DG Q&A: Stephen G. Bloom On The Allure Of Pearls

The DG Dozen

1) How do you define glamour? Feeling very cool in a tuxedo.

2) Who or what is your glamorous icon? Miranda Priestly

3) Is glamour a luxury or a necessity? Is the Pope Catholic?

4) Favorite glamorous movie? Hands down: Breakfast At Tiffany's

5) What was your most glamorous moment? Sipping cocktails in the grand, glass-ceiling lobby of the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville December 18, 2009, with our dog Hannah lounging on a Persian carpet. The scene would have made Scott and Zelda proud.

6) Favorite glamorous object (car, accessory, electronic gadget, etc.)? A pressed linen handkerchief (inside my antique leather handkerchief carrying case).

7) Most glamorous place? Shanghai

8) Most glamorous job? My very brief career as press secretary to the Mayor of San Francisco (it lasted 71 days).

9) Something or someone that other people find glamorous and you don't. Perfume. Being a foreign correspondent.

10) Something or someone that you find glamorous whose glamour is unrecognized. Spending a month writing at The MacDowell Colony, the oldest artist’s colony in America. They deliver a gourmet lunch in a picnic basket to your cabin every day.

11) Can glamour survive? Yes, but it’ll take on a different form as we get more and more casual.

12) Is glamour something you're born with? No, but looks are.


1) Angelina Jolie or Cate Blanchett? Catwoman’s pouty lips still spook me, and Cate’s bony hips and teeny shoulders scare me. Anyone for Maria Bello?

 2) Paris or Venice? Paris. Impossible to get away from the legions of lost tourists in the City of Canals.

3) New York or Los Angeles? Definitely New York, although LA’s weather beats New York’s any day.

4) Princess Diana or Princess Grace? Totally Grace.

5) Tokyo or Kyoto? Kobe.

6) Boots or stilettos? Stilettos (What straight guy wouldn’t prefer ’em ?)

7) Art Deco or Art Nouveau? Deco. Absolutely.

8) Jaguar or Aston Martin? A.M., The Spy Who Loved Me’s fab fav.

9) Armani or Versace? So très yesterday. Long live the new kings and queens: Narciso Rodriquez, Azzedine Alaia, Naeem Kahn, Thakoon Panichgul, Maria Pinto, Maria Cornejo, Tracy Feith, Peter Soronen, Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo

10) Diana Vreeland or Anna Wintour? Diana for the ages.

11) Champagne or single malt? MacAllan single malt is nectar from the gods. If you can afford the 18-year, go for it. Better: MacAllan 25.

12) 1960s or 1980s? ’80s despite Reagan and Bush I. RIP go-go boots and plastics.

13) Diamonds or pearls? C’mon!

14) Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell? Project Runway babe Heidi Klum rocks my world. Auf Wiedersehen to the rest.

15) Sean Connery or Daniel Craig? The one and only.

[The Girl with Pearl Earring from Wikimedia Commons. Pearl photos by Stephen Bloom. Barbara Bush portrait from the Library of Congress. The Obamas dancing by at the Governors Ball by Pete Souza, from The White House Flickr stream.]