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Stylists In the Spotlight

Posted February 28, 2010 by | 6 Comments

When it comes to fashion, LA is associated as much with a “look” as with brand labels, and that look is in part created by stylists, who assemble a client’s jewelry, hair, shoes, bag, clothes, make-up into a total look. Even though many stylists project a great sense of personal style, they generally work behind the scenes. But painter Kimberly Brooks decided to put …

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Goodbye Ruth, from DnA

Posted February 26, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Today is an emotional day for many of us at KCRW; Ruth Seymour, the station’s indomitable general manager, makes her farewell.
I am one of many of whose lives have been profoundly affected by Ruth. I moved to LA 19 years ago because I had fallen in love with the region and its experimental architecture, and started my life here editing an architecture newspaper. But …

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Modernism Without The Ennui

Posted February 21, 2010 by | 2 Comments

There has been much amusement in the design and architecture world recently over the satire of Modernist living in Dwell magazine on Unhappy Hipsters (where its anonymous authors rewrite photo captions to infer the soul-destroying emptiness of the Spartan Modern home). Not since Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle has Modern Living been so devastatingly mocked (Disclaimer: I love Modernism and I write for Dwell).
Such a …

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What’s on the Show Today?

Posted February 16, 2010 by | Comments Off

His runway shows were like performance art; his clothing and shoes were astonishing and sometimes bizarre , meshing a punk sensibility with sumptuousness, and gaving new meaning to the idea of beauty. That’ s  how Rose Apodaca describes Alexander McQueen, British fashion designer and impressario who died last week, by his own hand, at the age of 40. Rose Apodaca, an LA fashion and style maven and co-owner of …

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60s LA Classic Saved From Wrecking Ball

Posted February 11, 2010 by | Comments Off

The Century Plaza Hotel in Century City has been saved from the wrecking ball, it was reported today. This is fantastic news for anyone who regards the 1966 crescent-shaped hotel (shown, left in photo by Andrew Hara) by architect Minoru Yamasaki (also designer of the World Trade Center) as a classic of both LA’s postwar Modern architecture and its Mad Men-era life and culture. For more architectural analysis, read Martha Groves …

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Fancy Yourself a Furniture Designer?

Posted February 8, 2010 by | Comments Off

If so, join iconic Mexico
City-based designer, Ezequiel Farca Tuesday, Feb 9 at Studio Pali Fekete architects(SPF:a) in Culver 
City for a
 chair design workshop co-hosted by the LA chapter of the AIA, for architects and other design enthusiasts. Farca is an industrial,
 environmental, and interior designer who has collaborated with some of the
 world’s most esteemed architects: Enrique Norten, Ricardo Legorreta, and
many others. He will briefly introduce …

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