Hublot New York’s Fifth Avenue

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Luxury watch brand Hublot has opened a new store on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The 1,500 sq ft boutique is the second standalone for the brand in the city; it already has a smaller shop on Madison Avenue. The new branch was designed by the ubiquitous luxury architect Peter Marino and is aimed at the New York tourist market with brand education very much featuring as part of the brief.

Inside the Hublot Fifth Avenue flagship.

The narrow store front is cast in black powder-coated aluminium panels inset with LED lights, and is said to be inspired by one of the brand’s watch bands. The dark palette continues into the store where lava stone walls are set against wood floors and leather furniture with glass display cases around the perimeter and in the mid-shop.

Inside the Hublot Fifth Avenue flagship.

The new look store is a more premium concept for the business and is likely to be rolled out to its other new outlets and refurbishments. The recent ‘hard’ opening of the store was attended by sporting legends athlete Usain Bolt and Brazilian footballer Pele.

Hublot, 5th Avenue, NY, March 2016

Hublot

743 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA

More info at: Hublot

Paul Jabara: Last Dance

 

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Today, twentythree years ago, Paul Jabara died. A name that doesn’t say anything maybe to our youngsters, but hearing songs as ‘It’s Raining Men’ ‘Last Dance’ and ‘No More Tear’s (Enough is Enough)’ would ring a bell…

He Paul Frederick Jabara, was born in Brooklyn, New York on Januari 31, 1948. He was an American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese ancestry, born in Brooklyn, New York City.  – Jabara’s cousin and close friend Jad Azkoul is also a Lebanese-American musician specialising in classical guitar.

Paul Jabara was the only son of Olga and Sam Jabara and was the youngest of three children and had two older sisters, Delores and Claudette. His love of music originated almost from birth, and he entertained his family and their friends as soon as he learned to talk. This multi-talented phenomenon began his career a teenager modeling for magazines and appearing in television commercials. As a teenager, he also auditioned for The Sound of Music and was offered a part in the road company, but his parents wouldn’t allow him to go. His first big break came when he was offered a feature role in the original cast of Hair.

 

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Impressionist Paul Jabara cuddles Donald Sutherland as Karen Black and William Atherton are amused in a scene from the film ‘The Day Of The Locust’, 1974. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)

In the 1970’s, Jabara was in the Original cast of the stage musicals ‘Hair’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He took over the role of Frank-N-Furter in the Los Angeles Production of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ when Tim Curry left the production to film the movie version in England. He appeard in John Schlesinger’s 1969 film ‘Midnight Cowboy’, as one of the attendees at the counterculture party, and in Schlesinger’s 1975 film ‘The Day of The Locust, where he sang the song ‘Hot Voo-Doo’.

But it wasn’t only acting he did. Jabara released his first album, ‘Shut Out’ in 1977. Jabara’s solo albums on the legendary disco label Casablance Records include three duets with Donna Summer;  ‘Shut Out’ (1977), ‘Something’s Missing (In My Life)’ (1978) and ‘Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor’ (1979).

 

Paul Jabara and Donna Summer ‘Something’s Missing (In My Life)’ This power ballad has also been recorded by Karen Carpenter, Freda Payne and Australian pop royalty Marcia Hines… It’s recorded in several versions, one of them with Summer is featured on Jabara’s CD ‘Greatest Hits and Misses’.

In the 1978 film ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ he played the role of Carl, the lovelorn and nearsighted disco goer, and he also contributed as a singer on two tracks on the original soundtrack album, with the songs ‘Disco Queen’ and ‘Trapped In A Stairway’.

 

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Thank God It’s Friday album cover.

 

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Donna Summer in ‘Thank God It’s Friday’.

Paul Jabara wrote Donna Summer’s ‘Last Dance’ from ‘Thank God It’s Friday'(1978) and Barbra Streisand’s song ‘The Main Event/Fight’ from the album ‘The Main Event’ (1979).

‘Last Dance’, featured in the film ‘Thank God Its Friday’, earned Jabara a Grammy Award and the 1978 Academy Award for Best Song. Clearly, his music defined an era and continues to keep us all dancing.

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In 1979, Jabara won both Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song performed by Donna Summer, ‘Last Dance’.

 

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Paul Jabara ‘The Third’ album contains the duet with Donna Summer ‘Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor’, a great song with the typical Jabara/Summer sound!

 

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Paul Jabara and Donna Summer ‘Never Lose Your Sense of Humor’.

