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February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
"I feel a bit like a spoiled child with all these beautiful things around me," says Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, giving a tour of the spectacular new exhibition chronicling his nearly 30-year career, which opens Saturday at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He's referring to the wealth of artworks from the Renaissance to the present day on view as part of "Dries Van Noten: Inspirations. " The show is a tour of his creative mind, placing his runway collections in context of his many cultural reference points.
February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Every journey tells a story, whether it's a weekend road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or a yearlong, round-the-world jaunt. And Tumi hopes that with its new Santa Monica collection of bags and accessories, your luggage will tell a tale too. That was what George Esquivel, the Buena Park-based shoemaker who was appointed Tumi's creative director in January 2013, had in mind when he decided to use soft, buttery leather for the assortment of duffels,...
February 28, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Given the sunny, body-conscious atmosphere of Los Angeles, it's no surprise to find a thriving field of locally based fitness-wear brands; many of the companies design and produce their lines from start to finish in the city. These new or growing collections, fashionable enough to work over time, range from high performance to high style, geared to lower-intensity, California-centric pastimes such as hiking, beach cycling and yoga. Splits 59 From paint-splattered leggings inspired by artist Jackson Pollock to jackets inset with glossy printed python fabric, the latest collection by Marina del Rey-based Splits 59 is on track with looks from spring fashion runways.
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A British intelligence agency reportedly intercepted and stored millions of images from Yahoo users' video chats. Under a program code-named Optic Nerve, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, would collect still images in bulk from users when they chatted with others via webcam through Yahoo, the Guardian reported on Thursday. The report cited documents provided by U.S. surveillance program leaker Edward Snowden. During a six-month period in 2008, the GCHQ collected images from more than 1.8 million Yahoo users through the Optic Nerve program, the report said.
February 26, 2014 | Patt Morrison
Ron Unz knows his way around the California ballot. He ran for governor against Pete Wilson in the GOP primary 20 years ago. He lost big, but four years later he won with his Proposition 227, which altered California schools by effectively ending bilingual education and mainstreaming Spanish-speaking students. The sometimes conservative, sometimes libertarian Republican entrepreneur-turned-activist is going back to the ballot, collecting signatures for an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage to $12. It may seem counterintuitive but Unz contends it's an idea that's as conservative as they come.
February 24, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
What can we expect when the "Pope of Trash" meets the "King of Kitsch"? John Waters, iconoclastic filmmaker, actor, artist and, yes, Pope of Trash, takes the stage at downtown Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater on Monday night to interview contemporary artist Jeff Koons. "The Un-Private Collection," the art-focused lecture series organized by the Broad museum under construction in downtown Los Angeles, on Monday will stage its largest event to date: a conversation between Waters and Koons, who will discuss his work in the Broad collection.
February 22, 2014 | Amy Paturel, Amy Paturel is a freelance writer in Temecula
When I met my husband, Brandon, online, we covered most of the essentials over email. I knew he lived in Murrieta, 53 miles from my Seal Beach home. I knew he was a widower. I also knew he had a freezer stocked with microwaveable pocket sandwiches -- meaning he didn't cook. Hardly the perfect catch, I mused. But I was still drawn to him. Then I got this: "There's something else you should know," he wrote. "I have a unique hobby. " I prepped myself for a collection of Civil War guns, a lifetime membership in the official Disney fan club, even a fascination with vampires.
February 22, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
For a decade, while traveling to perform in concerts, Moby was looking for a new place to call home. His longtime city of choice, New York, had become so gentrified and expensive that artists - his spiritual kin - were being driven out. "I was looking for a city that was warm in the winter, had access to nature and was primarily filled with weird artists," Moby says, seated in the guest house of his Beachwood Canyon estate. "Honestly, this is the only place that satisfied all the criteria.
February 20, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The opening of the Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles may have been pushed back to 2015, but its art-focused lecture series, “The Un-Private Collection,” is proceeding full steam ahead. The series, which pairs contemporary artists from the museum's collection with scholars, novelists, filmmakers, musicians and other artists, launched in September with founders Eli and Edythe Broad onstage , talking about their early days of collecting and about their new museum. On Monday the series will stage its biggest evening yet, a conversation between the artist Jeff Koons and filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A., with almost 2,000 people expected to attend.
February 20, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Lorrie Moore's "People Like That Are the Only People Here" may be the most ruthless short story I've ever read. Published in the New Yorker in 1997 and the next year in Moore's collection "Birds of America," it revolves around a family turned upside down after a mother finds a blot clot in her baby's diaper. The mother, like Moore, is a writer: "Take notes," her husband begs. "We are going to need the money. " But it is the direction these notes take us that gives the story its pitiless edge.
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