W HOTEL • Wall Street

 

I decided to spend a week-end “staycation” in the Wall Street area  at the W HOTEL.

I asked to all see all available room “with a view”.  WOW!

Guess which room I took!

The room with the champagne bucket [ three bottles of water].

KENNETH JAY LANE died last night at age 85

Kenneth moved the New York from Detroit while still a teenager …….determined to carve out a career in the fashion world….and he did!

The public first became aware of him through QVC where he sold his FABULOUS FAKES.……….and made millions doing so.



Ivanka Trump, Joan Rivers and tens of thousands of other women adored Kenneth and his jewelry…………which was so fabulous it was impossible to tell if his pieces was real or fake.

All of societys stars and super stars loved his jewelry………”FABULOUS FAKES” is what he called his jelewry and himself……….with a wink of the eye.!


His opulent apartment reflected his opulent lifestyle.

Kenneth was invited to every party in Europe…..Morocco……..lending his presence and flair to the gathering.  Always on a jet ………off  to British and European royalty and to Indian maharanis.

 I only met him once when he hung out with Andy Warhol at Max’s Kansas City…….comparing “notes” as we were both exiles from Detroit.

BERGDORF GOODMAN mannequin is knocked out cold!

I was passing by the store on Fifth Avenue……peeked in thru the door………and there she was……….sprawled out in the middle of the floor.

Hmmmmmmmm…..!!!!!


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PARSONS Fashion Graduates do a Run-way Show

A selecet grop of graduates are chosen to show their designs on the runway.

MARGO was chosen to show her designs.  It was a fantastic showing of talented designers.  I loved the show.


My friend MARGO designed this ensemble.

 

ALEXANDER HAMILTON on Broadway

Tickets for this “hit” are going for up to $850 each.  The “scalpers get $25oo.

You can save a few bucks and see ALEXANDER on the Columbia University Campus……for free!


Kind of sad……..he did so much for America………….but felt the American world was not for him.


NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY • World War 1

The current show of paintings of World War 1 are mostly of the tragedies and horror of the war……….too gruesome for me to include in this blog……..so I will only share a few that are “bearable to view”.

“Over Here…..Over There”…….Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of four doughboys ……………singing around the campfire……….is how the mass media presented the war to Americans.


This image was so successful it appeared on the sheet music for George M. Cohan’s popular song.

Henry Howard Houston Woodward………..painted by Violet Oakley…….was a fighter pilot in the service of the french Army.  His plane was reported missing on April 1, 1918.  The remains of his plane and his body were found a year later.


The interior of a Hospital Tent, 1918……….painted by John Singer Sargent……..while touring the western front and painted soldiers in non-combative activities.

THE RETURN of PRIVATE DAVIS from the ARGONE…….painted by John Curry.  William Davis was John’s high school friend……but his body was returned three years after his death.  It took John 17 years to complete this painting………so deep was his grief.

Today at the Farmers Market……….MUSHROOMS

HEN OF THE WOODS………Maitake……..Shiitaki……..such wonderful earthy tastes…………available at my local Farmers Market……….every Sunday morning.


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I bought three baskets…………dinner will be a medley of “stirfry”.