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September 26, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
PARIS -- A grunge romance. That's how you might describe Belgian designer Dries Van Noten's spring-summer 2013 collection shown Wednesday at a Left Bank garage space during Paris Fashion Week. The look: Masculine and feminine. Sheer plaids and soft florals. Menswear inspiration mixed with boudoir-inspired sheer layers and ruffles. Navy, black, lavender, pink and blue color palette. The key piece -- a sheer, plaid button-down shirt (Noten's softer take on the grunge flannel) -- was paired with everything from a silvery plaid vest and blue floral pencil skirt to a slouchy camel-colored grandpa sweater and sheer floral pajama pants.
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February 9, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK - L.A.-based designer Brian Lichtenberg presented his fall and winter 2014 men's and women's collection in the sub-basement of the Hudson Hotel here Sunday night. Inspiration: "There's a little BMX, motocross, Southern California dirt bike [influence] in there - but there's also some vintage clothing inspiration in there," the designer told us, fresh off a Hilton sister photo op. "And then it was a matter of taking the parodies into white trash elements like Marlboro and Bud Light and Yamaha.
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NEWS
March 18, 2004
The piece on artist Ray Johnson ["His Life Was His Art, His Death Its Coda," by Steven Rosen, March 11], coupled with the one in the magazine, "The Golden Age of Mediocrity" [March 7], bring together for me a sad fact: Too often in today's world eccentricity passes for originality in art. That, together with the arbitrary focus on grunge and the gross, because they exist in life, adds up to mediocrity. Horror, pain, even eccentricity have been depicted by geniuses of Art (Goya, Picasso, Camus, Rilke, Beckett, to name a very few)
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September 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring. When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned out in leather and spikes for the gala opening in May, the irony was overwhelming. All those shiny celebrities were there in the name of an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes. But that was the point of the exhibition, to demonstrate how high fashion feeds off the street and how designers appropriate the visual codes of punk, using slashes and safety pins to sell cool.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- California ladies of the canyon was the vibe of Hedi Slimane's first women's Saint Laurent ready-to-wear runway collection shown in October . And this time, it was California grunge. With Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Pierre Berge, Betty Catroux and other fashion luminaries in the front row, Slimane showed his fall 2013 collection for the house he renamed Saint Laurent on Monday night during Paris Fashion Week. The look: Off-duty musicians and models.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2012
Official End of the World Party A quartet of local indie rock up-and-comers mark the second day of 2012, which — if Mayan predictions are accurate — is the final year for Mother Earth. Revent, Albert Garrett & the Bad Romantics, Gunpowder Secrets and Sabroasa Purr will woo the audience with a diverse display of grunge, pop punk and alt-rock. The Viper Room, 8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $10. (310) 358-1881. viperroom.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1998
Since when did "grunge" become "accepted" as the term to describe '90s independent rock groups!? Better yet, when did the Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, etc., become independent rock groups?! This is one of the most absurd statements I've ever heard ("Beyond the Grunge," by Robert Hilburn, May 31). Grunge was a media and a fashion event. Basically the country, facilitated by the greed of the corporate establishment, looked to the Northwest and bit the style of a bunch of kids making music.
MAGAZINE
May 9, 1993
Don't we have enough problems with gangs without this glorification, without these terrible clothes being advertised? Were the models gang members? One even had a ring in his nose. Disgusting! BETTY HOWARD Walnut Editor's note: Was every '50s kid with a ducktail a hood? Was every '60s hippie with long hair a criminal? Today, is every kid in baggy pants and an oversized T-shirt a gang member? Designers marched their versions of this rap/street/ grunge look down the runways in spring fashion shows.
