10/7/09

Friends & Neighbors...

Moving to Los Angeles was one of the hardest things I ever did, and to be truthful it still is hard to be away from my closest friends and family members and in a city which routinely challenges me and what I believe by it's constant rewarding of so much that is shallow and wrong. Think sex tape stars getting their own shows, tabloid celebrities ghost written book deals, women who are constantly rewarded for how young they try to look or how firm their bodies are, instead of the amazing accomplishments that they are capable of achieving. Thank goodness no real author has had to stand in her bra and panties looking like she is ready to star in her own soft core porno in order to sell her book...yet.

Last night I fell down the rabbit hole that is my insatiable love and admiration for one of all my all time favorite cities in the world, when I went to see The September Issue, a documentary about the making of Vogue's September issue and the women behind it, with my one of my neighbors. It of course takes place in NYC, and travels to Paris for the spring fashion shows and Rome for a photo shoot. And yes it is about the crazy world of fashion, which whether you shop at The Gap, or Barney's or buy clothes on e-bay, we all take part in to some degree. We all have a sense of style and a way of dressing that is right for us and tells the world who we are in some small way when we walk out the door. Regardless of what we do, or our budget we each get up every morning and know that a favorite t-shirt, or necklace, or pair of sneakers, will make us feel good.

But what I loved about this film, was that for a lot of the people who work at Vogue, fashion is an art form, it tells a story through color and fabric and vision, by the designers and stylists and photographers who work in it. Some of the photo shoots were nothing short of genius, exquisite paintings come to life and the dedication behind the scenes of all involved was nothing short of awe inspiring. For me this was a film about women, real women mind you not teeny tiny perfect models, and older women, who are at the very top of their game and worked for decades to get there. They talked about the young women and men, who come and go, about the need for a forum for their art, and also about constantly keeping their eyes and ears open to learn and see and experience so that they can keep vital. They talk about the change in tides and trends and the obsession of celebrity culture and how one needs to keep looking and moving forward. They are passionate these, designers, stylists, editors, and the documentary was so well done and so interesting. And no fashion isn't the be all and end all, but it can be wonderful and interesting and full of talent or it can be vapid and shallow and crass, just like all art these days, again think the real housewives of wherever, or the latest biography of a reality star not yet 20.
These women, were dedicated to what they did, and they were determined to work as hard as it took to be the best at it, and that was inspiring. And of course NYC was gorgeous and I have been missing it, and the community and energy that one can feel in that city ...all day long.

That's where these beautiful vases come in. One of the things that have made LA even possible for me, is that I have been blessed enough to have neighbors who have become friends. The smaller vase is from a dear friend of mine who was my neighbor for the first 3 years here, and I wouldn't have made it without him. And this second vase, my neighbor of almost a year gave me today. A former east coaster we were both raving about the film over coffee in the backyard in our pj's and lamenting the kind of people one meets in a city as diverse as New York, a pedestrian city, so it's easier to...and then I came home with a bunch of flowers to cheer myself up and he had bought this vase for me. And I was reminded of how lucky I am to have my own group of fascinating individuals, right here in Los Angeles, people who started out as strangers and have become friends. Friends that I admire and inspired by and who everyday, try to be the best that they can at what they do. I'd take that over a Chanel jacket any day. Though I wouldn't say no to both!

2 comments:

THE ACTORS DIET said...

those vases are beautiful. as is los angeles, in its own unique way....

Sorell Says... said...

So true, so true...thank you :)

 
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