Monday, February 25, 2008

CC's Birthday

Julia, Jessica, & CC. photo by Mr. David Bartoni.

Another birthday wish of happiness to the lovely singer/model/actress Ms. CC Sheffield. Celebration in style @ 86--once owned by Rudolph Valentino. A fun evening and a bit of champagne. CC's up in San Fran now working on her music. We miss you!!!!!! You can borrow my corset belt with "your name" when you return :) And how amazing is her hat? Bought on the street in Berlin......

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Marion Cottilard

A beautiful, talented, sexy WOMAN! A glistening angel in this city tonight wearing Jean Paul Gaultier (one of my loves).

Nicole Richie....

Looks so skinny after just having a baby! Here she is at the Bev Hills Hotel the other night. But she should really smile more.

Oops, I mean Rachel Zoe needs to eat a sandwich!

Good gosh, Nicole, for the love, this is your future you looking at you. Eat my dear, EAT! And Rachel, no one wants to look 60 when they are in their 30's. 10 more pounds and you'll look at least 20 years younger!

And RZ, smile! It lightens one up a bit. And ditch the maroon lips and dark eyeshadow. It makes her look altogether old and evil....

Girls, if you are starving yourself (and probably smoking) this is what your fate will be at 30-something. NOT HOT! EAT AND BE HAPPY!

My First Oscar's Week As An Official LA Resident

Oscar winner Diablo Cody in our Loree Rodkin jewelry! ...(Available at Maxfield & Neiman Marcus Precious Gems, go and get them.)

There are a plethora of diamond and watch brands hustling to get their designs on the celebs. We do it for Loree Rodkin. The really big Italian ones pull out no stops. From suites and parties at the Beverly Wilshire (Damiani), to an all-out domino-themed 1940's gambling experience at the Beverly Hills Hotel (de Grisogono) with a $50,000 prize donated to charity. And well, I was at both with friends :)

There's a lot to tell. Its been very Sex & the City lately? Some hilarious tales and conversations that will not be posted here.....

Not sure if I'm gonna make it to one of those fancy Oscar viewing parties tonight, like the one our friends @ Mercedes are doing at the Four Seasons. I suppose its lame if I don't go, but I am just not "feeling" it tonight. Having my social gameface on. Its that or dinner @ the Chateau with friends, or in my sleep attire with the doggie watching the glam on TV. Meanwhile, the Oscars are literally walking distance from my place.....which is also a reason I may not venture out. The traffic coming home will be a nightmare......

We finally know Brangelina are preggers. Angie looks amazing with child. Younger and more loving with more meat on those frail bones. I knew just from the body language weeks ago. Before we saw the big dress @ the SAG awards. The way she was gazing and touching Brad, you could tell they were so happy and had a secret :)

Not sure of his getup at the Indie Spirit Awards. Its Hard Out Here for a Pimp must have been on his mind when he got ready. Or maybe he was just rifling through, mixing leftovers from Fight Club and Mr. Evan's Whats Happening closet.I'll be truthful. I didn't used to be a Clooney fan, but good god almighty the man is like a fine damned wine and just gets more and more caliente with age! Seriously! Its not just his looks, its that he puts himself together like a gentleman for the red carpet, he's intelligent, and charismatic. Thats whats really sexy--the brain and the confidence.

Now I do think his girlfriend is "pretty enough," and I say this without jealousy....she looks like she should be his niece, or like she was "cast" as his love interest in a James Bond film. Not sure they seem like they "fit." There isn't any **spark** when you see them together.

Me, Eva & Julia travel in style from the Beverly Wilshire to the Beverly Hills Hotel. Our driver had some amazing stories.....(Laura Kranitz feathers, Mara Hoffman dress, Rebecca Norman bracelet and Wolford stockings--I had a 1940's wing theme going.....)

Now, back to moi. THIS WEEK: Anxiety, art, pitches, diamonds, ostrich feathers, Bentleys, limos, champagne, jet beads, silk charmeuse, red lips, dandy actors, Oscar-nominated directors, darkly dressed art boys, walking in the rain, walking in LA! Sunset Marquis, Gagosian, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Wilshire, the Chateau, Italians, Russians, Germans, Virginians, the British are taking over Los Angeles! Oh my. And then there's the hills.......

Italians throwing a party for the Russian Oscar-nominated director @ the Sunset Marquis hotel. A lot of incredibly tall Russian model-wannabe girls. A lot of shorter actor types. And some legends. Italians. Germans. Russians. Champagne. Red carpet. A good crowd who smelled even better somehow... A lovely atmosphere in Bar 1200. Jesse is a sweetheart.
The fabulous Roberto Cavalli @ the Julian Schnabel opening.
The Julian Schnabel opening @ the Gagosian Gallery absolutely made my week. Though it was incredibly crowded, like a rock concert, seeing that many people there for the art as well as the scene of course was an experience. John Waters hasn't aged in 20 years, nor has Dennis Hopper. And the throngs of good-looking and stylishly dressed art enthusiasts was so refreshing. It felt like a good New York night, even though we were in Beverly Hills. Yes, I really did like a couple of the paintings. Yes, he's probably just capitalizing on all of it to fund his films. Who could blame him?

