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Abe Gurko
When Abe Gurko packed his bags and moved from New York City to Hollywood, he wasn’t leaving a career in the fashion industry to chase the usual dream of becoming a movie star. “I wanted to be a mechanic to the machine called celebrity,” says Abe. “I wanted to know how it worked.” Over the next few years, Abe developed his skills as a behind-the-scenes creative force by working on a daily variety-talk show and running the production company for arguably the coolest woman in Hollywood—Carrie Fisher. As Fisher's liaison, Abe read all incoming scripts, met with studio development executives and worked as Associate Producer on Fisher's talk show, "Conversations from the Edge” for Oxygen Media. Along the way he acquired an intimate knowledge of the entertainment industry and chose to bring his star sensibility back to New York City.

He established ABE-NYC, INC., a boutique public relations and event production company servicing a diverse list of clients. Abe has been producing high–profile events under his own moniker for over a decade. With a sensibility honed in the inner-circles of New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Miami, Berlin and Reykjavik, he has produced film premieres, fashion shows and product launches, races in Central Park, and spearheaded alternative design industry events that have led to the establishment of New York Design Week. Six months ago, Abe started his blog, I Mean…What?!?, an online forum to discuss, “What’s not quite right in the worlds of fashion, entertainment, politics…well…pretty much every category on Earth”. The site is read daily by thousands of targeted influencers and notables and will re-launch in the New Year with an expanded format.

Most importantly, he has formed enduring relationships with key media outlets and today serves as a vital public relations resource for his clients, who range from fashion designers and independent artists to restaurateurs, conservationists and major corporations. His fundraising activities have helped raise millions of dollars for AIDS and other critical charities as well as theatrical productions in both New York and Los Angeles.

Entries by Abe Gurko

The Melissa McCarthy Era

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 4:11 PM


Can we all agree that Melissa McCarthy looks fantastic on the cover of Elle -- The Women In Hollywood Issue? No? You mean there is a Greek Chorus of hypocrites that refuse to accept what we can all see and take at...

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Women, Hear Me Roar

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 1:34 PM

During the Golden Age of Hollywood women were heralded and revered but with that era long gone, women needed new roles models if they were to ever break from the confines of their traditional place in society. When Bella Abzug, Betty Freidan, Gloria Steinem and Helen Gurley-Brown entered the cultural...

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John Galliano: The Resurrection

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 8:16 AM

Just finished watching the interview with John Galliano on Charlie Rose and wanted to share my response. I was glad to finally see and hear him admit -- what I had been saying from the start -- that he was in a blackout and had no recollection of the incident...

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The Galliano Conundrum - Part Deux

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 5:29 PM

Just when John Galliano thought it was safe to go back in the (fashion) water, rather get out from drowning under water, comes The Galliano Conundrum - Part Deux. The Galliano Conundrum started that fateful day two years ago when John was drowning his sorrows in a pub...

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Rachel Zoe vs. Snooki: Style Off

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 2:43 PM

Rachel Zoe or Snooki? Who'd you rather?

The Rachel Zoe vs. Snooki competition is on, but the question is, "Is it fierce?" It just so happens that both Rachel Zoe and Snooki have been featured in assorted publications styling photo shoots. One begs the question, now that The Rachel Zoe...

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Peta Wilson Is Wylie Wilson

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Peta Wilson, the beautiful blond from La Femme Nikita has a new project that is totally unexpected and fun. Ladies and ladies, introducing, "Wylie Wilson, a collection of knickers that are cool, sexy, and irreverent. From bedroom to boardroom, bistro to beach-bar, express your personality with...

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Carine Roitfeld Joins 'Harper's Bazaar'

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Let's get ready to rumble! 'Cause, now the competition is going to get really fierce between Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. The war of the fashion glossies is on. And, although Anna Wintour is sure to act like it's business as usual, "No big whoop," I am sure the backroom arm...

