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Friday, March 22, 2013

Styled then Savored: GMHC Savor Dinner 2013 and Men's Style Review

Do fashion and food go together?  Some may think not, but they most certainly do.  Especially when there is a great cause for all the rich sauces, tender meats, bacon-wrapped delicacies and bite-sized morsels.  The fashion falls in line as a form of honor (and in the case of New Yorkers, a bit of flossing too).  What's being honored is an organization that has kept not only food coming but also services, aid and pleasantly-aggressive support to those affected by HIV/AIDS.  So how could one not don his best jacket, polish up his dandiest brogues and perfect that bow-tie knot to come out and say 'I've got your back' to a revered organization that has had the back of so many without judgment and without pause.  
Left to right:  Bow-ties and black suits bit Cipriani 42nd Street, GMHC creed and the host for the evening, Cynthia Nixon

 Clockwise from right: Martin Berusch, Mike Ruiz and the coolness pink and black represented from the hanky to the socks to the boa

Last night in New York City, The Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) held their annual Savor Dinner at Cipriani's 42nd Street location.  GMHC has this dinner every year to honor the unified way in which their more than 30 year old tenure has sought to feed and nourish those infected who aren't able to feed themselves and who were unjustly denied service in restaurants due to their sickness.  So resting on the laurels of humanitarianism and a general unbiased support for all fellow men, GMHC Savor is honor and love at its culinary peak.
 Clockwise from right:  A fun bow-tie from 'Hunting Games' actor Ben Bauer, the suave acclaimed director Lee Daniels and the classic style and tasseled loafers of Bob Levine
The beautiful award-winning Cynthia Nixon hosted New York's men (and women) coming out last night to honor the wonderful contributions of The Keith Haring Foundation and to see activist Joy A. Tomchin receive the Judith Peabody Humanitarian Award.  In a scrumptious meal prepared by World Class celebrated chefs Alex Guarnaschelli,  Justin Warner and Colleen Grapes, guests were invited to dine on decadent culinary delights in Cipriani's lavish dining room.  However, before they ate, the sartorial menswear style-monger that I am visually feasted on the threads that the gentlemen guests donned to showcase how they polish up.
 Clockwise from right:  Michael Harwood in a jacquard Versace jacket, Demetre Daskalakis in a Galliano jacket with satin collar detail and the simple, clean and handsome duo of Frank Spinelli and Chad Shroer
As with any crowd, especially in the Big Apple, you had your classic gents, your 'not so classic' gents and your maverick gents.  They came out with character and taste to show love and continued support for GMHC's progress and initiatives not to mention for friends and loved ones lost, living and still living in their hearts.  That alone made them all gentlemen from windsor to wingtip.  Please check out all the photos and for more info on GMHC please visit their website here.  Stay involved, stay informed, stay unconditional, stay stylish and stay blessed.  
 Left to right:  Michael Macneal in leather lapel blazer with Erickson Beamon necklace and Jeremy Scott oxfords 

Left to right:  Ryan Hannibal in a Marc Jacobs lace-ups and vintage Dior necktie

 Left to right:  Frank Dix, dapper and dangerous in leather accessories

 Left to right:  The classically handsome Charles Rush, David Dix and Frank Dix and all-red accessories accent a classic tux perfectly

 Left to right:  Mathew de Guzman softens up the evening with a Halston velvet navy shawl collar dinner jacket and a chef pow-wow with featured Chef Justin Warner and GMHC Chef Wilson Rodriquez

Left to right: A polished Kevin de l'Aigle in a Messagerie bowtie, Calvin Klein tux and Prada patent oxfords

  Left to right:  Michael Flaherty dazzles in a Tom Ford bow-tie and Alexander McQueen lace-ups

 Left to right:  The inspiring GMHC CEO Majorie Hill with Josh Tjaden, Mr. Tjaden in a crisp Zara Man suit and the lovely Erin Kerner

 Left to right:  James Norton brightens up the night in his white shawl collared dinner jacket and eclectic bow-tie

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