 

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Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand ‘No More Tears Enough Is Enough’ another monster hit for Paul Jabara (Photo’s by Francesco Scavullo).

1979 was an amazing year for Jabara and Summer. Disco’s big finish in 1979, who could ask for a bigger finish of the greatest era of dance music? The ‘Disco Queen’ and Barbara Streisand together working Paul Jabara’s magic together. This cut was a power house, anyone who experienced the energy that this cut created when it was released will never question it’s reign. Casablanca Records has definitely made a place in music history with this on. The song was a hùge Platinum-certified, #1 Billboard hit.

 

At right, songwriter Paul Jabara (1948-1992), at the premiere of Bette Midler's movie, THE ROSE, 1979

At right, songwriter Paul Jabara, at the premiere of Bette Midler’s movie, ‘The Rose’, 1979 

1981 Jabara starred in yet another John Schlesinger film, the comedy ‘Honky Tonky Freeway’ as truck driver/songwriter T. J. Tupus, hauling lions and a rhino.

Composing myriad hit songs, his credits include many platinum and gold records. He is also known for: ‘Jinxed’ (1981), written for Bette Midler and her movie of the same name, but it was never commercially released. ‘Work That Body’ (1982) a modest hit for Diana Ross. The hit single is included on her Platinum album ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’.

He co-wrote The Weather Girls (Sylvester’s former background girls, the Two Tons of Fun: Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes) monster hit ‘It’s Raining Men’ together with Paul Shaffer, which was also recorded by Geri Halliwell and a worldwide hit for the second time in 2001.

The former Two Tons of Fun: The Weather Girls (Matha Wash and Izora Rhodes) with their monster hit ‘It’s Raining Men’ (1984).

Jabara’s album ‘Paul Jabara & Friends’, released in 1983, features guest vocals by a then 20-year-old Whitney Houston on Eternal Love. It also includes the song ‘It’s Raining Men’. An other song Jabara wrote to perform include ‘  Two Lovers’ for Julio Iglesias (1984).

Jabara received many awards for his work throughout his lifetime. Jabara had been honored for creativity and excellence winning numerous awards including The Oscar; Grammy; Golden Globe; People’s Choice Award; Your Choice for the Oscar and many others giving him global recognition.

It has been reported that Jabara co-founded the Red Ribbon Project in 1991, and was credited with conceiving and distributing the first AIDS Red Ribbons. This highly recognized symbol spawned the use of different colored ribbons to quickly raise awareness to other causes and is widely used today.

Paul Jabara died of complications from Aids at the age of 44 in Los Angeles on September 29, 1992. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. As a tribute at his memorial service, his friends and collaborators got together and performed a song he wrote entitled, We’re Gonna Win. Later recorded by long-time friend Donna Summer.

Martha Wash, one of the original members of The Weather Girls, re-recorded several years later, together with drag supermodel RuPaul the It’s Raining Men. Again, it became a huge hit! Like it also was for ex-Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell.

 

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‘A Hot Jabara Summer Night’ 2012

In 2005, a workshop of a musical entitled Last Dance played New York City. It was a musical assembled from Jabara’s well known disco songs and told the story of a modern day teenager who goes back in time to spend one night at Studio 54.

Paul Jabara’s music lives on. Not only ‘the big names’ in the industry still performing his songs. Every season of Idols or .. Got Talent, we can here some of his songs performed by the ‘new’ artist. We hear his music still in films, and in clubs, and sometimes in the most fantastic long versions or remixes. Yes, it’s still a Hot Jabara Summer Night then. And it will always be……

by Jean Amr

 

 

 

 

Hermès’ First-Ever Parfumerie To Open In New York

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Hermès, their first perfume store which is set to open its doors in August 2015

Hermès created its first line of home fragrances and debuted the art of scenting interiors with everything from candles to origami horses. While perfume has been an integral part of Hermes history since the 1930s, the French luxury house has plans to open Hermes’ first parfumerie in New York’s Financial District.

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Brookfield Place, New York (photo by Jonathan Baskin) (Click photo to enlarge)

The flagship will debut with a dedicated collection of its beauty offerings at Brookfield Place, the new luxury-shopping destination. Constructed by the store’s designer Denis Montel, the 1,000-square-foot space offers a domestic feel and features neutral tones of concrete, marble and leather and touches of fine woods throughout.

Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Gordon adds to the multisensory experience by creating verdant projections at the store, which simulate the illusion of a ‘concrete jungle’ replete with plants, trees and flowers.

