Delays, refusals, and artful evasions: it's pretty much the theme of this past weekend's celebrity beat. Fortunately, a true LGS takes it all in stride—and still manages to turn up a few celebrity morsels. On Friday night, I chatted up Nick Rhodes and John Taylor of the seminal eighties new-wave band Duran Duran before the group's concert at the Chicago Theatre... PLUS: Lauren and Brody in town

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Celebrity Beat: Duran Duran, Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner

Delays, refusals, and artful evasions: it’s pretty much the theme of this past weekend’s celebrity beat. Fortunately, a true LGS takes it all in stride—and still manages to turn up a few celebrity morsels. On Friday night, I chatted up Nick Rhodes and John Taylor of the seminal eighties new-wave band Duran Duran before the group’s concert at the Chicago Theatre… PLUS: Lauren and Brody in town


Lauren Conrad strikes a pose on the red carpet at Crobar.



That’s me, flanked by Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor.

Delays, refusals, and artful evasions: it’s pretty much the theme of this past weekend’s celebrity beat. Fortunately, a true LGS takes it all in stride—and still manages to turn up a few celebrity morsels. On Friday night, I chatted up Nick Rhodes and John Taylor of the seminal eighties new-wave band Duran Duran before the group’s concert at the Chicago Theatre. I asked the guys to dedicate “Last Man Standing” off their latest album, Red Carpet Massacre, to Last Girl Standing—but the song wasn’t in their scheduled set list, so no dice. (Instead, they played a mix of old and new, including the pop hits “Rio” and “Reflex.” Simon Le Bon’s still got his signature onstage slither, and the fans still go nuts for it.)

Undeterred, I headed straight to Dreams for Kids’ Holiday of Hope fundraiser at Crobar to catch up with Lauren Conrad from MTV’s The Hills. Conrad was about 45 minutes late for her 11 p.m. red-carpet trot, but when she showed, she did so in style, arriving in a white stretch limo and greeting the bevy of Marines gathered out front to collect children’s gifts for the charity. Conrad is every bit as tiny and adorable in person as she is on TV (I guess that’s what being 21 looks like). Although the Hollywood party girl skipped the chance to promote her own California-chic clothing line, the Lauren Conrad Collection, in favor of a slinky black-velvet number by Michelle Mason, her clothes will be available next year at E Street Denim in Highland Park.


MTV heartthrob Brody Jenner at Enclave

Once inside the club, Conrad submitted to a few questions from us media types—but none, we were warned ahead of time by her publicist, that would make her uncomfortable. That meant no queries about her former flame and fellow Hills star Brody Jenner, who was scheduled to appear at Enclave the following night. “I’m leaving first thing in the morning,” Conrad said pointedly when asked about her plans while in town. Since she’s been filming another season of The Hills in Paris (eight episodes, she told me), I asked what she liked most about the city of lights, hoping to get the scoop on any Parisian love interests. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I can’t talk about it. We’re still filming.” Hey, at least, she was nice about it.

Conrad, who was only slated to stay at Crobar until 1:30 a.m., ended up hanging out in the main room and the upstairs VIP suite until 3:15 a.m., drinking Level Vodka and Veuve Clicquot. Organizers say about 1,000 toys were collected for charity during the course of the evening.

They may not be an item any longer, but Conrad shares something in common with her ex: a lack of punctuality. Brody Jenner arrived hours late Saturday at Enclave for a scheduled model search for his new clothing and jewelry line, Archangel—and the delay had nothing to do with the night’s snow storm. The MTV star and son of Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner was slowed on his way into town by getting into a scuffle onboard his original flight (still no word on what that was about) and being escorted off the plane. “I guess I won’t be flying American again,” Jenner told the crowd when he arrived at Enclave after 2 a.m. The model search was canned, but Jenner’s escapade didn’t keep him from gripping and grinning with the mob of female fans who had stuck around.

If you missed The Hills drama last weekend, you have another chance to see reality, close up: Hills stars Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge host Poparazzi Friday on December 28th at Crobar.

Photography: (Conrad and Duran Duran) Courtesy of Sarah Preston; (Jenner) Matt Reeves

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6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

LC: too much makeup on a pretty girl
BJ: goodlooking feller

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Sarah, this was a well-written, classy piece--unlike that trashy, bitter article written by that "these boots were made for walking" blogger.

Thanks for being a real, stand-up journalist!

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Lifestyles of the rich and talentless.

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

hey lauren its meeee, jacob from texarkanna im am like your biggest fannnnn. i am a little bit upset with you though because you make girl clothes nad not guy clothes.why? i like your clothes but make some nice guy clothes pleasae i would so buy them!! bye

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

I would love to see 'these boots are made for stalking' blogger and you go at it in a pool of KY. But then again you only write for Playboy, so it would be interesting to see what the talent turns out like....

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

anonymous 9:36 am: who is this "boots are made for walking" blogger???

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

BORING. Why do people care about these reality show pseudo celebs? Anyone with 15 minutes of fame can get a clothing line these days. Can any of these people actually sketch, sew or design? No. They just throw their names in front of someone else's talent & work.

I wish reality television would go to the grave, but sadly, with the WGA strike, we're going to be stuck with reality TV for a long while. UGH.

Quit promoting these people.

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

To the last person who posted:

Actually, Lauren Conrad is in fashion design school, so at least she is working hard to make something out of herself instead of just "putting her name on clothing" like all the rest of these "stars."

I get what you're saying, and believe ME, I am no fan of reality stars, but you cannot blame the girl for trying to make herself stand apart from all the others. We all know that she wouldn't stand a chance on "Project Runway," so let's just wait and see what she comes up with before pre-judging her.

Damn, it sounded like I really cared, huh?

Ugh.

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

To 12/19 @12:09am, I agree, but LC is bangin hot, and you must not be, thats why you are bitter. I would rather buy clothes from a hottie dime peice, then some average hooker even if that dime peice was high on meth while doing handstands in the snow.

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

TO Anonymous 10:23 am:

Wow. I'm surprised that someone as unarticulate, shallow and ignorant as you can even read. Perhaps YOU should stop using meth and go back to school.

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

To 5:09am: I would put money on you being the following: single, cat lover, and haven't been with a man for several months. I will go further to say that you get together with your girlfriends to discuss why you don't have a man. You might ask yourself, how does he know such about me? Well for starter’s its 5:09am in the morning, so you weren’t with someone last night. But as a man, let me tell you this... If you are anything like your post, there is a clear reason why you are a single cat lady, probably in a small 1 bd apartment in Lincoln Park that cries every night because you are alone, its because you are not open-minded about jokes and you also think you are smarter then everyone. Do all of us men a favor, next time you are out, probably not at a bar because you don't drink, please do not approach us and try to make intelligent conversation about what we are talking about. That is the most annoying thing I have towards you B grade ladies.

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

*my last post was too long, here is the rest of it...

I do not think less of you as a person or anything, I just know what kind of women I deserve and want to get the word out that you and women like you are not it, and you should recognize what class you are and only go after equal or lower class men. My point of my last post was this… Most designers are ugly, so LC being hot (A grade), is a huge plus for her, because women I know would rather buy clothes from her, since they too are beautiful. So put down that novelty cup of coffee and get dress, go to the gym and smile, you will find someone soon. Also, quit cutting yourself, that doesn’t help anything.

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Ok, so I retract my statement about it being 5:09am, its actually 5:09pm, so maybe I'm wrong, maybe you do have somewhat of a life, but still doubtful. I stand by my other comments cat lady

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. All I'm sayin'...

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

We catch up The Hills Stars and Brody, party with Playboy. check this video out The Hills Stars.

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