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Coco 2.0 Chanel Redux

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

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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.

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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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Iconic Images of Style…Who is Your Style Architype?

In Fashion news, Fashion trends, Style and fashion trends, Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 at 2:33 am

 

“It's our hearts and brains that we should exercise more often. You can put on all the makeup you want but it won't make your soul pretty.” Kevyn Aucoin

“It's our hearts and brains that we should exercise more often. You can put on all the makeup you want but it won't make your soul pretty.” Kevyn Aucoin

Kevyn Aucoin was a genius.

So is my sister. When I was 14 and having a really tough time defining myself and gettting no love from the who’s who in high school biotches my sister gave me sterling advice. She asked me who I wanted to be and what that would look like. After which I was to find a picture that mirrored that vision as closely as possible. Thus began my love affair with styling and fashion for fashioning a new identitiy. Clothes do make the man… and women it would seem. I remember to this day my  “picture” It was a woman channeling a Bianca Jagger-Marissa Berenson-Halstonian- smokey eyed-dark haired-celebutante. Wearing an ivory YSL shirtdress style cocktail dress that was open to her navel, she looked alluringly beautiful and mysterious. Surpirsingly it was a quietly confident and sexy image she projected. Sexiness is definately a slippery slope and can tumble into overt trashiness with one false move. In short elegance and sexiness can be a difficult achievement. This image managed both beautifully… Definately a woman with a story! This image is with me still and has informed my personal style for many years and many style incarnations. bianca in YSL

Kevin Aucoin had it right. His re-imagining of celebrities and regular people alike into dramatic beauties using the glamor of a 30’s moviestar template was revolutionary for the conventional wisdom of the “natural look” movement. He was shaving hairlines and adding hair extensions long before it was a TMZ topic. His genius was at once before it’s time and yet reminiscent of the studio system of hollywood beauty. It is a concept worth exploring to define a direction and harness personal style.     

Many of us unconsciously express more than one iconic style. Sometimes all the same time! Who are you really and what makes the most of what you’ve got? The list of beautiful women of style is by no means complete but it is helpful imagery for discovering the woman within. Who is your dominant Style Icon? As your Lifestylist in residence I am available for a personal appointment or at this blog to style your best look! Send your questions or pictures here and I’ll post them along with clothing suggestions in keeping with your iconic style!

 

 

 

Audrey%20Hepburn%20(Sabrina) “I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” Audrey Hepburn

 

The Modern Classicist – “Fashions Change, Style Remains” Coco Chanel.  

Whether it’s a crisp white shirt paired with black leggings and ballerina flats or a vintage Givenchy ball gown, some looks are as chic today as when Audrey Hepburn first taught us a thing or two about style when she burst on the scene 60 years ago. This look is defined by luxe fabrics, exquisite design, flawless fit and unexpected drama which makes it modern. Timeless elegance, like the woman who wears it, is unforgettably glamorous.

 

Women who exemplify The Modern Classicist:

 

Grace KellyGrace Kelly

Anne Hathaway

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Michelle Obamamichelle

Charleze Theron

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Donna Karan

Anna Wintourwintour

Angelina Jolieangelina jolie

 

Gynneth Paltrowgwyneth-paltrow-iron-man-uk_0_0_0x0_432x768

Ivanka Trumpivanka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole Kidman

Jackie Kennedyjackie-o

Natalie Portmannatalie-portman-picture-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Cultivate your curves- they may be dangerous, but they won’t be avoided.” Mae West

 

The Bombshell- Va Va Voom and then some!kim-kardashian-gold03204

This woman is a star and she knows it. Generally not known for restraint, this look can be as individual as the woman who wears it but always gets a response! From glamorous bombshell to high voltage sex kitten, in jaw dropping excess or stunningly dramatic style she is a sex goddess personified!

 

Women who exemplify The Bombshell:

 

Kim Kardashian

Katy Perrykaty-perry

Mae West

Scarlett Johansenscarlett-johansson-moet-chandon-ads-06

Bridget Bardotbridget-bardot-bikini-thumb

Tina Turner

Anna Nicole Smith

Sophia Loren

BeyonceBeyonce+1gt6

Jennifer Lopezjlo gold

Mariliyn MonroeMARILYN

Selma Hiyaksalma-hayek5

Kimora Lee Simmonskimora

Most of the “Bond Girls” and all of “Hef’s Girls

 

 

 

“Fashion is very important. It is life enhancing and like everything that gives pleasure, is worth doing well.” Vivian Westwood

 

The LA Woman- You know who you are!

 This is a sexy hybrid of The Bombshell and LA Rockstar most at home on Hollywood Blvd and Melrose Ave. As timeless as a leather bustier or thigh high boots, this woman wears sexy pleather dresses from downtown sample sales, hats of all kinds and long scarves paired with Diesel Jeans and Chrome Bones jewelry…The sartorial daughter of Keith Richards and Deborah Harry.

