November 22, 1999 |
So you think Southern California is laid-back? When the very Gallic Michele Lamy moved to Los Angeles, she quickly discovered just how carefree the city really is. "The first week I was here, I got two tickets," she says. "One was for jaywalking--I did not know what it was--and one was for having no [swim] bra on the beach. And they were both $75. You know, if you come from Europe, you don't even think about wearing a top on the beach.
August 16, 1989 |
In Paris, women clutch flirtatious little Chanel bags, so small they hold next to nothing. In New York, they take the opposite tack, lugging mega-tote bags that bend their backs into Quasimodo crouches, so they can keep their subway reading, gym clothes and other such sundries close at hand. But in Los Angeles, women breeze around town carrying nothing except a set of keys. That's because the quintessential California purse comes with four wheels and a trunk.
January 17, 2004 |
Les Deux Cafes, the leafy Hollywood hotspot that was a favorite with Cameron Diaz, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kirsten Dunst, Rosanna Arquette, Billy Zane and others, closed its doors without warning Dec. 30. "It was a total surprise," said Audrey Bernstein, who hosted the popular Monday-night club Cachet there for three years. Richard Newton, who was running the restaurant and bar on Las Palmas Avenue when it closed, would not comment on the closure when reached by phone Friday.
July 24, 1987
10 musts for any clubs invitation list: Richard Duardo, L.A.'s version of Andy Warhol. Michele Lamy, hot fashion designer who loves to be seen. Allee Willis, songwriter/painter who just wants to have fun. David Schiff, CAA agent who's always in the right place at the right time. Billy Gerber, Warner Bros. v.p. known as the rock 'n' roll exec. Timothy and Barbara Leary, the former LSD guru and his wife who count as one. Charlie Minor, A&M senior v.p. who always has 20 people in tow.
December 7, 1990 |
Art by Henry Matisse, Robert Longo and Andy Warhol may have been on the walls. But guests attending the ART/LA '90 preview party Wednesday night opted for art of the wearable kind by such fashion designers as Jean Paul Gautier, Valentino, Betsy Johnson and Commes des Garcons. Although the event was billed around an Earth theme, few party-goers taking in the fifth international contemporary art fair got the message.
December 5, 1999 |
Scan the tables at chichi Les Deux Cafes and you'll notice something missing. Salt and pepper shakers. You can ask, of course, but that might be a trifle gauche. "Everything is seasoned properly," insists owner Michele Lamy. "We're thinking that too much salt is not good for you. Because everything is organic and in season, we ask people to taste the natural flavor of the food." It's the same story over at Joachim Splichal's Patina.