Los Angeles Confidential - 2015 - Issue 6 - October - Richard Gere

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Shifting Gere! “I think most everyone, on some level, questions the world they were born into,” says Richard Gere, the longtime leading man, developer/ star of Time Out of Mind, and humanitarian par excellence, here sporting a wool coat by Prada ($4,400). 343 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-8661; prada.com. Cotton shirt, Brunello Cucinelli ($715). 220 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-724-8118; brunellocucinelli.com

opposite page: Wool coat ($5,300) and cotton shirt ($800), Hermès. 434 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440; hermes.com. Polka-dot tie, Bottega Veneta ($210). 457 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-8586533; bottegaveneta.com




Wool coat ($5,300) and cotton shirt ($800), Hermès. 434 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440; hermes.com. Wool pants, Giorgio Armani ($2,895 for suit). Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-2764400; armani.com. Polka-dot tie, Bottega Veneta ($210). 457 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-858-6533; bottegaveneta.com. Black leather shoes, Dior Homme ($790). 315 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8003; dior.com

“[Richard Gere’s] on the red carpet with a tuxedo—everyone wants to see him, touch him, take a picture with him, ask him questions. That guy sitting on a street corner is a black hole. It was a profound experience for me.”—richard gere



Shirt, Hugo Boss ($275). 414 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-2888; hugoboss.com. Navy cotton pants, Brunello Cucinelli ($740). 220 N. Rodeo Dr., 310-724-8118; brunellocucinelli.com. Watch and bracelets, Gere’s own Photography by Diego Uchitel for CLM Styling by Brian Coats at The Wall Group Tailoring by Malissa at House Atelier Grooming by Brigitte for Malin + Goetz at Sally Harlor Shot on location at 25 Beekman Place in New York. This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom apartment with private outdoor space is represented by Zach Boren of TOWN Residential. 646-588-4067; townresidential.com



wardrobe must “A good pair of jeans that you can wear with a T-shirt as well as a nice collared shirt. When traveling on 10-day road trips, there’s only so much you can take with you—you have to be able to multitask that pair of jeans for day and night!” favorite nightspot “Parks Barbeque in Koreatown (955 S. Vermont Ave., LA, 213-380-1717; parksbbq.com). It’s open until 2 am. Being a ballplayer, you don’t get off the field until 11, 11:30 at night, so it’s hard to find a good [late-night] meal.” guilty pleasure “Double Stuf Oreos. I find myself quadruple-stuffing them. I’ll take the cream out of two and put it into one!” Shirt, John Varvatos ($268). 8800 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-859-2791; johnvarvatos.com. Jeans, Saint Laurent ($650). 469 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-4410; saintlaurent.com. Watch and jewelry, Ethier’s own

// the outfielder of dreams //

Andre ethier lA dodgers At frst glance, it doesn’t make sense. Why would Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers—thoughtful, intelligent, devoted family man, loyal teammate, gourmet-food reviewer—be the target of constant persecution via trade rumors over his 10 seasons in the major leagues? If you think it’s because the baseball gods decided to pick on the one guy on the roster who could probably handle it, you might have just knocked that one out of the park. “Those trade rumors back and forth,” says the 33-year-old outfelder, who happens to be the longest-tenured Dodger on the current roster, “they help fuel you and keep you on your toes. You gotta keep your nose down and keep grinding it out and fgure out a way to come back and fnish each season strong.” And he’s defnitely doing his part in 2015—Ethier’s batting average hovered at .300 entering September, as the revamped Dodgers and their $300 million payroll vie for their frst World Series title since 1988. When he’s not at Chavez Ravine driving in runs or chasing down fy balls, the Phoenix native is doting on wife Maggie—a former gymnast whom he met while they both attended Arizona State—and sons Dreson and Retton. He also likes to eat superbly, which motivated him to create the blog “Dining with ’Dre.” (He had to stop because he found himself as fnicky about getting the blog perfect as he is about hitting—and he just didn’t have the time to do it right.) With two more years plus an option left on his current contract, Ethier is instead focusing on defying the odds by playing his entire MLB career with the same team—and winning a championship. “One thing I hope to do is to one day walk of the feld knowing my only games were played with the Dodgers,” he says. “And I know what it means to the city and the fans to be able to bring a World Series home. I think that’s all I have left to really stamp a great career.”



