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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Marcela Gutíerrez Diana Vreeland Exhibit - Melet Mercantile -

The Spirit of Diana Vreeland Is

Alive and Well in Soho

During New York fashion week, the wonderful Shala Monroque hosted an exhibition of a selection of works inspired by Diana Vreeland, painted by my very dear and incredibly talented friend Marcela Gutiérrez.
Held at Melet Mercantile on Wooster Street, the show took place in an intimate room covered in the most fantastic red floral wallpaper. Marcela’s brilliant and bold paintings of Vreeland juxtaposed with the backdrop of the bright red walls was a match made in heaven. So fascinating to see an exhibition hung on something different than the usual white wall; it was a background that shouldn’t have worked but turned out to be the most perfect complement to the collection.
Vreeland vibes were present even in the smallest details: the peanut butter-filled puffs that she would eat daily; the small shots of whiskey served to guests; and a burning candle that filled the room with her favorite scent.
It was the perfect fashion-y yet non-fashion-week event to break up a grueling day of shows.

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Culture / Style Map: Marcela Gutíerrez Diana Vreeland Exhibit - Melet Mercantile

The best lidos in Europe (Condé Nast Traveller)

Heating Up: A New Wave of Lidos 

The best outdoor swimming pools across Europe

It's all in the pronunciation. A 'lee-do' is what they have in Venice, the finger-shaped island with its long stretch of beach facing away from the famed skyline and out across the Adriatic. We are talking about the other sort, the 'ly-do', an open-air swimming pool that acts as the most terrific oasis on a sunny day in the city. England has long nailed this kind of watery retreat: Brockwell and Tooting Bec lidos have attracted London front-crawlers for more than 70 years, while in Bristol the once derelict VictorianClifton Lido has been completely transformed into a groovy swim-sunbathe-spa set-up. In Porto Montenegro, everyone's cooling off at the just-opened LidoMar, a members-only club where the Olympic-size pool is lined by day beds and cabanas, with a three-metre-high sculpture of a figure by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa. Guests at the new, crisply nautical Regent Hotel are fast-tracked here, and day passes are available but only by booking in advance. Also fresh on the scene is 1920s Parisian piscine Molitor, spankingly renovated by hotel group MGallery. The 50-metre-long outdoor pool - which, in its heyday, was transformed into an ice-skating rink each winter - fell into disrepair 25 years ago and began hosting ravers rather than swimmers. Now, it's so smart as to be bordering on the ridiculous. The water is surrounded by three tiers of hotel rooms designed in the style of Art Deco ocean-liner cabins, and there's a rooftop restaurant that's so close to Roland Garros you can follow the French Open commentary. If you're looking for somewhere a little less chlorinated for a splash, keep an eye out for the public bathing pond being built in an unlikely setting behind London's King's Cross station - you'll be able to spot it as you return on the Eurostar.
This feature first appeared in Condé Nast Traveller September 2014



