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Coco 2.0 Chanel Redux

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2010 at 1:32 am

Coco 2.0 everywhere it's black and white and stripes!!!

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Brad Pitt admits waking up next to Quentin Tarantino’s dildo…twice! Inglourious Basterds SAG screenings and director’s Q and A, 11/22/09

In Celebrity personal appearences, Entertainment News, Hollywood Update, Uncategorized on November 23, 2009 at 6:49 am

Quentin Tarantino I’ve missed you.

I’ve missed your rapid fire monologues and adventures into the deep recesses of your brain. I’ve missed your wit, your ability to make blood beautiful and most of all I’ve missed your single-minded assurance in taking what most consider a highly charged, sensitive subject and blowing the shit out of it in a battle cry that is overdue by what 70 years give or take??

Quentin demonstrating his directing style

Yup. My love is rekindled. Inglourious Basterds, a film with the main theme of revenge, is set in an alternate history of World War II in which the entire top leadership of Nazi Germany, namely Hitler, Goering, Goebbels and Bormann attend a film premiere in Paris celebrating the exploits of a German sniper who had managed to kill 300 American soldiers in Italy. Most of the film’s timeframe is set in early June 1944, after the D-Day landings but before the liberation of Paris.

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3738173977/

QT and his ensemble cast for Q and A after film screening.

I attended a SAG screening and director’s Q and A led by QT which included the irreverent and talented international cast single-handedly selected by QT himself. He was steadfast in answer to why he wouldn’t meet with German born actress Diane Kruger who happily resides in LA but was required to travel to Berlin for an audition with Mr. Tarantino The man has a method so don’t bother mixing meetings with your American actors in Germany or your Italians in England. If there’s business to be done it’s gonna get done in your natural habitat with the ruthless precision of “the actor’s director.”

You really don’t watch a Tarantino film nor apparently do you show up to “act” your part in one of his films. “There is a tight, clearly drawn vision with a poetic meter and pace. It’s almost like rap music.” noted QT in answer to his creative process of writing and directing. “Yeah, it’s a poetic rap which if you try to improvise or throw in your own stuff totally destroys the rhythm of the work” observed the one and only Brad Pitt.

I have always felt that you don’t really watch a Tarantino film you enter a world where the only requirement is to suspend reality and just go with him to someplace completely different than you thought you were going. Anything is possible, anything is reality. It’s like getting lost on a road trip and deciding to stop at every roadside bar, not for directions but to get the stories of strangers in process of living their lives. One of my favorite moments in the film, for example, was a scene where a one-sided romantic interest between 2 of the characters culminates in a feverish shootout. As the two lay dying in pools of blood, the scene is taken to another level by the beautifully scored music of Ennio Morricone. Pure Tarantino.

Brad with his offhand sexy ways...seemed completely unimpressed with himself...

Brad Pitt as a Basterd

Brad Pitt, dressed in head to toe gray, his gorgeous mane of hair hidden by a knit hat and sporting a 3 inch goatee was the epitome of handsome indifference. He elaborated on the subject of being on a Quentin Tarantino set which apparently does not allow for going through the motions even though “ the script, the characters, the work, it is already done for you.”

“When you come on set, you gotta be ready to play. You are in church, the script is the Bible and Quentin is….GOD… You are in school and there are no naps allowed.”

Literally.

At this point Brad told the story corroborated by QT and the rest of the cast that if you where caught taking a nap on set, Quentin would snap a photo of your sloth-like mug in blissful slumber, with a huge purple dildo nestled up to you and then post it for all the cast to enjoy. Brad held up 2 fingers to the audience confirming his dubious distinction of being posted not once but twice on the board of shame.

There were many highpoints to this event like seeing the Oscar bound German actor Christoph Waltz describe his journey from relative unknown in America to landing the prized part of Col. Hans Landa, or QT relating the genesis of the film from idea stage to completion as a truly international film which is as much a foreign film with a healthy supply of subtitles as it is a vehicle smacking of American gumption and Spaghetti Western references.

At one point actor and audience member Martin Kove from The Karate Kid 2 stood up to compliment QT on his music selection which featured David Bowie’s theme from Cat People and to relate his experiences of working on the Karate Kid with the aforementioned Ennio Morricone. At that point Brad Pitt interjected that he had just watched The Karate Kid with his children and that his oldest daughter now insists upon wearing her hair spiked like Ralph Macchio’s character in the film.