 

Women who exemplify The LA Woman:

    

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CherCher

Vivian Westwood

Rosanna Arquetterosanna-arquette-picture-2

Kate Hudsonkate_hudson

Gwen Steffani

Luci Luilucy_liu_2606044

Drew BarrymoreDrew-Barrymore_1

Dita Von Teeseditavonteese

Diablo Cody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel  

 

The Iconoclast- Fashion’s wild card!

A moving target on the edge of fashion’s latest trends. This woman is a style chameleon who uses fashion as creative expression and invention. First on a trend or a trend setter in her own right, you never know who she will be from one day to the next. Be it daring and edgy, ladylike refinement, exaggerated sculptural proportions or boho chic, the world is her stage and she is the leading lady of groundbreaking fashion!

 

Women who exemplify The Iconoclast:

 

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Little Kim

Victoria Beckham

Coco Chanel

Kate Blanchettecate_blanchett_400x300

Hallie Berry0e3dc93ab24c9196_Halle-Berry

 

 

Katherine Hepburnkate hepburn

 

 

 

 

Patricia Fieldpat field

Madonna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Olsen TwinsBooks Olsens

Chloe Sevegnychloe sevigny

Kate Mosskate_moss_above_knee_boots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 “Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.” Jennifer Aniston

 

Ms. Casually Chic – Style’s Cool Sister!

This woman pulls off fashion’s greatest illusion, fun, sporty and effortlessly chic. You know her. She has the perfect relaxed fit cargo pants and layered t-shirts, slightly disheveled yet on trend hair and fresh looking, natural makeup applied over lightly tanned, glowing skin. Think Jennifer Aniston running errands in Malibu. Its hard work looking this relaxed, but you’d never know it! She can look like her sister the Modern Classicist for special events but is at her sexy best when she’s wearing her boyfriend’s white shirt!

 

Women who exemplify Ms. Casually Chic:

 

Jennifer Anistonjennifer_aniston

Cameron Diazcameron_diaz68_47f64dfa2f52a-t

Cindy Crawfordcindy crawford

Giselle BunchenGisele_Bundchen

Elle Mc Pheresonelle

Meg Ryan

Jennifer Garnerjennifer-garner2

Jessica Albajessica-alba-1

Farah Faucett in Charlie’s Angelsfarrah


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Dressed: a fashion documentary about life

In Fashion news, Fashion trends, independant films, Uncategorized on August 13, 2009 at 4:55 am

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In a time when so many of us are starting from zero or finding it necessary to completely redefine our identity, values or what is really worth the fight, I offer the soon to be released documentary “Dressed” www.dressedthemovie.com . It’s the extraordinary true story of fashion designer Nary Manivong who at 14 became homeless and the sole support of 2 siblings in Columbus OH. Living a life without benefit of security, education or resources Manivong surmounted every obstacle. Driven by a desire and a talent for spotting good design, he began a self guided education of vintage clothing in shops on the streets he called home. Creating a line of modern designs with gestures to an 80’s sensibility he emerged in 2005 as a significant and original voice in NY fashion.

Dressed chronicles the trajectory from abject poverty to the beau monde of fashion’s elite and the arduous process of preparing his second line for premiere during Fall ‘09 Fashion Week. It provides narratives on the knife’s edge existence of self -financed designers by highly regarded industry insiders who agreed to be part of this project such as Simon Doonan, Nanette Lapore and Mary Gehlhar, Author and VP Brand Strategy Gen Art.

 This richly drawn portrayal of courage, passion and determination is not allowed the luxury of a Hollywood ending. After his 2005 NY triumph, as orders were pouring in, Manivong’s sole investor pulled out. It remains to be seen how all this will play out. What we inherit is a documentary with no promise of redemption, fueled only by the talent and character of an anti hero trusting that he can draw upon his experience to begin the process of reinvention… yet again.

 Dressed is a testament to the strength of human spirit in the face of overwhelming circumstances and a powerful metaphor for a nation in the process of reinvention.

http://blog.dressed-themovie.com/

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Hello World!

In Fashion Blog, Fashion news, Fashion trends, Uncategorized on August 13, 2009 at 3:22 am
What's new Kate??

What's new Kate??

 

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...Not much Edie...

Zipper is an ongoing dialog and homage to all that’s new in fashion, culture, real estate, travel, trends and lest we forget, trash too.

Zipper chronicles the connective trail of creative expression that when meshed together, creates a strong and cohesive whole. There is logic and progression to all invention. One can see origins of Valentino and Edie Sedgewick in the most ubiquitous designs of Banana Republic. To paraphrase the venerable Keith Richards ’nothing is really new in music, it’s all been done before dearie…’

To see the future of pop culture trends is to mine inspirations of the past. To seek the best in design from any era and every medium, to appreciate the transformative quality of pure design and invention and to make it modern and accessable…that truly defines the art of living well… and that’s what this ol’ hedonist is all about… dearie!

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