Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tutti Takes Manhattan!

Debra Rapoport and Stan Satlin hosted a soiree in honor of Tutti Bennett's visit from Australia, so Shelley joined us and we headed to Stan's after the vintage show.

Shelley, the Forest City Fashionista, who accompanied us on this jaunt, was kind enough to forward a blog posting by Tutti's daughter in which Tutti is featured, in a series of photographs spanning decades, in an amazing collection of eyewear.  That should give you some idea about Tutti.  Click here to see the yummy eyewear.  You might want to take a look at the posting in which Tutti smokes a cigar.  And our readers can take courage from an article on Tutti's successful journey through breast cancer.

Tutti and her husband Paul with Sonya and Antonia, enjoying the festivities.

Chad, Antonia' boss, with Debra and Diana Gabriel, a jewelry designer. Chad edits Beautiful Savage magazine.

Carla, Antonia's friend, rocked a black and white look.

More Canadians!  John and Ruth from Vancouver were visiting Stan and joined the party.

Jean was thrilled when one of her icons, Bethanne Hardison, arrived.  We had seen her at FIT at the screening of the documentary about French vs. American designers at Versailles, in which she and several other black models broke the color barrier.  She was instrumental in facilitating the Museum of the City of New York's exhibit on the fashion designer whose clothes she modeled at Versailles - Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced!

Regina, a jewelry designer, wore one of her own designs.

When the beautifully irrepressible Ilona Royce Smithkin meets Tutti, joy breaks loose!

Mary wore a stylish black outfit, a terrific necklace and killer black and white spectator lace-ups.

Paul Bennett & Teresa Taylor, Denton's wife.  Teresa was wearing a graphic black and white circle dress she'd purchased at the Manhattan Vintage Show the day before.

Debra wearing a hat and necklace of her own design.

We had met Italian shoe designer: Gioia Maini at Debra and Stan's last party. Click and view her colorfully creative designs.

Francesco Diaz-Cabez (center), who painted Tziporah Salamon's and Lynn Dell's portraits, and his two friends stopped by the party.

Elke, holding court with Marsha, Antonia and Nonnie.

Jean just had to include this shot of Valerie and Shelley as we were on our way to the party from the vintage show.  They met this dapper American professor who teaches in Florence.  She wanted you to see their fab coats. Stay tuned for more Forest City Fashionista hijinks in the Big Apple.


  1. Thank you for letting us see so many radiant people!!!

  2. Glorious people. Gorgeous both of you, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Love you

  3. Fabulous ladies, I check in on you periodically from London, Ontario - I'm a friend of the Forest City Fashionista - and was excited to see one of my favourite Canadian designers popped in at the soiree: that IS John Fluevog and his wife visiting from Vancouver, isn't it?

    1. I think that is John Fluevog, by the way, which didn't even register at the time.

  4. That was a fabulous party, wasn't it? Thanks for including the photo of Valerie and I with the gentleman from Florence - he was yummy, wasn't he ;)

  5. A colorful and vibrant celebration! So many interesting and accomplished people at one event. Of course including the two of you and Shelley!