On our way to San Francisco

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Another post without images. Our first ever edition of You Wear it Well was launched last night in Los Angeles. We dared to take our film festival to Los Angeles and it was well received. The day started out with an appointment at ICM which was a pleasure, thank you Kelly Cutrone. Dino and I then went for breakfast and while Dino was looking for a parking space a guy pulls out right into the passenger side of the car. I felt bad for the driver, old and handicapped but he should have been looking to see where he was going. After that Dino and I went over to the production to pick up the DVD’s and then to CineSpace to try them out. That is when we discovered that the patio, the location for the first half of the festival, was flooded with light and they had no black out shades. Pretty strange when the room is used to project films. Dino had been working all night on a few jobs that suddenly came in and had not slept t so he asked me to sort it out. In Los Angeles if you don’t have a car you are really in trouble and have to depend on your friends to take you everywhere, this does not give you the feeling of independence… not to mention that I was constantly borrowing my friends mobile phones, thank you all for your indulgence. Anyway I called my friend David Norbury to see if he happened to have volumes of black fabric at home. Cherry Vanilla came up with the idea that when Andy Warhol started making his films he used to put tin foil on the windows. David and I went out and bought tons of tin foil and gaffer tape, called my friend Steve Olson to see if he could help us cover the windows only to find out that CineSpace was not up for the idea as they said that the place would look like a crack house. Eventually we found a solution. The films were already playing on the patio, in the dark, when I arrived at l9h30. Everything went really well except when we were supposed to move into the main projection room for the 2nd half of the festival, the crowd that was there for the Terminator event had still not left. We continued on the patio and then entered the projection room. Cherry Vanilla, star that she is, presented our festival in great style. I love her, and Dino and I said a few words. Of course I forgot to thank all my friends that made this trip a success. Ned for helping us with all of the transfers, authoring dvd’s etc. Cameron Silver and Jeff Snyder for hosting the most wonderful dinner for me, Cherry Vanilla for hosting me. My friends Brian Beker and David Norbury for being themselves, Steve Olson for spending three hours with David and I at CineSpace until it all got sorted out and of course Kelly Cutrone for going over and beyond the call of duty. It’s a bit late, but there you have it. It was a pleasure for me to have people coming up to me telling me how much they enjoy the blog and how they visit it every day. Afterwards we went to Ned’s production for a short bit and David Norbury drove me home. Today I am going to visit the home of James Goldstein, he was the subject for one of my films and lives in a Lauder house that is truly amazing. I would have liked to visit it at night but we leave today for San Francisco and the second stop on the You Wear it Well travelling film festival tour. More later. Again, sorry there are no images, when back in Paris I’ll post some. Although I have to admit that last night I was not really snapping many. We have not counted the votes yet but once we do I will post the public’s choice.

Later, Diane

P.S. I’m not sure yet if I go to San Francisco in the car with Dino and Walter or if my friend Brian Beker flies me there in his private plane. That sounds like a good option, don’t you think?

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.