Camille Becerra & Lelaine Lau on Their Latest Project, The Cookery

Two of my favorite people in the whole world, Camille Becerra and Lelaine Lau, have been doing this pop-up restaurant thing called the Cookery. The next incarnation is on Wednesday, August 17, at a super-secret, hush-hush space. You have to buy in at their website, and when the time comes they tell you where to find the good food.

Previous spots have been a communal artist loft building in Chelsea, The Little Owl, and the Thompson Hotel. The summer doldrums are easily washed away with this sort of adventure in eating and socializing. I caught up with the gals and asked them how it was going

What are you doing with this Cookery thing and how is it going? Camille Becerra: The Cookery is going really well and we’ve definitely had some very memorable moments even with just a few events under our belt. The Cookery is meant to be a special and intimate gathering using sustainable product all the time, and local whenever possible. It’s focused on bringing together NYC’s finest. The focus of the food is meant to echo my food politics, which is using sustainable/organic product and local whenever I can. The meals vary from five-course dinner parties, with art and music at the center of it, to picnics in the park. There is a strong tie to the arts as we feature musicians, writers, and visual artists when the space allows. I bring in and work with young and upcoming chefs as well. The plan is to take them to other cities were foodie cultures thrive.

Where are you going with this? Lelaine Lau: Camille and I are proud and grateful for the overwhelming and positive response to The Cookery by our guests and the press. It’s been an incredible ride so far and we’re looking toward the future by further establishing the business, creating strategic partnerships, and by continuing to create experiences that will surprise and delight our guests. We’ve done the events in locations ranging from an artist’s studio, to established restaurants, with parks and hotels on the horizon. We’re doing a range of events in order to keep things fresh for both our guests and ourselves. Ticket sales are done via the website only. We seek to have an element of surprise so the exact addresses and locations are only divulged the day prior.

On Monday, I attended the Kanon Vodka pop-up BBQ at the Mondrian’s roof. I hadn’t been up there in a while and was blown away by the view and the increasing foliage. I popped in to chat with DJ Mel DeBarge, who gave me some pointers about being a real deal DJ. That was nice of him. I remember when he was starting out; he blew us all away from day one and now he plays with the big boys. I told him I was actually signing with 4AM DJs and will be official. I’m up again tonight at Le Bain for Paul Sevigny and his crew, and I have to tell you I love the gig. The crowd is fun and I can play anything fun from any era and genre and they eat it up. Mel told me he heard I was doing okay and that’s amazing to me. It is an unbelievably difficult thing for me to DJ. I’m not sound technically, and I basically love music that was made before my audience was born, but after all is done I find it to be very fulfilling and I’m going to keep on keeping on.

Speaking of DJs, I went to the roof of Hotel Chantelle to catch up with old friends last night and caught a set by DJ Stimulus. I was hating his set. But that was before I was told that the night is called “Switchboard” and it’s supposed to be these different DJs doing something outside their normal routine. For the night they play music and mixes from genres and styles that they don’t usually feature. It must have seemed like a good idea on paper, but I found the reality less than…stimulating. Stimulus is a lot of people’s favorite DJ in the whole world and I’m not doubting his skills, maybe just the concept. However, the crowd was solid and the night air delicious and maybe I was the only person hating. I’ll be back next Tuesday to try it again.

NYC Nightlife for Japan: Lavo Tonight

With the world seeing its horrible future unfold every day on TV, many are choosing to bury their heads in the sands of Charlie Sheen and American Idol gossip. Others have chosen to try to help. This horrible crisis makes me worry. If anything, the Japanese seem better than us at most technological things, and if they can’t get a handle on this, then what will happen when one of our own nuclear reactors suffers a similar “glitch.”

The fact that their equivalent to Con-Ed is running the show, trying to save the country, makes the whole affair seem comical. Somebody “better” might need to step up before our seafood becomes see food, radiation making it glow in the dark. But shaking your fist in the air, or leaning out the window and shouting, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore,” isn’t going to help. A whole lot of people will be gathering at Lavo tonight to raise some cash and awareness. I am on the host committee. I urge you to come to Lavo to discuss Charlie Sheen and American Idol while sipping cocktails and participating in an amazing raffle of donated goodies. Please join us in showing NYC love for Japan!

