Respected around the world as an arbiter of style, Colin Cowie is widely known for throwing the most spectacular celebrations across the globe. Colin Cowie is an authority on living with style; he’s the author of 8 books, a celebrated television personality, and designer.
With an international clientele that reads like the guest list at the Academy Awards, Colin’s client list includes Oprah Winfrey, L’il Wayne, Alyssa Milano, Bruce Springsteen, Anne Archer, Barry Bonds, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Jenny McCarthy, Sela Ward, Don Henley, Kelsey Grammer, Kenny G., Lisa Kudrow, Charlie Sheen, Sugar Ray Leonard, Paula Abdul, Michael Jordan, Hugh Hefner, HRH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Colin’s corporate clients include Audemars Piguet, Davidoff of Geneva, Warner Bros, CBS, The Whitney Museum, Architectural Digest, Kerzner International’s One and Only Hotels, Cosmopolitan Magazine and InStyle Magazine. Some of the spectacular events designed and produced by Colin Cowie Lifestyle include Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball, Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday celebration, John Travolta’s 50th birthday celebration, the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar parties, Quincy Jones’s 71st birthday celebration, the grand opening celebrations the Atlantis Royal Towers in Paradise Island, the 40th Anniversary of Cosmopolitan Magazine, the grand opening of Palm Island, Dubai and the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island.
Colin Cowie is the author of eight best-selling books including four wedding books (Colin Cowie Weddings, For The Bride, For The Groom, Extraordinary Weddings), two entertaining cookbooks (Effortless Elegance and Dinner After Dark) and a book on the art of living with style (Colin Cowie Chic). Colin’s most recent book Wedding Chic, was released December 23, 2008, is a reference book with over 1001 wedding images and ideas. He has most recently added columnist to his resume, as a contributor to VivMag, the first Digital-only Luxury Magazine for Women.
Colin hosted his own television series for 5 seasons, “Everyday Elegance With Colin Cowie” on the Women’s Entertainment Network. He was also the host of Lifetime’s daily television show Get Married. Colin also appears as a much-in-demand guest on many national television shows, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and Extra! Colin has been profiled and quoted extensively in periodicals ranging from The New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, 0 – The Oprah Magazine, O at Home, People Magazine, US Weekly, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, In Style, Town & Country, Readers’ Digest, New York, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Travel & Leisure, USA Today, Women’s Day, TV Guide, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Biography Magazine, The Daily News, Bride’s Magazine, Modern Bride, The New York Post, and The Chicago Daily Herald.
As an interior designer, Colin completed the renovation of the Miramar Hotel in Hong Kong with 600 guest rooms, 2 restaurants, the ballroom and all common areas. Residential projects include homes in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, a banquet space in Los Angeles, a bar/nightclub in Los Angeles, and a beach club in Acapulco. Colin has also has a line of home products sold on HSN including tabletop china, glassware, linens, outdoor furniture and accessories. From 1997 – 2001 Colin was a national spokesperson and designer for Lenox with his signature line of china, crystal and silverware sold in more than 500 retails stores.
Do you want to feel like a celebrity or socialite in New York for a night? If your answer is no, you might want to change your mind. If you answered yes—I like your attitude—follow my instructions: check out Beauty & Essex, the new IT place for dining and drinks, from the owners of Stanton Social.
If you ask for a dinner reservation, you may be told the only opening is at 10:30 p.m. Take it! Just remember to eat a snack around 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.to avoid starvation. Take your time choosing your outfit; you have to look the part. Break out a pair of your highest heels, sport that metallic dress, wear that hot new shade of red lipstick, and add a final touch with that sparkly clutch.
Once you get there,in the heart of the Lower East Side, it’s all about attitude. You’ll see a line at the door, but since you are a V.I.P. you’ll go straight to the host, who will check your name on an iPad and let you in. You’llenter the restaurant through a pawn shop—so cool! Once you get into the actual dining space, a big spiral staircase and a beautiful chandelier will welcome you. You’ll be seated in about 20 minutes, so in the meantime you’ll order a drink at the bar and maybe take a look upstairs. There, you’ll find a cozy, modern lounge and an amazing lamp made out of large pearl necklaces. I will not explain every detail of the decor, so you can find out for yourselves!
I do have to say that the ambiance of the place is amazing; you will feel like a celebrity and think everyone there is one too. The server told me that I looked familiar and asked me if I was famous, and of course I had to go along with it. I said that I was famous back home in Venezuela, where I did Latin soap operas, and those were my 15 minutes of fame. I actually did spot some celebrities the evening I visited Beauty & Essex. I saw John Mayer, who told my friend that it wasn’t a “flash-appropriate” night because he was hanging by himself. I also saw Vienna Girardi, the winner of The Bachelor Season 14, who was dressed with sexy knee-high boots and posing on the stairs like a real celeb. Other celebs that have stopped by Beauty & Essex include Ashley Olsen, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rutherford, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ali Fedotowsky.
