Michael James of The Silver Fund hosted supporters of Lighthouse Guild’s Annual POSH Palm Beach Dinner Dance during a private pre-gala reception on January 13, 2016, offering guests a sneak preview of highlights to be introduced when the POSH on-line site is officially launched in June.

8_6358835626574699501951092_45_SILVER_20160113_PM_020For years, POSH Palm Beach has been known for its annual sale featuring major designer fashions and accessories donated by socialites, celebrities, designers and retailers. While the annual event benefiting the Lighthouse Guild successfully attracted the masses in search of a deal on designer and couture pieces such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Prada, Escada, Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik, Bottega Veneta, and Christian Louboutin – the digital world opened a whole new opportunity!

Thus, POSH Designer Sale will now offer  an online shopping platform, set to debut this summer, featuring the most coveted clothing and accessories at your fingertips! Patrons will soon be able to support for the Lighthouse Guild from home, work or even while running errands.

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Mark G. Ackermann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lighthouse Guild, was in attendance and recognized this year’s Dinner Dance honorees, Kim Campbell and Lavinia Baker. He also announced Honorary Chair Arlene Dahl, will be presented with Lighthouse Guild’s Vision Award in recognition of her leadership in Palm Beach, and for her longstanding support and advocacy for the vision impaired.

Marking its ninth year, the annual Lighthouse Guild POSH Palm Beach Dinner Dance will be held on February 23, 2016 at Club Colette. This year’s Dinner Dance Chairmen are Kane and Mary Baker, Mario Nievera and Travis Howe.  Junior Chairmen are Bettina Anderson and Wyatt Koch.  The Gala Dinner will honor Lavinia Baker and Kim Campbell.

Committee members include Iris Apfel,  Jackie Weld Drake, Katherine Ford, Michele Kessler, Carla Mann, Talbott Maxey, Grace Meigher, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Kit Pannill, Nancy Paul, Catherine Saxton, Frances Scaife, Jennie Scaife and Norma Tiefel.  Junior Committee members are Lilly Leas, Sean Ferreira, Alexis Posada, Robert Riva, Fritz and Judy van der Grift, Samantha Curry, Camila Helander, Tyler Sargent, Nick Sargent, Nicole Kirchhoff, Erik and Julia Lembcke, Lourdes de Guardiola, Michael Morrissey, Kirsten Smith, Chris Leavitt, Dr. Tara Dennis, Kristina Olsen and Amanda Boalt.

For information about the POSH Dinner Dance, or to make a tax-deductible donation of clothing and/or accessories to the POSH Sale, please contact Mona de Sayve at (561) 828-1522 or email desayvem@lighthouseguild.org

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Click Here for more photos from the POSH Palm Beach Private Pre-Gala Reception.

Lighthouse Guild is the leading non-profit vision and healthcare organization addressing the needs of the blind, visually impaired and those with multiple disabilities by providing critical health care services to help people of all ages to enjoy safe, independent lives.

 

 

2015 has been a fabulous year for Altima Palm Beach!  We celebrated our 15th anniversary, launched our new website, and teamed up with celebrated photographer Patrick McMullan! It is only fitting that we end the year with a bang! Scroll below for a peek at December 2015 charitable events captured Patrick. And of course, continue to follow the blog for ‘Altima Picks’ coming up in 2016. Keep the good times rolling!

All photographs taken by Patrick McMullan.

Studio 1696 New York Meets Palm Beach

Studio 1696 Featured Designers ©Patrick McMullan

Studio 1696 The Talented Group  ©Patrick McMullan

Lori Stoll Holiday Tribute to American Cancer Society

Suzanne Migdall, Hilary Musser, Frances Fisher and Lori Stoll. Photographed by Patrick McMullan

Suzanne Migdall, Hilary Musser, Frances Fisher and Lori Stoll ©Patrick McMullan

 

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue league Christmas Party.

Tom Quick, Pauline Pitt, Lesly Smith== The 44th Annual CHRISTMAS BALL Benefitting The PEGGY ADAMS Animal Rescue League== Sailfish Club, Palm Beach, FL== December 10, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Patrick McMullan/PMC==

Tom Quick, Pauline Pitt, Lesly Smith (c) Patrick McMullan

Paradise Fund Casino

Scott Dingman, Bettina Anderson

Scott Dingman, Bettina Anderson ©Patrick McMullan

Private Celebrations, Meat Market Events and more

Jeff and MeiSze Greene, Terry Allen Kramer, the Honorable Brian Mulroney and Mila Mulroney ©Patrick McMullan

Jeff and MeiSze Greene, Terry Allen Kramer, the Honorable Brian Mulroney and Mila Mulroney ©Patrick McMullan

Mary Mahoney Opening Weekend Celebration

Susan Cohon, Ellie Block, Cynthia Berenson, Mary Mahoney, Peggy Trethewey, Shannon Porthault ©Patrick McMullan

Susan Cohon, Ellie Block, Cynthia Berenson, Mary Mahoney, Peggy Trethewey, Shannon Porthault ©Patrick McMullan

 

Patrick McMullan will be back in South Florida on January 10th to continue to cover the hottest events! 

