Archive for October, 2009

Balmain’s peaked shoulder is it for MJ

October 30th, 2009

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Peaked shoulders off the Balmain Spring 2009 runway appeared in Michael Jackson’s final concert footage.

I was so happy the footage of Michael Jackson’s last concert rehearsals were made into the film, “This Is It.”

I was especially thrilled for the many dancers, musicians and crew members who worked so hard at rehearsal and could finally get some long-awaited and well-deserved recognition.

There was one segment I wish could have been explored more, and that was the work on the costumes, which promised to be even more spectacular than what we would expect, even by Michael Jackson standards, which is extremely high. They talked about costumes and gloves that would light up by remote control.

I’m familiar with 30 years of signature looks and silhouettes of the fashion icon, and the film introduced one more, straight off the Balmain Spring 2009 runway, of the peaked-shoulder jacket. You can’t miss it, and every time it pops up you’ll wonder whether you love it or hate it. Of course, Michael Jackson being Michael Jackson, his jacket was tricked out with crystals.

You can read more about it in a story that appeared yesterday in the Los Angeles Times.

The movie starts as an ordinary behind-the-scenes concert documentary, but is very touching in then end as we hear Jackson’s thoughts about the state of the environment and our individual roles in making the world a better place while “Man in the Mirror” plays.

If Jackson were alive, I doubt that this documentary would have been released in this form, because he was a perfectionist. Because this is rehearsal footage, I could tell he was delivering only 70 to 80 percent of his full performing capability, but his 70 percent might as well be 100 percent for most people. He’s still amazing to watch and never stops moving on stage.

For all that has been said about his “weirdness” and “eccentricity” over recent years, he comes across as being thoughtful and sincere, and the film reaffirms his musical genius.

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Open house at Reneux

October 30th, 2009


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My kind of trick-or-treat: The candy bowl at Reneux was filled with a mix of mini Twix and Milky Way bars and other sweets, plus mini samples of Skinceuticals skincare products.

Reneux Med & Dayspa hosted a pre-Halloween open house Oct. 18 to demonstrate the latest tricks for treating your skin to beautifying techniques and products.

There were tours of massage, acupuncture, laser treatment and facial treatment rooms, and the space, above Bamboo Sky, at 401 Kamakee St., is bigger than you’d imagine from the entry.

What was scary was that as soon as I got there, I went under the Skinceuticals skin scope that identifies damage below the surface of the skin, not yet visible to the eye. I did this about a year ago at Sephora, and I thought my skin was OK. I’d been so disciplined about skincare before that, but seeing that result gave me license to slack off … a lot. I stopped wearing a hat, used sunscreen only intermittently, substituted a layer of liquid foundation (that I credit most with protecting my skin since my teen years) for a light dusting of mineral makeup. Those things, combined with the seeming increase in the intensity of the sun added up to one horrifying mess.

Let’s just say this visit was a wakeup call and I’m wearing sunscreen and a big floppy hat more religiously than ever. You can’t stop aging, but a little preventive care goes a long way in delaying the onset of unwanted spots and wrinkles.


The entry to Reneux Med & Dayspa (593-7844), upstairs at 401 Kamakee St., near the Ward Entertainment Center.

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Showing the facial room are, from left, esthetician Erin Wong, massage therapist Kathy Lundquist and esthetician Ava Lim.


Skinceuticals products offer some Rx for troubled skin.

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Spa neighbor, Tiffany Breeden (right) of Bamboo Sky, with Summer Shiige, who brought a few of their clothing racks upstairs to create a mini boutique.

Tiffany Breeden offered a 10 percent discount on Bamboo Sky clothing for the event. She changed clothes three times while I was there to show designs from the boutique. You couldn’t miss her first ensemble, that included  sequined leggings.

Among items she showed that day were silver sequined mini skirts, black sequined blazers and a sequined hoodie jacket. I added the hoodie to my ever-growing stockpile of sequined clothing. I wanted to buy one anyway when I was in New York but ran out of time. The last thing I’m looking for is a black sequined beret, then I’ll be set for life!


Lena Hanson, left, was offering a drawing for her Lena’s Fab Brows service. She’s pictured with Sheryl Gibo and Alan V. of Salon Blanc.