Jean Shafiroff hosts Baby Shower for Famed Photographer Patrick McMullan’s Granddaughter

Jean Shafiroff teamed up with Katlean de Monchy, Randi Schatz and Cassandra Seidenfeld in hosting a baby shower on Monday, September 8, 2014 to celebrate the birth of Zelda Rose McMullan, granddaughter of famed photographer Patrick McMullan.

Several of New York’s most fashionable women took time out of their busy schedules during Fashion Week to meet the adorable one-month-old, who seemed to enjoy the party as much as her proud parents, Liam McMullan and Virginia Chambers, along with their friends and family.

Celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan was thrilled to introduce his first grandchild to the nearly 100 guests in attendance.

Guests who attended included: Patrick McMullan, Liam McMullan, Virginia Chambers, Jean Shafiroff, Katlean de Monchy, Randi Schatz, Virginia Chambers, Lisa Anastos, Janna Bullock, Ramona Singer, Michelle Gerber Klein, Judy Gilbert, Bonnie Pfeiffer Evans, Robin Cofer, Nicole Noonan, Andrea Stark, Amy Hoadley, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Nurrit Haase, Joy Marks, Paola Bacchini Rosenshein, Liliana Cavendish,  Barbara Regna, Jill Brooke and Felicia Taylor,

The celebration was held at NYFW’s techSTYLE lounge, which showcases innovation in technology, fashion and beauty, and is produced by Katlean de Monchy, Inc. (Bloggerini) and Janine Just, Inc.  


Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge

Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge

Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge


Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge

Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge

Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge

Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge

Katlean de Monchy, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Cassandra Seidendfeld host Celebration of Life for Zelda Rose McMullan at the techSTYLE Lounge

Five things to do this Fall in and around the Catskills

Our friends over at, a website covering the latest news and tips from around the world, have rounded up some of Fall’s most exciting events and activities in Upstate New York. 

  1. Stay at the Hillside Schoolhouse in Barryville, NY

The Hillside Schoolhouse is a boutique inn located in the Sullivan County, just 90 miles from New York City.  Originally built in 1893 as a one-room school, this landmark has been lovingly restored, combining historic charm with contemporary design. Husband and wife team Bronson and Courtney Bigelow discovered the abandoned schoolhouse, which had been turned into a gospel church in the 1950s, and restored the timeworn beauty. Bronson designs and handcrafts beautiful custom furniture which he features in the hotel and sells online.

Hillside Schoolhouse is located at 259 Van Tuyl Road, Barryville, New York 12719

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  1. Take a canoe or kayak down the Delaware River

Rent a canoe, raft, kayak or tube and travel down the Delaware, a 40-mile river valley set within the 70-000-acre Water Gap National Recreation area. This historic area, which has become a popular vacation spot outside of winter, has an abundance of wildlife, including eagles, hawks deer, and even the occasional black beer. Paddlers of any experience can enjoy the great outdoors from the river which is nestled between low forested mountains. Both day trips and overnight camping trips are available.

Find out more here:

Kittatinny Canoes

Kittatinny Canoes

  1. Relax at The Lodge at Woodloch’s luxurious spa

The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, Pennsylvania, was recently named Travel + Leisure’s No. 3 destination spa in the world. Situated two hours northwest of New York City on 150 secluded wooded acres, the 40,000-square-foot spa boasts a fireplace-equipped quiet room and hydro-massage pools.  It offers day packages to those who wish to experience unique and luxurious spa treatments and services in one of their 27 specialized treatment rooms.  Travel + Leisure recommends the Rosemary Awakening for its “wrap of warm seaweed steeped in the extract of Icelandic moss”.

Find out more here:

HydroMassage Water Walls (Photo: The Lodge at Woodloch -- A Destination Spa

HydroMassage Water Walls (Photo: The Lodge at Woodloch — A Destination Spa

  1. Hire a bike from Ridgeback Sports in Callicoon

When celebrity personal trainer Thelonious “T.J” Johnson and his wife moved back to his hometown of Calicoon, Sullivan County, they decided to create a mecca for kids and adults alike to find their inner athlete and get outside to explore the beautiful area. They created Ridgeback Sports, which offers all sorts of sports rentals, but also advice on diet, nutrition, training and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They also offer guided bike tours along the Delaware River, group runs, one-on-one personal training with TJ Johnson,  and paddle boarding adventures.

