A friend like Victoria Brynner is good to have. “For years I’ve been the make-it-happen person,” she says, and the daughter of actor Yul Brynner certainly has a hefty Rolodex to turn to. As founder of the Beverly Hills–based Stardust Brands management company, she essentially unites creative minds, making introductions and hosting artist lunches, where she provides Mediterranean food and lets alliances work themselves out. “I love the idea of a collective of artists. There’s something amazing that happens when you bring people together and see what comes of it.” Herewith, a sampling of projects and collaborations that have resulted from the magic Brynner touch. At 315 S. Beverly Dr., Ste. 310; stardustbrands.com.
Konstantin Kakanias: Brynner introduced the Greek artist to jewelry designer Vram Minassian, who last year commissioned Kakanias for a series of glamorously moody gouache-and-ink illustrations that reflect on the dark beauty of “modern romance.”
Haas for Versace: Brynner served as an advisor on the 12-piece collection furniture designers Nikolai and Simon Haas created for Versace Home. The Donatella chair here evokes Versace old (the architectural grandeur of Milan’s Palazzo Versace) and new (Donatella’s golden tresses).
Yul Brynner: The actor may be best known for his turns as the King of Siam and Rameses, but he was also a gifted photographer. Brynner curated her father’s work for the four-volume book Yul Brynner: A Photographic Journey (Steidl, 2010), an intimate glance at stars like Charlton Heston and Audrey Hepburn.
Lori Goldstein: Stylist Lori Goldstein has an Arbus-inspired eye for mixing the high and the low, and with Brynner’s guidance, her work has graced the covers of Vogue and campaigns for Versace. Her behind-the-scenes book, Lori Goldstein: Style Is Instinct (Harper Design), comes out in October.