Scene: Harry King and Nancy Donahue at their famed fashion reunion soiree. The recent bash was in the Club Room, at the Soho Grand Hotel. It was a get-together full of joy, celebration, and conversation. The glamorous and fun guests included models, models, and supermodels, photographers, editors, fashion designers, art directors, hair and makeup stylists, producers, and other industry greats and notables. Talented, wonderful, and fun people. The mood was festive. Another stellar night with Nancy and Harry at their shindig!
Scene: Superfriends and Supermodels Alva Chinn and Nancy Donahue.
Co-Host Nancy Donahue is an American Fashion Model, Mother, Entrepreneur, and Yoga Instructor. She first took the modeling world by storm in the late 70s after being discovered by Mademoiselle magazine. Over the next two decades, she rose to the top of her field, becoming one of the most successful fashion models of her time. She graced the covers and pages of countless American and European magazines. Nancy worked alongside some of the top international models including Carol Alt, Gia Caranza, Janice Dickinson, Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, and Esmé Marshal. I worked with all of them when I was Fashion Art Director at Bloomingdale’s. Nancy walked the runway for Calvin Klien, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, and Perry Ellis. She worked with numerous renowned photographers including Irving Penn, Author Elgort, Denis Piel, and Patrick Demarchelier. She still models, represented by Iconic Focus. She and her current business partners developed the BelleCore bodybuffer exclusively at Neiman Marcus and Harrods of London, now sold at high end spas across the country. She is passionate about health and fitness and is a certified Personal Trainer, Pilates and Yoga Instructor. And a superwoman!
Scene: Harry King with his niece, Rochelle Mello, Head of Global Investigations, Senior Anti-corruption Counsel at Avon.
Co-Host Harry King is a Freelance Hairdresser, Photographer, Party Thrower, and Hairstyling Legend. Originally from London, when he first arrived in New York in 1973 he worked at Cinandre on 57th Street. Five months later Polly Mellon, Editor, snapped him up for Vogue. His hair styles have been featured on the covers and editorial pages of many magazines including Cosmopolitan, Bazaar, Interview, American, British, and Italian Vogue, Grazia, and Stern. Harry has collaborated with renowned photographers including Richard Avedon, Arthur Elgort, Francesco Scavullo, and Irving Penn. His celebrity list includes Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, Diana Ross, and Madonna. Models he has creatively reinvented hair styles for fashion and beauty shoots include Patty Hanson, Iman, Cheryl Tiegs, Stephanie Seymour, Twiggy, Beverly Johnson, and of course Nancy Donahue. He has taken memorable photos on many of his shoots through out his career. Truly fashion history behind the scenes. And a superguy!
Scene: Alva Chinn, Halstonette, is currently an Actress, Yoga Instructor, and Models occasionally; and Rashgene Gazi-White, Co-Founder and Vice President at Re.new Artists, Imaging and Consulting.
Alva, in February was one of the models in the grand finale of designer Naeem Khan’s Fall 2019 runway show featuring three models, all over age 60, walking the runway in silver sequined gowns: Alva Chinn, Karen Bjornson, and Pat Cleveland known for working with Halston in the 70’s, Halstonettes. Khan was an apprentice under Halston earlier in his career.
Scene: Rodrigo Adeo, Interior Design; Julie Britt, Fashion Stylist and former Harper’s Bazzar Editor; Tim Easton, Model represented by Heroes Model Management; and Sumner Hatch, Artist, Photographer, and Darkroom Printer.
Scene: Nancy Donahue, Model, Mother, Entrepreneur, and Yoga Instructor; and Jonathan Benjamin Parker, Owner of Mannequin, ready-to-wear and couture, who designed Nancy’s dress. “Creamsicle” is a four ply silk crepe couture garment which took two and a half months to create.
