Beauty & Fashion Literati Come Together to Support GLAAD at SPA WARS Book Launch Event

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Style Icon Patricia Field & The Women’s Mafia Present:

SPA WARS

Beauty, Shopping and Book Signing Event

Official Book Launch for “Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry”
by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Esthetician and Consumer Advocate Lora Condon

Friday, May 6th 6 – 10pm

House of Field and The Salon at Patricia Field
302 Bowery Street, Between Houston and Bleecker

Expected Guests and Judges of the SPA WARS Fierce Photo Contest include: Countess LuAnn De Lesseps, Celebrity hairstylist Eric Alt, Radio and Television personality Flo Anthony, Royal Stylist Engie Hassan, Music Impresario Lori Michaels, Award Winning Beauty Queen Miss Tiffany and surprise guests.

DJ Sharri Model will be spinning electro-rock tunes all night long and Montana USA will be our official SPA WARS photographer. VIP’s will be getting glammed up by Makeup Artist Alicia Oliveri and the amazing Salon at Patricia Field team and interviewed on the Red Carpet by Cognac’s Corner, Flo Anthony and our esteemed media partner The Salon Guy.

Enjoy Cupcakes from The Stuffed Cupcake, Empanadas from Empanada Mama, Butternuts Beer and Chambord and Fris Vodka cocktails throughout the night!


Media Partners:

PRESS CONTACT:
Marcy Clark
Founder, The Women’s Mafia, Social Club & Online Magazine www.womensmafia.com
cell: 212.729.9619 fax: 212.208.2579 Marcy@womensmafia.com
Director, Yellow Sky Publicity www.yellowskyagency.com

MEDIA ALERT:
PATRICIA FIELD PRESENTS: THE OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH OF “SPA WARS” BY LORA CONDON
Beauty, Shopping & Book Signing Event to Benefit GLAAD

New York, NY. May 6, 2011 – This Friday May 6th at the House of Field, Fashion & Beauty insiders will gather together to support the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and be among the first to get a signed copy and face-to-face with Author Lora Condon. Style icon Patricia Field and the New York Social Club, The Women’s Mafia, are hosting this glamorous book launch event for SPA WARS: The Ugly Truth About The Beauty Industry.

In addition to being able to snag one of the first signed copies of SPA WARS, guests of the event will also be able to enjoy Salon & Beauty treatments at special rates all day at the Salon at Patricia Field and they will be able to compete in the SPA WARS themed Fierce Photo Contest, judged by special VIP guests including Countess LuAnn De Lesseps, Celebrity hairstylist Eric Alt, Radio and Television personality Flo Anthony, Royal Stylist Engie Hassan, Music Impresario Lori Michaels, Award Winning Beauty Queen Miss Tiffany and surprise guests.

In “SPA WARS: The Ugly Truth about the Beauty Industry”, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Esthetician and Consumer Advocate Lora Condon reveals the true secrets of the Spa and Beauty Industry, along with tips and advice to get the most out of your investment in beauty products.

This unique benefit for GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, features a red carpet, top shelf Chambord Cocktails, Butternuts Beer, treats from Empanada Mama and the Stuffed Cupcake, a 20% discount throughout the store and prizes all night long! Guests will enjoy electro-rock tunes by DJ Sharri Model, makeup by Alicia Oliveri and get their photo taken by celebrity photographer Montana.

Lora Condon, aka “The Beauty Buster,” is a recognized expert on revitalizing Spa and Beauty businesses and her popular new memoir and call for greater integrity and transparency in the beauty industry, is being reviewed extremely favorably. American Spa Magazine compared it to “Kitchen Confidential” for the Spa Set. And Spa Wish called it “a candid memoir” and “a hoot.”

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. www.glaad.org

“Spa Wars: The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry” the new book by Consumer Advocate, Beauty Myth Buster and Certified Esthetician Lora Condon brings together the funniest true stories and the professional insight gleamed from over 15 years in the Spa and beauty industry. Irreverent, insightful, hilarious and actionable, “Spa Wars” is an invaluable tome for beauty junkies and wellness purists alike.

