March 7, 1996
Regarding the Feb. 22 letter from P. Johnston in response to the vegetarian article on Feb. 1: Gee whiz, P. Johnston! What are you so angry about? I am a vegan and know many other people who are vegan (those who eat no animal products at all, as opposed to ovo-lacto vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy products). Neither I nor any of the other vegans I know buy, use or eat any animal products . . . no leather anything, no fur, no skins. I hope your [leather-wearing vegetarian] friend has made merely the first step in becoming a vegan with a truly compassionate and non-harmful lifestyle.
February 7, 2013 |
One of the first out of the gate at the Lincoln Center tents, menswear designer Todd Snyder presented his Fall 2013 "Rebel Gentlemen" collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week on Thursday. Inspiration: The foundation of Snyder's collection was a favorite black, 1950s leather motorcycle jacket he'd found a decade ago in a Leeds (England) vintage shop. The look: Retro-sporty gentleman outlaw -- the kind who might rob a bank and escape across the desert on a motorcycle and look rakish doing it. In addition to a lovingly distressed asymmetrical zip leather jacket there were equally luxe-looking outerwear pieces with a functional feel including riffs on the peacoat (one in black pony hair, another in horsehide with a generous shearling collar)
November 21, 2012 |
For fragrance lovers, it's the season of opulent choices. L'Objet's champagne-scented candle is decked out in a malachite vessel with 24-karat gold and amethyst quartz cabochon detailing that can double as a treasure box later. Diptyque's limited-edition candles spread holiday cheer with the rich aromas of frankincense, frosty fir tree and warm oud wood mixed with amber. Los Angeles' Royal Apothic offers another festive possibility: "Distillation of a Victorian Fir," with notes of cranberry, holly, apricot and cinnamon.
February 26, 2014 |
For Academy Award winners and presenters, the Architectural Digest green room is a backstage oasis of pampering calm, a place where the stars can perch on bar stools without rumpling their clothes and steady themselves with a cup of coffee or a cocktail. “And there has always been a place for people to smoke,” said David Rockwell, who was the original architect of the Dolby Theatre in 2001 (when it was known as the Kodak) and created sets for the 2009 Oscar broadcast. “It was the loading dock.” Tapped by Architectural Digest to create this year's green room, Rockwell has transformed that loading dock into a California garden room that adjoins the green room, a first for the Academy Awards.
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.
September 8, 2013 |
It was retail theater of the highest order. With acrobats descending the building's Rodeo Drive facade and trumpets blaring, Hermès reopened its Beverly Hills store Tuesday night after an 18-month renovation. For an after-party, the French fashion house took over a soundstage in Culver City for a Hollywood-level production, complete with a water ballet performance, an opportunity for guests to star in their own short films, and lots of archival celebrity-owned Hermès pieces to ogle, including Alfred Hitchcock's anchor-print bathing trunks, Lauren Bacall's leather flask and Humphrey Bogart's "Haut a Courroies" traveling bag, which was the precursor to the Birkin.
November 6, 2012 |
Jason Koharik is a junk-pile alchemist. In his hands, paint stirrers and broken tape measures become art supplies, salvaged metal tubing and brackets are transformed into Modernist lamps, and discarded patio furniture dazzles the eye with refined additions of gold leaf, brass plating, hand-shaped hardwoods and leather upholstery. “Why buy new chairs when there's a million of them out there that could be great?” Koharik asks. The Echo Park furniture maker, lighting designer, painter and sculptor proves his point by showing 15 years' worth of work in "CollectedBy," a showcase on display through Nov. 14 in a rented warehouse space at 1745 Glendale Blvd.
October 1, 2012 |
Mink-lined Birkenstock-style sandals? Check. Fuzzy, wuzzy mink pumps? Check. The Celine runway show was all about such cheeky luxe lounge statements. When it comes to fashion now, Celine designer Phoebe Philo has that je ne sais quoi . You only have to look at the fashion pack to know. Celine's minimal color-block totes and smooth calfskin clutches are the It bags du jour -- small pieces of the polished, pared-down aesthetic that Philo has helped popularize, and which has now trickled all the way down to Zara.