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Natalie Portman, Kim Gordon Join Rodarte for 'I'm Bored' Book Launch

Jeaneen Lund
Natalie Portman and Jess Rotter

Rowan Blanchard and Jenny Lewis also took part in the celebration for artist Jess Rotter's part-art-book, part-comic-book compilation.

Could the biggest lost luxury of the modern age be boredom?

That's the premise of artist Jess Rotter's cute new book, I'm Bored. Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy hosted a dinner with pals Natalie Portman, Jenny Lewis, Kim Gordon, Zoey Deutch, Rowan Blanchard and more Tuesday night to celebrate the tiny tome at Winsome restaurant in Echo Park.

Rotter, who moved to L.A. from Brooklyn three years ago, is a music and fashion illustrator who has collaborated with several designers and brands, including Rodarte, Kate Young for Target, Urban Outfitters and Converse.

Designed by Rotter, with a foreword by the Mulleavy sisters, the book has a Gary Larson-meets-Muppets vibe and is populated by illustrated characters including wizards, walruses and life warriors.

"This is my first book. It's a long time coming," said Rotter. "It's a book about little moments of salvation and the fight to be bored, which is a lost art these days. A lot of the characters I developed on an airplane because there are no distractions." The book was published by L.A. print collective Hat & Beard Press.

"It's kind of like a personal account of creativity, kind of like I feel when I'm making things," added Laura Mulleavy, who has been busy with her sister putting the finishing touches on their upcoming debut film, Woodshock.

Guests at the dinner, including fashion plate and Rodarte collector Karyn Fields (wife of film producer Joel Silver), burlesque queen Dita Von Teese and photographer Autumn de Wilde, dined on a three-course meal by Winsome chef Jeremy Strubel with paired wines by Ruffino.

For dessert? Twizzlers, an inside-joke gift from Portman to Rotter, who can only find Red Vines now that she's moved to Twizzler wasteland L.A.

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