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The soon-to-be-open store showcases the brand’s entire library of perfumes and ancillaries. The popular Le Bain bath, body and hair-care line, as well as Le Parfum de La Maison are displayed alongside chairs, sofas and benches fabricated by French designer Ramy Fischler.

French perfumier Céline Ellena, the daughter of their in-house perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, has also devised a new candle for the opening. Called “The Shop Around the Corner,” the fragrance is dedicated to New York and will be available only at the Hermès parfumerie. She spoke about her inspiration and mentioned that in New York “everything moves really fast, but sometimes, suddenly, time stops, and there’s the fragrance of a flower shop.” She added that she was inspired by the smell of curbside bodegas that provide Manhattanites with coffee, newspapers and the occasional bouquet of lilies.

Hermès Parfumerie, Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., NYC

by Jean Amr

via the Wall Street Journal

It’s what Marie Antoinette would have done, if she had money

Joan Rivers’ apartment sold to Middle East royalty

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The 1903 John R. Drexel House, No. 1 E. 62nd Street (Click photo to enlarge).

She was known for her vivacious personality and love of the glitz and glamour as it’s no surprise that Joan Rivers’ Upper East Side condo reflected that. It’s a palace that was fit for the Queen of Comedy.

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And now you’ve got the chance to looking inside the late comedienne’s incredible $29million property (Click photo to enlarge).

Joan, who passed away after undergoing what was expected to be a routine endoscopy. on August 28th last year, spent her days when she was at home surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and gold plated walls, yes you read that right, ….gold walls.

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Queen of Comedy Joan Rivers (Click photo to enlarge)

Joan Rivers’, lavish Manhattan triplex apartment has sold to ‘Middle East royalty’ after multiple offers from several parties, sources close to the comedienne’s family told CNBC. The deal closed earlier this week for the asking price of $28 million. It was on the market for $29.5 million in 2011, when she told The New York Times: “Qaddafi wanted to rent it for that whole U.N. thing. People said it’s blood money. I said, ‘Oh, I can easily wash blood off dollar bills.’ But they didn’t like it. It was too close to a synagogue.” The apartment, on the Upper East Side, was listed again in February of this year. Rivers died unexpectedly while undergoing an endoscopy on September 4, 2014.

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Sources declined to reveal the identity of the buyers and where they reside in the Middle East

Rivers’ 11-room condo incorporates the top three floors of a seven-story, the mansion built was in 1903 by Gilded Age millionaire John Drexel, the son of Anthony Drexel and grandson of Francis Martin Drexel. In 1837, Francis founded the banking house of ‘Drexel & Company’ in Philadelphia.

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The centerpiece ballroom and music room have gilded antique boisserie paneling, crystal chandeliers, antique columns and two fireplaces. The ballroom alone can comfortably accommodate 125 people (Click photos to enlarge).

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Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Melissa Rivers: “My parents started acquiring Fabergé animals, frames and boxes in the 1980s. I think there was a kinship between the craftsmanship and how mom labored over her work for her appearances. She’d say, ‘Look how amazing. Art is in the details” (Click photos to enlarge).

The building was converted to condos in the 1930s. The 5,100-square-foot home features a Louis XIV-inspired ballroom/music room with Greek columns, 23-foot ceilings painted with clouds, gilded antique paneling, beautiful antique French furniture and crystal chandeliers. The music room, which doubles as a dining room, features three French doors opening onto a south-facing terrace.

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Joan Rivers apartment

The dining room has three French doors that open to a south-facing terrace, large enough for al fresco dining (Click photos to enlarge).

The condo also includes:

  • Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths.
  • Central Park and Manhattan skyline views.
  • Private elevator.
  • Wood-paneled library.
  • Huge master suite.
  • Separate two-bedroom guest apartment with living room and kitchen.

The four-bedroom, 4 ½-bathroom condominium spans the top three floors of the building at 1 E. 62nd St. Its ornate décor, soaring ceilings and gilded balcony prompted Rivers to joke, “It’s what Marie Antoinette would have done, if she had money.”

And as expected of this comedy gem, every inch of her stunning home is covered with index cards with jokes spanning her entire career.

The home was sold by Rivers’ daughter Melissa, who had her own apartment within the triplex. The buyers, who closed on the deal unusually quickly, likely paid cash.

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Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan-Rivers at home Ruth Fremson The New York Times

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The second floor has a mezzanine overlooking the ballroom (Click photos to enlarge).

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Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

Joan Rivers apartment

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