CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: With Chanel’s Annie Meyers-Shyer at a benefit for the ASPCA; with LAC publisher Alison Miller and Common before the musician performed at our Milagro event in Orange County; with two of my favorite stylists, Meritt Elliott and Emily Current, at a Temperley London dinner at Soho House West Hollywood; on the set of our fashion shoot with photographer Ashley Barrett (and a looming friend) at the gorgeous Paramour mansion in Silver Lake
Within my memory lives a mental library of unforgettable film moments that make me laugh or cry at the mere thought of them. Honestly, who can forget Kate Hudson’s one crocodile tear streaming down her face as she asks what kind of beer her rock-star love traded her for in Almost Famous? And how could you not have been affected by the moment Ethan Hawke stood on his boarding-school desk and proclaimed, “O Captain! My Captain!” in a show of devotion to his inspiring teacher, played by Robin Williams, in Dead Poets Society? And then there was Ben Affleck’s achingly poignant facial expression when he realized his friend, played by Matt Damon, had finally and permanently left South Boston to pursue his dreams (and a girl) in Good Will Hunting. On the funnier end of things, I still can barely even talk about Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids (pretty much any scene) without actually tearing up from laughter.
All these moments ring in my subconscious, proving the incredible power of film and its lasting ability to inspire and affect us. We all have movies that move us—scenes that make an indelible mark on our subconscious. Films have the ability to bring out almost any emotion within us, and it is during awards season that we can really start thinking about and honoring the ones we believe did it best this time around.
It is that way with music as well. Perhaps even more so than with film, music has a palpable effect on me. It can make me nostalgic and melancholy, happy and energized—actually, I can feel all those things by listening to just one supremely crafted album. As an obsessive music fan, I’m particularly excited to have the legendary Tony Bennett on our cover in honor of the Grammys and his nominated Duets II album. There is nothing quite like the Grammys to bring together—often on one stage—legendary musicians and innovative newcomers who show us that, much like film, great music never goes out of style.
Whether it’s one of the awards shows honoring this year in film or the Grammys paying homage to the best in recent music, there is no denying it: Awards season has arrived—let’s celebrate!
SARI ANNE TUSCHMAN
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Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.