Minnie Mortimer Gaghan
I can always count on a handful of women to help me out in a pinch, and Minnie is one of them. When I asked her if she would dare take a photo with her pants missing, she agreed without hesitation. This is, after all, a question of trust, and I have been very fortunate to have built a career working with women who trust me, who believe in me.
I have known Minnie since her teen years – running all over town, going to all of the right parties. I would pick her up at her home and we would start uptown and work our way downtown. We would run into each other in LA during Oscar week. One Oscar party that I fondly remember being with Minnie included Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller’s BBQ. Then she got married to Stephen Gaghan, Oscar winning writer and director, and off she went to live in La-La Land. When I visited her at her gorgeous home in what I would recall to be The Palisades, she immediately gave me a tour of her understated, chic home. When we arrived at her closet – in this case, a dressing area the size of a studio apt in NYC – she went to a section where she kept all her trousers, and she showed me a collection of her Alvin Valley pants. There they were: Seersucker 111′s in baby blue, pink, and white, circa 2002-05, High Waist corset pants for evening (2006), Tuxedo pants (2004), and, of course, the Wide Waistband pant in leather (2003). I was impressed with the condition that they were in, perfectly hanging as if she had just gotten them from Neiman Marcus.
I was a bit embarrassed, for I had been gone from fashion for a couple of years, and I felt compelled to come back to this business just so she could replace those pants with new ones. I had always heard at dinner parties women who swore they had 30 pairs hanging in the closet, but this was actually the first time that someone showed me. We spent the day at her home doing the shoot with Cristina. Her home reflected that amazing personality and easiness that takes a lot of time to build – sometimes generations. We did some pics of Mr. Gaghan with Minnie in his 1972 Porsche which was previously owned by Roman Polanski. They were both great, and you can feel the chemistry between them. After the shoot, we hung out in their kitchen and relaxed and talked about old times. Here was a woman who was now also a mother, a woman I knew as a girl. It is always strange – but a happy strange – for me to see girls grow up.
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