Lora Condon is known for her healing hands, professional demeanor and no-nonsense approach to beauty and skin care. As a professional makeup artist for film, television and celebrities, a licensed esthetician, a Reiki master and a consumer advocate, Lora is a sought after Beauty Expert, Spa Consultant and Motivational Trainer. As a professional make-up artist, Lora’s work has appeared in publications such as, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, Time Out New York and on television in spots for Good Morning America, The View, Larry King, CNN, Fox News and ESPN. As the owner of “Magic Hands Skin and Body Spa” she he has won awards for her esthetic work such as the three National Awards by Spa Week readers and she has served as the Director of Esthetics for a 5,000 square foot day spa in North Jersey. After being personally trained and working for the “brow guru”, Anastasia of Beverly Hills, Lora honed her skills for the perfect brow. She served as the Northeast Sales and Training Manager for Anastasia. Lora is also a certified Xtreme Lash technician and is known affectionately as the “Lash Dr.” among her celebrity and socialite clientele. For more on Lora Condon and “Spa Wars” visit Lora’s site www.makeupwithme.com.

Save the Date, RSVP and Book Today. We look forward to seeing you!
RSVP: rsvp@womensmafia.com

Call 212-966-4066 to reserve hair and beauty treatments.
Editors can submit press accreditation to reserve one complimentary Salon Treatment while space permits.

Treatments Packages:

1. The Full Patricia (blowout, haircut or hightlights, lashes and glam make-up) $125

2. Scalp Treatment, Blow Out and Style $50

3. Blow-Out $35

4. Lashes $20

5. Trim $50

6. Partial Highlights $75

7. Men’s Cuts starting at $30

8. Glam Makeup Applications Starting at $35

For more details on SPA WARS and LORA CONDON visit www.makeupwithme.com
For more details on PATRICIA FIELD, the House of Field and Salon at Patricia Field visit www.patriciafield.com

The Met Gala: A Magical Tribute to Alexander McQueen

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By Carlos Aparicio

Ah, The Met Gala… Unless you live under a rock you probably heard about this event and how amazing it was. It was the opening night of the “Savage Beauty” Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and everyone was there.

“Savage Beauty” was organized by The Costume Institute as a tribute to late designer Alexander McQueen and his extraordinary contributions the worlds of art, fashion and beauty. Alexander McQueen defied all the rules of design creating not only clothes but magnificent pieces of art to adorn your body. His designs were a “conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity”, according to the Met’s curatorial experts. Approximately a hundred looks will be on display and the exposition will be open to the public from May 4th through July 31st.

All the big names in fashion, film, television and music attended the opening event and honored the “dramatic look” dress code, some taking it more personally than others, as you are about to see…

Beyonce waddled as gracefully as she could, rushing through the red carpet causing the press to "boo" her out (come on guys, maybe she had to pee!). I still think she looked fantastic!
Blake Lively in Chanel couture, sporting her new ginger-chic look.
Ashley Olsen in a splendid vintage Christian Dior gown. A Women's Mafia favorite.
"The Addams Family" star Christina Ricci in an interesting Zac Posen gown. Not too sure I like this but I'm sure she caught a few looks.

Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen. Total goddess.
Tennis player Serena Williams in Oscar de la Renta couture and a Philip Treacy hat!

Photos from InStyle (C) Larry Busacca/Getty Images

The Red Party

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By Sarah Anolik for Women’s Mafia
Photos by Arthur Eisenberg

There was a drizzle outside but on Wednesday night it was blossoming indoors at the first inaugural Red Party hosted by the Women’s Mafia to benefit Habitat for Humanity New York City at the generously sponsored Polar Lounge in Gramercy.  The event, which featured a silent auction and fashion presentation, brought together an energized and diverse network of people of all ages from, fashion, media, non-profit, financial and arts industries.

