Sunday, January 17, 2016

Our Antonia*

Antonia's Bon Voyage Party
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Everyone fell in love with Antonia Hemgesberg, who had come here from Bremen on an internship to work at Beautiful Savage, an online magazine of art and design, fashion, music, under the watchful eye of Debra Rapoport. They first met when Debra was in Amsterdam with Ari Seth Cohen for an Advanced Style Ted Talk and Antonia traveled all the way from Germany to attend. Debra and Stan Satlin took her under their wing when she came to New York City for ninety days. When it came time for Antonia to go back to Germany in early January, Debra and Stan threw a party for her. Antonia, below right, sparkles, as Debra pours sparkling wine.
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Creatively dressed as always, Debra is an amazing hostess. (Particularly love the harlequin stockings.) She and Stan, barely visible over her right shoulder, create the closest thing to a modern day salon, where artists and musicians and creative people of all ages can connect. Click here to read Antonia's article about Debra for Savage Beauty,
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Stan, left, is wearing a Japanese michiyuki (a coat worn over a kimono) that he received in trade for a Chinese robe he owned but rarely wore.  He paired it with jeans and cowboy boots. Joining him are Carol Markel, in the middle, in a hat of her own design, and Sue Kreitzman, right, in a coat and collar of her own design.  On the back of her coat is a large and hilarious reference to the legendary alligators in the New York sewer system.
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Denton Taylor (who kindly allowed us to use several of his & Teresa's photos for this post) wore a vintage Jhane Barnes shirt, and Diana Gabriel paired her new red eyeglasses with red earrings of her own design.
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The guest of honor, Antonia, and Teresa, Denton's wife.  That Antonia wrote all of her articles in English is a testament to her mastery of our language.
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Elke Kuhn, left, and Joyce Carpati, whose braided hair when uncoiled is about as as long as her strings of pearls, both wore shades of purple.
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The guest of honor photobombed several pictures during the course of the evening.  (Guests of honor have special privileges.)  Here, she crashes a photo of Nonnie Balcer and Teresa Taylor.
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Elke deep in conversation with the dashing Iman Chenonceau, talking him into a swing dance lesson.
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Antonia, Carol and Joyce.
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Yes, if you were wondering, Valerie's dress DOES look like it was made from the quilted paneling used to line elevators and cover armoires when people are moving.  But unlike elevator liners, the dress has pockets, so it's a keeper.  Jean embellished her hat with a multi-colored felt pin from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.
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* With a nod and a wink to Willa Cather's masterpiece, My Antonia, in which Antonia travels west from Bohemia.

5 comments:

  1. Fabulous party for fabulous Antonia! Guests wore the most creative and distinctive costumes.

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  2. What a beautiful group of people! You all look amazing. Debra is as creative as ever and I know first hand how wonderful she is and how special her parties are. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures!

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  3. It's so nice to see so many familiar faces in these photos. Looks like Antonia was able to meet the "cream of the crop" of creative,stylish folks during her time here. I'm sure she's returning home with wonderful memories!

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