Celebs Toast Inspiring Son of Undocumented Immigrants – Recipient of Perry Moore Hero Fund Scholarship

Hunter Hill and Julianne Moore at the Perry Moore HERO Fund Second Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. All photos: Presley Ann Slack/PMc.

Julianne Moore, Andy Cohen, Allison Sarofim, Stuart Parr, and Hunter Hill host  a fundraiser for the Perry Moore Hero Fund, with Francisco Costa, Tatum O”Neal, Dean Winters, and more in attendance.

The Perry Moore HERO Fund was founded in 2011 by Hunter Hill in partnership with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, to continue the work by Perry Moore to promote tolerance, strength, and understanding within the LGBTQ community, and honor his legacy. Moore worked through his life to spread tolerance and empowerment. The fund was named after HERO, Moore”s book about a gay superhero, that continues to touch lives. Honored at the fundraiser was Christian Sanchez, who graduates today from LaGuardia Community College after overcoming a difficult immigration to the U.S. from Mexico, and an abusive, LGBTQ-intolerant father. He is the first in his family to graduate from college. His inspiring story brought tears to the eyes of those in the room.

Stuart Parr generously opened his historic Tribeca home, the Marble House, to host the second annual fundraiser event. The actress Julianne Moore, Allison Sarofim, Stuart Parr, HMI executive director Thomas Krever, and Bravo’s Andy Cohen joined the Hero Fund founder (and BlackBook publisher) Hunter Hill to host the evening, with guests that included Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa, designer Cynthia Rowley, Sally Singer, Stefano Tonchi, Peter Davis, Richard Phillips, Josephine Meckseper, Jessica Joffe, Pamela Hanson, Andre Saraiva, Tatum O’Neal, Samantha Mathis, Dean Winters, Rich Graff, Ted Allen, Ann Dexter-Jones, Anh Duong, Todd DiCiurcio, Mickey Boardman, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson and Sean MacPherson, Bill Powers, David Maupin, Dominique Levy, Eileen Guggenheim, Yvonne Force Villareal, Pippa Cohen, Jennifer Sample, Todd Eberle, Glenn O’Brien, Donna D’Cruz, Oberon Sinclair, Jon Bond, Ben Shaul, and BlackBook’s Evanly Schindler, Jacob Brown and Anne Christensen, among others.

The evening’s guests enjoyed passed hors d’eouvres from Phil Winser’s The Fat Radish, specialty cocktails made with Blackwell Rum’s Goldeneye, and gift bags provided by LAFCO best online casino NY Luxury Home. TOD’s supported the evening.

To contribute to the Perry Moore Hero Fund, click here.

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Julianne Moore and Allison Sarofim

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Hunter Hill, Allison Sarofim, Julianne Moore, Stuart Parr

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Francisco Costa and Stuart Parr

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Andy Cohen, Allison Sarofim, Hunter Hill, Julianne Moore

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BlackBook Fashion Director at Large, Anne Christensen

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BlackBook Executive Editor Jacob Brown

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Christian Sanchez and Julianne Moore

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Josephine Meckseper and Hunter Hill

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Pamela Hanson and Hunter Hill

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Stuart Parr and BlackBook Founder Evanly Schindler

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Cynthia Rowley and Hunter Hill

Celebs Come Out For Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004 Bash

Many of the boldest-faced names in art, fashion and society came out Friday evening to literally toast the unveiling of Dom Perignon Rosé Vintage 2004. Indeed, the fabled champagne house gathered the likes of Timo Weiland, Cyril Duval, Amanda Lepore, Vikram Chatwal, Pippa Cohen, Sean MacPherson and Ivy Supersonic at the Walter de Maria Studio space for a truly multi-sensory experience.

Nightlife goddess Susanne Bartsch produced and directed the madcap theatrical ensemble Rosé Cabaret, while Johnny Dynell took to the decks. The late artist de Maria’s historic home was transformed into a Dom Pérignon “Kingdom”, where a week-long series of related experiences will take place.

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Dom Pérignon hosts Kingdom - Rosé Cabaret Party Launching Dom Pérignon Rosé 2004

Dom Pérignon hosts Kingdom - Rosé Cabaret Party Launching Dom Pérignon Rosé 2004

Food Cognoscenti Parties for Season 3 of Eric Ripert’s ‘Avec Eric’

Braving ice-sheeted streets and Arctic gusts, the culinary cognoscenti gathered Monday evening at The Hole gallery on the Bowery to fete the new season of superstar chef Eric Ripert’s Avec Eric—which launches February 28 on The Cooking Channel.

