Went down today to The Hermosa Beach Historical Society tonight because our landlord, Earl Newman, was part of the Artists of the Insomniac retrospective. A famed coffee shop off Pier Street, the Insomniac was a famous beatnik hangout during the 1858 - 1963. Earl's poster prints were on display, along with Frank Holmes, who is most famous for his Beach Boy's "Smile" album artwork. If you get a chance to head down there, it's an amazing set up with a powerful collection of images and people. Also, the historical society museum is a great space with a large collection of surfboards from famed 1950's surfers. LINK
One of my favorite foods is ice cream cake and no one does it better then Carvel. The the large selection of offering there Fudgie the Whale with vanilla crunchies and Cookie Puss with mint ice cream eyes are my faves. That's why I'm so excited to celebrate Fudgie's 75th birthday this Thursday. I hear there is free icecream in celebration.
If you've seen me lately, you know this Spring I've been rocking a neon teal plaid The Hundreds Midnight Zip Up Flannel Jacket. It's become one of my favorite pieces of clothing. It has a warm gray terry that's great for a Santa Monica chilly night. It's also cool with an unexpected hole opening. I can't lie, I got it on Jack Threads. They had it on sale tonight and only have larges and XLs left. I'm bummed I would have taken another color. Hint, hint, The Hundreds. My email is above.
Big congrats to Jade Howe and the entire team at Howe for on the fashion shw for Fall 2009 collection. Filled with amazing pieces every man should own. I was proud to be a part of this amazing moment for the brand. The Indie Executive has arrived!
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I first saw A Peace Treaty at ODIN NY last year. I quickly snatched up 2 scarves and checked out their usually "SOLD OUT" e-commerce page. They are two designers, one Muslim, one Jew. Talk about drama in the design room. Together they create colorful pieces of magic that won't have you looking like you bought your scarf off St. Marks and like every other person in Hollywood on a Wednesday night. Check out the Baruti scarf, my new fave, that was released today. Don't let the hefty $180 scare you off. Individuality is worth the expense. LINK
Happen to be in Palm Spring this past weekend and went to my new favorite hotel: The Ace Hotel. Filled with casual rooms with vintage modern furniture, macrame hammocks, native american rugs, white concrete fireplaces within the space of a former Travel Lodge. A nice touch is the Amigo Room and King's Highway: a double scoop of lounge fun. This place gives The Parker and Viceroy a run for their money. Not to be outdone, I need to visit the NYC one. The Loft looks like my place.
PS: Props to a hidden treasure called the Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel. One of our favorite dining spots in the Springs.
So I'm heading out this weekend to Palm Springs (again) for the gayest event in the world: White Party. Personally, I'm not much into homo-parties, but I have friends who are going and I couldn't resist the invite to a weekend in desert. I'm happy to think that we could make our own party anywhere, so 1000's of gaggling gays won't make much of difference to me. As a side attraction Lady Gaga is performing and I'm interested to see what all that is about.
I need to pull together outfits for the weekend and I went digging into Dsquared2's Spring collection for inspiration. I pulled some of my fave looks off the web. Just toying with some ideas for the pool parties, afternoon teas and general mayhem I might get invited to...
Big debate over here on Refinery 29's "The 12 Most Stylish Album Covers Of All Time". While I'm all about Grace Jones' "Nightclubbing"; Hole's "Celebrity Skin" doesn't even make my "no" list. That is probably one of the most un-stylish covers ever. Let the endless debate begin:
Not to kiss his ass, but Details Magazine Eugene Tong is one of the sharpest fashion editors in the game. I love taking cues from him. Every time I see him he's looks completely 100% pulled together. He has a smart way of looking casual and cool, while looking totally fashionable...even when sporting a bruise on his arm from a weekend basketball game (this was circa 2006 at the showroom appointment we met at).
I love his review of the 2009 Baselworld, the world watch show on Selectism (that he contributes to). Check out some of his faves in a best of round up: LINK
This video is part of a promotion to launch www.mylocationscouts.com. Congrats to their team on some amazing video work. I am honored to have helped her showcase it to the world. Check a couple of amazing tastemaker blog placements kenwerks landed her:
1500+ Views and climbing.
Loads of analysis in Newsweek's recent article on branding guru Peter Arnell. Known for his iconic DKNY mural on Houston Street, ill fated redesign of the Tropicana juice carton, the successful logo design work for Con Edison and most recently the new Pepsi logo, this piece dives deep into the myth, math and madness behind the man who convinces billion dollar brands that the image they have pumped years of profits into...needs a makeover. Smart stuff. LINK
The realistic and comparative styles of artist Kehinde Wiley will see itself presented in Los Angeles this Saturday. The “World Stage” show focuses on residents of Rio de Janerio in Brazil. Away from any glitz and glamour, Willey appropriates the residents in an interesting light as the personalities are seen on some unconventional backdrops away from the usual slums and shanty-towns. The locally sourced floral and textile backgrounds offer a nice juxtaposition in both representation and color. Some special hand-carved frames surround each painting which feature engraved images of birds and flowers. The April 4th show takes place at the ROBERTS AND TILTON Gallery.
Kehinde Wiley “World Stage: Brazil” Exhibition
April 4 – May 30, 2009
Opening Reception Saturday, April 4th, 6 – 8pm
ROBERTS & TILTON
5801 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232