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Vogue in Aspen and Russia in Manhattan

Originally Posted: January 25, 2006

Annick Charriol, Coralie Charriol Paul, and Norma Smith at
Prada in Aspen. Photo by Stephanie Keenan at Patrick McMullan
Company courtesy of R. Couri Hay CPR.

Andre Leon Talley, Vogue Magazine's editor-at-large read from his book "A.L.T. 365+" at an intimate gathering at the Prada store in Aspen on December 29.

During the private soiree, Andre talked about his relationships with designers like Miuccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue's former Editor-in-Chief Diana Vreeland and how they all have influenced his life, and his book, which is best described as a year in his life as the Vogue editor-at-large. This visually appealing book includes snapshots of the people, places and moments that have "touched [his] heartstrings" over the course of a year and impresses fashionistas with details on the haute couture set and his closeness with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

At the reading Andre disclosed about his good friend Mariah Carey, who he joined on a horse and carriage ride the evening before.

Katherine Jennings and Christian Curry at Prada in Aspen. Photo
by Stephanie Keenan at Patrick McMullan Company courtesy of
R. Couri Hay CPR.

"Mariah pulls up in a flimsy gold lamé gown that is as thin as tissue paper - and it's freezing out! All I could say was 'You do make an effort for your friends,'" Andre said. Andre was asked during the reading if he "styles" Mariah Carey. "I don't style Mariah Carey," he said. "Mariah styles herself. I love her the way she is." Talley did confess that he chose a Dior gown for Mariah to wear to a ball, the same gown Melania Trump wore to her wedding.

Following Talley's discourse, guests like the Mayor of Aspen Helen Klanderud, Prada's Senior Vice President Randy Kabat, Aspen Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Janet O'Grady, Annick Charriol, Coralie Charriol Paul, Norma Smith, Alan Heleni, Marla Heleni, Arnie Rosenshein, Reyna Rosenshein, Allan Short, Carlos and Sylvia Hellman, Phil LeRaux, Andrew Thomas, Kathy Thomas, Esther Pearlstone and Richard Edwards enjoyed cocktails and along with Francois Kress, Laura Stephens, Jennifer, Joan and Stephanie Hayman, Katherine Jennings, Christian Curry, Stephanie and Dr. Patrick Maxwell, Melissa Skoog, Sally Hirschberger, Susan Murphy, Zoe Possick and Sascha Possick. The Stylish Set perused the store, checking out items like a $35,000 chinchilla blanket, a leather and steel backgammon set and a $14,000 fox lined sleeping bag that would keep even the chilliest snow bunny warm.

Irina Dvorovenko, Host Alexandre Gertsman, Anait Kiladze, Dir-
ector of Guggenheim Lisa Dennison, and Hon. Andrei Denison
at RUSSIA! Photo by Patrick McMullan Company courtesy of R.
Couri Hay CPR.

The curtain fell upon the most celebrated exhibition of Russian art as a crowd of over 400 celebrated it's success at the Guggenheim Museum on Wednesday, January 11th. RUSSIA! has been widely acclaimed as the most comprehensive exhibition demonstrating Russia's remarkable contributions to world culture from the 13th century to the present day. This unique exhibition has been realized under the patronage of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and is a cultural collaboration between the United States and Russia.

Helen Yarmak, the premier Russian fashion house in the U.S., designed a special collection "Russia" which was displayed on models at the event. Ms. Yarmak received the Global Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000 and was named International Designer of the Year in 2003. Her luxury furs and jewelry collections can be seen in stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Celebrity clients include Goldie Hawn, Chloe Sevigny, Janet Jackson, Morgan Fairchild, and Jim Carrey among many others. The Helen Yarmak Fashion House has helped build a cultural bridge between Russia and the U.S. Ms. Yarmak continues her mission to help people unite and is involved with many charity organizations. She was called the "Russian Fashion Ambassador in America" by CBS News.

ABT's Prima Ballerina Irina Dvorovenko, Lighting Designer
Bentley Meeker, and Michèle Gerber Klein at RUSSIA! Photo by
Patrick McMullan Company courtesy of R. Couri Hay CPR.

The evening's host and sponsor was Alexandre Gertsman, President of The International Foundation of Russian and Eastern European Art (INTART). He congratulated Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Lisa Dennison, Director of the New York's Guggenheim Museum, ABT's Prima Ballerinia Irina Dvorovenko and Helen Yarmak Fashion House U.S. Representative Anait Kiladze, who spoke to the crowd. "Tonight is not the end, but the beginning of Russia in the United States," she said. Mr. Gertsman said of the exhibition, "…it has brought into these walls the largest ever group of not only American citizens, but the Russian-American Diaspora as well."

Guests included Hon. Andrei Denisov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UN and Honorary Co-Chair of the Leadership Committee for RUSSIA!, American Ballet Theatre's Prima Ballerina Irina Dvorovenko, Anait Kiladze, spokesperson for Helen Yarmak, Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo, actress Tina Louise, model Keisha Boldan, John Rosselli, Sarah Medford, art consultant Michel Witmer, lighting designer Bentley Meeker, Zina Sapir, Salvatore Strazzullo, Debbie Dickenson, Julie Hayek, Michele Gerber Klein, Elizabeth Scokin and Pavel Machitski of Moscow's Tretyacov Gallery.

The exhibition was a significant reflection of the richness and diversity of the once sovereign empire, including select works amassed in Russia since the time of Peter the Great. It provided an opportunity to explore the extraordinary history of Russian art during an expansive chronological period. Because of the importance of this exhibition, all works presented were of the highest quality and charted the decisive moments in the development of Russian art.

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