Gift Idea: A Moroccan Wedding Blanket
A handmade blanket from the souks of Marrakech is available stateside through West Elm.
March 02, 2012
Plucked from the Jemaa-el-Fna Square souk in Marrakech, this traditional Moroccan wedding blanket ($399) found its way to the states via West Elm. Buyers for the brand scooped up this one-of-a-kind blanket as part of its collaboration with Aid to Artisans, a non-profit that promotes global economic development by linking designers with artisan groups. Traditionally, wedding blankets are gifted to Berber brides-to-be by their female relatives for good luck. Think of it as the perfect wedding gift for that free-spirited, globe-trotting girlfriend who’s finally settling down. (Bonus: it can pull double-duty as a rug or tapestry.) 8366 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-782-9672
Roberto Cavalli’s Seductive New Eau
The Florentine designer releases a fragrance inspired by femininity.
March 01, 2012
Designer Roberto Cavalli’s new self-titled eau de parfum is an ode to women. From its sweet, sensual notes of orange blossom to its exuberant amber and floral undertones, the fragrance exudes power, confidence, and grace. Even the packaging takes on a feminine form with the curves of the bottle signifying a woman’s voluptuous shape. One need not be surprised, though; this isthe man that dressed Brigitte Bardot in the ’70s.
Tech Toy: JAMBOX by Jawbone
Support Charity: Water and listen to music on the go with a limited-edition portable speaker.
March 01, 2012
The limited-edition JAMBOX by Jawbone portable speaker ($200) fits in the palm of your hand, can reach 85 decibels, and, through a partnership with Charity: Water, is a total feel-good purchase. The limited-edition Charity: Water JAMBOX features the organization’s signature black and yellow colors and $50 from the purchase of each speaker will help bring clean water to developing nations.
Style Find: Book Bags by Olympia Le-Tan
Literature classics inspire the clutches and minaudières in Le-Tan’s handbag collection.
February 29, 2012
Fashionable bookworms everywhere from LA to Paris are obsessed with French designer Olympia Le-Tan. Inspired by vintage book jackets and covers, Le-Tan, who once worked for Karl Lagerfeld, revives classics like Doctor Zhivago, Lolita, and The Belle Jar with her elegant book clutches and minaudières. Well-read carriers include Natalie Portman, Tilda Swinton, Diane Kruger, and, most recently, Michelle Williams, who carried the clutch version of The Catcher in the Rye to the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
An Anniversary Dinner at Culina
Chef Victor Casanova will treat Culina diners to a special menu this weekend.
February 29, 2012
Crudo gamberoni at Culina
Four Seasons Los Angeles restaurant Culina is celebrating its upcoming anniversary with a big Italian feast on March 3. Chef Victor Casanova will serve a celebratory dinner of spaghetti alla chitarra with San Marzano sauce, peperoncino, and basil; lombatina capricciosa, a pounded bone-in veal chop with ciabatta crust, tomatoes, arugula, parmigiano, and lemon vinaigrette; and a selection of Mediterranean seafood, at the restaurant’s crudo bar, as well as a gratis glass of prosecco or dessert. As a special treat, guests will go home with dried, house-made spaghetti and a special sauce recipe. 300 South Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-4000
Photograph courtesy Culina
By Appointment Only: Dousset Diamonds
Cartier heir and jeweler to the stars Jean Dousset opens his first showroom in West Hollywood.
February 27, 2012
Jeweler to the stars Jean Dousset has opened his first showroom in West Hollywood. Known for exceptional engagement rings and wedding bands, including those worn by Amy Adams and Eva Longoria, the LA-based designer created a space where he could interact face-to-face with clients. (Since 2010, Dousset Diamonds has been sold exclusively online.) Part of the famed Cartier dynasty, Dousset honed his skills at Chaumet and Boucheron in Paris and Van Cleef & Arpels in Beverly Hills before setting out on his own. Unlike traditional jewelry stores, this appointment-only showroom forgoes display cases and instead operates as a place to privately consult with the designer on personalized pieces. 8417 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-944-0855
Photograph courtesy of Jean Dousset Diamonds
Vera Wang Gets an App
Wang’s new app provides planning tools, a guest list tracker, trusted advice, and more.
February 23, 2012
Bridal couture queen Vera Wang is helping to make women’s wedding fantasies come true with a new app. Called Vera Wang on Weddings, the app provides Wang’s expertise on preparing for the big day with advice on flowers, catering, bridalwear, rings, and more. Also a planning tool, the app allows brides to manage guest lists, create inspiration boards, schedule vendor meetings, add photos, and access over 100 wedding planning articles. Try out the app for free on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch through the end of February. It goes on sale March 1.
