December 19, 2013 |
If you're doing any last-minute holiday shopping on Melrose this weekend, be sure to stop into Decades and check out the extraordinary wearable paper-art creations of Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld . With intricately folded and cut shapes, they are a treat for the eyes, especially the starry-looking "Snow Twins" cocoon coat for two, and the fantastic, fur-free "Lion Stola. " Cameron Silver, fashion tastemaker, author and co-owner of the Decades vintage boutique, discovered Szenfeld's work earlier this year while he was on his book tour in Stockholm.
December 18, 2013 |
The Angels have agreed to terms with Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter. The contract would guarantee Ibanez $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses that could make the deal worth $5 million. Ibanez would earn all the bonuses if he remains in the lineup all season. The signing would leave the Angels with one major item on their off-season shopping list: a veteran starting pitcher. The team appears to have about $13 million to $15 million under the luxury-tax limit - incentive payments count toward a luxury-tax bill - which should allow them to be competitive in bidding for Matt Garza and Masahiro Tanaka, assuming Tanaka becomes available.
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December 15, 2013 |
Earlier this year, two young men stood on a bluff overlooking the unusual camp that homeless man Charles Ray Walker built in Boyle Heights and surveyed the bamboo-pricked hill, seeing how they could revive the swath of land into the green wonderland it had once been. Below them, hundreds - maybe thousands - of toys, signs and assorted oddities dotted the land, noticeably dustier than they were before Walker died last year. "We want to do this in his honor, to get this place like a community garden," said Randall Foster, 27, a conceptual artist who met Walker.
December 12, 2013 |
There's a bright shot of star power in David O. Russell's period film "American Hustle," and it's not just from its celebrated cast. Veteran designer Michael Wilkinson's late-1970s costumes have something of a starring role of their own. Loosely based on the real-life Abscam FBI sting, "Hustle" lives in a gritty yet sophisticated East Coast world where the con artist characters have plenty of different looks for different occasions. The sartorial tone had to be "just right," says Wilkinson.
December 11, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels would be pleased to sign Matt Garza and Raul Ibanez and call it a winter. Garza would join Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson atop the starting rotation, followed by youngsters Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs . Ibanez would replace the departed Mark Trumbo at designated hitter. By Wednesday, the day after they traded Trumbo, the Angels had discussed the parameters of a deal with Ibanez. The Angels are uncertain whether they can afford Garza.
December 11, 2013 |
Just in time for Christmas, online marketplace Threadless and 20th Century Fox have rolled out a collection of artist/fan-designed T-shirts depicting the denizens of Springfield. "The Simpsons" X Threadless line consists of 29 T-shirt designs (winnowed from 832 submitted from 64 countries) and we're told it marks the first time fan artists have designed a collection of officially licensed merchandise for the long-running show. Of those, 28 artists will enjoy the kind of bragging rights that come with having people want your Wiggum and buy your Bart (as well as 10% in royalties)
December 8, 2013 |
A New York developer may be the first home builder to integrate wellness into its products. But if a major real estate education and research group has its way, healthful living will soon be incorporated in many of the places we live and work. The Urban Land Institute is embarking on a two-year effort to educate its members and the development community at large on how they can build healthful communities and workplaces where people can thrive. "We are looking at city building through the lens of health and wellness as a way to measure sustainability and long-term prosperity," said Lynn Thurber, chairman of the Washington nonprofit.
December 5, 2013
Re "L.A. County speeds up plan to rebuild youth probation camp," Nov. 26 Los Angeles County's probation camp system, based on an 80-year-old correctional design, represents an outdated approach to juvenile justice. The camps' institutional design, with barracks-style dormitories and open bathrooms, has failed to meet the complex needs of incarcerated youth and remains an impediment to reform. Through the Camp Kilpatrick replacement project, the county has the opportunity to further leave behind decades of abuse and poor outcomes and create a rehabilitative camp focused on treatment and improving the lives of young people.
December 5, 2013 |
Long before Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" arrived in theaters in 1964, the studio chief was wooing the story's author, P.L. Travers, trying to nab the rights to the famed books that eventually became his blockbuster film. It was a bumpy ride, as we see depicted in the Dec. 13 release "Saving Mr. Banks," that pitted the cranky, obstinate English author (played by Emma Thompson) against the agreeable but resolute Southern California mogul (Tom Hanks). Travers was tough, and veteran costume designer Daniel Orlandi, who had access to both the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Disney Studio archives, wanted to make sure that aspect came across quickly.
December 4, 2013 |
When set decorator Claudette Didul needed to decorate Sally Draper's bedroom with 1960s-era clothing for an episode of "Mad Men" last season, she knew just the place. Didul went to Playclothes, a vintage clothing and furnishing store in Burbank, to buy an assortment of blouses, dresses, sweaters, pants and shoes to decorate the scene. "It's like a one-stop shop," Didul said. "It's really important for us to have stores like Playclothes. Their inventory is always changing, and I know I can get things I need the next day and that they will stay open for me if I have an emergency.