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YSL: So Black Is the New Black

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 8:49 AM

Black is the new black again. Black is everywhere this season. After years of being assaulted by color and prints, finally, everyone has come to their senses and once again we can safely say, "Black is the new black." Since 2009, editors and buyers had been screaming for...

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Esteban Cortazar at Net-A-Porter

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 5:24 PM


The title of the film My Brilliant Career applies to "fashion wunderkind" Esteban Cortazar. I have been following and rooting for Esteban since he debuted his first ready-to-wear line in 2002 at the tender age of 18 to great acclaim. In 2007,...

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Talkin 'Bout My Jeaneration

(24) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 11:26 AM

Something strange is happening in the denim business that's affecting my desire to even wear jeans. Denim is so overexposed that it's begun to lose its fresh, fashionable appeal. A tight-fitting pair of jeans has -- and always will -- look very sexy on the right butt. But lately, more...

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Wanna Sponsor Kim Kardashian's Divorce?

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 11:30 PM

Here's my question. Not, why did they get married in the first place? Rather, will Kim rake in more money from the divorce than what she netted from the wedding? And if so, which ding-dong companies are lining up to sponsor the divorce? Will Range Rover provide cars to get...

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Kara DioGuardi Opens as Roxy Hart On Broadway

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 4:41 PM

What do Pink, Kylie, Gwen Stefani and Roxy Hart have in common? Kara DioGuardi.

On Tuesday, September 6, Kara DioGuardi opened on Broadway in Chicago, playing Roxy Hart. Perhaps best known as a judge on American Idol, Kara is a prolific songwriter with such hits as Sober (Pink), Spinning Around...

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Fashion's Night Ouch?

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 5:26 PM

Don't get me wrong, I have been a cheerleader for Fashion's Night Out since the day it was first announced over three years ago. In fact, we rallied retailers that first year as there were plenty of skeptics. Naturally, Anna Wintour prevailed. The 3rd Annual Fashion's Night Out was a...

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BeLabor Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 1:25 PM

No one really celebrates Labor Day. Sure, we take off that Monday, but since Labor Day represents the end of summer and the return to school, who is celebrating? Mourning is more like it. Since kindergarten, the "End of Summer Stomach Ache" began on the Sunday afternoon, before...

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The 'Buck Stops Here' Bag: The New 'It' Bag

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 8:31 AM

Politicians are like an "IT" bag, and each season, there is a new "must-have." This Presidential season is going to be the Chanel of wind bags. You find me one candidate for President of the United States, present company and President included, that is not prone to hypocrisy, and I...

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Jersey Bore, off Shore

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 11:14 AM

Who didn't love the first season of Jersey Shore? MTV hit pay dirt with their updated Big Brother starring Goombas and Goombettes--a peek into the lives of those Bridge and Tunnel types that you otherwise turned your nose up at. The show was a hoot. Snooki,...

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Follow-up: What the Gap Needs Now... Will You Give Them Some Love Sweet Love?

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 11:16 AM

Something wonderful happened in the aftermath of writing that story, "What The Gap Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love." The next day -- after my article had gone viral, having first submitted...

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What's With the New York Times Movie Reviewers?!?

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 10:25 AM

Couple of weeks ago, with an itch to see a summer film, though the offering so far seems lackluster, we were this close to seeing Super 8 when a review in The New York Times by Manohla Dargis led us to, of all places, Bad Teacher. According to Ms....

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Do You Bill, Take Ted, To Be Your Lawfully Wedded Husband

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 11:26 AM

Do you promise to have the most excellent adventure? Well, isn't that how Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure would end if it was made now with the passing of the Marriage Act? So much is about to change in our culture to accommodate the legalization of gays getting married. Forget...

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The Galliano Conundrum

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 8:16 AM

When the Galliano Debacle first happened, I was quick NOT to judge the man while he was drowning in his addictions and subsequent sorrows. After all, the teachings of Jesus Christ or is it Bill W. from Alcoholics Anonymous say that "forgiveness is the key". It...

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