March 31, 2013 |
Mother-daughter designing duo Marie and Kelly Gray are back in business together with a new label called Grayse, eight years after stepping down from their day-to-day duties at St. John when a private equity firm bought the company and cleaned house in a rebranding effort that famously also involved hiring Angelina Jolie as spokesmodel and alienating hordes of loyal customers. Although St. John is best known for creating the conservative, Crayola-colored knit suit uniform worn by a generation of women in the go-go 1980s and '90s, Grayse taps into the more recent trend of casual luxury and seasonless, day-to-night dressing.
March 28, 2013 |
There's a tendency to look askance at essay collections, to see them as somehow incidental, as if they had no urgency of their own. I defy anyone to make such an argument after reading Aleksandar Hemon's "The Book of My Lives. " In his first book of nonfiction, Hemon takes what might otherwise seem a group of random pieces and arranges them so they are more than the sum of their parts. On the one hand (let's be honest), that's a bit of a contrivance, since these essays were all written at different times for different venues.
March 24, 2013 |
On Valentine's Day, a young woman wearing a button-down shirt, bicycle shorts and a Soviet-era Budenovka hat, along with an adhesive mustache, stood on the stage of the Bootleg Theater. Her name was Russky Business. Her father's Fabergé egg had been stolen, so she was doing arm-wrestling bouts to make money for the repurchase of the egg, always hoping that the right people would see her skills and she would earn that arm-wrestling scholarship to the prestigious Moscow State University.
March 23, 2013 |
What's a guy have to do? Yasiel Puig has done everything but jump on top of the dugout and scream, “Look at me! Look at me!” He could not have dreamed a more impressive spring. Neither could the Dodgers. He's become the phenom of phenoms. Not that it ultimately figures to matter. Puig entered Saturday night's game as a defensive replacement and in his first at-bat turned a fairly routine single into a double, flashing the kind of speed it takes awhile to realize he possesses, considering it's coming from that large, chesty frame.
March 21, 2013 |
Already modeled by dozens of celebs on the red carpet in the last few months, Raf Simons' much-ballyhooed Dior spring ready-to-wear collection has finally landed in stores, including Maxfield, where it has taken over the side gallery space for the next two weeks. A party was held Wednesday night to celebrate. And though the designer of the hour (year?) wasn't there, lots of L.A.'s social butterflies were, including hosts Quinn Ezralow, Julia Sorkin and Kelly Styne, as well as Liberty Ross, Crystal Lourd and Leandra Medine, all dressed in Dior, of course.
March 21, 2013 |
Clayton and Flavie Webster, husband-and-wife designers of the Los Angeles-based Cerre fashion line, are on a roll. In October, they were honored by the L.A. fashion community with the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award. In February, they traveled to New York to meet press contacts and show the line to buyers for the first time. And on Wednesday, they had their first review posted on Style.com. All of which is to suggest that the world is really taking notice of Cerre's signature brand of edgy classicism.
March 17, 2013 |
9:35 a.m.: Aleksandra Duliba of Belarus has won the women's race and $50,000 gender challenge in the 28th Asics Los Angeles Marathon, outrunning Ethiopia's Zemzem Ahmed to win the race in her first marathon in an unofficial time of 2:26:08, a Belarus national record. Kenyan Erick Mose has won the men's race, after outkicking countryman Julius Keter in the 24th mile. Mose won in an unofficial time of 2:09:43. The marathon record stands in 2:08:24. Keter finished second while Nicholas Chelimo, also of Kenya, was third in 2:10:41.
March 14, 2013 |
Macy's on Wednesday launched its new "MADE Fashion Week for Impulse" collection at stores nationwide and online at Macys.com. The collection, which was designed in-house, was inspired by New York's MADE Fashion Week initiative, which connects emerging talent in fashion, music, art and pop culture with brand partners. The collection, priced from $39 to $139, has a strong street-style aesthetic. There are bold print pants and maxi dresses, leather skirts, hoodies and wide-leg sweatpants. Throughout the season, 20 to 30 new pieces from the collection will be on rotating display at the Impulse sections of the department stores.
March 9, 2013 |
Passing it on Brandon Jennings is mastering more than the first half of his job description. The Milwaukee Bucks point guard proved he was a natural scorer only seven games into his NBA career, when he splurged for 55 points against Golden State. Overall, the former Compton Dominguez High star has scored 30 or more points 23 times in his first four pro seasons. Something he had not done until last week: collect 10 or more assists in three consecutive games. It started when Jennings logged a career-high 19 assists in a victory over Toronto on March 2. He showed it would not be just a passing fancy when he collected 17 assists two nights later in a triumph against Utah.
March 6, 2013 |
Don and Mera Rubell are known in the art world as the New York-to-Miami transplants who helped to bring the Art Basel art fair to Florida and opened a museum-like space there for their cutting-edge collection. Not so well known: their connections to California. They lived here briefly in 1969, when Don did his internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center before becoming a gynecologist. In 2005 and 2006 they flew from Miami to Los Angeles so often in search of new, exciting art that they called their resulting exhibition "Red Eye. " "We could have called it GPS," Mera said, laughing, remembering crisscrossing the city to reach artists' studios.