MATTHEW STONE: OPTIMISM AS CULTURAL REBELLION @ BRITWEEK 2013

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It’s a great honor & privilege of mine to be able to act, in a small way, as an art patron from time to time and it gave me great pleasure to sponsor Matthew Stone’s recent trip to the West Coast.

We brought Matthew out for BritWeek 2013, and were delighted when the interest in Matthew exceeded our already high expectations. Matthew was named by The Sunday Times as the most influential person in the arts under 30 in the UK and it is not surprising his reputation had already reached the West Coast even though he had yet to have his first show here.

As part of the BritWeek calendar we held 2 events with Matthew. A DJ party on our rooftop at Hotel Shangrila in which Matthew played the most tasteful and sublime set that I can remember hearing and a salon in which we discussed Matthew’s art, his motivations and his influences. We had a very elevating and enjoyable discussion, it was a pleasure to see the depth Matthew has an artist.

 

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Matthew & I co-hosted the salon in the Dining Room of the Shangrila, it was an intimate roundtable format and our esteemed guests included Director of BAFTA Nigel Daly, wife of the former British Consulate Sharon Pierce, Executive Director of Britweek Lauren Stone, Artist Bexx Bissell, Music Video Director Georgia Hudson, and actress Tamzin Brown along w/ their lovely dates.

 

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During the dinner Matthew read out his manifesto which I found incredibly life-affirming and elevating. Matthew & his art have an incredible sensibility and it does not surprise that he is held in such high regard.

 

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…and of course, I can’t help mentioning what an absolute sweetheart Matthew is. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Matthew last summer in London and Matthew’s intelligent, gentle and playful manner makes him the most warm & wonderful company.

Shepard Fairey’s gallery Subliminal Projects reached out to me when they heard we were bringing Matthew out to LA. Somewhat magically, Matthew ended up having his first LA show at Shepard’s gallery which was a roaring success. Incredible crowd, breath-taking art and just the most delightful LA summer evening.

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If you didn’t get a chance to catch Matthew or his work this time around I would definitely urge you to do so when Matthew returns, hopefully sooner rather than later. Come back Matthew! America needs you!

August 23, 2016
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CHROMEHEARTS X GARETH PUGH

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I had the pleasure of being invited to the launch party of the collaboration between 2 of my favorite designers Gareth Pugh, who brings gothic sculptural designs with a rock & roll aesthetic along with Chrome Hearts the ultimate Rock & Roll leather & silver purveyors.

If that wasn’t exciting enough the party was hosted by Serena Rees, one of the founders of Agent Provocateur at her beautiful Georgian Maisonette in Marylebone, LDN. From the moment I entered I was blown away by her impeccable taste & style hallmarks of her vision with Agent Provocateur. It was a beautiful fashion crowd, but unlike most fashion crowds the people here were warm, stylish, friendly & open. I was taken in immediately by Carson McColl & Gareth who introduced me to everyone and made me feel completely at ease as I forged many great new friendships with their lovely crew including, Faye Hindle, Elodie Laurent, and Laurie Stark.

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Gareth Pugh & Tamie Adaya

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Faye Hindle, Gareth Pugh, and Elodie Laurent

Faye Hindle, Gareth Pugh, and Elodie Laurent

Tamie Adaya & Carson McColl

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The lovely host Serena Rees, Tamie Adaya, Laurie Stark, and Carson McColl

The lovely host Serena Rees, Tamie Adaya, Laurie Stark, and Carson McColl

January 23, 2014
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MEADHAM KIRSCHOFF @ V&A

I experienced an absolutely exciting fashion show by Meadham Kirshcoff a collaboration between Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. The stunning show took place in the Raphael room of the V&A museum in London last month.

Their designs were electric, vibrant, and incredibly wearable with beautiful headpieces, they are one of the first designers who have excited me in a long time because they are NOT minimalistic which can be so BORING!

They are opulent and colorful and their look is complete from head to toe.

