Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cat person. Lady Cat. Mercat. Mimi Mittens.

Calm curiosity. Hollywood Cat.

Diane Pernet: Visionary

Such a brilliant and soft spoken visionary woman. Diane Pernet of A Shaded View On Fashion talks about her inspirations, revolutionary filmmakers, fashion designers, and the new ways to consider fashion. Her A Shaded View On Fashion Film festival is taking submissions through June 30.

Godard & Frank Stella

Frank Stella.

Jean Seberg & Jean-Paul Belmondo in "Breathless."

Inspiring stripes. Into you today.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pretty In Pink Palette

Warm, fuzzy, and cozy. Work and then hang time with one of my bros @ home while I worked on a self-satisfying little art project this cool sliver of a moon eve...

THVM coral denim, vintage (never before me worn) leopard booties from Scout, & 60s ballet pink mohair sweater from downtown LA Goodwill. Into the softness of it all... & watched Pretty In Pink the other day so I think it affected my decision subconsciously.

On that note, Molly Ringwald. So good....


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

William Lemon Turns Faces Into Forests | Flaunt Magazine

William Lemon Turns Faces Into Forests | Flaunt Magazine
Written by Justin Pansacola

William Lemon III is a multi-talented LA-based artist, working in everything from music to fashion to performance art, but he gets most notoriety from his “skin printing” make up work. It's made him a popular get for music videos: Lemon has lent his creative make up talents to Lady Gaga, N.E.R.D., Basement Jaxx, Beck, not to mention Flaunt's cover artwork for Issue 112 in collaboration with the artists Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman. His latest comes from Alexander, as in the debut solo project of Alex Ebert, the Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros front man. If previously Lemon used skin as a canvas, here he's using it more as a landscape, swapping beards for tiny trees with the help of TEMPTU Pro. It's really best if you just saw the facescapes for yourself:

Alexander "A Million Years" from benjamin kutsko on Vimeo.

You'll be able to see the drawing, art and paintings of Lemon starting May 26 at the Here is Elsewhere gallery in the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sounds of the city

there are 3 man-made sounds of civilization i love. the church bell ringing at noon, a train's horn in the distance, and the wheels of a skateboard clicking across the sidewalk.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Newest post for Diane Pernet's A Shaded View On Fashion


I've been lagging on posts here, but you can find me sometimes over on the legendary Diane Pernet's site "A Shaded View On Fashion." I've admired her work for years, so its an honor to be an LA correspondent for her site.

As they say, "write what you know." So here is the latest.

Dear Diane, Dear Shaded Viewers,
I feel that there are certain artists who tap into "it." They have a talent to organize and communicate a nostalgic mixture of pop, counter-culture and psychedelia with their own point of view. Its capturing the spirit of freedom, "outlaws" and forward thinkers. They trip us up with their psychology. Is the work from then, now, or the future? In more simple terms, I like what I see here. I am happy to encounter the artists and works below that I'd like to share with you.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Quote of the day/year.

"Guts are good for more than violin strings, but either way you should listen to them."--Eddie Best Peel III

YES!!!! So spot on dear friend :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I lived in NY for 1/2 of Feb

Odilon FW 2011. Red twill suit with 1930s antiqued metal fringe. Harold Kuhn & Stacey Clark's taste & design came together on the collection. Photo by Ryan Koopmans

And was preparing for this for much of January.

My dear baby Odilon by Stacey Clark had its first official presentation during NY Fashion Week. Somehow I took on the job of producer as well as PR (I do need a clone), with thanks to my friends Corinna & Michael @ Nouveau-PR for helping with front of house. I am very proud of how far Odilon has come in a very short time :)

More to follow, but I've just started to come up for air. NY is exhilarating and exhausting. Its so much like Japan to me in that the people work hard and play harder! With places open til 4AM, its no wonder people burn out in that city. I'm a night owl, but I think if NY is going to keep the party going til 4, they ought to starting working a couple of hours later as well ;)

I slept 1.5 hours the night before... Me, Alia, & Tavi at the Odilon presentation. I was most impressed by Tavi's combination of old-soul spirit and kindness mixed with youthful keen interest. Her father Steve was very kind as well and obviously has done an amazing job raising his girl (much like another poppa Steve and his wife Betsyn who are Odilon designer Stacey Clark's parents). Tavi's wig was so amazing on her, it seemed so natural. Somehow we are all a tone of it in this photo by Ryan Koopmans.

I could not have made it through the time there without my amazing creative collaborators. Its incredible to have built a team/family you know you can count on like dear Mr. William Lemon III (who has certainly seen me at my worst and my best); the ever talented, chic and serene Alia Raza; behind the scenes detail-oriented & amazing friend Julie DeAnda; spot-on wise & calming Corinna Springer (mentioned above), artful photog phenom Mr. Ryan Koopmans & model wrangler (casting agent) Larissa Gunn. Daily trips to Health & Harmony in the West Village helped with that amazing turmeric ginger juice to ward off the fashion flu. Of course mascot Callie came along for the trip as well, though she certainly prefers the weather in LA to those 15 degree nights in NY.

Oh, & we squeezed in time to make a short film with the AMAZING Hallie Gates as star. What an inspiring young woman! More on that later too.

Rachel Chandler channels Patty Hearst in an Odilon jumpsuit at their presentation. Photo by Ryan Koopmans

Rachel Chandler was also a love during this crazy time and while she's running around working til all hours of the night/morning, she also managed to DJ the Odilon presentation. Thank you Rachel and thank you Ezra Woods for introducing us!

While all work and no play makes one dull, I did take a handful of moments to do what I wanted to do in order to stay balanced--which I do thank Mr. Eddie Peel for advising. Sadly, the fun I had was always last minute, so I didn't get to see some of my dear friends who I always have dinner and time together with in NY over the past 10 years. That was surely something that made me sad :(

MAJOR thanks to TEMPTU (Ava !!!!!) and ION Studio (Natia, Marco, Naomi, & Leonardo!!!!!) for sponsoring ODILON's first time up on the big pedestal of competition that is NY Fashion Week. (Stacey & I also could not have made it through without our own TEMPTU airbrushes! And I had the best haircut ever & a hit of glossy color from ION--done while multi-tasking filling out event insurance forms & a million emails).

Beautiful Stacey & her models. Yes, we chose a lot of red heads for the Persephone meets 1970 collection. Photo by Ryan Koopmans

More later as I said, but Odilon has had great hits all over the web the past 2 weeks on the likes of Refinery 29, Getty Images, Nylon, Sugar, Just Jared, some Canadian newspapers, and more.... I'm keeping those things more updated on my Facebook & Twitter for now. So much to keep up with!