Date: Tonight Tuesday March 29th Time: 7-10 PM Location: Lavo, 39 East 58th Street Details: Cash Bar/Food Music: DJ MSG on Decks Charity: David Raleigh and F. Stokes will be MC’ing the raffle! Tickets are $20 each, winner must be present to win. The raffle will take place at 9:15pm

Raffling Off: – Pair of U2 tickets for Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at the Meadowlands – Takamichi Hair: haircut with Takamichi himself – Kristian Schmidt, Photographer: photographic print of your choice from his galleries up to 60″x40″ -Yogaworks: 3 month regional membership – Uhuru Interiors: 3 hour interior design consultation – Lucky Rice Festival: pair of VIP tickets to Lucky Rice Grand Feast – Sundown Ski and Snowboard: Salomon down jacket – Men’s – Slice, the Perfect Food: 2 passes for a 3 hour pizza making class – Juliet: dinner for 4 including champagne up to $500 – Mekong: dinner for 2 up to $100 – Salvor Projects: silk-screened scarves (unisex). We have 3! – Chelsea Piers: Multi-Sport Passports. We have 2 sets of 2. – 2 x 4: Prada Libro, limited edition book/documentation of Prada’s entire organizational creative output (not publicly available) – Areaware: Limited Edition Strida folding bike (1 of 20 made). This prize will be shipped to the winner. – RJ Raizk, Artist: Hand drawn pattern printed on Aquarelle rough paper, with natural pigment application and silver and gold leaf by up and coming artist RJ Raizk in collaboration with Vance Brooking – Kria Jewelry: Single Silver Vertebrae on natural leather bracelet – Keetja Allard Photography: photographic print – Bellino Fine Linens: Italian-made, 400TC percale, 100% Egyptian cotton, queen sheet set (including 2 pillowcases). Light blue. – Konstanze Zeller: Haircut by noted fashion hairstylist Konstanze (Available on Saturdays between noon-3, at The Drawing Room.) – Six Scents Parfums: Richard Nicoll Series Two fragrance – The Mondrian Soho: One night stay at the Mondrian Soho plus 2 complimentary drinks at Imperial No. 9. – BoConcept: Package consisting of: various home accessories, a complimentary in-house consultation, and a $200 gift certificate redeemable at either Madison Ave, SoHo, Chelsea, DUMBO, & UES stores. – Hudson Clearwater: dinner for 2 up to $100 – Mick Rock: 11″x14″ photograph of David Bowie in Kabuki attire designed by Kansai taken in the UK. 1973. C-type color print. – Yummus Hummus: gift certificate for $40 – Kiln Design Studio: copper and enamel bowl – Rick Swanson, Master Super Slow Instructor: 3 personal training sessions. – L’Effrontee: Necklace by Apartment A’Louer. Brass and resin – IAMAMIA: 1 x 11 necklace. Brass and leather – Betel: gift certificate up to $100 – Clear Designs: 5 hours of personal organizing services – Dusaneye: Hilde women’s sunglasses – Selima Optique: sunglasses. We have 4 pairs – men’s, women’s, girl’s and boy’s – Abycastle Abyssinians: Abyssinian kitten from a national winning boutique cattery

We are asking for a $20 minimum donation at the door (larger donations are most welcome). All door and raffle proceeds plus 10% of bar and food sales from the event will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. All donations are tax-deductible and there will be forms available for those wanting a receipt/acknowledgment.

If you cannot attend in person and would like to donate directly, we encourage you to go here to donate.

CO-CHAIRS: Benjamin Dewar, Lelaine Lau

HOST COMMITTEE: Miki Agrawal, Radha Agrawal, Keetja Allard, Mark Baker, Belinda Becker, Tyler Breuer, Jayma Cardoso, Danielle Chang, Lily Cho, Kevin Crawford, Michelle Forrest, Tegan Gaan, Veronica Gledhill, Lauren Grafer, Erin Hawker, Kelly Hulbert, Alex Jeffers, Suzanne Koshnoodi, Steve Lewis, Leonard LoRusso, Emilio Mesa, Sakura Moriya, DJ MSG, Yvonne Najor, Takamichi Saeki, Cristina Salazar, Amber Senn, Mami Shirakawa, Amanda Young Shortall, Ali Smith, Katia Tallarico, Sasha Tcherevkoff, Fernando Tormena, Tom Trowbridge, Liz Vap, Vegas, Arden Wohl, Derek Yamada, Hikari Yokoyama.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has sent medical teams to support the government-led earthquake and tsunami response in Japan. They are running mobile clinics and conducting needs assessments, which will determine the full scope of their response. Please note that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) typically does not earmark funds for specific arenas of operations, instead using unrestricted donations which allows them to provide rapid and targeted care to those areas most in need. Our donation will be unrestricted.

