Archive for the ‘Style’ Category

True Love: Courtney Love

Qualifiers such as eccentric, original, even icon get bandied about these days like so many gold stars at a Silver Lake school event: every one is special!.. Um, not any more than your mom is an eccentric original…

One who can claim a crown of gold stars is Courtney Love. […]

Posted in Fashion, Music, Style

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. […]

Posted in Fashion, Film, Media, Style

Hollywood After Dark: Giorgio’s

Given the day, I thought I’d share my “La Vie En Rose” column on Giorgio’s, the Saturday night fever at Mmhmm Bar at The Standard Hotel on Sunset. The weekly bash has taken hold of Hollywood—both the city and its shakers and squatters—in a way that’s spilled over into other parts of the culture (just look at the disco-flavored fashions on the recent runways). […]

Posted in Current Affairs, Event, Fashion, Music, Nightlife, Style

Just Sparkle

Eleven more days. I tell myself this over a sip of English tea, as I mentally and physically prepare for another jam-packed day in the retail marathon to Christmas. It goes without saying this is our most hectic time of the year. […]

Posted in Beauty, Style

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

How Very Cosmopolitan

Helen Gurley Brown died today at the ripe age of 90. While I didn’t always agree with everything that came out of her mouth or her mind—particularly in her later years where her judgement crossed the line at times—I appreciated her penchant for living her life her way, boldly, unapologetically and, clad in fishnets until the end of her days, with joie de vivre. […]

Posted in Fashion, Media, Style

On Racked: My Secret Shop

With cities increasingly brimming with wonderful boutiques, it’s always valuable to get an inside tip. I’ve long enjoyed RackedLA‘s “Shopping Confidential” column because of this.

When RackedLA contributor Yale Breslin contacted me with an invitation to submit my secret shopping spot,  it was my pleasure to be able to share a place I’ve written about in LVER before and can never get tired of recommending, since I never grow tired of this designer’s wonderful work. […]

Posted in Craft, Fashion, Media, Style