Questions With: Bridesmaids Writer Annie Mumolo
Mumolo talks about writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay with Kristen Wiig, and why there will never be a Bridesmaids sequel.
February 23, 2012
You may recognize Annie Mumolo as the neurotic passenger who goaded Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids character’s fear of flying in the film’s hilarious airplane scene. What you don't know is that Mumolo also co-wrote the entire script—nominated for best original screenplay at this weekend's Academy Awards—with close friend Wiig. Mumolo chats with us about what it’s like to write with Wiig, why she’d be okay with not being invited to another wedding, and what didn’t make the script. (Hint: it’s got something to do with Christian Bale.)
What’s the key to writing comedy movies these days?
ANNIE MUMOLO: I write what makes me laugh and hope it makes other people laugh, too. When it feels real, from the emotional place of the characters, then comedy usually comes forth from there.
What was it like to work with Wiig?
AM: We have been writing together since we were both in Groundlings, producing a lot of material very quickly. And we’d been making movies in our garage for years. When the process of making this screenplay came along, we hadn’t been schooled in the process of the format, per se, but we knew how to get something funny on paper. For months at a time, Kristen and I would hole up at each other’s houses. Writing with Kristen was easy because we think the same way as far as what’s funny. We finish each other’s thoughts and can pick up when the other gets tired.
When you’re writing something like Bridesmaids, how do you draw the line between what’s acceptable and what’s too far over the edge?
AM: There were so many more things I would’ve liked to include that got cut. Like, we had written a fantasy sequence where while the girls are all trying on the bridesmaid dresses, Kristen fantasizes she’s at the wedding with all these men fawning over her. So she goes running off through a forest and she ultimately finds Christian Bale, who is shirtless, and he’s combing her hair on a bearskin rug—it gets a little weird. But we replaced all that with the food poisoning scene, which worked out great.
You’ve forever changed the way bridal parties are viewed. Will you ever be invited to be in a wedding again?
AM: I don’t know. I don’t know if I can afford to go to one, given how expensive it is these days. Weddings have become very advanced, financially aggressive experiences. Someone says “We’re going to go to Turkey for two weeks for our wedding” and you think, Who can swing the price of all of that?
Will there be a Bridesmaids sequel?
AM: Sadly, there won’t. I feel like when you finish a six-year process, as we have with this movie, I don’t know how you re-engage and do the exact same thing again. It was very special for us and we don’t want to mess with what it is. We just want to let it be on its own.
Look for Annie Mumolo in Judd Apatow’s next film, This Is Forty.
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Style News: Clare Vivier Teams with Theory
The pair's second collaboration brings sophisticated spring handbags and carryalls.
February 21, 2012
Clare Vivier’s second collaboration (available in March) with Theory is the perfect balance of work and play. The LA-based handbag designer reworked her classic styles to fit with Theory’s spring 2012 line. The result is simplistic, sporty, and functional. We especially love the Weekender (ABOVE), an oversize denim-inspired cotton tote—and the line’s sole unisex item—ideal for the office or a weekend getaway. 8428 Melrose Ave. , West Hollywood, 323-782-0163
Photograph courtesy of Theory
Talking Shop with Grimm’s Russell Hornsby
The actor discusses the hit show and surprises us with the character he’d most like to play in the future.
February 20, 2012
Fighting to keep humanity safe from things that go bump in the night is a daily routine for Russell Hornsby in his role as detective Hank Griffin on NBC’s Grimm. We sat down with the star of the supernatural series to learn more about his roots as a stage actor and the “swagger” he shares with his character.
What was your initial reaction to the concept of Grimm, and the script?
RUSSELL HORNSBY: My first reaction? Wow, this works for me. I could see myself in the world that the writers had created. I am a dreamer, but I am also a realist so it all made sense to me to have these two worlds collide.
Do you share anything in common with your character?
RH: It would be unfair for me not to share how grateful I am that the creative team of Grimm has always allowed me to infuse a great deal of Russell into the fabric of the character of Hank. That being said, I think we—Hank and I—both share an interesting mix of a soulful and slightly cynical demeanor, with just enough swagger to keep us both fun and relevant.
What is your dream role?
RH: I come from the stage, so my dream role may not be what people expect. I would very much like to bring my interpretation to the role of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. I find him a fascinating man and character study.
What is the greatest misconception about you?
RH: Each time I take to the stage or screen, I shed one skin and take on another. I think sometimes this can be confusing for people. In the end, I really don’t think about it too much, but I would hope that people do remember that behind every actor is a person and, with that being said, I am as multi-faceted as Russell as I am when I am doing my job and sharing a character—as I do on Grimm.
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photograph by BENNY HADDAD