"Michael is very supportive and a great sounding board.He is so honest and very straight up – you don't get anything wishy washy with him, although he's no good at small talk.
“As an example, Michael has been on the board of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for 30 years, and as a board they always take a trip to a different city each year and this is the first time they came to L. We hosted them all at home, and it speaks volumes that they decided to come here.” Her new namesake shoe brand is very century by design; it’s a straight-to-consumer business model, which allows her to keep prices lower than if she were wholesaling and retailers were marking things up. The new brand is becoming a red-carpet favorite, too; Mellon’s Front Line sandal (5), with its signature illusion straps, has already been spotted on star feet dozens of times, worn by Katie Holmes, Kylie Jenner, Solange and Cindy Crawford.
“It’s a different business model; we’re able to talk directly to our customer, whereas before there was always a third party in between, whether it was a department store or traditional media,” Mellon says.
The founder of cult shoe brand Jimmy Choo has transferred her allegiance after discovering a more accommodating dating culture on the other side of the pond.
Perhaps the best way to make quick sense of the suburban mansion-sized penthouse, which Mellon had worked over at what was unquestionably jaw-dropping expense by flamboyant British decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard, is with a numerical rundown of some of its more remarkable attributes: 7,140-square-feet of interior space that includes a 41-foot-long living room and 700-square-foot library/media lounge on the upper level; four full and two half bathrooms plus a one-bed/one-bath staff suite tucked behind the sleek all-white kitchen; four fireplaces; more than a dozen closets including an immense dressing room in the master suite with — natch — copious floor-to-ceiling shoe racks; three roomy terraces that together span 3,000-or-so square feet; and maintenance fees and taxes that, according to listing details, come to a heart-stopping 1,044 per year.
The penthouse is represented by Pascual Ortiz and Keith Copely of The Copely Team at Douglas Elliman as well as by Jeff Lorenz at Corcoran.
“They’re so supportive here about dating,” she coos, “saying ‘Oh I’ve met this great guy, or that great guy, we must introduce you at lunch or dinner’.” In fact it was through mutual friends that Tamara met her current squeeze, Hollywood heavyweight Mike Ovitz, the former president of Disney.