Nightlifer’s Response to Haiti

Lelaine Lau is a fixture in NY nightlife, working at fabuloso places like the Breslin, Mercer Kitchen, Hudson Hotel, Balthazar, Bungalow 8 and a ton of etcetera’s. She is the founder of Saloniere 403, a cultural salon. While most of us have only offered our relegated thoughts to the continuing disaster in Haiti, Lelaine has gone down there to try to do something.

What was the purpose of your trip to Haiti? I teamed up with a foundation aligned with Columbia University’s Earth Institute to explore potential educational and cultural partnerships which we hope will help to uplift, celebrate and heal Haiti and her people. The project is centered around the content recently released music of ‘Alan Lomax in Haiti.’ Lomax was an ethnomusicologist, who, at the age of 20, was commissioned by the Library of Congress to go to Haiti and explore the roots of folk music in 1936. For a year he traveled around Haiti to record traditional Haitian music, celebrations and rituals. His recordings include everything from Rara, Troubadour, Merengue, Carnaval, children’s songs and around 90 hours of audio and film. This treasure trove of vintage Haitian culture remained unmastered for decades until after his death.

The idea of recovering and restoring cultural works, museums and other places of heritage brings about an excellent opportunity to dovetail with other efforts in preserving Haiti’s rich cultural history. The relief efforts are addressing immediate needs, while our efforts address the long-term rebuilding of national pride through educational and preservation initiatives. We hope to develop a strong cultural curriculum alongside Haitian educators and scholars, while also working with groups who further preservation and repatriation. Who did you go with? I went with a friend, Kimberly Green. She’s based out of Miami and is president of her family’s foundation, The Green Family Foundation, which has been funding anti-poverty development and healthcare interventions in Haiti for 10 years. A few years ago, she began funding the first Millennium Village Project in Haiti alongside with the Earth Institute, an initiative spearheaded by noted economist Jeffrey Sachs. The project is geared toward attaining the UN’s Millenium goals by developing sustainable and long-term economic solutions by empowering the country on a community level, so these villages may lift themselves out of extreme poverty. It is a hand up, not a handout. I must add that Kimberly is a woman who has a led a truly remarkable life. I am honored and humbled to be her friend and so inspired by all she has done. She is a free and kindred spirit, and has made tangible contributions to the world and those less fortunate. We actually have discussions about developing new terminology for ‘philanthropists’ like her to denote not only those who give in order to promote systemic change, which is typically a harder sell in the charitable world, but those who are also willing to roll up their sleeves, do the work and get dirty. I just don’t feel the words charitable or philanthropist do justice to what she does. How did you get involved? Kimberly and her good friend Fisher Stevens had come up with the idea of doing radio PSAs using some of the Lomax material to highlight the history and culture of Haiti instead of just lamenting on the grief and devastation. I ended up collaborating on the text read by Sting, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts and got a major crash course in the history of Haiti during the 48 hour process. This is a girl who really has great ideas and knows how to make them happen! Was this your first trip to Haiti? Yes, I had never visited an impoverished nation, much less one that was in a state of emergency. I came almost two months after the quake, but the devastation was still profound. It was a roller-coaster ride of conflicting emotions. There is no denying the horrific conditions they are living in, but the Haitian culture, it’s people and the enthusiasm that surrounded this project was euphoric. What was your first impression? The dust created a dark haze that covered the city. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before, even as a native Angeleno. We could barely make out the coastline. The thing that struck me the most was the very poignant entrepreneurial spirit. People were selling things on every corner, people moving with purpose, one man striding along with a shirt, tie and tie clip. The industriousness is impressive, but it’s not regulated which is a set-up for another economic disaster. I saw a popcorn machine, shoe shine and car wash on the edges of camps. Some of the camps are not officially acknowledged or serviced because they fear the camps might become permanent down the line. What surprised you about Haiti? There appeared to be a sense of outward normalcy for businesses and for the upper-middle class. We met with many arts and cultural groups, business owners and department ministers who were back at work to try to instill a sense of normalcy. Of course we heard horrible stories, many people lost family members, but we also visited private homes, some of which had no, or very little damage at all. Even though they weren’t affected on a personal level, they still were passionate about the rebuilding, which colored almost all of our interactions with the local Haitians. Another thing I was surprised about was the number of hotels and restaurants that were open for business. I learned that some of the owners had conflicting feelings about reopening, especially with camps very close by, but they were supporting the economy and families that worked there. I was given pause one evening when I heard an unsubstantiated rumor that 2 people were kidnapped outside of the restaurant we were in while we were eating inside. I was quite impressed by the quality of the food. As we’re on the topic of hospitality, I have to say that one of my biggest disappointments was not getting to experience RAM night at the Hotel Oloffson. RAM is a Voudou Rara band that throws a legendary party every Thursday night, which I’m told is one of those absolute musts. The hotel and the grounds are very grand and huge – the hotel itself has a storied past. Understandably, the Haitians are still in mourning, so now is not the right time, but I eagerly anticipate the day I can have the experience.