Find out more here:

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  1. Attend this year’s Big Eddy Film Festival in Narrowsburg (Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday Sept. 21, 2014)

The Third Annual Big Eddy Film Festival begins this Friday with the IFC Film Goodbye To All That, directed by Angus MacLachlan and starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, and Amy Sedaris. The Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world in Narrowsburg. This year the film selection includes four documentaries, two narrative features, and 21 short films, plus a program of films currently being made by local youth. A total of 31 directors will be presenting works at the Festival. Five of the film selections have a local connection to Sullivan County and/or the Catskills region. There are two programs of family-friendly short films.

Tickets and All-Access Festival passes are available at


The Most Important Traits of Successful Daters by Carly Spindel

Carly Spindel, daughter of famed matchmaker Janis Spindel, is following in her mother’s footsteps and emerging as one of the top matchmaker’s for the millennial generation. Carly has 79 marriages to her credit and takes on men and women as clients. She now heads Carly Spindel Serious Matchmaking Inc. which specializes in matching eligible young men and women without breaking the bank.

With busy careers, technology and social media, finding someone that is compatible to date in New York City can be hard. Dating requires effort. It takes work to meet someone and really get to know them. Pay attention to these traits because if you master them, you should be on your way to being a successful dater!

Be Open Minded

It’s essential to be open minded. Being narrow minded and choosing to only date a certain type of person won’t help you fall in love. You should give everyone a fair chance.

Don’t Settle

Don’t put too much effort into someone if you know in the end they’re not going to make you happy. Be true to yourself. If you want a serious relationship but you’re spending time with someone who can’t commit, don’t go out with them again. It’s a waste of your time and theirs.

Kindness is Contagious

Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. Being polite is important. You want your date to remember you as being well mannered. So, say please and thank you whenever necessary!

Punctuality is Key

Being on time is always necessary. It shows the person you’re meeting that you respect them. Being on time starts every date off with a positive vibe.

Be Responsive

Being available is significant in developing a relationship. When someone contacts you, it’s nice to respond to them in a timely matter. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be glued to your phone or be available for a date every night of the week. But, you should make sure that you’re not so busy that you need to be booked weeks in advance. Scheduling a date and getting ahold of you should be an easy task.


Pay attention to what people tell you. If someone says they aren’t looking for a relationship, listen to them. Don’t turn someone into your pet project. Make the choice to date someone who really wants to be with you.

Love and Appreciate Yourself

When you realize you’re fabulous, other people will too. Appreciating yourself helps project an attitude of happiness which is a turn on to both men and women. Remember that you’re a catch and you should be with someone who agrees.

Own Who You Are

It’s imperative to be yourself, all the time. If you’re a little bit quirky or OCD, that’s okay! Own who you are and you’ll meet someone who likes exactly the person you are.

Stay Positive

Having a positive attitude is needed when you’re dating. Sometimes it can be discouraging but you can’t let it bring you down. You have to remember to have faith and stay positive.

Be In The Know

Both men and women are attracted to intelligence. Everyone wants to date someone they can have a conversation with – a real conversation. Whether you’re giving your opinion on current affairs or talking about the newest restaurant that’s opening in your area, being informed is sexy.

Be Passionate

People who are passionate are automatically more attractive. You should be enthusiastic about whatever hobbies and interests you have. Being passionate gives you an edge.

Have Confidence

Confidence is key. It’s a quality that men and women are drawn to. When you’re confident, people are enamored with you and think positively of you.

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Carly Spindel (Photo by Katya Productions)

Dee Ocleppo’s luxurious Spring Summer 2015 handbag collection launched

Handbag designer Dee Hilfiger has launched her luxurious Spring Summer 2015 collection, drawing inspiration from her travels in the Caribbean.

Dee Hilfiger, wife of acclaimed-designer Tommy Hilfiger, founded the New York-based brand Dee Ocleppo in 2014.

The latest collection features streamlined silhouettes, paired with interchangeable covers in exotic skins and leathers. Bright PVC and fringed basket weave detailing give each bag a sense of playful jet set glamour, perfect for transitioning from sun and sea to daily accessorizing.

She says she designed her line for a woman who is in the market for something different. “We keep going back to the term ‘versatile luxury’. It is really a point of differentiation – for us and for the consumer.”

The tones and textures are mixed and married across the collection. On the signature Roma tote bag, soft nude and crisp white basket weave covers frame vivid orange, pink, blue and green leather. Gold hardware adds an eye-catching accent to each piece.

The Nassau, a dramatically oversized circular tote in brightly-colored tropical floral prints, is trimmed in bright fringe, making a bold statement.

To view the collection and shop online, click here. 

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What’s happening in the Hamptons this Fall 2014?

