November 18, 2007 |
LOS FELIZ ON RETRO ROW -- While the average holiday shopping excursion feels like an exercise in soul-sucking commerce, flexing your retail muscles on and around Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz feels like taking a spin in the Wayback Machine to a happier time when the streets were wide and not yet overflowing with the disgruntled masses, and owners and designers worked their own stores -- and seemed genuinely happy to see you. Setting the...
May 6, 2007 |
BOW ties are back, and not just with uber-geeky Republicans such as Tucker Carlson. Jay-Z, Brandon Flowers of the Killers and Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo are all making fashion statements with them -- the sleek black bow ties that accompany classic tuxes, of course, but also bow ties in vibrant colors and dapper tartans. Ties that look good with a retro suit or even jeans -- pulled into a smart knot or left dangling at the collar.
August 10, 2006
Re the difficulties facing the installation of "Collar and Bow" at Walt Disney Concert Hall [July 27]: I have always doubted that the bow tie sculpture is really a good fit for Disney Hall. First, the men of the Philharmonic wear white bow ties; the sculpture is a black bow tie. Second, as most men of the Philharmonic who play violin or viola will tell you, we dislike bow ties. They are cumbersome, bulky and, along with the tux collar, make every concert less comfortable. The position and comfort of the violin/viola under our chin is a vital part of our technique, and the bow- tie only gets in the way. Why we would honor such an annoying article of clothing escapes me. JOHN HAYHURST La Crescenta The writer is a violist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
July 31, 2004
Would you add a tiara to the Mona Lisa? Would you add a bow tie to one of Van Gogh's self-portraits? Why would you tamper with perfection ("The Hall Mark," by Christopher Knight, July 28)? Overnight, the Walt Disney Concert Hall became a cultural landmark and icon. Adding a sculpture will detract from this precious work of art, not enhance it. David Armendariz Garden Grove With all due respect to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who are brilliant artists whose public and private works have always been provocatively appropriate, I have to agree with Christopher Knight, who equates the white collar and black tie sculpture now being fabricated with Carpeteria's genie.
March 2, 2003 |
There were those who doubted Jim Phelan when he arrived at the small Catholic college in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western Maryland. He wanted job security but was given a one-year contract at Mount St. Mary's. He hoped for bright lights in a big city but found himself in Emmitsburg, a town with neither street lights nor sidewalks.
October 16, 2000 |
"Just come over to the corner and take off your clothes," said a casting agent at Culver City's Smashbox Studios. About 250 well-toned hunks were happy to oblige at Chippendales' first open call for calendar models. "I feel sexy--like a porn star," Jeff Delfin said, after trading in his shirt so he could be photographed in the trademark Chippendales black bow tie, white collar and matching wrist cuffs.
August 20, 2000
Thanks for the update on the bow tie ("The Ties That Bind Them," Aug. 2). I remember how my father wore them once in a while, and he always looked so handsome when he did. He enjoyed them most of his life, whether they were in fashion or not. He made them look good and they suited him in return. I especially enjoyed reading that the Bow Tie Club came from a man who earned his degree from the University of Baltimore. My dad was born in Baltimore. --FRANCES TERRELL LIPPMAN Los Angeles In your story about bow tie fans, you left out one of the greatest persons of the 20th century or in all of history.
August 2, 2000 |
What do Abraham Lincoln, Stan Laurel, Harry Truman, Frank Sinatra, Karl Marx, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill, Donald Duck, Mark Twain, Frederick Rasmussen, Manet's "Olympia," Louis Farrakhan and virtually the entire male membership of the Nation of Islam have in common? Well, bow ties, of course. Olympia's admittedly is only a bit of string, but, then again, that's about all she wears except for a bracelet, a pair of bedroom slippers and a hibiscus bloom in her hair.