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camp," Nov. 26 Los Angeles County's probation camp system, based on an 80-year-old correctional design, represents an outdated approach to juvenile justice.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 1, 2013 |
Several new style books focus on great American jewelry design. Here we zero in on two of the stand-out volumes of the season. David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler Ruth Peltason Assouline, $85 American jewelry designer David Webb was a fixture on New York's social scene during the 1960s and '70s, beloved by Diana Vreeland, Nan Kempner, Doris Duke, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand and many other style-setters. Webb is perhaps best known for his animal bracelets, more fierce than cute, featuring lions, tigers and dragons, which were part of the ladies-who-lunch uniform of the day. But his legacy encompasses so much more, writes Ruth Peltason in "David Webb: The Quintessential American Jeweler.
November 30, 2013 |
Legendary Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland was probably the world's most reliable generator of quotable fashion speak. ("Pink is the navy blue of India," anyone?) And the latest book of her jotted-down thoughts, "Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years" (edited by Alexander Vreeland, Rizzoli, $55), adds to the canon. If anyone in the style realm comes close to being as quirkily quotable, it's designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose assorted barbs and quips are compiled in "The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld" (edited by Sandrine Gulbenkian and Jean-Christophe Napias, Flammarion, $29.95)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to make a closed coffee shop used in the movie "The Big Lebowski" a historic-cultural landmark. Councilman Paul Koretz said Johnie's at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue is one of the most notable examples of work by the firm Armet & Davis, the architectural firm that designed Norms, Pann's and other diners across Southern California. Koretz, who represents the area, said he hopes the property's owners can be talked into reopening the building as a coffee shop.
November 25, 2013 |
Fashion designer Tom Ford may be as well known for his impeccably groomed looks as he is for his flawless tailoring. So it was no surprise when he introduced a line of eight men's grooming products this month or when he noted that the collection was inspired by his own personal skin care regimen. "I think I am one of the few male designers who could actually sell skin care, because I am 51, and, on a good day, I don't look 51," Ford told us, with a lack of modesty that somehow seemed justified for a guy whose name is a Jay Z song title ("Tom Ford" on the "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album)
November 24, 2013 |
For menswear aficionados, Italian luxury label Ermenegildo Zegna has long stood for a high-quality yet understated gray-flannel sensibility. But for colorful, personality-driven runway fashion? Not so much. Which is why it's significant that, after 103 years, the brand has decided to put a face with its name for the first time in a branding initiative that was unveiled earlier this month in the razzle-dazzle capital of the world, Los Angeles. The new star is Stefano Pilati, who spent eight years as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent and who joined the Zegna Group in January as head of design for the Ermenegildo Zegna brand and designer of Couture, its premium menswear line of handmade suits, shirts, outerwear and accessories, which was shown on the runway for the first time during Milan fashion week in June.