Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

The Unstoppable Carine Roitfeld

The best part of doing a feature on Carine Roitfeld? Her rapid-fire thank-you, which came with all the enthusiastic effervescence one expects from this spitfire in stilettos. The following story appeared in the Winter 2013-2014 issue of 7Hollywood Magazine, which featured no fewer than seven covers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Courtney Love, Laetitia Costa, Irina Shayk, Jared Leto, Dakota Fanning—and Carine, as seen as the start of the slide show. […]

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Must Watch: Celia Cruz in Zaire

As I tickled my laptop keyboard prepping the morning A+R newsletter with Andy, in the other room, Nina and I caught parts of Soul Power, the engrossing 2008 documentary on the three-day music celebration known as “Zaire 74.”

The concerts brought together some 80,000 fans to experience live African and African-American artists as seemingly disparate as Bill Withers and Miriam Makeba in the name of Black Power and, more specifically, the re-match between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman, billed as the “Rumble in the Jungle.”

Every one of the performances—both on and off the stage—are a captivating testament to the power of culture. […]

Posted in Film, Music, Performance, Style

A Hunger For Noir Wave

As one scary flick after another is tapped on this Hallow’s Eve among those settling in for this fright night, I’m reminded by pal Ann Magnuson of her turn in one of the sexiest and chicest looking (if not, let’s face it, bordering on camp at times) films, 1983’s The Hunger. […]

Posted in Cinema, Costume, Fashion, Film, Sex, Style

The Eye Travels With Diana Vreeland

Some films have to be experienced by an over-sized silver screen, and certainly an over-sized personality such as Diana Vreeland requires a sprawling canvas. Thankfully, the co-director and producer behind the new documentary, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” managed to summon the verve and individuality of this legend in a visually lavish and inspiring 86 minutes that one could imagine would make its subject grin one of those signature Cheshire slashes of red lipstick. […]

Posted in Beauty, Cinema, Fashion, Film, Photography, Style

A Bazaar Day For The Artist Director





Friends at Harper’s Bazaar had their skates on this morning. On the heels of  Michel Hazanavicius beating Martin Scorcese at last night’s Academy Awards for Best Director bragging rights for his equally praised “The Artist,” which took the ceremony’s top honor as Best Film of the year, the magazine unveiled just minutes ago a portfolio appearing in the April issue inspired by the film and created in collaboration with Michel. […]

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Picture Perfect: Gary Oldman and 100 Pals at Paul Smith

Life is good for Gary Oldman. As he charms his way through interviews and parties in L.A. this week in the run up to hearing his name announced in the best actor category at this Sunday’s 84th Academy Awards, he also marked the opening of his collaborative photography exhibition with lensman Jack English Thursday night at the Paul Smith flagship on Melrose Avenue. […]

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X-mas Song, L.A. Style

Keep your carolers. The only songs I'm in the mood for right now are off the 1980 album "Los Angeles" by one of the greatest bands of all time, X

Excene Cervenka, John Doe, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom performed the album in its entirety tonight at a show I unfortunatley had to miss due to my book signing. […]

Posted in Current Affairs, Design, Film, Music, Style

Friends Feted At Hollywood Style Awards

The only thing better than cheering on the madly talented (and wonderful) Arianne Phillips being named "Costume Designer of the Year" at Sunday's Hollywood Style Awards was giving an equally enthusiastic shout out, literally, to Elizabeth Stewart ("Stylist of the Year") and Decades founders Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos ("Hollywood Boutique of the Year"), along with following the show's host, George Kostiopoulos, give good one-liners throughout the 90-minute ceremony at Smashox Studios in West Hollywood. […]

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Getting Hubbied To A T

To Ed Ruscha, "I Do" is "the world's greatest catch phrase." The artist's take on the institution of marriage is die-cut and imprinted on favor cards that make up the many incredible artist contributions to his friend Bettina Hubby's latest project, a provocative take on weddings. […]

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