LACMA Unveils “Rodarte: Fra Angelico Collection”
An upcoming exhibit highlights couture creations by Rodarte.
December 01, 2011
LACMA debuts the North American showing of “Rodarte: Fra Angelico Collection,” a 10-piece Spring/Summer 2012 couture collection that originally premiered as a site-specific installation at Pitti Immagine in Florence this past June. The gowns—the creation of Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the California-bred sisters behind Rodarte—were inspired by frescoes painted by the early Italian Renaissance artist Fra Angelico (circa 1350–1455). Works of art in their own right, the dresses were made similarly to the Renaissance pieces that serve as their muse. Designed in a color palette of moonshine white, cantaloupe, aqua, pistachio, lavender, pale pink, dusty blue, and crimson, the gowns are accented with feathers, sequins, taffeta, tulle, organza, and 30,000 Swarovski crystals. Handmade metal golden rays in the form of headbands, belts, tassels, and breastplates complete the looks. Acquired by LACMA as a promised gift from the Mulleavys, the exhibition is set to be on display December 17 through February 5. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323-857-6000
On the Record with Dodger Matt Kemp
The highest paid player in all of baseball discusses the game, L.A. living and the single life.
November 30, 2011
Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp recently signed an eight-year, $160 million contract extension—the largest deal in National League history. Despite his record-breaking salary, the 27-year-old Oklahoma native remains grounded thanks to a close-knit family and strong faith. The charming player chatted with us about his new contract, his dream of being a father and what he looks for in a woman.
How does it feel to sign a history-making contract with the Dodgers?
MATT KEMP: It feels pretty good, and it’s very exciting for me and my family. This is where I’m going to possibly be for my whole career.
Coming from Oklahoma, what do you love about L.A.?
MK: The atmosphere: L.A. has beautiful people and it’s a beautiful place with a lot to do. There aren’t many places where you can just sit at a café, eat lunch outside and people watch. Being young and single here is fun, too!
What do you look for in a woman?
MK: Confidence. Someone who works hard and wants to be successful at life and enjoys helping others.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
MK: I like to eat! I like to go bowling. I’m a big kid at heart. I just like to have my friends around, and as long as they’re having fun and enjoying life then I’m good.
What would fans be surprised to know about you?
MK: I love singing R&B. Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross are just a few of my inspirations. Music is very important to me. It helps me get ready for baseball games and to get up in the morning.
Throughout your career in baseball, what has been your greatest inspiration?
MK: My family has been an inspiration of course, but God is definitely the big inspiration. He’s the one that put me on this earth and gave me the opportunity to be here and to have this success and he’s given me the strength to keep going.
What are your personal goals?
MK: To be successful and help as many people as I can. I’ve been put in this world to help motivate people to follow their dreams. I also want to be a good husband, a good dad—all of those things.
Accessory Find: A Marc Jacobs Clutch
The Lucky Lady Bag clutch is well on its way to becoming a classic.
November 29, 2011
The Lucky Lady Bug clutch ($1,895) by Marc Jacobs has replaced the rabbit foot charm as the must-have good-luck accessory. Made of calf hair and enamel stud detail, the black-on-black bag makes for a versatile day-to-night option that will (hopefully) bring good fortune along with it. Marc Jacobs Boutique, 8410 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-653-5100
Accessory Find: A Mulberry Planner
This printed leather planner by Mulberry makes for a chic addition to your day.
November 28, 2011
For a fresh start to the New Year, pick up this chocolate-hued crocodile-print planner from Mulberry ($570). The English leather house produces some of the finest work and travel goods, and this chic accessory is no exception. Perfectly sized to fit in any bag it comes equipped with a year diary, a pull-out planner, four inside sleeves, note paper, credit card holders, and zipped pockets.
Burton x Free City Outerwear Debuts in December
Hit the slopes in cool looks from a hot new collaboration.
November 28, 2011
Puffer jacket ($349.95) by Burton x Free City
A new outerwear line by Burton Snowboards and Free City apparel will hit the slopes this winter. The ultra-cool Burton x Free City collaboration is an east-meets-west collection of “snow to street” pieces that melds Vermont-based Burton’s cold-weather functionality with Free City’s laid-back Malibu aesthetic. Look for a turquoise puffer jacket ($349.95), a printed puffer vest ($249.95), and relaxed-fit snow pants ($249.95), which will be sold exclusively at Burton’s Melrose flagship and the Free City Supershop in Hollywood.
Gift Idea: Holiday FEED bags
Give back with the special holiday collection by FEED.
November 22, 2011
Feel good about giving a gift with FEED’s special holiday collection. As part of the “12 Days, 12 Ways to FEED” campaign—which includes everything from totes to teddy bears—proceeds from sales will go toward the support of Kenyan women and children.
Fashion News: Michael Kors Opens New LA Boutique
A Michael Kors store debuts on Robertson Boulevard.
November 22, 2011
Zoe Saldana, Minka Kelly, Kate Mara, and Lydia Hearst-Shaw helped celebrate the new Michael Kors Robertson Boulevard boutique with an opening celebration in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The fashionable actresses showed off the designer’s Spring 2012 resort wear as they browsed the shop, which joins the celebrity heavy retail strip across from The Ivy restaurant. The flagship, Kors’s tenth in LA, will focus on the brand’s lifestyle lines—a mix of Michael Kors accessories and MICHAEL Michael Kors collections. 108 N. Robertson Blvd.
photographs by gettyimages.com
Swarovski Elements Brings Holiday Cheer to Rodeo Drive
An interactive installation makes its way to Rodeo Drive.
November 21, 2011
Norah Weinstein, Jessica Alba and Kelly Sawyer Patricof
Rodeo Drive gets a bit glitzier today with the launch of a Swarovski Elements holiday crystal installation set to illuminate the retail mecca through January 3. Swarovski Elements lent nearly 55,000 crystals for the building of an interactive, ribbon-like sculpture on the famed street’s median, which will display messages sent from people across the world: A ticker built along the sculpture feeds global tweets and sentiments from people in their native languages. To celebrate the launch, Jessica Alba hosted an intimate dinner at the Soho House last week, and the actress will also be on hand today for the installation unveiling.
photograph by gettyimages.com
Fig Restaurant Dishes Thanksgiving Leftovers
Enjoy leftovers-inspired dishes this Thanksgiving at Fig.
November 21, 2011
Turkey and prosciutto croquettes
Fig, the farm-to-table eatery in Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel, is serving up Thanksgiving dishes with a creative twist. Forgoing tradition, Fig is offering “leftovers” first with an inventive Thanksgiving Day a la cart menu including organic turkey pie, maple-ginger butter sweet potatoes, quinoa stuffing, and turkey and prosciutto croquettes. Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at home? Get chef Ray Garcia’s samplings to go and add them to your holiday fare. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-319-3111
photograph courtesy of Fig
Gift Idea: A Bally Cigar Humidor
For the man who has everything: A limited-edition humidor handcrafted by Bally.
November 18, 2011
In the tradition of its Scribe Made-to-Order shoes, Swiss shoemaker Bally has created a precious 100 handmade cigar humidors (price upon request). Each humidor is numbered and outfitted with a humidification regulator, digital thermometer, hygrometer, and room for up to 300 cigars. A crowning addition to any luxury man cave or study, this rare and special gift is made with rich Sri Lankan Macassar ebony and bears the Bally crest. It can also be used to store and preserve a pair of Bally’s Scribe Made-to-Order shoes. 340 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-3310