Montauk Seafood Festival: September 13 – 14, 2014

The second annual Montauk Seafood Festival is a culinary showcase and popular social gathering in Montauk. In the first year of the festival, an estimated 7,000 attendees visited on the first day alone to enjoy seafood delights like mouthwatering lobster burgers and tuna tartare wontons, so this year organizers say it will be expanding. Two large tents will be set up at the Montauk Marine Basin and for those who prefer not to walk between them, free ferry rides will be provided.

The festival’s director Laura Mastandrea told Dan’s Papers there will be children’s events, live music from Remember September and the 3B’s, Lynn’s Hula Hut signature tropical drinks, and of course, local seafood to enjoy. Some of the family-friendly activities include a “snapper derby” and a Q&A session with local fishing legends. Proceeds from the festival sales are used to fund local charities and events.

For more information, visit


Hamptons International Film Festival: October 9-13, 2014.

The annual Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has become a fall weekend fixture, attracting roughly 25,000 visitors annually at the end of Long Island, in theater venues from Montauk to Southampton.

The festival was founded to celebrate independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary – and introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to audiences. Now in its 22nd year, it has become a beloved event in the community and a powerhouse in the industry. In recent years it has garnered a reputation for its slate of documentaries.

It draws international filmmakers with global perspectives while still maintaining a local, small-town feel. Local resident, Alec Baldwin, has become a high profile fixture at the event. As well as film screenings, look out for the Opening Night and Filmmaker Salute Parties, special presentations and panel discussions.

This year’s centerpiece film will be The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, starring Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, which is set for release on November 14, 2014. Swank will be in attendance for the East Coast premiere and will also participate in the Festival’s signature program, “A Conversation With…”  The Views from Long Island section of the festival, which focuses on local films and directors with geographic ties to the Hamptons, will this year include The Affair – the upcoming Showtime series starring Joshua Jackson and set in the eastern end of Long Island.

 For tickets and more information visit


Wolffer Estate Vineyard Harvest Party: October 11, 2014 (Rain date:  October 12, 2014)

The much-anticipated annual Harvest Party at the picturesque Wolffer Estate Vineyard is back for its 20th-year. The event sees families gather in the field adjacent to the main winery for a gourmet lunch, wine-tasting, barrel-rolling, live music, face-painting and more. Locals and visitors gather at communal tables to try the amazing local food on offer.

Wolffer Estate is a 55-acre winery which is part of a 175 acre estate with boarding stables, 30 paddocks, an indoor jumping ring, and a Grand Prix field. Both the stables and winery have a European character and these former potato fields have become the foundation for world-class wines.

This year, Wolffer Estate is offering you the chance to win a special Linus cruiser bicycle with a beautiful floral design. Enter the competition on their Facebook page and attend the Harvest Party to find out if you’re the lucky winner.

Woffer Estate Vineyard is at 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, NY.

For more information visit

Photo: KD Hamptons

Photo: KD Hamptons

Sag Harbor’s Annual HarborFest: September 13- September 14, 2014

The Annual HarborFest bash is held in celebration of Sag Harbor’s maritime history. Community members, tourists and locals come together for the biggest block party on the shore.

The family-fun event will feature whale boat races and clam shucking contests as well as a rock climbing wall, a bounce castle, a dunk tank and much more.

As attendees enjoy endless entertainment on the Village’s famous Long Wharf, they can also enjoy local tastes from Sag Harbor food vendors and a series of nautical-themed exhibits.

For the first time ever, the weekend-long event will be highlighted with a live concert at Havens Beach. As the sun goes down on Saturday night, performances from Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks, The Hoodoo Loungers and Hopefully Forgiven will be turning the music up. Special guest singers are also expected.

Look out for Pilates on Windmill beach, Walking Tours, and the Lobster Roll Eating Contest.

For more information, visit


The 5th Annual Dream Extreme: September 20, 2014

The biggest kiteboarding charity event on the East Coast, the Annual Dream Extreme, will kick-off in East Hampton, NY for the fifth year. Dream Extreme is a one-of-a-kind event that sees two-days of kiteboarding, world-class instruction, clinics, a beach bash, gala dinner and auction to raise money for charity.

The honorees for this year’s festival are fashion designer Nicole Miller, best-selling author Richard Doetsch, and philanthropists Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and Laura Nicklas.

Hosted by New York’s PIX-11 Reporter Kirstin Cole, Dream Extreme brings together established leaders in business, philanthropy, fashion, art, sports, and New York society.