Jonathan has been a designer for over 20 years, starting in 1997. “I’m not a pop up designer, I’m the real thing” he said. He does everything himself. Everything. The pattern, cutting, and sewing. The production is in New York. His business partner, Sherry, is his best friend and focuses on the marketing and digital side of the business. They are finishing the Online Boutique of his ready-to-wear collection which will launch soon.
Scene: Helen S. Murray; and Ray Crespin, former Harper’s Bazzar and Vogue Editor.
Helen and I first met at a shooting in Central Park, photographed by Eric Bowman, for Calvin Klein, where she was Director of Publicity and I was Fashion Art Director at Bloomingdale’s. She said “It was one of the best jobs I had during my career. Calvin was working with the best of the best in the industry and it was an incredible time which will never, ever be replicated.”
Scene: Barbara Tate, Interior Designer; and Moiz Alladina, Hair Stylist.
Scene: Lauren Bridgeman; Joe Boggess, Hair/Makeup Artist and Photographer; Jany Tomba, former Ford Model, after 30 years of modeling she became a Cultural Icon in the Haitian community. She has received many awards, attended, and supported charity functions to attract a Haitian crowd. Jany used to paint and sculpt, but lately has turned that passion for colors into textile art and spends a lot of time creating knits since she comes from a prominent artistic family. Jany’s father was a pioneer painter in the Haitian art scene. She spends time with her family and the grandchildren. Here’s a documentary video produced and directed by her niece, Sasha Huber. “Life moves on” Jany said.
Scene: Yasmine Guenancia, former Elite Model, currently a Mother, Grandmother, and a Real Estate Broker at Douglas Elliman; Dustin Pittman, Photographer, and Insider of the Andy Warhol Factory; Kim Charlton, former Ford Model, currently a Mother, models on occasion with Ford Models as a Classic Model, sells real estate and does charity work.
Scene: Nancy Donahue, Model, Mother, Entrepreneur, and Yoga Teacher; and Julie Anderson, former Elite London Model, currently with Iconic Models, a Mother, and Creator and Publisher of the Feminine Collective, an online magazine; with James Bosco, Fashion Editor Vogue Patterns.
Scene: Bob Menna, former Elite Model, currently working on a Museum Project with Joey Hunter; Jeffrey Banks, Coty Award winning Fashion Designer and Author; and Thom Fleming, former Ford Model, currently a Firefighter/EMT.
Scene: Ricardo Marin, worked at Cinandre, currently a Hair/Makeup Artist; Carmen D’Alessio, former Public Relations for Studio 54, currently holds court at her sunset party on the rooftop of the PhD Downtown; and Joshua Kokeny, Loro Piana Store Manager.
Scene: Kim Charlton; Shanti Patty Owen; Linda Mason, Internationally recognized Makeup Artist, Cosmetics Entrepreneur, Visual Artist, and Filmmaker, whose work is characterized by her vivid and creative use of color; and Yasmine Guenancia.
Scene: Tony Spinelli, former Zoli and Ford Model, represented by Iconic Models Focus, a Father, and Owner Spinelli Bros. Bakery Co; Barbara Tate, Interior Designer; and Alan Gold, Hairstylist and Colorist.
Scene: Alva Chinn a Halstonette, is currently an Actress, Yoga Instructor, and Models occasionally; and Jennifer Brice, former Elite and Ford Model, currently an Actress.
Alva and Jennifer went to Paris in November of 1973 where French and American luminaries of fashion came together for the majestic Palais de Versailles Fashion Show. Created by Eleanor Lambert and Versailles curator Gerald Van der Kemp, the show brought together French designers Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro, and Pierre Cardin, and American designers Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Halston, Bill Blass, and Anne Klein, who brought Donna Karen. The American designers featured eleven African American models, an unprecedented number at the time. Alva, Jennifer, Pat Cleveland, Bethann Hardison, and several others were these legendary models who helped open the doors for women of color in the modeling industry.
Scene: Justice Soloman, Jennifer Brice’s son; and Corey Dorson, former Elite and Zoli Model who has worked for luxury brands such as Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and David Yurman in managerial positions.
