Archive for January, 2011

R.I.P Theoni V. Aldredge

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Academy Award-winning costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge (above) died Friday at 88, reports the New York Times. Its obituary references her epic and often amusing battle with Ralph Lauren over credit for the costumes in the Robert Redford film, The Great Gatsby, a story told in Genuine Authentic, my book on the designer. Read about that here.

Dizzy Miss Lizzie

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Today’s New York Observer bets that last week’s $10 million contribution towards the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute by Jon and Lizzie Tisch will win the latter a seat on the museum’s prestigious ruling board of trustees. “The board would be a good place for Lizzie,” Gripebox favorite David Patrick Columbia tells the pink paper. “And the days of Condé Nast and Anna Wintour dominating the Costume Institute are numbered on simply actuarial terms.” Writer Rachel Corbett also echoes the argument in Rogues’ Gallery that the institute has balanced the commercial and the timeless since it came to 1000 Fifth Avenue … Continue reading

Come Fly With Me

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In the new issue of Travel + Leisure, I visit Acapulco… the new Acapulco… and even better, the old Acapulco that’s enjoying an incredible Renaissance.

740, Mon Amour

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The Real Deal reports on a spectacular price chop at 740 Park. The estate of June and Randolph Speight, she an heiress, he a former board president, is still trying to sell their 15 room duplex. The price has now dropped from $35 million to a bargain basement $23 million. Attention 740-Mart shoppers!

In Tisch We Trust

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Jonathan M. Tisch, the chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, and his wife Lizzie (above) today announced a $10 million gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to build the latest new, improved gallery for its Costume Institute, the pet charity of New York’s garment business since the 1940s. Unmentioned in the press release… er… report in this morning’s paper is the subtext of a $10 million gift to the museum: It typically buys a seat on the board, as it did not long back when the controversial libertarian mogul David Koch landed a seat with a same-sized donation. So … Continue reading

Unreal Estate For Sale (soon)

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Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles has a publication date. It will be in stores November 1, 2011.

Smart Alec

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Today’s Gawker advances the story of Alec Baldwin‘s decade-plus-long flirtation with running for political office. Will he close the deal? Consider what happened last time he talked of throwing his hat in the ring here.

Uncompromised

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Google is warning that my web site might contain malicious code. It’s a delayed reaction to a problem that was solved months ago. To be clear, the site is safe. I’ll be curious to see how long it takes Google to realize that and remove the warning.