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Picnic By Design

Picnic By Design

Picnic By Design is just a few days away, marking summer’s soiree benefitting DIFFA, (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) at the Scholastic Building Rooftop Atrium located in SoHo.

Guest will enjoy an urban picnic and movie night, fully prepared basket for two designed by renowned New York Talents such as Robert Allen, who is a sponsor and key participant, Geoffrey Zakarian in collaboration with Marchesa, Eric Ripert in collaboration with Marie Aiello Design Studio, and Paul Liebrandt with Whoopi Goldberg. This year, guests will view an exclusive screening of “Making the Boys”, a documentary about the making of “The Boys in the Band”.

To purchase cocktail tickets or to learn more about Picnic By Design please visit

http://www.picnicbydesign.org

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A Small World Relaunches

A SMALL WORLD WEBSITE

A Small World, the invitation-only social network that began 9 years ago is trimming down its membership to making it a smaller world to ensure the integrity of the community.  Sabine Heller, CEO of ASW, and a few of its culturally influenced members fêted its relaunch with an intimate dinner at Haven’s Kitchen before traveling jet-setter style to Marrakech’s Taj Palace hotel to party this weekend. Diane von Furstenberg and Kittitian Hill resort sponsored the festivity.  Invitees included Olivia Wilde, Poppy Delevingne, Mamie Gummer, Wais Ahluwalia, Harley Viera-Newton, and Derek Blasberg. The redesigned site scheduled to go live today will focus on luxury travel, chic city guides, hotel discounts and monthly events from trendy partners such as Derek Lam, Mandarin Oriental, David Barton Gym and Rent the Runway. 

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Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts

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Donna Karan along with the CFDA, Urban Zen and eBay have collaborated to create One Million Hearts, a crafted papier-mâché  from 150 designers including Ralph Lauren , Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan.  Beginning on Monday, April 22nd – May 2nd, each designer personalized heart will be auctioned of at eBay.  The starting bid is $50, and 100% of the net proceeds will benefit fashion for Haiti, the urban zen’s foundation’s efforts with Haitian artisans.

The designer herself made three hearts for Donna Karan, DKNY and Urban Zen. We received a first look during an exhibition tour at urban zen to view the designer papier marche hearts before it goes live along with artistries and decorations all created by Haitian artisans.

For the period during the earthquake Donna Karan joined the Clinton Global Initiative to help promote economic development for Haiti through job creation. Her vision is to help raise awareness by highlighting the ingenuity of the artisans of Haiti.  Here are a few of the designer papier-mâché  hearts that will go live on eBay April 22nd and a look of artifacts for sale at urban zen.

 

Urban Zen

Recycled Steel DrumUrban Zen

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Roger Vivier Celebrates Book At French Embassy

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Leonard Lauder Donates Art to Met

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DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN TURNS 16

This year marks DIFFA’S 16th annual circuit of Dining by Design in combination with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94.  The design show held March 21-24th, shows the hottest trends and newest products in home design. On Thursday night, the Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids held their annual gala dinner, co-chaired by Tracy Reese and Geoffrey Zakarian honored Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Rick Wolf, DIFFA’S Unsung Hero .

Guests enjoyed cocktails and table hopped momentarily before being seated to the VIP dinner and silent auction portion of the evening.   DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN initiative brings collectively  some of the most talented individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture to create an amazing dining experience.  Here a few of our favorite table top designs from Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Frette, and Architectural Digest.