Cynthia Connolly‘s epic Banned in DC photo book is being reissued next week so she will be in LA doing a book signing at Arcana Books Saturday June 20th from 4pm-6pm. You can also buy the book online from Dischord (and stock up on some Minor Threat reissues while you’re at it).
Just in time for the five year anniversary of this little blog, last night the Dutch clothing line G-Star Raw and I hosted a dinner to celebrate their latest collection, Raw For The Oceans, a really fantastic idea developed and curated by Pharrell Williams, which Vice and i-D made a documentary about, above. Basically, they take plastic found in the oceans that is polluting our waters and turn it into fabric to use for their denim pieces, which were all on display last night. Kind of genius and brilliant all around. I couldn’t be prouder to support the idea and innovation plus the earth positive message of reduce, reuse, recycle. The dinner was packed with so many friends and familiar faces, a ton of great food prepared by Chef Luke Reyes at Butchers & Barbers, wine by Kenwood Vineyards and champagne from Perrier Jouet. Of course there were gift bags, which I stuffed with my favorite books, CDs, DVDs, and beauty products. Our talented gorgeous friend Katie Jones took the photos, which you can check out below along with all the goodies from the gift bags. Continue reading →
Wednesday May 27th Ava DuVernay’s grassroots film collective AFFRM will host a 12-hour long Twitter takeover, taking questions from fans, to raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission called Array Releasing. Some of my favorite filmmakers are taking part in the 12 hour dialogue, including Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Julie Dash (Daughters of The Dust), and Rick Famiyuwa (Dope) along with other talented artists: Debbie Allen, John Singleton, Tyler Perry, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Malcolm Lee, Euzhan Palcy and Haile Gerima. What I want to know is where is Charles Burnett? How has our industry not revived his career? It is a disgrace that a filmmaker of his talent does not work. Seriously. The hashtag is #ARRAY. More details below. Continue reading →
I went to the Elle Women in Music event last night in Hollywood and aside from being blown away by performances from a wickedly diverse group of talented women (Tinashe, followed by Banks followed by Alanis Morissette!!!) there were so many stylish gals at every turn. The gorgeous lady above is Edei, a musician herself who is performing tonight at No Name Club at 432 N Fairfax Ave at 8:30PM. The dress, which I fell in love with and forced me to chase her down like the fashion addict I am, is by CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalists Tome NYC, aka Ranon Martin and Ryan Lobo. Continue reading →
Tony Oursler has a new show up at Lehman Maupin in NYC. His short films, sculptures and video installations have been blowing minds for several decades, and I remember occasionally hanging out in the East Village with him and our old friend Joe Gibbons, who was an honorary Bard member through our film professors. The show is up through June 14th. He’s also got a new book coming out July 5th, filled with images from his archives of inspiration and research accompanied by essays.
I’ve been feeling uninspired lately. Art looks the same, magazines look the same, fashion looks the same. This happens to the best of us sometimes and this is that time for me. Ever since I was an angry teen I have found my inspiration in films, art and music. Of course that is still the case but lately I am feeling ‘meh’ with little exception (*Sundance!). Fashion can be an easy fix for the ‘mehs’ and since it is still one of my favorite F words I browsed the collections from fall again today and found this. A little classic Versus Versace action, which reminds me of a time way back when… The summer of 1999 I worked on the Versus men’s show in Milan while on vacation from assisting Polly Mellen. Yup. I took my vacation to work. I couldn’t really afford to send myself to Europe on my own so working for KCD as a collection coordinator assistant (alongside Katie Mossman) was the best option. Though the hours were long, it never really felt like work. Being around gorgeous clothes at the Versace “house” on Via Gesu, staring at hot young guys in castings all day and eating fresh Italian food every night was a pretty great vacation. Thanks Donatella. Continue reading →
Two weekends ago I went to the opening of Dan Colen’s solo show at the new downtown LA Venus Gallery, the latest NY expat to jump to the West Coast. Run by Adam Lindemann, who started the Upper East Side version, Venus Over Los Angeles opened it’s doors with Colen’s “Viscera,” an exploration of road trips. The space itself it gorgeous, 14,000 square feet, which makes it perfect for all kinds of shows. Reminds me of Chelsea 20 years ago. 601 South Anderson Street.