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Met Gala Preview 2016

Met Gala Preview 2016 Photo: iStockphoto/Samaro

Fashion’s hottest night is just days away. This coming Monday, May 2nd, the fashion world will convene on the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the museum’s annual Met Gala helmed by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Everyone from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to George and Amal Clooney to fashion world icons like Cara Delivigne and Stella McCartny clamor for invitations, and the sartorial selections of those who make the cut are par excellence.

This year’s theme – dubbed “Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology” – couldn’t be more perfect for our times. The gala marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibit exploring the democratization of the formerly cloistered world of haute couture and high fashion thanks to the proliferation of technology.

As technology brings the world to our fingertips, whether in fashion, music, film, or real estate, creativity abounds as people globally merge and share experiences and technology speeds up the minds of our youth and what we can create. Live streaming and video content continues to grow online and I expect in time this will also transfer into real estate marketing though it hasn’t fully caught on yet.

Live streaming of fashion shows from around the world (remember the Zoolander crew’s cameo at Valentino last spring in Paris?) have exported the shows’ magic to those not able to be there in person. Instagram has turned well-dressed bloggers from every corner of the globe into street style stars and fashion icons. And technology has increasingly been used to both produce and inspire fashion, from designers like Kimberly Ovitz and Pamela Love using 3-d printers to fashion their wares to futuristic designs at Balenciaga produced with elements of engineering and neoprene.

It’s no surprise this year’s sponsor is Apple – not only is the iPhone the choice technological accessory on the red carpet (along with the gateway to Instagram), the tech giant’s upper echelons are stacked with talent poached from the fashion world, including Angela Ahrendts, who used to be the CEO of Burberry and is now SVP of retail and online stores at Apple.

For those whose invitations to this year’s gala got lost in the mail, an incisive documentary will offer an exclusive window into last year’s blockbuster gala, “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Made by filmmaker Andrew Rossi, the film – The First Monday in May – takes viewers behind the scenes of preparations for the gala, and to the big night itself. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month, no doubt reminding many of the premier’s attendees to start seriously considering their outfits.

Follow this link to see Vogue’s Met Gala Coverage

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New York Design Spotlight: Michael Aram

Michael Aram Home Brings Modern Energy and Timeless Tradition to NYC’s Luxury Real Estate Interiors

In Hindi, “aram” literally translates as “ease”. Hindi speakers use the word to connote gentle movement with peace, love and care. This is exactly the ethos award-winning artist Michael Aram evokes in his timeless metal-ware, home-ware and fine jewelry designs. Read more…

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How Tech Transformed Venice Beach Real Estate

How Tech Transformed Venice Beach Real Estate Venice Beach is fast becoming Silicon Beach | Photo: iStock.com/MyDinga

Why do some neighborhoods transition and become the hottest addresses in town seemingly overnight while others stagnate? One trend my team and I are watching closely this year is the role of tech in neighborhood place making. Earlier this year, we took a closer look at how the co-working revolution is reshaping New York real estate from Midtown East to Brooklyn. Out in LA, tech is also the driving force behind residential property spikes, especially along “Silicon Beach”. Read more…

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5 Spring Must-Dos for Manhattanites

5 Spring Must-Dos for Manhattanites Spring in Central Park's Sheep Meadow with One 57 in the background | Photo: Tony Sargent

As our warmer than usual winter recedes, spring is slowly taking hold in New York and city-dwellers are trading their Canada Goose parkas for spring’s floral dresses and Chanel espadrilles. My team has rounded up a few of our favorite places to chill or see and be seen this spring in the city – Read more…

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Art Rules by Bill Cunningham – The New York Times

Do you love art and people watching? Before it’s gone schedule a couple hours Sunday, March 6th to make your way to The Art Show along with several of the other shows happening (PULSE Contemporary Art Show in Chelsea on 18th Street).

While many lament that the art scene and artists have disappeared from New York (high rents and gentrification), I love these art fairs and the Thursday night Chelsea Art District openings as much for the art as the fantastic people watching! It’s also a great reminder that art and creativity is a huge part what makes New York amazing.

If you are thinking of buying art, choose wisely and with your heart. Art makes a home come alive. I find that when staging our client’s homes, significant art and warm accessories truly add the personality to a home.

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Art Preview: The Whitney’s Hottest Openings

Art Preview: The Whitney’s Hottest Openings Composite of photos taken at the Whitney Museum | Feb 2016 - Tony Sargent | Bottom Right Image: "Cafe Metropole" by Lisette Model courtesty of the Whitney

In its first year at its new location in Manhattan’s red-hot and distinctly international Meatpacking District, the Whitney Museum of American Art has lined up a slate of marquee exhibitions for the fall.

The stunning Renzo Piano-designed building, between the buzzing High Line and the Hudson River, has a permanent collection of thousands of works by some of the most important modern and contemporary American artists, including Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and Cindy Sherman. The museum draws in part on this vast and significant archive to stage the next few months’upcoming shows while holding special exhibitions for up-and-coming New York-based artists. Read more…

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Under the Radar Hamptons: Not-to-Be Missed Hidden Gems

Under the Radar Hamptons: Not-to-Be Missed Hidden Gems Amagansett Beach - Photo By Tony Sargent

The Hamptons have long been the see-and-be-seen summer spot for New Yorkers, so much so that sometimes a weekend out East can hardly feel like a break from the city at all. If you’re ready to escape the crowds, spend your next trip exploring these tucked-away gems, beloved by those who have been going to the Hamptons for generations, and know they truly represent the best of the Hamptons’ spirit.

A truly mellow weekend in the Hamptons should be all about cooking and eating great food, much of it from the many farms that dot the Hamptons’ landscape. Luckily, the area is rich with purveyors of fantastically fresh fare for cookouts, picnics, and long days on the beach.

Hamptons Aristocrat is a food truck that could only exist in the Hamptons, painted a serene cream color, illuminated with Edison bulbs, and bursting with local flowers. Everything they serve is organic, locally sourced, and most importantly, delicious. Cavaniola’s is a cheese lover’s dream, stocked with enough comté and camembert to satisfying even the most discerning foodie. Round Swamp Farm Market is in an old farmhouse on an East Hampton farm that’s been in the family for nine generations, and their rhubarb, sugar snaps, and spring beans – not to mention their pies – are to die for.

When you are ready to venture out for your food, Sagtown Coffee is Montauk’s most low key and lovely java joint. Tucked away in an alley, the buzzy brewery offers an array of high-grade coffee (available iced, too, of course) without the scene-y vibe that accompanies even the most casual trip to Jack’s or the Golden Pear. And while the rest of the world is getting their lobster roll fix at Cyril’s, stop by Beacon in Sag Harbor for yours with a serene view from the deck, and an expertly crafted cocktail to match.

To work off all that camembert and lobster, skip the scene at Flywheel and Soul Cycle and head to Sup Yoga at Kamadeva, which combines paddle boarding and yoga into a killer workout that maintains a mellow vibe. And for an airy take on the great outdoors, head to the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge – the birds are so gentle and trusting they’ll come eat right out of your hand.

And the culturally-inclined need not feel compelled to make an appearance at a Parrish Art Museum opening to get their fix: On Friday nights, Bridgehampton’s Silas Marder Gallery projects classic films like Cool Hand Luke and Woody Allen’s Sleeper on the side of their barn-cum-gallery, attracting a cool and creative crowd who also appreciates the space’s avant garde sculpture garden. And for modern art aficionados, a pilgrimage to the Pollack Krasner House and Study is an absolute must – the floor in the house where the artist lived is splattered with paint in Jackson’s iconic style.

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