Couture ‘Art to Wear Fashion’ Show at 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show

Many people don’t think of Fashion when they think of Fine Crafts, but collectors familiar with the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show understand why the two fit together. The fine craftsmanship that goes into the exotic designs, hand-painted textiles and intricate handwork will be showcased at The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show during a fashion show Saturday, February 27th at 1:30 pm.

New York City-based Starr Hagenbring’s silk artful jackets and coat dresses (featured above) will be among the vetted designers to be featured at the 13th Annual event. designers showcasing their wares include Irina Fisher,  Jacquelyn Rice, and Ewa Kielczewska. (Complete list below)

 

Jacquelyn Rice

 

Ewa Kielczewska Designs

Ewa Kielczewska

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show hours:
Friday, February 26 10am – 6pm; Saturday, February 27th 10am – 6pm and Sunday February 28th 11am – 5pm

For complete schedule of events visit www.craftsamericashows.com
Tickets will be on sale in January.

Take a peek at some of the designers to be featured at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.

Kate Beck
Veronika Braslavsky
Jacqueline Kilmartin
Iris Mansard
Amy Nguyen
Mina Norton
Marian Schoettle
Michael Conti

 

 

Alvin Valley

Alvin Valley, also known as “The King of Pants”, has reigned over women’s fashion in 400 stores around the world. His impressive following has also served as his inspiration.

“I was inspired by Oscar Wilde’s novel, Dorian Gray. It was a social observation, and I had tons of fun doing it. Just as Basil Hallward is infatuated by Dorian, I am constantly pulling inspiration from the impressive women I surround myself with. Women such as Kirsten Green, Marissa Mayer, Alexandra von Furstenberg, Eva Lorenzotti, Alexandra Wilkis, Lauren Santo Domingo and Lauren Remington Platt, all of whom are trailblazers within their respective industries, act as my muses, and I am the painter,” says Valley whose first clients were among the young jet set crowd including Lourdes Fanjul and Carolina de Nuefville.

His designs have evolved since its beginnings in 2001 to keep up with the modern woman’s lifestyle. Each collection never fails to emphasize beautiful silhouettes. The Fall 2015 Collection experiments with the different dimensions of refined fashion. More volume, dimension, layers, and movement are some of the features to expect with his pant suit line. Keeping with the season, the color palette emulates the warmth of precious stones- tourmaline, sapphire, and amethyst paired with navy, grays and black.

www.alvinvalley.com

Alvin Valley

Alvin Valley’s Fall collection will be on display at Studio 1696 from December 14th until 24th

Click here to view other Pop-Up Designers

Creating one-of-a-kind personalized sandals to reflect a woman’s individual style and personality.

Perfect Holiday gift: A Taste of Capri 

Their Story:

When Francesco Pasta, a native of Capri and artisan of custom handmade Caprese sandals, met his future bride Jessica, during a shopping excursion, he hadn’t a clue he would end up on Worth Avenue 15 years later! Jessica and her mother took a ferry from Naples to the island paradise. Shopping may have been in their mind- but love was in the air!

Falling in love with the sandals, led to long distance communication which eventually led to Jessica moving to Capri, then Francesco following her to Chicago where they created a mobile business and thankfully for us, culminating in Palm Beach! To read more about the romantic details visit the Shiny Sheet article published earlier this month,Perfect fit: Italian sandal shop brings touch of Capri to Worth Avenue”.

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“I was thrilled to discover Via Capri, 34 while strolling the avenue! I don’t need to wait to go to Capri in the summer to place my order,” says Marzia Precoda who has begun to spread the word among her friends.

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Francesco Pasta, of Via Capri, 34, is an artisan of custom handmade Caprese sandals. Italian born and raised, he learned his craft in 2001 on the Island of Capri, Italy. This 100 year old tradition on Capri has captured the attention of travelers from around the world. Like sipping chilled limoncello made from the lemons of Capri to swimming in the Blue Grotto, authentic Caprese sandals are a staple when visiting this beautiful paradise in the Mediterranean.

