The Scene – Broadway Style Guide Your guide to Broadway and style. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:02:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watch: Prince of Broadway Opening Night Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:05:46 +0000 <![CDATA[Suzy Evans]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Prince of Broadway]]> <![CDATA[Watch the cast and celebrity guests celebrate opening night of the musical celebrating Harold Prince's career.]]> <![CDATA[

How do you encapsulate a 60-year career? Make a musical about it. The legendary director and producer Harold Prince is a piece of living history, and Prince of Broadway is a tribute to one of the most renowned figures in the theatre’s historic contribution to the art form. The musical celebrated opening night on Thursday at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and celebrity guests attended to support the icon and his illustrious work. Watch the video below!

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Photos: Prince of Broadway Opening Night Fri, 25 Aug 2017 18:05:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Suzy Evans]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Prince of Broadway]]> <![CDATA[Check out photos from the red carpet and opening night party for the musical celebrating Harold Prince's career!]]> <![CDATA[

How do you encapsulate a 60-year career? Put it into a musical. The legendary director and producer Harold Prince is a piece of living history, and Prince of Broadway is a tribute to one of the most renowned figures in the theatre’s historic contribution to the art form. The musical celebrated opening night on Thursday at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and celebrity guests attended to support the icon and his illustrious work. Check out photos from the red carpet and the afterparty below!

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Native Ken: Made in the USA Event Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:25:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Madeleine Villavicencio]]> <![CDATA[Style]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Adam Porter-Smith]]> <![CDATA[Adrienne Warren]]> <![CDATA[Billy Porter]]> <![CDATA[Kate Rockwell]]> <![CDATA[Nathan Lee Graham]]> <![CDATA[Native Ken]]> <![CDATA[Vanessa Ray]]> <![CDATA[Broadway stars celebrate the official launch of Native Ken luxury eyewear.]]> <![CDATA[

When we first walk into Native Ken, sunlight pours through the glass storefront, highlighting the stark contrast between the minimalist white shelving on the left and the burgundy brick wall on the right. A single frame is on each shelf, nestled between detailed design sketches. It’s Friday, July 21, and we’re celebrating the official launch of Native Ken’s “Made in the USA” eyewear line. Native Ken is a luxury eyewear brand with a brick-and-mortar in the heart of Chelsea.

Cofounder Chris Tsiplakos is standing behind the checkout table, which will soon transform into a food and beverage table. He’s attending to a walk-in customer who is interested in a pair of sunglasses. Off to the left, co-owner Adam Porter-Smith is surveying the nearby red carpet as his husband, Billy Porter, is perched atop a white counter fiddling with his iPhone. Porter jumps down to greet us and smiles.

By 7 p.m., a steady stream of guests begins to trickle in. Nathan Lee Graham, of Zoolander fame, is one of the first to arrive. He isn’t blue-steeling tonight, but he’s really into spinning for the camera. As the evening goes on, eyewear starts to disappear from the shelves as partygoers take pairs down to sport around the room.

Tsiplakos has built a loyal customer base over the years, and some of the guests are longtime customers. When he and his brother, Tom, first opened Native Ken in 2010, it was called Tina Catherine Eyewear. After joining forces with Porter-Smith, they launched the brand as Native Ken.

Vanessa Ray and Kate Rockwell rocking Native Ken Hudsons.
Vanessa Ray and Kate Rockwell rocking Native Ken Hudsons.

“I’ve been coming in here for maybe five years,” says Jerome Brooks after he spent a good 20 minutes filming a moonwalking sequence. The musician happened to walk into the store one day. Brooks wishes he wore his Native Kens tonight, but they didn’t quite match his outfit. The frames he chose for the evening have a delicate gold frame that pair well with his hat and gold skull t-shirt. Brooks estimates he owns at least 30 pairs of glasses and looks for original designs that stand out. He walks off sporting a pair of Bond sunnies.

Adrienne Warren in Emerald Native Ken Banks.
Adrienne Warren in Emerald Native Ken Banks.

The Native Ken line is best described as vintage-inspired with a modern twist. The styles range from the Buddy Holly-influenced Rivingtons to what one guest described as “the Jeffrey Dahmer.” These titanium wire Bleekers are the frames that the Tsiplakos brothers imagined their uncle was born wearing. “Imagine a big Greek guy with his shirt buttons popped open,” Tsiplakos says with a laugh.

By 9:30 p.m., the store is crowded, as Broadway shows are letting out and more people are arriving. Kathryn Gallagher steps up to blow us some kisses. Adrienne Warren and Rafael Casal stop by. Kate Rockwell and Vanessa Ray gives us a few high fives and snaps. And Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller does the robot.