WARDROBE MUST “I keep things pretty simple. I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy.” FAVORITE NIGHTSPOT “It’s no secret that a lot of us [from the team] go to the North End Bar & Grill in Hermosa (2626 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310-379-5379; northendbar.com). I prefer dive bars over nightclubs.” GUILTY PLEASURE “Ice cream! I’m the biggest sucker for ice cream. I love the Cream’wich from Manhattan Beach Creamery (1120 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-372-1155; mbcreamery.com).” Jacket, Theory ($395). Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, 310-360-2700; bloomingdales.com. T-shirt, Vince ($55). 112 S. Robertson Blvd., LA, 310-247-8299; vince.com

“EVERY KID WHO EVER PICKED UP A HOCKEY STICK HAS SCORED THAT [STANLEY CUP] GOAL IN HIS HEAD. TO DO IT IN REAL LIFE, IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL.” —ALEC MARTINEZ

// THE CLOSER //

ALEC MARTINEZ LA KINGS If you scored the goal in double overtime that won the Stanley Cup, chances are you’d tool around LA in a starlet-filled Bentley, get the primo table at the overbooked restau simply by winking at the chef, greet adoring throngs from your balcony with a pontifical wave of your hand, and endorse every product that carries a trademark. But that is definitely not how Alec Martinez rolls. He feels much more comfortable on the sand than he does on the red carpet, and you can often find him engaged in an intensely casual game of beach volleyball with some of his Los Angeles Kings teammates near his Hermosa Beach digs. Yet he doesn’t travel completely under the radar. The New York Rangers found that out the hard way when Martinez zinged a rebound past almost-impenetrable goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals to capture the Cup, the Kings’ second in three years. His celebration afterward earned him the nickname

“Jazz Hands,” for the zany way he shook them in ecstasy. Martinez had previously gained notice for scoring the clinching goal in the series before that, in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. If the 28-year-old defenseman were an old suitcase, he’d have more travel stickers on him than most. Born in Rochester Hills, Michigan, he played his early years in Northern California, then collegiately at Miami of Ohio, and was drafted by the Kings in 2007. On the ice, Martinez personifies hustle and teamwork; of it, he’s as laid-back as a pair of flip-flops. And he doesn’t let that indelible moment of glory go to his cranium. “Every kid who ever picked up a hockey stick in his driveway has scored that goal in his head,” he says. “For me, to do it in real life, it’s pretty special. But at the end of the day it’s about the team, regardless of who scored that goal.” For his teamfirst attitude, let’s give Jazz Hands a hand.


“IT WAS A ROUGH YEAR FOR US.... BUT IT GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY AND GET BETTER!” —jordan clarkson

// the rising star //

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First-round draft picks in the NBA get VIP treatment, massive attention, and lots of endorsement love. Second-round draft picks get green-room leftovers and a world atlas, because chances are they won’t make an NBA roster and will need to fnd some far-fung corner of the basketball globe in which to earn a living. Then there is Jordan Clarkson, 23, one of those marvelously rare exceptions—a budding star drafted 46th overall in 2014 out of Missouri, who happened to land at one of professional sports’ most storied franchises: the Los Angeles Lakers. In his rookie season, Clarkson appeared in 59 of 82 games, starting 38 of them, and averaged nearly 12 points a game. Granted, the Lakers didn’t have their best season in 2014–15. But the 6-foot5 Clarkson’s moxie, work ethic, and poise, mixed with regular fashes of brilliance, earned him inclusion on the NBA’s All-Rookie frst team. “It was a rough year for us,” says the native of Tampa, Florida, who has been squiring supermodel Chanel Iman about LA of late. “But it gave me the opportunity to play and get better! This year I want to do even more in terms of performing and producing.” With the return of Kobe Bryant from injury, along with frst-round draft picks Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, plus veteran additions Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams, the Lakers hope to treat their fans to a much better product. And Clarkson is not only expected to be integral to that efort, he is also spreading the Lakers gospel: His mom is Filipino, and when he visited the Philippines this past summer, he got quite the loving reception. “The fans are passionate there,” he says. “They showed great love and support for me.” Not too many second-rounders turn out to be frst-rate. The struggling Lakers are grateful they have this one. wardrobe must “Definitely my wristband; I always wear beaded wristbands.” favorite nightspot “Mastro’s Steakhouse (246 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8782; mastrosrestaurants.com). I usually go there right after a game.” guilty pleasure “Popeyes fried chicken!”