Charlotte Casiraghi on Designer Makeup, French Pharmacy Staples, and Helmet Hair

Plus, a first look at the Gucci Cosmetics campaign lensed by
Fabien Baron and Darius Khondji
ucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, selected the face of the house’s forthcoming cosmetics line, out next month, based on one thing: the eyes. “To me, the eyes are always the most important, because with your eyes you can really interact with people,” she said. Despite a vast range of models and celebrities at her disposal, Giannini had her sights set on only one woman: Charlotte Casiraghi. Not only is the 28-year-old brunette with piercing blue-gray eyes a classic beauty (much like her mother, Caroline, Princess of Hanover, or maternal grandmother, the iconic Grace Kelly), but her life is equally as enchanting (she’s fifth in line to the Monegasque throne). She’s also as fearless about makeup as she is about competitive show jumping, which she does regularly wearing custom riding attire from Gucci. From bright pink lips to black nails to teal shadow, the royal has rocked it all. When she’s not sitting beside Kate Moss in the front row, however, the mother of 9-month-old son Raphaël keeps her routine rather simple, often relying on brown mascara and a touch of bronzer when she’s not in the international spotlight. Here, Casiraghi shares her French pharmacy staples, the secret to staying fit without hitting the gym, and why she doesn’t care about helmet hair.
Sitting front row alongside Kate Moss at Gucci's Spring '15 show 
With 200 products to choose from, which piece in the Gucci cosmetics range is your favorite?
I have to say, one of my favorites is the eyeliner. It’s really good, and really easy [to apply]—and it’s not easy to put on eyeliner. Also, the lipstick in Iconic Red is great.
Do you have any tricks for applying liquid liner?
Not really, because it’s so easy to use, you just follow the line!
It’s interesting that you say eyeliner is your favorite product, because Frida said she specifically chose you because your eyes tell such a story. Aside from liner, how do you play them up?
I actually use black or brownish colors—quite natural. I don’t do crazy eye makeup, but it really depends. I think what’s fun with makeup is to try out different looks, so it’s really whatever you feel like wearing.… Sometimes I can put on glitter and something fun, and other times I feel like something very classic. It really changes.
Frida also said that the Gucci woman always takes a risk! What about your everyday look?
The bronzing powder in the summer is nice; the mascara—the brown one—for everyday is really nice, too. The [liner] pencils are great because they last really long. So, really natural colors—brown pencil, brown mascara, bronzing powder, are the essential day-to-day things I would use from the line.
The print campaign shot by Mert & Marcus 
Courtesy of Gucci
Have you learned any great beauty tips or tricks throughout the years?
You can play with light inside the eye. If you put light pencil [on the waterline], it can brighten your eyes. A shiny [pigment] on the inside [corner] can open up the eye, or a little bit of a glow [on your cheekbones]. There are little things that can help.… I think the real secret is to find out what style of makeup suits you, and that’s something you [discover] as you just play around. Even if makeup artists can give you tips, it’s yourself, what you feel comfortable doing, and what you feel suits you the best. I think that comes with time.
Since you’re often traveling, what are the essentials that you pack in your carry-on?
Usually I have some water mist; that’s nice to use to freshen up. Or maybe eye drops, if you have dry eyes. It’s more comfort things rather than makeup.
Which eye drops do you use?
There are drops you find in France, Les Gouttes Bleues, from a brand called Innoxa. They’re these blue drops that you put in your eyes and you can buy them at the pharmacy. They’re hydrating.
How has your beauty routine changed in the past year?
It depends how much time I can spend getting ready. I don’t really have a strict routine—it’s just the basics. Taking the time to clean your skin, I think that’s the most important thing. Usually I don’t like to wash it with soap, I use lotion and milk [ démaquillant]. That’s just the basic thing I do. I don’t have 10 different products I use. It’s quite simple.
Charlotte Casiraghi hosts a party to celebrate the launch of Gucci Cosmetics with Frida Giannini
Is there a cleansing milk you like to use?
Not really, it’s more like things you can find [at the pharmacy]. In France we’re lucky because we have great pharmacy products.
Do you have a signature scent?
I like more fresh smells, like jasmine. I love essential oils too. I don’t have a specific scent, but it’s very natural. I use a lot of essential oils mixed with normal oil and lotion.
Your brows are such a defining feature. How do you keep them looking their best?
I don’t do anything! I think the worst thing is if you touch your eyebrows, then it’s over. I think it’s better sometimes not to try and shape them too much. Just maybe brush them a little if they’re going wild.
As far as hair products go, do you have any favorites?
I actually like the magnolia oil from Leonor Greyl.
Catching some air at Paris Eiffel Jumping
How do you deal with helmet hair after riding?
I don’t think about it! When I get off my horse, I’m more worried about how I rode, how my horse was, speaking to my trainer. When you’re riding, the one thing you do before you get on the horse is to make sure everything is neat because you don’t want to have hair sticking out or your jacket all [undone]. Before you get on the horse, you just make sure everything is in place, but when you get off the horse it’s like any sport when you’re competing—[there is] a lot of adrenaline when you finish, you’re a little bit in another dimension. So if my hair is completely full of sweat, I don’t even notice.
In addition to show jumping, is there anything else you do to stay in shape?
No, because horseback riding takes up so much time. When I’m on holiday I don’t really do sports, because I’m riding all year long, and nearly every day.
Riding a horse seems like it would beat sitting on a stationary bike at the gym any day of the week.
Beauty / People: Charlotte Casiraghi Beauty Tips - Gucci Makeup Campaign


Monday, September 29, 2014

Retreat Detox PH

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts

Dear Carlos,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to VAEA's Annual Benefit Gala Honoring Sofía Imber with the 2014 Páez Medal of Art, to be held Wednesday, November 19th 2014 at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City.

