April’s Best Events

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Timo Weiland Spring 2010 event! via Refinery29.

In New York, there is always something going on. If you’re like me, and like to plan things out in advance to avoid your schedule getting crazy, it’s good to have fair warning of what is happening when. I’ve rounded up some of the best April events, gathered from all around the web. More will be added, as they materialize.

Housing Work’s famous Warehouse Sale is continuing this Saturday, and the next:
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Henry Horenstein’s “Show” opened this week at Clic GalleryThe Greyest Ghost

Betsey Johnson spring sample sale, starting April 14th:
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Lee Angel jewelry sample sale starts the same day:
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Cynthia Steffe’s sample sale is April 15th:
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via @FashionweekNYC

And of course you can’t forget, the 24hour Zac Posen for Target shopping party starts April 15th!
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The new Chelsea Market Anthropologie location opens April 16th!

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent for Target Africa inspired shoe collection launches April 18th!
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Rodarte Sample sale: I’m skipping this, since the last sale was a bit disappointing. Only a handful of items were available, with most still priced over $900. But it may be worth checking out, just in case.
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Don’t forget to RSVP to receive an appointment time!

Barney’s CO-OP Trunk-a-Palooza
is April 21st:
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From 2pm-8pm. “Enjoy exclusive products from CO-OP designers like Helmut Lang, Rag+Bone, Richard Chai, ALC, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang and more.. Meet the designers and shop their Fall 2010 lines!”
via the Barney’s NY Facebook Fan page.

Also starting April 21st: The Tribeca Film Festival!
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Tickets go on sale to the public April 19th.

Brooklyn craft fair Handmade Cavalcade is Saturday, April 24th in Williamsburg:
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That same weekend, in the same neighborhood– King’s Country General Store market:
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Candace Bushnell reads from her new book “The Carrie Diaries” at Barnes and Noble Union Square. 7pm, Tuesday April 27th.
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More info here.

Patrick Demarchelier Book Signing

Last night, I arrived at Nolita’s Clic Gallery to find it fully packed with fans and friends of Patrick Demarchelier, who was doing a book signing to promote his newly released monograph. The crowd was so deep, it took nearly 5 minutes for me to check my coat, and make it to the back of the store to get in line for the signing. I recognized a lot of familiar faces in the crowd, and even made a few new friends while I waited. After a short wait, it was my turn to meet Patrick.

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He comes across as a very quiet, gentle man. Not quite shy, but close. He was most animated while talking in his native language to his fellow Frenchmen and women, but remained friendly and approachable for everyone else as well. I had my book signed, and asked him to pose for a photo, for which he kindly obliged:

Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t blink too. : )

While I was mingling, I spotted the most amazingly dressed woman in attendance:

Color! In a sea of black. Wearing a gorgeous dress she made herself from old fabrics.

The huge crowd in attendance.

A few of the prints from the exhibition:

More Patrick.

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Before I left, I wanted to ask Mr. Demarchelier a question. When I asked what sort of advice he had for young, up and coming photographers he said “work very, very hard”. When he first said it, I almost giggled for a second. It’s so simple, yet so true! Yet most people don’t do it. I think in the internet age, when any jackass can pick up a camera, shoot some drunk girls and be “a photographer”, his advice is like gold. Probably the smartest career advice anyone has ever given me. It made me want to run home and start shooting fashion stories asap.

I also got Patrick to pose for another photo for me:
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And proceeded to get so nervous taking it I used my flash when I should not have.

As I was retrieving my coat, I bumped into two of my new friends, April and Christine:

We had a very animated discussion about photography, blogging, and Michael Jackson after I drank a glass of champagne. Doing so before dinner might not have been the brightest idea, but it sure was fun.

I still haven’t made it through the whole thing, but this is one of my very favorite photos from the book:

Cate Blanchett.

My signed copy:
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I can’t believe I almost missed this event! This year, I met three people I truly admire. Now all I have to do is meet David LaChapelle, Ellen Von Unwerth and Trent Reznor. And bring Ansel Adams and Man Ray back from the dead, and I’ll have met all my big influences!

All photos and content ®2009 RS/The Greyest Ghost, unless marked.

Patrick Demarchelier at Clic Gallery

Tuesday evening, one of the world’s greatest living fashion photographers will be doing a signing in celebration of his new monograph at Clic Gallery in Nolita.

The book is available for preorder for $100, and can be reserved by calling Clic at 212-966-2766 or emailing pcampbell@clicgallery.com.
Clic Bookstore & Gallery is at 255 Centre Street, New York, NY.

Grace Coddington: Catwalk Cats Signing

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Last night after hitting up the Studio Beauty Mix party at Korres (more on that later!) I stopped by Clic Gallery in Little Italy for the Grace Coddington book signing. She was at the gallery to autograph copies of her book Catwalk Cats, and meet her fans. For those somehow still unfamiliar with Grace, she is the Creative Director and a Senior Stylist at VOGUE. She is considered one of the (If not THE) most influential and well respected stylists in the business.

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Grace meets the Grace T-Shirt.

When we arrived shortly after 7pm only about ten people were there, along with Grace who was standing at a desk surrounded by her books! (When I’d called to preorder my book, I’d been warned to arrive early that they were expecting a large turn out. It did get very crowded–everyone arrived late!) My friend Jenn and I got in line, and waited patiently for our turn to meet Grace. Grace is a pretty amazing site in person. Her massive red hair billows around her face like some kind of Arthurian princess.

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Once it was our turn to meet Grace, I handed her my book to be signed. Then asked if Jenn and I could pose for photos with her.

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Me & Grace.

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Two Redheads! Jenn & Grace.

Other than “thank you”, telling her my name, and smiling a lot I don’t think I said a word to her. Over the last ten or so years I’ve met dozens of celebrities: actors and actresses, writers, musicians. But never someone so influential in my field of work. And I had no clue what to say to her. I wanted to tell her how much she made me laugh in “The September Issue”, how amazing I think all of her editorials are, and how her humor and personality reminds me of my late Grandmother. But I choked!

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I snapped a few more photos before I left, and Grace gave me a look like “you sure take a lot of photos for someone who’s afraid to talk”. I just smiled at her and went on my way.

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My copy of Catwalk Cats! One of the first signed books I’ve added to my collection, post-house fire.

See the rest of the photos here.