As our Olympic athletes head off to Sochi, Russia, we realize here in Aspen how lucky we are to have seen some of them compete in our world famous X Games last weekend, a proving ground for the events we’ll be seeing in less than two weeks in the XX11 Winter Olympics. Check out the snowboarding team’s uniforms in my article, click here http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/161080
Honor, HOPE, and Nina Mc Lemore
The HOPE Center and my friend, Lita Heller, were honored and celebrated over the holidays for their contributions to this non-profit mental health organization designed to help those in need up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Read about in this week’s Time Out, http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/160810.
Freestyle, Aspen Style
by Giovanna DiRusso, Time Out Staff Writer
I’m happy to report that the Freestyle benefit for the Aspen Art Museum is alive and well. The year’s ultimate après-ski event was a spectacular tribute to fashion, charity, art, and, finally, to the great style for which Aspen is known during the holidays. Read the full article, here.
Last year’s Captain Kate costume
Another fabulous Halloween in Aspen….unfortunately, I wasn’t there to enjoy it….for the first time in fifteen years. Though I was having a wonderful time in Australia, a small part of me wondered which costumes were causing fellow revelers to hoot and holler, and go “Boo!” in the night. Trick or Treat forever! http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/159927
Fiorente, the winning beauty of the day.
While visiting my dashing, charming and handsome fiancé in Australia, I had the distinct pleasure of getting swept up in ‘Cup Fever,” which has nothing to do with bra size, but rather has everything to do with the most famous horse race of the year ‘down under.’ On the first Tuesday of November, which coincides with our Election Day here in the states, the best thoroughbreds run a long 3200 meters which is just short of two miles, quite long by American standards, around the Flemington racecourse for the coveted Melbourne Cup trophy. I was delighted to get into the very exclusive ‘Fashions on the Field’ finalists’ competition at the Myer department store tent on the racegrounds. What a show! Gorgeous avant garde designs, including a dress draped with saddle leather straps and tack reminiscent of equestrian martingales…sexy and most appropriate for the occasion. I was delighted to get into the festivities. The whole day was a stunning event to attend….from beginning to exciting end with favorite Fiorente providing a heart-stopping come-from-behind finish. What a wonderful serendipity to catch this fabulous show and…. to find the most amazing hat to match my navy and orange Halston dress….at a consignment store, no less, in Mornington, outside of Melbourne! Thanks to Bella and its lovely proprietress, Dee, for completing my outfit well beyond my expectations! That’s what magic is all about!
P.S. Actually, the whole trip was quite magical. Thank you, my love.
The judges…in red.
Dita Van Teese and emcee
Ann and Vince in Melbourne going to Havana Nights.
Dee, proprietress of shop where I got the ‘perfect chapeau’ for my dress for the Cup!
With Mel at fabulous Zumay salon in Mornington getting me ready for the Melbourne Cup!
Though this was the penultimate celebration of the Art Crush at the current Art Museum, it had a kind of farewell feeling, since we are expecting the opening of the new facility next August, quickly on the heels….and I do mean high heels, judging from the ladies who attend this very gala affair…of the last time the summer fundraiser will be held at the Museum grounds at the bottom of Mill Street. Read all the details in my article in this week’s TIME OUT …. http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/159005
One more correction…. The museum’s annual winter event, Freestyle, will be held as it always is, between Christmas and New Year’s, not during February, as incorrectly reported. We’ll see what Loro Piano can do to make the event as exciting as Dennis Basso always did! Sorry for the mis-print. These things happen….xo giovanna
Teresita Fernandez, winner of 2013 Aspen Award for Art.
Amanda Tapiero, from Greenwich, CT, wearing Marc Jacobs in blue
Elizabeth Kimple in Pucci
Minnie Dubillier from Greenwich, CT and Aspen in Tom Ford
Nancy Rogers in Lanvin
Mona Mazza, wearing Belgian designer, Michael Van Derharn
Shari Applebaum in Valentino and ‘adapted’ pet pink puppy purse by artist Jeff Koons.
Simon Beriro from Mexico City looking dapper and debonair!
“Mad Men” actress Jessica Pare, Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and Amy Phelan
Artist Shari Applebaum and Aspen Magazine Publisher, Janet O’Grady, in front of the Audi
Tina Beriro, wearing Alaia, with her husband Simon Beriro and Gael Neeson.
The Dolls, with DJ Mia Moretti and violinist Margot, performing at after-party at Belly Up.
Fashionable party-er at Belly Up enjoying the music!
Chan Luu and me
Chan Luu and her jewelry
Chan Luu’s Art
There were three events last week that needed my attention. Here is a short article on each, some by plan, and others by serendipity, all worth noting. One is about a fashion show of local designers creating clothes for what we do best in Aspen….play outside. The second recognizes an affordable, international jewelry designer, making an appearance at a local shop, and the third about a true Aspen treasure who we celebrated with a moving and joyous party! Read about all of them…. http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/entertainment/158914
Heidi Hat gold confetti sequin mini-skirt
Heidi Hat pink faux Pucci mini-skirt with shorts hiding underneath.
The designers in the front row.
framed composite of invitation to party, presented to Mary
Diane Baker, Pauli Hayes (daughter) and Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
John Carr (great-grandson)
Gus Fitzgerald (grandson) and Mary
Marisa Peters and her son Mike Peters, John Pennington and Mary
Mary and me
Mary Hayes and daughter Jess Bates