Archive for May, 2008

Return of the Prodigal Sun

Ray of Light: Kinara's Olga Lorencin-Northrup

Beauty experts with publicists and celeb clients are a dime a dozen in this town. Thankfully, there are those who are so truly passionate about healthy skin that they are less concerned with pushing their latest magic potion and more focused on doing what’s right for your individual case.

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Can’t Touch This

Two of the "100 Bowls" by Adam Silverman

The rebirth of craft is bearing out extraordinary work by a new generation of artisans who, raised on a culture of mass consumption, are carving out a reputation, a career and a living on works rendered by their own two hands.

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Evergreen

This is the Tree Man.
Among the crazy cast of characters that stroll by my Venice store on any given day, this one really got my notice–as well as that everyone else within a block's radius.

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Check Mate

With Francisco Costa and my love Andy

New York wasn’t all work. Andy hosted a little soiree at Indochine, with a great turnout of even greater pals from my fashion and design worlds for an early 40th birthday celebration for yours truly.

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ICFF2008: All You Can Eat

The plucky guides of Dine on Design

As a 10-foot-tall Julia Child hacked at a jumbo tuna and the elfin girl next to me ripped a strip of lampshade and smothered it in smoky, salty butter, I had to admit it was well worth the $30 cab ride out to MonkeyTown.

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ICFF2008: The British Persuasion

Welcome to the Housewarming

Of the dozens of parties surrounding this year’s ICFF, which ended today, a standout was Housewarming, the fete presenting some of the U.K.’s star designers, which took place at not yet another storefront but a series of unfinished, 34th floor condos with magnificent views down 24th Street and Sixth Avenue.

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NY Design: Seeing Red at Conran

Andy in the hot seat.

While the foam seat resembling a male torso from the waist to thighs is just silly, much of the products unveiled at the Conran store’s red-themed Roja party Friday night were everything good design should be—functional and irresistible.

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39 Steps, 4 Players, Endless Giggles

“It's such a fine line between stupid, and clever,” Spinal Tap guitarist David St. Hubbins immortally said. The twisted stage production of “The 39 Steps” thankfully flits inventively yet frivolously from start to end, aptly delivering on its tagline of Hitchcock to hilarious.

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Gossip Girl

When Pop Singers Attack Paparazzo!: Beth Ditto

While I prefer to wield the camera, sometimes I'm in the line of fire. And in this case, it's not that of Beth Ditto, who absconded the big black box off an unsuspecting photographer (the blonde in the striped shirt).

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Beth Ditto Crowns McQueen

Pimp Daddies: Alexander McQueen and the Archbishop Don Magic Juan

Alexander McQueen loathes fashion parties. And who can blame him? So while Joy Bryant, China Chow, Eve, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Kiedis and the usual L.A.

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Gold Mettle

Golden Boy: Shinjo Ito by Shinjo Ito

Buddhists believe being in the presence of an image or figure of the Buddha can remind us of our potential for compassion.
The spectacular, 16-foot long, gilded Buddha, reclining before us certainly got our attention at the recent opening for "The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito” at the Westwood Art Forum near UCLA.

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Out of Sight

Out of Sight: Bettina Hubby

Whether it’s a new chef in Chelsea or a new discovery in Koreatown, we make it a point to get a first-hand taste. Yet oddly, for all our escapades in eating, Andy and I never considered trying out the “Dining in the Dark” experience when it opened three years ago in L.A., with its servers from the Braille Institute, or even when it started popping up nearly a decade ago in other foreign cities we trekked through.

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Ladies Who Launch

Ginnifer Goodwin reveals all to pal Lauren Graham

It was a lady’s lunch all right, but not in the old school sense. Well, not completely. Sure the guests who came to the Sunset Tower Hotel’s Terrace Room yesterday turned out mostly in dresses, mostly bejeweled, and mostly in the fiercest heels.

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Chain Chain Chain

So it turns out the heap of gold chains that are a part of Madonna's uberfabulous look are, in fact, part of the dress. The chains are attached to the black Givenchy, a kind of instantly accessorized look from the French house. […]
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As of Now: Chain Reaction

Madonna Doesn't Miss a Link

Like minds think alike, at least that's a maxim the fashion-minded can bond over regardless of their place in the real world. Artist-turned-designer Christie Frields emailed me, with a wink and nudge, regarding Madonna's latest outing and our shared obsession for piling on the necklaces she hand strings from colorful silk ribbon and industrial washers.

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American Gothic: Rick Owens Returns

Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy

"It's like being a farmer and taking your apples to market," is how Rick Owens reasoned going to New York to show his collection a decade ago, while choosing to cultivate his crops, er, collection from the Hollywood space he shared with his other half, the chicly eccentric Michèle Lamy.

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