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I know this has nothing to do with design, decorating, or Rome/Italy, but Hoffman’s death has hit me like a ton of bricks.

PSH was truly one of the most talented actors of our generation.  Even in big blockbuster tent pole movies, like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, he brought something unique to the screen.

It’s his roles in smaller/indie films that I loved.  I could watch him all day as Freddie Miles in THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.  Some of the my other favorite roles were in: 25th HOUR, BOOGIE NIGHTS, DOUBT, THE MASTER, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, HAPPINESS, HARD EIGHT, MAGNOLIA, CAPOTE, and ALMOST FAMOUS.

I’m pissed.  This guy was like Daniel Day Lewis.  That level of talent is so rare.  Stupid heroin.

We are smack in the middle of the Hollywood awards season.  For fans of film, and/or fashion, these are glorious times.

Every season, a few people really stand out.  Some, unfortunately, stand out for all the wrong reasons and then there are stars like Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o.

These two actresses have been killing it on the red carpet.

I wasn’t surprised to find out that they share a stylist, Micaela Erlanger.  This has been a break out season for her as well.

I love that both woman wear clothes that fit their personalities.  Sometimes on the red carpet it looks like the clothes are wearing the star.

While it’s true most of the clothes are borrowed, there’s still no excuse for ill fitting garments.  One thing I’ve noticed with both Michelle and Lupita is the fit of their clothes.  Perfection.

How beautiful is this Oscar de la Renta dress?  On someone else it could’ve seemed too old fashioned but Michelle’s make-up and accessories keep it fresh.

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  Photo: OscarPRGirl

The detailing at the neckline and the color of this Gucci dress is stunning.  It’s a great color for Lupita’s complexion.

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Photo: E! online

I’m very curious to see what they will wear for the Oscars.

I recently saw Blue Jasmine.  Cate Blanchett is so outstanding, you forget the plot holes in the movie.

I haven’t seen all the other Best Actress nominees’ performances yet but if Cate wins the Oscar I wouldn’t be surprised.

The wardrobe was amazing as well.  I read that the costume designer, Suzy Benzinger, had a budget of only $35,000.  Most of the clothes were borrowed and every time Cate dropped the Birkin (which belonged to Benzinger and cost more than the entire budget) on the ground, people on set gasped.

Beautiful Chanel jacket.  Poor Jasmine.  She was bananas.

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Photo: Collider.com

How stunning is this red Carolina Herrera dress?  Love, love, love, it!

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Photo: indiewire.com

Stylish simplicity in a linen dress by Façonnable.

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Photo: NY Daily News

I have a completely different build from Ms. Blanchett.  I’m not sure how any of these clothes would look on my short self, but I can dream about the accessories.

Buon weekend!

Last week a fantastic Gordon Park’s exhibit opened in Rome. Titled, Una Storia Americana (an American History), this is one of the largest retrospectives of his work.

Gordon Parks was a true renaissance man.  He was a self-taught photographer, musician, writer, film director, and poet.

Parks was also quite popular with the ladies. When he was sixty he met a young aspiring writer named Candace Bushell, who had recently moved to New York City.  She moved in.  She was eighteen.

He became the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood movie and was the first African-American photographer hired by LIFE and VOGUE magazines.  His range of subjects, along his talent, made Parks one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century.  Many of his images are iconic and will be for years.

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I first became familiar with Nelson’s work when I saw his piece “Swin Party” in the movie “Something’s Gotta Give.”

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Photo: Kenton Nelson

Incredible painting.  The colors are so saturated.  When I look at it, I think Southern California in the late 30′s.

I know this painting will be on a future mood board.  Look at that red!

Buon weekend.

It’s time to hit the courts.

There are a lot of things I enjoy about playing tennis.  It’s fun, it’s outdoors, it’s a sport you can play for life, and the clothes.

I’m dead serious.  From a very young age, I’ve LOVED tennis outfits.  I like to keep my clothes simple, no lace or crazy patterns.  I’m there to play a sport not to go clubbing.

Below are some of my favorite old school photos.  It’s interesting, you could wear any of these clothes now (perhaps not the headbands) and they would look contemporary even though they are from the 70′s and the 80′s.  Classic.

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Hubbell! “The Way We Were” 1973

 

The late great Arthur Ashe.

 

Carrie Fisher in "Shampoo" 1975

Carrie Fisher in “Shampoo” 1975

 

Yannick Noah.  Big crush on him back in the early '80s.

