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 30, 2012 |
Cut-up photographs of a black Ford F-150 lie scattered across George Barris' desk, forming a mosaic of fenders, headlamps and rear-quarter panels. Barris' eyes flicker over each fragment as he rearranges the parts of a normal-looking pickup truck and transforms it into the lunatic hot rod vision he has bouncing around in his head. He dabs glue onto one scrap and sets it on paper. Then, another and another. Finally, he stands back and examines what has come together.
October 15, 2012 |
Where do you go when you need a custom leather android arm or garter belt? Skingraft, that's where. Photos: Skingraft's spring-summer 2013 presentation In business since 2005, Skingraft is one of those L.A. brands that is a hometown source for stylists and celebs looking for custom pieces for magazine shoots and music videos. In July, Justin Bieber wore a futuristic-looking Skingraft silver leather “android arm” when he performed “Boyfriend” at the Teen Choice Awards, and in June, Azealia Banks wore a Skingraft black leather garter belt and bionic leggings in her video “Liquorice,” which was styled by none other than Nicola Formichetti of Lady Gaga and Mugler fame.
October 14, 2012 |
When Eugene, Ore.-based Will Leather Goods opened the doors of its first flagship store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in late September, 60-year-old founder and Chief Executive Bill Adler found himself barely a belt buckle's toss from the Venice Beach boardwalk where he started his career hawking belts three decades ago. "It was 1981, our first child had been born and there was a Screen Actors Guild strike that was going on for months," recalls Adler,...
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.
September 7, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The collection: Monika Chiang. Launched in 2011, the brand has stores in L.A. and New York. Chiang is the girlfriend of entrepreneur Chris Burch, who helped launch her brand as well as ex-wife Tory Burch's. Where Tory's look is decidedly uptown, Monika's is downtown -- and after-dark. The inspiration: Street style in South Africa, where Chiang traveled over the New Year's holiday. The look: "Luxe athleticism," as described by Chiang. Black leather skirts with car-wash pleats, embroidered leather bra tops, block-print skinny jeans, biker jackets in leather or stripe canvas, parachute silk pants and anoraks, strappy sandals with skyscraper-high block heels, baseball caps.
September 2, 2012 |
Pow! Hot-hued, high-impact accessories can put the finishing touch on the season's sporty looks. Take a vibrant piece, like Marni's cherry-red perforated leather bag, or 3.1 Phillip Lim's vivid yellow gold leather boots, and pair with a dress, a button-down shirt, jeans or leggings in a contrasting but equally vibrant color. Or let multihued accessories like Pierre Hardy's tricolored suede and leather wedges, Balenciaga's ostrich and calfskin ankle boots, Prada's rubber-bottom Mary Jane pumps or Céline's tricolor envelope bag do the color-blocking for you.
September 2, 2012 |
The red carpet occupies its own place in the pantheon of fashion, somewhere between the runway and the street. Thanks to their access and visibility, Hollywood stars have had a jump on the fall collections and trends, which they have been wearing to events and premieres all summer long. Here are a few of our favorite examples of menswear-inspired, luxe leather and navy-is-the-new-black looks, plus red accents and cap-toe shoes. Malin Akerman in a Vena Cava jumpsuit and Louis Vuitton cap-toe pumps at the Ciroc Cabana Club May 26 in West Hollywood.
August 19, 2012 |
Every fall, college campuses swarm with women wearing all kinds of leather flats, but there are always a select few brave enough to walk across the quad in stilettos. Those risk-takers might look great, but who can realistically trek to class in high heels? There's a different breed of shoe popping up in storefronts around Los Angeles that could prove the perfect solution. The high-top wedge sneaker is a heel and sport shoe hybrid, providing a middle ground for chic tomboys and girlie-girls who love their heels.