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A splash of Fashion

Cultural Cocktail Hour caught up with Harper’s Bazaar’s Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey this weekend.This image from her latest book evokes touches of Caillebotte. It depicts Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz floating on Central Park Lake. Elbaz dashed from the lake to attend the 2005 CFDA awards. Bailey revealed that at the ceremony, she “heard a squalching sound” behind her: Elbaz’s sopping footwear. He had just won best international designer. As he walked on stage, no doubt the audience realized that they could not walk a hundred miles in his shoes. When asked about her favorite artistic haunts in LA, Bailey replied without missing a beat that she enjoys visiting artist Hutton Wilkinson because of the Tony Duquette estate (Dawnridge). “It is a jewel of LA,” declared Bailey. Photograph© 2011 Harper’s Bazaar’s Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey. Photographed by Ben Watts. Styled by Jacqui Getty.

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The Magical World of Peter Lai: Fashion event Thursday Sept 8th at Pacific Asia Museum

The Magical World of Peter Lai  by Leticia Marie Sanchez Stepping into the shop of San Marino designer Peter Lai is a step into a magical world. The visitor slips into a realm of Venetian masks, Chinese costumes imbued with symbolism from the Qing Dynasty, and contemporary Californian designs. A Hong Kong native, Mr. Lai was born into a family of costume designers for Hong Kong’s opera, television, and film industry. Mr. Lai’s shop has been a fixture on Mission Street in San Marino for decades, and his exquisitely detailed gowns add glamour to museum galas and social events like the Save Venice ball. Left: Design by Peter Lai. Right: Rose Detail, Peter Lai designs In 2004, Mr. Lai won the Golden Needle designer award in a competition whose industry judges included Mr. Blackwell, creator of the infamous Best and Worst

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Hope in the City-LA Fashion Week- Skirball Center- Monday March 14th

Monday March 14 8:00-10:00 PM Doors open at 7:00 PM Skirball Cultural Center 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049 Fashion Show and Art Gallery Proceeds benefit the Downtown Women’s Center, a project of ServeLA. http://www.hopeinthecity.info/mosaic/

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Black Swan Costumes: Coming to MOCA!

RODARTE: STATES OF MATTER March 4–June 5, 2011 MOCA Pacific Design Center Are you hankering for more Black Swan? MOCA will hold the first West Coast solo exhibition of American designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. The exhibit will features pieces from runway collections as well as original ballet costumes for Black Swan. With the Oscars on the horizon, explore costumes from the Academy-Award nominated film at the Pacific Design Center. Better yet try the Buddy System and bring a friend in tow— just in case NINA pops out of a mirror- egad! MOCA PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER. 8687 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069 http://www.moca.org/

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Hope in the City III: Behind the Seams

by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography © 2010 Leticia M. Sanchez March 24, 2010— As a Catholic, I was unsure of what to expect inside the former St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in downtown LA. Hope in the City III, produced by Mosaic, not only exuded creativity, but also demonstrated a spiritual commitment to the global and local community. The proceeds from the fashion show and art auction went to several noteworthy charities, including Serve LA and Beyond Us; the scope of the latter extends from Haiti, Sudan, South India, and beyond. The innovative designs on the runway included the experimental “Wear Your Story”  in which designers fashioned 85% of their garment from an LA Weekly. Models also donned head pieces by Salvatore Salamone, inspired by leaves; spring time has indeed sprung in Los Angeles, a city of constant innovation. Photography Montage

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Project Ethos:LA Fashion Week- March 19

The Spirit of Ethos at LA Fashion Week by Leticia Marie Sanchez Photography © Leticia M. Sanchez March 19-  At the Music Box in Hollywood,  Project Ethos held an evening of emerging artists in music, fashion, and art. The Greek root “Ethos” can refer to “the spirit of a people” and the red carpet event lived up to its lively name.  Ethos featured the collections of ten designers, including two from “Project Runway,” Season Six contestant Gordana Gehlhausen and Season Seven contestant Jesus Estrada.  The art gallery on the rooftop, overlooking the new W hotel, proved the most welcome surprise on a warm Los Angeles evening. Artist Erin Hammond showcased a collection of portraits of women. Hammond revealed  that Gustav Klimt inspired her. One could see the link between both artists’ vibrant expressionism. Left: Painting by Erin Hammond Right: Adele Bloch-Bauer II:

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BOXeight’s Fashion:Refocus- LA Fashion Week- March 2010

Leitmotifs and Painting with Light; Fashion: Refocus at BOXeight Studios by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Fashion Photography: © 2010 Leticia M. Sanchez March 20– BOXeight Studios showcased Fall and Winter 2010 Collections from a unique vantage point: a behind-the-scenes look at fashion photography. Guests were voyeurs to the inner sanctum of a photo shoot. The models’ make up stations sat on an open stage, and one could observe as the designers placed finishing touches on their creations. Fashion and photography are sister arts. They both open the door for non-verbal communication. Photography, from the Greek root “Writing with Light” allows one to express the proverbial thousand words in one instant. Whereas fashion was once documented through flat graphic illustration. the advent of modern photography captured the movement of clothes in vibrant dimension. Similar to photography, fashion serves as non-verbal language. A simple

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LA Fashion Week March 18- LA Millinery Guild featuring Anita Hopkins

Hats off to Millinery Guild’s “Mad Hatter” Fashion show- LA Fashion Week by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Fashion Photography ©2010 Leticia Marie Sanchez March 18, 2010- The L.A Millinery Guild hosted its first fashion show, kicking off LA Fashion Week to an electrifying start. The theme of the show, the “Mad Hatter party” showcased the hats of designers Diego Hats, Hatstruck, Montez, Stage Door Daisy, Elizabeth Marcel, Suzi Holloway, Jill Pfeifer, Linda J. Key, and headliner Anita Hopkins. The show juxtaposed vintage allusions with futuristic design. During the nostalgic component of the show, Sarah Vaughn’s throaty voice evoked sirens of the past, sirens who donned hats in equal measure to Sunday morning service and Saturday night jazz clubs. The show served as a reminder that hats not only belonged to the whimsical world of Mad Tea Parties, but to the social history and

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LA Fashion Week Reporting March 2010

Welcome to LA FASHION WEEK! It may be spring time in California, but designers are showcasing their Fall 2010 collections. This week’s Cultural Cocktail includes: LA Millinery Guild’s first fashion show, Project Ethos in Hollywood,  BOX eight’s Fashion Refocus, and  Hope in the City’s Fashion Show and Art Auction at Vibiana’s. Stay Tuned for the inside scoop! XO Leticia Marie Sanchez Editor-in-Chief

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Fashion Police

CALL THE FASHION POLICE by Leticia Marie Sanchez Crazy polka dots, mismatched leggings, fanny packs: we’ve all heard the term. But what is its origin? During the Middle Ages, feudalism reigned. A strict hierarchical social code classified lords, ladies, knights, vassals, and serfs. The medieval social code governed people’s behavior and manner of dress. Clothing functioned as a way to distinguish the classes. If someone dared to don the attire for the class above theirs, the authorities would throw them in jail for transgressing social norms. Hence, the term Fashion Police. Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse’s rendition of Lady Juliet Capulet. Only a woman of her station would be permitted to don this blue necklace. The sartorial choices of two medieval cooks. (The chickens, however, are, free to don their birthday suits) In medieval times, if a person wore the

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