(From Left) Rita Khorozian, Wendy Levene, Engie Hassan, Marcy Clark, Lorianna Izrailova

For years Marcy Clark of Women’s Mafia has wanted to host a Red Party.  There are White Parties in the summer, but the transition from winter to spring and summer is a time bursting forth with fresh energy and opportunity.  That sentiment rang in full fervor at the event.  Decked in their crimson couture, guests mingled and sipped champagne to the musical styling’s of gorgeous DJ Sharri Model while perusing and bidding on items donated for the silent auction, including art, jewelry, designer shoes, a luxury Hotel Suite and a custom garment by Carlos Luna.   By evening’s end ticket sales, donations and the auction had raised thousands of dollars for Habitat for Humanity NYC!  On behalf of Women’s Mafia, Marcy spoke and thanked all in attendance, as did Alexander Tedford and Josh Lockwood of Habitat and one of their home buyer Family Partners, Candace George, who inspired the hushed crowd with her moving story.  Uplifted by their words, guests cheered and myriad flashbulbs went off during the fashion presentation featuring Red Party inspired wears by four exciting new designers, Alisha Trimble, Engie Hassan, Alexander Tedford and Dominique Auxilly.

Red Party Co-Hosts Alexander Tedford and Marcy Clark

Marcy Clark and Alexander Tedford, a menswear designer and also Donor Relation Associate of Habitat for Humanity NYC, first met several months ago at a magazine launch party through stylist Wayne Harris.  Their shared love of design and mutual passion for making New York City a better place sparked an instant connection, and when Alex started talking about his involvement with Habitat, the collaboration became obvious.

Lead Red Party Stylist Trina Patterson with stylist Patricia Parenti and Television Personality Cognac Wellerlane

As it turns out, Women’s Mafia and Habitat for Humanity NYC, two organizations from seemingly disparate sectors, actually share underlying fundamental common goals: to offer a platform for people to take their own initiative and run with it, and to build lasting networks and communities in which members are able to find support and mentors and ultimately become mentors themselves.

The event was different in creed than Habitat’s previous events, but ‘different in a good way,’ according to Habitat’s Executive Director, Josh Lockwood.  Though Habitat’s largest donors have historically come from the financial sector, support has weakened with the economy in recent years.  In light of changing times, Habitat has sought means of reaching out to different communities who share their goals and passion for providing homes and investing in improving the lives of low-income families.

In their first foray into support from media, entertainment and fashion industries, Habitat’s goal was to capture attention and leave a lasting impression.  With Marcy’s extensive reach of influential, like-minded and proactive women, not to mention her knack for getting people together and producing, and Alexander’s passion for design and success in cultivating support for Habitat from all 5 boroughs of NYC, the duo teamed up to pull off an event that was truly the first of its kind.  And a huge success!

Habitat for Humanity Board Members with Marcy Clark and Habitat for Humanity New York City's Family Partner Candace George

Of the Family Partners who receive homes through Habitat, Josh says, ‘these are people doing everything right,’ caring for their parents and providing opportunities for their children, holding down a job, but all the while unable to catch a break and forced to live in horrible conditions that pose constant risks to their physical and mental health.  Habitat gives a hand up, not a hand out.’  Family Partner homebuyers apply to Habitat, but the real work begins upon their acceptance into the program.  A general contactor builds the shell and core of the homes (condominiums and coops in NYC), and 4 days a week, 52 weeks a year, Family Partners join the robust team of volunteers to build the interior of the homes that they will ultimately move into.  As a result, costs of labor are kept to a minimum and the Family Partners develop an ownership and accountability for their investment into their homes.  They set a remarkable example for their children and their community that through commitment to change, betterment is possible.

That example resonates in the work that Marcy had done and continues to do with Women’s Mafia.  Women’s Mafia is about the power of women and community to create and support each other’s endeavors.  ‘A large group of women getting together is a powerful thing in and of itself,’ says Marcy.  The mission is to support causes, charities, independent businesses, talented up and coming designers and artists that Women’s Mafia members believe in. Both Women’s Mafia and Habitat are optimistic about additional collaborations in the future. In the meantime Habitat is gearing up for their largest event of the year to take place at Cipriani Wall Street on November 1st, an annual gala with 500-600 guests that highlights the Family Partner of the year.  Next on the agenda for Women’s Mafia is the official launch of the memoir and beauty-advice tome “Spa Wars” by Lora Condon, makeup artist for the Red Party, hosted by designer and stylist Patricia Fields at the House of Field downtown on Friday May 6th. Email Marcy@womensmafia.com to RSVP to that event or get involved with the cause!