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Jacket, AllSaints ($650). Bloomingdale’s, Beverly Center, 310-360-2700; bloomingdales.com. T-shirt, Sandro ($125). Bloomingdale’s, see above


// the leading man //

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Robbie Rogers is gay. And he’s out. Somewhere along the lengthy and arduous march for LGBT rights, from Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment to the Stonewall riots all the way up to Edith Windsor and the Supreme Court’s four landmark rulings between 1996 and 2015, such a revelation ceased to be eye-popping news in everyday life. Yet there are still some cement-headed pockets of society where intolerance thrives. One of them is professional sports. Since Rogers, 28, is a star soccer player who once traipsed upon Europe’s pitches as a member of the Leeds United club and now stars for the Los Angeles Galaxy, even he was concerned his sexuality might be an issue and retired from the game he loved for four and a half months after coming out via his own blog post in February 2013. “I heard so many crazy homophobic things,” he explains. “I wasn’t willing to put my mental health at risk. It made me think that no way would I want to be in that environment. It was really scary.” But after some refection, and discussions with family and friends, he changed his mind, realizing he could make an impact as a role model. And wouldn’t you know it? Intolerance quickly evaporated around him. “The same people who I heard having discussions in the locker room about how somebody could be gay and how it was disgusting,” he recalls, “were the same guys supporting me and asking me to come back to play. There’s a pack mentality in sports. It just opened my eyes that these guys don’t really believe what they say and would support me if I came back.” When Rogers is not toiling as a defender for the Galaxy, the Huntington Beach native and current West Hollywood resident is pitching projects around town with Golden Globe–nominated producer boyfriend Greg Berlanti and dabbling in fashion design. Obviously, these days being “out” is in. LAC

wardrobe must “I love a cool denim jacket.” favorite nightspot “At the moment, E.P. & L.P. on La Cienega (603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-855-9955; eplosangeles.com). But I really don’t go out that much.” guilty pleasure “Going to Magnolia Bakery (8389 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-951-0636; magnoliabakery.com)—the banana pudding is amazing!”

“THE SAME PEOPLE I HEARD HAVING DISCUSSIONS IN THE LOCKER ROOM ABOUT HOW SOMEBODY COULD BE GAY... WERE THE SAME GUYS SUPPORTING ME AND ASKING ME TO COME BACK.” —robbie rogers

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opposite page: Jacket, Hermès ($2,775). 434 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440; hermes.com. Button-up ($495) and pants ($840), Brunello Cucinelli. 220 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-7248118; brunellocucinelli.com. Shirt, Vince ($85). 112 S. Roberston Blvd., LA, 310-247-8299; vince.com. Hat, Louise Green ($255). 1616 Cotner Ave., LA, 310-479-1881; louisegreen.com this page: Top ($2,725), turtleneck ($1,525), skirt ($3,800), and boots ($2,325), Hermès. 434 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-278-6440; hermes.com





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The eyes have it! Frank Sinatra, the ultimate Hollywood A-lister, still mesmerizes today. this page: LA’s original man-about-town, Sinatra lived in Southern California for more than half a century, including Beverly Hills, as seen here in November 1969.



“Frank Sinatra was a guy who worked hard but played hard,” says filmmaker/Sinatra devotee Brett Ratner. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Waving goodbye to New York at Grand Central Station before leaving for Hollywood; with son Frank Jr., daughter Tina, wife Nancy, and daughter Nancy at home in LA in 1949; with his dog Ringo in the yard of his Palm Springs home; sporting his “hometown” allegiance in 1977; at another of his “homes,” Capitol Records, during a recording session in LA, circa 1954. CENTER: Partying with second wife Ava Gardner in 1951, the year they married.



“We stocked Tootsie Rolls, Camel cigarettes, and Jack Daniel’s for Frank when he returned to Capitol Records to record his Duets album in the ’90s,” recalls legendary sound engineer Al Schmitt. Here, the singer does his thing at Capitol in October 1962. INSET, FROM TOP: One of Sinatra’s performance tuxedos and trademark fedoras, both on display beginning this month at The Grammy Museum.

