April 2012

INSIDE THE APRIL ISSUE… AVENUEinsiderMARIA, FULL OF GRACE Maria Cuomo Cole, First Sister and wife to social entrepreneur and designer Kenneth Cole, is the living embodiment of the philanthropic and public-spirited legacy of her prominent family. Now, she is saving the world one award-winning documentary at a time . By Cristina Cuomo Photographs by Brian Doben VIVE L’OSCARS Behind the scenes at the Academy Awards with Peggy Siegal, who gets the scoop on Woody Allen, Uggie and the pet wars, Meryl v. Viola, George v. the French version of George, Iran v. Israel, and so much more. By Peggy Siegal Photographs by Patrick McMullan and Billy Farrell Agency AVENEW Greta Gerwig is poised to be the defining actress of her generation, with leading roles in new films by two of New York’s most beloved filmmakers. By Mara Siegler RED CARPET JEWELRY An up-close look at the Oscar-worthy gems and jewels that made stars like Cameron, Gwyneth and Meryl sparkle at the movie business’s most glittering night. By Mara Siegler THE REAL ESTATE ARTISTS The stars of Manhattan luxury real estate appear in AVENUE’s take on the Academy-Award-winning French silent film. Photographed by Sophie Elgort CHRONICLES Celebrating Valentine’s Day and some of our favorite artists. By Debbie Bancroft BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG PARTY Fashion Week gets a rocking soundtrack with a performance by British band The Kills and Axl Rose proves he’s still in his prime at Hiro. By Carson Griffith OBJECTS OF DESIRE New must-haves from Valentino, Chanel, David Yurman and more. By Amy Michelle Smith FIRST PERSON Decrying this year’s Oscar nominee, The Help. A look at Hollywood’s depiction of African Americans and its refusal to evolve. By Susan Fales-Hill SCANDAL SHEET Leo Tolstoy’s tortured marriage and the escape that led to his death. By Mara Siegler WORLD ACCORDING TO . . . Comedian and actress Rachel Dratch flexes her comedy muscle whether braving the subway, being confused in Duane Reade or encountering a naked homeless man in her front yard. Yes, really. ON THE AVENUE The best parties of the month. ARTS CALENDAR Expanded listings of what’s on view at auction houses, galleries and museums.