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heaven sent: missoni coming to city of angels
30 April, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Margherita and Angela Missoni, February 2009 (WWD photo)

For me, it was love at first sight with Missoni–the colors, the glamour, and the legendary zig-zag knitwear. WWD has reported on the opening of a flagship in London, but the exciting news for us Angelenos is that in July the biggest outpost of Italian Riviera chic is going to open at North Rodeo and Santa Monica. At almost 7,000 square feet, that’s a lot of sequins and, if nothing else, it will be a welcomed arrival ushering in a heavy-dose of optimism and better times to come. Just browsing Missoni is almost as good as jetting to the Mediterranean. The company is holding ground during these miserable economic times, and what started as a small family business is carefully expanding. A new store just opened in Casablanca, one is planned by year’s end in Beirut, and a Malibu shop for bathing beauties will coincide with the L.A. flagship opening.

In the same vein, you should check out Mike Albo’s piece “It Doesn’t Cost to Dream” from the New York Times. He shops an independent designer’s boutique in NoLIta and wonderfully concludes: 

“It may sound sadistic, but it’s strangely nice to hear how Ms. Lee and her label are scraping by. For those of us who didn’t spend the last decade driving Escalades, duping our friends into shady investments or buying Antigua, it’s inspiring to hear about people who refuse to abandon what they love to do. At the very least, we can afford to be inspired.” 

Read on>>


Stand Up and Clap: African Collective Shows in NYC
14 February, 2009, 1:10 PM
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New York Fashion Week is underway, and we will see tons of the same models, designers we know and love gushing about their visions, and leggy girls sipping champagne–for me, that feels “done.”

Rather, I was excited to see the African Collective in today’s news.

When I was in college, I took an intro to African History course with this old-school professor and I always think back to him whenever discussions of Africa and its place in the world surface; he opened my eyes. If you haven’t noticed, there is so much more to the continent of Africa than leopard prints, safaris and civil wars. Of course the Western world is stuck in an imperialistic trope, but maybe it has to do with our humbled economic position and our new president… I don’t know exactly, but change is in the air. And I like it. Fashion is everywhere and seeing the fashion world become slightly more inclusive makes me want to stand up and clap. Read Guy Trebay’s article>>


Alex Wek modeling for Stoned Cherrie, Friday 13 February

Alex Wek modeling for Stoned Cherrie, 13 February 2009

the list: express edition

Obamarama Continues

As if I wasn’t already in love with Michelle, she’s gracing the cover of Vogue and the interview is posted online. So she’s sporting Jason Wu for the cover, but it’s such a toned-down cover probably to keep naysayers at bay. There’s nothing ostentatious about her, the cover, and the clothing for the photo spread? It’s J.Crew, baby! Yup, it was styled by someone at J.Crew and the whole package makes for a down-to-earth package and no frontin’.

Obamarama Redux

There’s no such thing as too much of the First Lady, and NYT writers Cathy Horyn and Eric Wilson talk about her and the big cover. Scope it.

You’re First Prada, Joey!

Check out the male international style-setters sporting purses, heels, and women’s clothing for both laugh out loud funny and tenderhearted moments. From talking about shopping all day to arguing the case for boys borrowing women’s clothing on the grounds that women’s clothing borrows from the boys, it’s a good read.

Smokin’ and Stylin’ with Agyness Deyn

Following on the heels of our guys is British model extraordinaire Agyness Deyn–one who loves to borrow from the boys. Seems like she actually has a pretty normal life, nicotine and all. Read the story from NY Mag.

Get Love…

Found a great band, The Love Language, and if you like The Walkmen, check ’em out. “Lalita” is a must-listen.  

… and Get Down

It all started when I saw looking for Senor Coconut’s remix of Jamie Lidell’s “Little Bit of Feel Good” and then this track, “Moskow Diskow,” popped up during the week care of the bodacious brains at RCRD LBL.

Heads Up

Just got the dates for Cornelius with Deerhoof playing the Mayan on 5/14 and the Glass House 5/16… sweet. And it gets better, Brandi Carlile is B A C K and I’m totally seeing her at the Iron House back when I’m home for break this April. Loved catching her live on afternoon playing outside at Copley Square in Boston, and we can expect the new LP this summer.


We are not talking about Ticketmaster hooking up with Live Nation. Absolutely not. Don’t want to hear about it.