RING -A-DING FLINGS

THE GRAMMY MUSEUM LEADS A SEASON-LONG SOCAL CELEBRATION OF THE MASTER OF THE AMERICAN SONG. Although the Grammy Awards launched in 1959, following Frank Sinatra’s peak recording periods, he still garnered 13 trophies, more than 30 nominations, and Hall of Fame and Legend awards from the Recording Academy during the remainder of his career. This month, The Grammy Museum celebrates the singer’s centennial with the opening of “Sinatra: An American Icon,” an epic but intimately detailed exhibit surrounding the life and career of the music legend. “To have the opportunity to tell Sinatra’s story and show the impact that he’s had on American culture is not only a great responsibility, it’s also an honor,” says Bob Santelli, the museum’s executive director, who teamed up with the Sinatra family to delve deep into the entertainer’s extensive personal archive for neverbefore-seen artifacts. “This will be as much a walk down memory lane for some people as it will be an eye-opening, ear-opening experience for people who don’t realize that Frank Sinatra arguably was the greatest voice of the 20th century.” Among the treasure trove: performance tuxedos and trademark fedoras, personal photographs, mementos, rare film footage and radio clips, even the ukulele the young Sinatra used to serenade his first wife, as well as elaborate re-creations of landmark locales like Capitol Records’s Studio B and personal retreats like his Palm Springs painting studio. “Dad had that mentality to keep everything and to take pretty good care of it,” marvels Tina Sinatra at the volume of her father’s collection. “Everything he kept mattered to him.” “I really felt like it’s a chance to see a personal side of him that no one ever gets to see,” says the star’s granddaughter (and Nancy Sinatra’s daughter) A.J. Lambert. The exhibit is just the start of the celebrations in the countdown to the Chairman’s actual 100th birthday, on December 12. The luxe Riviera Palm Springs in particular—a longtime favorite performance spot of the singer’s—has a slew of tributes planned: a Rat Pack look-alike-themed Halloween party, a November menu of Sinatra favorites from the family cookbook, and a Jack Daniel’s bar crawl followed by a gala bash with Sinatra family members over his birthday weekend. It’s enough ring-a-dingin’ to have tested the high-livin’ endurance of the indefatigable maestro himself. October 21–February 15, 2016, at The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., LA, 213-765-6800; grammymuseum.org



The King of Kool: Sinatra’s inimitable style lives on... and on. CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: Twin Palms, the singer’s beloved desert escape, is today a place of holy reverence for Sinatra-philes; Sinatra Select from Jack Daniel’s; the custom, zebra-striped Mustang specially created for Sinatra’s role in Marriage on the Rocks 50 years ago; a classic look from legendary men’s atelier Carroll & Co., which helped the superstar cultivate his iconic style; the “Frank Sinatra” booth at La Dolce Vita, in Beverly Hills, where the Sinatra clan still holes up for family celebrations.

SINATRA SAVOIR FLAIR, THEN AND NOW

During his hey-hey heyday, LA was abuzz at the prospect of eating where Frank ate! Wearing what Frank wore! Living life like Frank did! Today, nothing’s changed: His stylish allure is as hip and… well… intoxicating as ever. THE HANGOUTS Many legendary LA eateries and watering holes favored by Sinatra have faded into Hollywood legend—Romanof’s, Chasen’s, the Villa Capri, Puccini (his co-venture with Rat Pack pal Peter Lawford)—but several joints still bask in the reflected glory of his favor. After befriending Hollywood bartender/fellow Sicilian Dominick Mazzi, Young Blue Eyes was an original financier of Dominick’s (8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310652-2335; dominicksrestaurant.com) when it opened in 1948, often dashing across the alley with pal Dean Martin to a piano bar for a song between cocktails. A brass bar from that era remains in the still-celeby hot spot that, says general manager Jessica Schmidt, “Sinatra would rub for good luck before he would go [next door] to croon.” Sinatra also backed former Villa Capri waiter Jimmy Ullo’s La Dolce Vita (9785 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-278-1845; ladolcevitabeverlyhills.com) when it opened in 1966. Today a prized booth sports a plaque in Frank’s honor (and is often occupied by Sinatra family members), but current owner Alessandro Uzielli reveals that the Chairman preferred a seemingly less-desirable spot in the bar area with a “perfect view of the front door and the floor, so he could sit with his back against the wall and see the place.” Star-studded Matteo’s Restaurant (2321 Westwood Blvd., LA, 310-475-4521; matteosla.com) ranked high with Sinatra (Hoboken-born owner Matty Jordan was delivered by the singer’s mother, a midwife). It’s where he ate

