27 February, 2011

The Duchess Thinks . . .

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Dressed

Oscars 2011, in Calvin Klein

26 February, 2011

The Duchess Loves . . .

George Dureau

Love this George Dureau signed lithograph purchased today from the Marc Charbonnet Tastemaker Tag Sale on One King's Lane

25 February, 2011

The Duchess Celebrates . . .

The Opening of Tom Ford on Rodeo Drive

Last night the dashing Tom Ford threw open the doors to his new Beverly Hills boutique to lots of glamorous fanfare.  The store, which offers menswear (downstairs) and womenswear (upstairs) was chock full of Hollywood's who's who and more (including Valentino and the ever-gorgeous Natalia Vodianova).  Our Man in Beverly Hills (aka Ms. Irene) reports that the store is "breaktakingly beautiful" with things of "beyond the finest quality" and, amazingly, "the staff is friendly."  Run don't walk!   

Mr. Ford

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson

Amber Valletta

Kristin Davis

Valentino Garavani

Natalia Vodianova

The Duchess Needs . . .

Something Old . . .

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XVI, 1975
purchased at Sotheby's New York May 10, 2006 by Robert Mnuchin

Something New . . .

2011 MacBook Pro

Something Borrowed . . .

Roman Abramovich's Boeing 767 at Innsbruck

Something Blue . . .

Hans Wegner, The Shell Chair
Available through Wyeth on 1stDibs

24 February, 2011

The Duchess Warns . . .

Cotton Candy Tootsie Roll Bubblegum Cupcake Art

Last chance to see an exhibition of work (?) by Will Cotton at Michael Kohn Gallery, featuring "landscapes composed of sweets, rich chocolate, and ambrosial clouds."  The Show ends Saturday, February 26.  Pop in for a tooth-aching dose of Katy Perry.  Or, just buy her album (Mr. Cotton designed the cover, and was the artistic director for her video "California Gurls" (sic)). 

Cupcake Katy(!)

Images copyright Will Cotton.

The Duchess Recommends . . .

West Elm Santa Monica Spring Event

What fun at West Elm in Santa Monica!  Desiger and candlemaker extraordinaire Jordan Cappella will be on hand (along with entertaining impresario Lulu Powers, and others) to introduce shoppers to his top five must-have spring design pieces.  Remember to RSVP by March 1 for this event on Thursday, March 3.

The Duchess Listens . . .

"The Promise", Bruce Springsteen

Last November the Boss released "The Promise", a two-disc album with 21 previously unreleased songs from the Darkness on the Edge of Town recording sessions.  As one reviewer wrote, "[The Promise] represents a completely essential addition to the Sprinsteen canon and must be viwed as one of his great seventies albums albeit over thirty years late."  The Duchess recommends. 

22 February, 2011

The Duchess Envies . . .

Townhouse of Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen

The Duchess has long been a fan of the Rosen's New York apartment; she thinks it's that Paul Smith carpet in the pool room and the fact of one of the grooviest Cattelan's taking up res in a corner.  This home also allows us the rare opportunity to play the Duchess's favorite game, spot-the-Wesselmann (found it yet)? 

Previously photographed in its current incarnation for the now-extinct Vogue Living, the Rosen home was photographed again fairly recently (by Claiborne Swanson Frank) and published on Vogue.com's The APT with LSD.  (Great photographs, but it would be pretty hard to fuck this place up.)   

Aby Rosen, some of whose other Warhols grace the walls of Casa Lever, recently took over the Gramercy Park Hotel (late last year) and has plans to up the ante there too.   

19 February, 2011

May the Duchess Suggest . . .

Honor Fraser.  Blum & Poe.

Tonight Honor Fraser and Blum & Poe open new exhibitions by William Lamson and Sam Durant, respectively.  Lamson's work, "A Line Describing the Sun", is a two channel video shot mostly in the Mojave Desert, where Lamson spent a day following the path of the sun with a camera attached to a rolling apparatus.  The camera lens focuses the sun's energy into a 1,600 degree point of light, melting the lake bed's floor.  

Blum & Poe shows the work of Sam Durant in an exhibition entitled "Laissez faire et laissez passer, le monde va de lui même", which is a series of globes and maps that implicate the sociopolitical impact of cartography. 

Video stills and prints from "A Line Describing the Sun" via Honor Fraser, property of William Lamson.

18 February, 2011

The Duchess Shops . . .

JF Chen on One King's Lane.  Tomorrow, 8 a.m. Pacific.

The Duchess Week-ends.

Thank God.  It's finally here.  Though the Duchess always promises herself she'll rest up a bit, that never seems to happen.  Perhaps the impending Los Angeles downpour will limit her mobility, just enough to recuperate from what so far has been a very hectic month! 

Thomas Jayne's talk last night at Rose Tarlow really was fantastic.  The concept of a "fine" room is a captivating one, and though (of course) there is some element of the subjective to what makes a room fine, it's not all relative.  It may be difficult to articulate the boundaries of that aesthetic threshold into the lovely, or even the exceptional, but the Duchess thinks we know it when we see it (like that other thing).  Don't you? 

Mr. Jayne's style tends to the traditional, despite his Palisades upbringing; the Duchess wonders whether he would love this modern apartment decorated (and owned) by Jeff Lincoln (published today at NYSD House) as much as she does. 

Great photographs by Jeffrey Hirsch for NYSD. 

17 February, 2011

The Duchess Anticipates . . .

Thomas Jayne at Rose Tarlow Melrose House
8540 Melrose Avenue
Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Mr. Thomas Jayne

Please stop by Rose Tarlow Melrose House this evening to meet Thomas Jayne, the author of the marvelous book The Finest Rooms in America.  Mr. Jayne is both a designer and a scholar of interiors; he helms his own design firm, Thomas Jayne Studio (late of Parish-Hadley & Associates); and his work is regularly published.   Tonight Mr. Jayne takes up residence at Rose Tarlow Melrose House to share stories of these finest rooms (one of Rose Tarlow's own rooms has pride of place in Mr. Jayne's book).  It promises to be a lovely event; the Duchess hopes to see you there (promptly at 6 pm, please!). 

The Duchess has this book, and she loves it.

A room by Rose Tarlow

The Duchess Dines . . .

Church & State

Today the Duchess dines with the Empress and Oliver Arms at Church & State.  She hasn't been since a failed rendezvous with one of its (far too young) waiters many months ago.  Here's hoping he's not working the lunch shift today.


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