The next day, everything is different in the store. A large bar with shiny new taps stands where the red carpet was, and Tsiplakos is planning to serve coffee from Five for Coffee.  “Sometimes people come and just want to hang out,” he explains. It’s just another way to cultivate the community that has served them well.

In the upcoming months, Native Ken plans on releasing a new line in collaboration with Porter. They plan on participating in Fall Fashion Week and hope to have another party to celebrate their new coffee bar. Native Ken also offers free eye exams and 30 percent off frames for Equity members.

Co-owner Adam Porter-Smith shows off Native Ken's latest line of luxury eyewear.
Co-owner Adam Porter-Smith shows off Native Ken’s latest line of luxury eyewear.
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Men’s Fashion Week Report: Parke & Ronen Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:11:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Drew Jessup]]> <![CDATA[Style]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Andrew Rannells]]> <![CDATA[Billy Porter]]> <![CDATA[Fashion Week]]> <![CDATA[Kyle Dean Massey]]> <![CDATA[Men's Fashion Week]]> <![CDATA[New York Fashion Week]]> <![CDATA[Kyle Dean Massey, Andrew Rannells, Billy Porter and more attend the designers' balmy and sexy runway show.]]> <![CDATA[

New York Men’s Fashion Week is always a busy week with multiple events to attend. You combine that with balmy July temperatures and a shitty MTA system, and it can go from fun and exciting to sweaty and overwhelming very quickly. In fact, that’s what happened to me on Wednesday. I was running late again. At 1:15 p.m., the goal arrival time, I was still on the subway platform in Williamsburg. I was running up to the Skylight, where the Parke & Ronen show was taking place, just as the clock was hitting 1:40 p.m. I was sweaty, out of breath, and yearning to enjoy the satisfaction I get in the fall while wearing a leather jacket. Then I spot a glimmer of hope on the corner. I see Tommy Dorfman, star of 13 Reason’s Why, who I actually met on another corner in Soho the night before. Dorfman is the exact opposite of his character on the Netflix show. He’s down to Earth, charming, and engaging.

After walking completely around the building and finding ourselves on the Westside Highway (I’ve always hated this venue), we’ve made it. Dorfman goes first: “Hi, Tommy Dorfman.” “Yes, of course,” the pretty blonde responds with a smile and an assistant comes and takes him away. “And you?” she says to me. “Hi! Drew Jessup!” “Hmm how do you spell that?” I guess it pays to have been a part of a popular Netflix series. She finds my name and I walk assistant-less backstage, where it’s a sea of diversified six packs coming off stage from walk-throughs. I’m already planning my next trip to the gym.

I was seeking succor when BSG editor Tony Marion finds me and we head back to the VIP section. There’s Dorfman, Andrew Rannells, and Matthew Risch telling stories that consistently end with laughter. Kyle Dean Massey and husband Taylor Frey are being interviewed by NY1’s Frank DiLella nearby. I must feel like how Taylor Swift’s photographer feels when they’re hired to shoot Taylor and her power friend groups emerging from empty beaches, I’m here for one reason. I start snapping away while there’s yelling in the background that it’s almost showtime.

All the VIPs and I head to the runway where it’s social hour before the lights dim and the music comes on. The who’s who’s of New York Men’s Fashion Week, usually dressed in the designers clothes for the show, is talking while a cloud of photographers stand on the runway yelling, “Tommy, look here!” “One more for me, Andrew!” Fashion weeks are funny, especially at the more well-known shows, and it’s a very consistent type of crowd that’s deemed relevant enough to attend. Sometimes it’s athletes. Sometimes it’s models. For Parke & Ronen it’s actors. There are the six mentioned above and then Broadway star Billy Porter with husband, Adam Smith, Hugh Sheridan from The Divorce, Elijah Boothe from Blue Bloods, and Keith Powers from Famous in Love and Straight Outta Compton.

Suddenly people dressed in black and wearing headsets and hugging their clipboards appear. If you’ve ever been to a fashion show, this means get to your damn seats. Parke & Ronen Spring/Summer 2018 is filled with short, tight tastefully printed bathing suits and looser-fitting button downs and sweaters. The collection also incorporates some of their best pieces from past years in celebration of the 20th anniversary. The show concludes with designers Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel coming onto the runway for a short walk, which ends in waves and a kiss before they go backstage. And just like that, the hype is over, the show is done, and the palpable anticipation once felt a mere five minutes ago evaporates. The room scatters and everyone is off to once again battle the unbearable heat of summer. Good thing Parke & Ronen have a few extra bathing suits and tanks laying backstage. It may be the only way I’ll survive my journey back to Brooklyn.