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January 15, 2014
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MIDNIGHT IN SHANGRILA: NYE 30′S STYLE

I rang in 2014 at my home away from home, the Hotel Shangrila with friends old and new, in a gorgeously themed 1930s style party at the rooftop bar, Suite 700. Everyone was dressed to the nines & in the party spirit. Rarely have I seen such great energy and good vibes all over…people were complimenting strangers, toasting each other, dancing the night away and just spreading the love.

Wishing everyone a very special 2014!

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Dressed for the occasion

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With friends & fam

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The dapper DJ for the evening, DJ Paper

 

January 2, 2014
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DEUS EX MACHINA

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I have found a new haven: Deus Ex Machina.deus-logo-1-300x55

Even the name Deus Ex Machina wreaks of sex. You walk into the store and it’s the most beautifully curated menswear store I’ve seen in quite some time. A clothing store for REAL men, the kind of men that Steve Mcqueen was, I thought they were all lost.

Speaking of which, Deus Ex Machina carries the Barbour brand which has co-opted Steve Mcqueens brand, and the logo is an absolutely gorgeous half union jack with half stars & stripes that I am in love with.

Great coffee in there café area, great ambience all around, and everyone had a great attitude especially if you look good and feel good when you walk in. Amazingly curated clothing and the most beautiful vintage motorcycle bikes with a very solid & genuine community feeling.

The staff was fantastic, extremely helpful, and cultured. We even started reminiscing on all the amazing music that they play, I’m very impressed about every aspect of this shop and that’s not easy!

I know where I’ll be doing my Xmas shopping ;)

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The beautiful Barbour brand logo

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Stunning vintage bikes

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Entrance to Deus Ex Machina

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The wonderfully curated clothing selection & vintage bikes

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Café Area at Deus Ex Machina

December 4, 2013
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MAT COLLINSHAW – THE LAST SUPPER

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I was invited to Stephen Webster’s lovely jewelry store / art gallery for a show by Mat Collinshaw entitled “The Last Supper” which was an incredibly rembrandt-esque depiction of prisoners last meals and last requests. Even though the theme was quite morbid, the photography was really quite beautiful & surreal all printed on goatskin parchment with an impressionist vibe that made them look like original baroque works with a very dark twist.

The edibles were provided by Mark Hix, the hottest restauranteur in London who served amazing appetizers for the guests who were definitely not eating there last supper and the crowd was filled with fashionable bright young things and young-minded sophisticates of all ages. Stephen was never at a loss for words with an amazing speech followed by Mat Collinshaw. Mat provided an in-depth description of his inspiration for the works. The idea came from a Sunday Times article he read 20 years ago depicting prisoners last meals in these disgusting plastic tray aerial photos. He really marinaded on this concept, and brought a whole new life to it, and it truly shows!

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The exhibition entrance

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Dessert for Dinner

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Another stunning outtake from the exhibit

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Mat Collinshaw, Mark Hix, and I

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Dave Thomas & I

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Dave Thomas, Me, and Isaiah Garcia

November 19, 2013
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THE PEOPLE SAY ‘VIVA LARRY FLYNT’

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I attended Larry Flynt’s birthday dinner last week and it was pleasantly surprising. Beautiful, dreamy and filled with well-dressed people, sophisticated businessmen, journalists and intellectuals. It felt like the wedding scene out of the the Godfather as everyone was paying homage to him. Larry is quite handsome, well dressed and coiffed, photos do NOT do him justice. The food, drinks and ambiance were gracious, classy and nothing was in any gaudy or over-the-top. There was not an ounce of lecherousness nor debauchery present. Talking to Larry gave me the feeling that he is a man of great kindness, being around kind people always makes me so happy. Of course there wasn’t any photography allowed

For those who are not familiar with Larry Flynt, I think it would be fair to call him one of the great american’s of our generation, not least for his commitment to our constitution and our freedom of speech. Larry was attacked by both the left and the right as he built his Hustler empire, but always held steadfast in his commitment to the first amendment. During the Republicans completely hypocritical witch hunt of Clinton during the Lewinsky Scandal, Larry offered a million dollars of his own money for information of Republican indiscretions, which lead to the admission of extramarital affairs by incoming House Speaker Robert Livingston and his resignation.

