"Dogs & Dames" - You Are Cordially Invited to Quaff Bacardi Rum Cocktails & Enjoy Pin-up Art of Dogs by Charles Apt - curated by Roseanne Stanzione of The Art Party - 8/10 at Shady's Waggery and Girly NYC - FASHIONTRIBES PET PODCAST & BLOG - MP3 File
Attention pooch-owing Fashionistas - If you find yourself in NYC this Wednesday, August 10th from 7 - 10 pm, grab Fido and head over to Dogs and Dames, a rum-drenched block party in the East Village - featuring doggie pin-up art! (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dreamed up by art education & advisory service The-Art-Party, hip lingerie boutique Girly NYC, designer dog emporium Shady's Waggery and sponsored by Bacardi - Dogs and Dames will showcase dog portraits by Benjamin Altman award-winner Charles Apt (CharlesApt.com), painted early in his career and framed framed especially for Shady's Waggery (443 East 9th Street).
So take a stroll down newly trendy Avenue A, bring your fave four-legged fashionista, and enjoy some fresh air, modern art, snacks - both for the two- and four-legged - and drink away the dog days of summer with a rum cocktail, or two..or...what the hell: it's summer. Get tanked!
HAVE A HEART Not that you need encouragement or an excuse to shop, but ten percent of Shady's Waggery sales during the event will be donated to national pet charities. If nothing else, do it for Fido's less fortunate pals
ART WITH STREET CRED Ever felt uncomfortable or out-of-sorts contemplating odd and splashy modern art, wondering just what it is you're supposed to be looking at? Perhaps it's not your boorish lack of culture that's to blame, it's the setting. And Roseanne Stanzione, owner of The-Art-Party (The-Art-Party.com), feels your pain. The former banker with an eagle eye for great art was inspired to take art out of uptight galleries and show it in fun, unique settings like Dogs and Dames. "Cool art, happy puppies and really good drinks is what we had in mind," she notes about the cheeky contemporary pin-ups and dog portraiture that will be shown. But if you're thinking of picking up a pooch portrait for your collection, don't be fashionably late: most of Stanzione's shows typically sell out before the night of the event, thanks to her well-heeled rolodex of eager-beaver buyers (think Wall Street gazillionaire traders/I-bankers/Bond-whatevers) that eagerly await each new Art-Party invite.
LINGERIE WITH NEW YORK ATTITUDE Inspired by a vintage pair of panties, she had a dream. Unlike MLK, it involved unmentionables. Underwear enthusiast Pamela Atwood started Girly NYC to bring decent drawer-deprived Gothamites some really cool undies. The tiny jewel box of a store is barely larger than a lingerie drawer, but what a lingerie drawer: lavender walls, Pucci-esque swirls on the floor, and lingerie in luscious colors and mod styling that has made it so popular. (Hip boutiques around the world like Anna Sui in New York, Selfridges in London, and Victoria's Secret all carry it.) (Photo: VintagePastelle.com)
COME OVER, ROVER From the minute she laid eyes on the homeless and blind 12 year old Boston Terrior from Ohio, Signe was smitten. They became instantly inseparable (or, some have said, co-dependent) and it was immediately clear to all of Signe's friends that she had either lost her mind or met her muse (online, no less). Looking for any excuse to spend 24/7 with her beloved pal, Signe - an in-demand fashion stylist - translated her much sought-after sense of style and passion for pups into Shady's Waggery, a one-stop shop to outfit and indulge her pooch pals. From the the best of the basics like food, toys and treats to lotions, potions, spritzes and balms for all that ails your little buddy, and the perfect bag for smuggling Fifi onto the subway in style, Shady's will give the love of your life a healthy dose of downtown doggy style.
TASTY BEVERAGE TIME Apparently inspired by one of Charles Apt's watercolors that will be exhibited at Shady's Waggery, Bacardi was inspired to create a special martini just for Dogs and Dames. It's warm & social - just like a lovably droopy bassett.
BACARDI® BIG APPLE BASSETT
1 1/2 parts BACARDI® BIG APPLE
1/2 part triple sec
2 parts cranberry
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into chilled martini glass.