Archive for the ‘Current Affairs’ Category
Better late than never. That was certainly the thinking when we set out after a long day in the store on Sunday evening for San Francisco, a six-hour drive north from home which ended the following morning on July 4 when we arrived inside the parking garage at the de Young Museum to catch the closing day of “Balenciaga and Spain."
It was well worth the impromptu road trip, as I'd hoped after receiving the sumptuous catalog on the show from our dear manager Rafael for my birthday in May. […]
Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend to Dwell on Design at the L.A. Convention Center. Some 20,000 attendees turned out, and I think most of those folks came through our mini A+R shop in the foyer. […]
On this, Andy's first Father's Day, I look back at my first honorary day as a parent last month, recalling how my magnificent partner in life went for the bronze—and scored gold. […]
This Saturday's auction—and break-up—of the most comprehensive single collection of Hollywood's greatest costumes is a major blow to all of us fans of cinema and clothes. After decades of trying to realize a museum for the hundreds of costumes and artifacts she's rescued over four decades, legendary actress and film buff Debbie Reynolds is going to put them on the auction block, not because she wants to—but because she simply cannot afford to maintain them. […]
If you are not a follower yet, then don't delay another day on checking out the postings by celebrated fashion illustrator Gladys Perint Palmer on her new eponymous site.
They are near-daily dose of color and line from the artist's archives or current sketchbook during her travels covering the runway circus in Europe and New York and other ports of style. […]
Pantone, the international standard of colors, announced this week 175 new colors to its Color System, bringing in its total to 2,100.
The broader, complex range includes more nuanced neutrals and mid-tones, more vibrant brights, more subdued variations of popular colors. […]
Back in L.A. during the wee, pitch-black hours last night from a whirlwind of design shows and other adventures in New York City. We were there, of course, for the latest installment of ICFF, where we managed to find some great, yet-to-be-released must-haves for A+R. […]
For fashion watchers, the Met Costume Ball in New York Monday night may have offered more lows than highs. […]
Thank you to everyone who braved the harrowing traffic and blazing heat this weekend to visit us on the USC campus for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Soft launch as it was for The Extraordinary Difference, the book and the booth filled with yellow and white details struck a chord with passersby, who had their own memories to retell about Giorgio Beverly Hills and Fred Hayman. […]
This weekend is the extraordinarily long-anticipated unveiling of my second book, Fred Hayman: The Extraordinary Difference at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the USC campus. Free entry to the two-day event this Saturday and Sunday, but best to drop by on the early side if you want to score an actual copy of this seven-pound tome. […]
Still all warm and fuzzy from the glow of our jam-packed evening a week ago today at A+R Abbot Kinney featuring industrial designer and fuseproject founder Yves Béhar and Jimmyjane founder and creative director Ethan Imboden. […]
Make no mistake: We are under attack.
And by this, I don't mean we, as in those who love and live by the arts. I mean all of us as a nation that upholds ideals of education, accessiblity, freedom and democracy. […]
"We are the world’s best imitators and that is how we evolved into humans. We understand the world because we imitate it," Vivienne Westwood tells a tiny audience that includes rapper Lupe Fiasco, designers Raven Kauffman and Magda Berliner (beautifully clad in a Lanvin for H&M dress she further altered into something else) and me. […]
Our pal at L.A. Eyeworks, Brent Zerger, was kind enough to send this note just now about my posting early Wednesday on the passing of Elizabeth Taylor:
You gotta tip your hat when something is beautifully said or written. […]
"Fashion," says Bill Cunningham in the new documentary on his life, “it’s the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. […]
The day finally came. Elizabeth Taylor died this morning of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, according to her publicist, Sally Morrison. She was 79.
Like the rest of the universe, or at least those with a pulse and a speck of passion, I have forever been in awe of this force of nature. […]
As each day passes since the horrific crisis in Japan hit, another story surfaces of friends directly affected by it all. Our Abbot Kinney neighbors Keiko and Taku Shinomoto, the owners of Tortoise General Store, were there when it took place and, thankfully, safe, according to their staff in the Venice shop. […]
Kate Betts came to Abbot Kinney tonight, with stacks of her freshman book, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, the latest stop across the country like a politician on a whistle-stop tour. […]