At the close of the 4 hour event I realized not only was I being asked to leave the theatre but I was walking through the looking glass and exiting the magical alternate universe that is a Tarantino screening and Directors Q and A in Hollywood.

…give me the magic potion, I wanna go back.


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The Sartorialist Conquers LA: Scott Schuman’s Book Signing Party

In Fashion Blog, Fashion news, Style and fashion trends, Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 at 7:00 am
photo of Scott's booksigning at Collette, Paris

Image of Scott's booksigning at Collette, Paris

Photo courtesy of The Sartorialist

Book Cover. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist

 

Famed street style photog Scott Schuman, famous, even among fashion’s elite ( Mario Testino contributes a jacket quote that proclaims Scott’s blog as “the place to see and be seen”) named by Time magazine as one of  The Top 100 Design Influencers for chronicling inspiring images daily on his internationally renown blog  The Sartorialist has been making the book-signing rounds from Paris to London to New York to Milan and made his way to Los Angeles, specifically Barney’s and the Beverly Center.  Both events were Thursday, October 22. A Book Signing Party was hosted from 8pm-10pm on the viewswept  rooftop of the Beverly Center at the Terrace Lounge.

Scott Schuman's appearance at Barney's LA earlier on Thursday

Scott Schuman's appearance at Barney's LA, Thursday afternoon

The line started outside the venue at the velvet rope as some of the most stylish people Ive seen in LA in a very long time waited patiently for entre. (Thanks to my spontaneous networking skills and shameless name-dropping I mentioned event producer and trendsetter Susie Vance’s name so as to sail by jealous onlookers and into the big event).

 I thought I’d wandered into midnight at Skybar as waves of sexy remixes courtesy of the dj whose name I was remiss in getting set a sensual, loungy feel and Simon LA provided fabulous food and drink. Large, illuminated, photo displays of some of Scott’s fashion spottings from the book framed the terrace and became photo ops for the party attendees … the effect was California Chic meets New York Glamour.  The Sartorialist book was available briefly at Traffic Men and Traffic Women (the paperback $25, the Bespoke edition $175) in the mall however they sold out in the first hour.

Leigh, Paris photo courtesy of The Sartorialist blog

Leigh, Paris. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Man of Style, Milan

Man of Style, Milan. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

 

Woman in white Paris. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Woman in white Paris. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

The atmosphere was a mash-up of red carpet exuberance meets clubby overindulgence and posturing mixed with polite restraint by the literary devotees waiting in  orderly silence for their books to be signed. Schuman signed each book and greeted each fan graciously and with great interest.  He mingled briefly due overwhelmingly to the long line of fans waiting for a moment with the maestro. He signed up to the appointed 10pm cutoff after which event security made it obvious the party was over.

 

Effortless Chic: Man in Florence. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Effortless Chic: Man in Florence. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Lauren Hutton @ Calvin Klein. Image courtesy of th enew release The Sartorialist.

Lauren Hutton @ Calvin Klein. Image courtesy of the new release The Sartorialist.

 

Woman of Style New York. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

Woman of Style New York. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist blog.

I left the event wishing for the opportunity at some point to see Scott in a completely different context. One where he might speak to the process of capturing spontaneous examples of style. I would also love to hear his observations on the fashion industry he left after 15 years in order to reconcile the gap between that industry and ultimately the audience it serves who typically have little in common with 6 ft tall supermodels from Brazil. Until that day, a signed copy of this graceful tribute to the art of fashion and the gift of style will suffice!

 

Book available at Amazon.com. See the review below, courtesy Amazon.com

 
Scott Schuman just wanted to take photographs of people on the street who looked great. His now famous blog (‘the bellwether American site that turned photo blogging into an art form’ – “New York Times”) was an attempt to showcase the wonderful and varied sartorial tastes of real people – not only those of the fashion industry. The book is a beautiful anthology of Scott’s favorite shots from around the world. They include photographs of well-known fashion figures as well as those shots of the anonymous passerby whose imagination and taste delight the viewer. From the streets of Rio to Beijing, Stockholm to Milan, these are the people who have inspired Scott and in turn, inspired designers and people of all ages, wages and nationalities with an interest in fashion. Intimately designed and created with Scott, the book is a handsome object in its own right, in full color on hand-picked, quality paper. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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