Snyder Diamond and NKBA hosted a fabulous panel showcasing the latest trends in kitchens and baths around the world, moderated by interior designer Susan Cohen of Susan Cohen Associates.  Russ Diamond presented, along with kitchen and bath specialist Laurie Haefele, and Martha Orellana of Mr. Steam.  All the panelists showed inspirational images from their recent visit to Salone in Milan.   An incredible buffet catered by Bread and Water followed for our audience of leading southern California designers, builders and architects who are all seeking the next best international trends in K & B design.IMG_6403

CA+D had a great time ogling the fashion-forward and fashion-past outfits on these Reigning Men at LACMA this weekend.

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and re-examines the all-too-frequent equation of “fashion” with “femininity.” Fashion by noted designers, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Rudi Gernreich, and Vivienne Westwood, juxtaposed with ornate, brocade-laden Louis XIV courtroom dress, Victorian garb with towering beaver-fur top hats and turn-of-the-century business suits and button-down vests replete with de rigueur black bowlers.

On view until August 21st. Don’t miss it!

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So enjoyed the 2016 Los Angeles Art Association annual auction!    Always the best place for incredible prices on emerging and mid-career artists, from photography, to paintings, sculpture,  mixed media–the works.   A pleasure to visit with Peter Mays, the indefatigable Executive Director of LAAA.   Many friends in the room, including Merry Norris.  One of the best ways to spend a hot summer night.

First gathering of the Supper Club at the recently completed Tower Road estate in Beverly Hills designed by Shelley Starr. The industry’s top realtors, architects, builders and designers gathered for a Sunday evening meal prepared by Starr herself. Guests enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, peach & goat cheese salad and homemade oxtail pasta.

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Laurie Haefele, Marion Lowry, Christine Anderson, & Roxie Sarhangi enjoying a cocktail by the pool.

 

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Wilian Menezes & David Kovach enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail.

 

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Shelley Starr preparing the peach salad.

 

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Guests enjoying cocktail hour by the bar.

 

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Poolside cocktail hour.

 

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Zoran Pevec, Marisa Sambeat, William Mungall, & Joakim Andreasson enjoying cocktail hour.

 

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Shelley & Christine share a laugh over appetizers.

 

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Marion Lowry, Laurie Haefele, & Shelley Starr

 

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Reggie Sully & Shelley Starr

 

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A wonderful afternoon at Dessin Fournir for an artful, al fresco lunch of a lifetime.  Exquisite!   Pictured left to right: Phillip Stites, me, Christopher Seuss and designer Monique Lafia.   Many new exciting changes and expansions underway at the former beloved Therien & Co. location.  Stay tuned for forthcoming announcements.

 

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Gorgeous sushi presentation by a noted private chef.

 

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Divinely whimsical dessert plate.

 

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The Dessin Fournir courtyard, a wonderful garden haven surrounded by art & beauty.

 

 

 

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We travelled to Joshua Tree over the holidays to see the latest art exhibition of  artist Brian Leatart at the Arttrap Gallery. Leatart works with composite photographs to create a surreal reality and atmosphere from contextual portraits to fantasy still lifes. One of his pieces was just acquired for the permanent collection of the Palm Springs Art Museum. Congrats to Brian on a standing room only turn-out in 29 degree weather.