It’s been quite a literate week for Angelenos this week … two new tomes were feted last evening; never mind that both were photo books with not much text - both quite different in it’s purpose and point of view. Lead Apron hosted Victoria Brynner‘s edit of her father and Oscar winner Yul Brynner‘s gorgeous, rich and thought provoking images of still lifes, film sets and intimate moments of friends such as Audrey Hepburn, (Victoria’s godmother), Joan Collins and Salvador Dali. One telling image of Frank Sinatra exiting a helicopter with a high ball glass in hand made me smile…wow, how stylish indeed! Behind the scenes moments include extras from ‘The Ten Commandments‘ awaiting their next scenes, all in full period costume or the script supervisor from ‘The King and I‘ in casual lounge attire truly epitomizing the fashion and attitude of that era (mid 1950′s), truly inspiring …
Down the street but many decades away photographer Henry Hargreaves clinked cans of Sofia champy with fellow LA hipsters and NYC visitiors @ the newly opened BookMarc, yet another addition to the Marc Jacobs real estate empire on Melrose and Melrose Place. ( BookMarc on Bleeker launched in September during NY Fashion Week.) The book , 3DD complete with 3D eyewear is a collection of, what else? … Boobs, Breasts, Knockers, Titties, etc. … and who doesn’t enjoy those … ??
The shop specializes in limited print art/photography usually related to fashion, architecture and pop culture; just in time for the holidays! Shop Shop folks!
Seriously cool Marc Jacobs sharpies can now be yours!!
On to the Hammer …. the museum hosted a conversation between Bret Easton Ellis – a well respected author who highlights local and pop culture in the six semi- autobiographical novels set in Los Angeles circa the late 80′s/early 90′s, and New York City during the hey day of Wall Street, and unbridled hedonism – and Jonathan Gold – a Pulitzer Prize winning food critic and writer known for his penchant of ethnic’ hole in the walls’ very south of the 101 and currently the food critic at L.A. Weekly ………..
Or so we were lead to believe.
What we got was one continuous monologue by Mr. Ellis, who supplied the Four Loko (3 different flavours….), and for some reason couldn’t bring himself to look at Mr. Gold once during the 90 minutes or so they were on stage … Luckily many audience members engaged Mr. Gold with inquiries which he graciously responded with knowledge and humor….. someone even boldly asked Mr. Ellis if he in fact didn’t have any questions for Mr.Gold, giving us finally an exchange between two interesting, smart fellows…..
Jonathan Gold (L) Bret Easton Ellis (R)