Beverly Hills Hotel. So beautiful. Love the chandeliers. More red carpet. And our bartender putting a bit of cassis in my champagne since they were out of rose. Ashton Kutcher is really quite handsome and charming as all get out in person. A tall drink of water.... Very dapper. Olivier Martinez. He's good-looking, but hmmm, maybe hotter on film? Demi & Charlize gambled the night away and looked amazing doing so. Honestly, Demi just glows. And have to say, Rumer is much prettier in person. She looked quite statuesque and is a real sweetheart. So, I do like their little modern family. Dawson was off the creek and his wife was really pretty.
Charlize was the big winner. Gambling... and in her Dior. Check the guy checking Eva's backside!

My darling Brit Julia Clancey is already ruling this town, less than 2 weeks here. Talented and so amazing. Her show will be so beautiful and sexy!

Fashion guru Steve Cojo told me something I cannot repeat here about my job...... wow. He sure wishes me luck ;) Ha.
Whats a party without dancing?Breaking it down Cubano style with Kendrick. Ha! 4th and final party before hopping into a limo that wasn't mine and getting a ride home ;) The world is your oyster. Own it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Lunar Eclipse

Did you see it tonight? It was so amazing. I felt as though I were on another planet. And I don't know, it changed my mood somehow. I wanted to push someone off a cliff earlier, or perhaps jump off the revolutionary cliff myself. But the moon.....after staring at it....all changed.

Was it just its beauty, or was it a planetary thing?

I swear, I feel it like some kind of takes over me.

Monday, February 18, 2008

So easy to become obsessed with her

Fantastic interview in NY Magazine with Carine Roitfeld. I love how the writer spells out her accented words for us.

When Carine Roitfeld, the editor of French Vogue, styles a fashion shoot, she does not start with the clothes. She looks first at the model and comes up with a story: Perhaps this girl has married young and taken a lover. Perhaps she married young, has taken three lovers, and is about to go to Brazil. Perhaps she lives in London and is bored to death with mad cow disease and wants desperately to eat a great, juicy piece of steak. “I do a movie in my mind,” she says.

“Who is this girl?”One cold, bright December morning, her own story is this: She is a fiftyish woman having a double espresso in the lobby of the Carlyle on Madison Avenue. “For me, it is best to be the youngest in hotel,” she explains, “and I was not having this feeling at the Mercer.” She has come to New York for her son Vladimir’s 23rd birthday, which she celebrated the night before with dinner at Indochine. “It makes me happy because there is vewy gweat lighting,” she says about the restaurant. “Vewy flatter.” (Roitfeld has reached a compromise with the hard American
r by converting them all to ws.)"

The stiletto-mania of the nineties owes as much to Carine Roitfeld as it does to Candace Bushnell. “I do not like comfortable,” Roitfeld says. She has outlawed sneakers and what she calls “Hugg boots” in her office because “they are hugly.” The line Roitfeld has always been best at navigating is the line between provocative and vulgar.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

Why wearing stilettos could boost your sex life

I thought they were merely a sexy turn-on. For the woman and her partner. Now it seems there is a scientific reason to be sexy.

From the DAILY MAIL, UK.

It doesn't need a scientist to tell us that the sight of stilettos can have a dramatic effect on men's libido.

But wearing them can also work wonders for a woman's sex life, research suggests.

High-heeled shoes not only tone the legs and strengthen the pelvic muscles, but they "directly work the pleasure muscles which are linked to an orgasm", it is claimed.

YSL's "Tribute"

In the past stilettos have been blamed for stress fractures and joint pain but now it seems that the pain might be worth the gain.

Italian urologist Dr Maria Cerruto discovered that a pair of "moderately high-heeled shoes" had beneficial effects.

"I adore high-heeled shoes and I wanted to find something positive about them," said Dr Cerruto, of the University of Verona. "In the end I achieved my goal.

"The heels influence and work the pelvic muscles and reduce the need to exercise them.

"We now hope to prove that wearing heels during daily activity may reduce the need for the pelvic exercises necessary to keep that part of a woman's anatomy toned and elastic."

The study involved 66 women under the age of 50. Dr Cerruto discovered that women who held their feet at a 15-degree angle to the ground, the equivalent of a two-inch heel, showed up to 15 per cent less electrical activity in their pelvic muscles.

This suggests the muscles are more relaxed with higher heels, increasing their strength and ability to contract.

Dr Cerruto added: "Women often have difficulty in carrying out the right exercises for the pelvic zone and wearing heels could prove to be the solution.

"Like many women, I like high-heeled shoes, and although they are sometimes uncomfortable I continue to wear them in an effort to appear more slender and taller.

"It's good to know they have potential health benefits."

Manolo Blahnik, the shoe designer who specialises in vertiginous heels, said: "This is wonderful news.

"When you put on a high heel it makes life more exciting. In the 1980s it was all about power, but today it's shifted; it's about elegance. If you are a woman, it's a way to appeal to the male species, it's a way to attract. And it works. I have men who tell me that heels have saved their marriage."