VAEA's Gala will be a night to honor Sofía Imber and celebrate the cultures of Venezuela and The United States; the raised proceeds will go directly to VAEA's philanthropic mission of strengthening the ties of friendship between our two great nations through bi-national cultural and social programs.

I look forward to personally welcoming you to our Gala, which will surely be a night to remember!

Ali Cordero Casal, Founder / Chairman
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts

Sofía by Ben Abounassif

Ali Cordero Casal

The Board of Directors of
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera
Gala Chairs

Richard Hall
Marisela Gonsalves


Cordially invite you to attend:

VAEA's Annual Benefit Gala
Honoring Sofia Imber with the 2014 Páez Medal of Art
Eglantina Zingg
Mistress of Ceremony

Live Musical performances by:
DJ Titina Penzini 
Ximena Borges
Manu Manzo

Wednesday, November 19th 2014
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023 
(entrance on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets) 
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Sofia Imber
Sofia Imber is one of the most outstanding personalities in the history of Venezuelan art and journalism, being a notable advocator for the arts in Venezuela and throughout Latin America.Imber's contributions to the arts as a journalist, art promoter, educator and philanthropist have made her an ideal recipient of VAEA's highest award. As a journalist, Sofia helped the establishment and coordination of the cultural pages of the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal and worked with dozens of publications across the continent for more than fifty years; As a promoter of the arts, in 1973 she founded and directed for 31 years The Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, considered to be one of the most important museums of Latin America and recognized for both the quality of its programing as well as its superb collection, which includes the works of Miró, Picasso, Botero and other world-renowned artists; Under Sofia's leadership the MACC was the first Venezuelan museum to offer a library service specializing in art, a space for artistic training for children and adults, a department of special education for the blind and a multimedia center for the arts. Most recently, the Universidad Católica Andres Bello inaugurated the Biblioteca Sofia Imber after receiving her donation of 5,000 books and catalogues, an outstanding contribution for scholars students and future generations.
Sofia Imber's passion and avid advocacy for arts and culture has undoubtedly changed the lives not only of the artists that she has promoted, but also of the millions of people whose lives were improved by having a world-class museum in Caracas.

Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Gala Chairs
Mr. and Mrs. Herrera perfectly embody VAEA's mission of celebrating the cultures of Venezuela and the United States 
Mr. Herrera is a renowned journalist, a special-projects editor at Vanity Fair magazine and in Venezuela he shared with Sofia Imber the famous television program "Buenos Dias".
Mrs. Herrera is a celebrated fashion designer and style icon. As a fashion designer, her contribution of timeless and elegant creations has been universally recognized and admired; As an icon, her beauty and personal aesthetic have been inspiration for many photographers including: Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, José Sigala, Victor Skrebneski, Annie Leibovitz, and Mario Testino
Mr. and Mrs. Herrera share a passion for art and philanthropy and actively support many charities and noble causes. It is acknowledging these philanthropic spirit that Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, exemplary citizens of both countries joined VAEA as Gala Chairs to support the international recognition to the career of Sofia Imber and our mission towards U.S. and Venezuelan culture.
Photo: Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera by Jose Sigala, Hacienda La Vega, Caracas 1971

Eglantina Zingg, Mistress of Ceremony 

Throughout her successful career in entertainment, Ms. Zingg has undoubtedly become an ambassador of Venezuela's culture and an example of the beauty and talent from this great nation. VAEA is very grateful to count with her support and participation in VAEA's Gala, which will surely bring a bright spark to our most important night of celebration.
Eglantina Zingg was born in Caracas, Venezuela and is a multifaceted actor and television host.  She was most recently the host of the third season of Project Runway Latin America (GlitzTV).  More recently, Eglantina made her feature film debut in SECRETO DE CONFESIÓN directed by Henry Rivero, Produced by Edgar Ramirez and staring Juan Pablo Raba.
In addition to her entertainment career, Eglantina launched Project Peace Latin America (Proyecto Paz Latinoamérica), which promotes the values of peace through sport, music and culture in the most vulnerable communities in Latin America.