Credits

DESIGNERS

Alisha Trimble – Designer – www.alishatrimble.com

Engie Hassan – Stylist and Designer – www.engiestyle.com

Alexander Tedford – Menswear Designer – www.alexandertedford.com

Dominique Auxilli – Designer – www.dauxilly.com

STYLING TEAM

Makeup By Lora Condon aka “The Beauty Buster” www.makeupwithme.com
with Diana Margulies

Additional Makeup by Alicia Oliveri www.aliciaoliveri.com

Styling By Trina Patterson www.trinapatterson.com

Hair By Joey Pauline from The Salon at Patricia Field www.patriciafield.com
with Jamie Starr at the Salon at Patricia Field

Styling for Ms. Trimble’s looks by V. Vernard

Jewelry by Delicate Raymond and Stylist’s Own Collections

Shoes by Luichini Shoes, Courtesy of Trina Patterson

Makeup Artist Diana Margulies, Lead Makeup Artist Lora Condon, Marcy Clark and Makeup Artist Alicia Olivera - We had the best in the business!
Model Photo Call after the show

PLANNING AND HOST COMMITTEE

Lorianna Izrailova – Model

Rene Melchor – Art and Silent Auction Consultant

Wayne Harris – Red Carpet Stylist

Cognac Wellerlane – Television Host

Matthew Schwartz – Social Media Chair

Elisha Dang – Graphic Artist and the Women’s Mafia Consigliere

Ashmi Elizabeth Dang – Graphic Artist

Alexander Tedford – Designer and Habitat for Humanity – New York City Donor Relations

Marcy Clark – Publicist and the Women’s Mafia Founder

WE ARE SO THANKFUL TO

Josh Lockwood – Executive Director – Habitat for Humanity New York City

Josh Lockwood of Habitat for Humanity and Marcy Clark of Women's Mafia

Catherine Smith of Monarch Agency

Alex Beitler of Yellow Sky Agency

David Cote – Publishing and Finance

Lorianna Irzailova

Assistants to Marcy Clark: Carlos Aparicio, Victoria Wallner, Carolina Sanchez, Tatyana Maddona

Engie Hassan and the entire EngieStyle team

Stream Cosmetics for Makeup Donations

Alexander Tedford and the entire Habitat for Humanity New York City Chapter

Dj Sharri Model

We Love Our Press Partners: Cognac Wellerlane, Rick Weaver, Katrena Moore, Lorna Solano, Arthur Eisenberg, Courtney Henley-Anderson, Sarah Anolik, Isabell de Wit, Jaime Gutierrez

A special thanks to Calvin Vu, John Tate and The Polar Lounge for their generosity

Our Models: Lorianna Irzailova (Wilhemina), Engie Hassan, Dominique Auxilly, Leah Wilche, Amanda Lynn Lesink, Diana (Monarch), Randy (Monarch), Franck, Dmitri Astatev, Rita Khorozian, Jinelle Benitez, Aida Sinusaite.

Organized by Marcy Clark and the Women’s Mafia

More pictures from the event:
(Photography by Arthur Eisenberg)

Model and Host Committee member Lorianna Izrailova with the Fastastic DJ Sharri Model

Models Leah, Amanda and Diana in looks by Alisha Trimble

Models Jinelle and Aida with Dominique Auxilly (center) wearing looks by Dominique Auxilly
Models Dmitry, Franck and Randy wearing looks by Alexander Tedford
Models Rita and Lorianna with Designer Engie Hassan (Center) in Engie Hassan's Rouge Et Noir Collection

Hair Stylist Joey Pauline of The Salon at Patricia Field (Hair Stylist Jaime Starr not pictured)
Stylist V Vernard, Model Amanda, Designer Alisha Trimble and Model Leah
Salliha Dzo with Designer Alisha Trimble
Women's Mafia Founder Marcy Clark, Makeup Artist and Author Lora Condon, Stylist Patricia Parenti, Television Host Cognac Wellerlane

Marcy Clark with Writer Katrena Moore of The Katswalk

Jewelry Designer Michelle of Delicate Raymond
Rick Weaver of "Icon Americana" with Catherine Smith of Monarch Models
Gallerist and Art Consultant Rene Melchor with Yelow Sky Agency Founder Alex Beitler

Arthur Eisenberg, Self Portrait in the Deco Mirrors at Polar Lounge