Scene: Jeffrey Felner, Fashion Insider, Contributor for several online sites including Examiner.com, and a Book Reviewer; and Rick Gillette, in the 70s/80s he was behind the scenes on some of the most memorable magazine editorial stories as a leading Hair/Makeup Artist, currently a Principle at FRG Interior Design.
Scene: Alexia Planas Lee; Stan Wan, Photographer; and Amanda Ibrahim.
Scene: Barry Weinbaum, Creative Consultant; and Joe Boggess, Hair/Makeup Artist and Photographer.
Scene: Campbell Jack, Model, represented by Debut Model Agency, who will be appearing in Mannaquin’s next collection presentation; and Nancy Donahue, both wearing outfits designed by Jonathan Benjamin Parker, Owner of Mannequin. Nancy is wearing the “Creamsicle” couture dress and Campbell is wearing a blouse and cigarette pant from his ready-to-wear line. The basis of his ready-to-wear collection is “Make your own look with Mannequin’s tailored separates.”
Scene: Dakota Green, 💇♀️Hairstylist 👗Fashion Designer ✂️; and Sylvie Hoke, Photographer.
Scene: Duane Gazi-White, Director of Scouting at New York Model Management; Pat Tracey, Model and Model Career Consulate; and Rashgene Gazi-White, Co-Founder and Vice President at Re.new Artists, Imaging and Consulting.
Scene: Linda Morand Phillips, in the 60s/70s was on the scene with Twiggy. Linda was compared to Jackie Kennedy for her resemblance, and was one of the first American models to walk the runway for French haute couture shows; Dustin Pittman, Photographer; and Linda Mason, Makeup Artist, Cosmetics Entrepreneur, Visual Artist, and Filmmaker.
Scene: Marc Benecke, former Studio 54 Doorman; and Myra Scheer, former Executive Assistant to Studio 54 Co-Owner Steve Rubell. They currently host SiriusXM Studio 54 Radio, The Marc and Myra Show, with insiders from the iconic era.
Scene: Chinedy Chukuigwe; Tessa Souter, Jazz Singer and Song Writer; Sue Lampard; and Diara Bamba.
Scene: Daniel Cohen, worked at Vidal Sassoon Madison Avenue, currently a Real Estate Broker at Douglas Elliman; Patrice Casanova, Photographer; and Guest.
Scene: Corey Dorson, former Elite and Zoli Model who has worked for luxury brands such as Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and David Yurman in managerial positions; and Linda Morand Phillips, Fashion Model, Cover Girl, and Haute Couture Mannequin during the 60s/70s. Linda started out with Lauren Hutton and later with Grace Jones. And was on set with Jean Shrimpton, an English Model and Actress who was an icon of Swinging London, and Catherine Deneuve. She was discovered by Eileen Ford. Currently a Fashion Archivist and Consultant.
Scene: Carmen D’Alessio, former Public Relations for Studio 54, is a public relations star in the nightclub industry who has promoted many nightclubs in the city, from Limelight, Tunnel, Cain, and Plumm. She currently holds court at her sunset party on the rooftop of the PhD Downtown.
Scene: Tricia Gudbrandsen, Connecticut based Events Photographer and Freelance Production; Jennifer Backus, former Ford and Wilhemina Model, currently a Mother and Landscape Photographer; and Daniel Cohen, worked at Vidal Sassoon Madison Avenue, currently a Real Estate Broker at Douglas Elliman.
Scene: Sebastiano Cappitta, Restauranteur; Asia Janina Dyrkacz, former Elite Model, Founder of Models Against Addictions non-profit; Bhavaja Kat, former Ford and Elite Model who still models for special bookings. She started working with Ford when she was in high school. Kat worked as a model all over Northern Europe and Asia, worked for an Italian TV station, and owned a restaurant, resorts, and a bed and breakfast in Rapallo and Lampedusa, Italy. Currently she has a private practice as a Psychotherapist specializing in trauma and abuse, working throughout New Jersey with the Board of Education in diverse school districts as a Behavioral Disabilities Program Coordinator, Case Manager, and Therapist.; and Rene Rimmer, Corporate Financial Admin.