As the thrilling and actually at times quite hilarious preview reel revealed, Ripert’s latest adventures had taken him to South Korea and various corners of Australia. The venerated but always cool Le Bernardin culinary artiste can be seen catching sharks, dodging crocodiles, and braving 3am wakeup calls in ancient Buddhist temples.

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“It was a dream come true,” he beamed to the assembled. “I came back inspired.”

Conspicuously missing was Ripert’s oft partner in mischief Anthony Bourdain—who was likely off somewhere in Bratislava downing flaming shots of Becherovka with the locals.

But Ripert himself, surely glad to be back in NYC, thanked his family and Le Bernardin staff for “tolerating” his travels.

And the lamb sliders were aces.

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Trend Watch: Bubbles Are Chic Again

All images by Ken Goodman

Sodastream has had a trying year. In the wake of last year’s Gaza conflict, boycotts erupted over the company’s West Bank presence, causing them to announce the 2015 closure of their factory there. The stock price thusly took a big hit.

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But determinedly turning the focus back to their products, they’ve teamed up with superstar chef Paul Liebrandt (Corton, The Elm), he of the two Michelin stars and the 2011 HBO documentary A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt. And in defiance of the so-called blizzard of 2015, the NYC cognoscenti gathered at distinctly aroma-therapied Gramercy Park Hotel Terrace Tuesday evening to sample the, um, fruits of that partnership.

Chef Paul Liebrandt with guest. Credit Ken Goodman

Indeed, at least four (perhaps five or six—we’d actually lost count) bars turned out joyously fizzy cocktails—we were all about the Pimms—while teetotalers sipped the booze free versions of Liebrandt’s electrifyingly tasty new Sparkling Gourmet line. Divided into three categories, flowers, fruits and herbs, they’re as fun as they are flavorful: just pop a Nespresso-like container into one of Sodastream’s cooly retro-mod seltzer makers, and you’re on your way to hours of bubblicious liquid merriment.

Considering the palpable effervescence of the assembled, we’re pretty sure they’ve got a hit on their hands.

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Oh! You Pretty Things to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

By 2010, Misshapes was gone, Motherfucker was but a memory. And while the former’s Geordon, Greg and Leigh are now rocking the fashion world, and the latter’s Justine D is getting her saucepan on with her utterly groovy food blog, MoFo’s Michael T has kept the trash fabulous party train rolling for another five years.

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And so comes this Sunday night at Le Poisson Rouge the big 5th anniversary party for Oh! You Pretty Things, which T hosts along with Benjamin Ickies, Twig the Wonderkid, and Kayvon Zand. Expect the glam-punk-multi-media-fashion-burlesque-supercalifragilism to be at an all time high.

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On the decks will be Twig, Super Morgan, Brett Burton, and Ms. Cal, with live sets by Shiro & The Raw Dogs, Mother Feather, and Manhattan’s fave electro cabaret trio NOIR. And, of course, from corner to corner, more Bowiemania than you ever thought you could take in.

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NOIR, “Timephase” (PBK & Artemis K Remix)

7 Cities, 10 Fabulous New Year’s Eve Parties, Part 2

Above image: The Ham Yard Bar

We say it every year: “We’re staying in on New Year’s Eve!” Yet even with the threat of every embarrassingly sozzled Tom, Dick and Henrietta out there joining the heaving party circus that is the final night of the year, we always wind up giving in and hitting the town to mark another flip of the Anno Domini calendar.

This year, alas, we’ll be knocking back flaming shots of Becherovka with a cadre of Eastern European spooks in an underground lair in suburban Budapest. But we’ve also compiled a list of, shall we say, less insalubrious options to suit your more cultivated tastes. And with so many glamorous new hotels on the scene, we vigorously recommend checking into one in your own home city, where your fellow cognoscenti will be running up the Bolly bills whilst pretending like it’s actually a NYE weekend getaway.

W HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES

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Why play coy in Hollywood? The decadence never winds down at W’s West Coast HQ of magnificent mayhem, and on NYE the party will snake all throughout the hotel, from ground floor to roof. The NYElectric 2015 bash takes over The Loft and the Rooftop Wet Deck (rezzies at 323.604.6030), while SHINE ON occupies The Living Room and Great Room (rezzies at Sarah@madenightlife.com). It’s top DJ talent and premium boozing all the way round. And young HWood star sightings virtually assured.

HARD ROCK HOTEL, CHICAGO

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If you were naughty in 2014, it’s hard to imagine a hastily made resolution is going to change your course. Rather best, then, to just ratchet up the misbehaving, and deal with the consequences at a later date. And Chicago’s Hard Rock will be the place to, erm, rock hard this NYE…as they will be teaming up with Playboy for a formal masquerade ball. 2013 Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun and Miss October 2013 Carly Lauren will play host, with DJ Crystal Ellis bringing the tunes. $125/pp, $450 VIP. Rezzies at www.ChicagoNYEparty.com.