authentic gavadeel and slipped sambuca into his half-filled espresso cup. Shortly before Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer (in 1990), Sinatra, Martin, and Davis would arrive at closing time for a late-night dine-and-drink session. “I was probably one of the last guys to wait on all three of them together,” says former maître d’ Larry Cullen, who surreptitiously swapped out Davis’s iced teas whenever Sinatra spiked them with Jack Daniel’s. THE THREADS Ever meticulous about his wardrobe, Sinatra was an early Rodeo Drive habitué, favoring the styles of Giorgio, Sulka, and Dunhill, as well as those signature Cavanaugh snapbrims and the sleek formalwear of Sy Devore, now in Studio City (12930 Ventura Blvd., 818-783-2700; sydevore.com). At elegant menswear shop Carroll & Co. (425 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-9060; carrollandco .com), he snapped up evening clothes, made-to-measure suits, and anything in orange, his favorite color, recalls proprietor John Carroll, whose father, Dick, kept Sinatra’s music handy to play over the sound system when Sinatra would come in: He’d sing along while shopping. Zealously protective of its customers’ privacy, the shop once bent the rules when an Italian company couldn’t fulfill a custom-order of natty leather jackets, faxing a note on a Tuesday: “We would appreciate you doing this as a favor. These jackets are for Frank Sinatra.” “On Friday morning the jackets arrived,” says Carroll. “They must have literally made them the same day and shipped them the next day.”

THE RIDES Sinatra “wasn’t a ‘car guy’—he just knew what he wanted,” recalls famed Barris Kustom’s George Barris, who trickedout a zebra-stripe-paneled Mustang for the singer to drive in the 1965 film Marriage on the Rocks, along with various personal vehicles. At first he resisted Sinatra’s request for blacked-out windows, fearing visibility issues. “But if Frank Sinatra says, ‘Black out all the windows,’ you do it! The next morning he stops [in] at the shop and says, ‘George, you were right. I couldn’t see a f--kin’ thing last night.’” THE PADS Sinatra was a shrewd operator when Hilton & Hyland’s late partner Juan Alvarez presented what became the singer’s final home in Beverly Hills. After Sinatra and wife Barbara excitedly proclaimed it their perfect “dream house” while touring it with the houseman, the Realtors reminded them that their enthusiasm would make it hard to negotiate the price down. “Frank said, ‘You leave it to me,’” recalls agent Jef Hyland. “He comes back out five minutes later and says, ‘I just told the houseman everything that’s wrong with this house. We’re going to get it at a great price, watch.’ And we did.” Alas, most of Sinatra’s LA-area homes have been demolished in recent years. Faring better, however, are his showplace residences in the desert. His reclusive ’70s-era Palm Springs bachelor pad—five acres, complete with a Sinatra-designed kitchen and helipad—is currently on the market for $3.95 million. “It was basically a hideaway—he

kept it in between marriages,” says Realtor Frank Jackworth. “There used to be a lot of parties up there.” But the jewel in the crown is Twin Palms, a mid-century-modern masterpiece custom-built for Sinatra, where he lived with wife Ava Gardner during their tempestuous union (1951–1957). Owned now by Sinatra enthusiasts and kept in pristine, era-specific condition, it serves as a rental destination for Sinatra-philes, design bufs, vacationing celebrities, corporate retreats, and weddings. “It’s got gorgeous mountain views and is really relaxing,” says Reagan Richter of the management company Beau Monde Villas. “You can come and live just like Frank did.” THE GASOLINE When Sinatra proclaimed Jack Daniel’s his intoxicant of choice on stage at various concerts in 1955, the Tennessee whiskey label was suddenly put on the map. For decades to follow, “Jack Daniel’s could not make enough whiskey to keep up with the demand,” says Master Distiller Jef Arnett, who credits the brand’s late salesman Angelo Lucchesi with cultivating a close friendship with the singer. Still valuing their champion’s vocal loyalty, the brand launched a special Sinatra Select whiskey in 2013; for the centennial, it’s releasing Sinatra Century, a limited-edition, wooden-cased, 100-proof “big character” whiskey. (An accompanying tie bar-shaped USB device features an unedited live performance from the Sands to emphasize the timeless potency of any Frank/Jack blend.) “The Sinatra efect is as real today as it was in 1955,” toasts Arnett.









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