Hydrology premiere

February 28, 2008 – Guests were invited to Hydrology for the premiere of LULU, a new collection of designer bathroom fittings and accessories by Dornbracht. The exclusive showroom was decorated with a signature pink hue. Specialty cocktails and appetizers were available throughout the night while guests explored the luxurious bathroom and kitchen products displayed in the showroom.

Hollywood Glam

February 24, 2008 – Chicago magazine and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Associate Board (JDRF) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the 80th Annual Academy Awards. The Oscar viewing party was held in Room 21’s decadent space, which welcomed more than 250 film aficionados. Guests enjoyed delectable appetizers, specialty cocktails courtesy of Belvedere vodka, and ample photo ops with the multiple Mercedes-Benz vehicles parked on-site.

Chanel and the World’s Trendiest Carousel

The production at this morning’s Chanel show at the Grand Palais was so good that I wondered to myself: what they will do next year—land a helicopter on the stage?

I’m going with the Broadway comparison because there was this pretty, functioning carousel (Carousel is my favorite of all the Rodgers and Hammerstein œuvre), and we even got to see Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha dance a little! It was less Brigadoon and more Grease, though…

Week 41: Plan 20 From Outer Space

Still nothing. Now we’re just pissed.

My parents leave in two days.

In our Bradley class, which seems like a distant memory now, Denyse encouraged us to write up a “birth plan.” I didn’t get the concept at the time, figuring the plan was: Give birth; go home. How could we possibly develop a plan for the most complex, unpredictable moment of our lives, when the experts should be calling the shots? It seemed ridiculous…

Beauty and the Beasties

Go through the looking glass this weekend with imaginative, off-the-wall entertainment.
For starters, the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-397-4010) plays host to a wacky rock show, Necessary Monsters, inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’s The Book of Imaginary Beings. Violinist Carla Kihlstedt and six other musicians don wild costumes for two dramatic concerts, 7:30 p.m. Friday the 29th and Saturday the 1st; a talk with the…

Fashion Week Awards (In Which We Don’t Mention Clothes At All)

My friend and I went to a book signing and cocktail party for the Warhol by Galella book at Le Bon Marché department store tonight. We thought we could take advantage of the store’s extended hours and do a little shopping tour. Well, we tried, but our hearts just weren’t in it. Hey, we’ve seen a lot of pretty dresses this week!

Maybe it’s too early to be handing out awards, but it feels like a quick roundup of some Fashion Week favorites (in the non-sartorial categories of invites, music, and special effects), could be just what we need…

Happy Birthday, Leap Year Babies

We’re not sure why, but Leap Year intrigues us so.

Well, mostly it’s the fact that all of the babies born today won’t get to celebrate their actual birthdays again until 2012. We at Snap wonder if there are any parents out there who deny their children birthday gifts and parties on this technicality. That’s what we’d do if we had children, leaving them to seek consolation from…

Stop Smiling, Anja! (Just Kidding.)

If Stella McCartney ever tells her models to stop smiling on the catwalk, I will be really disappointed. It’s a good reason to drag yourself out of bed on the morning after the heaviest show day of the week, put on your platform boots, and truck on over—because you probably don’t want to miss the top models smiling on the catwalk…

Seven Days, Seven Nights Out

Don’t make us tell you twice: The weekend starts tonight, which means it’s time to get those social calendars squared away. And since Leap Year falls on Friday, we all score an extra night out—and you know how much LGS loves that. We’ve cherry-picked the best of what’s coming up in nightlife in the next seven days…

On the Market: A Gold Coast Condo with a Suburban Feel

List Price: $1,095,000
The Property: The 16-story Elm Tower, at Elm and Dearborn streets, is a six-year-old building designed to look and feel like the vintage co-ops of the Gold Coast. When he was building it, the developer, Jim Letchinger, told me he had grown up in the neighborhood and wanted to put up something that captured the intimate, urban feeling of the 1920s residential buildings he loved there…