Frenchman, Yannick Noah. Big crush on him back in the early ’80s. 

 

Bjorn Borg, my other big crush.

Bjorn Borg, from Sweden, my other big crush.

 

Steffi Graf, in the 80's,

Steffi Graf, in the 80′s.

 

John McEnroe in '79 looking salty.  As usual.

John McEnroe in ’79 looking salty. As usual.

Photo: Guardian UK

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Good friends off the courts but had one of the best sports rivalries in history.

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Good friends off the courts but had one of the best sports rivalries in history.

Photo: World In Sport.com

Other photos: Google

Audrey Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti, has edited a book about his famous mother.

“Audrey In Rome” has over two hundred photographs, many of them never published before, taken during the time Ms. Hepburn lived in the Eternal City.

Ms. Hepburn was a resident in Rome for over twenty years after marrying, Dr. Andrea Dotti, an Italian psychiatrist.

I cannot wait to buy this book filled with photos of Rome and of fashion from the ’50s to the ’70s.   The release date is April 16th.

Hope you have a stylish and fantastic weekend.

Book Cover: Audrey In Rome

Book Cover: Audrey In Rome

It’s a cloudy, rainy day in Rome.

To be honest, I’m so over the rainy season it’s not funny.  Perhaps living in sunny Los Angeles for ten years has ruined my ability to cope with normal winter weather.

I went to college in Upstate New York.  I’m from the East Coast.  Now all of a sudden I’m a big wimp when it comes to the weather?  I really need to stop complaining about the cold because in a few months it will be too hot.

It’s Oscar weekend.  One of the most fun events is the Independent Spirit Awards, which were held under a big tent in Santa Monica with the after party at Shutters On The Beach Hotel.

The last time I went to the party, a friend and I kept following bumping into Daniel Craig. It was a glorious day.

Unfortunately, the upcoming forecast is not so glorious…  rain for the next five days.  Clearly, there will be no stylish bike riding for me this weekend.

Buon weekend a tutti!

 

 

 

 

 

In 2011 the Italian fashion label Miu Miu started Women’s Tales, a series of short films about women directed by female directors from all over the world.

Their most recent short was directed by Ava DuVernay.  Ava won the best director award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Here is more information about Ava’s short from Miu Miu:

The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale, is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change. The symbolic centre of The Door is the front entrance of the protagonist’s home. As she opens it to greet a friend in the powerfully framed opening scenes, she is shrouded in an oblique sadness. “In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves,” explains director DuVernay. “Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.” Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine’s emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.

Not a word was spoken, but Ava told a beautiful story.  For some reason, I didn’t recognize Gabrielle Union at first!

The Door combines three things I’m passionate about, dècor, film, and fashion. Several of the pieces in the short need to be in my closet and hello, that house!

I’ve seen many films with “a glass house in L.A.” set design but this one really captured that L.A. loneliness vibe.  I loved it.

Years ago when I was in the middle of hell a Hollywood film development executive, I worked 24/7.  I also made no money, but on my birthday I would buy either a bag, shoes, or jewelry.

For a few years (until the production company I worked for shut down) I alternated between which item to get, went go to Barneys, and put down my Barneys credit card.  I would pay it off immediately with birthday money I received from my family.

I didn’t go crazy.  I would buy, say a pair of Prada shoes (back then the prices were at least $200 lower) instead of Louboutins.  That said, I think Marc Jacobs bags were/are completely over priced.  Can someone please explain their price points to me?

One particularly heinous year, I doubled down and bought a bag AND earrings.

That year I walked pass the jewelry section on the first floor and a pair of earrings, similar to below, caught my eye.

Me&Ro Silver Multiple Flattened Dangle Earrings

I put them on and said, “I’ll take them.”

For a while I only wore the earrings on special occasions.  Then I thought that didn’t make sense.  Beautiful things should be worn.

I wear them all the time now.

These earrings are the only Me&Ro pieces I own.   I love them and look forward to buying more pieces in the future.

The designer and CEO, Robin Renzi, used to be a dancer and started her company in the back of her Elizabeth Street apartment in the early ’90s.  Me&Ro works with recycled materials and their designs are simple and stylish.  The company has really grown since the mid 00s but the quality is as high as ever.

Also, I like that they still make and produce all their jewelry in Tribeca, New York City.  I’m sure they could increase their profit margins if they shipped those jobs overseas.  That they’ve been in downtown NYC all this time says a lot about the company’s values.

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