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December 19, 2011

Our ATL Posse in Glossies

By Nancy Staab

Sid Mashburn shares his dapper style tips with Town & Country, Hugh Acheson cooks for R.E.M in Food & Wine magazine and Kenny Leon takes on Broadway with his MLK Jr. drama

Sid Mashburn’s Town & Country Treatment

From pocket squares to his house label suits with horn buttons, Town & Country magazine’s November issue surveyed Sid Mashburn’s Sothern brand of dapper from head to toe. We love that his eponymous haberdashery was described as part old boy’s club and part hunting lodge. And the secret behind Mashburn’s style? He reveals to the magazine that he performs his fashion mash-ups “with a wink.” Sid Mashburn, 1198 Howell Mill Road, 404.350.7135 or



Hugh Acheson Cooks For R.E.M.

The November issue of Food & Wine magazine devoted an entire feature to Athens/Atlanta chef Hugh Acheson and what they termed his “neo-retro Southern cooking.” The mag chronicled a laid-back, alfresco dinner at a 100-year-old warehouse in Athens, GA, with Michael Stipe and assorted members of R.E.M rock band and designer Susan Hable Smith of Hable Construction as guests. On the menu: collard greens spiced up with kimchi, Gulf Coast shrimp with a smoky paprika vinaigrette, biscuits with whipped butter and sorghum syrup, grilled vegetable salad, and rack of lamb with caramelized onion jam. In the article, Acheson is revealed as an avid collector of vintage cookbooks and states, “I have virtually no interest in molecular gastronomy. But I do have an interest in showing the difference between how people fried chicken 20 years ago and how they do it not.”


Kenny Leon’s Latest Broadway Entry Takes on MLK

Our own Atlanta producer Kenny Leon has been generating tons of press buzz this fall with the Broadway opening of  “The Mountaintop.” The play chronicles the re-imagined, final, tragic hours of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, post his “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech, and prior to his assassination at the Lorraine Motel. The powerhouse play stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett (who replaced Halle Berry when she had to withdraw from the project due to her child custody battle). Asked why he tackled this rather flawed look at the iconic Dr. King, Leon stated, “What made me really love it was that it wasn’t about Dr. King, but it used Dr. King as a centerpiece to sort of remind us about the beauty of the imperfect man and that we all have flaws and we all make mistakes.”

Up next for Tony Award-winning Leon, a remake of Steel Magnolias and currently he’s directiing Stick Fly, a play about upper class African-Americans with Alicia Keys as producer, which opened in New York on Dec. 10.

The Mountaintop plays through Jan. 22 on Broadway. For info and ticket call 800.432.7250 or visit Stick Fly plays through Feb. 28, 2012 on Broadway. Visit for more tickets and info.


 Glossy Gallery:

Atlanta artist and interior designer Raymond Goins was invited to design a gentleman’s study for Luxe Interiors +Design magazine’s showroom at Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles. Goins was in prestigious company, as fellow show house designers included the likes of Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Mary MacDonald, Michelle Nussbaumer, Suzanne Rheinstein, Jamie Drake, and Barclay Butera. The showroom recently opened an our intrepid Atlanta décor and style blogger Jennifer Boles of Peak of Chic captured a shot of Goin’s gracious study with signature equine painted panels (in the Da Vinci style) by Goins himself. Read more about the show house and see the photos here at Peak of Chic:


We also fell for this graphic window display with a graffiti theme by Regalo Antiques and Taylor Galen Workroom with Charm Home Design. The window was the People’s Choice winner in Design Collective’s inaugural Window on Design competition this fall which paired designers and creative with participating store fronts. For more info about Design Collective: a professional group for young creative, visit


Here’s a little sample of the Italian Vogue Dec. fashion spread featuring the paper wigs by Atlanta-based Paper-Cut-Project and shot by famed fashion photographer Greg Lotus. We could not publish these positively Twiggy-esque photos prior to the release of the Dec. issue, but you can see many of them, currently, on show and for sale at Jackson Fine Art, Buckhead. For more information visit http://www.jacksonfineart  or










Kudos to local artist Mark Boomershine who was one of five national artists commissioned by Harper’s Bazzar and Swarovski Crystal to create an original piece of artwork incorporating Swarovski crystals. The pieces, which took “luxury” as their theme were auctioned off to benefit the non-profit charity The Art of Elysium and pictured in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar. We think Boomershine’s  blinged-out jet-set mural (below), complete with polo ponies and Faberge eggs must have garnered the top bid! For more on the artist visit