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Men’s Fashion Week Report: Todd Snyder Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:10:21 +0000 <![CDATA[Drew Jessup]]> <![CDATA[Style]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Anastasia]]> <![CDATA[Bandstand]]> <![CDATA[Corey Cott]]> <![CDATA[Derek Klena]]> <![CDATA[Fashion Week]]> <![CDATA[Men's Fashion Week]]> <![CDATA[New York Fashion Week]]> <![CDATA[Todd Snyder]]> <![CDATA[Derek Klena, Corey Cott, and William Ivey Long join Broadway Style Guide for an exclusive night on the town. ]]> <![CDATA[

It’s 5:17 p.m., and I’m two minutes late for my first New York Men’s Fashion Week event. I’m out of breath, sweaty from wearing a suit in July, and overtly conscious of both—that is until I step inside Todd Snyder’s Madison Park flagship store, where I immediately hear laughter. The laughter echoes through the impeccably decorated storefront and only continues to grow as I’m escorted out back to the door that reads “Private Client.”

I push the door open slowly, assuming I’m interrupting something, and it’s like a scene straight out of The Kingsman. There’s a brass bar cart to my left filled with a liquor for any nobleman who finds himself back here, and above it, there’s a black and white photo of James Dean. On the first wall to my right, two beautiful outfits hang, awaiting their subjects. To the right of the clothes, I discover the source of the laughter: two seated gentlemen wearing jackets, ties, and dark framed glasses and sharing a glass of 12-year Balvenie scotch and a Hendrick’s and soda. It’s costume designer William Ivey Long and BSG editor-in-chief Antonio “Tony” Marion, who Long calls a “baby producer” as Marion is currently represented by the Tony-nominated musical Groundhog Day.

Tony’s a good friend, and Long is a stranger. I shake hands with both, and Long promptly hands me a glass of scotch, which is the best scotch I’ve ever tasted. “Delicious,” I say. Long, without hesitation teasingly rolls his eyes as if I should be fully aware of the quality of any scotch put into your hand by the legend.

Soon after, Derek Klena, star of Anastasia on Broadway, arrives, and the four of us toast a great night ahead. Klena washes down a few bites of his Sweetgreen Harvest bowl with his Belvanie and comments on how delicious it is as well, which Long follows with eye roll and I smile internally. Corey Cott, one of the stars of the new musical Bandstand, arrives shortly after, and it’s time for him and Klena to try on their outfits.

Laid-back California boy Klena wears a navy sports coat, a brown knit polo, light-washed denim jeans, and brown desert boots. Cott, the Ohio native, wears a light grey plaid suit, tapered high to show some ankle (a favorite touch of mine), an olive knit polo with matching olive suede Alden’s loafers. To finish off each outfit, each star wears a gifted Timex watch from Snyder himself, and the boys are ready to hang with Men’s Fashion Week’s finest.

It’s 5:55 p.m., and Tony’s phone dings notifying us that our black SUV has arrived and it’s off to the show. Marion and Long escape to the back. Cott and Klena take the middle bench seat, and I sit in the passenger seat. Long talks about his houses scattered from Massachusetts to North Carolina, where he grew up. Cott discusses his 50-bottle whiskey collection that he and a friend share. I would usually feel out of my league in a conversation like this, but these are four retiring gentlemen, respectful of their Broadway prowess and speak suppliantly about pipe-dream-type success. We then arrive in front of the Cadillac House where a group of photographers and city-goers are gathered out front before the show.

As we walk toward the two men dressed in black with a clipboard of names, we’re stopped by a group of Broadway fans who recognize Cott. “I loved your show!” one of the girls screams. He gladly agrees to take pictures and makes small talk before we’re asked to go inside. I’m a part of an interesting group: They’re discreet in the fashion world, but travel 40 streets north to Time Square and you’ll find a collection of people who travel from all corners of the world purely to see these gentlemen and their work.

The room starts to fill with a more and more fashionable audience. The ego-boosting social hour comes to an end, and we take our seats. Marion, Cott, and Klena sit adjacent from me. In the front row, model/influencer Eric Rutherford, male model Sean O’Pry, Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., and celebrity stylist Preston Konrad, to name a few, join them. The devilishly handsome actor, Matt Bomer and husbands Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent sit directly behind them. The lights dim. The crowd quiets. “Please sit the fuck down,” Lewis Del Mar sings. The lights illuminate the runway as the first look hits the stage. A seven-minute, 42-look, two-song Del Mar performance later, and then a step out from behind the curtain smile and wave from Snyder and it’s complete. Loud applause transpires and a sense of alacrity can be felt throughout the audience—it was a smash. A wide range of versatile styling all centered around timeless prints and fits from schoolboy knits to military boots and an assortment of faded colors from all of over the world.

