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. […]

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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

Get Your Tix: My Chat with Costume Designer Michael Schmidt at LACMA

Please join me Wednesday evening, June 11, for an inside peek at one of the most talented individuals in the world of fashion and rock.

Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher, Tina Turner and a galaxy of pop culture’s supernovas owe a flash of their sparkle to Michael Schmidt, whose imaginative, provocative costumes and accessories are innovations in craftsmanship and materials—as disparate as plastic Legos, razor blades, Swarovski Elements and sterling silver links. […]

Posted in 3D, Costume, Craft, Design, Event, Fashion, Music, Performance, Technology

Love Large in 2013

Tis the season…in our world that means our annual Valentine’s Card. No time at the end of the year holidays to share in that ritual. So we’ve made our own, which we share by post and internet. […]

Posted in Event, Family, Love

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

Today: Be An Action Hero

Today, action matters.

Even if you’re not in a “swing” state such as Ohio or Nevada or Colorado, it does matter that you get out and vote and show the rest of the country—the world—that there is, indeed, strength in numbers. […]

Posted in Current Affairs

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