31 March, 2011

The Duchess Doesn't . . .

Somedays it feels as though everyone is partying except the Duchess (Lady Slater, that includes you!).  Such was the case last night; while the Duchess was at home, ahem, working, 'twas but a mere mile away that the Hollywood scene gathered together (at the Chateau Marmont) in luminous form in honor of the West Coast opening of a new Vivienne Westwood boutique (8320 Melrose).  Though the store opened in February (in the midst of awards season), party-time was delayed and thus Dame Viv's revelers got to enjoy one of the warmest nights of the year.  Cheers!  In absentia.  

Photographs of Chateau Marmont and Store Party by Donato Sardello for Vogue.com

29 March, 2011

The Duchess Shops . . .

For a wedding dress.

As you may or may not know, the Duchess is getting married (again).  The nuptial whirlwind is in full effect, and most of her planning is both stressful and non-productive (no, I'm sorry, the Duchess can't serve Beefeater Gin at the reception, thank you very much).  Luckily the wedding dress marathon ended, and quickly.  After dragging compatriots Lady Allyn and Lady Slater all over town (and in the case of the latter, literally) in search for the perfect off-white confection, it was found at Jobyna's Bridal in Glendale.

Jobyna's Bridal has two locations, one in Glendale at The Americana (dedicated to designer Ines di Santo) and one in Glendale in the nether regions of the San Gabriel mountains.  Take the 2 Freeway until it ends, head towards Pasadena, and exit at Verdugo Boulevard.  Wind your way around downtown Montrose and there it is, tucked away on the north side of the street.  Once inside, pick out as many gowns as you would like to try from the tiny store's swelling racks.  You won't be disappointed.  There is a nice range of prices and styles, and suffice it to say the Duchess left an extremely happy customer. 

No photographs allowed once inside, but here is a handful of designers carried by Jobyna's, many with upcoming trunk shows. 

Kenneth Pool

Ines di Santo



28 March, 2011

The Duchess Dines . . .

8752 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, California  90069

What a blast we had on Saturday at Eveleigh.  Named for a city in New South Wales and run by Aussie restauranteurs Nick Mathers, Lincoln Pilcher and Nick Hatsatouris, Eveleigh is the hot (relatively) new place for a bite (of food) down on the Sunset Strip.  Not that it faces that much neighborhood competition; Il Sole is still very "date night" and Boa is simply a bit too far.  Eveleigh remains somewhat obscure even months after its opening because it is actually obscured; impossible to notice when driving down Sunset (especially at night), it took a u-turn and some cursing to locate its valet stand.

But notice it we eventually did, and how!  The place was hopping like a Mumford & Sons set to the fashion crowd (think beards and slit skirted long legs, not necessarily on the same person).  Clientele aesthetics aside, the food was good -- try the crudo, and the chocolate chip and mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwich (the Duchess's personal favorites), the service was attentive but not overbearing, and the prices ($5.50 for valet) were lower than those in the Boa stratosphere.  An overall enjoy.  The Duchess anticipates warmer weather and a slightly more comfortable seat on the tented (but heated) patio than the one she just had. 

25 March, 2011

The Duchess Loves . . .

Elvis Costello

His first single was released thirty-four years ago today.  Here's to "Less Than Zero"!

24 March, 2011

The Duchess Also Needs . . .

Art by Mark Morrisroe

The Duchess is in Phoenix.  But for the weather, she wishes she were in New York to see the Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989) exhibit at CLAMPART, now through April 30, 2011.  Morrisroe was a performance artist and photographer whose subversive images are evocative of a certain time, a certain place, and a certain aesthetic in New York City.  From Massachusetts, he moved to New York and had his first solo exhibition at the Pat Hearn Gallery, in 1986.  That same year he was diagnosed with AIDS, from which he died three years later.  His estate is currently located at Fotomuseum Winterthur

521-531 W. 25th Street
Ground Floor
New York, New York 10001

23 March, 2011

Nighty-Night, Liz

The Duchess About . . .

En route to book club, Lady Slater and the Duchess popped in to Michael's for a quick bev.  Michael's has the same '80s outre charm as Mr. Chow without the cocaine aesthetic, and it's fab.

Michael's interior dining room

Michael's back patio

Looking forward to this month's book selection, and here's hoping that our next Santa Monica soiree will coincide with warmer weather.  

22 March, 2011

21 March, 2011

The Duchess Admires . . .

APT with LSD:  Diego and Laura Garcia

The Duchess is certain you're going to love this apartment featured on Vogue.com's APT with LSD as much as she did.  Diego and Laura Garcia's Upper East Side pad is essentially the Duchess's dream East Coast lair:  perfect location, kid-friendly, but still very cool and jazzy.  (Been craving Milo Baughman chairs.) 


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