January 13, 2008 |
Whitley Heights was the Palatine Hill of the golden age of Hollywood, with commanding views for its cultural rulers. Today, residents are drawn to the community's winding streets, friendly, welcoming atmosphere and those same picturesque panoramas. Beginnings The neighborhood is named after Hobart Johnstone Whitley -- known as the "father of Hollywood" -- who helped build the area into the entertainment mecca it would later become.
December 2, 2007 |
They land in stores like extremely well-heeled, 300-pound gorillas in the weeks leading up to the holidays. They're the season's style books, ready to sit unopened on coffee tables around the globe.
October 25, 2007
It's always an event dining at Valentino, Piero Selvaggio's venerable -- and formal -- Italian restaurant in Santa Monica. Make a reservation, dress to the nines, head on over and you'll spend a few hours and a considerable chunk of dough -- dinner with wine for two can easily top $400. But the opening of Valentino's new wine bar two weeks ago means now you can check out chef de cuisine Giacomo Pettinari's sophisticated cooking without spending a fortune.
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.