See also this from the Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2006 -
MORE than a hideaway for headline-making starlets, Hyde Lounge on the Sunset Strip is a style bar-raiser offering a fresh look for fall.
New York-based Icrave Design Studio has outfitted the guest-list-only space with custom Brazilian rosewood paneling, copper-leafed ceilings, Ultrasuede walls and mock-croc leather seating. The petrified-wood side tables come from Japanache on Robertson Boulevard, and low lighting and iron candle sconces can help anyone bring the club's "rich and moody vibe" home, says Theresa Fatino, chief creative officer of SBE Entertainment Group, which owns Hyde. Fatino's other suggestions for re-creating the look: "Choose a warm palette with dark woods and metallic finishes and emphasize texture with faux skins. The combination of hard, soft and organic feels masculine, and by contrast that makes women look even more beautiful."
The women may look more beautiful, but they punch each other out.
In the Times see also Robin Abcarian - Why can't these rich kids behave? - with the subhead, "Paris Hilton's latest imbroglio points up the increasingly aggressive behavior of entitled twentysomethings."
Hollywood is a town that has always known how to feud. You do it behind closed doors or, if you must go public, you spend massive legal fees to do it in courtrooms or for free with angry words and nasty insinuations in gossip columns. (See: Eisner vs. Katzenberg, Ovitz vs. Everyone.) So what is it with the twentysomethings these days? The feuding of Young Hollywood has taken a tawdry turn lately, combining the nastiness of middle-school Queen Bee behavior with an ugly, menacing physical element.
As usual, at the center of things is Paris Hilton, the 25-year-old hotel heiress/singer/hamburger lover whose every step and misstep is tracked assiduously by camera-wielding opportunists.
This time, according to the Associated Press, Hilton and a former Playboy Playmate and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, Shanna Moakler, tussled at a hot Hollywood nightclub late Tuesday. Hilton claims to have been verbally assaulted, then punched in the jaw by Moakler, who claimed that Hilton's ex-boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos, then bent Moakler's wrists and poured a drink on her. Earlier, the celebrity gossip website TMZ had posted a video of Ms. Hilton making out with Ms. Moakler's estranged husband, former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, at a crowded club. Casus belli? Apparently so.
"It does seem there is a rash of new stars who are really behaving like high schoolers," said Harvey Levin, TMZ's managing editor.
"People who get famous really young are in danger of having their growth stunted. They graduate from high school and live in this artificial world and they don't have to mature the way other people do."
… The impulse to get attention - any attention - is perfectly reasonable in a narcissistic 13-year-old. But it's not so attractive in a twentysomething, said Rosalind Wiseman, author of "Queen Bees and Wannabes," the bestselling 2002 guide aimed at parents helping girls survive the mean streets of adolescence. "Getting more attention, no matter what, has become the positive consequence" for these obnoxious young adults, Wiseman said. "You're always looking for the next thing to do to get more attention, always upping the ante."
Harvey Levin sees it the same way: "The ones who act that way get the most publicity, and it gives permission for others to do the same, because it almost seems like the cool thing to do."
When people like Hilton and Moakler turn up in a police station complaining about each other, Levin said, "I am assuming that the desk sergeant probably looks up and says, 'Oh, it's you again.'"
Whatever. Note the current billboard above the club.