pop!A-RAZZI: President's State Dinner

Obamas Host State Dinner
The White House - Washington, DC

The President, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held their first state dinner last night at the White House, welcoming India’s Prime Minister, Manmoahan Singh, and his wife Gursharan Kaur to a night of chic Indian elegance!

Celebrities, democratic fundraisers and politicians alike clammored for what was the hottest ticket in town. The much coveted invitation however, did land in the mail boxes of about 338 guests who attended. Guests included, Gayle King, Steven Spielberg, Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alberto Vourvoulias, Katie Couric, Colin Powell and his wife, Alma Powell. Politicians mixed with Hollywood celebrities and Indian dignitaries decked out in tuxedos, beautifully colored saris and galmourous dresses.  The star of the night, as expected, was the first lady herself who chose to wear a Naeem Khan number. The Indian-born designer of Mrs. Obama's handmade gown, told CNN's "Larry King Live" that it took three weeks to complete the dress at his family's workshop in India -- with 40 people working on it. Fab indeed!

The entertainment lineup included Grammy Award-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson and jazz vocalist and composer Kurt Elling, both from the Obamas' hometown of Chicago, and Indian musician and singer A.R. Rahman, who won two Academy Awards for the music in "Slumdog Millionaire."

The theme was glam garden with an chic Indian twist. The tables featured beautiful apple green linens, gold trimmed china, and purple flowers to play homage to the national bird of India, the peacock.

New York celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquivit fame, First Lady Michelle Obama and White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford designed a menu "to showcase the best of American cooking," Obama said at a press preview. Below is a look at the vegeterian menu:

Potato and eggplant salad

White House arugula with onion seed vinaigrette
2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley, California

Red lentil soup with fresh cheese
2006 Riesling Brooks ³Ara² Willamette Valley, Oregon

Roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney
chick peas and okra
or green curry prawns
caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati
2007 Grenache, Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez, California

Pumpkin pie tart
pear tatin
whipped cream and caramel sauce
Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Virginia

Petits fours and coffee
Cashew brittle
Pecan pralines
Passion fruit and vanilla gelees
Chocolate-dipped fruit

Photo: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times
Brenda Smialowski of Getty
Frank Thorp CBS

pop!OP:Nigella Christmas

Nigella Lawson Book Signing of Nigella Christmas
Williams-Sonoma - NY, NY

Join the Domestic Godess, Ms.Nigella Lawson as she signs copies of her new cookbook, Nigella Christmas. This is a unique opportunity to meet this fab chef and author, get a signed copy of her latest cookbook, and take home fresh new ideas for cooking and entertaining. We hope to see you there!

Please note: Nigella will only be personalizing copies of Nigella Christmas purchased at Williams-Sonoma. Proof of purchase is required.

Williams-Sonoma Chelsea
Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 5:30pm
110 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
(212) 633-2203

pop!A-RAZZI: Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary Party

Reebok Pump Key Chains
Sneaker Display
Reebok Pump Display
Reebok Pump designer Paul Litchfield
POP Burger - NYC
Former NBA player and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and former NFL player Emmitt Smith
Gift Bag items

Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary Party
POP Burger - NY, NY

Let’s take you back… Circa ’89/’90. A young Bronx girl gets her first pair of Reebok Pumps and feels on top of the world! Hold on as I pump my sneakers so they fit just right… {{{pump}}} {{{pump}}} {{{pump}}} Ahhhhhh, now I’m ready to go!

I can’t believe it was 20 years ago that Reebok first launched their Pump line. As a kid it was “The” shoe to have and you might as well not even walk through the halls if you didn’t have yourself a pair. In order to celebrate the big 2-0 Reebok enlisted legends Dallas Cowboy’s Emmit Smith and Atlanta Hawk’s Domonique Wilkins. Also, in attendance was Reebok Pump designer Paul Litchfield, who was awarded with the best sneaker gimmick ever during the party for coming up with this kind of attention to the sneakers.

The event was held at Meatpacking District’s Pop Burger in New York City. The decor played homage to the sneaker line and featured collaborative Reebok Pumps involved in the Reebok Pump 20 Program which were on display hanging from the ceiling. Cheers to Reebok on hitting this great mark!

