The Eleventh

Scene: The New York Times article by David Dunlap,
“Fred J. DeVito, sees the World Trade Center wherever he looks.
This has nothing to do with illusions or phantasms. Rather, it has to do with the keen eye he has developed over 20 years as an art director and graphic designer in Manhattan.”

View the slide show and the video, To World Trade Center: all Times, which premiered at the Big Screen Plaza in Manhattan on the 10th anniversary. A photographic documentary by Fred J. DeVito about the enduring image of the World Trade Center in visual culture.”
Chronogram Magazine, Brian K. Mahoney, Editorial Director.

That day, always in my heart.





Scene: Alex Gyunn, Zoe Shewer, Jared Jacobs, and Alyssa Puccinelli at Zoe’s going away party hosted by her parents. Family, friends, and colleagues gathered at The Leadbelly to say adieu to Zoe before she headed off to Denver to be a special education teacher with Teach for America. This organization’s mission is to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.

Teach for America looks for individuals who show leadership potential and have other traits that are found in their most successful teachers.
Succeeding as a new teacher in any context is extraordinarily challenging. All corps members attend a rigorous pre-corps training institute for two years. Zoe has been involved with teaching underprivileged children since high school. She attended Vanderbilt and New York University. And, Zoe recently finished an internship with the Clinton Global Initiative.
Scene: Zoe Shewer, Ken and Susan her parents, and Max her brother.

Scene: Scott Band and Alexis Krugman.

Scene: Isabelle Feldhaus and Michael Dean.

Scene: Olivia Berry, Susanna Moller, Justina Ray, and Isabelle Letaconnoux.

Scene: Marilyn Moller and Melissa Cohn.

Scene: Alyssa Puccinelli, Karin Shewer Krugman, and Sabrina Puccinelli.

Scene: Steve Puccinelli, Phyllis Weaver, Gary Gerstein, and Ken Shewer.

Scene: Alyssa Puccinelli, Zoe Shewer, Rebbeca Balsam, and Doug Blacker.

Scene: Michael Dean, Libby McCarthy, and Magnus Lorentzen.

Scene: Javi Guzman and Susanna Moller.

Scene: Jared Blake and Max Shewer.

Scene: Beth King DeVito, Susan Winberg, and Kenrick Block.

Scene: Guests.

Scene: Kelsey Block, Laureen Block, and Sophia Altholz.

Scene: Kyle Garson, Michelle Watanabe, and Chuck George.

Scene: Dylan Meek who played piano during the evening.

Scene: Susan and Mickey Winberg.

Scene: Danielle and Michael Krugman, Scott Band, and Alexis Krugman.

Scene: Susan Winberg, Marilyn Moller, Dick Berry, Lucy Commoner, Gina Roose, and John Moller.

Scene: James Henman, Brianna Welsh, George Oz, Jack Dadswell, Magnus Lorentzen, and Michael Dean.

Scene: Jennifer Sanduski, Brianna Welsh, Kristen Miller, Alaa Itani, Carolina Medina, and Zoe Shewer.

Scene: Gabe Smith who was one of the bartenders that night.

Scene: Guests.

Scene: Sabrina and Steve Puccinelli, and Karin Shewer Krugman.

Scene:  Rebecca, Jeff and Lauren Altholz, Susan Winberg, Ken Shewer, and Mickey Winberg.

Scene: Rob Scher and Joan Kagan. Have fun and good luck, Zoe!






Scene: Ultra Subjective SpacePace Gallery hosted the opening reception of the first US exhibition of Japanese collaborative digital artists, teamLab, on West 25th Street. The two-venue exhibition at Pace is through August 15, 2014. These six works on digital monitors and projection installations are constantly in motion, kinetic art. For a preview of the works in motion click here. They reflect the construction of Japanese spatial awareness by creating a flattened three dimensional world. The exhibit title, Ultra Subjective Space, refers to this distinctive Japanese sense of spatial recognition. In traditional Japanese composition from Ukiyo-e prints to the current Manga illustrations,
figures and objects exist on a single plane as opposed to Western Renaissance perspective.

teamLab is an interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields in the information age: artists, editors, programmers, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers, and computer graphic animators who attempt to achieve a balance between technology, art, commerce, and creativity. After the reception we walked to Bottino for dinner.





























Model Behavior

Scene: Nancy Donahue and Jon Girodes, at Nancy and Harry King’s annual 70/80′s reunion at Café Un Deux Trois. Friends and associates from the fashion and beauty industries gathered with cheer! Models, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers, fashion stylists, art directors, and more! Champagne, french fries, entrees, cocktails, and a lot of fun at one of my favorite restaurants.

Nancy, a famous and international fashion model from Massachusetts, was discovered by Mademoiselle magazine in the late 70′s. She graced the covers of many magazines, and editorial spreads globally, and also had major cosmetic contracts. Today, she is just as beautiful, an entrepreneur, and still models. In the 80′s she worked alongside other top models. I worked with Nancy, and many of her contemporary model friends for ad campaigns, which appeared in magazines and newspapers, when I was fashion art director at Bloomingdale’s. I still have an ad for Perry Ellis in my portfolio with Nancy — timeless.

Scene: Harry King and Shanti Patty Owen, and that’s Geoffrey Saunders in the back, owner at GSPR/Geoffrey Saunders Public Relations.

Harry, a hair stylist legend, is originally from London. When he first arrived in New York in 1973, he worked at Cinandre on 57th Street. His creations were viewed in magazine images taken by famous photographers. I have always admired his work, whether editorial, fashion shows, ad campaigns, or celebrity styling. A great hair stylist!

Nancy and Harry are both iconic talents. Thanks for hosting a great party! In the pages below you will see other notable and trailblazing talent.

Scene: Edward Tricomi, celebrity hairstylist and one half of Warren Tricomi salons in NYC, Kim Charlton, who has the most beautiful smile, was everywhere in magazines and advertising pages in the 80′s, today she is a mom, realtor, and occasionally models, and Joey Mills, legendary makeup artist. He holds the record of King of the Fashion Magazine covers. MAC Cosmetics, where my wife Beth King is a vice president, honored Joey for his achievements. Kim and I  were on a location trip to the island of Nevis when I was at Bloomingdale’s, working on an ad campaign and swim suit commercials. Gordon Munro was the photographer, and Esme was there too!

Scene: Tony Spinelli and Bhavaja Kat. Tony was on the premier cover of Vogue Men photographed by Irving Penn.

Scene: Bhavaja Kat, Joey Hunter, former president of Ford Models, founder of Karin Models NY, and currently vice president of ModelWire, and Coco Mitchell, veteran model who walked the runways for Yves St. Laurent. In the 80′s and early 90′s, she was also a favorite of Thierry Mugler, Armani, and Jean Franco Ferre. She is actively involved in collaborating with magazines and top designers.

Scene: Barbara Tate, art director and interior designer, Hamid Bechiri, notable photographer, and Yasmine Guenancia. When Yasmine was a model, an image of her was wrapped around a Bloomingdale’s shopping bag, with her only wearing her bloomies. Richard Martino, creative director, and I worked on it. She is a realtor today.

Scene: Hamid and Yasmine — without a camera flash!

Scene: Freddie Leiba, a leading stylist in fashion today. He is holding a post card from Alva Chin for the play Deepest Man, which she was an actor in. I’d love to know who that person with the hat is.

Scene: Alva Chinn, former Halston model and a favorite of Oscar de la Renta. You can see her in a photo with Halston when you get to Dustin Pittman’s link, below in the portfolios style section. Today she is an actor in film, stage, and TV.

Scene: David Spagnolo, beauty, fashion and sports photographer, Laurie Schecter, fashion and life style specialist, and Bill Westmoreland, hair and makeup artist, photographer, and film maker.

Scene: Cynthia Swearingen Klipstein, former international model and still beautiful. It was a pleasure having a conversation with her, and I enjoyed my talk with former model Michael Holder, too!

Scene: The guys.

Scene: Dustin Pittman, renowned photographer, who was part of Warhol’s Factory, and Coco Mitchell.

Scene: Kim Charlton and Joey Hunter.

Scene: James Calderaro, a fine photographer, Margret Avery, makeup artist, and Ezel Mustafa, international editorial director for Sachajuan professional haircare products. Margret and I worked together on my first fashion book for Bergdorf Goodman. As a client, they hired me as creative/art director and producer. The location was Saratoga Springs, very near where I grew up. Charlotte Morgan, Lisa Ryall, and Rebecca Ghiglieri were a few of the great models who worked on this project. I ran into Margret last week when she was returning from seeing Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest, where she had utilized her makeup artistry. She is also an actor, singer, and songwriter.