We’re quickly grabbed by Katie Woolley, Snyder’s director of private clientele, to head backstage. The man of the hour, Snyder, is irradiated by camera flashes and crowded by celebrity endorsers eager to congratulate him on the show. We wait our turn and then Klena, Cott, and Marion gather with the smiling designer and share a few laughs before the next leading light repeats the process.

We head back to the showroom where the runway and benches have been cleared. There’s music playing, and we’re immediately handed drinks. What was the organized mess of a show prior to heading backstage is now a party of people talking. We continue to chat for a couple of minutes, stopping only to pause for our photograph to be taken. It’s 9:15 p.m., and Long has Irish-exited. It’s certainly a night to remember that could only have been cultivated with this illustrious mixture of Broadway and fashion.

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School’s Out—And Summer Is In Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:41:47 +0000 <![CDATA[Suzy Evans]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Art and style hit East Hampton at the summer event, raising money for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which provides a safe space for LGBTQ youth.]]> <![CDATA[

“The definition of love… Is it limited?” Tracy Anderson asked. “I sure hope not.”

Anderson, the fitness guru known for making celebrities feel fab, had love written all over her this weekend. Literally. She wore a custom-designed, multi-colored dress—with the word “Love” scrawled across the front—made by her 18-year-old son, Sam, to this year’s School’s Out benefit, which took place at the East Hampton home of Lisa and James Cohen on June 17.

“He and his girlfriend wanted to make this for me tonight so that they can show that they are behind everyone loving whoever they want,” she said.

School’s Out raises funds for Hetrick-Martin Institute, an organization whose mission is to provide a safe space for LGBTQ youth, especially during the summer months when school is closed and resources are scarce. The A-list affair, co-hosted by Anderson, Margaret Russell and more, was sponsored by Broadway ticketing platform TodayTix, GQ, and Facebook, among others. “The values that HMI supports are the exact things that TodayTix considers part of our core values,” said TodayTix CEO and co-founder Merritt Baer.

The most stylish and sexy LGBTQ supporters and community members were escorted to the lawn party by way of a revolving slew of MINI Coopers, the premier sponsor of the day. As they exited the cars, some socialized on the estate’s tennis court, some hit the Ketel One bar for special School’s Out cocktails, and some expressed their pride in bright rainbow colors at the TodayTix photo booth.

Posters were laid out under the big white tent on the Cohens’ front lawn that read “#PrideIs…,” and guests were asked to finish the sentence in rainbow marker. They read: “#PrideIs… Being Yourself,” “#PrideIs… Knowing You’re Awesome,” and “#PrideIs… Living Your Best Life!”

And that is just what everyone in attendance at School’s Out did.

“I am the reason why you guys are here,” said the evening’s speaker, HMI alumni Jazmine Perez, in a red-and-white polka dot dress. “When I first found HMI, it was the mid-’90s… I was nervous, I was scared. I knew I needed to explore myself, but I was very scared because, my whole life, everyone kept telling me that I shouldn’t be who I am—no, no, no. I can’t transition. I can’t be who I am. Finally, when I went to HMI, the adults, the counselors, and the staff there were extremely supportive and accepting. The kids who were in the drop-in space were just so free with being who they were.”

“The LGBT community is great at expressing themselves,” she said, emphasizing the importance of the arts for LGBTQ youth.

Her date, Jason Morales, added, “Art, itself, is all about embracing community, each other and each other’s work and respect. It’s one of the greatest communities in the world—the arts community.”

Thomas Krever, CEO of HMI—looking sleek in a white suit, which he said symbolized “hope”—explained: “The arts are a fundamental critical component of adolescent development. We know that LGBT youth live in environments of high trauma, distress, anxiety. We still live in a country where 30 percent of young people coming out will be evicted from their homes. When we’re young, we don’t have the words. We don’t have the language—the way to articulate that trauma—or that joy in celebrating who we are in authentic ways. The arts allow us to do that. Music, art, dance, drama, spoken word, playwriting—it allows young people to be creative… As a young person, dealing with all of the trauma and stress, the arts are a powerful tool, and it really evens out the playing field so that young people can find a way to express themselves and live authentically.”

Guests ranged from actors to designers to influencers to millennials to matchmakers, including’s Emily Holmes Hahn, dressed in Diane von Furstenberg. “Who doesn’t love the arts?” she said, “It’s a common language.”

