September 10, 2007 |
Not only did he have "It," Rudolph Valentino also possessed the "S" factor -- he was sexy, sensuous, smoldering and swarthy. The original "Latin Lover" and the screen's first superstar, the Italian-born actor still mesmerizes audiences 81 years after his untimely death of a perforated ulcer at the age of 31.
September 6, 2007 |
Valentino Fashion Group said Wednesday it has appointed Alessandra Facchinetti, a 35-year-old Italian, as the fashion house's creative director for womenswear, a day after Valentino announced his resignation as head designer. Facchinetti previously worked at Gucci, where she took over from Tom Ford. She said she aims to present her first Valentino collection in March. Valentino Garavani, 75, said Tuesday he was stepping down as head designer of the fashion house after 45 years in the business.
April 4, 2007 |
VALENTINO, for 35 years one of the grande dames of Southern California fine dining, is getting a little work done. Nothing serious mind you, just a nip and tuck here and there. The most notable alteration will be the introduction of what owner Piero Selvaggio is calling the C Bar in the front room. In this case, C is for carpaccio, culatello (the special heart of prosciutto), crudo (sushi, Italian style) and cicchetti (Venetian seafood snacks).
December 3, 2006 |
AS the best-known writer of his generation, Dave Eggers has attracted more than his share of criticism. He has been accused of pretension, self-indulgence, false modesty and flagrant postmodernism (whatever that might be). Most of these bombs have been lobbed by folks who are envious of Eggers -- his youth, his talent, his outsize ambition. Very few of his critics, at any rate, have bothered to identify Eggers for what he is: an unabashed humanist. "What Is the What" should change that.
July 11, 2006 |
For some 80 years, the 1922 romantic drama "Beyond the Rocks," starring two legends of the silent era -- Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino -- was considered lost. Only one minute of footage existed at the Nederlands Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. So the catalogers at the Filmmuseum were shocked when they discovered the first two reels of the movie while inventorying a collection of original nitrate reels of films that had been donated.
July 7, 2006 |
Valentino, known for his red-carpet-ready gowns, received a French Legion of Honor medal Thursday at a star-studded ceremony in Paris. Elizabeth Hurley and Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue magazine, were among those who packed the gilded hall where Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres presented the Italian designer with the medal, conferring on him the honorary title of "knight" in the elite society.
March 29, 2006 |
News flash! Valentino hired a new chef: Don Dickman. Dickman, who earned a loyal following as chef-owner at Santa Monica's Rocca until it closed late last year, took control of the stove at Piero Selvaggio's elegant Santa Monica Italian restaurant earlier this month. News flash! Dickman has already left Valentino. Says the chef, who spent a good part of the 1980s working under Michael Roberts at the West Hollywood eatery Trumps, "It wasn't the right thing for me.
October 2, 2005 |
Rudolph Valentino often visited this home while it was being built for him on the eastern shore of Lake Sherwood starting in 1920. Unfortunately, the silent-screen star, who died in 1926, didn't live long enough to see the retreat completed in 1931. Today, the hillside house, originally a one-story with a loft, has a three-level addition. It took actress Dana Sparks ("Passions," "L.A.
March 20, 2005 |
The Crystal cruise ship Serenity was inaugurated nearly two years ago. We were part of the first journey. The itinerary [this time] was Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; Livorno, Porto Cervo, then Sorrento, Italy; and Capri, Greece and Corfu. We went to Dubrovnik, the old Yugoslavia [now Croatia], and finished in Venice. On a cruise you do anything you want. I love to watch movies, and they have a tremendous library. Also playing ping-pong with my kids. We can finally have a few meals together.