FROM LEFT: Alison Miller with Gene Montesano of Lucky Brand jeans.; Brad Beckerman, Chase Naphtal, Patti Kim and Scot Lerner at the celebration of Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project at The Standard in NYC, hosted by Bing.; Jason Binn with his daughter Cece.
A Resolution Worth Keeping
As we usher in 2010 with star-studded celebrations, skies filled with fireworks, the sound of endless Champagne glasses clinking and midnight kisses, I’ve resolved for the first time to make a resolution I know I can keep. Beyond committing to using fewer emoticons, I resolve to no longer make New Year’s resolutions. ;)
The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is said to date back to 153 BC, when the Roman calendar began. Janus, a mythical king of Rome (after whom January was named), was placed at the head of the calendar. Janus had two faces, one that looked back on past events and one that looked forward to the future, and he became the ancient symbol of resolutions and forgiveness. For any of us who live or play in tempting Los Angeles, forgiveness is certainly the best New Year’s gift one could hope for.
The Babylonians took the News Year’s tradition to a new level. They celebrated for a full 11 days, making our one-day celebration pale in comparison. With a flurry of constant venues opening, Los Angeles on the other hand, has done its best to keep the party rolling 365 days a year.
It somehow seems wrong to set lofty resolutions in a city often defined by indulgence, boundary-breaking behavior, scandaldriven forced apologies and personal reinventions. So in this issue—an issue in which we detail so many great ways to launch the New Year with health, beauty and fitness regimes—I offer up my own free bit of advice: Try, try, try as you might, some broken resolutions are inevitable. Regardless, there is so much to look forward to in the New Year, and I wish you a gloriously happy and healthy 2010.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BILLY FARRELL/PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM (BECKERMAN)
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.