"I think there's a limit, though. Anything over four-and-a-half inches is just too much. You can't walk properly; it's no longer elegant."

my car may be smashed

but the crescent moon is beautiful. c'est la vie.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I Am Nothing

I just want to tell you all. I am nothing. Nothing at all. Without the help of others around me. I hope that other humans are not consumed by their own ego in a way that they do not realize this in their own lives. Without the help and support of those around me, from my family, to my friends, to key people helping at work, I'd never be one half the success that I am, or at half the level of sanity ever at all on a given day. So THANK YOU! Honestly!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd never have survived today--the past two really-- without Lily and Danielle. And so many days they've been there, Jade helping as well. Thank you!!!!!!!! I hope you know how much I appreciate all you do! And thanks to Laura for the nice champs to go along with our throaty Miley song we played surprisingly on repeat....Now the world knows the secret........

AND, I am loving my sweet puffy creme Jeremy-Japan coat that made my day and my impromptu date :) Yeah. It looks smashing with the knee-high black patent boots. Or so I am told ;)

Love your work.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sundance: Yves, Chanel, Marc & LV, Karl, and More!

So glad I added it to my lineup this month. If you can't be in NY for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, get your fix through some great films.DVRing every single thing for repetitive watching. Though I am a purist, and somehow like that old-fashioned connection of watching something as it airs, at the same time other people are tuning in.

The Marc/LV film was out in France months ago, but is debuting here in the US on Sundance. Looking forward to all of the pieces, and to learn more about Florence Broadhurst who will likely be a fashion inspiration for me.... And I haven't seen Signé Chanel yet, and look forward to seeing the little old lady who braided the trim on my Chanel jacket in her barn.

The Sundance Channel celebrates chic with the presentation of “Ready to Watch,” six nights of style-oriented feature films and documentary series during New York’s Fashion Week from February 4th through the 9th. The “Ready To Watch” feature documentary lineup includes the U.S. television premiere of Loïc Prigent’s Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton; Douglas Keeve’s Seamless; Gero von Boehm’s Karl Lagerfeld is Never Happy Anyway; David Teboul’s Yves St. Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris; and Gillian Armstrong’s Unfolding Florence. Rounding out the feature film selections is William Klein’s 1966 comedy Who Are You Polly Maggoo?.
“Ready to Watch” also presents rebroadcasts of two documentary series, Loïc Prigent’s five-part “Signé Chanel” and the Sundance Channel original eight-part series “House of Boateng.” “Ready to Watch” airs from Monday, February 4th through Saturday, February 9th. Programming on Monday, February 4th begins at 4:30pm et/pt; from February 5th to 9th, programming begins at 7:00pm et/pt.

The centerpiece of “Ready to Watch” is the U.S. television premiere of Loïc Prigent’s documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, which journeys inside the professional world of 44-year-old designer Marc Jacobs. Skipping from New York to Tokyo to Paris, the film follows Jacobs and his team as they conceptualize, refine and execute two Spring 2007 ready-to-wear collections, one for Jacobs’ eponymous American label, and the other for the venerable French luxury house Louis Vuitton.

Additional “Ready to Watch” documentaries include Unfolding Florence, director Gillian Armstrong’s offbeat biography of Australian interior design doyenne (and murder victim) Florence Broadhurst; Karl Lagerfeld is Never Happy Anyway, Gero von Boehm’s profile of the German powerhouse who helms Chanel, Fendi and his own signature line; Seamless, Douglas Keeve’s look at several up-and-coming New York designers; and Yves St. Laurent: Avenue Marceau, Paris 75116, David Teboul’s behind-the-scenes snapshot of the legendary couturier at work on his final women’s collection. The series’ concluding feature is Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, photographer/filmmaker William Klein’s seminal 1966 comedy about an American supermodel in Paris.

“Ready to Watch” kicks off on February 4th with a marathon presentation of Loïc Prigent’s acclaimed five-part miniseries “Signé Chanel,” which documents the creation of the House of Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2004-2005 couture collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Kate. Marilyn. Warhol. Banksy.

Kate Moss by Banksy.
signed, dated and numbered '30/50' in pencil, screenprint
image, 52.5 x 52.5cm (20 11/16 x 20 11/16in).

Auction goes live in a few days. Lot # 20.
Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ms. Blerina's Collection at Agent Provocateur

Fiery red Blerina rocks it in luxurious leopard print stretch silk chiffon. This range features an eye-catching aubergine trim and enticing pink taffeta bows.

Now you may have heard legend of my sexy, petite Albanian friend Blerina (aka BB). Now, even those who do not know her in person can wear her panties!

French actress Vahina Giocante models the Blerina collection in the latest installment of The Adventures of Miss AP. L'Appartment: A Parisienne Love Story. Pick up the book @ the AP store or read it online.

Its true. The amazing Agent Provocateur designed this collection with our darling Blerina as the perfect, petite, leopard-loving muse. It just debuted this week at the stores and its already a top-seller. Is it the design, or the legend of BB herself? Do you want her to autograph that lingerie? Says Ms. Blerina Hoxha, "Well at least now people will know how to pronounce my name correctly."