William Norwich is still going strong three weeks after the release of his novel “My Mrs. Brown.” The writer and editor hit Los Angeles on Tuesday night for another book signing party, this time at Oscar de la Renta’s Melrose Place boutique and hosted by his old Vogue colleague, producer and L.A. woman-about-town Crystal Lourd.
Also in attendance were actresses Elisabeth Rohm and Alicia Sanz; florist and perfumer Eric Buterbaugh; trend forecaster Jane Buckingham; Commune cofounder Roman Alonso; LACMA’s Katherine Ross and MOCA board members Maria Bell and Laurent Degryse; and Liane Weintraub, Jacqui Getty, Julie Jaffe, Angela Janklow, Brooke Davenport, and Rochelle Fredston.
“It’s been a long journey,” said Norwich, who wasn’t referring to the cross-country plane ride. “I can’t even believe I managed to write another book in 2016.” He was still on his social game, introducing guests to one another on one side of the room, while Lourd did her part on the opposite end, dressed in a long embroidered de la Renta swimsuit cover-up that she bought one midnight in Las Vegas with casino winnings. Not surprisingly, the former magazine editors are now segueing into the film business — Norwich has optioned the screen rights to his novel and Lourd just produced a big-screen adaptation of “Billionaire Boys Club.”
New Yorker Marina Albright, in L.A. to oversee the West Coast Albright Fashion Library, said the evening felt so festive that she didn’t even mind the unseasonably gray weather. “I was only supposed to be here for two days and it’s turned into two weeks. Even on a cloudy day, I can’t wait to get outside and go hiking. Angelenos think I’m crazy,” she said.