SOHO HOUSE, CHICAGO

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You know who you are. You’d rather leave the morning-after porcelain-hugging to someone else, and begin the new year knowing you’ve schmoozed your way to a potentially more prosperous 2015. So opt for cultivated cocktailing at the The Allis lobby lounge at the buzzy new Chicago outpost of Soho House. $45 includes a glass of champagne, four small plates, and the company of Chicago’s media and cultural cognoscenti. Casual dinner can be had at SH’s Chicken Shop or Pizza East. For reservations, jayne.davis@sohohouse.com.

HAM YARD HOTEL, LONDON

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Those bringers of the fabulous at Firmdale have done it again. Their new Ham Yard Hotel is like a micro neighborhood in itself, perched between the rocker grit of Soho and the pulchritudinous posh of Mayfair. The hotel’s eponymous and very fashionable restaurant is eschewing the standard exorbitant prix fixe for an a-la-carte menu including such verbose delights as Goat’s curd, mulled wine poached pear, parsnip, Medjool dates & salsa verde, and Blythborough pork loin, celeriac, Swiss chard, roast beetroot & malt essence (Got that?). The in-house bowling alley will be open to guests and diners only (rezzies a must)—so ring in 2015 with a killer 7-10 split conversion. Spend New Year’s Day in recovery at the Soholistic Spa and the Press Juice Bar at Ham Yard Village. Bookings, 020 3642 1007, restaurant@hamyardhotel.com.

EDITION, LONDON

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It took 15 years, but Ian Schrager has finally staked out ground again in Blighty’s capital. And at his newish London EDITION, DJ Matt White’s Catch A Groove takes over the Basement nightclub this NYE, with a live performance by Omar, and additional sets by DJ Skinz and Steve Runningman. Those with less clamorous celebratory ambitions can book a table at the hotel’s swish Berners Tavern, where the NYE menu includes such nouveau-indigenous yummers as Slow Cooked Ham Hock and Creedy Carver Duck. Dinner, £95/pp early, £170/pp after 9:30pm.

7 Cities, 10 Fabulous New Year’s Eve Parties, Part 1

Above image: Lobby Bar at The Ludlow Hotel

We say it every year: “We’re staying in on New Year’s Eve!” Yet even with the threat of every embarrassingly sozzled Tom, Dick and Henrietta out there joining the heaving party circus that is the final night of the year, we always wind up giving in and hitting the town to mark another flip of the Anno Domini calendar.

This year, alas, we’ll be knocking back flaming shots of Becherovka with a cadre of Eastern European spooks in an underground lair in suburban Budapest. But we’ve also compiled a list of, shall we say, less insalubrious options to suit your more cultivated tastes. And with so many glamorous new hotels on the scene, we vigorously recommend checking into one in your own home city, where your fellow cognoscenti will be running up the Bolly bills whilst pretending like it’s actually a NYE weekend getaway.

(Tomorrow: Chicago, LA and London)

THE LUDLOW HOTEL, NEW YORK

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Sean MacPherson finally brought his party to the LES in 2014, and with him came Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, in the form of their buzzy Dirty French bistro. The shambolic chic Lobby Bar, also run by Team Torrisi, will be one of the hippest parties in town, with DJ HOMHE on the decks, along with open bar and passed canapés from 9pm – 1am. $195/pp, Reservations@dirtyfrench.com, Bottle Service/Table Reservations: Jaime@dirtyfrench.com

HOTEL AMERICANO, NEW YORK

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We’re known to spend a lot of time here, cavorting with the fashion flock. So if you’re keen to begin 2015 clinking glasses with your favorite international stylistas, this is where you need to be. Fittingly, this year’s bash will be hosted by Timo Weiland and The WILD Magazine, with fashion’s fave superstar DJ Chelsea Leyland on the decks (Weiland will also do a set). Both the rooftop SNOB and the basememt El Privado will feature unique tasting menus, and the after party is included in the dinner charge. Those who view eating as a superfluity can just RSVP for the bash. $165/pp, rsvp@hotel-americano.com

EDITION, MIAMI

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Ian Schrager’s new Miami Beach EDITION debuted as a 24-hour art party during this month’s Art Basel 2014. The schmoozers are gone now, but the glamour remains. And on NYE, DISCOBOX at Basement will be pumped up to its extravagant best, with all night dancing and entertainment (DJ sets by Crew Love and Soul Clap), roller disco and, um, Booty Bass Bowling. $200/pp, includes champagne and cocktails, as well as that special buzz of proximity to lots of pretty people. Tickets can be purchased here.