The food was extraordinary; chef Chris Santos’s menu of tapas and small plates is designed for sharing at the table with friends and family. The food is multi-ethnic in inspiration and casually elegant. My favorites included the Tomato Tartare with a Sunny-Side-Up Quail Egg, the General Tso’s Monkfish, the Yellowtail Crudo, the Kobe Beef Carpaccio, the Branzino, and the Charred Shishito Peppers. Finger-licking good!
Follow my instructions and you’ll have a great time feeling like a celebrity for the night! —Daniela Apeloig
Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
In honor of Valentine’s Day and the launch of Illamasqua’s “Throb” collection, PageDaily and Illamasqua are giving away 2 tickets to the hottest V-Day party of the year! Hosted by Patricia Field, birthday girl of the night and stylist for Sex and the City, the ball takes place Friday, February 11, at the grand ballroom of Capitale in New York City. With a free bar, music set from DJ Cassidy, celeb appearances, and costume contests running all night, it’s the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day.
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• Two tickets to Patricia Field’s Disco Valentine’s Day Ball
• Ball takes place Friday, February 11, 2011, at Capitale in New York City
• Hosted by Susanne Bartsch, Kelly Cutrone, and The House of Field
• Music set from DJ Cassidy
• Come dressed in a costume for a chance to win a trophy and a $4,000 shopping spree
• Costume contest categories: sexiest couple of the night, sexiest single (male or female), and best costume (single or couple)
• Must be 21 or older, and ID is required
• Travel costs not included
• Winners’ tickets held at “Will Call” booth the night of the ball
• Prize is non-transferable and has no cash value
• Value: $200
• Contest ends February 10, 2011
I recently had a fun night out in New York City at the Darby, a supper club fashioned after those made famous in the 40s and 50s with their celebrity clientele, like the El Morocco. This updated incarnation has a swanky, hip crowd where media, fashion, and finance meet. Celebrity fans include Leo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Ryan Seacrest, Charlize Theron, and Liv Tyler, to name a few.
The Darby, located in the Meatpacking District in what used to be the nightclub Nell’s, is the brainchild of Scott Sartiano, Richie Akiva, and executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli (the creative team from Butter). The space has an opulent feel, with dark-red, upholstered banquettes lining the back wall, oversized chandeliers, and antique oak chairs. The cabaret-style setting, with several tables in front of the stage, adds to the plush, heady atmosphere.
The minute you walk into the Darby, you feel as if you have been transported back in time. The lounge area with a bar is immediately on the right as you walk in. We headed straight to the bar and tried cocktails with names like Sunday Fizz, made with pink grapefruit vodka, and Spicy Dame, which is the Darby’s most popular cocktail (pictured) and is made with Belvedere Intense Vodka, mint, cucumber, jalapeño, and ginger syrup.
Once we were seated, our hostess adorned with blonde Heidi braids, explained, “The band will come on and sing in 20-minute sets, so you may want to order your food before they start—it can get loud.” We did, and soon after, the band took the stage.
The talented Darby house band includes lead singers Ron Grant and Lady Rizo (known as the House Mistress and always outfitted by Marchesa), who belted out a variety of tunes from Broadway and jazz to hip-hop and Motown. When Ron sang Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” it was an ’80s flashback. Now flash forward to today. John Mayer recently gave an impromptu performance at Gerard Butler’s birthday dinner. A few weeks later, Glee actor Charice Pempengco took the stage. Last Tuesday, Prince performed!
Seems there are celebs singing no matter when you’re there—or where. At one point, I went to the ladies’ room and heard singing in the stall next to me. The most beautiful, familiar voice. The bathroom doors swung open at the same time—and OMG, it was Mary J. Blige! I had interviewed her on the red carpet at the Gotham Magazine 10th Annual Gala. We had a good laugh!
The Darby’s food and service are very good, and the classic American dishes are made with market-fresh ingredients. Menu highlights include oysters Rockefeller and lobster Newberg. This type of heavy cuisine is usually not my thing. No worries—there is plenty of lighter fare. We enjoyed the tuna tartare with hazelnuts and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, the mixed-shellfish platter, the grilled striped bass, and the seared filet mignon. If you are a raw-bar fan, the impressive selection includes several types of oysters (my husband Michael ordered the bluepoints and thought they were fresh and delicious). I loved the baked Alaska and the dark-chocolate soufflé for dessert!
Theatrical dining experience, good food, great entertainment, and Hollywood glamour all under one roof? Run, don’t walk—if you can score a reservation! —Melissa Meyers
246 West 14th Street (Seventh and Eighth)
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