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March 2, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Echo Park has a new fancy cocktail den in Allumette. In the old Allston Yacht Club space next door to the neighborhood liquor store House of Spirits Allumette is the new restaurant by Vagrancy Project chef Miles Thompson. To complement his intricate small plates, including raviolo of liquefied blood pudding with scallop carpaccio and caramelized anchovy; and fried oyster with kimchi ranch dressing, Asian pear mignonette and sea spinach, he's brought on former Pour Vous and Harvard & Stone mixologist Serena Herrick.
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February 6, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Los Angeles-based designer Tadashi Shoji went in a bold, new direction with his fall 2014 collection, which was less about his popular sexy body-conscious shapes and more about romantic surface details. He showed his collection during New York Fashion Week on Thursday at Lincoln Center. The inspiration: Moorish palaces, luxuriant textiles and ornate architectural details. The look: Romantic and sophisticated. Covered up, because covering up the arms is something many women look for in a dress, he said backstage.
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MAGAZINE
November 26, 1995
Styled by Phillip Bloch/Cloutier; hair and makeup: Lisa Parfitt-Maister/Celestine L.A.; model: Lucresha Wells/Elite L.A.
IMAGE
September 1, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
For what seems like forever, women have been chasing a youthful glow with satin-finish creams, illuminating powders and moisturizing misters. Matte seemed like a dirty word for powders that could settle into and, possibly, accentuate wrinkles. So what's to be done now when fall's new beauty buzz words are "matte finish"? For answers, we first turned to makeup artist Francois Nars, creative director of NARS Cosmetics, whose fall collection focuses on matte textures and who created the matte beauty look on the Marc Jacobs fall runway.
NEWS
May 16, 1986 | TIMOTHY HAWKINS
Taking a relaxed view of luxury is a concept that sounds ideally suited to the life style of Beverly Hills. And the Rome-based design team of Sergio Ognibene and Peter Zendman says this is the theme of the fall collection they will present on our own version of Easy Street--when they show their line at the Elizabeth Arden salon on Rodeo Drive Tuesday through Thursday.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Los Angeles-based designer Tadashi Shoji went in a bold, new direction with his fall 2014 collection, which was less about his popular sexy body-conscious shapes and more about romantic surface details. He showed his collection during New York Fashion Week on Thursday at Lincoln Center. The inspiration: Moorish palaces, luxuriant textiles and ornate architectural details. The look: Romantic and sophisticated. Covered up, because covering up the arms is something many women look for in a dress, he said backstage.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012
Still a Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe would have been 86 this month, and to celebrate the Hollywood Museum is hosting the largest collection of the actress' memorabilia in the nation. Among the collection are the famous "red velvet" photographs from 1949, rarely seen snapshots and, in a bit of a macabre flourish, the prescription pill bottle found next to her bed at the time of her death. 1660 Highland Ave., L.A. Through Sept. 2. $15 http://www.thehollywoodmuseum.com/
NEWS
February 10, 1989 | TIMOTHY HAWKINS
Valentino, the Roman "god" of fashion, may have the same name as the Hollywood film star of the 1920s, but the Italian designer romances his female audience with a lot more subtlety than his namesake did. The designer's Boutique and Night collections for fall, 1989, were shown here this week, a month before Valentino's major fall ready-to-wear show in Europe.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Booth Moore
So what if he can hit you over the head with a theme? When you're sitting at a runway show by Ralph Lauren, fashion's master storyteller, it's impossible not to get caught up in the romance. Lauren presented his fall 2013 collection on Valentine's Day morning at New York Fashion Week. And in a sweet bit of cross branding, there was a box of chocolates at each seat from daughter Dylan Lauren's Dylans Candy Bar. The look: Russian Imperial. A gentle dance between a navy officer and a beautiful czarina.  Black sailor pants, ivory blouse with ruffled bib and superluxe shearling sling duffel bag. Booties with gold chain tassel trim.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 1990
What a sad and stinging indictment of our teenybopper-based pop culture--and The Times' ability to pander to it--that singer George Michael is worth 96 column inches of copy while symphony conductor JoAnn Falletta gets a little more than half as much space. Michael is obviously a thoughtful enough young fellow to realize he's in velvet bondage, captive to the recording industry that's done such a splendid job of savaging music. Best wishes for his escape. JACK O'MARA Irvine
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Velvet Underground settled a lawsuit with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts over the use of a banana design that appeared on the band's album cover, Bloomberg News reports. Velvet Underground sued the foundation last year when reports surfaced that the foundation planned to license the image to Apple for use on iPhone and iPad accessories. The terms of the settlement, which came Wednesday in a New York federal court, were not disclosed. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times In the lawsuit, the Velvet Underground claimed it held the trademark to the image and sought damages and an injunction to prevent the foundation from licensing the artwork, according to Reuters.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
