Alex McCord, Patrick McMullan and Matthew Modine Celebrate Opening of Leica Boutique at Willoughby's Imaging Center

The Real Housewives of New York City's Alex McCord , legendary event and celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan and actor Matthew Mod...

The Real Housewives of New York City's Alex McCord, legendary event and celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan and actor Matthew Modine hosted a private “cocktails and cameras” party on June 8, 2010 to celebrate the opening of the Leica Boutique at the Willoughby’s Imaging Center located at 298 Fifth Avenue.

The event was literally packed wall to wall with guest such as Geoffrey Bradfield, Ann Caruso, Coralie Charriol, Robert Farrior, Miguelina Gambaccini, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Gemma Kahng, Fern Mallis, B. Michael, Cari Modine, Maggie Rizer, Emma Snowdon Jones, Simon van Kempen and Derek Warburton, Lauren Rich and Jonathan Valdez. Everyone sipped on specialty cocktails and enjoyed the tunes of DJ Bruce Marshall as they were surrounded by an exhibit by filmmaker slash fashion photographer slash Leica Camera fan, Nevil Dwek, who shot the photographs for the July issue of Elle Brazil with a Leica S2 Camera.

The evening also included a live auction of a photograph from Dwek that was hand picked by the crowd (including me as I somehow ended up at the front that was originally the back lol). Proceeds were donated to Matthew Modine’s non-profit organization, Bicycle for a Day, which strives to empower individuals to take steps in their everyday lives that benefit the environment. There were so many people at the event that Alex (who wore a colorful Rolando Santana dress) and publicist Susan Shin had to hold up that photograph and part the crowd during the auction so the people in the back could see and bid.

Above: Alex McCord and Susan Shin walk through the crowd to give everyone a chance to see and bid on a photograph by Nevil Dwek.

I tweeted from the event that being surrounded by all of the amazing Leica cameras made me want a profesh camera really bad! Someone quickly tweeted back that they would kill for a Leica camera. I would never kill anyone for a camera but I might break dance fight someone for some more of the delicious cookies that they had at the event.

Above: Yummy Leica cookies among the other delicious food at the event.

Congrats to Leica on a great event and on the new location! Now who wants to audition to be in my break dance fighting crew?
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