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May 8, 2011

Atlantans in the Media Kleig-Lights

Our posse in the glossies

<p>Atlanta literary belles as depicted in a recent issue of Vanity Fair magazine.</p>

Atlanta literary belles as depicted in a recent issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

By Nancy Staab

From a high school footballer now on the cover of Details, to a shop proprietor who trained with fashion editor Polly Mellon, our local denizens get plenty of press play

Literary Swans

Nine of Atlanta’s most noted female writers graced the page of the Feb. 2011 edition of Vanity Fair. They may have posed, cliché-bound, in ball gowns worthy of a Southern belle on the lawns of the iconic Swan House ( lawdy be), but as the writer Alan Deutschman effuses in the article: “[they] write fearlessly about the region’s troubled legacies of race, class, gender, and sexuality….And they’re now turning Atlanta into the most vibrant new literary scene outside of Brooklyn.”  The shoot included Kathryn Stockett of The New York Times bestseller The Help (currently being translated into a film starring Emma Stone alongside Sissy Spacek and Viola Davis and out Aug. 12), novelist Emily Giffin, described as “Atlanta’s modern-day Jane Austen,” (whose own book-to-film Something Borrowed starring Kate Hudson opened this May) and the heavyweight, 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheway, who recently penned a wrenching, non-fiction account of New Orleans post-Katrina. Also included among the bookish belles:  Karin Slaughter, Susan Rebecca White (Deutschman’s wife), Joshilyn Jackson, Jessica Handler, Sheri Joseph, and Amanda Gable.

Local Boy Sean O'Pry (far left) on the cover of Details. Local Boy Sean O'Pry (far left) on the cover of Details.

Cover Boys

Atlanta men also got some good press this spring. The March issue of Details magazine sported a trio of male models, including, on the far left, Atlanta-native-turned-international cover-boy Sean O’Pry. Meanwhile Sotheby’s International real estate agent Angel Ramos, dapper in Astor & Black suiting, graced a full-page ad in Esquire magazine. This is not Ramos’ first appearance in the mag, he was named an Esquire “Best Dressed Real Man” in 2010. Lastly, Kenny Leon, founder and artistic director of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre, posed for a “New Bohemians” shoot in the March issue of Vogue. Up next for Leon: This fall he will direct the Broadway production of The Mountaintop about the imagined last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.  (Halle Berry was set to star but dropped out due to her custody battle.) Leon is also the subject of a new documentary, The Start of Dreams, which premiered at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival and included spots by Denzel Washington,  Phylicia Rashad and Samuel L. Jackson.

Couples (Retail) Therapy

First Sid Mashburn opened his eponymous haberdashery in Westside, then GQ editors flocked to the store, and le tout Atlanta cheered the arrival of this dapper den. Now, his wife Ann Mashburn (a Polly Mellon protégé and Vogue and Glamour vet), has followed suit with her own equally iconic shop, just around the corner, but aimed at female fashion plates. Just as in the case of her haute hubby, the national press has also beaten a path to Mrs. Mashburn’s door, fawning over her chic cachet of lifestyle pieces like Kendall Conrad bags, J. Brand jeans, Pretty Ballerina flats, James Perse pieces and Ann’s own private line of men’s inspired shirts and shirt dresses. The Mashburn’s five daughters, ages 9 to 20, also pitch in at the parental shops as needed, making this truly a family endeavor. Check out Ann’s chic two-page spread in the April issue of Veranda magazine. Note to Sid:  better get used to the moniker Mr. Ann Mashburn!

The Wall Street Journal Polls Local Celebs on Their Surprising Sources (Eight-Box of Chicken Anyone?)

Atlanta novelist and bestselling author of The Help, Kathryn Stockett, rapped about her fave Atlanta spots in The Wall Street Journal article, April 16, 2011, including The Mansion at Peachtree hotel, art store Sam Flax and her best source for Southern-fried gossip (oh, and chicken)

Poultry Excuse: Kroger. " I get my fried chicken—and much of my writing material—at the location in Brookwood Square. It will blow your mind—the chicken, the divorces. I once heard a pregnant woman tell her husband it wasn't his baby. He went right ahead and ordered an eight-piece box." -Kathryn Stockett

Also revealed: Top Chef Richard Blais’ love of L5P custom t-shirt shop Bang On; interior designer Kay Douglass’ secret shoe source, the Buckhead boutique Sabot; and Cee-Lo Greene’s hankering for smothered pork chops at Picadilly Cafeteria!