Otis College of Art and Design added a new element to the mix for its 31st annual scholarship benefit and fashion show Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton -- an honor called the Style Icon Award, which was presented to Sally Perrin, L.A.-based creative director of luxury leather goods brand  Perrin Paris . The inaugural award was presented by costume designer Bob Mackie (one of this year's senior design mentors) who noted: "Personal style has no age or social status, and can exist anywhere in life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Rise Stevens, an American mezzo soprano celebrated for her earthy interpretation of "Carmen," whose career also encompassed television and movie appearances alongside matinee idols Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy, died Wednesdayof natural causes at her home in New York. She was 99. Her death was confirmed by her son, Nicolas Surovy. Stevens sang for the Metropolitan Opera for more than two decades beginning in 1938. She was known for her sensuous voice, described by the International Dictionary of Opera as "pure velvet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
Imagine wandering around the Gamble House, flashlight in hand, shining a bright beam on the carvings in the living room friezes and peering into closets and bathrooms. These are not the sorts of liberties you generally get to take on a tour of the famed  Arts and Crafts home in Pasadena.  Once a month though, rules are relaxed a bit for the "Behind the Velvet Ropes" tour, a 2 1/2-hour intimate look at the National Historic Landmark. Each visitor gets a flashlight. The docent dons a pair of white cotton gloves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
There is something so sexy about getting to go where others can't. It's the power of the VIP list, the real secret of the secret society. In this case, the tingle starts with a name, "Behind the Velvet Ropes," which lures nine people to a large Pasadena home. The front door is closed. The doorbell is rung. A man in a crisp button-down, tie and dark trousers whisks the strangers into a dimly lighted hall, out of the bright morning sun. Flashlights are handed out, their rubber buttons pushed.
FOOD
March 2, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Echo Park has a new fancy cocktail den in Allumette. In the old Allston Yacht Club space next door to the neighborhood liquor store House of Spirits Allumette is the new restaurant by Vagrancy Project chef Miles Thompson. To complement his intricate small plates, including raviolo of liquefied blood pudding with scallop carpaccio and caramelized anchovy; and fried oyster with kimchi ranch dressing, Asian pear mignonette and sea spinach, he's brought on former Pour Vous and Harvard & Stone mixologist Serena Herrick.
NEWS
January 5, 1995 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
Jane Booke's sweeping jewel-colored velvets stand out in rooms full of people in black. Her career started in a similar way. She wore one of her own design, a flowing silk charmeuse and brocade dress, to Stephanie and Bernie Taupin's 1993 wedding. "Every five steps I got stopped," she says. Two days later, Darleen Whaley, owner of the L.A. store Comme Des Fous (and who was also at the Taupins' wedding) called and asked to see more. "I gathered up things from my closet, and she ordered 31 pieces."
TRAVEL
December 10, 2006
AH, the Hotel Edison, where I spent many a New York City vacation and paid $25 per night ["Cheaper by the Dozen: Manhattan Treasures," Nov. 26]. Yes, it was dreadfully tacky and outdated, but cheapo back in the '60s and '70s. It was fantastically well located, a hop, skip and jump to Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Plaza, etc. I especially adored the round, red velvet seating in the lobby. I felt as if I were waiting for some dashing gentleman to come strolling in. Unfortunately, the only men then were not exactly gentlemen and weaving in would be more like it. But it was great fun and adventure.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Booth Moore
So what if he can hit you over the head with a theme? When you're sitting at a runway show by Ralph Lauren, fashion's master storyteller, it's impossible not to get caught up in the romance. Lauren presented his fall 2013 collection on Valentine's Day morning at New York Fashion Week. And in a sweet bit of cross branding, there was a box of chocolates at each seat from daughter Dylan Lauren's Dylans Candy Bar. The look: Russian Imperial. A gentle dance between a navy officer and a beautiful czarina.  Black sailor pants, ivory blouse with ruffled bib and superluxe shearling sling duffel bag. Booties with gold chain tassel trim.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
This year brings the 45th anniversary of the influential "Velvet Underground & Nico" album, and fans are being offered two ways to celebrate the occasion. The first is an elaborate box set with the original 1967 album paired with dozens of bonus tracks from the Universal Music Group vaults, which is due Oct. 30. A week later brings the release of a multi-artist tribute recording, "The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends. " Pop & Hiss is hosting the premiere of "I'll Be Your Mirror" from the tribute album, as performed by Here Comes the Here Comes.
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