Whether you’re learning to ride or improving your skills, Dream Extreme offers clinics with an impressive list of world champion riders and professional coaches from around the world. For non-kiting attendees, the daytime itinerary includes other activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, massage, BBQ and live music.

Over the past 4 years Dream Extreme has raised more than $500,000 to support the critical work of STEPS, a nonprofit organization focused on ending family violence and improving the lives of women, children and families since 1986. STEPS offers a wide range of services from educational and therapeutic groups; individual counseling for children, teens and adults; as well as advocacy and legal representation.

For more information, visit the Dream Extreme website at


Tanta in Chicago highlights the most authentic flavors of Peru

Peruvian restaurant Tanta has cemented itself as a not-to-be-missed hotspot in Chicago since its opening in River North last year.

Seen as one of the most exciting and eye-opening restaurants to open in 2013,” Tanta features a vibrant menu that highlights the best and most authentic flavors of Peru.

Tanta is the work of Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio, who has created an international empire with 33 restaurants worldwide. Described as a “modern food shaman” by the Washington Post, Acurio is known for his passionate dedication to the promotion of Peruvian culinary arts as a renowned chef, writer and businessman.

The well-crafted menu displays the creative work of Acurio and his collaboration with talented chef, Jesus Delgado. It features dishes like the mouth-watering Pollo a la Brasa – Amish roasted chicken, Peruvian style, with cannellini beans, arroz con choclo, criolla salad, rustic potatoes and aji sauces.

From the Pacific Ocean, through the Andes, to the desert, to the Amazon, Tanta celebrates the diverse landscape and ethnicities that make up Peru’s culture. Emigrants from China, Japan, Spain, and Italy melded their respective dishes with the native Peruvian cuisine to create the unique melting pot of Peruvian cooking that keeps boiling to this day.

Tanta’s reviews have been consistently positive, distinguishing it from other restaurants in the city. RedEye Chicago’s Michael Nagrant said, “While most Peruvian spots in Chicago serve heavy carb- and meat-laden home-style plates, Tanta’s fare–which is balanced with acidity and features the pleasing interplay of crisp and soft textures–is the inspiring work of an accomplished gourmet chef.” Mike Sula, of the Chicago Reader, described Tanta’s cebiches as being in a class of their own – “each a distinct rendition of the form, each intensely acidic, but seasoned and brightly colored with a variety of flavors.”

Set in a multi-leveled, modern and sleek setting, Tanta boasts a 120-seat rooftop pisco and cebiche lounge where guests can enjoy downtown city views, pisco cocktails, cebiche with fresh fish sliced to order and a menu of small bites.

Tanta is located at 118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, 60654.

To read more on Tanta, click here







Cooling your fat away without surgery – how does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting is the hottest new trend for removing fat without surgery – but how exactly does this amazing new procedure work?

A non-invasive and clinically proven procedure, CoolSculpting selectively reduces fat layers in problem areas like thighs, love handles and belly using a patented cooling technology. Unlike the myriad of low-level laser treatments that have been around for several years and promise to ‘melt’ fat, this breakthrough technology gently cools fat cells in problem areas to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells.

It is a safe procedure cleared by the FDA and CE marked in Europe that works to reduce bulges of the body without harming surrounding tissue.

For those who are petrified of needles and surgery – it’s a welcome relief to hear the procedure involves none of that at all. In fact, there’s no surgery or downtime at all, so patients can resume daily activities, including work and exercise, immediately following treatment. During the procedure, patients can generally sit or lie comfortably and read, work on their laptop, or even nap.

Performed in a medical office under the supervision of a specialist physician, the procedure lasts about one to two hours, making it easy to perform during a lunch hour or without major disruption to the day. The results are dramatic; on average, each CoolSculpting procedure results in a 20 percent reduction of fat in the treated areas, and patients can start to see results as soon as three weeks following treatment, with the most dramatic results occurring over a period of two to four months.

During the CoolSculpting procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precise controlled cooling to the treatment area to specifically target underlying fat, leaving surface skin tissue unaffected. When fat cells are exposed to extreme cold, a process of natural removal is triggered, which gradually reduces the thickness of the fat layer. The result is a visible reduction in fat bulges.

CoolSculpting is not intended as a weight-reduction program for overweight individuals. The best candidates for the procedure are people near their ideal body weight who eat well and exercise regularly and have pockets of fat that have not responded to a healthy lifestyle. They are seeking spot reduction for specific areas of fat but are not considering a surgical procedure.

You can try CoolSculpting at MedSpa44, only half a block from Grand Central, which is an elegant, full-service spa that infuses traditional services with the latest technology in cosmetic treatments to create a unique facility. Besides CoolSculpting, you can check out other body contouring services they offer like Lila Strawberry Laser.

