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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon unveils clothes for the cool mom in Mirror/Dash line

February 22, 2009|Max Padilla

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon is no stranger to fashion. She designed the former X-Girl collection and is designer Marc Jacobs' muse. The musician's latest sartorial outing is with chain Urban Outfitters for Mirror/Dash in stores this month.

Mirror/Dash, in which Gordon collaborates with former Mayle designer Melinda Wansbrough and Jeffrey Monteiro of Derek Lam, features classic separates infused with the singer's perspective as an indie-chic icon and mother of a 14-year-old. The edgy yet feminine styles comprising the collection take aim at young women -- and other cool moms -- with pieces priced under $100, including an $88 polka dot-print wrap dress, $88 cropped double-breasted blazer, $68 soft button T-shirts, $68 pleated shorts and $58 baggy T-shirt dresses.

In April, a temporary Mirror/Dash shop will open at Urban Outfitters Space 15Twenty in Hollywood. The shop will showcase new designs plus a handpicked array of music, books, art and other labels.

1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 465-1893. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. space15twenty.com

OPENINGS

Malia Mills: The urban chic swimwear and lingerie shop relocates from Melrose Avenue to the Brentwood Country Mart. New styles include the $135 Naughty Nurse" slip, the $345 Dreamboat maillot with retro shirring and Wrapture sandals for $225.

225 26th St., Brentwood. (310) 310-3574. 10 to 6 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. www.maliamills.com

Harveys: Buckle up! Harveys, the maker of bags crafted from seat belts, is kicking off its plan to launch 18 boutiques and pop-up shops in the next two months with a store on Melrose Avenue. The shop will also showcase Gary Baseman's artwork and sell his Harveys design collaborations, including the $154 "creamy" ice cream satchel.

7955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 798-9000. 7 to 10 p.m. www.seatbeltbags.com

The Originators: This new Hollywood shop is dedicated to the style of the golden age of hip-hop -- B-boys, MCs, DJs and Kurtis Blow. The store carries $25 men's and women's graphic tees, $120 track jackets, $60 polo shirts, skateboards and accessories including hats.

142 N. Hayworth Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 935-5116. Noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. www.theoriginators.com

SALES

Sy Devore Ongoing until Feb. 28: Studio City menswear shop, established in 1944, is having a winter sale with up to 80% off spring and end-of-season apparel, including women's styles. Men's designer deals to seek: $350 Etro sport coats (regular price $1,295), $595 Paul Smith suits ($1,240) and $212.50 Prps jeans ($425). Also the entire spring Arnold Zimberg collection is 20% off. Women can pick up Earnest Sewn dungarees for $97 ($195).

12930 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 783-2700. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

H&M Monday through Friday: Fast-fashion retailer is offering 20% off in-store vouchers for its spring collection at all its locations. Look for H&M's new eco-friendly line made from organic cotton, fabric remnants, recycled wool and PET plastic bottles. "Green" looks include oversized sweaters and ankle-length skirts for women plus modern-cut suits and button-down shirts for men. www.hm.com

EVENTS

Conscientious Consumption Monday: Vogue editor Sally Singer leads a Hammer Museum lecture on the future of luxury fashion in the face of economic and environmental challenges. On Singer's panel are four L.A. designers: Rodarte's Kate Mulleavy, Dosa's Christina Kim, jewelry designer Tom Binns and designer denim "godfather" Adriano Goldschmied. Admission is free.

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. 7 p.m. hammer.ucla.edu

Christian Louboutin Tuesday: French shoe designer with a cult following is hosting the West Coast debut of his Marie Antoinette collection in his South Coast Plaza boutique. Only 36 pairs exist worldwide of his $6,295 heels in pink, blue or yellow, featuring Lesage embroidery and ribbons.

3333 Bristol St., Suite 3010, Costa Mesa. (714) 754-9200. Noon to 4 p.m. www.christianlouboutin.com

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