Special movie screenings, a grown-up Eleganza and lighting it up for a historic theater—The Gabby Guy sure gets around.
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Film, Fashion and Fun
“I find happiness in beauty. If there’s no beauty, I’m not interested. I live for beauty.”
The creator of beautiful couture and the above quote, renowned designer Valentino, would have been happy with the fashionable folks at Wine & Design, a special pre-screening party for “Valentino, The Last Emperor” at the Stone Balloon Winehouse. Organized and co-hosted by Fashion Alliance of Delaware cofounder JoJami Tyler and interior designer Rose Giroso during the Newark Film Festival, the get-together allowed film and fashion fans to discuss both while enjoying wines specially selected by Winehouse manager Bill Galbraith.
“Single and ready to mingle” teased model Suzette LeMaitre Rudawsky of her gal pal, Carroll Laurence of Apropos PR and Protocol, who, though enjoying a goblet of big-girl grape juice, kept it all business. Carroll is throwing several fashion fetes of her own, the first, a designer-label wardrobe swap at The Pointe luxury condominiums in Wilmington, “And, yes, there will be design and wine,” tipped Carroll.
We found ourselves between model couple Amanda Moody, fresh to Delaware from Arlington, Texas, and her boyfriend Ryan Kopski—not a bad place to be. When not facing a photographer, Amanda works at Fieldstone Golf Club. Ryan is an engineer at Dassault Aviation. “The only way to fly,” Ryan said.
Inspired by the wine bar, remodelers Jack Jadach and Debbie Sweeny are redoing their kitchen. Collaborating on the Winehouse project with Rose and owner Jim Baeurle was Linda Daniels, who pointed out a few design features, such as stone columns, lofty glass-fronted cabinets for wine storage, and the mural-size world map on the mezzanine. Linda was a chef before she went to design school, so it’s no accident she specializes in restaurants. Her design strategy: “Start from the back of the house. A happy kitchen is a happy restaurant,” and, “Know an expert mason who looks like he’s in the band ZZ Top.” Let that be the last word on the first high style, Wine & Design pre-party at the Newark Film Festival. Roll film.
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