Your Experience:

Worth Avenue is home to the first Via Capri, 34 store. The ambiance of this store was designed to give the sense of Capri from its attention to detail. As a designer and cobbler of custom handmade sandals for over 15 years, Francesco focused on the customer experience.

Via Capri, 34 is a symbol of precision and craftsmanship. Via Capri, 34 sandals are made with genuine Italian leather soles and adorned with the choice of a variety of pigmented leathers, Swarovski crystals snake skin and precious metals. Via Capri, 34 sandals are custom handmade to order giving each woman the opportunity to “design” a pair of sandals that reflects their individual style and personality.

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From the decor, to the service and, most importantly, to the quality of your Via Capri, 34 sandals, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget. Take a moment to explore the undeniable beauty of Capri and indulge in a memorable Caprese tradition.

Visiting the Store is a MUST for all of us with good taste and who appreciate quality. Remember to inquire about the Holiday Gift Card.

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323 Worth Avenue, Via de Mario
www.viacapri34.com

Facebook: Via Capri, 34
Instagram: @viacapri34
Pinterest: Via Capri 34 Francesco Pasta
Twitter: @viacapri34

Jessica@viacapri34.com or call Jessica at 312.720.1789

2015 is on track to be Florida’s hottest year on record. Naturally, we are keeping the spirit of summer alive while most of the world is sailing into the frost of winter. This week’s fashion highlight is Strong Boalt Menswear, the product of Palm Beach native, Amanda Boalt Coleman.

She designs are for “men who don’t take themselves too seriously but are seriously well dressed.”

Strong Boalt 2015 by Ben Fink Shapiro

Strong Boalt 2015 by Ben Fink Shapiro

The men’s collection boasts vibrant colors and whimsical yet classic aesthetics. Her inspirations are in part attributed to her family as she is the granddaughter of Enrique Rousseau, who was married to the renowned designer Lilly Pulitzer. Boalt’s early career included a position as a buyer for Ralph Lauren, which she says continues to inspire the timeless look of the menswear.

You won’t find Strong Boalt in any of the mainstream venues of the fashion industry. The men’s collection is concentrated on beautiful destinations, resorts, clubs and golf shops around the world. Click Here to find a boutique near you.

Strong Boalt 2015 by Ben Fink Shapiro

Strong Boalt 2015 by Ben Fink Shapiro

 

Studio 1696 will host a Strong Boalt Pop-Up Trunk show from December 15th -24th (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). The collection will be alongside other local and international designers such as:

Whitney Baldwin – Jewelry
Wyatt Ingraham – Menswear Fashion
Caryna Nina – Tunics
Denis LaMarsh – Imported Furniture
Montecristi Hats by Yovanny – Panama Hats
Rory Mackay – Stationary
Clem Penrose – Fine Art

Studio 1696 | 1696 Old Okeechobee Rd, West Palm Beach
Contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach.com or 561-833-8283 for more information.

Studio 1696 | 1696 Old Okeechobee Rd, West Palm Beach

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

We have already featured Studio 1696 on our blog, but as season gets closer we want to make sure that you all are keeping up with the excitement that is to come at the warehouse retail store. When you walk inside, you will notice A LOT. Colors, patterns, precious stones, textiles and textures from around the globe. The international collection of world travelers Lars Bolander and Nadine Kalachnikoff practically comes to life at their visionary spot in West Palm Beach. From December through April, the dynamic couple will host a series of pop-up shops featuring some of our favorite local artists and designers. Wyatt Koch (Remember our profile where he announced his upcoming fashion line?), Rory Mackay (His stationary collection was just featured in the Oprah Magazine), and Caryna Nina are just some of the artisans who will be featured in the shops.

Follow Studio 1696 on Facebook to make sure you know who will be there and when!

Preview Party December 1st
Pop-Up Shops December 2nd -14th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Clem Penrose – Fine Art
Pat McInerney – Jewelry
Rory MacKay – Stationary
Jenny Garrigues – Accessories

Preview Party December 14th
Pop-Up Shops December 15th -24th
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Whitney Baldwin – Jewelry
Wyatt Ingraham – Menswear Fashion
Caryna Nina – Tunics
Denis LaMarsh – Imported Furniture
Montecristi Hats by Yovanny – Panama Hats
Rory Mackay – Stationary
Clem Penrose – Fine Art

Strong Boalt Menswear – Menswear by Amanda Boalt

 

Whitney Baldwin Designs

Pave Diamonds, Whitney Baldwin Designs

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

Studio 1696 presents a bazaar shopping experience highlighting the international collection from world travelers Lars Bolander & Nadine Kalachnikoff. This season they plan to host an eclectic and inspiring roster of vendors including Whitney Baldwin Designs. Baldwin creates authentic jewelry designs from the four natural elements- earth, fire, air and water. She personally handcrafts the pieces with South Seas Baroque pearls, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, quartz crystals, gold and sterling silver.