Larry also demonstrated his principles by refusing to settle, as a matter of principle, a law suit issued by religious demagog Jerry Falwell. A case he lost repeatedly yet eventually won in the Supreme Court which cost him millions of dollars, but critically reaffirmed our first amendment rights and our right to freedom of speech.

I can’t think of many public figures in recent decades who have been willing to put themselves and their money on the line to defend our freedoms, so for that reason I believe Larry should be regarded as a national treasure.

November 4, 2013
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MATCH MADE IN PARADISE

With the fall & winter seasons off to an amazing start the celebrations have already commenced! I had the honor of hosting my dear friends Einar & Svala for there post-wedding cocktail soiree in Suite 700 this October… They are such a beautiful couple and we all had such a lovely time together celebrating their recent union. Everyone was dressed to the nines as per usual, and I also met some amazing new friends throughout the evening. In addition to being an amazing couple they are also an extremely creative & talented powerhouse spearheading a music & visual art collective from Iceland known as Steed Lord 

You’ll be amazed by everything they’ve achieved as a couple & creative collective, they are truly inspirational individuals.

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The lovely Svala, myself, and Einar.

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Justin Barco & I

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Having a blast entertaining my loves

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Another beautiful couple, Eddie House & Tatiana

October 16, 2013
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DESIGN COLOUR AND VIBRANCY AT THE ICA OFFSITE

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I hit the ground running in London right at the start of the fun and mayhem that calls itself London Fashion Week. I barely touched down at Heathrow before being ushered into an amazing party done by my friend Lyall Hakaria for Vogue Fabrics UK for the ICA, one of my most beloved British Institutions. Displayed were fashion & accessories from many up & coming young British designers. The displays were dazzling to behold.

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(Gorgeous display of buttons from Karlie Shelley, Fred Butler, and Felicity Hayward)

 

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Another stunning display

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Carrie Munden, Bethany Lauren Wood, Fred Butler, & me in full regalia.

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Christos Tolera, Felicity Hayward, and I having a ball.

The event was held in one of my most hallowed childhood and current institutions, Selfridges, which seems to be the herald of everything cutting edge & relevant, and for those of you who have not seen it, the show Mr Selfridge is a MUST see! The windows of Selfridges currently house a display by my friend Keely Hunter, a milliner and Selfridges also recently launched a limited edition of super cool Barbie designed by my friend Fred Butler…amazingness all around –http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/08/05/barbie-dressed-by-london-designers-for-selfridges-department-open

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Barbie Collaboration by Fred Butler

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Keely Hunter window display at Selfridges.

 

 

A colorful, vibrant and lovely party which ended at a completely civilized hour at 10pm which left me with plenty of time to get into trouble elsewhere *polishes halo*

September 14, 2013
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KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD

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For my summer family holiday this year, I decided to do something very simple with the children.

We spent four nights in Portland, Oregon and stayed at the Heathman Hotel which is a very lovely old world style hotel. Portland’s reputation was not for naught it certainly had an amazing foodie scene, the nature was beautiful, but not as magnificent as the stunning northern Californian Redwoods.

Here are my top 4 reasons you should go check out Portland, Oregon.

1. Portland is still known as one of the last hippy cities & enclaves in North America with it’s classic slogan “Keep Portland Weird” strewn about the city. I really enjoyed the quirkiness throughout the city.

 

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2. The beautiful natural features of the land…fresh water rivers, lakes, mountains, forests and waterfalls to explore and create a very nice atmosphere by being fully immersed in all of the wondrous nature always a lovely place to be with Family. I had the chance to splash around in the rivers & waterfalls w/ my family which was a very magical experience.

 

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3. The burgeoning farm to table foodie scene is always fun to explore with family, we enjoyed the Woodsman Tavern together which had a very nice old school tavern vibe with all the luxuries of a big-city restaurant.

 

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4. Last but not least we really enjoyed the nations largest independent bookstore Powell’s where I spent the good half of an afternoon indulging in all of the fantastic literature.

 

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September 5, 2013
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