IMAGE
March 13, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
After four weeks of runway shows parading designers' visions for this coming fall and winter, here's what retail buyers ? who will bring the looks home to you ? are saying. Amanda Brooks, fashion director, Barneys New York The season's big idea: Designers realize that women rarely wear their looks head to toe, so it's about designing great items and putting them together in a contextual way so that women can incorporate them into their wardrobes. The must-haves: Longer skirts, around the knee or below, or all the way down to the ground ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1993
Oh, woe is me, I was born in '63, the last year of the baby boomers. But my heart, soul and status in life have rendered me a member of Generation X. When JFK was shot I can only assume I was asleep in my crib. Although my peers and I work, we rarely feel rewarded. We vote, but sometimes wonder why. We hope to be able to get ahead, instead of merely getting by. Not everyone who attended Altamont or Woodstock now drives a luxury car, but to be patronized by those who do can cause frustration.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
If there is a poster child for the return of 1990s-era grunge fashion, it's Sky Ferreira. The singer and model, who was born in L.A. but now seems to live all over, was a muse for Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane's "California Grunge" fall 2013 collection. And the designer tapped her to star in the label's pre-fall ad campaign, decked out in black lace, leather and studs.  So it was only fitting that Ferreira, 21, would hit this weekend's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, which was born out of the post-punk, alternative rock and grunge music scene, having been created in 1991 by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
When Nathan Williams promises, "Still I'll be your dog," on the new album by his L.A. fuzz-punk band Wavves, he's nodding of course to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by perhaps the greatest fuzz-punk band of them all, the Stooges. But Williams seems also to be invoking the memory of Mudhoney, the long-running Seattle outfit known to cover "I Wanna Be Your Dog"; its sludgy-but-sweet guitars are all over "Afraid of Heights," Wavves' fourth studio disc and their first to get a big major-label push.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- California ladies of the canyon was the vibe of Hedi Slimane's first women's Saint Laurent ready-to-wear runway collection shown in October . And this time, it was California grunge. With Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund, Pierre Berge, Betty Catroux and other fashion luminaries in the front row, Slimane showed his fall 2013 collection for the house he renamed Saint Laurent on Monday night during Paris Fashion Week. The look: Off-duty musicians and models.
NEWS
September 26, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
PARIS -- A grunge romance. That's how you might describe Belgian designer Dries Van Noten's spring-summer 2013 collection shown Wednesday at a Left Bank garage space during Paris Fashion Week. The look: Masculine and feminine. Sheer plaids and soft florals. Menswear inspiration mixed with boudoir-inspired sheer layers and ruffles. Navy, black, lavender, pink and blue color palette. The key piece -- a sheer, plaid button-down shirt (Noten's softer take on the grunge flannel) -- was paired with everything from a silvery plaid vest and blue floral pencil skirt to a slouchy camel-colored grandpa sweater and sheer floral pajama pants.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2012
Official End of the World Party A quartet of local indie rock up-and-comers mark the second day of 2012, which — if Mayan predictions are accurate — is the final year for Mother Earth. Revent, Albert Garrett & the Bad Romantics, Gunpowder Secrets and Sabroasa Purr will woo the audience with a diverse display of grunge, pop punk and alt-rock. The Viper Room, 8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. $10. (310) 358-1881. viperroom.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
Rock documentaries made by fans of the band fall into two categories: They either exclude nonbelievers or draw them into the fold. "Pearl Jam Twenty" starts out exclusionary but opens the gates before it's through. Writer-director Cameron Crowe, whose idea it was to examine the celebrated Seattle-based band in time for its 20th anniversary, is no ordinary fan. His films include "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous," and he has the Matt Damon-starring "We Bought a Zoo" due for December release.
IMAGE
September 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring. When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned out in leather and spikes for the gala opening in May, the irony was overwhelming. All those shiny celebrities were there in the name of an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes. But that was the point of the exhibition, to demonstrate how high fashion feeds off the street and how designers appropriate the visual codes of punk, using slashes and safety pins to sell cool.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1995
In chronological order: * Abraxas, Coach House, May 30: Members of the original Santana band, minus Carlos Santa, spewed fire and chops galore in a mind-boggling display of raw passion and musicianship. Its rhythm section remains unparalleled in any era or genre; guitarist Neal Schon made listeners forget the former bandleader. * The Wailers, Coach House, Aug.
IMAGE
March 13, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
After four weeks of runway shows parading designers' visions for this coming fall and winter, here's what retail buyers ? who will bring the looks home to you ? are saying. Amanda Brooks, fashion director, Barneys New York The season's big idea: Designers realize that women rarely wear their looks head to toe, so it's about designing great items and putting them together in a contextual way so that women can incorporate them into their wardrobes. The must-haves: Longer skirts, around the knee or below, or all the way down to the ground ?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2010
POP MUSIC The Melvins The foremost purveyors of post- grunge and proto-punk guitar bass players are practically ageless, except for the unlucky sap on the four-string. They've so frequently swapped that the band's website features a "Melvins Bassist Morgue" to keep track of the countless switches. Detroit Bar , 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. Tuesday, $18. (949) 642-0600. http://www.detroitbar.com . Eels The band isn't just Mark Oliver Everett's bread and butter as a writer ?
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