Larry Milstein, styled in a floral jacket and distressed white denim from AllSaints, added that events like School’s Out are so important because “for the first time—at least for millennials’ life cycles—we had this shock where we realized we could no longer be complacent in our political activism, particularly when it comes to social organizations and opportunities to really support the most at-risk youth.”

“I was the chair for this event for many, many years,” recalled former HMI board member Brendan Coolidge Monaghan, chief industry officer of fashion and luxury at Conde Nast, alongside boyfriend Mark Herman, senior manager of brand partnerships at Marriott Hotels International. “What HMI does is very important, especially today… [and art is] a reflection of culture and a way to express ourselves in ways that we can’t do in politics or any other traditional way.”

“When you can’t live your truth, or you’re bullied from living your truth, you develop in a damaged way,” added Anderson. “So it’s really important that we get education for these children and support for these children…and to really fight for them—to fight for people’s minds to be untapped and unwrapped, so that everyone can love who they want to.”

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Photos: 2017 Tony Awards Red Carpet Exclusives Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:49:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Suzy Evans]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Tony Awards 2017]]> <![CDATA[Check out even more photo coverage from Broadway's biggest night!]]> <![CDATA[

You didn’t think our Tony Awards coverage was done, did you? Check out even more beautiful photos of the stars arriving at Radio City Music Hall before the 2017 Tony Awards.


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Photos: 2017 Tony Awards Red Carpet Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:21:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Suzy Evans]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Tony Awards 2017]]> <![CDATA[Check out all your favorite stars as they stop by the step and repeat on Broadway's biggest night.]]> <![CDATA[

Check out all the stars and nominees on this year’s Tony Awards red carpet outside Radio City Music Hall.

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Watch: 2017 Tony Awards Red Carpet Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:04:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Suzy Evans]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Alex Lacamoire]]> <![CDATA[Andy Karl]]> <![CDATA[Bandstand]]> <![CDATA[Ben Platt]]> <![CDATA[Brandon Uranowitz]]> <![CDATA[Casey Cott]]> <![CDATA[Christopher Ashley]]> <![CDATA[Christopher Jackson]]> <![CDATA[Come From Away]]> <![CDATA[David Korins]]> <![CDATA[Dear Evan Hansen]]> <![CDATA[Eva Noblezada]]> <![CDATA[Groundhog Day]]> <![CDATA[Jenn Colella]]> <![CDATA[Kelly Devine]]> <![CDATA[Laura Osnes]]> <![CDATA[Miss Saigon]]> <![CDATA[Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812]]> <![CDATA[Okieriete Onaodowan]]> <![CDATA[Orfeh]]> <![CDATA[Sam Pinkleton]]> <![CDATA[Stephanie J. Block]]> <![CDATA[Steven Levenson]]> <![CDATA[Susan Hilferty]]> <![CDATA[Tony Awards]]> <![CDATA[Tony Awards 2017]]> <![CDATA[Find out what this year's nominees had to say on their way into Radio City Music Hall. ]]> <![CDATA[

Check out what all the stars had to say outside Radio City Music Hall before the 2017 Tony Awards!

Watch the full video now!

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Top 10 Looks on the 2017 Tony Awards Red Carpet Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:03:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Suzy Evans]]> <![CDATA[The Scene]]> <![CDATA[Andy Karl]]> <![CDATA[Ben Platt]]> <![CDATA[Condola Rashad]]> <![CDATA[Denee Benton]]> <![CDATA[Eva Noblezada]]> <![CDATA[Gavin Creel]]> <![CDATA[Jenn Colella]]> <![CDATA[Kevin Spacey]]> <![CDATA[Mike Faist]]> <![CDATA[Rachel Bay Jones]]> <![CDATA[Stephanie J. Block]]> <![CDATA[Tony Awards 2017]]> <![CDATA[The fashion at this year's ceremony was incredible, and we've picked our favorite style from the night.]]> <![CDATA[

Walk this way! The Tony Awards red carpet is a veritable runway every year, and it’s always impossible to choose the best looks outside of Radio City Music Hall. However, we took on the difficult task and selected the 10 top looks from the red carpet. Check them out below!

Jenn Colella, styled by Anna Wintour in Elizabeth Kennedy.

Eva Noblezada in Jonathan Simkhai.

Condola Rashad in Vivienne Westwood and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Rachel Bay Jones in Christian Siriano.

Denee Benton in Oscar de la Renta.

Andy Karl in Brooks Brothers.

Ben Platt in custom David Hart.

Gavin Creel in Malan Breton.

Sam Pinkleton in Malan Breton

Mike Faist in Turnbull and Asser.

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