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On Friday night, renowned luxury interior design manufacturer Jean De Merry celebrated the opening of its Melrose Place location with a California-elegant cocktail party where Douglas Friedman's latest photography exhibit "Take It Off" was unveiled. The event took place during the La Cienega Design Quarter's three day program (May 7-9), the reason for all the activity in the area that you may have seen over the weekend.
Jean de Merry's showroom feels like a museum of beautiful objects, with each piece of furniture and decor as interesting and splendid as the next. A lovely and sophisticated crowd of guests enjoyed bubbly, a Jean de Merry specialty Leblon cocktail and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres passed throughout the night as they cooed over all of the gorgeous pieces throughout the showroom and Friedman's display of works. Guests in attendance included Tommy Hilfiger, Bret Easton Ellis, Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, Tara Subkoff, Margaret Russell, Randolph Duke, Noa Tishby, Steven Weber, Robert Verdi, and Bradley Garlock.
Friedman's photo series "Take It Off" features burlesque artists in all their glory, particularly Miss Dirty Martini proudly flaunting what she's got with help of some barely-there sparkly and flowing costumes. The subject matter may not abide by the conventions of beauty but his photos, taken during a live burlesque performance, are really quite spectacular.
The party was a huge success, proven by the champagne shortage which prompted an emergency Veuve run halfway through the night. Guests chatted each other up and enjoyed the open bar well past the 10pm end time.