Did you meet some interesting people? I got to meet a man known as the Mango Man, he works with small farmers who supply his mango-exporting business, and he was delightful and a wonderful fountain of information as to the way things work in Haiti. All of the people involved in the arts group are just really soulful people. I think the evening spent with this group was my favorite. We broke bread together, shared lots of wonderful ideas of our hopes for Haitian recovery and they taught me how to play the bongos Jean, our driver, was hilarious and a bit of a playboy– each of his girls had a different ringtone! A couple of times he would take down these back roads that were unpaved, narrow, even narrower by rubble, where we didn’t think had an outlet and inevitably we’d find ourselves back on the main road, having bypassed most of the traffic. I was really excited about getting to meet Paul Farmer. He is one of the founders of Partners in Health and is a legend for his work and dedication to the people of Haiti. His work has influenced the policies of World Health Organization for treating TB and HIV/AIDS. We also had a chance to visit Sean Penn’s operation and I came away deeply moved by his passion and commitment, both in the immediate and the long-term. I was tremendously inspired by the Dean of Haiti’s Quisqueya University Jacky Lumarque. The university is considered to be the best in Haiti and was completely demolished by the quake just as it was about to open. Post-quake, when many foreign universities offered to take in his students the Dean said, “The University is here, it is people, not buildings. It is in our hearts and minds.” The students are currently volunteering in Haiti and getting hands-on experience across sectors such as medical, psycho-social, education and child development.

What did you learn about Haiti? I learned that Haiti is a country that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I felt it, and in all of the reading I’ve done in the last week, about various artists, even in a National Geographic article from the 30s, there it is time and again – Haiti over the years has caught the imagination and hearts of so many people. image

What would you leave us with? Early in the trip, I came across a work of graffiti depicting Haiti crying as she’s asking for help. I later learned that this was the handiwork of a young man named Jerry, a man that was behind much of the graffiti around the city. After doing some research on him, I discovered a really cool collaboration that he’s participating in with a NYC arts professor named Pedro Lasche. Anyone in the international community can send a message to the Haitians in Port au Prince that will be interpreted into a work of graffiti by Jerry, for $25. I just think it’s a really cool initiative. In the same vein, the upcoming NY ArtExpo, which is running from March 25 to the 28, has given a booth to a group of Haiti-based art galleries for the duration. All proceeds from this booth will go to support the rebuilding of the Centre D’Art in Haiti. The Centre D’Art was instrumental in building international interest in Haitian art in the 1940s. My understanding is the booth will carry a wide array of Haitian art, so please go find yourself a new favorite artist and support the preservation and restoration of Haiti’s cultural heritage! And finally, I ask that people support the development of a watchdog group, which will hold the many, many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Haiti accountable for the money, which at last count amounted to $3.8 billion dollars, raised for relief and rebuilding. It is time for organizations operating in Haiti to be vetted, to be transparent and to be coordinated and organized so that efforts and funds are not squandered. The Haitians have a right to know where this money is going.

Groups Cinema Under the Stars: This group has been screening films in the camps, sometimes working in partnership with international groups. Friends of FOKAL: Implements a variety of programs aimed at supporting the development of children and the young, youth organizations, youth civil society associations, the peasants and women’s organizations. They are partnered with libraries all over Haiti, and provide cultural programming and activities. Haiti Aid Watchdog: This group is working to independently track the impact of the relief and humanitarian efforts in Haiti, facilitate communication among partners, encourage the Haitian population to play a more active role in this initiative and ensure that the majority of the Haitian people really benefit from this aid.

