This is the second installment of Hastreiter’s culture diary. Click here to read part 1.
11:05 A.M. Hop over with Drew and Jacob to Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills to catch the Gus Van Sant show as well as the Ed Ruscha garbage paintings. The guys were drooling over the Van Sant homoerotic boy paintings. They were just okay in my book and forty thousand dollars each. And the exhibition was sponsored by Gucci. (So LA). I liked the Ruscha garbage paintings, although I wouldn’t have bought any of this art even if I were a zillionaire.
Gus Van Sant at Gagosian.
2:45 P.M. Starving. Adele and I head down to a wonderful new spot I heard about called Tinga, on La Brea and Second Street, where they make the most yummy Oaxacan street food. Boy, did we have an outrageous lunch. The food is ridiculous and the folks who run it are sweethearts. They kept giving us stuff to try. Crazy good. They gave us a salsa made from toasted grasshoppers. Yikes.
4:45 A.M. Head to LAX. We are outta here.
7:30 P.M. At Good Units red carpet, the photogs are lined up, as are people waiting to get in. The excitement is palpable, as Duran Duran’s performing for us tonight and the kids are gagging with excitement. My partner, David Hershkovits, and I head to the green room to greet the band and say hi to our old friend Nick Rhodes. The guys are sweethearts and every one of them looks handsome and cute. They are our kind of peeps, and their impending new album, produced by Mark Ronson, has a huge buzz. Yup, Duran Duran is having a moment. And we are, of course, capturing it. The party rocks. The band plays for an hour to screaming, thumping, jumping crowd of young kids and oldsters like me. It was one of those legendary moments in Paper history to be talked about and remembered for years to come.
12:00 A.M. Home. Boy, am I tired.
Japanese dairy farmer.
6:00 P.M. Quick twelve-dollar manicure at my favorite Vogue nail salon on Sixth Avenue at 12th Street.
Isabel and Ruben Toledo.
9:00 P.M. Catch up on my DVR’d reality shows: The Real Housewives of Miami, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Million Dollar Listing, Top Chef, Selling New York, Jersey Shore, Oprah’s season twenty-five. Trash like this really helps me relax.
11:30 A.M. Just plain work.
4:00 P.M. Head to photographer Jake Chessum’s photo studio to do the Paper cover shoot and to hang with Duran Duran boys, check out their looks, and make sure everyone’s having fun. What a great vibe. The boys look fabulous. They’re styled by our very own Luigi Tadini. I’m in love. And Jake C. is killing it. They are all sweethearts–regular nice guys and by now they are, of course, in love with our whole Paper family. I bond with Yasmine, Simon’s beautiful wife, who is lovely and super nice.
7:00 P.M. T.G.M.W.S. (Thank God My Weekend Starts.)
THE END. THANK YOU, LORDY. This is exhausting.
Kim Hastreiter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Paper Magazine.
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