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2013 Brit Week Celebrates Downton
Abbey party was delightfully decadent while being oh so proper and
elegant. British high-style and culture ruled
the night with gentlemen in top hats and tails, and the ladies resplendent in
very large hats, gloves and beaded finery.
The dress was less dowdy than
Downton Abbey as the guests channeled the flamboyant flapper era of crazed
Perhaps this was also an
homage to the expectant ‘Great Gatsby’ movie. British design icon Zandra Rhodes
looked ‘absolutely fabulous’ still rocking flaming pink hair. She is the
eternal queen of punk elegance. Other
notable guests included; Downton Abbey Executive- Producer Gareth Neame, Star Laura
Carmichael, (Lady Edith,) Actors John Savage, Blanca Blanco and Fred Willard, Comedienne Jo
Anne Worley, and Designer Sue Wong.
The lush gardens and terrace of the Fairmont Miramar
Hotel and Bungalows served as a stunning backdrop for this A-list glamorous
party. Revellers delighted in the 1920s
music from Richard Halpern & his band and in the special live dance
performances. White gloved waiters
delivered tea cups filled with gin fizzies and caviar shooters with vodka and
dollops of heavy cream, and other delectable treats from Fig restaurant, while bar
keeps kept the booze flowing with custom, pre-prohibition era cocktails.
With the intoxicating beauty of the crowd
mixed with the opaque sky at nightfall and the serene ocean breezes, you were
brought back to the fantasy of roaring ‘20’s.
Proceeds from the evening
benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest volunteer supported
Louis Oberlander may be new to fashion photography but he’s
no stranger to it. He began modeling three years ago. His photos have already appeared in national
ad campaigns for Mercedes Benz and Hotel Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas in a quirky ensemble ad which
graced a giant billboard in Vegas as well as Vanity Fair Magazine. Louis also had a previous career as a rock
musician in his native Hamburg Germany
where he grew up and produced seven albums for a top ten band called The Jeremy
His second career in the arts began in ’08 when Louis moved
to Los Angeles
to get serious about acting. In five years he has made over 40 shorts and one
feature film as well as booked dozens of National and International commercials
even playing a director on a film set briefly interacting with Halle Berry.
At age 46, Louis is embarking on his third creative career
focusing on photography, which used to serve as a nice hobby while he was in
between acting gigs. But only recently
(6 months ago) he got serious about it enough to invest in some equipment and
rent a small studio space in Silver
Lake where models and
actors can go to get the unexpected portrait.
“I’ve been a visual person my whole life. I picked up photography over the last year as
an actor in the down time while waiting for the next job. That’s the worst
thing about being an actor. You can only practice your craft when you’re
working on a project. When that ends you have nothing to do.” Louis has plenty
to do now with a list of over 50 clients lined up for his photographic services
in everything from head shots and artistic nudes to commercial jobs. When he’s
not the subject, he’s the object on the other side of the lens.
Louis likes being the director of his studio where he says
he doesn’t take photos, he makes photos, in his studio he can create the mood
with lighting building on a concept he initially has for the particular shoot.
He styles his subjects from clothes to hair to make up and then just shoots
until that idea has been realized.
Then in editing he adds some more magic sometimes placing
filters to affect the mood or color of his image. “I go through this world and I see analogies
or overlaps between different disciplines of life. And I’m at that point where
I’m slowly starting to develop my own language as an artist.”