VAEA's Gala Committee 
VAEA counts with the support of an amazing group of people that are committed to the organization and have contributed to our success.
Gala Committee Members: 
Rafael & Piaspia Egañez, 2011 Gala Chairs
Marcio Souza & Maria Brito, 2012 Gala Chairs
Angel Sanchez & Christopher Coleman, 2013 Gala Chairs
Neal & Anita Slavin, 2013 Honorary Chairs
Victoria Benatar
Antonio Herrera-Vaillant & Carolina Stone de Herrera
Omar Hernandez 

Pablo Muñoz & Alice McLauglin
Cherry Nuñez 
Carlos Valedon & Titina Penzini
Nieves Puppio de Zingg

VAEA's Young Committee

VAEA is so grateful to have such an amazing group of young people enthusiastically support our organization.

VAEA's Young Committee is actively involved with VAEA, bringing energy and fresh ideas to our Gala planning and programs.

YC Members: Alejandro Jassan, Ana Teresa Yanez, Anabella Tinoco, Andrea Suels, Andres Monsalve, Claudia Torres Rondón, Daniel Mora-Brito, Daniel Salcedo, Daniela Quiroba, David Gómez-Villamediana, Diana Montero, Diego Romero, Gabriel Rivera, Mónica Sordo, Nicole Neeb, Oliver Krisch, Raul Vidal and Sara Villasmil. 

Live Musical Performances 

VAEA's Gala will surely be a night to remember and these group of talented Venezuelan performers will make sure of that. 
DJ Titina Penzini will bring her chic beats to dance the night away, while Ximena Borges, who is a 2013 VAEA Grant recipient, will show our guests the true power of her voice and Manu Manzo's latin  and jazz sound will surely keep us moving
 Video Invitation

VAEA's 2014 Annual Benefit Gala
Honoring Sofia Imber
Make a tax deductible contribution to VAEA.
The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts is a 501(c)3 tax exempt registered organization, contributions to VAEA are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
to make a donation online click here

The Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts
Mailing address: 25 Broadway, 9th Floor NYC 10004 | Phone: 917-285 8232 (vaea) 

Twitter and Instagram: @VAEArts

TARBAY: Cada vez más cerca de ti

Con el compromiso de generar felicidad a través de sus piezas, la reconocida marca venezolana, se expande para satisfacer a sus seguidoras.
Situada en el noroeste capitalino, donde convergen la Avenida Luís Roche y la 5ta. Transversal de Altamira, se encuentra la nueva Boutique de TARBAY en El Altamira Village Hotel & Suites, un punto estratégico que ampliará la presencia de la marca en la capital y que, junto a sus boutiques California Mall & Suites, en la calle California de las Mercedes y el Tolón Fashion Mall, llevará a tres el número de establecimientos dispuestos en Caracas.
TARBAY sigue creciendo y ampliando su oferta a lo largo del territorio nacional, que en la actualidad comprende: tres boutiques en la Isla de Margarita: en el C.C. Parque Costa Azul, en el Sambil de Margarita y en el Aeropuerto Santiago Mariño, en  el Sambil de Barquisimeto, en el Sambil de San Cristobal y en el C.C Orinokia Mall en Puerto Ordaz.
No podemos olvidar la Boutique Online, que permite a sus seguidoras de cualquier parte de país, estar más cerca de la marca y adquirir sus piezas.
            Hoy en día, TARBAY se comercializa a nivel internacional. Con presencia en Estados Unidos, Panamá, Colombia, Guatemala, Brasil, Malasia y Singapur.
            Creada en el 2002 e inspirada en la mujer venezolana, y ahora también en la mujer latinoamericana, esta marca descodifica su esencia para convertirla en joyas, bolsos, zapatos e indumentaria que hacen aflorar lo mejor de la personalidad de sus seguidoras, haciéndolas sentir felices y seguras.
            Con la apertura de su nueva boutique, TARBAY se acerca cada vez más a sus seguidoras, estén donde estén.