Sunday, 4 May 2008

Sarkozy, Bruni and 'gooseberry' Blair

From The Guardian, Jan 13: "Smooching their way through a five-course lunch yesterday at an exclusive Paris restaurant, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni made it clear that they care nothing for what anyone thinks, including their gooseberry guest of honour, Tony Blair. The former PM was invited to the five-star Hotel Bristol after addressing a rally of Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement party. But all eyes were on the 40-year-old Bruni, who every now and again lifted her sunglasses to lean in and nuzzle the presidential cheek. Sarkozy reciprocated with kisses and cuddles, oblivious of any uncomfortable fidgeting from those around them."
Fashion shows are a regular event at Le Bristol, which was the chosen venue for a recent ceremony to award Jonathan Newhouse with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The chariman of Condé Nast Internationlal, and nephew of founder Si Newhouse, once told a magazine "Throughout the years my family has worked in the same way – seriously and in a quiet manner. Our style has been to concentrate on the business and not to seek attention for ourselves." But at the glamorous Bristol, with Karl Lagerfeld, Stefano Pilati, Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquière, Franca Sozzani, Carine Roitfeld, Pharrell Williams and Pat McGrath in attendance, he was a little more conspicuous than usual.

This story has been going around for a while, and it might not happen yet. Los Angeles restaurateur Adolfo Sauya and smart designer Dodd Mitchell, who are behind the fashionable Zen Grill & Sake Lounge in Westwood, have a plan to put their and culinary and design skills towards reviving the 1927 Art Nouveau Bristol Hotel (pictured) on 8th and Olive streets. Their plan, initially slated for compketeion three years ago. will give it up to 100 rooms, an Asian-themed restaurant, a bar and a nightclub. It's all part of the sign that downtown L.A. is on its way up.

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