Scene: James Bosco, fashion editor at Vogue Patterns magazine, and David Katzen, recruiter. James and I met at Bloomingdale’s when he was a stylist. Yes, being at Bloomingdale’s in the mid 70′s and early 80′s was magical! It was an honor working along side legendary Carrie Donovan, senior vice president public relations and style editor, and Kal Ruttenstein, senior vice president for fashion direction. We had some great times together, and challenging ones as well. On assignment with James and Terri May modeling a Gottex bathing suit at the beach in early March, it was pretty cold but the results were fantastic. Terri was a trooper! As executive art director at Revlon, I collaborated with James and his styling expertise on my first project, which was for a launch of a new foundation. Anette Stai was the beauty.

Scene: Dawn Gallagher, a beautiful model from the 70/80′s with more than three hundred magazine covers, who is now an author and beauty wellness expert, and Joey Mills.

Scene: Linda Morand and son, John Phillips. Linda was one of the top fashion models of the mid ’60s to 1975. She appeared on the fashion scene at the same time as Twiggy. She is currently a fashion archivist and consultant. As a fashion historian, Linda spearheads a lively group of industry insiders.

Scene: Linda Morand and Dawn Gallagher.

Scene: Shanti Patty Owen, former model, in an arm cast sling, known for her androgynous yet voluptuous look, who now is a relationship coach along with her husband, and Linda Mason, makeup and visual artist famous for her creative and exciting use of color. I  first experienced Linda’s creativity when I went to a Willi Smith fashion show in the early 80′s. She created the makeup look and I remember how exciting the dayglo colors looked on the models. While I was at Revlon, I asked her to collaborate as a makeup artist for a beauty fashion shoot. After leaving Revlon, we continued to work together on projects for Almay Cosmetics, Bergdorf Goodman, a Cynthia Rowley fashion show and others. Photographers who collaborated on these projects include Gilles Bensimon, Eric Bowman, Michel Comte, Arthur Elgort, William Garret, Pamela Hanson, Marc Hispard, Steven Klein, Jean Pagliuso, Matthew Rolston, and David Siedner. Linda and I always had a good time working with great models. Some that worked on these campaigns were Linda Evangelista, Yasmin Le Bon, Elaine Irwin, Famke Janssen, Stephanie Seymour, Veronica Webb, and Lara Young.

Scene: Paul North Waters, an artist who expresses his creativity as a painter and photographer, with Titou. Adorable.

Scene: Stewart Rahtz, former Ford Model agent, and Giuseppe Luccardi, ‎president at PeriDigital Group.

Scene: Daniel Perry, awarded photographer, and Lesley Feipel, stylist.

Scene: Pam Geiger, premier hair and makeup artist, and her husband Jerry Minkow, back right. Pam and I went to the Bahamas for a shoot for Revlon. We had a great time the last night at a local bar! The next day we left with fantastic results for the summer projects we had worked on! William Garret was the photographer, and his assistant at the time was David Turner.

Scene: Guests.

Scene: Jean Owen, owner and training director at Fix My Dog, former artist representative. Rick Gillette, veteran hair & makeup artist, now with a new concept, and Dan Brennan, artist representative and owner of Independent Artist Management NYC.

Scene: Joey Hunter and Asia Janina Dyrkacz. Asia is a co-founder of the critically acclaimed Chopin Theatre in Chicago. Her modeling work has appeared in Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine, More Magazine, and she has worked in many runway shows for Hermes in Paris.

Scene: Denise Walch, a fine stylist, and Linda Morand.

Scene: The paparazzi — well some of them!

Scene: Barbara Tate and Patrice Casanova, world renowned photographer, conversing.

Scene: Linda Mason talking with friends and looking great.

Scene: Faron Henry, Jon’s assistant, and Jon Girodes, 2014 senatorial candidate for New York’s 30th district, and president of
Girodes Inc.

Scene: Tony Spinelli and Nancy Donahue.

Scene: Café Un Deux Trois.

Special thanks to Bill, Jean, James, Jon, and Margret!




Go Forth

Scene: Patriotism, stars and stripes. With the concurrence of this year’s World Cup and July 4th, this week the city was awash in red, white and blue. Cheering for Team USA, spirited groups stood outside restaurants and bars watching the big screens from the sidewalks. Rallying!

John Cougar Mellencamp’s words Ain’t that America, the home of the free, from his song Pink Houses. Happy 4th!