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

pop!A-RAZZI: Louis Vuitton Launch

Jewelry displays nestled in mounds of mums
The decor included moss and live trees
Rentals by Taylor Creative
Oliver Cheng Catering - Champagne upon entry, a perfect way to start the night
Dinner table and luggage display
Luggage Display
Floral Monogram at entrance

Love their interpretation of the chess board
Loves her shoes!
DJ Sky Nellor
Wishing tree

Louis Vuitton 2010 Cruise Collection Launch Party
Louis Vuitton Saks Lifestyle - NY, NY

Genius David Beahm has taken the in-store event concept to a whole new level! Inside the launch of Louis Vuitton's 2010 Cruise Collection and concept boutique inside Saks Fifth Avenue, the brand brought their holiday catalog to life. In my last post I featured the catalog which took you through six tales inside of this fantastic wonderland and this party was no less extravagant.

With less than 2 and a half hours to set-up, David and his team were able to construct a phenomenal extravaganza of pure luxuriousness which included Artisans from Louis Vuitton's workshop in France who spent the evening showcasing their craft, mounds of mums displaying their jewelry, models in garden themed vignettes and the centerpiece at the entrance to the event a wishing tree, where guests were encouraged to answer the question "Where will your journey take you?" Louis Vuitton plans to include some of the messages in their seasonal display at it's Fifth Avenue store.

Sounds like a fab night and as a send off guests were treated to small bouquets of flowers. Here's my virtual nosegay for you. Ciao! Until next time...

Photo: Jeff Thomas/ImageCapture
Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America

pop!LOVES: Louis Vuitton Holiday Catalog

Louis Vuitton Holiday Catalog
I know you're probably thinking to yourself "why is Yaz posting pictures from the LV catalog?" Well beyond it being a fab catalog, I was swooning at home for like an hour when it arrived at my house, but I just love the wonderland vibe it has about it. I see many designers/event producers have been inspirired by Tim Burton's release of Alice in Wonderland next year. Anyhoo, speaking of inspiration, my next story will be about the actual Louis Vuitton launch party. So pay attention lads to the six tales to follow, salivate over the inspiration and await the luxurious photos to follow! YUM!
6 Tales:
The Dark & Enchanted Forest
The Secret Garden of Luxury
A Light-filled Fantasyland
A Courtyard of Hidden Delights
Woods of Great Wonder
The Golden Pathway

Images via Louis Vuitton

pop!A-RAZZI: Sean Diddy Combs' 40th

The Invite
Diddy and his kids with his gorg cake!
I'm sure even Diddy relishes in the love he gets!
Kim and Kris Kardashian
Ms. Martha Stewart
That's Right! Al Green performed! Sinf it with me "Let's Stay Together...."
Tyrese, Diddy and Baby
The Atmosphere
Confetti never gets boring! Loves it!

Momma Combs
Sean Diddy Combs 40th Birthday
The Plaza Hotel - NY, NY
Diddy promised “the party of the century” to celebrate his 40th birthday on Thursday and that he did! Mr. Sean Combs took over the Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom and his event planner Bronson Van Wyck created a "fantasy dreamland" with fashion installations, a labyrinth, performance art and a display by "wizard of light" Bentley Meeker. The unfortunate part is that not many people got to get inside as I’m told there was a massive crowd outside the venue. Fantasy Circus is more like it! Ha! Well, what is to be expected when it’s Diddy’s party? Where you stuck outside? Join in on the hilarious trending topic of who was #outsidediddysparty

If you did get access then you were rubbing elbows with some of the industry’s best. The guest list included – hold on as I inhale a big enough breathe to name all of these people: Kim Kardashian, Kris Kardashian, Martha Stewart, Baby, Jay-Z, Gayle King, Regina King, Rick Ross, Cassie, Lil Kim, Shannon Elizabeth, DJ Sky Nellor, June Ambrose, D-Nice, Kid Capri, Spike Lee, Tyrese, BBD and more!
Happy Birthday to the KING! Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop!