May 25, 1986 |
A London auctioneer this Wednesday will sell a curious document that almost makes Imelda Marcos look like the model of shopping restraint. The Marcos treasury of shoes, gowns and bad or fake classical paintings has become famous since the Philippine upheaval. But Imelda Marcos could have taken lessons from Empress Josephine.
September 22, 1996 |
Back in Hollywood's heyday, when glamour was part of the job description, leading ladies dripped with precious gems and 18-karat gold. Unlike some at this year's Oscar ceremony who topped off a Gap T-shirt or Armani gown with borrowed rocks from Van Cleef & Arpels or Harry Winston, these ladies owned. So when the jewelry from the estates of four former Hollywood stars goes on the Christie's auction block Oct. 3, more than diamonds and gold will be up for sale to the highest bidder.
September 24, 2006 |
Text by Kristin Young; Photographs by Randee St. Nicholas * Resource Guide: Page 29 Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane white cotton tuxedo shirt, $395, black silk tie, $155, and yellow-and-black sunglasses, $205, all at Dior Homme, Beverly Hills. Black jeans by Nudie Jeans Co., $185, at Traffic Men, Los Angeles. Prada leopard-print belt, $345, Comme des Garcons red belt with chain, $165, and Dries Van Noten gold sequin scarf, $255, all at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills.
April 6, 2012 |
"Magic City," an attractive, but frustrating new series from Starz about a Miami Beach luxury hotel, is the third drama this TV year, after the quickly dead "The Playboy Club" and the probably not returning "Pan Am," to be set in the middle of the 20th century. While on the face of it these shows seem like an attempt to draft off the cultural energy of "Mad Men," and may well be, they also represent in their small, halting way the birth of a new American genre, to join the western and the gangster film - midcentury stories of big dreams and dreamers, of prosperity and its undercurrents, set at the corner of Eisenhower and Kennedy, furnished with Eames chairs and cigarette machines.
September 22, 2000 |
Mae West was the genuine article--even if not all her diamonds were real. Such were my thoughts as Joe Gold and I, both longtime friends of Mae's, went over the jewelry and memorabilia that her longtime companion Charles Krauser had stored after her death in 1980 at 87. Krauser, who died last year at 76, and Gold, founder of Gold's and World gyms, were in Mae's fabled muscle man chorus line in her '50s nightclub act. "Goodness, what diamonds!
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March 2, 2007 |
A judge Thursday sentenced Michael Goodwin to two consecutive life sentences without parole for the murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife in what prosecutors said were revenge killings for a business partnership gone awry. Goodwin, who was dressed in a dark gray jacket and had brown-rimmed glasses perched low on his nose, showed no reaction as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz sentenced him. A jury in the same Pasadena courthouse had convicted him Jan.
June 20, 1986 |
When a woman wears jewelry by Brian Reichenberg, she usually doesn't bandy his name about. "She might tell a couple of friends, but that's about it," boasts the former gem salesman, who specializes in fake diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. People who want copies of real baubles (their own or someone else's) have been known to arrive at Reichenberg's Beverly Boulevard shop disguised in large hats, sunglasses and using pseudonyms, he says. Other clients summon him on the q.t.
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March 29, 2006 |
Those not in the diamond trade might find it hard to understand why Emile Chayto, a Geneva dealer with more than 40 years of experience, gave $14 million worth of gems to a stranger who claimed to be the wife of the deceased president of the Congo -- before she had paid him one penny. Unfortunately for Chayto, she was not the widow of Mobutu Sese Seko. And her wire transfer never arrived.
July 2, 1997 |
Dana Shanler hated borrowing her mother's jewelry for special occasions. So she did what was once considered unthinkable: She bought an expensive diamond necklace for herself. "I knew I could afford it, and I decided that I could buy it for myself if I really wanted it," said the 34-year-old attorney. "Now, every time I wear it I get a real charge out of it." Jewelry isn't just the gift of love anymore.