Scene: Scene: Ricardo Marin, worked at Cinandre, currently a Hair/Makeup Artist; Alva Chinn, Halstonette, is currently an Actress, Yoga Instructor, and Models occasionally; and Joshua Kokeny, Loro Piana Store Manager.
Scene: L.J. Kirby, worked at Studio 54, currently in Financial Services at Randstad; Myra Scheer, former Executive Assistant to Studio 54 Co-Owner Steve Rubell, currently Co-Host, SiriusXM Studio 54 Radio, The Marc and Myra Show; and Richie Williamson. Aerographics, Richie and Dean Janoff’s partnership, was hired to create the dance floor sets for Studio 54 including the famous Moon and Spoon, currently a Photographer.
Scene: Here I am with Nancy Donahue. We both danced at Studio 54 at different times. We worked together several times, and many of them for Perry Ellis ads when I was Fashion Art Director at Bloomingdale’s. Photo by James Bosco, with my camera.
Scene: Pam Geiger, Hair/Make Artist. We had a great trip to the Bahamas with William Garret, Photographer, and David Turner, Assistant, when I was Executive Art Director at Revlon; Bhavaja Kat, former Ford and Elite Model who still models for special bookings. Currently she has a private practice as a Psychotherapist specializing in trauma and abuse; Beverly Lee, former Ford Model and Ellen Harth Runway model. She gained notoriety as an Asian model after Nixon’s visit to mainland China. Advertisers and fashion designers suddenly wanted Asian models in their ads, and she modeled throughout the U.S. and Europe appearing in major fashion magazines. She was the first person to appear on the cover of Travel and Leisure. Beverly was photographed by Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, Francesco Scavullo, and Victor Skrebneski. She walked the runway for many top fashion designers including Cristobal Balenciaga, Geoffrey Beene, Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Issey Miyaki, Zandra Rhodes, and Kansai Yamamoto, to name a few. Her film credits include movies by Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, and Ivan Reitman. She met her husband 38 years ago at a Ford party for Joey Hunter. She graduated from NYU in 2015 with a BA in Creative Writing. Currently she spends her time between NYC and the Hamptons and enjoys a low profile. Her father just turned 105 on Father’s Day and still drives and travels!
Scene: Joey Hunter is Vice President of Modelwire, a software company that provides services to the modeling and talent industry, and a Father. He is working on a museum project with Bob Menna. Joey was President of Ford Model Agency where he started his career as a model. He managed the careers of models such as Christy Turlington, Vendela, and Elle MacPherson; and Tony Spinelli, former Zoli and Ford Model, represented by Iconic Models Focus, a Father, and Owner Spinelli Bros. Bakery Co.
Scene: Marianne Houtenbos, Arthur Elgort’s longtime Agent and Friend; and Christiaan Houtenbos, Legendary Hairmaster. They were two of the first talents I worked with when I was Fashion Art Director at Bloomingdale’s.
Scene: Frederick Kaufman, Professor of Journalism, Author and Contributing Editor at various publications; Patty Laxton, Real Estate Broker; and Lucy Kaylin, Author and Editor in Chief at O, The Oprah Magazine.
Scene: Seth Adanmenoukon, Model and Music Producer; Kim Charlton, Ja’Dee Murphy, Ceo/Founder of JDM Photography & Model Management; Asia Janina Dyrkaczs; Harry King; Nancy Donahue; and Dustin Pittman. Photo by James Bosco with my camera.
Scene: David Spagnolo, Photographer; Margret Avery, Makeup Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Writer, and Poet; and Bill Westmoreland, Photographer, Filmmaker, and Hair/Makeup Artist.