Da Carla Caffe: A Study in Italian Charm

Da Carla Caffe: A Study in Italian Charm

Da Carla Caffe, or “The Carla”, so named after the chef Carla Baldieri, is a charming cafe that offers simply delicious food precisely prepared for your pleasure and served on sidewalk tables in a perfectly peaceful atmosphere in Beverly Hills.  Da Carla is a joint enterprise of Chef Baldieri and Tony Cacciotti, and the restaurant is a loving creation which inculcates their years of experience in the business into a delightful dining experience for their…

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The Emergence of Anna Kile-Gupta, Fashion Designer

The Emergence of Anna Kile-Gupta, Fashion Designer

                          On a slightly chilly night in December, 2019, a light rain began to fall on an outdoor stage at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, but that most certainly was not enough to stop the long-awaited student fashion show I was about to witness. The music commenced and got progressively louder as models, two at a time, crisscrossed through the large audience which…

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Sue Wong’s Brilliant View of The Oscars

Sue Wong’s Brilliant View of The Oscars

Sue Wong’s spiritually uplifting Academy Awards Gala, held on Oscar’s greatest night, February 9, 2020, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, presented a living canvas of the international fashion designer’s accomplishments and aspirations. Indeed, the event was a stimulating and enriching experience which honored the glory and glamour of old Hollywood and simultaneously paid homage to the unconquerable human spirit within us all. The Wong gala was a diverse program, to say the least, featuring…

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Zoltan Papp: Master of Art Restoration and Recreation

Zoltan Papp: Master of Art Restoration and Recreation

When Zoltan Papp was asked by noted fashion designer Sue Wong to help her restore an old Hollywood mansion she had acquired to its previous glory, little did he realize he would be embarking on a three year project. At first, Ms. Wong asked him to restore the Norma Talmadge room of the estate, but before that they agreed that he would do a sample restoration for that room. When Ms. Wong saw his work,…

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Designer Sue Wong Struts with the Goddesses: Retrospective Show at Los Angeles Fashion Week Brings Down the House

Designer Sue Wong Struts with the Goddesses: Retrospective Show at Los Angeles Fashion Week Brings Down the House

How many times can it be said that one was moved to tears by a fashion show? I can say so and still am in the thrall.  I am not speaking about just any fashion show, I am speaking about the memorable one I witnessed on March 16, 2018 at the MacArthur in Los Angeles to culminate Art Hearts Los Angeles Fashion Week: the magnificently momentous and daringly dramatic Sue Wong Retrospective Fashion Show celebrating…

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The Sue Wong Fashion Show: An Artistic Onslaught of the First Order

The Sue Wong Fashion Show: An Artistic Onslaught of the First Order

The beads and sequins dazzled like stars shimmering in the moonlight as the Sue Wong Fashion Show commenced amid a pounding gothic beat, the highlight of the second annual Masquerade Ball for Michelle Long’s Avant Garde Magazine, held on October 29, 2016. The music reached a crescendo and out walked a beautifully clad model in a glittering silver gown exquisitely complemented by her headdress and diaphanous shawl. Most of the models on this night were…

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Sue Wong: From Mao to Now to Wow!

Sue Wong: From Mao to Now to Wow!

There are parties in Hollywood and then there are The Parties, and certainly the Sue Wong birthday party, titled from “Mao To Now,” was The Party to attend this spring. Indeed, it was a party to end all parties — if you will — although Wong always find a way to top herself, creatively. From Mao to Now is a reference to the fact that Wong was born in a small Chinese village and then…

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Ed Moses: Maverick Master of Morphological Mutations a Retrospective of the Still Very Much Active Artist at 90

Ed Moses: Maverick Master of Morphological Mutations a Retrospective of the Still Very Much Active Artist at 90

His wife described him as the rudest boy she had ever met, yet married him shortly thereafter. In his defense, he did later become a Buddhist. His eccentric aunt dubbed him an artist almost from birth, after observing some early fecal wall painting he created from his hamper. Afraid of the teacher in his first art course, taken on a whim anyway, he sat in the last row but was discovered by the teacher nevertheless….

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Sue’s Soirée: Wong’s 10-Year Fashion Retrospective Launches the New Year

On New Year’s Eve 2015, internationally renowned celebrity fashion designer Sue Wong hosted 400 guests at her storied Hollywood palazzo The Cedars with a lavish party which featured a spectacular ten-year retrospective of her designs, marvelous live entertainment, and fabulous dining and drinking. The stellar 24-gown installation of Sue Wong’s designs served as a dramatic setting for the night’s merriment. The gowns selected for the retrospective displayed the creativity and versatility of Sue Wong as…

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