Archive for the ‘Style’ Category
On the final hours of 2012, that annual tradition of reflecting on another year in life gets underway. As we have always done individually and together, Andy and I strove to do it to the hilt. […]
Eleven more days. I tell myself this over a sip of English tea, as I mentally and physically prepare for another jam-packed day in the retail marathon to Christmas. It goes without saying this is our most hectic time of the year. […]
As I tickled my laptop keyboard prepping the morning A+R newsletter with Andy, in the other room, Nina and I caught parts of Soul Power, the engrossing 2008 documentary on the three-day music celebration known as “Zaire 74.”
The concerts brought together some 80,000 fans to experience live African and African-American artists as seemingly disparate as Bill Withers and Miriam Makeba in the name of Black Power and, more specifically, the re-match between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman, billed as the “Rumble in the Jungle.”
Every one of the performances—both on and off the stage—are a captivating testament to the power of culture. […]
I don’t know why the announcement on the other end of the phone about the decision to go into jewelry was such a surprise during a recent conversation with Juan Carlos Obando—whom those who’ve known the Colombian-born, L.A. […]
So many fashion dinners, so few reasons to attend. But the promise of catching up with friends poolside and under the stars at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood gave me motive enough to set out yet again in an already bustling week of fashion and beauty parties. […]
As one scary flick after another is tapped on this Hallow’s Eve among those settling in for this fright night, I’m reminded by pal Ann Magnuson of her turn in one of the sexiest and chicest looking (if not, let’s face it, bordering on camp at times) films, 1983′s The Hunger. […]
At the nexus of this week’s whirlwind is the grand opening of our new outpost of A+R. A storefront twice the size of our Abbot Kinney location, this one is located at 171 S. […]
Saturday, October 6 marks the return of one of my favorite vintage resources, A Current Affair.
Organizers Richard Wainwright (of NEW/FOUND) and Joey Grana (of Scout) have collected some 30 vendors from around the state to tempt me and visitors at the one-day only event at downtown L.A.’s Cooper Building. […]
Resistance appears to be futile. I’ve tried keeping at bay a wee longer the inevitable Elmo invasion that happens to every parent of a toddler.
It has not been easy. There was the gift of an Elmo-emblazoned sippy cup from the nanny. […]
Some films have to be experienced by an over-sized silver screen, and certainly an over-sized personality such as Diana Vreeland requires a sprawling canvas. Thankfully, the co-director and producer behind the new documentary, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” managed to summon the verve and individuality of this legend in a visually lavish and inspiring 86 minutes that one could imagine would make its subject grin one of those signature Cheshire slashes of red lipstick. […]
There have been some pretty special evenings breaking bread with friends during these last red-hot weeks of summer, but none more as sui generis than the Dîner en Blanc, the pop-up dinner picnic that finally launched in Los Angeles Saturday before last and has spread over 5 continents to some 15 cities worldwide. […]
The passing of Anna Piaggi on August 7 stunned lovers of fashion, beauty and art. The Italian icon was 81, so the public mourning on social media and in social circles was not so much about her untimely departure. […]
Helen Gurley Brown died today at the ripe age of 90. While I didn’t always agree with everything that came out of her mouth or her mind—particularly in her later years where her judgement crossed the line at times—I appreciated her penchant for living her life her way, boldly, unapologetically and, clad in fishnets until the end of her days, with joie de vivre. […]
With cities increasingly brimming with wonderful boutiques, it’s always valuable to get an inside tip. I’ve long enjoyed RackedLA‘s “Shopping Confidential” column because of this.
When RackedLA contributor Yale Breslin contacted me with an invitation to submit my secret shopping spot, it was my pleasure to be able to share a place I’ve written about in LVER before and can never get tired of recommending, since I never grow tired of this designer’s wonderful work. […]
It could have been one of those fantasy dinner parties with icons conjured over an ordinary dinner with friends, a wish guest list of individuals so part of the pop cultural fabric yet so disparate in their raison d’etre that there is no way they could end up around one table. […]
As the concrete dries on our new A+R location and we look forward to hanging our “open” sign later next month, reporters are getting hot and heavy about the revival along La Brea Avenue with the September issues in mind. […]
Much has been made about the perfect red lipstick because much can be made with it. A red lipstick can swipe away the blues, to riff on something Pauline Trigere famously said. […]
It’s Monday. And out there, about two hours from where I write, is a pool sparkling under a fireball that is nuking the concrete surrounding the cool pool to 104 degrees, or something that feels much hotter. […]
It’s an expansion of sorts.
As you Dear LVER Reader know all too well from reading this site, Andy and I enjoy life to the max. With that in mind, we are expanding our offerings on the retail level by becoming one of the 150 “curators” on OpenSky, a curator-driven marketplace allowing users to select from a tightly selected group of experts in the fields of lifestyle, food, kids, beauty, health, home and other categories.