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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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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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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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KESH 4 SHANGRILA: THE UNVEILING EVENT @ BRITWEEK 2013

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For our second event held here at the hotel for Britweek 2013 we had UK born, but LA based artist, KESH host & present her latest creations custom made for the hotel. The unveiling consisted of 7 limited edition pieces inspired by her personal experience’s, and the hotel’s almost 75 year old history brilliantly re-appropriated into a timeless collection of art. This is the first artwork of it’s kind to be hung on the walls of our Terrace Suites to capture the imaginations of our guests while they escape in Shangrila.

 

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The beautifully lit penthouse with Kesh’s brochure.

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Sneak peek of one of the stunning pieces for our Terrace Suites beautifully displayed in our penthouse

 

Her works of art were showcased throughout our rooftop penthouse and the pieces were both captivating & alluring. Each piece carries elements of the hotels aesthetic through the eyes of Kesh and imbues a unique duality of modern art & art deco that is a perfect compliment to the style of our beloved hotel. It was an inspiring evening & the crowd was full of energy & excitement with an eclectic mix of fashionista’s & art lovers alike popping in throughout the evening, dressed to impress.

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Kesh in her photo-booth zone on the rooftop

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Such an amazing group of creative individuals made it out for the evening

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Me & Kesh in front of one of the pieces inspired by our Rock & Roll suite’s bathroom decor.

Amazing style & fierce poses throughout the evening

Amazing style & fierce poses throughout the evening

May 17, 2013
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BRITWEEK: JUBILEE SWING TEA PARTY

During Britweek 2013 I had the pleasure of hosting our first Jubilee Swing Tea Party at the hotel co-hosted by Mich Dulce, British milliner & corsetier.

It was a sublime Sunday afternoon, everyone in attendance was dressed to the hilt, swaying & dancing away the afternoon in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50′s attire. Mich’s spectacular and interactive hat display along with a photo booth allowed for everyone to partake in quite an impressive dress up party. Surrounded by fun conversation, an assortment of hob nobs, custard creams, tea, biscuits and swing dancing made for an incredibly delightful, creative, and innocent afternoon.

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May 8, 2013
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BRITWEEK INVASION

Britweek started out w a huge splash (and a red carpet) at the Residence of the British Consul General in Hancock Park.  The theme was Art Deco which fits in perfectly with my tastes and inclinations although I did not know that when I dressed up to go.   We were welcomed with open arms by the Consulate staff and even the former consul and his wife, Bob and Sharon Pierce, and it was lovely to have that kind of relationship with them after working together for 2 years.  Everybody was dressed beautifully and I received a lot of complements which makes any girls night just complete:)

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Love the step and repeat that featured the Shangrila!

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Loved the gorgeous stage

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Gorgeous Art Deco panels

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Met lots and lots of fun elevating stylish people

Come check out the Britweek Events I’ll be hosting at my beloved Hotel Shangri-La

April 27, 2013
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