Lelaine Lau’s Cultural Salon

My favorite memories of Lelaine Lau are her Sunday-night bingo parties at Bungalow 8, where my ex provided her with many of the prizes. She had a warehouse full of neat stuff like Prada bags and Cartier bracelets that were given out to blasted bingoers. Nowadays, they’d give out a plastic bag with a Swatch in it — maybe. She had “club royalty” types obsessing over things like B-6 or N-17. She never does the expected thing and is sometimes rewarded for it; I’ve always seen her as a wayward artist or an intellectual who feeds at the teat of nightlife and can’t figure out why she’s here. Lelaine is a bright woman — well-read, cultured, and a breath of fresh air from the usual promoter dweebs and their crackberries. I actually go places when she asks me to, as opposed to trying to figure out how to block some fool from emailing me an invite to listen to the same songs I heard the night before at a party celebrating the birthday of some skinny chickadee who thinks Dickens is the punch line of a bad joke and Hemingway is a street in the garment district.

Lelaine’s salon parties are just one of a slew of alternative-type events attended by peeps who see most nightlife as the same ol’ same ol’. And I’m not talking about too-cool-for-school penniless hipsters — I’m talking mainstream clubbers looking for anything but the next mash-up mix. In its way, Merkato 55 is this sort of event, and those loft parties springing up downtown are over the top. I guess I should give a birthday shout out to Aaron, and I would also thank Foss for the masterpiece, which is way too hot to mention here!

You’ve worked in many capacities at clubs, including hosting Sunday nights at Bungalow 8. What does your nightlife resume look like? I think most of my background has actually been more restaurants than nightclubs. I was a manager and maître d’ at Balthazar as well as a maître d’ at Mercer Kitchen — and this was before I really started working in nightlife. Later you recommended me for a position at the door at Home and I was also a host at Lotus for a little bit when they first opened, when Sunday nights were Bingo Night.

What are you working on now? What is a cultural salon? 403 is a cultural salon which I founded in the summer of 2005, and the mission statement is this: “403 is a cultural salon which seeks to encourage the discussion and exchange of ideas through presentations on arts, culture and humanitarian concerns.” It’s a monthly four-hour event which includes dinner (light fare) and then I’ll have a speaker come in, maybe an artist, a documentarian, a photographer, or somebody who’s doing interesting work and have them talk about their work and their experiences for about 45 minutes.

So you’re essentially a curator, a party promoter and an event planner? You’re curating events for artsy people. I like to think that it’s for artsy and intellectual people. My life before I moved to New York was 180 degrees from where it’s been. I was an activist for nine years, and I mean hardcore; I’ve been arrested for civil disobedience, I was a full on tree-hugger, the whole nine yards. So my life was very different before I came here and I’ve always had these disparate sides of myself. I’ve got the activist side that fights with the side that wants to be glamorous, wants to go out and do all of this and that has access to a lot of influential and interesting people. And so 403 was a way for me to reconcile these two sides.

How many people come? Average about 50.

How much does it cost? $40-$60 depending on where I’m holding it.

And where are you holding it? Well, I did it in conjunction with Soho House in 2006, but lately I’ve just been doing it in private lofts. It is nightlife, but it’s a different kind of nightlife, and I think it appeals to those of us who are maturing and want something more than just going out to a bar. I’ve created a community, which has been the most rewarding part, there is an engaged community of people who like what I’m doing.

It sounds like somewhere I could meet people I would be able to have great conversation, because it is hard to meet people the right people in this town. Is that what you do full-time? The salon is something I do as a side thing. I ran a fashion start-up for three and a half years, which I just left last year.

So why aren’t you doing this once or twice a week — is it too much work? Well, I haven’t had one since the economy has tanked, and it’s going to be really interesting when I do. I actually have a number of prospects on the back burner that I’m trying to pull together, so it’ll be really interesting to see what the response is.

So what’s an example of a person you would have speak? I’ve had people like Toure, who’s a writer for Rolling Stone … he has a book called Never Drank the Kool-Aid that is a compilation of all of his Rolling Stone essays and is very entertaining. I’ve had a gentlemen named John Badalament who spoke on the social constructs of gender and how it affects our relational lives. I met him through some friends, and he was so fascinating. When I met him, we sat down at a party and we didn’t stop talking for four hours, so I told him he had to present at 403. I’ve also had one with Rex Weyler who is one of the founders of Greenpeace International, and Palden Gyatso, my most recent one, was a Tibetan monk who was imprisoned by the Chinese for 33 years.

