September 7, 2013 |
The $650-million plan to remake the jumbled campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard is the fourth such effort in the last three decades. Challenging in concept and architecturally ambitious, the design by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, 70, unveiled in a summer exhibition closing next Sunday, also can't help but make one wonder about the apparent difficulty in building good museum galleries. Is it really so hard? Here's a quick, relatively inexpensive and aesthetically surefire way to construct a first-rate museum building for art. It turns out to be as simple as one, two, three.
September 3, 2013 |
Kate Upton has been named model of the year and will pick up her pretty prize Wednesday at the 10th annual Style Awards that kick off New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion week. Reality-star-turned-fashion designer Nicole Richie will host the event, which also honors designer Zac Posen, celeb stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, and New York Giants wide receiver (also turned designer) Victor Cruz. The awards will air on CNN on Sept. 14, according to Glamour. Upton, the curvaceous, self-promoting honoree, got her start in Florida at age 12, but really catalyzed her career by landing the highly coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover spot (twice)
September 2, 2013 |
TOKYO - After two decades of economic stagnation, once-mighty Japan is beginning to revive - under policies that some experts say could offer lessons to the still-struggling economies of the United States and Europe. While the Eurozone tries to break out of recession and the U.S. economic recovery remains anemic, Japan has begun to grow at an encouraging rate. The shock-therapy policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have helped Japan's economy expand for three straight quarters at a pace faster than that of the United States.
September 1, 2013 |
London-based luxury e-tailer Farfetch.com has a concept that's "why didn't I think of that?" simple: a website that unites the selling power of some of the best independent luxury boutiques from around the globe, including A'Maree's in Newport Beach, Kirna Zabete in New York, L'Eclaireur in Paris and the Henrik Vibskov boutique in Copenhagen. By acting as a kind of global cooperative, such an online hub can offer smaller retailers the kind of high exposure and low shipping costs that were once the sole provenance of the major players in e-commerce and, at the same time, serve up a deep bench of inventory that includes the smaller, emerging designers and hard-to-find pieces that are the heart and soul of a luxury boutique's merchandise mix. José Neves, a Portuguese-born, London-based serial entrepreneur and Farfetch's founder and chief executive, did think of that - back in 2007 while he was selling his Swear footwear brand to retailers that ran the gamut from big-chain department stores and global websites to one-off independents.
August 31, 2013 |
It's not everyday you get to beat up a television set and soak it with water guns for the sake of a review, but that's exactly what I did. But I wasn't testing just any television set -- I was messing with a model by SunBriteTV, a Thousand Oaks company that specializes in TVs built for the outdoors. SunBriteTV has been making outdoor TVs since 2004, and it sells its sets to regular consumers for their homes as well as to large companies. You may have already come across some of its sets.
August 30, 2013 |
The world of voice-over artists is having an indie film moment. Following on the heels of Lake Bell's recently released narrative film "In a World...," which centers on the competitive business of movie trailer voice-over work, comes the documentary "I Know That Voice. " The project, executive produced by John DiMaggio -- the voice of Bender on the animated television series "Futurama" -- features more than 150 voice-over actors in an exploration of their craft and business. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll DiMaggio and fellow producer Tommy Reid said that the film, which was previewed at July's Comic-Con and the subject of a panel there, will use a unique distribution model to reach audiences. Though the arrangement has not been finalized and negotiations are ongoing, the independent documentary is expected to premiere in December via the video-on-demand platforms of cable providers Comcast Corp., Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable Inc., the producers said.
August 28, 2013 |
With the impending Labor Day weekend about to put the final nail in summer's coffin, automakers around the globe are turning their attention to auto shows. This year's season unofficially kicks off Sept. 10, when Germany's Frankfurt Auto Show will open its doors to the automotive press. One of the largest auto shows in the world, the Frankfurt event is held every two years. Dozens of world debuts are expected from automakers; many of these will then make their way to Los Angeles in November for their North American debuts at our own Los Angeles Auto Show.
August 28, 2013 |
Scientists have figured out how to grow human stem cells into "cerebral organoids" - blobs of tissue that mimic the anatomy of the developing brain. The advance, reported online Wednesday by the journal Nature, won't allow scientists to grow disembodied brains in laboratory vats, said study leader Juergen Knoblich, a stem cell researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna. But it does offer researchers an unprecedented view of human brain anatomy, he said.
August 24, 2013 |
Holy feathers and lingerie! Most of this year's highest-paid models happened to work for Victoria's Secret. Six of the 10 top earners either have Angel contracts with the brand or have appeared in the company's annual, scantily clad fashion show. So, basically, it pays to be pretty -- and nearly naked. According to the Forbes' annual list released this week, supermodel Gisele Bundchen was the highest-earning model of 2013, making a whopping $42 million from various contracts and ad campaigns.
August 23, 2013 |
Tesla Motors this week trumpeted the results of a federal auto test of its electric Model S sport sedan, calling it the safest car in America. But what went unnoticed was that the Palo Alto automaker had little relevant competition - federal safety regulators don't test most luxury cars. So the Model S may well be safer than all cars costing $50,000 less. But whether it's safer than direct competitors from Audi, Mercedes or BMW remains a mystery. Such cars aren't often rated because crash testing is hugely expensive, and even more so when luxury cars are involved.