Monday, May 11, 2015

House of Dreams

House of Cards actress Robin Wright Penn has joined the ranks of celebrity designers with her new collaboration -- sleepwear. Teaming with bff and designer Karen Fowler, the pair have created a dreamy six-piece collection (inspired by Fowler's grandmother) called Pour Les Femmes that includes classic floral pajamas and white vintage gowns (priced $95.00 and up).

The Oscar winning actress and Fowler

The socially conscious line was recently launched at one of my favorite stores Calypso St. Barth's in Brentwood, California with full proceeds going to aid female victims of violence in the Congo. It doesn't get any better than that.

Calypso St. Barth's store setting

Cotton Lace Short Gown

Cotton Classic Pajama Set

Photo Credits: Startracksphoto/Hollywood Reporter, Pour Les Femmes

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Southern Charm Reese Style

There is no denying actress Reese Witherspoon has style, great taste, charm and she is Southern.

Joining the fray of celebrity lifestyle brands (think Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop and Blake Lively's Preserve), the Oscar winning actress launched the site Draper James that features curated items in home, fashion and jewelry on May 6th. Named after her grandparents Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon, the site sold out of items such as a $325 Derby handbag and the Solid Edgehill dress at $225 almost immediately. Clearly she has a hit on her hands.

Reese notes that "Women in the South love to dress up. They love color and prints and generally love to look put together. Depending on the occasion, several days of thought can go into one outfit!" As a Southerner by birth, I concur.

Eyelet Love Circle Dress

Bristol Short

Southern Magnolia Necklace
Southern Sayings Cocktail Napkin Set

Derby Bag

Rumor has it Reese may open a Draper James store in her hometown of Nashville so stay tuned. And perfect timing for the website launch as her film Hot Pursuit with Sofia Vergara opens in theaters
Friday, May 8th.

Photo Credits: Draper James

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Gone With The Wind Auction

Bid soon or it truly will be gone with the wind.

Fans of the beloved 1939 film have the chance to collect their own piece of history as collector James Tumblin offers his incredible collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia through Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills Sunday, April 18th and Monday, April 19th. While it makes me sad to think of these iconic items sold individually (I would love for a museum to purchase the whole lot in its entirety), here is hoping they will be preserved for generations to come.

Here are a few of the show-stopping items:

Vivien Leigh Period Dress

Fans will recall Scarlett wore this dress when she gets attacked in Shanty Town, the Rhett Butler "What a woman!" scene and when she directs workers on where to place the Wilkes & Kennedy sign at their new place of business. The two piece ensemble is estimated at $100,000-150,000.

Vivien Leigh Straw Hat

Scarlett peered from the wide brim straw hat with green velvet chin ribbon at the barbeque at Twelve Oaks and the first time she set eyes on Rhett Butler. Estimate $10,000-15,000.

Louis XV Fauteuil Chair

This looks to have a floral Aubusson fabric and was seen in Scarlett's bedroom. The chair was obtained from one of actress Debbie Reynold's auctions. What I wouldn't give for this one. Estimate $3,000-5,000.

Watercolor Painting

Twelve Oaks barbeque scene painted by Armando Seguso (Scarlett is in the '"green sprig" dress on the right) who created all of the original poster art for the film's 1939 advertising campaign.
Estimate $8,000-12,000.

Cast signed 1961 Re-Release Window Card

Various cast members signed this card most likely at a GWTW event years earlier.Estimate $3000-5000.

Vivien Leigh Black and White Photograph

Leigh is holding her Oscar taken the night she won for Best Actress in GWTW. Photograph taken by Peter Stackpole.
Estimate $1000-1500.

Pre-Production Sert Painting by Dorothea Holt

The entryway of Tara is one of 1500 plus set paintings by Holt for the film's production design. Estimate $10.000-15,000.

These are just a few of the hundreds of items. Happy bidding and if you can't afford/don't win, etc., remember tomorrow is another day. Sorry I could not resist:)

Photo Credits: MGM, Heritage Auctions

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sinatra: All or Nothing At All

Easter Sunday promises us a few more goodies in our basket - namely, episode one of the final season of Mad Men and the documentary Sinatra: All or Nothing at All.

HBO's doc is "an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer." Airing Sunday, April 5th and Monday, April 6th at 8/central, the show weaves archived interviews, rarely seen footage and commentary from his nearest and dearest. Of particular interest is the singer's final 1971 "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles. Francis Albert's  early years in Hoboken, New Jersey, his meteoric rise as singer and actor (From Here to Eternity),  his many loves - Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow to name a few - and his later years as a singer in a post Elvis/Beatles era comprise a few of the tales of this legendary singer.

What a wealth of talent and a life fully lived.

Photo Credits: People Magazine, Billboard

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Lauren Bacall Collection

The estate of the Academy Award winning film and theater actress Lauren Bacall will go on the auction block March 31st and April lst at Bonhams in New York. Among some of the 700 treasures to include gems by French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger, British jeweler Elizabeth Gage, Henry Moore sculptures, Picasso paintings, Chanel couture and monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage sets just to name a few. Ms. Bacall had exquisite taste and her unique items give us a window into one of the silver screen's more mysterious women. For a peek into the world of Humphrey Bogart's widow and her life at NYC's famed Dakota, take a look at Bonham's catalogue. If only those walls could talk...

With husband Humphrey Bogart in the 1946 film The Big Sleep

Bacall's entry hall in The Dakota

Her love of dogs is evident in this vignette

Drawing Room

Late 19th century needlepoint expected to fetch $600-900

Jean Schlumburger earrings

L B monogrammed Louis V luggage

Directors chair may estimated at $300-500

Whimsical Jim Dine lithograph

Black Forest Oak Hall chair and one of the many deer themed items in the collection

Bacall with her beloved dog Sophie

Photo Credits: Bonhams

Saturday, February 14, 2015

And the Oscar Goes To...

Happy Oscar Week! Sunday, February 22nd marks the 87th annual Academy Awards and as always, two of my favorite categories are Best Art Direction and Best Costume. The genres traditionally run the gamut with period films, sci-fi and musicals leading the pack. If any of the earlier awards are an indication, Grand Budapest Hotel should take home Oscar gold in both categories.

And the nominees are...Best Art Direction:

Grand Budapest Hotel

Adam Stockhausen, Production Designer
Anna Pinnock, Set Decorator

You can read more about the BAFTA and Art Director Guild award winning sets in my Architectural Digest piece here.

Mr. Turner

Suzie Davies, Production Designer
Charlotte Watts, Set Decorator

The Imitation Game

Maria Djurkovic, Production Designer

Mr. R

Dennis Gassner, Production Designer
Anna Pinnock, Set Decorator


Nathan Crowley, Production Designer
Set Decorators: Gary Fettis, Paul Healey

And the Nominees Are....Best Costume Design

Into the Woods

Milena Canonero, Costume Designer

Grand Budapest Hotel

Colleen Atwood

Inherent Vice

Mark Bridges, Costume Designer


Anna B. Shepherd and Jane Clive, Costume Designers

Mr. Turner

Jacqueline Durran, Costume Designer

Photo Credits: Disney Pictures, Bear Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Melinda Sue Gordon, Warner Brothers