Archive for April, 2009
Once upon a time, there was a Les Deux Café that was the epitome of louche living, in that fabulously tarnished Hollywood sort of way. Tucked away off the boulevard, we’d spend long nights there under the jasmine in the grand patio, supping on loup de mer and rosé, our rusty folding French patio chairs bumping up against those at adjacent tables, jampacked with the likes of Kim Gordon, Sofia Coppola and then-hubby Spike Jonze (yea, that was once upon a time), Vinnie Gallo, Phillip Noyce and Rick Owens, whose other half Michelle Lamy was the grand dame of this old house-turned-hideaway.
The newest arrival of Tord Boontje's whimsical motifs is featured in the May 25 edition of Pulse in The New York Times!
Boontje collaborated with the L.A.-based design collective Artecnica on this latest project, and we at A+R were thrilled to give our input in the process.
For all the ballyhoo about It bags, I’ve rarely if ever found any of the hyper-touted totes that are really, truly, well, It. They’re either dated before they hit the shelves, or so festooned with distinguishing lariats, studs, bells and whistles that it all comes off as a jumbled joke.
Lucky me. For the trunk show I hosted (last night) for bag designer Raven Kaufmann, Juan Carlos Obando transformed me into a right and proper lady for the evening with a look from his February runway show in New York–custom cut and fitted for my non-sample-size frame.
Is it having the Obamas in the White House that has seemingly everyone thinking out of the box with their inspired Earth Day celebrations?
The Design edition of The New York Times T Magazine is out. On the way to Coachella yesterday, the mag made for useful reading. While we already carry many of the newest items featured, including the Future Flora lamps, as always we devoured the features and delicious photography.
The ballyhooed remake of the 1975 documentary "Grey Gardens" finally airs on HBO tonight. Set your TiVos, Party People. This quasi-fictionalized incarnation about the Edies is apparently a good one.
The club name might be Bowie, but from the platinum-haired seductress on the invite to the platinum insouciance of the crowd, the vision inspiring the new Thursday night club at H'wood called Diamond Dogs is pure Roxy Music.
The boys are coming out of "retirement" to do this, and the welcoming committee alone promises a crazy wonderful mix of freaks. And you should see what they're cooking up in terms of the environment.
If there’s any upside to the economic meltdown, it’s the catalyst (or is it excuse?) it gives devilishly talented types to band together and create some inspired and twisted diversions.
It's not the first story on pint-sized dandy Arlo Weiner, but today's feature on the 8-year-old "clothespony" of 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner and architect Linda Brettler in The Los Angeles Times' Image section, is as entertaining to read as its subject is to watch (and gape I did when writer Adam Tschorn pointed him out to me at a recent party).
As Gwyneth Paltrow kept a legion of photographers clamoring over there, Anne Hathaway passed another throng of flickering press, arm in arm with the true superstar who merited all of this wildly unfamiliar pomp and circumstance Wednesday evening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Valentino Garavani.
Connecting the dots of a developing cultural trend is an irresistible compulsion that I can at least write off as part of the job.
So even if the link ties only two points (as of yet, at least), spotting the reference to "crust" as inspiration for two parties in two very different arenas, and different parts of the globe, seemed like the start of something.