THE SCENE
John Varvatos Opens a New Manhattan Location
THE SCENE
NBC Show 'Fashion Star' Axed after Two Seasons

Fashion Star, the show that was supposed to revive Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie’s reality TV career has been cancelled after two seasons. Initially launched to rival Project Runway by having Elle MacPherson as one of the mentors in season one, the dwindling ratings have forced the producers at NBC studios to axe any forthcoming seasons.

DO-GOODERS
88 Pianos Provide NYC with Harmony and Hope

Between the buzz and whir of city traffic and the bedlam of your rush hour commute, do not be surprised if you suddenly begin to hear the opening notes of Haydn's "Sonata in F" creeping out of the urban maelstrom. More likely than not, you may also begin to hear the sound of a little girl enthusiastically banging out her own tune on a piano.

Sing For Hope's latest project has brought 88 pianos to the streets of all five boroughs in order to provide communities access to these instruments. Whether you are a Julliard graduate or a complete novice, these instruments have been distributed around the community to encourage anybody and everybody to give them a spin. Each piano has also been customized with artwork by many different public figures, visual artists, and organizations which include, among others, John Varvatos, the Bushwick School for Social Justice, and Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post.

SARTORIALLY YOURS
What Men Really Want

Whether they've been naughty or nice, every fella deserves a thoughtful gift this holiday season. We've compiled a short but sweet list of unique gifts, ranging from low to high prices so that everyone can find something for that special man. In no particular order (since all items listed are awesome), here we go:

Rugby Ralph Lauren Cardigan, $99.99- Create your own cardigan with the luxury brand, Ralph Lauren. Options include an elbow-patch cardigan in navy and black. The website also allows you to make your own hat, rugby, polo and solid oxford shirts, all on sale now! Don't miss out on this chance to personalize your gift and truly make it one-of-a-kind.

LIQUID COURAGE
Spirited Collaborations

Last week, we at Joonbug attended the Macallan Masters of Photography Series launch event at the Bowery Hotel that debuted the drams latest venture into collaborative territory. That's right, the beloved whisky teamed up with photographer extroidinaire, Annie Leibovitz to launch a pricey, new bottle and promotional pictorals that featured Grey's Anatomy star, Kevin McKidd. The starry soiree brought much-a-buzz to Macallan paving way for more spirited collaborations?

We guess so, since receiving word that the next venture to launch is between, Patron Spirits and world-renowned fashion designer, John Varvatos. The first-ever artist to collaborate on a new design element of the Patron bottle, to craft a limited edition bottle stopper exclusively for Patron Anejo tequila.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
NYC: Your Party-Per-Night

When: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Where: Empire Hotel Rooftop, 44 West 63rd St.

When: 8-11pm

Where: mad46 Rooftop Lounge, 45 E. 46th street

When: 11pm-4am

Where: WIP, 34 Vandam St.

When: 10pm – 4am

Where: XVI Lounge, 251 West 48th St. New York.

When: 10pm-4am

Where: Gansevoort Park Avenue. 420 Park Ave South, New York

When: 11pm-4am

Where: Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.

When: Noon-6pm

Where: Highland Park, 206 E 34th St.

THIS JUST IN
She Came, She Saw, She Designed: The Fashion Industry's Newest 'Star'


The finale of NBC's Fashion Star concluded a knock-out first season Tuesday night as 4.9 million viewers bit their nails in the anticipation of the first ever Fashion Star winner.

Kara Laricks came into the competition as an unlikely winner, as she started out designing ties, and truthfully, we didn’t even think she’d make it past the first round! But thanks to the fashion industry panel of judges (Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, & Nicole Richie) Laricks was saved and ultimately stepped her game up, improving by leaps and bounds episode after first episode, and was finally pronounced the winner.

THE SAMPLER
NYC's Upcoming Sample Sales


Who: Zimmermann, Ever, Basslike, Josa Tulum
What: One day, cash-only sale on contemporary designer lines: eclectic designs from Zimmermann, luxury travel classics from Ever, essential basics from Basslike, and perfect all-occasion dresses from Josa Tulum.
Where: Lori Jacobs Showroom, 425 West 14th Street, suite 3R (between Ninth Ave & Washington Street); 212-924-2466
When: December 20th; 11am—7pm

ASTON KUTCHER
The High Energy And Versatility of DJ Steve Powers

Born and raised in Jersey, Steve Powers knew at a young age that he wanted to pursue the entertainment and music culture that the Big Apple had to offer. In college, Steve's aspirations became a reality, as he quickly became the go-to emcee for spring break Acapulco. Today, Steve is one of the most sought after DJ's in the country, performing at the hottest nightclubs in NYC and all over the nation. His music defies the boundaries of any genre or style, which is perhaps why superstars such as Rihanna, Derek Jeter and Leonardo DiCaprio have enjoyed his performances. We were lucky enough to sit down with the man whose incredible energy is able to get anyone on the dance floor.