‘House of Cardin’ unveils man behind iconic designs

“House of Cardin” celebrates of one of the most famous, most merchandised and most enigmatic fashion designers the world has known: Pierre Cardin, now a vibrant 98.



Pierre Cardin sitting at a table in a restaurant: SEPT. 11, 2020 - Iconic designer Pierre Cardin. Courtesy "House of Cardin" press materials


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SEPT. 11, 2020 – Iconic designer Pierre Cardin. Courtesy “House of Cardin” press materials

For filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, a couple who have been together nearly 30 years, it began with shopping. The duo, based in Palm Springs, have long been high-end Cardin collectors.

“We have furniture he’s made. The car that’s in the film, the 1972 AMC Javelin he did, that’s our car. We are Cardin-o-philes,” said Ebersole, 56.

In Paris, they “stumbled” into the Musee de Cardin, which Cardin opened in 2014 on the Right Bank.

At the museum’s adjacent merchandise shop, they learned Cardin often met his fans there on Tuesdays around 10.

The two were surprised Cardin was still alive. “He was 95 at the time. So the next time we were in Paris we went and, just by chance, we weren’t planning a documentary, we met all the people who (ended up) in the film.”

Cardin’s nephew suggested the project, telling them, “This would be a very good year to film my uncle.” Within two hours they were speaking to the man himself.

“You just meet him, he likes you, he says yes. The next thing we were making a documentary!  We didn’t have funding but what an opportunity. So off we went.”



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    SEPT. 13, 2020 – Naomi Campbell in a scene from “House of Cardin.” Photo courtesy “House of Cardin” press materials



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    SEPT. 11, 2020 – Styles by Pierre Cardin, from “House of Cardin.” Courtesy “House of Cardin” press materials

The notables in “House of Cardin” include Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell and designers Jean-Paul Gaultier and Philippe Starck. “They are the two of Pierre’s proteges who are now huge names themselves.”

Among the surprises is this most private of designers is actually Italian, he came to Paris at the end of WWII, and he is gay — which is why the movie won the 2019 Venice Film Festival’s Queer Award.

“He’s said no to every autobiography,” Ebersole said. “He will say yes to television interviews, where he knows it’s just a promotion of the brand. But he has never wanted to let somebody in and do a whole study.”

“I think part of the reason he responded to us,” Hughes, 57, said, “here we were, this extremely comfortable married couple. I love what Gaultier says in the film: ‘He was never hiding, just living among his friends in an extremely open way.’

“He was of a generation where you didn’t have to claim your sexuality for the public.”

“Now,” Ebersole added, “it’s a different era, where people want to know.”

Which is why we hear Cardin say onscreen, “I was young, attractive and everybody wanted to sleep with me.”

“House of Cardin” is available on streaming platforms Tuesday.

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I made Gordon Ramsay’s iconic scrambled eggs and it’s the only way I’ll eat them from now on

Rachel AskinasiSep 12, 2020, 03:51 IST

I made Gordon Ramsay's iconic scrambled eggs and it's the only way I'll eat them from now on
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay says the mark of a good chef is whether they know how to make proper scrambled eggs.
  • After trying out 10 different ways to make the classic breakfast food, Ramsay’s method is the only one I’ve gone back to.
  • Ramsay adds crème fraîche, salt, pepper, and chives for extra flair and piles the eggs on top of toast drizzled with olive oil.
  • The soft scramble is custardy, velvety, and filled with flavor.

Gordon Ramsay may be famous for creating beautiful and luxurious meals, but the one dish the highly decorated Michelin-starred chef, TV personality, and “MasterChef” says he uses to judge a new cook is rather simple: scrambled eggs.

“If they can make the perfect scrambled egg, you know they know how to cook properly,” Ramsay said in a video posted on YouTube.

When making the dish at home, I’d always beat my eggs in a bowl first and then scramble them in a pan over medium heat — and to be honest, I thought the finished product looked kind of gross.

But after trying Ramsay’s method, I don’t think I’ll ever make scrambled eggs any other way again.

Gordon Ramsay says that any chef worth their salt in the kitchen knows how to make proper scrambled eggs.

Gordon Ramsay says that any chef worth their salt in the kitchen knows how to make proper scrambled eggs.
I followed chef Gordon Ramsay’s technique to a T.

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To get ready for this “MasterChef” worthy breakfast, I gathered all the ingredients I needed.

To get ready for this "MasterChef" worthy breakfast, I gathered all the ingredients I needed.
Ramsay’s egg breakfast recipe has five major ingredients.

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Ramsay’s recipe calls for butter, chives, salt, pepper, crème fraîche, and three eggs. In a video posted to The Daily on YouTube, the chef also stresses the importance of a sturdy slice of sourdough bread for toasting.

I happened to have some sourdough in my freezer so I took out a slice for toasting while I cracked my eggs.

I happened to have some sourdough in my freezer so I took out a slice for toasting while I cracked my eggs.
I used a spatula to break and whisk my eggs just like chef Ramsay.

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The chef used a bread toaster in his kitchen, but the limited counter space in my tiny, New York City apartment means I don’t have one of those. Instead, I grilled my bread on a stovetop pan — something I do often and love.

I simultaneously cracked three eggs into a cold, quart-sized pot and added what I thought looked like a “knob” of butter to match Ramsay’s.

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California wildfire destroys family’s iconic store and house hours apart

The Creek fire in California has been destroying hundreds of homes and structures since Friday evening. Among them, a beloved and historic general store that has served the Fresno community since 1904.

Nestled in the mountains near Shaver Lake and China Peak ski resort, Cressman’s became the popular spot to stop for vacationers going to the lake or ski cabins, but it also provided food, fuel and supplies for local families and loggers.

“Cressman’s has established a reputation in our area for just being such a special spot for people to stop at,” Cressman’s owner Tara Gillett and her husband Ty told Fox News. “Parents will tell their kids ‘I remember when I used to stop here when I was a kid.’ Families are just mourning with us and we’ve really seen that come alive in the past couple days. It’s just being felt across the entire mountain.”

(Courtesy: Cressman’s General Store)

On Monday, Ty and a group of friends tried to prepare the store for the surging flames. They brought down over 40 trees and placed hoses and water pumps all around the area to help bolster its defense.

The fire arrived by 9:30 p.m.

“We are very prepared, but we were not prepared for what was coming. And it ran us out of there very quickly,” Ty recalled. “We were basically completely surrounded by the fire by the time we left and it was throwing hot embers over our head.”

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Ty accredited the firefighters and their expertise for getting them out of the area and keeping them alive that night.

The Creek fire wasn’t done with the Gillett family just yet. As Ty left Cressman’s, he watched the flames move across the forest, directly toward his home. The fire burned the house down to its foundation.

The Gillett's home in Pine Ridge, California, was completely destroyed by the fires on the same night their family business was scorched. 

The Gillett’s home in Pine Ridge, California, was completely destroyed by the fires on the same night their family business was scorched. 

Ty and Tara, along with their two young children, had evacuated their home in Pine Ridge, which they say is just about a mile from Cressman’s, earlier that day and were able to save a few of their most valued possessions.

“I wish we had a do-over because even when I was packing, I didn’t think that would be the last time I would be in my home,” Tara said. “So there’s things now that I wish I would have gotten, like my wedding dress out so my daughter can play in it when she gets older.”

According to Cal Fire, approximately 14,000 firefighters are battling 28 major wildfires across California.

“The fire was so hot that it was hard to comprehend that it was burning things so fast that there was nothing left,” Ty said.

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Cal Fire spokesman Seth Brown said the flames that consumed Cressman’s were driven by strong winds.

Ty and Tara took over ownership

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