EXCLUSIVE: The Whitney Museum to Honor Michael Bloomberg at Gala and Studio Party

The Whitney Museum of American Art will honor Michael Bloomberg during its annual Gala and Studio Party on April 9.
The centrist politician, who two weeks ago revealed he would not be running for president in 2020, is “a great friend to the Whitney,” according to the museum’s Alice Pratt Brown director Adam D. Weinberg. Bloomberg’s honor stems from his philanthropic work and support for artists and cultural organizations; under his administration spanning 11 years, the founder of Bloomberg LP backed 500 public art projects.
There’s more cause for celebration, though: the gala, which this year will be sponsored by Michael Kors and Audi, marks the four-year anniversary of the museum’s move downtown to the Meatpacking District. Plus folks will be able to celebrate — or perhaps more accurately, mourn — the closing of the oft-Instagrammed exhibit “Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again.”
For Kors’ part, he said he’s looking forward to checking out the next thing the museum has to offer.
“I love the building and the fact that there’s always something new and provocative to see,” he said. “Having the Whitney in my backyard is a dream.”

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‪Pharrell Williams Teases Short Film for Chanel Collaboration‬

PARIS — The Chanel-Pharrell collection is landing soon: Pharrell Williams teased some looks from his eagerly awaited collaboration with the French luxury brand in a 15-second clip posted to his Instagram account on Friday. 
The segment shows a group of women and men lounging after dark, dressed in the rainbow outfits from the capsule. Williams is seen holding a glowing orb inside his mouth, to eerie effect, while in another scene, a television screen in a grand apartment shows black-and-white footage of the label’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, talking about elegance.
Williams has a long-standing relationship with Chanel and the late Karl Lagerfeld, its creative director for 36 years, starting with their sneaker launch at the now-defunct Paris concept store Colette in 2017.
 The “Happy” singer, who has won 10 Grammy Awards and heads the multimedia collective I Am Other, was previously one of the ambassadors of the Gabrielle handbag, has walked in its runway shows and appeared in a movie directed by Lagerfeld for which he wrote an original song.
An early proponent of genderfluid dressing, Williams likes to wear Chanel pearls with everything from a tuxedo to a yellow hoodie.
Lagerfeld regularly included a number of men’s looks, often modeled by his muses Baptiste Giabiconi

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Gucci, Roberto Cavalli Awarded With UNHCR Recognition

JOBS FOR REFUGEES: Italian luxury fashion companies Gucci and Roberto Cavalli have been awarded with the “Welcome. Working for Refugee Integration” prize.
The recognition is part of a program with the same name, spearheaded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, which both companies committed to in 2018. The initiative is aimed at promoting inclusivity and human rights of refugees escaping from war-torn countries by enhancing their financial independence through job positions and training.
In particular, Gucci introduced a pilot project last year to offer professional education and add to the label’s workforce young people from Gambia, Nigeria, Somalia, Mali, Ucraina and Senegal. Gucci partnered with the Adecco Foundation for Equal Opportunities and social cooperative Cenacolo di Firenze on the project.
“This accolade bears witness to our commitment to favoring the professional integration of refugees and to supporting their process of integration in Italy, as well as to promoting and sensitizing our employees to an inclusive society model that can prevent and combat xenophobic and racist sentiment against asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci.
In addition, the Kering-owned company on World Refugee Day (June 20) last year hosted in a

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John Nollet Wigs-out for Schiaparelli

If Elsa met John…
Elsa Schiaparelli, the trailblazing designer who died in 1973, loved nature and the zodiac, and worked with artists such as Salvador Dalí. Parisian hairstylist John Nollet, whose client book reads like a list of Hollywood and French cinema A-listers, has a fondness for insects, the night sky and creating magic with whimsical wigs.
Nollet on Wednesday was in New York for “The Secret Garden of Elsa Schiaparelli” held at Bergdorf Goodman‘s fourth-floor butterfly-festooned Schiaparelli boutique, where he launched a collection of hair accessories inspired by Schiaparelli’s favorite themes — bugs, butterflies and shooting stars — and house codes such as padlocks.
“I used the DNA of the House of Schiaparelli. The base of the creations is feathers,” Nollet said of the delicate hair pieces. Some hug the head like an open cap, but are made from thin metal worked like filigree with butterflies in the design. Others have sprays of feathers decorated with rhinestones, inspired by Schiaparelli’s interest in the heavens.
“I met the Schiaparelli dream team at The Salons boutique at 1 Place Vendôme. They were working on the clothes and there was a big butterfly and insects,” Nollet said, explaining that creative director Bertrand Guyon’s spring haute couture

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North Sails Sponsors 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar Regatta

MILAN — Sailmaking specialist North Sails is supporting the 10th edition of Italy’s 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar regatta and has pushed the offshore competition to become completely plastic-free.
“It’s a partnership we care a lot about, because the 151 Miglia is one of the most important regattas in the Mediterranean Sea and also it allows us to stress our commitment to the sea and the oceans,” explained Elisa Riva, marketing director of North Sails, while unveiling the sponsorship at the company’s showroom here on Thursday evening. “Starting from its 10th edition the regatta becomes plastic-free.”
The sailing competition — which will take place on May 30 through the coasts of Livorno, Marina di Pisa, Punta Ala, Giraglia, Elba Island and Formiche di Grosseto, in the Tuscany region — has pledged to avoid the use of disposable plastics in all its catering services and replacing it with glass and compostable materials.
“We never set up sponsorships but rather partnerships based on shared values,” explained Roberto Lacorte, founder of the regatta and chief executive officer of pharmaceutical company PharmaNutra, the main sponsor of the event. “We strongly identify with North Sails for the way they embody and represent the sailing world.”
In keeping with its commitments to raise

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