Monthly Archives: March 2011

Five Haute Things for the Homme: Dressers!

Dear Diary,

So now that I’ve moved into my gross West Hollywood Hills apartment and I have no furniture, it’s time to get cracking on buying stuff. Luckily, I find myself shopping for the show almost every single day, so I have ample time to look around and research things I might like to add to my place. Right now, finding a dresser is my biggest priority. Firstly, because I have a ridiculous amount of clothing, and second because all my socks and underwear are in shopping bags in my bedroom. It’s totally impossible to get dressed every day. Thus, DresserSearch 2011. Below are a few selections I found at an antique mall, and some I found through online research.

Wertz Brothers Furniture, West Los Angeles

I like this one because it’s totally 60s and fun. And not bad for $179. I kind of hate that it’s painted with black speckles though so I’d probably just paint the whole thing high gloss white or grey, with a different trim color to bring out the details.

This one is super luxe, love the imbedded handles that lay superflat when closed. $249.

This one is kind of boring, but I can see it working in a Valley Of The Dolls style bedroom. Which isn’t exactly what I’m going for… $199.

Steppe Five Drawer Chest from Crate & Barrel

This one is nice because it’s so simple. Feels very 60s and adequately masculine for my taste. $1,299.

Engan from Ikea

To be honest, I’ve seen this one in person and it looks kind of cheap because of the veneer, but it does photograph beautifully and it has a playful 1960s sensibility about it. This is a case of great design, poor construction. $149.

Not sure which, if any, of these dressers I’ll choose, but it’s a good start. At this point, anything is better than the mess of sock-filled shopping bags that carpets my bedroom floor.

Love,
Orlando

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Slimane Photographed Vidal. My Life Is Complete.

Dear Friends,

Anyone who knows me well knows that two men captivate and thrill me to no end. These men are novelist Gore Vidal, who has written some of the most heartwrenching and sensible words of our time, and Hedi Slimane, fine art photographer and former Dior Homme head designer. Thus, you can imagine my shock and delight when I was browsing Hedi Slimane’s Diary and found that he had photographed Gore, my favorite writer ever. I love that he captured the author in his space, surrounding by all these wonderful and evocative objects. If you don’t know Vidal, start with his memoirs (Palimpsest and Point to Point Navigation) and then move onto The City and the Pillar, which is a devastatingly beautiful, painful novel. Here are a few of the images by Slimane:

I love how textured and quiet these images are. I also love how thoughtful¬†Slimane was in choosing which objects to photograph. For example, the image below of a young Paul Newman, Vidal’s life-long friend and, in my opinion, the most beautiful man in the history of time.

To view the rest of the gorgeous photos, as well as more of Slimane’s visual diary, go to Hedi Slimane Diary.

You’re welcome.

Love,
Orlando

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Ravetimez: Arcade Fire Remix!

Dear Thunderlust,

Thanks for this fun Arcade Fire remix. As you know, I’m a total fan of fun remixes and this one makes me want to buy a time machine, get into it, go to 1992, attend a rave, and dance and wiggle until dawn. Awesome!

The track can be downloaded (for free!) here.

You’re welcome.

Love,
Orlando

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O Captain!

Dear Professor Zevi Blum,

I found out you died yesterday and it came as a total shock. You impacted my life in a wonderful way. I’m pretty sure you gave me one of the only Bs I ever got in college, but you were a mentor and a leader and an inspiration to all us kids. We were 18, just transplanted from all over the country and the world to one of the coldest collegiate environments in the world. And you were there to be hard on us, to care about us, and to change the way we thought about art forever. Perhaps it is because my mother is a teacher and I grew up surrounded by teacher’s kids, I will always hold teachers, mentors, professors, instructors, etcetera, in high regard. You were a special case, Professor Blum. You really challenged us and forced us to think outside the box. You gave us grades lower than we were used to and we brutally honest in your critiques of our work. But we always knew you were secretly (or not so secretly) rooting for us, that you wanted us to be great and that you knew we could be.¬†We called you “Captain” (from the Whitman poem) and I can’t think of a more appropriate nickname. I admired you for being a wonderful, engaged professor, and I admired you for fleeing to my favorite city (San Francisco) when you retired. You were a wonderful mentor and I know there are Cornellians all over the world mourning your loss. Thanks, Captain.

Love,
Orlando

Link to Professor Blum’s Obituary

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Fake Joan Didion Quote of the Week!

“What? You think it’s inappropriate to eat a hot dog at the opera? I just want to be free.” – Joan Didion

* Joan only said this in my dreams, sadly.


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Hollywoodtimez: ‘Secrets’ Premiere

Dear Diary,

I went to a totally glamourous party last weekend. It was to celebrate the premiere of Secrets From A Stylist, my beloved employershow. It was held at an incredibly beautiful bar and lounge called Hemingway’s which I’d never been to before. To be honest, the thing that impressed me the most about the space was the huge number of books they used to decorate the place. We have been using books to prop shelves a lot on the show and [here's a secret] they’re expensive. Anyway, it was a truly delightful night and I’d say it probably beat the Valentines Day party I attended in the Best Party Ever contest.

Love,
Self

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