October 13, 2013 |
PARIS - After 16 years at the helm of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs showed his last collection for the French fashion house early this month. Charged during his tenure with designing accessories in addition to clothes, he helped create the phenomenon of It bags with his luscious designs that layered lace, sequins, feathers and contemporary artists' work onto those iconic LVs, twisting and recontextualizing their meaning as a status symbol. At the same time, he transformed a fusty leathergoods brand into a global force.
October 12, 2013 |
If you haven't heard of British eyewear brand Oliver Goldsmith, think of Michael Caine's signature black glasses, John Lennon's iconic granny glasses and Audrey Hepburn's oversize sunnies in “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” Other A-list clients of the heritage label include Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana, Ursula Andress, the duke of Windsor, Peter Sellers and Mick Jagger. Grace Kelly owned at least 20 pairs of the glasses; Goldsmith once traveled to the palace in Monaco, where she commissioned him to create 11 pairs.
July 5, 2013 |
A trove of approximately 90,000 pieces of personal war correspondence dating from the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan is set to open at Chapman University in Orange County in November, thanks to a donation from collector, historian and author Andrew Carroll. As the Los Angeles Times reported in December, the university will allow students and members of the public greater access to the letters, as well as assist in the preservation of the documents. A Chapman spokeswoman said this week that the opening ceremony has been scheduled for Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. The letters will be housed at the new Center for American War Letters, which will occupy a historic building on the perimeter of the Orange campus, said the spokeswoman.
October 28, 2010 |
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it had closed its investigation into Google Inc.'s collection of data over unsecured wireless networks after the Internet giant pledged to strengthen privacy controls. The agency also said the Mountain View, Calif., company agreed not to use the data it says it inadvertently collected while operating a fleet of vehicles for its Street View mapping service, according to a letter from David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, to Albert Gidari, a Google attorney.
July 4, 2010 |
Institutionalized for the last 27 years of his life, Swiss modernist Robert Walser achieved a literary rebirth when a vast collection of paper strips, covered with tiny, cryptic pencil markings, was discovered after his death in 1956. First thought to be in secret code, Walser's prose fragments turned out to be composed in Kurrent, a script style dating to the Middle Ages. The 25 short pieces that make up "The Microscripts" (New Directions: 160 pp., $24.95) have been culled from a six-volume German collection of these writings.
March 7, 2010 |
After two years in New York, designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are returning to L.A. to meet and greet customers as they launch their new spring collection at Confederacy on March 18. "It's fun coming back to L.A.," Halmos says. "I've been back only once for a quick weekend trip. We can listen to LL Cool J's ‘Going Back to Cali' on the way." Along with John Whitledge and Josia Lamberto-Egan, Halmos and Shipley founded Trovata eight years ago in Newport Beach. After winning the CFDA Swarovski Perris Ellis award for menswear in 2006, the duo left the label — now designed by Whitledge — but they retain an ownership stake in Trovata in addition to designing the Shipley & Halmos line.
April 27, 1996
As an educator and art historian who for the last 30 years has been committed to enhancing the cultural life of our community, I read with surprise and sadness of the imminent departure of the Gilbert collections from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("LACMA Will Remove Trustee's Collection," April 18). Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert's collections of silver, micro-mosaic and gold boxes are likely valued at well over $150 million and their intrinsic value is even greater. What an inestimable loss to our community if we can no longer share in viewing objects whose beauty and history recall supreme moments of human creativity and the exaltation of human spirit.
October 24, 2004
I was pleased to see the article on retired Judge William C. Beverly Jr.'s efforts to document the achievements of African Americans and other Los Angeles minorities ("One for the History Books," by Emory Holmes II, Metropolis, Oct. 3). Such an effort is long overdue. I hope that Judge Beverly's collection will gain support and evolve into one that is more accessible to the public. Valena Broussard Dismukes Los Angeles
October 23, 2013 |
Adam Levine, frontman for Maroon Five and popular coach on "The Voice," is slated to make an appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday on behalf of his new Kmart clothing collection. The collection includes crewneck T-shirts; gingham, plaid and chambray button-front shirts; henleys; cardigan sweaters; skinny jeans; jackets; scarves; belts and beanies, as our Adam Tschorn has reported . The pieces are priced from $9.99 to $69.99. Levine's appearance is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kmart at 6310 W. 3rd St. The first 100 Kmart "Shop Your Way" members in line will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with the entertainer.
August 29, 2013 |
Museums usually acquire tangible objects for their collections, but the Cooper - Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York has made the unconventional decision to acquire a sizable piece of intangible computer code. The museum said it has added the iPad application Planetary to its collection, marking the first time that the institution has acquired a piece of software as part of its curatorial mission. The Smithsonian described it in the September issues of its official magazine as an "unprecedented acquisition of an artifact you will never find encased in a plexiglass cube or sequestered in a climate-controlled storage facility.