Remembering Loulou de la Falaise (1948 – 2011), Outstandingly Excellent muse to Yves Saint Laurent. RIP
Presenting the Excellent interior design of the Outstanding Monsieur François Catroux, via HORTSON.
As told by Guiseppe Cipriani, General Founder of Harry’s Bar, Venice: “Who could ever forget the extraordinary fashion designer, Valentina Schlee? Of Russian origin, she was Greta Garbo’s stylist. They both lived in the same building in New York. Greta Garbo eventually became the lover of her husband, Mr. Schlee. Valentina always dressed like the Great Garbo. Or perhaps the Great Garbo was always dressed like her. A mass of tangled locks hid her from view even in the middle of summer. She was both the joy and the desperation of all our waiters and cooks and those of the Hotel Gritti as well, where she usually stayed. When she finally left, all the men heaved a huge sigh of relief. I sent a bottle of champagne over to the staff at the Gritti, and made sure that everyone who had served her got their share.”
Via Racked: Her Excellency Anna Wintour, as photographed by Mario Testino for the cover of WSJ.
Presenting the “ultra rare Laserdisc version of this classic televised concert Grace Jones: A One Man Show. Issued exclusively in Japan in a stunning picture sleeve. Comes with a chapters and lyrics insert. Tracks are Warm Leatherette, Walking in the Rain, Feel Up, La Vie En Rose, Demolition Man, Pull Up to the Bumper, Private Life, My Jamaican Guy, Living My Life and Libertango/I’ve Seen That Face Before.” Sometimes available at Amazon.
Presenting the Excellent exclusive invitation to the notorious Moratoire Noir party. Organized by the Outstanding Jacques de Bascher de Beaumarchais, the 1977 event, according to Agenda Inc., “introduced the fashion world – for the first time – to the darker edges of the Parisian suburbs and Mapplethorpian quantities of leather. Said the Washington Post: “It was planned as a “nice party for all Karl Lagerfeld’s friends,” explained Count Xavier de Cadtella, who was dressed in a fluorescent orange-and-silver Star Wars getup. He was leaning over the catwalk above the black-walled, barren warehouse lit only by criss-crossing green laser beams. Below, more than 3,000 of the “friends,” all dressed in black as required on the invitations, gyrated to blasting electronic music. The scene was La Main Bleue, Europe’s biggest disco located in Montreuil on the edge of Paris, an area where many African workers live. Started by Jean Michel Mouhac as a club for blacks, it soon became the chic place for fashion stars and swingy socialites on certain week-nights, much the way harlem once was the “in” place in New York.” Intrigued? Please click HERE for additional titalation.