For more information on Medspa44, click here






A 50 Year History of Innovative Building by Madison Equities

For nearly 50 years, Madison Equities has been a leader in the real estate development industry in New York City. Known as a creative and innovative builder, over the years Madison Equities has created buildings with unique characteristics in both format and design.

Many of the company’s buildings are highly celebrated for their design and execution and are among the city’s most desirable spaces. Madison Equities is run by CEO Robert Gladstone.

Here is a 50 year history of innovative, architecturally distinctive buildings from Madison Equities:


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For more information on Madison Equities, click here. 

Catskill Farms’ turn-key homes luring NYC buyers

Upstate New York is winning over those searching for an alternative getaway to the Hamptons, and many affordable turn-key homes on offer are luring young families and professionals.

Catskill Farms is a company known for their stunning traditional country farmhouses and cottages just 100 miles outside of the city in the picturesque Catskill mountain region – often for less than the cost of a NYC parking spot.

Their homes were recently featured in the NY Post.

Catskill Farm owner Chuck Petersheim told the NY Post they specialize in what he calls “new old” homes, using a template of five classic designers – cottage, farmhouse, barn, mini-cottage and mid-century ranch. They vary greatly in size and cost and are fully customizable. But the majority of his clients opt for something between a two-bedroom, 1,300-square-foot cottage and a three-bedroom, 1,800-square-foot farmhouse, selling in the $350,000 to $500,000 range.

He says virtually all of his clients are New York City residents building their first second homes upstate, mostly couples, but also many singles.

Read the whole NY Post article here and see the photos below. 

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Carolina Herrera honored at the Couture Council’s Award Benefit Luncheon

The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology honored fashion designer Carolina Herrera with its 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry Fashion yesterday at a benefit luncheon.

Up to 600 guests attended the glamorous event at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, heralding the arrival of Fall Fashion Week. Guests were then ushered into the theater’s promenade for a three-course luncheon.

This year’s luncheon chairs were Julie Macklowe and Elizabeth Musmanno and the event raised just under $1 million, benefiting the Museum at FIT, which is dedicated to advancing knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, programs, and publications.

Notable guests attending include Oscar and Annette de la Renta, John Dempsey, Linda Fargo, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, Julia Koch, Ralph and Ricky Lauren, Lucy Liu, Roxanne Lowit, Seth and Alexi Meyers, b Michael, Andre Leon Talley, Stefano Tonchi, Ivanka Trump, Linda Wells, Anna Wintour, and Renee Zellweger.

Each year the Artistry of Fashion award winner is chosen by the Couture Council Advisory Board, which includes fashion journalists, editors, retailers, and curators including Jean Shafiroff, Nina Rennert Davidson, Anne Goldrach, Lisa Klein and Barabara Malone.

They chose Venezuelan-American designer Carolina Herrera as this year’s recipient because of her exquisite sense of style and commitment to sophisticated elegance. Herrera is an iconic designer who has dressed the fashion elite, from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, to Duchess Diana de Melo and Michelle Obama. Past recipients of the Couture Council Award are Michael Kors (2013), Oscar de la Renta (2012), Valentino (2011), Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo (2008), Alber Elbaz (2007), and Ralph Rucci (2006).

Dr. Valerie Steele, chair of the Couture Council Advisory Board told the Museum at FIT“Carolina Herrera exemplifies the woman of style, who is a very special kind of fashion designer. Like Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Carolina Herrera became famous for creating the kind of elegant, beautiful clothes that she herself wears. Mrs. Herrera is her own best model, and many women today want to look like her.”

Carolina Herrera said, “It is an honor to be the recipient of the 2014 Couture Council Award. I have great admiration for the Museum at FIT because it is link between fashion, culture and the rich history of our industry.”

To read more on the event, click here.

Photos by Patrick McMullan © 

2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Honoring Carolina Herrera

Honoree Carolina Herrera

2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Honoring Carolina Herrera

Hilaria Baldwin

2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Honoring Carolina Herrera

Ivanka Trump

2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Honoring Carolina Herrera

Liz Peek – Chairman of the Board at FIT


Lucy Liu and Carolina Herrera


Renee Zellweger, Seth Meyers and Alexi-Ashe

2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Honoring Carolina Herrera

Seth Meyers and Anna Wintour

2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Honoring Carolina Herrera

Jean Shafiroff


Honoree Carolina Herrera and Couture Council Chair Yaz Hernandez


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