So who are the people going to these events? It’s a little bit of everyone. I would say it’s mostly in the 30s age group, but of course it can range from 21 to 50. So the core of it is people in their 30s, the people who are sort of getting tired of just the club scene. It’s generally on Monday nights because I’m not going to try and compete with anything else, and on Sundays I think people still want to stay at home. It’s been interesting, but the reaction’s been great. When I first looked into salons, most of the ones that I found at the time that I started this were very specific. They were either all artists, or all literary, they all had a very specific focus.

Do you have the history of the word salon in this context is it like 1600s French? Yeah, it’s a 17th-century idea of a salon. I think at the time, women were not part of the educational system, and so wealthy women would sort of sit in their beds and call people to them to educate them.

And how did you come up with the idea of doing the salon? Were you the first salon on the scene? Yeah, I think there are people who have gotten some more notice than I have, they’re better funded or they have websites and I don’t have any of that, but still, their events were not exactly like mine. Especially since no one was doing anything like this for an open demographic of our peers. I’ve fought with myself a little over whether I want any press, whether I want to go out there and get sponsorship because my salon has been very under-the-radar and I kind of like the informality of it. But I don’t know anyone else who was doing something exactly like mine when I started.

Do you throw it in lounges, restaurants, etc? I never really wanted to do it in a restaurant. For me, the idea of a salon is very much about being in a private home. It’s a different sort of way of going out and I’ve always wanted to maintain an informal and intimate feel, as if you’re in someone’s living room.

So you’re a hospitality person who has created a spin-off on the traditional way of going out. Yeah, it’s a different option for people who still want to go out and want to be social, but not within a club environment.

Do you cook for it? No! I usually hire a caterer. 403 references the apartment number where I first held 403, at 199 Lafayette, the building where La Esquina is. The summer they were building La Esquina, was the summer I started doing it with my partner Yves-Claude. He had a very old-school type loft, a little gritty, and he changed the art once in awhile but he didn’t care what I put on the walls and he actually did all the cooking.

It’s good to see someone thinking outside of the box. You took your hospitality skills and now you’re doing this salon idea and there’s one coming up soon. Yeah, it’s really a good way for me to sort of indulge in my intellectual curiosity and to pull together a good social group.

You also have a blog; tell me a bit about it. Basically it’s an extension of my salon. There are some people that I can’t physically get at the salon, and I love writing, so it’s a way for me to feature people or ideas I cannot have at the salon — whether it’s because of schedules or distance. The blog is not focused on any one theme or idea, it’s really just my random musings. The title of it, Bluestocking, is another word like a saloniere — an educated, intelligent woman — although bluestocking originally had a sort of derogatory connotation.


Photography by Maddy Simpson

pf_main_flat3.jpgWho: Lelaine Lau.

Where: Socialista

Personal style: “More dash than cash! Minimal meets architectural meets zen—with dramatic flourishes.”

Where she comes from: “I’m an ex-agitator and activist (with three arrests for civil disobedience, which I wear with a badge of honor!), and a reforming party girl.”

Where she’s going: “I’m originally a California beach girl. I’m just passing through New York on the way to global travels with a travel show idea I’m currently working on.”

Her story: “My monthly 403 salon—now two-and-a-half years old—encourages the discussion and exchange of ideas through presentations on the arts, culture, and humanitarian concerns. I’ve found fulfillment by creating a fascinating and highly engaged community from the worlds of fashion, media and entertainment, and by reconciling my seemingly irreconcilable passion for both the glamorous and social with the meaningful and substantial.”

pf_main_flatstanley.jpgWho: Flat Stanley, and friend.

Where: Somewhere near a poster for the Blue Man Group. (Forgive us, we stopped at Acme Bar & Grill for a few drinks beforehand.)

Personal style: “I always wear these old, brightly-colored bathing caps to the pool, and all the kids look at me funny.”

Where she comes from: “I’ve been trekking around New York taking pictures with Flat Stanley here, for my niece. Where would take him? What do kids like? A toy store?”


Who: Viktor & Rolf? Actually, T.J. and Joe Z. (The Bowery Riots).

Where: Rooftop party for BlackBook magazine.

About T.J.: “The way I see it, people are dying in Iraq everyday. So if it ain’t life threatening, then get over it!”

About T.J. 2.0: “I’m no starfucker so I don’t care what ya do.”

One more: He likes loitering and he has a thousand TV stations.
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