra-luxe, standalone mansion.) In fact, things are so laid back these days that the gatekeepers at 435 East 52nd Street did not even look askance at Uma Thurman‘s application, despite the actress’s starring role in Lars Von Trier’s forthcoming Nymphomaniac, a two-part film oft-described as pornographic, and which features Ms. Thurman in—ahem—compromising positions.
Fortunately for the actress—and for any red-blooded male in residence at River House—Mr. Von Trier’s erotic epic remains in post-production, the chatter at whisper level, and Ms. Thurman has passed muster with the board. For the price of $10 million, she has become the proud new owner of a four-bedroom unit on the sixth floor, according to city records. (The sale was first reported in The Post.)
The Eight-Day Week
Honestly, Shindigger had intentionally skipped the first two hours of cocktails for amfAR’s fourth annual Inspiration Gala in NYC. We knew we were in for a very long one—featuring some star-powered and cash-flush heavy hitters—because producer/promoter Josh Wood never skimps on his big-budget events.
Upon arrival, we stumbled into a vacant seat in The Plaza’s Read More
Baby It's Cold Inside
Not all art-collecting this month is going on in Miami: tonight brings the opening reception for the Young Collectors Exhibition, a diverse set of works intended for young (read: a level below Sotheby’s on desired price point) patrons. The whole show, put on by Leila Heller Gallery and WASP bible Town & Country, raises money Read More
Given that it was our second evening in a row at Cipriani’s – albeit at the midtown franchise on this occasion – our usual penchant for the venue had been dampened somewhat, and the inclement weather certainly wasn’t helping. But the UNICEF Snowflake Ball managed to turn our well plucked frowns upside down in a glittering evening of philanthropic revelry, with celebrities in a multitude of fields pitching in to lend a hand. The sumptuous menu was designed by revered chefs; the entertainment led by a veritable swing legend, and the auction prizes donated by some of America’s hottest talent. It is fair to say that UNICEF, like the bartenders, got the mix just right.
Katy Perry was the evening’s surprise A-List attendee, swishing through the foyer’s revolving doors in a fishtail dress designed by another of the evening’s guests, Naeem Khan. The couturier’s wife, jewelry designer Ranjana Khan, recently ventured into reality TV land with several appearances on The Real Housewives of New York and was quick to dispel her involvement with any of the cattiness the show has become famed for.
“Being on RHONY was fun, but I didn’t get caught up in the drama,” she told The Observer on the red carpet. “My friend Carole [Radziwill] wanted me to be involved with the last season, and she’s returning for the next one, so I know she might want me to do something again.” Did Mrs. Khan just let an inside secret slip, perchance? Ms. Radziwill is yet to officially confirm her involvement with season six, but you heard it here straight from the jeweler’s mouth. The Observer 1, RHONY 0.
You are looking at a photo of a man in a coffee shop. He is wearing a straw hat, frayed around the edges. His hair is white underneath, and long. His hand is grasping a coffee cup, but he is not looking at it. He is looking at someone out of frame, making a gesture with his free hand: fingers extended, palm pointed slightly diagonal and down. The universal sign for “This is the important part.” In mid-gesture, he is animated. He does not seem to know he is being photographed.
This is how Denis Piel might have posed the scene of himself being interviewed about his latest book, Moments. The photographer with the flair for the cinematic is set to release a coffee table collection later this month with Rizzoli. Moments is a series of images, mainly of models and actresses, that Mr. Piel shot on the set of various advertising and editorial campaigns during his tenure in the ’80s as of one the magazine world’s Big Names.
Fashion Week Observed
Uma Thurman is not Killing Bill these days, she’s killing the co-op market, grabbing a one-bedroom at the Gramercy Park apartment at 1 Lexington Avenue.
Ms. Thurman scooped up the one-bedroom pad on the eighth floor for $1.55 million, according to city records. The unit was not listed publicly.
Walking up the graveled path leading to the lush and beautifulVersailles-inspired courtyard that would set the stage for Tommy Hilfiger‘s Fall 2012 Women’s Collection, we could almost forget for a moment that the temperature last night was almost in the single digits.
When we think of Versace we think of couture. We think of cutting-edge design that costs us more than our annual paycheck. We think…H&M? That’s right: last night Donatella Versace unveiled her line of disposable affordable fashion for the retailer at Pier 57 in meatpacking district.
Head to Head
Nicole Kidman is here, trying to smile up some new interest in both a career that has turned anemic and a movie version of the Broadway play Rabbit Hole, which underscores her rarely tapped depths as a dramatic actress. As movies lose luster and star wattage dims, you wouldn’t guess it this week in Toronto. Read More
The iPhone has been gobbling up the smart-phone market once dominated by the BlackBerry—and if it’s made available on the Verizon Wireless network, as rumored, it’ll get another big bite. But which gadget is really better?
Any idiot can use an iPhone—and we know, because we’ve seen it happen. BlackBerry gets a Read More