Grant Woolhead's Notebook
By Grant Woolhead
Pictured, clockwise from left: Carol Channing by Al Hirscheld; Gold Croc polo shirt by Lacoste;
"The Japanese Box" book; Helena Bonham-Carter and Dominc West in "Burton and Taylor" (BBC America); Multi Wool 8 Point King Blanket by Hudson's Bay, at Woolrich.com; "Hornero" by Fueguia 1833 at Aedes de Venustas.
Home: Hudson Bay Blankets
To me these are the perfect blankets to have draped over a big old sofa and hunker down for an evening. I love the history of the Husdon's Bay Point Blankets and how they were originally traded to Native Americans for beaver pelts. Woolrich produce the best ones: I like all of the colors, but I have the white one with green, blue, red, and yellow stripes ($580). It looks very jolly in my apartment.
Exhibition: Al Hirschfeld at the New York Public Library
I've always been a fan of line drawings, and Al Hirschfeld's are perhaps the most famous among Broadway caricaturists. His images of every performer of note --from Carol Channing in "Hello Dolly" to Alan Cumming in "Cabaret"-- are completely unique, and quite scary when you look closely. A big exhibit of his work is on at the New York Public Library at the Lincoln Center, which I'm planning on going to this weekend.
Collectible: "The Japanese Box"
I was given this book as a gift from Karl Largerfeld, and it's one of my most treasured possessions. It's a limited edition, with only 1,500 copies in print. It's a beautiful wooden lacquered box containing reprints of the original 1968 Japanese magazine Provoke. It truly is a glimpse into a different culture, completely fascinating. And just a lovely thing to own.
Fragrance: "Hornero" by Fueguia 1833
I absolutely adore these fragrances! Originally, you could buy then from Fueguia's tiny outpost in Buenos Aires. Now this brand has gone global, and the fragrances are still very fabulous and unusual. You can buy them now in the West Village at Aedes de Venustas. This one has lots of myrrh, which is great for this time of year.
Fashion: 80th Anniversary Gold Croc Polo Shirt by Lacoste
Lacoste is one of those iconic brands that look great on every man, and I think most guys should own a classic white Lacoste polo with a green croc. For the 80th anniversary of the brand this year, Lacoste has launched a gold croc version, which is exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue ($110). It makes a great gift for the holiday season. I just got one sent to me, which I shall be rocking asap.
TV: "Burton and Taylor" on BBC America
Forget the awful Lindsey Lohan film: I saw "Burton and Taylor" for free on BBC America On Demand the other evening, and I can't recommend this enough! Based in a later time in the love affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the movie focuses on the year 1983 when the pair was starring in a Broadway revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives. This really is everything I love in a film: unrequited love, drama, bitchiness, slightly camp, but just a really good story about a moment in time that I was largely unfamiliar with. Plus Helena Bonham-Carter is an amazing Liz Taylor; who knew!