Archive - September 2010

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"A Current Affair" Vintage Show
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Street Sweets @ Gallery Nucleus
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Fashion's Night Out- "LA Style"

"A Current Affair" Vintage Show

I actually found this event by accident while out-n-about with my friend and fellow writer, Carl. But I’m glad I did! The event was called “A Current Affair”, held at the Cooper Building and founded by Joey Grana (Scout) and Richard Wainwright (a private vintage dealer). They thought that bringing the best collectible and one-of-a-kind vintage apparel and accessories dealers together under one roof in this contemporary marketplace would be a unique concept. Shoppers at this event were entertained by DJ Total Freedom and quenched their thirst with Fiji water and sparkling sodas by Izze.
This event is a MUST for any fashionista wishing to buy, collect or just gather inspiration. For more info, click here. Follow “A Current Affair” on Facebook and Twitter!

Vendors that were at the show: Allyn Scura Eyewear (Sebastapol), Fashion by Robert Black (Scottsdale), Found By, Golyester (136 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036, Ph:323-931-1339. Open Mon-Sat 11am-6pm), LA Vintage Exchange, Laura Kranitz , Mercy Vintage (Oakland), Monika Dickerson, Nakia Vintashee, Nyali, Richard Wainwright, Reclaimed in LA, Scout, Sequels, Sielian’s Vintage Apparel, Siren Vintage (Pasadena), Vintage Vogue (1125 Lincoln, Calistoga,CA 94515. Ph: 707-942-2240), Room 222 (Ph: 213-300-4905, By appointment only).

Special Thanks: Carl Kozlowski, Cooper Building, Richard Wainwright, all the vendors, the sponsors: Fiji and Izze, and Barbara and Vicki from Vintage Vogue.

Street Sweets @ Gallery Nucleus

Since I wasn’t going to Tokyo anytime soon to take on the culture and all things Harajuku and “kawaii” street style phenomenon…Tokyo decided to come stateside…to Alhambra in fact. The art exhibit, Sweet Streets took over the Gallery Nucleus with an art exhibit inspired by Japanese street style and fashion show by famed Harajuku label, 6%DokiDoki. Upon arrival at the gallery, there was a long line of ‘Lolitas’ and other Japanese underground “scenesters”. As a designer and visual person, just seeing the brightly accessorized outfits was very overwhelmingly exciting for me. Street Sweets was founded by Caro, an artist who thought it would be fun to bring fellow artists together in one room and get inspired while also having great conversation. As she put it, “creative expression inspired by other creative expression.” 6%DokiDoki’s designer- Sebastian Masuda produced the entire show…from being the DJ to choreographing the dances (the dances which mixed femininity and innocence with kawaii and sensuality). He explained (and translated by Emi Tamaru) that the line was founded in 1995 on the streets of Harajuku. Before the store sold apparel, it sold weird and wacky items. But all that turned around when he was inspired by the Harajuku fashionistas that wore their products. Over the years, 6%DokiDoki’s style and concept spread around the world like wild fire. Prices vary depending on the product: such as $40 for a tee but the average prices are between $20-100. The line is sold in Japan, San Francisco, Paris, London and the Czech Republic. The whole experience and vibe brought out all the “warm-and-fuzzies” in everyone that night. Now I’m even more inspired to jet off to Tokyo and discover all the fashion subcultures that Japan has to offer!!

Special Thanks: J, Gallery Nucleus (located at 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801, STORE 626.458.7482, GALLERY 626.458.7477, Hours: Sun-Thurs: 12pm-8pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm), Caro, Emi Tamaru, Sebastian Masuda, the models, Gallery Nucleus staff and Felix Salzman of LookbookLA, Sugarpill Cosmetics and Michelle Nguyen of I am Chubby Bunny (she makes killer accessories and was wearing her own design, an over-sized heart “My Little Pony” necklace)!

Fashion's Night Out- "LA Style"

Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative created to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry’s economy and put the fun back in shopping. In the United States, FNO is a collaboration between American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and various cities including NYC and LA.

This year marked the second annual Fashion’s Night Out for Los Angeles. Over 300 retailers participated in this city-wide event. I attended the opening ceremony, held at the Beverly Center and the hub of all the festivities. It was hosted by LA Mayor Villaraigosa, West-Coast Editor of Vogue- Lisa Love, Will.i.am, Perez Hilton and Stephanie Pratt. I wore (my own design) a dress made from the FNOla tees- designed by FIDM student Mark Blaskovits and benefitting the California Fashion Foundation with 100% of the proceeds from tee sales going to their scholarship fund for fashion education. I had the opportunity to briefly get Perez Hilton’s and Anjelica Huston’s input on FNO. According to Perez, FNOLA is a “very clever way to make money and fool people into thinking it’s all about fashion. It’s about money, commerce and consumerism and being slaves to that…But if you wanna be a slave, you might as well look good.” He also did a fabulous job at promoting his site, Cocoperez, “which is so FIERCE, it will blind you!” Anjelica had a lighter approach to FNO. “I think the people in America feel the need to celebrate something. The times have been grim and we need a bit of fashion in our lives…”
The event started with a welcome by the Mayor who urged the crowd to “shop til they drop.” The fashion show was the highlight of the evening, showcasing the latest trends from various Beverly Center vendors.
It was such a bummer that the evening ended at 9/10pm. FNO needs to extend to the next day (yes, I know it would defeat the purpose, but there just wasn’t enough time to hit every event…). But I was able to visit the Anya Hindmarch store on Robertson Boulevard, where you could pick any purse in the store (except the sale items) and pose with it during a mini-photoshoot by photographer Brian To. The best pose gets to keep the purse. I then had to rush off to the Grove for the Bloggers Cafe for Two Point Oh LA and Fashion Los Angeles. I mingled with my fellow blogger gal-pals and watched as a few of LA’s top stylists: Margaret Sche, Kadi Prescott, Reah Norman and Bree Cooley, and Kallah Maguire offered up some styling tips (and demonstrations of the looks on mannequins and models). We then ventured over to Nordstrom and waited to catch a peep at Fergie, who was making an in-store appearance for her shoe line. Meeting her was impossible, due to the insane amount of security and the mob of kids and teens. The night was a major success and very exhausting, but I’m looking forward to next year’s, as I’m sure it’ll just keep getting better and perhaps even better.

Special Thanks: J, Shirley Watson (Media Contact for FIDM) and her lovely assistants, Cynthia Ruiz (Board of Public Works, Commissioner, Fashion Liason, City of Los Angeles), Nicole Williams (Project Manager-City of Los Angeles), Steve Valentine of the Valentine Group, Kristen Calavas, Mik of Serfontaine Denim, Ilse Metchek of the California Fashion Association, Lisa Love, Anjelica Huston, Perez Hilton, Mena Suvari, Mark Blaskovits, Diana Bianchini of Di Moda PR, Kelsi Smith, the fellow bloggers, Michael Venedicto of Fashion Los Angeles and all the volunteers, models, stylists and designers.


**Photos by Brian To**

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