Archive for March, 2008

Future Perfect: Balenciaga Lands on Melrose

Close Encounters of a Balenciaga Kind

While Andy is all a twitter over the new season of “Battlestar Galactica,” I’ve been buzzing over a UFO of another kind—the ultra futuristic object that is the new Balenciaga store across from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

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Getting Lit with David Weeks

A Forest Fire for Home

Had the utter pleasure of meeting product designer David Weeks. In L.A. to showcase his newest collection of lighting and furniture at the Ralph Pucci studio at the Pacific Design Center in WeHo, we met up the night before his Thursday opening at mutual pal Barbara Bestor's incredible digs high above Griffith Park.

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Beetlejuice: The Marchesa Bags a Raven

"Metamorphosis" by Raven Kauffman

I am always electrified when a connection takes place that can change the course of someone’s work, creative or professionally, particularly when the circumstances appear inconsequential (proving even the most seemingly minor factors never really are!).

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Birds of a Feather

Margherita Missoni Dreams of Wren

When a label is named after a character in a Dickens novel, it’s inevitable the clothes are going to hold a bit of drama. In the case of Wren designer Melissa Coker, the fall collection, guided by the idea of “tarnished opulence,” also happens to be delightfully wearable.

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Villaraigosa Opens Up the Mayor’s Digs for Fashion Week

FutureFashion at the Mayor's Digs

It’s always sweet when a father acknowledges a daughter before a crowd. But for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, when time came last night to give props to his 14-year-old daughter Natalie Fe for her push to host the FutureFashion event at their official home, it was the one moment in the evening when he didn’t sound like the career politician or even slightly awkward addressing the fashion industry crowd.

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Holy Toledo!

Isabel and Ruben Toledo by Ruben Toledo

Last night capped not one but two evenings with not two but three Toledos. Designer Isabel Toledo and illustrator Ruben Toledo were in town participating in "Inside the Designer’s Studio," an annual lecture series hosted by Otis fashion school’s chair Rosemary Brantley (and which we all hope will find wider exposure on television or YouTube or where ever some day).

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Martin Parr @ L.A. by Paul Smith

Martin Parr is a funny man. Not because his candid, Technicolor photographs of plain folk often conjure a smile, even a giggle–especially if someone like funny woman Tracey Ullman is channeling every stereotypical voice in her fast and brilliant mind to describe Parr's pics of holiday makers in Britain's seaside towns, as she did during desert after grabbing my copy of his photo book "Resort." No, Martin Parr is just funny in that droll sort of way that comes from someone who's observed the beauty in human joy and fragility long enough to be comfortable in his own skin and not act like some pompous legend.

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Disco Dolls

The Coolest Kids in Echo Park

We spotted this crazy quintet of 16 years olds in the parking lot at the Brite Spot in Echo Park the other night. They'd dolled up in their spangly finest for a night at The Echo down the road.

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L.A.’s New Garde

Le Sang Des Betes

L.A. is not just a T-shirt and jeans town. In the wake of Rodarte, Rami Kashou, Katy Rodriguez and Jenni Kayne, a rising tide of young designers obsessed with craftsmanship are sweeping up notions of what L.A.

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Lunch with La Lohan and Jeremy Scott

Me and Lindsay

How times have changed…today's downright civilized lunch with Lindsay Lohan and designer Jeremy Scott under a blazing sun at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood was a lifetime away from the late nights we spent at Teddy's with, say, Donatella Versace.

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Six to Know in L.A.

Liz Goldwyn by Christian Witkin

Today's Los Angeles Times Magazine showcases six folks I believe are influencing the way the world–including Angelenos–are seeing L.A. style.

Fashion is one way, and much of the group counts forces from that realm: celeb stylist Nicole Chavez, Project Runway finalist Rami Kashou and designer Trina Turk.

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Finally…Fafi

Guerrila Girl: La Fafinette

If you haven’t already discovered by visiting your local MAC counter, Paris-based street artist Fafi is the latest to collaborate with the cosmetic megabrand. The 35-piece collection brandishing her colorful, cutie tarts are only part of the offerings which recently launched.

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