SLS HOTEL, LAS VEGAS

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In Vegas, it’s hard to tell where NYE ends, and the rest of the year’s debauchery begins. But if you’re seeking “heightened” levels of party profligacy, best head straight for the new SLS—which is sort of like a mash up of HWood and Sin City decadence. Its Foxtail club will feature a special performance by Robin Thicke, while Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello takes over the LiFE nightclub. Hit up the new Cleo restaurant for a fancy-pants dinner, or head to the hotel’s Ku Noodle for their special Absolut Ku Year’s Eve cocktails. Table reservations, LiFE@slslasvegas.com, foxtail@slslasvegas.com.

BUDDHA BAR HOTEL, PARIS

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If you wake up in Paris as the new year begins, you’re sure to have a stylish 2015. And the still glitteringly fabulous new (opened in June 2013) Buddha Bar Hotel assures by its location that your new year will begin with a decadent shopping spree along the Rue du Faubourg St Honore and a spot of culture at the nearby Louvre, D’Orsay or Grand Palais musees. New Year’s Eve dinner at Le Vraymonde offers such epicurean wonders as Turbot bouchée stuffed with truffle, White Gauloise Capon, celery puree and morels, and a more than a few dollops of Parisian glamour. 270€ per person, or start 2015 in style at the hotel’s lavish New Year’s Day brunch, 85€ per person. Reservations at +33 (0)1 83 96 88 70 or levraymonde@bbhparis.com.

Alexa Chung is the It-est It Girl

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Being an It Girl takes a lot of work. There’s traveling, partying, wearing gifted clothing, and mass attempts on being downright fabulous. It would be hard being Alexa Chung, said no one, nowhere. The British beauty air kisses Karl Lagerfeld’s cheeks regularly and sits front row at nearly every major fashion show.

She’s a chain-smoker and author of a book simply titled “It”. I think that needs no explaining as to why. Alexa is trotting behind personal favorite Chloe Sevigny on becoming the end all be all It Girl. See why, below.

1. When Alexa was a Versace. BFA_4795_548202Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

2. One of the multiple times Alexa DJed for Chanel. CHANEL Numéros Privés Opening Night Party and DinnerPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

3. She’s basically Anne’s BFF. Joe-Schildhorn-3Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

4. Cozying up to The LSD in hopes of snagging some free Moda Operandi (we would too). Neil-RasmusPhoto: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

5. Only an It Girl can get away with those shoes. CHANEL SS15 Runway ShowPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

6. Only an It Girl can be a cheeseburger and not eat carbs at the same damn time. THE BYRNE NOTICE & EMERSON Host A Sick Halloween PartyPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

7. When she cozies up to other It Girls Poppy and Joan just to solidify that she’s the Itest of them all. Solid & Striped x Poppy Delevingne Launch Dinner - Exclusive ContentPhoto: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

8. It Girls get giant bottles of nail polish. They’re the only people to get them. ALEXA CHUNG / NAILS INC. Personal Appearance at SEPHORAPhoto: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

9. If you’re an It Girl you can push Tommy and get away with it. TOMMY HILFIGER Spring 2015 Womens CollectionPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

10. And finally, signing “It,” her book. Aria-Isadora-2Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

The Most Stylish Party Goers of the Week

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

The temperatures may be dropping in New York City but the party circuit is still hot. Valentino showed couture stateside and it brought about a bundle of stylish avid Valentino wearers. Stephanie Seymour proves she’s the definition of elegance and Carey Mulligan has a major red moment in Switzerland. Who gets your vote for best dressed?

1. Carey Mulligan at Gstaad’s 10th Anniversary Winter Weekend Gala in Gstaad, SwitzerlandMatteo-PrandoniPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

2. Stephanie Seymour at Children of Armenia Fund Holiday Gala CHILDREN OF ARMENIA FUND 11th Annual Holiday GalaPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

3. Lindsey Calla at WWD 10 of Tomorrow Event WWD x THE SEAPORT DISTRICT Host 10 of Tomorrow EventPhoto: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

4. Coco Rocha at WWD 10 of Tomorrow Event WWD x THE SEAPORT DISTRICT Host 10 of Tomorrow EventPhoto: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

5. Harley Viera-Newton at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney Museum VALENTINO SALA BIANCA 945Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

6. Olivia Palermo at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumBF-2Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

7. Emma Roberts at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumBF-3Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com 

8. Padma Lakshmi at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumVALENTINO SALA BIANCA 945Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

9. Franca Sozzani at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumVALENTINO SALA BIANCA 945Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com 

10. Katie Holmes at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumBF-6Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com