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South Sea Baroque Pearl Necklace, Whitney Baldwin Designs

In 2004, Baldwin started designing and marketing jewelry influenced by her individual style while residing in Sante Fe.

Carnelian Geodes, Whitney Baldwin

Carnelian Geodes, Whitney Baldwin

Whitney Baldwin Designs donates 5% of net profits monthly to non-profit local wildlife sanctuaries for the conservation, education and rehabilitation of endangered species of animals.

From February 15-18, 2016,  5% of sales or a portion of sales will benefit the Gentlemen of the Garden.

Semi Precious Stone Stretch Bracelets, Whitney Baldwin Designs

Semi Precious Stone Stretch Bracelets, Whitney Baldwin Designs

Follow Whitney Baldwin Designs on Facebook.

 

You may have seen Wyatt Koch at one of Palm Beach’s elite events carrying the dance floor dressed to the nines, playing tennis at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, or enjoying the serenity of his farm in Florida. Palm Beach has taken notice of Wyatt’s charm and bold fashion sense since he moved here from New York City in 2006. Today, the son of renowned businessman William (Bill) Koch has some big news to announce coming up this winter. Altima sat down with Wyatt for a Q&A and we are excited to share it with our readers!

Altima: What events do you look forward to the most each season?
Wyatt: GOG Halloween Party, Lily Pulitzer Beach Bash, Paradise Casino Gala, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Gala, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year, and of course, POSH Palm Beach, which I will co-chair this year.

Altima: Where do you enjoy spending your weekends in Palm Beach?
Wyatt:  I like to get out to my farm on weekends. When I am in town, I like to play tennis at Mar-a-Lago, shop on Worth Avenue, grab lunch at Nick & Johnnie’s, Café Sapori or Bice, or just relax at the beach.

Altima: What are your Top 3 restaurants on the island?
Wyatt: Café L’ Europe, Echo and Palm Beach Grill.

Altima: What is your favorite store on Worth Ave?
Wyatt: Neiman Marcus, and my sales associate, Michael Diaz, is great.

Altima: We heard that you have some big news coming up in December 2015. Care to dish with Altima readers?
Wyatt: I have recently decided to pursue my lifelong passion for fashion by starting a fashion line. Wyatt Ingraham LLC was launched a few months ago.  We are very excited about the upcoming line of men’s shirts.  I am also excited that 10% of all profits will be donated to charity.  You can learn more about the clothing line and my inspirations at www.wyattingraham.com

Altima: What should we expect from your first collection?
Wyatt: The first collection will be exclusively men’s shirts.  We have a fabulous line about to be released, with bold colors and inspired patterns.  These are high quality, American made shirts for the impeccably dressed man.  These shirts will grab attention and inspire the men who wear them to be bold.

Stay tuned, we plan to follow-up with Wyatt in a few months when he officially débuts Wyatt Ingraham!

Designs coming soon to www.wyattingraham.com.

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

Christine Festa | Yoga Pose

Christine Festa | Mermaid Yoga Pose

Yogis are everywhere! In the studio, on the beach, at the park, perched on a mountain top, and in homes. People are taking this relaxation practice everywhere they go. It is a way to disconnect with your common life distractions (work, school, family) and connect with your inner-self.  How much better is it when an experienced yoga instructor comes to you, understands your needs and creates a tailor-made itinerary?

I recently experienced a tailor-made session with Christine Festa with Movement Yoga and Wellness who takes her mobile studio on the road.

‘She zenned me out.’

With the holiday season quickly approaching (The Christmas and Hanukkah decorations are already in department stores- TOO SOON!) I know it would behoove me to adopt a de-stressing routine to be my best self for the most wonderful time of the year. It can be hard to find the right methods which fit your needs, so it is helpful (and much safer) to hire an expert who can help you achieve the best results for your mind, body and soul!

We know this is a huge deal at Altima! With the hectic schedule of our season, I have to be reminded by my kids  to JUST BREATHE!

Yoga offers a slew of benefits you may not have even thought of including strength building, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness.

Science has shown that bringing the body into relaxation can alter your response to stress not only on an emotional level, but a physical one too.

Christine Festa is a certified yoga instructor and founder and owner of  Movement Yoga and Wellness, A Mobile Yoga Studio in South Florida. You can contact her at 561-396-9791 or christine@movement.yoga to set up your private session.

 

Christine Fest | Yoga Headstand with Eagle Legs

Christine Festa | Yoga Headstand with Eagle Legs